In this guide we’ll take a look at the best electric screwdrivers for the UK market.
I’ve compared power, weight, features and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Electric Screwdriver?
More Detailed Electric Screwdriver Reviews
This robust and sturdy Bosch cordless screwdriver is powered by a 3.6 V lithium ion battery to provide plenty of power between charges. The tool features a handy micro USB charging system that is neat and easy to tuck away when not in use. It takes 3 hours to charge fully.
This compact and ergonomic screwdriver is light and comfortable to use. It has forward and reverse settings, plenty of torque at 4.5 Nm and a 215-rpm motor, making it powerful enough for all screwdriving tasks around the home and garden. It also has an integrated task light that is useful when working in dark corners such as under worksurfaces. The set comes with 10 quality screwdriver bits and a stylish metal storage case that is of really excellent quality to keep everything tidy.
This is the perfect tool for assembling flat packed furniture, but it will also cope with more demanding tasks with ease. The build quality of this screwdriver is excellent, and it feels really solid in use. I would expect it to give many years of service.
This is a very compact yet powerful tool that is well built and offers great value for money. The neat metal storage case is an added bonus. Overall a great piece of kit for DIY tasks.
This Tacklife screwdriver is also powered by a 3.6 V lithium ion battery with a capacity of 2000 mAh and is fully charged, via Micro USB, in 3 hours. It is very compact and comfortable to use. This tool has forward and reverse settings, plenty of torque at 4 Nm and a 200-rpm motor that makes it powerful enough for most tasks around the home and garden. It also features two adjustable lights for better visibility in dark corners. The overall build quality is good.
This screwdriver is powerful for its size and price and is perfect for a multitude of small DIY jobs. It’s the dream tool for assembling flat packed furniture and offers excellent value for money.
The Terratek cordless screwdriver is powered by a 3.6V Lithium ion battery and goes on for ages without needing to be recharged. It has light, compact, ergonomic design and the handle can be pivoted from pistol grip to inline to make it easier to use in confined spaces.
The screwdriver features 2.5Nm of torque and a 180-rpm motor so provides enough power for small DIY jobs. It comes with a 102-piece bit set and a neat aluminium storage case that keeps everything tidy.
Overall this is a fantastic value set that is up to the task of most household DIY jobs.
This Makita screwdriver is slightly larger than the previous products and has a nice long soft grip handle that is comfortable to hold. It is still neat, compact and light to use, though. The handle can also be pivoted from pistol grip to inline to make it easier to use in confined spaces.
It is powered by a 3.6V 1.5Ah Lithium ion battery which lasts for a really long time and charges in around 3 hours. It features an LED light which is useful when working in dark corners.
With a torque of 4 Nm and a 220 rpm motor this powerful screwdriver will be up to all your screwdriving needs in the home and garden. The unit is well built and sturdy and the kit includes a micro USB type AC adapter and a high quality 81-piece bit set in a sturdy storage case.
This is a more expensive drill, but it does have the power and quality you expect from Makita products. It is well built and comes with quality accessories, so I expect it to give many years of service.
This handy little cordless screwdriver is well made and robust. It has a comfortable ergonomic grip and is lightweight to use. The tool has a nice compact design that makes it easy to use in confined spaces. It also features a built-in light which is very handy when working in difficult spaces such as under the sink. It features 5 Nm of torque and 180 rpm motor giving you the power for all home DIY screwdriving tasks. It comes with 1 Pozi drive and one Hex bit and a charger.
This screwdriver is excellent value for a well-known, reliable brand. However, it doesn’t have as many accessories as some of the other products and does not come with a case.
This is a surprisingly powerful screwdriver that features a variable torque control, a handle that adjusts from pistol to inline and a good range of driver bits. The maximum torque is 5Nm and it has a 210-rpm motor. It also comes with a plastic case, has an LED working light and a power display light.
The only flaws are that it’s a bit too easy to press the direction button and end up with the screwdriver in reverse and also the top section of the case is rather flimsy. However, it still offers good value for money.
This is an economical tool that makes light work of building flatpacked furniture and other small household jobs.
This screwdriver is powered by a 2000mAh lithium-ion battery which gives around an hour of continuous use. It recharges in about 5 hours with a USB cable. The unit features a 200-rpm motor and a torque rang of 3.5-6 Nm. The unit also features an LED task light and a power indicator. The kit comes with 30 driver bits though it does not come with a case. The build quality is good, and the unit is comfortable and light to use.
This is a very reasonably priced tool that would be perfect for putting together flat packed furniture. However, it does run out of steam fairly quickly so wouldn’t be suitable for more demanding tasks. Having said that it is a handy tool and still offers good value for money.
Electric Screwdriver Buying Guide
A cordless screwdriver is a really handy tool for those smaller household tasks that need doing. Having a cordless screwdriver means you don’t have to dig out your big drill for a simple task like assembling flat packed furniture.
Of course, how handy the tool is will depend on its quality, particularly the quality of the battery. Lithium ion batteries usually have the best capacity and hold their charge well. When choosing a cordless screwdriver try to find out how long it will last between charges and how long it takes to charge.
A small, low cost option will be fine if you just want to use the screwdriver for simple tasks like assembling furniture. However, if you have a larger job, such as fitting a kitchen laying a deck or building a shed, you might want to invest in a higher quality tool.
Choose a screwdriver that is light and comfortable to hold. You might also want to choose one with a task light, especially if you are working in a low light situation such as inside kitchen cupboards, under the stairs or under the sink.
What’s the difference between mAh and Ah ratings in batteries?
mAh stands for MilliAmp hour and represents how much current a battery will discharge over a period of one hour. The higher this number, the longer the battery runtime and or higher storage capacity. 1000 mAh is equal to a 1 Amp Hour (Ah) rating.
I have several tools that require Lithium ion batteries and sometimes the batteries seem to wear out and stop charging. How do I ensure they last as long as possible?
There are several things that can really reduce the life of your batteries.
Firstly, lithium ion batteries do not like to be too hot, especially when they are fully charged. So, keep your batteries at a temperature of between 20 and 25 degrees wherever possible.
Unlike NiCad batteries, lithium-ion batteries do not have a charge memory. This means it’s better for your battery to recharge it after a partial discharge when possible rather than waiting for it to fully discharge each time. Once your power tool begins to lose power its best not to force it to continue as this can sometime trigger a safety circuit that makes it difficult to recharge.
If you are storing a lithium ion battery for a long period, the best method is to charge it to about 40% and then store it in a cool place.