Updated April 01, 2019 by Sam Kraft

The 10 Best Pipe Wrenches

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We spent 21 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. The next time you wake up to use the bathroom, spare a moment to acknowledge the extraordinary convenience of modern indoor plumbing before you drift back to sleep. It is all made possible by the humble pipe wrench, and our selection of these tools includes an array of sizes and designs. Some are basic models best used for home projects, while others are suitable for professional plumbers. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best pipe wrench on Amazon.

10. Goplus Set

9. Irwin Vise-Grip

8. Grizzly Steelex

7. Drixet Industrial

6. Ridgid Straight 10

5. Bahco Universal

4. Ridgid RapidGrip

3. Tradespro 830914

2. Ridgid 31120

1. Ridgid Aluminum

Editor's Notes

March 30, 2019:

Removed the GreatNeck APW24 due to durability concerns; reports indicate that it may warp or even break when faced with a heavy workload. On a similar note, the Olympia Tool appeared to be a potential safety hazard, as its jaw had cracking issues after light use. We eliminated it from the list as well.

Added the Ridgid 31120 in part to include an offset style wrench on the list, which may be better suited for certain projects than standard models based on the location and configuration of the pipes being worked on. For example, it would be particularly useful for a plumber doing overhead work in a basement on pipes snaking through the bays underneath the floor above. Also included the Goplus Set in the list — while users report that they’re probably not professional quality, they also suggest they’re durable and functional enough to keep around the house in case you need to tinker on the sink, shower, or one of your kitchen appliances at some point.


Sam Kraft
Last updated on April 01, 2019 by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.


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