Getting yourself a toolkit is an efficient and cost-effective way to cover the requirements of home maintenance. Often incorporating dozens – or even hundreds – of tools, attachments and fixtures, toolkits and toolsets cater for a variety of repairs and DIY tasks, from replacing fittings to putting up shelves.
Choosing the right toolkit is all about finding an option that gives you most of the right tools, for a price you’re comfortable with. Think about the specific tasks you need to do around your home, and shop accordingly.
Whichever kit you choose, you will likely find yourself adding tools to your toolkit over the years, either when you need a very high-quality example of a basic tool to get a tough job done, or when you need a more specialised type of tool that tends not to be included in generic toolkits. With this in mind, we recommend searching for a toolkit that has a good amount of the tools you expect you’ll need, rather than trying to find an option that covers every eventuality.
For users who only need a toolkit for occasional jobs, a very simple toolkit bolstered with a few additional purchases should suffice, whereas for those embarking on a full-scale renovation, even the most comprehensive of toolkits will likely need to be supplemented with extra tools somewhere down the line. Our advice is that you consider just how much work you expect to be doing, and with this as your basis, buy the best-quality toolkit that’s within your budget.
Best DIY toolkits for 2020
1. Stanley 49 Piece Screwdriver Set
There comes a time when everyone needs a screwdriver. You find a screwdriver and low and behold, it’s more than likely the wrong size.
This 49 piece set from Stanley is perfect for keeping at home for any job that may arise.
- 17 x Screwdrivers of three different accuracies
- 9 x Sockets
- 21 x Screwdriver bits
- 1 x Bit holder
- 1 x Carry case.
Price: £17.50, Homebase – buy here now
2. VonHaus 92Pc Hand Tool Kit
This 92-piece tool kit is suitable for every home, for the everyday repairs and DIY projects you want to take on. It also comes with a convenient tool carry bag, that makes storing them away and transporting them around nice and simple.
- 1 x Magnetic bit driver
- 1 x Adaptor
- 3 x Varying pliers
- 1 x 6in adjustable wrench
- 1 x 8oz claw hammer
- 1 x 9” spirit level
- 1 x 3m tape measure
- 2 x 3/4″ spring clamp
- 4 x precision screwdriver
- 8 x metric hex keys, 8 x SAE hex keys
- 9 x socket
- 19 x 25mm bits
Price: £28.99, Amazon – buy here now
3. Top Tech 150pc Tool Box with Tools
Whether you’re working on bits at home or working on your car outside, this 150 piece set from Top Tech is capable of any task. It even comes packaged in a red tool box to keep everything in order.
- 1 x 1/4 Drive Ratchet
- 1 x Screw Driver
- 20 x Driver Bits
- 1/2 Inch Drive Sockets
- 1/4 Inch Drive Sockets
- Metric Spanner Sets
- Cutting Knife
- Various Adapters
- Screws, nails and raw plugs
Price: £39.99, Euro Car Parts – buy here now
4. Ryobi Drill & Sander Starter Kit
For some of the bigger jobs you have going on at home, this Ryobi drill and sanding kit, featuring everything you’ll need to get the job done and even clean up after yourself afterwards.
The drill is capable of drilling masonry, as well as wood, metal, plastic, ceramic and tiles. A special hammer function increases impact force for drilling into harder materials such as concrete – perfect for installing shelves etc.
- 1 x R18PD3 Combi Drill
- 1 x R18PS Palm Sander
- 1 x R18HV Hand Vac
- 3 x ONE+ 1.5Ah batteries
- 6 x Sanding sheets
Price: £230, Argos – buy here now
5. Letton Power Tools Combo Kit
This set from Letton includes a DIY power tools to undertake the big jobs at home, as well as smaller handheld tools to take on the little tasks too.
- 1 x 16.8V Cordless drill
- Various size drill bits
- Assorted screws
- 1250mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charger
- Various hand tools
Price: £59.99, Amazon – buy here now
6. DEKO 100 Piece Home Repair Tool Set
This 100 piece set from DEKO is perfect for the DIY enthusiasts an even comes packaged in a convenient organiser case. All tools are made from high-polish chrome, boasting anti corrosion protection.
- 9 x Hex key wrenches
- Multiple screwdrivers
- Measuring tape
- Rip claw hammer
- Utility knife
- PVC insulating tape
- Various wrenches
- Assorted wood screws
Price: £32.99, Amazon – buy here now
7. Guild 25 Piece Hand Tool Kit
This 25 piece set from Guild is ideal for the novice DIYer and comes with essential hand tools for various projects to be done around the house.
It’s the perfect little set to gift as a new house gift, alternatively, it’s a good one to keep in the tool cupboard at home.
- 1 x Adjustable wrench
- 10 x Screwdriver bits and bit holder
- 8 x Hex keys
- 1 x Pliers
- 1 x Claw hammer
- 1 x Spirit level
- 1 Measuring tape
- 1 x Scissors
Price: £20, Argos – buy here now
8. Mannesmann Universal Tool Set (176 Pieces)
There’s not much you won’t be able to do with an 176 piece set. The tool set is presented in solid plastic case, to keep everything in order and secure.
- Various drill bits
- Assorted wrenches
- Assorted pliers
- Varying sockets
- 1 x Hammer
- 1 x Steel tape
- Assorted screwdrivers
Price: £73.99, Amazon – buy here now