Best Winter / Snow Tires Available at Tire Rack

Thursday, October 6, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
The snowy weather will be here before you know it. Since winter / snow tires are a seasonal item, September or October is the best time to make that all important winter / snow tire purchase. It's the months where in-stock inventory is the largest and you most likely won't have to settle for your second or third option.

Let's take a look at the best-rated winter / snow tires according to our Tire Survey Results:

The top-rated option in the Studdable Winter/Snow category is the General AltiMAX Arctic. This has been a perennial favorite among customers, as the tire provides a great deep snow traction solution without installing studs. You can also add studs to enhance the tire's ice traction, albeit with a noise and wet traction penalty.

Looking at Studless Ice and Snow solutions, the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 is currently ranked number one overall in the category. To learn more about the reputation of Bridgestone's Blizzak tires, read "Bridgestone Blizzak FAQs." Through the use of special rubber compounds containing, among things, fiberglass, you get studded tire traction without the studs. We like to say it makes driving in the snow feel like driving in the rain.

For those customers looking for more clear road performance, check out our Performance Winter/Snow tires. If you have a performance vehicle equipped with summer tires or you live in an area where it's cold, but the roads are mostly clear, this is a great solution. The tires employ a winter rubber compound that stay soft and pliable in colder temperatures. They also have tread patterns optimized for snow traction. They're designed to trade the enhanced compounds found in studless variations to optimize winter capability for more responsive and sporty characteristics. In Performance Winter / Snow tires, the-top rated option for "Winter Performance" is again a Bridgestone product. In this case, it is the Blizzak LM-60.

General AltiMAX Arctic
General AltiMAX Arctic
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60

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