The 10 Best Pry Bars

Updated June 16, 2017 by Chase Brush

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Perfect for opening wooden crates, removing nails from lumber, prying up old deck boards, or demolishing drywall, these pry bars (or crowbars) are the go-to choice for both construction professionals and home DIY enthusiasts. Unless you have a handy Hulk to smash things for you, you'll need one of these tough tools to get the job done. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best pry bar on Amazon.

10. Schrade SCHPB1BK Black

If you aren't looking to do regular prying, but want something you can keep handy for emergency situations, the Schrade SCHPB1BK Black will work nicely. It's made from nearly indestructible forged steel and can withstand an incredible amount of tension without warping.
  • ideal for campers and survivalists
  • paracord-wrapped handle
  • not suitable for demolition work
Brand Schrade
Weight 5.6 ounces
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

9. DeWalt DWHT55518 Spring Steel Flat

The DeWalt DWHT55518 Spring Steel Flat is compact and lightweight enough to be tucked away in your tool kit or trunk, making it a good to choice to keep around if you don't often need such a tool, but may have a use for one every now and again.
  • multiple nail pullers
  • pointed beveled end
  • doesn't offer a lot of leverage
Model DWHT55518
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

8. Vestil SKB-DLX Deluxe

The Vestil SKB-DLX Deluxe features an unusual design that was made specifically to help you break down pallets quicker. Its articulated head means it won't break or splinter boards but, unfortunately, the widely spaced forks are too thick to get into tight spaces.
  • good for deck board removal
  • feels extremely sturdy
  • doesn't have a nail remover
Brand Vestil
Weight 15.2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Stanley FatMax Wrecking

The Stanley FatMax Wrecking is a great option for all-around home use. It's got that classic tried-and-true crowbar look that has been around for decades, and can be used for everything from lifting tile to pulling nails or even smashing rocks if needed.
  • forged recesses for a good grip
  • withstands 975 ft-lbs of pressure
  • yellow color can chip off
Brand Stanley
Model 55-104
Weight 6.4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Mayhew Dominator 40162

The Mayhew Dominator 40162 has an ergonomically-crafted cellulose acetate handle that reduces hand fatigue while working, plus a thin, straight blade that is easy to slip between narrow spaces. At 58 inches long, it offers some serious leverage, too.
  • entire length is heat treated
  • ideal for automotive work
  • too heavy to use with one hand
Brand Mayhew
Model 40162
Weight 9.7 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Titan Tools 17005 Set

If you're thinking about repainting or papering your walls, you might want to pick up the Titan Tools 17005 Set before you start. Each clam-shell unit includes a nail puller opposite a flat end for scraping, so you don't have to swap tools in the middle of a job.
  • rigid stainless steel construction
  • also good for lifting molding
  • no padding on handles
Brand Titan Tools
Model 17005
Weight 10.4 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Duckbill Deck Wrecker

The Duckbill Deck Wrecker makes it a snap to remove board after board, so it's a perfect choice for demolishing patios and old wooden floors. Its patented two-prong head slides under material, straddles a single or double joist and lifts the board, usually in one piece.
  • long enough for use while standing
  • head rotates for flexibility
  • strong fiberglass handle
Brand Forrester Manufacturing
Model pending
Weight 7.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

3. Stanley FatMax Xtreme FuBar III

If you absolutely, positively must demolish existing construction on the double, the Stanley FatMax Xtreme FuBar III will help you get the job done. It can make quick work of hard stone and old wooden structures, and incorporates a textured grip for better control.
  • weighs eight-and-a-half pounds
  • 2-tier jaw size for various lumber
  • feels well balanced in the hand
Brand Stanley
Model 55-120
Weight 9 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Tekton 3352 Pry Set

This 4-piece Tekton 3352 Pry Set is an incredible value for what you get. It lets you tackle prying projects of all types, from heavy-duty lumber removal to the more sensitive extraction of shingles or molding. Plus, each unit is made from forged and hardened square bars.
  • large comfortable poly handles
  • durable black oxide finish
  • sleek and sharp chisel ends
Model 3352
Weight 2.7 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. GearWrench 82248 Extendable

If you work on a variety of projects in a number of unusual locations, then the GearWrench 82248 Extendable is probably your best bet. It can reach a length of 48" when you need extra leverage, or can be shortened to 29" for getting into tight spaces or for stowing away.
  • grooved profile on prying head
  • exceeds ansi pry bar requirements
  • 14 locking positions
Brand Apex Tool Group
Model 82248
Weight 10.1 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

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Last updated on June 16, 2017 by Chase Brush

Chase is a freelance journalist with experience working in the areas of politics and public policy. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he is also a hopeless itinerant continually awaiting his next Great Escape.

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