The 10 Best Ceramic Brake Pads

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. A car's brakes work by turning kinetic energy into heat, and ceramic pads do this far more quietly, more cleanly, and with less damage to rotors than organic- and metal-based varieties. Unlike those, the friction material doesn't really erode like a traditional pad, meaning these deliver consistent performance throughout their entire, extended life, more than making up for their increased price. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best ceramic brake pad on Amazon.

10. ACDelco Professional

9. Hawk Performance

8. Power Stop Z26 Extreme

7. EBC Redstuff

6. Wagner Quickstop

5. Power Stop Evolution

4. Wagner ThermoQuiet

3. Power Stop Z23

2. Akebono ProACT

1. Bosch QuietCast

Editor's Notes

December 01, 2018: There are a few reasons to switch to ceramic brake pads, and although overall performance isn't one of them, this constantly advancing technology is finally catching up to traditional brake pads. The Bosch are exceptionally popular, as are both Wagners. Power Stop makes some less well-known, but exceedingly high-quality models, available in various price ranges. The Akebonos and EBCs are excellent for high-end vehicles with lots of horsepower, and owners of exotic cars should check out the Hawk Performance. Whatever you do, please don't wrap your replacement pads around slotted and drilled rotors, which offer exactly no performance increase over solid rotors, and are incredibly more prone to fractures. If slotted rotors were better, wouldn't F1 cars use them? Well, they don't, and the best way to protect your rotors is by changing to ceramic brake pads.


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Last updated on December 05, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

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