7 Best Tool Chests Under $1000 – Top Picks & Reviews
Buy the right tool chest, and it will last long enough for you to pass it on to your children. The wrong gear won’t treat you nearly so kindly. Bad tool chests don’t just waste money, they may also jeopardize the lifespan of your gear.
Unfortunately, tool chests are notoriously expensive. The objective of this guide is to show you how you can get the most bang for your buck. All of the tool chests featured here today are very good, but they also feature price tags you won’t have to take a loan out to manage.
Let’s dive right in, shall we? Read on for a list of some tool chest reviews!
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2020
|Best Overall||Husky Drawer Heavy-Duty||
|Best Value||Goplus Rolling||
|Premium Choice||Thor Group Anti-Fingerprint||
|Frontier Heavy Duty||
|Gray Tools Stackable||
The 7 Best Tool Chests Under $1000
1. Husky Drawer Heavy-Duty Tool Chest (66 in. W 24 in.) – Best Overall
The Husky Drawer is a sizable heavy-duty tool chest that doubles as a workstation. The top of the unit is a durable hardwood that will be good for the long run. The drawers are made of stainless steel, which should be durable enough to handle even a robustly used workshop. It’s also mounted on a set of wheels that will allow you to effortlessly move the unit around your house.
It comes with twelve drawers, and the unit as a whole is able to hold up to 1,800 pounds of equipment. Unfortunately, the wheels themselves may not be as well suited for the demands of the job as the rest of the components of this chest.
It is still a great tool chest, but if you plan on moving around your workstation a lot, this won’t be the product for you.
2. Goplus 6-Drawer Rolling Tool Chest – Best Value
The Goplus is great for buyers that are trying to keep their purchase well under that thousand-dollar mark. This is an affordable unit that will be well suited for light-duty situations. The chest comes with six drawers, each segmented into a variety of compartments to make it easier to organize your tools.
This is actually a two-piece chest. The top of the unit is detachable, making it easy to move around. This may be a good feature for people that sometimes take their tools on the road—either in a professional capacity or simply to lend a helping hand to a friend.
There is an issue with the structural integrity of the unit, however. The big problem we noticed was one of longevity. The steel material will rust and degrade over time, at which point, the chest will be ostensibly useless.
Until then, though, it is a truly effective piece of equipment that most buyers on a budget will appreciate.
3. 72″ Wide 15 Drawer Stainless Steel Anti-Fingerprint – Premium Choice
The best thing about the Fingerprint tool chest is that in addition to providing the user with lots of storage, it also doubles as a workspace. The top of the unit is durable enough that it will be able to withstand the wear and tear of a working day.
There is also just a ton of room. You get 15 stainless steel drawers that slide open seamlessly. Each of them is able to hold up to 100 pounds worth of tools and hardware, making it a great place to store all or most of your equipment.
Granted, this is one of the most expensive chests on our list—pushing up against the threshold of our price limit. However, considering the amount of utility this chest provides, the investment will be well worth it for most buyers.
4. Frontier 62 in. 10-Drawer Tool Chest Cabinet
The Frontier features a large service area that can double as a workspace. It also further increases your storage space by including a pegboard that will allow you to effortlessly store even more of your tools.
It also comes with 10 drawers and a cabinet. Each drawer is rated to hold up to 100 pounds of equipment. If you have a large collection of tools, and you want to store them while also increasing your workspace, this will be a great piece of equipment to help make that happen.
We noticed that the drawers themselves tend to be a little bit awkward to handle. It’s not a major con but it is a bit of a convenience issue, especially for regular use.
5. Mobile Tool Chest With 4 Drawers
The Mobile Tool Chest is essentially what the name suggests it would be. This chest is specifically designed to be taken on the road and features a roller suitcase-style design that will make it relatively easy to load up hundreds of pounds of tools.
The exterior of the unit is made out of a durable plastic material that is sealed to protect it against moisture infiltration.
It is a great piece of equipment for people that need to take their equipment with them regularly, but it won’t be so good for people that need a workshop tool chest. The plastic is not as durable as the stainless steel we’ve seen on other options. It’s also just not nearly as large as most of the other products on this list.
6. JEGS 81411 5-Drawer Tool Box Cart
The Jegs is a portable tool chest that sits atop four wheels that are designed to make it easy to move around with. It features a stainless steel exterior that is fortified to withstand workshop wear and tear. The chest has been rated to hold 700 pounds of weight, which will make it a good product for people that have a moderate amount of tools they need to store.
There are, however, reasons that this chest finds itself towards the bottom of our list. For one thing, the exterior of the chest is not very durable. It will probably get dinged up a good deal if you have a rougher workshop.
It’s also not well suited to withstand rust, and the wheels are not very stable. It will be a fine product for amateur users that just need a moderately priced piece of equipment, but it won’t be sufficient for more serious users.
7. Husky 27 in. 5-Drawer Roller Cabinet
We end the list with a simpler Husky product. You might favor this tool if you appreciate Husky’s reputation but are looking for something that is on the affordable end of the price spectrum. You get five drawers of storage, each compartmentalized to make organizing your tools easy.
Unfortunately, though, it doesn’t quite hold a candle to the Husky product that distinguished itself as our top choice. The wheels are not very durable, the drawers tend to be finicky, and it simply isn’t as durable as we tend to prefer. It’s not without merit but it does leave something to be desired.
And now, let’s take a look at some buying considerations that will help make your decision a little bit easier.
Every tool chest is specifically rated to store a specific amount of tools. This rating is usually in the form of a pound capacity. For instance, many of the tools on our list are able to hold several thousand pounds of tools.
In general, it is always better to invest in something with a higher weight capacity. Why? Tool collections tend to grow over time. Wouldn’t it be a shame to have to upgrade our tool chest before you buy that new drill you’ve been eyeballing?
Individual drawers will also have their own weighting. This will be an important consideration for when you actually start using the chest.
The ideal weight rating for a drawer will depend on your unique needs. However, anything in the hundred-pound range will do you well.
Number of Drawers
Regardless of the weight rating of the unit as a whole, you will probably want to invest in something that has a good number of drawers. The more drawers your chest has, the better you will be able to organize all of your tools.
There is no magic number, but there is also probably no such thing as too many drawers, either.
Tool chests often require some degree of portability. Whether you are wheeling it around town, or just around your garage, chances are pretty good you will appreciate the opportunity to get something that has some mobility to it.
Wheels are naturally a great way to move a tool chest around, but just make sure they are durable. Wheels tend to be a point of vulnerability on a tool chest so it is important to get something decent.
In the tool chest reviews above we’ve taken a look at some really good products. All seven of these options are right for someone. Which is right for you is another question entirely. Do you want something that delivers an uncompromising performance?
If so you could certainly do worse than our top choice, the Husky Drawer Heavy-Duty Tool Chest. Or are you looking for something that costs significantly less than $1000? If that is your position take another look at our runner up choice, the Goplus 6-Drawer Rolling Tool Chest.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2020
- The 7 Best Tool Chests Under $1000
- 1. Husky Drawer Heavy-Duty Tool Chest (66 in. W 24 in.) – Best Overall
- 2. Goplus 6-Drawer Rolling Tool Chest – Best Value
- 3. 72″ Wide 15 Drawer Stainless Steel Anti-Fingerprint – Premium Choice
- 4. Frontier 62 in. 10-Drawer Tool Chest Cabinet
- 5. Mobile Tool Chest With 4 Drawers
- 6. JEGS 81411 5-Drawer Tool Box Cart
- 7. Husky 27 in. 5-Drawer Roller Cabinet
- Buyer’s Guide