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?
More Detailed Electric Screwdriver Reviews
In our 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 with ease.
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. The screwdriver is also extremely light, weighing just 300 grams. This factor, the soft grip handle and the overall ergonomic design make it very comfortable to use. An integrated task light comes in useful when working in dark corners such as under work surfaces. The tool 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. A guarantee that can be extended to 3 years demonstrates Bosch’s trust in this product.
A close second to our number one choice is the NoCry Cordless Electric Screwdriver. This is by far the most powerful of all our selections, 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) and means that at 570 grams it weighs a little more too. 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 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 screwdriver comes with 30 bits in their own storage box, static and flexible extensions, a battery charger and a ¼” magnetic bit chuck. If you are after a powerful, flexible, robust electric screwdriver at a reasonable price this should definitely be on your shortlist.
This Makita Cordless 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 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 drill, 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.
The TackLife Cordless Electric Screwdriver is the first of two entry level budget electric screwdrivers we feature. There is not a lot to choose between this selection and the Terratek offering below.
This Tacklife screwdriver is priced around the £20 mark. That 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 screwdriver comes with a 30 bit set, and the bits are easily attached via the magnetic bit holder. A two year guarantee is also supplied. Not bad for such a modest outlay!
As just stated the Terratek Cordless Electric Screwdriver comes pretty close to our number 4 selection, since it has much to offer for a budget entry level electric screwdriver.
It too runs of a 3.6 Volt Lithium-Ion battery but is slightly less powerful than the Tacklife, generating 2.5 Nm of torque (standard forward and reverse) and 180 RPM. The Terratek does have a more compact profile however and for added flexibility the handle can be pivoted from pistol grip to inline, which is always a neat feature for an electric screwdriver.
There is a worklight and a battery level indicator, but the major selling point for this screwdriver is the massive 102 bit set in an aluminium storage case with which it comes. A two year guarantee is also provided. This is an excellent choice for performing lighter duty tasks or if you are on a limited budget!
The VonHaus Cordless Electric Screwdriver is a surprisingly powerful screwdriver that features a variable torque control – up to 5 Nm – and it can generate up to 210 RPM. For added versatility the handle can adjust from pistol to inline, and the screwdriver comes with an LED working light and a power display light. A wide range of driver bits and plastic case are also included, along with a two year warranty.
This is a decent spec screwdriver that makes light work of most small household jobs and offers excellent value for money.
This Black & Decker Cordless Electric 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’s ease of use and practicality make this one of the best cordless screwdriver models to go for if you are on a budget.
It features 5 Nm of torque and delivers 180 RPM, giving you all the power you need for screwdriving tasks around the home. It comes with a Pozi drive, one Hex bit and a charger.
This screwdriver is also excellent value from such 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.
Electric Screwdriver Buyer’s Guide
The best cordless screwdriver is the perfect companion for small household tasks. 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 the best cordless screwdriver for the UK market, you will need to know 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 will need the best electric screwdriver you can afford.
When choosing the best electric screwdriver be sure to go for a model 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. They can be incredibly handy.
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.