The 6 Best Car Creepers for Mechanics and Personal Use 2019

​Unless you absolutely never have to go underneath a vehicle, there’s a chance that you already own a mechanics creeper. They can be bought for a few bucks to a few hundred bucks, but how do you know if you’re buying the best creeper? It really comes down to the old fashioned thing … your need and requirement.

​​Sure, you can buy one from a big box store, it may be sufficient to get the job done, but could it be better? Probably.

​​You see, a great many of the cheaper creepers ​are just built as something that’s marginally better than trying to slide your body across a hard floor, they haven’t had much thought put in to them, and consequently, they either fail prematurely, or don’t work as they’re intended.

​​The biggest problems usually come from two areas – the wheels (or casters) and the strength of the baseboard. Finding a creeper with a baseboard that isn’t strong enough just means that it will break if you apply too much pressure on a single point – they’re designed to have the load spread across the whole creeper, so this means that even just sitting on the creeper could break it.

​​The wheels are a whole issue on their own … too small and they get stopped with the tiniest obstruction, too big and the creeper is too high, and then we have the issues of control, direction, bearings, breaking … like I say, a whole world of pain if you get it wrong.

​​You should also consider that a creeper doesn’t just have one use … I’ve seen them used to slide transmissions under vehicles, heavy engine parts, subframes … actually transporting a human around is a small part of their job.

​​Before purchasing a creeper, you should also think about where it’s going to be used​. A super smooth floor will work with any of them, but if the floor isn’t smooth, or worse still – outside, then you need a creeper with suitable wheels.

​​And comfort plays a role too – spending hours under a car on your back isn’t fun at the best of times, but if that’s on a creeper that’s just plain uncomfortable, you’ll soon be wishing for something else.

​​Materials

​​In days gone by, a creeper would have been made from a wooden base, with small casters attached and that was that. Today though, we have cushioning, ergonomic designs, adjustable headrests, and they can be constructed from metal, wood, plastic, composite … you almost want to take them for a test drive!

​​The Best Car Creepers Reviews

​​1. Pro-LifT C-9100 ​Garage Creeper​

Pro-LifT C-9100 Black 450 Pounds 40" Foldable Z Creeper-450 LBs

​The Pro-Lift can transform from a flat creeper into a mechanics stool – about the right height for working on wheels or suspension without tools and with no fiddly operations. As an owner (and user) of both creepers and mechanics stools, I like this idea, but it does come at a cost … there’s no adjustable headrest for one.

​​It’s a 40” steel frame construction, with a decent backboard and some padding, although the padding could do with being a little stiffer or thicker. It can cope with loads of up to 450lbs, but ​as I’ve already said, that’s spread across the whole creeper … be careful about trying to place too much weight on a smaller area.

​​Underneath, we have 6 x 3” polyurethane casters which are oil resistant and are fitted with full bearings to help cope with the load, and make for smoother maneuverability.

​​If you’re looking for a 2in1 folding garage creeper, then the Pro-Lift C-9100 is high on the list.

​​2. Omega 91452 ​Low Profile Z-Creeper

Omega 91452 Black Low Profile Z-Creeper - 450 lbs. Capacity

​​Another 2in1 creeper, and to be honest, it’s almost identical to the Pro-Lift – 450lb capacity, 6 x 3” casters, padded cushions … the main difference being that it’s slightly lower.

​​The wheels sit outside the frame, which helps to keep it low, but that can cause some problems … if you’re wearing loose clothing for example, you may find yourself running over it, or getting tangled up, or worse still, actually pinching skin, and that’s gonna hurt.

​​You can configure the creeper to either lay flat, as a mechanics stool or as a low profile chair type of thing … with it laying flat and then the ‘backrest’ lifted up. I’ve never used a creeper in that way, but I can think of a number of situations where that may be useful, it’s for that reason that it’s on the list for the best low profile creeper.

​3. Lisle 97102 ​Plastic ​Creeper

Lisle 97102 Black Plastic Creeper

​​Before we get to the technical bits … it’s available in a number of colors and ​comes at a premium – if I was purchasing this, I’d have no problem with picking any other color than black.

​​It’s a one piece, plastic creeper that offers no adjustments or fancy bits, but I think it’s a better product for that … it’s been designed to be comfy, to offer support where it’s needed, and they’ve tested it on numerous body types to ensure that it fits and is comfortable.

​​It has small urethane rollers (2”) inserted in to steel bushings, which are then molded in to the underside of the creeper – it’s quite a good arrangement, although I have seen similar styles where the molded part has failed, leaving no choice but to scrap the creeper – to be clear, that wasn’t with this particular brand, just this style.

​​The Lisle 97102 creeper has a very low ​profile – just 7/8” from the ground at its lowest point, and it does need some margin as it can flex a little. It’s 100% USA made and easily assembled … two minutes and you’re good to go.

​4. Torin Big Red Rolling ​Shop Creeper

Torin Big Red Rolling Garage/Shop Creeper: 40" Padded Mechanic Cart with Adjustable Headrest, Red

​​A steel construction means that it’s pretty heavy, but also pretty durable – sliding that tranny underneath the car has never been easier!

​​It’s a 40” frame size, which is long enough for most people, and has a 4 position headrest, ​however, a number of users have mentioned that the fastening for the headrest isn’t the greatest … a slight knock and it will fall down. I’ve experienced something very similar on my Snap-On creeper so I wouldn’t take that as sign of poor quality.

​​6 casters are fitted underneath, and while they glide smoothly, you do need to keep an eye on them … this type of design just seems to always find their weaknesses.

​​For a budget shop creeper, this is well made, durable and built well – definitely worth considering if you’re just after an occasional use creeper.

​​5. Traxion 1-100 ProGear Wide Body Creeper

Traxion 1-100 ProGear Wide Body Creeper

​​I like the Traxion creeper – it’s not trying to offer anything other than a solid, well riding creeper that’s been ergonomically designed for maximum comfort​. There’s a dip where your shoulders rest, a wide body and there’s nothing that can catch bits of your body or clothing.

​​This creeper will hold 401lbs of weight safely, provided that it’s spaced out of course, but uses 4 x 5” wheels (that’s really big for a creeper) that are all fitted with full bearings – both on the top for swivel movement, and through the axle – it’s smooth!

​​With a base made from plywood, and an extra bit of lumbar support, the ProGear is definitely one of the best mechanics creepers with big wheels ​on the market right now, and it’s sensibly priced … sure, it’s a little more expensive than some of the others, but it’s worth it.

​​6. The Bone Rough Rider 7031 Mechanics Creeper

Dale Adams Enterprises The Bone Rough Rider 7031 Mechanic's Creeper

​​100% USA made, it’s called ‘The Bone’ because that’s exactly what it resembles … a giant bone. It’s also unofficially known as the off road creeper, mainly in thanks to the large 5” wheels, that are also 1 3/8” wide … giving it excellent ability to roll over the roughest of surfaces.

​​They say that it’s the preferred choice of the military and police, and RVers, farmers, truckies … anyone that’s going to be working on their vehicles outdoors. With a 400lb weight rating, large footprint, it won’t tip over, tip up or fail your need.

​​The deck of the creeper is made from a special engineering grade polypropylene copolymer that’s oil, solvent and gasoline proof, and the steel frames for the wheels are fitted directly in to the deck with completely adjustable wheel bearings … which is a neat touch that none of the others have.

​​Sure, it’s more expensive than the rest of the creepers here, but I’d rate it as the best creeper for rough surfaces and heavy duty jobs.

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