Should You Choose Alloy Wheels or Steel Wheels?


Over the years we have seen thousands of customers pass through our doors in their search for new wheels and tires for their vehicles, and one of the questions that gets asked over and over again is, “Should I purchase a new set of alloy wheels, or would steel wheels be a better choice?” Wheels don’t get changed nearly as often as tires, mainly because often there is no real need to, unlike with tires which get worn out over time and must be changed to ensure personal safety and compliance with the law. Ultimately the type of wheel that we would recommend you purchase would depend upon the kind of vehicle you own and the type of driving you do, and if you call us on 905-463-2038, we’d be happy to point you in the right direction. However, it is still useful to learn about the strengths of each of these wheel types, which is why we have provided all the key information for you below.

CarKraze_teasers-wheelsSteel Wheels: The Traditional Choice.

  • The popularity of steel wheels may have declined since the introduction of alloys, but demand has not disappeared altogether, largely owing to the advantages they offer in terms of price. It’s significantly cheaper to manufacture steel wheels and these lower costs are reflected in a lower end price for the consumer.
  •  A long life-expectancy is another of the advantages that you get with steel wheels. They fare very well against the elements and the manner in which they are constructed (metal stamping) makes them resilient to damage. This characteristic is the reason that many off-road drivers opt for this type of wheel.

Alloy Wheels: Today’s Standard Choice

  •  As any wheel provider will tell you, alloys have become the default option when it comes to buying new wheels. The question is — why? Probably the biggest difference between the two main wheel types is weight. An alloy is a mix of two different metals, and the majority of alloy wheels contain aluminium or magnesium (or both). These materials are significantly lighter than steel, which improves the performance of the car.
  • In terms of aesthetics (which is one of the main reasons people purchase new wheels), there’s no comparison between the two options. Steel wheels are very limited in terms of design, while the manufacturing processes used to create alloys allow for a vast range of designs and finishes.
  • Vehicles equipped with alloys generally experience better brake performance too, as the wheels allow for better airflow, which cools the brakes.
  • Although they are substantially lighter than their steel counterparts, alloys are still very strong and offer a desirable balance of speed and strength, which is why virtually every racing car you see will be equipped with alloys.

These aren’t the only options when buying new wheels, but are by far the most popular. Another important consideration is selecting the correct wheel size, which can significantly affect the performance of your vehicle.


To learn more about our steel wheels and the products we offer, contact us today on 905-463-2038 in either our Mississauga or Brampton locations.