* Don’t need a whole set of tools? Spring for one of these multi-tooled devices instead
* Ideal for basic repairs and household chores
* Some of these picks are suited to the outdoors too
It’s always best to be prepared, whether you’re working on a home improvement project or taking a road trip or cycling trip. This is where the multitool really comes in handy: all-purpose and portable, multitools are easy to underestimate but great to have. Here are six of the best multitools under $50.
1. Gerber Dime Multitool
The Gerber Dime Multitool is compact and simple, yet gets the job done with a great variety of functions. Packing a mini crescent wrench, scissors, a file and pliers, the Gerber Dime plies its trade as one of the most trusty keychain multitools on the market today with more than 1500 reviews on Amazon.
2. The Rose Kuli 7”
With a handsome woodgrain finish, the Rose Kuli 7” Multitool has the style of fine cutlery and fits in plenty of function, too. It even comes with a small axe and hammer pliers, making it great for impromptu woodworking and handyman projects both around the house and out in the fields on camping trips.
3. Leatherman Stainless Steel Multitool
Outfitted with 6 tools: a 420HC knife, spring-action scissors, flat/phillips screwdriver, tweezers, a nail file and carabiner/bottle opener, this stainless steel multitool is heat treated for optimal durability. It comes with a 25 year guarantee.
4. The Gerber MP600 Multi-plier
Known as a great multitool for hobbyists and shade tree mechanics, the Gerber MP600 Multiplier features 14 separate functions in fully independent, locking configurations. Centered around a pair of strong needle nose pliers, this multitool is great to have on hand for any electronics or mechanical projects.
5. Leatherman Wingman Multitool
The Leatherman Wingman lives up to its name and provides great backup for handyman projects and daily life activities, too. It features a convenient bottle opener– like any good wingman it’ll crack open a cold one for you– along with a pocketknife blade, pliers and more. Plus, it comes with a stylish sheath.
6. Multitools Folding Plier
Among the larger multitools, this folding plier and screwdriver is a highly functional piece, with such features as a non-slip coating and multi-directional opening. It even features multiple screwdriver heads.
7. Leatherman Sidekick
This Leatherman multitool proves the company behind the classic multi-purpose folding pliers set is still a market leader. The Leatherman Sidekick has a distinguished, weighty and high-quality feel. With numerous functions including saw, knife and bottle opener, the Sidekick may definitely come in handy and get you out of a jam when camping or working on a project.