The 10 Best Multitools

Updated March 08, 2018 by Quincy Miller

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We spent 40 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. A screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and a bunch of other gadgets walk into a bar ... OK, so we don't have a punchline, but there's nothing funny about these super-convenient multi tools. Each of them are filled with handy doodads, allowing you to tackle almost any job without having to carry around a ton of gear — and you can use the knives on anyone who tells you a lousy joke (please don't). When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best multitool on Amazon.

10. Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate

Named after the British survivalist and TV personality, the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate is a relatively reliable and affordable tool. It won't last forever, but it will get the job done for now, and makes a great gift idea for the holidays.
  • mildew-resistant materials
  • rubber grip reduces slipping
  • difficult to fit into pouch
Brand Gerber
Model 31-000749
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

9. Leatherman Skeletool

The well-made Leatherman Skeletool has a scratch-resistant tungsten coating and, at just five ounces, it's one of the lightest models you'll find anywhere. The curved design makes it comfortable to grasp, and it's a cinch to operate with one hand.
  • blades accessible from exterior
  • built-in carabiner
  • has a few redundant tools
Brand Leatherman
Model 830846
Weight 7.2 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

8. TAS Accessories 13-in-1

The TAS Accessories 13-in-1 has some considerable heft to it, which is reassuring in terms of its durability, but may cause it to be cumbersome to lug around in your pocket all day. The reinforced wire cutters on the pliers make this a great choice for electricians.
  • ideal for tossing in car's glove box
  • thumb crease for easy opening
  • saw is too small to be useful
Brand TAS Accessories
Model TAS-Tool
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. HexFlex BO23S

The HexFlex BO23S is unlike anything else on the market. A miniature, snowflake-shaped device, it hooks on your key ring so you'll always have it handy without needing to remember to grab it every morning. It boasts a variety of screw heads, as well as a nifty box cutter.
  • good for quick jobs
  • multiple hex drivers
  • heavier than it looks
Brand HexFlex
Model HEXBO23S
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. Jakemy Portable

It's not something you'll pass on to the grandkids someday, but the Jakemy Portable is more than capable of getting most jobs done at a budget-friendly price. It's a good choice for anyone who tends to lose or misplace these things, as replacing it won't sting too much.
  • perfect for stashing in a tackle box
  • bright color makes it easy to find
  • too small for heavy-duty tasks
Brand Jakemy
Model pending
Weight 7.2 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier

The Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier is a basic model that incorporates all the bits and pieces necessary for everyday use without any bulky extras, so it won't weigh you down in the field. They're all housed in a fresh-looking aluminum butterfly handle.
  • comfortable for large hands
  • ships with belt sheath
  • can pinch when closing
Brand Gerber
Model 22-01471
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. Victorinox Swisstool

From one of the most recognized names in the business, the Victorinox Swisstool can perform 27 different functions, from cutting and sawing to opening cans and bottles with ease. It locks or opens using a simple and reliable slide release.
  • can access tools with gloves on
  • handy measurements etched on side
  • inner springs prevent tool jams
Brand Victorinox
Model 3.0323
Weight 10.4 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

3. Leatherman Raptor Shears

All emergency personnel should have these versatile and powerful Leatherman Raptor Shears on them while on duty. The serrated scissors make short work of all fabrics, and the strap cutter could be a real lifesaver in the event of an auto accident.
  • convenient pocket clip
  • includes molle holster
  • an oxygen tank wrench
Brand Leatherman
Model 831741
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Victorinox Swiss Army Fieldmaster

The classic, stainless steel Victorinox Swiss Army Fieldmaster has 15 functions stashed inside, including three different screwdrivers. The tools are all easy to use, even though the whole thing is small enough that you won't notice it's tucked away in your pocket.
  • extremely rust-resistant
  • high-quality scissors
  • knife holds edge well
Brand Victorinox
Model 53931
Weight 0.8 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Leatherman Super Tool 300

The pliers are the real star of the show on the Leatherman Super Tool 300. They're as powerful as just about any standalone models you'll find, and are fully capable of bending or chopping through wire. The handle is comfortable regardless of whether you're wearing gloves.
  • tools lock when opened
  • wire cutter is replaceable
  • blades are razor sharp
Brand Leatherman
Model 831102
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

A Few Words On A Few Tools

Even the simplest task can prove an almost insurmountable challenge if you don't have the right tools at your disposal. Consider an ordinary can of soup or tomato sauce: the "modern" double seam can approach to canning food has been used for well over a hundred years now, and remains one of the most reliable and convenient ways to store food. But if you don't have a can opener handy, that can of food might as well be back in the store, because accessing it will be remarkably hard.

Consider next the simple act of inserting a screw into a wall or a piece of wood. With a screwdriver, few actions could be simpler to complete; without a screwdriver, however, it will be nearly impossible to get that screw inserted.

From sawing through wood to slicing vegetables to filing down a rough patch of metal to opening a bottle, there are truly countless activities that can be handled in minutes -- if not in mere seconds -- when you have the right tools at your disposal, yet which may be impossible to complete if you are empty handed.

It's no wonder, then, that most professions and hobbies have their own dedicated types of tools. A plumber will use different wrenches then an auto mechanic, the former being more concerned with piping, the latter with nuts and bolts, for example. A fisherman might have a kit filled with hooks, lures, and sinkers, while a hunter will have animal calls and ammunition. The furniture craftsman relies on saws and screwdrivers that a a tile installation specialist might never even touch. And the list could go on ad infinitum, thus instead let us state the point directly: there are few tools that prove genuinely useful across multiple fields of professional work or recreational activity.

But there are certainly exceptions. One that comes to mind is the vaunted Swiss Army Knife, a pint-sized jack of all trades as useful to the hiker or hunter as it can be to the electrician or roofer. Even more versatile than those classic instruments, though, is the multitool, a device that can often serve as pliers, screwdriver, blade, ruler, and so much more.

A Multitool For Everyday Use

If you're looking for a multitool to help you in daily life, first consider what your average day looks like. A person who works in construction might value a strong set of pliers, both a flathead and phillips screwdriver, and a rugged saw. These tools can help a worker tackle a quick job, like replacing a single or removing a bit of extra wood from the end of a beam, without the individual needing to sort through a toolbox for a purpose built item.

A person more likely to spend his or her day fishing than building a house, on the other hand, might have little need for a screwdriver but still value a pair of pliers, which can he helpful for removing a hook from a fish's mouth or for safely baiting a hook without getting poked. And of course the blade is useful for dealing with sales, fish guts, or for cutting away a line that has become snagged or otherwise compromised.

And for the individual simply looking to be prepared for the little issues that pop up in life, from the need to open a battery compartment sealed with a screw to the need to slice through an apple, almost any multitool will suffice; the main concern when it comes to selecting a multitool without a specific activity in mind should be price. While a perfectly decent multitool can be had for around thirty dollars, top of the line options cost more than a hundred dollars, so price tag is certainly a factor.

A Multitool As Wilderness Gear

If you are including a multitool along with the gear you pack into your hiking, camping, or mountaineering kit, you are making a wise choice. But you also must choose the right tool wisely. When you are carrying all of your gear on your back, every ounce matters. Some multitools weigh only a few ounces, while others weigh as much as a pound or more. That might not seem like much weight when you're standing in your own home packing your backpack, but when you're clambering up a hill or scaling a cliff, you'll certainly feel the weight.

When choosing a multitool to bring along for an outdoor adventure, it's important to keep in mind how valuable some tools can be, and how superfluous you will find others. A good pair of scissors is great for preparing a wound dressing in a first aid situation, for example, while an adjustable wrench might be rather useless. A saw is always a good idea, as it can help you build a fire or build a shelter.

Selecting the right multitool for a camping our mountaineering trip does not mean selecting a tool with every accessory you might need out there in the field; rather it means choosing a multitool that will complement the gear you already have, filling in any gaps. It's a safe bet that you will already be bringing along a good, solid knife, for example (and if not, then reevaluate your planned gear at once), so the length and type of blade on your multitool can be of secondary concern. And while some multitools have LED lights built into them, the responsible outdoorsman will already have at least two light sources along for the journey, thus making it a fine choice to opt for a smaller multitool that is without a light built in.

As for the need for a bottle opener when you're out in the woods, that's a priority you can order for yourself.


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Last updated on March 08, 2018 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.


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