8 Best Multitools [2020]

You never know what a day will bring.

That’s why we’re such big proponents of having an EDC kit to prevent all of those “I wish I had…” moments. Well, most of them anyway.

But if your EDC kit doesn’t include a multitool, you’re missing out on a lot of utility. 

Multitools
So many multitools out there!

So whether you’re looking for your first multitool, are ready to replace an old one, or just want another option, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of our top multitools across a range of price points. Check them out to find the perfect multitool for you.

Best Multitools

1. Gerber Dime

Let’s start with our most affordable pick and move up from there. 

The Gerber Dime is a great option that’s not just affordable, at around $20, but also is small enough to fit on your keys. It even has a ring to let you do just that. 

Gerber Dime (Bug Out Bag Builder)
Gerber Dime (Bug Out Bag Builder)

It’s a mere 2.75 inches long when closed and weighs just 2.2 ounces. It’s also durable, though, and is made of HC stainless steel. 

In that tiny package, it contains ten different tools that will make your life so much easier. Our favorite is the package opener, which makes opening those fused clamshell retail packages much easier. 

That said, the small size of this multitool also makes it a little difficult to manipulate unless you have small hands. Even then, the shape isn’t exactly ergonomic. 

Gerber Dime 1
Gerber Dime

Also, while the Gerber Dime does offer convenient butterfly-style opening, the tools only use tension to hold them in place while deployed, so it can be a bit unwieldy if you’re doing something that requires much pressure. 

Ultimately, the Dime is a great option if you’re on a tight budget or are looking for a minimalist EDC option or backup multitool. Otherwise, we think one of our other options might suit you better.

Tools Included:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • Plain edge blade
  • Package opener
  • Scissors
  • Flat head driver
  • Crosshead driver
  • Bottle opener
  • Tweezers
  • File
Gerber Dime

Gerber Dime

Pros

  • Budget-friendly pick
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Tiny, convenient size

Cons

  • Can be stiff to open

2. RoverTac Multitool

Okay, so this multitool isn’t really for EDC. It is, however, a great option for adding to your camping kit, throwing into your tackle box, or keeping in your car for emergencies. 

RoverTac Multitool
RoverTac Multitool

At 14.9 ounces and almost 7 inches long when closed, this RoverTac multitool isn’t exactly small. However, the inclusion of both a hammer and a hatchet is enough to make that size and weight worth it. And that’s not even getting into the other 12 included tools. For all that’s included, the size and weight aren’t too bad at all.

It also includes a blade, a wood saw, screwdrivers, pliers, and various other tools that could come in handy in an emergency or outdoor situation. It also comes with a sheath that fully covers the hatchet blade to keep it — and you — safe. The sheath can be secured to a belt to keep the tool handy and accessible.

RoverTack Multitool
RoverTack Multitool

It’s made from stainless steel and has an oxidized finish. The handle is red to help keep the multitool visible so it doesn’t get lost. 

Tools Included:

  • Axe
  • File
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Knife blade
  • Wire cutter
  • Flat jaw pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Fish descaler
  • Bottle opener
  • Assorted hex wrenches
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Two slotted screwdrivers in different sizes
RoverTac Multitool

RoverTac Multitool

Pros

  • Lots of uses in a small package
  • Heavy-duty nylon sheath
  • Super affordable

Cons

  • Heavy

3. Victorinox Huntsman

The red Swiss Army Knife is truly iconic. These days Victorinox makes a ton of different versions, but we like the Huntsman for a great affordable multitool with all of the basics.

Huntsman Knife
Huntsman Knife

With 15 different functions, it has plenty of options for day-to-day use, as well as outdoor situations. It’s more or less the same as the traditional Officer’s knife, but also with scissors and a wood saw. 

The classic look is red, but this multitool also comes in several other colors and patterns. Like the Gerber Dime, it has a ring for convenient attachment to your keys. 

Victoronix Huntsman
Victorinox Huntsman

While the Huntsman isn’t as compact as the Dime, it’s still relatively small. It’s just 3.6 inches long and weighs only 3.4 ounces. Like the Dime, the Huntsman isn’t exactly ergonomic, but it’ll get the job done and is fine for a budget-friendly option.

If you want an option that’s a little bit more comprehensive, the SwissChamp is also great.

SwissChamp
SwissChamp

Tools Included:

  • Large blade
  • Small blade
  • Can opener
  • 3mm screwdriver
  • Bottle opener
  • 6mm screwdriver
  • Wire stripper
  • Reamer, punch, and sewing awl
  • Corkscrew
  • Scissors
  • Wood saw
  • Multipurpose hook
  • Toothpick
  • Tweezers
  • Key ring
Victorinox Huntsman

Victorinox Huntsman

Pros

  • Classic design
  • Trusted quality
  • Everything you need, nothing you don't

Cons

  • Nothing!

4. Gerber Suspension

Next up is another pick from Gerber. The Gerber Suspension is another more basic multitool, but the longer and more ergonomic handles make it easier and more comfortable to use than the Gerber Dime or Victorinox Huntsman. 

Gerber Suspension 1
Gerber Suspension

It also has built-in locks to keep the tools in position while you use them. This is great for convenience and ease of use, but also for safety since it assures that the blades won’t slip, potentially cutting you, while you’re using them.

It opens butterfly-style to deploy the pliers, which includes both needle nose and regular. All of the other 10 tools can be accessed while the multitool is closed.

Gerber Suspension
Gerber Suspension

The multitool is 4 inches long when closed. The inclusion of the pliers and the larger handles mean that this multitool is a good bit heavier than either the Dime or the Huntsman. It does, however, cut-outs in the frame to help cut down on the weight, so it weighs 9.6 ounces.

The Gerber Suspension comes with a ballistic nylon sheath that can be attached to a belt for convenience. It also has a lanyard hole for hanging or attaching to keys.

Tools Included:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • Plain edge knife
  • Serrated edge knife
  • Saw
  • Scissors
  • Crosspoint screwdriver
  • Small and medium flat drivers
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
Gerber Suspension

Gerber Suspension

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Built-in locks to prevent accidents
  • Titanium construction

Cons

  • Skeletonized frame catches debris

5. Leatherman Skeletool CX

Leatherman is another big name in the world of multitools.

Unlike many other multitools, the Skeletool CX isn’t an attempt to cram as many tools into the same multitool as possible. If you’re looking for just the basics, this is the way to go. 

Leatherman Skeletool CX
Leatherman Skeletool CX

The pliers on the Skeletool CX function as needle-nose pliers, regular pliers, hard-wire cutters, and regular wire cutters. Other than that, the multitool has just a knife blade, a large bit driver, and a carabiner for attaching the knife to a big or key chain. The carabiner also doubles as a bottle opener. 

The Skeletool also includes four total driver bits, so you can use the one you need the most. The blade locks into place for safe usage and the blade, carabiner/bottle opener, and driver are all accessible with the knife closed. The handles are very ergonomic and the multitool is designed to be operable with just one hand. 

Leatherman Skeletool CX
Leatherman Skeletool CX

Like the Gerber Suspension, the Leatherman Skeletool CX is 4 inches long when closed. The Skeletool CX is a lot lighter though, weighing just 5 ounces. Leatherman is able to make it so light by using carbon-fiber for much of the body of the knife. The rest, as well as the knife blade, are made from 154CM stainless steel. 

Finally, the Skeletool CX comes with a removable pocket clip, but can also be bought with a nylon sheath. 

Leatherman Skeletool CX
Leatherman Skeletool CX

Tools Included:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Hard-wire cutters
  • Wire cutters
  • Knife blade
  • Carabiner/bottle opener
  • Large bit driver
Leatherman Skeletool CX

Leatherman Skeletool CX

Pros

  • 25-year limited warranty
  • One handed opening
  • Built in carabiner clip

Cons

  • Pocket lint might be your downfall

6. Leatherman Wave+

If the Skeletool CX is a little too minimalist for you, another great option from Leatherman is the Leatherman Wave+

Leatherman Wave Plus
Leatherman Wave Plus

You may already be familiar with the Leatherman Wave, which was first released back in 1998 and has been a best seller for Leatherman since then. The Wave+ is an updated version that Leatherman introduced to replace the Wave in 2018. It’s pretty much the same thing, but with the addition of replaceable wire cutters.

The Wave+ has 18 tools total and all lock into place for safe, easy use. It’s very smooth to operate and is designed for one-hand operation. Most tools are accessible from the outside when the knife is closed.

Leatherman Wave Plus
Leatherman Wave Plus

The tool’s knife blades (it has both plain and serrated blades) aren’t however. This is a bit less convenient, but a huge plus for safety since it prevents the knives from accidental deployment. And these blades come sharp, so you definitely want that safety precaution. 

Like the Skeletool CX and the Gerber Suspension, the Wave+ is 4 inches long when closed, so it’s a perfect size for EDC. It weighs 8.5 ounces though, so it’s not nearly as light as the Skeletool CX, but also not as heavy as the Suspension.

Leatherman Wave Plus Blades
Leatherman Wave Plus Blades

Tools Included:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Replaceable wire cutters
  • Replaceable hard-wire cutters
  • Electrical crimper
  • Wire stripper
  • Knife
  • Serrated knife
  • Saw
  • Spring-action scissors
  • Ruler (8 inches/19cm)
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Wood/metal file
  • Diamond-coat file
  • Large bit driver
  • Small bit driver 
  • Medium screwdriver
Leatherman Wave+

Leatherman Wave+

Pros

  • Stainless Steel construction
  • 18 different tools
  • Locking tools

Cons

  • Hefty

7. Leatherman Free P2

Our last Leatherman pick, and our first multitool over the $100 mark, is the Leatherman Free P2

Leatherman Free P2
Leatherman Free P2

It’s similar to the Wave+, with most of the same tools, though there are some substitutions. The main difference is the use of Leatherman’s integrated Free magnetic technology. 

This technology means that not only are all of the tools on the outside, accessible with one hand, but the knife can be opened with one hand as well for easy access to the pliers. In addition, it allows the tools to move smoothly and snap into place securely. 

Leatherman Free P2 Closed
Leatherman Free P2 Closed

The P2 is also a bit larger than the Wave+ at 4.25 inches long when closed. It’s lighter, on the other hand, weighing about an ounce less. 

Tools Included:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Replaceable wire cutters
  • Replaceable hard-wire cutters
  • Electrical crimper
  • Wire stripper
  • Combo knife
  • Spring-action scissors
  • Package opener
  • Awl
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Wood/metal file
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Medium screwdriver
  • Small screwdriver
  • Extra-small screwdriver
  • Pry tool
  • Ruler (1.41 inches/25mm)
Leatherman Free P2

Leatherman Free P2

Pros

  • Stainless Steel Construction
  • 25-year limited warranty
  • One-handed access

Cons

  • Stiff to open at first

8. Victorinox SwissTool Spirit X

Last up is a multitool that proves that Victorinox isn’t just good at making traditional swiss army knives. The SwissTool Spirit X is a much more modern multitool that costs about the same as the Leatherman Free P2.

SwissTool Spirit X
SwissTool Spirit X

With 27 total functions, this multitool is not for minimalists. At the same time, the Spirit X doesn’t have a bunch of useless tools for novelty or to justify bumping up the price. 

For the most part, it just gives you options to choose the best tool for a job. For example, it has four different sizes of screwdrivers so you can actually use one that fits the screw instead of trying to make do with one driver for all jobs. It also includes useful tools that most other multitools skip over, like a punch and chisel.

SwissTool Spirit X
SwissTool Spirit X

And all of this fits into a pretty small package. The multitool is only 4.1 inches long and weighs just 7.4 ounces. That’s about the same weight as the P2, but with almost a quarter-inch less length. 

The Spirit X also comes with a leather storage pouch.

Tools Included:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • Hard wire cutter
  • Large blade
  • Phillips screwdriver ½
  • Screwdriver 2mm
  • Screwdriver 3mm
  • Screwdriver 6mm
  • Reamer/punch
  • Multipurpose hook
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Crate opener
  • Wire bender
  • Scissors
  • Wood saw
  • Metal saw
  • Metal file
  • Chisel 7mm
  • Cable cover longitudinal cutter
  • Cable cover crossways cutter
  • Wire stripper and scraper
  • Lanyard hole
  • Coupling for corkscrew
Victorinox SwissTool Spirit X

Victorinox SwissTool Spirit X

Pros

  • Sleek, beautiful design
  • 27 functions
  • Swiss Army quality

Cons

  • Expensive

Conclusion

All of these multitools are great, but not in all of the same ways. 

We particularly like the Gerber Dime and Victorinox Huntsman for the EDC minimalist, while the RoverTac Multitool is a great option for tackleboxes, camping kits, and emergency gear stashes. The rest are all great options for more standard EDC setups.

To choose the best one for you, consider your budget, then compare the list of tools included and the other features of each multitool to determine which fits your lifestyle and needs. 

So what multitools do you love? Which do you use for your EDC? Do you feel like we missed out on a great one? Let us know in the comments! And, for more EDC gear, be sure to check out our lists of the best EDC flashlights and the best EDC knives.

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