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BEST QUALITY WRENCH SET FOR THE MONEY

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Last Updated January 28, 2019

Tekton WRN03293 review (6)
Tekton WRN03293

Pros

  • Nice, durable roll-up case
  • Has some ‘weird sizes’
  • Wrenches are secured via fabric loops vs plastic or metal hooks

cons

Wrench handles are not as long as other sets on this list

The wrenches in the set are not ratcheting wrenches

Sets may be purchased in either SAE or Metric sizing

Best Value
GearWrench 9312 review (4)
GearWrench 9312

Pros

  • Professional grade wrenches that meet or exceed ANSI, ASME and DIN specifications
  • Lifetime manufacturer’s warranty on the individual tools
  • Ratchet set with 5 degree swing allowance

cons

No lever to reverse the ratchet so it must be turned over to use

The ratchet wheels will sometimes pop out if side loaded

Tekton 18769 review (5)
Tekton 18769

Pros

  • Designed to be longer than standard wrenches
  • Customer service for Tekton has an excellent online presence
  • The tool organizer is a nice size and can be stored in accommodating toolboxes
  • This tool set is comparable to Snap-On quality and variety

cons

The overall quality raises some concerns

The wrenches are said to be crudely finished

Stanley 85-783 review (3)
Stanley 85-783

Pros

  • 15% more torque can be applied to the fastener due to the Max-Drive system
  • Meets or exceeds ANSI specifications
  • Limited lifetime warranty coverage on damaged tools

cons

One of three non-ratcheting wrench sets on this list

Edges are quite sharp

Finish is noticeably poor which decreases the aesthetic value of the tools

The plastic case does not hold the tools well

Best Overall
Toolguard FBA TG201 review (4)
Toolguard FBA TG201

Pros

  • Tools are of high quality for not being name brand
  • Tool roll holds wrenches together quite well
  • Lifetime warranty for all tools in the set

cons

Ratcheting function needs closer to an 8-10 degree working swing arc

Finish chips easily

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BUYER’S GUIDE

There are many choices when it comes to selecting the best wrench set. The best options have a combination of the right tools for the job, durability, and feeling right in the hand.

In order to efficiently choose the best one for you there are three key questions to ask yourself before you start shopping. First, what is the main purpose of the set? Next, how long do you need the tools to last? And finally, are there any special features that need to be included in the set?

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CONCLUSION

Choosing the best wrench set will vary from person to person. However, the best sets will have a few things in common, including durability, a pleasing/comfortable aesthetic, and the correct range of tools for the job.

Warranties make replacing tools much easier and the leading brands in the industry continue to impress with their designs and quality. This list is a great start for everyone – whether you are a newbie looking to buy your first good quality wrench set, or a seasoned technician who wants to supplement/replace your current set.

Reviews

01

The Tekton WRN03293 combination wrench set is ideal as a starter set, a backup set, or a full on “I need it every day for work” set. The wrenches are made out of chrome vanadium steel and have a mirror chrome finish.

There are 4 sets available, which is one of the reasons why these sets are so multi-purpose. The sets come with 9, 11, 13 or 15 wrenches included and the sizes range from 1/4″ to 1″ depending on which quantity you choose to purchase.

Adding to the multi-faceted nature of this wrench set, it is also available in either SAE or Metric sizing, but not both. Additionally, the open end of each wrench is angled at 15 degrees and as a whole, the entire set weighs just shy of 6lbs.

While the tools are fairly standard, the best part of this set, regardless of which tool count is purchased, is the pouch that is included.

It is a roll up pouch with a tailored cover to keep wrenches in place and prevent them from slipping out.

Good cases for tools are hard to come by and this is one of the best features of this set, and by far the best case for any wrench sets available. In addition to keeping the tools contained, they are secured with fabric loops to prevent scratching

Specifications
Piece Count
9,11,13 or 15
Size
SAE or Metric
Range
1/4 - 1"
Ratchet Wrenches
No
Pros
  • Nice, durable roll-up case that protects your wrenches and keeps them well-organized
  • Has some ‘weird sizes’ included in the range (depending on the set count that is purchased), which removes the need to buy single wrenches separately
  • Wrenches are secured via fabric loops vs plastic or metal hooks to prevent scratching
Cons
  • Wrench handles are not as long as other sets on this list and could be perceived as ‘short’ (even though they are the standard length)
  • The wrenches in the set are not ratcheting wrenches
  • Sets may be purchased in either SAE or Metric sizing, but both are not displayed on the tools
Tekton WRN03293 review (6)

Tekton WRN03293

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02

This GearWrench set is one of the best sets for professional mechanics and it is highly rated on this list. This 12 point set has 13 different SAE sizes ranging from 1/4″ to 1″. The pieces come in a molded wrench rack and are standard-length.

GearWrench 9312 review (5)

One of the best features of this set is that the tools meet or exceed ANSI, ASME, DIN and federal torque specifications for standard professional combination wrenches. Thus, there is no doubt that these tools can get the job done.

Additionally, the tools come with GearWrench’s lifetime manufacturer’s warranty on each piece (though it’s important to note that the warranty does not cover the set as a whole).

This is nice for wrenches that get used more than others because they can be replaced once they no longer work.

There are a few minor cautions when it comes to purchasing this set. However, none of them really relate to any performance issues.

One thing to note is that there is no lever to set the ratchet to reverse, so the wrench must be turned over instead.

To be fair, though, some comment that this gives the wrenches better performance since you are not fiddling with a lever that may become loose over time and slip out of position.

Additionally, the wrench rack that is included does not seem to hold the wrenches in place as well as others, but it works to keep things organized if placed in a quality tool box.

Specifications
Piece Count
13
Size
SAE
Range
1/4 - 1"
Ratchet Wrenches
Yes
Pros
  • Professional grade wrenches that meet or exceed ANSI, ASME and DIN federal torque specifications for standard professional combination wrenches
  • Lifetime manufacturer’s warranty on the individual tools
  • Ratchet set with 5 degree swing allowance
Cons
  • No lever to reverse the ratchet so it must be turned over to use
  • The ratchet wheels will sometimes pop out if side loaded so it is important to make sure you pull straight
GearWrench 9312 review (4)

GearWrench 9312

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03

These Tekton 18769 combination wrenches are another contender as best for professional use. Like its sister set, the WRN03293, this model comes in with 9, 11, 13 or 15 wrenches and you can select either SAE or Metric sizing (but not both).

These tools are also made from chrome vanadium steel with a nice mirror chrome finish.

This is a ratchet set and the tools are angled and offset 15 degrees for optimum access. However, one of the standout features is the extra-long handles.

The handles make (or break) these tools for the technicians who have used them and this set could be ranked even higher than Craftsman sets for how the tools fit in the hand.

Also, this is the second cheapest set on this list, which doesn’t impact the quality, making it a great budget buy!

As a whole, the set weighs just over 2lbs which makes it easy to transport. Several technicians who work in the auto industry did caution that these tools were not the quality that they were looking for and suggested that this works as a backup set.

However, other technicians in other fields praised these tools for the quality and performance along with the cost.

Specifications
Piece Count
9, 11, 13 or 15
Size
SAE or Metric
Range
1/4 - 7/8"
Ratchet Wrenches
No
Pros
  • Designed to be longer than standard wrenches, which is a nice benefit for mechanics and users with larger hands
  • Customer service for Tekton has an excellent online presence and addresses all customer concerns in a timely manner
  • The tool organizer is a nice size and can be stored in accommodating toolboxes
  • This tool set is comparable to Snap-On quality and variety and is in some instances better than Craftsman sets
Cons
  • The wrenches look and feel expensive, but the overall quality raises some concerns
  • The wrenches are said to be crudely finished in that you can see the grind marks; it doesn’t impact the quality, but it does impact the general aesthetics
Tekton 18769 review (5)

Tekton 18769

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04

While it might not be as common of a brand, Stanley 85-783 is a good contender when it comes to choosing a wrench set.

It is built to meet or exceed ANSI specifications for professional tools and is also the cheapest set on this list – coming in just $1 less than the Tekton 18769 (#3).

This set contains 20 wrenches made from chrome vanadium steel with a nice, corrosion resistant finish. Both Metric and SAE sizing are printed on the tools and everything is included in a nice black plastic case.

As a whole, it weighs approximately 4.5lbs. The tools are covered by a limited lifetime warranty (though it is important to note that tools damaged by misuse are not covered).

Additionally, these wrenches are built to meet or exceed ANSI standards, making them sturdy enough for professional use.

Overall this set is well-made and good quality for the cost. However, this set is sadly not a ratchet set, which can be a deal breaker for some buyers. Along these same lines, users should take caution with the tool edges as they are inconsistently sharp.

Additionally, the finish is often poor and the plastic case does not do much to keep tools organized or together.

It is important to note, however, that these are mainly aesthetic complaints and don’t detract too much from the value of the set as a whole; this is still a high-quality set for the money.

Specifications
Piece Count
20
Size
SAE & Metric
Range
5/32-1/2" | 6-13mm
Ratchet Wrenches
No
Pros
  • 15% more torque can be applied to the fastener due to the Max-Drive system which allows the box end to contact the fastener away from the corner
  • Meets or exceeds ANSI specifications
  • Limited lifetime warranty coverage on damaged tools (excluding tools damaged by improper use)
Cons
  • One of three non-ratcheting wrench sets on this list
  • Edges are quite sharp and can be uncomfortable when used extensively in a short period of time
  • Finish is noticeably poor which decreases the aesthetic value of the tools
  • The plastic case does not hold the tools well, especially if the case is bumped in any way, thus making this set hard to transport
Stanley 85-783 review (3)

Stanley 85-783

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05

This Toolguard ratcheting wrench set is ideal for in-garage use. It is moderately priced and comes with 22 different pieces. This provides a nice range of sizes that will work for almost all jobs.

The tools are stamped with both SAE and Metric sizes and come with a nice tool roll that has the sizes printed inside for easy organization.

For not being a name brand, these tools work surprisingly well. They are all 72-tooth ratchet gears and, according to the product details, the wrenches only need a 5-degree working swing arc.

The sizes range from 1/4″ – 3/4″ (6-18mm) and the entire set weighs about 5.5lbs. As a bonus, the tools come with a lifetime warranty.

There are a few things to note, however, for buyers considering this set. The finish does chip easily, which takes away from quality aesthetic.

The tools are not built to meet ANSI or any other professional standards and it does show a bit in how sturdy the tools are.

Lastly, the ratcheting function in reality needs more of an 8-10 degree working swing arc vs the 5 degrees that is stated on the webpage. If you are looking for a good in-garage set, though, this will do the trick and probably exceed your expectations.

Specifications
Piece Count
22
Size
SAE & Metric
Range
1/4 - 3/4" | 6-18mm
Ratchet Wrenches
Yes
Pros
  • Tools are of high quality for not being name brand and are comparable to other leading brands
  • Tool roll holds wrenches together quite well
  • Lifetime warranty for all tools in the set
Cons
  • Ratcheting function needs closer to an 8-10 degree working swing arc, not 5 as commonly stated
  • Finish chips easily
  • Not ideal for a mechanic, but in-garage work would suffice
Toolguard FBA TG201 review (4)

Toolguard FBA TG201

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06

This GearWrench set is in second place on the list of ‘The Best Wrench Sets’ for a good reason. It comes with either 20 or 32 pieces, and the 32 piece option puts it at the top of the list for the most wrenches in a set.

The wrenches come in both SAE and Metric sizes, further increasing the set’s overall functionality.

The tools in this set are all ratcheting wrenches and they are built to meet or exceed not only ANSI specifications, but DIN and federal torque specifications as well.

As a whole, the tools weigh just shy of 6lbs and they have a lifetime warranty, except in cases of tool abuse.

One surprising thing with this set – and something to keep in mind – is that the wrench set doesn’t come in a case.

Additionally, the ratcheting ends have been known to strip with heavy application, which is something to note if you are looking for tools for heavy-duty work.

Moreover, the ratcheting feature has been known to ‘stick’ and the wrench must be removed and fiddled with/jiggled a bit before it will work again.

In the end, the quality of the tools themselves is more-or-less questionable. If the performance hiccups won’t impede your work and if you want a wider range of wrench sizes, then this set is one of the better ones for the job.

Specifications
Piece Count
20 or 32
Size
SAE & Metric
Range
1/4 - 3/4" | 6-18mm
Ratchet Wrenches
Yes
Pros
  • One of the widest ranges of sizes
  • Meets and exceeds ANSI, DIN, and federal torque specifications
  • Lifetime warranty, excluding issues related to tool abuse
  • Surface drive box end provides stronger grip and nearly eliminates rounding
Cons
  • This set does not include a case
  • The handle is narrow so it does tend to ‘cut’ into your hand when you turn tight nuts, etc.
  • Ratcheting ends will strip with heavy applications and will sometimes stick, requiring some fiddling before it will work again
GearWrench 35720 review (5)

GearWrench 35720

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07

The Craftsman brand has a wide-reaching reputation and their quality wrenches are one of the many things that make this a trusted brand. This ratchet set is no exception, with one of the highest customer ratings of all the sets on this list.

This set comes with 20 different wrenches in both SAE and Metric sizing. The tools come in a snug plastic ‘tray’ and the set as a whole weighs approximately 7.7lbs.

The wrenches in this set are backed by the Craftsman Forever guarantee. The tools themselves are standard length and are also nice and slim. This makes it much easier to reach into tight spaces.

Additionally, there is a 12 degree offset box that is meant to help make using these wrenches in small spaces even easier.

The high ratings do speak to the quality and the reputation of the Craftsman brand. However, in spite of this, potential buyers should take a few things into consideration.

Some things to keep in mind before you purchase this set include:

  1. The tray that the tools come in doesn’t really do a great job of keeping this wrenches together and is basically useless
  2. The wrenches tend to strip when used for heavy-duty/tight work
  3. There is not as much offset as advertised, which also makes them difficult to use in tight spaces
Specifications
Piece Count
20
Size
SAE & Metric
Range
1/4 - 3/4" | 6-18mm
Ratchet Wrenches
Yes
Pros
  • Backed by the Craftsman Forever guarantee
  • Recommended for high-quality, in-garage use
  • Slender, standard length allows for a good reach into tight spaces
Cons
  • The ‘tray’ that they the tools are shipped in is almost completely useless
  • The wrenches do not have a switch to reverse the ratchet and are designed to just flip to the flat end
  • The offset is not as prominent as is advertised
  • This set can be expensive online compared to same sets sold in hardware stores
Craftsman 43224-3119 review (2)

Craftsman 43224-3119

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

  • 1
    What is the main purpose of the set?

    Is this set going to be a gift for someone who loves tinkering in the garage or is it for a professional mechanic who works on jet engines? The nature of the job is going to determine if the set needs to meet certain national requirements like ANSI or ASME, or if a ‘good, but not professional’ set will suffice. Knowing in advance the purpose for the tools will save you time by identifying the level of quality and the range of wrench sizes you will need.

  • 2
    How long do you need the tools to last?

    The life of the tools will depend in part on what you are going to need them for. If you are just working in a garage on weekends, the top-of-the-line, most expensive tools may not be something you need to invest in. However, if you use your tools daily and need them to last as long as possible, consider sets that come with product warranties.

  • 3
    Are there any special features that you need in the set?

    One of the most obvious features to consider is if you need ratcheting wrenches or not. Again, what you are going to use the tools for will influence this as some jobs are done much easier and more efficiently if the wrench can ratchet. Another thing to consider is the case – including the weight of the set. If you are using it regularly and need to transport it consider looking for a set that comes with a case that keeps your tools nice and organized.