The key to getting home DIY tasks completed quickly and effectively is making sure all your tools are easily accessible when you need them. If your tool collection has grown out of its kitchen drawer or small toolbox—or is just scattered around your home—then it’s time to buy a dedicated tool chest. These large units provide a ton of organizational options for a variety of tool types and sizes, and some are even designed to store your small fasteners and screws. They’re usually not cheap, but the time and space you save make them a great investment.
What to Consider
Choosing a rolling tool box or work cabinet can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re just starting out. You want to make sure that you have enough room for your tool collection, but you also don’t want to buy something that’s going to take up more space than you need. You should also keep mobility in mind as well. If you plan on taking your tool chest to another location, you’ll probably want to choose one of our options that have a lower center of gravity and chunkier wheels—these are much easier to roll over rough or uneven terrain.
How We Chose
As a former residential and commercial carpenter, I’ve spent hundreds of hours in woodshops where I designed, created, and assembled custom furniture pieces. I relied on quality rolling toolboxes to keep all my tools and accessories easily accessible. And at PopMech, we’ve been reviewing tools and toolboxes like these for decades. Our own shop has a wall of them were we store everything we need for testing, developing projects and putting together repair guides. We have a deep familiarity and preferences for every type of rolling tool chests and work cabinets. We used that experience to assemble this list of options, keeping in mind that different customers have different storage needs and are at different stages in their DIY career. We’re confident that whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro, you’ll find an option for you.
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Best Rolling Tool Seat
WEN Rolling Tool Chest Seat
Don’t be fooled by the low price of this WEN model, this affordable tool chest still packs just as much functionality as higher-priced options.
We love its thick cushioned top—protected by heavy-duty vinyl—which provides a comfortable seat as you roll around the garage or workshop. Its three storage drawers are 2.25 inches high, and a slotted storage tray on the rear of the unit sports 16 tool slots.
Its sturdy metal construction is designed to support up to 350 total pounds of weight, and the magnetic trays keep your fasteners from rolling around your workspace.
- Storage trays flip up when not in use
- Two-year warranty
- Lightweight design
- Not as much storage space as larger units
- Does not have a lock
Best Compact Rolling Cart
TANKSTORM Heavy Duty Rolling Tool Cart
Those short on garage space but who still want a decent amount of tool storage might find just what they’re looking for in this Tankstorm model. We really appreciate the multifunctional design of this option, featuring side-mounted hooks for hanging storage, a handle for easy steering, and a side-tray with convenient screwdriver holes built in.
Two of the four rolling casters are able to lock in place, preventing the unit from accidentally rolling around while you work. The pair of drawers allow quick access for your commonly used tools, and a locking lower cabinet is perfect for keeping larger power tools.
- Arrives mostly assembled
- Powder-coated finish
- Available in four colors
- Small size may be inconvenient
Most Mobile Option
Keter Masterloader Rolling Tool Box
Our favorite feature of this model is its 7-inch rubber tires, which are considerably more durable, and allow for better maneuverability than most competitors.
Its removable bins are also really functional, and make it easy to organize and access your fasteners, anchors, and other small hardware. Instead of just a single large compartment for your bulky tools and equipment, a handy moveable divider allows you to customize it to fit your specific items.
Its 66-pound weight capacity won’t be sufficient for it to be used as a seat, but that’s still enough to support a modest tool collection.
- Affordable price
- Locking mechanism
Best Light-Duty Option
Goplus Stackable Tool Box
Its plastic components won’t be durable enough for a high- production workshop, but for the occasional DIY-er, this could be a great choice. Designed to separate into two boxes, this model allows you to detach and carry just the tools you need, and leave the rest behind. Or, if you really want to travel light, you can just fill up the tool tray with what you need.
Eight storage compartments on the top of the unit help keep your hardware organized, and the clear lids allow you to take a quick inventory without opening it up.
- Plastic construction makes it very lightweight
- Lots of storage options
- Low price
Best Heavy-Duty Option
CRAFTSMAN Rolling 10-Drawer Tool Cabinet
It’s not the cheapest option out there, but if you’re in the market for a rugged tool chest that can stand up to regular abuse and also keep your tools safe and secure, this model might be worth the investment. The impressive 1,500-pound load rating means that you can fill this cabinet with an impressive amount of tools, and even at that weight, the 2-inch-wide casters will still be able to swivel and turn effectively.
The soft-close slides on its 10 drawers are a nice touch, adding a high-end feel to your cabinet and eliminating those loud slams and crashes.
- Custom socket organizer
- Large workspace on top of cabinet
Most Versatile Option
Goplus 6-Drawer Rolling Tool Chest
We appreciate the versatility of this Goplus model, which allows you to remove the lower drawers and use them as a standalone tool box—perfect for when you need to be more mobile than the whole unit would otherwise allow.
You could even place the tool box on the top of the chest, and use the open space below for storing extra large items. A side-mounted handle allows you to easily push and pull it around your shop, and the glossy finish will minimize rust and corrosion.
This durable finish, combined with the steel construction, makes this an especially robust choice.
- Ball bearing drawer slides
- Four exterior hooks
- Lockable drawers
Best for Multifunctional Storage
Keter Rolling Tool Chest
The polypropylene construction of this Keter model makes it both durable and lightweight—two important features if you plan on using this chest indoors and out. It won’t rust or dent like metal products can, and at just 26 pounds is less of a hassle to maneuver than heavier models. Its 16 removable storage bins make it great for those who have a lot of small fasteners, washers, and accessories to organize, and dividers allow you to customize it to your specific needs.
A central locking mechanism keeps the drawers securely closed, preventing them from accidentally falling open during transport.
- Sturdy handles
- Wheels can be removed if you prefer
Best Wooden Worktop
Seville Classics UltraHD Rolling Storage Cabinet
The hardwood work surface of this cabinet really separates it from similar models, and makes it more useful than metal or plastic-topped options.
We also really appreciate the handle that runs the length of the unit, making it comfortable to push and pull wherever you need to go. The powder-coated steel construction also makes it durable enough to stand up the abuse of a busy workshop, and the rubber caps on the corners can help protect anything else it might bump into.
Separate locks allow you to decide whether you want the storage cabinet or drawers—or both—locked up.
- 300-pound capacity
- Shelves can hold up to 40 pounds
- Complex assembly
- Heavy weight
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