If you only have one hammer in your DIY toolbox, make it a claw hammer. The reason for this is its versatility. The head of a claw hammer is smooth on one side and contains a type of claw on the other side.
DIYers typically use a hammer for knocking-in nails, but sometimes nails don’t go in straight and need pulling out again. This is where the claw side of a claw hammer comes into its own. If you need to pull out a wonky nail or remove a rusty one from a piece of wood, the claw side will do the job with ease.
Claw hammers are also useful for light demolition work such as breaking up old furniture.
A good quality claw hammer will last for years, so always spend as much as you can on one.
Check out our guide on the different types of hammer to see what else you might need to add to your toolkit.
What to look for when buying a claw hammer
Claw hammer manufacturers traditionally market their products by weight in ounces. With heavier hammers providing more power when working with nails and performing light demolitions. Claw hammers are typically available in the following weights:
It’s worth noting that this is the weight of the head section and not the overall weight of the item.
If you only need one hammer for general DIY tasks, choose the middle weight – 16oz.
What materials are claw hammers made from?
Manufacturers typically make claw hammers from forged steel or fibreglass, with a rubber or bi-material grip handle.
You can still buy wooden-handled claw hammers. And while they look smart, there’s more chance of the handle breaking after long periods of use, which makes them a less popular choice these days.
Claw hammer brands include:
- Blue Spot Tools
Best selling and popular claw hammers
In the table below, you’ll find a list of 10 of the best selling and popular claw hammers available over on Amazon UK.
|1||STANLEY STHT0-51310 20oz Fiberglass Curved Claw Hammer||348 Reviews||£10.49||Check Price|
|2||STANLEY STHT0-51309 16oz Fiberglass Curved Claw Hammer, 450g||187 Reviews||£9.50||Check Price|
|3||Rolson 10334 8 oz Tubular Steel Claw Hammer||421 Reviews||£3.45||Check Price|
|4||Stanley 1-51-488 Blue Strike Claw Hammer, 16 oz||244 Reviews||£11.81||Check Price|
|5||Silverline HA10 Fibreglass Claw Hammer, 16 oz||87 Reviews||£6.98||Check Price|
|6||Stanley 1-51-489 Blue Strike Claw Hammer, 20 oz||62 Reviews||£9.00||Check Price|
|7||Stanley FMHT1-51275 1FatMax XL AVX Curve Claw Hammer||61 Reviews||£23.00||Check Price|
|8||Blue Spot 26147 20oz Xtra-Range Sandblasted Claw Hammer||63 Reviews||£7.31||Check Price|
|9||Spifflyer 8 OZ Magnetic Small Claw Hammer Mini Stubby Hammers and Nails Tool, Comfortable Soft...||£9.99||Check Price|
|10||OX Claw Hammer - Pro Series Claw Hammer with Curved Claw - Non-slip Grip - Multicolour - 20 Oz||53 Reviews||£17.99||Check Price|