Top 10 Best Motor Oil Brands

Picking out the right motor oil isn't exactly thrilling. Most of us don't get revved up about viscosity ratings or lubrication formulas. But here's the thing: motor oil is like the lifeblood of your car's engine. That slick, amber-colored fluid does serious heavy lifting - protecting your engine from wear, keeping things cool, and boosting overall performance.

Choosing the right oil can be a bit overwhelming. There are a ton of brands promising to be the best. So, the burning question is: What are the best motor oil brands?
The Top Ten
1 Valvoline

Low friction runs cooler. No sulfur, so condensation inside the engine will not create sulfuric acid, which causes pitting in friction surfaces. It's not a paraffin base. Paraffin is bad for your engine. Valvoline is the best motor oil ever.

I've used nothing but Valvoline in every car and truck I've ever owned. They all had 150,000 miles or more when I sold them, and they all ran just as quiet and clean as when they were new.

In my opinion, Valvoline is the world's best oil. I have been using Valvoline since 2011. My bike engine is still powerful. I always recommend Valvoline.

2 Wurth Triathlon

The best way to determine which oil and viscosity work best for your driving habits, climate, and engine is through used oil analysis. That way, you can see how much engine wear is taking place. That's why I prefer Wurth Synthetic Oil.

Again, I would like to say that this is one of the best motor oils I have ever used.

It's German, it's a bit pricey, but definitely worth the extra bucks paid for it.

3 Castrol

Castrol is the featured oil at our Express Lube. We have used many motor oils throughout the years, and none compare to the performance and feedback we have had with Castrol Motor Oil.

It's a great oil and highly recommended to anyone searching for the reliable oil we all look for. You will find it with Castrol!

I owned a '98 Tacoma 4-cylinder from 1998 to 2011 and only ran Castrol 5W-30. I put 364,000 miles on it prior to selling it and never had any issues or loss of power from the motor.

I swapped to Castrol synthetic blend when I purchased my Silverado 1500 in 2011 and now have 112,000 on the engine. I have never once had a single issue with performance. Castrol will continue to be my oil of choice for many years to come.

4 Mobil 1

I have a 1999 Toyota Tacoma that I bought with 90,000 miles on it from a dealership. I got it home and changed the oil and filter first thing. I put in Mobil 1 high mileage, which they said was good for 15,000 miles.

I took it to 20,000 and changed it. The oil looked good - black and no metal. So, I have run the same 20,000 miles for every change since. Now it has over 360,000 miles on it. I'm sold and wouldn't switch for anything. Rick F.

I've used Mobil 1 full synthetic on my Buick Ultra supercharged. It has 462,000 original miles on it and doesn't use oil. It was spotlessly clean in the oil pan when I opened it up for a new oil pan gasket. Best oil from a professional mechanic's standpoint!

5 Total Lubricants

Best noise reduction and smoothness for my Audi A6 3.0 TDI with almost 500,000 km. Way better than Castrol and others. I use Total oils in all my cars. And because Total has a factory in Romania, it's the cheapest premium oil.

Works well for both old and new engines of cars, as well as light and heavy equipment, without any problems. I sometimes overlook monitoring the oil-change schedule of my car and reach one year (18,000 km) without an oil change, but I haven't noticed any decline in performance.

I've been using Total for over a decade. Two thumbs up for Total Lubes.

6 Shell

Shell has been the number one oil supplier for the last 12 years in a row. They spend millions on research and development to create the most advanced engine oils on the market. They set the trends, and the rest follow.

Shell is love. Helix Ultra is the best engine oil known to me. I was using Total Quartz 9000, but Helix Ultra proved that it is the best.

Great product. I used it as recommended, and it doesn't burn like some oils. It also provides good fuel economy.

7 Agip Synthetic PC
8 ProCare Lubricants

Well, since I put this oil in my car, the engine vibration has almost disappeared. The guy in the service center told me it has some special additives. I didn't quite understand, but it seems my car likes it!

9 Amsoil

The formulation strategy is to be the best! That's why Saber pre-mix is good up to 300:1 and still passes JASO specifications. I once ran it for 25,000 miles. Blackstone said my results weren't bad for 25,000 miles, but Oil Analyzers (Amsoil's in-house oil analysis) said the oil was in critical need of replacement. I don't drive with a light foot, so that could have a huge impact on how long the oil lasts for me.

I've dialed back my oil changes to 15,000 miles since then. The analysis comes out much better now. Since becoming an Amsoil user, I've been forever impressed by how clean my engine is inside when I open the oil filler. Even at 25,000 miles, the oil didn't have that gritty appearance and feel of conventional oil. It's great stuff! I use Amsoil in all my vehicles and equipment.

10 Petronas

The best synthetic oil I've used. It protects against overheating and cools down the engine much faster, especially when driving under the extreme heat conditions in Malaysia.

Keeps the engine temperature really good. It allows the engine to run very smoothly, saving its internal details from damage. Good for racing, good for fuel economy, and ideal for long drives with long life.

It's a very good engine oil for cars. Specifically, its Cool-tech Technology keeps the engine cool, provides huge mileage, and also keeps the engine smooth.

The Contenders
11 Pennzoil

Pennzoil cleans the engine better than other brands. It's made from natural gas and is owned by Shell. It's made in the U.S.A., which has stricter laws - people will sue you for false claims. That's why I trust this brand only for my car.

In my personal experience, driving becomes smoother, the engine is quieter, and a little step on the pedal makes the car run faster. After 5,000 km, everything improves even more: the steering becomes smoother, the engine becomes quieter than before, and I get better gas mileage.

I use a diesel truck on the farm to pull some heavy loads. Last month, I hauled almost 7,000 pounds with a small car.

I've been using Pennzoil for over 30 years and have never had any problems.

12 Motul

A person can be a specialist mechanic but cannot be a lubricant specialist. Today, Motul has lubricant specialists who are well-informed about how to create excellent protection and the best performance oil. They also know how to find solutions for engine lubricant errors.

Therefore, to support and help specialist mechanics, Motul will appear. That's why you can trust Motul as your lubricant partner.

People who don't have enough knowledge about lubricants can't make definitive statements about Motul. Some people spread rumors about Motul oil because they are not lubricant specialists. In the world of lubricants, only Motul deserves the title of specialist.

13 Havoline

I love the Havoline brand and use it on all our customers' vehicles. It's reasonably priced, great quality, and they stand behind their product.

It must be at least similar to Chevron oil since they merged. Havoline has always been top-notch, second to none!

Havoline has always been great oil. Full synthetic is awesome!

14 Royal Purple

I'm a bit shocked this isn't #1, although Valvoline would definitely be my second choice. This is the highest-quality oil you can put in your car. It keeps my engine running cleaner and smoother than anything else.

Use this if possible. The premium price is entirely justified. As a side note, only use Pennzoil if you hate your car.

After buying a used, high-end, supercharged Jaguar and realizing from service records that the previous owner had ignorantly put in 5 quarts of conventional oil and a subpar filter during an oil change, instead of the required 7.19 quarts of full synthetic oil, I changed it myself. I switched to Royal Purple HPS oil and an RP filter.

The change was incredible. I could not believe the amount of performance restored to the car. Loved it!


Superb oil. My Subaru Turbo loves it and doesn't use a drop. It's the best you can use.

ENEOS defines performance and is second to none!

I've tried a lot of different brands, and ENEOS is giving me great results. Better MPG, smooth driving, and great heat resistance. I haven't had to refill after 3,000 miles.

16 Fuchs

Amazing brand with exceptionally high-quality products.

17 Shell Rotella
18 Lucas Oil

Lucas works miracles! Power steering stop leak, auto trans fix, oil stabilizer, and fuel system cleaner - all are awesome products because they work! And they work effectively immediately.

Decent oil additives, but as far as oil is concerned, there are much better choices available, such as Valvoline, Amalie, Havoline, and Mobil.

The trans fix and the power steering stop leak are like magic! Great stuff.

19 Ravenol

Premium quality, best for cars and trucks.

20 Gulf Western
21 Schaeffer

Engineered to meet extreme conditions, Schaeffer motor oil features one of the best additive packages for detergents and anti-friction properties.

Has the best friction modifiers in the business (Moly). Cheaper than any of the big-name brands. You're not paying for advertising gimmicks. A family-owned company, it's the oldest oil manufacturer in the USA, dating back to 1839. Can be run for 10,000 miles on gas or diesel motors!

Works great. Combine it with an oil analysis report, and you are ahead of the pack.

22 Quaker State

I have used Quaker State products since the early 1970s without any lubrication issues. I've always performed oil changes between 3,000 to 3,500 miles on my cars. It's the lifeblood of your engine and the cheapest maintenance you can do.

I continue to use Quaker State products and would recommend their full synthetic oil. It's an awesome product.

I used Quaker State in my 1976 Camaro 350 (driven hard!). I traded it in for a 1984 Camaro. After the mechanic checked the engine, he came back scratching his head and asked me if I had ever rebuilt the engine.

I told him I hadn't and asked him why. He said the compression on all cylinders of this 8-year-old engine was all within spec for a brand-new engine.

23 Sinopec

Sinopec manufactures motor oil from the best stuff on Earth, and this is why: for the production of Sinopec Tulux T500 and the Sinopec Tulux T600, tankers from Exxon Mobil in Houston deliver the base oil used to produce the Sinopec Tulux diesel engine oils on a weekly basis. I've observed this over the last four years while working at the Sinopec plant.

Interestingly, even within the plant, this topic is a hush-hush subject. But with social media, ex-employees, and so on, I'm sure the word will get out. Sinopec is the second global company, and people are bound to ask questions!

24 Repsol
25 Kendall

The best synthetic oil around, with a titanium additive! Provides an awesome performance advantage.

Now owned by ConocoPhillips, Kendall is a fantastic oil. You can't ever go wrong with Kendall.

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