10 Best Car Creepers For Mechanics and Garages
The car creeper is an indispensable tool for all mechanics, hobbyist and professionals included. Apart from affording you the ease of sliding underneath your vehicle and out again, the mechanic's creeper also offers you comfort.
By offering a padded platform, your back muscles and joints get shielded from having to engage the bare concrete floor, and by offering you this certain level of comfort, you can feel relaxed and get the job done quicker and better. The advantages of having a car creeper are numerous, as you can understand, and this review is designed to help you make the perfect creeper choice by presenting you with the very best creepers, currently in the market.
- 10 Best Car Creepers - Reviews
- 1. Pro-Lift C-2036D Z-Creeper Seat, 36-Inch
- 2. Torin TR6452 Mechanic Creeper with Headrest
- 3. Dale Adams The Bone Mechanic's Creeper
- 4. Omega 91000 Foldable Mechanic's Creeper, 40-Inch
- 5. Lisle 97102 Black Ergonomic Plastic Creeper
- 6. Lisle LI93102 Yellow Colored Plastic Creeper
- 7. Rough Rider Bone from Dale Adams Enterprises
- 8. Omega 91452 Convertible Black Z-Creeper, 450 lbs
- 9. Traxion ProGear 1-100 Wide Body Creeper
- 10. Pro-Lift C-9100 Foldable Creeper, 40-Inch
- What to Look for When Buying a Car Creeper
10 Best Car Creepers - Reviews
21.85 x 17.33 x 4.61 in
40.94 x 17.32 x 4.92 in
47.00 x 25.50 x 6.32 in
40.00 x 18.00 x 7.50 in
39.00 x 18.00 x 5.00 in
38.00 x 17.50 x 4.00 in
47.00 x 25.50 x 7.88 in
40.00 x 26.00 x 4.25 in
40.00 x 21.25 x 6.50 in
41.20 x 19.60 x 6.75 in
Editor's Rating: (4 / 5)
With 300 lbs maximum weight capacity, Pro-Lift's C-2036D is a very sturdy mechanic's creeper, and designed to last for a long while to come. The C-2036D features 6 swivel casters, with four on each corner, and two on the midway sides. When the creeper is converted into a Z-creeper, and turns into a seat, it then rests on just four swivel casters.
Made with a durable steel frame, and thickly padded, it presents you with a working platform, on which you can lie on for many hours without developing any form of back aches or the like. The cushions are then covered in black PU leather, which is resistant to water and other kinds of fluids like oil.
Whether you are using it as a normal creeper or as a seat, this Pro-Lift tool is easy to adapt to any situation, and with just a pull of a pin, you can change it from a creeper into a Z-seat. Changing it back into a creeper simply requires pulling out the pin once more. To top it all off, the C-2036D comes with a 90-day warranty from the manufacturer, guaranteeing its engineering quality and stability for three good months after purchase.
Editor's Rating: (4.2 / 5)
Torin's TR6452 takes a different design approach from the Pro-Lift creeper above. It does not offer a super-cool Z-seater conversion mechanism, but it does offer a headrest. There are a lot of everyday people who experience neck-aches and related issues periodically. If you are such a person, and you also happen to be either a hobby or a professional mechanic, then this creeper will come as a very welcome design for you.
The headrest features 4 adjustment positions, and this allows you to offer yourself the comfort and balance that you need, and to correctly position your head as well. This is in order to avoid neck-pain at all costs. The headrest also comes with more padding than the rest of the creeper, with everything covered in a beautiful, red vinyl cover for durability and protection.
There are 6 rotating casters supporting the durable steel frame of this creeper. These 6.2 inches casters are super flexible and roll easily to make even minute movements possible. Combined with the well padded creeper, and the extra padded headrest, this creeper promises to make your long hours of work under the vehicle, as comfortable as possible.
Editor's Rating: (4.4 / 5)
The bone is an iconic mechanic's creeper. It's bright orange-red color and ergonomic design make it stand out from the rest of the pack. Interesting as well, is the covering of its four wheels, which ends up giving this creeper a bone-shape.
Made 100% in America, it has huge 5-inch wheels, which are an inch wide. This gives it the ability to easily roll over stuff that other creepers usually have a problem with, including cracks, cords e.t.c. The brightly colored body is made from a high strength plastic known as polypropylene co-polymer, which is very easy to maintain because dirt is easily wiped off, it does not absorb fluids of any kind, it does not get stains, and it can comfortably carry up to 300 lbs of weight.
It weighs 18 lbs on its own, is 47 inches long, 25.5 inches wide, and just 6.32 inches high. There is also a limited lifetime warranty on the wheels, with a 1 year warranty on the body against any form of manufacturer defects. It is worth noting that although this creeper is 6.2 inches high, its ground clearance is actually very low at just 1.75 inches.
Editor's Rating: (4.6 / 5)
With a maximum weight capacity of 450 lbs., this 40 inches long Omega creeper sports a truly sturdy and durable steel frame. In just a few seconds, you can easily transform it from a standard creeper into a Z-seat creeper completely without any tools at all. You can as well transform it back into a flat creeper also without tools.
It comes with good padding to provide comfort against long working hours. There is also a padded headrest, designed to reduce the strain of long hours of work to the neck. Six casters support this creeper, reducing to just four whenever it is converted into a mechanic Z-seat. The casters are 3 inches high and made from polyurethane, which provides for smooth movements.
Omega 91000 Z Creeper is additionally backed by a 1 year full warranty from the manufacturer. This is extra proof of the high quality engineering invested into the creeper and its resulting durability and sturdiness as a result of that.
Editor's Rating: (4.8 / 5)
If you need a creeper that is out of the ordinary, and that can practically creep into where most other creepers can't, then you are looking at it. With its unique design and manufacturing process, this creeper offers many revolutionary features and benefits that might not seem apparent at first because of its seemingly simple design.
This design was born out of research. Many different body types were tested to find the ultimate ergonomic creeper design. In addition to the design, steel bushings were also molded together with the plastic board, and urethane rollers were then inserted into these bushings. This setup also makes the changing of rollers easy, as well as making the creeper last longer in general.
Its surface is quite easy to clean, being made from plastic. This means that it is resistant to grease, water, solvents and many other liquids that would otherwise damage a normal creeper. Finally, it has a floor clearance of just 0.88 of an inch. It is 4 inches high, 38 inches long and 17.5 inches wide.
Editor's Rating: (4.8 / 5)
This particular creeper is almost exactly the same with the previous creeper, except that it is 2 inches longer. Additionally, while the other creeper is black, this one has a bright yellow color, making it quite distinct.
It is made from plastic as well, and has its bushings molded into the plastic body, after which the urethane rollers were inserted. This affords this creeper a high level of ease of movement, while making it easy to change the wheels. It is also the creeper with the probably lowest clearance that you will find, at just 0.88 of an inch.
The plastic body is easy to clean. You can wipe it clean with either a dry or a wet piece of cloth. It is also resistant to solvents, fuels, water and different kinds of oil. This creeper will fit both short and tall mechanics, and will effortlessly handle body weights of up to 300 lbs.
Editor's Rating: (4.1 / 5)
Rough Rider is the biggest of all the Dale Adams Enterprises bone creepers. It comes with 5.4-inch large wheels that give it a 3-inch ground clearance. This makes the Rough Rider, the ultimate off-road creeper. If you need a creeper that can navigate stones, dirt and every other item that you will find outdoors, then this is it.
Designed for the outdoors, Rough Rider can comfortably accommodate body weights of up to 400 lbs. It is also designed to easily adapt to mechanics of different heights. Rough Rider is as comfortable for the average height mechanic, as it is comfortable for the big fellow. Its wheels are also 1.4 inches wide, making it insusceptible to sinking in sand, gravel or other soft surfaces where other creepers would get stuck.
The bright orange-red body is made from an engineering grade of polypropylene copolymer, which is molded just like the original bone creeper from Dale Adams. Each of its wheels are also custom molded, and feature ball bearing swivels that can be adjusted. There is a lifetime warranty for Rough Rider, a statement of trust in its quality engineering by Dale Adams Enterprises.
Editor's Rating: (4.5 / 5)
Omega's 91452 creeper is a low profile, convertible creeper that can be easily converted into a low profile mechanic seat with a backrest, or into a Z-seat creeper with a higher profile. It is fully padded and covered with black PU leather, which also matches its black powder-coated steel frame. There are black polyurethane wheels as well, sticking out from the frame in fancy curves. All these blackness of the different parts come together to make this creeper beautiful in black.
It has a maximum weight capacity of 450 lbs., which is quite high, making it able to accommodate most mechanics of different sizes. Its heavy duty steel frame is additionally supported by six 3-inch swivel casters, which provide flexible and unhindered mobility.
The comfort provided by Omega's 91452 through its well padded bed, and the flexibility it offers for turning the creeper into a Z-creeper or into a low-profile mechanic seat, is further supported by a full 1 year warranty from Omega, starting from the date of purchase.
Editor's Rating: (4.3 / 5)
Traxion's ProGear 1-100 is designed to support the mechanic in more ways than initially meets the eye. It features huge 5-inch casters, which enables it to be used in a wide variety of terrains, from the flat concrete floor of a garage, to more rough terrains like the outdoors, with dirt, rocks and other obstacles.
It also features an ergonomic design, with its raised headrest and added lumbar support. This limits stress to the neck and back muscles, allowing the mechanic to work for long hours without succumbing to fatigue, for lack of comfort.
Traxion padded this creeper well and made it extra wide for even better comfort. It can hold weights of up to 401 lbs., and despite its large wheels, it still has a low profile. It is well built, sturdy, rolls smoothly, and ergonomically designed for your comfort.
Editor's Rating: (4.3 / 5)
This second creeper from Pro-Lift is much more sturdily built than the previous one. With its heavy duty steel frame construction, it has a maximum weight capacity of 450 lbs. The steel frame is 40 inches long and very well padded. It is then covered in black PU leather, which matches its equally black frame, making it a quite outstanding creeper to look at.
It can be transformed in just seconds from a very normal creeper into a Z mechanic seat, and this happens completely without any tools. When in use as a creeper, the frame is supported by six polyurethane casters, which provide stability and allow for easy movements.
When folded as a Z mechanics seat, Pro-Lift C-9100 balances and moves on just four casters. The provided mechanic seat is the well padded area which also functions as headrest when it functions as a creeper. It weighs 25.5 lbs., and measures 41.2 by 6.75 by 19.6 inches. Pro-Lift C-9100 is the perfect creeper and mechanic seat for the big-bodied mechanic. It is a true heavy weight creeper that you can rely on to keep going and going, even after many years of its carrying all your excessive weight.
What to Look for When Buying a Car Creeper
Given the peculiarity of the car creeper and its operating conditions, there are certain important aspects that have to be kept in mind, in order to make the best possible creeper choice.
#1. Material Quality
Material quality is very important here because you need something reliable that can last you for a long while. The purchase of a mechanic creeper is an investment in your mechanic career, it should therefore be approached with care. The tougher the material, the better. Some are made from plywood, while others are made from plastic, with still other models sporting metal frames. The quality of the casters is another area to pay attention to, because they carry the bulk of the weight, and really need to be sturdy.
#2. Comfort Level
Different materials provide different levels of comfort. A padded creeper is of course better than a non-padded wooden board. The material the padding is made of is also important, as it can contribute to overall comfort depending on how it feels on the body. Another important comfort factor is ergonomics. Plastic creepers are usually ergonomically designed, making them feel quite comfortable, although they may lack padding. You need a creeper that you can feel comfortable lying on, so that you can fully concentrate on your work.
#3. Ease of Movement
The ease with which you can move around in a creeper is also another factor. Depending on the surface you intend to use the creeper on, you will be better served to choose a creeper with appropriately fitted wheels.
Something might cause you to need your creeper outside your garage. When that happens, then its portability becomes an issue. Asides from being easily carried around, how easily it can be stored, is also important, because there might be times that you need some space in the shop, or that you really want to have things cleared out and cleaned up.
#5. Height / Clearance
The creepers height is another very important aspect. If it is too high, then you will have too little space to work with, and especially with low clearance cars, you might even find it impossible to work at all. So the lower the height of the creeper, the better.
Although style is not actually a necessity, and does not contribute much in terms of efficiency of work, it is still of certain importance. Being able to work with a stylish and yet functional tool gives you a certain psycho-emotional reward and satisfaction that you will not be able to get otherwise. It makes you 'feel good'.
#7. Accessories / Extra features
The availability of accessories or extra features, also increases the value of a creeper. There are certain much needed accessories like wheel protectors, to protect the wheels from rolling up your shirt, tool holders for more comfort and efficiency, padded headrests for comfort, locking wheels and the ability of the creeper to also double as a seat.
It should be obvious by now that there is quite a wide range of creepers, each with its peculiarities, that make it ideal for a certain group of mechanics. What you should then end up choosing for your work, will have to provide features that you value the most. This makes it impossible to have one superior creeper above the rest, then each is unique in its own way.