Casters make immobile things, furniture, and anything locomotive. They come in hundreds of different shapes and sizes and let’s not just quantify the features.
Caster wheels hide in plain sight. But getting to know properly for buying the best caster with no post-purchase regrets is an iterative, boring, feet of patience and time-consuming.
It becomes difficult and confusing because there are multiple dimensions and aspects to look at before buying, which will all be discussed concisely with very little time and leaving no stones unturned.
But the question arises, why would you spend time, money and energy on having this? To almost nullify the energy consumed by getting things around, to stop damaging stuff while doing that but most importantly to save time.
But how do you achieve this foot? I’ll guide you in every footstep of the way.
Let’s begin, let’s see, let’s make everything roll, let’s get the best caster.
Getting to Know the Fundamentals of Its Structure
This picture will give a basic knowledge to get started with judging casters.
1. Swivel Caster Wheels with Safety Dual Locking
4 casters, 16 screws, 1 screwdriver……. Everything you need.
Features and Benefits
This pack of four casters can carry up to 600 lbs without any damages. That’s about as heavy duty a caster might get.
Structured out of steel. So, there’s very less of a probability of getting fractured. But rest assured even if these get damaged anyhow you’ll get a full refund. To have the refund you’ll have to return it within 90 days. Then there’s the 1-year warranty which makes it all the more reassuring.
These casters brought to you by Decolighting come with both swivel and locking mechanism on board.
Polyurethane rubber makes the casters stealthier. You won’t be able to hear anything. Moreover, it won’t chew over your floorings at all.
As a lock, the locking mechanism is just superb. It locks it down tightly for good.
They are up for universal use. You can set it on to your table, chair, sound box, luggage ….you name it and it’ll roll it around for ya.
Swivel radius of the thing is about 1.57 inches or 40 mm. In height, it’s about 7 cm give or take.
The biggest issue I had with the caster was the locking mechanism. Didn’t I just saw it’s superb? Yeah, I did but the issue was with the dents or groves or dimples the lock leaves on the polyurethane tire.
Casters are superb but the cheapo screws it brings on board are a bit of a bummer. These snaps of in no time.
2. Finnhomy Casters 3” Wheels with Brake
Smooth, sturdy, silent.
Features and Benefits
Having a load capacity of each about 300 LBS, load capacity of four of them sums up to an astounding 1200 lbs.
Apart from the load capacity what makes these casters even more universal is its versatility. You can hook in on to any of your gadgets and move it around be it your fridge, your desktop table or your luggage.
Buying this set of casters gives a peace of mind because you’ll be getting a new caster or refund if there’s any sort of problem.
Mechanism of the caster is superb. The ball bearing provides smooth, effortless and silent rotation. Dual lock systems take it a notch up.
Talking about durability isn’t necessary case everything except for the tire is made out of steel and there’s almost no chance or wear or tear. High-quality polyurethane tires give spectacular durability, smoothness, and silence with zero chances of damaging your tiles, mosaic, or concrete floor.
Speaking of numbers, these casters come in a set of four. Each is about 5 LBS and 4 inch high. Not too high, not too short. The diameter of the wheel is about 3 inch and the top plates about 91 mm x 64 mm.
And if it’s of any concern to you, color’s red and comes in only red.
3. Online Best Service 4 Pack Caster Wheels Swivel Plate
No dents or dimples due to lock
Features and Benefits
As per manufacturers specifications, these casters can withstand up to 250 LBS i.e. 1000 LBS for 4 of them at once. Polyurethane tire makes the wheel smoother even in a highly uneven surface. Polyurethane does its job perfectly. Won’t be damaging your floor at all.
Double ball bearings add the feature of swivel i.e. 360 degrees of rotation. And it makes the caster all the smoother and silent.
The seller is giving an extra set of screw kit just for a couple of bucks specifically for these casters. The kit has washers along with the screw.
Standard plate size of 65 mm x 94 mm i.e. 2.55-inch x 3.7 inch. Wheel diameter and width’s 3 inches and 1.25 inch respectively.
All the more reassuring to have a warranty of about 90 days. So, no worries.
Mounting hole on this is 0.32 mm x 0.46 mm. Height’s just perfect, 4 inches.
The swivel doesn’t work properly as advertised at least not after a couple of days.
More importantly, load capacity is nowhere near as 1000 LBS. Wheel’s plastic starts to break off with a load as low as 750 LBS.
For the same reason the stem bends out and the ball bearings start to snap off. Bummer!!
4. Bayite Caster Wheels Polyurethane Swivel Casters
Features and Benefits
Dual lock makes the casters superbly handy. But only 2 of them comes with break and the other 2 doesn’t.
PU (Polyurethane) tires make the caster perfect and safe for all floor types.
Both raceways have deep grove and swivel ball bearing which makes it rotate 360 degrees.
Plate size of this thing is 2.75 inch by 2 inches. And that of the mounting hole’s 8.5 mm x 11.5 mm. Bolts passing through the caster has a radius of 6 mm and lengths about 45 mm.
Total load capacity is 220 LBS only!! So, don’t dare to use them for any heavy objects like your freezer or welding table.
Few of the buyers and users are saying that these don’t swivel properly.
5. Office Chair Caster Wheels by the Office Oasis
No more of computer chair floor mat.
Features and Benefits
These casters are completely safe to be used on any type of flooring…….. hardwood, tiles, bamboo, Pergo, anything you name. But why? The secret recipe behind this is the crystal clear, soft polyurethane material. It’s a balance between softness and grip.
Being designed like rollerblades can roll perfectly on any kind of surface. Definitely won’t be working on muds…lol.
Starting from internal minute facets to the support bracket everything is made out of high grade, durable steel. This is what gives it super high load capacity of 650 LBS for a set of 5.
What makes it so smooth is the extra set of ball bearings on the axle. This is apart from the one that’s already in for the swivel. Bearings’ greatness is brought to light by the fact that there’s never any squeaky sound ever. This way you’ll be able to completely focus on your work.
Another fascinating thing about this caster is that it just pushes and fitted into those chairs. How? Cause the stem has this grip ring stem system. Speaking of the stem, the stem’s dimensioning is the universal one. So, it’ll fit into 95 percent of the chairs out there.
Since I’ve already started to throw numbers, the diameter of the wheel itself is 73 mm.
After all, these, if you’re not satisfied with the performance of these casters from Office Oasis, they’ll give you a complete refund with an extra 10 percent.
Apparently, some users are not happy with the durability of the polyurethane casing of the wheel. It starts to break off after a couple of months of use. At least that’s what they are complaining about.
6. Slipstick Floor Protecting Rubber Office Chair Caster
Keep on rolling with no tension.
Features and Benefits
Remove the wheels of your chair and press this on. That’s all you’ll be needing to do to get on these wheels. Because the stems universal sized and has grip rings, super handy eh?
Wheels are cased with grey rubber, completely reassuring that it’ll never ever be damaging your floors. You can roll with these on laminate, tiles, slate anything.
To maximize the load capacity there are two wheels (!!!) on each caster. Because of this, the load capacity of this set of 5 casters becomes 330 LBS with each being able to take on 66 LBS.
Even though wheels have to be checked every now for dirt, thread or hair, this tunes down the necessity by having a polypropylene dust cover. It’s high impact too.
A few of the buyers are saying that there’s an issue with the stem. The diameter seems to be a bit smaller than the standard. So, they seem to be falling out of the chair at times.
Polyurethane is the best. But these come with rubbers, not PU.
The durability of the rubber casing is also being questioned. A handful of users are saying the rubber’s falling off after a couple of months and starts to damage the floor.
7. SunnieDog Office 3-Inch Inline Skate Style Office Chair Caster Wheel
Just like a rollerblade.
Features and Benefits
Super handy to set cause it’s standard sized just like the last two I’ve talked about. Also, like the last two, you’ll have this grip ring mechanism. This takes only a minute or two for the whole replacement process since you’ll be needing no tools.
Polyurethane encasing makes it a lot safer to be used on all surfaces. You can be using it on carpets, tiles, laminate, bamboo anything anywhere…… you know the drill.
SunnieDog bags a lifetime warranty with this caster and you’ll also be getting a refund if you’re not satisfied with its performance.
Wheel diameter and width of this thing is 73 mm and 22 mm respectively.
A number of customers have claimed that there’s an issue with the swiveling of the wheels. They have to put in a bit more force to change directions.
8. Plastic Wheel Rectangle Top Plate Fixed Swivel Caster Set
Miniature & for light loads.
Features and Benefits
Up until now, all those casters have been about 3 inches to about 5 inches but this one’s 33.8 mm or 1.33 inch give or take. So, you can imagine how miniature this one is.
This caster is made specifically for lightweight furniture and machineries like trolleys and racks. With the size, it’s given it’s astounding to have a load capacity of about 22 lbs. That turns to be 88 lbs if you’re using one in each corner i.e. four of ‘em.
Another fascinating thing about this is that for the price tag it has it even has a 2 year’s warranty!!
This package comes with 4 casters and 16 screws. So, you’ll not need to buy anything else to set these casters.
The top plate is made out of metal and has 4 holes for screws. Each hole’s 30.48 mm or 1.2 inches apart on the length and 24.64 mm or 0.97 inches. Length and breadth of the caster’s 38.1 mm or 1.27 inch and 32.25 mm or 1.27 inch respectively. Speaking in numbers the wheel diameter is exactly 1 inch.
As promised by the manufacturer this wheel’s gives very little starting and rolling resistance, to put it straight these ARE smooth.
Wheel’s not made out of PU or rubber but plastic. These are bound to leave scratches on the floor sooner or later.
9. Swivel Caster Wheels Rubber Base with Top Plate
Best for the price.
Features and Benefits
Packs all three features to be considered one of the best; smooth, silent and sturdy. This very caster comes in a pack of 12.
MagaDeal manufactured these casters to be capable to take on light to medium weight. Each of these casters can put up with 100 lbs.
Plate ball bearings enable the caster to swivel 360 degrees smoothly with very little friction.
The wheel itself is 50 mm in diameter and made out of rubber, can’t argue for the price. But still, you can rest assured that it won’t be damaging your floors. By the way, the color’s black, if it’s of concern to you.
The top plate is 49 mm x 58 mm, the usual sizing for casters. There are four holes on the top plate, one on each corner with a distance of 35 mm on the breadth and 45 mm on the length.
With all of these the caster’s 65 mm above the ground.
There’s an extreme smell radiating from the wheel. But hey it’s rubber!!. Apart from that, there’s a seam going in the middle of the wheel, but it’ll vanish after a couple of days.
10. PVC Heavy Duty Swivel Caster Wheels
Rolls with a massive load.
Features and Benefits
If you’re in need of a heavy-duty caster then these are your go-to casters. Just in case that we have a different perspective for calling things heavy duty, these have a load capacity of 300 lbs !!! Besides each caster weighs 7.6 lbs by itself.
For the metal portion of the caster i.e., anything other than the wheel itself is made out of galvanized alloy. Now a fact about galvanized alloy is that they are way more durable than your regular or stainless steel.
Apart from the wheel the rest of the caster is made out of steel with a silver tone to it. This says much about the durability of the casters.
These swiveling casters come in a set of four and the tire is red and the metal portions have a silver tone.
All four of them have dual lock mechanism. Now, let’s talk some numbers with you.
These casters are four-inch high. Just the height you should be having or needing for your heavy-duty projects. But the wheel itself is about 100 mm high and just 27 mm in width.
Top plates are of a great size for weight distribution. They are 90mm x 30 mm whereas the holes are 75 mm from each other along the length and 45 mm along the breadth.
Some people questioned the quality of the PVC tires. They are saying the tires become flat with very little weight in a very little time.
11. POWERTEC 17000 Workbench Caster Kit
Make your workbench locomotive.
Features and Benefits
They swivel, roll and carries quite the weight as necessary. But there this foot pedal thing is what takes it out of the ordinary to make it a Workbench Caster. Comes with all the necessary screws, nuts and washers to get fitted.
As I’ve mentioned earlier the foot pedal is what’s special about it. This is what helps to lock you’re your system for good. Just with one push, it’ll mount your workbench or any other furniture three-quarters of an inch. Eh, Viola, you can move it around now.
Installation is super easy. All you’ll need is to screw in two self-drilling screws to get it fixed and ready to use.
All four of ‘em can mount up to 400 lbs with each being capable of lifting 100 lbs.
The PU tire will never create any spot or scratches on your floors, ever.
The casters are perfectly designed but a couple of people are complaining about the screws included. They seem to be a bit too small to hold on to such loads of your workbench.
Then it’s always a risk to have a pile of metal stick out of the legs of your workbench. You never know when you will be tripping over.
Guide to Choosing THE Best Casters
In order to satisfy the majority and having no minorities, to light the path for them to get the best casters by choosing from numerous choices of casters of diverse categories, colors, sizes and materials, we’ve pointed out features and key areas to look at.
There are two purposes and perspective of looking at casters.
If you’re buying a set of casters or buying one for a pre-existing set. Make damn sure that they of the exact same size even if you’re measuring with a slide caliper.
If are not in a real-life market then you’re means of knowing about this boils down to checking the manufacturer’s specifications. But the more recommendable, reliable and preferred is the reviews.
Apart from the material, there’s another factor that’s needed to be brought under consideration for the load capacity. That’s the wheel diameter.
Here’s me listing down a cross between load capacity and wheel diameter acc. to popular belief.
80 mm suggest a load capacity of 50 to 300 lbs.
100 mm suggest a load capacity of 300 to 500 lbs.
125 mm suggest a load capacity of 500 to 1000 lbs.
150 mm suggest a load capacity of 1000 to 1500 lbs.
200 mm suggest a load capacity of 1500 to 2000 lbs.
250 mm suggest a load capacity of 2000 to 3000 lbs.
Again, this is not experimental …. BUT people’s belief.
In the specifications, it’s called mounting type or category.
There are three ways to do it
Most of the casters come with top plates with holes. And that’s where you put the screw in to fix it your dolly, trolley or whatever.
Some heavy-duty industrial casters come with just a plate or a plate with holes. You can weld ‘em to your thing.
Those casters made especially for chair has this stem sorta thing sticking out. These are super handy to use. I’ll be talking about is stems…… just a bit later.
Swivel or Not
Everybody who’s realized they are living in 21st century gets the swivel one.
But what am I talking about? Swivel casters are ones that can rotate 360 degrees. They don’t just go back and forth.
But if you’re getting it for an industrial purpose where every penny counts, then what? Then the popular or go to kinda set will be 2 Non-Swiveling and 2 swiveling.
Let’s Talk Stem
There’s and Universal for everything, like USB, chargers, plugs etc.
Even the caster’s stem got a universal size and style. Size is 11mm in dia and 22 mm high. The style is the grip ring.
Grip ring is the ones you have in many of those pens. They get stuck due to ring sorta thing on the stem when you push it in.
Brands compatible with this is Herman Miller, dxracer, Hon, Boss and many many more.
Depending on what’s going to be under your tires or wheel’s you’ll have to choose between the types of material.
I’ll talk about material’s in just a minute.
In an industry, looks don’t matter at the least, utility, longevity, durability and features is everything’s industrialists are into.
But if you’re getting it for your home then you want it to look attractive to others. If for an office, then people prefer a less eye catchy and professional vibe radiating one.
Let’s Talk Materials.
I’ll talk about it super concisely and only the popular ones. Otherwise, it might start to sound a bit geeky or boring.
First, let’s talk about the tires.
It’s the material of choice for everything and everywhere. These are claimed to never damage any sort of your floor.
These are perfectly fine in environs with oils; chemicals even acids.
It’s the most durable and wire resistant among all the materials on the list. What am I saying? Isn’t steel better than cast?
Yeah, but it’s caster. Having steel will make the price skyrocket.
But boy!!…. The way they damage floors, you floor gotta be heavy duty. Mostly and only used in industries, where durability, wearing off is the prime factors for choice.
Rubber is less durable than polyurethane, nut an allrounder like it. It works fine on wet floors, uneven surface and more importantly works perfectly both indoor and outdoor.
P.S. Manufacturers always specify what the caster’s made of.
Material for the Rest
Rest of the portion generally made out of steel despite being expensive cause it’s not that bulky regardless of the look.
What’s better than steel? Galvanized alloy. Its zinc coated to be corrosion and rust resistant.
Always think about brakes before you buy. You may or may not need it.
It’s a bummer if you get it when it’s not needed and also a bummer to not have it when you need it. It also depends on the preferences.
Some like brakes on their work chair to be fixed in position and some don’t. Moreover, you’ll never need it for a trolley but always need it for a furniture.
There are popularly three basic types of brakes
You have to select among the three brakes depending on the load that it’s about to befall on it, the requisite force to set it in motion above all the velocity.
It requires a bit more force compared to get in motion but the upside’s it heavily durable. Less probable to be damaged in high moisture environments.
All these are desirable but comes in exchange for a great force for both starting and being in motions.
This offers both durability and diminished rolling friction.
These have the best rolling and starting features. That’s why it’s by far the most popular.
Foot pedal serves a dual purpose by reducing by nullifying the load on the caster when it’s not in motion. Secondly, acting as a brake.
Super easy to use. Just need a push and pull to be using this. When ya push it, the system gets mounted and you can roll it around. Then if you pull it, the system gets down on the ground and locked. Causing no pressure on the caster whatsoever.
Q. What’s dual locking?
Answer: The dual locking means the lock stops 360 degrees rotation and back and forth rolling too.
Q. Do they roll okay on low pile carpet?
Answer: Depends on the type of tire material. Rubber and PU definitely can.
Q. Can I buy a single caster?
Answer: No, you can’t. Casters are sold in a set.
Q. How well will these casters hold up on rough pavement?
Answer: Rubber-tired casters can hold up pretty well on rough pavement. But keep in mind that you’ll be needing a wheel with a larger width.
Q. Is this wheel recommended for laminate flooring?
Answer: Casters having PU tires are great on laminate floors.
Q. Can casters be removed from chairs?
Answer: Obviously, they can be. You just have to pull ‘em.
Q. Will casters roll on carpet?
Answer: Depends on the type of material used for the tires. If it’s rubber or PU, then you are good to go.
To tune down the sweats that you’ll have to rub of your forehead we’ve thrown some light on the route to getting the best casters.
Am I bluffing? Hell no. I’ve introduced you to the different parts of a caster wheel. Then went on to discuss the different aspects, key-areas, different features to get the best caster for yourself. Thus, meeting your optimum choice.
Then the only job at hand would search the market to find the one that you’re looking for. I’ve got it covered for ya’ too. I’ve pointed out the stuff you’ll want to buy the caster for and the ones that might change your mind.
Even after going through all these, it’s only humane to have some questions unanswered. To quench that thirst of your curiosity I’ve answered some FAQs.
That ends our journey.