Tool kits aren’t for the professional handyman or those undergoing a major home renovation. But they are there for anyone moving into their first home who finds themselves needing basic tools for everyday processes from tightening a faucet to putting together a chair.
The value of a home tool kit is in its ability to provide you with every basic tool required all in one place. You won’t find yourself midway through a project only to realize you don’t have the tools you need. It turns an afternoon project into a two-weekend affair.
As with any home product, you don’t just need any old home tool kit; you need one that makes the most sense for you. For most, it means a kit that includes:
These will get you through most basic projects without taking up much room.
Ready to find the right home tool kit? We’ll share our ten favorite home tool kits below followed by our easy to use buyers’ guide.
How We Chose Our Ratings
Our product roundups are the product of meticulous research. Rather than rely solely on manufacturer information, we consider both the contents of the kit and how usable it is for the average person. Our reviews are comprised of product information, reviews from homeowners, and professional reviews to generate a star rating that reflects
- Top 10 Best Home Tool Kits -
We’ve put together a list of ten of the best home tool kits to choose from according to need.
- STANLEY offers a complete range of SAE and metric-sized sockets and 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch drive tools in this...
- Our socket sets in the tool sets for mechanics combine the most popular tools for easy accessibility
- STANLEY drive tools in the mechanical tool set are forged from high-quality steel and finished in high-polish nickel...
The Stanley 65-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Kit is renowned for having every possible tool required bar a wrench. It offers:
Homeowners with this kit say it’s ideal for occasional use around the house. All the tools fit neatly in the plastic case, but they may move around in the case if you store the case improperly.
Overall, it offers everything you need to get the small jobs done without an overwhelming number of tools and requiring more storage space.
- 322-Piece basic tool kit for everyday chores and repairs
- Chrome vanadium steel tools with heat treated for strength and durability
- Packed in 18" Durable nylon bag for easy and flexible storage
While the Stanley kit ranks high for convenience, the WORKPRO 322-Piece kit is closer to what we’d consider the best product on the market. It includes an almost unusable number of high-quality tools kept in a secure case and including a carry bag.
Unlike other products, it doesn’t skimp on the basics: it includes every tool you do need along with many of the tools you might need.
Many people like the storage solutions offered by the kit. While many smaller kits require every tool to go into its place, the kit comes with a nylon bag allowing users to toss in what they need and go.
Finally, the tools themselves are very durable compared to other cheaper kits. WORKPRO treats the tools included in this kit with heat-treated chrome vanadium steel, so they’re as sturdy as they are numerous.
- Broad assortment of hand tools and accessories makes this a great general purpose kit for your home
- Contains all the tools needed for general household repairs
- Includes 12 oz claw hammer 6 inch long nose pliers 6 inch slip joint pliers 16 ft tape measure
Want basic tools and a basic price? The HDX 22-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Set fits the bill.
It provides all the basic items in the 22 pieces including the hammer, knife, screwdriver, and tape measure. But what we like most about the HDK kit isn’t what it has but what it doesn’t. Too many kits come with filler material so manufacturers can sell a bigger or more attractive number; HDK doesn’t.
The box is plastic, and it’s flimsier than others on the market. However, it is very compact and is a good choice for smaller homes including dorm rooms, studios, and bedsits with limited storage space.
It won’t last long during a home renovation, but fixing doors and hanging photographs are no problem for this set.
- Lithium-ion battery holds a charge up to 18 months
- 24-position clutch prevents stripping and overdriving screws
- 100-piece assortment of accessories ideal for all your needs
Moving into a new home or apartment? The Black and Decker kit stands out above the rest.
While the other kits come with basic tools, Black and Decker include a 20-Volt lithium ion drill with the tool kit. It’s a good choice for those who are moving and will be assembling furniture, hanging photos, and making plenty of basic repairs.
The drill is good for home repairs, but don’t expect it to stand up to a home renovation. You may also see some lag when using it for heavier projects.
It’s recommended for those who are more concerned with having a drill than relying on quality tools. Some complain that the tools are poor quality in comparison to other kits. However, plenty of others say the tools are fit for purpose around the house.
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- MULTI PURPOSE: Whether it is picture hanging, working with screws, cutting, measuring, and assembling furniture, this...
- PRACTICAL HEAVY DUTY TOOLS: Includes a claw hammer with rubber grip, adjustable wrench for tackling the most stubborn...
The Apollo Tools 53-Piece Household kit contains all the basics in high-quality form. Each of the 53 pieces are made from a high-grade steel alloy and plated with chrome for long-term use. The case is plastic and compact for easy storage.
Apollo’s 53-piece set falls under the category of most versatile because it includes more than just basic home tools. You’ll also be able to use the kit when working on a bike, computer, or a small engine.
It also comes with one special addition: a voltage tester. It’s a simple tool that makes home repairs much safer. You never know when you’ll need one until you find yourself needing one.
- Premium Materials & Construction - This tool bag is made from 600D polyester fabric which provides unmatched durability...
- 100-Piece Tool Set - This tool set comes with all the most useful and necessary tools for home maintenance and daily...
- Wide Open Mouth and Double-Pull Zipper - This tool bag features wide open mouth and top double-pull zipper for easy...
The WORKPRO 100-Piece Kitchen Drawer Tool Kit comes in at number two not because it’s inferior but because it serves a different purpose. It’s similar to the HDX 76-Piece set in its attempt to deliver simplicity and completeness at the same time.
It also delivers virtually the same tools as the HDX kit.
WORKPRO offer better storage solutions for its kits – and the 100-piece is no exception. It comes with a zippered case and thoughtful straps for keeping tools in place.
The kit also comes at a price that’s comparable to the HDX set, which means you’ll save a bundle.
- HIGH QUALITY&STANDARDS:Forged from high-quality steel and finished in high-polish chrome,strength, durability,...
- COMPLETE VARIETIES:Contains tools needed for most small repairs and basic DIY projects around the house.Perfect for...
- INCLUDES:Comprehensive assortment of professional-grade wrenches, ratchets, a complete range of 1/4 inch and 3/8inch...
The tool kits included so far have broad appeal for anyone needing a job done around the house. We’ve included the DEKOPRO 168-piece kit because it focuses on wrenches.
Wrenches often lack in other packages, and many suffer in favor of less needed tools. The DEKOPRO offers a complete set of professional-grade wrenches including ¼” and 3/8£ metric sockets. There are also nine hex key wrenches ranging from 1.5 to 10 mm. We also like the vast number of screwdrivers and bits.
People who purchased this set that they were impressed by the sheer range of wrenches as well as the quality of the tools themselves.
The set is community used in small garages as well as homes. While DEKOPRO does advertise auto repair, they may not stand up to the heavy-duty use required in an auto repair shop. Still, the set works well for basic tasks.
- Updated version of the best selling CTK170CMP, this new set has a new and sturdier blow mold case as well as new and...
- Contains a carefully selected assortment of hand tools needed for most industrial, mechanical, and consumer applications
- Set includes 1/4 inches, 3/8 inches and 1/2 inches drive tools (SAE and Metric). Drive Type 6 and 12 Point. Drive Tang...
The Crescent 170-piece mechanics tool set has been discontinued by Crescent. Fortunately, it’s still available online, and if you can find it, it’s worth a look.
Crescent’s tools aren’t just for home use: they satisfy a range of needs from home and consumer applications to industrial and mechanical uses. The kit is expensive, but the tools are some of the highest quality available in a kit and have both an ASME and ANSI certificate.
While the tools work well, the case isn’t a fan favorite. Consumers report that the clips are weak and they anticipate replacing the case well before the tools wear out. Additionally, because many are now sold by third parties, keep an eye on the tools involved.
- 14-Piece tool set provides a solid foundation for the beginner professional tradesperson
- Tool Kit has Lineman Pliers with Journeyman handles that feature a built-in channel to quickly and easily pull flat...
- Journeyman Diagonal-Cutters cut ACSR, screws, nails and most hardened wire
If you’re working with wiring, you’ll need a specific set of tools to safely complete your tasks. This set is designed for apprentice electricians but is also used by engineers.
The set doesn’t include basic parts of a standard household pack: you won’t find a hammer, level or knife here. However, you will get high-quality pliers, strippers, cutters, and screwdrivers as well as a webbed tool belt for the money.
Many of those who won the set are apprentice electricians, but you may also make use of it for installing electronics like doorbells, garage door openers, or lights. It’s a specialist purchase, but it stands up to the job.
- 115-piece basic tool set for everyday home repairs and chores
- Includes hammer, wrenches, pliers, screwdriver, screwdriver handle and bits, a nut driver bit set, steel and masonry...
- Made of durable, corrosion-resistant CRV steel; soft-grip handles for a secure hold
Want a wide array of tools without paying the price? AmazonBasics customers at both ends of the markets with its 115-piece repair kit.
The kit comes with the basics (hammer, screwdriver, pliers, etc.) but it also comes with a hacksaw and steel and masonry drill sets. People who own the set appreciate the screwdriver set and the Allen wrenches, but they have second thoughts about the carry bag. Some love the sturdy bag while others would prefer a box.
Home Tool Kit Buyer’s Guide
Buying a home tool kit is all about finding a selection that won’t leave you stranded: a box that doesn’t swap out the basics for specialist tools you’ll never take out of the box.
To find a kit you won’t need to upgrade in a few years, you’ll need to consider three characteristics:
Types of Tools
The tools included in a basic kit vary significantly across brands and even across a single brand’s products. You’ll find the same basics in every box: hammer, screwdriver, measuring tape, and a level. Beyond that, it’s a complete free for all.
You’ll find basic bits missing from a kit while specialist wire strippers are included.
We recommend finding a kit that offers the basics and a solution for dealing with nuts and bolts. Wire strippers and hacksaws have fewer practical uses in everyday life. Tightening the nuts on a bike or playset, however, comes up at least once a season.
The ideal tool kit put together by experts requires only nine pieces:
The most important point to take away about the types of tools is that more tools don’t necessarily equate to a better toolset. The selection is important, and so is the quality.
Durability of the Tools
Tool durability is paramount if you don’t want to replace random bits of the tool kit every year, but don’t expect to use these tools during massive renovation projects.
Still, some kits are reportedly “flimsier” than others, so keep an eye out for heat-treated and coated tools as well as ASME and ANSI certified tools if you want something that will stand up to the test.
Tool Kit Storage
You’ll find home tool kits come in three different storage units.
Steel boxes are durable and will serve not only you but future generations. These boxes are portable, but they’re heavier and more expensive than plastic boxes.
Don’t dismay at the number of plastic tool boxes. Plastic is the standard material for most household tool kits. It’s lightweight, durable, and easy to travel with or store at home. You’ll also find the smallest.
Tool bags are an added bonus because they make transport slightly easier with handles and the option to throw the necessary tools into the bag and go. High-end tool kits are more likely to come with tool bags.
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