The best tools available. From the former editors of Wired Magazine.

Cool Tools is a web site which recommends the best/cheapest tools available. Tools are defined broadly as anything that can be useful. This includes hand tools, machines, books, software, gadgets, websites, maps, and even ideas. All reviews are positive raves written by real users. We don’t bother with negative reviews because our intent is to only offer the best.

Kevin Kelly, the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog, started Cool Tools in 2000 as an email list, then as a blog since 2003. He edited all reviews through 2006. He writes the occasional review, oversees the design and editorial direction of this site, and has recently published the book version of Cool Tools. Cool Tools is now edited by Mark Frauenfelder, also a former editor of Wired Magazine, the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine, and founder of Boing Boing. 

We recently posted a short history of Cool Tools ( which included current stats as of April 2008. This explains both the genesis of this site, and the tools we use to operate it.