Douglas Tires Review: are Walmart Tires Worth It?

Walmart is a retail company that focuses on delivering quality products at dirt-cheap prices. To do that, they collaborate with various well-known companies. For instance, they cooperate with Goodyear on tires. This means that they have some Goodyear tires in the portfolio, but also products from the tiremaker’s sub-brands.

One such brand is Douglas. An American name for an American tire. Although cheap, Douglas prides itself on being from the US and designing tires in-house. Of course, with some help from Goodyear. The brand actually operates under Kelly Springfield Tire Company, which is a subsidiary of Goodyear. Moreover, you can only find Douglas tires in Walmart – they aren’t available anywhere else.

All of these things sound very good on paper. Purchasing “reputable” manufacturer tires from a well-known retail company. What could go wrong? Especially since many people started buying tires from Walmart, and they seem to be satisfied with the products.

The thing is, you won’t notice the difference between cheap and expensive tires during your daily drive. At normal driving speeds, both will perform just fine. Sure, the expensive tires will be more comfortable, but the differences aren’t that big.

Also, even cheap tires today have good traction for normal driving. However, what happens when you need to stop immediately or make some evasive maneuver. Well, in these circumstances, expensive premium tires will perform much better. It might be the difference between having an accident or not. And that’s especially true when it rains or snows.

Now, sure these situations don’t happen very often. Nonetheless, I think it’s good to have peace of mind. Paying more for tires is paying for your safety, your family’s safety, and also for the safety of other traffic participants. And, in my book, at least, there is no price on that.

But let’s get back to Douglas tires. Are these tires safe for daily driving? How they perform in evasive maneuvers? How long do they last? Fortunately, you arrived just at the right place to find out how Douglas tires stack up against the competition.

Here, I’ll give you short Douglas tires reviews on the products from the company, but also give you my thoughts on the brand as a whole. And, trust me, I’ll be very direct here. I care about giving good advice to my readers, not about advertising every single tire company on the planet.

Got it? Let’s dig in and uncover the mystery about Douglas’s tires.

1. Douglas All-Season

Douglas Tires Review

The “All-Season” is Douglas’s tire intended for various passenger cars, including compact vehicles, mid-size sedans, minivans, and crossovers. The tire is extremely cheap – it’s cheaper even when compared to other budget brands, such as Riken, General Tire, Kumho, Uniroyal, etc. And the difference is not very small.

Now, sure, the price is enticing, especially if you own an older vehicle and don’t want to spend a lot on tires. However, the performance you will get in return certainly won’t be amazing. The Douglas All-Season provides very good traction and cornering grip on dry roads. However, most modern tires work well on dry pavement. That’s mostly thanks to the era we live in – rubber compounds have come a long way.

Nevertheless, things start to change when you encounter rain. In these conditions, the advanced tread compounds of premium tires provide much, much better results. Curiously, Douglas and Walmart don’t even care about giving us details about the rubber they used. There is nothing on the tiremaker’s website and little to no information on Walmart. The one thing they point out is that the tires are exclusively made for Walmart, but is that a good thing, really?

As I expected, the tire suffers even more in wintry conditions. Traction on snow is abysmal, and things can get very messy on ice. Although Walmart markets it as an all-season tire, you really shouldn’t use it in harsh wintry conditions. It’s unsafe if you want it that way.

But what about comfort? Well, in terms of noise, the Douglas All-Season won’t win any test, but it performs well enough. There is tread noise, but nothing overly obtrusive. Also, the ride quality is fine, especially for the price.

Still, the treadlife is the final nail in the coffin of the Douglas All-Season. This tire will last you up to three years, but only if you’re lucky. However, the competition will last you twice as long.

For instance, the Douglas All-Season comes with a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty, and it costs $51 for 215/60R15. Meanwhile, the Cooper CS5 Grand Touring costs $100 for the same price, but it also comes with an 80,000-mile warranty. In the real world, it should last twice as long.

What does that mean? That you’re paying almost the same price! Oh, and by the way, the CS5 Grand Touring is vastly better in terms of traction and grip on every surface possible. Specifically, it’s much safer to drive. And in the long run, it will cost almost the same. So, there you go – Douglas tires uncovered!

Pros

  • Good amount of traction and grip in dry conditions
  • Quiet and comfortable
  • Stable at higher speeds
  • Very cheap to buy

Cons

  • Suffers from loss of traction and grip in the rain
  • Light-snow and ice traction are below average for the category
  • Short-ish treadlife

2. Douglas Performance

Douglas Tires Review

According to the manufacturer, the Douglas Performance is designed for drivers that want comfort and control on the road. Compared to the regular All-Season, it is more responsive and feels better behind the steering wheel. Sure, the steering isn’t razor-sharp like on premium or even budget performance tires, but good for the price.

The grip levels are also fine. Nothing exceptional, sure, but fine for the price. The Douglas Performance is almost the same price as the All-Season, but it offers better handling for sure. On dry roads, I can even say that I like how this tire handles, of course, having in mind the price. Still, if you own a performance sedan, you might think twice before putting these tires on your wheels – they still lack the edge of premium tires.

However, just like its brother, traction and grip quickly deteriorate when it starts raining. The hydroplaning resistance is fine, but the tread compound is simply not good at keeping the wheels glued to the road. Cornering grip is below average, and the stopping distances are longer than anticipated. Moreover, the Douglas Performance also suffers on damp surfaces, primarily due to the cheap tread compound.

Curiously, Douglas and Walmart don’t even mention if this tire has an all-season or a summer tread compound. The tread pattern is definitely all-season, but that doesn’t mean that you should expect good winter performance. Actually, snow traction is almost non-existent, and you shouldn’t even think about using this tire on ice.

Fortunately, Douglas at least provides a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is fine, I guess? Just like with the All-Season tire, the treadwear warranty is much worse than a comparable budget or premium tires. Like, for example, the aforementioned Cooper CS5 Grand Touring, which is better in every regard.

Pros

  • Good handling on dry roads
  • Good cornering grip in dry conditions
  • Comfortable and quiet
  • Extremely cheap to buy

Cons

  • Wet traction leaves a lot to be desired
  • Unusable on snow or ice
  • The treadlife is below average for the category

Douglas Tires Review: Buying Guide

Douglas has only two models in its portfolio, the All-Season and Performance. Obviously, they didn’t care about giving these tires proper names, and they don’t even provide information. All you hear is a few words about the tread pattern and nothing more. Not that I expected a lot from a company that makes cheap tires, but still. Anyway, let’s look at their advantages and disadvantages.

1. Douglas Tires Positive Aspects

Very cheap to buy

If you didn’t already notice, Douglas tires are extremely cheap. They are among the cheapest tires on the market, including some Chinese-built competitors.

Work well on dry roads

Tire technology has come a long way – today, even cheap brands like Douglas offer a good experience on dry roads. The tires are nothing special, but they should still provide you with reasonable traction and grip for daily driving.

Reasonably comfortable

You can definitely buy quieter and more comfortable tires, but for the price, Douglas is just fine. The ride quality is soft, and the tread growl is bearable, even at highway speeds.

2. Douglas Tires Negative Aspects

Wet traction

If you want a tire that performs safely in rainy conditions, Douglas is not for you. Apart from the good hydroplaning resistance, products from this company don’t offer good traction or grip.

Snow and ice traction

Even very light snow will be a problem for Douglas’s tires. The tread compound simply isn’t ready for very cold conditions, and there is not enough traction to get you out of trouble. Also, ice traction is non-existent.

Won’t last very long

Douglas tires might be cheap, but they also don’t last very long. In other words, you might pay more in the long run!

Conclusion

Should you buy a set of Douglas tires? Well, I think that this article was enough to reveal the details behind this secretive company. You might be satisfied, but only if you don’t cover a lot of miles and drive slow and careful. Otherwise, I think that paying a tad more for tires from General and Kumho is a much better option.

4 thoughts on “Douglas Tires Review: are Walmart Tires Worth It?”

  1. I just bought 4 tires from Walmart that mean the tires not good, I’m moving to California I will be driving the car from Boston to California it is safe to have these tires on please email me back at
    Pierre0717@gmail.com

  2. I have a 2013 Cadillac with 60,000 miles. I rotate the tires every 6000 miles or 3 months because it’s free at the Cadillac dealership along with an alignment check, while I get an oil change.
    The Michelin tires that came with the car lasted only 19,000 miles. I complained to Michelin directly, they said it was my driving. Im an old man and never drive over 55 mph.
    The second set of tires (Kelly) and much cheaper than Michelin lasted 21,000. And the third set of Kelly lasted 20,000. This time Goodyear dealer said it was because of the Florida heat, and the roads in Florida
    This will be on my fourth set of tires with only 60,000 miles within 7 years. From 1992-2008 I drove a company car and put on 700 mile a week driving in Florida on Florida roads. The tires on all my company cars had factory Michelin, Goodyear or Firestone tires. All these tires lasted over 60,000 miles during 1992-2008
    I truly believe that all brand tires are not made the same as they were 15 years ago, Including Michelin and the brands I’ve mentioned. So when you mentioned Douglas tires lasting 2 years, I decided to buy Douglas tires, because that’s what I’m use to!

  3. Riccardo Maria Riccardelli

    I’ve got the Douglas All-seasons.
    I have to throw one away after 21000 miles because it’s loosing air from the sidewall!!! Couldn’t believe it. It’s loosing air from the D of Douglas and one of the tiny writings.
    They were guaranteed for 45000 miles, but I am on the other side of the ocean now…
    This is one of the rear tyres.
    The front tyres were changed 5000 miles earlier and at the moment are showing cracks on the thread…
    Overall, not very good, especially because they had to last double the mileage.
    They where bought November 2018, more than 2 years ago.

  4. The tires are junk they shake at between 55 and 70 and I’ve had them balanced twice. Both places that balanced them said Douglas tires a cheap tire. They don’t recommend them at all. Walmart specials. JUNK!!

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