Best Multimeters For Electricians (Top 11 of 2019 Reviewed)

A quality multimeter gives you the readings you need quickly and accurately. While a cheap, badly made multimeter will only give you inaccurate readings (and headaches).

But not all cheap multimeters are bad.

There are a few budget multimeters under $50 which give more accurate readings than other multimeters well over $100. These budget multimeters provide a lot of value – they’re just hard to find.

In our quest to find the best multimeter, we review some of the most popular multimeter brands available – including Fluke, Mastech, Klein, and Extech.

Whether you’re a beginner looking for a budget multimeter for home use, or a technician looking for a premium HVAC option for work – you’ve come to the right place. Let’s jump right into the Top 11 Multimeters of 2019.

best overall rating
Fluke 117 Multimeter
  • Precise readings – gives you the True RMS value
  • Automatic AC/DC voltage selection with AutoVolt function
  • Built-in non-contact voltage detector
premium choice rating
Fluke 87-V Multimeter
  • Accurate measurements on noisy HVAC equipment
  • Built-in thermometer for temperature readings
  • Lifetime Warranty
great value rating
Klein Tools MM400
  • Best budget option – under $50
  • Easy to use – great for beginners and electronics hobbyists
  • Comes with test leads, a thermocouple, adapter and batteries

Best Multimeters For Electricians

Fluke 117 Multimeter – Best Overall

Fluke 117 Multimeter

Let me put it simply: The Fluke 117 Multimeter is a work of art.

Anyone who has used this multimeter before will know exactly what I’m talking about.

It. Just. Works.

Fluke’s tagline for this multimeter is literally “The Ideal Multimeter for Electricians”. I was initially skeptical – I’m sure every company thinks that their multimeter is “Ideal”. 

While that may be true, Fluke’s 117 multimeter stays true to its tagline.

Everything about this multimeter just screams quality. The crystal clear display. The LED backlight. The AutoVolt function (which autodetects AC/DC voltage for you). Its CAT III safety rating. Its intuitive and easy-to-use user interface. Its True RMS accuracy.

Multimeter hanging on a wall with technician walking off in the distance

All the way down to the way it feels in your handFluke have really outdone themselves on this one. There was clearly a lot and back and forth between electricians and the engineers at Fluke to produce this baby.

And unlike many competitors, Fluke are standing behind the quality of their devices. The Fluke 117 multimeter comes with a generous 3 year warranty.

Here’s a list of features that come with the Fluke 117:

  • Measures resistance, continuity, frequency, and capacitance
  • Provides Min/Max/Average to record signal fluctuations
  • AutoVolt and low input impedance modes to provide faster, more accurate readings
  • Features compact ergonomic design for one-handed operation
  • A 3 year warranty
  • CAT III 600 V safety rated
  • A large white LED backlight to improve measurement visibility in poorly lit areas
  • AutoVolt and low input impedance modes provide faster, more accurate readings
  • VoltAlert™ technology for fast, go/no-go non-contact voltage detection
  • Comes with a holster with probe holders for easy storage
Fluke 117 Multimeter With Test Leads

The only downside to this multimeter is that it’s slightly pricier than some of the alternatives.

So if you’re looking the best budget multimeter under $50 – grab yourself a Klein Tools MM400.

But if you’re willing to spend a bit more, then the Fluke 117 Multimeter is well worth it. This is the perfect multimeter for electricians and electronics technicians.

Save yourself the headache – get a Fluke 117.

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What We Like
  • Precise readings – gives you the True RMS value
  • Crystal clear display with LED backlight – great for poorly lit areas
  • Automatic AC/DC voltage selection with AutoVolt function
  • Built-in non-contact voltage detector
  • CAT III 600 V Safety Rated
What We Don’t Like
  • Not the cheapest on the market

Fluke 87V Multimeter – Premium Choice

Fluke 87v HVAC Multimeter

When it comes to a HVAC multimeter – it’s better to pay for quality.

And with the Fluke 87V Digital Multimeter, you won’t be left disappointed.

Fluke have used a custom-made low pass filter to provide accurate voltage and frequency measurements on Adjustable Speed Drives (ASD) and other electrically noisy equipment.

The Fluke 87-V is able to measure up to a huge 1000 V AC and DC and provides the True RMS voltage – essential for HVAC technicians.

Another great feature is the built-in thermometer. This allows you to make temperature measurements without a separate thermometer. This is an extremely handy feature which we really wish was included in some of the cheaper Fluke multimeters.

Fluke 87V HVAC True RMS Multimeter With Cable Leads

The Automatic Touch Hold is another one of this multimeter’s stand-out features. It captures stable readings without forcing you to press extra buttons while measuring.

The Fluke 87-V records Min/Max/Average and has a Min/Max alert that automatically captures variations. The Relative mode also removes test lead interference from low-ohms measurements.

Along with a sturdy holster and case, the design element on the multimeter has a recessed dial/raised case to help protect the selector and the screen.

To complement its case, the Fluke 87-V is well proportioned; from the protected jack inputs to the uncluttered selector dial.

The Fluke 87-V is the safest multimeter we reviewed. It has a Category IV safety rating up to 600V, and a Category III safety rating up to 1000V. It’s also been independently tested to comply with the second edition of ANSI/ISA S82.01 and EN61010-1.

Fluke 87V HVAC Electricians Multimeter

The Fluke 87V Digital Multimeter is the best premium multimeter on the market. We think Fluke know this – that’s why the Fluke 87-V comes with a Lifetime Warranty.

Although it’s a little pricey – we can understand why. It’s absolutely packed with features (and made in the USA).

If you’re looking a budget multimeter for home use – then you’re better off with the cheaper Fluke 117 or Klein MM400.

But if you’re a HVAC technician or electrician who is looking for a multimeter to last a lifetime – then look no further than the Fluke 87V Digital Multimeter.

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What We Like
  • Accurate voltage and frequency measurements on noisy HVAC equipment
  • Built-in thermometer gives temperature measurements without a separate thermometer
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Measure up to 1000 V AC/DC
  • Designed and built in the USA
What We Don’t Like
  • Pricey (but quality!)

Klein Multimeter – Great Value

Need a multimeter without breaking the bank? Then the Klein Tools MM400 is your best bet.

It has all the features you’ll need for conducting repairs, diagnosis, and measurements. The multimeter comes with a rubber holster, making it difficult to slip out of your hands.

The Klein Tools MM400 automatically sets the measurement range, instead of having to do it manually. Beginner electricians will love this option – and even experienced veterans will appreciate the convenience.

It measures current up to 10A and voltages up to 600 AV/DC. Plus, it can carry out its resistance test to 40MΩ and can run frequency, temperature, capacitance, continuity, and duty-cycle tests.

It has a large backlit LCD screen, making it easy to use in dark or low-light conditions.

It comes included with test leads, a thermocouple, an adapter, and batteries.

Klein have made it very easy to replace the batteries – you only need to remove one screw!

Includes test leads, thermocouple with adapter and batteries.

Durability isn’t an issue with the MM400. The tool is built to withstand 3.3 feet drops and withstand frequent usage on a job site.

And with a CAT III 600V Safety Rating, Klein have kept the focus on safety.

The Klein Tools MM400 is a great option for those on a budget.

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What We Like
  • Best budget option – under $50
  • Easy to use – great for beginners and electronics hobbyists
  • Comes with test leads, a thermocouple, adapter and batteries
  • Measures up to 600 V AC/DC Voltage
  • Low battery indicator and easily accessible battery compartment
What We Don’t Like
  • Does not give True RMS voltage

Mastech Multimeter

Mastech MS8268 Digital Multimeter

At an extremely cheap price – you’ll find the Mastech MS8268 Multimeter.

While it’s cheaper, the Mastech multimeter simply isn’t as capable as the Klein Tools MM400 – which will provide you with better value for money (even if it’s a little more expensive).

For example, the Mastech multimeter is slower than a lot of competing tools. It takes a little longer to get a solid reading – and that time can add up.

The 15-minute auto-shutoff feature is also annoying, and it can interrupt you while you’re in the middle of a job.

All this said, if you’re looking for the cheapest multimeter around that is still reliable, the Mastech MS8268 can be a great option for you.

Mastech’s multimeter is best suited for beginners and electronics hobbyists who are looking for a cheap option to get started with.

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What We Like
  • Much cheaper than the competition – under $50
  • Surprisingly reliable for its price point
  • Provides accurate readings at low voltages
  • Great low cost option for beginners and electronics hobbyists
What We Don’t Like
  • The 15 minute auto-shutdown can be annoying on longer jobs
  • Can sometimes take a while to get a reading
  • Does not give True RMS voltage

Extech Multimeter

Extech EX330 Digital Multimeter

The Extech EX330 is a great pocket multimeter.

It’s intuitive and easy to use buttons and interface makes it a good budget option for beginners.

We were big fans of the “Max Hold” and “Data Hold” functions.

The Max Hold function allows you to capture the multimeter’s highest reading – and the display will even update each time a higher reading is reached.

The Data Hold function allows you to freeze the current display. This is great for when you need to hold the current reading while you review and take notes.

Extech EX330 Digital Multimeter Electronics

The capacitance option allows you to charge a capacitor with a known current and measure the resulting voltage when performing electrical troubleshooting.

The EX330 measures frequency between 0.001Hz to 10MHz for quick and easy diagnostics when testing circuits.

These are very useful features for electronics hobbyists.

Extech EX330 Digital Multimeter Home Use

The built-in non-contact AC Voltage Detector is very handy for home use.

It uses a combination of an audible beeper and red LED indicator lights to alert you to the presence of voltage when placed near live wires, outlets, and switches.

The EX330 multimeter from Extech is one of the more capable options on this list, and it is comparable to the MM400 from Klein Tools when it comes to its price.

Overall the Extech EX330 is a great pocket multimeter for beginners on a budget.

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What We Like
  • Compact pocket multimeter
  • Cheaper option – under $50
  • Intuitive and easy to use (good for beginners)
  • Autoranging functionality
  • Max Hold function allows you to capture the multimeter‘s highest reading
What We Don’t Like
  • Display could be improved
  • Does not give True RMS voltage

Greenlee Multimeter

Greenlee DM-45 Digital Multimeter

While the Greenlee DM-45 Multimeter may not be the worst multimeter on the market, it certainly isn’t a good one.

This model is full of problems that honestly shouldn’t exist at this price point.

Let’s start with the test leads: they suck. They are way too short for comfortable use, and just scream “low-quality”. They were clearly NOT built to last.

Greenlee DM-45 Digital Multimeter Home Use

The display is also unusable. Not only does it lack a backlight making it impossible to use at night – but it’s even hard to see during the day!

If all of this wasn’t enough, the three-minute auto-off timer combined with the relatively long startup time will drive you insane.

Not worth it – even for home use. Skip it.

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What We Like
  • Replaceable fuses
What We Don’t Like
  • Leads are low quality and too short for practical use
  • The display lacks a proper backlight and is hard to read
  • Infuriating auto-off coupled with a long boot time

Fluke 101 Multimeter

Fluke 101 Multimeter

If you need one of the best multimeters for electronics, then you’ll love the affordable, user-friendly Fluke 101 Digital Multimeter.

While most cheap multimeters will end up breaking within a few weeks or months of your purchase, the Fluke 101 is designed to last much longer.

This added degree of reliability ensures that you get much more value for money out of this multimeter, as it will be more likely to last you a long time and you won’t have to replace it as soon.

Fluke 101 Digital Multimeter

While this multimeter may not have the largest voltage range, it is sufficient for the typical low voltages you’ll be handling in electronics. The CAT III rating of this multimeter ensures that it’s safe for up to 600 Volts.

This model is designed to be compact and portable, so it’s a lot smaller than a lot of the competition, making it easier to use with one hand. The auto-shutdown feature helps preserve the two AAA batteries that are used to power this multimeter.

Overall the Fluke 101 is a fantastic beginner’s multimeter. It’s reliable, accurate, portable, and under $50.

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What We Like
  • Extremely reliable
  • Affordable (under $50)
  • CAT III Safety Rating
  • Excellent for electronics
What We Don’t Like
  • No capacitance test
  • Not suitable for commercial use

Craftsman Multimeter

Craftsman Multimeter

The Craftsman 34-82141 Digital Multimeter is good for home use, as it’s one of the most affordable options on the market.

Despite not coming equipped with extra features, this multimeter is reliable enough to last. If you need a cheap multimeter without any bells or whistles, this one should be perfect.

The LCD screen on this multimeter makes it easier to determine your reading, and it features 8 functions over 18 ranges for enhanced versatility.

Craftsman Digital Multimeter

For an affordable model (it’s under $50), the Craftsman multimeter comes included with a surprising number of features, as it can also perform diode tests and is equipped with a continuity beeper.

This model also comes included with a set of leads and an instructional guide, making it perfect for users who are getting their first multimeter and would like some guidance. The case of this multimeter is even ruggedized so that you don’t have to worry about dropping it.

If you’re looking for a bare-bones budget multimeter for home-use, the Craftsman 34-82141 is a fine choice.

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What We Like
  • Very affordable (under $50)
  • Fairly accurate readings in a low voltage range
  • Continuity beeper
What We Don’t Like
  • Lacks extra features compared to competition
  • Confusing interface
  • Unsuitable for high voltage use

INNOVA Multimeter

INNOVA Multimeter

The INNOVA 3320 Multimeter is our favorite option for beginners thanks to it providing good value for money and its large digital display.

There are three LEDs on the front panel of this multimeter that can give you a quick readout on batteries, as green will tell you that they’re stable and red will let you know that they need to be replaced.

The auto-ranging feature also helps make this multimeter a better option for first-time users, as they won’t have to dial in the range themselves.

INNOVA 3320 Multimeter

The small size of this multimeter makes it perfect for single-handed use, and it even features rubberized corners for superior grip and damage resistance.

This model also comes with holders and a stand that can keep your hands free while you’re using it, making it ideal for more complex tasks that require multiple tools.

Overall the INNOVA multimeter is a simple and robust multimeter. It’s accurate at low voltages, and is a good cheap option for home use.

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What We Like
  • Battery check LEDs
  • Large display
  • Rubberized corners
  • Single-setting resistance function for AC and DC voltage
What We Don’t Like
  • Continuity test delay
  • Auto-ranging takes a while

AstroAI Multimeter

AstroAI Multimeter

The AstroAI multimeter is one of our favorite options under $50 because of its combination of an astonishingly low price point with a reliable design.

This model is an excellent option for electricians who need an expendable multimeter that they won’t worry too much about.

While there are admittedly cheaper multimeters, there aren’t any at a lower price point that can match the AstroAI’s reliability and accuracy.

AstroAI Digital Multimeter

If you’re looking for the cheapest model that can give you accurate readings and won’t end up malfunctioning in a few days, then this is it.

With a sampling speed of 2 times per second, this model is also quicker than many affordable multimeters. The backlit LCD screen helps you keep track of your readings in darker areas without having to shine a light on it.

The AstroAI Multimeter even comes with a built-in kickstand that allows for hands-off use. You’ll be hard pressed to find a multimeter that gives you more bang for your buck. While not suitable for commercial use, this is a suitable option for home-use for those on a tight budget.

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What We Like
  • Extremely cheap (under $50)
  • Suitable for electronics or home-use
  • 1 year warranty
What We Don’t Like
  • No automatic AC/DC voltage selection
  • No extra features

Etekcity Multimeter

Etekcity Multimeter

Up next, we have the affordable multimeter from Etekcity, which is designed to be an entry-level model for first-time users.

Despite being affordably priced, this multimeter is equipped with a few features that help make it more approachable – including a large LCD screen and a data hold button.

When you want to keep a reading on the screen, all you have to do is press the data hold button, and you’ll be able to analyze it further at a later time.

Etekcity Digital Multimeter

This model also features a sampling speed of three times per second, ensuring that it can work far more efficiently than other cheap multimeters.

Safety is another place where this multimeter shines, as it features overload protection across all ranges and there is also a rubber sleeve around it to prevent fall damage.

This model even comes included with a one-year warranty, which is a relatively rare inclusion for products at this price point. If you’re only using your multimeter at home (i.e. low voltage usage) and are looking for a cheap option, Etekcity’s multimeter is a good alternative to Fluke.

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What We Like
  • Easy to use
  • 1 year warranty
  • Relatively quick sampling speed
  • Very cheap – well under $50
What We Don’t Like
  • Not as durable as alternatives
  • Batteries are hard to replace

About Blake Sutton

Blake has worked as an electrician for over 10 years, receiving his Journeyman Electrician license in 1998. Looking to take his professional electrical career further, in 2008 he received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Texas in Austin. Blake now works full time as an electrical engineer, specializing in power systems.