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The Best Multitool - 2021

Last updated on October 5, 2021

We looked at the top 18 Multitools and dug through the reviews from 124 of the most popular review sites including and more. The result is a ranking of the best Multitools.

Best Multitool

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Our Picks For The Top Multitools

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Our Take
Experts Included
Pros
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  Best Overall

RoverTac 14-In-1 Camping Accessories Multitool

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RoverTac

14-In-1 Camping Accessories Multitool

Overall Take

Economical OptionCarrying this multitool safely is a breeze, thanks to the included nylon sheath.

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  Comes With Leather Pouch

Victorinox Compact Spring Swiss Army Multitool

Victorinox

Compact Spring Swiss Army Multitool

Overall Take

Small and SubtleWith this multitool comes a complimentary leather pouch to safely store the piece when not in use.

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  Sturdy Pocket Clip

Gerber Suspension-NXT Multi-Tool

Gerber

Suspension-NXT Multi-Tool

Overall Take

Slim DesignThis multitool has a sturdy pocket clip for added functionality.

Experts Included
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  We Also Like

WETOLS 21-In-1 Stainless Steel Multitool

WETOLS

21-In-1 Stainless Steel Multitool

Overall Take

Practical PresentYou won't have any trouble keeping this multitool protected when not in use, as it comes with a complimentary storage case.

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Products Considered

We identified the majority of the multitools available to purchase.
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Expert Reviews Included

In addition to our expert reviews, we also incorporate feedback and analysis of some of the most respected sources including: Oh So Savvy Mom, New York Times Wirecutter, Tool Guyd, The Gadgeteer, EDC Ninja.

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The Best Overall

RoverTac 14-In-1 Camping Accessories Multitool

User Summarized Score

9.2
5,438 user reviews

Our Take

If you enjoy camping, you'll love that this multitool can chop branches, hammer nails and open bottles. Survival enthusiasts will appreciate the added ability to descale a fish and shatter glass. Consumers can get the 14-in-1 tool in either green or red.


The Best Bang For Your Buck

WETOLS 21-In-1 Stainless Steel Multitool

User Summarized Score

9.6
1,921 user reviews

Our Take

If you're searching for a practical present that will also be well received, look no further than this multitool. It's constructed from a solid stainless steel to pack a mighty punch, even though it's compact in size. The tool takes the place of needle-nose pliers, end cutting pliers, a blade, a hexagon sleeve, a bottle opener, a hole puncher, a can opener, a screwdriver and much much more!

Overall Product Rankings

RoverTac 14-In-1 Camping Accessories Multitool

1. RoverTac 14-In-1 Camping Accessories Multitool

Overall Score: 9.6
Reviews Included: 1

Victorinox Compact Spring Swiss Army Multitool

2. Victorinox Compact Spring Swiss Army Multitool

Overall Score: 9.5
Reviews Included: 1

Gerber Suspension-NXT Multi-Tool

3. Gerber Suspension-NXT Multi-Tool

Overall Score: 9.3
Reviews Included: 1

WETOLS 21-In-1 Stainless Steel Multitool

4. WETOLS 21-In-1 Stainless Steel Multitool

Overall Score: 9.2
Reviews Included: 1

Mossy Oak 21-In-1 Self-Locking Multitool

5. Mossy Oak 21-In-1 Self-Locking Multitool

Overall Score: 9.1
Reviews Included: 1

Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier

6. Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier

Overall Score: 9.0
Reviews Included: 20

LEATHERMAN Rebar Multitool

7. LEATHERMAN Rebar Multitool

Overall Score: 9.0
Reviews Included: 19

LEATHERMAN Super Tool 300 Multitool

8. LEATHERMAN Super Tool 300 Multitool

Overall Score: 9.0
Reviews Included: 20

Gerber Center-Drive Multi-Tool

9. Gerber Center-Drive Multi-Tool

Overall Score: 9.0
Reviews Included: 12

LEATHERMAN Wingman Multitool

10. LEATHERMAN Wingman Multitool

Overall Score: 9.0
Reviews Included: 19

LEATHERMAN Sidekick

11. LEATHERMAN Sidekick

Overall Score: 9.0
Reviews Included: 19

SOG PowerLock EOD Heavy Duty Multitool, 18-in-1

12. SOG PowerLock EOD Heavy Duty Multitool, 18-in-1

Overall Score: 9.0
Reviews Included: 1

ProMaster Pocket Multifunctional Multitool, 15-in-1

13. ProMaster Pocket Multifunctional Multitool, 15-in-1

Overall Score: 9.0
Reviews Included: 2

LEATHERMAN Wave Plus Stainless Steel Multitool

14. LEATHERMAN Wave Plus Stainless Steel Multitool

Overall Score: 9.0
Reviews Included: 1

Roxon CM1349 SPARK 14-In-1 Multitool

15. Roxon CM1349 SPARK 14-In-1 Multitool

Overall Score: 9.0
Reviews Included: 1

Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier

16. Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier

Overall Score: 8.7
Reviews Included: 18

LEATHERMAN Skeletool

17. LEATHERMAN Skeletool

Overall Score: 8.7
Reviews Included: 10

Gerber Dime Multi-Tool

18. Gerber Dime Multi-Tool

Overall Score: 8.3
Reviews Included: 19

Our Multitool Findings


RoverTac 14-In-1 Camping Accessories Multitool

What We Liked: If you enjoy camping, you’ll love that this multitool can chop branches, hammer nails and open bottles. Survival enthusiasts will appreciate the added ability to descale a fish and shatter glass. Consumers can get the 14-in-1 tool in either green or red.


Victorinox Compact Spring Swiss Army Multitool

What We Liked: This multitool is constructed from a durable stainless steel that won’t rust. Although the piece is compact for portability, it still offers the convenience of 24 different tools. The blade is also lockable to prevent accidental cuts.


Gerber Suspension-NXT Multi-Tool

What We Liked: Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or a tradesman, this multitool is a must-have item. There’s no end to what the tool can do. Users can turn the tool into a set of needle nose pliers, a wire stripper, a medium flathead driver and even a ruler.


WETOLS 21-In-1 Stainless Steel Multitool

What We Liked: If you’re searching for a practical present that will also be well received, look no further than this multitool. It’s constructed from a solid stainless steel to pack a mighty punch, even though it’s compact in size. The tool takes the place of needle-nose pliers, end cutting pliers, a blade, a hexagon sleeve, a bottle opener, a hole puncher, a can opener, a screwdriver and much much more!


Mossy Oak 21-In-1 Self-Locking Multitool

What We Liked: Whether you’re camping, hiking or simply taking an afternoon stroll through the forest, you’ll want to have this multitool on hand. It’s easy to grip, features an advanced 3D hollow structure and comes with a handy storage case. As for functionality, you’ll find this tool serves as a knife, wood saw, can opener, bottle opener, screwdriver, wire cutter, needle nose pliers and a ruler.

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Vicki Liston 
Home Improvement Expert

Vicki Liston writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.

Home improvement and all things DIY have been Liston’s passion since she bought her first house in 2007 and she started making video blogs in 2014. She’s performed hundreds of DIY projects, from small ones to major, wall-smashing renovations and can teach you how to make a trendy DIY barn door for cheap. The proceeds earned from “On The Fly…DIY” are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations. You can find her show on Prime Video.

Our Multitool Buying Guide

If you’re not much of a handyman, you could be forgiven for thinking of the once-ubiquitous Swiss Army Knife when you hear the word “multitool.” And while that trusty red pocketknife is still around, the design of the multitool has come a long way since they were standard issue for your Boy Scout troop.

These days, the term multitool can encompass anything from a weighty gadget that requires a holster and incorporates 30 tools or more to a stealthy metal card that doubles as a wrench and bottle opener. But though the design may differ, you’re essentially talking about something roughly the size of a pocketknife that instead flips out an assortment of screwdrivers and other useful tools (and possibly a knife or three as well).

The pocketknife configuration may have worked fine for the Swiss Army, and it’s still the standard for some multitools. But more recently, if you go shopping for multitools, you’ll find most are modeled in the design of the balisong or butterfly knife.

This setup has a lot of advantages. For one thing, you can open it with a simple flick of the wrist. With certain adjustments, the twin handles can be used as grips for pliers, scissors or any number of tools where a little extra torque is needed. To get the various gadgets loose from their folded-in position, some multitools may have a release catch or just require you to pry them loose with a tab that protrudes from the central cavity. Once they’re in use, most will have a mechanism that locks them in place for ease of use (and your safety).

What tools can you expect to find on a standard multitool? The list can vary widely, but it should include a screwdriver (with a Phillips and flat-head driver, at least), pliers, scissors and possibly a knife or two. Most will also have a bottle opener or something you can use as one. It’s a good bet that this tool is the one that will see the most actual use among weekend warriors.

“If you’re involved in a specialty activity, there are multitools on the market that cater to those needs,” says our home improvement expert Vicki Liston. Her award-winning show “On The Fly…DIY” has plenty of home tutorials for testing out your multitool. “Don’t assume that the manufacturer knows exactly what you need, though. Read through the list of included tools before assuming it’s the whole enchilada.”

The total number of tools incorporated can be as few as two or three to 40 or more. Just remember the main asset of a multitool is portability. If you can’t use a tool, it’s just dead weight. Heed that Boy Scout motto and “be prepared” … just remember, it’s possible to be overprepared.

DWYM Fun Fact

When it comes to functionality, too much wasn’t nearly enough for the F.W. Holler company of Solingen, Germany. In the 1880s, they created the mother of all multitools, a lethal piece of equipment that incorporates 100 blades. If you were patient (and careful) enough to unsheathe all the weapons in this Old West relic, you’d find daggers, shears, scissors, saws, button hooks, mechanical pens, a straight razor and even a functional .22 caliber pin-shot revolver. Strangely enough by modern standards, there was no bottle opener — but then, bottle caps weren’t quite on the market at the time.

The Multitool Tips and Advice

  • The selling point on a lot of multitools is quantity. It might indeed be impressive to see 30 tools or more packed into a somewhat compact package, but keep your lifestyle in mind. Do you really need a hex driver in 12 different sizes while you’re on the go? Unless you’re a professional handyman, probably not — and even then, you’ve probably got a full-sized tool that will do the job far more effectively. If you’re planning to carry your multitool around the house, a few screwdrivers and wrenches might be all you need. On hikes, look for a gadget with a focus on knives, scissors and saws. If it’s going to be kept in the glove compartment, a strap cutter and window breaker might be life-saving tools to have. Match the multitool to your situation.
  • While we’re on the subject of tool selection, a word about knives: They’re fairly common on most multitools and can be handy on everything from whittling primitive tools to opening stubborn packages. They’re so small on many tools that you may not even consider them as weapons — but the TSA will. “In some places, blades over 2.5″ are not allowed, and you may get your tool taken away altogether,” says our home improvement expert Vicki Liston. When traveling by air, take that multitool off the belt and stow it in checked baggage, or leave it at home entirely.
  • Size matters. The whole point of a multitool is that you can carry it easily. An arsenal of gadgetry is no good if you can’t fit it into your pocket. It’s up to you to find that sweet spot between portability and functionality. Be advised that while credit card-sized multitools can be cute, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to use them for anything strenuous. No matter what the size, look for stainless steel construction or something just as sturdy.
  • Most decent multitools can fit in a pocket, but just barely. And depending on the design, you might not be able to easily retrieve it there anyway, especially if it shares space with a wallet or keys. Look for tools with at least a belt clip or sheath if you’re dealing with anything larger than five inches or so.

About The Author

Tod Caviness 

As a professional writer for the past couple decades and a homeowner for the last seven, Tod Caviness has learned the hard way what vacuum cleaners will actually pick up dog hair and which plants will survive on a Florida patio. His favorite room: The office, with the kitchen a close second.