In this guide we’ll take a look at the best electric screwdrivers for the UK market.
We’ve compared power, weight, features and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Electric Screwdriver?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
The best electric screwdriver on the market!
The Bosch IXO cordless screwdriver kit is the best electric screwdriver on our list because it boasts the right balance between light weight and useful power. The build quality is what you’d expect from Bosch, and it’s the ideal tool for those little DIY jobs around the house. The two-year product guarantee seals the deal for us though.
Things to Know Before Buying an Electric Screwdriver
For most people, putting together Swedish flat pack furniture is the closest they get to serious DIY. If that’s the case, they don’t need hefty drivers with huge batteries and enough power to drill through solid steel. A small, lightweight and user-friendly screwdriver is the perfect tool for those jobs around the house, or even as a companion to one of the big boys.
Once you’ve used an electric screwdriver for putting in or taking out a few screws, you’ll never look back at a manual screwdriver again. They’re lightweight, easy to use and more powerful than you might think.
Electric screwdrivers fall into three camps- gun grip ones that give you more stability and grip, straight handled ones that can fit into the tightest spaces, and convertible ones that really are the best of both worlds.
Using an electric screwdriver is easy, but there are a few things you can do to make your life even easier. Drilling a pilot hole is essential when you’re working with hard or brittle materials, it makes screws easier to drive and helps to avoid splitting the workpiece.
To avoid stripping the screwhead, always use the correct bit- there’s a difference between Philips and PoziDrive, and the right size bit will fit much better. Keep pressure on the screw while you drive it to stop your bit from slipping and chewing up the screw head.
Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Electric Screwdriver Reviews
Bosch IXO Cordless Electric Screwdriver Review
In my opinion the Bosch IXO Cordless Electric Screwdriver is the best quality electric screwdriver on the UK market. This is a sturdy tool, powered by a 3.6 V Lithium-ion battery that provides plenty of power between charges. The 4.5 Nm of torque and the 215 RPM generated by the motor make it powerful enough for most screwdriving tasks around the home and garden, such as assembling flat-packed furniture. More demanding tasks can also be tackled without straining the powerful motor.
And if you envisage you’ll be faced with those tasks that require access to awkward gaps and corners then there is the Bosch IXO Cordless Screwdriver Set. In this package the IXO comes with a removable head and both an offset adaptor and right-angle adaptor, so you’ll literally have all your angles covered!
The IXO’s plentiful power is contained within a very compact footprint. This rechargeable screwdriver is also extremely light, weighing just over 600 grams. This factor, the soft grip handle and the overall ergonomic design makes it extremely comfortable to use. An integrated task light comes in useful when working in dark corners such as under work surfaces.
The battery screwdriver also features a handy micro-USB charging system that plugs into the base of the handle and is neat and easy to tuck away when not in use. The set comes with 10 quality screwdriver bits and a stylish metal storage case that is also of excellent quality to keep everything tidy.
NoCry Cordless Electric Screwdriver Review
A close second to my number one choice is the NoCry Cordless Electric Screwdriver. This is by far the most powerful of all our power screwdrivers, able to deliver up to 10 Nm of force and up to 230 RPM. This means it requires a larger and therefore slightly heavier (Li-Ion) battery than its competitors (7.2 Volts versus 3.6 Volts). But the larger battery has a greater capacity and depending on the material can drill up to 300 screws on a single charge. A battery power indicator displays how much charge is remaining, and charge time is between 3 and 5 hours.
This rechargeable screwdriver is more versatile than its competitors. With 6 torque settings (5 forward and 1 reverse) and an adjustable rotation speed depending on how tightly you squeeze the trigger, you can exert a greater level of control over your job, and avoid over-tightening or damaging screw heads.
The battery screwdriver comes with 30 bits in their own storage box, static and flexible extensions, a battery charger and a ¼ inch magnetic bit chuck. If you are after a powerful, flexible, robust electric screwdriver at a reasonable price this should definitely be on your shortlist.
Makita Cordless Electric Screwdriver Review
This Makita Electric Screwdriver has a slightly different profile to the products previously discussed, with a long but comfortable soft grip handle. The handle can be pivoted from pistol grip to inline allowing easier access when working in confined spaces. The LED job light is helpful in this scenario too.
This cordless screwdriver is a neat piece of kit though, well-built and powerful yet compact and light to use. It is powered by a 3.6 Volt 1.5 Ah Lithium-Ion battery that can hold its charge for surprising long periods (depending on work load of course) and charges in around 3 hours. Also a battery protection circuit protects against over-discharging and over-heating.
The powerful motor can deliver a torque of 4 Nm and generate up to 220 RPM. It is therefore more than capable of providing all your screwdriving needs in the home and garden. The kit includes a micro USB type AC adaptor and a massive 81-piece high quality bit set in a sturdy storage case.
This is a more expensive rechargeable screwdriver, but it does have the power and quality you expect from Makita products. If you have a little more to spend then this might be the best electric screwdriver for you.
Bosch PushDrive Cordless Screwdriver Review
If you’re looking for an electric screwdriver that’s ridiculously easy to use and makes you think “why didn’t they do that before?”, you need the Bosch PushDrive cordless screwdriver. The beauty of this power screwdriver is in its simplicity- all you need to do is push and go.
If you’re not keen on the gun shape electric screwdriver type, the PushDrive makes sense- you also get more reach along its 182 mm length, handy when screws are buried deep under worktops or inside electrical appliances. The rubberised grip is easy to hang on to and I like the fact that you can lock off the driver and use it like a manual screwdriver if you need to be precise.
This isn’t a heavy-duty tool, but it still delivers 5 Nm or torque and a nippy 360 rpm that is more than enough power to drive all sorts of screws around the house or garden. But you’re not buying this to replace a full-size driver anyway- it’s the right size to keep in a kitchen drawer for when you need it.
Weighing in at just 280 g, it’s probably the lightest screwdriver in Bosch’s green line of DIY level tools, but it doesn’t skimp on power- the 3.6 Volt 1.5 Ah Lithium-Ion battery is more than enough and seeing as you can keep it in your trouser pocket, we’re not comparing it to a professional level drill and driver.
TackLife Cordless Electric Screwdriver Review
The TackLife Cordless Electric Screwdriver is amazing value, considering what you get for your money. In terms of technology, power and capacity it can certainly complete with more expensive brands.
It runs of the usual 3.6 Volt built in Lithium-Ion battery that powers a motor generating up to 4 Nm of torque (with forward and reverse settings) and 200 rpm. Two adjustable lights allow better visibility in dark corners. Lots of lighter DIY jobs (such as assembling furniture) can be accomplished with ease, since Lithium-Ion batteries are designed to hold their charge for long periods of time. When the power level gets low (there is an indicator for this) simply charge the battery by attaching the USB charging cable to the handle and plugging it into a wall socket. Charge time is around 3 hours.
The rechargeable screwdriver comes with a 30 bit set, and the bits are easily attached via the magnetic bit holder. Not bad for such a modest outlay!
Ryobi ERGO-A2 Cordless Screwdriver Kit Review
Faithful Japanese tool brand Ryobi have been making waves with their range of awesome power tools, all powered by the same type of battery. But the clever little ERGO-A2 electric screwdriver doesn’t need a hefty battery to give you plenty of power in a small package.
First off, this is one of the best electric screwdriver kits out there because it includes an off-set and right-angle adapter. They’re not things we’d normally splash out on, but when you need to get at that screw, nothing else will get the job done. You’ll be grateful they included it, trust us.
The 4 Volt battery powers the motor up to 200 rpm, so it doesn’t spin up as fast as the Bosch PushDrive, but with 5 Nm of torque it packs more than enough grunt to drive screws around the house. You’re not going to use it to drive 200 mm wood screws into rafters, after all.
If there was one thing we’d criticise, it’s how easily you can knock the directional switch- especially when you’ve got your hand in a tight space. It’s right next to the trigger and gets in the way a little too often.
That being said, it’s a smart kit that is easy to use, feels nice in the hand and comes with everything you’d need to perform those DIY tasks around the house when you don’t want to get out the big tools.
Hychika Electric Screwdriver Review
Don’t be put off by a brand name you’ve probably never heard of here, the Hychika electric screwdriver is packed with clever features and boasts a massive 6 Nm of torque, which is more than either Bosch drivers on our list.
You get 3.6 Volts of power that translates to 180 rpm, it’s not exactly quick but it’s enough to drive screws without getting bored waiting. It’s not the most refined looking screwdriver you can get, but it’s comfortable enough to hold and you can switch it from gun grip to straight driver. And for the price, you shouldn’t be comparing it to the Bosch IXO in the looks department anyway.
What we really like about the Hychika set is what they’ve thought to include with it though- our favourite is the 2.5 mm HSS drill bit for making pilot holes. It’s an intuitive inclusion that’ll save you time and effort. The extension bit will come in handy, but that’s nothing compared to the massive LED torch they’ve stuck in the bottom of the handle, it’s genius.
The quality of the included bits isn’t exactly brilliant, and the direction changer is easy to knock, but the plastic case is rigid and should keep everything organised until they wear out. The best budget electric screwdriver option by far.
Posenpro Electric Cordless Screwdriver Review
With a range of affordable power tools, Posenpro should know a thing or two about making the best electric screwdriver that won’t break the bank. It’s another lightweight tool that punches above its weight, with 7.2 Volts of power that crank out an impressive 290 rpm.
The screwdriver is easy to grip, and you can choose from two handle positions to suit the task at hand. You might only get 10 driver bits thrown in, but it includes a 3 mm HSS drill bit for those all-important pilot holes.
What sets this little screwdriver apart from the competition is the torque adjustment feature- you get 6+1 settings in forward and reverse, so there’s no excuse for stripping screw heads anymore. It’s the sort of feature you’d expect to see on a more premium brand, so we were happy to see it on this budget-friendly tool.
Electric Screwdriver FAQs
If you’ve got a lot of screws to take out or put in, an electric screwdriver will save you time and effort. They’re easier to use than a manual screwdriver and they’re essential if you have mobility issues. And if you need the light touch of a manual screwdriver, you can lock off most electric drivers and use muscle power if you want.
A decent work light is an essential accessory if you plan on doing any work in confined spaces. You don’t have to carry round a separate torch if your electric screwdriver can shine a light for you.
Carrying round a full set of screw bits is a bit excessive, but make sure your kit contains the most common bits- flat, Philips, PoziDrive and Torx are what we’d recommend.
A right-angle adapter is a lifesaver when you just can’t get at a screw hidden under a worktop or inside an electric appliance. When you need it, there’s nothing else that can get the job done.
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.
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 sometimes 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.