Best Snow Chains

Often on the road we have to face various difficulties – steep slippery climbs, mud and snow can significantly complicate the road. In such situations, snow chains become a salvation, allowing even a passenger car, like an off-road vehicle, to pass the most difficult parts of the way. In our article you will learn what are snow chains on wheels, how not to make a mistake when choosing and how to use them correctly.

Top 10 Best Snow Chains

1

MICHELIN 008314 Snow Chains Easy Grip Evolution Group, 14, Set of 2

119 ratings | 1 offers
Price starts from: $155.5
  • Ensures optimal motor on snow and ice, pulling, acceleration, braking and bending
  • Ultra-fast assembly and disassembly thanks to the new elastic tensioner and the front closure with simple metal coupling.
  • Only suitable for chain vehicles (please refer to the user manual and maintenance of your car).
  • Style: Universal
  • Composite snow chains; Compatibility: 16″ (215/75-16, 225/70-16, 235/65-16),17″ (225/65-17),18″ (235/55-18)

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92%
customers recommend this product
4.6/ 5
2

Peerless 0232105 Auto-Trac Light Truck/SUV Tire Traction Chain – Set of 2

1,791 ratings | 3 offers
Price: $123.02$134.99
  • Do not exceed 30 MPH with these chains on
  • Easy installation and removal in minutes
  • Diamond pattern cross chain provides a smoother ride and superior traction
  • Meet class ‘S’ clearance requirements
  • Worry-free self-tightening ratchets provide automatic tightening and centering
  • Worry-free self-tightening ratchets provide automatic tightening and centering
  • Eliminates loose chains and retightening stops
  • Meet class ‘S’ clearance requirements
  • Easy installation and removal in minutes
  • Diamond pattern cross chain provides a smoother ride and superior traction

Peerless 0232105 Auto-Trac Light Truck/SUV Tire Traction Chain - Set of 2 - Price History: B003SK8DMQ
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88%
customers recommend this product
4.4/ 5
Longevity4.4
Easy to remove4.3
Durability4.1
Easy to install4.1
3
  • Update Super Quality: Build up with 3 Steel Main Chains + Strong Safe Engineering Belt + Tightening Buckle Lock.
  • Universal model: It can be applied to all the models of the tire width 6.5-8.8in/165-224mm ,Please check the size for your car.
  • Occasions: In snow, ice, climbing, sand, mud or other emergencies.
  • Installation is easier: Free jack installation, simple installation for you and your family.
  • Package Including: 6 * non slip chains, 1 * snow shovel, 1 pair of Anti-skid gloves,1* package bag

Newest Snow Chains, Tire Chains for Suvs, Cars, Sedan, Family Automobiles,Heavy Trucks with Update Adjustable Lock for Ice, Snow,Mud,Sand,Applicable Tire Width 6.5-8.8in/165-224 mm (6PCS) - Price History: B08C2JLBXB
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Newest Snow Chains, Tire Chains for Suvs, Cars, Sedan, Family Automobiles,Heavy Trucks with Update Adjustable Lock for Ice, Snow,Mud,Sand,Applicable Tire Width 6.5-8.8in/165-224 mm (6PCS): image
86%
customers recommend this product
4.3/ 5
Durability4.4
Easy to install4.1
Easy to remove3.8
Easy to use3.3
4
  • For light truck and SUV applications
  • Highway service
  • Durable
  • Tightner QG20074-10 required
  • On and Off road use

Security Chain Company QG2221 Quik Grip Light Truck LSH Tire Traction Chain - Set of 2 - Price History: B000CPZU1M
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86%
customers recommend this product
4.3/ 5
Top Pick
5
  • Better all-around traction performance than conventional tire chains or cables
  • Fast easy installation with no need to move the vehicle
  • Please refer to the Application Guide under Technical Specification or product images and for fitment details, and product video for installation instructions.
  • Designed for cars, pickups, and SUVs with very limited operating clearance around the drive tires
  • Designed-in rubber tightener means there is no need to stop and retighten after installation
  • Better compatibility with anti-lock brakes, traction control, all-wheel drive, and other electronically monitored control systems

Security Chain Company SZ143 Super Z6 Cable Tire Chain for Passenger Cars, Pickups, and SUVs - Set of 2 - Price History: B000HZFDPU
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88%
customers recommend this product
4.4/ 5
Easy to remove4.3
Easy to install4.1
Durability4
Easy to use3
6

Glacier 1042 Passenger Cable Tire Chain – Set of 2

519 ratings | 3 offers
Price: $39.61$41.43
  • Case hardened steel rollers on cable cross members
  • Fits: 14″ – 20″ tires
  • Type “S” limited clearance
  • Suitable for front and rear wheel drive vehicles
  • Meets all state requirements for cable traction devices.Spring rollers are wrapped around sturdy wire cross cables

Glacier 1042 Passenger Cable Tire Chain - Set of 2 - Price History: B004G7DSD4
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84%
customers recommend this product
4.2/ 5
Light weight4.6
Value for money4.4
Easy to install3.5
7

AUTOSOCK 697 Size-697 Tire Chain Alternative

340 ratings | 1 offers
Price starts from: $76.07
  • 255/45R20; 255/50R19; 255/55R18; 255/60R17; 255/65R16; 255/70R15; 265/40R21; 265/45R20; 265/50R19; 265/55R17; 265/55R18; 265/70R15; 275/45R19;
  • Lightweight and easy to store, reusable and machine washable
  • Usable with alloy rims – even when metal chains not allowed, working on all vehicles with low clearance between tire and car body
  • Re-usable and washable. Suited for vehicles with little room in the wheel case. Contents: 1 pair
  • Easy and fast to fit and remove even in cold and difficult weather conditions
  • Approved by TUV SUD and leading car manufacturers
  • Unique grip on snow and ice. Textile traction aid. Ö-norm V5121 and TÜV-SÜD-tested. Perfect short-term winter aid for vehicles. Quick and easy to put on and pull off.
  • Perfect temporary winter traction aid for vehicles
  • Wheel sizes: 215/80R16; 225/65R17; 225/65R18; 225/70R17; 225/75R16; 235/55R19; 235/60R18; 235/65R17; 235/70R16; 235/75R15; 235/75R16; 245/45R20; 245/50R20; 245/55R18; 245/60R18; 245/65R17; 245/70R16; 245/75R15;
  • Pleasant to drive – no noise and no vibrations. Self-centring. Can be used with electronic driving safety systems (ASR, ESP, …) without any problems. Can be used with aluminium wheel trims – even when snow chains are not allowed.

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88%
customers recommend this product
4.4/ 5
Easy to install5
Easy to use4.7
Durability4.4
8

KONIG CB-12 090 Snow chains, set of 2

411 ratings | 2 offers
Price: $89.95$107.7
  • Certifications: Ö-Norm 5117, UNI 11313, TÜV.
  • 195/80-14, 205/70-14, 195/70-15, 205/65-15, 215/60-15, 225/55-15, 195/65-16, 205/55-16, 215/50-16, 205/50-17, 215/45-17, 235/40-17, 225/35-18
  • The simple and sturdy manual tensioning chain.
  • 12 mm inside and on-the-tread clearance.

KONIG CB-12 090 Snow chains, set of 2 - Price History: B009NPM0A6
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86%
customers recommend this product
4.3/ 5
9
  • HOW DOES IT WORK – these tire traction straps help your slipping tires get unstuck from poor traction situations such as snow, ice, sand or mud. A perfect car emergency kit item for winter weather and a must-have device for hunters and outdoor adventurists
  • BE PREPARED THIS WINTER – this easy to install emergency car kit device can be used over and over again. Made with durable and premium EPDM rubber, heavy duty “D” rings, reinforced tire straps for snow and carrying bag for easy storage
  • HOW TO USE – install at first sign of losing traction. Secure one Trac-Grabber to each drive wheel and keep front tires straight. Clear away any resistance. Slowly apply power (5mph) and let the Trac-Grabbers engage, lift and move the vehicle to stable terrain
  • THE ULTIMATE TIRE GRABBER – recommended for use on your two wheel drive Trucks and SUVs with Standard or All-Terrain Tires. Tires with a max “Girth” of 40”. Each block measures 8.75″ (L) x 3.5″ (W) x 1.5″ (D); Strap Size 2″ x 56″
  • GET UNSTUCK WITH TRAC-GRABBER – a quick, simple and effective solution when your vehicle is stranded in all types of terrain and adverse weather conditions. Rescue yourself with this must-have vehicle recovery tool – no need for expensive tow trucks

TRACGRABBER Tire Traction Device for Snow, Mud and Sand – for Trucks and Large SUVs, Set of 2 – Easy to Install, Get Unstuck Fast – A Snow Traction Mat or Snow Chain Alternative - Price History: B00O5BVMJI
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TRACGRABBER Tire Traction Device for Snow, Mud and Sand – for Trucks and Large SUVs, Set of 2 – Easy to Install, Get Unstuck Fast – A Snow Traction Mat or Snow Chain Alternative: image
82%
customers recommend this product
4.1/ 5
Easy to install4.2
Value for money3.8
Easy to use3.7
Easy to remove3.6
10
  • Provides great traction for your snow blower or garden tractor
  • Chain tightener not included
  • Two link chain spacing provides great traction One pair per package
  • Fits tire sizes: 4.00×8 4.80×8 4.00/4.80×8
  • Zinc plated chains for extra durability

Security Chain Company 1061556 Max Trac Snow Blower Garden Tractor Tire Chain - Price History: B004QUDXOU
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Security Chain Company 1061556 Max Trac Snow Blower Garden Tractor Tire Chain: image
86%
customers recommend this product
4.3/ 5
Easy to install4
Value for money3.8
Ranking the Brands
MICHELIN: 10.00%
Security Chain: 40.00%
EASE2U E: 10.00%
Glacier Chains: 10.00%
AUTOSOCK: 10.00%
Konig: 10.00%
TRACGRABBER: 10.00%

Comparison Table

Сomparison: MICHELIN 008314 Snow Chains Easy Grip Evolution Group, 14, Set of 2: imageСomparison: Peerless 0232105 Auto-Trac Light Truck/SUV Tire Traction Chain - Set of 2: imageСomparison: Newest Snow Chains, Tire Chains for Suvs, Cars, Sedan, Family Automobiles,Heavy Trucks with Update Adjustable Lock for Ice, Snow,Mud,Sand,Applicable Tire Width 6.5-8.8in/165-224 mm (6PCS): imageСomparison: Security Chain Company QG2221 Quik Grip Light Truck LSH Tire Traction Chain - Set of 2: imageСomparison: Security Chain Company SZ143 Super Z6 Cable Tire Chain for Passenger Cars, Pickups, and SUVs - Set of 2: imageСomparison: Glacier 1042 Passenger Cable Tire Chain - Set of 2: imageСomparison: AUTOSOCK 697 Size-697 Tire Chain Alternative: imageСomparison: KONIG CB-12 090 Snow chains, set of 2: imageСomparison: TRACGRABBER Tire Traction Device for Snow, Mud and Sand – for Trucks and Large SUVs, Set of 2 – Easy to Install, Get Unstuck Fast – A Snow Traction Mat or Snow Chain Alternative: imageСomparison: Security Chain Company 1061556 Max Trac Snow Blower Garden Tractor Tire Chain: image
MICHELIN 008314 Snow Chains Easy Grip Evolution Group, 14, Set of 2Peerless 0232105 Auto-Trac Light Truck/SUV Tire Traction Chain – Set of 2Newest Snow Chains, Tire Chains for Suvs, Cars, Sedan, Family Automobiles,Heavy Trucks with Update Adjustable Lock for Ice, Snow,Mud,Sand,Applicable Tire Width 6.5-8.8in/165-224 mm (6PCS)Security Chain Company QG2221 Quik Grip Light Truck LSH Tire Traction Chain – Set of 2Security Chain Company SZ143 Super Z6 Cable Tire Chain for Passenger Cars, Pickups, and SUVs – Set of 2Glacier 1042 Passenger Cable Tire Chain – Set of 2AUTOSOCK 697 Size-697 Tire Chain AlternativeKONIG CB-12 090 Snow chains, set of 2TRACGRABBER Tire Traction Device for Snow, Mud and Sand – for Trucks and Large SUVs, Set of 2 – Easy to Install, Get Unstuck Fast – A Snow Traction Mat or Snow Chain AlternativeSecurity Chain Company 1061556 Max Trac Snow Blower Garden Tractor Tire Chain
ManufacturerImpex FrancePeerless ChainEase2U DirectSecurity ChainSecurity ChainGlacier ChainsAutoSockKonig DistributionTRACGRABBERSCC
BrandMICHELINSecurity ChainEASE2U ESecurity ChainSecurity ChainGlacier ChainsAUTOSOCKKonigTRACGRABBERSecurity Chain
Item Weight4.66 pounds13.9 pounds10.23 pounds25 pounds1 pounds6.34 pounds1.76 pounds9 pounds2.09 pounds5 pounds
Product Dimensions5.12 x 12.2 x 9.06 inches11.8 x 11.7 x 3.3 inches13.1 x 9.7 x 4.2 inches7 x 4 x 18 inches14.4 x 6.1 x 3.4 inches0.04 x 0.04 x 0.04 inches13 x 2.76 x 13 inches10.25 x 5.5 x 4.25 inches6.9 x 5 x 3.8 inches
Is Discontinued By ManufacturerNoNoNoNoNoNo
SizeSeries 2300 – 232105Tire 6.5-8.8inSZ14390Truck/Large SUV – Set of 21060256 1060356 1060456 1060856 1061056 1061556 1061756 1061856 1062055 1062056 1062155 1062156 1062655 1062755 1062955 1062956 1063055 1063056 1063156 1063455 1063456 1063856 1063956 1065156 1065356 1061556

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Best snow chains on wheels: Hands-On recommendations for selection and use

When to put snow chains on wheels

Snow chains, or traction chains, are installed on tires to achieve maximum traction when driving on snow and icy surfaces.

These anti-skid devices are usually sold in pairs, as they are put on the drive wheels of the car. In addition, when buying, it is extremely important to consider the size of the tires installed on your car, that is, their diameter and tread width.

A car equipped with snow chains has significantly increased fuel consumption, and its maximum speed is limited to 50 km/h. But all these disadvantages are compensated by really high cross-country ability.

Chains play the role of an additional removable tread. The fact is that the links have a small area of contact with the road surface, so the car presses on the ground much harder. Thus, the improved wheel literally "digs" into the ice, snow or soil and starts rowing like the blades of a water mill.

Advantages of snow chains on wheels

Specialists have repeatedly conducted tests of the operational efficiency of chains, here are some of the results of one of them. Due to the chains it is possible to increase the passability of the car by 3-4 times. According to experienced motorists, with the help of anti-skid devices, the car becomes similar, in its off-road properties, to a cross-country vehicle.

Summer tires with anti-skid devices get close to the winter studded rubber in their cross-country ability, yielding to it in braking on loose snow, but surpassing it in acceleration on ice. Polyurethane belts, unfortunately, cannot achieve such high results. Besides, their reliability leaves much to be desired.

Disadvantages of snow chains

Of course, such wheel equipment allows you to improve the passability of the car, but do not forget that it has a negative impact on the handling. In terms of cross-country ability, the car becomes similar to a tractor, its permissible speed is reduced. The vehicle becomes oversteerable. This means that before you go off-road, it is worth trying to drive the car in normal conditions.

You should not forget about the other disadvantages:

  • Increased tire wear;
  • Strong noise during driving.

What kinds of snow chains on wheels are there

All snow chains are conventionally divided into soft and hard. In the first case, there are plastic or rubber anti-skid devices between the cables stretched around the circumference of the wheel. Whereas the second uses a pattern with transverse intersections.

Classification of snow chains: image
Classification of snow chains

Peculiarities of vehicle operation with snow chains on wheels

If the car is equipped with anti-skid devices, its movement at high speeds is unacceptable. The manual for the use of such devices specifies the maximum speed within 30-50 km/h.

If it is exceeded, the driver will face serious consequences, including accidents. So, a tire can burst or a torn lock can catch on suspension elements, causing at least serious damage.

It is not allowed to exploit the thus equipped car on dry roads for a long time. Some companies-manufacturers forbid driving a car with chains on wheels on asphalt. The matter is that on dry roads such equipment considerably increases the length of braking distance.

If such a device is put on the wheels, you should refuse to sharply increase and decrease speed, any actions should be as possible more soft. Thanks to such tactics, you can save the tires and suspension of the car.

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