5 Best Household Tool Kits & Tool Sets

Find the latest reviews for the best household tool kits & tool box sets below – newly updated for 2019! Choosing a good metal tool box can be difficult, however, choosing a homeowner toolkit or small toolkit can be more difficult. Many are good tool kits, but not great. The reason is that a best tool set for home comes preloaded with a variety of small tools. Choosing which tool or tools you may need in the future and for those household DIY projects can be difficult. With that said, if you are undecided as to which toolkit you may need or want, refer to our buying guide. However, through our review, we chose the best home tool kit that most people would use the most often and then gave our FIVE STAR award for best toolkit below.

Listed below are detailed reviews of the 5 best household tool kits that are shown above. Remember, when researching, note the size of the tool kit, how the tools actually stay in the kit and the number and type of tools in the kit. The below rankings & reviews are for the best tool kits to use in a household, boat, garage or apartment.

Note our easy & exclusive STAR RANKINGS for each product.

Reviews & Rankings – Best Household or Apartment Tool Kits & Tool Sets

Vastar Home Repair Tool Kit, General Household Tool Kit, 102 Piece Review  ★★★★★

A very good home toolkit for the price. The Vastar Home Repair Toolkit comes pre-loaded with the most used 102 tools. Though not the cheapest or most inexpensive home repair tool kit, in this case you get what you pay for. The tools are sturdy and could also be used on a professional level. The Vastar Tool Company also offers many other quality tool kits as well. The PROS of the Vastar Home Repair Tool Kit are that it contains 102 tools, has an 18 month warranty, has ergonomically made handles and is generally, a sturdy and compact toolkit. The CONS of the Vastar Home Repair Tool Kit are that it’s moderately expensive, some of the tools easily fall out of the case and the plastic case is a bit thin. Comparing the Vastar Home Repair Tool Kit vs. others, we found that other kits pre-loaded with tools were generally higher in price. So given the number of tools and the quality of the tools, the best choice for a home tool kit is the Vastar 102 Piece Tool Kit with our highest ranking of FIVE STARS. 

100-Piece Home Tool Kits OUTAD Multi-functional & Universal 100 IN 1 Precision Screwdriver Hammer Set Repair Tool Kit Review  ★★★★

The OUTAD Multi-functional & Universal 100 IN 1 Precision Screwdriver Hammer Set Repair Tool Kit is somewhat unique among our choices.  This household tool kit contains some unique and unusual tools that you cannot find in other small pre-loaded tool kits. In addition to the standard tools; like a hammer, tape measure, utility knife, different kinds of pliers and four types of screwdrivers, this kit also contains small tools for constructing, repairing or performing maintenance on precision electronics test projects and hardware upgrades. The case itself is somewhat strong with a moulded in-case handle for carrying. Because of the unique tools in the case, we give the OUTAD Multi-functional & Universal 100 IN 1 Precision Screwdriver Hammer Set Repair Tool Kit our FOUR STAR rating. 

MVPOWER 95-piece Home Mechanics Repair Tool Kit – General Household Hand Tool Set Review  ★★★

The MVPOWER 95-piece Home Mechanics Repair Tool Kit – General Household Hand Tool Set contains 95 pre-loaded small hand-tools. Tools included are screwdrivers, combination wrenches, a ratchet handle, a long nose plier and more. The tools have been heat-treated to give them additional strength and durability. The tool case is somewhat different in that it opens in the middle vs. top. The case is plastic and is of normal strength. This would be a good case for a car, boat or vacation home for emergency use. We give the MVPOWER 95-piece Home Mechanics Repair Tool Kit – General Household Hand Tool Set our THREE STAR rating. 

DOWELL 90 Homeowner Tool Set Pieces General Household Small Hand Tool Kit Review  ★★★★

The DOWELL 90 Homeowner Tool Set Pieces General Household Small Hand Tool Kit is a great all-around household or apartment tool set. It has 90 separate tools including a measuring tape, a level and a utility knife (with replacement blades). And with an adjustable wrench, a hammer, long-nose pliers, and screw driver bits. It also has a spare box filled with nails, screws and other small parts. According to the manufacturer, the tools were heat-treated and chrome plated to resist rust and corrosion. The case opens from the center and is of medium plastic, with a plastic lock. Because of the variety of tools, the included nails and screws, we give the DOWELL 90 Homeowner Tool Set Pieces General Household Small Hand Tool Kit our FOUR STAR rating. 

Apollo Tools DT9706 Original 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set review  ★★★

The Apollo Tools DT9706 Original 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set is a good inexpensive and cheaper home tool set. The tool kit comes pre-loaded with 39 small tools. A few of the more popular tools are a hammer, pliers, a tape measure and utility knife, screwdrivers for small screws, hex keys, pair of scissors and a few more items. The tool kit has a lifetime guarantee. The manufacturer claims the tools are, “manufactured from high-grade steel alloy, to resist corrosion”. They also have, “non-slip comfort grip handles for extra torque”. The storage case is a bit smaller than our other choices – due to fewer tools. We give the Apollo Tools DT9706 Original 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set a THREE STAR rating. 

With several other tool kits for sale, the five tool kits reviewed above include our best choices. Our top choices of toolkits are for light and moderate use in a home, apartment or condo. When choosing a tool kit for home or vacation home use, make sure the tools you use are included in the kit. So if you already have most or all of the tools in a pre-loaded tool kit, then check out our reviews of metal toolboxes to store your pre-owned small tools.

What Tools Should be Included in a Household Tool Kit?

tools needed in home or apartmentEvery homeowner needs a basic set of tools. From hanging pictures to hanging blinds, homeownership involves a lot of DIY and home improvement projects. So whether you’re a new homeowner or a homeowner of many years, the following tools can come in handy in basic home improvement projects;

  • Hammer
  • Wrench
  • Nails & Screws
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Bolt or Wire Cutters

Though there are other small tools which could be included in a small home tool kit, such as a socket set or tape measure, these are the general necessary tools.

Hammer, Wrench, Nails and Screws

Hammers come in different sizes, weights and types. Claw hammers are the most common and useful in most homes, as they can be used to pound nails into various surfaces, remove nails from walls and pry apart materials that are stuck together. A typical hammer weigh be between 16 and 20 ounces, but many homeowners also keep an 8 ounce hammer on hand in the junk drawer. Hammers are often included in small tool kits, which are great for homes, condos or apartments. Hammers are, of course, used in metal and woodworking studios.

Some wrenches are non-adjustable and come in different sizes, but most homeowners settle for one or two adjustable wrenches of different widths. Larger wrenches tend to have larger handles, which can be difficult to wield in tight spaces, so it’s a good idea to have a wrench with a short handle on hand. Homeowners who have galvanized pipes will also want a plumber’s wrench on hand for rotating plumbing pipes.

The Allen wrench is the weird L-shaped wrench that often comes with furniture requiring assembly. Keep Allen wrenches of various sizes on hand for tightening plumbing fixtures, handles and light fixtures.

Nails and screws are important as well. You’ll want them in all sizes, so buy a range and keep them on hand. When you buy furniture that requires assembly, save the extra nails and screws that come with the kits. It’s also a good idea to buy a range of anchors in different sizes. This is for holding screws in the wall without stripping the hole.

Screwdriver (Phillips and Flat Head) and Drill

Every homeowner needs a Phillips and flat head screwdriver. These are used for inserting and removing screws in walls, wood, appliances and so on. Since screws come in different sizes, it’s helpful to have screwdrivers of different sizes as well. When looking for a screwdriver set, choose one that includes larger and smaller flat head and Phillips head screwdrivers.

Drills come in handy for building and attaching screws. Drills can be battery powered or electric, but electric drills tend to be more powerful and versatile. Once you own a drill, you’ll start collecting a variety of drill bits in different sizes. You’ll need this tool for everything from building basic structures out of wood to inserting plant hangers in the ceiling.

Needle-nose Pliers, Bolt and Wire-Cutters

Needle-nose pliers can be used when it’s time to remove staples from the floor and nails from the wall. Look for pliers that have the serrated edge to help with gripping smooth surfaces.

Bolt and wire cutters are useful for home improvement projects and art and craft projects. You’ll need this tool primarily in outdoor projects like working with wire fences and hanging decorations outside.

Once you have these tools, the last thing you’ll need to buy to make your tool set complete is a tool box. Look for a tool box with drawers where you can contain your nails, screws and miscellaneous items like wall anchors. Once you own a tool box full of tools, you’ll be able to complete a variety of home improvement projects without running to the hardware store.