The Top 5 Tool Cabinets for 2018

 

(See below for comparison table and reviews.)

A tool cabinet is an essential piece of kit for any garage or workshop. But every year we see a whole new selection of tool cabinets on the market, and with so many choices available, it is often difficult to decide on the best choice for you if the time has come to purchase a new one. Before buying a tool cabinet though, make sure that you take your future tool purchases into consideration.

Tool cabinets are important for anyone who is serious about what they do, whether they just have a passion for DIY and around-the-home jobs or are fully-fledged professionals working construction, carpentry or whatever. Either way, you need to keep everything organized so that everything is within easy reach when it is needed.

But what is really required from a tool cabinet?

The most important part of any tool cabinet is if it can actually store your tools properly; or in other words, will your tools fit into it. Too many tool cabinets come with the problem of only fitting tools of a specific brand through measured moulds. This is largely useless because it gives you no flexibility to mix and match specific tools.

Another essential you should always look for in a tool cabinet is its ability to protect your tools against the rigours of use. In a working area it is inevitable that accidents will happen. But your tools should still be in perfect condition after that accident. The hinges should be rock solid, and the sliders shouldn’t break just because you nudged your tool cabinet.

Finally, there is the price point to take into account. A full tool cabinet does not have to be overly expensive that it breaks the bank. When you consider things like the material used to construct it as well as the type of slider, you can find some really good deals.

To make life easier for you, we have reviewed the various offerings on the market. Here are the tool cabinets that we think you should be looking at in 2018.

The Top 5 Tool Cabinets for 2018

A more in-depth review can be found below the comparison table.
 NameProsCons
Homak Pro Series 41
 
* Well-constructed and made in the USA
* Comes with lots of space for tools
* Liners to protect tools
* Reports of the glides sometimes failing
* Superficial dents possible
Viper Tool Storage
 
* Made from heavy-duty steel
* Comes with 9 drawers
* Limited lifetime warranty
* Top drawers do not always extend fully
* Made in China, so certain mechanisms may not be durable
Milwaukee Heavy-Duty Drawer
 
* A huge amount of storage space
* Separately locking drawers for added security
* Includes a power strip and peg board
* Some reports of the drawers hitting the power strip
Giantex Removable Top Chest Box
 
* Can be converted into a toolbox
* Easy to move
* Solid locking mechanisms
* Superficial damage common
* Flimsy drawers
Keter 5-Drawer Chest
 
* Extremely affordable
* 16 removable small part bins and dividers
* Centrally lockable drawers
* Deep bottom drawer
* Not ideal for a professional setting
* Only comes with 5 drawers
* Top 4 drawers too small for anything substantial

Homak Pro Series 41

 

For a tool cabinet that is designed to stand the test of time, take a look at the Homak Pro Series 41. This tool cabinet comes with ball-bearing glides and a tubular locking mechanism. Together, these offer the best in security and the best in durability.

Each of the 11 drawers is lined to protect your tools and to make sure they don’t pick up and scratches or scuffs. It is a tool cabinet that is portable; it can be pushed around without much difficulty.

This well-made tool cabinet is one that is definitely designed to last.

Pros

  • Well-constructed and made in the USA
  • Comes with lots of space for tools
  • Liners to protect tools whilst they are in storage

Cons

  • Reports of the glides sometimes failing
  • Superficial dents possible

 

Viper Tool Storage

 

The Viper Tool Storage cabinet is built from high-quality steel, giving it that extra strength you would expect from a tool cabinet. With ball-bearing drawer slides and a cam lock, you have the durability and the security that any professional would want from a tool cabinet.

The item comes with a limited lifetime warranty and is considered to be the professional entry level option. For this reason, it is more expensive than other tool cabinets you are likely to come across.

Pros

  • Made from heavy-duty steel
  • Comes with nine drawers, making it suitable for all sorts of tools
  • Offers a limited lifetime warranty

Cons

  • The top drawers do not always extend fully
  • Made in China, so certain mechanisms may not be durable

 

Milwaukee Heavy-Duty Drawer

 

The Milwaukee Heavy-Duty Drawer is more than just a tool cabinet. It is a practical piece of kit that can be used for a number of purposes when you are on your next project.

Inside you will find a power strip and a peg board to hang miscellaneous items. Each drawer is extremely deep, offering 16 inches of storage space, making it one of the most spacious options on this list.

For added security, there are separate locking drawers inside for those smaller, more valuable tools.

The only disadvantage is that many customers have reported is that it is cheaper to buy from online retailers, rather than the individual manufacturer. No worries here though as we offer the link to Amazon.

Pros

  • A huge amount of storage space
  • Separately locking drawers for added security
  • Includes a power strip and peg board

Cons

  • Cheaper to not buy it from the original manufacturer
  • Some reports of the drawers hitting the power strip

 

Giantex Removable Top Chest Box

 

The Giantex brand is one of the most respected brands in the industry. This latest power-coatpaint cold-roll steel construction is suitable for both the home garage and the professional workshop.

The top chest can be removed from the roller cabinet and turned into a separate toolbox. A full locking mechanism prevents the cabinet from rolling while metal drop bars secure the drawers at the top of the chest when they are not being used.

There are several drawers and boxes providing ample storage for all your tools.

Pros

  • Can be converted into a toolbox
  • Easy to move
  • Solid locking mechanisms to protect your tools

Cons

  • Superficial damage common
  • Flimsy drawers

 

Keter 5-Drawer Chest

 

This is one of the most affordable tool chests you are likely to find. It is designed with a durable polypropylene resin construction and uses locking swivel castors. As you would expect from the price, this does the job but is probably unsuitable for the rough and tumble of a professional workshop.

It comes with five drawers and a central locking system. This is not for a large tool selection, but for the DIY enthusiast it is a perfect alternative to the traditionally huge tool cabinets currently on the market.

Pros

  • Extremely affordable
  • 16 removable small part bins and dividers
  • Centrally lockable drawers
  • Deep bottom drawer

Cons

  • Not ideal for a professional setting
  • Only comes with five drawers
  • Top 4 drawers too small for anything substantial

Conclusion 

These are, in our opinion, the top five tool cabinets you should consider in 2018. In the end it all depends on what you need a tool cabinet for. Your preference is going to differ depending on whether you are an enthusiastic DIY’er or are a professional tradesperson.

With these tool cabinets though, you will get what you need helping to make your next project a breeze.

Which of these tool cabinets do you think is the best for you?

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