Your scuba gauge is one of the most crucial pieces of diving equipment you need to keep you safe underwater. The best scuba gauges are reliable and easy to understand.

An SPG, or submersible pressure gauge tells you how much air is left in your scuba tank while a depth gauge tells you what depth you are at. Many divers these days choose to dive with a computer attached to their wrist like a watch, which carries information in a digital form, but still have an analog scuba gauge attached as a backup. Other divers prefer to rely on the analog system.

You can buy consoles which allow only for an SPG, a double console for both SPG and depth gauge or even a triple console with room for a compass.

Here at The Adventure Junkies, we want to make your life easier when it comes to choosing the right scuba diving gear. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to choose a combo scuba gauge with both pressure and depth gauges as well as show you our selection of the best models of the year.

 

 

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FIND THE BEST SCUBA GAUGES

PICTURE
SCUBA GAUGES
UNIT
WEIGHT
MAX DEPTH INDICATOR
TEMPERATURE INDICATOR
PRICE
RATING
PICTURE
SCUBA GAUGES
UNIT
WEIGHT
MAX DEPTH INDICATORTEMPERATURE INDICATOR
PRICE
RATING
Suunto Double
Imperial
1.30 lbs
Yes
No
$$$
4.8
Oceanic Oil Filled Combo
Imperial
1.40 lbs
No
Yes
$$
4.6
ScubaPro 2
Imperial
1.30 lbs
Yes
No
$$$
4.7
Tusa Double SCA230
Imperial
1.24 lbs
Yes
No
$
4.6
Tusa 2 SCA-280
Metric
1.25 lbs
Yes
Yes
$$
4.8
Cressi Mini 2
Imperial
1.30 lbs
Yes
No
$
4.7
Sherwood Compact
Metric
0.65 lbs
Yes
Yes
$$
4.5
genesis-2-compact
Genesis 2 Compact
Metric
1.25 lbs
Yes
Yes
$
4.6
Mares Mission 2
Imperial
1.65 lbs
Yes
No
$$
4.7
Oceanic Max-Depth SWIV Combo
Imperial
1.25 lbs
Yes
Yes
$$$
4.8

 

 

SCUBA GAUGES 101

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER TO FIND THE BEST SCUBA GAUGE

 

1. UNIT

Scuba gauges come in both imperial or metric systems. Like any other measuring system, this often depends on where you have come from and where you have learned to dive. The US and a few other countries still use the Imperial system, but if you’ve been trained to understand dive depths and air tank pressure in the Metric system then using an Imperial gauge may cause some confusion. Choose what is easy for you to read and understand.

 

2. WEIGHT & SIZE

Scuba gauges can carry a bit of weight at times which you may not want if you plan to do a lot of dive travel. Younger or smaller divers may wish to choose a lighter gauge than their heavier or bigger diving companions.

 Some brands make compact gauges which are smaller and more lightweight versions which are ideal for travel. However, if you’re long-sighted or have trouble reading off the gauge then choose a larger sized gauge. You should be able to read your gauges clearly and quickly.

 

3. TEMPERATURE INDICATOR

Some gauges come with a temperature indicator, which is a handy feature to know what the water temperature is and also to keep an eye on any sudden changes in water temperature.

 

4. MAXIMUM DEPTH NEEDLE

Most gauges have a maximum depth needle, which is usually a fine red needle which will drop with your depth gauge, but it will stop at the point of the deepest part of your dive. This helps you keep track of your dive which is important if you are doing multi-level dives.

 

5. COLOR CODING AND LUMINESCENT DIALS

Choosing a gauge with color coding can help you stay in control of your dive. The color on the pressure gauge acts as a warning signal when you’re starting to run on air. Depth gauges can also have color coding to mark out safety stops during your dive and when you’re heading beyond recreational limits. Most gauges have luminescent dials which are easier to see especially if you plan on doing night diving.

 

6. EYELETS

Some gauges have eyelets on the rubber boot (the housing) which allow for clips so you can attach the gauge to your person while diving, rather than letting it drag below and potentially damage precious underwater life. If you need to clip your scuba gauge somewhere, choose one that has eyelets for a clip or lanyard.

 

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SCUBA GAUGE REVIEWS

 

1. BEST ALL ROUND SCUBA GAUGES

SUUNTO DOUBLE

Check out the latest price on:
Amazon | LeisurePro

UNIT: Imperial

WEIGHT: 1.3lbs

FEATURES: Luminescent dials

PROS: Easy to read in low light, different configurations available, extremely reliable

CONS: Pricey

 

 

 

OCEANIC OIL FILLED COMBO

Check out the latest price on:
Amazon | LeisurePro

UNIT: Imperial

WEIGHT: 1.4lbs

FEATURES: Oil filled, attachment points for clips, temperature gauge

PROS: Oil filled gauge so won’t crush with pressure, rugged design

CONS: A little bulky and heavier than other models, no maximum depth needle

 

 

 

SCUBAPRO 2

Check out the latest price on:
Amazon | LeisurePro

UNIT: Imperial

WEIGHT: 1.3lbs

FEATURES: Bracket for clip, impact resistant boot, oil filled depth gauge

PROS: Durable and reliable

CONS: No temperature indicator

 

 

 

 

2. BEST VALUE FOR MONEY SCUBA GAUGES

TUSA DOUBLE SCA 230

Check out the latest price on:
Amazon | LeisurePro

UNIT: Imperial

WEIGHT: 1.24lbs

FEATURES: Luminescent dials, color coding for safety

PROS: Illuminates, easy to read even at night, compact and lightweight

CONS: No temperature indicator

 

 

 

TUSA 2 SCA-280

 

Check out the latest price on:
Amazon | LeisurePro

UNIT: Metric

WEIGHT: 1.25lbs

FEATURES: Temperature gauge, eyelets for clips, luminescent dial

PROS: Lightweight, reliable

CONS: Accuracy a little slow at times

 

 

 

 

3. BEST SCUBA GAUGES FOR TRAVEL

CRESSI MINI 2

Check out the latest price on:
Amazon | LeisurePro

 

UNIT: Imperial

WEIGHT 1.3lbs

FEATURES: Bright color coding all over both gauges

PROS: Small and compact

CONS: Very small loops make it difficult to clip or attach to anything during your dive

 

 

 

SHERWOOD COMPACT

Check out the latest price on:
Amazon | LeisurePro

UNIT: Metric

WEIGHT: 0.65lbs

FEATURES: Low profile, temperature gauge

PROS: Extremely lightweight and compact

CONS: Readings not as accurate due to circle markers rather than lines

 

 

 

GENESIS 2 COMPACT

genesis-2-compact

Check out the latest price on:
LeisurePro

UNIT: Metric

WEIGHT: 1.25lbs

FEATURES: Eyelets for clips or lanyards, high visibility graphics, temperature gauge

PROS: Low profile, ergonomic design

CONS: Tank pressure not as precise as larger designs

 

 

 

 

4. BEST NITROX COMPATIBLE SCUBA GAUGES

MARES MISSION 2

Check out the latest price on:
Amazon | LeisurePro

UNIT: Imperial

WEIGHT: 1.65lbs

FEATURES: Ergonomic design, nitrox compatible to 40%

PROS: Excellent accuracy

CONS: Heavier design

 

 

 

OCEANIC MAX-DEPTH SWIV COMBO

Check out the latest price on:
Amazon | LeisurePro

UNIT: Imperial

WEIGHT: 1.25lbs

FEATURES: Nitrox compatible to 50%, luminous displays, temperature indicator

PROS: Easy to read

CONS: Depth changes can be a little slow at times

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