The 7 Best Tool Kits for Every Type of Household Project

The 7 Best Tool Kits for Every Type of Household Project

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Final Verdict
Overall, we recommend the Workpro 100-Piece Home Tool Kit . It includes all the standard tools needed for basic home projects, including a screwdriver, hammer, adjustable wrench, level, measuring tape, and utility knife. It also comes with a water-resistant polyester storage bag and includes extra tools such as zip ties, replacement utility knife replacement blades, and a nice selection of sockets and screw bits.  
How to Shop for Tool Kits
Type
There are a variety of tool kit types available on the market, and it can become very overwhelming choosing one for the first time, especially if you aren't exactly sure how much use you will make of it in the future. Basic tool kits include things like a hammer, screwdriver, adjustable wrench, level, measuring tape, utility knife, and more. Upgraded tool kits are those tool kits that include upwards of 100 tools and include items such as clamps, multiple sets of pliers, dozens of screw bits, wire strippers, and more. Power tool kits don't include these non-motorized hand tools, but rather heavy machinery such as electric saws and drills for big home projects, such as renovations. In terms of what type you should select, only go with what you know you will need. 
Use
Oftentimes tool kits include a wide variety of tools that, because they are included in the kit, a novice might assume that it's something that they need. But that isn't always the case. Take stock of the projects you intend on doing and choose a tool kit based off of the tools you know you will need.
For example, if you are getting a toolbox that will help you set up your home, you'll need a kit with a utility knife to open boxes and a level and hammer to hang up framed art. If you are planning on doing some more in-depth household projects, including renovations, consider a tool kit with a larger amount of tools, including wire strippers and ratchets, or a power tool kit. Power tool kits include a drill, electric saws, an oscillating tool, and more. If you only find yourself needing a power tool here and there, such as a drill, know that some non-motorized tool kits come with a drill. And sometimes hardware stores, such as Ace Hardware, allow you to rent power tools for a short amount of time. 
Experience Level
If you're a beginner to the world of tool kits, it's best to buy the most basic tool kit and see how much use you get out of that. Basic tool kits include standard tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, measuring tape, a utility knife, level, and adjustable wrench. Overtime, if you find yourself doing more projects or repairs and find yourself going back and forth to the hardware store to get more items, then upgrade to one of those tool kits that have 50 or 100 tools available. 
Power tool kits, which usually include a drill and electric saws, are an investment and should only be purchased by DIYers who frequently partake in home renovation projects or serious repairs. These power tools require important safety precautions that should be taken before use and if you are using them for the first time, you should have someone experienced with those tools supervise. 
Questions You Might Ask
What tools should be in a basic tool kit? 
Standard tools that come with basic tool kits should include a hammer, flathead screwdriver, phillips head screwdriver, a wrench, pliers, utility knife (otherwise known as a box cutter), tape measurer, level (an absolute necessity for hanging up art), hex keys, an adjustable wrench, and screwdriver bits that can be fastened on top of a screwdriver. Many kits come with all of these things, but sometimes there will be traditional items missing such as a tape measure or level. If that's the case, use your best judgment about whether or not the projects you intend to complete with this tool kit require that item or items. For example, you may not think you need a wrench but you know you can't go without a utility knife. If you're unsure about whether or not you intend to use a missing tool, know you can always buy it separately later. 
Where should you store a tool kit?
Tool kits should generally be stored inside in a dry place. Most tools are made of steel, which rusts when it comes in contact with moisture. Even though tool kits usually come with their own storage unit, which is typically made of plastic or water-resistant fabric, it's still best to keep them inside and away from moisture-ridden places like the bathroom out of an abundance of caution. Otherwise, store the tool kit wherever you have the room. If you don't have a lot of storage space in your home, get a small tool kit with the absolute basics you need, or consider storing it under your bed or the couch.
Take Our Word for It
This article was written by Rachel Center , a product reviews home writer for Real Simple. She spent hours researching all the components that make the best tool kits, ultimately choosing the products on this list based on type, use, and experience level. 
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