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Updated March 2017

Best Multitools

Updated March 2017
Leatherman
Wave Multitool
Gerber
Bear Grylls Ultimate
Victorinox
SwissTool Spirit
SOG
PowerAssist
Swiss+Tech
Micro-Max 19-in-1 Multi-Function
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Bottom Line

The best on the market. Earns top marks for its quality construction, sleek design, and many its durable components.

Has durability and features that are impressive for the affordable price. A lifetime warranty adds to the value.

A quality multitool that is well made, but we feel that a few design concerns make the Leatherman Wave a better choice.

Offers a solid design that is suitable for avid outdoor enthusiasts and military and police personnel. However, it could be too much for those who want a basic tool.

A great multitool for people who don't want to spend a lot and need basic components in a small, lightweight unit.

Good

Rugged 100% stainless steel construction with 17 functional tools including 2 pliers, wire cutters, 2 drivers, and multiple knives and files. Individual tools fold sleekly for easy carrying.

Features 12 components and offers similar tools as other models at about half the price. We give it high ratings for its SafeT Plus technology that locks each tool into place for secure usage.

Offers 27 components including 4 screwdrivers and 2 saws . At around 4 inches long and less than 6 ounces in weight, it it is an easy multitool to carry anywhere.

A solidly-constructed multitool with 16 components including 2 durable SOG Assisted Technology blades that open quickly and lock into place for effortless, one-handed cutting.

Offers 19 tools in a compact, lightweight design that is less than 2 inches long and will fit on a keyring. Versatile and inexpensive.

Bad

It is more expensive than some models with similar features, but its quality makes it worth the price.

Less tools than similar models. Some of the tools, such as the saw blade, are too small to be very effective.

Some of the tools, such as the numerous wire components, are redundant. The highly-polished handle can become slippery to grip.

Heavier than most multitools, weighing more than 14 ounces. Some users might find the tools too large and too powerful for basic tasks.

While we love that this small multitool has many of the same functions as larger models, it is not ideal for rugged tasks. It can be difficult to remove from a keyring.

Best of the Best
Leatherman
Wave Multitool
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Bottom Line
The best on the market. Earns top marks for its quality construction, sleek design, and many its durable components.

Bad
It is more expensive than some models with similar features, but its quality makes it worth the price.

Good
Rugged 100% stainless steel construction with 17 functional tools including 2 pliers, wire cutters, 2 drivers, and multiple knives and files. Individual tools fold sleekly for easy carrying.
Best Bang for the Buck
Gerber
Bear Grylls Ultimate
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Bottom Line
Has durability and features that are impressive for the affordable price. A lifetime warranty adds to the value.

Bad
Less tools than similar models. Some of the tools, such as the saw blade, are too small to be very effective.

Good
Features 12 components and offers similar tools as other models at about half the price. We give it high ratings for its SafeT Plus technology that locks each tool into place for secure usage.
Victorinox
SwissTool Spirit
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A quality multitool that is well made, but we feel that a few design concerns make the Leatherman Wave a better choice.

Bad
Some of the tools, such as the numerous wire components, are redundant. The highly-polished handle can become slippery to grip.

Good
Offers 27 components including 4 screwdrivers and 2 saws . At around 4 inches long and less than 6 ounces in weight, it it is an easy multitool to carry anywhere.
SOG
PowerAssist
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Bottom Line
Offers a solid design that is suitable for avid outdoor enthusiasts and military and police personnel. However, it could be too much for those who want a basic tool.

Bad
Heavier than most multitools, weighing more than 14 ounces. Some users might find the tools too large and too powerful for basic tasks.

Good
A solidly-constructed multitool with 16 components including 2 durable SOG Assisted Technology blades that open quickly and lock into place for effortless, one-handed cutting.
Swiss+Tech
Micro-Max 19-in-1 Multi-Function
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Bottom Line
A great multitool for people who don't want to spend a lot and need basic components in a small, lightweight unit.

Bad
While we love that this small multitool has many of the same functions as larger models, it is not ideal for rugged tasks. It can be difficult to remove from a keyring.

Good
Offers 19 tools in a compact, lightweight design that is less than 2 inches long and will fit on a keyring. Versatile and inexpensive.
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