Best multi-tool 2023: cut, sand, grind and more with these oscillating multi-tools

Need to cut out a bit of your kitchen or through plastic piping, or need an emergency sander? Reach for the best multi-tools…

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Need to do some cutting, grinding, polishing, grout removing and sharpening but only want to buy one tool? The best multi-tools are great for all of the above. In fact, the only DIY task these flexible friends can't help with is making the tea.

Don't get this kind of multi-tool confused with the sort of Swiss Army Knife affair that outdoorsy types keep in their pocket in case they need to cut some twigs or fix a sleeping bag. No, this multi-tool is the powerful and versatile, oscillating variety that can sand, cut, grind and scrape its way through most building materials, including wood, drywall, grout, plastics and even metal.

Whether it's trimming off some excess plastic piping, sanding in difficult to reach areas or scraping old grouting out from the bathroom, the handy multi-tool tends to have all scenarios covered. Alongside something from our guides to the best cordless drills and the best electric screwdriver, they are a key part of any home tool kit. 

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How to buy the best multi-tool

Although massively versatile, each multi-tool differs in the amount of tasks it can accomplish thanks to these simple pieces of kit requiring the correct accessories to accomplish the job.

More basic models tend to throw in a sanding, scraping and cutting tool but the more lavish offerings can stretch to over 60 different attachments that cater from pretty much every DIY job imaginable.

Also, the modern multi-tool will come in both corded and cordless varieties, with the latter offering more flexibility, and the former, in general, more power and unlimited runtime, for bigger jobs.

Corded varieties are naturally more cumbersome but can go XXL on the power front, meaning the multi-tool can really earn its crust as a very tasty sawing tool, when the need arises.

The question, as usual with power tools is this: can you get by with a cheaper, less powerful multi-tool, because you only envisage doing infrequent, light jobs? Or will that end up annoying the living bejesus out of you, and wishing you'd shelled out extra for a more powerful incarnation?

Bethan Girdler-Maslen
Home Editor

Beth is Home Editor for T3, looking after style, living and wellness. From the comfiest mattresses to what strange things you can cook in an air fryer, Beth covers sleep, yoga, smart home, coffee machines, grooming tools, fragrances, gardening and much more. If it's something that goes in your house, chances are Beth knows about it and has the latest reviews and recommendations!

Having always been passionate about writing, she’s written for websites, newspapers and magazines on a variety of topics, from jewellery and culture, to food and telecoms. You can find her work across numerous sites, including Wedding Ideas Magazine, Health & Wellbeing, The Bristol Post, Fashion & Style Directory, TechRadar, CreativeBloq and more. In her spare time, Beth enjoys running, reading, baking and attempting craft projects that will probably end in disaster!

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