Bench multimeters are an essential test and measurement instrument used by design engineers across the globe which offer excellent precision and accuracy. These types of multimeters provide a range of measurement functions for electrical testing, including voltage, current, resistance, frequency, capacitance, temperature, and more. Some models may even include additional features such as data logging and waveform analysis.
Whilst multimeters are available in a variety of styles such as digital multimeters (DMM) and handheld, benchtop multimeters are best suited for more advanced and sophisticated testing. These multimeters offer better stability due to their fixed setup. They are less susceptible to external factors that might affect measurement accuracy, such as hand movement or environmental conditions.
We offer a wide selection of exceptional bench multimeters from the top leading brands within the test and measurement sector including RS PRO, Fluke, Keithley, Keysight Technologies and many more, with calibration also available.
Whilst both types of multimeters can measure functions such as current, voltage, resistance, and capacitance, they vary in usability in certain applications. Handheld multimeters are ideal for electricians on the go due to their small size and portability. In contrast, benchtop multimeters are best suited to a bench or rack for more heavy duty and intricate testing. Benchtop multimeters are also AC powered, meaning they require an electrical source of power, whereas handheld tend to be powered by batteries. Bench multimeters often have larger displays compared to handheld versions, providing a clearer view of measurement values and waveforms. For applications that require exceptional accuracy and precision, benchtop multimeters are far superior making them ideal for heavy duty testing.
For certain applications it is essential to be able to visualise waveforms, present statistical analysis, and display histograms. For applications that require these types of clear visualisations, benchtop multimeters are far superior. Among the many benefits of using a benchtop multimeter is the addition of clear visual displays, allowing for quick and efficient measurement in real time.