It’s a tool buyers’ nightmare: You run to the store for a specific item, come face-to-face with a daunting wall of options, and end up leaving with something that ultimately doesn’t fit the mold. If you’ve been there (or are afraid of being there), Corey Talbot (Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at Hyde Tools) and the Bob Vila team have outlined several steps for carrying out your own in-store scrutinizing. One of the most basic? Aiming your eyes higher on the store shelves will yield those (literal) top-shelf, higher-quality tools.
From identifying ergonomic and comfortable designs to evaluating the tool’s weight, read up on the full list of tool- testing tips in the original article on BobVila.com.