The Top 5 Toolboxes for 2018
(See below for comparison table and reviews.)
Every year we see a brand-new selection of toolboxes hit the stores for those looking to either purchase something new or else replace an old or worn toolbox. The problem is that with so many options to choose from it can be difficult to decide what the best choice is for you and your situation. Another thing to think about is the fact that you need to buy a toolbox that is also going to fit in with potential future tool purchases.
Toolboxes are crucial for many, whether it is the professional tradesman or the weekend warrior putting up a few shelves. You need to keep everything not only organised but also protected. Moreover, a good toolbox should also be portable enough to make it easy (or at least, not difficult) to move from location to location.
But what should you be looking for from a new toolbox, though?
It really depends on what your requirements are. The professional will always have a separate set of requirements to the hobbyist who pull out his or her tools once or twice a year. Fortunately, there are toolboxes designed for both pros and hobbyists.
One thing all toolboxes should have in common though is the ability to stand up to a reasonable amount of punishment. The average toolbox will be tossed around and beaten up on a regular basis. At the end of the day, this is what they are designed to do; if they cannot withstand the punishment, they are not fit for purpose.
Toolboxes also have to protect your tools from the things you cannot necessarily see. Moisture in the air can cause big problems for many types of tools, which makes it quite common for said tools to become damaged over time as they sit in storage.
Ideally, toolboxes should be completely sealed so that this can’t happen. Unfortunately, though, this is an often-overlooked point.
Finally, a great toolbox should be customisable according to the requirements of the person using it. The toolbox should be able to conform to your needs; you shouldn’t have to adjust to appease that toolbox.
You can find toolboxes ranging from specialised masterpieces to general toolboxes designed for the most basic of tools. But it can be hard to choose between the various options on the market.
To help you along, we have listed the top 5 toolboxes for 2018 that, in our opinion, you should be considering when you have made a decision to buy a new one. So, without further ado…
Top 5 Toolboxes for 2018A more in-depth review can be found below the comparison table.
|DeWalt DS300 Toughsystem Toolbox||* Extremely heavy duty|
* Lockable side handles
* Can be left outside
|* Quite heavy
* No tote tray
|Draper Cantilever Toolbox||* Extremely durable |
* Made from top-quality steel
* Automatic trays
* Selection of large and small trays
|* Handles do not fold down
* Paint may rub off easily
|Laser 3487 Toolbox||* 7 trays for easy organisation|
* Can store lots of tools
|* Unsuitable for a professional setting
* Is extremely heavy
* Metal may bend if tools are not stored correctly
|DeWalt Toughbox DS400 Toolbox||* Strong and tough|
* Ideal for pros
* Stackable using the side clips
* Easy to carry
|* Can only be stacked with identical toolboxes
* Only designed for use with DeWalt tools
|Stanley FatMax Toolbox||* Is multipurpose|
* Protects against damp and moisture
* Plenty of space inside for external organisers
|* Not enough storage space for loose items
* Lack of full-width internal tote tray
For a seriously heavy-duty toolbox, the DeWalt DS300 tops this list. It is heavily reinforced the whole way through and can take lots of punishment.
This toolbox can hold up to 60kg of tools. Unlike some toolboxes on the market, you can store tools from any brand in it; other brands of toolbox are specifically designed for use with their brand of tools.
The lid has been heavily reinforced and can even double as a brace for cutting materials. It is fully protected against the weather and comes with its own padlock for extra security.
- Extremely heavy duty
- Lockable side handles
- Can be left out in the rain and still protects your tools
- Is extremely heavy so may not be easy to carry around
- Doesn’t come with a tote tray for smaller accessories
The Draper Cantilever toolbox is one that is made with extra quality. This toolbox is designed for professionals and uses heavy gauge sheet steel in its construction.
It comes with automatic trays just by pushing down the handle, and it automatically locks when you try to lift it up. There is even an extra padlock in the lid to provide you with that much-needed security.
- Extremely durable with top quality steel used in its construction
- Automatic trays that open with a push of the handle
- Selection of large and small trays for tools and accessories
- Handles do not fold down
- Paint may rub off easily
With seven levered trays, the Laser 3487 toolbox brings both durability and top-rated organisation. With so many trays, you can easily organise your tools and miscellaneous items, no matter how many you have.
Take note that this toolbox can feel extremely heavy when full. It is the ideal toolbox for the DIY enthusiast, however. As long as you do not intend on it taking a lot of punishment in a professional setting, this is the hobbyist’s perfect companion.
- Seven trays for easy organisation
- Can store a lot of tools
- Durable for the price
- Unsuitable for a professional setting
- Is extremely heavy
- Metal may bend if tools are not stored correctly
The DeWalt Toughbox DS400 toolbox is one toolbox that the professional will love. It can store an enormous number of tools and it can be attached to other similar DeWalt toolboxes for carrying as a stack. The plastic side clips make the attaching to other toolboxes easy.
The hinges are made from heavy-duty metal, which allow the toolbox to take a huge amount of punishment without much fuss. Yet despite its ruggedness, it can be easily carried using the bi-material soft handle.
- Strong and tough for the professional
- Can be stacked with other boxes using the side clips
- Easy to carry
- Can only be stacked with identical toolboxes
- Must be used with other DeWalt tools or they will not fit
The Stanley FatMax toolbox is the answer to tools going rusty. A frequent problem for DIY enthusiasts is damp conditions causing surface rust. This waterproof toolbox will keep all your chisels, planes and other items fully protected against damp and moisture.
The box is also multipurpose and can be used for standing on and measuring. The toolbox was specifically designed with uses like this in mind.
The only downside is that there is a lack of storage for loose items such as nails and screws. This is due to the fact that there is no full-width tote tray. The tote tray that comes with it only covers about half the toolbox, making this unsuitable if you have lots of small, loose pieces.
- Is multipurpose
- Protects against damp and moisture
- Plenty of space inside for external organisers
- Not enough storage space for loose items
- Lack of full-width internal tote tray
These are our top five toolboxes you should consider this year. It always comes down to personal preference but depending on whether you are a professional or a DIY enthusiast, this could be an easier decision than you think.
Which of these 2018 toolboxes are you most impressed by?