Best Electric Screwdrivers

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 5, 2019
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 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Max Torque
Rotation Speed
Features
Maximum Diameter of a Drill Bit
Battery
Ease of Use
Weight
Package Contents
Warranty
 
PROS

With the max torque of 265 inch-pounds, you'll be able to effortlessly drill through wood and 22-gauge metal. The model comes equipped with 20 additional clutch settings. These settings provide the opportunity for secondary adjustments, so you will always be able to find the right torque for the job.

CONS

The battery doesn't last for very long. 

OUR VERDICT

The Bosch PS21-2A doesn't leave a whole lot of room for complaints. The kind of power and performance it offers relative to its size makes the model one of the most attractive options on the market right now. Add to that its versatility and you've got yourself a winner.

detailed parameters
Max Torque

265 in-lbs

Rotation Speed

0-350 RPM / 0-1300 RPM

Features

20+1 torque settings, reverse function

Maximum Diameter of a Drill Bit

1/4"

Battery

12V lithium-ion

Ease of Use

Integrated LED light

Weight

1.4 lbs

Package Contents

2 x 12V batteries, 1 x one-hour charger, 2 x screwdriver bits, 1 x carrying bag

Warranty

3 years (2 years for batteries)

PROS

Using the motion activation function, you'll be able to drive or reverse fasteners simply by twisting the screwdriver left or right. Aside from precise fastening control, the function will also give you the ability to regulate the rotation speed.

CONS

The package doesn't include screwdriver bits. 

OUR VERDICT

The DeWalt DCF682N1 is a compact power tool that will allow you to tackle various tasks. Its maximum torque won't be enough for heavy-duty fastening jobs but it will definitely prove to be a useful thing around the house and a nice addition to your toolkit.

detailed parameters
Max Torque

~70 in-lbs

Rotation Speed

0-430 RPM

Features

Motion-activated reverse function

Maximum Diameter of a Drill Bit

1/4"

Battery

8V lithium-ion

Ease of Use

Integrated LED light

Weight

1.1 lbs

Package Contents

1 x one-hour charger, 1 x 8V battery, 1 x kit box

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Despite its rather small size, this drill is powerful enough to drive the screw in or make a hole in a piece of wood within a few minutes.

CONS

The tool is a little heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

This electric drill will be an excellent gift for anyone engaged in woodworking and other related jobs in a private house or apartment.

detailed parameters
Max Torque

115 in-lbs

Rotation Speed

0-650 RPM

Features

11 torque settings, reverse function

Maximum Diameter of a Drill Bit

3/8" 

Battery

20V lithium-ion

Ease of Use

Integrated LED light

Weight

3.4 lbs

Package Contents

1 x one-hour charger, 1 x 20V battery, 1 x double-ended bit

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The model will allow you to easily 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

1 x one-hour charger, 2 x 7.2V batteries, 2 x screwdriver bits, 1 x kit box

Warranty

3 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" 

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

Bosch PS21-2A

A Real Punch in a Small Frame

Power tools don't need to be fancy. They need to be practical. And the Bosch PS21-2A is nothing if not practical. A huge part of what makes this model what it is, is arguably the shortest head-length of its class at 5.6 inches. This head-length makes the tool particularly suitable for tight corners and smaller working spaces. At only 1.4 lbs it reduces user fatigue for longer periods of time.

That said, those tight corners require a certain kind of finesse, not something that you will be able to achieve with a bulky model. But we're not dealing with a bulky model here. In fact, with 12.4 x 9.7 x 4.4 inches in overall dimensions, this power tool is minuscule, at least by screwdriver standards.

Plus, it weighs just 1.4 pounds, the sort of numbers that are bordering on ridiculous. As you'd imagine, aside from making the driver more flexible, a weight like that also noticeably reduces user fatigue. That means you'll be able to operate the tool for longer periods of time without breaking much of a sweat.

This is a small instrument no matter how you slice it. But, despite its small frame, the model is far from modest and humble. Capable of delivering 265 inch-pounds of max torque, this is by far the most powerful screwdriver in its class and one of the most powerful drivers on the market in general. On top of that, the model incorporates two speeds: 0-350 RPM and 0-1,300 RPM. Using the variable speed trigger, you'll be able to choose the right speed to match the application.

Review of Bosch PS21-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion 2-Speed Pocket Driver Kit

20 Clutch Settings

The model's torque is definitely impressive. Thanks to its performance, you'll be able to effortlessly drill through wood and 22-gauge metal. Of course, it will just as well allow you to fasten and drive nuts, screws, and bolts.

The aforementioned low and high gear deserve extra spotlight as well. The former is perfect for drilling in heavy-duty materials and will offer just the right amount of momentum for driving screws. The high gear, on the other hand, gives you those faster speeds that are necessary for lighter drilling work. Aside from that, the model comes equipped with 20 additional clutch settings. These settings provide the opportunity for secondary adjustments, meaning that you will always be able to find the right torque for the job.

Though it is most certainly defined by its performance first and foremost, this screwdriver does not necessarily trail behind in ergonomics either. Its soft grip adds comfort and control and the bright LEDs do a bang-up job of illuminating dark areas.

In short, the Bosch PS21-2A doesn't leave a whole lot of room for complaints. The kind of power and performance it offers relative to its size makes the model one of the most attractive options on the market right now. Add to that its versatility and you've got yourself a winner.

Bosch PS21-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion 2-Speed Pocket Driver Kit in the use

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Bosch PS21-2A 12-Volt Max Pocket Driver Unboxing/Review
 

DEWALT DCF682N1

It's All About the Motion

More often than not, the people behind DeWalt are on point with their power tools and we can't say that the DCF682N1 model is an exception. It definitely has a flaw or two but overall this is a solid product that we could recommend to a great range of customers.

The biggest selling point and the most defining characteristic of this power tool is its motion activation function. Aside from being particularly convenient, this function lets you drive or reverse fasteners simply by twisting the screwdriver left or right. That, in turn, gives you precise fastening control and allows to tackle an extra range of applications.

That said, that motion activation function isn't strictly reserved for reversement purposes. Instead of the usual variable speed trigger, the model uses the aforementioned function to control the rotation speed. With it, you'll be able to settle for anything between 0 and 430 rotations per minute, more than enough peed for fastening into plastic, wood, and light-gauge metals.

Review of DEWALT DCF682N1 Gyroscopic Inline Screwdriver

Solid Toolkit Addition

Other than that, there isn't a whole lot that separates this model from the rest of its competition. That's not to say that it is mediocre or even subpar, just that we've seen most of what it has to offer before.

For example, the model comes equipped with integrated LED lights. Not the most original and inventive addition to the driving package but it doesn't have to be any of those things now, does it? It ought to be useful and effective and that's about as accurate of a description as it gets. As you'd imagine, these bright lights will prove particularly useful providing illumination in confined areas without shadowing.

The 8V lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack isn't the most powerful option we've ever laid eyes upon but it is definitely no slouch either. The runtime it offers is solid. Plus, it doesn't take more than an hour to fully recharge.

One little detail that we seldom see in other similar models is a battery status indicator. And that's a real shame as this little element is really practical, providing the user with an accurate idea about whether he should charge the battery before tackling another job.

Aside from that, the tool is great for quick screwdriver bit change and holds 1" bit tips. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with the bits themselves, so you'll have to purchase those separately.

Long story short, the DeWalt DCF682N1 is a compact power tool that will allow you to tackle various applications. Its maximum torque won't be enough for heavy-duty fastening jobs but it will definitely prove to be a useful thing around the house and a nice addition to your toolkit.

DEWALT DCF682N1 Gyroscopic Inline Screwdriver in the use

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BLACK + DECKER LDX120C

Performance

Black & Decker LDX120C is the space-saving and light cordless drill that will be perfect for home application and cope with any soft materials. Despite its rather small size, this drill is powerful enough to drive the screw in or make a hole in a piece of wood within a few minutes. This electric drill will be an excellent gift for anyone engaged in woodworking and other related jobs in a private house or apartment.

Review of BLACK + DECKER LDX120C Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Screwdriver

Control system

Black & Decker LDX120C is equipped with all necessary means of control. 11 clutch settings will help you to adjust the speed of the drill according to the density of the handled material. If the drill bit gets trapped in the hole, the reverse button will make the drill rotate counterclockwise. Thereby, you will be able to relieve the drill bit from the hole quickly and easily and save your nerves and efforts.

BLACK + DECKER LDX120C Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Screwdriver in the use

Peculiarities

Sometimes we face situations when we need to use the drill that has not been used before for a considerable time. We take it out of the box and try to start it, but it turns out that the battery is dead. This will never happen to Black & Decker LDX120C. The battery of this cordless drill is able to retain the charge up to 18 months while the drill is off. Whenever you need the drill, it will be right there for you to help around the yard and house.

Detailed review of BLACK + DECKER LDX120C Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Screwdriver

Additional functions

Equipped with a convenient LED light, this cordless drill can be used in dark lit rooms where you need it for drilling and screwing. Switching on the light happens every time when you start the drill and the bright light doesn't dim until you stop. You wouldn't need to use any additional light-emissive devices since it's got to be enough for continuous, well-illuminated performance. Black & Decker cordless drill is a nice tool to keep at elbow.

BLACK + DECKER LDX120C Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Screwdriver application

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Black & Decker LDX120c Review - 20 Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Drill/driver

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Doesn't appear to be a true daily workhorse product, but great for people with only an occasional need for small to medium projects.

Features

The tool holds a charge that is unbelieveable. After a few hours of hanging drywall, this tool was ready to go the next day without a single charge.

Size & Weight

Much lighter than my other cordless drill/driver yet seems to have the power and torque to accomplish the projects at hand.
 

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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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 come in 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.

When you go looking for the right screwdriver, there are a few things you need to consider. First, you ought to keep in mind its performance that generally boils down to the maximum torque and rotation speed. Other than that, consider the weight, all of the extra features, the battery, and the maximum diameter of a drill bit and you should be able to make the right choice.

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 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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