If you’re a new homeowner or have decided that it’s time to stop messing around and take control of your own home, then you need a high-quality toolset, which will unleash your potential in home repair.
Shopping online quickly reveals that no two tool sets are alike, and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, it can be hard to tell if you’re getting a good deal, but less getting a set with all of the tools that you’ll need. Manufacturers are also all too happy to leave out any negatives that their kits have while highlighting every good feature, even if insignificant.
If you want to make sure that you get good value for your money, then you’ve come to the right place. Our reviews of the best tool sets of 2020 are designed to show you the good and the bad in every kit, as well as help you find deals on kits that will keep you happy and help you solve common problems around the house.
|WORKPRO W009037A All In One|
|Crescent CTK170CMP2 ||170-Piece||4.6/5|
|STANLEY 94-248 |
|Apollo Tools DT9706||39-Piece||4.3/5|
The WORKPRO W009037A All In One Tool Set is the tool kit you want to get if you need to get your home repair equipment up to speed fast. This set comes with more than 300 pieces. That’s far more than you can get in just about any kit you could find on the market today, and with that many tools, you’ll be able to find the appropriate one for any household job. This set also comes with a high-quality carrying bad. It doesn’t have enough interior pockets to keep all the pieces separate, which can make finding the right tool a bit of pain. However, it seems like it will hold up well over time.
The tools are forged with chrome vanadium steel, which is among the strongest steel formulations on the market today. These tools should last a long time because of it. They’re also coated with a full polish chrome finish, which helps them resist corrosion. If you live in a humid area, you’ll get a lot of value out of that feature. Overall, this is a set that provides great value for the price and one that will leave most people very happy with their purchase.
The Crescent CTK170CMP2 170-Piece tool set is another good choice for those looking to get the tools they’ll need to work around the house. This model comes with 170 different tools, which will enable you to work on engines, bikes, furniture and more. It also comes with a good assortment of Metric and SAE tools. You never know which objects will require which system, so it’s a good idea to have access to both. These tools are also made from chrome vanadium steel, so you can be confident in their ability to last for years of use, and to held up to abuse without breaking down.
The case is both a highlight and a lowlight with this set. It’s updated and slightly redesigned from the previous version, and it holds up better. It also holds the tools better, in some circumstances. A complaint with the previous model was that the tools frequently fell out. While the problem isn’t as bad in this model, the sockets aren’t held in place as well as they could be. Overall this is a good set. If it came with a nice bag like our top model, it could conceivably come in first.
The STANLEY 94-248 65 Piece tool kit doesn’t come with the most tools on the market, but it does come with all of the most common tools so that you’ll have everything you need for basic home repair jobs. Since you can get it for less than a third of what you’d pay for our top model, it earns the title of best value for the money on our list. It also includes some of Stanley’s Max-Drive sockets, which are designed to give 15% more torque, and perform very well in real-world situations.
This kit is inexpensive, but also contains all the basic tools you’ll need to tackle a variety of simple tasks. That makes it a great starter kit, especially for homeowners who may not be very handy and don’t need advanced tools. That makes it a great gift, as well. Like other models on this list, the case is plastic, and it sometimes doesn’t hold tools in place well, though it does a good job of keeping them safe during transport. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better tool set for the price, and if you’re just looking for the basics, you’ll be very happy with this set.
The Apollo Tools DT9706 is a truly cheap tool set, retailing for about half of what you’d pay for the previous model on our list. With a price like that, you may have questions about the quality of your purchase, but this model does perform well in some key areas. It comes with 39 tools, which doesn’t approach what the other kits on our list provide, but for the price, it’s not a terrible deal. It also comes with a very compact case to hold all of the tools, making this a good kit for keeping in a car or RV, where limited space may be a concern.
However, this model does lack some tools that you might like to have on hand while you work. There are no sockets included in this kit, and you could end up spending extra to get a decent ratchet and socket set. You could probably save money and get those tools included in the third set on our list. It also only comes with one set of pliers and lacks the ever-useful needle nose variety. Still, if you’re on a very limited budget, you could be very happy with this set.
The Blues 119Piece Home Repair Tool Kit is another kit that is priced low enough to make many people wonder about its overall durability. It comes with 119 pieces, but lands somewhere between the third and fourth models on our list in terms of price. So, if you want a ton of tools at a discount price, this kit is probably the one for you. Though, you will have to put up with a case that’s easily the worst on this list. It’s so poorly made that most of the tools will fall out of place while you walk around, and it lacks any manner of securing the sockets, so those will be loose no matter what.
There’s an additional question about the quality of the tools inside. There are no special treatments applied to the steel, which may just be raw steel. That means these tools aren’t going to have the same strength as those in other sets on our list. Given these downsides, most people will be better off buying a tool set that has fewer, better tools, or spending more to get a kit that has all the tools they’ll need at a good quality.
Our reviews hopefully already taught you some things about tool sets and may have already led you to the set that is right for you. Of course, there’s a lot to consider, and if you haven’t made your decision yet, don’t feel bad. If you want more general information designed to help you understand what makes for a great tool set, be sure to check out this buyer’s guide. We’ve packed it full of great tips and things to consider so that you look at tool sets like a pro does and can make your decision accordingly. We’ve also designed this guide to help you get the best value for your money, so if you’re looking for a great deal, make sure you check it out.
The number one most important quality when it comes to tool sets is the quality of the tools inside. When this quality is low, tools can break while you use them, which is not only disappointing but can also be dangerous in certain situations. While chrome vanadium steel is not the toughest steel on the market, it’s certainly in contention, and it’s the toughest you’re likely to find in tool sets, as stronger and more expensive tools are more likely to be sold individually or in smaller sets.
The upside to chrome vanadium steel extends beyond strength, however. The chrome coating on the outside does an excellent job of resisting corrosion. That means will remain in pristine condition for a long time, even if you live in an unusually humid place. Plus, the extra sheen makes them look good, which doesn’t affect their performance but has the potential to make your friends jealous.
If you’re getting good quality, the next most important thing to consider is how many tools you’re likely to use. The good news is that you can learn to do a lot of simple, and even some moderately-complex tasks, just by watching tutorials online. So, generally speaking, it’s a good idea to invest in as large as a set as you can without sacrificing quality.
You never know what’s going to break around your home, so it’s rarely a bad idea to invest in tools that you won’t use, since there may come a time down the road where you need them. As you expand your knowledge of home repair, you may be able to take on more advanced projects or realize that certain tools can provide more efficiency than you were getting with the tools you were using, which is another reason to invest in a large pool of tools.
One of the kits on our list comes with a high-quality canvas bag. While it won’t win any awards for keeping your tools organized, it will hold up well to abuse, and it does a reasonably good job of keeping them safe.
However, most kits come with cheap, blow-molded cases. These cases are made of thin plastic. While there are a number of serious complaints about these cases, they’re dirt cheap to produce, and so the industry is unlikely to abandon them anytime soon.
One of the most frustrating things about blow-molded cases is that they don’t always hold their tools well. You’ll often open them and find them falling out, which is a pain. However, a trick is to cut a piece of foam or cardboard and put it in the case so that your tools stay in place.
Every tool set varies wildly in quality and quantity, so it can be hard to find the one that is right for your home. Some people try to get good value by buying the most or least expensive model. However, that’s not a very effective strategy.
With tool kits, it’s a good idea to consider the projects you know will need to be done and what tools you’ll need to accomplish them. You should probably add some tools to your list that you don’t have any immediate need for but know are commonly used, since there’s a good chance you’ll need them in the future.
Once you have that list, find all the sets that have all the tools you’ll need. Then, buy the cheapest one, as it will have the tools you’ll need for years of satisfying work, but comes at the lowest price, making it the best overall value for your money.
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The WORKPRO W009037A All In One Tool Set is the best overall tool set for homeowners due to its 300-plus pieces, great carrying bad, and superior tool quality. The Crescent CTK170CMP2 170-Piece tool set comes with a lot of high-quality tools, and includes SAE and Metric tools, though its crummy case keeps it out of first place. The STANLEY 94-248 65 Piece tool kit has a good tool assortment, comes with Max-Drive sockets, and comes at a fantastic price, making it the best overall value for the money. In fourth place is the Apollo Tools DT9706 which is inexpensive and has 39 pieces, but it lacks sockets and doesn’t come with a second pair of pliers, which hurts its value. The Blues 119Piece Home Repair Tool Kit has 119 pieces and a low price, but its very bad case and questionable quality mean it can rise no higher than the last place on our list.
We hope that our reviews and buyer’s guide have taught you new things about tool sets and helped you find the model that will help you solve your home repair problems without breaking the bank.
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!