Best Wrenches

The tool industry has slowly moved overseas over the last several decades, and wrenches are no exception. We did the research to find which manufacturers are still making their wrenches in the USA with great local steel and other materials. Check out our top recommendations below along with a detailed outline on all of the factors we considered in our research process.

Our Findings

Through hours of research, we built a list of 4 brands that stood above the rest as the best wrenches made in the USA today. These wrenches stand out in terms of their construction, their ease-of-use and their reliability. There are obviously a ton of different types of wrenches that you can use for a project, so we categorized our top picks into a few styles: adjustable, flare nut, combo, and pipe wrenches. Keep reading to learn more about each of our top recommendations and the best wrenches for the everyday tasks that you face.

Top Recommendations

Best Wrenches Best for:
Armstrong 3-Piece Chrome Adjustable Wrench Set Adjustable Wrench Set
Williams 4-Piece Double Head Flare Nut Wrench Set Flare Nut Wrench
Proto 14-Piece Combination Wrench Set Combination Wrench Set
RIDGID Aluminum Straight Pipe Wrench Pipe Wrench

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Here are some deeper details for each of our top recommendations: what we liked, what we didn’t like, and tons of product details with our opinion.

Best Adjustable Wrench Set

Armstrong 3-Piece Chrome Adjustable Wrench Set


Adjustable wrenches are one of the most versatile tools and the most commonly used in a toolbox. We were impressed with the Armstrong 3-Piece Chrome Adjustable Wrench Set because of the sheer quality of the wrenches. Each of the different wrenches is made from top-strength high-alloy steel. They feature a hex jaw design for a snugger grip on bolts and other fasteners. We love the knurled adjustment knobs that make closing and opening these wrenches smooth and enjoyable. These wrenches also feature handles approximately 70% larger than standard wrench handles, making them more comfortable to use. They’re solid all-around adjustable wrenches and come in 8” to 12” sizes for a good fit no matter the task.

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Things we like:

  • Reliable hex-jaw design
  • 70% wider handle than standard wrench
  • High alloy steel construction
  • Serrated knurl for comfortable adjustment
  • 8 to 12 inch adjustable set

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Flare Nut Wrench

Williams 4-Piece Double Head Flare Nut Wrench Set


Flare wrenches are useful for brake fittings and other sensitive fasteners with mild obstructions, but it’s difficult finding quality flare nut wrenches. Williams Flare Nut Wrenches (Williams is owned by Snap-On) stand out in terms of quality and performance. They are one of our top picks because of their precision construction and excellent finish more than anything else. These wrenches are carefully crafted with recessed corners for an exact fit on fasteners and a tougher gripping force that’s less likely to round corners. These wrenches are coated with a chrome satin finish and won’t mar most fasteners for that reason, making them usable on chrome bolts and other delicate surfaces. This 4-piece set covers 8 different flare nut sizes, giving you a reliable kit for most flare nut applications.

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Things we like:

  • Covers eight common flare nut sizes
  • Won’t mar fittings
  • Satin chrome finish
  • Recessed corners for enhanced grip

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Combination Wrench Set

Proto 14-Piece Combination Wrench Set


Get your wrench collection started the right way with a set of tough Proto 14-piece combination wrenches. The set includes common fractional wrench sizes for convenience. Each wrench features a black-oxide finish, making the wrenches usable in situations that call for non-plated wrenches. Each wrench has an open and a box head, and is compatible with 4-point, 6-point, and 12-point fasteners. The box ends are 12-point and easy to get into position quickly. These wrenches are expensive, but they are precision-crafted and built to last a lifetime, making them an excellent investment and an easy addition to your tool box.

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Things we like:

  • 12 point box head
  • Fits 4, 6, and 12 point fasteners
  • 14 individual wrenches
  • Black oxide finish
  • Non-plated wrenches

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Pipe Wrench

RIDGID Aluminum Straight Pipe Wrench


RIDGID aluminum straight pipe wrenches stand out from the other products available today for a few reasons. They are durable enough to last through years of regular use in a commercial environment, and they are also lightweight. These wrenches are made entirely from high-grade aluminum and for that reason weigh significantly less than cast-iron pipe wrenches do. They feature a heavily knurled adjustment knob for making smooth adjustments, and they are naturally made to resist corrosion thanks to the aluminum material. When searching for tough pipe wrenches, these are the ones to purchase. They do cost more than many standard pipe wrenches, but are worth the cost for their light weight and long lifespan when cared for properly.

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Things we like:

  • Thick aluminum construction
  • Lightweight
  • Heavy knurled adjuster knob
  • Available in 10” through 48” lengths

Things we don’t like:

  • Slightly expensive

Recap: Best Wrenches Made in the USA


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Factors We Considered

Material Quality

A good wrench will perform for years. That’s because the wrench is built to last. This means tough material construction such as hardened steel or industrial-grade aluminum. It also means corrosion protection you can count on. We looked at the material grade, the protective finish on the outside, and how well the wrenches are assembled. We favored one-piece construction when possible, and look closely at the different components used in an adjustable wrench to be sure they are built to last. We also looked at long-term usage reviews and information about how long the different products hold up to heavy use over time. All this information helps us determine which wrenches are built best.

Kit or Set Versatility

A good wrench set is built to tighten and loosen a range of fastener sizes. Versatility is simply a measure of how many different tips the wrench is capable of working with. We looked for wrench kits that handle as many different fastener sizes as possible, while still offering a good reliable fit.

Precision Construction

The single most important factor of a good wrench is the shape of the end. A top-quality wrench head fits fasteners perfectly, limiting the risk for rounding heads. Low-quality wrenches fit loosely and lead to damaged fasteners. We verified wrenches are shaped with precision by tightening and loosening fasteners several times in a row. The quality wrenches don’t deform the fasteners, the low quality options start to wear the heads out over time.

Grip Comfort

Comfort is a very subjective thing, but when rating wrenches we tested each wrench out for an extended period of time. We tested out how the wrenches feel in the hand after repeated use. The most comfortable options tend to have wider handles, more ergonomic shapes and padding worked into their construction.