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Top Of The Best Storage Chests Reviewed In 2018Last Updated November 1, 2018
№1 – Sauder Shoal Creek Storage Chest, Jamocha Wood Finish
№2 – Wallace Dark Walnut Single Drawer Footed Flatware Storage Chest
№3 – Household Essentials Decorative Metal Banded Wooden Storage Trunk with Handles, Large
Not suited for smaller tools
The Excel TB133A is an excellent choice for the handy person that needs to travel in order to do repairs. If your neighbor needs help with a project, or you are doing mobile repairs, you will want to be able to take the appropriate tools with you.
This portable steel tool box has three drawers and a top tray with a lid to make traveling to your jobs convenient. The front has two latches, and there is a handle on the top instead of the usual side handles on top chests. The color scheme is a classy, red and black combo. You will have to purchase the liner separately. Customers also often purchase socket holders with this chest. We would recommend this box for those who have projects outside the home. It will look great stored on a shelf or bench, but will also travel well.
Not suited for storage of large tools
This little Viper LB218MC is perfect for those that are doing minor home repairs. You can keep your screwdrivers, hammer, and small drill in here, along with any nails or screws. There are two steel handles that will make it easy for you to carry it around the house as needed.
In particular, the little Viper is great for those that are only doing minor repairs. It is sturdy, but does not have a lot of storage room. This would not be a good purchase for someone that needed any good amount of room for varied tools. There are intermediate and bottom chests available to go with the top chest, so the little Viper could still work well with those if you have more tools. However, it is more expensive than comparably sized models. This has to do with durability.
The number of drawers
How many drawers do you require to store all your tools safely? Consider what you currently own as well as what you intend to own in the future as your arsenal grow. Choose a product that is large enough to have room for that growth. Additionally, having many drawers will benefit your chest structure. You will be in a position to separate supplies in a system that makes accessories and tools easy to locate.
Not all tool chests come with wheels to enable you to move them from one area to the other as needed. These chests often became quite heavy when filled with supplies and tools so having wheels ensure that you move your chest close to the task. The wheels need to be of high quality with sturdy casters.
Whistles and bells
In modern’s high-tech world, tool chests have become multi-functional centers for the shop or garage. From incorporated power outlets (both DC and AC) and LED lights to built-in stereo systems, refrigerators, and 4-caster suspension, these hot systems of storage have exceeded the wildest imagination.
Entry-level models tend to have fixed shelving. Higher-spec models have shelves you can roll out, making it easier to retrieve and inspect your bottles. Shelves can also be adjustable – useful if you want to store extra bubbly for a party – and be made from wood or high-quality chrome.
Glass doors may let you show off your Chablis but they don’t insulate as well as solid doors – as with conventional refrigerators. If you want a glass door, then check whether it’s UV-protected. This means the wine won’t be affected by sunlight. Also, check if the doors are reversible.
Where to store it
As with most fridges, you should try and keep them where the ambient temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much – so avoid the garage if you can. Wine fridges can cope with temperature changes but big fluctuations put extra pressure on the unit.Check also if the fridge is lockable, to avoid anyone unknowingly helping themselves to your prized Pouilly-Fuissé!
Environment and costs
All of our wine cabinets are ‘A’ rated for energy consumption, since they are for longer term wine storage, but most models are ‘B’ rated because of their large glass doors. Drinks fridges and wine coolers are currently exempt from classification.
If you’re putting your fridge underneath a worktop, you must normally allow a gap of 25mm at the top, back and sides of the appliance so that the warm air produced by the condenser can be properly ventilated.
Lack of ventilation will cause the compressor to work harder, resulting in faster frost build-up. (This does not apply to built-in appliances.)
Make Sense of Size
Most chest freezers run between and feet wide, and between and feet long. Since you clearly can’t wedge a 5-foot-by-3-foot appliance into a 4-foot-by-3-foot clearing in your basement, you’ll need to measure your available space and make sure your chest of choice will fit. Measure the space where you intend to put the appliance, as well as such spaces as doorway width to ensure you can get the freezer into the spot.
Chest freezers tend to be no-frills appliances, but some models offer worthwhile features. Storage bins, for instance, allow you to sort items while an interior light helps you see what you’ve got in there. And a lock will keep nosy parkers out of your frozen fodder. These extras are generally worth a slightly higher price if you’ll be accessing the chest on a regular basis, it’s kept in a dark area, and/or theft is a concern.
The current iPad line-up
Apple currently sells four iPad models altogether, and each of those offers three or four colour options, one to three storage capacities, and the option to get Wi-Fi and cellular or just stick with Wi-Fi. That’s a lot of configurations: clearly we’ve got work to do. iPad Pro 12.(cellular, 256GB): £98iPad Pro 12.(cellular, 512GB): £1,169
You’ve got one mini-size, 7.9-inch iPad, the iPad mini 4; two slightly different mid-size models, the 9.7-inch iPad and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro; and then there’s the super-sized 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is the biggest and costliest option.
Budget and requirements
Your choice of the individual models will depend on how much money you’re willing to spend, how portable and powerful you need your iPad to be, how long you need to be able to use your iPad (and for it to support the latest software), and in what areas (if any) you are willing to compromise.
Let’s get started. First of all we’ll decide if you should buy a standard-size, a mini or an extra-large iPad, and then we’ll narrow down your choice from there.
Create bar charts
Traditionally, the biggest mark in favour of buying from the iPad mini range was the low price. However, since the new iPad was announced that is no longer the case. The only model of iPad mini available is the iPad mini 4, and it’s only sold by Apple in 128GB versions. The Wi-Fi only model costs £419, while the cellular version will set you back £54- the same price as the cheapest 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
The new iPad starts from £339, £80 cheaper than the Wi-Fi-only mini 4.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at at a punishing £769, but note that Apple has doubled the storage allocation for the iPad Pro models – so that money gets you a very decent 64GB. The top-end models come with 512GB, and for the 12.9-inch model that’ll set you back a dizzying £1,03and £1,16for the Wi-Fi and cellular versions. We’re getting into MacBook price territory (for comparison, the 13-inch MacBook Air starts at £949) and these models are clearly not for casual or budget-conscious buyers.
As we mentioned in the portability section, the larger iPad Pro is more something to consider as an alternative to a laptop. For these reasons it calls for more pre-purchase research, trying a sample out in an Apple Store and so on.
Hopefully by now it’s become clear whether a mini, mid-size or large iPad is right for you, which means you can proceed to…
We really like the iPad in gold, as we mentioned earlier – it’s quite bronze-like in its warmth – and the pink, while a bit of an opinion divider, is nowhere near as bold as that sounds. But grey or silver are the more conservative options.
Stones Throw 4Crate
Stones Throw know how to treat their own. For a label so deeply embedded in LA’s hip hop and crate digging scene, a custom 7”s crate seems like a no brainer. This 6-ply alder crate is the result, capable of holding about 80 7”s in your home or on the go. Madlib’s probably got one, so you should too.
Peaches Record Crates
At its ‘70s peak, there were over 4Peaches record stores across America. Inspired by California’s sunny fruit groves, the stores used to sell LP crates that looked like old peach crates. An icon of that era, these classic crates are still available to buy via Peaches. On offer in rough cut pine, smooth finish pine or furniture quality oak, they’re stackable and ready to be used as side-loaders if you prefer.
Airwood Record Crates
Whether storing new finds or favourite titles in rotation, these Airwood crates are a solid bet. They’re all modular, with a cube-shaped design that allows for easy stacking in a number of crate and/or bookshelf orientations. We particular like the ‘Deep Groove’ crate which has a deeper inner dimension for added protection, plus the option for divider cards. Each crate holds up to 70 records.
Truck tool boxes are typically manufactured from three main materials: aluminum, steel and stainless steel. Each of these materials has their own unique benefits and drawbacks.
The majority of truck bed tool boxes are made from bent sheet aluminum with a diamond plate pattern. Diamond plate aluminum is tough, non-slip and affordable. It also looks great in the back of your rig as an added bonus. Aluminum metal is lightweight and actually has a higher strength to weight ratio than steel and so is very attractive for a truck bed tool box, adding security and toughness without unnecessary weight. Aluminum does not rust and will not deteriorate over time so you won’t have to worry about replacing your tool box due to rust damage.
Steel is a less common material used for truck tool boxes than aluminum. It is much heavier than aluminum, which comes with it’s own set of pros and cons. Although you’re constantly hauling around more weight in your truck, a steel tool box is harder than aluminum and will stand up to any damage from shifting tools or dropping something on it. They are typically covered in a powder coated finish to protect the steel from rust – but any sort of scratch in the coat will compromise the protective coating and leave your box susceptible to rust and corrosion.
Stainless steel is also less common than aluminum as a material for truck bed tool boxes, but for different reasons than steel. Stainless steel tool boxes combine the toughness and rigidity of steel, with the corrosion resistance of aluminum. As a result, stainless steel boxes are typically the most expensive models and you will pay a premium for them. They don’t require the powder coating that steel does, and while impressively corrosion resistant, it can still be susceptible, especially in highly corrosive environments such as coastal areas, areas with lots of de-icing salts or job sites with lots of chemical salts. It would just require a bit of maintenance if you it develops any corrosion. Just something to keep in mind!
Powder coated tool boxes often come in two colours, black or white. The choice is purely aesthetic and is up to you and how you want your rig to look. The semi-glossy black look is pretty sleek, especially if you have already fitted your truck with any simple mods like black plasti-dip, or have all-black tire rims. A smooth white coat also looks good on many trucks, it’s just up to you and your style.
The diamond plate aluminum finish of aluminum truck tool boxes is already corrosion resistant and so doesn’t need a powder coat. They buff aluminum tool boxes that produces a nice bright shiny finish. Stainless steel tool boxes also get a shiny buff finish since they do not need the powder coat, that gives a shinier polished look when compared to an aluminum box.
Once you have an idea of what material you want your truck tool box to be made of, it’s time to pick what style of tool box you want mounted in your truck. The style of your tool box will dictate how the box sits in your truck and where you can access your tools from, so it is very important to consider when and where you will be using it, and for what.
A truck bed tool chest sit right in the bed of your truck, on the floor rather than being mounted on the bed rails. They are versatile, and typically have a larger capacity than crossover boxes, but have drawbacks as well. Because they do not mount on the bed rails, chest style truck tool boxes are an attractive option to be used in combination with tonneau covers, and truck canopies which need to be mounted on the bed rails. However, because they sit directly on the floor, you are essentially reducing the length of the truck bed. Long-box trucks probably won’t be phased, but you may be reducing your ability to transport certain supplies.
How to Measure Your Truck Bed
Here’s how to find out those measurements of your truck bed. First, measure the the distance spanning from the inside of one bed rail to the inside of the other. This measurement will correspond to the shorter measurement of the tool box since it is the distance inside the bed of the truck. Then measure the distance between the outside of the bed rails and compare that to the larger measurement of the truck tool box you are considering. If the truck tool box is significantly wider than your truck bed, it will stick out and won’t sit properly.
There are two other measurements to consider. You will want to measure the height of you truck bed – from the highest point of the floor of the bed (for grooved beds) to the top of the bed rail. Some larger toolboxes may be too tall to fit properly in your bed if your bed rails aren’t high enough. The measurement of your bed rails typically corresponds to the height advertised on some truck bed tool boxes. You will also want to measure the distance between the wheel wells and the bulkhead (the part of the bed underneath the back window). You will see this measurement advertised on truck bed tool boxes as the depth. In this image it is marked with the arrows. If you pick a larger box for a short bed truck, it may span too great a distance and hit the wheel wells and won’t sit properly. One other thing to consider is that if you own a flairside or stepside truck, you’ll likely need a narrower box than others.
When it comes to Android tablets, you have no shortage of options — both in terms of hardware and software.
You also have a plethora of hardware options, too — from the aforementioned Fire tablets to Samsung’s wide-ranging offerings to the Asus ZenPad series, to name just a few.
Windows 10, the newest version of Windows, builds upon the foundation Microsoft laid in Windows and 8.The new OS is easier to use on traditional PCs than Windows was, and it makes using Windows on a tablet much more seamless than before. Windows offers several concessions to tablet users, such as large, touch-friendly window controls and buttons, a Tablet Mode (which expands the Start menu to fill the whole screen) and various touch-screen gestures.
Windows remains heavily oriented around the keyboard and mouse, though, so some apps and features may be awkward to use via a touch screen. It makes sense, then, that many Windows tablets are of the convertible kind.
What about Windows-based convertible tablets? Since these devices run full-fledged Windows, you can play a good many PC games on them. They won’t keep up with high-end gaming rigs, but many are more than suitable for more casual PC gaming.
Android tablets pack processors from a variety of manufacturers. Samsung’s Exynos chips and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are the most common: Look for the Snapdragon 800 series and Exynos processors for better performance. Nvidia’s Tegra processors are found on Nvidia tablets, and you’ll find some Android machines with Rockchip CPUs.
On the Windows front, you’ll find mainly Intel processors, including the Core m3, iand iprocessors. Tablets based on Intel Core processors tend to be higher-end devices, and will generally cost you more. Lower-cost Windows tablets and convertibles often use Intel Atom processors.
If you only measure one dimension, make it width—that’s probably the limiting factor for what will fit in your kitchen.
Depth can be a factor if you have a kitchen island or a galley-style kitchen, where you might need a shallower fridge (or at least a fridge with half-width doors that won’t bonk into a fixture when they open completely).
Height can matter if you need to slide the fridge in beneath cabinets, but usually it’s the least-important dimension.
Paying more for a fridge (up to a point) does get you extra capacity, style, and convenient features like an ice maker or shelving flexibility. As best we can tell, paying more does not guarantee reliability, longevity, quiet operation, or better food preservation.
But you can get all kinds of different features, finishes, and designs if you’re willing to pay for them. It’s up to you to decide if you want to spend extra for, say, a black stainless finish that’ll serve as the centerpiece for your super-modern kitchen, or a hot-water dispenser that can make K-cup coffee, or a door-in-door design.
While you’re shopping, remember that fridge prices can swing by hundreds of dollars in just a few days, particularly if you’re shopping at Sears. Keep your eye out for promotional deals—you shouldn’t have to wait more than a couple of weeks for one.
Use the yellow Energy Guide sticker as your reference. The blue Energy Star badge is awarded to so many big models that it’s practically meaningless, yet isn’t awarded to some super-efficient top-freezer refrigerators.
User reviews and Consumer Reports are your best sources for figuring out if a fridge is loud or grating or otherwise obnoxious. We’ve only recommended models with Very Good or better noise scores at CR that weren’t regularly criticized in user reviews.
That said, it’s tough for anyone to guarantee you’ll personally be comfortable with a given fridge. Compressors all hum and whine at their own unique frequencies, and it’s tough to tell which combinations might drive certain people nuts but be totally cool for others. (We run into this same problem every summer when we review air conditioners.) And you can’t learn much in a showroom because the environment is too loud and the compressors are rarely turned on. If you’re the type with sensitive ears, best of luck to you.
Consumer Reports has found that refrigerators with automatic ice makers are more likely to need maintenance than fridges without ice makers. Based on user feedback, common problems include cracked water lines and dispensers that freeze themselves shut.
Ice and filtered water direct from the fridge is just the best. The downsides are that a dispenser usually adds hundreds to the cost of a fridge, and the ice maker takes up valuable space in the refrigerator, and it’s one more finicky feature that might need to be repaired. But if you think that’s all worth the near-magical level of convenience, go for it.
Climate control and food freshness
Don’t get too worked up about this. Does lettuce wilt faster in some fridges than others? Or do blueberries mold quicker? Or do venison steaks get freezer burn sooner? Sure. But the huge majority of fridges do their job just fine. The small variance in performance makes so little practical difference that it’s not really worth obsessing about or paying extra for.
If you’re shopping at Sears, check out the Kenmore 7041It has a larger capacity than the Whirlpool and a neat control panel. The user reviews can be rough, though, and several cite problems with the cooling system and related customer-service dickery (though ratings at Sears tend to be harsher than at other retailers’ sites, and the quality of your service depends on your local Sears branch).
At this price, you can pick from tons of 36-inch-wide side-by-side fridges. Most of them even have through-the-door water dispensers. The GE GSE25HGHWW and Frigidaire FGHS2631PF are both well-liked. The thing is, though, they’re side-by-sides. If you know that’s what you prefer, great. But if you want to be able to fit giant pizzas in the freezer or big platters in your fridge, this isn’t the style for you. French door fridges outsell side-by-sides about to these days, even though they’re more expensive, so take that for what it’s worth.
Care and maintenance
The first step to a trouble-free fridge is buying it from a dealer with a good reputation that you feel will be responsive if you have any problems during the warranty period. They’re responsible for delivery and installation, and if those are mishandled, it can cause problems with the fridge from the get-go. And if you do end up with a faulty fridge, a good dealer tends to be able to resolve the problem much faster than the manufacturer’s customer service—even if you’re under warranty.
As far as a DIY maintenance schedule, we like the advice the Repair Clinic publishes. Their suggested best practices include cleaning your condenser coils, wiping down (or replacing) the door gaskets, cleaning the drip pan, and replacing the ice or water filter.
If you want tips on how to keep your fridge clean and smelling fresh, listen to cleaning writer Jolie Kerr.
We also like most of the tips in this infographic about the best practices for using your fridge, like where different foods should go in the fridge, and which crisper humidity settings work best with various kinds of produce.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Storage Chests wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Storage Chests
- №1 — Sauder Shoal Creek Storage Chest, Jamocha Wood Finish
- №2 — Wallace Dark Walnut Single Drawer Footed Flatware Storage Chest
- №3 — Household Essentials Decorative Metal Banded Wooden Storage Trunk with Handles, Large