If you have tools, you need a place to drop them. Somewhere spacious, protected and best something cuboid. A box-like device, if you like. For your tools. How would you call that?
You can buy a toolbox from almost any hardware or department store, but they are not all the same. We have selected the best models in niches, from solid metal through plastic to the center for rolling mechanics. All values are good and are highly recommended. Check them below.
The Best Metal Toolbox: Craftsman with 3 Metal Drawers ($ 1
For the classic toolbox with crisp nails, you can not do better than this Craftsman double-locking model. The main compartment holds all your larger tools and parts, while three sliding metal compartments handle hand tools and loose widgets.
This model is 20 inches wide, and every single model is made of completely rolled steel The brim will mean anywhere between 35 and 55 pounds of tools – with the legs raised, people. However, if you are looking for a toolbox that is at least technically portable and likely to survive a nearby nuclear blast, then this is the solution. Handwerker manufactures similar models in larger and smaller sizes with and without drawers.
The Best Plastic Toolbox: Stack-On PR-23 ($ 24)
Plastic tool boxes can not beat the same as steel tool boxes, but they are generally reliable for hand tools and loose parts and are much easier to grind. This 23-inch Stack-On model is spacious with a large main compartment and a convenient removable compartment built into the top for your most used tools.
I especially like that there are bitholders on both sides. And the toolbox is cheap enough to win two or three for the cost of a steel version, enough to easily organize tools with different applications. Note the metal closures for the lid: something that is not often seen at this price.
The Best Soft-Side Toolbox: Dewalt 18-inch Pro Contractor Tool Bag ($ 55)
A soft-side toolbox is essentially a heavy-duty bag. It's not for everyone, but those who prefer to keep hand tools nearby as their pets get special outdoor spaces. This Dewalt version has 28 outer pockets of different sizes, so your most used items are never far away. Deep bucket bags are great for tapes and flashlights, and a drawstring bag can be loaded with nails or screws for a large project that requires constant position adjustments.
A shoulder strap makes carrying a fully loaded bag much easier than it could otherwise be. The nylon ballistic construction means you can not jump through the siding unless you place exposed blades in the inside pockets. Larger and smaller options are available with the same basic design.
The Best Rolling Toolbox: Crafstman Rolling Workshop ($ 80)
For those who need maximum storage and portability without sacrificing a complete mechanic-style toolbox, this Craftsman design is a good middle ground. The "Rolling Workshop" combines a huge primary toolbox, an integrated part organizer underneath and a very solid bucket storage compartment, the latter two gliding on a ball-bearing lever for easy access.
They are all bolted to a steel frame with two wheels for easy maneuvering around a garage or a yard. The compartments themselves are made of plastic, but at this price it is understandable: A model made of solid steel would cost about as much as a car.
The Best Organizer: Stanley Multi-Level Organizer ($ 17)
So you already have a primary toolbox that you like, but it's overflowing with a thousand tiny pieces that you just can not hold. You need a secondary organizer. This Stanley uses two fold-out sections, the bottom of which can be reconfigured with sliding partitions.
This is a fantastic way to keep small, loose parts such as screws or bolts separate and easily accessible. At just seventeen dollars, this is an economical way to keep all the tools next to the tool straight.