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Top 5 Trailer Brake Controller Comparison

Updated December 14, 2017 by PartsEngine Canada

PartsEngine Canada is your one-stop source for brake controllers, we offer brake controllers and wiring harnesses from Curt, Tekonsha, Draw-Tite, and Pro Series to provide the right fit for your towing setup and budget.


  • #1 - Curt Triflex Brake Controller

  • The Curt Triflex Brake Controller is the most advanced brake controller offered by Curt, perfect for drivers who tow a trailer regularly. It’s a proportional-activated controller that has many features like automatic leveling and calibration to make set up quick and easy while still offering a smooth braking experience. It also features compatibility with cars with low voltage or pulse width modulation (PWM) electrical systems and automatic power increase/decrease for going up and down slopes. It will also go into sleep mode to prevent battery drain when not in use.

  • #3 - Tekonsha P3 Proportional Brake Controller

  • The Tekonsha P3 Proportional Brake Controller is the best choice for anyone who’s a towing enthusiast. Do you find yourself towing every weekend? Then you’ll want the P3. It has 5 storable setting profiles, easily managed on the distinct LCD screen. The up-front controls and compact, dash-hugging design give it easy access at all times. It has integrated diagnostics and a boost feature to customize and monitor all parts of your braking set up.

  • #4 - Curt Discovery Brake Controller

  • The Curt Discovery Brake Controller is ideal for someone who is only going to tow on occasion and wants something inexpensive that keeps them legal. It’s a time-activated controller which means it ramps up the braking power up to maximum as long as you’re holding down the brake pedal. It doesn’t require any calibration making for quick set ups. It mounts anywhere in a vehicle and is compatible with anti-lock brakes and cruise control.

Top Brake Controller Comparison Chart

  • NAME
  • PRICE (CAD)
  • WARRANTY
  • DELIVERY FEE
  • SENSOR TYPE
  • NUMBER OF AXLES
  • DISPLAY
  • TRAILER CONNECTION INDICATOR
  • SELF DIAGNOSTIC
  • POWER CONSERVATION MODE
  • REVERSE-POLARITY PROTECTED
  • ACCELEROMETERS
  • LEVELING
  • MANUAL OVERRIDE
  • RAMP UP SPEED CONTROL
  • POWER OUTPUT CONTROL
  • BOOST FEATURE
  • MOUNTING
  • NOTES
  • Curt Triflex
  • $97.86
  • Limited Lifetime
  • Free Shipping
  • Proportional
  • 1 to 4
  • Digital
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Triple-Axis
  • Automatic
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • None
  • Included
  • Automatic Power Adjustment on Slopes. Compatible with low voltage or pulse width modulation (PWM) systems.
  • Tekonsha Primus IQ
  • $123.99
  • Limited Lifetime
  • Free Shipping
  • Proportional
  • 1 to 3
  • Digital
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Automatic
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Included
  • Included
  • Up to 3 Boost Levels.
  • Tekonsha P3
  • $222.99
  • Limited Lifetime
  • Free Shipping
  • Proportional
  • 1 to 4
  • LCD
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Automatic
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Included
  • Included
  • Works Proportionally in Reverse. Up to 3 Boost levels.



  • NAME
  • PRICE (CAD)
  • WARRANTY
  • DELIVERY FEE
  • SENSOR TYPE
  • NUMBER OF AXLES
  • DISPLAY
  • TRAILER CONNECTION INDICATOR
  • SELF DIAGNOSTIC
  • POWER CONSERVATION MODE
  • REVERSE-POLARITY PROTECTED
  • ACCELEROMETERS
  • LEVELING
  • MANUAL OVERRIDE
  • RAMP UP SPEED CONTROL
  • POWER OUTPUT CONTROL
  • BOOST FEATURE
  • MOUNTING
  • NOTES
  • Curt Discovery
  • $66.93
  • Limited Lifetime
  • Free Shipping
  • Time Activated
  • 1 to 4
  • Digital
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • None
  • Included
  • None
  • Draw-Tite Activator IV
  • $91.06
  • Limited Lifetime
  • Free Shipping
  • Time Activated
  • 1 to 4
  • Digital
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • None
  • Yes
  • None
  • None
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • None
  • Included
  • None
  • Pro Series Pod Brake Controller
  • $48.48
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Time Activated
  • 1 to 2
  • None
  • Yes
  • None
  • None
  • Yes
  • None
  • None
  • Yes
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • Included
  • None


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  • Sensor Type - Type of brake controller.
  • Number of Axles - Each axle handles 2 wheels (so trailers with 4 wheels has 2 axles, 6 wheels has 3 axles)
  • Display - Type of display on controller
  • Trailer Connection Indicator - A light or message on the controller display telling you if the trailer is connected properly.
  • Self-Diagnostic - The controller constantly monitors connections for potential problems.
  • Power Conservation Mode - The controller reduces power sent to trailer brakes when they're not in use, reducing wear.
  • Reverse-Polarity Protected - Protects the braking system from shorts in the system.
  • Accelerometers - If a controller contain accelerometers or not.
  • Leveling - Controllers that contain accelerometers typically need to have stable leveling to function, although most controllers offer automatic leveling now.
  • Manual Override - All controllers are required to have a manual override switch or lever, which apply the trailer brakes on command.
  • Ramp Up Speed Control - Adjusts how quickly the controller ramps up to maximum power output, some models have preset levels or "boosts".
  • Power Output Control - Adjusts maximum power to be outputted to the trailer brakes.
  • Boost Feature - Preset ramp up speeds typically used for various towing applications.
  • Mounting - Mounting brackets and hardware to install the controller in the dash area.


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