The best Tool Chests and Storage Roundup – What to look for and Reviews!

The totally awesome tool chest roundup

Oftentimes the bane of DIY work is keeping track of your tools. Ever feel like you just need something right now, but you just can’t seem to find it. You spend the better part of the day looking for it, you figure that it’s probably gone, you go buy a new one only to return home and find it just right there on the kitchen table. No? Just me?

Anyway, if you’ve amassed a good number of tools, it pays to get storage. Not just any storage mind you, proper tool storage. Heavy duty locking metal storage with multiple drawers that lets you organize your tools to your hearts content.

What’s great is that you don’t lack for options out there. Whether you need a large tool box or small one, wheeled or fixed – there’s something out there to fit your needs. These toolboxes are usually found on most auto repair shops for a reason, they make your life so much easier. Everything in their proper place, lined up perfectly – it’s just beautiful.

So we’ve scoured the Interwebs looking for the best tool storage boxes out there. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered.

TOP 10 BEST Tool Storage Box of 2017

This heavy-duty construction drawer rolling cabinet is a fantastic addition for any handyman and indispensable for professionals. The first feature you'll notice is how easily the drawers slide in and out in this durable cabinet. This is thanks to it's 390mm removable ball bearing sides which can hold up to 88 ponds each. A heavy duty push/pull handle make this rolling cabinet a breeze to move around the shop and thanks to its 5 inch wheels you can easily get past compressor hoses and power chords not to mention the inevitable debris.

If you work in a shared location, you can leave this great storage cabinet onsite since it's equipped with a HMC high security tubular locking system giving you the piece of mind anyone needs at the end of a long workday. This American built, 11-drawer HOMAK is backed by a 5-year warranty.

PROS

  • Great price
  • Heavy gauge steel construction
  • ​Top mat included and drawer liners are included
  • Made in USA
  • All the drawers have full length solid aluminum handles
  • Choice of BLUE, RED or BLACK

CONS

  • A bit on the heavy side
  • Drawers move a little when locked

The guys at Milwaukee have really delivered a fantastic product with this impressive rolling cabinet. The entire design and build is heavy-duty making the sides, drawers and top are extremely sturdy. It boasts a remarkable amount of tool space in the 10.5 inch high shelf under the top lid, more then enough to allow you to keep all of your hand and power tools in one location. One of the best features of this goliath storage drawer is the electric outlets at the top and on the outside which make it very convenient to charge power tool batteries without worrying about where to plug them while working with other tools and devices. For added security you have a separate personal effects storage, which allows you to leave this drawer at the worksite in all confidence.

A fan favorite feature is the self-closing drawers, which can each handle up 100 pounds of tools. Easily use and store your laptop on the work box with the innovative and extremely practical pullout work surface drawer. Even more, its stylish, 2-tone design offers a textured finish that is rugged, durable and built to last. To help you move the large rolling cabinet around the shop you have the 5-inch industrial-grade, polypropylene casters (two swivel and also with a brake while two are rigid) which support up to 1800 pounds.

PROS

  • Huge storage capacity with 27,223 cubic inches total volume
  • 6 outlets
  • ​Barrel key internal locking system
  • ​Recessed steel swing side handle on chest
  • Very durable
  • ​Pre-cut, premium solid drawer liners
  • Milwaukee embossed top mat keep your tools in place
  • 3-years warranty

CONS

  • Too many stickers to remove
  • Needs some deeper shelves for hand tools
  • Assembly takes some time

Regardless if you're a pro or an experienced DIYer you'll be thoroughly impressed with this spacious rolling cabinet made out of 18 gauge steel frame and boasting full-extension ball-bearing drawer slides. You'll have loads of space to get organized within the 72 inches of high-quality construction of this Viper storage box, backed by a limited lifetime warranty. The Viper line of chests, well known for being a top of the line stainless steel tool cabinet as well as garage storage solutions in North America, continues its tradition of designing and manufacturing the most innovative and highest quality tool storage cabinet solutions.

Each of the drawers’ features 250 pounds full-extension ball bearing slides while two of the drawers of the VIPER are equipped with double slides. As expected from a top manufacturer such as Viper, the 40,042 cubic inches of the cabinet giant glides effortlessly on six 6-inch resin locking swivel casters. And the best part, the price, it's a fraction of that of other similar size competitor products. It's truly a great steel for the knowledgeable shopper!

PROS

  • Sturdy and reliable American built product
  • 18G steel
  • ​18 drawers
  • ​Full length aluminum drawer pulls
  • ​Lifetime warranty
  • ​Huge storage space
  • ​Locks every drawer
  • Comes assembled
  • ​All casters have lockable breaks
  • Best bang for the buck!

CONS

  • 982 pounds!!

It's hard to find a more stylish rolling cabinet then this stainless steel working station. It's made of 430 anti-fingerprint steel and comes in with a spacious 72-inch wide front to access the 15 drawers. The topside is great workstation made out of rubber wood giving you lots of workspace. All the drawers are rated to 100 pounds that should provide you with ample storage to house all your power and hand tools within the tool chest. The four casters provide great mobility for the storage cabinet to be moved around your elegant shop, with two of them locking to create a very stable stationary workstation. The security of your tools is guaranteed with a locking system that secures all the drawers.

PROS

  • Sturdy and very stable work bench
  • Beautiful and elegant
  • ​Very wide drawers
  • ​Good casters
  • Good security for your tools

CONS

  • Thin steel
  • No liners in drawers

Everything is nicer when it's in pink! And this robust, heavy-duty construction is no exception. This stylish pink tool storage cabinet is appropriate for a great many applications whether in a personal home or garage, or even at a professional work site. A nice feature of the pink line is that you can use it as a standalone storage cabinet or maybe pair up with other pink box tool chests.

Made for 18-gauge steel and with a beautiful powder coating finish the Original Pink Box can take quite a beating in the shop. And thanks to its 5-inch casters and a hefty tubular handle on its side, you can push this work box and bring it next to your work area so you can have access to all your tools. The drawers in this rolling cabinet are rated to 100 pounds each and are mounted with full extension ball bearing slides and include the pre-cut liners. Unlike imitation models, the original pink box storage cabinet locks all the drawers with a tubular key cam lock which lock at the slides making it impossible to be pried open.

PROS

  • 18G steel construction
  • 100 pounds rated drawers
  • Full extension ball bearing slides
  • ​Tubular key cam lock
  • ​5-inch casters
  • ​Lifetime warranty

CONS

  • Only 5 drawers

As will any Viper made work box, we always expect a very resilient product and you'll not be disappointed with this, 41-inch wide and boasting 9 full 100 pounds rated drawers. It's built to last from 18-gauge steel and it's powder coated for a durable, bold color, which resists wearing better than other finishes and the gray trim truly sets VIPER apart from the rest. As with all Viper products, the 9 drawers are mounted on full extension, ball bearing slides with rubber detents that help prevent them from drifting open. And of course the color matching pre-cut drawer liners are included in this storage cabinet.

Similar to the other Armor series cabinets the attractive, full length, extruded aluminum drawer pulls are sturdy and easy to grip. The tubular cam lock secures all 9 drawers at their slides to help ensure all your items stay protected with the turn of just one key. Four heavy-duty, smooth rolling 5-inch polyurethane tread casters are ideal for shop floors (2 swivel and 2 are rigid for a smooth and controlled movement). This tool storage cabinet includes one side handle. This rolling tool cabinet is appropriate anywhere from home to the workplace and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

PROS

  • 18G steel construction
  • Tubular cam lock
  • ​100 pounds rated drawers
  • ​Lifetime warranty
  • ​Scratch resistant powder coating paint
  • 5-inch casters
  • ​Full extension ball bearing slides
  • ​9 drawers

CONS

  • Push/pull handle not full width

If you're a DIYer or a pro, you owe it to yourself to look at the WEN tool chest. This WEN rolling cabinet is the ultimate for the industrial user, professional mechanic or anyone who is looking for the highest capacity in a 41-inch wide cabinet. This rolling cabinet system is composed of 2 storage device that can be used independently, or as a combo with a total of 17,695 cubic inches of storage.

Heavy-duty steel construction makes this stylish cabinet appropriate for a variety of applications, both at home and in the most demanding professional environments. It also features full 100 pounds rated smooth self-locking ball bearing slides and pre-cut protective drawer liners. WEN is built to last and provides the ultimate protection for your hand and power tools.

PROS

  • Up to 2400 pounds of storage
  • 2 in 1 combo
  • ​100 pound rated drawers
  • ​Rolling on wheels
  • 2-year warranty

CONS

  • Average locking system

Hard to find anything wrong in this American made toolkit. At first you'll notice the 26-inch wide and then you'll be very impressed with the 11-drawer professional Machinist's Chest from Kennedy. It offers comprehensive organization for a large or voluminous collection of tools. A spacious top till and drawers feature a unique and resilient wool felt lining. Eleven drawers slide open to sort a variety of items. Eight zinc coated dividers partition the interiors as you see fit. Lock up the powder-coated steel body to secure your tools in this storage cabinet.

Each drawer is rated to 90 pounds which at the top of the spectrum for a 26-inch wide. The tubular key locking system offers high-end security for your valuable tools.

PROS

  • 90 pound rated drawers
  • Made in USA
  • ​Steel construction
  • ​Tubular cam lock
  • ​Spacious top till

CONS

  • Not a rolling cabinet

It's hard not to be impressed with the Gladiator 6-Drawer tool box topper that can be used on its own or combined with other great Gladiator GarageWorks products. This versatile cabinet gives you the space to store both large and small hand tools in the 6-drawer, while the top drawer provides extra space for tool storage. For added safety, this storage cabinet will keep the drawers in place until its lid is opened.

All the drawers and lined with pre-cut ware resistant liners and are rated to 50 pounds each. The recessed handles make it easy to transport and save you space when storing on work benches or part of multi unite systems.

PROS

  • 6 spacious drawers
  • Good locking system
  • ​50 pounds rated drawers
  • ​Rubber feet
  • Recessed handles

CONS

  • Not a rolling cabinet

A perfect addition to any DIYer's shop, this storage cabinet is heavy duty, strong, and built to last. The drawers of this cabinet glide with great ease and the 5-inch casters are rugged and made to support the weight of this fine professional cabinet when movement is needed. Because of its durable steel construction, as you roll this spacious tool chest around your shop, there is not one bit of instability and it holds steadfast to the ground making it a great work platform. Since each drawer is lined with a pre-cut liner it keeps all your tools well organized and prevents them from sliding around in the drawers. The top of the rolling cabinet also has a strong thick mat that can be removed for cleaning. The security of your tools in not neglected by Homak and two keys are included with the secure locking mechanism.

When you receive the Homak heavy duty tool box, you'll notice how easy it is to have the wheels and the handle installed onto the cabinet. The red finish is silky smooth and a tough hefty coat is applied as to prevent any chips during shipping and regular work in your shop.

PROS

  • 6 drawers
  • 250 mm ball bearing slides
  • ​5-inch casters (2 are locking)
  • ​Tubular cam lock
  • ​Pre-cut liners
  • Top liner included
  • 5-year warranty

CONS

  • Second drawer is harder to open then the rest
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