Screwdrivers are an essential tool for most DIY tasks and upgrading to an electric screwdriver offers several advantages. The main benefits include convenience, improved efficiency, less effort to tighten/loosen screws and variable speeds. Therefore, if you are looking to take your DIY efficiency to the next level, there are plenty of models to choose from at your disposal.
It’s important to note that, unlike a cordless drill, an electric screwdriver is only suitable for lightweight screws into pre-tapped holes. This is because it doesn’t have the speed or power that’s required to drill holes when compared to a cordless (or corded) drill. However, electric screwdrivers do allow you to work at greater efficiency and they are very versatile tools.
To assist you in selecting an electric screwdriver, our handpicked selection lists top-performing models, chosen based on our first-hand experience using multiple in various DIY tasks. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.
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How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Electric Screwdrivers
Over the years of carrying out a range of DIY tasks, we would normally use a cordless drill. However, recently we’ve started to use an electric screwdriver for lightweight tasks such as furniture assembly, door hardware and many other applications. This is mainly due to the convenience that it provides over a standard cordless drill.
As we carry out so much DIY, we’ve had the pleasure of testing a variety of electric screwdrivers from top brands in the UK. During our ongoing testing, we analyse the screwdriver’s performance, battery, build quality, ergonomics and the supplied hardware.
When it came to testing, we tried and tested several electric screwdrivers that included budget options to those packed with plenty of torque for heavy-duty tasks. We also purchased electric screwdrivers that came as complete kits so that we could test them in as many applications as possible. As shown in the image below, this particular electric screwdriver came with 120 drill bits and this allowed us to use the screwdriver to repair anything from kitchen cabinets to sunglasses.
To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest electric screwdrivers (for this article), we are continually testing out the latest options from top brands in the UK. This means that when we notice a brand has released a new and improved electric screwdriver, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test where applicable.
Below is a video we posted on our YouTube channel that shows us testing one of our recommended electric screwdrivers. As you can see in the video, it came as a comprehensive kit and the screwdriver itself is very easy to use at a push of a button.
As well as testing, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included the battery performance, torque, additional accessories provided, grip, warranty and value.