Last updated: August 11, 2021

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Welcome to our large wheel spanner test 2021. Here we present all the wheel spanners that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a wheel spanner.




Summary

  • A wheel spanner is just what you need if you want to change your tyre quickly in the event of a puncture or if you want to carry out your annual wheel change.
  • Your wheel spanner should definitely be equipped with a telescopic arm. Inexpensive wheel spanners can be bought for as little as five euros.
  • To achieve good leverage, the handle of the spanner should be stable and comfortable to hold. Make sure that you always use the correct spanner size.

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Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate wheel spanners

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate wheel spanners. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain product is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Spanner sizes
  • Length
  • Handle of the wheel nut wrench
  • Material

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Width across flats

The spanner size of a standard wheel nut is 21 mm. The supplied wheel nut wrench is usually adapted to this. The nuts of other wheel rims often have a different width across flats. In this case it makes sense to carry an additional wheel spanner.

The spanner widths are the usual 17 mm, 19 mm or 22 mm for your car or 24 mm, 27 mm and 32 mm for your truck.

Length

We recommend that you buy a wheel nut wrench with a telescopic arm. It allows for better power transmission or greater leverage.

Most spanners are extendable in a range of 350 to 550 mm.

Handle of the wheel wrench

Most wheel nut wrenchs are equipped with a rubber handle. The black plastic handle attached to the end of the grip makes handling much easier. It is very important to choose a spanner with a secure grip.

If you choose a wheel spanner with a secure rubber grip, you also increase your safety.

Attention! You should always pay attention to your own safety. The rubber handle can easily slip off and there is a high risk of injury.

There is also a version of the handle without a cover. The long end of the wheel spanner is flattened and allows you to lever off the hub caps of the wheel.

Material

The following table shows the materials available:

Steel mixture Features
Chrome- Vanadium- Steel (CrV) Very tough and resilient tool steel which is also used by professionals. High-quality tools are made of vanadium steel and are usually found in higher price ranges. Vanadium steel is distinguished from other steel mixtures by its durability.
Chromium-nickel steel (CrNi) The chromium and nickel mixture hardens the steel and offers a high level of protection against the effects of corrosion such as seawater. This mixture is used less but can still be found on the market.
Chrome-molybdenum steel (CrMo) stands out from other types of steel due to its low weight. The steel is hardened and possible deformation is prevented, in addition the steel is corrosion resistant.
Unalloyed steel (coal steel) A certain amount of coal has been added to harden the steel. Often cheaper tools are made from coal steel.

Your chosen wheel nut wrench should be made with a strong alloy of chrome vanadium.

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a wheel spanner

When and why do you need a good wheel spanner?

Once a flat tyre has caught up with you, you only need three important items: an inflated spare wheel, a jack and a good wheel spanner.

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To ensure a smooth tyre change, you need a high-quality wheel spanner. (Image source: HutchRock / pixabay)

It is part of the basic equipment of the on-board tool kit and enables the wheel to be changed quickly in the event of a puncture. Unfortunately, the spanners supplied as on-board tools are not always of the necessary quality to loosen or tighten the wheel bolts or wheel nuts without problems.

Therefore, it makes sense to buy a high-quality wheel spanner and carry it with you.

How much does a conventional wheel spanner cost?

Your chosen spanner doesn't have to be expensive. You can get good spanners for as little as 5 euros.

What types of wheel spanners are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, there are two types of wheel spanners:

  • Simple wheel wrench
  • Wheel nut wrench with flattening

Wheel spanners can be distinguished on the basis of the way their handle is made. In general, wheel nut wrenches can be found in variations with a handle or with a flattened end.

In addition to questions regarding quality, you should therefore primarily decide on the manufacturing of the handle when making your purchase.

In the following section, we would like to help you decide which type of wheel spanner is best suited for you and your activities.

To make this decision easier for you, we will present the two types of wheel spanners in more detail and give you an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each type that you should consider when making your purchase.

What is a simple wheel spanner and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A wheel spanner with a handle is a very common variation of wheel spanners. This version has a handle attached to the end of the bar, which is designed to improve the operation of the wheel spanner, making it easier to use.

In addition, the handle is said to increase comfort, as the wheel nut wrench is more comfortable to hold.

With this variant of wheel spanners, it should be noted that the handle should be of good quality, otherwise it could slip off during use.

If this is the case, injuries are inevitable. Therefore, when choosing a wheel spanner with a handle, make sure that the existing handle is of good quality and well mounted so that it cannot slip off during use.

Advantages
  • Easy handling
  • Greater comfort
  • Reduced risk of injury
Disadvantages
  • Handle can slip off

Special versions are also available without a handle. Here, two wheel nut wrenches equipped with a screwing device at both ends are welded crosswise.

This means that one spanner can always be used as a handle when working. This increases the leverage during work.

What is a wheel spanner with flattening and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Wheel nut wrenches with a flattened end do not have a handle at the end that could slip off. Instead, this type of wheel spanner has a flattened end without a cover.

This design allows the user to use the wheel spanner not only for fixing the wheels, but also for levering off the hub caps of the wheel.

However, the wheel spanners with a flattened end have the disadvantage that they are not very comfortable to hold compared to those with a rubber grip.

This makes them relatively uncomfortable to use and can lead to blisters on your fingers if you are not used to this type of work.

Advantages
  • Possible to prise off hubcaps
Disadvantages
  • Uncomfortable to use
  • Increased risk of injury

When deciding which type of wheel spanner you want to buy, you should therefore be sure about what exactly you want to do with the wheel spanner.

If you only need it to fasten the wheel and prefer it to be comfortable, then you can use a spanner with a handle.

If, however, you also want to use the wheel spanner to lever off the hub caps of the wheel, then a wheel spanner with a flattened end is the better choice.

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