Our Favorite Multitools Tested and Fully Reviewed
This multi tool comes in great use when you are needing something that is small, lightweight, and easily stored. Backpackers, campers, and hikers don’t want to lug around a bag of heavy tools, so it is worth having a look over at our following list below to find out which multi tools will best suit your needs.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 24 hrs of research
- Big blades
- Strong construction and tools that perform
- Durable and compact
- Leatherman Wave Plus
- Gerber Center-Drive
- Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD
- Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier
- SOG PowerAssist
- Swiss+Tech 19-in-1 Micro
- Leatherman Charge TTI+
- Hoffman Richter HR-100 13-in-1 Multitool
- Victorinox SwissTool Spirit X
- Leatherman Skeletool
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Our Favorite Multi Tools
1. Leatherman Wave Plus
- Big blades
- Strong construction and tools that perform
- Durable and compact
- Can be hard to close pilers once open
This is among the most popular multitools and for good reasons. It is a practical option since it only takes one hand to be able to open and use all the tools. It includes 17 different tools, such as knives, pliers, screwdrivers, a saw, wirecutters and more. It’s compact and lightweight, great for taking with the consumer to be prepared for anything. While there are options similar, the Wave is the most durable, high performance and overall good quality tool set.Read more
This is a multitool handymen (and women) can’t live without. That’s become the pliers are stronger and the blades are bigger. Think of it as the juiced up version of a multitool, being more robust and rugged, while still being sleek and compact. Although its slender, it’s packed with 17 tools including two 420HC knives, one being serrated. It has regular pliers, needlenose pliers, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, a wire stripper, saw, scissors, and a ruler. And there’s more. Great for camping, backpacking, fishing, hunter, or traveling, there is a can opener and bottle opener. There is also a wood/metal file, diamond-coated file, a large bit driver, large bit driver and a medium screwdriver.
With it’s crab-like design, this multitool real opens up to have just about every tool needed for home improvement, survival and every day small fixes. It is made of stainless steel, and overall is made extremely well. It has outside-accessible blades that only calls for one hand, making is functional and easy to use.
Despite being packed with features, it’s compact and folds up nicely. It’s also comfortable in the hand. This multitool weighs in at 8.5 ounces, and measures 4-inches long and 2-inches thick. It has a lanyard attachment and a leather/nylon sheath, making it portable.
2. Gerber Center-Drive
- Great design for driver and blade use
- Durable and made to last
- Has all the tools needed to get a job done
- Magnetic bit easy to use and interchangeable
- Made in the U.S.
- Hard to use pilers when gloves are on
- Pilers not has effective eat cutting than other options
Easy to use, this multitool has opens with just a flip of the wrist or a flick of the thumb. It features pliers, a full-size outboard knife (that is 30 % longer than other options), and is a full-size screwdriver. The best part is the driver is aligned on the central axis to get rid of the awkwardness and design flaw in other options.Read more
Unlike other more compact and smaller multitools, the Gerber Center-Drive is equipped with full size tools. This includes its full-size outboard knife and a full-size driver on the center axis. This makes it feel more like a real tool then just a pocket-size alternative to use when on hand. It also includes a serrated blade, pry bar with nail puller, bottle opener, awl, and magnetic flathead. There is also spring-loaded needle nose pliers, standard pliers, and fine and coarse-sided file, rotatable carbide wire cutters, and a ruler.
Made in the U.S., this multitool is made unlike others. That’s because of its center axis design that allows the driver and knife to function full-size. This Provides more torque and rotation. With just a flick of the thumb, the consumer can access these tools. The pliers too are designed better than the competition because they can fold up for a better grip.
This option weighs in at just under a pound, and is 2.25 x 9.5 x 1 in. It looks rugged and study is extremely durable and reliable to get the job done. It packs into itself really well in the driver and knife feature, and folds up nicely all together. It has a lanyard hole, but also comes with a fabric sheath.
3. Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD
- Super small, light and can fit into a pocket
- Has the main tools needed for camping or hiking
- Lifetime warranty
- Can be too small for some
This is the best pocket knife to carry around in case of an emergency when on the trails or on-the-go. It is compact and light, able to fit into a pocket of hiking pants or attach to a keychain. It includes seven different functions like a blade, screwdriver and tweezers.Read more
Made from the company known for their knives and switch blades, this multitool has 7 different tools. It is a Swiss pocket knife first and foremost, and also has a nail file, screwdriver, scissors, tweezers, key ring and toothpick.
Sleek, yet functional, the this small pocket knife is made with Swiss precision. It has a stainless steel construction that is encased and polished, available in multiple colors like the popular fire truck red.
It’s name says it all. The Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife is designed to fit into a pocket. Tiny, compact, and only 0.8 oz light, it also comes with a key ring to attach to house and car keys or to a belt loop attachment. That means removing splinter when hiking or snipping a fishing line is possible whenever needed.
4. Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier
Lots of features
easy to flip design
Some users say they'd rather have a traditional style over pliers
With 11 different tools, this option is way more than just a handy pilers. Along with regular and spring loaded needle nose pilers, it also has a wire cutter, cool lock, saw, cross driver, serrated blade and more tools integrated. It has a locking system for safety and is lightweight with a ballistic nylon sheath. It is known for being a tough and easy to handle multi-tool.Read more
This option has two different knife options: a straight blade or serrated blade. It also has needle nose and regular pilers, a wire cutter, large and small flathead, cross driver, saw, can opener and bottle opener. This make it a great option to a tackle box when fishing, a home tool box, or for camping. The needle nose pilers are spring assisted for a pinch free opening, and are designed to get those tight spots.
Opposed to have an one-hand opening style, the Suspension Multi-Plier has a butterfly design. It is made from stainless steel that is durable and tough for those construction jobs, with an aluminum opening handle The handle is designed tomorrow a suspension bridge, and the boss itself is comfortable in the hand. It has a locking system for all the tools to make sure they are safely opened and closed. It also comes with a nylon sheath.
Weighing 9 oz and with a closed length of 4-inches, this option has a lanyard ring to take it on-the-go. It is a sturdy option that won’t let the user done, perfect for keeping in the glove compartment or taking with to the backcountry.
5. SOG PowerAssist
- Not one, but two easy to open blades
- Plenty of tools
- Sleek and stylish body
- Doesn’t include scissors
Portable and easy to use, this multitool features the company’s patented Compound Leverage that enhances grip and cutting force. It has a power assist feature for opening quickly with one hand, while tools lock to ward off injury. Tools include two blades, pliers, a screwdriver and more.Read more
This option has 16 different tools, including fully serrated and straight edge blade. There is a bolt grip channel, three different sized flat screwdrivers, a crimper, file, pliers, ruler and more. This multi-tool has just about all the main tools needed for on the job or at home.
With a black oxide finish and stainless steel handle, this multi-tool is loaded with different features. It can close up completely to be concise, flip to open up to create pliers, become a knife, and continue to unfold other tools.
The PowerAssistant features two blades that has SOG Assisted Technology. This means the user just needs to start to open the blade feature when the entire tool is closed and the tech will take over to pop it open without any effort. The blades also have a patent pending side release lock.
With a closed length of 4.6-inches and weighing 9.60 oz, this multi-tool might be a tad too heavy to carrying around for a lightweight hike. However, it does have a lanyard hole and sheath options like a hook and loop closure and belt through loop.
6. Swiss+Tech 19-in-1 Micro
- Extremely lightweight and compact
- Has 2 hex wrenches and a hand drill
- Lifetime warranty
- No blades
- Doesn’t function as great as larger sized options
Great for camping or having on hand when doing some fixing upping, this multitool includes a hand drill, two his wrenches, two rulers, six screwdrivers, a bottle opener and more. This is one of the compost compact option that folds down small and can be attached to a key chain or key ring. It has a patented-quick release feature and has everything a tool lover needs to tighten, loosen, open, or drill.Read more
This is one of the most versatile multitools because of how many different kinds of tools are in one easy to use option. It includes 19 tools in total, with three flat and Phillips screwdrivers each. It has a hand drill, an impressive feature for its compactness, as well as a ruler, ruler extension, wire cutter, stripper and crimper, and more. And don’t worry it also has a bottle opener for cracking open that beer after a hard day of work.
The Micro Pocket has a stainless steel construction, and has a patented quick-release mechanism that fold out the tools, as well as a self-locking mechanism.
This is the best compact and portable option on this list. It weights only 3.2 oz and has the product size of 1-7/8” x 1-5/16” x 1/4”. That is pretty impressive considering how many tools it has. It is equipped with a key ring attachment so that the consumer always has all the tools them need at hand. Because of its size, it’s great to use when outdoors hiking, walking, running, hunting and more.
7. Leatherman Charge TTI+
- Impressive quality blades
- Has all popularly used tools
- Great for small home repairs
- Not as high quality as other Leatherman models
Sleek and functional, this multiool has a pocket clip and quick-release lanyard ring to make it easy to carry. It is equipped with 19 different tools including pilers, a crimper, cutting hook and wood/metal file that all folds into its corrosion resistant metal body with a titanium handle.Read more
With a better blade than the Wave, this other option from Leatherman as a total of 19 tools. Most impressively is its S30V steel blade and 420HC serrated blade. It also features cutting hook, crimper, wire cutters, scissors, wood/metal file, a diamond-coated file, a ruler, medium screwdriver, and a large and small bit driver.
This is one good looking multi-tool. It is extremely functional since it includes the most popular tools used in one package with a titanium handle that is comfortable in the hand. All the the tools lock into place besides the pliers, and all can be opened and used with one hand.
The Charge TTi has a pocket clip as well as a lanyard ring that makes it great for attaching to keys or a belt loop. It weighs 1 lbs., which is heavier than others, but still light to have on hand to get any job done.
8. Hoffman Richter HR-100 13-in-1 Multitool
- Lifetime warranty
- Made from stainless steel
- Comes with a belt case
- Some found it heavy and bulky
- Tends to be difficult to open
- Knife is slightly dull
This versatile tool features 13 different features for any job - an entire toolkit in your pocket. It is a multi-tool that you can use to fix and repair almost any household, camping, or survival need, but it can also double as a self-defense device if neededRead more
There are 13 features in this one amazing tool! The functions of this multi-tool include small knife blade, needle nose spring-loaded pliers, large slotted screwdriver, wire cutters, bottle opener, can opener, medium slotted screwdriver, metal file, a saw, mini slotted screwdriver, ultra-safe locking mechanism, Philips head screwdriver, and a large knife blade.
The HR-100 is sturdy, functional, and comes with a bonus case and lifetime guarantee. Made from ultra-tough all-440 stainless steel, you won't have to worry about undue wear and tear do the use (and sometimes abuse) associated with using it for your tough jobs.
The HR-100 comes with a tough nylon belt case (including a belt loop) so that you can make sure your tools are always by your side.
9. Victorinox SwissTool Spirit X
- Well crafted tools, that includes a wide variety
- Ergonomic design
- Compact and comes with leather pouch
- More expensive than other options
- Slightly hefty for taking when hiking or climbing
- Almost too many tools since some are redundant
This option has 26 different functions that has all the tools needed for survival or handy work. This includes screwdrivers, a bottle open, saws and pliers. It is made from stainless steel, making it sturdy and won’t rust, and can be stored in a nylon case of hand from the beck using its lanyard hole.Read more
The Victorinox SwissTool is equipped with more than 20 different tools, being one of the most functional multi-tools on this list. These include the basics like needlenose pliers, scissors, metal saw, and a wire cutter that will snap through a wire with up to 40 hrs hardness. It also features other handy tools like can opener, bottle opener, and chisel/scraper. This makes it a great option for camping. It has 2mm, 3mm, and 6mm screwdriver options, which make it great alternative to a tool belt.
This multi-tool is made from stainless steel, so it won’t rust. It has a lockable blade, with the tools located on the outside and pilers on the inside, when the other tools are folded it. This makes it have a more ergonomic design that is comfortable and use to use.
It weighs a little on the heavier size at 8.2 oz, but still portable—especially since it has a leather pouch. It can also be hung around the neck using its lanyard hole.
10. Leatherman Skeletool
- Compact, lightweight and portable
- Stylish, yet durable
- Has practical tools without featuring too many
- 25-year limited warranty
- Only 7 tools
- Many have issues with broken pilers
Extremely lightweight at just five ounces, this is the option to carry for those who want tools ready for every day without feeling like they are carrying a tool box with them. It has only seven tools, but the basics like a knife and pliers and has a removable pocket clip for attaching to a belt loop.Read more
Sleek and ultra-compact, this multi-tool features 7 different tools that cover all of the main bases. This includes a stainless steel blade, needlenose and regular pilers, a large exchangeable bit driver, wire cutters, hard wire cutters, and a carabiner/bottle opener. There is also an extra bit that is stored in the handle.
Made from stainless steel, this multitool is stylish. Rugged and well-made, the consumer doesn’t have to worry about the tools performance. The consumer only needs one hand to access and use the tools. The knife can be accessed while the Skeletal is closed, and it locked in place so cutting is made easy.
At just 5 ounces and 4-inches long (or 10 cm when closed), this is a lightweight options that is perfect for carrying around. Because it can fold up into itself, it can be placed into a pant or jacket pocket. There is also a removable pocket clip for attaching to a belt loop.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
A multi-tool is only as strong as the material it is made from so it is important that you choose wisely. Several factors can contribute to the decision on what kind of materials are best suited for your multi-tool. If you want something light weight then heavier materials like steel may not be the best choice- but you will have something durable and rugged that can hold up to the wear and tear of frequent use. If you go with something lighter and easier to carry then you may be giving up some durability in exchange and may need to be more careful with your use of the multi-tool. You can also look at the finish of your material and decide what looks best and what best suites your wants and needs and intended use!
Many quality multi tools are constructed with stainless steel. This is the best material to use because it is hard, durable and won’t rust or break easily. It’s especially important that the blade is made of steel for those who are most excited about this feature. The handles on many options are typically made of titanium. This provides a good and comfortable grip while looking sleek. This combo is the best materials for a multi tool, although there are exceptions.
Ease of Use
The best multi-tool is on that is easy to use and that allows you do things quickly and easily. Another important factor that we took into careful consideration as we looked for multi-tools for our list is how easy they are to use. When you are out on the trails and need to get to your knife or scissors, you do not want to fiddling with the latches or struggling to control the tool as you try to use it. The products on our list are rated by reviewers and we took into account what their thoughts are were with use and functionality. All of the tools we feature here are made to make life easier and to help you while you are out for a ruin or are on a hike and need quick and easy access to your handy tools. You can rest assured that the multi-tools on this list are great for anyone looking for an easy to use tool to carry with them.
There are some multi tools that look great and are known for their performance, but also include tools some might not ever use. Think about why you are buying a multitool. Those who need one for preparedness when hiking or hunting will want an option that is extremely packable with the proper tools needed. Also, think about how the multi tool is going to be carried. Will it be worn on a belt, or in the pocket? Is a key chain multi tool best? These needs and wants vary with each consumer.
One of the great things about multi-tools like these you will see on our guide is that they have a wide range of features that you can explore and take advantage of! From easy close and lock latching features to handy folded and unfolded designs, to the arrangement of the tools available you have a lot of things to consider as you shop for the best multi-tools for your running, hiking, and biking needs. You no doubt have certain features you are looking for and particular things you personally want to avoid with your multi-tool. Our guides are designed to help you find the features you like and the ones you don’t so you can narrow in on the tool that is just right for you so check them out!
From everyday carrying for outdoor and industrial use, buying a good multitool is a necessity for those who want to be prepared for anything. But being named the best multi tool means a lot more than the amount and kinds of tools it has. A multi tool must deliver when it comes to what tools it includes. The basics needed are a knife, pliers, and screwdriver, although many options come with other tools that are needed to get a job done or when faced with a situation outdoors. Along with what it can do, it’s important that these tools are easy to access so they can actually be used. Does this multi tool feature spring assist pliers that are ready to use with a touch? Can the tools be used with just one hand? Do the tools safely lock in place and a way to avoid injury?
One thing that really is not up for debate when you are looking for a good multi-tool to add to your gear is that it needs to eb portable. No one wants to lug around a heavy brick with them. Light and portable yet functional and reliable- those are the things you want in your multi-tool. Here at RunnerClick, we made sure to look at the portability of each tool we feature here to ensure they are great for runners and athletes who need to be careful with every item they carry with them in their packs. All the tools you will find here are designed to be easily carried in your pocket or pack and are light weight so they do not add much to your load. Check them out today for yourself!
Is this multi tool more for storing in the car or toolbox, or is it portable? Hikers and climbers might want an option that attaches to their belt or on a key ring. Is it lightweight and compact enough to carry in a pocket? Many multi tool options can cost a decent amount of money, so it’s important that its made with quality tools. No one wants a blade that won’t cut through anything. Is this multi-tool worth its price tag and is it functionl enough that you can take it with you and use it where it is needed?
It is important to carefully consider how much you are willing to spend on a multitool. The final factor we looked at as we began reviewing these multi-tools and created our list was the overall value of each item we chose to feature here. It is important to carefully consider how much you are willing to spend on a multitool. Many people are confused about the difference between value and cost and it is a very important distinction that can have a huge impact on the choice you are about to make. Cost is the monetary value you pay for the item. Value is what the item is worth in terms of how it will benefit you as a user. With this distinction in mind you can find the multi-tool that is right for you and that will serve you well and that will allow you to do everything you want and need to do with your tool.
Some multi tools can cost a consumer a pretty penny. Most of the high-quality options can range anywhere from $80 to $100 and more. Of course, there are exceptions. There are some that cost less and outperform expensive options. And there are others well into the hundred dollar mark that could be everything a consumer is looking for and more. Consider how much you are willing to spend on a multi tool. It can be a great investment, especially for those who do lots of handy work around the house or love the outdoors. This could also run a consumer a lot less than if they purchased all the tools separately.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Obviously a multi tool is used to fix or maintain things, but remember to properly clean and lubricate your multi tool to prevent corrosion and smooth operation.
Be sure your multi tool is functioning properly and the tools that can lock to lock in the open position, this will prevent injury to you or the item you are working on.
Make sure you look at the value of your tool rather than the dollar value when you are comparing your options and when you want to find the best multi-tool available to you.
Other Factors to Consider
From everyday carrying for outdoor and industrial use, buying a good multitool is a necessity for those who want to be prepared for anything. But being named the best multitool means a lot more than the amount and kinds of tools it has. We used the set criteria detailed below to determine which are the best. Being made from a reputable company is important, but not a quality factor as to what makes a multitool worthy to buy. While all the factors above play the biggest role, consumers need to keep in mind some other things before buying.
Frequently Asked Questions
Manufacturing sites varies among companies. Many opt to make their products in China. However, Leatherman is an example of a company that makes their multitools in the U.S., specifically Portland, Oregon.
The standard issued knife of the United States Navy SEALs is often the Ontario MK 3 Navy Knife. However, keep in mind that it is just a blade. Greer has also designed its multitools for the military with the “eFECT” Military Maintenance Tool. Other multi-tools can be issues as well as secondary tools and many srvice men and women bring their own favorite personal device with them as well.
Multitools are a great buy because it allows the consumer to be prepared to fix or solve any problem from unscrewing something to open a bottle. They are convenient and portable and affordable. For those who do a lot of traveling or exploring outdoors or who travels across the country long distances, it can be an easy way to save pacing space too.
This depends on why the consumer is using the tools for. For a toolbox or glove compartment, larger multitools will be fine. Those climbing or backpacking should buy a more lightweight, compact and travel-sized option that can fit into a pocket. Read the product description to see what is included.
Yes, like all good tools and all good pieces of equipment, we need to clean and take care of the multitools that we use. They need to be wiped down after each use and all dirt and debris need to be cleaned off them daily. If they get wet, they should be dried off as soon as possible to prevent rusting and sticking. Taking care of your tool will make sure it lasts a long time and will help it serve you well for a long time to come.
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