Top 9 Best Lug Wrenches On The Market 2020 Reviews

We are going to take a look at the best Lug Wrench, a “mission critical” tool we all need to own and understand how to use correctly.

Of all the tools we need, this one really exemplifies the saying, “People do not plan to fail they fail to plan.”

As we know, a lug wrench is used to take off, and put on, the nuts that keep the wheels on our car or truck.

But how can we predict when a tire will go flat!

To best understand when your tire will go flat, look no further than the wisdom of Capt. Edward A. Murphy, the man credited with creating “Murphy’s Law.”

In 1949, Captain Murphy was an aircraft engineer working on important tests. When technicians wired the components wrong, he coined the phrase, “If anything can go wrong, it will.”

So, to predict when a tire will go flat, find a stretch of road without any mobile phone coverage. Wait for awful weather, and drive there at midnight. Hello Mr. Flat Tire! You are laughing because you know it is true!

No one else is going to tell you this!

Many car owners do not know or forget to consider the fact that most vehicles are delivered with locking wheel nuts to deter theft.

They became a “must have” back in the day when alloy wheels were rare and expensive, but pretty much all vehicles use alloy wheels now, and they are not, relatively speaking, worth much. These nuts are smooth on the outside, and to remove it you need a specialized socket, a “key” that fits inside the nut to remove it.

But, there are a few problems these nuts can create…

First and most obvious, if you are on the side of the road, and cannot find your special socket that fits, “game over, you are going to have to call for help.”

If your lugs are put on too tightly, and a lot of torque is needed to remove them, it is quite possible to strip this special lug, render it useless, and now you may need to be towed to a garage to break this nut off and start over.

Where we come from, there is a saying, “Locks are for honest people.” In this case, it means that yes, if some kid walking home from school happens to have a jack and lug wrench in his back pocket, realizes you have standard lug nuts, and cannot resist the temptation to steal a rim, and he may try and do that.

The reality is…

People who steal rims are professionals, and they can break off one of these locking lug nuts in less than 60 seconds with hardened sockets and long breaker bars. Or, they can go online and for less than $100, buy the complete kit that fits every type of locking nut.

We are not saying these locking nuts do not serve a purpose. We are suggesting that owners need to be aware of the issues involved and plan for every contingency. That may actually include changing these locking nuts and putting on standard nuts to avoid membership in the “lug nut I cannot remove in a roadside emergency” club.

Changing a tire can be a dirty job and dangerous job, but does not have to be.

Pack a powerful flashlight or lantern, a tarp to kneel on, some good gloves, a rain poncho, and some clean rags. We even have friends who wear a reflective vest during roadside repairs, both day and night!

Read your owner’s manual and understand where the correct jacking points are, and how to use a jack correctly.

So, let’s look for the best Lug Wrench…

There are two types of lug wrenches we will look at today: the telescoping “breaker bar” type, and the classic X-pattern lug wrenches.

Why your old wrench may need to be replaced

That trusted old wrench Dad gave you may not work on your new car or truck. It came from “back in the day” when you popped off a hubcap, and the lug nuts were out in the open.

Because of modern wheel design, most new models cars and trucks require thin wall sockets to gain access to the lug nut, and we will be on the lookout for brands with that feature.

Why are sockets with 6 sides are better than sockets with 12 sides?

A well-made socket with 6 sides applies all the pressure to the flat part of a nut, while a 12-point socket grabs the corners. 12-point sockets are an invitation for a knuckle busting experience when the wrench slips, leaving you with a rounded lug that is impossible to get off. If you have 12-point sockets on your lug wrench, time to upgrade now!

Before we get started, one last feature…

It is important to understand that the lug wrenches that come with two sockets actually can be used on four different lug nut sizes. This is because each is reversible, with a different size on each end. Obviously, this does not apply to classic X-pattern lug wrenches.

Best Lug Wrenches

Top 9 Best Lug Wrenches In 2020 Reviews


1 Gorilla Automotive 1721 Telescoping Power Wrench

This is a great example of the telescoping breaker bar type of lug wrench with two reversible thin wall sockets.

It is 14 inches when retracted, and 21 inches when fully extended. That is a lot of leverage! In fact, we advise that users do not over tighten lug nuts when using this tool to put them back in place.

A quality design…

We like the design and note the detent ball to keep it in place while you are using it. The wrench is 1/2 drive, and the sockets fit four size lug nuts. These sockets are designed for this tool only and may make them incapable of use with a standard breaker bar or ratchet.

Socket Sizes are 3/4 inch, 13/16 inch, 7/8 inch, and 19 mm.

Gorilla Automotive 1721 Telescoping Power Wrench
Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Pros

  • Hardened steel.
  • Fits four lug nut sizes.
  • Thin wall sockets.
  • Six-sided sockets.
  • Plenty of torque when fully extended.
  • Detent ball to keep it in place while you are using it.
  • Easy to store and carry.

Cons

  • May only work with sockets provided, not other users may have on hand.
  • Provides so much torque, users tend to over tighten nuts when they put them back on.

2 Tekton 5975 20-Inch 4-Way Lug Wrench

This 20 inch 4-way lug wrench has a nice (smooth) chrome finish and is a good choice for cars and trucks.

It has a high-quality weld, and the four-socket ends are six-sided for maximum pressure without worrying about rounded lug nut corners.

Socket Sizes- 3/4, 13/16, 7/8 in., and 19 mm.

Tekton 5975 20-Inch 4-Way Lug Wrench
Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Pros

  • Quality materials and good weld.
  • Smooth, professional chrome.
  • Socket size clearly stamped on each end.
  • Fits four lug nut sizes.

Cons

  • Large and difficult to store and carry.
  • It is 20 inches across, but that means each arm is only ten inches.
  • Smaller users may not have the upper body and hand strength to get lug nuts off.

3 Dorman 711-900 Autograde Lug Wrench

This tool retracts to about 15 inches and extends to about 21 inches. The assembly is half inch drive and designed to “twist lock” when extended,

There are two reversible six-sided sockets, allowing for removal and tightening of 4 lug nut sizes.

17mm, 3/4 inch (19mm), 13/16 inch and 7/8 inch.

Dorman 711-900 Autograde Lug Wrench
Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros

  • Easy to store and carry
  • Fits four lug nut sizes

Cons

  • The twist lock is less desirable than a detent ball.
  • This unit is not as heavy duty as others with similar designs.

4 Performance Tool W2 Black 14inch Metric 4-Way Cross Lug Wrench

This metric four-way cross wrench is made from Chrome moly, a very high-quality material known to have a lot of tensile strength, superior torsional load ratings, and resistance to corrosion.

It is coated with a smooth (black) paint surface, and has four six-sided metric sizes to choose from.

17mm, 13mm, 21mm, 23mm.

Performance Tool W2 Black 14inch Metric 4-Way Cross Lug Wrench
Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros

  • Easy to store and carry
  • Fits four metric lug nut sizes
  • Made from Chrome moly, a high-quality material.
  • Very nice paint finish.

Cons

  • Small size does not offer much mechanical advantage.

5 CARTMAN TL120404 4 Sockets Telescoping Lug, Wheel Wrench

This telescoping breaker bar type is 14 inches retracted, and 21 inches extended.

It is a ½ inch drive with reversible sockets.

17mm(11/16″), 19mm(3/4″), 21mm(13/16″), 22mm(7/8″).

CARTMAN TL120404 4 Sockets Telescoping Lug, Wheel Wrench
Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Pros

  • Easy to store and carry.

Cons

  • No locking mechanism when extended.
  • Customers complain of very cheap materials that break on first use.

6 Powerbuilt 940559 20″ Universal Lug Wrench

A classic lug wrench made of good materials. And, featuring a 20-inch wrench with 4 six-sided sockets.

11/16 inch, 3/4 inch, 13/16 inch, 7/8inch

Powerbuilt 940559 20
Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Pros

  • Quality materials.
  • Smooth, professional chrome.
  • Fits four lug nut sizes.
  • Lifetime warranty.

Cons

  • Complaints about sharp edges on the weld.
  • Large and difficult to store and carry.
  • It is 20 inches across, but that means each arm is only ten inches.
  • Smaller users may not have the upper body and hand strength to get lug nuts off.

7 GTE Tools – Lugstrong 26Inch Universal Compact Lug Wrench Set

This tool is proof that people still strive to build the better mousetrap. The LugStrong is designed to outperform most breaker bar type lug wrenches, and still provide the speed and convenience of a class x pattern lug wrench.

All this is achieved by designing the wrench to be assembled in one of several configurations, depending on the amount of torque required. Users can just snap this wrench together for a very good classic x pattern, or employ an L pattern similar to a breaker bar.

Delivers a lot more torque…

This tool can generate a lot of torque with its 26-inch lever. We would say it can deliver a lot more torque than 21-inch telescoping breaker bar designs because the LugStrong operates at a true 90-degree angle, not the slightly obtuse angle of telescoping breaker bars.

The tool has a ½ inch drive adapter that allows for the use of other sockets. This makes the tool especially helpful in a wider set of applications. And, it is extremely easy to store and comes with a well-made and durable storage sleeve.

High quality all the way around…

17mm (3/4 inch), 19mm, 21mm sockets, plus the adapter for attaching all of the other sockets that will be needed for different types of nuts.

GTE Tools - Lugstrong 26Inch Universal Compact Lug Wrench Set
Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros

  • Adaptable to many useful scenarios.
  • A great x type of wrench.
  • A great breaker bar style of wrench.
  • High-quality materials.
  • Very easy to store and carry.
  • High-quality storage sleeve.
  • Capable of delivering maximum nut removing torques in lots of different situations.
  • Lifetime warranty.

Cons

  • There are two detent ball bearings to find and hold the X on center, which could be a bit larger.

8 Oemtools 20561 20-Inch Universal Heavy Duty, 4-Way Cross Wrench

The classic design 4-way cross wrench. Which is 20-inch in size with 4 standard socket sizes.

11/ 16” (17mm), ¾” (19mm), 13/16” (21mm), and 7/8” (22mm)

It is painted bright green.

Oemtools 20561 20-Inch Universal Heavy Duty, 4-Way Cross Wrench
Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Pros

  • Fits four lug nut sizes.
  • Painted bright green.

Cons

  • Complaints about weld quality.
  • Complaints about socket lack of hardness, tend to round easily.
  • Large and difficult to store and carry.
  • Smaller users may not have the upper body and hand strength to get lug nuts off.

So, What’s The Best Lug Wrench?

We have to admit our original prejudice was for the traditional X type lug wrench.

Then we learned more about extendable breaker bar types and thought that although they are slower to use, they do provide the best opportunity to get the leverage to break free super tight lug nuts.

And then it happened! We found the best of BOTH worlds!

We found the…

GTE Tools – LugStrong 26″ Universal Compact Lug Wrench Set, Super-Strong Tire Iron & Lug Nut Remover

…and feel it is an amazing solution in many applications.

Let’s say we are stuck on the side of the road, and the lug nuts were put on with a rattle gun. In other words, they are excessively tight, and a major amount of torques will be needed to break them free. Then, this best lug wrench can be configured to deliver the same torque as a 26-inch breaker bar!

In step two, with all the lugs broken free, we can now jack up the wheel, and go to the classic X pattern to quickly and easily spin the lugs nuts off. The X pattern is also very fat as spinning the lugs back on in the next step.

Put the wheel back on the ground, and tighten to factory specifications…

Really, the best of both worlds…

And, in a product made of high-quality components. Even the storage bag is of high quality!

Speaking of storage, this can store anywhere you could keep a 26-inch length 2-inch tubing. Meaning, this can store just about anywhere.

We enjoyed looking at the different types and brands of lug nut tools, but in the end, this is no contest, the “thank goodness I have this” award for the best lug wrench goes to…

GTE Tools – LugStrong 26″ Universal Compact Lug Wrench Set

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