What if you had all the best tools but no way of organizing them?
Most handymen have quite a few wrenches to help them accomplush different tasks. But if you’re not careful, these wrenches can scatter all over your garage or work area and make a real mess.
The answer is simple: you need a good wrench organizer. But how can you tell a good wrench organizer from a bad one?
To help you make a decision, we’ve compiled reviews of the most prominent wrench organizers on the market. Combined with our comprehensive buyer’s guide, you’ll be able pick the best organizer for your different wrenches and needs.
Ready to get organized? Keep reading to dive right into our reviews!
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Tool Sorter 1011 Wrench Organizer||
|Best Value||Ernst Manufacturing Gripper Wrench Organizer||
|Premium Choice||BIG RED MTOLAW12RT Torin Tool Storage Organizer||
|CRAFTSMAN CMST82970 Tool Organizer||
|Steelman 55318 Universal 10-Tool Wrench Organizer||
The 10 Best Wrench Organizers – Reviews 2021
1. Tool Sorter 1011 Wrench Organizer – Best Overall
Organizing tools is all about saving time. In the spirit of saving time, you may want to know the best wrench organizer as soon as possible. In our opinion, the best possible organizer is the Tool Sorter 1011 Wrench Organizer.
It can store a large variety of wrenches, from 7 mm and 1/4-inch to 19 mm – 3/4-inch (up to 6.5-inch and 9.5-inch, respectively). It works for both metric and SAE wrenches, so it can store all of your wrenches. And at 13.5″ x 10″ x 1.5″, the whole thing is nice and compact, which helps you to save space.
Not everything is perfect, though. The slide bar function doesn’t work as effectively as advertised. On top of that, the wrenches are likely to move around if you end up traveling with the organizer.
2. Ernst Manufacturing Gripper Wrench Organizer – Best Value
You may not have a lot of spare money for a wrench organizer, especially after buying plenty of high-quality wrenches. In that case, you’re probably looking for the best wrench organizers for the money. In our estimation, the best budget pick is the Ernst Manufacturing Gripper Wrench Organizer.
In addition to the awesome price, the organizer has a high capacity (up to 15 wrenches). And the carrying handle is convenient, especially if you’ll be working on the go. The organizer is versatile as well because it can hold both metric and SAE wrenches.
What keeps this value pick from being our best overall pick? The main drawback is that if you have wrenches that are either thicker or thinner than the average, this organizer will have trouble storing them.
3. BIG RED MTOLAW12RT Torin Tool Storage Organizer – Premium Choice
Every now and then, you can afford to throw some extra bucks towards high-quality tools and accessories. If this sounds like you, then you may want to know the best premium organizer on the market. In our opinion, that would be the BIG RED MTOLAW12RT Torin Tool Storage Organizer.
This organizer has many of the features you’d expect, including solid capacity (up to 12 wrenches) and versatility (both metric and SAE, up to 1-inch or 24 mm). We also loved the ability to twist a single wrench to unlock or lock the entire wrench assortment, and the magnetic backing helps you attack the organizer almost anywhere.
Still, even a premium set has some drawbacks. In this case, the magnetic backing could be stronger, and the lack of mounting holes is disappointing.
4. CRAFTSMAN CMST82970 Tool Organizer
The CRAFTSMAN CMST82970 Tool Organizer didn’t crack our “top 3” when it comes to wrench organizers. But it is still a very solid and reliable set when it comes to your organizational needs.
With its 12-wrench capacity, there is plenty of room for your different wrenches. You can also mount it to the wall for easy access or slide it into any 3-inch high drawers. And at only 8 ounces, this organizer is nice and lightweight.
With that being said, there is one big drawback to this organizer. Multiple users reported that the construction wasn’t very sturdy and that parts of the organizer are likely to break off.
5. Steelman 55318 Universal 10-Tool Wrench Organizer
We were pleasantly surprised by the Steelman 55318 Universal 10-Tool Wrench Organizer. While it’s not the best of the bunch, it has several special features that really stood out to us.
The ability to store both metric and SAE wrenches is really useful. And the spring clip in each storage slot helps customize a fit for each wrench. And the durable holder is especially resilient to oil and solvent, meaning it can last a good, long time.
There are really only two drawbacks to this organizer. One is that you cannot easily remove the white label, which some users found annoying. Another is that multiple users received organizers that were missing a handle, necessitating they return the product for a replacement.
6. Bull Tools BT 1612 Wrenches and Tools Bag Organizer
Every handyman knows that there comes a time to get back to basics. And if you want to get back to the basics of organizing, the Bull Tools BT 1612 Wrenches and Tools Bag Organizer may be a good choice.
The capacity to hold 16 wrenches was a pleasant surprise, as was the versatility to handle both metric and SAE wrenches. It’s also easy to travel with this organizer: it takes up 24″X 19″ when flat and only takes up 16″ X 5″ once you roll it up.
With all these benefits come a couple of very specific drawbacks. First, some of the slots on the “small” end are a bit too narrow. And second, the material is heavy enough that it makes rolling things up a bit difficult.
7. Capri Tools CP11600 Wrench Roll Up Pouch
Some handymen love organizers that can handle SAE and metric while others want to keep organizers focused on a single style. And if you want a really focused organizer, the Capri Tools CP11600 Wrench Roll Up Pouch is a good choice.
With its ability to hold 13 wrenches, this organizer has a solid capacity. And the velcro provides a reliable (if basic) way of securing various wrenches. Finally, the canvas manages to be both durable and compact.
What are the downsides? It only supports SAE, which you may see as either a disadvantage or an advantage. It’s also a bit too small to accommodate larger wrenches. And the lack of a handle is frustrating for a case that is otherwise made to travel.
8. GEARWRENCH 83121 Reversible Wrench Rack
Not all wrench organizers are created equal. Some of them have more issues than others, and that’s certainly the case with the GEARWRENCH 83121 Reversible Wrench Rack.
There were a couple of things we liked about this organizer. The 16-wrench capacity was good, and the design takes up a very small footprint. Everything else is downhill, though.
What didn’t we like? This rack can’t hold small wrenches very well, and there is no way to actually secure the wrenches to the rack. Finally, some brands (such as Craftsman) just do not seem to fit into this rack, which can be frustrating.
9. Rugged Tool Pocket Tool Roll Organizer
At first glance, the Rugged Tool Pocket Tool Roll Organizer looks like a good deal. Unfortunately, you’re better off picking another organizer for your different wrench storage needs.
Some of the qualities of this organizer are good. For example, we loved the 22 pockets and 10 socket holders, and the compact design (28″ X 14″ unrolled) makes travel easy. But there are a few qualities of this organizer that are real dealbreakers.
For example, the elastic holding the tools in place is not sewn in very well. And tools fall out of it very easily even if you repair the bad sew job. Finally, the plastic clips are very flimsy and not at all durable.
10. Olsa Tools 1090 Portable Wrench Organizer
The Olsa Tools 1090 Portable Wrench Organizer is at the bottom of our list. Does that make it the worst organizer on our list? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is a big “yes.”
First, the good stuff: the 15-wrench capacity is a nice touch, and the warranty provides some additional peace of mind. But the blunt truth is that you are better off grabbing almost any other organizer.
Now, the bad stuff: the flap unlocks very easily on its own, jeopardizing your tools. And it’s difficult to balance wrenches of different sizes in the various slots. Finally, some users reported that the construction was very flimsy.
We hope that our reviews have helped you learn more about wrench organizers, including how to pick one that is best for your wrenches and your needs. But it’s understandable if you still have a few important questions for us to answer.
That’s why we assembled a comprehensive buyer’s guide to wrench organizers. This guide will answer all of your questions and render you an expert when it comes storing tools.
Ready to get more organized than ever before? Keep reading to discover our guide!
How Many Compartments?
When it comes to picking wrench organizers, some of the things you must consider are more obvious than others. For example, you should pay attention to how many compartments a prospective organizer has to offer!
Some of the best organizers can accommodate more than 20 wrenches. Most fall short of this mark, but there is a lot of variation from organizer to organizer.
But the big question is this: do you actually have that many wrenches to hold? An organizer that can hold more than 20 wrenches sounds nice, but it may amount to “overkill” if you don’t have nearly that many wrenches to store.
If you don’t have that many wrenches, or don’t plan on buying many more, save yourself a bit of cash and get a smaller organizer with fewer compartments inside. If you plan on buying many more wrenches in the future, though, you may as well grab a larger organizer to help prepare for that eventuality.
What Types of Wrenches Do You Have?
The whole point of a wrench organizer is to help keep all of your wrenches in one place. That brings up a logical question: what types of wrenches do you have that need storage?
For example, do you have a mixture of SAE and metric wrenches? If so, you’ll want to grab one of the more versatile organizers that can handle both types. If not, then you are fine with an organizer that “only” works with either SAE or metric.
Additionally, you may want to tally how many long wrenches you have versus how many smaller ones. Some organizers are a bit better than others when it comes to accommodating larger wrenches, and this is especially important if most of your wrenches are on the longer end.
Handymen tend to focus on the functionality of a tool, accessories, and organizers. But it’s also important to consider the aesthetics of your organizer, especially since it will be such a prominent part of your garage or work area.
Most of the organizers we reviewed were designed to be either carried or hung in a static location. Just how portable you want the organizer to be is another major consideration (more on this in a bit). Other organizers have features such as individual wrench drawers that negatively impact the portability while making it easier for you to store wrenches in a fixed location.
One really popular organize design features individual sleeves to contain your different wrenches. Such a design helps make the organizer more portable and more compact. But you must pay close attention to the size and design of the individual sleeves to make sure they are suitable for your different wrenches.
The Portability Factor
Believe it or not, the portability (or lack thereof) of an organizer is one of the biggest factors you must consider. It all goes back to that fundamental question: what do you actually need this organizer for?
For example, many handymen simply need a good organizer for their home. In that case, you may want to choose a larger organizer that can handle all of your wrenches. And one of your primary considerations should be how easily you can hang the organizer up and/or store it away.
Other handymen need to store their wrenches in such a way that they can grab everything and go make “house calls” when needed. If this sounds like you, it’s important to get organizers that have handles for easy transport. You’ll also want a lightweight organizer that doesn’t wear your arm out as you carry it to your next destination.
It’s possible, of course, to get an organizer that is highly portable and still well-suited for home storage. But to get the most out of your new organizer, we recommend that you pick one that is ideally suited for either home storage or portability.
Durability is an important factor for any tools or accessories that you buy. But when it comes to wrench organizers, this is an especially important factor.
Why? Simple: you’ll be storing plenty of heavy metal objects, constantly taking them out of the organizer and putting them back in. If your organizer isn’t very durable to begin with, then the wear and tear of regular use may be enough to cause it serious damage.
The most durable organizers are made of either metal or solid plastic construction. But keep in mind that most portable organizers are made primarily of cloth instead of metal or plastic. This helps make them lightweight and compact, but they will never be as sturdy as their metal or plastic cousins.
Different Ways to Store Wrenches
The wrench organizers we have focused on are mostly designed as “all in one” storage solutions. With that being said, handymen have developed many different ways of storing these wrenches over the years. It’s important to understand all of your different options before you commit to a specific organizer.
If you have a roll cart, it’s easy enough to throw the wrenches directly into the cart. If you need them to lay flat, you can buy or craft solutions such as plastic holders or grippers. Some of the items we reviewed work just as well with a cart as they do hanging up in your garage.
Some handymen like the convenience of organizing wrenches in a large tray. While this is a good solution to store multiple tools, this kind of organizer (which usually isn’t very flexible) may be overkill to “just” store wrenches.
Foam storage is a popular way to protect your gear. This will keep your wrenches from causing any dings or scratches while protecting the wrenches themselves from damage.
In terms of portability, a plastic case is usually the best compromise between portability and durability. And if you want to hang wrenches up in the simplest possible way, you can explore either magnetic storage (which we recommend) or putting carabiners on wrenches (a simple and effective method).
We’re hoping that our reviews and our buyer’s guide helped answer your biggest questions about wrench organizers. But there is still one major question we need to address: which organizers were the biggest winners in our review roundup?
If you’re looking for the best overall pick, we completely stand by the Tool Sorter 1011 Wrench Organizer. It offered the versatility to handle all of the wrenches that we threw at it and generally helped make the garage a lot less cluttered.
Organizing your tools on a budget? In that case, we give our “best value” recommendation to the Ernst Manufacturing Gripper Wrench Organizer. It kept everything clean and organized without feeling like a cheap compromise.
Which organizer is best for you? Honestly, it may not be these two organizers or any of the others on our list. But now that you know what makes for a very good wrench organizer (and what makes for a really bad one), you’ll be able to select the organizer that best suits your tools and your needs.
Whether you’re getting back to work or wrapping things up, you’ll be grateful to have a good organizer by your side!
Related Buyer’s Guides
We also wrote a few buyer’s guides that are related to this one. Feel free to check them out!
Pete has been working in the trades since high school, where he first developed a passion for woodworking. Over the years, he has developed a keen interest in a wide variety of DIY projects around the home. Fascinated by all sort of tools, Pete loves reading and writing about all the latest gadgets and accessories that hit the market. His other interests include astronomy, hiking, and fishing.
As the founder of House Grail, David’s primary goal is to help consumers make educated decisions about DIY projects at home, in the garage, and in the garden.
- 1 A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- 2 The 10 Best Wrench Organizers – Reviews 2021
- 2.1 1. Tool Sorter 1011 Wrench Organizer – Best Overall
- 2.2 2. Ernst Manufacturing Gripper Wrench Organizer – Best Value
- 2.3 3. BIG RED MTOLAW12RT Torin Tool Storage Organizer – Premium Choice
- 2.4 4. CRAFTSMAN CMST82970 Tool Organizer
- 2.5 5. Steelman 55318 Universal 10-Tool Wrench Organizer
- 2.6 6. Bull Tools BT 1612 Wrenches and Tools Bag Organizer
- 2.7 7. Capri Tools CP11600 Wrench Roll Up Pouch
- 2.8 8. GEARWRENCH 83121 Reversible Wrench Rack
- 2.9 9. Rugged Tool Pocket Tool Roll Organizer
- 2.10 10. Olsa Tools 1090 Portable Wrench Organizer
- 3 Buyer’s Guide
- 4 Conclusion