More than likely, anyone reading this has spent quite a bit of money on their tools and are looking for a way to store them safely and in a way that keeps them organized. That’s why people need to go out and buy the best tool chest that they can find. A tool chest not only allows the consumer to keep their tools safe but also allows them to keep them organized so they can grab what they need when they need it. To help our readers find some of the high-quality tool chests out there, we’ve decided to review the models that we feel are the best. Models that will help organize the user’s tools and protect them from any damage they would incur if they weren’t properly stored.
Quick Summary of Tool Chests
Goplus Rolling 6-Drawer Chest
The first thing that we’d like to say about this tool chest is that it might be smaller than what some people are expecting it to be—especially if they’re looking at pictures online of it. This product is approximately 13-inches long, 23.5-inches wide, and 42.5-inches high. It has a top chest size that’s 20-inches long, 10.5-inches wide, and 13.5-inches high. The chest box has four drawers that can each hold approximately 33-pounds, and the cabinet has two drawers that can each hold 55-pounds of tools. The net weight of this unit is a little less than 60-pounds, and the tool cabinet’s size without casters is approximately 21-inches by 13-inches by 26-inches high. Hopefully, these measurements give all of our readers a good idea of the size of this tool chest and cabinet.
Now that we talked about the dimensions of this product, it’s time to talk about storage space. Like we said earlier, this model doesn’t provide as much storage space as some other chests and cabinets—particularly professional ones—but we still believe that it’s a good starter set for most consumers. This model is equipped with two large drawers, four small drawers, two trays, and one big bottom cabinet. It also has hooks on the outside of the cabinet that can be used for hanging wrenches.
We would be remiss if we also didn’t mention how well this tool chest and cabinet were made. This product is made from cold-rolled steel that’s been painted and seems to be of good durability and quality. It also has universal wheels and two of those wheels have brakes that the user can set to keep the product from rolling away. And to make this product easy to move from one location to the next, this product also has a handle on the side of it. All things considered, we think that this is a quality tool chest and cabinet.
- This is a good starter tool chest.
- This product doesn’t cost a whole lot.
- It’s made of high-quality materials.
- This toolbox isn’t as large as professional models.
Keter Rolling Tool Chest With Storage Drawers
Another tool chest that caught our attention was this model from Keter. This is another model that isn’t very large but does provide the consumer with the ability to organize their tools quite well. This is a product that can be used in the garage but is also perfect for fishermen, sewing enthusiasts, hobbyists, or anyone who might need to keep track of many tools and/or materials. This product is approximately 23.5-inches high, 22.1-inches wide, and 11.3-inches deep. It’s equipped with a large bottom drawer that’s perfect for storing larger tools such as a socket set or a power drill.
In total, this tool chest has five drawers that are good for storing a variety of different tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, nut drivers, or other such tools. This product also comes with 16 removable bins that are good for storing a variety of smaller pieces such as nuts, bolts, and screws. And because this tool chest is made from polypropylene, it’s not only durable but it’s also weather-resistant. This provides great protection to any tools placed within it.
This tool chest also comes with casters that allow it to be moved from one location to another. And it should be noted that the overall dimension of this toolbox that we listed in the first paragraph are measurements taken with the casters on the unit. If the casters aren’t on this tool chest, then its dimensions are 19.76-inches high instead of 23.5-inches high.
Keeping all of these things in mind, we can confidently say that this is a high-quality tool chest. Sure, it might not be large enough for some people, but for those people who don’t need a professional tool chest, this one is more than large enough for storing tools. It’s a model that we feel many DIY enthusiasts and hobbyists are going to want to look at more closely.
- This is a high-quality and well-built tool chest.
- This tool chest is easy to move from one location to another.
- It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
- This is a smaller toolbox.
WEN Garage Glider Rolling Tool Seat
We imagine that some people will look at this rolling tool chest and think that it’s too small for their needs, but to these people, we would like to say that they should give it a chance before they dismiss it. We say that because this product isn’t just a tool chest, but it’s also a glider seat that can hold up to 350-pounds of weight and can be used by the consumer to sit as they do their work or even to move around the garage thanks to the casters on it. This products 2.5-inch swivel casters allow the tool chest to be moved in any direction almost effortlessly. And that’s a good reason why some people are going to want to look at this product.
Of course, the fact that it’s a seat isn’t the only reason why it should be considered. It should also be considered because it does have enough storage space for several tools. This product features three 12.75-inch by 7.75-inch by 2.25-inch drawers, two magnetic trays, and sixteen total onboard storage slots that are useful for storing nut drivers, screwdrivers, or wrenches. Another feature that we liked on this tool chest was that it had two fold-out magnetic wings that were located on opposite sides of this toolbox glider where loose screws and nuts can be stored. Because they’re magnetic, the metallic screws and/or nuts will stay exactly where they’re placed.
The total size of this tool chest is approximately 16.5-inches by 27-inches by 16-inches. It also has a padded seat that makes it comfortable to sit on. And all of this is available for a price that is more than reasonable. It’s so reasonably priced, we feel that it’s not only a great addition to any garage but might even be a great addition to any home workshop.
- This is an inexpensive tool chest.
- This product is very portable.
- Can also be used as a seat.
- It’s not very large.
A Guide To Buying The Right Tool Storage
After reviewing some of the best tool chests that we could find, we realized that some of our readers might expect a little bit more from us. They might expect a more clear-cut definition of the things they might need to consider when buying storage for their tools. After all, tool chests aren’t right for everyone and there are a variety of other tool storage options available. With that in mind, we’ve decided to go ahead and write a guide that will list out some of the options that consumers might have available to them.
The Different Tool Storage Options
The first thing that the consumer should think about when mulling over their tool storage options is to decide which one of the different toolboxes are right for them. When it comes to tool storage types, consumers have the following categories to choose from: tool chests and tool cabinets; tool boxes; tool bags; and truck toolboxes. There are also pegboard tool hangers, but for the purposes of this guide, we’re not going to cover them. Now, let’s look at some of the more common tool storage options available in greater detail below.
Tool Chests & Cabinets
Since we reviewed tool chests and cabinets, we thought it would be appropriate to start with this particular category. Tool chests and large steel cabinets are great for storing tools for a number of reasons. One, they’re large enough to hold a variety of tools and collections of tools. Many of these chests also feature large drawers, wheels, and integrated locks that can help the consumer protect their tools. These products are usually too large to be as portable as toolboxes, so they’re usually used for stationary storage in garages.
Another type of tool storage that’s commonly used is toolboxes. These products are made from either durable plastic or lightweight steel and are designed to be portable. They usually have bins or trays that give the consumer a good look at their tools. Some of them also have removable inserts and/or trays that can be taken out if the consumer only needs a subset of their tools for a job. The main advantage of these toolboxes is that they’re portable and have a handle that makes them easy to take from job to job.
Tool bags are another tool storage option for most consumers. These bags are easy to carry and are a portable option for moving tools from one job to the next. Some of the larger bags have wheels and handles that make them easier to transport as well. The main disadvantage of these bags is that they don’t provide as much tool protection as toolboxes or tool chests.
Truck toolboxes are another option for consumers. As their name implies, these toolboxes are designed to be placed in the bed of a truck so the consumer can easily transport their tools to the job site. These are usually made from aluminum and this allows them to be weather-resistant and easier to mount. Many of them are also equipped with self-lifting shocks that make them easy to open—even when the consumer has their hands full.
Let’s Talk About Tool Storage Sizes
After the consumer has determined what type or types of tool storage methods they need, they then have to take a moment and think about what size product they’re going to need. The consumer can only do this by taking honest stock of their tool collection and then figure out what size tool chest or toolbox they’re going to need.
What Is The Product Made Of?
The next question the consumer is going to want to ask themselves is what do they want their tool chest or box to made from. Do they need one that’s made out of steel, or will plastic models work with them? For truck toolboxes, they might want to consider aluminum—the most common metal for those type of boxes. Regardless of what they choose they have to think about whether the material used needs to be weather-resistant, whether it needs to be lightweight, and how durable they need it to be.
Additional Features To Consider
At this point in the guide, many people might be thinking that we’ve covered everything we could cover about tool storage, but that’s not exactly true. There are a couple of other things that the consumer is going to want to think about before they purchase the model that they believe will suit them best. Some of the options that consumers might want to consider include:
- Whether the tool chest or box has wheels or needs wheels.
- The locking system on the tool chest.
- Whether the tool chest, cabinet, or box has additional options for sorting tools such as hooks or bins.