The 8 Best Socket Organizers 2021

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Sockets are an essential part of a well-rounded tool collection, and are necessary for a variety of home- and auto-maintenance projects. Unfortunately, they’re also notoriously easy to lose, leading to lost time searching through your toolbox, and wasted money when you give up and run to the hardware store to buy a replacement. These dedicated organizers will keep all your sockets together and labeled, so you won’t be squinting at one after the other looking for the one you need. These organizers also come in a range of sizes, and are designed to allow your sockets to be accessed whenever you need them.

What to Consider

Although some socket organizers can accept both SAE and metric options, others are only designed for one or the other, so keep that in mind and read their descriptions carefully. You should also know how many sockets you have, making sure your organizer can fit that amount, as well as any additional ones that you plan on accumulating. When it comes to storing your organizer, if you’re short on space, you might want to consider an option that you can mount vertically.

How We Selected

I’ve used nearly every size socket there is in our career, and after buying the same ones over and over, and searching through handfuls of sockets kept in sandwich bags, finally got serious about socket organizers. I used my own experience—as well as expert opinions online from auto technicians who tend to rely on sockets more than anyone—to put together this list of the best organizers you can buy. I made sure to include a wide range of options, from large 75-socket models, to smaller ones that can hold a dozen, so regardless of your collection, you should find an option that works for you.

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1

Best for large metric socket collections

OEM TOOLS 3-Piece Magnetic Metric Socket Organizer

Measurements: Metric
Socket Capacity
: 75

This three-piece set includes trays for 1/4-, 3/8-, and 1/2-drive metric sockets, making it ideal for those who have a comprehensive set they need to organize. The separate trays allow you to only grab the drive size you need, instead of having to move an entire set across the garage or shop.

The sockets themselves are held in place with magnets, keeping them nice and snug when they’re not in use, but still relatively easy to pull out when you need one. These magnets also allow you to hang the unit vertically, on a pegboard or on the side of a large toolbox. 

  • Room for 75 sockets
  • Easy-to-read labels

2

Best for large SAE socket collections

OEMTOOLS 3-Piece Magnetic SAE Socket Organizers

Measurements: SAE
Socket Capacity
: 75

Although the bright green color of these trays may not be for everyone, we appreciate how easy they’ll be to locate in a busy workshop, unlike darker colors that can get lost easily in the clutter. 

Just like the metric option we included, this organizer is designed to fit 75 sockets total, split into three separate trays. They can either be placed on a work surface, mounted vertically, or if you have a large enough toolbox, can be kept in a drawer. The socket sizes are also well-labeled and easy to read. 

  • Rubberized backing is easy to mount

3

Best for deep sockets

Olsa Tools Magnetic Socket Organizer Tray

Olsa Tools
amazon.com

$33.87

Measurements: SAE and Metric
Socket Capacity
: 22

A carrying handle makes this organizer especially comfortable to carry around one-handed, unlike trays that are bulkier and less convenient to transport. This handle also makes it easy to hang from a hook or peg. This organizer uses powerful rare-earth magnets to hold the sockets in place, reducing the chances of any flying off by accident, while still allowing you to easily pull them off when you need them. 

It’s available in either blue or red, and is designed to hold both SAE and metric sockets. At only 2.55 pounds, it’s also lighter than most other options. 

  • Convenient carrying design
  • Can hold SAE and Metric
  • Too small for those with more than 22 sockets

4

Best for large socket collections

AIUITIO Socket Organizer Tray Set

Measurements: SAE and Metric
Socket Capacity
: 166

If you’re the type of person who prefers to keep their tools out in plain sight, and doesn’t want them hidden in a drawer, this set could be a perfect fit. It includes six separate trays, and can hold a complete set of both SAE and metric sockets, including 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2-inch drive sizes. 

They’re all made of durable ABS plastic, which should hold up as long as you’re not too rough on them. Keep in mind that this organizer won’t be as mobile as some of our other models, and probably wouldn’t be a great choice for this who are short on space. 

  • Clearly labeled sizes
  • Low price

5

Best for 1/4-inch socket collections

Olsa Tools 1/4-Inch Aluminum Socket Organizer

Olsa Tools
amazon.com

$13.87

Measurements: SAE and Metric
Socket Capacity
: 24

This organizer uses a series of clips attached to a single rail, which allows you to customize its layout, and either place them all on one side and mount it flat to a wall, or alternate sides and store it in a drawer or toolbox. It’s designed to hold both SAE and metric sockets and uses spring-loaded ball bearings to lock them in place, ensuring a nice, secure grip. 

It’s also available in seven different colors, a feature you probably won’t find in other options. If you need more storage options, you can simply purchase as many rails as you need. 

  • Low price
  • Holds both SAE and metric

6

Best for 1/2-inch socket collections

ARES 1/2-Inch SAE Magnetic Socket Organizer

Measurements: SAE
Socket Capacity
: 15

This organizer would be ideal for those who don’t need a ton of socket storage, or who want to supplement their existing organizational system. Its magnetic base keeps sockets secured in place, and can hold up to 15 1/2-inch SAE sockets, from 3/8-inch to 1 1/4-inches. 

It’s also available in 1/4-inch or 3/8-inch sizes, if you’d prefer those instead. We really appreciate the soft rubberized base of this unit, which will minimize the chances of scratching or damaging delicate surfaces, like the hood of a car you’re working on.

  • Available in 2 colors
  • Lightweight

7

Best for Socket Accessories

ARES 34-Piece Magnetic Socket Holder

This affordable little tool isn’t actually for sockets themselves, but is designed to hold and organize all the accessories you’ll need when using your sockets. It has separate areas for your driver adaptors, universal joints and bit holders, as well as spots for 20 standard drill bits. 

It wouldn’t be a great choice for beginners, but if you’re looking for a tool to supplement your socket set and keep you organized, this would be really useful. The ABS plastic body is nice and sturdy, and should stand up well to any drops and falls in the workshop. At just 10.5 ounces, it’s light and comfortable to carry around. 

  • Multifunctional storage
  • Affordable price
  • Separate socket organizer would be needed

8

Best budget compact option

Ernst Manufacturing Socket Organizer

Ernst Manufacturing
amazon.com

$6.95

Measurements: SAE and Metric
Socket Capacity
: 14

This model doesn’t have the capacity of most of our other options—it only has 14 storage spots—but those who don’t have a ton of sockets, and are short on storage space, might appreciate its compact size. It can be ordered in 1/2-, 1/4-, or 3/8-inch sizes, is covered by a lifetime guarantee, and the end stoppers keep your sockets from accidentally sliding off. This model is designed to fit both SAE and Metric sockets, and the convenient hanging keyhole allows you to hang it out of the way, like on a pegboard hook or nail in the wall. 

  • Comes in three colors
  • Low price
  • Compact size
  • Won’t be able to hold large socket collections

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