Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best lawn mowers, the best chain saws, the best power drills, and even a power drill brush that cleans the bathroom, here we’re looking into the best-reviewed tool kits on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best basic tool kits
“I’ve had this tool kit for three years now, and it’s still going strong. It has everything I could really need as a renter. I’ve used it for hanging art, putting together furniture (and taking it apart), taking measurements in my home, and plenty of other odd jobs around my apartments over these last few years. Of the many things I purchased when I moved out on my own, this is the one I still use regularly and am always thankful to have! This set isn’t the highest quality in the world, but it gets the job done and it’s an excellent little kit for someone who needs a full set of basics. Get this, some nails, and a little power drill, and you’ll be all set! This would be an excellent gift for someone moving into their first place, as well! I would recommend this as an excellent, full starter kit, but if you’re looking to upgrade or get something more advanced, you may want to look elsewhere.”
“I have bought three or these, all for folks who have two left thumbs, just bought houses, who do not own any tools, and who need just the basics. Everyone should have a tool kit around, even an inexpensive one, because you never know when a nice, friendly neighbor will come over and offer to fix stuff for you … you just need the tools! I have had one for four years and I go into this toolbox at least twice a week, even if it is just for the tape measure.”
Best household tool kits
“We received this as a wedding gift and my husband loved it! Specifically, that it came with items like a tape measure and box cutter — items typically not found in a tool kit. Our kit was stolen and my husband was pretty bummed. So, I ordered it off our old registry for him as a little surprise.”
“Bought this for my wife to carry when she’s traveling and pulling a horse trailer. You just never know what you might need or when you might need it. So far, this has everything covered. Kind of quirky that it has drill bits, but overall the quality is reasonable and the variety of items is good. Good value for the money.”
“I use a lot of tools. I’m a general contractor at work, and a woodworker and gunsmith and all-around tinkerer at home. I have six full-size tool chests (yes, standing ones) full and literally top of the top-of-the-line tools. Yet I didn’t send this one back.
Why do I recommend this set to anyone who won’t desperately miss $20? I would describe these as a perfect homeowners kit. The steel in these tools is impressively hard, particularly in the bit set. For a homeowner that sticks to putting together furniture, hanging things, maybe a little appliance work, etc., you can’t go wrong here. If you know what you’re doing you could even do a bit of light-duty mechanic work. Add a drill and a saw and you’ve got some incredible versatility here. This kit is set up to cover as many bases as possible in as little pieces as possible. If you can only have one tool or tool set, make this one it — you won’t be sorry.”
“This is bar none, the best general-purpose tool set I have ever seen in my life. I am not exaggerating. My wife wanted, of all things, a tool set for her birthday. I am thinking, lucky me! This should be easy! Well, after searching online for two days I was amazed that there are well over a hundred different tool sets out there and that 99% of them are total bunk. I can only count myself lucky that I stumbled upon this one because the worst tool sets seem to have the best internet presence.
When my wife opened her gift her eyes lit up. The sheer assortment of tools is incomparable to other tool sets and the tools themselves are much sturdier than you typically get in a set. Also, the tools actually FIT in their slots and do not easily fall out. The box itself is unbelievably sturdy. If you were lucky enough to get through the clutches of the internet to find this toolbox, then stop and buy it now.”
Best tool kits with drill
“This was one of my better impulse purchases! The drill is perfect for those needs around the house and outdoors. The battery life is excellent so far. I was using the drill with a furniture wax buffer and the battery lasted quite well without needing to be recharged. The hole bits were sharp enough to go through cork tile and particle board without any shredding of the cork! The only cons about this set is the bag being too small and all the attachments not having a dedicated storage container.”
Best mechanic tool kits
“So, DeWalt tools were on sale and I told myself I ‘needed’ a mechanics tool set. Let me tell you: This has just about any sort of wrench the average person will need when working on her or his vehicle. It has extension bars galore. The sockets, ratchets, and wrenches all feel substantial. There’s real heft to each piece. This is a great thing as the weight, at least to my mind, makes me feel like I got a quality tool set that will last a long while.
The downside and something the supplied photos don’t really capture: The set is friggin’ HUGE. Like I bought this imagining I could just throw it in my little civic’s trunk. I can’t. It’s not that big, but the container is long and wide. And REALLY heavy. It sits in my garage.”
“This is an excellent tool kit. It has everything a buyer could use in the way of tools for both home and vehicle. That’s why I purchased it. Granted, I don’t have much experience with tools so will have to go online for some tutorials to learn how to use some of them. The tools come in both metric and imperial (standard). Some cars need metric tools, others need standard. The only issue I had (and it was very small) is that the case was unlocked when it arrived in the box. So, if you order this tool set, be careful about lifting it out of the box. Otherwise, I am extremely satisfied.”
“I could go on and on about all the great things I love about this set. About how well-made everything is or how convenient having three different sizes of ratchets is or how much I love having an extra storage box built-in for any extra bits and pieces I’ve collected over the years … but I won’t because I’m sure you don’t have all day. I’ll get right to the bad things …
It’s fairly heavy and I wish the yellow box were bigger. That’s about it. Other than that I’m in love with this set. Yea, it gives me a workout when I lug it around, but it’s worth it. If you need a nice, quality set that has everything, then this is the set.”
“Honestly, this is an awesome set of tools. If you enjoy doing minor/major fixes for your car, bike, and a million other things around the house, this really is fantastic. I’ve had this tool set since 2016 and it’s still going strong. I’ve fixed everything from kitchen sinks to camera tripods and even the occasional Ikea whatever. None of the screwdrivers have been stripped and all the wrench hardware still functions like new. The only downside is that it’s a bit heavy, but hell, it’s a 170-piece set. If it’s not a bit chunky, something is CLEARLY not right.”
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