Choosing The Best Wrench Set in 2017

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We’ve all been there, you need that elusive 19mm socket or ring spanner and can you find it? Of course not! Investing in the best wrench set possible and keeping it in good order is the best thing you can do for your sanity as a home mechanic.

Once you decide to invest in a wrench set, it’s important to consider what measurements you’ll likely be working on most of your time. For 99% of us, standard millimetre sockets are more than enough, will a sprinkling of imperial measurements for when you work on something a bit old school.

However, if vintage cars are your hobby, or you’ll be working on older European cars such as Land Rovers, Citroen or anything pre-1960, you’ll likely need to purchase a decent imperial set.

As proud owner of a 1968 Citroen 2CV, Ami and DS restoration in progress, trust me when I say that a good imperial wrench set is absolutely key if you’re working on old school mechanics!

Best Wrench Set of 2017

ModelImageDetailsPriceReview
Husky 28-Piece
SAE & Metric
28 Pieces
$$$Read our Review!
Tekton 1916 Combination Wrench SetSAE & Metric
24 Pieces
$$Read our Review!
GearWrench 20 Piece
Ratchet Wrench Set
SAE & Metric
20 Pieces
$$$$$Read our Review!
GRIP 89358 24 Piece
Combination Wrench
Set
SAE & Metric
20 Pieces
$$Read our Review!
Stanley 85-783 20 Piece
Combination Wrench Set
SAE & Metric
20 Pieces
$$$Read our Review!

Wrench Set Reviews


We’ve rounded up the 5 best wrench sets available in 2016. All offer unbeatable quality and serve up the most common sizes you’ll need.

Husky 28-Piece SAE And Metric Combination Wrench Set

A very, very nice wrench set from a manufacturer that should ping on your radar as a manufacturer of quality tools.

This Husky set offers most common wrench sizes for the home or garage plus all wrenches are chrome plates and organised in a box, helpful if you’re terrible for loosing tools.

We found the quality of these tools easily up there with other domestic market tools such as Draper. Personally, I don’t think you can get better wrenches at this price point and it’s a thought many in the office agree with me on.

The main issue we have, is that the box is of very poor quality and bits fall of quite readily. If you do purchase this kit, we suggest buying a better quality box to ensure non of your tools get left behind!

Tekton 1916 Combination Wrench Set, SAE/Metric 24 Piece

The Tekton 1916 is a slightly cheaper set, and on first look, you can see where the savings have been made.

This wrench set is organised in a wrap around tool bag, something you might remember from the tool packs that came with cars in the 1970’s and 80’s.

However, don’t let the bag put you off. The quality of the actual tools is second to none and perfectly up there with others in this price range. The Tekton range comes with Chrome Vanadium Steel, 15 open ended wrenches and 12 ring wrenches, the sizes should just about cover anything you’ll come up against during home use.

We like the Tekton set, it’s a great choice if you occasionally take on DIY jobs or just need a set of tools in your home for emergencies and quick fixes.

GearWrench 20 Piece Ratchet Wrench Set

If you’ve ever heard of GearWrench, or own some of their products, you’ll know they’re a real quality manufacturer. I was quite pleased to be reviewing a GearWrench set as I ended up buying a GearWrench digital wrench after being impressed during an earlier review.

As for this set, you’ll be spoilt for choice with most common SAE sizes and Metric running from 6 right up to 18. The only gaps in the range are right at the top of the metric sizes, something we would likely want a deep bore socket driver for anyway.

The ring end of the each wrench, also features a high quality ratcheting mechanism. This is a real plus if you’re fed up of taking off and resetting your current ring set for each revolution! We’re big fans of ratcheting ring spanners here and recommend them highly if you’ve not tried them yet!

As far as testing goes, we found the quality to be pretty good, although not quite as high as we’ve (and certainly me) come to expect from GearWrench. It’s still pretty good, equal to rivals from Draper and Husky in the same price range, but I have to say I was expecting a little more.

However, GearWrench are a very good quality manufacturer and my reservations are based on an extremely high bar, something not many manufacturers come close to given the price.

We recommend this set if you want a ratchet set that’s of decent quality and covers a far wider range of imperial measurements compared to the competition.

GRIP 89358 24 Piece Combination Wrench Set

A budget set that really does cover almost all sizes is the best way to sum up the GRIP 89358. It covers pretty much all SAE sizes from ¼ to 1 Inch whist on the metric side of things you’ll find everything from 7mm up to 22, including some nice odd numbered sizes, a boon if you’re a frequent worker on French or Italian cars.

As with the GearWrench listed above, you’ll find a nicely made ratchet mechanism on the ring end. In our test we found it worked well and didn’t have any sloppiness sometimes associated with ratchets at the lower end of the market.

These wrenches are made from Drop Forges Steel, quite a good feature in of itself and in our view better than Chrome Vanadium manufactured wrenches.

We actually rate these wrenches and as much as I hate to run against GearWrench on this one, the quality is certainly better here. The only negative we have, is the lack of a case to store the wrenches in. However, the quality is superb and at this price, we’d rather purchase a good box to store them in separately and enjoy the quality instead!

Stanley 85-783 20 Piece Combination Wrench Set

Stanley can sometimes be a variable make as regards quality. Their tools can be superb and become real go to tools in your arsenal, or they break within a few weeks and put you off Stanley for life!Thankfully, this wrench set is of the former!

These wrenches feature the Stanley patented Max-Drive system, quite a boon at this price range and really does help when using the ratchet ring end to loosen tight bolts. The system is designed to avoid the pain caused by rounding and allows far greater torque to be applied without shattering the ratchet system.

This set covers most of the sizes you’ll need for home and modern car, with a range of both Imperial and Metric units included. The only issue here is that you might need to bolster this set if you’re working on particularly classic cars or on any project with old fashioned sizes.

As far as quality goes, this Stanley set is easily up there with the GRIP set above and as it comes with a neat little carry case, it could be a better buy depending on just how wide a variety of sizes you need.

If you’re looking for a general purpose set and don’t require unusual imperial SAE sizes then you should be fine with the Stanley set, and bag yourself a neat box too. If you’re looking for the best wrench set possible, the GRIP is probably more up your street but you’ll likely want to invest in a box to keep everything in.

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