Tire shops, dealerships, and big-box stores are stocked with winter/snow tires, at least for now. If you think you’ll need them, it is time to start shopping, while there is plenty of inventory to choose from.

CR has tested dozens of tires specially engineered to provide cold-weather traction, including 17 winter/snow tires for cars and crossover vehicles, five performance winter/snow tires for sporty cars, and 12 specifically designed for pickups and SUVs. All of these tires are designed for seasonal use with special tread features to provide sure-footed grip for ice and snow.

Top 10 Snow Tires

Bestseller No. 1
Security Chain Company SZ135 Super Z6 Cable Tire Chain for Passenger Cars, Pickups, and SUVs - Set...
1222 Reviews
Bestseller No. 2
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Winter Radial Tire - 195/65R15 91H
12 Reviews
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Winter Radial Tire - 195/65R15 91H
  • MIGHTY MOLECULES - A new Hydrophilic Coating reacts to the elements for confident stopping power on snow and...
  • OPTIMIZED CONSTRUCTION - New Cavity Shape distributes contact pressure uniformly across the entire footprint...
Bestseller No. 3
Goodyear Wrangler Radial Tire - 235/75R15 105S
548 Reviews
Goodyear Wrangler Radial Tire - 235/75R15 105S
  • Goodyear WRANGLER RADIAL OWL P235/75R15
  • Sold Each
Bestseller No. 4
Security Chain Company ZT735 Super Z LT Light Truck and SUV Tire Traction Chain - Set of 2
443 Reviews
Security Chain Company ZT735 Super Z LT Light Truck and SUV Tire Traction Chain - Set of 2
  • Fastest, easiest installation of any traction product
  • Built-in rubber tensioner means there is no need to stop and retighten after installation
Bestseller No. 5
Car Snow Chains Snow Tire Chains for Most Cars Anti-slip Car Chains Car Emergency Chains All Season...
155 Reviews
Car Snow Chains Snow Tire Chains for Most Cars Anti-slip Car Chains Car Emergency Chains All Season...
  • ★【For Universal Car Models and Material of car snow tire chains】★: For universal car models whose tire...
  • ★【Occasions of our suv snow chains】★: This anti-skip snow chains for cars work well and have high...
Bestseller No. 6
Sumitomo Ice Edge Studable-Winter Radial Tire - 195/60R15 88T
6 Reviews
Sumitomo Ice Edge Studable-Winter Radial Tire - 195/60R15 88T
  • Certified with the RMA 3PMSF symbol for severe snow performance, the versatile Ice Edge has been specially...
  • Wide and Serrated tread channels enhances snow grip and speeds evacuation of slush and ice
Bestseller No. 7
Sumitomo Ice Edge Studable-Winter Radial Tire - 225/65R17 102T
3 Reviews
Sumitomo Ice Edge Studable-Winter Radial Tire - 225/65R17 102T
  • Certified with the RMA 3PMSF symbol for severe snow performance, the versatile Ice Edge has been specially...
  • Wide and Serrated tread channels enhances snow grip and speeds evacuation of slush and ice
Bestseller No. 10
Sumitomo Ice Edge Studable-Winter Radial Tire - 215/60R16 95T
6 Reviews
Sumitomo Ice Edge Studable-Winter Radial Tire - 215/60R16 95T
  • Certified with the RMA 3PMSF symbol for severe snow performance, the versatile Ice Edge has been specially...
  • Wide and Serrated tread channels enhances snow grip and speeds evacuation of slush and ice

Tire Type Considerations

All-season tires: With the exception of high-performance models, most cars come with all-season tires. They are a good choice in areas where snowfall is infrequent or doesn’t stay around long, or if you can wait until the roads you need are plowed. All-season tires are labeled “M+S” (mud and snow) on the sidewall. Our testing shows there is a wide range of snow traction among these tires.

If you want to stick with all-seasons, pay particular attention to our detailed ratings to ensure you’re getting the most ice braking performance and snow traction, without compromising on warmer-weather capabilities.

Winter/snow tires: Dedicated winter/snow tires are the way to go for areas where snowfall can be significant and you frequently have to drive on snow-covered roads. Most offer more snow traction and grip on icy roads vs. a typical all-season tire. Winter/snow tires are the best choice for all types of cars and trucks, including front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive vehicles. Make sure all four tires are winter/snow for balanced handling and optimum grip.

Winter/snow tires are easy to identify because they have a sidewall symbol of a three-peak mountain with a snowflake inside. This indicates that the tire meets the industry standard for snow traction. The secret to the winter/snow tire is a tread that stays pliable in cold weather and has many slits that can bite into and cling onto snow and ice.

All-weather tires: A subset of performance all-season tires, all-weather tires are an emerging category that’s intended for consumers who want winter/snow tire traction but don’t want to bother with the cost and inconvenience of changing tires twice a year. The performance all-season tires tested have this enhanced ability and get the same three-peak mountain and snowflake symbol you’ll find on a winter/snow tire. In addition to snow traction, they come close to achieving the road grip and tread life of an all-season tire. We’ve tested a few, and the best models provide a good compromise, with better winter traction than a regular all-season tire can provide.

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