From fixing cars and bikes to adjusting chairs, tables and assembling furniture, every toolbox needs a quality hex set. For inexperienced DIYers or professional contractors, using a hex set offers an affordable and versatile set of tools that are necessary to complete a wide range of jobs.
Designed to work with hexagonal sockets, hence the name, hex sets, which are commonly known as Allen keys or wrenches, are small handheld tools with a hexagonal shape at the end. Often in the shape of an upper case L, Allen keys come in a variety of sizes to fit a wide range of sockets. In some cases, Allen keys are made with a ball on the end to make them easy to fit into the receiving slot of a wrench. Depending on the size of the job, Allen keys can be turned by hand and or with the assistance of a wrench.
It’s important to always use the correct hex wrench for a socket or risk damaging the socket, which is why we like using hex sets that come with a wide range of sizes. For a list of the most durable and comprehensive hex sets on the market, check out our top three picks below.
1. Neiko Master Hex Bit Socket Set
Have a socket for every job with the comprehensive 32-piece Neiko Master Hex Bit Socket Set that eliminates the need to carry small Allen wrench sets. Made with alloy steel for superior hardness and durability that will last through years of use, the sockets have a chrome finish that protects against rust and dirt. The Neiko provide a superior torque that makes them easy to turn, working with both hand wrenches and ratchet sets.
Pros: The Neiko set comes in a molded carrying case for easy storage and added protection for the sockets.
Cons: Unlike the other two sets, the Neiko sockets must be attached to a wrench or ratchet to work and can’t be used by hand alone.
2. REXBETI Hex Key Allen Wrench Set
Quickly tighten and loosen fasteners with ease and precision using the REXBETI Hex Key Allen Wrench Set and its strengthening T-handle. The extensive 35-piece set has an Allen wrench for every job, including SAE, MM and Star-ended sockets. Made with heat-treated S2 steel, the REXBETI boasts better strength and torque than sets made with chrome vanadium steel.
Pros: The REXBETI comes with a two-year warranty for all parts.
Cons: Unlike the Neiko, the REXBETI doesn’t come with a carrying case.
3. TEKTON Long Arm Ball End Hex Key Wrench Set
For a set with a wide range of sizes that won’t break the bank, we recommend the TEKTON Long Arm Ball End Hex Key Wrench Set. The set comes with 26 hex keys and includes Inches and MM sizes. Use alone or with a ratchet or wrench, connecting easily thanks to the ball end on each TEKTON hex key. The keys feature color-coding that makes it easy to identify their size.
Pros: Each key features a black oxide finish that protects against corrosion.
Cons: The TEKTON is the smallest kit on our list and doesn’t come with a carrying case or a T-handle, ratchet or wrench.