For this post, I have put together a collection of the best multimeters currently available.
My Dad is an electrician so one of my earliest memories is playing with his multimeter in the garage. This versatile tool is essential for troubleshooting electrical problems by measuring current, voltage, and resistance.
How to use a multimeter
If you are not familiar with how to use a multimeter, check out this brief beginners video:
The following multimeters use the latest innovative components to meet your needs and help to ensure you do your best work.
So here is my list of The 10 Best Multimeters.
1. Fluke 117 Electricians True RMS Multimeter
The Fluke 117 Electricians True RMS Multimeter provides Min/Max/Average readings, measuring frequency and capacitance.
True RMS for accurate measurements on non-linear loads.
VoltAlert technology for non-contact voltage detection.
AutoVolt automatic AC/DC voltage selection.
Low input impedance: helps prevent false readings due to ghost voltage.
Min/Max/Average with elapsed time to record signal fluctuations.
Integrated non-contact voltage detection simplifies many tasks.
Compact ergonomic design for one-handed operation.
Large white LED backlight to work in poorly lit areas.
Here is a video overview and demonstration of the Fluke 117 (also featured in the how to video above):
2. Craftsman 34-82141 Digital Multimeter
The Craftsman 34-82141 Digital Multimeter measures up to 600 volts alternating current and 10A alternating current.
Audible tone sounds below 30 ohms to check proper wiring and shorts.
Deal with AC or DC current, ohms and amps.
Readings displayed on the 2,000 count LCD screen.
Automatic battery shut off.
Comes in a rugged case with test leads.
Resistance is up to 2 megaohm.
3. AstroAI TRMS 6000 Digital Multimeter
The AstroAI TRMS 6000 Digital Multimeter run tests on diodes and transistors while being able to measure voltage, current, resistance, continuity, capacitance, and frequency, all on one device.
5-3/4” digital display.
Auto or manual range selection.
Sampling speed of 2 times per second.
Polarity and low battery indicator.
Power: 1 x 9V 6F22 (Battery Included).
Don't forget the outlet tester.
4. Etekcity MSR-C600 Digital Clamp Multimeter
The Etekcity MSR-C600 Digital Clamp Multimeter has the capability to test AC/DC voltage, resistance, continuity and diodes.
Clip extends to test cords and wires up to 28mm (1.1 in) in diameter.
Includes safely insulated test probes with plastic gripping for safer handling.
Built-in clamp enables you to measure AC current without needing to break circuits.
400 amp capacity.
5. Proster VC99 Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter
The Proster VC99 Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter measures DCV, ACV, DCA, ACA, resistance, temperature, duty cycle, capacitance, frequency, transistor, diode, and continuity.
Features relative value measuring and auto/manual range switching.
Continuity test: Approx less than 30Ω± 10Ω.
Two temperature measuring modes: (℃/℉).
Includes analog bar, unit symbol display, and data holding.
Temperature of the surrounding environment can be measured directly.
LCD Display with a maximum reading of 5999 and up to 2000uF.
15 minute auto power off.
2 x AAA batteries and case included.
6. Crenova MS8233D Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter
The Crenova MS8233D Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter is a handheld and battery operated with multi function.
Auto-ranging operation allows you to select the right measurement range when working on a variety of components.
LCD Backlight allows for reading in low light conditions.
Foldable stand for hands-free use.
Built-in Double fuse can protect the multimeter effectively.
Overload Protection on all ranges.
3 1/2” LCD display.
Powered by 9V Battery (6F22 or 1604A Type)
7. Tacklife DM02A Digital Multimeter
The Tacklife DM02A Digital Multimeter accurately measures AC/DC voltage and current, resistance, , continuity check, NCV test, frequency, diode check and auto shut-down.
Auto-range function for when it is not possible to estimate the expected measuring range.
Backlit LCD screen and low battery indicator.
PTC protection circuit for resistance, and frequency measurement.
Automatically turns off after 15 minutes of no use.
8. Innova 3320 Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter
The Innova 3320 Digital Multimeter features auto-ranging scales to eliminate the need to dial in the correct range when making electronic measurements.
10 MegOhm input is safe for automotive and household uses.
Color-coded LEDs allow you to quickly check household batteries
Green = good.
Yellow = weak.
Red = replace.
Single setting resistance function for AC and DC voltage.
Includes attachable test leads, holders and stand for hands free use.
Features protective rubber corner guards for drop protection.
9. Proster VC837 Digital Multimeter
The Proster VC837 Digital Multimeter can measure AC/DC voltage, frequency, current, resistance, capacitance, duty ratio, and temperature.
Large display with a maximum reading of 6000 and up to 60mF.
Includes convenient test probe slots.
Back bracket for hands-free use.
Allows for direct measurement of the surrounding environment temperature.
Two temperature modes: （℃/℉）
10. Morpilot 17B Digital Multimeter
The Morpilot 17B Digital Multimeter includes five pairs of color-coded test leads: black, green, yellow, red, and white.
Double-insulated shell for robust drop protection.
20 copper core wires for up to 10 A current test.
Tin-plating copper wire prevents oxidation and rust.
Vinyl-covered alligator clips.
Includes low power indicator and high voltage protection.
Short-circuit protection and high voltage buzzer warning.
15 sec backlight and 15 min automatic off.
3 inch LCD display.
Powered by 9V battery (included).
I hope this list of the best multimeters was helpful.
If you think I left out one that is important or have a suggestion for a future article, let me know in the comments below.
Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C