The 5 best multi tools that cut, sand, grind and more

Makita multi tool
The Makita oscillating multi tool is small but effective (Image credit: Future/David Hilton)

The best multi tool is the perfect way to round out your tool kit — for many DIYers and professionals alike, it's their most essential, go-to tool for all kinds of jobs around the home. 

An oscillating multi tool is small but effective and super versatile. With changeable blades/heads, it can be used to cut, sand and grind, and has applications all over the house, depending on which head you're using. 

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DeWalt 18V XR Multi Tool T-STAK Kit | £219 NOW £189 (SAVE £30) at FFX

DeWalt 18V XR Multi Tool T-STAK Kit | <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com/?id=92X1569230&xcust=hawk-custom-tracking&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fffx.co.uk%2Fproduct%2FGet%2FDewalt-Dcs355P1-Gb-5035048708736-18V-Xr-5Ah-Bl-Oscillating-Multi-Tool-T-Stak-Kit&sref" data-link-merchant="SkimLinks - ffx.co.uk"">£219 NOW £189 (SAVE £30) at FFX

This cordless multi tool kit comes with an oscillating multi tool, a Li-ion battery, a selection of blades and accessories including sanding pads all in its very own sturdy carry case.

Stanley FatMax V20 18V Cordless Multi Tool | £199.98 NOW £139.98 (SAVE £60) at Toolstation

Stanley FatMax V20 18V Cordless Multi Tool | <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com/?id=92X1569230&xcust=hawk-custom-tracking&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.toolstation.com%2Fstanley-fatmax-v20-18v-cordless-multi-tool-with-20-piece-accessory-set%2Fp52096&sref" data-link-merchant="SkimLinks - toolstation.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">£199.98 NOW £139.98 (SAVE £60) at Toolstation

A cordless multi tool that comes with a free battery and boasts a quick release tool-free accessory system.  Includes a wood blade, wood/metal blade, carbide grout blade, sanding plate, assorted sanding paper sheets and dust extraction adaptor. 

Bosch AdvancedMulti 18 Multi Tool | £125.99 NOW £100.49 (SAVE £25.50) at Amazon

Bosch AdvancedMulti 18 Multi Tool | <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=31264&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.co.uk%2FBosch-AdvancedMulti-Universal-Accessory-SystemBox%2Fdp%2FB086KB6542%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-21%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-21" data-link-merchant="Amazon UK"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">£125.99 NOW £100.49 (SAVE £25.50) at Amazon

A cordless multi tool with quick and easy accessory change with just one push on a lever. Contains wood and metal blades and carry case to store. And an 180° light band provides optimal visibility while working.

David Hilton
David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer with over 30 years of experience, who is passionate about testing new tools. He has reviewed the the Makita DTM51Z 18V Cordless Multi Tool for Homebuilding & Renovating, which he describes as "one of the best products on the market".


Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.