In this guide we’ll take a look at the best ratchet straps for the UK market.
We’ve compared width, length, number of straps in the pack and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What is the Best Ratchet Strap?
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Audew 2 Pack Heavy-Duty Ratchet Tie-Downs Set Review
This Audew tie-down set is one of the best ratchet strap sets because they’re professional grade cargo straps with comfortable handles and a smooth ratcheting action. Made from woven polyester webbing, these are strong tie down straps that are perfect for when you need to secure something for transport.
The webbing straps are made from multiple strong strands that are strengthened with lengthwise and random threads for maximum strength and the plastic-coated hooks will stop you from accidentally scratching anything when you’re loading up.
It’s the ratchet strap winder that makes these the best tie-down straps though. The handles are massive and plastic coated to help you grip them and stop them cutting into your hands. They’ve got the best ratchet strap winders we’ve ever tried out, and they throw in a pair of handy soft loops that are always handy to have with tie down straps.
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Bison Gear High Visibility Ratchet Straps Review
Making tie down straps and ratchet belts of all different sizes, Bison Gear have come up with a set of high visibility ratchet straps that are hard to miss and won’t fall off. They’re GS tested for quality and prove to be some of the best ratchet straps you can get.
The high visibility cargo straps indicate immediately where you’ve tied something down and might even help reduce them being a trip hazard- because they’re certainly hard to miss. With deep, plastic coated hooks, there’s plenty of material to hook on with and they won’t scratch anything up. And because they’re made from galvanised steel, these ratchet tie down straps won’t rust out on you.
The tie-down straps are constructed from tough polyester compound that helps to equally distribute the load because they don’t stretch under tension. It pays to have the best ratchet strap winder you can get; we like these chunky ones- they’re sturdy with comfortable handles.
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Fortem Ratchet Tie Down Straps Review
New York based automotive accessory experts FORTEM go for the extra mile when it comes to the best ratchet strap set you can get for your car. Their four-pack ratchet tie down straps bundle comes with everything you’d need to secure something for your next journey.
Supplied in a handy carry bag, the webbing straps are rated for extra strength and the “S” hooks are made from stainless steel to stop them rusting out on you when you need them. The fully weather-resistant small ratchet straps are perfect for securing heavy loads and packing away when you arrive.
The bright neon green coloured cargo straps stand out- it’ll be easy to see if the tie-down straps are properly set and not twisted in seconds. What makes this one of the best ratchet strap sets is that FORTEM include four handy webbing strap soft loops, for attaching the ratchet hook belts anywhere you need them.
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MotoDia Standard Hook Ratchet Strap Review
With a range of specialist automotive tools and gadgets, you can count on MotoDia to come up with one of the best ratchet strap winders we’ve tried out so far. You get a four-pack of bright orange tie down straps that are ideal for securing a heavy load in transit.
The webbing strap is made from quality certified materials that comply fully with European standards set for cargo straps and come with plastic coated “S” hooks that are guaranteed not to scratch your car or the thing you’re securing.
They’re excellent small ratchet straps for securing down just about anything you want. They don’t include webbing strap loops or a carry case, but otherwise they’re contenders for best ratchet strap on our list.
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Manduka Tie Down Ratchet Straps with J-Hook Review
The Manduka tie-down straps we tried out are the real deal. They’re the sort of t cargo straps you’d see on the back of a lorry holding down heavy equipment. They aren’t small ratchet straps, with a ratchet belt that’s double the thickness of some of the competition.
The webbing strap is made from bright orange polyester with a reported breaking strain of four metric tonnes. It’s the best ratchet strap for strength and durability, but it doesn’t have a ratchet strap winder for the faint hearted- it’s big and heavy and not as portable.
The only other thing going against this set of ratchet tie down straps is that you only get one in the pack. If you’re used to using ratchet straps UK wide, you’ll have no problem with the ratchet strap winder, but for occasional users we’d recommend a small ratchet strap.
Ratchet Strap Buyer’s Guide
If you need to secure something for transport, using ropes or bungees is dangerous. You should invest in the best ratchet straps to properly secure your load unless you want to see it in your rear view mirror instead.
Number of straps in a pack
You should try to secure any load with at least two tie down straps for maximum security. Most packs you can buy will come with two cargo straps and two ratchet strap winders, but if you opt for a four-pack you have more options.
What are they made from?
The best ratchet straps are commonly made from woven polyester webbing straps, which are themselves made from multiple strands of strong thread. The best ratchet strap winders are made from galvanised steel for strength and to keep them weather resistant.
Depending on the size of your tie-down straps they will be able to take more strain before they fail. Small ratchet straps that are one inch wide will generally be rated to 500 kg and wider ratchet tie down straps can hold up to 7,500 kg. The length of the cargo straps varies by make.
Whenever you need to hold something down firmly, webbing straps with ratchet strap winders are the ultimate choice. You don’t need to master difficult knots and if your ratchet tie down straps are correctly tightened, they’ll hold just about anything. Commonly found in outdoor pursuits, industrial logistics, car or motorbike transportation, trailer towing and awnings.
The best ratchet straps are compliant with EN 12195-2 safety guidelines and are quality certified by TÜV GS. Look for these symbols when buying your tie-down straps.
Ratchet Straps FAQ
How do you use a ratchet strap?
The best ratchet straps are easy to use. If you have secure anchor points for the “S” hooks you simply attach them either side of what you need to hold down, thread the webbing strap into the winder and ratchet down the ratchet belt until it’s tight.
How do you thread a ratchet strap?
To begin with, open the ratchet winder handle with the release handle and locate the webbing slot that turns inside it. Close the ratchet strap winder again and thread the ratchet belt into the webbing slot from underneath.
When you’re happy that the cargo strap is correctly threaded into the ratchet strap winder, attach the hooks on either end of the ratchet tie down straps, and operate the ratchet winder handle until it is tight.
Having the best ratchet strap on hand if you want to move large items safely is a no-brainer. All the tie down straps we’ve looked at will help to keep your canoe or motorbike secure on the back of your trailer, but the best ratchet strap must be the Audew tie-down set. The webbing straps are extremely strong, and the ratchet strap winder is mercifully easy on the hands.