The Best Adjustable Hitches

Having the ability to tow things with your vehicle is practical and convenient. Being able to tow your boat to the lake, take your camper out for a long weekend, or pull your buddy out of a ditch or a muddy field are just some of the reasons you purchase a vehicle with towing capacity. With so many different types of trailers and trucks on the market, using one tow hitch that works with all makes and models isn’t realistic. That’s why the adjustable tow hitch was invented. Instead of the ball of the hitch being stuck at one height, an adjustable hitch has a ball that can move up or down to provide versatile towing capabilities in almost any scenario. We compiled a list of some of the top adjustable hitches on the market in the buying guide below.

Our pick for the best in overall versatility, functionality, and cost is the CURT 45900 Adjustable Trailer Hitch. This hitch is equipped with a channel-style shank that can be flipped around to give either a 5-1/4-inch rise or a 6-inch drop. This adjustable hitch is constructed of high-strength steel with a 2-inch ball that is rated for towing up to 10,000 pounds and a 2-5/16-inch ball that is able to tow 14,000 pounds. The hitch is covered in a tough carbide black powder finish, and the ball attachment is coated with corrosion-resistant zinc plating. To ensure a quieter and smoother drive, the hitch is equipped with an anti-rattle feature that lessens vibration and rattling while underway. This adjustable hitch comes with a standard shank that fits almost all 2 x 2 inch hitch receivers, making it ideal for most Class 3, 4, and 5 hitches.

For the bargain hunter who doesn’t want to sacrifice quality for cost, the MaxxHaul 70380 Black/Chrome Adjust Dual Ball Mount is the ideal solution. This strong and durable adjustable hitch is constructed of steel. It comes equipped with a 2-inch ball that is rated for a towing capacity of 8,000 pounds and a 2-5/16-inch ball with a towing capacity of 12,000 pounds. It’s very easy to use, with a two-pin design for added security and peace of mind while towing. With a maximum drop of 6-1/2-inches and a maximum rise of 7-1/2-inches, this adjustable hitch is very versatile. This particular adjustable hitch complies with SAE J684E standards and will fit an 2 x 2-inch hitch receiver.

When it comes to true versatility and ease of use, the Trimax 8″ Premium Aluminum Adjustable Hitch is a great option. This adjustable hitch is constructed of highly polished, durable forged aluminum and has a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. As an added bonus, this adjustable hitch comes in 3 different rise-drop models, either 6-, 8-, or 12-inches, allowing you to choose the one that best suits your needs. To achieve an even greater rise, the razor can be flipped up and used that way. The dual ball comes in 2- and 2-5/16-inch sizes and can adjust in 1-inch increments ensuring a perfect fit with most 2 x 2-inch hitch receivers. This adjustable hitch is perfect for towing tent campers, jet skis, snowmobiles, lawnmowers, and many other of your favorite toys.

If you like having options, the Uriah Products Aluma-Tow Drop Ball Mount takes the prize. Constructed of aircraft quality aluminum alloy, this adjustable hitch comes in three models, a 6-inch drop, an 8-inch drop, and an 8-inch “heavy duty” drop that can accommodate 2-1/2-inch receivers, versus the standard 2-inch receivers that most other adjustable hitches fit. This adjustable hitch also comes equipped with three interchangeable balls, 1-7/8 ”, 2”, and 2-5/16”, so it will fit virtually any coupler style and satisfy the towing needs of all common-sized vehicles. Its towing capacity is a respectable 12,000 pounds. One of its best features is that it utilizes two locking pins for added stability and security. These two pins lock into place and require special keys to unlock them as an added theft deterrent.

The Andersen Hitches Rapid Hitch 3410 Best Adjustable Ball Mount wins the award for the most lightweight adjustable hitch. Weighing in at a mere ten pounds, it’s light enough for anyone to use. Being lightweight doesn’t mean it gives up anything when it comes to towing capacity. This adjustable hitch comes with a 2-inch ball that is rated to tow 8,000 pounds and a 2-5/16-inch ball that will tow up to 10,000 pounds. The rack is constructed of polished aluminum that won’t chip, peel, or rust and the ball is plated steel. The ball mount is easily adjusted simply by pulling the single pin, moving the ball up or down, and pushing the pin back into place, making it very user-friendly. This adjustable hitch will fit any 2 x 2-inch receiver.