By highlighting how we test each product, we give you a better idea of what our testing process looks like so you can help narrow down the most important aspects of a trailer hitch when the time comes to invest in a new hitch.
Ease of Installation
When installing any trailer hitch, you want the process to be simple and for the hitch to attach securely. We wanted to see how simple each trailer hitch was to install by attaching it to our vehicle and seeing how secure the hitch was once installed properly. The trailer hitches that were easy to install scored the highest in this category.
Trailer hitches can serve a lot of purposes from lugging cargo to towing your trailer or camper, so it’s important to find a trailer hitch that can accommodate different uses. We looked at the specifications of each trailer hitch to see how versatile the hitch was compared to other trailer hitches on the market. The hitches that could carry different types of cargo in this review scored best.
When investing in a trailer hitch, you want to find the product that will reliably tow the heaviest cargo you may be traveling with. To test this, we looked at how the weight capacities of each trailer hitch compared to each other while also considering price differences and how durable the material was. The trailer hitches that were the best value and held the most weight scored best in this category.
How We Score Products
Among the trailer hitches we tested that are featured in this review, we averaged a score of 4.8 out of 5.0 stars. We have also provided a guide on our star ratings, helping you understand the weight each score holds and the thorough product testing that goes into providing a reliable score and review.
- 5.0 Stars: This rating means that we found the trailer hitch to be well above average in ease of installation, versatility, and towing capacity. If the trailer hitch exceeded our expectations in at least one of the testing criteria, we gave it a 5.0-star rating.
- 4.0 Stars: A 4.0-star rating means that the trailer hitch we tested performed above average but not as high as a 5.0-star rating. For example, if we had some difficulty installing the hitch but it still fit appropriately, we gave the hitch a slightly lower rating.
- 3.0 Stars: This star rating means that the trailer hitch performed averagely compared to other trailer hitches on the market. If the trailer hitch had some difficulty with installation and wasn’t the best value but still worked reliably, you’ll see an average rating.
- 2.0 Stars: A 2.0-star rating is a below-average score. For example, if the trailer hitch we reviewed had compatibility issues with our vehicle despite being advertised as a proper fit, we would score this trailer hitch with a below-average rating for installation.
- 1.0 Star: You’ll rarely see a 1.0-star rating in our reviews because this means a product scored well below average. For example, if the trailer hitch is defective, poor quality, or has a low towing capacity for the price, you can expect to see a 1.0-star rating.
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