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Best Rubber Mallets 2020 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

a rubber mallet

We all have something made of some soft material, like plastic, that we need to hit with a hammer from time to time. If you use a metal claw hammer, you will destroy the object, so you need a rubber mallet. Aren’t they all the same?

Pretty much, yes. There are some differences, though.

We have reviewed a large number of mallets for you, and have put together a list of five that we think you may like.

Our Favorite Models:

Image Product Details
Top Pick
Winner
TopBuilt (25056) TopBuilt (25056)
  • Lightweight
  • Fiberglass handle
  • Ergonomic comfort grip
  • Best for the Money
    Second place
    Coleman Coleman
  • Double-sided high-impact rubber head
  • Wooden handle
  • Tent stake remover
  • Third place
    TEKTON 30603 Fiberglass Handle TEKTON 30603 Fiberglass Handle
  • Lightweight
  • Double-faced solid rubber head
  • Fiberglass handle core
  • Alltrade 16Oz White (648336) Alltrade 16Oz White (648336)
  • 16-ounce
  • Non-marring white rubber head
  • Non-slip rubber grip
  • Great Neck Saw RM8 Great Neck Saw RM8
  • Double-sided RM8 rubber head
  • Wooden handle
  • 5 Best Rubber Mallets Reviewed 2020:

    1. TopBuilt Rubber Mallet (25056) – Top Pick

    TopBuilt Rubber Mallet (25056)

    The TopBuilt Rubber Mallet (25056) is a lightweight mallet at 1.6 pounds, with a rubber head to minimize any damage to the surface you’re pounding. It has a fiberglass handle that’s fixed securely to the rubber head with epoxy resin and a safety pin. It also has a fiberglass core to make it reliable and help absorb some of the vibrations of your hits. The handle is wrapped with an ergonomic comfort grip that will give you more control over your swing and help prevent slippage.

    This is a sturdy but small mallet. It doesn’t weigh enough to be very useful in large jobs. Rubber also chips off, rounding the edges, with almost every swing, especially if you’re hitting a particularly hard surface.

    Pros
    • Rubber head to minimize surface damage
    • Lightweight
    • Fiberglass handle fixed with epoxy resin and safety pin
    • Fiberglass core
    • Ergonomic comfort grip
    Cons
    • Small/light jobs only
    • Rubber chips off with use

    2. Coleman Rubber Mallet – Best for the MoneyColeman Rubber Mallet

    The Coleman Rubber Mallet has a double-sided, high-impact rubber head attached to a wooden handle with a hook on the end for removing tent stakes. The hook isn’t very strong, though, and will straighten out if you don’t loosen the stake with the hammer before trying to pull it out of the ground.

    When we first opened our Coleman Mallet, it had an incredibly strong rubber odor. We actually kept it wrapped in a plastic bag until the smell started to subside. We also found that this mallet is heavy and not the most convenient to carry around with you, especially if you are backpacking.

    Pros
    • Double-sided high-impact rubber head
    • Wooden handle
    • Tent stake remover
    Cons
    • Need to loosen stakes before pulling
    • Really strong rubber odor out of the bag
    • Heavy

    3. TEKTON 30603 Fiberglass Handle Rubber Mallet

    TEKTON 30603 Fiberglass Handle Rubber Mallet

    The TEKTON 30603 mallet has a lightweight, double-faced solid rubber head and a handle with a durable fiberglass core to help prevent some of the vibrations. The handle is surrounded by an exterior poly jacket that protects the fiberglass core and helps absorb some of the impacts of missed strikes. It also has a rubber grip so your hand doesn’t slip upon impact.

    When we used this mallet, it left marks that we had to wipe off our surface continually. You might even say that the surface leaves a mark on the mallet because a little bit of rubber is chipped off the edge with every strike. We also found that the rubber head wasn’t securely attached to the handle. It would move slightly upon impact and has the probability of becoming looser and flying off altogether.

    Pros
    • Lightweight
    • Double-faced solid rubber head
    • Fiberglass handle core
    • Exterior poly jacket
    • Non-slip rubber grip
    Cons
    • Leaves marks
    • Edges of rubber chip off
    • Head not attached securely

    4. Alltrade 16Oz White Rubber Mallet (648336)

    Alltrade 16Oz White Rubber Mallet (648336)

    The 16Oz White Rubber Mallet (648336) by Alltrade has a 16-ounce, non-marring white rubber head, with a sturdy, lightweight tubular steel handle. The rubber grip on the end of the handle will help keep the mallet from slipping in your hand and give you better control over your strikes.

    This mallet is big. It’s really too big for small, around-the-house jobs. However, those are the only jobs that this mallet can handle. It has a cheaper grade of rubber that chips off when you strike it against something. The white head also shows every bit of wear and tear. The flaking off of the rubber wouldn’t be as noticeable if the head were black.

    Pros
    • 16-ounce non-marring white rubber head
    • Strong, lightweight tubular steel handle
    • Non-slip rubber grip
    Cons
    • Shows wear
    • Too big for small jobs around the house
    • Rubber chips

    5. Great Neck Saw RM8 Rubber MalletGreat Neck Saw RM8 Rubber Mallet

    The Great Neck Saw RM8 Rubber Mallet has a double-sided rubber head attached to a solid wooden handle. The handle is very slim and will need to be wrapped in tape to be comfortable for any hands that aren’t really small. This mallet is also too lightweight and small. It doesn’t have enough power to handle big jobs. It’s strictly for occasional around-the-house use. Any blows, even light ones, chip away at the rubber with each strike.

    Pros
    • Double-sided RM8 rubber head
    • Wooden handle
    Cons
    • Rubber chips easily
    • Too small
    • Handle too slim

    Buyer’s Guide

    Where/how to hold a mallet

    • Wrap your hand around the handle with your thumb on the mallet, just above your index finger.
    • Hand Placement
      • The very bottom of the handle:

    The best place to hold a mallet is at the furthest end away from the head. Then, you don’t really swing, but let it fall under its own weight. This position will give you the most powerful strike and take fewer hits to achieve your goal.

      • The middle of the handle:

    If you want to have more control over your swing, cinch your hand up the handle of your mallet. Holding it closer to the head will give you the most control, but it also reduces your power. It will take more swings to achieve your desired outcome.

    How to swing a mallet

    You may be thinking, “Are you serious?” but there is an art to it. You don’t want to just swing wildly and hope that you hit in the vicinity of where you want to be. Before you swing at all, set the head of the mallet on the point you want to hit and stand in the position that will allow you to hit that same spot most comfortably. Place your feet about shoulder width apart for stability. Doing all this will align your mallet with your project before you even start.

    When swinging a mallet, don’t swing with your whole arm like you would with an ax. This is more twisting your wrist. When you’re pounding, you want to let the mallet fall mostly by its own weight, doing most of the work for you.

    If you are assembling things, you’ll want to tap the piece into place before setting it with your more forceful blow. For example, let’s say that you’re making a bookshelf and you want to fit the shelf into a groove.

    1. Set the shelf at the groove that you have cut, place your hand toward the middle of the handle for more control, and tap until the shelf is aligned the way you want it.
    2. Once everything is lined up, and you have a little bit of the shelf already in the groove, move your hand to the end of the handle for more power. Swing the hammer back with your wrist, then pound until the shelf is in place.

    What are rubber mallets used for?

    Rubber mallets are made to use on soft materials, such as wood or plastic. If you try to use one on hard materials, like nails, you will tear the rubber head up. Remember this rule of thumb for which hammer to use: metal hits metal, wood hits wood, and rubber hits all other soft materials.

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    Conclusion

    Though rubber mallets are all made pretty much the same way, some are better than others. To get the most life out of your mallet, look for high-grade rubber and a sturdy, durable handle. We believe that we have picked out the best five from our reviews. We tried to hit each price point so that there is a mallet included that will fit any budget. Obviously, the higher quality ones that will last the longest also cost the most. The quality level will decrease as the price gets lower. Just figure out which of these will best meet your needs without breaking the bank:

    1. TopBuilt Rubber Mallet (25056) – Top Pick
    2. Coleman Rubber Mallet – Best for the Money
    3. TEKTON 30603 Fiberglass Handle Rubber Mallet
    4. Alltrade 16Oz White Rubber Mallet (648336)
    5. Great Neck Saw RM8 Rubber Mallet

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