Thermal wheels: how much they cost

The tire temperature are equivalent to winter tires and are fundamental to guarantee the safety while driving in a condition of poor adherence. Let’s see together the prices of the various models on the market.

Thermal tires and their prices

When it comes to tires, it is not easy to determine the expense that you have to face, regardless of their size; clearly, if you own a nice sports car you need a much more expensive set of tires than you would have to fit in a small car. As far as winter tires are concerned, things don’t change; their prices are currently in line with those of summer tires and often depend on the brand and the quality of the compound, as is the case with all other goods on the market.

With these assumptions it becomes clear that choosing the right tire for your needs is relatively simple, but as always, things get complicated when buying. In fact, the market now offers many products of different brands; some companies offer you their tires at bargain prices and in some cases you can buy a set of tires for a small car for less than 100 euros, especially if you take advantage of the internet. Let’s see how you can make the right choice and be sure not to be dissatisfied with your purchase.

The internet, thermal tires and “sub-brands”

Until a few years ago, tire dealers offered you tires whose brand is still famous all over the world; since the internet has allowed various wholesalers to create well-organized and structured e-commerce sites, you will have noticed that you can buy tires easily and with a few clicks, being able to choose tires with a noble brand but also tires whose manufacturer is yours often unknown. You have often wondered if you should buy tires you have never heard of and why their price is so low compared to other tires of the same size. Answering these questions is not easy and almost always the truth lies in some aspects that do not matter that much to you, such as the place of production, the adoption of certified processes,
Let’s try to understand what are the real differences between the tires on the market and why you should prefer one over another.

A brief comparison between different thermal rubbers

Let’s start by examining three models of winter rubber produced by various fairly famous houses:

  • Continental Wintercontact: the German company offers you a winter tire with a “V” design, adopted for the first time by Good Year in the Eagle tires, even if the latter are summer tires; we are talking about one of the best products ever, even considering the reviews of those who have tried them. According to the European labeling (it establishes a value that varies from “A” to “G” for each tire indicating its performance) these tires have good grip in the wet (“B”) and are not indicated that much to save fuel ( “C”); their noise level is 72 Db. The company specifies that the compound used is of the Cool Chili type, an internal patent that promises a decidedly exciting reaction to braking in the wet, an important business card for your safety.
  • Michelin Alpin: the French house is undoubtedly one of the most famous historic companies. The Alpin tire has a more linear design than the Continental and would seem to have a more accommodating tread for dry asphalt, a particular not to be underestimated especially when it rains little during the winter. Its price is very close to that of the Continental (from 60 to 400 euros depending on the size); you can spend more or less depending on the merchant you are targeting. The Michelin Alpin tire is in class “E” in terms of consumption, while it is in class “C” in terms of grip in the wet; the noise level is 70 db;
  • Pirelli Winter: we cannot help but mention the famous Italian brand, one of the best in the world. This winter tire has a simple design that should also make driving in dry conditions easier for you, although it obviously has great wet performance. The European label attributes to this rubber the class “E” for consumption, “B” for performance in the wet and indicates a noise level of 66 db; the price of the smaller tires is in some cases a little lower than what the competition offers and is around 50 euros per tire; the cost rises dramatically for sizes exceeding 300 mm of tread and reaches almost 800 euros per tire.

Let’s now move on to study in more detail 3 tires produced by almost unknown brands and whose price is their strong point:

  • Maxxis Arctictrekker: this tire has one of the lowest prices on the market; do you think you can buy a 205/55 r16 tire with just over 50 euros. It is a good tire, whose European label indicates “E” for consumption, “C” for performance in the wet and a noise level of 72 Db;
  • Nexen Winguard SnowG: this tire has more less the same characteristics as the Maxxis tire, with the difference that it should be a little less noisy (70 db instead of 72 db). Also in this case you would spend very little, around 60 euros for a 205/55 r16 tire, mounting a tire that has respectable reviews on all specialized sites in the sector;
  • Nankang Winter Activa: this is a tire manufactured in Taiwan and which has good overall performance, also in this case very close to those of Maxxis and Nexen. The price of this rubber is a little higher, a fact due in all probability to the rise on the market that the brand is making.

Thermal tires: which ones to buy

The offer on the market is incredibly high and tire prices are similar and very close to each other; moreover, the “sub-brands” offer you good quality products at figures which, by purchasing a set of tires, begin to be significantly lower than the cost of the more “noble” tires.

But how do you choose the best product? Unfortunately, the answer is as simple as it is obvious: by testing every tire. The tire specialists themselves state that to judge a tire it is necessary to test it and verify its real performance on the road, if you want to save at all costs.

The alternative is to trust the reviews, or the big brands, by fitting the tire that has the trust of motorists on its side or offers you the decades-long experience of a historic brand well placed on the market.


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