The 30 Best Cool Tools for Men in 2022

By Staff Writers  |  Updated October 27, 2022

The 30 Best Cool Tools for Men in 2022

Let’s be honest: most guys want tools. We want to know they are waiting for us in the garage when a domestic disaster occurs. They call to us as we walk by them in Home Depot. They are the champions of male gift-giving. We need them in abundance.

DIY enthusiasts have impact drivers and battery-powered everything. Computer geeks have their ultra-cool electric screwdrivers.  Gardeners have entire sheds filled with lawn essentials.

Tools make our lives easier allowing us to spend time doing the things we love with less effort.

So of course we’re going to compile a list of the newest and most useful tools around.

Below, you’ll find pretty much every kind of tool under the sun—manual tools, power tools, and much more. If there’s a tool that can facilitate a project or hobby, we’ll include it here if we think it’s the best.

Time to clear out space in your garage, basement, or tool shed, because you’re about to load up.

For more great tool options check out our list of the Best Multi-tools

The HOTO Tire Inflator is Battery Powered and Quite Handy

HOTO Tire Inflator


With this bad boy in your car or garage, you’ll never have to worry about a low tire again. Capable of generating up to 150 PSI of pressure, it can inflate a bike tire in 129 seconds, or a car tire in 8.5 minutes. The high-precision digital pressure measurements come with an auto-stop feature that switches off the pump the instant it hits the correct pressure setting, and it’s accurate to 0.1 bars. Plug it into a wall outlet or anything compatible with USB-C chargers, and the 2500 mAh lithium ion battery will give you multiple fill-ups before it needs to be re-juiced. It even comes with a built-in LED light to make changing your tire after dark a breeze. Best of all, it’s compact enough to fit in your backpack or messenger bag, and the shockproof TPU case will keep it from getting damaged even if you accidentally drop it or run it over with your car.

True Utility Titanium Locking Pocket Multi-Tool

True Utility Titanium Locking Pocket Multi-Tool


For those quick-and-dirty everyday tasks, keep the TI Pocket Multi-Tool on hand and you’ll never be caught unprepared. Packed with features—including spring-loaded pliers with built-in wire cutters, awl, bottle opener, saw, knife, and dual-headed screwdriver—it’s built using ultra-tough titanium featuring a titanium nitride coating that enhances durability and protects against rust, corrosion, and wear. The dual-position locks (90 and 180 degrees) makes it easy to adapt the highly functional multi-tool to the job, and the ergonomic grip maximizes comfort no matter how you hold the tool.  

Ryker Bag Tool Organizers Roll Up for Carry Convenience

Ryker Bag Tool Organizer


Keep this bag in your truck, RV, or the trunk of your car, and you’ll be ready for anything. Though it rolls up into a beautifully compact and portable bundle, the tool organizer comes with four over-sized zippered pockets that give you plenty of space for all your daily tools—plus two detachable pockets for when you need extra space. The fabric is heavy-duty canvas that’s water-resistant and tough enough to handle the rigors of the job or campsite, and the handles are rip-resistant and designed to let you hang the unrolled tool organizer from any hook or nail in the shop or garage. Take it out fishing, hike it through the forest, or tuck it into your backpack when cycling cross-country—it’s the ultimate companion to carry all the necessary tools you need for any situation. via  

The Reload Utility Knife from Toughbuilt Holds its Blades in a Magazine

TOUGHBUILT Reload Utility Knife


Looking for a fresh take on a classic tool? Give this utility knife by Toughbuilt a try. The Reload Utility Knife is designed for maximum convenience, with a smooth-sliding action that you can work easily with just your thumb—no strain or struggle. When the existing blade gets dull, all it takes to reload is a flick of a switch and you’re ready to get back to work. The tool houses a magazine featuring 5 tough, ultra-sharp blades, as well as a lower reservoir with room for an additional 10 blades. That’s 15 easy-to-access blades all ready for you to use—no need to fiddle with tools or wrestle with tiny mechanisms to reload. Pair that with a non-slip grip and a robust design, and you’ve got yourself a winner of a tool. Best of all, it’s backed by a full limited lifetime warranty.  

The Japanese-made Camber Top Tool Box from Toyo

TOYO Camber Top Tool Box


Keep this bad boy in your truck, RV, or basement, and you’ll always have your most important tools within easy reach. Built from a single sheet of stainless steel, it’s hands-down the toughest tool box you’ll ever own, but it’s got a sleek minimalist look that no chunky, clunky box could ever compare. It’s also beautifully lightweight and compact, so you can carry it around all day and never feel over-burdened. The fact that it’s made in Osaka, Japan means that it’s built using precision manufacturing, quality materials, and meticulous attention to detail. It’s the DIYer’s and home mechanic’s new best friend.

The Pocketable Gesila Titanium Pry Bar from We Knife Company

We Knife Co Gesila Prybar Tool


Keep this little tool on hand for any home DIY projects. Built from ultra-tough but wonderfully lightweight titanium, it’s tough enough to pry out even full-sized decking and framing nails, but small enough to fit in your pocket or tool pouch. An integrated bottle opener will come in handy at break-time. The design is simple—just slide the head beneath a nail and get prying—and you’ll find it’s well-built, sturdy, and is comfortable in your hands even without gloves. Though it’s slightly pricier than a standard prybar, it’s worth the extra cost to get an ultra-compact and portable tool you can take to any job site without adding unnecessary weight to your loadout.

The WUBEN G2 is a Bright Little EDC Keychain Light

WUBEN G2 EDC Keychain Light


Carry this tiny light on your keychain, and you’ll never be stuck in the dark. With an output of 500 lumens (easily as bright as any light bulb in your house), it’s the perfect compact flashlight to take camping, use around the house, even crawl under your car to check your oil with. The five settings (ranging from soft “moon” to ultra-bright “Turbo”) let you choose just how bright you want the light to shine, and extends the life of the 28mAh battery to up to 70 hours of continuous run-time. It weighs just 28 grams, attaches to your keychain, and is easily charged via USB-C to ensure shorter charge time and greater power. This is an ultra-convenient little addition to your EDC loadout.

Work Through the Night with the BearTrap Multi-Function Worklight

BearTrap Multi-Function Worklight


Streamlight brings the brightness to your home shop or jobsite with this ultra-powerful portable worklight. At just 7.6 inches long and weighing only 2 pounds, it’s a light you’ll easily fit in any tool box or bag, so you can carry a “miniature sun” around with you everywhere you go. It’s versatile too, as it clamps virtually anywhere or stands on its own. Additional mounting options include a magnetic base and stowable hook Set it to Flood to max out illumination at a staggering 2,000 lumens, or use the Spotlight setting to narrow in the beam on a single important item. With a runtime of up to 4.5 hours on the high setting and 12.5 hours on low, you’ve got all the light you need to stay up working through even the darkest night.

Coleman Adds a Portable Vacuum to its OneSource Line of Battery-powered Products

Coleman OneSource Rechargeable Cordless Vacuum


This is the perfect vacuum cleaner to keep your car, RV, and boat clean all summer long. Powered by a lithium ion battery, it gets up to 40 minutes of run-time before needing a re-charge. The bagless system features a fully washable and reusable dust bowl that holds up to 14 cubic inches of dust and debris before it needs to be emptied. It comes with all the attachments you need, including a crevice tool, brush (for scrubbing tough stains) and extender. It’s impact-resistant and waterproof (IPX4) so you can use it safely anywhere, anytime. Plus, it’s backed by a 3-year warranty and features an interchangeable battery system compatible with other Coleman tools. Oh, and one last cool feature: you can plug your phone or tablet into the vacuum, so the battery doubles as an on-the-go charger.

Be Ready for Any Outdoors Situation with the MAX Multipurpose Axe Toolkit

MAX Multipurpose Axe Toolkit


Whether you’re heading out into the bush for a weekend hunting trip or just camping overnight, you’re going to want to be ready for anything Mother Nature can throw at you. With the MAX Tool Kit, you will be. Built by Forrest Tool using only the finest American materials, this kit includes the eight items you might end up needing in the wild, including axe, shovel, pick, broad pick, mattock, rake, and combination McLeod (rakehoe). The interchangeable heads can easily be locked in place on the 34-inch composite polyglass handle using the six accompanying steel pins—interchangeable in a matter of seconds, but ultra-sturdy with every swing. It even comes with its own ultra-tough Cordura nylon carrying case so you can keep all the heads organized and ready at a moment’s notice.

The Barebones Folding Shovel is a Handy Portable Camping Tool

Barebones Folding Shovel


No more lugging around a heavy, unwieldy shovel on your next camping trip. Now, you can pack the Barebones Folding Shovel into your gear, and you’ll be ready for anything. Weighing in at just 3.55 pounds, this shovel folds down to just 30 inches long and 8 inches wide. It’s made from ultra-tough manganese steel and beech wood. The three-way collar allows you to work with multiple configurations and locks firmly in place to ensure the tool is always up to even the toughest root or rock. You’ll find the manganese steel head stays sharp for far longer than standard shovels, and it’s sturdy enough that even the hardest ground won’t withstand it.

überleben Tindår Wick & Bellow Makes Fire-Starting a Snap

überleben Tindår Wick & Bellow Fire Starter


Sick and tired of struggling to get your campfire lit? You’ll never have to worry about it again with this fire-starting kit in your pack. The paraffin wax-infused hemp catches a spark instantly, but doesn’t burn through in minutes like regular rope. Instead, thanks to the wax, it acts more like a candle wick, burning for an hour or more—plenty of time to set it to your kindling to get that flame roaring. Though it’s only 6mm thick, it’s 13 feet long, so you’ve got hours of burn-time to look forward to. The included sleeve makes it easy to snuff out the flame or let it burn longer, staying cool to the touch even after close contact with a blazing fire. Best of all, the box doubles as a bellows, making it easier than ever to get that campfire started in even the worst weather conditions.

Gerber Dual-Force Multi-tool Gives You Powerful Pliers & More

Gerber Dual-Force


With a design that delivers twice the bite force of standard pliers, Gerber’s Dual-Force multi-tool features a dual-position slip-lock joint giving the tool’s jaws the ability to adjust in size to fit the task. A range of locking outboard tools includes saw, knife, file, and drivers to add all-around versatility.

Ditch the Bristles: KUNIFU BBQ Grill Scraper

KUNIFU BBQ Grill Scraper


Give yourself the gift of a clean grill with this wonderful little tool. The KUNIFU BBQ Grill Scraper is a truly unique piece of equipment: a bristle-free scraper that will work with pretty much any grill, regardless of grate spacing, tough enough that you can use it again and again without ever having to worry about it breaking or wearing out on you. The stainless steel tool is backed by both a lifetime warranty and a 100% satisfaction/money back guarantee, and it’s even dishwasher-safe. With built-in holes for a handle, chain, and hanging hooks, you’ve got plenty of options for mounting and wielding it to clean off that grill grate. Best of all, it comes with both a griddle scraper and a bottle opener—talk about ultra-versatile!

Slice is a Finger-Friendly Folding Cutter That Never Dulls

Slice Ceramic Folding Knife


Well, no knife can ever really claim to “never” dull, but the Slice stands by its promise that each of its dangerously sharp blades last 11x longer than a metal blade. The hyper-tough ceramic blade is secured to a durable metal handle, with a folding design that allows for instant one-handed ambidextrous deployment. When the time comes to change the blade, it’s a hassle-free, no-tool job that’s done in a matter of seconds. Best of all, the knife blade is “finger-friendly” and fully safe to the touch, but guaranteed to cut through food, boxes, rope, cord, and everything else with ease. For the price, you won’t find an EDC tool that delivers better value, longevity, and versatility.

Never Worry About Low Tires with the Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Inflator

Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless High-Pressure Inflator


Makita is a name every contractor, handyman, and DIY home renovator is instantly familiar with. Few brands can match the quality and versatility of their tools—and that certainly goes for the 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Inflator. This inflator delivers up to 160 PSI, offers three speed settings for optimum pressure control, an auto-stop function to ensure your tires will never be over-inflated, and a built-in pressure release button to drain out excess air. Thanks to its LED light and backlit pressure gauge, you can re-fill your tire even on the darkest country road or before sunrise.

The Milwaukee M12 Mounting Fan has Magnets on its Base

Milwaukee M12 Mounting Fan


Powered by Milwaukee’s M12 series batteries, the M12 Mounting Fan throws a cool breeze with no cords. The durable design delivers airspeed up to 14 MPH, pushes 400 CFM, offers adjustable 3-speed control and 360º rotation. What really makes this unit stand-out are the mounting options including a magnetic base for metal, and a spring-loaded clamp for hanging.

Standing Makes it Easier: DeWalt DCV501HB Cordless Shop Vac

DeWalt Cordless Shop Vac


DeWalt’s latest cordless vacuum is a powerful and portable workshop tool that gives you another weapon in your arsenal powered by the universal 20V Max battery packs. The vac delivers 46CFM of suction & up to 21-minutes of full-power run-time offering HEPA air filtration, & 6 cleaning accessory attachments. It’s small and portable and includes an attachment to turn it into a stick-style vac to save your back from the constant bending.

Still Our Favorite Classic Carry: Gerber Shard Keychain Tool

Gerber Shard Keychain Tool

Lightweight & airline-safe, Gerber’s Shard keychain tool is a proven EDC classic. It also happens to be the one tiny tool we go to most often. With a durable titanium nitride coating & sized perfectly for your pocket, it offers small & medium flat drivers, a Philips head driver, wire stripper, pry bar, bottle opener, & lanyard hole. It weighs about half an ounce.

Exceptional EDC: WESN’s MT Multi-tool

WESN MT Multi-tool


Marked by its lightweight skeletal design, the minimalist MT multi-tool from Detroit’s WESN brand, is a simple way to handle some tough tasks. Integrated into its precision CNC-milled frame is a pry bar, bottle opener & flathead screwdriver/scraper. At .4 ounces, you won’t even know it’s on your keyring until you need it.

Pegboard Up & Organize the Workshop

Torack Pegboard Wall Organizer


Torack’s Pegboard Wall organizer is a great way to get your garage straightened out & tidied up. Made of metal with a silver-coated finish, the 48″ X 40″ board mounts to the wall with slots to fit all standard 1/4in & 1/8in pegboard hooks, bins, and accessories. It offers a 48″-wide overhead shelf, a paper towel holder, and a 12″ utility shelf.

Slice Through Shrink Wrap & Everything Else with this $2 Cutter

Pacific Handy Cutter

Designed to safely & effortlessly slice through shrink wrap, stretch wrap, packing tape, and plastic straps, the Pacific Handy Cutter uses a sturdy steel blade to cut through all those holiday packing materials to quickly get you to the goods.

CRKT’s Hex Bit Tool Roll is an EDC Essential

CRKT Hex Bit Tool Roll


In a compact, pocketable leather roll, CRKT’s Hex Bit Driver Tool Roll keeps bits for 13 essential torx, phillips & flat heads, at your fingertips. The brass handled mini driver features a ball bearing spinner for quick & smooth function.

Keep Cords & Lines Lashed with CamJam XT

Nite Ize CamJam XT Rope Tightener

Designed to simplify the task of tightening cordage, the CamJam XT is the ultimate tool for getting lines tight. Combining a carabiner with a locking cam mechanism, it makes securing, tensioning, and lashing down loads easier. Clip the carabiner to a fixed anchor point, then use the cam mechanism to safely connect, tension, and easily release your cord.

Gerber’s Prybrid Utility is a Sharp, Pocketable Multi-tool

Gerber Gear Prybrid Utility


Blending the best of a replaceable utility blade knife and a compact multi-tool, Gerber’s Prybrid Utility is a pocket and keychain-friendly EDC implement offering 8 different tools, including wire strippers, bottle opener, Standard Utility blade, and more.

This Milwaukee Penlight Doubles as a Laser Pointer

Milwaukee Rechargeable Penlight w/ Laser Pointer


With its rechargeable battery and integrated laser pointer, this pen light from Milwaukee is a handy tool for all kinds of jobs. Toggle between two light modes: 250-lumens & 50-lumens for the torch. Or flip on the laser and point it out. The handle end of the light features a rubber bite-tip so you can safely hold it in your mouth, hands-free. Run-time is 2-8 hours depending on mode, and a 3-color battery indicator let’s you know how much life is left. Recharge via MicroUSB.

ToughBuilt’s Scraper Utility Tool Cuts Both Ways

ToughBuilt Scraper Utility Tool


Like a cool tool off Batman’s belt, The Scraper Utility Tool from ToughBuilt converts instantly from box-cutter to blade-scraper with a single click of the button. Going from scoring drywall to scraping paint without missing a beat. The rugged 6-inch handle offers secure grip in either cutting mode & flips wide-open for easy blade replacement.

HÉROS Trauma Shears Cut Through It All

HÉROS Trauma Shears


Backed by 10 years of research and tested in the field by paramedics, emergency physicians, Navy SEALs and a NASA flight surgeon, the 8-in-1 HÉROS shears are truly built for battle. They’ll cut through virtually anything: carbon fiber, kevlar, leather, seatbelts, heavy plastic, boots, luggage, you name it. Made of Japanese AUS-8 Steel, they cut with the power of a Great White’s jaw yet stay sharp no matter what you put them through.

Easily Carry Your Tools in this Heavy Duty Waxed Canvas Bag from Readywares

Readywares Tool Bag


Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters, or home DIYers, this one is for you. The Tool Bag by Readywares is an ultra-tough waxed canvas bag that features 11 spacious pockets plus a large main compartment that offers you plenty of room to carry around all the tools and essentials you’ll need for your job. The cotton and polyester-blend fabric straps have all been reinforced so you know they’ll bear up under the weight of your tools even if you over-fill the pouch (which, let’s be honest, us working guys tend to do). Plus, the waxed canvas is tough enough to shrug off rain, spills, and stains, and you can literally rub out any scuffs in the wax coating to make it look as good as new.

The FishFace is an EDC Multi-Tool with Bite

FishFace 18-in-1 Pocket Multi-Tool


The FishFace from True Utility is an 18-in-1 EDC multi-tool no larger than the other keys on your keychain but it puts in overtime. It features Phillips and flat screwdrivers, wrenches, hex drive, pry bar, file, nail tool, bottle opener, box opener and cutter. Made of stainless steel with a black titanium coating, it’s built for daily duty & with its sprung ’biner clip, stays right by your side.

Cordless & Versatile LED Flashlight from Worx

Cordless & Versatile LED Flashlight from Worx


This 20-volt cordless light from Worx offers 4 functions for endless versatility—a bright 450-lumen LED flashlight with a 70º rotating head, 360-degree lantern, desk lamp, and flashing emergency light. Powered by Worx universal 20V & 40V batteries, it offers multi-mode brightness adjustment, a telescoping design & one-touch controls. Battery life ranges from 8-18 hours.

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