Top Five Jack Stands – Top Picks & Reviews

While a jack lifts your car up, a jack stand maintains it in that position. It makes little sense to use just a jack with no stand unless all you ever wish to do with that power tool is change tires. With the promising strength of the jack stands, you are now able to maintain your car in the lifted position and safely work under it, ensuring that you do not end up with the car hurting you in any way. Our top picks are sturdy and versatile and should be fit for all your needs. It is important to remember that whilst some jacks have high saddle areas and can stabilize your cars using just a pair, you should ideally use 4 jack stands, ie. one per wheel of the car. Without further ado, let’s dig into the jack stands that made us swoon.

Camco Olympian Aluminium Stack Jacks

Camco has gone over and above themselves and produced a jack stand that seems almost unbeatable. Don’t let the aluminum structure fool you, this stand is made from the highest-grade aluminum and is no less sturdy than any of the steel jack stands that you may be more accustomed to. With its high weight lifting capacities and unmatched portability and price, get ready for the ultimate car tool.

Quality

The jack stand is made of the highest-grade aluminum, which should ideally not bend under any circumstances. The quality has been flawless and no one has complained about it. The mechanism itself, however, is questionable since there is no sturdy lock in place, and the stand can be a little wobbly. No reviews suggest that the vehicle ever fell though, so you should be safe.

Price

With a pack of four retailing at under 20 dollars, you would have to cut back some serious budget to give this jack stand competition. The price is the cheapest you can get, and given how great most of the features of this jack stand is, we see no reason why you shouldn’t go for it!

Weight capacity

Aluminum and cheap: probably not what you would have in mind for a highly capable weight lifting jack stand. Surprisingly, Comco manages to somehow make these models able to lift 3 tonnes! With the four of them having a combined capacity of 12 tonnes, there is nothing you can’t put on these jack stands!

Portability

Aluminum is largely bound to be light. At under 8 pounds, and measuring just 11 inches, these four combined should weigh only about 22 pounds. It does not get much lighter than that! If portability is your pressing need, then look no further, go Camco!

Saddle area

For the high-quality build that these jack stands are, the saddle area is disappointingly small. We believe that this is one of the reasons that these jacks are reported to be a little wobbly and unstable. The company should ideally increase the saddle area and make its product flawless!

Lift range

With a lift range of 11 to 17 inches, these jack stands should be perfect for most users. We see no reason to not lift a car to at least 11 inches or to raise one to over 17 inches. The lift range should be ideal for anyone who wishes to use a Jack stand.

Warranty

While like most of the other jack stands, a one year warranty is provided, it is limited in nature. We would like to see this sturdy build provide better warranties. Nonetheless, given that it will cost you under 20 dollars, a warranty barely seems to be a concern.

Pros
  • Very cheap
  • Very high quality
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Ideal lift range
  • Warranty is provided
  • High weight capacity
Cons
  • Low saddle area
  • Can be wobbly
  • Warranty is limited in nature

Torin Big Red Steel Jack Stand T43002A

If the Camco model does not fit your needs, we have the perfect model for you. The Torin T43002A offers a locking mechanism that allows for the jack stand to be much much safer. The saddle area is also much larger, and thus your safety is maximized. This steel-based jack stand should provide you with all that you need for your vehicle, at a user-friendly budget with easy maintenance and usage procedures.

Quality

This jack stand has been crafted to perfection in terms of quality and has been constructed from high-grade steel. With an emphasis on design, this model maximizes your safety by providing a lock system that will ensure that the jack stand never jerks down. Some users have complained that the steel bends eventually, but that should cause no harm to you since it does so eventually. Nonetheless, the welding should be improved

Price

At 25 dollars a pair, the price is very reasonable. You can get the jack stands that you require for your car in just 50 dollars! It’s rare to find any other company that can manage to provide the same amount of quality in such low a price (sparing our top pick, of course!)

Weight capacity

With every jack having the ability to hold up to three tonnes, to a combined capacity of 12 tonnes, you can throw almost any vehicle that you wish to at these stands, including SUVs and other heavier vehicles, without fear!

Portability

At a length of just 7.5 inches, this jack stand should be able to fit anywhere that you want to fit it at. It weighs only a light 15 pounds for the pair as well, for a combined 30 pounds for the four of them, and should not be a hassle to carry around in your car.

Saddle area

The standing feature of this jack stand comes in the form of its huge saddle area. With the saddle area this high and the lock mechanism inbuilt, you’re safe working under a car supported by these stands.

Lift range

With a lift range of between 11 and 16.7, you should have no trouble for the most part. If you want some more extraordinary lift ranges though, we have you covered in another pick of ours.

Warranty

A warranty of one year is provided and is not limited. This is rare with car jacks and is as good as it gets, so you should avail it if you are unfortunate enough to face the bent steel epidemic.

Pros
  • High quality
  • High saddle area
  • High value for money
  • Highly portable
  • Very acceptable Lift range
  • Warranty is not limited
  • High weight capacity
  • Not wobbly at all
Cons
  • Steel bends at times due to bad welding

Hein-Werner HW93503

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Hein-Werner-HW93503-Blue-Yellow-Stand/dp/B0011O4WCG

Hein-Werner has made their jack stands stand out in a number of ways (no puns intended). Not only does this sturdy high-quality build model meet the basic criteria of a good model and can carry high weight capacities, but it is also built-in an innovative way that allows for it to be a lot more stable, and ultimately safer. It also adds an extra few inches of lift, to those who may seek to up their cars some more.

Quality

Built with the highest-grade steel, this model leaves nothing untouched in terms of quality. With no reports of the quality being bad, and the model having the widest base that we have ever witnessed, along with a lock to ensure your safety, it does not get much safer! No wobbles around here!

Price

With great quality comes a hefty price tag. At 75 dollars a pair, this model would set you down about 150 dollars. However, given the quality that it provides is impeccable, we believe that it might still be a good value for money

Weight capacity

The stand can hold up a weight of up to 3 tonnes, for a combined weight of 12 tonnes. Nothing much different from the others that we reviewed here, it should be good to go for anyone that doesn’t own a heavy-duty truck.

Portability

At only 12 inches of length, this model can fit almost anywhere and is extremely portable. With a weight of just around 19 pounds for the pair, this product should be light enough for you to carry around as well. The base, however, is a little large and may cause issues if you have very limited space.

Saddle area

The Hein-Werner shines in the saddle area. With a huge saddle area that has a curved circular base, this model should be able to ensure that there are no wobbles whatsoever, and your car remains as stable as it can get!

Lift range

Offering a lift range from 12 inches to a modest 19 inches, this should be your go-to model if you want the extra three inches of lift that our top models don’t provide. The range is well within what a typical user would need.

Warranty

Providing a generous two-year warranty, this product outdoes the market average which seems to fall nearer to none at all! However, the warranty is limited in nature.

Pros
  • Very high quality
  • Large base for stability
  • Lock mechanism
  • Very portable
  • Large saddle area, making it wobble-free
  • 2-year warranty
  • Very generous lift range
Cons
  • Warranty is limited
  • Price is very high

Cartman 3 Tonne Jack Stand

 

The Cartman jack stand comes as another solid contender in the race. At a price much lower than that of some of the other models of similar quality, this product promises to deliver you with a product you’ll be satisfied with. Their high-quality stable builds are made for your safety, and you can trust them to hold your vehicle up whilst you service under it. Let’s see what makes these paired jacks stand out

Quality

Quality is the utmost priority of Cartman. Their jack stands not only meet but also claim to exceed the ANSI standard, which is rare to see. With the amount of focus on quality that they give, this steel-based model should not itself the target of many complaints. However, customers still complain that it bends after extended usage (quite baffling to us!)

Price

Priced at 25 dollars a pair, you can get the entire set for just 50 dollars. This is cheap as far as high standard pairs of jack stands go, and should be well within the budget of anyone seeking jack stands.

Weight capacity

The weight capacity is standard, at around 3 tonnes per jack stand for a combined total of 12 tonnes. Any vehicle under 6 tonnes should be safe on these stands.

Portability

Weighing at just 12 pounds, the stands are really hard to beat in terms of weight. The whole kit would be only 24 pounds, a staggering low! The stand’s length, however, goes to 13 inches and might not fit at all places.

Saddle area

The saddle is moderately large, although not the best that you can get. You should not face any sort of wobbling with this model.

Lift range

The lift range is suited for most of the users and rests between 11 to 16.3 inches. We believe that the upper limit should have been an inch or so higher, but it works.

Warranty

Only a very partial warranty is offered for very limited parts. Given that the steel has been reviewed as malleable, we believe that a better warranty should have been offered.

Pros
  • Very high quality
  • ANSI standards met
  • Cheap
  • Very lightweight
  • Suitable saddle area
Cons
  • Not the best range
  • Long length, might not fit at all places
  • Steel bends
  • A very partial and limited warranty

Performance Tool W41023

Most of our reviews were focused on products that could lift 3 tonnes, that is, 12 tonnes cumulative. This particular pair, however, can lift twice as much. Built with the highest quality and having a huge saddle area, it should be fitting for every need. The functions do not, however, come without a hefty price tag, so you should really only go for this model if you own a heavy-duty vehicle that can not be given anything but the absolute best.

Quality

Made of steel, this product is of the highest quality. The steel (luckily in this case) does not bend and is very sturdy and fitting. However, some refurbished items are sold as new, after measly repaint jobs, which is beyond our understanding for a premium product.

Price

At 60 for a pair, the price is charged at a premium, and would set you back 120 dollars. While not the most expensive among the reviewed, it is a high price to pay for a jack stand.

Weight capacity

With the capacity to hold 6 tonnes per stand for a combined 24, this stand should be able to hold up whatever you throw at it including SUVs and small trucks, with little strain!

Portability

Weighing at 30.2 pounds for the pair and a combined 60 pounds, this is not the lightest item on our list. The length is a huge 15 inches as well, making this product not as portable as the other ones that we reviewed.

Saddle area

Offering a generous 8-inch saddle area, you can not go wrong with the Performance tool in this regard. The vehicle would not move a bit!

Lift range

While having a much higher lower range at 15.5 inches, it allows you to go a generous 23.5 inches. That is 6 inches above most of the competition and makes this jack stand the perfect one for those that require a lot of space under their vehicle.

Warranty

For a premium product, we would expect a better warranty. Performance tool disappoints us in this regard, offering just a partial limited warranty for some parts.

Pros
  • Very high quality
  • Can lift 24 tonnes
  • Huge saddle area
  • High upper lift range
Cons
  • Not very portable
  • Low lower lift range
  • Only offers a partial limited warranty

Buyer guide

Having read all of the reviews above, you must be wondering what jack stands you should actually buy. It is very important to find your perfect fit because these stands would literally hold your life at stake. A car falling on top of you is no pretty business, especially when it happens due to poorly constructed jack stands!

Quality

It goes without saying: get only and only the best. With any slack in choosing a high-quality model you will be exposing yourself to the risk of having the piston break and the car falling on top of you, crucially injuring you.

Price

Most of the jack stands last a long time and they are not priced too high, so the price is usually not much of a concern. We would, however, advise you to remain within reasonable limits and not go above the 50 dollar mark unless something exceptional is offered.

Weight capacity

It is important to realize that four 2 tonne stands are not enough for an 8-tonne vehicle. That is because the car weight is not equally divided, with the engine being heavier than other areas. A good rule of thumb is to get twice the weight capacity stands to your vehicle weight. So for a 4-tonne vehicle, the combined weight capacity of the jack stands should be 8 tonnes.

Portability

If you wish to take the jack stand along with you on trips, it is usually worth investing in the portable models. If they will stick to your garage and not move, portability can be ignored.

Saddle area

It is important for the saddle area to be large enough to support the vehicle. If you are using less than four jack stands (we recommend that you don’t) you would need a higher saddle area. Similarly, get larger saddle areas for larger vehicles.

Lift range

The lift range is generally ideal in all stands and you would not need to give it much thought. However, if you plan to go over 16 inches of lift, you should find a stand that goes to your requisite range.

Warranty

It is hard to find a decent warranty in any of the jack stands. The ones that do offer it are usually the ones that come with a high premium. Given how cheap the stands can be, warranty is generally not a major concern though.

How much warranty does my floor jack have?
Most models offer almost no warranty, with top-notch ones maxing out at three.
What kind of warranty is offered?
A very partial and limited warranty is usually provided. No accidental damage is covered, and only manufacturing faults are entertained.
How do I find out the range that I require?
Park your vehicle on a flat surface, use your jack to lift it up, and measure the distance from the floor to the car base for your usual requisite heights.
What weight capacity do I need?
You need to double the weight capacity from the weight of your vehicle.
Why do I need double the weight capacity?
The weight of a car is not generally balanced, and thus a higher weight capacity is required per jack stand for your safety.
Where does a jack stand go?
Most cars have spots near their tires made for jack stands. You should place your jack stands on those.
Should I choose ramps or jacks?
Ramps are safer but more expensive. Professional mechanics should use ramps.
Should I buy a steel jack or an aluminum jack?
While steel is generally sturdier, given how many of the steel jacks have welding issues, we would recommend aluminum-based jack stands.

Conclusion

Having seen a comprehensive review of the best options available to you when it comes to a jack stand, we hope that you are able to find your perfect fit. Jack stands are awfully important for anyone that needs to get under cars and ensure your safety. For something that literally holds your life in its hands, it is important to be very careful in making a decision. That is why we have made this comprehensive guide for you so that you are able to get the best as you deserve. We hope that this article was able to help you choose which jack stand you are going to add to your inventory, and we hope that it proves to be safe and reliable for you. Remember, your safety is important, and we can not emphasize enough on the necessity to use four of the jack stands at all times when you decide to get under a car. Safe exploring!

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