Does Husky, a Home Depot brand, make the best tool bags? That depends on what you’re looking for and how much you’re willing to spend. Personally, I’ve used and seen a number of different Husky tool bags that I’d describe as being quite good and even excellent.
Husky tool bags are EVERYWHERE.
My high school sent out an alumni newsletter with photos of a recent robotics lab renovation. The contractors left a Husky tool bags in one of the shots of the gutted space.
When we had refrigerator issues last year and needed a new compressor, the tech had a Husky tool bag, kitted with Milwaukee tools, a Milwaukee RedLithium USB LED light, and Ryobi bit case.
At local fast food restaurant once, the soda machine tech had a Husky tool bag. At another restaurant a few months later, I saw another tech and another Husky tool bag.
Walking down the street during my last trip to Milwaukee – yep, I saw a Husky tool bag. NYC? You see lots of Husky tool bags there. I’ve seen them on the street, on subways, and in buildings, sometimes being carried and other times they’re rolled around.
Different exterminators from the same company around here carry Husky tool bags.
Husky, from how often I see them, seem to be the most popular brand of portable tool bag around these parts. They are everywhere. I see them at retail stores, on the street, in driveways, at restaurants.
Why are Husky tool bags so popular with contractors, service techs, maintenance techs, and other such pros? I’m guessing that has to do with 1) easy availability, 2) lots of options, 3) affordable pricing. Maybe even word-of-mouth?
My biggest frustration with Husky as a tool bag brand is that they come out with new products each year, but some of them, usually the ones I am most personally interested in, or styles I have just finished testing for review, are not carried again beyond their initial offering or promo season.
Husky made a sling-style tool bag back in 2017, and it seemed like a good product. But, it was a spring 2017 promotional style, on the sales floor ahead of Father’s Day, and it was never restocked.
There are definitely other popular tool brands out there, but Husky’s bags stand out given just how often we see them. I am also starting to see a lot of Milwaukee Packout products out there – both individual products and combinations.
Years ago, I searched long and hard for good tool bags. I ended up with a large boxy-shaped Dewalt tool bag that I believe I purchased at Lowes after passing on it the first 20 or times I saw it, a compact Stanley bag which had comfortable hard plastic ring-shaped handles, and a Stanley FatMax bag with thick rubbery bottom, similar to this WorkPro bag that’s on Amazon.
These days, with less time to hop from retail store to retail store or website to website to shop for the *perfect* tool bag, I might simply shop for the Husky bag that best fits my needs or wants. I guess that’s probably why Husky’s tool bags are so popular.
I also wonder about how many Husky tool bag users purchased their gear for themselves. Shopping for myself, I might spend more, depending on how often I planned to use it, not that Husky’s tool bags don’t have a lot of features or are not durable, because they do and they are. With different brands, or more premium-priced options, you might get more pockets, more comfortable handles, special features, or simply more choices. But if you’re shopping for others, say a team of installers or techs you have to supply, Husky should be a quick and reliable brand to go with.
I still have some giveaways planned, and purchased a couple of Husky tool bags to bundle with the prizes. Why? Because they’re tool bags I’d use myself, they’re affordable, and most winners could surely use them for something.
It somewhat surprises me to see Husky as the most visible brand of tool storage bag, at least in my experience. But thinking about it, they really do make the best tool bags for a lot of users. My past experiences have all been positive, their pricing is reasonable, and there’s always a broad selection of options to suit different needs and wants. Plus, you can always walk into Home Depot and buy one, at least for the most popular styles and sizes.
When a brand such as Crescent comes out with new too bags, I imagine that they think Husky is the brand to beat.
What do you think about Husky tool bags?
If you need a new tool bag this week, which would you buy?
Does your answer change if your budget is limited?