Drywall Anchors: Weight Tested

Can drywall anchors really be trusted to bear their rated weight? We conducted a HomeLAB test to find out.

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When you need to hang something in a spot without a stud, drywall anchors are the way to go. But can they be trusted to bear the rated weight? We were skeptical. So we picked up some drywall anchors at a local home center and a few others online to subject them to a stress test. Heres what we found.

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The HomeLAB Test:

We installed each anchor in one-half in. drywall, following the manufacturers instructions. Then we hung a tension scale from the anchor and fastened it to a hook screwed into a 24 fastened to the wall studs. We slowly twisted the turnbuckle and watched as the tension increased until the anchor buckled. Heres how we tested each drywall anchor:

  • Tension scale: When tension is applied, this scale measures weight in pounds.

  • Turnbuckle: Turning increases the tension on the scale, providing a weight reading.

  • Hold-down: A 24 screwed to studs provides a solid base.

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The Results:

All the anchors we tested lived up to the claims, and all but one exceeded their weight rating.

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Everbilt Ribbed

  • Claimed: 22 Lbs.
  • Tested: 80 Lbs.

Given the modest claim, we didnt expect much from these, but we were amazed by their strength.

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Cobra TripleGrip

  • Claimed: 45 Lbs.
  • Tested: 90 Lbs.

This heavier-duty anchor snaps into place when the screw is installed, but it performed about the same as the Everbilt Ribbed.

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Pop Toggle

  • Claimed: 60 Lbs.
  • Tested: 130 Lbs.

This anchor clips to the back of the drywall and creates a tight bond. In our test, it held more than twice its rated weight.

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E-Z Ancor Twist-N-Lock Medium Duty (Best Value)

  • Claimed: 75 LBS.
  • Tested: 100 LBS.

The E-Z Ancor is a great multipurpose choice. Theyre widely available, inexpensive and easy to install (no need to drill a hole).

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Toggler SNAPTOGGLE (Best Overall)

  • Claimed: 80 Lbs.
  • Tested: 180 Lbs.

This anchor held strong at 180 lbs., and we couldnt turn the turnbuckle any more. Theyre overkill for most projects, but sometimes the job calls for maximum strength.

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Cobra DrillerToggle

  • Claimed: 90 Lbs.
  • Tested: 140 Lbs.

This anchor screws into drywall. Then, as you drive in a screw, a metal arm tightens against the back of the drywall.

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WallClaw Anchor

  • Claimed: 90 Lbs.
  • Tested: 90 Lbs.

Easy to install with no drilling required (use a hammer), this stays true to its weight rating. But once over that, several popped right out of the drywall, leaving a big hole.