Choosing the Best Hex Key Set: Made Easy

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Choosing the Best Hex Key Set

In the vast world of tools with different varieties, qualities, and prices, you might find yourself overwhelmed when making a decision. If you narrow it down to just the world of the best hex keys, the choice will be less overwhelming but still not as easy as you might imagine. To do so, you need to think carefully about some things which we’ll discuss in the following text. So, stay with us.

How to Choose the Best Hex Key

If you’re looking for the specifications of the best hex key, also known as the Allen wrench, you’re most probably familiar with the subject. But to clarify for those who might confuse the two, let’s see the difference between a hex key and a torx key.

hex key vs torx key
These are the two most common types of Allen Screws

A hex key has a hexagonal-shaped tip with six sides. They are used for hexagonal socket screws or bolts. A torx key has a star-shaped tip that has six or more points. It might be confused with a hex key at first but it has a different profile. Obviously, it’s used with six-pointed, star-shaped screws or bolts.

hex key vs torx key set

It’s noteworthy that both hex keys and torx keys come both with and without a handle. You can have different sizes of keys attached to a single handle and also have the keys separately in a set and use each of them individually. When talking about the best hex key sets, we mean to present them in both of their forms.

folding hex set with a handle and without a handle

Now that you know what a hex key is, there are some aspects of tools you need to focus on when you want to buy a set. Some of the features to concentrate on are as follows:

Handle: Two things matter when talking about handles: first, the handle material, and second the handle position. They’re both necessary to have your tool give you the best results possible. If you’re choosing a handled hex key set, another important factor is whether the handle is foldable or not. A foldable handle leaves you more space in your toolbox.

Material: Tools are instruments that are mostly used under pressure. Screwing or unscrewing needs force and this will lead to the breaking of the product if they’re not made of high-quality materials.

The best hex key set is strong enough to stay stable under the amount of pressure and force that is made by the users. The best materials to create such a creation are chrome vanadium steel, alloy steel, titanium, and still. All of these are very hard and can stand high pressure.

the best hex key set

Length of the Tool: Any tool has different lengths due to the duty they need to do. If you need to work in places that the unreachable, or very tight the length of the tool might help a lot. But you need to adjust your job to the duty of the tool you need to choose. But most of the best hex wrenches are not longer than 4 inches (10cm). So, if you need to have a tool that is longer than this, you would have to use an extra tool to lengthen your hex key.

Storage: If you have enough space or your tool box is spacious enough, you could simply choose the ones that are not foldable, as they are a bit stronger. But if you have the problem of storage or space, you have to go for foldable tool that needs less space compared to the first type.

Size Range: Make sure the set you’re choosing has enough number of sizes to cover most of your needs.

What Are the Best Hex Key Sets?

We know you’ve been waiting for this: to know the brands that sell the best hex key sets. According to things that need to be considered and we’ve mentioned, a list is provided for you to give you ideas about your future purchase.

Ronix RH-2020 Folding Hex Key Set

Ronix RH-2020 Folding Hex Key Set as the best hex key wrench
Aluminum Folding Hex Key Set is lighter than the other type

The Ronix RH-2020 Hex Key Set is one of the most flexible and best hex key sets in the tools industry. This key set contains 8 different sizes to fit in 8 different types of Best Hex Wrenches. This hex key set is foldable which makes it much easier for the users to get use of and the rubber handle makes this hex key set easy to use and convenient.

The quality of this product is one of the highest materials that are used in industry making this type of hex keys proper for the professionals to get use of.

This tool provides the customers with the highest quality and can endure high pressures while working. What this type of product suggests the users is the folding option that would make this product very convenient and usable.

Ronix RH-2042 Long Arm Hex Key Set

Ronix RH-2042 Long Arm Hex Key Set as the best hex key set
This type of Torque Key Set is made of Aluminum to make it lighter

This set comes in a variety of sizes and accommodate to different screw sizes. The fact that the keys are long give you more leverage to cover a wide range of motions and also reach into tight places.

Long arm keys are mostly used in mechanical, automotive, industrial, and DIY settings. The material of this set is treated chrome vanadium steel and anti-rust coating which make it a more durable and comfortable option for you.

The sizes of Ronix RH-2042 set range from 1.5 to 8 and 10mm sixes. This is what makes it one of the most versatile and best hex key sets out there.

It’s noteworthy that these keys also have a round end which allows it to pivot in the socket or head of the screw located in tighter spots.

Stanley STHT71839 Folding Hex Key Set

Stanley STHT71839 Folding Hex Key Set
This product is suggested to the people who have occasional and normal duties rather than professional ones

This product is made by Stanley is one of the best hex keys and it could be used for normal and not professional uses. This tool offers a lower price rather than the other products, but this lower cost results in a bit less quality.

The sizes that this tool provides the users with are: 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm. Stanley Folding Hex Key Set uses a foldable handle, just like the other types of Best Hex Wrenches. Unfortunately, this product could not cover all the duties you need a tool to do for your jobs. But as the handles is foldable and adjustable, you could simply adjust the angel you want to work with the tool in any direction. For instance, if a place is unreachable or you need to semi-open the handle, the only thing needed is to just adjust the handle and then start operation and working

This product is suggested to the people who have occasional and normal duties rather than professional ones.

Bondhus 20199 L-Wrench Double Pack

Bondhus L-Wrench Double Pack

This one’s a bit of an expensive choice and you can not fold open the case. But it’s still a good choice and has a lifetime warranty. It includes 9 pieces with 1.5mm to 10mm sizes that provide you with versatility and higher size range.

All in all, we hope this guide has been of good use to you when choosing the best hex key wrench.

In this article, we tried to introduce the different products that exist in our company or other companies, giving you the open hand to choose the best tool you need. But, considering the points mentioned above is what you need to care about for a better tool. Caring about the tools, you need to choose the best one according to the duty you want the device to do.


Is Ronix providing the customers any other types of Best Hex Wrench rather than folding?
The answer to this question is yes. Our company provides the consumers with different types of Allen wrenches, in different sizes and lengths.

Do Makita have the same products?
Makita covers a wide range of products to fulfill customers’ needs. It also has different types of Allen wrenches as well as Ronix.

What are Ronix Allen wrenches made of?
As mentioned in this blog, all of the Ronix products are made of Chrome Vanadium steel, as Ronix has tried to produce products that could be operated in any different situations.

What is the best material for a hex key?
High-quality hex key made from steel, alloy steel, titanium, or chrome vanadium are the best ones.

How do I know what size hex key I need?
Check the fastener you’re working with, use a gauge or measuring tool, and lastly, you need to go through a process of trial and error to know what size hex key you need.

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1 September 2021

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