Updated March 05, 2020 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Slip Joint Pliers

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This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in January of 2020. From engineers, and construction workers to home improvement enthusiasts, everyone's toolbox should contain a decent pair of slip joint pliers. They are identifiable by a slot and groove mechanism, which allows them to be quickly adjusted to grip different sized objects securely. They have a wide range of commercial, DIY, and arts and crafts applications, and often incorporate a wire cutter. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best slip joint plier on Amazon.

10. Crescent H26VN

9. Irwin Vice Grip

8. Stanley 84-055

7. Gearwrench 8 Inch

6. Tekton 37122

5. Craftsman 9-45379

4. Channellock 546

3. Igarashi IPS PH-165

2. Handle Rite Loop

1. Vamplier 7 Inch Screw Extractors

Editor's Notes

March 02, 2020:

Due to the versatility of these tools, we have tried to cover all eventualities with our recommendations. Most households would benefit from keeping a pair of pliers handy for minor jobs around the home, and as such, a cheaper, smaller set, like the Crescent H26VN or the Stanley 84-055 would be the best choice. If, however, you enjoy doing more heavy-duty home or car maintenance, then you will likely need something more robust, such as the Channellock 546. Also included in the list are pliers with special features, for example, the Igarashi IPS PH-165, which are specially designed with a soft-jaw, and are useful when working with easily scratched materials, or the Handle Rite, which feature the distinctive looped-handle shape, useful for precision work, and which are especially good for people who struggle to hold things, due to arthritis, for instance.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on March 05, 2020 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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