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The Best Soldering Irons on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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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 products and single out the most convincing. We’ve written about the best home-repair tools and under-$20 DIY tools, but this time we’re covering the best soldering stations, according to reviewers on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best soldering stations under $50

ANBES Soldering Iron Kit
$18

“For the money spent, it would be hard to find a better assembled kit for the average hobbyist or homeowner. You get almost everything you need to solder just about any kind of electronics around the house, and even better, none of the stuff included is junk. It’s all decent-quality equipment. I’ve owned three or four soldering irons in my life and none of them was adjustable like this one. The only thing missing is a small tub of flux. I understand that it would only add to the cost, but I’d pay another $3 or $4 for a small tub of it just to complete the set. The included case is also very nice to keep everything together. Excellent set.”