The words forever hallowed on the hit TV show Game of Thrones “winter is coming”, and if you’ve got any of the tires below I’m sure you’re wincing with anticipation. I’ll be looking at a list of impressive works of craftsmanship to give you a run-down of best snow tires for your road-bound ice queen. If you’re actually living in Florida and don’t know what you’re doing reading this article, you might want to check out our see our list of best all-season tires.

Best Overall

Pirelli WINTER SNOWCONTROL SERIE 3

Pirelli WINTER SNOWCONTROL SERIE 3 Full - 660x550
Performance

15"
185/60R15
185/65R15
16"
195/50R16
89 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Great driver feedback
  • Good braking performance
  • Very low road noise
  • Grips the road well in snow, slush and ice
  • Wet surface traction and handling is excellent
The Bad
  • Tread wear is only above average
Dry Performance92
Wet Performance91
Light Snow Traction91
Deep Snow Traction87
Ice Traction86
Comfort89
Treadwear85

If you need a set of dedicated winter tires, you should take a look at the Pirelli Snowcontrol Serie 3. A great all-round tire that is sure to keep you safe and feeling secure during the harsh winter weather. They hang tight to the road in rain, snow, slush and ice. Wet surface traction and handling is particularly impressive with short stopping distances. They’re stable on the corners and steering is very responsive with great driver feedback. The Snowcontrol Serie 3’s only letdown is that the tread wear is only just above average.

Michelin X-ICE XI3

Michelin X-ICE XI3 Full - 660x550
Studless

14"
175/65R14
175/70R14
185/60R14
185/65R14
185/70R14
15"
175/65R15
185/55R15
185/60R15
185/65R15
195/55R15
195/60R15
195/65R15
205/60R15
205/65R15
205/70R15
215/70R15
16"
185/55R16
195/55R16
195/60R16
205/50R16
205/55R16
205/60R16
205/65R16
215/55R16
215/60R16
215/65R16
225/55R16
225/60R16
225/65R16
235/60R16
17"
205/50R17
215/45R17
215/55R17
215/60R17
225/45R17
225/50R17
225/55R17
225/60R17
235/45R17
235/55R17
245/45R17
18"
215/45R18
215/55R18
225/40R18
225/45R18
225/50R18
225/55R18
225/60R18
235/40R18
235/45R18
235/50R18
245/40R18
245/45R18
245/50R18
255/45R18
19"
245/40R19
245/45R19
88 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Excellent value with great tread life
  • Stellar handling on dry and wet pavement
  • Amazing all round winter performance
The Bad
  • Cornering on icy surfaces could be improved
Dry Performance84
Wet Performance88
Light Snow Traction92
Deep Snow Traction86
Ice Traction87
Comfort89
Treadwear90

Developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, and minivans, the X-Ice Xi3 is Michelin’s studless snow tire. It promises a long lasting tread life, good ride comfort, and excellent traction and handling on snow, rain and ice covered road surfaces. When the weather gets bad, you can count on the X-Ice Xi3 to keep driving fun and safe. On dry pavement, they’re quiet and comfortable with high-levels of grip. However, cornering on ice could be a little more predictable. All in all, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 delivers sensational overall performance and is a worthy choice of tire for the winter.

Pirelli WINTER SOTTOZERO SERIE II

Pirelli WINTER SOTTOZERO SERIE II Full - 660x550
Performance

16"
205/55R16
225/50R16
17"
205/55R17
235/50R17
245/45R17
18"
235/40R18
235/45R18
245/40R18
265/45R18
19"
235/35R19
235/40R19
245/45R19
255/35R19
255/40R19
265/35R19
285/35R19
285/40R19
295/30R19
295/35R19
20"
235/35R20
235/45R20
245/35R20
245/40R20
255/40R20
265/35R20
265/45R20
275/35R20
275/40R20
285/35R20
295/30R20
85 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Incredible grip and handling on snow and ice
  • Tread life is long lasting
  • Great ride comfort without excessive road noise
  • Traction, braking and cornering on dry and wet pavement is exceptional
The Bad
  • A little road noise on dry pavement at higher speeds
Dry Performance86
Wet Performance90
Light Snow Traction87
Deep Snow Traction79
Ice Traction78
Comfort88
Treadwear84

The Winter Sottozero Serie II is Pirelli’s high performance winter tire for the drivers of sport coupes, sedans and crossovers. It balances outstanding wintertime traction and handling with the dry performance of an all season tire. With wonderful grip on snow and ice covered surfaces, the Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II sets itself apart with a long lasting tread life, great ride comfort, and excellent braking and cornering precision on both dry and wet pavement.

Dunlop SP WINTER SPORT 3D

Dunlop SP WINTER SPORT 3D Full - 660x550
Performance

16"
225/55R16
17"
215/55R17
245/40R17
255/45R17
18"
225/45R18
235/40R18
235/45R18
245/40R18
255/40R18
265/45R18
19"
235/50R19
245/45R19
255/35R19
265/50R19
295/30R19
20"
265/35R20
265/40R20
275/30R20
275/45R20
21"
275/35R21
85 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Fantastic grip and short braking distances on snowy surfaces
  • Amazing tread life
  • Comfortable and quiet
  • Brilliant grip and handling on dry and wet pavement
The Bad
  • Slips loose when cornering at speed on ice
  • Below average rolling resistance
Dry Performance84
Wet Performance88
Light Snow Traction91
Deep Snow Traction84
Ice Traction80
Comfort85
Treadwear85

The Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D is a high performance winter tire developed for the driver of sport cars, coupes and sedans. If you live in an area that receives moderate snow and love to engage in some spirited driving when the roads clear up, you should definitely consider installing a set of Winter Sport 3Ds on your vehicle. They provide excellent winter handling and braking, good ride comfort, and spectacular grip and driver feedback on dry and wet pavement.

Best Budget Winter Tires

Goodyear EAGLE ULTRA GRIP GW-3

Goodyear EAGLE ULTRA GRIP GW3 Full - 660x550
Performance

18"
225/60R18
245/55R18
87 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Dependable traction on snow, slush and ice
  • Superb grip and handling on wet pavement
  • Ride is quiet and comfortable
The Bad
  • Steering could be more responsive in winter conditions
  • Tread could last longer
Dry Performance87
Wet Performance91
Light Snow Traction94
Deep Snow Traction87
Ice Traction87
Comfort80
Treadwear86

Goodyear developed their Eagle Ultra Grip GW-3 so the drivers of sport coupes and sedans could still enjoy driving their cars in the winter. Dry and wet performance is at the level of most all season tires with accurate cornering and responsive handling characteristics. However there’s been a direct tradeoff with winter traction in favor of dry performance. The Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip GW-3 doesn’t match the other top tires in its class in terms of traction and handling on snow and icy surfaces. But if you need a tire that will you to enjoy some spirited driving in the dry while providing good traction in mild winter weather at the same time, the Ultra Grip 3 is a great choice of tire.

Dunlop SP WINTER SPORT 4D

Dunlop SP WINTER SPORT 4D Full - 660x550
Performance

15"
195/65R15
16"
205/55R16
17"
235/55R17
18"
235/50R18
19"
255/50R19
87 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Good cornering grip in wet conditions
  • Very little in-vehicle noise
  • Great handling and traction on the snow
  • Excellent performance on dry pavement
  • No issues with treadwear
The Bad
  • Relatively high price
  • Has trouble clearing itself out in very deep snow.
Dry Performance86
Wet Performance90
Light Snow Traction94
Deep Snow Traction84
Ice Traction79
Comfort88
Treadwear85

The Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D is a winter tire developed for the drivers of sport cars, coupes and sedans. It mixes good grip on snow and ice with amazing traction and handling on dry and wet pavement. They’re quiet, comfortable, stable and wear evenly. The Winter Sport 4D is an ideal tire if you live in an area where the winters are mild, as they have trouble clearing themselves out in deep snow.

Bridgestone BLIZZAK LM-32

Bridgestone BLIZZAK LM-32 Full - 660x550
Performance

17"
215/45R17
18"
215/45R18
225/50R18
255/45R18
275/35R18
19"
225/40R19
225/45R19
245/45R19
255/35R19
265/35R19
275/35R19
275/40R19
20"
215/45R20
245/40R20
245/45R20
255/35R20
295/35R20
86 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Superb wet traction and hydroplane resistance
  • Ride is smooth, comfortable and quiet
  • Has the grip and handling needed to take on extreme weather conditions with confidence
The Bad
  • They don't come cheap
Dry Performance88
Wet Performance90
Light Snow Traction91
Deep Snow Traction83
Ice Traction80
Comfort87
Treadwear86

Are you looking for a high performance winter tire to see you safely through tough winter driving conditions? Developed for the drivers of luxury vehicles,the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 delivers reliable traction and handling in winter weather without giving up dry performance capabilities. While they’re relatively pricey, the Blizzak LM-32 provides confident grip in extreme weather conditions, fantastic ride comfort,, and mighty hydroplane resistance and handling on wet pavement. They look good, drive great, and above all else, do a superb job of keeping you safe.

Best Snow Tires

Continental WINTERCONTACT SI

Continental WINTERCONTACT SI Full - 660x550
Studless

15"
185/55R15
185/65R15
195/65R15
16"
195/55R16
205/55R16
205/60R16
205/65R16
215/55R16
215/60R16
215/65R16
215/70R16
225/65R16
17"
205/50R17
215/45R17
215/55R17
225/45R17
225/50R17
225/55R17
225/60R17
225/65R17
235/45R17
235/55R17
235/65R17
18"
225/45R18
235/50R18
235/55R18
235/60R18
235/65R18
245/40R18
19"
235/55R19
255/50R19
20"
235/55R20
245/50R20
265/50R20
91 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Outstanding tread wear
  • Excellent ice and snow traction
  • Great overall handling in all driving and weather conditions
  • Pleasant ride comfort with little road noise
The Bad
  • None that stands out
Dry Performance85
Wet Performance92
Light Snow Traction98
Deep Snow Traction94
Ice Traction93
Comfort89
Treadwear87

The Continental WinterContact SI is a tire that instills an overwhelming sense of confidence when driving in winter weather conditions. Handling, traction and braking performance is outstanding on snow,slush,rain and ice covered road surfaces. They grip the road no matter what the weather throws their way. With responsive steering, great ride comfort and terrific tread wear, you can’t go wrong choosing the Continental WinterContact SI.

Yokohama ICEGUARD IG51V

Yokohama ICEGUARD IG51V Full - 660x550
Light Truck / SUV Studless

15"
205/70R15
215/70R15
265/70R15
16"
215/65R16
215/70R16
245/75R16
275/70R16
17"
215/60R17
235/60R17
235/65R17
245/70R17
285/65R17
18"
225/55R18
225/60R18
235/55R18
255/55R18
255/70R18
275/60R18
275/65R18
285/60R18
19"
225/55R19
235/55R19
245/55R19
255/50R19
255/55R19
20"
275/45R20
275/55R20
285/50R20
21"
295/35R21
90 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Brilliant traction and handling on snow / slush as well as on wet and ice covered surfaces
  • Outstanding overall dry performance
  • Pleasant ride comfort and lack of road noise
The Bad
  • None so far
Dry Performance86
Wet Performance91
Light Snow Traction95
Deep Snow Traction97
Ice Traction91
Comfort81
Treadwear86

The Iceguard IG51V is Yokohama’s winter tire for the drivers of light trucks, crossover and sport utility vehicles. Normally a winter tire sacrifices ride comfort in favor of traction and handling on snow and ice, but the Iceguard IG51V achieves the perfect balance. They hold tight to the road on snow, slush, wet and ice covered surfaces. And on dry pavement, traction and handling match that of on all season tire. While ride comfort is smooth , comfortable and lacks any road noise. It’s easy to see why the Yokohama Iceguard IG51V is one of the best winter tires available on the market.

Bridgestone BLIZZAK WS80

Bridgestone BLIZZAK WS80 Full - 660x550
Performance

15"
175/65R15
185/55R15
185/60R15
185/65R15
195/65R15
205/65R15
215/70R15
16"
185/55R16
195/50R16
195/55R16
195/60R16
205/55R16
205/60R16
205/65R16
215/55R16
215/60R16
225/60R16
225/65R16
235/60R16
235/65R16
17"
205/40R17
205/50R17
215/45R17
215/55R17
215/60R17
215/65R17
225/45R17
225/50R17
225/55R17
225/60R17
225/65R17
235/45R17
235/55R17
235/60R17
235/65R17
245/45R17
18"
215/55R18
225/45R18
225/50R18
225/55R18
225/60R18
235/40R18
235/50R18
245/40R18
255/35R18
19"
235/50R19
90 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Impressive snow and ice traction
  • Solid cornering in all conditions
  • No issues with hydroplaning
  • Delivers a soft & pleasant ride
The Bad
  • The specialized winter rubber compound only comprises 60% of the tread
Dry Performance85
Wet Performance92
Light Snow Traction96
Deep Snow Traction94
Ice Traction91
Comfort86
Treadwear83

The Blizzak WS80 is a studless ice and snow tire developed by Bridgestone for the drivers of coupes, sedans and minivans. Grip on all surfaces is outstanding. It balances superb snow traction with impressive handling on wet and dry pavement. The Blizzak WS80 never gives up control. For a winter tire they deliver unbeatable levels of comfort and a low noise level. They’re especially good at turning and stopping on ice. If you want a tire that can quickly adapt to drive in wet, snowy and icy road conditions, you can’t go wrong with the Blizzak WS80

Best Winter Tires for SUVs & Trucks

Michelin LATITUDE X-ICE XI2

Michelin LATITUDE XICE XI2 Full - 660x550
Light Truck / SUV Performance

15"
235/75R15
265/70R15
16"
215/70R16
225/70R16
235/65R16
235/70R16
245/70R16
17"
225/65R17
235/60R17
235/65R17
245/70R17
255/60R17
255/65R17
255/70R17
265/65R17
265/70R17
18"
235/55R18
235/60R18
235/65R18
255/55R18
255/65R18
265/60R18
19"
235/55R19
255/50R19
255/55R19
255/60R19
20"
245/50R20
275/40R20
275/45R20
275/55R20
85 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Ride quietly and comfortable for a winter tire
  • High class grip on all surfaces
  • Incredible dry pavement performance
  • Great treadwear
The Bad
  • Traction on deep snow could be improved
Dry Performance84
Wet Performance86
Light Snow Traction87
Deep Snow Traction80
Ice Traction82
Comfort88
Treadwear87

The Latitude X-Ice Xi2 is Michelin’s winter tire for the drivers of light trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles. It combines great winter traction and handling with superb wet and dry performance and a long lasting tread life. The Latitude X-Ice Xi2 delivers impressive traction and control in all types of driving conditions, although they could benefit from more biting grip in deep snow. They feel smooth to drive and corner and brake well with plenty of feedback. Definitely one of the top tires in the SUV winter tire category.

Bridgestone BLIZZAK DM-V1

Bridgestone BLIZZAK DM-V1 Full - 660x550
Light Truck / SUV

18"
285/60R18
20"
285/50R20
89 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Secure traction on snowy wet and icy road surfaces
  • Outstanding performance on dry
  • Unbelievable stopping power
  • Good ride comfort
The Bad
  • The specialized winter rubber compound only makes up 55% of the tread
Dry Performance84
Wet Performance90
Light Snow Traction96
Deep Snow Traction94
Ice Traction91
Comfort86
Treadwear84

Developed for the drivers of trucks, crossover and sport utility vehicles, the Blizzak DM-V1 is Bridgestone’s studless snow and ice tire. It’s designed to deliver powerful traction and handling regardless of the weather conditions. Whether you’re driving on dry, wet, slush, snow or icy road surfaces, the Blizzak DM-V1 is built to stick you to the road with extreme confidence. They’re tough, durable and provide plenty of grip. The only complaint that can be made against the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 is the specialized winter rubber compound, which only makes up 55% of the tread. Other than that, the Blizzak DM-V1 is a solid all-round winter tire that’s well worth your money.

Firestone WINTERFORCE LT

Firestone WINTERFORCE LT Full - 660x550
Light Truck / SUV Studdable

16"
215/85R16
225/75R16
235/85R16
245/75R16
265/75R16
285/75R16
17"
225/75R17
235/80R17
245/70R17
245/75R17
255/75R17
265/70R17
18"
275/65R18
275/70R18
20"
275/65R20
85 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Studdable for extra traction in snow
  • Class leading cost/performance ratio
  • Attractive semi-gloss finish sidewall design
The Bad
  • Wobbly in warm driving conditions
  • Minimal lateral traction on ice
  • Don't retain gripping quality over their treadlife
Dry Performance85
Wet Performance88
Light Snow Traction94
Deep Snow Traction89
Ice Traction83
Comfort79
Treadwear78

Driving in extreme weather often requires motorists to strike a trade-off between performance and ride comfort. If one wants a tire that will get one out of any sticky situation, one needs to be prepared to sacrifice a cosy trip. The engineers at Firestone though seem to be of a different line of thinking as they believe one can indeed have their cake and eat it. With the introduction of the Winterforce tire, Firestone aimed high, as they sought to deliver a tire that would offer unprecedented winter handling while producing a silent and gentle ride, independent of weather conditions.

Bridgestone BLIZZAK DM-V2

Bridgestone BLIZZAK DMV2 Full - 660x550
Light Truck / SUV

15"
235/75R15
16"
215/70R16
225/70R16
225/75R16
235/70R16
245/70R16
245/75R16
255/70R16
265/70R16
17"
215/70R17
225/55R17
225/60R17
235/65R17
235/70R17
245/65R17
245/70R17
255/70R17
265/65R17
265/70R17
18"
225/55R18
225/60R18
235/50R18
235/55R18
235/60R18
235/65R18
255/55R18
255/60R18
255/65R18
255/70R18
265/60R18
265/70R18
275/60R18
275/65R18
285/60R18
19"
225/55R19
235/55R19
245/55R19
255/55R19
255/60R19
265/50R19
20"
245/50R20
255/55R20
265/50R20
275/40R20
275/45R20
275/55R20
275/60R20
285/50R20
22"
285/45R22
92 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Brilliant hydroplane resistance
  • Top class traction in snow, slush and ice
  • Solid grip and handling on wet surfaces
  • Predictable steering and cornering in all winter conditions
The Bad
  • Wears a bit faster than expected
Dry Performance89
Wet Performance93
Light Snow Traction99
Deep Snow Traction96
Ice Traction94
Comfort91
Treadwear85

The Blizzak DM-V2 is Bridgestone’s Light Truck/SUV Ice and Snow winter tire. Their goal is to keep you safe and secure in even the worst winter conditions. The Blizzak DM-V2 can handle snow, slush and ice without any problems. They hold onto their performance in the harshest weather. Steering and cornering always remains predictable and precise. And their performance in the wet is phenomenal with excellent grip and a resilient resistance to hydroplaning. And ride comfort isn’t half bad either. Especially for a set of winter tires. The only drawback to the Blizzak DM-V2 is that the tread wears a bit faster than expected.

Pirelli SCORPION WINTER

Pirelli SCORPION WINTER Full - 660x550
Light Truck / SUV Performance

16"
225/70R16
245/70R16
17"
235/65R17
18"
235/60R18
255/55R18
19"
225/55R19
235/55R19
235/65R19
255/50R19
265/50R19
275/45R19
295/45R19
20"
245/45R20
255/45R20
255/50R20
255/55R20
265/45R20
265/50R20
275/40R20
275/45R20
275/50R20
285/45R20
295/40R20
295/45R20
21"
255/40R21
265/40R21
265/45R21
275/40R21
275/45R21
285/40R21
285/45R21
295/35R21
295/40R21
315/40R21
22"
265/35R22
265/40R22
275/40R22
285/35R22
88 Reviewer
Users 0 (0 votes)
The Good
  • Amazing performance on dry pavement
  • Great traction and handling on wet surfaces
  • Excellent tread wear
  • Very good cornering capabilities at all speeds
The Bad
  • Traction in deep snow could be better
Dry Performance89
Wet Performance91
Light Snow Traction95
Deep Snow Traction86
Ice Traction83
Comfort87
Treadwear83

Do you live in an area with occasional snowfalls in the winter? Then you may want to take a look at the Scorpion Winter, Pirelli’s winter tire for the drivers of high-end sport pickups, crossovers and sport utility vehicles. It balances good winter traction and handling with the dry performance of an all season tire. So when the roads clear up, you can still enjoy some fun, spirited driving. They’re quiet, comfortable and deliver stable cornering at all speeds. Traction and cornering in deep snow could be improved, but I suppose that’s the price you pay for such fantastic performance on dry and wet pavement.