It really does not matter what type of DIY project you are thinking of trying, you will definitely need a hammer. Even if you are not exactly sure if a hammer will be needed or not, it is a good idea to have one because you can be sure it will come in handy at one point or another.
Best Hammers of 2020
Of course, if you are a specialist who uses hammers every day you will know just how useful a hammer is and just how often it comes in handy. For that reason, we decided to go ahead and look at all the hammers available on the market and came up with the following list of the top 10 best hammers.
You can check out the short table below where we have provided you with the most important data on each product, and then you can check out the full review we have prepared for each product, right after the table.
1. Stanley 51-621 Curve Claw Fiberglass Hammer
We are going to start our list with the Stanley 51-621, not because it is our favorite, but because it is the simple, well-balanced hammer that every household should have.
It has an elegant, light fiberglass handle and a heat-treated, rim tempered head for long and productive life. The handle itself is enveloped in textured rubber so that you can have a firm grip on the hammer regardless of whether your hands are wet or sweaty.
Veteran specialists may think that this hammer is too light, and we are going to feature some heavier hammers, but we think that a new generation of home do it yourselfers will really appreciate how easy this hammer is to use.
2. MAXCRAFT 60626 8-oz. Stubby Claw Hammer
There are basically two types of hammers and any household should have at least one of each just so as to make sure that you can tackle any job around the house. The first one is the regular, long stem hammer, like the Stanley we already talked about.
The second one is the 8 oz hammer, of which the Maxcraft 60626 is a prime example. It is a lot shorter so it is easier to work with it in narrow spaces. It also has a grove inside the magnetic head so you can just fit the nail in there and start hammering.
That feature alone is the reason why you need a hammer-like the Maxcraft but you can also use it for hammering in less confined spaces and you can even use its claw to take out any nails or studs.
3. Stanley 51-624 20-Ounce Rip Claw Fiberglass Hammer
We have hinted at the fact that the best was yet to come and, in our opinion, Stanley 51-624 is the best hammer that you could buy today. It is a very affordable hammer that has the same technical characteristics as its younger brother, the 51-621.
It has a fiberglass body, rubber handle, and heat-treated head. However, it is about 3 inches long and it is .2 pounds heavier. That basically means you can take longer swings, and drive more power in each hit of the hammer.
It also means you have bigger leverage to use when driving out nails. And let’s not forget that this is one of the few hammers that we’re able to draw up a 4.9-star rating on Amazon.
4. TEKTON 3016 8-oz. Tubular Steel Claw Hammer
If you are actually looking for a hammer that is even lighter than the ones we have already looked at, then the Tekton 3016 is just the hammer for you. It has a steel tube for a handle, covered in rubber and an extra light head.
It weighs just 0.6 pounds and it is 2 inches shorter than the Stanley 51-624. So it is perfect if you just need a light hammer to use around the house.
However, it is backed by the Tekton lifetime warranty so you do not have to worry about being frail because whatever you do to it they are going to exchange it for you.
5. Great Neck 21000 Essentials Mini Hammer
We have already shown you a lighter alternative to the regular hammer so now we are going to show you a lighter alternative to the stubby hammer for tight spaces.
The Great Neck 21000 is actually just .2 pounds lighter than the Maxcraft but we think it is just enough to make the difference for a person that is just now getting into DIY. It has the same magnetic strip so you can hammer with just one hand in very tight nooks and crannies.
6. Estwing E16S Straight Claw Leather Handle Hammer
We have already shown you a 4.9 Amazon star hammer and now we are going to talk about the only other hammer that was able to get such a high rating, the Estwing E16S.
It is actually 4 times as expensive as the Stanley but when you consider that both the head and the handle are made of the same, solid piece of tempered steel, you will understand where that money went. You also have to consider the fact that the handle is wrapped in real leather for a better, more comfortable grip.
Despite all that the Estwing is also just half the weight of the Stanley so it would make the perfect grip for a young lady just now learning how to handle the small jobs around the house.
7. Estwing Mfg Co. E3-16S Hammer with Steel Handle
If you liked the Estwing E16S but do not fancy paying as much for a hammer, you may want to go with the Estwing E3-16S. It has the same one-piece forged head and handles, but the fact that the wrapped in the handle in a nylon-vinyl polymer has allowed them to bring it to market for a more affordable price.
It is still more than twice as expensive as the Stanley, but it is still a relatively cheap hammer. It too got a 4.8-star rating on Amazon, which is quite impressive on its own.
8. Stanley 51-163 AntiVibe Rip Claw Nailing Hammer
We also needed to include in our top 10 best hammers on the market, the coolest hammer we have been able to find: the Stanley 51-163. It has a torsion control grip, an anti vibe technology included in the handle and it comes in a glossy black finish.
The reason why we left it for the bottom part of the list is the fact that the anti vibe technology in the handle allows it to bend dangerously when you are trying to pry nails out walls.
So while we love how comfortable this hammer is for hammering in nails, particularly since it has a bigger head, it is completely useless when you are trying to get nails out.
9. TEKTON 3081 8-oz. Fiberglass Ball Pein Hammer
So far we have looked at several hammers that are meant to be used with nails however, we needed to also feature a hammer that would work when forging or hammering metal.
It still has the flat head that you would need for nails but then you can turn it around and use the round head for detailed metalwork.
10. Stanley Flat Max 51-944 AntiVibe Rip Claw NailingHammer
Finally, we are going to close with the conservator form of the Stanley 51-163. The 51-944 has the same anti vibe technology and uses a single piece of double cast iron as head and handle but comes in more traditional silver color.
It is just as comfortable to use when hammering nails in and just as odd when trying to take them out as the 51-163. So if you do not mind having a third hammer around the house anyone of these would make for a great addition to your toolset.