Best Tool Chest Cabinet UK Reviews
In this article we review, what we think to be the best tool chest and cabinets, that are currently available in the UK market. There are many different types to choose from. Typically they cost anything between £40-120.
if you are stuck for time just go straight to Dirty Pro Tools™ Large Tool Chest as we found this to be the best all round value, otherwise please enjoy our review.
The main reason for the price difference, is that there are three main types to consider. These are:
- The tool chest - used mainly by builders and contractors
- The tool bench cabinet - used mainly by carpenters, joiners and garages
- The full blown rolling cabinet with drawers - used mainly by garages, mechanics and engineers
The main purpose of all of these, is to keep your tools secure. It also means that you can look after your tools, and it really helps a great deal, with keeping all of your tools really well organised.
Some people prefer to use just an ordinary tool box. We have done an article on the top 10 tool boxes in the UK, which you can read by clicking here. Some others prefer to use a basic tool bag, and you can read about those by clicking here.
This article however is about the top 10 tool chests and cabinets, that are currently available in the UK.
The brands Stanley, Dirty Pro, Sealey and Hilka dominate the UK market, for these types of tool chests and cabinets.
Top 10 Rated Tool Chests & Cabinets
Just below you will find an easy to read top 10 tool chest and cabinet table, that should make your choices, easier to understand. There we have placed these products in a specific order. The order we have used is the highest buyer rated first. In other words we have placed the chests and cabinets 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 chest or cabinet.
Chest or Cabinet Name
Dirty Pro Tools™ Large Tool Chest
Stanley STA1-92-083 Professional Mobile Tool Chest
Hilka C108BBS Heavy Duty 8 Drawer Combination Unit
Homegear 14 Drawer Tool Box Chest / Storage Cabinet
Stanley 192902 Professional Mobile Tool Chest
Sealey AP9243BB Tool Chest 3 Drawer
Hardcastle 9 Drawer Red Lockable Topchest Tool Box
Stanley 1-94-850 FatMax ProMobile JobChest
Sealey AP22509BB Topchest 9 Drawer
Sealey AP2200BB Topchest & Rollcab Combination 6 Drawer
So as you can see from our top 10 table, there is certainly plenty of choice. Certain brands like Sealey and Stanley have clearly captured this market, and they do make high quality chests and cabinets. Above we have shown you the ten best, that get the highest buyer ratings.
Best Tool Chest & Cabinet 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 - Dirty Pro Tools™ Large Tool Chest Review
- Measures Width 610 x Depth 330 x Height 1080 mm with castors on (1000 mm height without castors)
- Weighs 30 Kg
- There are two items, a large roll cabinet and an 8 drawer tool chest - the cabinet is an empty space = no shelving
- All the drawers slide on ball bearings for a smooth effortless movement and all of the drawers have anti-slip mats in them
- The cabinet sits on heavy duty roller castors for easy movement
- Made from high power steel coated steel frame with a glossy paint finish, and available in a variety of colours
- Side tray for screwdrivers and other tools
A typical buyer comment was "Just the job for tidying up the garage and pulling all your tools together. I'm not a mechanic or anything but there is plenty of space for the average DIY user"
No 2 Choice - Stanley STA1-92-083 Professional Mobile Tool Chest Review
- Measures 61.3 x 37.5 x 41.9 cm and weighs 6 Kg
- Has a large main compartment for larger tools
- Removable tote tray for smaller tools
- It also has a soft pocket organiser and removable cups.
- Also has a transparent organiser in the lid for storing small items
- The chest is lockable with extra-large metal latches
- Has a V-Groove in the lid to help cut wood or pipes
- Heavy duty road tested wheels
- Telescopic handle so as you can pull it along
A typical buyer comment was "I bought this tool box to help me organise and work in my shed. It has a groove in the lid for some light sawing which suited my little shelf building project."
No 3 Choice - Hilka C108BBS Heavy Duty 8 Drawer Combination Unit Review
- Heavy duty 8 drawer combination unit has an all steel construction in the callsic red colour
- Measures 67 x 66 x 35.5 cm and weighs 24 Kg
- All the drawers use ball bearings for easy sliding
- Key locking facility with full length drawer pulls - the top drawers lock but not the cabinet
- Has a durable paint finish.
- Has castors for easy movement
A typical buyer comment was "This tool chest is great my husband is so pleased with it as it does the job that he wants it to do."
No 4 Choice - Homegear 14 Drawer Tool Box Chest / Storage Cabinet Review
- A very popular choice for many buyers - black gloss powder coated finish
- Measures (L x W x H) 62 x 33 x 117 cm) and weighs 34 Kg
- This cabinet has six small drawers and three wide drawers for top-box, and a roll cabinet with five drawers
- Ball bearing slides on all drawers, and anti-slip mats in all drawers
- Heavy duty swivel castors and 2 of these have brakes - these can be removed if not required and will reduce the height to 104 cm
A typical buyer comment was "Bought this for my husband, it is well made and very sturdy, he is very pleased with it."
No 5 Choice - Stanley 192902 Professional Mobile Tool Chest Review
- Heavy duty tool chest with a secure locking facility
- Measures 38.5 x 61.3 x 42 cm and weighs 3 Kg
- Comes with large nickel plated metal latches
- Has a removable tote tray
- Multi-purpose V-groove on top lid for working with pipes and wood
- Has telescopic steel handles with soft grip
- Heavy-duty road tested wheels.
A typical buyer comment was "Absolutely great product, I've had these for around 15 years now and managed to store all the tools I need on a daily basis."
No 6 Choice - Sealey AP9243BB Tool Chest 3 Drawer Review
- From the leading tool brand Sealey
- This is a 9 drawer chest with ball bearings slides
- Measures 60 x 38 x 25 cm and weighs 15 Kg
- Please note there are no mats in the drawers
- It is lockable
Summary of Buyer Ratings
A typical buyer comment was "Excellent for tools, and sits well with the rollcab 7 drawer unit. Sturdy for the DIY-er and perfect for screw drivers, spanners, chisels pliers etc."
No 7 Choice -Hardcastle 9 Drawer Red Lockable Topchest Tool Box Review
- This is a 9 Drawer Tool Chest in a deep gloss red colour
- Measures 60cm x 25.5cm x 39 cm and weighs 15 Kg
- It is made from powder coated steel
- Has 9 storage drawers & top lid compartment and each drawer has an anti-slip mat
- There is a security lock with 2 keys. This keeps the top lid compartment secure. Then the front locking bars secure the drawers when not in use
- Stainless steel carrying handles
- The drawers run on smooth ball bearings
A typical buyer comment was "Very pleased with this toolbox, I have a few from other makers and thought this considerably cheaper model would do for the woodwork shed, it's better than the others!"
No 8 Choice - Stanley 1-94-850 FatMax ProMobile JobChest Review
- Large tool job chest from the popular Stanley brand
- Measures 91 x 51.6 x 43.1 cm and weighs 12 Kg - has a capacity of 113 litres
- Sealed to be waterproof
- Heavy duty wheels
- Telescopic handle
- Lock mechanism in the lid, with a weatherproof cap
- Has a portable tote tray for tools
- Also has the popular V-groove for sawing
A typical buyer comment was "A brilliant product, my only complaint..........IT'S HUGE!! It holds all my equipment and more. It's robust enough to be dragged up and down stairs too"
No 9 Choice - Sealey AP22509BB Topchest 9 Drawer Review
- Another one from the Sealey brand
- This is a 9 drawer chest with ball bearing slides
- Measures 60 x 38 x 25 cm and weighs 15 Kg
- Does not have drawer liners
A typical buyer comment was "Nice medium duty tool box, got it in the garage and it looks great, would recommend it for the price, you can't go wrong"
No 10 Choice - Sealey AP2200BB Topchest & Rollcab Combination 6 Drawer Review
- Tool cabinet with 6 drawers all on ball bearings
- Measures 35 x 64 x 66 cm and weighs 25 Kg
- 1 year warranty
- Castor wheels for easy movement
Summary of Buyer Ratings
A typical buyer comment was "This is just fantastic for the price. Solid, but unpacking is tricky as the top cabinet is inside the smaller, making that very heavy to unpack"
You can see that these essentially divide into either a portable tool chest style, or to the drawer style, that may also have a cabinet attached. They are typically used by different types of trades. These are also useful for people who like to store their tools neatly and safely.
Tool Chest Buying Guide
The Stanley brand pretty much dominate the UK market, for this type of product. The things that you need to consider when buying one of these, we have highlighted below.
Capacity - This is simply how much they can hold. These are used a lot by tradesmen who have to carry around a lot of the heavier tools. Normally they have a number of electrical power tools, such as a drill, circular saw, batteries, and other heavy equipment.
The Wheels - Any tool chest worth its salt will need heavy duty wheels. They need to support the weight inside the chest, being bumped across a variety of ground conditions. This could be inside a home to outside on concrete, and even on building style conditions. They should be large and have a good grip.
Waterproof - For me this is one of the most important considerations. Keeping your tools dry is important. Ideally they should be sealed, so as rain, moisture and dampness can not get inside and damage the expensive tools.
Telescopic Handle - This is the handle that is used to drag the tool chest around. This should be wide enough to easily grip, even with gloves. It should also push in and out of the way when not in use.
Trays and Pouches - Most of these will come with a tote tray, or small plastic trays on the top of the chest. These are handy for all the various bits and pieces that you need to get the jobs done.
Tool Cabinet Buying Guide
Tool cabinets are a different beast to the tool chest. These style of cabinets are mainly used by mechanics and engineers, but also by tattoo artists, and anyone who needs to keep specialised equipment, organised and safe.
You can buy these as a cabinet with drawers, or as a set of drawers only. With the drawers only option, these will normally sit on a bench. You can get those with different numbers of drawers, depending on how many tools you need to store.
The cabinet with drawers will always have a set of castor wheels so as the cabinet and drawer unit can be easily moved around a garage. You can of course take these wheels off and use it as a fixed or stationary location.
Some of these are also full drawer units, but the most popular have an open cabinet underneath, with a set of drawers on top.
Drawers and ball bearings - This is where you can keep a variety of tools such as spanners, screwdrivers and wrenches. They need to be deep enough to hold what you plan on storing in them. Any good quality tool cabinet will have roller bearings for the drawers to glide on.
That is because the weight of tools would prevent a normal drawer from opening easily. With ball bearings the weight sits on those, and makes opening and closing the drawer a fairly simple and effortless task.
Drawer Mats - Some manufacturers include what are called anti-slip mats inside their drawers. The purpose of these is that when you line up your tools in the drawer, then they will stay in place when the drawer is opened and closed.
Lockable - We think it is important that you should be able to lock the drawers, and ideally the cabinet as well. That at least offers you peace of mind knowing your expensive tools are under lock and key.
Quality of Build - This is probably the most important element of any cabinet. Logic would tell you that these are going to hold heavy tools, and will be used regularly. They should therefore be made from high quality steel, that has been powder coated to stop any risk of rust.
As always, i would recommend that you go for the best quality that you can afford. Tools tend to be quite heavy and you will find that the cheaper tool chest just wont last. Its better to spend the extra money and get something that will do the job properly.