Best Ratchets for the Money

1. GearWrench 81206F 84 Tooth 3-Piece Ratchet Set

Included in this set of ratchets are 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch drive with 84 tooth design. The ratchets can be operated in a swing arc of four degrees meaning it can operate in tight spaces.

The 1/4 inch drive measures 5 inches long, the 3/8 inch drive measures 8 1/4 inches long and the 1/2 inch drive measures 11 inches in length.

The GearWrench 81206F ratchets include a lifetime warranty.

2. GearWrench 8123OP 120XP 4-Piece Flex Ratchet Set


Another GearWrench set is featured here and for good reason: They make high quality tools that don’t break the bank.

The 81230P set has flexible heads for turning bolts in awkward places. Included in the set are 1/4 inch drive, 3/8 inch drive regular and stubby and 1/2 inch drive ratchets.

Just like the other GearWrench set these ratchets can be operated in tighter spots. These can operate in as little as a 3 degree arc swing. Slightly less than the 81206F set.

GearWrench offers a lifetime warranty with this set.

3. TEKTON 91804 3-Piece Quick-Release Swivel Head Ratchet Set

The TEKTON set features a different design compared to the GearWrench ratchets. These have round heads which can swivel up to 270 degrees for tighter spots. The push button quick release is a nice feature to easily change socket sizes.

The ratchets have 72 teeth; a bit less than the GearWrench ratchets but not a deal breaker. They are a good choice if you wanted a soft cushion grip.

Who Makes the Best Ratchet?

I don’t think there is one best ratchet for everyone. Why?

Everybody has their own needs. What’s best for you isn’t necessarily best for someone else.

If you aren’t a professional mechanic would you buy tools off the Snap-On truck? The tool trucks make high-quality tools but they are meant for professionals. They pay a premium for the tool trucks to come to their workplace.