10 Best Creepers – Reviews & Buying Guide

Best Car Creeper

A creeper is an indispensable tool in any mechanic’s hardware arsenal. Basically, this piece of equipment is a platform on wheels that allows you to creep or slide underneath your car and thus the name creeper.

With such a tool, you won’t have to crawl into the dust or lay your back on an uneven, hard and uncomfortable floor. Creepers usually have padded cushions that protect your back and let you work comfortably for long hours.

However, there are many different varieties of creepers in the market, and to help you in the selection process, here are the best creepers from which you can make your pick.

10 Best Creepers – Reviews

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Pro-LifT C-9100

1. Pro-LifT C-9100 (Best Foldable Z Creeper)

  • 2-in-1 creeper that is foldable to form a seat
  • 450-pound weight capacity rating
  • Thickly padded
  • 6 oil-resistant caster wheels
Lisle 97102

2. Lisle 97102 (Best Low-Profile Creeper)

  • Low profile creeper with a 7/8 ground clearance
  • Body fitting design
  • Fuel, grease and solvent-resistant plastic construction
Omega 91452

3. Omega 91452 (High Weight Capacity Creeper)

  • 450-pound weight rated creeper
  • Foldable design with a seat and creeper in 1
  • Low profile design
  • Thick, padded cushions
Pro-Lift C-2036D

4. Pro-Lift C-2036D (Cheapest Creeper)

  • Affordable 2-in-1 seat and creeper
  • Thick padded cushions
  • 300-pound weight capacity
Torin TR6452

5. Torin TR6452 (Creeper with Adjustable Headrest)

  • Adjustable headrest in different positions
  • Thick padding
  • Sturdy all steel frame
  • 6 swivel casters
Traxion 1-100

6. Traxion 1-100 (Creeper with Large Wheels)

  • Low profile creeper with large 5-inch wheels
  • Wide, cushioned, contoured deck
  • No pinch points
  • 400-pound weight capacity
Lisle 93102

7. Lisle 93102 (Good Creeper)

  • Easy-to-clean plastic-built creeper
  • Body fitting design
  • Low-profile deck
The Bone 6031

8. The Bone 6031 (Wide Body Creeper)

  • High strength polypropylene creeper
  • Wide 25.5-inch deck
  • Low profile design
  • 300-pound weight capacity
Omega 91000

9. Omega 91000 (Thick Padded Creeper)

  • Thick padded seat and headrest
  • 2-in-1 seat and creepers foldable design
  • 450-pound weight capacity
  • Oil resistant polyurethane wheels
JEGS 81160

10. JEGS 81160 (Creeper and Air Seat Combo)

  • Creeper and air seat set
  • 350-pound weight capacity for the creeper
  • Low profile design
  • Adjustable headrest to 3 different positions

PRODUCT

1. Pro-LifT C-9100

(Best Foldable Z Creeper)

Pro-LifT C-9100
  • 2-in-1 creeper that is foldable to form a seat
  • 450-pound weight capacity rating
  • Thickly padded
  • 6 oil-resistant caster wheels

2. Lisle 97102

(Best Low-Profile Creeper)

Lisle 97102
  • Low profile creeper with a 7/8 ground clearance
  • Body fitting design
  • Fuel, grease and solvent-resistant plastic construction

3. Omega 91452

(High Weight Capacity Creeper)

Omega 91452
  • 450-pound weight rated creeper
  • Foldable design with a seat and creeper in 1
  • Low profile design
  • Thick, padded cushions

4. Pro-Lift C-2036D

(Cheapest Creeper)

Pro-Lift C-2036D
  • Affordable 2-in-1 seat and creeper
  • Thick padded cushions
  • 300-pound weight capacity

5. Torin TR6452

(Creeper with Adjustable Headrest)

Torin TR6452
  • Adjustable headrest in different positions
  • Thick padding
  • Sturdy all steel frame
  • 6 swivel casters

6. Traxion 1-100

(Creeper with Large Wheels)

Traxion 1-100
  • Low profile creeper with large 5-inch wheels
  • Wide, cushioned, contoured deck
  • No pinch points
  • 400-pound weight capacity

7. Lisle 93102

(Good Creeper)

Lisle 93102
  • Easy-to-clean plastic-built creeper
  • Body fitting design
  • Low-profile deck

8. The Bone 6031

(Wide Body Creeper)

The Bone 6031
  • High strength polypropylene creeper
  • Wide 25.5-inch deck
  • Low profile design
  • 300-pound weight capacity

9. Omega 91000

(Thick Padded Creeper)

Omega 91000
  • Thick padded seat and headrest
  • 2-in-1 seat and creepers foldable design
  • 450-pound weight capacity
  • Oil resistant polyurethane wheels

10. JEGS 81160

(Creeper and Air Seat Combo)

JEGS 81160
  • Creeper and air seat set
  • 350-pound weight capacity for the creeper
  • Low profile design
  • Adjustable headrest to 3 different positions

1. Pro-LifT C-9100 – Best Foldable Z Creeper

Editor's Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pro-LifT C-9100
  • Weight Capacity: 450 pounds
  • Material: Steel
  • Dimensions: 41.2 x 6.75 x 19.6 inches

Pro-lift’s C-9100 has a 2-in-1 design, in which you can fold the unit into a Z shape to form a mechanic’s seat or stretch it out to form the creeper, making it very versatile.

Apart from this, the creeper is also very comfortable because it is thickly padded on both the seat and header, which means you get to have an easier time under your car and a comfortable seat as you repair the sides of the car.

Six 3-inch swivel caster wheels are attached for mobility and they are spaced out along the unit’s length (2 at the front, 2 at the middle and 2 at the back) for balanced support as you move around.

These wheels are actually mounted on full bearings, which makes movement much easier, and are oil resistant so as to cope with the oily and slippery garage environment.

Coupled with a 40-inch steel frame structure, these 3-inch swivel wheels are able to support 450 pounds in body weight, and this basically covers all the mechanics out there.

However, this piece does not have a low-profile design, which means it won’t be comfortable to use under cars with a small ground-clearance.

Pros:

  • 2-in-1 mechanic’s seat and creeper design
  • Thickly padded for comfort
  • 6 caster wheels for mobility
  • Oil resistant wheels
  • High 450-pound weight rating

Cons:

  • Does not have a low-profile design

2. Lisle 97102 – Best Low-Profile Creeper

Editor's Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

Lisle 97102
  • Weight Capacity: N/A
  • Material: Plastic
  • Dimensions: 39 x 18 x 5 inches

This creeper stands out due to its low-profile design, in which it only has 7/8 inches of ground clearance, and this makes it ideal for working under cars with a low ground clearance since you will have enough space.

Additionally, the unit is not cushioned and even though this slightly affects the comfort factor, it makes the platform much thinner so that you can enough space between you and your car.

To compensate for the cushion-less design, this creeper has a body fitting platform that is contoured to fit into your body’s curves as you lie on it.

Another benefit with the plastic, non-cushioned platform is that it is very easy to clean, and is resistant to fuel, grease, and solvents for easy maintenance. The platform also has 3 holes drilled on its sides for easy transportation because they are basically carry-handles.

Other features include sturdy urethane wheels that are fitted in steel bushings, which are then molded into the creeper’s underbody. Combined, these features make it the top-rated creeper in this review. However, it cannot be folded into a seat.

Pros:

  • Low profile design with 7/8 inches of ground clearance
  • Body fitting platform
  • Fuel, grease, and solvent resistant plastic platform
  • Built-in carry handles
  • Strong urethane wheels

Cons:

  • Not cushioned
  • Not convertible into a seat

3. Omega 91452 – High Weight Capacity Creeper

Editor's Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Omega 91452
  • Weight Capacity: 450 pounds
  • Material: Steel
  • Dimensions: 40 x 26 x 4.25 inches

With a weight capacity rating of 450 pounds, Omega’s 91452 can carry a seriously heavy mechanic with ease. This is made possible by a heavy-duty powder coated steel frame construction, which is very sturdy.

This frame is supported by six 3-inch polyurethane, oil-resistant swivel casters when fully spread out, and can be folded into a Z-shape (running on 4 wheels) to create a mechanic’s seat, which is ideal for working along the sides of the car.

The creeper has a low-profile design, and this gives you enough space to work on your car even if it has a small ground clearance.

Other features include a thick, padded cushion for comfort, with the header having some extra cushioning so as to keep your head raised a bit, enabling you to lie down in a comfortable working position. However, the unit is quite costly but at least you get a creeper and seat in one.

Pros:

  • High 450-pound weight capacity rating
  • Heavy-duty powder coated steel frame
  • 2-in-1 creeper and mechanics seat design
  • Low-profile design
  • Thick, padded cushions

Cons:

  • Relatively expensive

4. Pro-Lift C-2036D – Cheapest Creeper

Editor's Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)

Pro-Lift C-2036D
  • Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
  • Material: Steel
  • Dimensions: 21.85 x 17.3 x 4.6 inches

Bearing the same foldable Z design as the 91452 above, this unit from Pro-Lift is surprisingly very affordable, making it a good option if you are on a tight budget. However, there is a catch and this is a lower weight capacity rating, which stands at 300 pounds.

On the bright side, the creeper has thick padded cushions that make both lying and sitting on very comfortable.

A heavy-duty frame holds the entire structure together while 6 swivel casters provide full mobility as you move around the car.

Other features include an easily retractable pin for the conversion between seat and caster, making it very easy to use. However, the unit does not have a low-profile design, which reduces the working space between you and the car.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Foldable 2-in-1 design
  • Thick padded cushions
  • Heavy-duty frame
  • Easily retractable pin for easy use

Cons:

  • No low-profile design
  • Relatively low weight capacity

5. Torin TR6452 – Creeper with Adjustable Headrest

Editor's Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Torin TR6452
  • Weight Capacity: N/A
  • Material: Steel
  • Dimensions: 41 x 18 x 5 inches

Torin’s TR6452 is designed to make your working posture more comfortable by having an adjustable headrest, which can be raised to 4 different positions.

This headrest and the entire section of the 40-inch creeper is thickly padded, and this ensures you get a comfortable platform to lie on as you carry out repairs underneath the car.

The entire padded platform is held in place by a sturdy all-steel frame, which has 6 swivel casters spaced out on the front center and back for balanced support and easy movement.

However, the unit does not have a foldable design, which means it can’t be used as a seat and also lacks a low-profile design.

Pros:

  • Adjustable headrest in 4 different positions
  • Thickly padded for comfort
  • Strong steel frame with 6 swivel casters

Cons:

  • Not foldable into a seat
  • Not a low-profile creeper

6. Traxion 1-100 – Creeper with Large Wheels

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Traxion 1-100
  • Weight Capacity: 400 pounds
  • Material: N/A
  • Dimensions: 43 x 7 x 23 inches

Though quite expensive, this unit from Traxion is well equipped with four large 5-inch swivel wheels for easy movement, and their large size means they can reach where the common 3-inch ones cannot go.

Another unique thing about this creeper is that it has a horse-carriage, outrigger frame design, with the wheels sticking out on both ends of the platform.

Despite having large wheels, this horse carriage design places the center platform lower, which means you get a low-profile design for convenient use since more working space is left between you and the vehicle.

This creeper also has a relatively wide deck that is cushioned and contoured to fit into your body’s curved for comfort. Additionally, the deck has no pinch points, making it very safe to use.

Other features include a weight capacity of 400 pounds and a 2-inch ground clearance. However, the creeper is not foldable into a seat.

Pros:

  • Large 5-inch wheels for easy movement
  • Unique horse carriage design
  • Low-profile deck
  • Wide, cushioned and contoured deck with no pinch points
  • 400-pound weight capacity

Cons:

  • Relatively expensive
  • Cannot be folded

7. Lisle 93102 – Good Creeper

Editor's Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Lisle 93102
  • Weight Capacity: N/A
  • Material: Plastic
  • Dimensions: 38 x 17.5 x 4 inches

Lisle’s 93102 is not cushioned but instead, provides comfort by having a body fitting design, which is actually tested on many body types so as to provide optimum comfort.

Additionally, the creeper is slightly longer than others in its category, with a 2-inch extension that gives a better fit and more surface area to lie on.

The non-cushioned deck is made of plastic that is resistant to grease, solvents, and fuels, making it easy to clean after use.

Other features include a low-profile design with a very small 7/8-inch ground clearance, 6 swivel casters that are held by steel bushings and a small headrest padding for comfort. However, the unit cannot be folded into a seat.

Pros:

  • Body fitting design
  • Easy-to-clean grease, solvent, and fuel resistant plastic construction
  • Low profile design with 7/8 inches of ground clearance
  • Small headrest padding

Cons:

  • Not cushioned
  • Not foldable

8. The Bone 6031 – Wide Body Creeper

Editor's Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

The Bone 6031
  • Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
  • Material: Polypropylene
  • Dimensions: 47 x 25.5 x 6.75 inches

With a dog-bone-shaped design, this 6031 has a very wide deck that measures 25.5 inches and this makes it extremely comfortable since you have a lot of space to work with.

This entire deck is made of a high strength polypropylene copolymer and held by four large 5-inch wheels, which are located at the 4 corners of the bone shape. Combined, this structure can handle up to 300 pounds in body weight.

Despite having large wheels, the creeper has a low-profile design with a 1.75-inch floor clearance, which gives you enough space to work on cars with a small ground-clearance.

However, the unit is quite expensive and is not padded, but its polypropylene is impervious to most solvents and very easy to wipe clean.

Pros:

  • Wide, spacious deck
  • High strength polypropylene copolymer construction
  • Large 5-inch wheels
  • Low profile design with a 1.75-inch floor clearance
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Not cushioned

9. Omega 91000 – Thick Padded Creeper

Editor's Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)

Omega 91000
  • Weight Capacity: 450 pounds
  • Material: Steel
  • Dimensions: 40 x 18 x 7.5 inches

You cannot mistake this 91000-model for not being an Omega creeper because it has a thick padded seat and headrest, with all of them bearing Omega labeling all around.

Aside from this, the creeper has a 2-in-1 design, in which it can be folded into a Z shape to form a mechanic’s seat.

In either the seat or creeper form, the unit can comfortably accommodate 450 pounds in body weight, which is due to a heavy-duty steel frame construction plus six strong 3-inch polyurethane casters. These wheels are actually oil-resistant and feature full bearings for easy movement.

However, without a low-profile design, this creeper is not recommended to use on cars with a small ground clearance

Pros:

  • Thick padded seat and headrest
  • 2-in-1 foldable seat and creeper design
  • Large 450-pound weight capacity
  • Heavy-duty steel frame construction
  • Oil resistant polyurethane wheels with full bearings

Cons:

  • Not a low-profile creeper

10. JEGS 81160 – Creeper and Air Seat Combo

Editor's Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

JEGS 81160
  • Weight Capacity: 350 pounds
  • Material: N/A
  • Dimensions: 56 x 18 x 6 inches

This set gives you the best value for money because you get a creeper and an air seat combo as separate units, not a 2-in-1 design.

That said, the seat has a 250-pound weight capacity and is adjustable height wise with 5 inches of travel. It also has a memory foam cushioning for comfort, five 2.5-inch casters for easy movement and under-seat storage.

On the other hand, the creeper has a 350-pound weight capacity, memory foam padding for comfort, 2.5-inch wheels, a low-profile design with 1.75 inches of ground clearance and an adjustable headrest with 3 positioning settings.

Another benefit you get with this set is a long 56-inch creeper, which gives better body support as you move under your car.

Pros:

  • Creeper and air seat set
  • Memory foam padding for comfort
  • Low-profile design with 1.75 inches of ground clearance
  • 3-position adjustable headrest
  • Long 56-inch design for better body support

Cons:

  • Relatively low weight capacity for both the seat and creeper

How to Buy the Best Creeper

How to Buy the Best Creeper

#1. Weight Capacity

One of the most important factors to consider before buying a creeper is its weight capacity. Rated in pounds, this figure basically shows the amount of weight that the unit can comfortably carry in body weight.

Some have a rating of 300 pounds while others go up to 450. This capacity is usually determined by the frame construction and wheels in which, if they have a strong, heavy-duty construction, then they can carry more weight.

Ideally, the higher the weight capacity, the better because this shows that the creeper is very solidly built.

#2. Material

The material used in the construction of the creeper greatly affects its overall quality. While plastic pieces may be lightweight and easy to carry from place to place, they might not be very durable and also hold significantly less weight as compared to steel.

On the other hand, creepers with steel frames are the tough, heavy-duty options that are more durable and can carry more weight. Even though they might be heavier, they are definitely better to buy because they will last for a while.

Another thing to check is the quality of the caster wheels because they also carry your body weight. Good wheels should have full bearings for smooth movement, and be made of a high-quality material such as polyurethane for durability purposes.

#3. Comfort

There are padded and non-padded creeper varieties out there and even though the non-padded plastic options might have contoured, ergonomic-fitting designs, padding or cushioning does have its own form of comfort that cannot be traded for a body fitting deck.

The best automotive creeper is the one that combines both padding and contours in one. For the rest, however, you should pick a unit that is more comfortable for you, which might be either of the two designs. This means selection based on personal comfort preference.

#4. Portability

As a mechanic, chances are that you may be called out to carry out some repairs on your client’s cars outside of your premises.

In such a case, you need a lightweight and compact creeper that can be easily loaded into your truck before heading out.

Considering this, plastic creepers have an edge of their steel-framed counterparts because of weight. However, if you don’t mind carrying around the heavier steel creeper, the better.

#5. Clearance

This factor should not be overlooked as it is very crucial. If a creeper is too high from the ground, then it will limit the amount of space between you and the car, thereby making it very difficult to do any repairs.

The best mechanic creeper should have a low-profile design, with a recommended clearance that does not exceed 2 inches. This way, you will also be able to fit under cars with a small ground-clearance.

#6. Accessories

Accessories are always an added plus because they give you value for money. In this creeper category, the most common accessory is a mechanic’s seat, which lets you work on other parts of the car that are not underneath while comfortably seated.

However, there are some units that are foldable to form this seat. Such creepers have the benefit of combining the two in one for convenience in terms of portability and reduced storage space. Other accessories to look for include tool holders and extra padding for the headrest.

Conclusion 

As you can see, there is a very wide variety of creepers in the market and this means the selection process can be very difficult, especially if you don’t know what to look for.

However, following the creeper review above, you should be able to pick the best creeper that suits your needs for the job.