Our picks for the best tool chest take into account organization, application, value, and size. When dealing with tool chests we address the needs of mechanics, DIYers, home users, and even contractors. A solid tool chest helps a Pro or home user organize his or her tools in such a way as to keep them safe, make them easily accessible, and help them stay organized so they are easy to grab and replace as needed. As always, we’ve organized our picks below into several key categories to help you find the right product for your needs.
Best Tool Chests – Our Top Picks
- Best Overall: Husky 56-inch Tool Chest & Rolling Cabinet Combo – Buy at Home Depot
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- Best Mechanics Tool Cart: Sunex 8035 Black Compact Slide Utility Cart – Buy on Amazon
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- Best for the Garage: Craftsman 7-Cabinets Steel Garage Storage System – Buy from Lowe’s
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- Best Stackable: Husky Tool Chests – Buy at Home Depot
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- Best Fully-Loaded: Sonic Tools S9 Toolbox – Buy from Sonic
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- Best Value: Craftsman S2000 26-inch Rolling Tool Storage System – Buy from Lowe’s
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Also in this Article
- Best-Selling Tool Chests
- More Recommendations
- Best Way to Organize Your Tool Chest
- What to Look for When Buying a Tool Chest
- Why You Can Trust Pro Tool Reviews
Best Tool Chest Overall – Our Top Pick
Husky 56-inch Tool Chest & Rolling Cabinet Combo
Our top pick for the best tool chest has to be the Husky 56-inch tool chest and rolling workbench combo (see our review of the Husky 52-inch rolling tool chest). In addition to being a beautiful matte black. this tool chest delivers 120 pounds of support per drawer plus a convenient wood tray insert that gives you a writing and working surface when needed.
You also get outlet strips with USB and a nice array of handy drawer sizes—including a full-width drawer. At less than $1000 for both pieces, this represents one of the highest-quality, value-priced tool storage solutions on the market. We could easily see this in a garage, automotive shop, or any workshop.
Best Mechanics Tool Chest
Sunex 8035 Black Compact Slide Utility Cart
When it came to selecting the best mechanics tool chest, we leaned on the Sunex 8035 Black Compact Slide Utility Cart for several reasons. First, this cart has an ample amount of storage in a very portable form factor that lets you take your tools directly to where you need them. Second, with the soft-close drawers and 18-gauge steel, it’s super-durable.
You also get tons of color and personality choices to give your shop some life. We love the sliding top that gives you two separate work areas plus access to the interior storage space. Starting around $636 it’s priced to deliver both quality and functionality.
Best Garage Tool Chest
Craftsman 7-Cabinets Steel Garage Storage System
The Craftsman 7-Cabinets Steel Garage Storage System delivers professional-quality storage at a fraction of the price. While $2,619 may not seem inexpensive for most, competing products cost upwards of $4,000 to $6,000 for similar build quality and storage. This system should provide ample storage and its 126-inch width fits in the back of most 1- and 2-car garages.
With the Craftsman 7-cabinet system, you get locking storage with heavy-duty welded steel doors and walls. The entire system also comes fully assembled on a pallet—way better than the flat-pack systems many competitors use. Drawers with a 100-pound capacity and soft-close drawers and latches round out the features.
Best Stackable Tool Chest and Cabinet
Husky Tool Chests
The difficulty with Husky toolboxes is knowing when to stop. For example, you can get a 27-inch Husky rolling cabinet and tool chest for around $548. But then you look at what else Husky sells…and your eyes start to grow bigger. Why? Because Husky also sells a 36-inch combo…and a 41-inch…and a 52-inch…and a 56-inch…even an 80-inch 10-drawer garage workstation. Get my point? Even the most expensive kit—that 80-inch model—runs just $1,698.
So decide what size you need for your stackable solution, and then go for the Husky to get a really great value. And see our best tool box article if you want our recommendation on what to carry onto the jobsite.
Best Tool Chest with Foam-Inserted Tools
Sonic Tools S9 Toolbox w/Tools
Our recommendation for the best tool chest with tools easily goes to the Sonic Tools S9 toolbox. Now, with that said, we picked the best tool chest with tools…not the cheapest! We still think the Sonic Tools S9 + Tools 285-piece toolbox comes as a bargain at $5,185 loaded. You get a lifetime replacement warranty and tools that stay in place thanks to foam liners in every drawer. This tool chest works great for the auto mechanic who’s just starting out or the serious DIYer who loves to work on or restore cars.
Of course, Sonic Tools also makes larger boxes like the S12 or even the S14 if you want to go overboard. They also have their NEXT series, though the advantages over the original line look minimal for the cost. Possibly the best of all, you can completely customize any of Sonic Tools’ tool boxes when you order online. They give you almost unlimited combinations of tool combinations.
Best Tool Chest for the Money
Craftsman S2000 26-inch Rolling Tool Storage System
Of the available Craftsman tool chests, their 18-gauge 26.5-inch rolling tool cabinet and 26-inch tool chest combo might be the best thing going. For $498 you get a ton of rolling storage that works great in your workshop or garage. How much storage? Lots. And you get things like auto-returning ball-bearing slides with 100 lbs loading.
The rolling base features 5 drawers with 9,266 cu. in. of total storage capacity. The entire system can handle more than 1/2 ton of weight. The cherry on top? These are assembled in Missouri, USA.
Best-Selling Tool Chests
Checking the best-selling tool chests at some of our favorite retailers helps when shopping for the best deal. Models on sale or priced to sell often show up near the top of these lists. We included links to the top sellers at the time we wrote this, but they change often, so be sure to click the buttons to see what’s hot right now.
- Goplus 5-Drawer Rolling Tool Chest Storage – $160
- Intergreat 8-Drawer Rolling Tool Chest with Wheels – $160
- WorkPro 24.5-inch 5-Drawer Rolling Tool Chest – $200
Best Tool Chests at Acme Tools
- Stanley 26 in. W 300 Series 2-Drawer Middle Tool Chest – $150
- Gearwrench GSX Series 41-in Rolling Tool Cabinet – $880
- DeWalt 26 in. Wide 4-Drawer Tool Chest – $400
- Craftsman 2000 Series 26-in 5-Drawer Steel Rolling Tool Cabinet – $269
- Craftsman 2000 Series 52-in 10-Drawer Steel Rolling Tool Cabinet – $539
- Kobalt 4-Drawer Steel Rolling Tool Cabinet – $269
- Husky 52 in. Heavy Duty Matte Black Tool Chest Combo – $798
- Husky 56 in. Heavy Duty 23-Drawer Combination Rolling Tool Chest – $1398
- Milwaukee High Capacity 56 in. 18-Drawer Tool Chest Combo – $1786
More Recommendations from Top Brands
Best Homak Tool Chest
Homak 41″ Pro II Combo
Pro, but plain, features that don’t compromise or cut any corners. Multiple color options.
Best JEGS Tool Chest
JEGS 72 in. 11-Drawer Rolling Tool Cabinet with Upper Storage
Where Pro meets value, JEGS provides excellent options and configurations for just about any shop or garage.
Best Extreme Tools Tool Chest
Extreme Tools RX Series RX552520CRBL 55” 20-Drawer Roller Cabinet w/Hutch
Extreme Tools offers high-quality toolboxes and chests in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. We like the quick-release self-latching drawer pulls and full-extension drawers.
Best Proto Tool Chest
PROTO 13-Drawer Steel Tool Roller Cabinet
Proto makes solid mechanics tools and their cabinets are just as impressive. Mechanics will love the 200-pound drawer support and variety of sizes and configurations.
Best Snap-On Tool Chest
Snap-On Double-Bank EPIQ Utility Vehicle with SpeeDrawer
Made for NASCAR-level professionals, this system defies all budgets and capabilities with 17″ diameter wheels and 8 tons of load capacity!
Best Way to Organize Your Tool Chest
We have several key ways we tend to organize our tool chests. These fall under a few key categories. We’ll go over each as some may be more practical than others depending on your situation.
Maximize Drawer Sizes
With so many different drawer sizes in tool chests, you want to make good use of them. The thinnest drawers are excellent for wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers. Medium-sized drawers work well for tape measures, meters, larger hand tools, and socket sets.
Full-width drawers hold larger tools like long pry bars, 2-foot levels, and even conduit benders. Lastly, tall bottom drawers are perfect for power tools or anything else demanding additional storage.
You also want to take into account accessibility. If you constantly reach for your wrenches and sockets—don’t put them at a level where you need to constantly bend down to grab them. Conversely, place your least-used tools in the drawers that are furthest out of reach.
Apply Spray Adhesive on Your Drawer Liners
Nearly all good-quality tool chests come with included drawer liners. The problem is that these drawer liners immediately slide around on you when opening and closing the drawer. It doesn’t matter whether you have tools loaded in the drawer or not—drawer liners slide. We recommend applying spray adhesive on your drawer liners.
To do this, just pick up some spray adhesive (we recommend Gorilla Heavy-Duty spray adhesive). First, clean or vacuum out the drawers (we try to do it as soon as we get the tool chest). Next, spray the adhesive on the drawer bottom and also on half of the drawer liner. Wait a minute to let the spray tack up a little bit. Then, apply the glued half of the liner to the drawer—back to front. Finally, spray the remaining portion of the bottom of the liner and smooth it into place.
You can’t move these around once they come together, so try and ensure you’ve positioned them carefully before letting them make contact. Now, your tools can set on the liners and the shifting motion from opening and closing the drawers won’t cause the liners to crumple, slide, or fold.
Foam Inserts for Type-A Tool Users!
Don’t worry if your system doesn’t come with foam inserts—it likely doesn’t. You also don’t have to buy special tools and watch 16 hours of Youtube to roll your own. You can order custom foam inserts from Kaizen Inserts.
Custom foam inserts (like those in the Sonic Tools S9) help you keep track of your tools. If you do try and roll your own, it just takes some discipline. You have to lay out your drawers and decide where you want your tools to live.
Having used foam inserts, I find it difficult to go back. As soon as you see that empty hole—you know you’re missing that 10mm socket. Without the foam insert, you’re often on your own until you need a tool that you didn’t even realize was misplaced. You can outfit an entire 26-27″ tool chest for around $100. Of course, you still have to add in the tools and manual labor to customize those inserts the way you want them.
Best Tool Chest Buying Guide – How We Shop
We judge tool chests on a variety of factors. It’s the sum of the whole—along with the desired application—that ultimately guides our decision. We also run these by professionals in various fields to see what they think and get their input. Once we’re done, we feel we have a list you can rely on and trust.
One thing we don’t like: cheap tool chests with sagging drawers or thin metal that flexes and rusts. For that reason, you don’t see any “Amazon-special” recommendations—we don’t care how many people give them top user ratings. If you’re worried about whether you can slam a drawer closed or if the locking mechanism will hold up over time—you’ve got the wrong product.
Flexibility and Features
Some tool chests have tons of thin drawers that do great for small wrenches and drivers but fail when it comes to larger tools. We prefer a decent mix. Your particular needs should dictate the style you choose, however. Auto mechanics typically favor a higher number of thinner drawers to hold all those specialty picks, wrenches, and hand tools that make their job easier.
We also like the presence of power strips on the top of tool cabinets. That allows for easy charging of phones, meters, scanners, and even cordless tool batteries when needed. Those gimmicky boxes with integrated Pioneer radios and small refrigerators? Leave them alone. They might be fun for a spell, but we prefer tool chests that focus on their core use: tool storage.
Advanced features aren’t required—but they are sometimes very nice to have. We love the safety lockout feature on the Sonic Tools boxes. You can’t open more than one drawer at a time. This keeps the box from ever tipping over on you. It’s not a feature you find on less expensive boxes, so you get a bit more for your money when you go high-end.
Value matters. How much you need to invest in a good tool chest affects your bottom line. That might explain our excitement over Husky tool chests and workbenches that compete on features with the big dogs but do it for less. It’s also why you don’t see a lot here from the likes of Snap-on or Mac Tools. If you need commercial-level quality, you may want to consider those products, but when you can buy 2-3 toolboxes for the price of one of those, it’s hard for us to seriously recommend them.
Speaking of value—we recommend Husky a lot on this page, but if you have a Northern Tool store nearby, you can find decent products from the likes of Homak. They aren’t quite the bargain we find with Husky, but they beat pricing from most of the name brands. Where you find a similar value to our most affordable picks is at Harbor Freight. Their U.S. General series provides several great options (and colors!) to handle almost any application.
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