5 Best Household Tool Kits & Tool Sets

The 5 Best Home Tool Kits and Home Repair Kits

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.

The 5 Top Home Tool Kits and Home Repair Kits

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.

Editor’s Picks Brand Rating *
Best Choice 100-Piece Home Tool Kits OUTAD Multi-functional & Universal 100 IN 1 Precision Screwdriver Hammer Set Repair Tool Kit ♥♥♥♥♡
Premium Pick Vastar Home Repair Tool Kit, General Household Tool Kit, 102 Piece ♥♥♥♥♥
Best Value Apollo Tools DT9706 Original 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set ♥♥♥♥♡
Best Advanced MVPOWER 95-piece Home Mechanics Repair Tool Kit – General Household Hand Tool Set ♥♥♥♡♡
Best Beginner DOWELL 90 Homeowner Tool Set Pieces General Household Small Hand Tool Kit ♥♥♥♥♡

* Ratings are determined using our specialized rating system.

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

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

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 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.

Item Key Features:

  • Contains 100 individual tools to cover a wide range of instances
  • Includes all necessary basic tools, including a hammer, tape measure, utility knife, pliers, and a screwdriver set
  • Includes nonstandard tools for more advanced repairs and home upgrades

Premium Pick: Vastar Home Repair Tool Kit, General Household Tool Kit, 102 Piece

♛ Premium Pick
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Vastar Home Repair Tool Kit, General Household Tool Kit, 102 Piece

Though not the cheapest or most inexpensive home repair tool kit, the Vastar Home Repair Toolkit comes pre-loaded with the most used 102 tools.

The Vastar Home Repair Tool Kit, General Household Tool Kit, 102 Piece is a very good home toolkit for the price. Though not the cheapest or most inexpensive home repair tool kit, the Vastar Home Repair Toolkit comes pre-loaded with the most used 102 tools, and, 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.

Because of 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.

So we give the Task Tools T77265 tool belt our HIGHEST FIVE STAR rating.

Item Key Features:

  • Contains 102 individual tools to cover a wide range of instances
  • Has an 18-Month warranty to protect tools from damage
  • Kit is priced more affordably than comparable tool kits

Best Value: Apollo Tools DT9706 Original 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set

$ Best Value
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Apollo Tools DT9706 Original 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set

The Apollo Tools DT9706 Original 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set is a good inexpensive and cheaper home tool set that features all the essential tools without breaking the bank.

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 being present in this kit. This is a great pick for someone who needs the bare necessity of home repair tools on a budget.

We give the Apollo Tools DT9706 Original 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set a THREE STAR rating.

Item Key Features:

  • Includes a lifetime guarantee for all tools in the set
  • Includes all necessary basic tools, including a hammer, pliers, a tape measure and utility knife, a screwdriver set, hex keys, scissors, and more
  • Compact and affordable, making this the best tool kit for basic use

Best Advanced: MVPOWER 95-piece Home Mechanics Repair Tool Kit – General Household Hand Tool Set

♥ Top Pick
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Top Pick: MVPOWER 95-piece Home Mechanics Repair Tool Kit – General Household Hand Tool Set

The MVPOWER 95-piece Home Mechanics Repair Tool Kit – General Household Hand Tool Set contains 95 pre-loaded small hand-tools. Its focus on variations and tol options makes it great for someone looking to expand their collection.

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. However, because it does not include a hammer or measuring tape, it’s best used by someone who already has the basics and is looking to build upon their existing tool collection.

We give the MVPOWER 95-piece Home Mechanics Repair Tool Kit – General Household Hand Tool Set our THREE STAR rating.

Item Key Features:

  • Includes advanced tools not seen in many other sets, such as combination wrenches, ratchet handles, long-nose pliers, and more
  • Tools are heat-treated to make them more durable and resistant to damage
  • Great for use in a car, RV, or boat

Beginner Pick: DOWELL 90 Homeowner Tool Set Pieces General Household Small Hand Tool Kit

♥ Top Pick
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Top Pick: DOWELL 90 Homeowner Tool Set Pieces General Household Small Hand Tool Kit

The DOWELL 90 Homeowner Tool Set Pieces General Household Small Hand Tool Kit is a great all-around household or apartment tool set and is a great option for newbies thanks to the variety of simple tools and the inclusion of screws and nails.

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.

Item Key Features:

  • Covers all basic tools with additional variety for a beginner who wants to branch out in the future
  • Includes all necessary basic tools, including a measuring tape, level, wrench, utility knife, hammer, pliers, and screwdriver bits
  • Tools are heat-treated and chrome-plated to protect against rust and corrosion

Who Should Buy a Home Tool Kit?

Tool kits are a valuable addition to any home, because they provide peace of mind to homeowners and apartment-dwellers that you can fix any small problem that arises without hiring a repairman or calling the maintenance crew. Ultimately, who should buy a home tool kit? Everyone!

Hiring repairmen to come fix issues that appear in your house, even small ones, can be expensive. Many technicians charge a flat base fee for their work, which means that whether it takes them five minutes or fifty, you’re out the same amount of money. Instead, if you have the means to make minor repairs on your own as a homeowner, you’ll save time in waiting for a repair technician and money in having to pay for someone else to do it.

In an apartment complex, most places have maintenance teams that will take care of any defects or damages in a building. However, they have to service every other unit in the complex as well, and—especially in the event of a minor repair—your problem may be low on their priority list. Save time by buying a tool kit so you can make problems go away more quickly and get on with your life.

Important Features to Consider

Every 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.

Conclusion

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.