Best Multi-Tool [2019]

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Best Overall: Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool
With 21 tools and/or features, there’s not much missing from this all-in-one multi-tool. It has tools that will work for most any task and/or profession. And it’s priced right in the middle while still giving you tools that have an actual purpose.

Best For Tough Jobs: Leatherman Super Tool 300
While most multi-tools are built for tough jobs, they aren’t built like the Super Tool 300. It’s a full-size beast with one of the largest combination blades on the market right now. Plus, nothing can escape the grasp of the pliers as this is the strongest plier-styled multi-tool available from Leatherman.

Best Value: Leatherman Skeletool Multi-Tool
For those on a budget, the Skeletool by Leatherman is a great option. Again, built from one of the best multi-tool companies, you still get a great selection of usable tools without all the “extras” that don’t matter. For the price, nothing else really comes close.

How We Picked

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you just needed a knife? What about a screwdriver? Or maybe you needed a bottle opener?

Unfortunately, these aren’t everyday tools that we just happen to carry around with us – unless you have a multi-tool in your pocket. Multi-tools are great for those moments when you might need something a little uncommon. Multi-tools can help you complete common tasks without having to go search for the “right” tool. Plus, in an emergency situation, just about anything can help.

But, finding the right multi-tool can be extremely difficult. There are so many options to choose from, from different brands, at different price points. Today, we are going to show you ten of the best multi-tools we found for 2019. We will explain why each of these made our list while using the guidelines provided in our buyer’s guide below.

So, are you ready to see the best multi-tools available right now?

#1 Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool

Specs:

  • Style: Plier-Based Folding
  • Number of Tools: 21
  • Weight: 12.5 oz
  • Warranty: 25-Year Limited Warranty

For those who want just about everything in a multi-tool, the Leatherman Surge is a good start.

Right out of the gate, the Surge is a plier-based, folding multi-tool with 21 different tools to work with. Briefly, they are:

  1. Needle Nose Pliers
  2. Regular Pliers
  3. Replaceable Wire Cutters
  4. Replaceable Hard-Wire Cutters
  5. Stranded-Wire Cutters
  6. Electrical Crimper
  7. Wire Stripper
  8. Knife
  9. Serrated Knife
  10. Saw
  11. Spring-Action Scissors
  12. Awl With Thread Loop
  13. 8″ Ruler
  14. Can Opener
  15. Bottle Opener
  16. Wood/Metal File
  17. Diamond-Coated File
  18. Black Exchanger
  19. Large Bit Driver
  20. Large Screwdriver
  21. Small Screwdriver

To fit all of these tools into one package means that this is one of the largest multi-tools created by Leatherman. But, this was built with the handyman and/or DIYer in mind.

Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool in stainless steel

Now, this isn’t small or lightweight. In fact, it has a closed length of 4.5 inches and reaches almost to a full 8 inches when the blade is fully extended. Plus, it weighs 12.5 ounces which is slightly more than 0.75 pounds.

Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool saw

Most plier-based, folding multi-tools need to free hands to be used initially. However, the Leatherman Surge is designed to work with only one hand. And even though it only takes one hand to access everything, it also has a locking mechanism to make sure everything stays where it should while you are working.

Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool wire cutter

Knowing that certain tools will get old and/or break over time, leather men included the ability to replace the wire cutters and even swap out cutting blades as needed. Plus, you can buy additional accessories such as a bit kit set and bit extenders, removable pocket clips and lanyards, and leather sheaths for your Surge.

Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool screw driver

What We Like

In most cases, a large multi-tool is going to be full of useless tools that you won’t need. But, the Surge from Leatherman has tools you can actually use. More than just that, the one-handed accessibility makes this a versatile tool when you only have one free hand.