What is it
The Wiha Color Coded Hex Set is, as the name implies, a clever color-coded hex set that comes in standard metric sizing from 1.5mm to 10mm. The color coding enables home mechanics to pick up the right size wrench merely by its hue, which is especially handy when you get down to the 0.5mm increments.
- Handy color coding
- Quality German construction
- Nickel chrome base
- Non-slip holster
- Touch expensive
Okay, in all honesty there’s not a lot to review here. Hex sets aren’t sexy or exciting. Until the ends get rounded from overuse, they all pretty much get the job done. What separates the Wiha Color Coded Hex Set is simple: color coding. It makes so much sense that you wonder why everybody doesn’t do it.
While experienced wrenches may be able to eyeball identify a 1.5mm wrench from a 2mm, I’ve wasted way too much time guessing wrong when installing grips, dropper post remotes, computer mounts, and countless other tiny-bolt gadgetry.
The colors of the Wiha Color Coded Hex Set have plenty of ano pop, and the German tool maker smartly differentiates them enough to avoid quick-glance confusion. You’re not going to mistake the red 5mm for the purple 4mm. The only possible hiccup is distinguishing the blue 3mm from the green 2mm in dim light. Their lengths are different enough, though, to avoid that mix-up.
Beyond colorization, the Wiha Color Coded Hex Set benefits from precise German engineering. The blades are chrome-vanadium-molybdenum, feature a rust-resistant nickel-chrome base finish, and they feel solid in the hand.
The Wiha Color Coded Hex Set’s holster provides easy pivoting of the keys but is secure enough to prevent flopping around or unintentional sliding out. Topping it all off, Wiha offers a no hassle 1-year warranty.
I stumbled across the Wiha Color Coded Hex Set on Amazon’s Prime shopping day. Other color-coded sets exist, but Wiha’s checks the most boxes. I haven’t had enough time to evaluate long-term performance, but so far haven’t found any gotchas.
That said, it’s by no means the cheapest set you’ll find, color-coded or not — although it’s often sale-priced and available now direct from Wiha for $24 marked down from $36. My experience is a few dollars extra is worth it when it comes to tool functionality and reliability. The cheap ones fail just when you need them most.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Price: $36 but currently on sale for 24
More info: www.wihatools.com