Which tool box do I need? The best tool boxes of 2022
No matter how many different tools you have in your workshop, warehouse, or home, you need a way to easily store them. What better to do this with than a tool box? Professional contractors and DIYers alike rely on tool boxes every day to transport their tools, and organize them in one convenient place. There’s nothing easier than a tool box for moving your tools from one place to another, while still keeping them close at hand.
Tool boxes come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes, with many different features and styles being offered. From massive tool chests capable of holding hundreds of tools, to ultra-portable small tool boxes, there’s a tool box to meet all requirements. With the sheer amount of different types to choose from however, it can be hard to know where to start!
Ultimately your tool box should be a long term purchase that should last you for a lifetime, and you shouldn’t need to replace it. Therefore it’s important to take the time to consider the key features of a tool box, to ensure you make the right decision.
In this buying guide we’re going to explain the key features of a tool box, the different types of tool boxes available, and our top picks.
What to look for in a tool box
When looking for a tool box there are a few key factors you should take into consideration, to help ensure you get the tool box that is most suitable for you.
Ultimately you want to get the best tool box that meets your requirements, and these are by no means the only key factors to consider, but they are some of the most important.
Size & Capacity
The first thing you’ll probably want to consider is the size of the tool box, and its actual storage capacity. There is a massive variety of shapes and sizes when it comes to tool storage, and different sizes will be better suited for different people. Your choice will be dependent on how many tools you wish to store, so it can be helpful to take an inventory of your tools beforehand.
Where possible, try to choose a tool box that doesn’t just fit all of your tools, but also has plenty of extra space in case you need to store more tools in the future. You don’t want to have to purchase a new tool box every time you buy new tools!
Storage compartments also provide more efficient ways of storing your smaller tools and accessories. If for example you need to store a few power tools and their accessories, you’ll want a large tool box with specific compartments to fit the accessories. If you’re storing more basic tools then you may only need a more basic storage box with a variety of compartments for the smaller tools and accessories.
Material & Durability
Tool boxes can be constructed from several different types of materials, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. When choosing a tool box you want to choose a material that will keep your tools safe and secure, but that also meets your other requirements. Most tool boxes are made of either plastic or metal. Plastic tool boxes which are typically made of resin are very popular because they can be significantly cheaper than metal, are fairly durable, completely rust-resistant, and are relatively lightweight. Traditional tool boxes are typically made of metal and are designed to be incredibly durable and carry a lot of weight. Stainless steel and aluminium are rust-resistant and very durable, but often more expensive. Regular steel is considerably more affordable but will rust and can scratch easily.
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If you’re purchasing a tool box then you will undoubtedly be transporting your tools to different locations, and therefore you’ll need to take into account its portability. The material and size of the tool box will factor heavily into the overall portability of the tool box so this shouldn’t be discounted.
For tool boxes holding many heavy tools, transporting them can be an issue. To help alleviate this you should look for a set of wheels which are often incorporated into the design of the tool box, especially in workstations and tool trolleys. Rolling workstations will often have plastic wheels while a heavy-duty tool chest will have more robust castors that use metal ball bearing to spin.
Tool boxes can come in a huge variety of configurations and layouts. If you’re storing many different types of tools then you should determine whether you need any organization features within the tool box.
Many tool boxes come with removable trays, compartments, or dividers which can be used to store smaller items like washers and bits. These tool boxes will usually have a larger space underneath these trays for the larger tools. Larger rolling workstations and tool trolleys will often have tool drawers for easy and convenient organization of your tools. Some tool boxes are also stackable so that you can remove storage modules as needed.
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Now we get on to the biggest deciding factor – price. This will undoubtedly be the deal breaker and the most important factor you’ll be considering. With that said, you should never go for the absolute cheapest option, unless you want to be replacing it very quickly!
First you’ll need to decide on your budget for the tool box, taking into account all of the other factors we’ve explained above. Make sure you have set a budget high enough to purchase a tool box that meets all of your requirements.
The cheapest tool boxes, at £20 or under, will be designed for only light use with small tools around the house. The tool boxes are typically quite flimsy, small, and can break fairly easily. You should only get these tool boxes for small DIY projects at home, or for craft supplies, medical supplies, or lightweight tool accessories.
Tool boxes at around £30 to £75 can be made of metal or plastic, with considerably more bells and whistles. Many of these will have better drawers or trays to better organize the tools, and they will most likely be much more durable than their cheaper counterparts.
On the higher end of the scale we have tool boxes above £75 which provide the most space for tool storage and are the most durable options, but are also the most expensive. In this price range you can find rolling tool trolleys and larger tool workstations which allow you to store many larger tools.
Tool box accessories
Tool boxes can come with many different accessories to help organize and transport your tool box more easily. Often the tool box will come with these as standard, however sometimes they are optional extras.
As we covered already, it’s common to find organizing trays and sections within your new tool box. You can also fit tool rolls into your organizing trays to protect your tools and prevent them from damaging each other as you move the tool box around.
For tool chests and trolleys, it’s a great idea to get drawer liners to prevent your tools from sliding around whenever you open or close the drawers. Or if you want to take this even further, you can purchase custom foam inserts for your tools, or even create your own! You can add even more functionality to your tool station by bolting on accessories like paper roll holders, can holders, trays, and waste bins.
Our Top Tool Boxes
Best plastic tool box
Our Pick: Draper Expert 27732 Plastic Tool Box with Tote Tray
Manufactured from tough plastic, the Draper 27732 offer excellent durability and storage space with an added organization tray, at an affordable price. Featuring a soft grip carrying handle and two clip type locks to secure the contents.
Best metal tool box
Our Pick: Stanley 1-95-617 Metal Plastic Toolbox
The Stanley 1-95-617 tool box combines sturdy metal with a hard protective plastic base and corners, making it perfect for carrying heavy loads. The portable tray allows you to store and organize small tools on the top portion, while keeping larger tools below. With large metal rust-proof latches and a padlock eye for keeping tools safe, this is one of the most secure and durable tool boxes available.
Best stackable tool box
Our Pick: Makita P-83842 Makpac Stackable Tool Box
One of our best sellers of 2021, the Makpac stackable tool box offers a robust and flexible tool storage solution. With the interlocking latches you can easily stack different Makpac cases to create a larger tool storage station. Strong, collapsible handles allow you to easily transport and store the tools with rounded grips to easily remove the individual cases.
Best tool chest
Our Pick: Teng Tools TC806SV 6 Drawer 8 Series Top Box
The Teng Tools TC806SV is a high-quality steel plated tool chest, equipped with 6 tool drawers of different sizes. With a multi-level design and metal side handles for easy transportation, the TC806SV also features a lockable front cover for keeping your tools safe. The abrasion and corrosion resistant shell protects your tools from any knocks, bumps, and drops.
Best tool trolley
Our Pick: Sealey AP760MHV Heavy-Duty Mobile Tool & Parts Trolley
The Sealey AP760MHV is a large, heavy-duty garage or workshop tool trolley with two large shelves, a lockable gas sprung lid, and two 40kg capacity drawers for storing your tools safely. The drawers can be installed in either a base down or base up configuration, giving you flexibility over the organisation and security of your tools. 4 heavy-duty polyurethane tires allow for smooth movement of the unit.
Best tool bag
Our Pick: DeWalt DWST1-79210 Large Storage Bag With Wheels
To round off our list we’re including the DeWalt DWST1-79210 storage bag, a flexible yet comprehensive tool bag. For transportation you have the choice of the ergonomic handle, shoulder strap, or telescopic handle and wheels for bulkier loads. The wide-opening top provides quick and easy access, with large capacity pockets featuring holsters, dividers, and plastic rails.
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