The 10 Best Tool Kits

Updated May 19, 2017 by Chase Brush

10 Best Tool Kits
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We spent 22 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. No matter whether you are a house owner or an apartment renter, there is always something that needs to be done around the place, from hanging pictures or shelves to fixing a leaky pipe. With these comprehensive tool kits, you can be sure you will always have the right equipment for any project and, starting at under $20, at a price much cheaper than buying a whole bunch of individual pieces. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best tool kit on Amazon.

10. Apollo Precision Tools DT9706

If you're looking to get a decent set without spending a fortune, the Apollo Precision Tools DT9706 fits the bill. It can tackle around-the-house assembly, maintenance or repair projects for those just starting out, but is not really suitable for serious jobs.
  • long-nose pliers for tight spaces
  • handles have secure grips
  • bit sets are hard to get out of case
Brand Apollo
Model DT9706
Weight 3.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Vastar 102 Piece Home Repair

The versatile Vastar 102 Piece Home Repair is a great go-to kit for routine household or apartment maintenance. It contains a whole host of well-constructed components, including a snap blade razor, two 8-piece Allen wrench sets, and a four-piece miniature screwdriver.
  • tools feel very durable
  • thick ergonomic handles
  • plastic case is a little flimsy
Brand Vastar
Model VRK21-ALX-1
Weight 8.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Cartman Orange 39-Piece

The Cartman Orange 39-Piece is a well-rounded starter set for general light use and sports bold colored accents for quick identification. All tools meet or exceed ANSI critical standards and are securely housed in a handy blow-molded case that opens flat for easy access.
  • heat-treated to resist corrosion
  • case has elevated feet for stability
  • set is not super high quality
Brand Cartman
Model pending
Weight 3.6 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Stalwart 75-HT1086

Ideal for the office, kitchen, RV or car, the ultra-portable Stalwart 75-HT1086 has got you covered when you're in a pickle. All 86 pieces fit nicely in the soft roll-up case, which provides enough room to add a couple of extra hand tools if needed.
  • includes a 10-foot measuring tape
  • compact size takes up little space
  • scissors aren't very sharp
Brand Stalwart
Model 75-HT1086
Weight 4.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Kobalt Household

The Kobalt Household is a convenient set that includes a plastic box for storage of fasteners and small hardware. Each tool has a soft-grip design that reduces vibration and hand fatigue for those stubborn projects that take longer than expected.
  • padded shoulder strap
  • sturdy structured bag
  • not very compact
Brand Kobalt
Model pending
Weight 10.5 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Stanley 65 Piece 94-248

Get the job done like a pro with the Stanley 65 Piece 94-248. This handy kit includes one torpedo level, slip joint pliers, long-nose pliers, a 13-ounce hammer and two common screwdrivers that will help you with a wide range of fastening needs.
  • also includes 16-foot measuring tape
  • case snaps shut tightly and securely
  • very practical and affordable
Brand Stanley
Model 94-248
Weight 7.3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. Craftsman Evolv 41283

The Craftsman Evolv 41283 is a handyman's dream, incorporating a large variety of all-purpose tools to tackle everyday jobs, from hanging pictures to fixing a leaky pipe. Each high-performance component boasts an easy-grip handle for comfort and exceptional durability.
  • bag has multiple pockets
  • front mesh pouch for quick access
  • ideal kit to keep in your car trunk
Brand Craftsman
Model 41283
Weight 7.7 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

3. GreatNeck Essentials 21044

The budget-friendly GreatNeck Essentials 21044 is the perfect resource to have around the house for all those DIY projects. It includes 31 must-have pieces in a compact zippered bag with ergonomic handles that is easy to take with you anywhere.
  • sockets have a max-drive design
  • bag has an adjustable shoulder strap
  • stores away nicely in a closet
Brand Great Neck
Model 4009842
Weight 4.5 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Stanley Mixed STMT73795

The premium Stanley Mixed STMT73795 is a complete 210-piece collection of some of the most popular hardware used, but also a wide array of sockets and drivers for more specific projects. They are all forged from high-quality steel and finished in high-polish chrome.
  • sockets have a radius corner design
  • ergonomic ratchet handles
  • wrenches have holes for tethering
Brand Stanley
Model STMT73795
Weight 20.8 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Black+Decker LDX120PK

Whether you're a new homeowner or DIY enthusiast, the Black+Decker LDX120PK can help you get the job done. It contains all of the necessary components needed for big and small repairs around the house -- including an easy-to-use, 20-volt lithium-ion-battery-powered drill.
  • includes spade bits for boring holes
  • drill holds charge up to 18 months
  • great value for the price
Brand BLACK+DECKER
Model LDX120PK
Weight 9.5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

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Last updated on May 19, 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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