Best Tool Box Reviews 

In this article we review, what we think to be the best tool boxes, that are currently available in the UK market. There are a ton of these to choose from. Typically the cost anything between £7-30. The average cost for a good one is about £20-25.

Over time many people buy and gather up a set of basic tools. They use those for general home repairs and projects. We also gather up tools for the car, and even some for the garden. It is surprising just how many of these we can quickly collect.

You can be surprised at how much they all cost, when you start to add up the individual bits and pieces. Buying a good quality tool box that you can lock is then simply a good idea. Aside from that, it is always handy to have all your tools in one place.

Then there are people like me, who just like having a tool box or two.

If you are in a hurry just go straight to STANLEY Deep Toolbox Storage as we found this to be the best all round value across all the tool boxes we reviewed.

Top 10 Rated Tool Boxes.

Just below you will find an easy to read top 10 tool box table, that is easy to understand. There we have placed the boxes in a specific order. The order we have used is the highest buyer rated first. In other words we have placed the boxes in order of what buyers judged their quality to be.

We have also included average UK prices, but be aware that these are always subject to change. Always check on the exact date and time when you are making any purchase. The ratings we update on a regular weekly basis.

You can click on each image to see a larger version. Underneath the table, we have done a more specific and detailed review on each box.

Best Tool Box Summary Reviews

Underneath, we have completed short and concise reviews, on these top 10 products. That way you can see at a glance, which one is the best choice for you.

No 1 Choice - Stanley 170316 19-inch 1-Touch Toolbox with Drawer

94% buyer satisfaction based on 1,000+ online buyer reviews.

  • Strong and tough heavy duty design
  • Measures 48 x 28 x 29 cm and weighs empty 3 Kg
  • The top handle is a soft grip, and also extra wide for more comfortable lifting
  • It has a one touch latch to easily and quickly open the tool box.
  • Larger tools can be stored underneath the tote tray
  • TIt comes with a deep drawer that runs on ball bearings for easy movement
  • There is a V-groove in the lid. That can be used to cut timber or pipework
  • Has a handy padlock eye for securing tools and contents
  • Bargain price

This is the best rated tool box we could find. It has a bit of everything, from a good capacity to carry tools to a very handy pull out section for all your bits and pieces.

It's an easy choice for an all round tool box.

No 2 Choice - Stanley 194749 23 inch Waterproof Toolbox

94% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews.

  • Sealed for safe and dry storage of tools and accessories
  • Measures 58.4 x 26.7 x 30.5 cm and weighs empty 3.2 Kg
  • Soft grip handle
  • Metal rust proof latches for opening and closing
  • Larger tools can be stored underneath the tote tray
  • There is a V-groove in the lid. That can be used to cut timber or pipework
  • Storage underneath a portable tote tray

This is another great tool box in the Stanley range. It is more designed to carry a lot of your heavy tools and there arent any compartments , just a lift out tray in the inside.

Its a very strong tool box and is totally waterproof.

No 3 Choice - Faithfull TBB19 Metal Barn Tool Box 19-inch Review

94% buyer satisfaction based on 500+ online buyer reviews.

  • Benefits from an additional tote tray
  • Measures 484 x 154 x 165 mm and weighs empty 2.29 Kg
  • Tubular steel handle - also used to open and close the box
  • When the lid is closed, you can attach a padlock for security
  • If it's fully opened it is very easy to see all the tool stored inside
  • Very handy size that holds plenty but is still very portable
  • Compares well price wise to similar boxes

I really like this tool box as something I can through some tools into and take it with me to a job. Its quite long, so nearly any tool will fit in it but its compact enough to take anywhere.

This model is a lot cheaper than many of its similar rivals and is just as strong and sturdy.

No 4 Choice - Stanley 195620 Galvanised Metal Toolbox 26-inch

94% buyer satisfaction based on 700+ online buyer reviews.

  • Heavy duty tool box with galvanised finish - ideal for work sites
  • Measures 66 x 29.5 x 22.5 cm and weighs empty 3 Kg
  • Soft grip handle - folds flat when not in use
  • Rust resistant half length removable plastic tray
  • Heavy duty metal latches
    V saw groove for cutting wood or pipes
  • Can be padlocked where the lid meets the body

Stanley again! There is no doubt that these Stanley models lead the market. This is a much shallower box and most users keep light tools in it for easy portability.

I guess this is aimed at the DIY market though it is quite strong and more spacious than you might think.

No 5 Choice - STANLEY Toolbox Tote Plus Storage Organiser Review

96% buyer satisfaction based on 800+ online buyer reviews.

  • Measures 32 x 55.6 x 24.9 cm Weighs 2.7 Kilograms
  • 19 inches Tote with top case for powertoools and small parts
  • Long metal carry handle - locks in place for carryin tilts down for storage
  • Heavy duty anti-rust metal latches for extra strength and durability
  • Integrated carry handle for the case
  • Can be used as a separate unit
  • Removable dividers for tools and small parts
  • 24" and 19" Tote with a top case for Power-Tools and small parts

No 6 Choice - Amtech N0140 Toolbox with Organiser Top and Carry Tray, 19-Inch

84% buyer satisfaction based on 500+ online buyer reviews.

  • Polypropylene tool box with double clip closure, carry handle
  • Built-in organisation compartments
  • With lift out carry tray
  • Approx size 50 x 26 x 24cm
  • Am-Tech branded
  • 3 year product guarantee
  • Fine for craft tools and small items
  • Clasps are a bit fiddly but you get used to them
  • Cheap and cheerful but a handy wee tool box

This is a cheap and cheerful tool box thats handy for arts and crafts and small tools. Just check its the size you want because it is pretty small.

No 7 Choice - Stanley STA194858 Metal Latch Toolbox, 20 inch Review

90% buyer satisfaction based on 2,000+ online buyer reviews.

  • Plastic tool box with metal latches
  • Measures 24 x 25.5 x 50.5 cm and weighs 1.7 Kg
  • Two organisers which can be accessed, without having to open the tool box
  • Soft grip handle
  • Removable tote tray
  • Has a padlock eye for security
  • Top lid organiser accesible without opening the toolbox
  • Portable tote tray included
  • Soft grip handle for secure and comfortable grip
  • Metal latches for long life

No 8 Choice - Perel OM13M 13-Inch Toolbox with Metal Latches

90% buyer satisfaction based on 500+ online buyer reviews.

  • 13" plastic tool box with metal latches
  • Measures 32 x 15.5 x 13.9 cm and weighs 0.59 Kg
  • Two organisers in the lid
  • Removable tote tray
  • Has a padlock eye for security
  • This is very light compared to other tool boxes but still very useful 
  • Easily a good choice for the occasional DIY
  • Pretty good quality despite being very cheap

No 9 Choice - Stanley 192905 Jumbo Toolbox 16-inch with Tray

88% buyer satisfaction based on 1,000+ online buyer reviews.

  • 16" plastic tool box with metal latches
  • Measures 25.4 x 17.8 x 40.5 cm and weighs 1.2 Kg
  • Two removable organisers in the lid
  • Removable tote tray
  • Fixed organiser that holds screwdriver bits
  • Easy grip handle
  • Again Stanley compares very well for price and quality, even at this lower end of the price range

No 10 Choice - Shoze Metal Tool Box 3 Tier 5 Tray

92% buyer satisfaction based on 250+ online buyer reviews.

  • Metal tool box
  • Steel,corrosion resistance,heavy duty metal tool box 3 tier 5 tray
  • Tough powder coated finish give a long life.
  • Displays their contents when open
  • The lid of the closed box can be secured by a padlock (not supplied) for added security
  • Old fashioned style but still very functional. Sometimes the old designs are still the best

Tool Box Buying Guide

As you can see these tool boxes come in a whole range of sizes. The most popular are 16" and 20". The size that you buy will really come down to how many tools you have, what size they are and what you are going to use them for.

Most people will eventually end up owning a few of these. For myself, I simply want a box to hold all the bits and pieces of tools, that are otherwise left sitting around. If that is the case for you too, then a simple plastic tool box, with a couple of latches, will do the job nicely.

I would recommend getting one that can be locked. Even a small amount of tools can quickly add up to a considerable cost. To avoid them getting stole, it is worth sticking a padlock on the box. Now I know a thief may then take the whole box, but that is heavy and hard enough to carry. Pinching a cordless drill is a lot easier if it is sitting out on its own.

Plastic or Metal

You can get metal, usually galvanised, or a tough type of plastic. The metal type are normally used by those working on building sites, as they will last longer. Most people will simply need a solid plastic box, though I would recommend the metal latches, simply because they last longer.

Ideas for Tool Box Storage

Many homes can do nicely with just one tool box. It does of course depend on how many tools, and other bits and pieces, you happen to have. I know that over the years, I have gathered up a lot of tools, and certainly a lot of other tool accessories.

These include things like different sizes of nails, screws, wall plugs etc. I eventually ended up buying a tool box just to hold those. That can save you a lot of time, when you are looking for a nail or screw to do a simple job, like hanging up a picture.

I also have what I call me "electric tool box." In there I keep fuses, electrical screwdrivers, a bulb tester, a fuse tester and a few electrical screwdrivers. There are also pliers and cutters in there along with a few electrical connectors.

Then I have another tool box for my drill, along with all of my drill bits, and other drill accessories such as wire discs, sanding attachments, wire brushes etc.

The bottom line is the better you can stay organised, then the easier you make your life, especially when it comes to doing jobs around the home and garden.

If you are still not sure just go straight to STANLEY Deep Toolbox Storage as we found this to be the best all round value across all the tool boxes we reviewed.

Or if you fancy something a bit bigger then have a look at our reviews on the Best Tool Chest Cabinets.

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