A bad workman always blames their tools as the saying goes. Though we use this saying to blame the workman for a bad job, the simple fact is that all workers need the right tools. Good tools really do make all the difference when it comes to getting the job done properly.
When it comes to screwdrivers, finding a well-made, good quality set really will make all the difference. With other tools such as rotaries, poorly made designs will mean less performance and the occasional blowout, but these problems only really lead to time delays and added frustration.
Poorly designed screwdrivers, on the other hand, can actually cause real problems such as stripped screws that you will then be virtually unable to remove. This is a major inconvenience that in some cases can actually result in you not being able to complete the job that you set out to do. It might also then require an expert to fix the job that you thought would only take a few moments to do.
To help make sure that you only get the best possible screwdrivers that won’t ever let you down, we have compiled this list of the top sets available on the market today.
|NAME||Number of Pieces||Material||Magnetic Tip||Our Rating|
|DEWALT DW2166||45||hardened steel|
|Performance Tool W1727||39||chrome-vanadium steel|
|Craftsman 9-31794||17||alloy steel|
|Stanley 66-039||6||stainless steel|
|Oria 60||54||chrome-vanadium steel|
|Klein Tools 85078||8||acetate with vinyl grip|
|GearWrench 80066||20||chrome-vanadium steel|
|Stanley 60-100||10||heat treated, alloy steel blades with rust resistant nickel-plated bar|
|Performance Tool W1721||100||chrome-vanadium steel|
|WORKPRO 56-Piece||56||chrome-vanadium steel|
What are the best screwdrivers?
No matter where you are right now, if you take a look around you will see a world that is held together by screws. Everything from your roof to your smart phone is fastened by screws. Few of us give any thought to these untold heroes until the day comes when we need to either use or undo one.
Since nearly every item we use contains screws, they inevitably come in a huge range of sizes and lengths that require different sized screwdrivers. Sadly, as a result, there is never a one size fits all super screwdriver that can be used with any type of screw.
To help you be best prepared for all the different types of screws that you are likely to encounter, you can purchase sets that contain a good selection of different head sizes and types. With so many different sets on offer, we have prepared a quick guide to help you know what to look out for when trying to find the best set for your needs.
Types of screwdriver head
There are actually quite a few different types of screwdriver heads that are used today. The most common one is the Phillips which is a cross shape and the flathead which is a straight line. Other screw types include the Allen which is the type commonly used on bikes and tools. You can also get torx and clutch screws though these are only used in specialist items.
Screwdrivers come in a range of different sizes. Though you can use smaller straight head screwdrivers on larger screws, this is not possible for Phillip head screws which will easily become damaged when using the wrong sized screwdriver.
If you will be working with lots of different sized screws then you will need to buy a set that has a lot of different sized screwdrivers in it.
We strongly recommend trying to buy screwdrivers that feature magnetic ends that will help to hold screws in place when you are trying to do them up and undo them. Magnetic ends are also great for getting hold of screws that might have fallen into gaps where you can’t reach them with your fingers.
Since screwdrivers are required to operate under some pretty intense pressures, it is really important that you get ones that have been manufactured with strong materials. The shaft should have been manufactured with heat treated chrome Vanadium steel that will make them extra strong so that they can cope with whatever you throw at them.
The handle is as important as the shaft since this is the place where you apply the pressure. The handles need to be comfortable to use as well as really grippy so that you can apply all the pressure that you need without feeling too much pain.
Handles do vary quite a bit in design and some feature swivel tops that allow you to maintain a better grip on the screwdriver when spinning them at higher speeds.
Price is a consideration with everything that we buy. We always recommend that you firstly come up with a reasonable budget, before you begin your search. There is no point, for example, in buying a good quality expensive set of screwdrivers when you only intend to use them once a year. If you are a tradesman, however, you will already know how important it is to pay a little extra to get quality so that you don’t need to replace them every other time you use them.
Our Top Choice
DEWALT DW2166 45-Piece Screwdriving Set with Tough Case
If you are in the trade and plan to use your screwdrivers for some really heavy duty work then this is without question the set for you. It is a 45-piece set that is aimed at carpentry and industry level screw sizes, so it is not suitable for those people who are looking to repair electronics.
This amazing set is made from hardened steel and features all the most common sized screwdriver head ends for Phillips, straight end, slotted and double end screws. The set is made to last and uses bit ends that slot in and fasten into the universal handle. This makes them really easy to interchange, which is something that many tradesmen really need when doing more complicated jobs.
The handle is grippy and really makes undoing those tight screws nice and easy. The main advantage with this set is that it has been designed for use with power drills to save you all the puffing and panting that comes with manually doing it yourself. The set itself comes in a great carry case that makes it an excellent option for tradesman and people who need to use it outside the convenience of the workshop.
- 45 screwdriver bit ends
- Designed for heavy duty use
- Can be used with power tools
- Not suitable for electronic
Performance Tool W1727 39-Piece Screwdriver Set with Rack
If you are someone who works mostly from the comfort of a garage or a workspace and want a great set that comes with a rack, then this is the one for you. Available in a jumbo 6-piece, a 26-piece or a 36-piece set that you will never lack the right sized screwdriver for any of those household jobs.
The screwdrivers themselves are well-made and will certainly stand up to quite a beating. They feature really comfortable non-slip molded grips that feel great and don’t easily cause that burning sensation in the palm like lots of other screwdrivers do.
The ends are chrome vanadium, as are the power bits, making them both really strong as well as rustproof. These are really great all-around sets and we liked the 6-piece jumbo screwdrivers as few other companies seem to offer this all important option for people trying to get at those hard to reach screws.
- Organizing rack features built-in bit holders and magnetizer
- Chrome vanadium blades and power bits
- Comfortable non-slip molded grips
- Satin finish with magnetic tips
- Not suitable as a portable set
Craftsman 9-31794 Slotted Phillips Screwdriver Set, 17 Piece
This is a really good general use set that always seems to have what you need in an emergency. The full sized set comes with 17 different separate screwdrivers, so it is perfect for those of you who don’t like separate bit ends that plug into a single universal screwdriver.
The whole set is made in the USA, so you can be sure that it is really good quality. The blades have been heat treated to add strength, and they all fit nicely into a small carrying case, so they are easy to throw in the van and take anywhere.
- 17 piece set
- Made in the USA
- Good quality
- Nice and grippy handles
- Handles could be a little bigger for those of you with larger hands
Stanley 66-039 6-Piece Jewelers Precision Screwdriver Set
As far as small screwdriver sets go, you can’t go wrong with this great 6-piece set from Stanley. Whether you are looking to fix some broken electronics like a PC or a sound system, or want to repair some broken jewelry, this is the set you need.
The pieces are made from hardened steel, so they offer a high level of strength despite their small thickness. This really helps on all those glued screws that you find on laptops or other electronics these days. The handles have a swivel head design, making them perfect for fast tightening and untightening while also being fluted to allow for better grip.
There are loads of similar designs on the market, but we liked that these come with a lifetime guarantee, showing you just how confident the manufacturers are in the quality.
- Swivel-head handles
- Hardened steel blades
- Fluted shafts for extra grip
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
- 6-piece sets can leave you a little lacking for choice
Oria 60 in 1 Magnetic Precision Screwdriver Set with 54 Bits
For anyone who is using their screwdrivers on a regular basis, magnetic tips are a real help. This superb 54-piece set has been designed for use with electronics and other such items. If you work with a wide range of small screw types, then this is without question the set we recommend.
All of the screwdriver bit ends have been made to a really high standard while the screwdriver handle has been made from a single piece of top quality machined aluminum to ensure the maximum level of strength. This is a great large-bit screwdriver set for anyone who never wants to be caught without the right screwdriver ever again.
- Magnetic Screwdrivers
- Made from vanadium steel
- Flexible shaft
- High quality
- Portable case
- No handle on the carry case
Klein Tools 85078 Cushion-Grip Screwdriver Set, 8-Piece
This is another great general use set that is ideal for odd jobs or for people who want a good set on hand for emergencies around the house. The set comes with 8 screwdrivers that includes 2 bobble or short shaft screwdrivers for when you need to get those really hard to undo screws undone.
It includes four Phillps, 1 cabinet and 1 keystone head screwdrivers, which means you have a reasonable selection of sizes on hand for an emergency. The screwdrivers come in a compact little carry case, which when full comes in at only 1.65 pounds.
- Very portable as they come with a carry case
- Weighs only 1.65 pounds
- Good quality general set
- Heat treated metal
- Handles aren’t the best design and feel like they might end up slipping after a few years use
- Designed as a general-purpose set and is lacking in numbers of screwdrivers
GearWrench 80066 20 Piece Master Dual Material Screwdriver Set
The challenge with larger screwdrivers is how to make them good at both being able to apply the power to undo tight screws while also at the same time making them suitable for quickly doing up screws that you are just feeding in.
These great screwdrivers from GearWrench come about as close as you can to achieving the perfect balance. They have a specially designed ergonomic shape that bends in at the bottom in a bulb shape. This means that the top allows you to get all the grip you need to transfer power when you need to while the thinner gripped section allows you to spin it easily between your fingers when trying to undo screws quickly.
You only need to try these out once to see just how effective this design is and how it really helps in terms of ease of use. As far as the build and quality go, these are up there with the best of them and thanks to the chrome vanadium steel shaft, they will last for a really long time before showing much in the way of age.
- Tri-lobe ergonomic handle
- Chrome vanadium steel shaft
- Specially designed to help quick undoing
- Non-slip tip
- Dual material handle
- Only a Phillips and straight end screwdriver set
Stanley 60-100 10-Piece Standard Fluted Screwdriver Set
Thanks to a recent merger, Stanley can now call on the expertise of Black & Decker to help make its products even better. This newly released screwdriver set seems to be a testament to this pooling of expertise.
It is another 10-piece set that is excellent for general use as well as for experts who work with a narrow range of screw sizes. The screwdrivers themselves look great and are color coded for whether they are Phillips or straightened. This is a really handy feature that we wish was available on all screwdriver sets.
The screwdrivers are made from heat treated alloys and are nickel plated to prevent rust. The handles are really well shaped for comfort and grip, and come with special hardened tips that prevent them from getting easily chewed up and damaged. You will also be happy to know that Stanley is putting their money where their mouths are and offering a lifetime warranty with this set.
|Number of Pieces||10|
|Material||heat treated, alloy steel blades with rust resistant nickel-plated bar|
|Rating||(4.2 / 5)|
- Color coded for different screwdriver ends
- Hardened tips
- Heat treated
- Ergonomic handles
- Lifetime limited warranty
- Limited screwdriver sizes
Performance Tool W1721 Screwdriver Set with Pouch, 100-Piece
If you are a tradesman that never wants to find yourself without the right sized screwdriver again then this is definitely the set for you. This staggering 100-piece set has a mix of regular screwdrivers and screwdriver bit ends that can be used with a special universal screwdriver attachment.
Though sadly not designed for use with power tools, this set is without question the best value set on this list. There is no job that can’t be completed with this set, and thanks to its handy pouch, the whole set is easily transportable.
The set comes in bright red colors along with the carry case, which is a nice little feature for those of you working on building sites or in unpowered homes. With a set that has been designed for professionals, it hardly comes as a surprise that all the screwdrivers and bit ends are magnetized to make life easier for you.
- Molded cushion grip
- Chrome vanadium blades
- Bright cushion grip
- Carry case
- Magnetic tips
- Designed for professionals
WORKPRO 56-Piece Screwdriver and Bits Set
The real attraction of this set is the durable hard plastic case and easy to access layout, making getting hold of whatever screwdriver you need nice and easy. The other advantage of this set is that it has screwdrivers for smaller electronics as well as for larger household screws too.
Most of the set is screwdriver bit ends, but there is a good selection of full screwdrivers for those quick jobs too. All the screwdrivers and bit ends are made from chrome vanadium steel, so they are super strong and rust resistant. Overall, they come with good quality handles, though these are not quite up to the standard of many of the other sets featured in this article.
- 56 piece set
- Chrome vanadium steel shaft
- Strong carrying case
- A little heavier than other sets
- Handles don’t feel as good as other designs
Since finding a good screwdriver set can really make the difference when it comes to doing a good job, it is certainly worth spending the time to make sure that you are not only getting the most suitable one for your needs but also the best quality one too.
Before you buy, it is definitely worth spending the time to read plenty of customer-driven feedback to find out what other people really think about the set that you are interested in buying as this will give you the best picture of how well it lives up to expectations.
That said, we are confident that no matter which of the sets that you choose from this list, you will be more than satisfied at just how well designed and durable your new screwdriver set turns out to be.