Best Tool Box - UK 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.

It is also surprising 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.

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.

Rank

Tool Box Name

Image

Rating

Price

1

Stanley 170316 19-inch 1-Touch Toolbox with Drawer

no 1 rated tool box

4.9

£24

2

Stanley 194749 23 inch Waterproof Toolbox

no 2 rated tool box

4.7

£23

3

Faithfull TBC517 Metal Cantilever Tool Box 17-inch

no 3 rated tool box

4.7

£22

4

Stanley 195620 Galvanised Metal Toolbox 26-inch

no 4 rated tool box

4.7

£24

5

Stanley 16In Toolbox 1 92 065

no 5 rated tool box

4.5

£11

6

VonHaus Tool Box Storage Set x3

no 6 rated tool box

4.4

£13

7

Stanley STA194858 Metal Latch Toolbox, 20 inch

no 6 rated tool box

4.4

£13

8

Perel OM13M 13-Inch Toolbox with Metal Latches

no 8 rated tool box

4.4

£7

9

Stanley 192905 Jumbo Toolbox 16-inch with Tray

no 9 rated tool box

4.4

£13

10

Stanley 1-94-857 Metal Latched Toolbox 16 inch

no 10 rated tool box

4.2

£9

As I mentioned earlier, there are quite a few cement mixers to pick from. Above we have shown you the five, that get the highest buyer ratings. You can also see from this, that the Foxhunter tool brand, is by quite a way, the most popular choice.

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

no 1 rated tool box

Average Price = £24

  • 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
  • There is 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
  • There is a padlock eye for securing tools and contents.

Summary of Buyer Ratings

83 %
5 STARS
14 %
4 STARS
3 %
3 STARS
0 %
2 STARS
0 %
1 STAR

A typical buyer comment was "Really sturdy .... can use as footstool !Replacing my 20 year old toolbox, it's easy to open, got great storage drawer underneath and has a quality feel to it"


No 2 Choice - Stanley 194749 23 inch Waterproof Toolbox

number two rated tool box

Average Price = £23

  • 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

Summary of Buyer Ratings

81 %
5 STARS
14 %
4 STARS
3 %
3 STARS
1 %
2 STARS
1 %
1 STAR

A typical buyer comment was "I bought a couple of these toolboxes because my workshop is very damp, good tools often go rusty in normal toolboxes and they have done the trick."


No 3 Choice - Faithfull TBC517 Metal Cantilever Tool Box 17-inch Review

number three rated tool box

Average Price = £22

  • Classic traditional cantilever metal tool box with 5 trays
  • Measures 20 x 20.6 x 44 cm and weighs empty 3.2 Kg
  • Tubular steel handle - also used to open and close the box
  • When the lid is closed, you can attach a padlock for security
  • When fully opened it is very easy to see all the tool stored inside

Summary of Buyer Ratings

80 %
5 STARS
13 %
4 STARS
3 %
3 STARS
3 %
2 STARS
1 %
1 STAR

A typical buyer comment was "Still in use 3 years later. Solid. No chipping or bending out of shape. Intensively used over 2 years through a complete renovation of our house"


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

number four rated tool box

Average Price = £24

  • 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

Summary of Buyer Ratings

78 %
5 STARS
17 %
4 STARS
3 %
3 STARS
1 %
2 STARS
1 %
1 STAR

A typical buyer comment was "Great sturdy box, clasps are very secure, already purchased another smaller version for around the house"


No 5 Choice - Stanley 16In Toolbox 1 92 065 Review

number five rated tool box

Average Price = £24

  • The tool box is made from Grade 1 polypropylene plastic
  • Measures 19.9 x 19.5 x 40.5 cm and weighs empty 1 Kg
  • Soft grip handle
  • Has a tote tray
  • It has metal latches
  • Can be padlocked where the lid meets the body

Summary of Buyer Ratings

69 %
5 STARS
21 %
4 STARS
8 %
3 STARS
0 %
2 STARS
2 %
1 STAR

A typical buyer comment was "We needed a new toolbox for our small house tool collection that we keep in the kitchen for any of those little jobs. Comes with a pull out tray, is of a quality you'd expect from the brand Stanley."


No 6 Choice - VonHaus Tool Box Storage Set x3 10" 13" 16" (S M L) Removable Organiser Trays DIY

no 6 rated tool box

Average Price = £13

  • Three tool box set - 10", 13" and 16.5"
  • Each of the boxes has a removable storage tray
  • The lid of each box has 3 removable storage compartments
  • Each box has double locking clips and a carrying handle
  • 2 Year Warranty

Summary of Buyer Ratings

66 %
5 STARS
19 %
4 STARS
8 %
3 STARS
4 %
2 STARS
3 %
1 STAR

A typical buyer comment was "They're at bit smaller than I'd anticipated but they're ideal for electrical and small domestic maintenance tools.OK for price."


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

Stanley STA194858 Metal Latch Toolbox, 20 inch

Average Price = £13

  • 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

Summary of Buyer Ratings

64 %
5 STARS
21 %
4 STARS
6 %
3 STARS
4 %
2 STARS
5 %
1 STAR

A typical buyer comment was "This toolbox is large enough to accommodate all of my tools ( Power drill, drill bit set, hammer, several screwdrivers, a set of spanners, screws, nails, multiple allen wrenches, torque wrench, tape measure as well as other bits & bobs."


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

number eight rated tool box

Average Price = £7

  • 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

Summary of Buyer Ratings

57 %
5 STARS
25 %
4 STARS
14 %
3 STARS
4 %
2 STARS
0 %
1 STAR

A typical buyer comment was "Love my little tool box now all my tools are nicely tucked inside this cute little box thank you."


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

number nine rated tool box

Average Price = £13

  • 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

Summary of Buyer Ratings

61 %
5 STARS
26 %
4 STARS
8 %
3 STARS
3 %
2 STARS
2 %
1 STAR

A typical buyer comment was "Perfect for the people who think I cant be bothered to go into the garage to get my tools out to do the nagging house hold job, stored nice under the stairs with enough build quality to dump the hoover on it etc"


No 10 Choice - Stanley 1-94-857 Metal Latched Toolbox 16 inch

no 10 rated tool box

Average Price = £9

  • 16" plastic tool box with metal latches
  • Measures 41 x 20 x 18.3 cm and weighs 0.96 Kg
  • Padlock eye
  • Removable tote tray
  • Soft grip handle - folds flat

Summary of Buyer Ratings

60 %
5 STARS
20 %
4 STARS
7 %
3 STARS
6 %
2 STARS
7 %
1 STAR

A typical buyer comment was "This toolbox is a nice size, and it doesn't feel cheaply made at all. Admittedly, it's not the best built toolbox out there but for £10 I would not expect any more."


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. Most people simply want a box to hold all the bits and pieces of tools, that are otherwise left sitting around. if that is the case, 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

Most 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​. I also have pliers and cutters in there along with a few electrical connectors.

I also have a 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.​

Enda McLarnon
 

I enjoy writing about tools and gadgets of all kinds. As an electrician and with many years working in the building industry, I have used my fair share of all the leading tool brands. On this website I share my experiences of these along with my colleague Geoff.

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