Best Tires For Rain
If it rains a lot where you live, you may want to pick a set of tires that excel in the wet.
The best wet weather tires are summer tires. This is because all-season tires force you to compromise with regards to wet and dry weather performance so that they can provide a certain degree of performance in the snow. Summer tires aren’t meant to be used in temperatures lower than 45 degrees Fahrenheit, so the tread and compound can be tailored toward providing the utmost grip in the warmer months. That means they also provide more grip when the going gets wet.
In this post, we’ll go over some of the best summer tires for the wet and some of the best all-season tires for the wet. This will give you a good idea of what tires excel in the rain, whether you’re in the market for summer performance tires or standard all-seasons.
1. Vredestein Quatrac 5 (All Season)
The Vredestein Quatrac 5 is a standard all-season tire that’s suitable for use on mass-market cars and crossovers.
This tire provides a soft, comfortable ride and doesn’t sacrifice wet weather handling or grip to do so. These tires provide plenty of grip in the wet and dry and are suitable for use in light snow as well. Due to their ability to soften up your car’s ride, these tires are also good if the roads are rough where you live.
TireRack also gives these tires the best-possible rating of ‘Excellent’ across the board – including in wet and dry grip, winter/snow performance and comfort performance.
With a very attractive price tag, good durability, comfortable ride, great grip in the wet and even strong performance in light snow, the Vredestein Quatrac 5 is a very good all season tire that we’d recommend to any car or crossover owner. It’s our Editor’s Pick.
Pros/Right price, comfortable ride, good grip in the wet and snow, durable
Cons/Can be a bit noisy, not designed for spirited driving
Bottom Line/While not a performance tire, these tires are perfectly suited to daily driving duties and have awesome wet weather grip
2. Michelin Pilot Super Sport (Ultra High Performance Summer)
If cost is no object, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport is among the best wet weather tires you can buy — just make sure the correct sizes are available for your vehicle.
TireRack.com rates the Michelin Pilot Super Sport’s wet weather performance as ‘Excellent’. You’re not sacrificing any dry weather performance either – these are some of the grippiest tires on the market no whether it’s raining out or not.
Like all Ultra High Performance (UHP) tires, though, the Pilot Super Sport won’t perform when the temperatures dip below 45 degrees, so these should be used in the summer months only if you live in a four-season climate.
Pros/Very high wet weather grip, good in the dry too, low road noise, doesn’t rob comfort
Cons/Expensive, summer tires only
Bottom Line/The Michelin Pilot Super Sport is a summer-only tire with very, very high levels of wet weather grip
3. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (Ultra High Performance Summer)
The Michelin Pilot Sport 4S is a newer tire from the French manufacturer that isn’t yet as proven as the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, but the company claims that it’s superior in many ways.
The Pilot Sport 4S will last longer than the Super Sport, Michelin claims, but they are also pricier.
TireRack rates the Pilot Sport 4S wet weather performance the same as the Super Sports, but with a longer tread life, these tires may be better suited to a daily driven vehicle. Like the Super Sports, they are a summer-only tire, so these will only deliver the desired wet weather performance if its above 45 degrees outside.
If you’re in the market for a tire with tons of grip, great wet weather performance and aren’t concerned about price, the Pilot Sport 4S won’t steer you wrong.
Pros/High levels of wet weather grip, great in the dry, durable
Cons/Very expensive, summer only
Bottom Line/A high-quality, high-grip summer tire that has superior life to the Pilot Super Sport, but is more expensive
4. Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ (Ultra High Performance All Season)
Another Michelin appears on our list in the way of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+.
Unlike the summer-only Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Pilot Sport 4S, the Pilot Sport A/S 3+ is an all-season tire that’s better suited for use on a daily driven vehicle, rather than a performance car. These tires do place an emphasis on performance still, though, falling under the ‘Ultra High Performance All-Season’ category.
TireRack says the Pilot Sport A/S 3+ has comparable wet weather performance to the Pilot Sport 4S and Super Sport, which is impressive, seeing as these are also designed to be used in light snow. Some users report them being a bit loud at highway speeds, however, so there are tradeoffs for having good grip across all four seasons.
If you want good wet and dry weather grip but don’t find it snows enough where you live to justify getting a set of winter tires, the Pilot Sport A/S 3+ may be well-suited to your needs. These are among the best all-season performance tires you can buy.
Pros/All season suitable, good wet and dry grip
Cons/A bit pricy, can be noisy at highway speeds
Bottom Line/An ultra high performance all-season that will provide good grip in the wet
5. Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady (All Season)
Like the Vredstein Quatrac 5, this is another true, non-performance all-season tire.
The Goodyear Assurance Weatheready is a little expensive for a normal all-season tire, but backs up its price tag with high levels of grip in both the wet and dry, a comfortable ride, good durability and even good winter/snow performance.
Users who drive with these tires describe them as confidence inspiring. They do ride a bit firm, but shouldn’t affect the comfort of your vehicle’s ride much. Overall, these are a great all-season tire that’s appropriate for use year-round, even in climates where snow falls often and comes down heavily.
Pros/A true all-season tire with good winter performance, great in the wet too
Cons/Can make ride a bit firmer, a little pricy
Bottom Line/Hands down, one of the best all-season tires available today
6. Michelin Premier A/S (All Season)
The Michelin Premier A/S was designed specifically to provide good wet weather grip and to continue to deliver even after the tread has become worn.
Michelin says these tires use “an extreme silica and sunflower oil enhanced tread compound to increase traction in wet and cold temperatures.” They also have a specially designed tread pattern with ‘Expanding Rain Grooves’ that widen as the tire wears, ensuring your wet weather grip stays strong as the tire ages.
These tires have a near-perfect wet weather performance rating from TireRack. These tires are well suited to those who encounter rain and wet roads a lot, but there’s a tradeoff. They wear rather quickly compared to similarly priced all-seasons, so if you don’t place a large emphasis on wet weather performance, a more balanced all-season may be better suited to you.
Pros/Specifically designed for wet weather, wet weather performance doesn’t fall off as tire wears
Cons/Can wear quickly, a bit pricey
Bottom Line/These tires are specifically designed for wet weather, making them great in the rain, but they can wear quickly
7. Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus (All Season Truck)
The Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus is an all-season tire for trucks, SUVs and crossovers.
With ratings of ‘Excellent’ from TireRack in wet weather performance, this tire is perfectly suited for truck, SUV and crossover owners who frequently encounter wet roads, standing water and rain on their daily commute,
In addition, these tires also wear slowly, so you know they’ll last long. This is particularly important for drivers of pickups, SUVs and crossovers who may rack up the miles at work, going to and from work, or on family road trips.
While definitely on the pricey side, these are among the best all-season tires designed specifically for use on larger vehicles and offer superior wet weather performance to many competing sets of rubber.
Pros/Designed for trucks, SUVs, and crossovers, long lasting, great wet weather grip
Cons/Expensive, can be noisy
Bottom Line/These are among the best wet-weather all seasons for trucks, SUVs, and crossovers
8. Michelin Defender LTX M/S (All Season Truck)
The Michelin Defender LTX M/S is another all-season tire designed for trucks and SUVs.
Like the Bridgestone above, this tire provides near-perfect wet weather handling capabilities for a tire of its type. These tires were also designed for highway driving. If you travel long distances on the Interstate and also want good wet weather performance, this tire was made with customers like you in mind.
That highway performance also translates into good durability. These tires will last a very long time, so while the price is a bit high, you get what you pay for.
Users of these tires also report good road noise and comfort. The only real downside to these tires is the high price tag, in our opinion.
Pros/Great in the wet, durable, quiet, designed for trucks, SUVs, and crossovers specifically
Bottom Line/A great highway tire with a focus in durability and wet weather performance – you can’t go wrong with these. They are expensive, however
9. Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 (Ultra High Performance All Season)
The Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 is another tire of the ultra high performance all season variety.
These tires are a bit cheaper than the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+, but look to achieve the same goals: to provide good grip in the wet and dry while also providing a semblance of performance in light snow and in the cold.
With “Excellent” wet weather performance rating from TireRack, we felt it was worth including these tires on our list for budget-minded owners of performance focused cars, like a BMW 3 Series, for example.
These tires have good grip in both the wet and dry, a quiet and comfortable ride and a decent entry-level price, so they try their best to tick all the right boxes
.Pros/Well priced, good wet and dry weather grip, comfortable ride
Cons/Not as grippy as more expensive competing tires, not great in the winter or snow
Bottom Line/A good, well-priced performance all-season with strong wet weather performance
10. Continental ExtremeContact Sport (Ultra High Performance Summer)
Completing our list is the ultra high performance Continental ExtremeContact Sport.
These tires are less expensive than the UHP Michelins on this list and have similar wet weather grip and performance.
If you own a sporty car and want a set of summer tires with good wet weather performance but don’t want to break the bank, these are a perfect alternative to Pilot Sport 4S or Super Sports.
These tires are also predictable when on track or on spirited drives, making them confidence inspiring to drive on. They don’t experience a major shift in performance once they’ve gotten very hot, either.
Pros/A less expensive UHP tire, good wet and dry grip, priced right
Cons/Can wear quickly
Bottom Line/A good UHP summer tire for wet weather that won’t break the bank