Clever Buddy Review: 17-in-1 Tool

Clever Buddy Review: 17-in-1 Tool
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Clever Buddy is a multi-function tool that can do the job of 17 different tools. Does it work? Read my Clever Buddy review.

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About Clever Buddy

Clever Buddy is a pocket-sized multi-use tool that can perform a wide variety of functions. The official website is buycleverbuddy.com, which was registered in November 2016. The screen shot below was taken of the product website in December 2016.

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Claims & Features

  • 17 tools in one
  • Includes LED flashlight
  • Ideal for furniture assembly
  • 1 touch on/off
  • Battery powered


You can get Clever Buddy for $14.99 + $7.99 P&H. There is an option to add a second unit for another $7.99 P&H. As of this writing, Clever Buddy isn’t available in stores.

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Clever Buddy Review

If you’ve seen advertising for Clever Buddy, you’ve no doubt heard it described as a 17-in-1 multi-function tool. We are told that it can replace a heavy toolbox full of tools.

While they can certainly claim that it is 17 tools in one, I would probably describe it as a 6-in-1 tool, as 12 of the “tools” are simply different types of bits. Thus, they come up with the number 17 in the following manner: LED flashlight, level, 2-position bit attachment, tape measure, hammer, and 12 bits.

That issue aside, how well does Clever Buddy perform in replacing a toolbox full of tools? In short, it probably doesn’t, at least not for large jobs. For small one-off projects, however, it’s probably a nice alternative to rustling through a large toolbox. It could also be ideal to keep something like this in your car for the occasion you may need a tool while on the go.

The tape measure is thin, but should be sufficient, while the level will work as expected. The various bits offer a good variety of options, although the handle may not be as ergonomic as a standard screwdriver or drill. The hammer may only find use in the smallest of jobs when a regular hammer isn’t available.

I would have preferred a rechargeable device, as the two button-type batteries (CR2032) required aren’t usually something you typically keep stocked up around the house.

Overall, I think Clever Buddy may have a place as a backup tool or for small jobs when you don’t want to dig through a toolbox. It may do the job of 17 tools, but certainly can’t replace them for tough jobs. The price isn’t unreasonable, although there is always that pesky (and nonrefundable) “P&H” as this is only available online or via phone orders.


There are numerous multi-function tools to be found in stores and online. An inexpensive yet popular choice is perhaps the Apollo Tools Mr 7 Hands Screwdriver which also includes an LED flashlight. That $14 item has a 4.3 star rating online.

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