The Best Electric Screwdrivers For Quick & Easy DIY Tasks

Say goodbye to hand cramps and welcome the era of efficient DIY with our handpicked selection of electric screwdrivers.
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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.

NoCry Cordless Electric Screwdriver
Best Overall: NoCry Cordless Electric Screwdriver
Bosch IXO Set Cordless Screwdriver
Best All-Rounder: Bosch IXO Set Cordless Screwdriver
Makita DF001DW Electric Screwdriver
Best Complete Set: Makita DF001DW Electric Screwdriver
Bosch PushDrive Electric Screwdriver
Best Compact: Bosch PushDrive Electric Screwdriver
KAIWEETS ES20 Electric Screwdriver Set
Best Precision: KAIWEETS ES20 Cordless Screwdriver Set
Hi-Spec Electric Power Screwdriver Set
Best Budget: Hi-Spec Electric Power Screwdriver Set

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.

Testing An Electric Screwdriver

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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.

best cordless screwdriver

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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.

The Best Electric Screwdrivers

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1. Best Overall: NoCry Cordless Electric Screwdriver

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By far the most popular electric screwdriver available in the UK is by the NoCry brand. The main reason for its popularity is its performance as it offers an impressive 10 Nm of torque. However, as well as its performance, it also comes as a complete set, which includes 30 screw bits as well as two extensions to make it even more versatile.

A unique feature of this tool is the placement of the built-in flashlight because it’s at the bottom of the handle. This means that it illuminates a larger area when compared to the normal placement, which makes for easier working in poor lighting.

Pros
  • Electric motor provides up to 10 Nm of torque
  • Rechargeable 7.2 V / 1500 mAh Li-ion battery
  • Includes 30 screw bits and 2 extensions
  • 5+1 adjustable torque settings
  • Built-in flashlight
  • Backed by a 4 year warranty
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to the alternatives

Although it comes with a premium price tag, the additional power that this screwdriver provides is worth paying the extra. From our testing and research, it’s the best electric screwdriver on the market that’s packed full of intuitive features and also comes with a money-back guarantee for peace of mind.

2. Best All-Rounder: Bosch IXO Set Cordless Screwdriver

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Bosch is a highly reputable brand and they produce a range of high-quality tools and this cordless electric screwdriver is a great example. It’s known as the IXO model and it’s available as a complete set that includes an angle and off-set angle adapter.

In terms of powering up the electric screwdriver, it comes with a USB charger that provides it with up to 1 hour of power.

Pros
  • 3.6V/1.5 Ah power
  • No-load speed of 215 RPM
  • Max torque of 4.5 Nm
  • Screw diameter of up to 5 mm
  • Magnetic bit holder with hexagonal shank
  • 3 hours charging time
  • Includes a three year warranty
Cons
  • Adapters inflate the overall price quite significantly (can be purchased as just the bare tool)

Overall, the Bosch IXO electric screwdriver is an excellent all-round option that’s backed by a reputable brand and a three-year warranty for peace of mind. Although the complete set comes at an additional cost, it’s a worthwhile investment because the angled adapters can make certain tasks much easier.

3. Best Complete Set: Makita DF001DW Electric Screwdriver

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The Makita electric screwdriver is another premium option that also comes as a complete kit (total of 81 pieces) but what makes this mode unique is the multiple grip positions. This means that you can choose to use it as a straight or pistol grip position to avoid the need for adapters and it also makes it more comfortable to use too.

Pros
  • Built-in Li-ion battery with a charge time of 3 to 5 hours
  • No-load speed of 220 RPM
  • Ergonomic soft grip
  • Integrated LED work light
  • Forward and reverse modes
  • Battery protection circuit
  • 81 piece kit and durable storage case
Cons
  • Lacks a charging light (whilst testing it, we were unsure whether it was fully charged)

Overall, the Makita DF001DW is the perfect electric screwdriver for professionals or DIY enthusiasts and the fact that it comes as an 81-piece kit means you can tackle virtually any task. It also has a clever design that provides grip adjustments to best suit your requirements and during our testing, we were impressed by its quality and how it performed.

4. Best Compact: Bosch PushDrive Electric Screwdriver

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Another electric screwdriver by Bosch is their “PushDrive” model, which is more compact for tighter tasks. It’s powered by a simple “push-go” function and offers up to 5 Nm of torque with variable torque control.

An intuitive feature of this electric screwdriver that’s highly desirable is that it can switch to a manual mode, which allows you to further adjust screws if required.

Pros
  • 3.6V/1.5 Ah battery
  • Max torque of 5 Nm
  • Fully charged in 1.5 hours
  • Magnetic bit holder
  • No-load speed of 360 RPM
  • Includes a three year warranty
Cons
  • Not suitable for heavy duty tasks

To conclude, the Bosch PushDrive is a compact yet powerful electric screwdriver that won’t disappoint. It’s simple to handle with the “push-go” function and offers plenty of performance from the high-torque electric motor.

5. Best Precision: KAIWEETS ES20 Cordless Screwdriver Set

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For tackling repairs or maintenance that require maximum precision, the KAIWEETS brand has the answer with its ES20 cordless screwdriver. The screwdriver itself is well-made and it provides a no-load speed of 200RPM and an adjustable torque of 0.15 to 0.35 Nm, which is more than enough performance for most precision tasks. However, what makes this particular set stand out from the crowd is the fact that it comes with 137 pieces where 120 of those components are CRV silver nickel bits.

Pros
  • The complete set (electric screwdriver and nickel bits) are constructed to a high standard
  • All components are neatly organised in a carry case
  • High-performance battery (350mAH) that can last up to 90 days on standby mode
  • Easy to use and charge using the USB-C charging cable
  • Widely usable as it's supplied with a variety of bit types
  • Desirable LED light with 3 modes
Cons
  • No texture to the body of the screwdriver (you need to ensure you hold it firmly to prevent it from slipping)
  • Not suitable for heavy duty screwing

Whether you are assembling or disassembling electronics or lightweight flat-pack furniture, the KAIWEETS ES20 is a great option to consider. It isn’t the cheapest but it’s a comprehensive set where all the components are constructed to a high standard and during testing, we found it to be easy to use and very effective when using both torque settings.

6. Best Budget: Hi-Spec Electric Power Screwdriver Set

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Another comprehensive electric screwdriver kit is by the Hi-Spec brand and it comes as a 102-piece bit set. The electric screwdriver itself is the brand’s flagship model and it’s controlled by a large trigger with forward and reverse rotation.

In terms of battery performance, it uses a rechargeable Li-ion battery that fully charges in 3 to 5 hours.

Pros
  • Plenty of performance for most household DIY tasks (max torque of 3.5 Nm)
  • Dual LED lights (trigger operated)
  • Aluminium shell carry case
  • Max RPM of 200
  • Comprehensive set (102 pieces)
  • Backed by a 3 year warranty
Cons
  • Short battery life (although fast to recharge)

Overall, the Hi-Spec Power is a high-quality yet affordable electric screwdriver that won’t disappoint. Considering that it comes with a 102-piece bit set and a carry case, it also offers outstanding value for money too.

Conclusion

Compared to a standard cordless drill (or even an SDS drill), an electric screwdriver is far more convenient. They are faster to charge, lightweight and easier to use for small household tasks.

All of our recommendations above are suited to a wide range of budgets and offer impressive performance. However, to avoid disappointment, we advise that you buy from a reputable brand or one that’s popular throughout the UK.

If you require further information regarding any of our electric screwdriver recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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