A car jack is a key piece of kit in the armoury of any well-equipped at-home car mechanic. For one thing, you need it so you can get complete access to all parts of your vehicle. Tire replacement, for example, or any kind of work to the undercarriage or suspension is going to be more difficult – or even impossible – without a good Jack.
At the same time, this is a piece of equipment that you need to have complete faith in. Lifting a car can be a dangerous undertaking – you are in control of lifting tons of metal into the air. Therefore you need to use a tool that you can trust implicitly.
To help you find it, here is our rundown of some of the best car jacks on the market.
Best Rated Car Jacks in 2018:
Torin Big Red Hydraulic Trolley
This Jack does exactly what it says on the box – it is big and it is red!
Ok, there’s a little more to it than that. Straight out the box, this has a hefty feel, and is clearly well constructed – this is a tool you can put your trust in.
Which is good to know, because it is rated to lift a considerable weight. The extra long neck makes lifting larger vehicles easy too – we managed to raise a Ford Explorer with no problem. For a small car, a Jack of this size and capacity could feel like overkill – however with it’s high lift capacity, it will certainly provide a real sense of security with smaller lift weights.
Heavy Duty Lifting for Trucks and SUV’s
Extra Long Neck
3 Ton Capacity
- Weight43.9 pounds
Torin Big Red Steel Scissor Jack
This Jack is proof that good things can come in small packages. When fully collapsed, it measures around 5 inches high, 5 inches wide and 18 inches long. That is pretty small, and makes it very much suitable to carry in your vehicle for emergency tire changes.
The problem with scissor style Jacks is that they often suffer from stability issues. Happily, that is not a concern you need with this model. It has a lovely big footprint that gives a very stable base. Combine that with a lifting capacity of 1.5 tons, and you have a highly capable piece of equipment in a very neat little package.
1.5 Ton Lift Capacity
- Weight7.7 Pounds
Arcan XL20 Black Low Profile Steel Service Jack
Not all Jacks are suitable for all vehicles. If you have a truck or SUV sized vehicle then most will happily get right underneath for easy lifting. However, if you have a car with low ground clearance then you may already know the futility of trying to get a full sized hydraulic Jack underneath.
If that sounds like you then Arcan have your back, because this model is made with low clearance vehicles in mind. The sleek, compact design will get under any car, but at the same time Arcan have not sacrificed any quality to get the size down. How they did this we don’t know – but this sleek, low profile piece of kit is strong and sturdy with an excellent lift capacity. A great job all round.
Perfect for Low-Clearance cars
2 Ton Lift Capacity
- Weight67.2 Pounds
Arcan ALJ3T Aluminum Floor Jack
The problem with car Jacks that come with a big lift capacity is they are often extremely heavy, making them frankly a pain to move around a home garage. Arcan have listened to that complaint and brought this model to the market. Boasting an all aluminum construction, the ALJ3T brings a lift capacity of 3 tons in a tool that barely tips the scales over 55 pounds.
That is a lot of lifting power in a pretty light package. If you’re worried that a light Jack could have stability issues or feel flimsy in use then you don’t need to be concerned here. This is very sturdy, and the cleverly reinforced lifting arm provides additional strength and durability where it’s needed most.
3-Ton Lift Capacity
Reinforced Lifting Arm
- Weight56 Pounds
Arcan XL2T Black Low Profile Steel Service Jack
This is a heavy piece of equipment; lets get that out of the way first. At the same time however, that heaviness is not wasted. Instead, this is just a very well put together and very sturdy. It’s ultra low profile means that it can get under even super low clearance cars for easy lifting, and its 2 ton lift capacity will help it handle just about anything that can be thrown it’s way except very large trucks and SUV’s.
That long chassis is also very handy – especially for front wheel drive vehicles. Not only that but it can lift a vehicle to a height of around 24 inches – that is a very generous lifting height for such a low profile Jack.
Extra Low Profile
Extra Long Chassis
2-Ton Lift Capacity
- Weight97 pounds
Pro-Lift F-767 Grey Low Profile Floor Jack
To say that this is a pretty basic Jack is actually to do something of a disservice to the F-767. Yes, it is cheaper than a lot of comparable models out there, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re missing out. In fact, using this tool it soon becomes clear that you are getting a lot of bang for your buck.
This is a sturdy, well-built machine. It has a low profile that makes it easy to get under low clearance cars and it has an excellent 2-ton lift capacity. If a complaint could be made, it would be that a lifting height of only 14 inches may not be suitable for everyone. That being said, it will get your car up quickly and efficiently – for the price you’ll pay, that is not bad going at all.
2 Ton weight Capacity
Lifting range of 3.5 to 14 Inches
- Weight30 Pounds
Liftmaster 2 Ton Hydraulic Trolley Floor Jack
This combo set is lovely and compact, and would be great for a smaller garage/shed/anywhere where storage is an issue. The price is also exceptionally low, and admittedly the Jack is a very basic model. That said, both it and the stands are of sturdy enough construction, and when used in combination will provide a solid lifting platform for most cars smaller than SUV size.
The lifting height is pretty low, so this set is probably best deployed for tasks like changing tires – it may not lift high enough to make it easy to get underneath the car properly. Still, if you want a cheap and reliable Jack to have on hand to tackle the occasional wheel change, this is a great set to invest in.
2 Ton Weight Capacity
Heavy Gauge Steel Construction
5 to 13 inch lifting height
- Weight31.8 Pounds
Torin Big Read Steel Jack Stands
Sturdy, simple to use and relatively cheap, these Jack Stands are a great addition to any home garage. If you are planning on working underneath your vehicle, you simply must invest in a set of stands. They will help to hold the vehicle and keep it safe as you work.
These stands are well welded and will last a long time, making them ideal an ideal long-term investment for occasional or frequent use. With the car up, these stands are nice and sturdy and will happily hold up any car smaller than a big SUV or truck.
2 Ton Weight Capacity
Lift height 11 to 16.75 inches
Large Saddle Surface
- Weight7.5 Pounds
Blackhawk B6350 Black/Red Fast Lift Service Jack
This Jack is a beast! It has clearly been designed for the serious home mechanic, boasting a number of useful features that will come in handy if you are regularly raising cars and bigger vehicles.
The first thing to notice is the high lift capacity of 3.5 tons – this tool will lift just about any vehicle outside of extra large trucks and Humvees. The second feature that impressed us was the fact that the saddle sits on a swivel, making positioning of the Jack nice and easy. The built in fast lift gets vehicles off the ground in just a couple of pumps and the all steel construction feels nice and sturdy.
All in all, an excellent car piece of equipment that would very useful to most home mechanics!
3.5 Ton Weight Capacity
Lift height up to 20inches
- Weight85 Pounds
Neiko Pro 20272B Premium Low Profile Aluminum Floor Jack
The trouble with branding your product as “Premium” is that it automatically has high expectations to live up to. Thankfully the Neiko 20272B more than lives up to it’s lofty moniker.
Lets tackle the build and construction first and we can state that this Jack is certainly premium class here. An all aluminum construction keeps the unit weight down to an easily managed 57 pounds. In addition to the low weight it is so small, with such a low profile; it will easily get under pretty much any car no matter the clearance.
In operation it lifts smoothly and feels sturdy and secure. A 3-ton weight capacity is superb, and a lifting height of a shade less than 20 inches is incredible for such a low profile Jack.
No, it doesn’t come cheap, but frankly you should look at this as long-term investment, as this outstanding piece of equipment will probably provide all the car lifting capacity you will need for years to come.
3 Ton Weight Capacity
Lift height up to 19.25 inches
Ultra Low Weight
- Weight57 Pounds
Best Car Jack Buying Guide & FAQ
So now you’ve read the list of what we consider to be 10 of the best car Jacks out there to buy right now, which we hope you find useful!
At the same time however, we recognize that even narrowing the field to the best 10 is still leaving quite a bit of choice and putting a big decision into your hands. Therefore, to try to offer a little more help (because we’re nice like that) we’ve pit together a little extra guide here to help you choose the right tool for your needs.
The first thing to do is to ask yourself a few questions about what you are looking right now, questions such as:
How often am I going to use it?
Some people will keep a Jack for emergencies; some will be it using every weekend as they tinker with their beloved car.
Ask yourself which camp you fall into as the answer can have a real impact on the type of Jack that will work best for you.
For occasional use, a smaller, scissor style tool could be a good idea. It won’t take up lots of storage space, it doesn’t have to lift the car too high either if you’re only using it for tire changes. This means you can maybe go for a cheaper model that will have a shorter maximum lift height.
What is my Budget?
As above, if you are only looking for occasional use – say for tire changes – you should definitely be able to pick one up for around 50 dollars that will do the job. There are actually a few budget models out there that might do the job for even less but this may not be a tool to skimp on too much.
No matter what you spend, you should give serious consideration to buying a set of Stands. The Jack itself and the stands are essentially a set. The Stands help to hold the vehicle whilst it is up in the air, keeping it steady and safe for working on.
What is my vehicle weight?
As you see in the product list above, every recommended tool has a set weight capacity. You must ensure that you buy one with the appropriate lifting capacity.
Buy a Jack that is rated for a weight too close – or worse, even less – that your car weight and it will not provide a safe lift. On the other hand, buying one that is rated to lift way more than your car weighs can be a false economy. Typically, as the weight capacity increases so does the price so buying a way stronger tool than you need can be a waste of money.