4. Kobalt 15-pc Multi-Drive Wrench
$29.97 www.lowes.com

If you own a television, you've seen this wrench being advertised more often than Kim Kardashian getting married then divorced again. At first glance, the Kobalt has everything you want and more from a multidrive wrench, however, after testing it, we learned differently. The clever pin design allows you to remove the larger socket end and install a real socket adapter and screwdriver bit holder. Problem is, that same pin hinders longer bolts/studs from passing through the socket, a benefit all the other wrenches have. Also, when using the wrench for anything other than bolt/nut removal/installation, it feels awkward and cumbersome. You get quite a bit for under $30, however, the Kobalt was outclassed by its competitors.


5. Black and Decker Ratcheting Ready Wrench
$25.00 www.walmart.com

Looking like a tool from a spaceship, the Ratcheting Ready Wrench was the most unusual to use. It suffers from a steeply angled head on each end, and the sockets were too eager to move and flex when torque was applied. It's also the heaviest in the test, which proved to be a bummer when the socket head slipped off during our strength test and one editor had his finger smashed. The proof is in the pudding as they say, and this wrench wasn't up to the challenge.


6. Craftsman 8-in-1 Rotary Wrench Metric
$29.99 www.craftsman.com

Surprising everyone in our test, the Craftsman Rotary Wrench feels engineered well, handled our performance test with solid tension and little head flexing, and lead the pack in torque angle. So how did it end up last? The handle is not comfortable, it failed our small confines test (as did all of the ratcheting units), and it only fits standard or metric nuts/bolts depending on which model you purchase. That's right, for $29.99 you have to buy two of these wrenches to equal one of the lesser-priced competitors. Usually, you get what you pay for, but not in this case.


7. Craftsman Limited Edition Dog Bone Wrench
$24.99 www.craftsman.com

By far the coolest-looking wrench in our test, the Craftsman Limited Edition black Dog Bone featured splined sockets, allowing it to fit around 16 different bolt/nut sizes. A nice feature no one else had was a large magnet on the handle for securing loose nuts or bolts after removal. We wish the Craftsman Dog Bone had a more comfortable handle, and the splined sockets performed poorly in our torque angle test. During our strength test, the 13mm socket actually cracked and broke, quickly dropping it into last place.