When it comes to adding must-have items to your tool kit, some tried and true standards should never be omitted. That includes a hammer, a measuring tape, pliers, a level, wrenches and of course, screwdrivers. While manual screwdrivers are a great item to have on hand, electric screwdrivers offer a much faster and less labor-intensive option for getting the job done.
Electric screwdrivers come with many benefits over manual screwdrivers. They’re much more comfortable to maneuver, with users simply lining up the screwdriver to the screw as they would with a manual screwdriver and then turning on the unit. No twisting, torquing and turning.
Because electric screwdrivers insert screws at a much faster rate, it’s easier to insert screws accurately the first time. If screws don’t go in straight or if you need to take apart a piece of furniture, using the reverse action on an electric screwdriver makes quick work of removing screws.
An electric screwdriver also comes with a wide assortment of sizes, with small screw heads taking up less room in your toolbox than a full set of manual screwdrivers.
Save your hands, save your wrists and save time with a sturdy electric screwdriver.
1. BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Drill
For an electric screwdriver that is powerful enough to tackle any sized job, we recommend the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Drill. The BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX is battery powered, making it easy to charge the drill and take it with you to wherever your job site is located. The BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX comes with everything you need for the most common jobs, including six drill bits, 10 1” screwdriver bits, nine 2” screwdriver bits, four nut drivers and a magnetic bit tip holder that keeps parts securely in place so you can focus on ensuring your drill is appropriately lined up for the job at hand. The BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX goes from 0 to 750 RPM and has a 24-position clutch. Drill through wood, metal and plastic with the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX.
Pros: The lithium battery in the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX can hold a charge up to 18 months, which is excellent news for people who don’t frequently use a drill and don’t want to find it out of charge when it’s needed.
Cons: The BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX is the most powerful drill on our list, but at 3.15 lbs, it’s also the heaviest and may become cumbersome to hold for extended periods.
2. NoCry 10 N.m Cordless Electric Screwdriver
Small but mighty, the NoCry 10 N.m Cordless Electric Screwdriver can make quick work of big jobs. The NoCry has a built-in LED that helps users see exactly where they want to use the screwdriver. The NoCry has a clutch that automatically disengages when the set torque is reached, which means no more worrying about stripping screws. The NoCry comes with 30 drill bits, including Slotted/Flathead, Pozidriv, Star/Torx, Square/Robertson and Hex pieces. The rechargeable, cordless NoCry comes with a 120 Volt charger and takes between 3-5 hours to fully charge.
Pros: The NoCry can handle up to 300 screws on a single charge, while most screwdrivers average closer to 200.
Cons: The NoCry has an RPM of 230, which is less than the larger drills on our list, but does make it the most powerful electric screwdriver of the smaller models, including the BLACK+DECKER Cordless Screwdriver with Pivoting Handle, the Hi-Spec Electric Screwdriver and the TACKLIFE Electric Screwdriver.
3. BLACK+DECKER Cordless Screwdriver with Pivoting Handle
Want the power of an electric screwdriver but the look and feel of a manual model? Enter, the BLACK+DECKER Cordless Screwdriver with Pivoting Handle. The BLACK+DECKER has a spindle lock that allows users to quickly switch between the 90-degree angle of a typical drill and the straight form of a screwdriver, providing more versatility and making it easy to choose which option best fits each project. The BLACK+DECKER has both a forward and reverse option for screwing and unscrewing. The rechargeable lithium battery can hold a charge for up to 18 months.
Pros: The BLACK+DECKER has a three-position handle that makes it ideal for use in small and tight spaces.
Cons: The BLACK+DECKER only includes two hex shanks and users will likely have to purchase an additional set of bits.
4. BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Drill & Home Tool Kit
Need an electric screwdriver and everything else that goes into a tool kit? Buy in bulk and save with the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Drill & Home Tool Kit, which comes with everything you need for home renovations, including a sturdy electric screwdriver. The BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX drill holds a charge up to 18 months and comes with a charger to ensure users are never left with a dead drill. The BLACK+DECKER 20V has an 11-position clutch, which prevents stripping and overdriving screws. The kit also comes with toolbox essentials, like a hammer, tape measure, utility knife, pliers, and for the drill, 32 screwdriver bits, 10 drilling bits, five spade bits and a magnetic bit holder. We also like that the kit includes a tool bag for safe storage and easy portability.
Pros: In addition to the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Drill, the kit also comes with two manual screwdrivers and a ratcheting screwdriver.
Cons: The BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Drill & Home Tool Kit is the same drill as the first option on our list, plus the tool kit, which adds an unnecessary cost if users already have their own tool kit.
5. Hi-Spec Electric Screwdriver
For a comprehensive kit that comes with every bit you could ever need for an electric screwdriver, we recommend the Hi-Spec Electric Screwdriver. The cordless, rechargeable Ion battery-powered Hi-Spec comes with a 102-bit set, including Torx, TorxPlus, Phillips, Pozidriv, Torq, Spline, Tri-Point, Square, Spanner, Hex, Slot/Flathead, and Spline Flange Insert Driver Bits. The compact and powerful 3.6 Volt Hi-Spec is a great option to keep on hand for assembling furniture and toys, with the single speed 200 RPM screwdriver charging in 3-5 hours. The Hi-Spec comes in a sturdy aluminum travel case for safe storage and to help keep all the bits organized.
Pros: The Hi-Spec has four LED lights surrounding the end of the screw section, providing light for users to ensure they have a clear view of their target.
Cons: The drill bits included in the Hi-Spec are not magnetized to hold screws.
6. DEWALT 8V MAX Cordless Screwdriver Kit
For an electric screwdriver that is worth the splurge, we recommend the DEWALT 8V MAX Cordless Screwdriver Kit. The DeWalt includes reversing control to allow users to easily and quickly remove screws when necessary. Like the BLACK+DECKER Cordless Screwdriver with Pivoting Handle, the adjustable two-handle grip means the DeWalt can be used straight like a manual screwdriver or in pistol-grip. The DeWalt includes a ¼” hex that makes quick work out of changing bits, with the DeWalt large enough to fit bits up to 1”. The DeWalt has a built-in LED for ease of visibility. We also like that the DeWalt has a battery charge status on the screwdriver to notify users when it’s almost out of battery. The DeWalt offers various speed options between 0-430 RPM and can be used with wood, light-gauge metal and plastic. We also like that the DeWalt comes with a sturdy carrying case.
Pros: The DeWalt’s two 8V battery packs mean the electric screwdriver can go for extended periods without being charged. When it is time to charge the DeWalt, the battery hits 100 percent in only one hour.
Cons: The DeWalt has the biggest price tag on our list.
7. TACKLIFE Electric Screwdriver
If you need an electric screwdriver that is lightweight and compact, we recommend the TACKLIFE Electric Screwdriver. Assemble furniture, hang pictures and more with the Tacklife, which can insert 205 screws on one fully charged 1500 mA lithium-ion battery. The 200 RPM Tacklife also has a reverse option for easy screw removal and includes an LED light. The Tacklife comes with the nine most commonly used screw bits as well as an extension bar. The Tacklife is easy to charge anywhere thanks to its USB standard micro charging cable.
Pros: At 350 g, the Tacklife is the most lightweight electric screwdriver on our list.
Cons: The Tacklife’s drill bit set is much smaller than other options on our list.