The right adjustable wrench is going to last you a long time. The wrong adjustable wrench is just going to make you extremely upset. The problem? This happens to be one of the most ubiquitous tools on the market. Pros and amateurs alike often find themselves in need of this product.
It means there are a lot of options. And a lot of duds. We get the problem. You can’t sink an entire afternoon into figuring out which adjustable wrench is best. No one has that sort of time. Well…almost no one.
We’ve been looking at a lot of adjustable wrenches lately with the sole purpose of finding the best one for your needs.
Our search yielded six options worthy of consideration. That in mind, read on for some adjustable wrench reviews.
|IRWIN Tools Adjustable Wrench Set, 4-Piece|
|Channellock 8WCB WideAzz Adjustable Wrench||1 lb||4.6/5|
|Crescent Adjustable-Wrench 8-inch|
(Best for the Money)
|Craftsman Evolv Adjustable Wrench Set, 3-Piece||2 lbs||4.3/5|
|TEKTON 23003 8-Inch Adjustable Wrench||1 lb||4.2/5|
|Williams Black Adjustable-Wrench Set, 4-Piece||2 lbs||3.9/5|
Up first, we have the Irwin tools adjustable wrench set. This is actually a four piece set that comes equipped with wrenches in a variety of different sizes. The extra options ensure that you will be ready for any job that you come across.
But in addition to being a comprehensive package, it’s also just a high-quality set of tools. The metal used is chrome which is prized both for its durability and is rust resistance.
And, better yet, you also get a durable, ergonomic grip on each wrench which will serve both to reduce hand fatigue, and just keep you comfortable while you work.
It’s a pretty sweet package if you can get it, but do keep in mind that this is fairly pricey for an adjustable wrench set.
It’s not necessarily that they will break your bank. Adjustable wrenches are typically fairly affordable, so most expensive units are still manageable if you have to choose them.
Still, if you want to save a little bit of money this won’t be the pick for you.
Next, we have a single tool package, the Channellock 8WCB. Even though it’s a single tool, for most people, that’s pretty much all that you will need. Like our top pick, this unit comes with a nice, comfortable ergonomic grip that will make the tool easy to use for hours on end.
It also features an extra wide jaw (opening up to 1 ½ inches) so that you have a little bit extra versatility.
Last but not least, the tool is also made to be fairly compact so that you will be able to access tough to reach places.
That said, there is one con that some users might find fairly substantial. The grip is prone to popping off a little bit overtime which can make it uncomfortable to use.
Even if the rubber part of the grip were to pop off entirely, you could still use it, but it just won’t be comfortable.
Third we have our best for the money pick the Crescent Adjustable Wrench. In many ways, this is the quintessential crescent wrench. Crescent is a famous company known for their wrenches, and chances are the design of this unit is exactly what you had in mind when you think of an adjustable wrench.
The company keeps things pretty simple here. A one piece stainless steel body with an adjustable head that can be easily adjusted.
It’s also really durable so you will probably be able to keep it in the tool bag for many years to come.
The issues this tool features pretty much come with the territory when shopping in this price range.
Because there is no specialty grip, this wrench won’t be extremely comfortable to work with. It may also rust over time, and scratch up very easily.
If you need something for professional purposes you might consider looking elsewhere. For basic at home maintenance though, this should be perfect for your needs.
Next up we look at the Craftsman Evolv three piece set. These wrenches are actually quite similar to the last that we looked at. Single piece all stainless steel bodies, reasonably durable without any specialty grips.
They are fairly basic wrenches when you get right down to it, with the only major quality differentiating them from our last pick being that you get three tools instead of one.
The wrenches come in 6 inches, 8 inches, and 10 inches, so you should have something ready for any situation.
Unfortunately, it’s worth mentioning that these aren’t the wrenches that come to mind when you think Craftsman. The Sears brand tool has been struggling for some time, and in that struggle, their overall tool quality seems to have slipped somewhat. These wrenches have a lighter weight to them than models from days gone by, and they will be more vulnerable to wear and tear than you’d probably expect.
It’s not all bad. They’ll get basic jobs done in a pinch, but they just don’t quite live up to the expectations people have when they think Craftsman.
Tekton is fairly well known for making good wrenches. At a glance, this unit appears to maintain that reputation. You get a carbon steel body with a chrome finish, laser etched measurements on the jaw for easy adjustability, and a rust resistant exterior.
The problems seem to lay mostly in a hasty construction. Though the build of the tool is pretty decent for a budget buy, we find the head to be somewhat wobbly. This is both distracting, and, in some cases, harmful to the overall performance of the tool.
If you want an affordable wrench from a trustworthy brand, this isn’t a bad choice, but there are better options available for people willing to spend a few extra dollars.
Last, we have one final multiple wrench set to consider. The Williams Black adjustable set looks nice at first. The charcoal finish gives it an almost elegant appearance, while the multiple wrench options keep you well equipped for most jobs.
The price tag is a little bit steep relative to the other options we’ve seen today, but when buying for quality, that’s forgivable right?
The problem is that there are some cons that might leave a person wondering how good of a deal this really is.
Durability is the big concern. We’ve heard reports from a number of users saying that the wrench heads fall apart after very brief use.
Granted, this most likely a manufacturing defect, not something everyone will encounter. Still, the possibility for this problem alone might make many buyers hesitate.
We also find it to be fairly fragile. The wrenches get dinged up very easily, making it hard to read the etechings.
Bottom line? Though this set has promising features, it also comes with some serious cons that keep it at the bottom of our list.
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When you have six great adjustable wrench reviews to consider, it can be hard to make a final decision. But alas, we’ve come to the point where that’s all there is left to do.
If you still aren’t sure which tool you should add to your collection, we can help with that. Our top choice, the Irwin Tools set is going to be great for anyone looking for a high-quality comprehensive option.
Unfortunately though, it’s not super affordable. If you need to save while you shop, there is an option available for that as well. Our best for the money pick, the Crescent Adjustable Wrench is a competitively priced high-quality tool suitable for most buyers.
But hey, you know the market well enough to make your own decision now.