The Home Depot is a veritable goldmine when it comes to buying tools. From multitools you can carry in your back pocket to heavy-duty chainsaws and drills for all your DIY home improvement and renovation projects, The Home Depot has everything you need to take your project from idea to finish product.
To help you pick the must-haves for your next project, we’ve rounded up the best Home Depot tools according to our experts. Whether you’re looking for a DeWalt impact driver or a Ryobi miter saw, these are the tools worth your money.
1. DeWalt 20V Max Cordless Impact Driver
DeWalt is one of the most trusted power tool brands out there, so it’s little surprise that its 20V Max impact driver is the best impact driver out there, based on our experts’ reviews. Not only does it have an ergonomic grip and light weight that make it easy to hold and maneuver, it also delivers powerful torque that’s great for both amateurs and experts to use on almost any kind of project and it features three convenient LED lights.
2. Ryobi 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw
Our experts’ favorite budget-friendly saw, the Ryobi miter saw features a 14-amp motor and 10-inch 24-tooth blade that can saw through a 4 by 4 plank in a single glide. It also has an electric brake that stops all cutting immediately, an LED cutline indicator for improved visibility, and a dust bag to keep your work area neat.
3. Black + Decker Cordless Drill
If you’ve ever spent way too much time and energy manually screwing a nail into a wall with a screwdriver, you know just how integral a proper drill can be towards finishing your home improvement project. Our experts named this Black+Decker cordless drill the best affordable cordless drill thanks to its 11 torque settings that prevent screws from stripping, an LED light that improves visibility in dark areas, and a powerful 20-volt battery that lasts 18 months on a single charge.
4. Worx Electric Chainsaw
A chainsaw is an intimidating enough tool as it is, and that’s why our experts recommend this small chainsaw to help you take care of basic garden-related tasks like chopping down small-diameter trees and bushes. We like it for its lightweight six-pound build, its powerful 20-volt battery with included charger, and noise level that won’t startle the neighbors.
5. Knipex 7.5-Inch Long Nose Pliers
Weasel your way into tight corners with one of our experts’ favorite needle nose pliers. This 7.5-inch version from Knipex features serrated jaws to help you grip onto slick materials with malleable tips that snap back into place without getting deformed. Plus, the plastic-coated handles have a grippy cross-hatched surface that’s comfortable to use for long periods.
6. Estwing Rip Claw 16-Ounce Hammer
A solid hammer is the foundation of any home renovator’s tool kit. Our experts dubbed this Estwing rip claw model as the best hammer available for its shock-absorbing rubber grip to minimize fatigue, its rip claw to facilitate pulling out nails without damaging your wall, and its durable bonded vinyl-nylon and metal construction that’s perfect for both light- to medium-duty renovations.
Whether you’re looking to build your home tool arsenal from the ground up, or prefer to be that person who’s always prepared in an emergency, a multitool is a must. Grab this expert-approved option from Gerber Truss with 17 handy functions and a protective sheath. The tool is built around a set of spring-action pliers that can be used vertically or horizontally, and perform the functions of a wire stripper, bottle opener, medium flathead driver, awl, scissors, file, ruler, and more.
8. Bosch 30-Foot Cross-Line Laser Level
Rather than “eyeballing it,” ensure your projects adhere to exact measurements with the Bosch auto-leveling laser, which earned its stripes as the best compact laser level for its ability to shoot red laser beams within 5/16 of an inch of accuracy at 30 feet away. The laser level includes a flexible mounting device and carrying case for ultimate convenience.
As one of the most handy and cost-effective tools you can get at Home Depot, our experts love this Klein Tools combination knife and scissor sharpener for its ability to adequately sharpen a variety of tools like knives and scissors without the need for hiring a third-party company. Its tungsten inserts sharpen both sides of each blade while its built-in finger guard protects your hands for an all-around safer cutting, chopping, and slicing experience.
An all-purpose shovel will undoubtedly help you scoop the likes of soil and snow, but for more specific projects, look towards our experts’ number one trenching shovel. With a deeper and narrower nose than your typical shovel, the Razor-Back trenching shovel allows you to make room in the soil for drainage, wiring, piping and irrigation. It features a molded kickstep plate so you can exert extra force while digging without expending too much effort or experiencing any discomfort.
11. Milwaukee Performance Safety Glasses
All that sawing and chopping won’t do you any favors if you get debris or other sharp materials in your eye. Stay safe with our experts’ favorite anti-fog safety glasses by Milwaukee that’ll keep your vision clear even in the event of humidity or excess sweating. The anti-scratch glasses include removable gaskets around the lenses to create a hermetic seal between your eyes and any oncoming particles, and they’re available in a variety of shades and bifocal lenses.
12. DeWalt 18-Gauge Heavy-Duty Staple/Nail Gun
Suitable for heavy-duty endeavors, our experts’ favorite staple gun has a lightweight aluminum construction, a window to detect when staples are running low, an easy-squeeze mechanism, an ergonomic molded handle, and a clip to keep it fastened on your belt hands-free while you work on other tasks. Of any other models tested, it was the easiest staple gun to load and the most intuitive to use.
13. Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe
For all your tree chopping, splitting, and pounding needs, look no further than the Fiskars splitting axe, which our experts ranked as the best axe for its long durable fiberglass handle that provides superior leverage. While the axe itself veers on the heavier side at six pounds a pop, it left clean, decisive cuts in a single strike during testing on medium to large cuts of wood.
14. Milwaukee Packout 22-Inch Rolling Tool Box
Keep your precious tools organized and safe with our experts’ favorite rolling toolbox from Milwaukee. With its all-terrain wheels and industrial grade extension handle, it stores up to 250 pounds worth of power tools. It features a modular connectivity design, a deep removable tray for storing smaller items, a hole to accommodate a lock and keep your belongings secure, and metal reinforced corners that absorb impact.
15. Radius Garden Ergonomic Aluminum Hand Weeder
Instead of flooding your garden with toxic or potentially harmful herbicides, go the manual route. This weeding tool gives you maximum control over your property with its ergonomic curved handle that keeps your hand aligned with the soil as you tear out weeds. Its serrated rust-proof aluminum blades are designed to tackle the toughest crops, saving your neck, wrists, and everything in between.
The prices listed here are accurate as of publication on 5/10/2022.