Foot pumps

10 Apr, 2007 1:00am

Ten top foot pumps come to blows as they bid to impress our test team. Which gets our vote?

Keep your carbon footprint as small as possible by maintaining the right pressure in your tyres - and there's no more cost-effective way than with a foot pump. The only energy you use is your own and, with your rubber correctly inflated, you'll save money on fuel and wear. The latest pumps are cheap, compact and usable just about anywhere, so there's no excuse for not keeping your rubber at the correct psi. But which delivers the knock-out blow?

The test

Accuracy and pumping power were at the heart of this test. To assess the first, we measured the gauges at several pressures against a calibrated version - the 30psi reading is given here - then saw how much was added with 30 pumps. Points were also given for stability, build quality, hose length and ease of tyre-valve connection. All the products tested here came with adaptors for sports kit and inflatables.


Michelin takes an impressive one-two in this test. The excellent double-barrel pump claims top spot, while its single- barrel stablemate finishes just behind it in second. Draper's value-for-money twin-cylinder unit takes the final spot on the podium in third place.

1 Michelin Twin-Barrel Footpump
2 Michelin Single-Barrel Footpump
3 Draper Twin-Cylinder Foot Pump

Disqus - noscript

I was sick of buying £5 pumps that last a year or two so I purchased a michelin single barrel in the hope it would last. Unfortunately it cost 3 times more and lasted about the same length of time.
The plastic tethers that hold the mechanism locking plugs broke very quickly, the plastic feet came off and got lost, the pin that pushes into the car valve is made of quite soft plastic and disintegrated making it increasingly difficult to engage the valve pin, one of the springs that return the foot plate has snapped off and like all integrated gauges the gauge has become very inaccurate.
It is heavy and sturdy but like all things it is only as good as it's weakest point and there are several to choose from.

Not quality, not value for money, mine's going to the charity shop. It needs so much leg pressure to expel any air which makes it very tiring to use. At first I thought it must be faulty, but apparently they all do that. Dont buy a Michelin branded pump from Halfords they are terrible.

Judging by all the bad reviews of these Michelin pumps on the Halfords and Amazon websites it seems that these Auto Express reviews are useless. I imagine they must give the highest rating to either the most lucrative advertiser or who is willing to grease the palm of the writer.

The problem is that they are all made in China. Globalism may indeed provide low retail cost, but it also provides low quality. The problem is that there is no choice. As Mao once said: "Capitalism will provide the noose by which it will hang itself".

Mitchelin pumps are useless, too heavy, difficult to engage onto the tyre, it does not always show the right pressure, I'm about to throw mine away and good riddance.

I got a Michelin Single-Barrel Footpump about a year ago, because i thought i can use it for long time.
I didn't use it a lot. When i had to do, it was very loud with poor performance. BTW it destroyed today. Never mind, i won't buy Michelin's car accesories anymore...I guess the Michelin paid for this ad.

I purchased a Michelin single barrel foot pump to replace an older British made foot pump without a gauge. After only 2 or 3 years the Michelin pump has collapsed. The importers offered to repair at a higher cost than the original purchase price and I have returned to the better quality British version.