Finding the best curb ramp for your driveway or a raised garage floor is not always easy. Curbs come in different heights and shapes that don’t always conform well to one single type of ramp. In addition, the ideal curb ramp for an RV or trailer may be different than what you need for a sports car or lowered vehicle. With those factors to consider, we have compiled a short list of the top ramps for curbs, driveways, and raised garage floors.
Something to consider is that our list also takes into account important factors such as weight ratings, ramp height and length, material, portability, and anchoring options to prevent movement. While heavy-duty plastic curb ramps work well for some situations, industrial grade rubber ramps may be the better choice for others.
With these factors in mind, lets take a look at our top recommendations for curb ramps based on your vehicle and requirements.
Best Driveway Curb Ramps for Rolled Curbs
Without a doubt, the best ramp for driveways with rolled curbs is the Bridjit 3-piece expandable curb ramp.
The unique shape of the Bridjit curb ramp allows for proper fitment within the gutter of the curb. Each section measures 4’ wide x 16” deep front to back.
The front and back edges of the ramp are 3/4” tall, while the slightly rounded underside of the ramp at the center is 2.5” tall. This shape allows for a much smoother transition from street to curb ramp to driveway in order to prevent jarring or bouncing of your car, truck, or trailer.
In addition, the Bridjit curb ramp will prevent bottoming out on the driveway, scraping of the underside for lowered vehicles, and will help to prevent front spoiler damage due to hitting the curb.
Though the curb ramp does not allow for permanent anchoring, the hefty weight prevents it from moving much. It is not affected by street sweepers and the underside has a large channel that allows water from the gutter to flow through unobstructed.
Furthermore, this rolled curb ramp allows for parallel parking and the unique edges help to prevent any buildup of debris from storm water in the gutter.
If you need the curb ramp to be longer or want to span the entire width of your driveway, additional 4’ sections can be purchased separately.
From our investigation, it seems that this issue has more to do with an irregularly shaped rolled curb than the ramp itself. The only big drawback to the Bridjit curb ramp is the price. However, it has great reviews and has proven to be a good investment over the long run.
The closest competitor to Bridjit is this curb ramp by Pyle.
However, though the Pyle curb ramp has an option to permanently anchor it in place, it will not conform to curved driveway entrances.
Furthermore, the price is not as good as you first think since it reflects only one 4’ section. Also, sections cannot be joined together unless they are permanently anchored next to each other in the concrete.
Lastly, there are no end pieces available that are purposely shaped like the Bridjit curb ramp. This can lead to debris build up in the gutter on the ends of the ramp as well as creating a less attractive look overall.
Best Heavy-Duty Curb Ramps for RV’s and Short to Tall Curbs
As we had mentioned, curbs never seem to come in a standard height and it’s not always easy to find a ramp to match. Fortunately, Mophorn Curb Ramps provides a selection of heavy-duty curb ramps for cars, trucks, RV’s, and trailers that vary in height from 2” to 6” tall.
Each curb ramp has a non-slip texture and comes with the mounting holes to permanently anchor them in place if necessary.
One feature that we really like is that some Mophorn curb ramps have the option of a deeper length (front to back). This creates an approach angle that is less steep which makes getting up the ramp easier.
Furthermore, some of the ramps are shaped with an extended lip at the top where it faces the curb. This helps to prevent a gap at the top where the ramp meets the face of the curb.
In addition, the lower approach angle is better for lowered vehicles and sports cars that have front spoilers that may hit the curb. The curb ramps come in contact with the tires sooner, thus lifting the front of the car earlier to raise the spoiler above the curb.
We particularly like their 2” high curb ramp as these can work very well for garage floors with a raised entrance.
One disadvantage to the Mophorn curb ramps is that they are heavy if you plan to transport them. In addition, only the 5.3″ and 6” tall ramps have channels underneath for water drainage or power cords.
Best Budget Curb Ramp for Lowered Cars and Low Approach Angles
If you need a curb ramp for a lowered vehicle or a ramp with a low approach angle, then the best value is the Reliancer Heavy-Duty Curb Ramps.
What makes these curb ramps the best for a low approach angle and lowered cars is the 16.3” depth of the ramp. As a result, the angle of the ramp is not as steep. This creates a smoother transition up the ramp and also helps to clear spoilers on lowered cars. Most other ramps are between 10” – 12” deep.
In addition, these curb ramps have channels for water drainage and come equipped with four concrete anchor bolts to permanently secure the ramps if you like.
The price is excellent as well. Most ramps close to this size and caliber cost approximately the same price for just one ramp. The Reliancer ramp price is for the pair!
The number one drawback to this ramp is that it only comes at a height of 4.3”. No other height options are available.
Best Budget Curb Ramps that are Portable
If you need a curb ramp that is light enough to transport easily or carry back and forth from your garage or RV, then these heavy-duty plastic ramps from Pyle work nicely.
They are 4.1” tall x 20” wide and 10.6” deep. The curb ramps have a textured surface to help provide an anti-slip surface and mounting holes are provided if you want to permanently secure the ramp to the concrete. In addition, each ramp has a channel to provide for water drainage or power cords.
Another added benefit is that the Pyle ramps are one of the least expensive curb ramps available.
There are some disadvantages to these curb ramps, however. The first is that these are shipped as one black and one yellow ramp for some reason. You cannot purchase two of the same color. In addition, the weight rating is for both ramps combined – not per ramp, so you are limited to 6,600 lbs. gross vehicle weight.
Second, some people have complained that the shorter depth of 10.6” creates a steeper angle of approach that may not be desirable for some applications.
Lastly, the only option is the 4.1” height. While this height works well for many applications, it can be insufficient for taller curbs.
Best Ramp for Raised Garage Floors
Raised garage floors can really be a nuisance. They generally are not high enough to require a full sized curb ramp, but they are not short enough to make for an easy transition from your driveway to the garage floor either.
It is 2” tall and has nicely sculped edges that create a more fitted finish. Furthermore, it can be anchored in place if necessary.
Another option which people have been using is the 2.5” tall ramp by Electriduct. This is actually sold as a ramp for wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and dollies, but more than one reviewer has used it successfully as a car ramp.
The second reason is that because this ramp is less dense than other rubber curb ramps, it can be cut more easily with a jigsaw or circular saw in order to adjust the height.
For example, if 2.5” is too tall for your application, you can measure down the sides and find where it is the right height. You can then cut the ramp at that location to provide a custom fit. Additionally, because the ramp is 42.5” wide, you can cut it in half to create two ramps if you want to save money.
We actually learned about this ramp from a family friend who did just this. He has a garage floor that is elevated above his driveway that is on a slight sideways slope. As a result, one side of the driveway was 1” below the garage floor while the other side was 2.25” above the garage floor. This curb ramp allowed him to custom cut it for the correct height on each side.
The ramp does not have provisions to permanently anchor it to the ground, but you could easily countersink some holes to do so if you desire. This is what our friend did.
Something we want to make clear is that despite the fact that this ramp has been used successfully by many reviewers for raised garage floors, it is not weight rated for vehicles like the more heavy-duty rubber ramps. As a result, it may wear quicker than originally intended when using it as a curb ramp for vehicles.
Best Curb Ramps for Dollies and Hand trucks
We feel it would be remiss if we didn’t include the top ramp for dollies, hand trucks, and hand carts as well. After all, if you need a curb ramp for your vehicle or raised garage floor, chances are you may need a ramp for a dolly.
Our favorite ramp for dollies and hand carts is the OxGord ramp. Made of heavy-duty plastic that is light in weight, this ramp has a non-slip textured surface and can hold up to 1,000 lbs.
A nice benefit is the light weight. It makes this hand truck ramp easy to store or hang on a wall and it has cutouts on both ends to use as a handle for transport.
The best part about this dolly ramp is that it’s one of the least expensive ramps with good reviews.
How to Permanently Anchor a Curb Ramp
Though most curb ramps are used on a temporary basis, there are times when it makes sense to permanently anchor them in place. Most have the holes in the ramp provided for this.
Since the predominant surface these ramps will be resting on is concrete, you will need to use the appropriate length concrete anchor bolts that are 3/8” in diameter. You can purchase them here or at your local home improvement center.
Just place the ramps where you would like them to be permanently affixed. Mark where the holes align with the concrete and then drill with the 3/8” masonry bit. Once the hole is drilled, drive the anchor bolt the proper distance into the hole with a hammer. We found it’s easiest to mark the side of the bolt with a permanent ink marker so that you where to stop.
Make sure that you drill deep enough. If you don’t, you will not be able to remove the anchor bolt very easily to drill deeper.
TIP: If you drill as deep as the anchor bolt is long, you can drive the bolt flush with the concrete when you don’t need it anymore. This eliminates having to cut it flush to prevent a tripping hazard.
It can be more difficult if you need to anchor a curb ramp to asphalt. There are asphalt anchor bolts available, but these are expensive and require that you use a special grout to fill the hole with.
We have found that the easiest solution is to use this anchor kit here that was developed for rubber parking stops.
We know this may be obvious, but take the time to double check the measurements of your curb height. Also, factor in the angle of the face of the curb. Some ramps can create a large gap at the top if they don’t have an extended lip and your curb face is not straight up and down.
If you want to permanently secure your curb ramp, we highly recommend that you check your local ordinance or city codes first to make sure that it is legal. The last thing you want is a citation. This can be an expensive mistake in some cities and counties.
In addition, if the ramp will be secured, make sure to choose one that has channels for water drainage. You will be amazed at what can pile up against the ramps and the debris field it can create if water is forced to flow around the ramps.
Lastly, the only curb ramp that we are aware of that is made in the USA is the Bridjit rolled curb ramp. All others are made overseas.
If you take these tips into account along with the features and benefits of the top ramps we suggest, then you should be satisfied with choosing the best curb ramp for your driveway or raised garage floor needs.