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Best Tool Chests of 2021: Top Recommendations

Whether you are a DIYer or a professional, it’s always nice to have your tools organized and close at hand. To do that, you will want to invest in a tool chest. There are many styles and designs to choose from, as well as factors to consider when making that decision.

With all that, how do you make a choice and not feel some level of anxiety about it? We have thought about it, and the best way to do that is to have as much information as you can when you are sifting through the wide array of options.

Understanding this, we thought it would be a good idea to craft a buyer’s guide for you. Below, we will look at what you should consider, answer a few frequently asked questions, and dive into some of our choices for the best tool chests on the market.

That being said, it is time to jump into the guide and start helping you make that all-important decision of which tool chest will work the best for your needs and your budget. So let’s get right down to it!

Comparison Chart

Keter Rolling Tool Chest

Stalwart Stackable Toolbox

WEN 73015 Garage Glider Rolling Tool Chest

TANKSTORM TZ37-BK Tool Chest

STANLEY 037025H Tool Box

Tool Chest Reviews

Keter Rolling Tool Chest

The first tool chest we are taking a look at is a five-drawer design from Keter. The tool chest is designed with five drawers that are filled with bins to make this one of the best options for those with a large tool collection.

Product Highlights

Here are the main features you can expect with this tool chest:

  • Dimensions – 22.1” x 11.4” x 19.8”
  • Weight – 23.6 lbs.
  • Wheel Type – casters
  • Constructed in weather-resistant polypropylene
  • Central locking system
  • 16 removable bins
  • Measurement system – metric

The Good

This lightweight option for a tool chest has a lot going for it. It is crafted with materials that enhance its portability, and yet, it still gives you all the space to house a large toolset. This, in addition to the wheels, makes it a great option for the tinkerer who moves around a lot.

The Bad

Now, it does have a few things that we found fault with and need to discuss. The unit doesn’t come with any locks for the locking system. This decreases the level of security when it comes to protecting your toolset. It is also tricky if a tool gets stuck in the drawers. If this happens, you will spend time taking the unit apart, and that could be very annoying.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Crafted with lightweight materials for enhanced mobility
  • 16 removable bins for plenty of storage while being easy to clean
  • Made with a multitude of boxes, bins, and dividers to optimize organization
  • Wheels are smooth and lock easily for better safety

Cons

  • Does not come with any locks or security
  • Drawers that get stuck will require you to disassemble the tool chest

Stalwart Stackable Toolbox

If you’re working with limited space to store your tool chest, then our next option might be a good choice for you. The unique stackable design of the Stalwart tool chest is good for space management and organization.

Product Highlights

Here are the main features you can expect with this tool chest:

  • Dimensions – 13.5” x 22.5” x 33”
  • Weight – 33.7 lbs.
  • Constructed with plastic
  • Telescopic comfort grip handle
  • Weight capacity – 100 lbs.
  • Comes with 2 slide-out drawers, tilt drawer, cable hooks, and 4 bungee cords

The Good

This stackable tool chest is crafted with a nice capacity, and the unique design gives you the ability to easily stay organized. This means you will have the tool you need for the job close at hand and easy to find for better time management. It is also a compact design, which means if you have a small shop or space, this option will be a stellar choice.

The Bad

Even with all the great qualities this tool chest brings with it, it is far from perfect. The clasps used to close the chests are plastic, which means they are more likely to break. On top of that, if you are a tall person, the handle that is used to transport the unit may be a little short for you.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Crafted with durable materials that extend its life
  • Crafted with a design that gives the user a spacious place to keep their tools
  • Unique stackable box design that helps you stay organized
  • Compact design makes storage easier

Cons

  • Clasps used to close tool chest are made of plastic
  • Some have had issues with the length of the handle

WEN 73015 Garage Glider Rolling Tool Chest

Mobility may be something that you are looking for, and if that is the case, the WEN 73015 has what you are looking for. It is a compact unit that is outfitted with high-quality wheels that maximize mobility.

Product Highlights

Here are the main features you can expect with this tool chest:

  • Dimensions – 16.5” x 27” x 16”
  • Weight – 27.2 lbs.
  • Absorbent vinyl-protected padding
  • Four 2.5” ball bearing casters
  • Two foldable magnetic trays
  • Weight capacity – 350 lbs.
  • 16 storage slots

The Good

This tool chest comes with a lot of great features, but for us, the best is the weight capacity. With this option, you will be able to house up to 350 pounds of tools. This type of weight capacity might have you questioning its mobility, but don’t worry. The unit is fitted on top of four ball bearing caster wheels that are of the highest grade.

The Bad

That being said, there are still a few things that we think could be improved upon to make this tool chest even better. The wheels glide smoothly and can take a lot of stress, but the locks are not as durable as the rest of the design. This could cause a problem, and when you add that to the unit’s tendency to rust if it gets wet, it could be a deal-breaker.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Comes with magnetic trays so that screws and bolts are more secure
  • Crafted with the ability to hold a lot of tools (350-pound capacity)
  • Made with a complete ball bearing caster system for ease of portability
  • Crafted with a screwdriver and plier hanger for even more organization

Cons

  • Tends to rust if it gets wet
  • Some issues with the quality of the wheel locks

TANKSTORM TZ37 Tool Chest

The next tool chest is a durable steel model that is crafted for serious use and a long life. If that is something you need, then the TANKSTORM TZ37 is a fine option for you.

Product Highlights

Here are the main features you can expect with this tool chest:

  • Dimensions – 24.3” x 13” x 34.2”
  • Weight – 62.5 lbs.
  • 7 drawers
  • Crafted with durable rolled steel
  • Powder-coated
  • Internal locking mechanism
  • Two 4” swivel caster wheels w/ locks

The Good

If you work outdoors or store your tool chest in the back of a vehicle, then you will want a model that combats corrosion and other concerns brought on by the elements. This model is powder-coated, which helps it fight against all of that, and this is probably the thing we like the most about it, along with the durability, the storage capacity, and the locking system. This is an all-around solid choice.

The Bad

There are some issues that we would be remiss if we didn’t mention. The height of the unit might be an issue because if you are tall, it may be uncomfortable to use. The locking mechanism also comes into question, as it can be quite tricky to get used to.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Comes with an internal locking system that keeps your tools safe
  • Finished with a chemical and scratch-resistant coating
  • Handle is constructed with sturdy, durable steel
  • Crafted with a side tray that increases the storage capacity

Cons

  • Height of the unit may be too short, which makes it less comfortable to use
  • Locking mechanism may take a little finesse to use

Stanley 037025H Tool Box

Lightweight and large capacity tool chests seem like something that might be hard to find. This may be true, but with our last option, we were able to find one from one of the biggest names in tools – Stanley.

Product Highlights

Here are the main features you can expect with this tool chest:

  • Dimensions – 18.9” x 20.5” x 34.3”
  • Weight – 1 lb.
  • Heavy-duty wheels
  • Wide steel telescopic handles w/ soft grip
  • Weight capacity – 50 gal.
  • Nickel-plated latches

The Good

Not only is this one of the more budget-friendly models on this list, but it is also a model that offers a large amount of capacity. That means you are getting more value for less money, and that is always a good thing. The unit comes with a high-grade locking system, as well, which means you can feel secure in knowing your investments are protected.

The Bad

All of that is great, but there are a few things that some may take fault with that could cause them to remove this model from their possible options. The hinges are plastic, and this will decrease the durability, which could lead to some frustration. On top of that, there is only one tray in the interior, which decreases its organizational capability.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Price versus value is heightened by the dimensions of the box
  • Outfitted with heavy-duty wheels
  • Outer shell is sturdy and durable
  • Fitted with a high-grade locking system

Cons

  • Designed with only one tray inside
  • Hinges that keep the box open are plastic and less durable

Buyer’s Guide

Now that you have a few options to look at, you may still be a little stressed by how to choose the tool chest that will suit the tools you have and the work you do. That is understandable, and as we said in the introduction, we want to give you the tools to be able to narrow down the field.

Because of this, we thought we would share with you the factors we considered when we were choosing the tool chests we just looked at. All of these factors play a crucial role in just how efficient the tool chest will be.
Here are the factors that we used to wade through the plethora of choices available to you.

Size

Don’t let the first factor fool you – it does not have anything to do with how many tools you will be able to fit in the unit. In fact, when we talk about the size of the model, it is more about the ease of storage. You will want to look at this factor in two ways – how much space do you have, and how big is the tool chest?

First, you will want to consider the space you have for the storage of said tool chest. When taking your measurements, make sure you leave a little wiggle room so that you can remove the tool chest easily. Then, once you have that, you can start looking at the dimensions of the tool chest to make sure they correspond with your measurements.

Material

Like designs and brands, there are many materials that your tool chest can be made of. The choice of material is important, as it dictates its portability and durability. Some of the most common materials tool chests are made of include the following.

Aluminum – Aluminum is used in a lot of tool chests for two very good reasons. The metal is both sturdy and lightweight. Also, aluminum is corrosion-resistant, which gives it a longer life.

Steel – Steel tool chests will be heavier, but with that comes heightened durability. If you work in a profession where your tool chest is going to take a beating, this may be a good option for you. Most steel boxes are coated with a powder that protects them from the elements and prevents rusting.

Stainless Steel – Stainless steel is not that common, but it does exist. It gives the individual all the durability and sturdiness of the other two metals but usually comes with a less budget-friendly price tag. The benefit of a stainless-steel tool chest is that you will get longer use out of it than almost any other type of material.

Plastic – Plastic has a lot going for it. Plastic tool chests will be lightweight and cannot rust at all. Most plastic tool chests also have some sort of transparent section, and this makes it easy to see the tools that you have. However, for that ease of use and portability, they sacrifice some durability.

Wood – The least common material may be wooden tool chests. Most of the time, tool chests of this material have been handcrafted and are not for rugged use. In fact, most have them solely for decoration purposes.

Storage Capacity

There are two things to keep in mind when thinking about storage capacity. The first of these is how many tools you have currently. You need to find a tool chest that can accommodate the tools you have currently and perhaps in the future.

Along with this, you will need to think about the size of the tools you have. By considering these two factors, you will be able to choose a tool chest that will be able to keep your tools nice and tidy.

Locking System

Not only does your tool chest keep your tools organized, but it also protects your tools from theft and the elements. That is why the locking mechanism that the tool chest is crafted with is so important.

One option is a tubular system. This is a system where you unlock one drawer and the others become accessible. Other than that, some are crafted with a padlock eyelet. These then use a padlock to keep your tools safe.

Accessories Included

You want to get the most for your money, so one factor you should definitely pay attention to is the accessories that the unit comes with. Extras like tool hangers, magnetic shelves, and bins for bolts and screws are all-important perks that will elevate the performance of the tool chest.

Tool Chest FAQs

There are so many features that can help you determine the model of tool chest you should choose. Just having a good knowledge base of the product can be important, so we gathered together some of the most commonly asked questions online and answered them below for you.

What are the different types of tool chests?

There are many different types of tool chests that you can choose from. Here is a look at them.

Carry – This is the box that many of us think of when we think of a tool chest. It comes in small to medium size and is fitted with a handle. This allows you limited capacity but a more portable option.

Stationary – This is a tool chest that comes with multiple drawers but no mounted wheel. A chest like this often gives you plenty of organization room but is not able to be moved or transported.

Roll Around – When you’re looking at this type of tool chest, you get many different designs and materials used in the construction. They tend to offer a larger capacity of storage, and because they are mounted on wheels, they are easily moved from place to place.

Roll Around w/ Workbench – Take that roll around and slap a work surface on top. These tend to be a larger option and are good for a small workshop. Some will even have the ability to adjust their height for a more comfortable workspace.

Trolley Style – This style of tool chest is usually made of premium-grade plastics. They are lighter than the roll around and are crafted with a telescopic handle and wheels. Typically, they are more compact and easy to transport.

Organizer – The organizer is a more compact carry option. It is good for small kits and to organize screws and other small pieces in your toolset.

What is the difference between a tool chest and a toolbox?

A tool chest is a type of toolbox. Sometimes, this type of toolbox is called a top box. Years ago, most tool chests did not come with wheels attached, and they were stationary units to house your tools. Most tool chests are crafted to reach waist-height and come with multiple drawers. Nowadays, however, the two terms are interchangeable.

What are the best brands of tool chests?

Many great smaller brands deliver the same quality as the big names in tools. Brands like Ketler have simply not had the exposure to build a name for themselves, but if you are looking for the top of the line, tried and true brands when it comes to tool chests, there are many to choose from. Here are three of the most well-known brands:

Stanley – This is a high-quality, budget-friendly brand that has built a home following throughout its long life.

Husky – For handymen and women who are looking for durability, Husky is the go-to brand. Like Craftsman, it has been in the business for decades and has spent time refining and building a great reputation.

Craftsman – This brand may be the most recognized when it comes to tools and tool chests. It has been delivering quality products for decades, and many big contractors invest in this brand because of its reputation and quality.

Why are tool chests so expensive?

There is actually a wide range of price tags when it comes to tool chests. You can find many that are very budget-friendly. On the whole, though, the more expensive tool chests tend to have that price tag due to the material and accessories used in the design. There is also, of course, the brand reputation that tacks on a few dollars, as well.

Build vs Buy a Tool Chest?

As with any question of this nature, the answer depends on you. If you have the time available and skills needed, you may choose to build a tool chest. However, if you’re looking for something you can pick up and get your tools into immediately, then buying is the way to go.

Final Thoughts

Having a better idea of what to consider when looking for that perfect tool chest should assist you in your decision-making process. Hopefully, with all of the information we laid out in the buyer’s guide above, we have made your hunt for the perfect tool chest a little easier.

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