Are you looking for a cordless screwdriver and want some advice on which product provides the best combination of quality and value? Are you having a hard time building your new bedroom set, outdoor patio set or anything requiring screws in order to complete your setup?
We took a look at all products that are currently on the market and considered several factors to determine our pick for the best cordless screwdriver available today.
We evaluated qualities like the size of the unit, its ability to handle working in small spaces, its torque capabilities, and its battery life and quality. Other criteria included ease of use, ergonomic design, affordability, and finally, helpful bonus features magnetized surfaces.
A cordless screwdriver is ideal for those who would like the assistance of power equipment for screwdriving tasks, but don’t necessarily need all the bulk and power of a drill. Also, it is portable, meaning you won’t have a hard time to transport it with you for different tasks.
This tool is helpful for working on craft projects, working on screwdriving tasks in smaller spaces, or for anyone who wants the benefit of portable power for basic repair or renovation jobs.
If you have arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or just want to save yourself some time and energy doing work around the house, a cordless screwdriver is an excellent addition to the toolbox.
There are a couple of things to consider before buying a cordless screwdriver. These tips will inform you on what to look for before purchasing one, this will prevent you from choosing a cheap cordless screwdriver that will need to be repaired in a couple of months.
What makes cordless screwdriver such a superb tool is a strong battery, that is not the only factor but it’s one of the main ones. Usually, the battery ranges from 3.6 volts, for light duty tasks, and to 12 volts for medium-level applications. Also, due to the new innovations in battery life longevity, even the smallest cordless screwdrivers have a strong battery. That is because of the advanced lithium-ion battery, which provides the users with a stable power source. Also, lithium-ion batteries can be recharged quickly and they are environmentally friendly.
2. Torque and Speed
What is torque? Some of you might know, but for the others let’s explain it a little bit. Basically, torque measures the amount of force behind the cordless screwdriver. Allowing it’s users to rotate the screws or bits into the position. The higher the torque the more power the driver can produce, for those bigger jobs you might have. Also, we recommend looking for screwdrivers that come with torque control, so that you can adjust the control the rotation force of the tool
If your job/task consist of attaching or inserting screws into hard material like aluminum or hardwood, you should definitely look for a cordless screwdriver with a high level of torque.
As you may already know, the speed of the screwdriver is based on the number of revolutions or rotation per minutes, also called (RPM), that the driver can perform per minute. That means how fast the driver is, which is useful depending on the job you are doing.
For household jobs or light duty drilling chores, the ideal rpm your tool should have is around 180. For a medium level job, you should look into a faster driver, around 1200 to 1500 rpm, and for heavy-duty work, recommended anything over 2000 rpm.
Like many different tools, there are screwdrivers that give variable speed control. Meaning, you can use the low power speed for smaller and lighter materials, or you can choose a higher speed for tougher material.
3. Screw Type
Most cordless screwdriver offers you a choice of drill bits or screws ( Phillips head or flat head ). Generally, they come in multiple sizes and shapes, which means they are suited for almost any types of task.
4. Chuck Size
Usually, the end of the driver, where the chuck is located relates to the size of the screwdriver. The check is where the screw or drill bit is to be attached. Size can vary, so keep in mind to always check the chuck size. Also, some model offers a keyless chuck, which means you do not need any tools to remove it, perfect right?
5. Operator Comfort Features
Some model of screwdrivers come with a clutch. A clutch can give you more control over the torque power. We would recommend a driver that has up to 21 clutch settings, giving you more choices.
Also, some screwdrivers offer an “Auto-Stop” clutch that shuts the said tool off when the clutch is disengaged, adding even more safety for its users. This feature is extremely useful to stop any overdriving. Overdriving is when the users over strips the screw and we do not want that.
Ergonomics is very important, even when it comes to power tools. Your best choice would be soft grip handles, that are adjustable as well, giving you the option to use the tool in a straight or pistol type in order to facilitate the job you are doing.
Another great feature is the onboard storage space offering you a storage place for all your extra bits. Some model even provides led lights, which are a great idea for working in low darker areas.
There are some different types of drivers, some are sold as a tool only, called “bare tool”. While others come with a charger and a rechargeable battery. Also, more expensive models may come with even more accessories such as extra batteries or carrying cases.
A spindle lock’s role is to let the user lock the mechanism into place so you can replace the screw manually, making your life way easier.
Here are a couple of different projects you can accomplish with a cordless screwdriver.
1- Assembling Furniture: How many times did you buy furniture and it took your hours to assemble because you didn’t have a cordless screwdriver? We can guarantee you will save a lot of time and effort with these types of screwdriver.
2- Hanging Pictures or Blinds: When it comes to hanging pictures or blinds, most people end up making a mess trying to drive screws into plaster and even causing damage to the wall, because you don’t have the right equipment. For this kind of task a modestly powered cordless drill.
3- Building a patio deck: While this project might be a little bit hard when you have no building experience or when you don’t have a power screwdriver. It can still be done manually but it will take your weeks compared to a couple of days with a cordless screwdriver.
4- Assembling a tool shed or a dog house: This one is very similar to the previous one and a little bit easier. Building a dog house can also be a very good father and son activity you can do with the help of an automatic screwdriver.
5- Hanging Shelves: How many times have you tried to hang shelves and it took several hours and at the end, you didn’t succeed? I bet you did not have a cordless screwdriver, am I right? Getting Shelves level is a task that requires a lot of precision, and precision comes from feeling comfortable with the tools being used.
As you can see, all of these DIY projects are doable with a screwdriver, but most of them will take you hours of hard work and sweat. On the other hand, you can use a cordless power screwdriver and get the same results in half the time spent on your projects. I can’t even remember the time where I had no power screwdriver.
Another great brand of power tools. This time Dewalt delivers an amazing power screwdriver, the DCF610S2. This model can easily handle most light to medium DIY tasks around your home. This cordless screwdriver is so wonderful that it is known as one of the best power screwdrivers on the market. Making it a great tool for experienced and non-experienced people.
This tool provides a fast working and has a lot of power thanks to its 12 volts 1.1 ah lithium-ion battery that goes right under the base of the screwdriver. This model is lightweight at 2.2 lbs and well balanced, also it can be used on almost any types of surface, except concrete of course. The DCF610S2 is 6-1/4 inches long, making it the ideal tool for when you are working in tight spaces. This tool is very easy to use, even for people with lesser experience. The 610S2 features a one hand loading function with a 1/4 inch hex chuck that also accepts 1-inch bit tips, making it a wonderful tool for home renovations.
This cordless screwdriver provides multiple torque settings, it can produce up to 1050 rpm. Also, there is a variable speed setting, that allows the users to change the speed setting depending on the type of material they will be driving screws into. For those tricky situations when you need to un-attach screws, this tool has a reversible function.
Another really good option this model offers is the three led lights. Making it a great tool when working in low light conditions.
This kit contains the power screwdriver, two 12-volt max lithium-ion battery packs, a battery charger, a handy belt clip for easy portability, and a carry bag.
Last but not least, Dewalt screwdriver has a three-year limited warranty, a one-year free service contract and a 90-day money-back guarantee, making it one of the best cordless screwdriver in this price range.
We are starting our list with one of the most popular brands on the market, Black + Decker. This company manufactures high-quality home and garden tools, and I can personally tell you will not be disappointed by the performance of their compact BDCS20c Screwdriver.
This amazing, lightweight little tool is the perfect choice for those light-duty and simple renovations around your home, from assembling furniture to hanging up pictures of your family. This power tool is so small it fits into the palm of your hand, making it the ideal tool for when you are working in tighter spots. Surprisingly this cordless screwdriver can handle most surface even aluminum. Unfortunately, it is not ideal on hardwood surfaces.
This model is smaller than other power screwdrivers, but it is very solid and sturdy. Also, it provides the users with a 4-volt max lithium-ion battery and it can produce 35 in. lbs of torque, 180 rpm, and thanks to it’s 3/8 inc chuck it can accept a variety of different bits. Making it an amazing tool for any renovators out there.
The trigger grip is very comfortable and easy to use when using it for your jobs, especially attaching and removing screws. This power cordless screwdriver comes with a rechargeable battery, a charger and a pack of two bits. Plus this power driver is also compatible with other Black & Decker small sized attachments.
This compact and lightweight professional power screwdriver from Hitachi offers an amazing working performance. It provides the user with that much-needed driving power and control for light to medium-duty DIY maintenance/renovation projects around your home. Making it a great tool for experienced and non-experienced people.
The DB3DL2 is powered by a strong 3.6 volt 1.5-amp lithium-ion battery that gives you fade-free long-lasting battery charge. Plus the battery recharges in a span of 30 minutes, which is wonderful especially when you only have 1 battery. This model offers it’s users a lot of control with 21 clutch settings, a bright led light that you can switch on when you need for working in darker conditions. It also offers a dual-position handle that can be used in two different positions: a straight position or a 90-degree angle. Also, there is a handy forward/reverse switch in case the driver gets stuck.
This Hitachi screwdriver has a spindle lock for tightening screws manually. It offers two different choices of speeds: the first one allows the users to reduce the speed to 260 rpms, so that the surface doesn’t get damaged when working on them. The second speed goes up to 780 rpms, perfect for drilling into harder materials.
The chuck on this model is 1/4 inch, meaning it can accommodate most other bit sizes. The DB3DL2 comes with a rechargeable battery, a charger and a carrying case, which is fantastic for the price.
Ultimately, this cordless screwdriver offers an amazing performance, it is also covered by Hitachi’s warranty. The battery is covered by a 2-year Lithium Ion battery warranty, and the charger is covered by a 1-year warranty.
Another high-performance power tool brought to you by Makita. The DF010DSE is surprisingly lightweight, but it provides a lot of power thanks to its 7.2 volt lithium-ion battery, on top of offering an excellent battery life. Also this model offer s 44 in.lbs of torque, which is amazing.
This power tool offers its users two gear speeds, one of 200 rpms and 650 rpms, depending on whether you will be working with light material or tougher material like aluminium. The clutch has 21 different settings that offer the users that much needed control. This model has an auto stop clutch function, meaning the tool shuts off when the clutch disengages. That feature not only makes sure that the screw is tightly fastened, it also protects the screw from being stripped, which happens quite often when the power tool does not have that particular function.
This tool is so wonderful that it can be used as a drill and a screwdriver, and its compact design makes it so easy to use with a soft grip handle, making it a very good versatile tool. The DF010DSE also provides an extra dual position handle allowing you to use it in a straight position or in a pistol grip position, depending on your own preference. Like most tools on our list, the 1/4 inch hex chuck makes it very easy to change the drill bits or screws.
Another convenient option is the led light, although some people have reported that the location of the led light is not the best. Despite that, having a power tool with a led light is extremely useful when the area you are working has no light, such as inside of a cabinet.
This cordless screwdriver also comes with two 7.2 volt lithium-ion batteries, a battery charger, and a tool case to store your tool. Makita offers an amazing 3-year limited warranty on the screwdriver and a 1-year warranty on the battery and charger.
Another big name in the industry of Powertool. This time Milwaukee brings a fantastic power screwdriver, the 2401-20 M12. Keep in mind this is only the bare tool, that means there is no battery or charger that comes with the tool. You will have to buy the battery and the charger separately.
This power tool is optimized for professionals who need precision fastening applications. This ergonomic tool offers a variable speed trigger going from 0 to 500 rpm, ideal for light to medium tasks. Also, the 15+1 clutch settings, a little less than our previous pick, prevent you from over tightening fasteners, which is a convenient feature for people that tend to over tighten the screws. Last but not least, it provides 175 in-lbs. of torque providing the ability to accomplish tough tasks.
The 2401-20 M12, is very compact, as it stands at 6-1/2 inches long and weighs only 2.0lbs. A more lightweight and durable design provides greater comfort and fits in those hard to get spaces. This model features an onboard LED light which helps you when you are working in places with no lights and really tight areas.
This cordless screwdriver provides two belt-clip positions for both left and right-handed users, plus one-handed bit changes provide ease of use. Once again this is only the bare tool, that means it does not come with a battery or a charger.
I’d recommend getting the M12™ REDLITHIUM™ Battery also referred as 48-11-2401 and the M12™ Lithium-ion Battery Charger, 48-59-2401. There is also a kit which contains all of those things in it plus the tool, of course. Milwaukee also offers a 5 year limited warranty
This innovative semi-automatic power screwdriver brought to you by WORX, will make your life a lot easier, allowing you to complete your favorite DIY without trouble. This model is a little different from our previous models. The screw holder attachment is located on the front of the screwdriver and all it takes is three easy steps to load the driver, hence why it different from our previous picks.
Another very useful feature, this model can hold up to 6 bits in the reloadable cartridge part. It accepts any 1/4 hex shank insert bit from slot to square to star bits. This feature is ideal if you have multiple tasks to complete. Plus this tool allows the user to change bits on the fly with a pull and push of the top slide.
The WX255L SD is powered by an internal 4-volt lithium-ion battery. The tool features multiple torque settings and enough power for small to medium DIY tasks and renovation tasks. This model is very small and compact, making it perfect to insert screws into those tight spots like the inside of a cabinet.
Last but not least this power tool includes a LED light to brighten those dark work areas. The screwdriver also comes with a 4-volt lithium-ion battery and a charger, unlike our previous model.
The Skil iXO is an elegant bright pink and black screwdriver, you can now do your DIY tasks in style. This model is ergonomic and comfortable thanks to its curved lightweight design plus it fits very well into your hand. Making it the ideal screwdriver for light-duty DIY and renovation tasks around your home.
This cordless screwdriver offers a very cool feature we don’t normally see in other models. It comes with a USB attachment, meaning it is one of the most portable screwdrivers on the market because you can charge it almost anywhere even in your car!
The Skil offers an amazing set of features that are very useful to its users. First, there is a battery gauge to alert you when you are running low on power, which is very useful when you forgot your power cord in your car. Also, this model has a site-light to illuminate darker areas, perfect for jobs inside a cabinet.
Unfortunately, this screwdriver is smaller than our previous model, but that does not mean it is not powerful. On the contrary, this cordless screwdriver is powered by a 4 volt 1.5 Ah lithium-ion battery, it has 36-in lbs max torque and can provide up to 200 rpm. As you can see, this tool is powerful enough to tightly fasten screws on top of working especially great in tighter spaces.
the 1/4 inch screwdriver can accept a wide variety of bit size, plus the magnetic tip will keep the screws firmly in place. The Skil comes with a USB charger and a 4 volt 1.5 Ah Lithium-ion battery, a very high-quality tool for the price.
This cordless screwdriver is brought to you by Tacklife. The SDH13DC is a small, elegant and powerful power tool. This model offers 3 different handle position, allowing its users to work in tighter places. Also, the handle is ergonomically designed, it provides a more comfortable reducing fatigue and stress on your wrists.
This model offers an adjustable gear range, with selected torque gear. You can choose different torque according to different screws for more accuracy and fastening. The unique electric drill function gives you the convenience for your tasks.
The motor on the Tacklife is very compact, resulting in reduced noise and saving more space. It also offers an angle adjustement switch, 45-degree, 90-degree and 180-degree, depending on your different job requirements. The metal powder metallurgy gear teeth box ensure a more reliable quality and assured life.
This power tool two types of LED light. The first one Pre-LED light, which is located at the front of the tool. The second one is the Post-LED light, located at then other end of the power tool. A very handy tool when you have to work in darker corners.
Similar to some models on our list, this one can be charged via USB using an universal phone plug USB 2.0. We find this feature particular great, as nowadays we can find USB ports around every corner. It also comes with a 31 Drill Bits(Including 1 pcs of extention bit).
Another great product brought to you by Black & Decker. The PD600 is a stylish and high quality cordless screwdriver. This model features an articulating head and you the handle can lock in three different positions, allowing you to work in tighter spaces. It is also ergonomically shaped so you will feel less fatigue and pain when working long hours with the tool.
The PD600 provides two different speed you can choose from, the first one is the lower speed with 80 in./lbs of torque, perfect for doing smaller jobs like building furniture or hanging a family photo. The second one is the higher speed for drilling holes with a 40 in./lbs of torque.
This model also provides and integrated LED light, perfect for working in darkers areas like the inside of a closet, and a 23-position clutch that helps prevent stripping. Another handy features is the quick-release mechanism, allowing you to change bits fast in a secure and easy way.
The 6-volt battery offers an amazing operating life, which is great especially for those long job or when you forget your charger. This model is a great way to start your renovation career as it offers a lot of good features at a low price. It is also pretty good for more experienced people, that is why it is considered one of the top notch cordless screwdriver on the market.
Last but not least, the DCF682N1 is brought to you by Dewalt, one of the leaders in the power tools category. This cordless screwdriver is very stylish and discrete compare to our previous picks. Whether you use it for your professional job, or for some home renovation the DCF682N1 will not let you down.
This Gyroscopic Inline Screwdriver features motion activation which allows for driving or reversing fasteners depending on the job you have to complete. To be able to switch between those two functions, the users needs to twist the tool left or right, it is very user friendly.
This model also offers motion activated variable speed from 0 to 430 rpm, great for wood, plastic, and light metal. It also provides a reversing control option for precise fastening control. Lighted illumination in darker areas allows the users to work without having to carry a lamp.
Another very good feature, is the battery state of charge display, especially when you travel a lot, with this the user will know when to charge it back up. The DCF682N1 is a great screwdriver for quick screwdriver bit change and it can hold 1″ bit tips. The 8V MAX battery pack allows for much longer run time and does not take a long time to charge back. This model includes, the screwdriver, the charger and the 8V compact battery
This concludes our guide on the best cordless screwdriver on the market. As you can see there are a lot of different choice out there, our biggest advice if find the one that most suits your working style and purchase it.
Our choice is the DEWALT DCF610S2 12-Volt Max 1/4-Inch Screwdriver Kit. For us this is simply one of the best cordless screwdriver for our jobs, from building small furniture to hanging up picture of family members. This high-quality tool comes with two 12V MAX* lithium ion battery, a fast charger, a belt hook and a contractor bag.
Like mentioned above the majority of power tools found on our list are very good, it all depends on your budget and preferred taste. Let us know which one if your favorite cordless screwdriver in the section below.