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Floor Jacks vs. Bottle Jacks

Lifting a vehicle in the shop or at home requires the right car jack. Both floor jacks and bottle jacks are commonly used by mechanics and DIYers. Both models provide enough lifting power to get under your vehicle, and they come in various weight capacities to handle everything from small sedans to heavy-duty trucks or SUVs. Here is a look at how both jacks stack up against each other.

Floor Jacks

Bottle Jacks

Average Minimum Lift Height

About 5 in.About 8 in.

Average Maximum Lift Height

About 22 in.About 20 in.

Average Maximum Lift Capacity

10.5 tons20 tons

Floor Jacks

Advantages of Floor Jacks

  • Minimum Lift Height - The low minimum lift height allows these jacks to easily lift vehicles with lower clearance. There are even low profile models for cars that sit extremely close to the ground.
  • Ease of Use - Long pumping handles make them easy to raise and lower quickly.
  • Stability - The wide bases of these jacks increase stability and safety.
Floor Jacks

Limitations of Floor Jacks

  • Low Maximum Lift Capacity - These jacks typically don't achieve high maximum lift capacity ratings.
  • Large Footprint - Their large construction make them stable, but this also causes these models to take up more area in your garage or shop.
Floor Jacks

Bottle Jacks

Advantages of Bottle Jacks

  • Maximum Lift Capacity - High lift capacities allow bottle jacks to lift extremely heavy vehicles, and some models are even used in construction projects to lift the corners of houses.
  • Small Footprint - Their small sizes make them easy to store after use.
Bottle Jacks

Limitations of Bottle Jacks

  • Stability - While their small base footprint can be helpful, stability can be an issue.
  • Minimum Lift Height - The minimum lift height can make bottle jacks difficult to use underneath vehicles with standard clearance.
Bottle Jacks