Last updated: August 10, 2021

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Welcome to our big tool belt test 2021. Here we present all the tool belts we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best tool belt for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a tool belt.




Summary

  • Tool belts offer you a convenient way to take work utensils with you to the construction site, always ready to hand
  • You have both hands free to work or to hold on, for example when working on a ladder
  • Tool belts can be equipped with all kinds of tools, whether for work, gardening or hobby work

The Best Tool Belt in the United Kingdom: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a tool belt

What do I need a tool belt for?

A tool belt is worthwhile for any kind of craft activity. Whether at home as a DIYer or at work - a tool belt is worthwhile.

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A tool belt is a practical way to always have your tools with you. (Image source: unsplash.com / jesse orrico)

It keeps your tools safe and close at hand. If you are working on a ladder or on a roof, a tool belt is a practical companion.

Instead of carrying a heavy, clunky toolbox, you always have your tools with you. This way you don't have to run to the case and look for tools every time, but always have your tools organised at waist height.

You also don't have to constantly bend down for the case, which can cause back problems in the long run.

Tool belts are practical helpers for every trade: as a roofer, electrician, carpenter or scaffolder. All your utensils from large and long to small components like dowels and nails are carried with you on the building site.

What can I attach to a tool belt?

Tool bags offer a variety of ways to attach important tools within easy reach.

Fastening Tools
Pockets These are best suited for all kinds of tools: Scissors, pliers, screwdrivers, pencils, scales, knives, etc
Loops Good for tools that are long and wider at one end than the other, e.g. hammer or pipe wrench
Magnets Ideal for small metal parts such as screws, nails and bits
Clips Some bags provide clips for tape measures or other items with matching hooks
Carabiner These are threaded through the item, e.g. insulating tape or mason's cord

Apart from the tools mentioned in the table, there is of course much more you can take with you. Small saws, files, chisels, cordless screwdrivers, digging shovels, gloves, voltage testers ... - everything a craftsman needs.

Which tool belt do I need?

Think about which tools you often need for your work. You can then put this in front of you and use the quantity and type of utensils to guide you. Here are some examples:

  • For small parts such as bits, screws, dowels, etc., belts with magnetic properties or tool belts with many small closable pockets (zip, Velcro) are suitable
  • Do you need at least one hammer? Then look for a so-called hammer loop when choosing your belt
  • Do you need electrical tape for your work? Buy a tool belt with a carabiner
  • Do you prefer your tools all around your waist or just on one side? Check out the different models of tool belts
  • Do you have a specific job? For some (such as carpenters or electricians) there are special belts that are well adapted to the needs of your profession

How much does a tool belt cost?

By default, tool belts don't cost much. However, as always, it depends on the quality and the brand. Normal tool belts that you need for home and work cost up to 170 euros. Depending on the material, you can get simple tool belts for as little as 10 euros.

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A tool belt is always practical if you want to have your tools quickly and easily at hand. Prices vary greatly depending on the model and material. (Image source: pixabay.com / picjumbo_com)

Rather rare tool belts that are, for example, fully loaded or contain professional full-body belts with a seat board cost around 400 euros - we will not go into these types of tool belts in this article.

What are the alternatives to a tool belt?

There are other ways to keep your tools close at hand while you work. We have listed the most common ones here:

Tool bag

A tool bag has the same features as a regular travel bag. You can pack your tools in it in an unorganised way. On the outside there are usually small compartments for other small tools and small parts.

You can also use the bag for other things and it usually looks quite sporty. Thanks to the carrying straps, you can also put the bag loosely around your shoulder.

Advantages
  • multi-purpose
  • inconspicuous
  • light
Disadvantages
  • unorganised
  • zip

Toolbox

There are many different types of toolboxes - with shelves, with wheels for pulling and many more.

Most of them come with a complete tool set. Everything is packed safely and well organised. Thanks to its material - aluminium or hard plastic - the case is stable but also heavy.

Advantages
  • stable
  • safe
  • orderly
Disadvantages
  • heavy
  • tray needed to open

Rolling bag

Here you can store your most important tools and roll them up to a handy size. So you can easily carry your tools in one hand during assembly.

Advantages
  • light
  • handy
  • clearly arranged
Disadvantages
  • Place to roll up important
  • little storage space

Overall, we recommend that you combine a tool belt with a suitable means of transport for your work.

Tool belt bag

Instead of using the same tool belt for every job, you can also use a tool belt bag. This works like a tool belt but you also need your own belt.

You can then easily change the belt and swap the pouches and move them to different positions. This way you can create your own individual tool belt.

Advantages
  • individual
  • combinable
  • practical
Disadvantages
  • Belt needed
  • mostly small

What are the features of a tool belt and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Tool belts allow you to always have your tools at hand on your hip. For example, you can stand on a ladder and don't need a shelf for your tools.

This also has the advantage that you don't have to constantly bend down to your suitcase or bag and look for things. And if you need to go somewhere quickly, you have your tools with you and don't need to carry a bag.

Make sure your tool holds before you let go of it to avoid accidents!

Note, however, that you can't necessarily fit all your tools in a belt - but when do you need everything? We recommend that you take your bag with you and then load the belt to suit your task.

You should also watch the weight: If you plan to work all day, the extra weight can wear you out faster - prioritise your tool choices.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate tool belts

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate tool belts. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular tool belt is suitable for you or not.

In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase a model based on the criteria or not.

In summary, the criteria are as follows:

  • Material
  • Pocket size and number of pockets
  • Belt length
  • Accessories

Material

The material determines the durability of your tool belt. Here you usually have the choice between plastics (such as nylon) or leather (for example cowhide).

Plastic

Tool belts made of plastic have the advantage that they are light and waterproof. They are also often a cheaper alternative. However, the look of a tool belt made of plastic is often not as appealing as that of a tool belt made of leather.

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There are tool belts made of plastic and leather. Both materials have their advantages and disadvantages. It all depends on your taste and what you want from the belt. (Picture source: 123rf.com / 112386595)

Leather

Leather makes the tool belt durable and tear-resistant. This material also looks more noble than plastic. However, leather has to be sewn tightly. This means that leather tool belts are not as flexible.

Pocket size and number of pockets

Surely you want all your important tools to fit in the belt. Pay attention to the size and number of pockets: It is better to have too big and too many pockets than too small and too few.

Why? In a pinch, it's better to leave a few unneeded pouches empty than not to have enough tools on your belt. And it's better to have a few nails in a pouch that's too big than to squeeze a pair of pliers or a cordless screwdriver into a small one that won't hold properly.

So depending on how much you need on a regular basis, the pockets on the belt play an important role when buying.

Belt length

To be on the safe side, you should always check the length of your belt. You can usually adjust the belt, but it's a shame if the tool belt doesn't fit you. If the belt is too short, you can't put it on - if it's too long, it slips off when you're working.

Besides the length, you should also pay attention to the belt buckle. There is the classic belt buckle for leather belts: many holes with centimetre spacing and a pin - or the pin buckle, which is usually found on plastic belts.

Accessories

You are certainly happy when a few useful things are included, aren't you? Here are a few examples of possible accessories:

accessories description
Replacement belt if one breaks, is too small or too big for you
Magnetic strap as a bracelet or on your belt, so you don't lose small metal parts
Belt pouches extra pouches you can add to your belt when you need them

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