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 ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)And while we’ve written about all the best items to stock your workbench — including everything from power drills to home-repair tools — here, we’ve rounded up the best tool kits, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
And while we’ve written about all the best items to stock your workbench — including everything from power drills to home-repair tools — here, we’ve rounded up the best tool kits, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated tool kit
Reviewers agree this is the ideal starter tool kit, especially when moving into a new place, as it contains everything necessary for assembling furniture or hanging photos. “I’ve had this toolkit 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,” one reviewer writes. Others agree that this tool kit is a great value, especially for everyday repair tasks. One describes it as, “a great little tool set if you’re someone like me who just needs to hang pictures, do very basic repair work, or put together things you order (like chairs, tables, etc). I have already used it several times. The best parts of this set are the tape measure, hammer (quite substantial) and the screw driver with the interchangeable tips in just about any size you’ll ever need. At the affordable price point, who can complain?”
Best-rated (less expensive) tool kit
“I don’t understand how this can be offered at such a low price?” asks one reviewer, who writes, “I was looking to buy a measuring tape. I came across this tool set for three bucks more! Granted, it’s not heirloom quality and the tape measure is only 10 feet, but who cares? Everything works and looks exactly as pictured.” Others agree this tool kit is easier to purchase than a bunch of standalone tools. A high school teacher, who always needs tools to “tighten a screw, pound in a nail, hang a hook, etc.” and tired of bringing tools from home bough this for their classroom: “This kit fits the bill perfectly as it has a variety of common tools in a compact case. I would have spent more money buying three or four individual tools separately.” Another reviewer bought this toolset for their daughter: “I told her that when she has a male friend over, to break out the tool kit and ask him what each tool can be used for. If he cannot name three uses for each, show him the door. If I am going to have a son-in-law one day, I want one that can fix things!”
And now for some micro-picks of every type of tool kit you might be looking for.
Best tool kit for mechanics
Most reviewers agree this set is incredibly handy for those looking to do basic repairs on their cars. “This is the first tool set I’ve purchased since beginning to do car work on my own,” one reviewer writes, calling it a “Very good starting point, has most of the essentials to get you started. Have used it while flushing power steering fluid, brake fluid, doing standard oil changes and brake or rotor replacements.” Another reviewer writes, “I work at an oil change shop, so I know what tools are good and what’s not. After using these for about a month, I have to say these are a steal at this price. Been using these about five times a week for mostly oil changes and easy work, nothing too complex.” Reviewers also say the case does a great job of keeping tools from falling out or moving around, as opposed to some other kits.
Best tool kit with bag
One reviewer bought this took kit for their vacation home, a couple hours away, and they were “happily surprised at the quality of the tools for the price. And the tote was just right and seems quite durable.” Lots of other reviewers call out the bag’s durability, as well as its extra space. “The bag that comes with the tool kit is a heavy canvas bag that has small pockets inside to put some of the smaller tools/attachments,” one reviewer explains, adding, “The bag is plenty big enough that you can add some other tools if you choose. For basic needs around the house, this toolkit was the perfect solution.”
Best lightweight tool kit
“This is as close as I have found to the perfect kit for female homeowners, and maybe male ones too,” one reviewer writes, explaining that part of the appeal is that the tools themselves are easy to use. “The hammer is short and so easier for me to use for some reason. It’s small, lightweight and cute (it comes in [plain] black too but I wish everything came in bright colors).” And though “cute” is an unlikely adjective to describe a toolkit, it comes up a lot in reviews of this one. But just because it’s not the most heavy-duty toolkit on this list, doesn’t mean it’s any less useful. “I recently moved into a new apartment and all the tools and equipment came in handy,” one reviewer writes. “My dad came over with his tools once to help build things and ended up needing to use some of mine because he did not have all the things he needed with him.”
Best pink tool kit
About a fifth of all five-star reviewers mention this tool kit’s bright pink hue, lots of whom are women who are trying to prevent the men in their house from walking away with their tools.“If my son ‘borrows’ one of my tools and it somehow doesn’t make its way back to the box, I can readily find where my son left it,” one mom writes. One husband who is tempted to use the tools from his wife’s kit says, “If I get caught with pink tools in my hand I will be in deep trouble!” Reviewers have used this household kit to hang pictures, build Ikea furniture, and fixing odds and ends in the bathroom, and according to one customer, who bought this as a gift, the quality of the tools themselves are excellent for the price. “Her cordless screwdriver is better then the one I have. Very good deal for a household tool kit with great quality.”
Best tool kit with power drill
A quarter of five-star reviewers specifically talk about the power drill in this tool kit, which, though small in size, will drill through just about anything and holds a charge well. “I’ve drilled through everything from pine to ebony and the bits keep up just fine,” one reviewer writes. Another customer says, “Instead of asking for jewelry, I asked for this drill kit as a Valentine’s Day present. It’s hands down the best drill I’ve used. It’s small yet powerful. I have tiny hands and I can hold the drill comfortably in my hand without getting tired.” And even though the power drill is the star of the show for many, the other tools in this kit are just as useful. “I love the variety of screwdriver heads, they’re an absolute lifesaver if you have kids with bikes or any other toys that have odd looking heads,” one reviewer writes, before adding, “Now, I don’t normally talk about such a basic tool, but I absolutely LOVE the adjustable wrench. It’s very smooth when it slides and very very responsive to how you want it.” And according to one reviewer, this kit has every tool they could’ve wanted: “I changed out every light fixture in the place along with all of the outlet receptacles and light switches. I also put together quite a bit of furniture. This set had everything I needed to take care of all of these projects, and they have held up very well.”
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