There’s only one item in the world that can cut, screw, pluck, pinch, saw, open, chop and defend. None other than the beloved multitool! Popularized in the 80′s, (MacGyver, anyone?), the multitool has become an essential “man tool” for solving all sorts of problems with just one instrument, drastically reducing the number of items you need to carry with you at any one time.
So, which one is the best? If you’ve come to our site, you are likely interested in buying one for yourself and need to know which one is the best, right?
Top 10 Best Multi Tools 2019
Actually, all of the multi-tools mentioned above in the chart would be good options to consider. Below are detailed reviews of the top reviewed “best multitools” as ranked by users on Amazon.com. Some are not in the list above, so make sure you read the in depth analysis for each tool recommended below.
1. SOG PowerAssist Multi-Tool
The first thing you will notice when you take this multi tool out of the box is that the pouch is really strong and the tool won’t fall out. This is good, since most of the time I carry my multi tool on my belt and I dislike when a tool is moving around inside the pouch. The needle nose pliers are awesome.
You will notice that you can get a really strong grip with minimum effort. This is due to its Power Assisted Technology, which helps you to get 200% of the grip strength than if you were to use regular pliers. The wire cutter is one of the best I have ever used in any multitool. It can cut just about anything, even coins.
The blades for this tool can be opened one hand effortlessly. You just only need to flick the blade out with your thumb and the spring mechanism will assist you, just like an automatic edc knife. Instead of having one blade, the SOG PowerAssist Multi Tool gives you the choice between the straight or serrated blades. Both blades are extremely sharp and they keep their edge very well. SOG Specialty Knives produce high quality and innovative tools.
Most of their designs are military inspired. They have been creating excellent tools since 1986. I personally like the black oxide finish for this tool because it looks terrific and impressive. This tool is an excellent choice if you are looking for an innovative tool that was built with great materials, advance engineering, and can perform great in tough conditions. [B001DZX7C4]
2. Victorinox SwissTool Spirit
The Gentlemen’s Multi Tool, as the Victorinox Spirit is well known, will enchant you with its gorgeous and stylish design. There are 27 tools beautifully packed in this 4.13 inches stainless steel device. The main blade for this tool is a hybrid idea, a combination between serrate and straight.
The serrations are really high quality and cover 75% of the blades surface, excellent for making tougher cut easier. The rest of the blade is plain chisel edge and it will hold a good edge for a good time. Another hybrid feature from this multi tool is the pliers, which are neither blunt nor needle nose in nature, yet they were tough at the time we used them. The power grip you get from this tool is mainly due to the handles shape.
Instead of having straight handles as in many multi tools, the Spirit’s handles has a bend to them that makes the tool more comfortable at the time we use the pliers. The Scissors are actually longer than the average multi tool scissors. They are tough and thanks to a built in spring, cutting through paper, jeans, and cloth wasn’t a problem at all. Victorinox were the creators of the original Swiss Army Knife.
They have been in the industry for more than a century and have produced a great variety of the classic pocket knives that you see in the market. The Spirit multi tool is elegant, smart, and very functional. A perfect tool if you love great quality and awesome design. [B0002T5YNW]
3. Leatherman – Surge Multitool Leather Sheath (FFP)
This 100% stainless steel device is the most popular multi tool model for Leatherman full size multi tools. The first thing you will love about this tool is that you don’t have to open the pliers to use the blades. Blades can be deployed with just one hand using your thumb (Please note that it is mainly for right hand use).
On one side you have an extremely sharp straight blade and an equally large serrated blade on the other side. Notice that these blades are one of the largest in the market and are crafted from 420HC stainless steel, a material that combines a superior strength with corrosion resistance. All the tools lock and unlock using a strong liner mechanism, so when they are locked they are really firm and secure.
The needle pliers are really comfortable to use thanks to the tool rounded handles which are extremely strong, excellent for delicate and precise work. The larger and small bit drivers are another awesome feature of this tool. You can get extra bits for the large driver and even an extension in case you need to make your driver longer.
The small bit driver is really handy if you have eyeglasses or need to work with really small electronic equipment. This Leatherman multi tool is a best-seller and there is no doubt that this tool is perfect for any job, adventure, or everyday task. You will not go wrong with it.
4. Gerber 07530 Needlenose Multi-Plier 600
The Gerber 07530 Needlenose Multi-Plier 600 is described as a tool box that fits in the palm of your hand. Many other Gerber products could theoretically be in our top 5, but this one is our favorite.
Like most of the others, it has a stainless steel construction for durability and strength, but UNLIKE most others, it opens with the flick of your wrist! It sort of gives it a butterfly-knife feeling when you whip it out.
Each component opens individually from the others so you don’t have the clutter issue that you’ll face with many of the other options on the market. And like the Leatherman MUT above all of them lock into place.
It adapts to the Gerber tool kit and comes with their limited lifetime warranty, which is something you won’t get with other brands. While many do offer 20+ year guarantees, few cover you for life.
It weighs just 8 ounces, and is small enough to fit in your pocket comfortably. It also proudly wears a 4.8 star rating on Amazon and is one of the most well reviewed tools on the market. All in all, we thought it deserved a top 5 ranking, and we’re confident you’ll love it.
5. SOG PowerAssist Multi-Tool B66N-CP 16 Tools
What would a top five list be without including a SOG? What really makes this tool stand out is the patented “double interlocking gears” that give the pliers 2X the grip of a standard set of pliers.
These gears also allow the tool to be opened with one hand by flicking your wrist as described above in the Gerber tool recommended just ahead of it.
SOG is known for high quality sharp blades, and the knives on this tool are no exception. It also comes with a black oxide finish, and compact design for easy carrying which might make this tool known for it’s great design and looks as well.
With the construction of 420 grade stainless steel, this 16 tool instrument includes pliers wire cutter 1/2 in. serrated blade 3 sided file Philips screwdriver can opener small and medium and large screwdrivers bottle opener1/4 in. drive ruler and lanyard ring.
You’ll want to be sure to check out our entire SOG series category for reviews of similar products that may fit your needs and wants more precisely, but chances are you’ve just found the best multitool you could find right here. It also has a 4.8 average star rating out of a possible 5.0 by all it’s customers on Amazon.com, which qualifies the device as a top 10 product on our list.
6. SOG PowerLock EOD Multi-Tool B61N-CP
The SOG B61N CP Powerlock makes you think of one thing whenever you are using it…Every tool feels like a full size tool. There are no dinky wannabe versions of anything on this gadget. Everything is top of the line, and when you pull it out, it could be put side to side with the single version of the same tool and compete well.
All the knives come pre-sharpened from the factory and boy are they sharp! If you do not like the tools that come with it out of the box, the great thing about this tool is that you can swap them out using the hexagonal screws at the bottom of each handle to customize it just for your needs.
Another unique element to this tool in terms of it’s design is the wings you see coming out of each side. All they are really are covers for the tools inside the handle. The covers prevent your hand from sinking down into the groove of the tool box portion of the grip by covering it over. Before opening any of the tools, you have to flip these wings out…
To some people this is kind of annoying, to others it’s a trade they are willing to make to have a more comfortable grip on the handle. Remember, every tool is like using a full size version of the single tool, so having a smoother grip is nice. Either way, you have the ability to take them off. They are spring loaded so just squeeze the sides and they’ll pop off, and when you want them again you can pop them back on.
Like many of the other SOG tools, the pliers feature their patented power lock technology which provides two times the grip strength you would get with traditional multitools from other brands like Leatherman or Gerber. As you can see in the above video, all the teeth line up perfectly and there is no wiggle in the hinge. If a strong grip is important to you, SOG is the only way to go.
To open this tool a butterfly knife approach is all you need to use, with just one hand. It flips over with a little twitch, and does the same thing to close upon itself. Just make sure the wings are down before you flip it. [B00DOEDP9C]
7. Leatherman – Wingman Multitool, Stainless Steel
The Wingman 831426 has many features and qualities that other models simply do not. Many customers rave about the spring loaded pliers and scissors as most other multitools do not have that feature. The scissors are good enough to trim your beard with, and the pliers are strong enough to handle any job a “normal” set of pliers could.
Rather than a sheath, it comes with a clip, which is advantageous in the event you find yourself NOT wearing a belt. While it’s inexpensive, the metal finish makes it look like and feel like a higher quality tool for less money. It also has a “one handed” knife accessible from the outside, and half of the knife is serrated making it super easy to tear through rope or other similar fabric and material.
The stainless steel manufacturing is very light weight in comparison to other similar multitools of it’s size because it is actually a little smaller than the others. Weighing in at just 7.2 ounces, the Wingman is very compact without compromising any of the quality you would expect in a Leatherman tool.
Since it is a Leatherman, the Wingman comes with a 25 year warranty so even if you did encounter a problem as mentioned above with the wiggle of the pliers you could likely get it replaced without any hassles.
With this amazing tool at your disposal, you can tell your regular “wingman” his services are no longer needed! You’ll have the best Wingman there is in your pocket, ready to help out no matter what the circumstance may be. [B005DI0XM4]
8. Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier [22-01471]
The Gerber Suspension has been around for many many years, and at the time of this review it is in fact still in production which speaks to it’s popularity. The finishing coat put on nearly all Gerber tools is top of the line and this one is clearly no exception.
This device comes with 12 integrated components and these components are very easy to use. Plus it is packed with Saf.T.Plus component locking system to make the product safer when used. The handle is hollow and has a neat design with missing pieces of metal to help save on the weight of this tool. It is about ten ounces or so, which is not terribly heavy as compared to other tools, not too heavy for daily use.
The construction is stainless steel, and as of now it only comes in one color: Titanium. The color looks great though so the lack of option is not that disappointing. These screw drivers make any compatible Gerber product a lot more handy since we all know there is no such thing as a one size fits all screw driver.
This product also comes with a limited lifetime warranty so if you do have any issues (which you probably will not) you can always send it back to Gerber and get a replacement.
Like many of the other products, this one comes with a ballistic nylon sheath for easy carrying on your belt, or safe storage in a pouch or glove compartment. Again, considering the price of the tool, this is a fantastic value as an added bonus.
As for it’s other functions, it has basically everything you would expect in a generic multitool including Pliers, V-cut wire cutters, Knife, Serrated Knife, Awl, Screw Drivers (Phillips and Flat head), Bottle and Can opener, Saw, Scissors, and Lanyard Ring [B000EDPT9K]
9. Leatherman – Skeletool Multitool 830846
In a good multi tool, you are typically only really looking for a set of good pliers, a sharp knife with a firm lock, a screw driver, and maybe a bottle opener.
The Skeletool has these features, as well as a handy carabiner clip on the back end. Because of it’s focus on the essentials, the Skeletool weighs in at just five ounces… It is so light, you can barely even tell it is in your pocket, or clipped onto your belt loop.
The blade is accessible from the outside and can be opened with the flick of a thumb. There is a “thumb hole” in the base of the blade. Simply place your thumb into the hole and rotate the blade out of the handle until it locks firmly into place.
The pliers also double as hard and soft wire cutters. This gets at the heart of what it means to be a “multi tool” in the first place. While the Skeletool doesn’t have that many features, the ones it does have double for 3 or even 4 different uses you might think of.
One example of this is the replaceable bit driver. With the squeeze of your thumb you can pop out the screw driver bit and pop in any other bit you would like. There is a replacement bit inside the handle on the side opposite from the knife side. So when you need a phillips head you have one, and when you need a flat head screw driver you have one of those as well.
This tool is only four inches long when closed, yet it still sports a three inch blade when opened. For all the effort that has gone into making it the most light weight and compact tool on the market, rest assured that there has been no skimping on quality! It is manufactured with mix of high grade stainless steel (blades and tools) and high grade aluminum (for parts of the handle). [B000XU9NXW]
10. Gerber Bear Grylls
This Multitool has 12 components and at 11.4 ounces and 4 inches long when closed it’s pretty compact and easy to carry. The pliers are spring loaded and as for the rest of the included components it’s a tool that lives up to the standards you would expect from an average tool…Nothing special, nothing too poor, and we like the rubber grip. If you are a Bear Grylls fan, you get his initials on the side to boot and show all your friends how awesome you are.
The flashlight is great actually. The light is LED and is quite bright. Considering that it runs off of a single AAA battery, it is impressive that the thing can go for 4 hours without being turned off. Keep a few AAA batteries in your bag and you should be good to go for several nights if you are in an emergency survival situation. It is also nice that it’s small enough to fit inside the sheath which makes it sort of feel like apart of the multitool as you carry it around.
The Fire Starter
The one thing every survival experience calls for is fire. Second to drinking water, it is likely the most important thing you can have to stay warm, cook food, fight off the wolves and boost moral.
The fire starter that comes with a plastic grip and and a few inches of striking surface to generate sparks on a pile of tender. And again, it fits inside of the sheath so it feels like it is apart of the multitool.
Textured Plastic Sheath
The plastic sheath fits the multitool, the flashlight, and the fire starter. If you had to carry each of the individual items separately the extra stuff would be annoying and likely not carried around on a regular basis. But since they can all be housed in the sheath together, it really ties it all together.
One drawback is that the sheath is plastic…The plastic makes it feel a little cheap honestly. It would be preferable to have the sheath be nylon or leather over plastic but plastic is obviously cheaper to produce so our money is on that being the reason for the choice of material.
At the end of the day, it’s a standard multitool with a fire starter and flash light with the “BG” initials on it to sell more units. The “BG” does not magically make it a higher quality selection because it’s used by Bear Grylls…In fact, we’re willing to bet that he wouldn’t choose this tool set for himself if he could take his pick from anything on this site. [B0056C6XIA]
Now that you’ve heard what we have to say about the best multi-tools on the market, it ‘s your turn to tell us what you think in the comment section below! Is there a brand we forgot to mention in the comparison chart above? Do you disagree with our reviews and have a “favorite” of your own?
No matter what the case, we hope the above information was helpful to you in your shopping and that the next time you need to go all “MacGyver” and fix something, you will have the right tool for the job!
What Is A Multi-Tool?
A multitool is a hand held item with multiple individual tools that fold in and out of the center section equipping the user to complete a diverse set of different odd jobs without needing to carry around a tool box or tool belt.
They are also commonly referred to as survival tools, pocket knives, or most commonly “swiss army knives” (which is actually just a brand).
Some fold on themselves more than once and contain many more tools than you might think. Some multitools have as many as a dozen or more functions they can be used for.
Others are simpler, with a smaller profile that do not fold, and only contains 3-6 different gadgets. They can even be small enough to add on a key-chain or store in a small side pocket.
How To Pick A Multi-Tool That Meets Your Needs
Whether you are Bear Grylls fighting extreme elements and constantly needing a different apparatus to build or hunt something in the wild, or someone who simply wants to carry a sleek pocket knife with a screw driver and a file, there are many options to choose from.
If you are the kind of person that does a lot of outdoor activities (hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, etc…) then considering a multi-tool with several functions with a little more bulk to it may be a good idea.
If you are more of a handyman type that could use a few more, perhaps you would be interested in a device that offers even a hammer! (They do exist believe it or not!)
The two most important determining factors in making your choice will be size, and options. Where do you plan to carry it? In your pocket? In your car? In a jacket? Pick a size that fits the spot you carry it.