Makita Multi-Tool
Credit: Photograph by Michael Pirrocco

As the only subject without a tool-free blade change, this 3.1-pound model tested our tolerance. Setting up Makita's sole cutting blade, 10 sanding sheets, or pair of adapters is cumbersome – and you can easily lose some small but necessary parts along the way. It works well, operating between 6,000 and 20,000 OPM, but lacks oomph – it was the only unit that needed to use its max speed to sand effectively. [$160; makitatools.com]