With hundreds of diagnostic scanner on the market, choosing the best OBD2 scanner can be difficult. To help car owners make a wise choice, we decided to review some of the best OBD2 scanners on the market today. To learn more, check out Pros and Cons of each OBD2 scanner and watch the corresponding video.
Maxiscan MS300 is a cheap and popular scanner which is very easy to use. Even if you have never used a scanner before. MaxiScan works on 1996 and newer vehicles. It provides support for OBD II and CAN compliant cars. It is able to retrieve the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and determine the correct protocol.
It will read and the clear check engine light or service engine soon. MaxiScan MS309 will display the fault code on the LCD and a short description of the code. Always research the problem. Do not rely on the fault code alone.
Autel MaxiScan MS309
A Bluetooth OBD-II adapter can pair with your phone and allow you to read and clear fault codes using your smartphone. There are many variations of these Bluetooth adapters including dongles such as Fixd OBD-II Adapter and BAFX Products Bluetooth Scanner.
If you are looking robust OBD2 scanner a good choice would be OM126. Not only is it an affordable OBD2 scanner that is easy to use but also offers several amazing features and supports all 1996 and newer vehicles.
Autophix OM126 Scanner
Read and Clear Fault Codes including Check Engine Codes.
Retrieves generic (P0, P2, P3 and U0), manufacturer specific (P1, P3 and U1) codes and pending codes.
Views freeze frame data.
Display monitor and I/M readiness status (emissions).
Retrieves vehicle information such as VIN.
Supports all 1996 and newer vehicles.
It covers most vehicle makes. Works on European, Asian and domestic cars. Provides coverage for four vehicle systems. To learn more about Level 2 scanners read this article: Multi-system OBD2 scanners
Launch Creader Scanner
Foxwell NT624 provides in-depth vehicle troubleshooting of all systems and works on most makes including American, Asian and European vehicles.
Airbag / SRS
Engine / ECU / Check Engine Light
Works on cars, SUVs, trucks, and minivans.
ArtiDiag 100 is a Level 2 Scanner that provides coverage for most makes and is able to read and clear codes from all modules on a vehicle. Watch the demonstration on a Mercedes-Benz S Class.
TopDon ArtiDiag 100
Maxidas is a professional level scanner that many repair shops use. While it is more expensive it is without a doubt the best OBD2 scanner in this list. It is easy to navigate even for a beginner. Not only does it read and clear codes from all modules on vehicles, but is also allow you to perform adaptations and reset various systems. You can use Autel MaxiDas to carry functions such as reset the steering angle sensor or register the battery. Reset transmission shifting points etc. It offers great value for the money. It still costs more than what most DIYers are willing to spend on a scanner.
The latest version is Autel MaxiDAS DS808
Professional Level Scanner
Can read and clear fault codes from systems such as:
Engine / ECU
All module support.
Often used as by independent auto repair shops.
BlueDriver OBD2 scanner is a powerful and reasonably priced scanner that you should consider as well. We are working on adding a review of the BlueDriver scanner as well.