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Shopping for a tool box may seem like a simple task. After all, you’re just looking for a way to store your tools. But once you get into browsing all the options out there, you might be surprised how overwhelming it may be. The tools you need to store play a big role in determining what type of tool box you need. In addition, you’ll need to consider whether you need a portable option or something you’ll just be keeping in your garage.
In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 best tool boxes you can buy for under $100. We know not everyone needs an expensive tool chest, and there are plenty of great options out there at a budget price. In fact, some of the products on our list cost under $50!
For more information on tool boxes, refer to our table of contents.
Table of contents
- 1. Editor's Pick: DEWALT Deep Tool Box
- 2. Keter Masterloader Portable Rolling Tool Box
- 3. Stalwart Heavy Duty Rolling Tool Box
- 4. Craftsman 3-Drawer Metal Tool Box
- 5. WEN Garage Glider Rolling Tool Box Seat
- 6. Keter 5-Drawer Modular Tool Box
- 7. JEGS Black 3-Drawer Tool Box
- 8. OEMTOOLS Tool Box Set
- 9. Goplus Portable Tool Box
- 10. Erie Tools Heavy-Duty Portable Tool Box
1. Editor's Pick: DEWALT Deep Tool Box
Not surprisingly, DEWALT offers a wide variety of tool boxes on a budget. Our top pick is the company’s deep tool box, that is not only affordable, but extremely versatile since it’s a flexible platform that is compatible with other DEWALT tool box accessories. Thanks to durable side latches, you can stack different units on top of this deep tool box, allowing for all sorts of different combinations.
As for the deep tool box itself, it’s a fairly basic tool box that comes with a removable interior tray. It has a weight capacity of 44 lbs and features heavy-duty metal latches and hinges. This tool box is more ideal for storing larger tools, but the tray is great for smaller items as well. Just don’t expect to organize sockets and wrenches—you’ll want to look at other options on this list if that’s your goal.
2. Keter Masterloader Portable Rolling Tool Box
This plastic rolling tool box from Keter measures 14.88″ by 24.25″ by 16.34″ and features a central locking mechanism for security. It is a rolling tool box, which is great for keeping around the garage while you work on your projects. Included with the tool box is a tool divider for the inside, helping you keep your tools organized along with compartmentalized bins. The outside of the tool box has an extendable handle, making it easy to roll around.
The topmost bins on this box slide apart to reveal the main bin underneath. The Masterloader has a maximum weight capacity of 66.15 pounds. Unfortunately this tool box isn’t waterproof, something to keep in mind if you plan on traveling with it.
Like other similar tool boxes, this is more ideal for large tools rather than sockets and wrenches. The compartmentalized bins do come in handy however, to hold smaller objects such as bits, screws, and more.
3. Stalwart Heavy Duty Rolling Tool Box
Here’s another rolling tool box option that offers plenty of storage. A total of 24 small parts compartments along with a pair of removable tool trays and a deep bottom compartment means you can store all your essential tools and supplies in one place. This rolling tool box comes with 4.2″ nylon wheels and a fold-down handle, making it easy to take on the go.
Constructed of durable polypropylene and metal, it’s even safe for travel use. For added versatility, there are attached cable hooks so you never have to worry about lost or tangled extension cords.
The Stalwart Heavy Duty Rolling Tool Box measures 17.5″ by 10″ by 24.5″.
4. Craftsman 3-Drawer Metal Tool Box
For a more traditional tool box, Craftsman offers an affordable 3-drawer metal tool box. This product doesn’t need a long introduction, finished in Craftsman’s signature red paint and is essentially a smaller, compact version of the company’s heavy-duty tool boxes you’ve likely seen at your local mechanic’s shop. The tool box features a comfortable top handle for easy carrying, a cover hinge that keeps the lid open for easy access, and drawers that automatically lock when the lid is closed.
Giving extra security to the unit are hasp and staple for padlocks, along with heavy duty draw bolt latches that keep the lid closed. Full-extension, compound-action drawers slide open and close easily even under heavy loads.
This isn’t the best tool box for large tools and is more ideal for organizing your sockets, wrenches, and screwdrivers.
5. WEN Garage Glider Rolling Tool Box Seat
If you’re often working on your car in the garage, here’s the tool box for you. From WEN, the Garage Glider is a rolling tool chest that doubles as a seat with thick and absorbent vinyl-protected, multi-layered padding. This tool box features 3 drawers measuring 12.75″ by 7.75″ by 2.25″, along with 16 extra onboard storage slots that are perfect for holding screwdrivers, wrenches, and more.
The seat rolls on 4 ball-bearing swivel casters measuring 2.5″ and are capable of 360-degree rotation. There are even two foldable magnetic storage trays that makes it easy to organize screws and bolts while working on your car.
WEN says this tool chest seat can hold up to 350 pounds of evenly distributed weight. The Garage Glider is backed by a 2-year warranty.
6. Keter 5-Drawer Modular Tool Box
Here’s an option that delivers the best of all worlds. This 5-drawer modular tool box from Keter measures 23.5″ by 22.1″ by 11.3″ and serves as a rolling cart. It’s a lockable tool box that includes 16 removable bins and dividers so you can organize your tools and items as needed. The central locking system ensures each drawer stays secure before, during, and after use, while the locking swivel casters make the entire unit mobile. There are also integrated carry handles to make each module portable.
What’s great about this tool box is that there is a deeper storage bin in the bottom drawer, so you can keep some of your larger tools easily accessible.
7. JEGS Black 3-Drawer Tool Box
A well-known brand in the automotive industry, JEGS offers its own 3-drawer tool box that measures 20.5″ by 9″ by 12″. This tool box has full extension drawers with ball bearing glides for smooth operation. It’s constructed from 16-gauge steel and has a keyed lock for extra security.
The 16-gauge steel has a black powdercoat finish on top and the tool box itself weighs just 17 pounds. Rust-resistant latches keep the top drawer locked and secured when not in use.
Similar to the Craftsman 3-drawer tool box earlier on our list, the drawers aren’t terribly deep so this is more ideal for small tools such as wrenches, socket sets, and screwdrivers. The top compartment is fairly deep however, so you could store some of your larger tools there.
8. OEMTOOLS Tool Box Set
One of the most affordable options on our list is this tool box set from OEMTOOLS. The set comes with a 19″ tool box and a smaller 12.5″ tool box along with a removable tool tray. Each tool box has built-in organizers for smaller parts, while the larger tool box features metal latches for secure storage. Although it does have a lockable design, locks are not included with the set.
These are fairly basic tool boxes, but you do get two of them for an affordable price. Ideal for small garages or car owners who don’t have a wide array of tools.
9. Goplus Portable Tool Box
From Goplus is this portable tool box made of stainless steel and polypropylene. Measuring 17.5″ by 9″ by 11.5″, this tool box is designed for carrying most tools and offers decent storage space and an interior organizer tray. The top storage box features a plastic cover and is ideal for smaller parts, while the bottom compartment can hold larger tools. The front of the box is equipped with metal rust-proof latches and overall, this tool box is fairly lightweight with a comfortable grip handle.
The tool box itself weighs only 6.3 pounds, making it one of the lightest options on our list. It has a weight capacity of 55 pounds.
10. Erie Tools Heavy-Duty Portable Tool Box
If you mostly need a tool box for your garage, here’s a great pick. This option from Erie Tools measures 18″ by 32″ by 10.5″ and features a pair of 4″ wheels and an auto-locking transport handle. A total of 3 detachable compartments provide storage for all your essential tools.
The top compartment features a comfortable grip and foldable handle, along with 2 compartments with plastic latching lids for smaller items. Inside there are 3 trays and a 9″ deep storage bin—the top compartment measures 18″ by 11″ by 10.5″.
The middle tier are storage shelves with 3 pull-out trays, each having 8 separate sections. These shelves are ideal for storing smaller items and other hardware accessories. This tier measures 17″ by 8″ by 10.5″.
At the bottom is a storage bin measuring 18″ by 13.5″ by 10.5″. The fold-out bin is ideal for your larger tools and equipment with its 11″ depth.
This tool box is constructed of rugged polypropylene and has yellow latches to secure and release the 3 tiered tool boxes.
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