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We had a team of experts pick the very best socket organizers on the market today. We compared features, read through reviews, and even asked experts — Here are what they think:
There’s nothing more annoying than opening up your socket set to see missing pieces, rummaging through old drawers to locate the right size, and that feeling of frustration as you ‘just want to get the job done!‘. This is where decent socket organizers can be an excellent investment, and the great news is there’s a load of affordable options to choose from.
This can be a problem too. With so much choice, it’s hard to know which one is right for you, and so we have tested and reviewed 5 of the best currently on the market.
We have written a detailed report on each one, assorted them into an easy-to-read comparison table, and compiled some factors to consider in a buyer’s guide. We hope the information we provide will be informative and give you a head start when buying socket organizers.
Here’s a rundown of what we discuss in our best socket organizers article:
- First, we showcase our top 5 socket organizers side-by-side for easy comparison
- Next, we tell you about the features and benefits we think you should know about
- Then, we point out their drawbacks
- And finally, we give you a better insight into the range with our detailed buyer guide
Sound great? Let’s get to it!
Comparison of Our Favorite Socket Organizers:
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|Top||MLTOOLS Socket Organizer||Check Price||4.9 / 5 (Best Overall)|
|OEMTOOLS 6 Piece Socket Tray Organizer Set||Check Price||4.6 / 5 (Best Value)|
|Thorbuyys 6PCS Socket Organizer Tray Set||Check Price||4.4 / 5|
|Olsa Tools Socket Organizer Trays||Check Price||4.3 / 5|
|CRAFTSMAN Socket Organizer Organizer||Check Price||4 / 5|
Best Socket Organizers Reviews:
1. MLTOOLS Socket Organizer (Best Overall)
5. OEMTOOLS 6 Piece Socket Tray Organizer Set (Best Value)
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Socket Organizers Buyers Guide
When we purchased and tested the five products, we noticed there aren’t many features to consider. They all stored SAE and metric sockets and had good capacity. That being said, there was a noticeable difference in their designs, and this is something you will have to consider.
Most socket sets have a vast array of sizes, and if, like us, you have bought more than one set over the years, then you’ll have loads kicking about! The idea of a socket organizer is to bring order to an otherwise mismatched collection of sockets, so you will need one large enough to house the number you have and need to use.
You’ll also need to establish what size sockets you have. For example, if you have a ton of ¼-inch but not many other sizes, you’ll need to invest in an organizer that allows you to be versatile. Buying individual holders will be better.
To lock or not?
Our Best Overall pick offered a high-quality locking system that prevented sockets from falling out and being mislaid. Not all of them provide that option, certainly not the cheaper sets.
But, you may not need that feature. For instance, if you are a mechanic and only work in one place, why be concerned about it? We would argue you don’t need it. Being lightweight and easily stored (wall or drawer) are features you’d need to consider.
But, if you are a mechanic who’s on the road, it’ll be worth investing in one that locks the sockets in place. It’ll become a hassle having to constantly pick them up from the floor and try and rearrange them each time. The extra initial outlay will pay you back throughout your life.
There are two locking mechanisms – twist lock and ball bearings.
The twist-lock keeps the socket tightly in place. Twist ½ a turn one way to lock and ½ turn the other way when you need it. An issue is their ease of use with oily fingers!
The second option uses ball bearings that click into place, similar to how wrenches keep the sockets attached to the head. These tend to be more consistent over time.
If you want to wall mount your socket organizer, then you will need a locking mechanism.
As with any tools purchase, durability is a significant factor to consider. Most socket organizers are made from plastic, and this will degrade over time. It may even arrive broken – that happened to one that we sent back.
The good news is these are simply storage facilities. You won’t use them in heavy-duty work themselves, so their shelf life is promising. Some come with a lifetime warranty, so if you are concerned about defects, look for that guarantee.
Most of the designs we tested had plastic prongs for the sockets to slip over. These may snap if the socket is forced on, or they could degrade over time, especially if left in sunlight.
Wall, drawer, desk?
Mounting socket organizers is a personal choice. Some people will want to mount them on a wall, while others store them in a tool drawer. Whatever needs you have, just ensured the product could do it.
There’s some variation between manufacturers, so even though they look similar in design, they may not be able to be wall-mounted. You will need to check.
Some can be mounted horizontally and vertically. It depends on how many mounting holes they have. Try to avoid keyhole slots as they are not secure enough, and overtime work lose. You want to be able to grab a socket one-handed and not be concerned about the entire thing falling.
In our testing, the MLTOOLS Socket Organizer came top and was awarded our Best Overall prize. It has enough SAE and metric sockets, but the twist-lock feature made it stand out from the rest.
Our Best Value pick was OEMTOOLS 6 Piece Socket Tray Organizer Set. Although a similar design to some others, the lifetime warranty, choice of colors, and versatility edged this ahead.
We hope our detailed reviews, opinions, and buyers guide have helped you decide what socket organizer you need? As always, if there’s anything we can help you with, please get in touch, and we’ll gladly answer any questions you may have.
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