Best Tools in 2020 (April Reviews)

To help you find the best home tools that increase your ability to fix things around the house without needing to hire a handyman, we spent over 20 hours testing 30 different tools and tool sets. After we purchased and received the items, we got to work determining exactly how much value they added to your home tool kit and even tested them out in real-world home repair and project scenarios. As we used the tools to complete our projects, we looked for durability first and foremost. After all, a tool is only as good as its build quality. We also looked at tool-specific metrics to ensure they were each good at performing their intended purpose.

After our testing, it was easy to choose the Black+Decker 20V MAX Drill & Home Tool Kit for our top pick spot. This is an incredibly versatile tool set that includes a wide variety of most commonly used household tools, including a power drill. Everything in the kit is made of high-quality materials and will last you a long time, through many projects. Keep reading to learn more about this handy home tool kit and the other best home tools we included on our list below.

Latest Home Tools Reviews & Buyer's Guides

Best Shovel
Best Shovel
To determine the best shovel, we looked at a range of factors such as shovel style, weight, and ease of use. Shovels come in a range of shapes that are catered to specific tasks. Likewise, the weight will also impact how easily you can complete a task, as a heavy…
Best Drill Bits
Best Drill Bits
To determine the best drill bits we considered various features and prioritized the following — materials, coatings, drill bit style, size versatility, and additional accessories. Materials is a critical consideration as it will determine project compatibility and tool longevity. Along the same lines, value-added features such as coatings and drill…
Best Sliding Miter Saw
Best Sliding Miter Saw
To determine the best sliding miter saw, we considered the following features — motor and RPMs, positive stops and bevel angles, additional accessories, and safety features. A strong motor and high RPMs will give you the power you need to easily make cuts, even with thicker pieces of wood. Depending…
Best Wire Strippers
Best Wire Strippers
To determine the best wire stripper we considered a range of features, in particular — wire gauge range, design, handles, and additional features. Wire gauge will determine whether your wire stripper is compatible with the wires you need to adjust. The design is important because, in addition to choosing between…
Best Hacksaw
Best Hacksaw
To determine the best hacksaw we looked at the following features — frame style and materials, handles, and the blades. With frame styles, we prioritized a dual-handle design composed of metal to ensure longevity. Additionally, a dual handle will give you more control for precision cuts. Also, consider frames that…
Best Wood Polish
Best Wood Polish
To help you find the best wood polish for furniture, such as kitchen cabinets and antiques, we tried dozens of the top products, preferring items with plenty of polish power and those that leave behind a protective finish. We also liked hybrid products that also include some form of conditioning…
Best Spray Paint
Best Spray Paint
To help you choose the best spray paint for your home maintenance or art projects, we’ve tested dozens of top models, preferring paints that excel with a variety of materials, including wood, metal and plastic. We also liked paints that dried to the touch quickly, those that did not leave…
Best Power Scrubber
Best Power Scrubber
When traditional scrubbing and elbow grease just isn’t enough, you have to turn to the best power scrubbers on the market. After hours of research looking at dozens of contenders, we’ve chosen the best scrubbers based on usability, power, affordability, and cleaning options. Our top pick is the incredibly durable…
Best Ice Scraper for Sidewalk
Best Ice Scraper for Sidewalk
To bring you the best ice scrapers for sidewalks and driveways, we’ve done the research and consulted with experienced users to see which ice scrapers cleared the most ice, relieved the strain on your hands and which ones were durable enough to stand up to the elements for long term…
Best Disc Sander
Best Disc Sander
To determine the best disc sander we looked at a range of criteria such as disc/belt size, speed, sander type, weight, materials, and size. You’ll note in our guide that we’ve featured a range of electric sanders that include handheld belt and disc models plus combination belt disc sanders. But…
Best Long Ice Scraper
Best Long Ice Scraper
Now that winter’s here, it’s necessary to equip yourself with the best long ice scraper possible. Anyone can attest that one of the worst parts about winter is having a thick snow blanket all over your car, which can only be made worse by having thin layers of ice form…
Best De-Icer for Sidewalks
Best De-Icer for Sidewalks
The best de-icer for sidewalks keeps driveaways, parking lots, and sidewalks slip-free after a massive snowstorm or freezing rain, preventing an awkward slip-n-slide tap dance into oblivion. Our evaluation focused on the application type (pellets vs. granules vs. liquids), ingredients, melting time, ease of application, and long-lasting coverage. After more…
Best Magnifying Glass
Best Magnifying Glass
To determine the best magnifying glass we looked at a variety of factors and focused on the following: X (aka magnification) factor, built-in lighting, field of vision, and multifunctionality. The X factor will determine the magnification strength of the lens while the field of vision references how much content you…
Best Corded Drill
Best Corded Drill
The best corded drills are an integral companion for your home improvement projects. Our evaluation focused on hybrid drill and hammer action for precision versus impact projects, chuck size, variable speed controls, power, warranty, and comfort/design. After more than 15 hours of research and testing, our top pick goes to…
Best Tool Brand: Measure Twice, Buy Once
Best Tool Brand: Measure Twice, Buy Once
Although the “best” toolmakers will always come down to a slight amount of subjectivity, we scoured the web and did our research to find the top brand producing some of the most reliable and widest range of tools in the business. Our Top 5 Best Tool Brands #1  DeWalt Pros:…

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What Brand Makes the Best Tools?

No tool brand is best at everything. A different brand likely makes the best sliding adjustable wrench than the best cordless drills. Some brands also specialize in specific features like durability, power, cordless batteries, and ergonomics.

The most reputable tool brands include, but are not limited to:

- Dewalt
- Ryobi
- Hilti
- Bosch
- Makita
- Milwaukee
- Ridgid

The best way to find a suitable brand for a specific product is to gather data and read tool reviews to find out which brand delivers the best in terms of quality and functionality.

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