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10 Best Screwdriver Sets in 2020

If you’re looking for some of the best screwdriver sets, look no further. We have compiled a list of a variety of screwdriver set options for you to look at, along with a buyer’s guide to help you know what you’re looking for.

Screwdrivers are a must-have for almost everyone who does any kind of physical work, from the one-time-only quick-fix DIYer to the construction worker spending twelve hours per day on site. The screwdriver sets that we have listed below will give you a good idea of what to look for.

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1. Cremax Magnetic Screwdriver Set

Cremax Magnetic Screwdriver Set

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We have selected this ten-piece set as the best screwdriver set you can get. The magnetic tip on every screwdriver allows you to remove or place screws easily, and the heads have been blackened, helping to prevent rust. The screwdriver bar is made from chrome vanadium steel, a material long trusted by the construction and automotive industries to be reliable and long-lasting.

The PP+TPR handles are yellow and black, coming with the size of the screwdriver printed on the handle. They are also easy to grip, perfect when it is a tool you need manually handle so much.

This particular screwdriver set includes five Phillips screwdrivers and five flatheads, coming with a storage bag and a refund or replace policy, which lasts a year after purchase.

Pros:
+ 10 piece screwdriver set
+ Oxidized heads to prevent rust
+ Chrome vanadium steel bar
+ Comfortable handles
+ 12 month refund/replace policy

Why We Liked It – We chose this screwdriver set as the best overall because of several things, from the magnetic tips to the chrome steel.


2. Klein Tools 85148 Screwdriver Set

Klein Tools 85148 Screwdriver Set

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Klein Tools is a trusted American producer and has been since 1867. This particular set is no different. We have selected the eight-piece screwdriver set with a “magnetizer.”

The screwdriver bar is chrome plated, like most good tools, for resistance against rust. The tip is precision machined to be an accurate fit. The handles are made with a cushion-style grip and come with text on them to identify the screwdriver you are using. Klein Tools own the rights to this kind of identification, with the name Tip-Ident (rights reserved). Integral flanges that join the handle and the bar mean that the handle is more resistant to be twisted off.

In this screwdriver set, you also have the option to purchase a “magnetizer.” This is a simple device that allows you to, as you may have guessed, magnetize or demagnetize the screwdriver bar. In certain situations, you may want the tool to be magnetic or may want it not to be – either way, this piece of kit is incredibly useful and a wonderfully simple addition to a set of best quality tools.

It also comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

This screwdriver set includes eight screwdrivers: four Phillips, two slotted, and two cabinet tips.

Pros:
+ 8 piece screwdriver set
+ High quality
+ Magnetizer included
+ Manufacturer warranty lasting one year
+ Tip-Ident (rights reserved) to identify the screwdriver type

Why We Liked It – This is one of the best screwdriver sets for quality. We were impressed by the ease of use and the overall high quality of this set and the large majority of things from Klein Tools.


3. DEWALT Screwdriver Bit Set

DEWALT Screwdriver Bit Set

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For value, this is one of the best things you can buy when looking at screwdriver sets. With a total of 45 separate bits contained in the sturdy ABS case, you are unlikely to find anything missing that you might need from this set. With Phillips, square, slotted, and double-ended bits all included, you will find whatever you need from these hardened steel bits.

Important note: you will have to buy the actual screwdriver separately. The product we are featuring here is just the bits to attach to the end.

The case provides an excellent place to store all your bits, meaning you won’t lose any.

Pros:
+ 45-bit set (screwdriver not included)
+ Great value. The combined set is approximately a third of the price of if you were to purchase all the bits separately
+ Hardy, protective case

Why We Liked It – We liked the value of this set in particular. Although it’s important to know that you need to get a separate screwdriver that is compatible with this set, there aren’t many other products out there that give this amount of value for money and come from such a well-known company such as DEWALT.


4. Felo Slotted and Phillips Wood Handle Screwdrivers

Felo Slotted and Phillips Wood Handle Screwdrivers

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With wooden handles and extra accessories, this screwdriver set has whatever you could ever need. It also has lots of things that you might not need but are pretty fun to have anyway, just in case!

You get five tools in this set; two Phillips and three slotted screwdrivers.

The wooden handles are made of beechwood. They’re created in such a way as to prevent you from slipping when twisting. A leather cap at the top of the handle is there to help prevent it from splintering if you use the screwdriver with a hammer.

These handles run the entire blade, keeping the tools strong and long-lasting. At the base of the handle is a hex bolster, something which you could attach a wrench to for extra leverage if and when necessary when you’re working. The black tips of the screwdrivers are machined to make sure that they fit nicely into screws.

Finally, this set of screwdrivers comes with an incredible 15-year warranty. Simply return the product to them, and it gets replaced without charge.

Pros:
+ 5 piece screwdriver set
+ Wooden handles with leather cap
+ Hex bolster
+ 15-year warranty

Why We Liked It – The 15-year warranty could sell this product alone. Combining it with the specially made handles and hex bolsters means that you can be sure that you’ll get the job done.


5. GEARWRENCH Material Screwdriver Set

GEARWRENCH Material Screwdriver Set

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This 20 piece screwdriver set from GEARWRENCH is best for a variety of different screwdrivers that you might need. The set includes six Phillips, six slotted, two Torx, and six mini Phillips screwdrivers.

It includes an ergonomic handle that is specifically engineered to be both strong and efficient, offering an optimal design for quickly spinning the tool in low-torque situations. This handle is also oil and solvent resistant, so it doesn’t wear down as quickly as some others.

The black oxide tip of the screwdriver is non-slip and means that you will spend less time, well, slipping. The blades are etched with the tool identification, and the alloy steel shaft prevents rust and corrosion.

It comes with the standard limited lifetime warranty.

Pros:
+ 20 piece screwdriver set
+ Large variation in screwdrivers
+ Oil and solvent resistant handle – particularly good for automotive work

Why We Liked It – We are fans of this screwdriver set because of the variation in tools, without being too big. It saves you having to buy multiple different sets when you have all the main sizes together in one here.


6. HORUSDY Magnetic Screwdriver Set

HORUSDY Magnetic Screwdriver Set

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This is a big one. There are 100 screwdrivers and bits contained in this set, each one coming with a magnetic tip and an ergonomic handle made from TPR.

There are 23 actual screwdrivers contained in here: six Phillips, six Torx, four square, and also seven slotted screwdrivers.

As well as these, you will find one ratchet handle, eight precision screwdrivers, 60 1-inch CRV bits, and nut driver bits.

This screwdriver set comes with a plastic racking shelf, so you can see where all your tools are.

Pros:
+ 100 piece toolset (including 23 screwdrivers and eight precision screwdrivers)
+ Ergonomic handle
+ Plastic racking shelf, reducing the amount of space taken up by your tools
+ Magnetic tips

Why We Liked It – There are 100 tools in here. For value, you can’t get much better than this. The screwdrivers are all of useful sizes that are commonly found to be needed in various professions.


7. Craftsman Extreme Grip Diamond Tip Screwdriver Set

Craftsman Extreme Grip Diamond Tip Screwdriver Set

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This set of screwdrivers comes with diamond-coated tips. This isn’t just to look shiny, oh no. It’s far more than that. Craftsman claims that these screwdrivers offer up to four times more grip than the standard tips you find on the vast majority of screwdrivers: black oxide tips. The tips are also magnetized.

This six-piece screwdriver set includes three Phillips and three slotted screwdrivers.

Pros:
+ Six-piece screwdriver set
+ Diamond-coated, magnetic tips

Why We Liked It – This incredible set of unique screwdrivers are capable of removing stripped screws, such as the frictional grip between the screwdriver and the screw. These will be perfect for you if you are undertaking some heavy-duty work. Is something stuck? Grab one of these. Job done.


8. TACKLIFE Screwdriver Set

TACKLIFE Screwdriver Set

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These screwdrivers are made from the classic chrome vanadium steel, meaning they are resistant to corrosion and rust. 26 of them are included in this set (14 screwdrivers and 12 precision screwdrivers). This is an impressive amount, which makes them an excellent value product. The screwdrivers included are six Phillips, six slotted, and two Torx screwdrivers, along with two Phillips, four slotted, and six Torx precision screwdrivers.

The black oxide tips provide a good grip, and the orange and black handles are made from PP+TPR in an ergonomic design, which nicely fits the hand.

This set comes in a nice case with slots for all the screwdrivers included.

Pros:
+ 26 piece screwdriver set
+ One of the best value-for-money sets you can get
+ Case included

Why We Liked It – This is certainly some of the best value for money sets out there. There is a good variation of screwdrivers available in this set, which comes with a variation of Phillips, slotted and Torx tips.


9. ORIA Precision Screwdriver Kit

ORIA Precision Screwdriver Kit

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This set of precision screwdrivers from ORIA contains an impressive 60 pieces. The chrome vanadium steel bits are great for accessing small fiddly screws. The set is small, easily accessible, and portable, meaning you can take it anywhere without much effort at all. It also includes a flexible extension for fiddly work. The handle on the screwdriver itself has a non-slip grip patch.

There are 56 screwdriver bits included in this set. These include five Phillips bits, five standard Torx bits, and seven flat head bits, as well as a large number of specialist bits and nut drivers.

Pros:
+ 56 bits included in this set
+ Flexible extension
+ Small size for portability
+ Non-slip grip

Why We Liked It – We liked how easy this product is to carry around with you. If you have a lot of precision work to do, it’s a great option for you.


10. Apsung Precision Screwdriver Set

Apsung Precision Screwdriver Set

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Finally, we come to this smaller precision screwdriver set. As usual, everything is made from chrome vanadium steel. You will find nine Torx bits, eight hex bits, and six slotted bits, as well as a series of more specialized bits.

The end of the driver has a magnet in it, which helps the bits to attach easily. The handle also has a grip on it to help prevent you from slipping.

Pros:
+ 60-piece (56 bit) precision screwdriver set
+ Built-in grip in the handle

Why We Liked It – We liked this product because it’s essentially a useful little set of precision screwdriver bits. If you need a precision screwdriver but not a huge array of masses of different parts, this will do the job for you nicely, without breaking the bank.


Screwdriver Sets Buyer’s Guide

What To Look For When Buying the Best Screwdriver Sets

First of all – chrome vanadium steel. If you’ve read through our list of products, you’ll find that chrome vanadium steel, or some variant of it, is always used. Other materials, which aren’t so commonly seen now, will rust more quickly. If you just plan on buying screwdrivers, which will then never be used again, we suppose it doesn’t matter so much. But chrome vanadium is always a good sign of high quality, long-lasting tools.

Portrait of confident male customer selecting screwdrivers in hardware shop

Another thing to think about when looking for the best screwdriver set would be the finish of the tips. Almost all screwdrivers have black oxide tips. This a simple finish that improves grip and also helps to prevent rust. The Craftsman set of screwdrivers listed above is an example of tools that have a diamond-coated finish on the tip. This is about as much grip as it’s possible to get.

Finally, in terms of tips, you should look for whether or not the screwdrivers have magnetic tips. Magnetic tips (usually, but not always) make life easier for you when working in difficult-to-reach areas. Think about whether or not you’ll be needing those.

Think about the handles, as well. These are less relevant if you aren’t going to be using your screwdriver set that much. But if you plan on getting a lot of use out of them, you need comfy handles of some kind. Of course, your hands will harden the more you use them, but the best handles on screwdrivers are designed to fit a human hand comfortably.

When you’re screwing a lot of screws in at high torques, it can hurt your hand, especially on softer skin. Look for phrases such as “ergonomic” or “comfort” or “cushion grip.” Lots of handles also have a grip built into them, to provide greater friction between your hand and the screwdriver, meaning you can transfer more torque into the tool.

Can You Use Screwdrivers With a Hammer?

Some of the products listed above even have provisions made in case you need to use them with a hammer. Technically, it is possible, of course, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a wise idea.

Screwdrivers are built for just that – screwing in screws. They are not built usually built for absorbing the vertical shock forces that a hammer applies. You will eventually find that, even on the best screwdriver, some parts of it will give way, whether that be in the handle, the bar, or the tip.

We wouldn’t recommend it. It’s something that many people do, but there are specialist tools you could use instead, depending on what you’re trying to do:

  • A chisel
  • A crowbar or pry bar

Can You Use a Hammer to Put Screws In?

Worker is hitting screwdriver with hammer and have face expression of real master

No. Just no.

You can use a hammer to hammer in nails, but screws are designed with a thread on them. The only way to put in screws is by screwing them in. Hammering in a screw will break the thread, cause all sorts of problems, and likely break it. You should always use a tool such as a screwdriver, drill, or small ratchet for installing screws into materials.

Why Are Most Tools Made of Chrome Vanadium?

Chrome vanadium steel, which is abbreviated to Cr-V, or sometimes just CRV, is an alloy (a combination of metals). Standard steel is an alloy itself, made from iron and carbon. The higher the carbon content of a carbon steel alloy, the higher the hardness becomes, but the lower the toughness (that means that, although the material becomes harder, it breaks more easily).

Chrome vanadium is made of chromium (Cr) and vanadium (V) elements in the alloy. It’s stronger and tougher than the standard carbon steels, so it’s best used for high-quality tools and most standard wrenches and screwdrivers.

What Would You Use Precision Screwdrivers For?

Caucasian man using screwdriver while fixing digital tablet

A precision screwdriver is just a small screwdriver. They are made so that the top of the handle rotates – what this means is that the palm of the hand is supported, while just two fingers can do the job of turning the screwdriver.

Precision screwdrivers would usually be used for anything small with difficult, fiddly screws. Examples of these might include:

  • Glasses
  • Watches
  • Phones
  • Cameras
  • Laptops

By contrast, you would not ever use a precision screwdriver for any bigger jobs where larger screws are required. This is simply because these tools do not have the capability of tightening anything as tight as you need your bigger screws to get. They are designed to be small and subtle. You will very much struggle to use a large, standard screwdriver to do any precision work.

Are Wera Screwdrivers Any Good?

Yes. Wera screwdrivers are well known as one of the industry leaders.

You can get Wera screwdrivers in almost any profile. The company is known for its advanced “kraftform” handles, which fit your hand perfectly. They’re also known for their “lasertip” design.

“Lasertip” is a design feature on many Wera screwdrivers, where the tips of the drivers have lines etched into them. This means that the tool bites into the screw firmly when you apply a twisting force. Doing this means that you will end up with a much higher grip than the standard oxide finishes.

“Kraftform” is also unique to Wera. This is designed to fit the human hand as closely as possible. The “kraftform” handles have soft and hard panels. The hard panels prevent your hand from sticking to the handle, which means you can easily reposition your hand when working.

The softer panels provide friction, meaning that your grip is firm. The combination of these two factors means that “kraftform” handles provide an incredible amount of grip without being unnecessarily uncomfortable.

What Screwdrivers Should an Electrician Use?

Man checking the connections of electrical cables

Insulated screwdrivers are often referred to as “electricians screwdrivers” because not many other people would have a use for them. Insulated screwdrivers are designed to protect the worker from any live electrical currents from conductive parts.

Although the screwdriver itself is usually still made of steel, insulated screwdrivers have a non-conductive coating. Most of these types of screwdrivers are rated to 1000V, which is more than enough for when working on household electrical systems. You must, of course, be very careful to make sure that the non-conductive coating is intact because if it’s not, then you could still get shocked. You should always carefully inspect your insulated screwdriver before using it.

Conclusion

The best screwdriver set for you will be different from someone else. As with everything, it depends on what you need it for. Some people are working on putting together wooden furniture and so standard screwdriver sets will work best for them.

For people who need something to fix that old pair of glasses that have been hidden away for years, they will be looking at sets of precision screwdrivers. Electricians will want to look at sets of insulated screwdrivers, and mechanics will want heavy-duty screwdrivers, and so on.

It also depends on how much space you have and how often you are going to be using your screwdriver sets.

As always, thank you for reading, and we hope this guide has been useful for you as you search for the best screwdriver set for your needs.

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