Amazon has been a leader in many industries and now it wants to take on motor oil. When AmazonBasics announced it would begin selling generic synthetic motor oil, everyone wanted to know how it stacked up to the competition. This led to many at-home tests and we can finally give a definitive answer to, “Is Amazon motor oil as good as the brand names?
Amazon Motor Oil
Let’s check out a video done by Project Farm from YouTube comparing various synthetic motor oils. In this video, we see AmazonBasics Synthetic Motor Oil competing against Valvoline 10W30 Conventional Oil plus Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil.
All the oils run through four varying tests. The first measures the cold temperature flow. The second consists of measuring wear that occurs on a bearing throughout ten minutes. During the third test, you see how much oil gets lost after exposure to 400-degree heat through two hours. Finally, a cold flow test shows the oil following heat exposure.
Just remember, before you view this test, that is isn’t done professionally. Keep in mind, there’s still room for error, even though the test occurred exceptionally well. The testing only happened once, which is another concern. If you know anything about scientific studies, you know that the series should be performed multiple times to confirm accuracy.
The Results are In
As you can see, Mobil 1 was the winner when it comes to lubricity. But don’t discount Amazon Basics. The full synthetic oil flowed fast even after the cold temperature exposures. Unfortunately, Valvoline couldn’t compare.
Obviously, this information doesn’t need to mean anything to you at all. We encourage you to perform your own motor oils testing before you use a product to see if it suits your needs. However you take the results, at least now you see that Amazon might just be able to hold their own in the marketplace, especially if they come in cheaper.