Shopping for an oil filter can be confusing with so many different brands to choose from. It’s not uncommon for an identical filter to be sold under a number of different brand names, further adding to the confusion. However, the internal construction and the quality of the filtering element can greatly differ between two brands, and many filters from the most popular brands are of very poor quality.
The following filters were picked for their objective filtering performance based on the quality and surface area of their filtering element where the particles are trapped. The construction of the anti-drain back and bypass valves is also important since they maintain hold oil pressure. Finally, we picked the following oil filters for their overall value since there's no need to purchase an expensive filter in order to have solid, basic performance.
Purolator's PureONE filters are popular because they provide great filtering performance at an affordable price. The filter element is packed densely to provide maximum filtration, though oil restriction issues can surface in some applications. Read Full Review
The PureONE consistently performs at the top when it comes to filtering capability. The paper/fiber element has more filtering material and surface area than other filters and internal construction is very good. There are some concerns about oil restriction because the filter element is so dense, and if you have a high performance engine you may be better off with the more expensive Mobil 1 oil filters. However, the PureONE’s excellent filtering capability, high quality construction, and affordable price make it a top overall pick.
Pictured is the Purolator PureONE Oil Filter #PL14610.
Mobil 1 is a leading synthetic oil producer, so it should come as no surprise that their synthetic-medium oil filters also earn accolades. The synthetic filter medium captures microparticles and contaminants far better than standard filters can, though the higher price is a small consequence for the increased performance. Read Full Review
Mobil 1 oil filters are fairly expensive, but their fully synthetic fiber elements do a much better job filtering small contaminants than the conventional paper elements found in cheaper filters. Despite their excellent filtering capability, these filters still flow well.
The Mobil 1 oil filters are manufactured by Champion Labs and can be purchased at many retail locations. They are virtually identical to the K&N oil filters which feature a welded nut at the end for easier installation and removal, but the K&Ns are harder to find at retail locations. However, if you can find a good deal on them online, the K&Noil filters are equally recommended.
Pictured is the Mobil Extended Performance Oil Filter #M1-102.
Purolator's Premium Plus oil filter offers nothing special but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. This oil filter is extremely affordable and does a great job of capturing contaminants in your engine's oil. Read Full Review
If you’re looking for an oil filter that’s cheap and easy to find, the Purolator Classic Oil Filter is an excellent choice. This filter is essentially the same as the old Purolator Premium Plus oil filters, with only very minor changes and a new name. It’s well constructed and the paper element does a good job filtering out small particles. This protects your engine and extends its life, preventing damage from contaminants. You can find these filters just about anywhere and at around $4 the Purolator Classic Oil Filter is an excellent value choice.
Pictured is the Purolator Classic Oil Filter #L14459
WIX oil filters are a popular choice due to the solid build quality and good filtration characteristics. These filters are cheap, plentiful, and a good option for any driver looking for a standard replacement oil filter. Read Full Review
WIX filters feature high quality construction and good oil flow, making them easy to recommend. This is a company that’s been around for a long time, which serves as testament to their quality and durability in terms of both design and construction. Even with heavy use these filters don't break down over time while the affordable price tag offers some of the best bang for your buck available. They are readily available at most major retailers and WIX also manufacturers the NAPA Silver and Gold-level filters.
Pictured is the WIX Spin On Oil Filter #57002
Baldwin oil filters are commonly found in trucks, which is a testament to how durable these filters are. These distinctive red filters are inexpensive, and are just as good for cars as they are for trucks. Read Full Review
Baldwin makes filters for all vehicles, yet regardless of the whether the vehicle is a car or a truck, their oil filters offer excellent durability and overall reliability. As a company that’s been in business for a long time, they can be trusted to make good products. Good design and construction allow these filters to effectively protect your engine from damage caused by contaminants. Readily available at most major retailers for affordable prices, these filters are an excellent all-around choice.
Pictured is the Baldwin Oil Filter #B160.