Torque sticks are the industry standard, and I've never had any issues with them. Torque wrenches are totally acceptable for a home user. I like the torque stick for convenience. I also don't trust a torque wrench that doesn't have a dial on it, but really, we are talking about lug nuts. Realistically for most passenger cars 80-120 lb/ft of torque is fine and a harbor freight torque wrench would probably do just fine.