Best Quality Socket Wrench Set

by Tested_to_Destruction

A socket wrench is a common hand tool, used for tighten and lossing nuts and bolts. The five best socket wrench sets reviewed and compared.

A socket wrench is a common hand tool that utilizes a reciprocating action to tighten/loosen nuts and bolts. Generally bought in sets, which cover a variety of interchangeable wrench head sizes, they can also be bought as a single stand alone unit. Also available with a ratchet mechanism, most tool bags and chest will contain at least one socket set.

The better quality wrenches are built to last and manufactured from heavy gauge materials. Hardened steel and alloys are the usual suspects, with quality finishes such as an ergonomic shape and a comfortable foam or rubber grip.

The five best socket wrenches are featured below. Popularity and price are big factorsm, as are valus for money, overall quality and highly positive feedback from previous purchasers.

Black & Decker MSW100 Ready Wrench

This is the best selling socket wrench and comes from Black and Decker. It's called an because it covers a good range of sizes, located by way of a spinning the rotating heads. It covers both standard and metric sizes and you can also detent the heads to cope with both 45 and 90º angles.

It's color coded and marked - red for standard and blue for metric measurements. It's manufacture is vanadium steel, so we're talking heavy gauge material, plus the grip is covered with a comfortable rubber grip. In all a superior hand tool and the one to buy if you're wanting to do away with rummaging through a socket set for the correct size.

Black & Decker MSW100 Ready Wrench

The ReadyWrench contains the 16 most popular sizes in 1 wrench. This ensures the right size for the most common applications. It also has a durable rubber grip that provides nee...

Only $99.99

Stanley 92-809 MaxDrive 60-Piece 1/4 and 3/8-inch Standard and Metric Socket Set With Case

This is the best selling socket wrench set and comes packed neatly in a sturdy made-to.measure hard case. Stanley being the company that they are have managed to deliver a full 60 piece set that meets ANSI standards - which makes this one good enough for the entusiastic home user. The set's constructed out of heavy gauge alloy steel and built to last and last.

The set includes a handle extension bar, adapter, 24 1/4" sockets, 19 378" sockets, a head ratchet arm - and more. It's a comprehensive kit, made for regular every day use and it will cover most requirements re socket wrenches. Whilst it may not be the most expensive set on the market, it's certainly the best value for money product and well worth the purchase price - less than 35 bucks. Nice set, good quality, one to buy.

Stanley 92-809 MaxDrive 60-Piece 1/4 and 3/8-inch Standard and Metric Socket Set With Case

The Stanley 92-809 Socket Set includes 60 tools that are designed to meet or exceed ANSI standards for sockets and ratchets. This set comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Wha...


Stanley 92-824 Black Chrome and Laser Etched Socket Set, 69-Piece

Another socket wrench set from Stanley - this was is slightly larger and will stand up to a lot of use in and around the home. It covers 69 separate pieces and like the previous product, it's house in a good quality sturdy case. It contains almost the same type of sockets and accessories - extension bar, adaptor, ratcheting head, handle and a wide range of different sized sockets.

Manufactured from black chrome to promote a longer shelf life and a better all round resistance to corrosive influences, this is the set that will last for years to come. There's a nice weight to the socket wrench (once assembled with the correct sockets) and when applying the required torque it feels reassuringly capable. A great all round set, does the job, feels substantial and well made - less than 60 bucks makes it affordable.

Stanley 92-824 Black Chrome and Laser Etched 69-Piece Socket Set

The Stanley 92-824 Black Chrome and Laser Etched Socket Set includes 69 pieces that meet or exceed the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) specifications for combinatio...

Only $82.22

15-Piece 1/2-Inch Drive Deep Impact Socket Set, SAE

This is the best selling deep socket set and comes housed in a durable enough carry case. It's a nicely put together deep impact set, good for automotive work and the construction both looks and feels solid enough to get the job done.

The sockets are 6 points, and the manufacture is tough as it gets solid vanadium steel. There's a hole in the sockets for drive tang locking and though they lack a fancy grip or ergonomic design, they work well when you apply the torque and don't feel second rate when you're doing your best to remove a stubborn bolt. The size range is from 3/8 up to 1-1/4", plenty to go at and overall it's good quality and worth the affordable purchase price.

15-Piece 1/2-Inch Drive Deep Impact Socket Set, SAE

Socket sizes: 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16, 3/4, 13/16, 7/8, 15/16, 1, 1-1/16, 1-1/8, 1-1/4-inch, carrying case included

Only $33.17

Ingersoll Rand SK34C86 3/8-Inch & 1/2-Inch 86 Piece Combo Standard & Deep Impact Socket Se

A fairly expensive socket set - and you get the quality that goes with the price tag. It's a professional grade set, deep impact and full to the brim with different sized heads which will cover a vast array of tasks for both the home and pro user. The manufacture is heavy gauge steel - chrome molybdenum, and forged to an incredible standard of durability.

They're all laser edged for size accuracy and with 86 separate pieces you won't find yourself stuck for the correct size. It's beautifully made and designed, no ifs or buts, the case is standard stuff but tough enough to lug around from job to job. Not the cheapest by a long mile but definitely worth the extra bucks - recommended if you're after a socket wrench set that will perform time and again.

Ingersoll Rand SK34C86 3/8-Inch & 1/2-Inch 86 Piece Combo Standard & Deep Impact Socket Set

The Ingersoll Rand 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch 86-piece combo standard- and deep-impact socket set is a large set that includes all the sockets you need. Ideal for automotive work to ...

Only $486.87
Updated: 06/17/2012, Tested_to_Destruction
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