Best Electric Screwdrivers

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 4, 2018
Screwdrivers, known for centuries, have become more useful today. Any craftsman will find a good screwdriver extremely helpful, and, of course, screwdrivers come in handy in daily life. We have carefully selected five best screwdrivers to meet your specific requirements. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Max Torque
Rotation Speed
Features
Maximum Diameter of a Drill Bit
Battery
Ease of Use
Weight
Package Contents
Warranty
 
PROS
Adjustment of the coupler can be carried out with one hand. The screwdriver features high build quality, light weight, fast battery charging and a good time to use on a single charge.
CONS
The screwdriver comes with only one battery.
OUR VERDICT
This is an excellent electric screwdriver which has high power and is very convenient to use.
detailed parameters
Max Torque
40 in-lbs
Rotation Speed
0–430 RPM
Features
Rotation speed control; Controllable reverse; Adjustable clutch (15 settings)
Maximum Diameter of a Drill Bit

1/4"

Battery
8V Lithium-ion
Ease of Use
Adjustable two-position handle; Battery charge indicator; LED light on the screwdriver handle
Weight
1.1 lb
Package Contents
The screwdriver comes with the 8V MAX compact battery with 1-hour charger, a kit bag
Warranty

3-year limited warranty

PROS
This electric screwdriver features a lifetime warranty. It provides excellent protection and durability while offering great opportunities for clutch settings.
CONS
The screwdriver doesn't have a lock for grip adjustment.
OUR VERDICT
This electric screwdriver comes in aid with high ergonomics and excellent speed.
detailed parameters
Max Torque
44 in-lbs
Rotation Speed
0-200/600 RPM
Features
Drill mode; 21 clutch settings + 1 drill setting; Overload and over-discharge circuit protection; Forward/Reverse
Maximum Diameter of a Drill Bit

1/4"

Battery
3.6V Lithium-ion
Ease of Use
Adjustable 2-position handle; Spindle lock for manual screw tightening; Built-in LED light
Weight
0.9 lb
Package Contents
This screwdriver comes with 2 x 1.5 Ah 3.6 Lithium-ion batteries, a quick charger, a Phillips driver bit and case
Warranty

Lifetime tool warranty, 2-year lithium ion battery warranty

PROS

The model's 80 inch-pounds of maximum torque output will allow you to perform some of the more heavy-duty fastening jobs. A reversing trigger switch will prove to be rather useful for fastening and pre-drilling into wood, plastic, and light-gauge metal. The industrial, quick-release, hex-shank chuck will minimize downtime. 

CONS

The screwdriver is a bit heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

The DEWALT DW920K-2 is a screwdriver that is best suited for professionals. Considering the model's ridiculously high torque and the versatile handle, you will able to tackle just about any kind of fastening job with comfort and ease.

detailed parameters
Max Torque

80 in-lbs

Rotation Speed

0-500 RPM

Features

15 torque settings + drill setting, reverse function

Maximum Diameter of a Drill Bit

1/4"

Battery

7.2V Ni-Cad

Ease of Use

Adjustable two-position handle

Weight

~3 lbs

Package Contents

One-hour charger, 2 7.2V batteries, 2 screwdriver bits, kit box

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Using the front LED lights, you will be able to locate the screws before you start working. Of course, their main advantage is the increased visibility in poorly lit areas. But considering the compact size of the screwdriver, the lights will also come in handy in terms of accessing screws that are located in some of the narrower corners.

CONS

The drill bits wear down pretty quickly. 

OUR VERDICT

The TACKLIFE SDP51DC is a convenient tool. And if that's too ambiguous for you, the electric screwdriver in question isn't just an instrument that will allow you to execute standard fastening tasks but a full set that, along with the cutting screw adapter, makes the model as flexible as they come.

detailed parameters
Max Torque

~35 in-lbs

Rotation Speed

0-200 RPM

Features

Reverse function

Maximum Diameter of a Drill Bit

1/4"

Battery

3.6V Lithium-ion

Ease of Use

Charge level indicator, Integrated LED light, Softgrip

Weight

0.73 lbs

Package Contents

3.6V battery (2000 mah), 30 driver bits, Drill bit, extension bit, Right angle attachment, USB charging cable

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The handle can be fixed in three positions to provide a convenient grip of the tool in any situation.

CONS

The chuck's rotating speed could be higher.

OUR VERDICT

The tool is a decent replacement for a conventional screwdriver and will come in handy for repairing household appliances, kitchenware, and for hanging pictures.

detailed parameters
Max Torque

40 in-lbs

Rotation Speed

180 RPM

Features

Forward and reverse bit rotation

Maximum Diameter of a Drill Bit

1/4" Hex

Battery

3.6V Lithium-ion

Ease of Use

Spindle lock allows manual screwdriving, Three-position handle for working in tight spaces

Weight

1 lbs

Package Contents

2 x Hex Shank screwdriver bits, Charger

Warranty

2-year limited warranty

DEWALT DCF680N2

Efficiency and Type

The DeWALT DCF680N2 is a multifunctional electric screwdriver. The screwdriver power and performance are sufficient for most tasks, allowing for precise fastening into almost any soft material. The screwdriver has a 40 in-lbs screwdriver torque and intuitive, motion activated speed control within 0-430 RPM. Despite its small size, this DeWALT screwdriver will serve best for furniture assembly or any other light duties, and is perfect where there are precise applications any impact screwdriver can't handle.

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Features

One of the most notable features of the Dewalt DCF680N2 electric screwdriver is its adjustable coupler rotation speed. It can be set between 0 and 430 RPM. This DeWALT screwdriver also has a controllable reversion, which allows you to switch how the coupler rotates. The largest bit size supported is ¼” with 15 settings of the clutch. The power supply of the screwdriver is provided with an 8V Lithium-ion battery, which is fully charged during an hour.

DEWALT DCF680N2 Gyroscopic Screwdriver 1-Battery Kit in the use

Ease of Use

The ease of use of the Dewalt DCF680N2 is ensured by the two-position screwdriver handle, which allows working even in the most tricky areas with either in-line or pistol-grip configurations. Another useful feature is the battery indicator, located on the screwdriver, which shows the state of battery charge. The pair of LED lights is very handy, allowing you to work in poorly lit areas with no shadowing.

Detailed review of DEWALT DCF680N2 Gyroscopic Screwdriver 1-Battery Kit

Package Contents

As for the package contents of this screwdriver set, this gyroscopic DeWALT screwdriver comes with one compact rechargeable 8V Lithium-ion battery, which provides several days (up to 5 days) of normal work at one charge, a battery charger, able to fully charge the battery during one hour, and a special DeWALT screwdriver kit bag for easy transportation and storage of the tool and all the accessories.
DEWALT DCF680N2 Gyroscopic Screwdriver 1-Battery Kit application

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DeWalt 8v MAX Gyroscopic Screwdriver DCF680
 

Hitachi DB3DL2

Efficiency and Type

The Hitachi DB3DL2 is an electric screwdriver which allows you to save time and efforts on spinning the tool. It's one of the most effective screwdrivers in its class, featuring the 44 in-lbs torque and the rotation speed of 0 to 200/600 RPM. This means that this electric screwdriver can be used virtually anywhere in home conditions, for example, to change the lock, assemble furniture, and much more.

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Features

One of the major features provided by this electric screwdriver is its special drilling mode that allows you to drill holes in soft materials. Also worth noting are the 21 clutch settings which increase the precision and provide more control while working with the tool. The maximum diameter of bits this screwdriver can accommodate is 1/4 inch. It enables you to work with various types of bits designed for screwdriving tools. Plus, the screwdriver features an adjustable reverse which allows you to choose the right option for bit rotation. The screwdriver is powered by a 3.6V Li-Ion battery with a 1.5-hour battery life, a significantly longer battery life compared to nickel-cadmium or nickel-metal hydride batteries. The screwdriver is well-protected from short circuits and discharges.

Hitachi DB3DL2 Dual-Position Cordless Screwdriver Kit in the use

Ease of Use

As regards the convenience, this electric screwdriver is quite a good choice. This is due to the possibility of adjusting the screwdriver handle, which allows performing operations in confined spaces. The screwdriver also features a spindle lock which makes it possible, if necessary, to use the screwdriver in a manual mode. In addition, the screwdriver can be used in low light conditions thanks to the built-in LED light.

Detailed review of Hitachi DB3DL2 Dual-Position Cordless Screwdriver Kit

Package Contents

The Hitachi DB3DL2 package also includes two 1.5 Ah 3.6 Lithium-ion batteries, allowing you to use each of the batteries alternately. This provides for continuous and uninterrupted operation. Also included is the charger which is fully capable of charging the battery within 30 minutes, and a 2" Phillips Screwdriver Bit. The whole kit comes in a hard case for storage and transportation of the tool.
Hitachi DB3DL2 Dual-Position Cordless Screwdriver Kit application

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DEWALT DW920K-2

Two Positions are Better Than One

Though this model from DeWALT has quite a lot going for it, the biggest selling point of this electric screwdriver is the one that you can see in the title. As you would imagine, we're talking about the adjustable two-position handle. The people behind this product advertise the handle as a part that was designed to be as user-friendly as it is efficient and we're not willing to argue this point. With the help of this adjustable handle, you will be able to utilize the model as both an in-line tool and an angled grip tool.

The second option will allow you to work with tight spaces and do overhead work, thus increasing the flexibility of your project. Generally speaking, that kind of flexibility of the screwdriver can be a bit of a double-edged sword as the handle often gets shaky, wobbly, and unreliable. But the manufacturers have thought this moment through and equipped the said handle with a heavy-duty metal hinge. A small detail, this hinge provides a secure and sustained two-position lock, ensuring both stability during operation and some extra durability.

Review of DEWALT DW920K-2 Cordless Two-Position Screwdriver Kit

The Power to Match

But it isn't just the handle that makes this product such a versatile tool. First and foremost, we would say that the DEWALT DW920K-2 isn't defined as much by the handle as it is by the 80 inch-pounds of maximum torque output. With so much power under the proverbial hood, the model will allow you to tackle some of the simpler tasks and heavy-duty fastening applications with the same level of ease.

Naturally, not every job requires that much power and force, which is why it is so important that this screwdriver includes the variable speed (0-500 RPM) functionality in order to match the necessary speed to the job at hand. Other than that, the model also comes equipped with a reversing trigger switch, a nice little feature that will prove to be rather useful for fastening and pre-drilling into wood, plastic, and light-gauge metal.

DEWALT DW920K-2 Cordless Two-Position Screwdriver Kit in the use

Minimize Downtime

Of course, there's no such thing as a perfect product. Though the DEWALT DW920K-2 is impressive in a variety of ways, it does come short in the comfort department. Sure, with 14.8 x 11.9 x 4.6 inches in overall dimensions, the model is quite compact, but it does weigh almost 3 and a half pounds, so it isn't necessarily the most lightweight option on the market.

But it's not like the model is inconvenient. Aside from everything that was mentioned above, this electric screwdriver will allow you to minimize downtime with its industrial, quick-release, hex-shank chuck that reduces the time you spend on screwdriver-bit change and prevents bit run out.

With all of that in mind, we would say that the DEWALT DW920K-2 is a screwdriver that is best suited for professionals. Considering the model's ridiculously high torque and the versatile handle, you will able to tackle just about any kind of fastening task with comfort and ease.

Detailed review of DEWALT DW920K-2 Cordless Two-Position Screwdriver Kit

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TACKLIFE SDP51DC

Light Your Way

The TACKLIFE SDP51DC is one of the most affordable options on the market. But despite the modest price, what we have here is definitely a quality tool that could prove to be useful for all kinds of customers. More often than not, a screwdriver is defined by its performance and while the model is no slouch on that front, that's not where we would like to start this review.

The first thing we would like to talk about is a small set of two front LED lights. Using the latter, you will be able to locate the screws before you start working. Of course, their main advantage is the increased visibility in poorly lit areas. But considering the compact size of the screwdriver, the lights will also come in handy in terms of accessing screws that are located in some of the narrower corners.

Review of TACKLIFE SDP51DC Cordless Rechargeable Screwdriver

Charge It Up

By the way, the front LED lights aren't the only lights that the electric screwdriver comes equipped with. In addition to those, the model features a power indicator with 3 indicator lights. Sure enough, the green indicator along with the rest of them lights up when the battery is full. When it starts to lose some of the charge, the green one turns off, leaving the yellow and the red light together. And, oddly enough, the yellow leaves just as well when the charge starts to approach its limit, giving you a pretty good hint as to when you ought to charge the battery.

Speaking of which, one thing that makes this electric screwdriver different compared to the majority of similar prospects on the market is the USB charging cable. As one might guess, that means that you can use any USB-enabled device to charge this power tool. Aside from the obvious convenience, this method will allow you to cut the charging times at least twice, so you will be able to spend more time working on your projects and less time waiting for the battery to come online.

TACKLIFE SDP51DC Cordless Rechargeable Screwdriver in the use

A Smaller Tool

Now, we did say earlier that the product is no slouch performance-wise, and we're not taking those words back. Sure, 35 inch-pounds of torque may be nothing to write home about for some of the more expensive models designed for heavy-duty applications. But given the price tag that the tool comes with and its ridiculously compact frame that adds up to just 8 x 6.2 x 2 inches in overall dimensions and weighs less than 0.8 pounds, we would say that the screwdriver packs more than enough of a punch. That, the variable rotation speed (0 - 200 RPM), and the reserve function make the model suitable for a variety of different applications, from typical fastening tasks to opening wine corks and cutting paper.

In conclusion, the TACKLIFE SDP51DC is a convenient tool. And if that's too ambiguous for you, the electric screwdriver in question isn't just an instrument that will allow you to tackle your standard fastening tasks but a full set that, along with the cutting screw adapter, makes the model as versatile as they come.

Detailed review of TACKLIFE SDP51DC Cordless Rechargeable Screwdriver

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BLACK+DECKER LI2000

3-in-1

This tool by Black&Decker impressed us with its customizable design. Its handle can be set to 3 positions so that you could use the tool conveniently in any situation. When set to the first position, the tool works as a gun producing the force for driving in tight screws. The second position works best for works in corners and recesses. Set to the third position, the handle being straight, it allows working in cramped places. The handle is easy to adjust using a handy side button. We were a bit perplexed by the lack of a trigger. It turned out that the tool starts by simply pushing a reverse switch. This procedure might seem quite odd for those who haven't ever used the tool this way before, yet, once you get the hang of it, it will not cause any inconvenience. More than that, this feature also facilitates switching between the modes, which now makes it even an advantage. Similarly to most models of electric screwdrivers, the Black&Decker LI2000 can be used as a conventional screwdriver, the chuck's collar being slightly rotated. 

Review of BLACK+DECKER LI2000 3-Position Rechargeable Screwdriver

Motorized Comfort

Analyzing this screwdriver from the technical point of view, we should say its performance is more than enough for common domestic jobs. The speed of 180 RPM allows driving medium-sized screws used in furniture and household appliances. The torque of 40 in-lbs provides the right amount of force for driving screws into soft materials like polymers, wood or plaster. So, don't worry about walls or expensive pieces of furniture when using this Black&Decker tool. If the torque is insufficient, you can set the handle straight and apply the force of your hands, using the tool like a conventional screwdriver. This model comes with only two bits. However, you can use other 1/4" bits which are among the most widespread. Hence, finding additional bits is not difficult at all. The tool's work is ensured by a 3.6V battery able to hold the charge for up to 18 months when the motor is off. So, having fully charged the tool, you can use it any time you need!

BLACK+DECKER LI2000 3-Position Rechargeable Screwdriver in the use

When No Drawing Is at Hand

Before hanging a picture or attaching a shelf, take some important aspects into account. As you, probably, know, any dwelling is pierced by lines of plumbing, as well as electric wiring and cables. So, you need to have a layout of your home at hand to avoid damaging these lines while driving screws or drilling. Therefore, a stud finder will be really helpful for a renovation of your house. This tool will detect the pipes and wires inside the walls, allowing you to choose the place for fasteners. Also, we recommend you to look through our reviews of laser measurers and laser levels that will help you hang your pictures, etc. on the same level. 

Detailed review of BLACK+DECKER LI2000 3-Position Rechargeable Screwdriver

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What Is a Screwdriver?

A screwdriver is a handy tool every person should have at their home. Screwdrivers are compact, take up little space, and can be of various types. A reliable screwdriver is indispensable for home maintenance and all kinds of other DIY work. Using a screwdriver, you can easily perform furniture assembly, tighten a bolt or a screw, and much more. For tasks that a typical screwdriver can't cope with, we recommend considering such tools as cordless drills or picking one of the hammer drills. In this review, we'll focus on screwdrivers, their types, and characteristics, and bring to your attention the five best screwdriver kits we've carefully selected.

Best Electric Screwdrivers

What Features to Compare

Efficiency and Type are the first parameters to consider when you choose a screwdriver. Today, there are 2 basic types of screwdrivers - manual and electric ones. In this screwdriver review, we're focusing on cordless electric screwdrivers. Electric screwdrivers feature a rechargeable battery, a motor, and a reduction gear. Working with an electric screwdriver is extremely efficient and requires minimal muscular effort. It should be noted that electric screwdrivers are usually more lightweight than screw guns, have higher torque and lower speed of the reduction gear. The speed and the torque greatly influence the effectiveness and performance of the instrument in general, so pay attention to these specifications as well. The higher they are, the better the performance of a screwdriver is. A 40 in-lbs torque screwdriver with the speed up to 400 RPM is just enough for home use.

Features are another important parameter that should be considered when choosing a screwdriver. Depending on their features, electric screwdrivers serve for different tasks and objectives. They can feature a fixable screwdriver ratchet, a reverse mechanism for easy screwing and unscrewing, a possibility to change the speed of a screwdriver head, and a spindle block that allows you to finish screwing manually. It’s also worth considering the type of battery, as this determines the possibilities of long-term operation and service life. Modern electric screwdrivers usually have Lithium-ion batteries. A Lithium-ion battery screwdriver has a large number of charge and discharge cycles and has a long runtime. Also, note that all screwdrivers models that provide the ability to use different bits and attachments are limited to a diameter of the bits.

Ease of Use is the next thing to pay attention to. The convenience of an electric screwdriver depends on its design. Cordless screwdrivers can have a 2 or 3-position handle with a rotary mechanism, which allows you to get close to the screws at virtually any angle. Some screwdrivers also allow for adjusting the holder head for extra convenience. A great advantage of a battery screwdriver is a battery charge indicator on the tool itself. The indicator will give you a visual representation of the battery's state of charge. A built-in flashlight, helping you when working in low light conditions, is also a useful addition. Also important is the weight of a screwdriver, as the lighter it is, the more convenient it is to use.

Package Contents of the screwdriver is the last but not least important thing to consider when choosing the tool. As regards the electric screwdriver, the important part of the screwdriver set is the battery which comes with the tool. The docking station used to recharge the battery can have light and sound indicators, signaling about the charging process. It usually takes a battery screwdriver about 30 minutes to an hour to get fully charged. The big advantage is having two batteries at hand and using each of the batteries without interrupting the workflow. As a rule, an electric screwdriver comes completed with just a few bits of the main caliber and a special carrying case for easy storage and transportation.

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