• Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit

  • Crescent Lufkin Black Widow L1025B

  • Dremel GO-01

  • Makita FD07R1 Cordless Driver / Drill Kit

  • DeWalt DCS391B

  • Milwaukee 2720-21 M18 Fuel Sawzall

  • Dremel 3000-2/28

  • Leatherman Wave+

  • Carhartt A518

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The Best Starter Toolkits
Credit: Reviewed / Séamus Bellamy

The 65-piece Stanley 94-248 is the best starter toolkit on the market today.

Best Starter Toolkit
Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit

The quality of each individual tool was the best in this Stanley kit. While its molded case does not have space for additional tools, it held the tools that the kit comes with, relatively well. This kit includes all of the tools that you’ll need for many basic and intermediate home repairs, and the limited one-year warranty provided for the kit is among the best we were able to find.

The hammer included in the Stanley kit convinced us that a good hammer can make a big difference when you’re working on a repair or building something new. The grip on the Stanley hammer was the most comfortable out of all the hammers we tested—the force of the strikes were actually being directed onto the nail, rather than bouncing off of it. While it doesn't include one of Stanley’s popular FATMAX tape measures, the one that comes in the kit is good quality. The Stanley’s level, with its magnet and fine build quality, was one of the best we encountered, too.

One of the best features of the Stanley 94-248 kit is its interchangeable head screwdriver, which comes with 30 bits. This is in addition to the two dedicated screwdrivers—a slot-head and a #2 Phillips—that the kit ships with. The only real complaint about this kit is that the handle of the interchangeable head screwdriver wasn’t as comfortable to use as the ones built into the kit’s dedicated screwdrivers.

In total, this kit includes a 13-ounce hammer, a 16-foot tape rule, 18mm snap-off knife, one torpedo level, a set of needle-nose pliers one set of slip joint pliers, a Phillips screwdriver and slot-head screwdriver, eight SAE and eight metric hex keys, an 1/4-inch round-head ratchet and eight SAE 1/4-inch sockets, one 1/4-inch spinner handle as well as the aforementioned 30 screwdriver bits and an interchangeable screwdriver handle to use them with.

If you wanted to buy each of the tools in this kit separately, it would cost you significantly more, making the Stanley 94-248 an incredible value. If you need a trustworthy set of tools to get started on home repairs, the Stanley 94-248 is an excellent value, boasting quality that will last.

Read our complete guide to the best starter toolkits.

The Best Tape Measures
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The Crescent Lufkin Black Widow is the most versatile, durable tape measure that we've ever tested.

Best Tape Measure
Crescent Lufkin Black Widow L1025B

With a large 1 and a quarter-inch wide and 1-inch deep hook at the end of the Crescent Lufkin Black Widow's tape, this tape measure was able to hold onto any edge we used it on during testing. While the width of the tape is similar to the Stanley FATMAX (allowing for easier horizontal measuring without the tape twisting), the hook stability and the high-contrast print on the Black Widow's tape bumped it into first place.

The Black Widow's unique, high-contrast fluorescent-green-on-black printed measures, printed on both the top and bottom of the tape, was easy to read in dim lighting or under daylight conditions. This distinctive print on both sides of the tape measure allowed for a reading to be taken no matter which way its held, making it extremely versitile.

While most of the tape measures we tested were scuffed up after drop testing, the Black Widow remained unblemished, thanks to its protective, easy-to-grip rubber body.

However, during abrasion testing, the coating on its tape showed signs of wear after being rubbed down with sandpaper. If wear on your tape is more of a concern, Stanely's iconic FATMAX might be worth a closer look. That said, the Black Widow outclasses the FATMAX in every other way.

Read our complete guide to the best tape meausres.


  • Hook great at gripping edges

  • Easy to read measurements

  • Measurements on both sides of blade


  • Only has imperial measurements

  • Print scratches easily

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Best Overall
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

After testing, the Dremel GO-01 topped our list as the best electric screwdriver thanks to its design, easy grip, and variable torque.

Best Electric Screwdriver
Dremel GO-01

Dremel’s first screwdriver takes some great design cues from their well-known rotary tools to build a versatile powered screwdriver for your home. Its slim handle allows for an easy grip and gives the tool a low profile to help access hard-to-reach spots. Not only was the handle thinner than most of the screwdrivers we tested, but its grip was also comfortable and easy to hold onto. The screwdriver spins when it is pushed against a screw rather than using a trigger like many other electric screwdrivers. By eliminating a trigger, the GO-01 has a lower profile and makes using it simple. The GO-01 can be operated with one hand: a thumb switch in the handle allows for a quick change in direction.

The screwdriver’s torque is variable and can be changed using a dial in the bottom of the handle. This allows you to use a small amount of force if you are working with something more brittle, like an old light switch or use all the power possible when driving in a screw into a wall. The GO-01 charges using a USB charger rather than a proprietary charger—a handy feature, letting you charge the screwdriver with any USB cable you own or through a computer. The screwdriver comes with a USB cable with a wall plug and a small selection of seven common bits in a soft plastic retainer. For the price and the size of the tool, the power of this screwdriver is impressive.

Read our complete guide to the best electric screwdrivers.


  • Comfortable grip

  • Easy to use

  • Allows for quick changes


  • None that we could find

Best Overall
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Best Cordless Drill
Makita FD07R1 Cordless Driver / Drill Kit

This Makita drill has a very short snout and a slender, comfortable grip. Its lightweight, excellent balance in your hand, and compact profile make it easy to maneuver into tight spots. But it packs big-drill muscle. Our hardest test was boring through lumber with a spade bit, and this little Makita powered right through it without binding up or getting tired.

The key to its strong showing is the powerful, efficient brushless motor. Other details that made the Makita stand out are the integrated LED for lighting up work, its high-quality feel in your hand, and hard-shell carrying case. The Makita family of cordless tools runs deep, too. As a starting point, this Makita drill is outstanding. Even veteran tool-slingers will be impressed with its capabilities and the eager, responsive way it tackles jobs and it’s great-handling design.

Read our complete guide to the best cordless drills.


  • Lightweight and compact

  • Well balanced

  • Powerful


  • None that we could find

Best Overall
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Best Circular Saw
DeWalt DCS391B

At first glance, this spartan-looking tool doesn’t impress: there aren’t any fancy laser guides or LED lighting. There are no extra buttons or levers. In fact, without its iconic yellow and black color scheme, at first blush, the DCS391 could be interchangeable with a number of the other right-handed saws we tested. It wasn’t until we set out to use this circular saw that it started to shine.

Weighing in at 7 pounds, the DCS391’s design and ergonomics made it feel significantly lighter than many of the other saws in our test group, despite having roughly the same heft. More importantly, it easily sliced up all the material we tested it with. The rubber handle felt comfortable after several cuts and, after an hour of testing, the battery had only reduced by a third.

The DCS391 is a bit short on features but goes long on quality. It comes packing a high-grade magnesium alloy shoe and a quick blade brake that kicks in instantly after removing your finger from the saw’s trigger. While equipped with a small 6 ½-inch blade, it proved capable of completing bevel cuts on two-by-four lumber without pause. Add to this the wide range of DeWalt tools that leverage the same 20-volt battery platform as the DCS391 and this saw’s value increases—it’s a great tool on its own, but even better when used as part of a system. The only real downside to this incredible workhorse of a saw is buying a battery and charger to use with it will set you back an additional $130.

Read our complete guide to the best circular saws.


  • Lightweight, but powerful

  • Long-lasting battery

  • Feels comfortable and sturdy


  • Lacks extra features

Milwaukee Best Overall
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Not only is the Milwaukee 2720-21 M18 Fuel Sawzall reciprocating saw comfortable to hold, but it also outperformed the other battery-powered saws on this list.

Best Reciprocating Saws
Milwaukee 2720-21 M18 Fuel Sawzall

The Milwaukee 2720-21 M18 Fuel Sawzall was the standout favorite in our best reciprocating saws roundup. Not only does it come with the saw, battery, charger, blades, and instruction manual, it has a stud hanger as well. If you've ever been at the top of a ladder and needed to set down a Sawzall, you know how important this feature is.

With a rubberized pistol grip in the back and a second-hand grip on the front, it's really comfortable to hold. It needs to be comfortable because, during our endurance test, this saw outperformed the other battery-powered saws by more than 2 ½ times. Whether that’s a function of superior battery or superior cutting—and this saw is a superior cutter—it’s hard to tell. That said, we were able to lop the end off of a two-by-four more than 100 times before the battery gave out.

As for downsides, it's worth mentioning that the levers that control the depth guard and blade changing mechanism are plastic. We can't say how these pieces will last in the long term. It’s also a little hard to clean, as it was spitting out sawdust for days after our final test.

Its price is more expensive than the other saws we tested, however, we believe the price is offset by the included charger, battery, and hard shell case.

Read our complete guide to the best reciprocating saws.


  • Comfortable to hold

  • Superior cutting power

  • Long-lasting battery


  • Blades don't last long

  • Hard to clean

  • Expensive

Dremel 3000 Best Overall
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The Dremel 3000 is easy to handle and comes with a wide assortment of accessories.

Best Rotary Tool
Dremel 3000-2/28

Dremel is the originator of this kind of tool, and it's so well known that the brand name is synonymous with the whole category, like Kleenex with tissues. The company makes thoughtfully-packaged, well-designed tools. The Dremel 3000 2/28 is a smart kit that seems to anticipate your needs and includes the features and accessories you're going to need before you know you know you need them. And it's all packed into a durable, well-designed case. Included with the Dremel 3000 2/28 are an assortment of attachments for sanding, grinding, polishing, and cutting. The quality of the tool, the kit, and the accessories are top-notch. Everything has been well thought out, from the way tools are changed, to the design of the tool itself, with a continuously variable speed control that's easy to reach while in use, not to mention the deep universe of accessories and attachments for a lot of versatility. It's sized just right and seems to be designed with input from experienced users.

The Dremel 3000 is easy to handle. Its 1.2 amp motor has enough power to do just about any small task like carving, cutting, grinding, or polishing. Matching the attachment to the work will get you the best results. None of these tools were all that happy cutting shapes out of our thick piece of birch plywood using a spiral bit, though the Dremel put in one of the best showings for that test. The motor brushes are replaceable, which will extend the life of the tool, and Dremel stands behind its rotary tool with a two year warranty.

Read our complete guide to the best rotary tools.


  • Powerful

  • Comes in a durable case


  • None we found

Leatherman Wave
Credit: Reviewed / Jonathan Chan
Best Multitool
Leatherman Wave+

The Leatherman Wave checks all the right boxes, from convenience to quality. It's a multitool that's a balance of sleek form and impressive functionality. It comes with needlenose and regular pliers, hard and regular wire cutters, wire strippers, HC420 serrated and straight blades, spring-action scissors, an 8-inch and a 19-cm ruler, a can and bottle opener, large and small bit drivers, and a flathead screwdriver.

All the tools on the Wave exceeded our expectations when we tried them out, including the diamond-coated file and the two high-carbon blades.

The Wave has a smart design, with thick and rounded sides that prevent the multitool from cutting into your palms, even when you're squeezing the pliers as hard as you can. We also liked the fact that all the tools lock firmly into place, but can be released by pressing down on a textured button.

When we used the multitool to install a dishwasher, take apart a watch, and perform other household tasks, we found a lot of additional conveniences. For example, you can tell the serrated and straight blades apart without unfurling them because they have different spines–bumpy for serrated and smooth for straight. We also think the fact that you can operate the scissors with just your thumb is pretty clever.

We threw a lot of tasks at the Wave, and it handled all of them with ease.

Read our complete guide to the best multitools.


  • Smart design

  • Tools lock firmly in place


  • None we could find

Credit: Reviewed / Jonathan Chan
Best Work Gloves
Carhartt A518

The Carhartt A518 leather work gloves topped our list because they balanced dexterity and protection. High-quality double-stiched-sewn-grain-leather pads cover the fingertips, palm, part of the wrist and the knuckles. To test durability, we slashed at these areas with a knife made of 154CM steel, and aside from the very ends of the fingertips, we were pleased with how these gloves held up. However, it's the flexibility that puts them over the top. We opened a pocket knife, turned small dials, and typed this sentence while wearing these gloves.

While we liked the durability and flexibility, we found the A518's to be just adequate when it comes to insulation. When we subjected these gloves to wet, freezing temperatures, the inside of the glove went from a toasty 89°F to 60°F in under five minutes.

Issues aside, our testing showed us that the Carhartt A518s are the best abrasion-resistant gloves for general work such as shoveling, light construction, and moving heavy objects.

Read our complete guide to the best work gloves.

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