Whether you’re a complete beginner, a part-time DIY enthusiast or even a tradesperson, choosing the right DIY brand can be tricky business. After all, there are so many different names out there with tool prices ranging from £30 into the thousands.
But don’t worry, we’ve compared some of the best tool brands in the UK to help make your next purchase that little bit easier. Taking into account their value for money, quality, weight and comfort, here are some of our most recommended hand and power tools for DIY and home improvements.
The best hand & power tool brands
Bosch, perhaps better known for producing home appliances, has a stronghold in the DIY market, producing high-quality power tools at a reasonable price. They offer an extensive range of products across Europe, with cordless and corded options available. They also have a robust range of high-quality hand tools for the DIY-savvy.
Although Bosch’s DIY tools are generally well-reviewed, tradespeople might find some tools (particularly their power tools) uncomfortable when using them for an extended period of time.
Best for: Weekend DIY enthusiasts
De Walt is another big name in the power tool industry, often associated with professionals and hobbyists alike. What started out with a single electric woodworking machine has since grown to become one of the biggest names in the power tool market. They’re also one of the most popular hammer brands around.
You’ll find an extensive range of corded and cordless De Walt products, from nailers and staplers to cordless drills, along with plenty of hand tools to choose from. Their higher-end products are tailored towards professionals in the trade, while De Walt’s low/mid-tier ranges are ideal for beginner or intermediate DIY projects.
Best for: Consumer choice
If you’re a tradesman or a keen DIY enthusiast, you’ll likely know Makita as one of the most reliable and comfortable power tool brands around. Although they can be much more expensive than other brands in the market, Makita’s tools tend to have a longer battery life making them ideal for big home improvement projects and tradespeople.
Best for: Comfort and quality
Japanese brand Hitachi has a solid range of entry tools for beginners. Their small power tool range is of great quality and comes at a reasonable price, but experienced DIY-ers might find their complete product line is too small to be a contender.
Best for: Power tool learners
As producers of the first lightweight, portable, one-handed 1/4 capacity drill, Milwaukee offers one of the most extensive and impressive ranges of hand and power tools around.
One of the biggest selling points of Milwaukee is their red lithium battery technology, meaning most of their products boast a long battery life. They’re also well known for their trade-specific tools and hand blades, but beginners will likely find these on the higher-end when it comes to price.
Best for: Speciality tools
Ryobi is ideal for DIY-ers planning small improvement jobs around the house and the garden, but that doesn’t mean tradespeople won’t find great value power tools by Ryobi. In fact, their core power tool range is perhaps one of the strongest around. If you’re a tradesman looking to replace a beloved yet worn-down tool, it’s always worth checking Ryobi’s offerings. They’re great value for money, too.
Best for: Avid DIY-ers
One of the oldest hammer brands around, Stanley has since merged with Black & Decker to further extend their position in the hand tool market. From hammers and screwdrivers to cutting tools and wrecking bars, if you’re looking for a particular hand tool to get started on a job, Stanley’s tools are a great place to start.
Best for: Complete beginners
Taking care of your new tools
When you’re investing in new DIY tools, there’s no doubt you’ll want to prolong their lifespan for as long as possible. At the Case Farm, we’ve recently launched a brand new custom tool foam service in collaboration with Easy Peel, designed to help you safely store your tools when you’re not using them.
Our custom foam inserts are made to fit snugly around your hand and power tools, slotting seamlessly into your toolbox or storage compartments. Let us know what size inserts you’d like via our calculator page and we’ll give you a quote right away. Keeping your DIY tools safe and secure has never been easier.
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