Top 10 Best Oil Filter Wrenches

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu
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Want to start saving some money by changing your own oil? Most vehicles can have their oil changed from the comforts of your garage or driveway with a little bit time and labor. Some of the tools you’ll need to change your own oil include a floor jack, jack stands, oil drain pan, and an oil filter wrench. While it’s possible to take off most oil filters with your bare hands, spending a few bucks on an oil filter wrench will make your life a lot easier. Some oil filters feature a slick finish, and depending on where it’s located on your car, could be a pain to grip.

Several companies offer vehicle specific oil filter wrenches, which are sized to match the oil filter on a particular vehicle. If you need an oil filter wrench for a certain car, those are great options as well. But for this article, we’ll be taking a look at universal oil filter wrenches, which are adjustable to accommodate a variety of oil filter sizes.

You’ll notice there are several different designs for oil filter wrenches, and choosing the right one comes down to personal preference for many. Some mechanics prefer band-style wrenches, while others find it easier to remove oil filters with adjustable, 3-jaw wrenches. In this article, we’ll detail a variety of different wrenches, so choose the one that fits your needs. You can even get yourself a wrench with adjustable straps so you can use it around the house.

For more information on the top 10 best oil filter wrenches, refer to our table of contents.

1. Editor's Pick: TEKTON Oil Filter Pliers

TEKTON's oil filter pliers are available in 12" and 16" sizes, with the 12" wrench fitting oil filters up to 4.5" in diameter and the 16" wrench designed for oil filters up to 5.5" in diameter. Both wrenches have a three-position slip joint design to make it easy to adjust to the size of the oil filter. They also feature large teeth that are set at a right angle to the jaw, so they'll bite in either direction for a secure grip on the oil filter. The long handles on these wrenches feature soft, nonslip material for a comfortable grip.

TEKTON's oil filter pliers are one of the most popular oil filter wrenches on Amazon, offering extra reach and leverage that other band-style wrenches can't offer. And since they're just pliers, they're easy to use and doesn't require a ratchet or any other tools.

Product features:

  • Available in 12" (filters up to 4.5" in diameter) or 16" (filters up to 5.5" in diameter)
  • Three-position slip joint design
  • Right-angle teeth grip
  • Soft, comfortable grips for nonslip control

2. Neiko Two-Way Adjustable Oil Filter Wrench

Boasting a patented 3-jaw design is this oil filter wrench from Neiko. Designed to be an easier way to remove oil filters, this two-way adjustable oil filter wrench will work on most vehicles, accommodating oil filters ranging in size from 2.5" to 4". This easy-to-use oil filter wrench works with any 3/8" or 1/2" drive ratchet or breaker bar, or any 13/16" wrench. It also boasts a low-profile design, allowing you to deal with low clearance areas. Neiko does include a 3/8" to 1/2" conversion socket.

Product features:

  • Patented 3-jaw design
  • Works on oil filters ranging from 2.5" to 4" diameter
  • Compatible with 3/8" or 1/2" drive ratchet or breaker bar, or 13/16" wrench
  • Low-profile design
  • Includes 3/8" to 1/2" conversion socket

3. Craftsman 2-Piece Rubber Strap Wrench Set

No list of tools would be complete without a product from Craftsman. You can get a 2-piece wrench set for an affordable price, with the larger wrench dealing with oil filters up to 6.375" in diameter and the smaller wrench handling up to 4" in diameter. Craftsman's oil filter wrenches use a strong, reinforced rubber strap for grip. To use these wrenches, simply strap them around the filter, tighten the strap until it grips securely, and turn.

Each wrench features cushioned plastic handles that make them comfortable to hold. And of course, they're backed by Craftsman's Lifetime Guarantee.

Product features:

  • Set of 2 wrenches (up to 6.375" in diameter for larger, up to 4" in diameter for smaller)
  • Strong, reinforced rubber strap
  • Cushioned plastic handles
  • Backed by Craftman's Lifetime Guarantee

4. ARES Adjustable Oil Filter Wrench

Ares’ 3-piece adjustable filter wrench is a great way to ensure you’ll never need to hammer a flathead through a filter again. The knurled arms can be adjusted to fit spin-on oil filters from 2-3/4-Inch to 5-1/4-Inch diameters, and just about any wrench you own will fit on the piece thanks to included ⅜ and ½-inch drive adapters. Ares makes a number of variations, but the linked 3-jaw magnetic model is the most versatile, hence its inclusion on the list. Plus, the handy magnetic base will hold the oil filter in the wrench, ensuring you don’t send dirty oil all over the place once the filter is free.

Product features:

  • Magnet holds filter after removal
  • Adjustable 3-arm fitting grips almost any screw-on filter
  • Comes with fittings for ⅜ or ½-inch drive ratchets

5. Motivx Tools Adjustable Oil Filter Wrench

Motivx Tools offers two different adjustable oil filter wrenches, one designed for filters sized 2.5" to 3.25", while the larger wrench works for filters with diameter 3.15" to 4.15". Both wrenches will remove traditional spin off-style oil filters and should not be used for installing a new filter. They also shouldn't be used on chrome plated oil filters or cartridge-style filters where you have to remove a plastic or metal cap to expose the filter element.

Both wrenches feature a .050" captured spring along with a tooth-style design for better grip and less slip. The top plate is constructed from 3/8" thick solid steel, while the jaws are built from nickel-plated 4130 chromoly steel.

Although the product listings on Amazon state these oil filter wrenches have a 1-year warranty, Motivx Tools actually provides limited lifetime warranties on its oil filter wrenches according to the company's website.

Product features:

  • Available in 2 sizes (2.5" to 3.25" and 3.15" to 4.15")
  • Designed for traditional spin off-style oil filters
  • Features a .050" captured spring
  • Tooth-style design
  • 3/8" solid steel top plate with nickel-plated 4130 chromoly steel jaws
  • Limited lifetime warranty

6. GEARWRENCH Heavy Duty Oil Filter Wrench

GEARWRENCH offers 2 different types of oil filter wrenches, a band-type wrench and a strap-type wrench. The band-type wrench fits 3.75" to 4.5" filters and features a wider band for better grip. Designed for high torque requirements, this wrench uses a strong anchor plate to help remove excessively tight filters from your car.

If you prefer a strap wrench, GEARWRENCH's offering handles filters up to 9" in diameter, making it a good option for trucks and tractors. It's made of high strength oil resistant nylon with a forged steel handle that has been chrome plated. It accommodates 1/2" and 3/8" drives.

Product features:

  • Choose from band-type (3.75" to 4.5" filters) or strap-type wrench (up to 9" filters)
  • Designed for high torque requirements
  • Band-type wrench features strong anchor plate
  • Strap-type wrench constructed of oil resistant nylon
  • Chrome plated, forged steel handle accommodates 1/2" and 3/8" drives

7. Channellock 9" Oil Filter & PVC Pliers

The Channellock brand is another popular company with mechanics and it offers 9" long oil filter pliers. Designed to work on most common size car and small engine filters, these pliers have a jaw capacity of 1.75" to 3.5". They combine the strength and reliability of Channellock's iconic Tongue and Groove Plier with the special needs of large PVC and oil filters. The right angle, laser heat-treated teeth provide better grip and durability, while the Permalock fastener eliminates nut and bolt failure.

These pliers use high carbon C1080 steel along with an electronic coating for ultimate rust prevention. They also sport Chanellock's iconic blue handle, which is comfortable to hold and easy to spot among the rest of your tools.

Product features:

  • 9" length
  • Jaw capacity of 1.75" to 3.5"
  • Right angle, laser-heat treated teeth
  • Permalock fastener eliminates nut and bolt failure
  • High carbon C1080 steel with electronic coating
  • Iconic Channellock blue handle
  • Made in USA

8. TuffMan Tools Oil Filter Wrench Set

If you prefer rubber strap wrenches, TuffMan Tools offers a 2-pack at an affordable price. The larger wrench is adjustable up to 6" diameter, while the smaller wrench can be adjusted up to 4" diameter. Each wrench uses adjustable and flexible rubber straps to grip the oil filter and a tight, non-slip grip makes the wrench comfortable to hold. Since these are adjustable strap wrenches, you can even use them on a variety of items around the house, like opening a jar. They can fit on any plastic or PVC fitting and fixtures, which comes in handy since there are two different sized wrenches with each purchase.

Product features:

  • Adjustable rubber strap wrenches
  • Includes large wrench (up to 6" diameter) and small wrench (up to 4" diameter)
  • Non-slip grip handle
  • Can be used on a variety of items

9. Lisle Oil Filter Swivel Wrench

This band-style wrench is a more traditional oil filter wrench. From Lisle, it features a stainless steel band with a permanently bonded textured coating on the handle for gripping power. It works on filters sized 3.5" to 3.875", which means it'll fit most popular 3.625" sized filters. A swivel handle on this oil filter wrench makes it easy to turn in tight spaces—the handle swivels more than 180 degrees and has adjustable tension.

Product features:

  • Stainless steel band-style wrench
  • Permanently bonded textured coating on handle
  • Fits on filters sized 3.5" to 3.875"
  • Handle swivels more than 180 degrees
  • Adjustable tension

10. OEMTOOLS Adjustable Magnetic Oil Filter Wrench

Our last recommended oil filter wrench comes from OEMTOOLS. Sporting a flashy green finish, this is an adjustable magnetic oil filter wrench with a 3-jaw design. It fits oil filters from 2.4" to 3.6" and includes a 3/8" to 1/2" drive adapter. Spring-loaded legs provide a secure grip on the filter, along with its magnetic base attachment. It's an extremely affordable and versatile option, so long as your filter size is under 3.6".

Product features:

  • Adjustable wrench with 3-jaw design
  • Fits 2.4" to 3.6" oil filters
  • Spring-loaded legs
  • Magnetic base attachment
  • Includes 3/8" to 1/2" drive adapter

I don’t have a filter wrench, what should I use?

We jested about it above, but in a pinch you really can ram a flathead screwdriver into a filter via a hammer. However, this is a last resort. Doing so could damage parts of your filter housing, engine, and oil will surely end up all over the place. If you’ve got a ratchet strap lying around, that may be a better option, and you can sometimes tighten one enough to be used as a wrench in a pinch.

Is hand-tight enough for a new oil filter?

Generally, yes. Good-n-tight will work here, provided you don’t see any oil seeping from the filter housing after starting your car and letting it run for a bit.

Recent Updates:

October 27, 2023: Replaced the Innovant Adjustable 3-Jaw Oil Filter Wrench with the ARES Adjustable Oil Filter Wrench. Added two FAQs.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Ben Johnson Ben Johnson on Mar 23, 2023

    Do you sell Oil Filter Wrench if yes email me with the models for me to select one and proceed.