The Top 4 Home Tool Kits for 2021 (Plus the Best Bike Kit and Car Kit)

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Whether you’re a Weekend DIY Warrior or simply a new homeowner hoping to hang pictures or tighten the knobs on your kitchen cabinets, everyone needs a good tool kit. Buying a kit should be simple, but it can actually be a little tough to find a kit that has all the right tools without having too many unnecessary additions. This guide will help you find the perfect kit for your home, your needs, and your budget.


So why get a home tool kit at all? Most homeowners find that while you can simply buy the separate tools yourself to build your own custom collection, you may run into problems when it comes to storage, convenience, and cost. Good home tool kits come with all the necessary bits and bobs you might need for any simple home maintenance or improvement project, and they come with a carrying case that has a secure spot for every item and is usually built for easy stowing.


When shopping, make sure to keep in mind that there are many different types of tool kits. This guide will focus on home tool kits, but there are also power tool kits, which include essential power tools, mechanics tool sets, which have bits and tools tailored for car repair, and specific bike and car tool kits (we’ll recommend our favorites for these below).


What to look for


When it comes to home tool kits, you’ll notice that many products out there will proudly boast a 100+ piece kit, which as you might guess, also drives up the cost. The dirty truth is that more metal doesn’t mean more value when it comes to tool kits.


The best home tool kit for you will have all the necessary tools to accomplish your improvement and maintenance task, maybe a few fun extras (like a powerful flashlight or heavy-duty scissors) and that’s it. If you find a tool kit that has 50 or more items you’re not even sure how to use, chances are you’re spending more money and giving up more space than needed.


Carrying Case


This might seem like an extra piece of the puzzle, but a good carrying case is the backbone of a good tool kit. Will the molded, pressure-fit spots keep the tools in place? Is the case lightweight enough to keep on the shelf in your tool shed? Is it slim enough to stow beside your desk? All of these factors will contribute to the convenience and usability of your kit, as well as to the durability of your tools.


When reviewing the options, we paid close attention to the height, width, weight, and style of each case and factored that into the final results below.


Tools


The most important factor we considered was the collection of tools included in each kit. Because the number of pieces included can be a vanity metric, we paid closer attention to the specific tools included in each set, the versatility of those tools, and the quality and build of the tools.


According to our research and to the Hometalk Homeowner Community, these are the most essential tools to include in any home tool kit:



  • Hammer
  • Wrenches
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Long nose pliers
  • Utility knife


Price & Warranty


A tool kit is a great way to ensure that you can handle any small home maintenance or improvement yourself, without bringing in a repairman or contractor. Your tool kit will definitely save you money no matter how expensive it is, but that said, there’s no need to jump to the pricier options just because you’re already saving money.


Using information from customer reviews and our own Hometalk Homeowner Community, we determined which kits are worth the cost. We also took into account which kits have exceptional warranty deals on them, in case any harm should come to your tool box.


Extras


While many kits come with the basic tools a homeowner would need, many kits also include some useful and fun extra tools, like LED flashlights, picture hanging sets, or even power tools. Many kits also come with upgraded versions of basic tools, like an easy-use ratcheting screwdriver in place of a basic multi-bit.


We evaluated which extras are really add-ons and which ones are unnecessary for the average homeowner and included our findings in our ranking below.


Our Picks:


Best Overall - WORKPRO Kitchen Drawer Tool Kit 100-Piece with Easy Carrying Pouch

Perfect for: Any homeowner looking for all the tools to tackle basic home maintenance and repair (especially new homeowners!)


After reviewing the vast selection of kits on the market today (including big box options, smaller brand names, and specialty sets) there truly is only one home tool kit that has all of the tools on our must-have list, fits any budget, and is so compact, it can even fit in your kitchen drawer. 


This WORKPRO kit has 100 versatile pieces and comes in a small, soft fabric case. And at 4.95 pounds, it’s one of the lightest kits on our list. It’s perfect for anyone in need of an all-inclusive set to do just about any basic home project.


Basics:

  • Hammer
  • Wrench
  • Multi-bit screwdriver
  • 19 specialty bits (including slotted, torxs, square, hexagons, and a socket adapter)
  • 1/4-inch bit holder
  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Long nose pliers
  • Standard pliers
  • Utility knife


Bonuses

  • 9 metric 1/4-inch sockets
  • 4 precision screwdrivers
  • 8 metric hex keys


With strong and sturdy steel tools set in comfortable, non-slip blue and red grips, this kit is a popular gift choice among Amazon reviewers. The “everything you need and more” approach of this bundle makes it the perfect stand-alone set for basic home needs, and the cost and quality of the tools clinch the deal.


Pros:

  • Great price
  • Has all the essentials
  • Case is light and small


Cons:

  • The straps in this case don’t hold tools in place as well as competitors
  • Limited setup for nuts and bolts (no slip-joint pliers, though the sockets for the multi-bit screwdriver should mostly meet your needs)
  • The tape measure is just 10-feet long


Though the downsides of this kit are legitimate, they all surround the same issue — that this kit is perfect for standard maintenance and minor repairs, but it’s not equipped to tackle larger remodeling or construction projects.


Best Runner Up - Cartman 148Piece Tool Set General Household Hand Tool Kit with Plastic Toolbox Storage Case Socket and Socket Wrench Sets

Perfect for: Any who’s looking to fill out their tool kit a little more (but already has a level!)


This handy, high-quality kit checks all the boxes for durability, versatility, and thriftiness, and we were so close to calling it our number one pick, but it’s missing one crucial item that no household should be without: a level. That said, with this price point, quality, and 4.7 user rating (out of 12,000 amazon reviews!), it might just be worth purchasing a level separately to stow in your kitchen drawer.


The 148-piece count is slightly misleading as it includes the complementary 77-piece fastener kit, but skipping over that blatant marketing move, this well-stocked kit really does have almost all of the basics you’ll need (plus some extras!) to tackle anything in your home.


Basics:

  • 2 screwdrivers (Phillip’s head and slot)
  • Multi-bit screwdriver
  • 30 screwdriver bits (including s, slotted, torxs, square, hexagons and an extension bar)
  • 6 precision screwdrivers
  • 5 combination wrenches
  • Utility knife
  • Tape Measure
  • Hammer
  • Long nose pliers


Bonuses:

  • Fastener kit
  • 9 1/4" sockets: 3/16-1/4-9/32-5/16-11/32-3/8-7/16-15/32-1/2
  • 5M insulated tape
  • Magnetic holder 60mm
  • 12 metric hex keys: 1/4" -1/16"


We wish the multi-bit driver was a ratcheting screwdriver (like the one in the Black and Decker kit below), but the bits (like the rest of the tools) are heat treated and chrome plated to resist corrosion, and users give the tools high marks for performance and durability.


Pros

  • Great price
  • Almost every basic tool plus some useful extras
  • Highly reviewed by users


Cons

  • No level
  • No adjustable wrench
  • The Phillip's head isn’t magnetic


The only downsides of this kit aside from the absent level are the fact that it doesn’t have an adjustable wrench (which comes in handy, though you should be generally covered with the 5 combination wrenches provided) and that the Phillip's head screwdriver isn’t magnetic. It’s not a huge minus, but we do love the security of a magnetic screwdriver head.


Best with a drill - BLACK+DECKER 12V MAX Drill & Home Tool Kit, 60-Piece (BDCDD12PK)

Perfect for: Homeowners looking for a little more power to take on furniture builds or larger home projects


Though a drill is technically a bonus for most home tool kits, it definitely raises the bar for capability and convenience, especially when it’s at such a reasonable price point and so highly-reviewed for quality.


This Black and Decker kit includes most of our must-have tools in a convenient fabric carrying case, with room to add to your collection. The set includes:


Basics:

  • Hammer
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Ratcheting multi-bit screwdriver and 32 basic bits
  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Utility knife


Bonuses:

  • 12V Max cordless drill
  • 10 drill bits
  • Lithium ion battery
  • Additional Phillips screwdriver
  • Additional Slot screwdriver


This specially designed compact cordless drill is lightweight and comfortable enough for basic routine usage, as well as larger home improvement projects. While it’s not going to compete with professional power tools, this 12-volt drill is powerful enough to assist in most DIY jobs and its long-lasting battery life will keep you from having to recharge mid-task. All in all, it’s the perfect accompanying drill for the occasional repair or for a power tool newbie.


On top of the drill upgrade, this kit includes a ratcheting multi-bit screwdriver, which helps to ease the tension on your wrist and fingers for those longer jobs (like assembling furniture), and gets the job done faster.


We also love that this kit comes along with a spare Phillips screwdriver and slot screwdriver, just in case you need quick access or want to have one floating around for one-off adjustments. Black and Decker definitely get that no household should be without these 2 basic drivers.


While the padded fabric carrying case isn’t the most secure storage system, users appreciate that there’s ample room to store the battery and charger as well and to add tools to their collection.


Pros:

  • Comes with a handy drill
  • Soft carrying case has room for other tools
  • Ratcheting screwdriver


Cons:

  • Many of the 32 driver bits are duplicates
  • No long nose pliers


Though we do wish we had a pair of long nose pliers in this set, it does include slip joint pliers, which should amply address your nut and bolt needs.


Best Budget - CARTMAN Orange 39-Piece Tool Set - General Household Hand Tool Kit with Plastic Toolbox Storage Case

Perfect for: Anyone in need of a grab-and-go secondary set to stow in the kitchen or the car.


Though most of the kits on our list aren’t too pricey, we didn’t want to skip this $20 home tool set, especially since it has the highest rank for user satisfaction out of all the kits we reviewed.


Most online reviews recommend the Apollo tool set for being most budget-friendly, and, while it is a good set, the Cartman 39-piece kit has all the same items, but many more positive user reviews.


Inside this compact, blow-molded case, you’ll find:


Basics:

  • Hammer
  • Multi-bit screwdriver and 20 basic bits plus a bit extension
  • Tape measure
  • Standard pliers
  • Utility knife


Bonuses:

  • Industrial scissors
  • 8 hex keys: 1/16"", 5/64"", 3/32"", 1/8"", 5/32"", 3/16"", 7/32"", 1/4"""
  • 4 precision screwdrivers


These handy tools are made to resist erosion, built from steel alloy and chrome-plated, with non-slip, comfortable handles. Though this set isn’t the highest quality, it will definitely do the job in a pinch and it’s compact enough to store in any high-trafficked spot in your home. Whether you need to tighten a knob, adjust a light fixture, or secure a loose nut, this kit has all the basic items you’ll need.


Pros:

  • Very compact
  • Lowest price
  • Sturdy carrying case
  • Includes industrial scissors


Cons:

  • No wrench (other than hex keys)
  • No level
  • No needle-nose pliers


Though it’s missing long nose pliers, a level, and a wrench (aside from the hex keys), we do love the addition of the industrial scissors and they’ll definitely come in handy in the kitchen.



Best for Cars - DEWALT Mechanics Tools Kit and Socket Set, 204-Piece (DWMT72165)

Perfect for: Car enthusiasts to keep in the garage for tune ups.


When it comes to car repair, it’s all about having compact tools and a good variety of socket sizes. These tools are made for squeezing into tight areas and providing a lot of torque and power. Any car hobbyist needs a set like this to take care of car tune ups, tweaks, repairs, and improvements.


Includes:

  • 72-tooth ratchet
  • 100-piece set of sockets and attachments
  • 12-piece combination wrench set
  • Hex keys small to large sizes


Features we love:

  • Knurled ring on ratchet sets for added comfort
  • Hard stamped sizes and measurements on all tools and sockets for quick identification


This all-inclusive, high-quality kit is perfect for anyone who’s a fan of tinkering in the garage. With a sizable collection of drive sockets, deep sockets, extension bars, spark plug sockets, and more, as well as a set of combination wrenches and 3 72-tooth, low profile ratchets with a 5-degree arc swing, this tool kit has you completely covered for any auto project you could dream of tackling.


Pros:

  • Every bit or socket you could need
  • Blow-molded case that keeps everything in place


Cons:

  • Some users reported the kit getting rusty over time
  • Though the ratchets are comfortable, the added comfort-friendly shape makes them heavier and a bit bulkier


Best for Bikes - YBEKI Bike Repair Tool Kit - Bicycle Tool Kit Set

Perfect for: Cyclists looking to amp up their bike repair game


Complete with basic assembly and repair tools, a simple to carry maintenance kit, and a detailed instruction, this well-stocked bike kit is perfect for at home or on the go.


Includes:

  • Reversible drive ratchet tool and 10 bits
  • Foldable pliers with 9 functions
  • Tire repair kit and 3 tire levers
  • 10-piece bone wrench set
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Freewheel remover
  • Forged steel open-ended wrench
  • Freewheel turner (chain whip) and bottom bracket wrench.
  • 2 steel hub-cone wrenches
  • Cotterless crank arm extractor (fits all axles)
  • Forged /-groove spoke adjuster.
  • Hex key wrench set
  • Pedal wrench
  • Cartridge bottom bracket tool
  • Adjustable forged steel wrench
  • Chain tool(adjustable chain rivet extractor & assembler)


Features we love:

  • The easy-to-carry 9-function foldable pliers
  • The lightweight, carry-along tools
  • The magnetic driver bits
  • Mini ratchet wrench


Easy to use at home or carry-along with you on your travels, this cycling repair kit has all the items to adjust your bicycle, top to bottom. From tires to handlebars, this useful kit has a variety of strong, durable, versatile tools and comes with a 6-month warranty.


Pros:

  • Lightweight set
  • Flat and foldable tools
  • Low price


Cons:

  • Some users report having difficulty with returns
  • Tool quality is not quite as good as some more expensive sets


Which kit will you go with? Let us know in the comments below!

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