Top 9 brake caliper manufacturers

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

An important part of the braking system is the caliper attached to the suspension knuckle. It includes one or two brake cylinders that press on the pads and press them against the discs. The caliper is exposed to moisture, road reagents, elevated temperatures and mechanical stress. If it is dripping or damaged, then replacement is necessary. We have made your search easier by compiling a rating of the best brake caliper manufacturers. The material was built taking into account the reviews of buyers and workshop masters, as well as on the basis of the characteristics of the products.

Rating of the best brake caliper manufacturers

Nomination a place manufacturer rating
Rating of the best brake caliper manufacturers 1 Brembo 5.0
2 Akebono 4.9
3 TRW 4.8
4 NK 4.7
5 Delco remy 4.6
6 ABS 4.5
7 Textar 4.4
8 Febest 4.3
9 Profit 4.2

Brembo

Rating: 5.0

Brembo

In the first place of the rating is the most famous manufacturer of brake calipers in the world – the Italian company Brembo. Her red logo is recognizable and respected everywhere. Such a detail of the brake system is immediately noticeable through the holes in the alloy wheels and indicates the high demands of the driver on the brakes. Brembo was founded in 1961 and now has three headquarters in Italy. Brembo products are of such quality that they are fitted to racing and sports cars. The company initially specialized only in brake parts, so it has advanced much further than its competitors in development. Now the manufacturer's catalog contains 1300 titles. In addition to calipers, you can buy brake pads, drums, discs, hoses, cylinders here.

The manufacturer is placed in the honorable first place in the rating due to the release of products with increased heat resistance. The brand's brake calipers are cast from a special alloy that quickly dissipates heat to the surrounding air. As a result, the pads also heat up less, and the brakes do not squeak. Reduced heating is also confirmed by buyers in reviews.

Advantages

  • beautiful caliper shape;
  • promote high sensitivity of the braking system;
  • seats and holes exactly match the car model;
  • own foundries and metallurgical plants;
  • heat less.

disadvantages

  • a lot of fakes;
  • high price;
  • the first time after installation, the friction linings may be too close to the discs.

Akebono

Rating: 4.9

Akebono

We gave the second place in the rating to the Japanese manufacturer Akebono. Its products are the benchmark for quality in the Asian market. Factories are located in Japan, Italy and the USA. A dozen laboratories operate around the world, where developers design and test new options for calipers, brake discs, linings and cylinders. Calipers are produced both separately and assembled with guides, mounting bolts, and repair kits. The company has been operating since 1929 and also does not spray on all sorts of spare parts, making only elements of the brake system. The manufacturer has ISO 9001 and 14000 certificates, which confirms the high quality of the products. VAG plants that produce cars Volkswagen and Audi directly cooperate with the concern.

Our experts included the manufacturer in the rating for two reasons. First, the Akebono brake calipers are lighter. For this, the company uses a special aluminum alloy, which does not overload the suspension cam. Secondly, such spare parts stand out for a long service life (30% longer than competitors), which is confirmed by numerous reviews of car owners.

Advantages

  • high-quality casting;
  • there are options fully assembled;
  • made in Japan, USA or Italy;
  • long service life.

disadvantages

  • high price;
  • in a set for a car (4 pcs), a pad wear sensor can only be in one caliper.

TRW

Rating: 4.8

TRW

The third place in the rating is assigned to the American manufacturer TRW. It is a renowned company specializing in active and passive safety systems. The catalog contains many brake systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. It was this manufacturer, formed in 1901, that created the first wheels for the model Ford. 20 years later, the American car brand has the first parking brake, which is also owned by TRW. In 2015, the manufacturer underwent a merger with a global concern ZF, which expanded the sales market and made it possible to supply calipers and other parts to the conveyor of European cars.

We've ranked the manufacturer among the best because it is actively rebuilding its brake parts. For example, in the case of calipers, housings are taken, sanded, cleaned, painted and fitted with new sealed cylinders. Based on customer reviews, remanufactured brake calipers that have been processed at official factories last almost as long as new ones. This is a great opportunity to save money and get a quality product. New and remanufactured products are immiscible and clearly labeled.

Advantages

  • excellent quality control;
  • there are parts for both cars and trucks;
  • wide dealership seat;
  • good wear resistance.

disadvantages

  • there are calipers not on all Audi models (A6);
  • there are cases of corrosion under the paint;
  • high price;
  • part of the frames are made of cast iron, which makes the structure heavier.

NK

Rating: 4.7

NK

The fourth in the ranking is the German manufacturer NK. The abbreviation of the company stands for Nordjysk Kobling. The brand originated in 1934 and today belongs to the WCS Autoteile Deutschland GmbH concern. The company has long been a packer of parts from other manufacturers, but now specializes in the manufacture of brake parts, including calipers, for the aftermarket. Some of the products are manufactured in Denmark, Italy, and some at factories in Germany. The Germans are closely monitoring the production. The spare parts catalog contains goods for all car brands produced in Europe and Asia. Buyers in the reviews like the quality packaging and easy installation of the calipers. Break-in also occurs normally without excessive wear on the pads.

We have ranked the manufacturer because the brake calipers are good value for money. The company continues to combine the activities of a packer and a manufacturer, therefore, on the network you can find negative reviews about the clutch of this brand (which is sold from other plants), but the brake system is produced directly at the facilities of this company.

Advantages

  • high control of the entire production cycle according to ISO 9001;
  • use innovation to improve quality;
  • there are brake parts for all brands;
  • production in Germany and Denmark.

disadvantages

  • does not cooperate directly with car manufacturers;
  • some parts are simply resold from other companies;
  • there is a marriage – fail after 6000 km.

Delco remy

Rating: 4.6

Delco remy

The top five of the rating includes the American manufacturer Delco, which has been operating since 1916. The company is headquartered in Michigan. The rights to the brand belonged to the General Motors concern, but then were transferred into the hands of private investors from the United States. The company manufactures brake calipers, pads, discs, electrics, suspension elements and other assemblies both for direct deliveries to car factories and for the aftermarket. The catalog includes over 2,400 brake calipers, 1,500 steering racks, 10,000 alternators and starters.

The manufacturer is ranked among the best because of the endurance of its products. Separate parts of brake systems and other parts are supplied not only for the civilian population, but also for military purposes. They are installed on the chassis of missile weapons, as well as aircraft and armored vehicles. If this company has such government orders, then this indicates a high level of responsibility for its products.

Advantages

  • some spare parts are supplied to the conveyors of car factories;
  • more than 2400 brake calipers in the catalog;
  • are engaged in the restoration of spare parts;
  • have certificates ISO TS 16949: 2002, ISO 9002.

disadvantages

  • they are engaged not only in brakes, but also in electronics, so the experience is less than in comparison with competitors;
  • the quality of the remanufactured parts is different.

ABS

Rating: 4.5

ABS

The sixth place in the rating belongs to the Dutch manufacturer, which began its activity in 1978. Now the company produces: silent blocks, cables, bearings, ball joints and brake system parts. Rear and front calipers are manufactured for all brands of European and Asian cars. Compared to original VAG or Mercedes spare parts, the price here is 3-4 times cheaper. The firm has entered into a partnership agreement and uses some of the technologies of the renowned manufacturer 'Brembo'. This increased the strength of the caliper bodies and attracted more customers. Reviews of car owners show that the brake system with parts from this manufacturer works quieter and tolerates moisture and high temperatures perfectly.

In our opinion, the manufacturer should be in the rating of the best due to the high protection of its products from counterfeiting. Each brake caliper is embossed with a company logo and part number. The sealed box always includes a document confirming that the product was manufactured under Brembo supervision. This will help you immediately recognize a fake and give money only for the original product.

Advantages

  • the product catalog contains 29,000 titles;
  • compliance with ISO 9001;
  • long service life;
  • high protection against counterfeiting.

disadvantages

  • low brand awareness;
  • may be covered with a rusty coating.

Textar

Rating: 4.4

Textar

The manufacturer of brake parts Textar continues our rating. It is a German brand that originated in 1913 and is owned by Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. The spare parts catalog contains 11 groups and 14,700 titles. All products are certified by QS 9000, as well as DIN ISO 9001. In addition to calipers, the company produces lubricants for brake rails, wear sensors, and repair kits. Manufacturing facilities are located in Europe and the USA. Judging by the reviews, buyers trust this manufacturer, since it is a direct supplier of spare parts to the automaker Toyota. To protect products from counterfeiting, the company applies a QR code and a sticker to the packaging, which must be intact upon purchase.

The manufacturer has been rated for reliability by our experts. A separate line of calipers and pads from this company (PRO) are installed on German sports cars BMW X6, Mercedes GLC, GLS, as well as the impressive and heavy X5 and GL. These braking elements are designed to withstand tough conditions and are extremely robust. If you have just such a car, then pay attention to these calipers.

Advantages

  • promote quiet brake operation;
  • no uneven workings on the blocks;
  • there are sports lines;
  • strict production control.

disadvantages

  • friction linings are strongly squeezed;
  • fakes are often found;
  • the pads wear out faster.

Febest

Rating: 4.3

Febest

The penultimate place is taken by the German company Febest. It was founded in 1999 and combines the activities of a manufacturer and a packer. The range is designed to cover the needs of Japanese and Korean car repairs. The manufacturer stands out for the special rubber formula for the caliper repair kit to ensure the tightness of the circuits despite the harsh operating conditions. In total, there are 26 product groups in the company's catalog. Reviews show that the quality of the products is average, but this is fully offset by the democratic price. This is the best choice for car owners who know how to independently repair their cars – this will save a significant amount of money, and after the expiration of the service life, replace parts with a minimum investment.

The manufacturer was rightly added to the rating of the best due to the release of brake calipers, which are maximally adapted for operation in the northern regions of Russia. The rubber elements around the brake cylinder of the caliper are made of natural rubber with special additives, which allows them to be used at temperatures of -45 degrees. This ensures that the braking system remains at the correct level of technical fluid and works flawlessly.

Advantages

  • cover all brands of Japanese and Korean cars;
  • continuous optimization of the production process;
  • increased requirements for the accuracy of tolerances;
  • acceptable price.

disadvantages

  • there is no complete range for cars made in Europe;
  • most of the production is located in China.

Profit

Rating: 4.2

Profit

The Czech company 'Profit' concludes the rating of the best. The manufacturer has been operating since 1993 and its catalog contains 27 groups of automotive products. Among them: shock absorbers, bearings, ignition, transmission, brake elements, filters and pumps. Although the brand's headquarters are located in the Czech Republic, most of the production sites operate in China. The company takes care of a large assortment, and here you can find brake calipers for almost any car model. Often, car service masters recommend the products of this manufacturer as the most affordable and with acceptable quality.

This is another manufacturer in our ranking that combines the activities of manufacturing its own products and packaging of third-party products. We analyzed the reviews on the Internet, and we can note that all the negative is concentrated around the suspension (struts, ball). As for the brake calipers, they are quite suitable for quiet city driving. In addition, the price of products is several times cheaper than competitors, so it will be a good idea to save money.

Advantages

  • low cost;
  • reliable packaging;
  • correct geometry of the calipers;
  • The two bolt holes fit exactly into the knuckle seats.

disadvantages

  • floating quality;
  • there are no holograms on the box.

Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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