We often use the term "bang for your buck" here at Tire Rack when describing the best product for the money. Few options better illustrate the concept better than dedicated winter / snow tires. Though all winter tires provide a noticeable advantage over even the best all-season, there is still a marked disparity between the least capable winter tire and the top performers.
In "Winter is Coming: What Winter Tire is Right for You? Part 1," we discussed the best winter tires for the worst conditions. As noted in the aforementioned article, the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3 set the gold standard for winter traction. Though they are the best option for many drivers, the Bridgestone and Michelin come at a bit of a premium price point, which begs the question, "Which winter tire will work best for the money?" The answer is very simple, the General AltiMAX Arctic is easily the best bang-for-your-buck winter tire. The tire is available in a large number of sizes ranging from 175/70R13 to 265/70R17 in addition to a number of LT metric sizes for 3/4- and one-ton vehicles. Right out of the box, the AltiMAX Arctic provides fantastic snow and ice grip, but can also be studded for those who wish to optimize ice traction.
Read further about the Altimax Arctic in our full test report, "Winter Testing at the Arctic Circle: Studdable Winter/Snow."