The Best Adjustable Pliers

The Best Adjustable Pliers

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Our pick

Irwin GV10 10-inch GrooveLock Pliers

Irwin GV10 10-inch GrooveLock Pliers

Easily adjustable & affordable

The 10-inch Irwin Groovelocks have a lifetime warranty, an incredibly easy push-button locking system, and comfortable handles.

Buying Options

$16* from Amazon
$16 from Lowe’s

*At the time of publishing, the price was $14.

The Irwin GV10 10-inch GrooveLock Pliers also have a quick adjust that makes setting the jaw width easier if you’re working in an awkward spot, such as the cramped space behind your washing machine. In addition, the jaws are designed so that they self-lock onto a nut or bolt, letting you focus more on turning than on gripping. Offering all of this for a reasonable $13 currently, this pair is also unlikely to break your tool budget.

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Dewalt Push Lock Pliers

Dewalt Push Lock Pliers

Thinner nose, but meh everything else

While the DeWalt PushLock’s thin nose makes it easy to work with small nuts and bolts, its locking mechanism is below par and its handles aren’t very comfortable.

Buying Options

$16* from Amazon
$11 from Home Depot

*At the time of publishing, the price was $11.

If our main pick is sold out, we also like the DeWalt PushLock 10-inch Pliers for $11, which are similar to the Groovelocks in a lot of ways though the handles aren’t as comfortable.

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Knipex 8702250 10-Inch Cobra Pliers - Comfort Grip

Knipex 8702250 10-Inch Cobra Pliers – Comfort Grip

The Audi R8 of pliers

The Knipex Cobra’s self-locking feature is flawless and it has 25 different size options.

Buying Options

$40* from Amazon
$37 from Lowe’s

*At the time of publishing, the price was $43.

But if you’re someone who wants total finesse and ease out of your tools (and you’re willing to pay for it), we highly recommend the 10-inch Knipex Cobras with the comfort grips. By virtually every marker, the Cobras excel against the competition. These pliers have a far more precise adjustment mechanism than any of the other tested tools, the handles are more comfortable, and the small, sleek head can fit into the tightest of spots. The self-locking mechanism was by far the best that we looked at. A tool of this nature doesn’t come cheap, but the price tag, closing in on $45, began to make sense once we got into our hands-on testing.

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Our pick

Irwin GV10 10-inch GrooveLock Pliers

Irwin GV10 10-inch GrooveLock Pliers

Easily adjustable & affordable

The 10-inch Irwin Groovelocks have a lifetime warranty, an incredibly easy push-button locking system, and comfortable handles.

Buying Options

$16* from Amazon
$16 from Lowe’s

*At the time of publishing, the price was $14.

Also great

Dewalt Push Lock Pliers

Dewalt Push Lock Pliers

Thinner nose, but meh everything else

While the DeWalt PushLock’s thin nose makes it easy to work with small nuts and bolts, its locking mechanism is below par and its handles aren’t very comfortable.

Buying Options

$16* from Amazon
$11 from Home Depot

*At the time of publishing, the price was $11.

Also great

Knipex 8702250 10-Inch Cobra Pliers - Comfort Grip

Knipex 8702250 10-Inch Cobra Pliers – Comfort Grip

The Audi R8 of pliers

The Knipex Cobra’s self-locking feature is flawless and it has 25 different size options.

Buying Options

$40* from Amazon
$37 from Lowe’s

*At the time of publishing, the price was $43.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter
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