Best Electric Screwdrivers

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 1, 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

Positioned around the driver's hex, the three LEDs work wonders eliminating shadows and securing improved visibility in dark work areas. The clutch is as easy to access as they come. The 0-1050 RPM rotation speed range delivers the speeds that contractors demand.

CONS

The charger is floppy (takes quite some effort to get it to connect right).

OUR VERDICT

The DeWalt DCF610S2 is the best in its class. We could (and would) easily recommend this electric screwdriver to remodelers, woodworkers, electricians, cabinet installers, woodworkers, and many other professionals whose jobs demand fastening and drilling applications.

detailed parameters
Max Torque

~375 in-lbs

Rotation Speed

0 - 1050 RPM

Features

15 torque settings, reverse function

Maximum Diameter of a Drill Bit

1/4"

Battery

12V lithium-ion

Ease of Use

Integrated LED light

Weight

2.2 lbs

Package Contents

2 x 12V batteries, 1 x charger, 1 x belt hook, 1 x carrying bag

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 cordless screwdriver works with wood, plastic and some metal projects, making it a suitable option for professional usage and at home DIY tasks. It also has a rather compact size and ergonomic build so you can comfortably use without hand fatigue.

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 spindle lock right next to the logo will enable you to easily switch between manual, tightening, and loosening modes. There's an LED charge indicator on the driver's bottom that tells you when the battery power is getting low. The battery doesn't require more than 90 minutes to fully recharge.

CONS

Some users find the screwdriver pretty loud. 

OUR VERDICT

The Bosch Go 3.6V Smart Cordless Screwdriver will prove invaluable for different DIY projects and fixing needs. You can bring the driver with you anywhere you go. You can use the model as a manual screwdriver.

detailed parameters
Max Torque

~44 in-lbs

Rotation Speed

0 - 360 RPM

Features

Reverse function

Maximum Diameter of a Drill Bit

1/4"

Battery

3.6V lithium-ion

Ease of Use

Push&Go technology, Intelligent E-clutch

Weight

~0.6 lbs

Package Contents

1 x USB charging cable with a wall adapter, 33 x bits, 1 x storage case

Warranty

1 year

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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DEWALT DCF610S2

Access any Space

The DeWalt DCF610S2 means business. As far as compact screwdrivers are concerned, this thing can tussle with the best prospects within its price range.

First and foremost, the model's size and weight are its biggest strengths. Weighing not much over two pounds and measuring 13.3 x 8.8 x 3.2 inches, the screwdriver is lightweight and compact enough to access those hard-to-reach smaller spaces that traditional drill/drivers could never reach.

Because you can easily access these spaces, the model allows straight penetration, meaning that you're able to avoid damaging the screwheads from angled driving attempts. The drivers' length lets you apply maximum leverage, allowing you to get the most from the model's 160-unit-watt output.

The company's pretty much signature ergonomic body makes the product as handy as practical as they come. You'll have no issues using the driver with one hand. The model fits the hand like a glove and you don't have to worry about losing any grip strength.

The non-marring rubber inserts add to that. Not only do these inserts protect different surfaces from scuffs, but they also add traction to the driver on any slope.

The hex hardware throughout this electric screwdriver contributes too. It lets most tool nuts service themselves and makes the whole thing easy to disassemble and maintain.

Review of DEWALT DCF610S2 Screwdriver Kit

The Speed Range that Contractors Demand

Of course, there are other details here that separate this tool from its otherwise inferior competition. We've seen built-in LEDs before but the three here are different. Positioned around the driver's hex, these lights work wonders eliminating shadows and securing improved visibility in dark work areas.

Apart from that, it is the little things that tip the scales here. The new-and-improved 1/4-inch hex chuck lets you easily push the bit in to lock that bit in place with one hand. At the same time, the driver also accepts one-inch bit tips to fit into the tightest spaces. The clutch is as easy to access as they come and the 0-1050 RPM rotation speed range delivers the speeds that contractors demand.

The only issue we have with the product is that the supplied charger is floppy (takes quite some effort to get it to connect right).

Setting the charger aside, DeWalt DCF610S2 is the best in its class. We could (and would) easily recommend this electric screwdriver to remodelers, woodworkers, electricians, cabinet installers, woodworkers, and many other professionals whose jobs demand fastening and drilling applications.

DEWALT DCF610S2 Screwdriver Kit in the use

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BLACK + DECKER LDX120C

Performance

The 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

The 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 the 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

Additional Info

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VIDEO
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

Great little drill, thought i was getting a drill/driver with two speeds.
 

Bosch Smart Cordless

USB is Better Than Traditional Wires

The Bosch Go 3.6V Smart Cordless Screwdriver is an excellent mid-range set. There are more impressive drivers on the market today but these models seldom match the product's remarkable size, form, power, and price combination.

As far as we're concerned, the model's most standout feature is its USB port and the supplied charger that let you charge the driver pretty much anywhere you want.

We wouldn't necessarily use words like 'revolutionary' to describe the USB port, but we wouldn't deny that the more modern USB approach makes things much easier when working on different projects since the usual cords and wires won't be getting in your way.

Setting the USB connection aside, let's talk about the model's build. We don't necessarily go looking for the most attractive tool when we're shopping for screwdrivers but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate the model's intricate design.

Plus, the intricate design is just as much about looks as it is about making the tool as compact and easy to work with as possible. Its overall dimensions add up to 7.09 x 1.57 x 1.57 inches, and the weight scale doesn't go above 40 grams, meaning that you won't have to worry about hand fatigue and will have no issues accessing the tightest spaces.

Apart from that, the screwdriver comes equipped with rubberized sides that secure the firmest grip, making sure that your hand doesn't slip while tackling pretty much any project.

Review of Bosch Smart Cordless Screwdriver Set

Charge Anywhere

When it comes to the model's features, there's enough to cover too. The spindle lock right next to the logo will enable you to easily switch between manual, tightening, and loosening modes.

On the bottom, you'll find this little wheel that you can use to switch between six different intensity levels (depending on your project's needs).

The driver's bottom section also hosts an LED charge indicator that tells you when the battery power is getting low. Generally speaking, the said battery doesn't require more than 90 minutes to fully recharge. You can use any power bank, laptop, pretty much anything to recharge the driver.

In other words, the Bosch Go 3.6V Smart Cordless Screwdriver will prove invaluable for different DIY projects and fixing needs. You can bring the driver with you anywhere you go. You can use the model as a manual screwdriver. In addition to the power tool and the otherwise standard package, you receive 33 bits.

Bosch Smart Cordless Screwdriver Set in the use

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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

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

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

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

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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