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Having the right tools for the project will make or break you. Many times, you will come upon a problem to solve and be pleasantly surprised at the ease with which you solve it – all due to having the proper tools. Beyond having the right tools, you also need to be able to find them when you need them. Sorting and storing in a manner that makes sense to you is intrinsic to getting things done. In order to help you decide, we will consider 10 best tool chest.

Best Tool Chest 2018

 

  • Cat 8-Drawer_41-inch Tool Chest – Designed, Engineered and Assembled in the USA
  • WEN 74512 41-Inch 12 Drawer Tool Chest
  • WEN 74706 26-Inch 6 Drawer Tool Chest
  • Excel TB2105X-Blue 26-Inch Steel Top Chest
  • Viper Tool Storage V2604BL 26-Inch 4-Drawer
  • Excel TB133A-Red 21-Inch Portable Steel Tool Box
  • Viper Tool Storage V4109BLR 41-Inch 9-Drawer
  • WEN 73015 Garage Glider Rolling Tool Chest Seat
  • Viper Tool Storage LB218MC 18-Inch 2-Drawer
  • Keter 5-Drawer Modular Garage/Tool Organizer/Storage System Tool Chest

Before you head out to purchase your new tool chest, you will need to do some research and decide a few things.

How many tools do you have? Are you planning to buy a lot more?

You will also need to measure the space you plan to put the tool chest to make sure you do not buy anything too big. Drawer size can vary.

How big are your tools?

You will want to make sure you have the right combination of drawers, e.g. jeweler’s drivers may need a smaller, shallow drawer so they do not roll to the back and you can see them well.

Things like power tools will require deeper drawers. Do you need your chest to be extra durable? Will you be using it often? Will you be moving it?

Once you have answered these questions, you can begin to compare the below products and decide what works best for you.

We have made it easier for you to compare products by including a convenient comparison table. This will make it easy to come back for reference after you have done your initial studying and decision making; but it is important to first decide what is important to you and to understand what you are looking for, as well as know what you are looking at!

Best tool chest 2018 Comparison

NameDimensions (inch)Weight (pounds)Max Weight (pounds) 
Cat 8-Drawer_41-inch Tool Chest
(Editor’s Choice)
40.5x17.8x19.8140Ball bearing slides rated at 100 Check Price
WEN 74512 41-Inch 12 Drawer Tool Chest
(Editor’s Choice)
40.4x17.1x19.5141Ball bearing slides rated at 100 Check Price
WEN 74706 26-Inch 6 Drawer Tool Chest26x12.5x14.853.9Ball bearing slides rated at 100 Check Price
Excel TB2105X-Blue 26-Inch Steel Top Chest26x16 x1251Ball bearing slides rated at 50 Check Price
Viper Tool Storage V2604BL 26-Inch 4-Drawer26.6x18.5x33.5113Ball bearing slides rated at 100 Check Price
Excel TB133A-Red 21-Inch Portable Steel Tool Box21x8.6x11.317.3Ball bearing slides rated at 50 Check Price
Viper Tool Storage V4109BLR 41-Inch 9-Drawer44.1x41x18.2264Ball bearing slides rated at 100 Check Price
WEN 73015 Garage Glider Rolling Tool Chest Seat16.5x27x1626.5350 pounds of evenly distributed weight Check Price
Viper Tool Storage LB218MC 18-Inch 2-Drawer10x18x11.523.5Ball bearing slides rated at 50 Check Price
Keter 5-Drawer Modular Garage/Tool Organizer/Storage System Tool Chest11.3x22.1x23.525.5Ball bearing slides rated at 50 Check Price

Cat 8-Drawer_41-inch Tool Chest – Designed, Engineered and Assembled in the USA– Best Tool Storage Chest Quality under 500$

This sleek, yellow and black top chest includes a top tray with a clean and attractive CAT logo, as well as eight drawers. Each drawer slide supports 100 pounds when fully extended. Gas struts safely support the lid. Posi-Latch® system holds drawers closed and opens by lifting the drawer trim. If you are not sure about your needs, this can be a good line to shop with since there are the top, bottom, and combo options.

The bottom cabinet comes on wheels and supports 2,500 pounds. There are nine drawers with a variety of deep, wide, shallow and narrow sizes. The top tray of the bottom drawer can hold 150 pounds when fully extended. The pre-cut drawer liners with the embossed Cat logo is a classy touch, along with the magnetic power strip that comes complete with six outlets and 2 USB ports.

Use caution when spending this much. You do not want to purchase a high end tool chest if you will not be using it to its potential.

We would recommend this chest to those who have been working on projects for years and know they will need durability, quality, and extra storage room.
Pros
  • Customizable with top, bottom and combo
  • USB Ports and Outlets
Cons
  • Expensive
  • May be too large for your space

WEN 74512 41-Inch 12 Drawer Tool Chest– Best Tool Chest for No Frills Purchaser with Varied Projects

The WEN 74512 has a sleek, flat black top chest with six mini drawers, four shallow and wide drawers, and two deep drawers, 45mm ball bearing slides with self locking feature. Gas lid struts make for easy opening of top compartment.The top tray is there for your mid job use and, let’s be honest, to hold the tools until you finally put them away. This is another set that allows you to choose the top, bottom or combo.

The bottom cabinet has twelve, varied drawers as well as 11,130 cubic inches of storage space and is on wheels. The wheels are nice if you are planning to do a project outside the garage and do not want to keep running back for tools.

We would recommend this chest to someone who is an experienced tool user and has a varied, large collection because this chest is large, heavy and expensive. It would not be a good fit for someone just starting out, or someone that was not going to be doing a lot of varied projects. This chest is similar to the CAT, but is less flashy. If that fits you, you have found your match!
Pros
  • Roomy
  • Varied drawers
  • Understated
Cons
  • May not be flashy enough for some
  • May be too large for your space

WEN 74706 26-Inch 6 Drawer Tool Chest– Best Tool Chest for No Frills with Simple Projects under 200$

This WEN has three narrow and shallow drawers as well as three wide and shallow drawers. The top tray is still here along with the side handles for easy transport. This set, instead of having top, bottom and combo, has a top, intermediate and bottom cabinet available for purchase.

A nice, added feature on this chest is the heavy duty over molded chest handle on each drawer. Please note that customers often purchase drawer liner with this chest since it is not included.

This is a good option for someone who owns several tools, but not an overly varied amount. The simple top chest would be attractive to someone doing more than basic projects, but not in need of storage for overly specialized tools. Also note that some customers experience the locking mechanism not being operable.
Pros
  • Compact
  • Not flashy
  • Good drawer amount for intermediate level
  • Easy assembly
  • Durable
Cons
  • Perhaps not large enough for varied projects
  • Locking mechanism may not work, some problems with manufacturing
  • Drawers may also not sit flush

Excel TB2105X-Blue 26-Inch Steel Top Chest– Best Tool Chest Color and Best for Combo

The Excel TB2105X is a very appealing blue chest with five drawers, straight across but with varying depth. The top tray and side handles are included with this one as well, but there are no immediate options for an added bottom or intermediate chest, or a combination of top and bottom.

The color of the chest is truly striking. If you want to add the other matching pieces, they may be found elsewhere. Don’t despair! This chest does not come with liner. It must be purchased separately. Note the drawers will stay closed automatically unless the top tray is open.

We recommend this best tool chest to someone storing several flat tools such as wrenches. The drawers are too shallow for larger tools. You can store smaller pieces, but would likely need to purchase dividers or bins. Also, be sure to check everything over when received. Many customers receive perfect deliveries, but, in some instances, shipping or manufacturing led to defects.
Pros
  • Durable
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Not big enough for a variety of tools
  • Some issues with quality control

Viper Tool Storage V2604BL 26-Inch 4-Drawer– Best Tool Chest on Wheels for Large Tools

This Viper V2064BL is both impressive and useful with its four, deep drawers. With the depth of the drawers comes the ability to store larger tools – for gardening, auto repair, and truly whatever hobby you are into now. It may be useful to buy a top chest for smaller pieces, or buy some inserts for sorting them.

It is sturdy, large and comes on wheels. There is an available locking system for both the drawers and wheels. You will have to order the drawer liners separately if you want them.

We would recommend this best tool chest to someone who needs storage space for larger items and tools. These drawers are very deep and wide, so they would not be useful for storage of small items. Be sure to check everything over when it arrives, as sometimes the quality control for shipping is lacking. The product overall is a good quality.
Pros
  • Good for large tools
  • Sturdy
  • Classic look
Cons
  • Some issues with quality control
  • Not suited for smaller tools

Excel TB133A-Red 21-Inch Portable Steel Tool Box– Best Budget Tool Chest for Specific Jobs Outside the Home

The Excel TB133A is an excellent choice for the handy person that needs to travel in order to do repairs. If your neighbor needs help with a project, or you are doing mobile repairs, you will want to be able to take the appropriate tools with you.

This portable steel tool box has three drawers and a top tray with a lid to make traveling to your jobs convenient. The front has two latches, and there is a handle on the top instead of the usual side handles on top chests. The color scheme is a classy, red and black combo.

You will have to purchase the liner separately. Customers also often purchase socket holders with this chest.

We would recommend this box for those who have projects outside the home. It will look great stored on a shelf or bench, but will also travel well.
Pros
  • Easy portability
  • Good color scheme
  • Lockable latch
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Low durability

Viper Tool Storage V4109BLR 41-Inch 9-Drawer– Best Tool Chest under 1000$ for Large Garage and Highly Varied Projects

Wow, this chest is a compelling rolling cabinet. The black cabinet with silver handles is truly striking. The nine drawers are an excellent, varied collection. You have deep, shallow, narrow and wide options. This chest is large, so you will want to measure twice and buy once.

There are options for a top chest and matching pegboard. You will want to purchase a drawer liner separately, if that is something you need.

This best tool chest is not for the simple, household projects. It is large and you will not want this much storage space if you are only storing screwdrivers and basic tools. This chest is an investment, and will be a great choice for those doing more involved projects.
Pros
  • Variety of drawers
  • Visually appealing
Cons
  • May be too large for your space
  • Difficult to move
  • May not be affordable

WEN 73015 Garage Glider Rolling Tool Chest Seat– Best Tool Chest Garage Project for Mechanics

The WEN 73015 is an excellent choice for garage projects. It doubles as a seat, features three small drawers, and has a magnetic tray on either side for loose nuts and bolts. This is best used a project specific tool chest for the garage.

The seat is multi-layered for maximum comfort, and the swivel wheels offer easy direction change. You are able to fold up the side trays if they are in your way, and you can hang various handled tools on the back of the box in a convenient hanging bar with sixteen storage slots.

A cool accessory to add on is the magnetic nut and bolt tray which ups the convenience of the side trays.

There are no drawer latches, but those would be easy to add. Some customers find the drawers rolling open to be an inconvenience. However, it seems the assembly is fairly easy.

We would recommend this stool for someone frequently working on projects while seated. It is convenient to be able to grab tools from under, behind and beside you. You can have a great variety of available tools for different projects, or for one complex project.
Pros
  • Accommodating to seated work
  • Side trays, hanging slots, and drawers
Cons
  • Drawers slide open
  • Not suited for storage of large tools

Viper Tool Storage LB218MC 18-Inch 2-Drawer– Best Tool Chest for Homeowner and Home Use under 100$

This little Viper LB218MC is perfect for those that are doing minor home repairs. You can keep your screwdrivers, hammer, and small drill in here, along with any nails or screws. There are two steel handles that will make it easy for you to carry it around the house as needed.

In particular, the little Viper is great for those that are only doing minor repairs. It is sturdy, but does not have a lot of storage room.

This would not be a good purchase for someone that needed any good amount of room for varied tools. There are intermediate and bottom chests available to go with the top chest, so the little Viper could still work well with those if you have more tools. However, it is more expensive than comparably sized models. This has to do with durability.
Pros
  • Durable
  • Compact
Cons
  • Expensive for the size
  • Some quality control issues

Keter 5-Drawer Modular Garage/Tool Organizer/Storage System Tool Chest– Best Inexpensive Tool Chest for Those in a Humid Climate

The Keter 5 Drawer Tool Chest has a Craftsman, classic look with red drawers and a black frame. It is constructed of durable polypropylene resin, so it is more lightweight than your typical metal tool chest. It will be easy to move around the garage. There is an uncovered top tray, two inlaid handles, and sixteen removable small parts bins and dividers. This is a great bonus for those of you that have lots of little pieces to store.

This would be great for those that need to use a large variation of tools, but also need to move them around frequently. There is also a central locking system that adds to your ability to move it around conveniently with secured drawers.

Because of the material used in construction, the chest will never rust, rot, dent or peel. However, along with this, it may not be as sturdy as some of the metal chests.

We would recommend this box for someone that needs storage for a variety of tools – but not too many. The dividers are a nice touch.
Pros
  • Easy to move
  • Will never rust
  • Variety of drawers
Cons
  • Some quality control issues
  • Drawers can flex with too much weight

Best tool chest – Buyer’s Guide

When choosing a tool chest, you want to consider your budget, what type of and how many tools you will be storing, and the space available for placing the box.

Space

Once you have determined the answers to these questions, you will be able to consider the appropriate choices. For instance, if you are looking to just do repairs around the house, you don’t want a bulky and heavy chest. Similarly, if you are going to need space for a large variety of tools, you will need to purchase a larger one.

Material

Something else to consider is the material. There are both plastic and metal options. The metal has the possibility of rusting eventually, but the plastic can bend with too much weight. Also, plastic is more lightweight and can be easier to move if portability is an issue.

Portability

Since you may be considering portability, there are questions you will need to ask. Will you never move it? Will you just move it across the garage? Do you need to take it somewhere with you? Material, the presence or absence of wheels, handles, durability – these are all considerations when you are considering portability.

Capacity

If you are starting out with the standard set of tools, but plan to expand, a chest that has separate pieces for purchase may be a good idea. The top chest is a nice place to start, then you will have your intermediate and bottom pieces. The top chest will usually have small drawers, the intermediate will have more variety, and the bottom will have deeper drawers with some variety. It is nice to have the whole set if you also have the variety of tools. Deep drawers are great for power tools, shallow drawers for flat tools such as wrenches, narrow drawers for small pieces, etc.

Added Features

Another consideration would be the bells and whistles. Do you need a light? A top tray for flat work? How about a USB port, or some electrical outlets? For a lot of people, these extras will be unnecessary, but they are there if you need them.

Accessories

Once you have reached a decision on which chest to get, you may also want to purchase drawer liners, dividers, organizing bins, foam inserts or other items to further organize and make your tools and accessories even more accessible.

In short, there are several options for your best tool chest, and none of the choices are wrong if they are right for you. Deciding what you need and want is the first step. Then you can come back to this list and find the right product for yourself. The comparison table is a nice option for quickly glancing back for reference, or you can come back and read our guide however often you like. Before you spend more than about a hundred dollars, make sure you are truly invested in your future projects, that you will have the tools to fill it, and that your investment will be worth it. Happy DIYing to you!