Ultimate Guide to the 5 Best Impact Sockets

One of the most essential tools while outdoors is an impact socket. These sockets are for use with wrenches, air tools, and high-speed tools. It is very important not to compromise on quality when in the market for an impact socket set. This guarantees that you get a high strength fastener to provide the right amount of torque to loosen or tighten according to the job at hand.

With a variety of brands and designs on the market, this ultimate guide to the best 5 impact sockets will help you choose a set to deliver the right pressure and torque. Below is a review of our best impact sockets on the market.

DEWALT DW22812 1/2-Inch 10-Piece IMPACT READY Socket Set

Made of CR440 steel, the DEWALT DW22812 1/2-Inch  offers the best super impact strength in most reviews. It has sockets coated with black oxide to prevent corrosion. The socket set withstands high levels of torque from corded or cordless impact drivers.

This has eight of the commonest socket sizes plus two ¼-inch adapters. The impact sockets are of high impact resistant material making the case very durable. Additionally, the sockets have recessed corners for distributing torque across flats prolonging the lifespan of the socket. Their large laser etched markings make identifying easier.

With a small footprint, the impact sockets are easy to move along within the complementary case. Pivoting organization pins are for easy storage of customized applications. The case has enough space to accommodate a standard 10-inch wrench though it is not included.

Why we like it

  • Comes with a ¼ inch adapter
  • Includes 8 popular socket sizes
  • Recessed corners to distribute torque for longer life
  • Usable with a coded and cordless impact driver and wretches
  • Free space for a 10-inch wrench
  • Pivotal organization pin offers better storage and small footprint

What we did not like

  • Case is somewhat fragile
  • Case eats up much space in the tool bag

Stanley 97-126 11 Piece 1/2-Inch Drive Metric Deep Impact Socket Set

For versatility, the Stanley 97-126  is another wonderful option. It offers impact strength with it chrome vanadium construction. This heavy-duty set has a lifetime warranty and with a decent size for the money.

The Stanley 97-126 has an industrial finish of black powder coating to prevent corrosion. The socket set comes with most of the popular usable socket sizes with a carry case to keep everything together. The handy bag has a side handle to make carrying easy.

Why we like it

  • Comes with a lifetime warranty
  • Highly resistant to corrosion
  • Comes with a carry case to ease movement
  • Friendly on the pocket
  • Chrome vanadium steel design

What we did not like

  • Poor maintenance might lead to rust
  • Need stronger carry case
  • Could do better than the stamped sizes on the size

TEKTON 4888 3/8-Inch and 1/2-Inch Drive Impact Socket Set

Made with drop forged heat-treated chrome vanadium steel, the TEKTON 4888  is another wonderful option. The impact sockets efficiently move torque from your impact wrench to the fastener to loosen those stubborn nuts and bolts.

TEKTON 4888 is of high strength chrome vanadium steel for more resistance to drive end round out than many regular impact sockets. This has a longer useable lifespan meeting or exceeding ANSI performance standards.

With a high torque design, this 6-point socket set grips broad flat sides of various nuts and bolts. It eliminates chances of stripping the fastener head or damaging the socket. There is an extra deep broach in the sockets to make accessing the whole length of the fasteners.

Why we like it

  • Lifetime warranty gives peace of mind
  • Meets ANSI performance standard
  • High resistance to corrosion
  • Readable markings even in low light
  • Molded size markings make identifying sockets easy

What we did not like

  • Set does not include 10mm 3/8 drive socket
  • Case somewhat heavy

SK Hand Tools 4090 Socket Super Set

For USA made products, the SK Hand Tools 4090  is your best bet. It has a SureGrip hex design for driving the side of the hex apart from the corner for increased strength. The sharp corner of the hex tool allows power hand tools to avoid the fasteners from rounding or damage.

This heavy-duty superset has metric ratchets with a rust-preventing coating to prevent corrosion. The SK Hand Tools comes with metal enclosures that perform well in even in the harshest weather.

For better visibility, the impact sockets have metric units of laser engravings large enough to improve readability. You can easily tell the measurements and type of the metric assortments. The socket set has a nose-down design extending the taper further. It improves accessibility over straight wall designs. The set has standard and deep sockets in fractional and metric sizes.

Why we like it

  • Highly versatile
  • Very durable and strong with 40 different sizes
  • Laser engraved markings improve readability
  • High impact design product made in the USA
  • Good quality for the price

What we did not like

  • 18 mm socket is a bit smaller

TEKTON 1/2-Inch Socket Set

With no gaps, the TEKTON 1/2-Inch  is the last option on our list. This 15-piece socket set has features of sockets you have got at double or triple the cost. This set has 15 metric sockets from 10mm to 20mm.

Additionally, each set is laser etched to match the appropriate size. This makes finding the right socket quicker and easier. The impact sockets are suitable for automotive work including for tasks like removing lug nuts.

The socket set has easy to read permanent laser etched size markings that you can see in low light. It comes with a customized red case that you can keep in a toolset or move with to the job site. The molded size markings keep the set organized to allow you mind any missing socket easily.

Why we like it

  • Comes with 6-point impact sockets
  • High contrast laser etched marking on each socket
  • Comes with a storage case
  • No missing sizes
  • Deeper broach for accommodating longer fasteners

What we did not like

  • Loses color with time
  • Small sized sockets are hard to reach