The socket sets in this article went through two rounds of reviews. We started by searching Amazon for top products, looking at factors like Prime shipping eligibility, customer ratings, Amazon superlatives, and prices.
Our testing team ordered the five socket sets that best met these standards. A team member tested each product on a car, taking note of the size of each socket set, the torque of each wrench, and the extra accessories that each set included. Each socket set was given a rating out of 5 stars based on this criteria.
Each socket set was tested on a 2014 Honda Civic. We attached a 3/8-inch socket to the head of each kit’s wrench and measured how many passes it took to screw and unscrew appropriate bolts. The contents of each kit were counted, including all extra accessories that were not related to the ratchet. The material of each set’s case was lightly tested for durability.
Case: The size of the socket set’s case should be appropriate for easy portability, and its body should be able to handle light bumps. It should also be able to keep tools organized. Socket sets that had durable cases scored better in this category.
Torque: A socket set should have a ratchet that appropriately distributes torque and sockets that don’t slip or corrode easily. Socket sets that had each of these features scored highest in this category.
Accessories: Socket sets should come with a variety of tools, including standard 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch, 5/8-inch, and 11/16-inch sockets. They should also include a ratchet or other tool to use the sockets with. Socket sets that had a wider range of sockets and other tools scored highest in this category.
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