10 Best Snow Tires Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

A hot summer is followed by a hard winter. And so you don’t get caught by surprise, think about winter tires. In Spain, they are not mandatory, but when the thermometer falls below 7ºC, they are more effective. If you also live in mountain areas, it is likely that your routes are dominated by snow and the ice And, apart from that, keep in mind that profiles worn below four millimeters or tires with more than six years penalize adhesion in winter weather conditions. Winter tires mostly surprise with shorter braking distances and offer more safety.

Only to the extent that we have tested in this test, 195/65 R 15, there are more than 50 brands at your disposal. We have acquired and tested them on snow, with rain, and on dry asphalt. Of course, we have also assessed costs and the tendency to wear. In the end, we recommend the four most balanced. And in the final table, you will see in which each one is better. So you can decide which model suits you best according to your needs.

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

On snow

Traction

Goodyear and Nokian winter tires roll through the snow in an exemplary way. But those at the bottom of the table also do not do exactly bad.

Braking

The Goodyear and Kleber are ‘rubber bands’ that cling eagerly to the snow. But those of Yokohama and Bridgestone slow down at the level of year-round models.

Manageability

Lateral acceleration has been measured in the slalom. Good cornering grip provides comfortable turning behavior and greater safety.

Wet envelope

Manageability

With good lateral guidance and a precise turn response, the Continental and Pirelli winter tires are surprising. Less security is offered by Firestone.

Aquaplaning

When there is a lot of water on the asphalt (in this case, 9 mm), the tires tend to lose contact with on asphalt as the speed increases.
The safest is the Falken.

Curved aquaplaning

Also in turns, with a large water surface (in this case, 5 mm), the risk of ‘aquaplaning’ appears. Here, the Falken triumph again along with the Dunlop.

Braking

On sliding surfaces, many winter tires exceed those of summer. The ones that best stop are those of Bridgestone and Continental.

Cost

Durability

In the wear test, Michelin has been unbeatable. The Pirelli Cinturato Winter does not reach half of the kilometers traveled.

Price per 1,000 km of use

Thanks to its high durability, the expensive Michelin are ahead in costs per kilometer. The Hankook also surprised us.

Rolling resistance

The one that achieves the most fuel savings is the Nokian WR D4. Unexpectedly bad, the Michelin in this section and are at the bottom of the list

Dry

Manageability

More understeer of the account and feel of pasty direction. Winter tires, due to their soft rubber mix and soft profile structure, have trouble rolling on dry asphalt. However, Hankook’s Winter except RS2 is very precise in turns and that allows a safe curve behavior.

Sonority

Most winter tires roll on our quieter roads than summer tires. In these lines, 
those of Bridgestone and Kleber take the palm.

Braking

When the asphalt is dry, it is not very easy to achieve particularly short braking distances with winter tires.

Thus we have scored

The score follows school grades from 10 “very good” to 0 “insufficient”. The test values ​​them in four chapters: snow, wet, dry and costs. The percentages in each individual section indicate the weighting in the score of each chapter. The relevant tests for winter, in the wet and snow chapters, have a rating of 30%, and dry and costs, of 20%. It is enough to have a single individual score below 7 in the relevant tests to lose the “excellent” rating. In individual sections with less than 7 points, it is marked as negative. If the note coincides, in alphabetical order.

So we have tried them

We have bought the tires in specialized stores, without identifying ourselves. All candidates undergo a security check in a first qualification round. Only the 20 models with, in short, the shortest braking distances on snow and wet pass to our main test. In it, they should measure themselves in 13 other disciplines and show what they are capable of. To evaluate the cost chapter, we submit them to a wear test. For this, we have used tire industry facilities, but the test has been carried out according to our indications and criteria.

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