In this guide we’ll look at the best pickup tools.
We’ve compared handle comfort, pickup capacity, additional features and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Pickup Tool?
More Detailed Pickup Tool Reviews
NoCry Pick-up Tool Set – Claw Grabber and Telescoping Magnet Pick-up Tool Review
NoCry are an innovative tool and PPE brand that have produced the best pickup tool set we’ve reviewed so far. By giving you two different reach tools in one set, there won’t be many dropped items you can’t get back.
The first retriever is a spring-flex four-pronged grabber tool that works by pressing and releasing a plunger. This action extends strong steel claws that have a surprisingly firm grip for such a small tool. It can reach into small spaces and around corners to retrieve dropped items easily.
The second part of the NoCry Pick-up Tool Set is an invaluable tool for mechanics or DIYers. The 1.5 cm wide magnet is really powerful, and can pick up lost screws, bolts, keys or anything else that is out of reach.
What set this apart from the rest as the best reacher tool set is the ergonomic handle. It’s comfortable, non-slip and should give you that extra bit of grabbing power when needed.
Helping Hand 32-inch Handi Grip Reacher Review
The Helping Hand Company are famous for their grabber sticks and the Handi Grip Pro that we tried out is incredibly useful. They specialise in making the best pickup tools for trade and people with mobility issues alike, and have been doing so since 1955.
The lightweight reacher tool that we tried out really lives up to its name. The aluminium frame is strong enough to pick up heavy cans from a top shelf and the rubber coated jaws will make sure they don’t slip out.
Our favourite feature that will be useful for anyone using the Handi Grip is the swivel jaws. The two-pronged grabber can be turned through 360° to avoid wrist strain and make the most awkward objects easy to reach.
Sealey AK6534 Flexible Magnetic Pick-Up Tool Review
Sealey have been making professional quality tools for more than 40 years in the UK, and know a thing or two about creating the best flexible grabbing tool for when you’ve dropped that screw and you really need it back.
What we really liked about the Sealey magnetic pickup tool is the flexible shaft. Unlike some other similar devices, the shaft doesn’t spring back to straight but stays in the shape you give it. It means you can manipulate it round corners and into tight spots without it snapping back in your face.
It’s more robust than some pickup tools, and with a 16 mm head it’s not going to fit into the smallest holes, but the magnet is built to pick up heavier weights than the competition.
Housolution Magnetic Grabber Tool and Four-Claw Picker Review
The grabber tool that we tried out from Housolution manages to fit a powerful magnetic picker and strong claw gripper into the same slight package. We really liked the fact that this versatile tool can perform both of these tasks well, and you even get to choose your favourite colour.
Our favourite feature of the Housolution Magnetic grabber tool has to be the LED light. If you’ve lost something behind a piece of furniture or inside an engine, you’ll need light to find it. The LEDs are powerful enough to light up the darkest spots, and make finding the screw as easy as retrieving it.
It’s the best grabber tool that comes with a magnet. Normally you’d have to carry round both in a set, but the Housolution team have fixed this problem and saved space in your tool kit.
Pickup Tool Buyer’s Guide
When you least expect it, something can drop down into a tight, almost inaccessible space and seem almost impossible to reach. Wedding rings can fall down between floorboards, screws can fall into engine covers, or you could just have trouble getting a jar down from a high shelf. You need a pickup tool or grabber! There are several different forms.
Types of Pick Up Tool
This type uses strong, but flexible metal fingers to grip objects from four sides. The grip is operated by pressing and releasing a spring-loaded plunger when the object is in reach. This type of grabber is typically flexible to reach into tight spaces.
Rigid two-pronged grabber
This type of grabber is the best pickup tool for the mobility impaired, or when bending down to pick things up is to be avoided. Operated with a large trigger, the stiff prongs act like pincers to grip large or small objects, and are held there by hand strength.
Magnetic pickup tool
Useful when metallic objects have been lost, a magnetic grabber is usually connected to a handle by a telescopic or flexible shaft. The strong magnet on the end attracts anything within its reach, and holds it while the tool is extracted.
After testing out four of the best grabber tools available right now, we have decided that the best pickup tool combination is the NoCry Pick-up Tool Set. The comfortable ergonomic handle, and the combination retriever with its steel claws and firm grip and the powerful magnet all provide a real help when you need it.