Popular Mechanics 2024 Tool Awards


Our dedication to innovation has earned our tools recognition from Popular Mechanics as the best tools of 2024.

There’s a reason our tools are found in toolboxes, in garages and the hands of makers around the globe. Our tools enable the people on construction sites to build roads and bridges, shape our skylines and construct our homes. They empower the pros to work quickly, efficiently and safely. No matter what the task at hand might be, we’re constantly striving to make it easier to get to work and get the job done.

From power and hand tools to our practical storage solutions, our approach to product design remains the same — develop innovative features that solve real-world problems. Sometimes, that means making small yet impactful tweaks to existing products, like adding a flashlight to a tape measure. Others, it’s making compact tools for tighter spaces, embracing cordless technology and rethinking what’s possible.

Our efforts are paying off. Each year, Popular Mechanics names their best tools for a given year. Throughout the year, their staff tests products, conducts research and talks with manufacturers to select the year’s best tools. In 2024, several of our tools and jobsite solutions were among the products selected as the year’s best.

As we celebrate this recognition, see which tools Popular Mechanics selected as 2024’s best tools:


  • Best Rivet Tool: DEWALT DCF403D1 20-volt Cordless Rivet Tool
  • Most Solid Ratchet: DEWALT DCF500GG112-volt Compact Ratchet Kit
  • Brains and Brawn: DEWALT XR DCF961B 20-volt ½-in. Impact Wrench
  • Best Drywall Combo: DEWALT DCE55B 20-volt Drywall Cutout Tool, and DCF630B Screwgun
  • Most Portable Welder: ESAB Renegade Volt ES 200i Welder
  • Multi-Purpose Ratchet: CRAFTSMAN CMC 934B 20-volt ¼-in. Ratchet Wrench
  • Simple Wood Routing: CRAFTSMAN CMCW400 20-volt Fixed Base Trim Router 
  • Best Compact Hammer Drill: DEWALT Model DCD799B 1/2-inch Compact Hammer Drill Kit
  • Perfect for Cabinets: DEWALT Model DCD794 Compact 20-volt Drill Driver
  • Tight-Spot Champ: CRAFTSMAN CMCD750 20-volt Right Angle Drill 
  • Best Tape Measure: DEWALT DWHT35625S 25-ft Lighted Tape Measure 
  • Cleanest Belt Sander: DEWALT DW220B Cordless Belt Sander 
  • Drool-Worthy Storage: CRAFTSMAN CMSTVS6311BK Rolling Tool Cabinet
  • Tire Rescue: CRAFTSMAN CMCE521B 20-volt Air Compressor 

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