What’s a tool box with a screwdriver? Ask any person during a free association with the word ‘tool’ and either a ‘hammer’ or in our case here, ‘screwdriver’ will be stated. When it comes to power tools, it’s all about making your life easy. Our workshops and garages may be equipped with many types of screwdrivers, but how about a power screwdriver? We narrowed down the research to the top 10 best power screwdrivers in the market based on reviews, ratings, price-to-quality ratio and more. Let’s take a look.
If we did have to pick the very best power screwdriver on earth, we would go with the DeWalt DCF680N2 due to it’s overall build and stability, efficiency, and high ratings among users we found in our research. Although DeWalt is known for being more towards the top-of-the-line power tool brand, in this instance we recommend going a little higher when it comes to price if you have the budget. The construction will ensure it lasts you quite a while, the power will get the job done, and trusting the brand is critical. If you do however want some other options, feel free to continue reading our list of the best 10.
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If you’re unaware what exactly a power screwdriver is, they are often compared to drills. Power screwdrivers accept bits with a 1/4″ hex and are great for tight spaces where a regular drill would not fit. This gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to using it for some awkward angles (such as the relatively pesky right angle). It can also put more torque on the bit when it’s at a slower speed.
Power screwdrivers are often recommended for lighter jobs around the house or workshop. They’re also usually cordless and weigh a bit less than drills. Cordless power screwdrivers in particular are superb when it comes to portability. These aren’t usually included in combo kits, so many typically add one of these before or after they grab the essentials.
- Your budget – Power screwdrivers are ideal for those looking to save some money when it comes to comparing to drills. To our avail, these are pretty cheap when it comes to power tools — most under a Benjamin, unless you want to go pretty high in terms of quality it’s a tad bit more cash.
- Preferred brand? As always, we know some who are very loyal to a particular power tool brand. In this instance, we see more of the popular brands, but we recommend keeping your eyes open, especially if you’re on a budget.
- Additional features – All of these are cordless. Some come with battery indicators, others with LED lights to see, multiple positions, additional bits, specialized grip and more. It all depends on what you’re looking for — we say to go a bit higher and grab one with multiple features since many of these models are pretty affordable for an average budget.
If you’re looking for a power screwdriver that can double as a drill in a pinch, then the DeWalt DCF680N2 is the tool you’ve been waiting for. Outfitted with a 14-inch hex chuck, the screwdriver can accommodate your 1-inch bits with ease. It’s small enough to fit into those tight areas that are often hard to reach, but powerful enough to get most jobs done. Powered by two 12-volt lithium batteries, this screwdriver is quick-charging and has the impressive staying power needed for lengthy jobs. It’s three LED lights are ideal for those night projects that can’t wait or need to be done as soon as possible. DeWalt also included a belt hook in the design for hands-free portability and a slim handle and rubber grip over mold ensuring maximum comfort during use. While it may not have the size and heft of some of its rivals, the DeWalt DCF680N2 can more than meet your screwdriver needs and is recommended for those who want a quick answer in the power screwdriver search.
Black & Decker LI4000
If you’re a serious do-it-yourself type of person looking for a powerful screwdriver that you can rely on to be charged and ready when you need it, then this one by Black & Decker has what you need that comes a bit more budget-friendly than the previous model listed. Designed to be the right tool for most household projects, this power screwdriver is gives us some nice torque we need to ensure that the job gets done right without risk of stripped screws or other complications. A little additive feature is the adjustable ‘Smart Select technology’ (enables you to always know that you are using just the right amount of speed and power). The unit comes with an LED light, magnetic hold, long-lasting Lithium battery that holds its charge for up to eighteen months, seven 1″, two 2″ and one 1″ screwdriver bits. So, whether you are looking to hang new blinds, repair cabinets or other household features, or even assemble new furniture, this Black & Decker LI4000 power screwdriver is a solid, budget-friendly choice.
For a light, ergonomic power screwdriver that offers great power and the durable build of Milwaukee, this one is around the middle price-point when it comes to screwdrivers. Its lightweight design makes it ideal for those quick jobs around the house. Need to tighten those door hinges, or remove a cabinet? Just grab this tool and get the job done quickly and without fuss. Powered by the latest ‘Redlithium battery technology’ and ‘Redlink electronics capability’, this power screwdriver offers a clutch with 21 positions and contains an automatic shutoff option so that the torque stops as soon as it reaches it’s goal setting. Another plus is if you’ve ever been surprised to see your power tool lose power right in the middle of a task — you’ll love the Milwaukee M4’s easy-to-read on-board power gauge that conveniently displays the amount of time left in the batteries. Not too shabby.
Here’s another of those great convertible power screwdrivers that provide you with the flexibility you need to get at even the most difficult screw locations. The Hitachi DB3DL2 can be used in the regular angled position or as a straight screwdriver. It has a 21-stage clutch, a charger that powers it up in only 30 minutes, and a 3.6 volt lithium ion battery that can provide as much as 3 times the batter life of its rivals. It’s lightweight design shows it’s power and durability, so you can expect it to withstand even the toughest challenges. The quick-change forward/reverse switch makes changing the direction of your bit’s rotation as easy as can be, and the dual-speed flexibility ensures that you are properly prepared for almost any task. Thanks to it’s LED light, this is the one power screwdriver you need to take care of all those critical tasks around the house, and offers the type of durability users have come to expect from their power tools. We love Hitachi‘s overall build of their power tools.
Here’s another DeWalt option when it comes to screwdrivers. For anyone who has ever experienced the frustration that comes from struggling to find just the right angle to address those hard-to-reach screws, this screwdriver with 2-positioning helps with just that. There’s nothing quite like this unit’s adjustable handle. It offers two distinct positions, so that you can use it with its standard pistol-grip setting, or switch to the in-line option. With a 7.2 volt battery that charges in only an hour, you’ll always have the available power you need to see those jobs through to completion. This power screwdriver comes with variable speed, a quick-releasing chuck to rapidly change bits, and plenty of torque power to ensure that you can meet almost any challenge. You can rely on the DeWalt DW920K-2 for all your fastening needs, since it’s powerful enough to work its magic on wood and plastic – and can even power through light metals. Note: this one does not have an LED light, but its power and efficiency more than make up for the lack of illumination.
Black & Decker PD600
There are times when the old standard, single-position screwdrivers just won’t do. Fortunately, this Black & Decker PD600 model has the features you need to take care of those special jobs that ordinary screwdrivers just can’t manage. It’s one of the cheaper power screwdrivers in this article. With it’s combination drill and power screwdriver capabilities, this tool can handle drilling at both high and low speeds. Its LED capability provides the illumination you need, even when you find yourself working at night, and its handle can lock into three separate positions to enable even greater access to difficult screw locations. Because its relatively small and light, it can be stored away in almost any drawer or cabinet. At the same time, that size is no indication of its power, since it has a pretty high-speed power considering the cheaper price. Finally, the Black & Decker PD600 also comes with a 23-position clutch and a system to enable rapid bit changes when you’re working under time constraints.
This screwdriver’s locking chuck, LED light for working in dim and dark conditions, and the fact that it stops charging as soon as it is fully charged makes this a great tool for everyone from casual D.I.Y. to more serious handy men and women. It also comes with a collection of screwdriver bits that include 2 flats and 2 phillips bits in different sizes. The design provides plenty of torque, a decent quality you’ve come to expect from Kawasaki, and even an indicator gauge to let you know when the battery is getting low. Surprisingly light (the product weighs in at only a little over one and a half pounds) yet versatile, this screwdriver will definitely keep up with you on the job site. With it’s quick conversion from pistol-grip orientation to straight power screwdriver, the Kawasaki 840889 is a great option for anyone who needs to handle those tough project locations for a super cheap price.
SKIL 2356-01 360
This screwdriver by SKIL comes with a bit management organizer located at the front of the screwdriver, all securely held within a rotating inner bit container that will help you to keep those bits in good order and close when you need them. The tool comes complete with a total of 12 of the most commonly needed bits, and a charging system that is USB-compatible. Yes, that’s right; you can even power the tool right from your computer or car charging station which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Even better, the 4 volt lithium battery can maintain that charge for up to a year and a half (depending on how often you use it of course), and a handy battery indicator lets you know when the power is running short. There’s even a rubber safety device to protect your work surface for those times when your hand slips and the bit deviates from its mark. For all of these features and more, the SKIL 2356-01 360 is the ideal screwdriver for those looking to save money and charge this thing via your computer.
Black & Decker AS6NG
Last but not least we have another option from Black and Decker but this puts a pretty different spin on a power screwdriver. It’s cordless, powered by 4 AA batteries (included), can be stored with it’s easy peg hole, and has switches for driving forward\reverse as well as to manual if you’re in the mood for that. Great for installing mini blinds, rods, picture hanging and light switch installation. There are countless reviews on this thing to not include it in this article, and for that price it’s more of a “why not include this in my tool box just in case”? Take a look at the Black and Decker AS6NG if you want one of the cheapest yet handy power screwdrivers in the market.