Admit it. When it comes to power tools, the bigger, the better. Of course, this also translates to heavier and a higher price bracket. But there are times when the bigger power tool isn’t always the best option. And this is true for cordless drills. In the home, all you’ll need is a tool to drill small diameter holes for attaching pictures or bug zappers to walls or to drive in small screws to assemble furniture. Which is why a cordless screwdriver should be a staple tool in any household. So which ones are the best that money can buy? We’ve listed them all down for you.
Top 10 Cordless Screwdrivers of 2018
- Top 10 Cordless Screwdrivers of 2018
- How to Choose the Right Cordless Screwdriver
1. Black & Decker PD600 Pivot PlusCordless Screwdriver For The Money
This Black+Decker screwdriver is a must-have tool in any household. It features a three-position handle, two speed settings (high speed drilling, low speed driving), built-in LED, and the QuickConnect® drilling and driving system. The latter allows you to easily switch out bits, including some from other manufacturers.
- well-designed trigger switch
- durable (lasts years)
- holds charge for a long time
- the storage slots don’t hold the bits securely
- no charging status light
- a bit heavy
2. DEWALT DW920K-2
If you’re looking for a solidly constructed cordless screwdriver kit that offers versatility and power, then the Dewalt DW920K-2 is your best bet. This tool is a two-position screwdriver which means that you can transform it into an in-line screwdriver or a pistol grip model with just a push of a button. It also offers variable speed control of 0-500 RPM and a reversing trigger switch. The 7.2 Volt battery provides you with enough power to produce 80 inch-pounds of maximum torque output. What more could you ask for?
- lightweight (only 3.5lbs)
- adjustable two-position handle
- variable speed control
- NiCad batteries die pretty quickly
- The chuck drops bits often enough to be irritating
3. BLACK+DECKER LI4000 4-Volt Lithium-Ion SmartSelect ScrewdriverCordless Screwdriver For DIY
For those who want to do DIY in the home the easy way, nothing beats Black+Decker’s LI4000. It’s powered by a 4-volt lithium ion battery which may be on the low end of the spectrum but it can easily perform basic jobs around the house such as installing shelves and cabinets, furniture assembly, and lighting projects. It features a 6-position clutch, a forward/reverse switch, a built-in LED light, an easy-to-read indicator window, and a magnetic tip. Even better, the screwdriver comes with 11 accessories.
- Forward/reverse switch
- Magnetic screw holder
- 6-clutch power system
- Not for heavy duty tasks
- Battery life is shorter than promised
- Poor customer service
4. Hitachi DB3DL2
The Hitachi DB3DL2 stands out in a sea of cordless screwdrivers because of three things. First, it is backed with a Lifetime Lithium Ion tool warranty and a 2-year lithium ion battery warranty. That’s a lot to offer for something worth $70. Second, it comes with an overload and over-discharge circuit protection to ensure longer life. Third, it’s incredibly compact and lightweight – less than 11 inches long and weighs less than 1lb. Other features include a 1.5Ah lithium ion battery, a dual-position handle, a built-in LED light, 21 clutch settings + 1 drill setting, and a spindle lock to use it as a manual screwdriver.
- 21 clutch settings + 1 drill setting
- dual-position, ergonomic handle
- lifetime warranty
- inconvenient placement of trigger switch
- short battery life
- difficult to change the torque to the drill position
5. Milwaukee 2401-22
The Milwaukee 2401-22 is powerful enough to perform medium-duty driving AND drilling. It features a 12-volt Lithium Ion battery that has a battery fuel gauge which lets you know how much run-time you still have, metal gear housing for durability, a built-in LED light, and a variable speed of 0-500 RPM.
- compact and lightweight
- battery fuel gauge
- some users have complained that it runs through a charge pretty quickly
- for light projects only
- made in China
6. DEWALT DCF610S2Cordless Screwdriver With Light
The DEWALT DCF610S2 features 2 1.1 Ah Lithium Ion batteries (12-volt max), a compact body, three radially-mounted built-in LED lights, a 1/4-inch chuck with one-handed loading, and multiple torque settings. It is compact, light, easily maneuverable, and has great balance. And the 90-day money back guarantee is just gravy on this drool-worthy driver.
- perfect for light to medium tasks
- three radially-mounted LED lights
- some users have reported that the auto chuck lock fails
- turning on the light requires the motor to also be turned on
- some users have reported poor customer service
7. WORX WX254L
The WORX WX254L is a semi-automatic power screwdriver that makes performing multiple tasks so much easier. It comes with 2 rapid reload cartridges that can each hold up to 6 bits at a time and a slide action feature that allows you to switch between different bits easily. No more wasting time looking for the right bit to do the job and then attaching it. This cordless screwdriver also comes with a 4-volt maximum lithium ion battery that can hold a charge up to 18 months.
- revolver-style bit holder
- battery holds a charge for a long time
- comes with 12 different bits
- single speed (no variability)
- built-in battery (will need to replace the entire tool when this dies)
- handle is too small for some hands
8. Bosch PS10-2ALithium-ion Cordless Screwdriver
The Bosch PS10-2A offers a lot of power and really good speed control. It has a 90-degree articulating head that locks into 5 different positions for increased maneuverability. The 12-V Lithium Ion batteries offers enough battery charge to drive a minimum of 100 3-inch screws. The driver also features a 7+1 electronic clutch and a sliding clutch control that’s easy to use. Bosch backs up this product with the ProVantage Guarantee Warranty which includes two years of battery protection, one year of tool protection, and a free tool repair package for the second and third years.
- good speed control
- long battery life
- easy to use
- no built-in LED light
9. DEWALT DCF682N1 8V MAX
The Dewalt DCF682N1 is in a class of its own. It is the only one on our list that features motion activation technology. This means that you can drive or reverse fasteners simply by twisting your tool to the left or right. The variable speed of 0-430 RPM is also motion activated. And it comes with a fast charging dock that allows you to completely recharge your battery in less than one hour. The screwdriver also has a Battery State of Charge display so you know when it’s time to dock your tool for a bit of recharging.
- fast charging
- motion activated technology
- ergonomic handle
- slight learning curve to use
- not for use in tight spaces
- no storage slots for bits
10. SKIL 2354-07
Don’t let the bright pink color fool you into thinking it’s a woman’s tool (although there’s definitely nothing wrong with that). The SKIL 2354-07 iXO screwdriver has a very compact, lightweight design that fits right in your palm. It has a 4-volt maximum 1.5 Ah Lithium Ion battery and a battery gauge to let you know when you’re going to need to recharge this little baby. It also features a built-in site-light and a magnetic tip.
- magnetic tip
- perfect for small DIY jobs and in tight spaces
- battery gauge
- the forward/reverse switch can easily be triggered just by grabbing the screwdriver
- no storage slots for bits
- battery doesn’t last long (only a couple of months)
How to Choose the Right Cordless Screwdriver
If you’re a power tool kind of guy or gal, then you know that not all cordless screwdrivers are made equal. They come in different sizes, power, torques, speed, and other features. And that makes sense because not everyone has the same needs. So how do you find the perfect one for you? Let’s find out!
How much power should your driver have?
Who wouldn’t love to have a powerful tool on their arsenal, right? But not all tasks will benefit from a heavy-duty tool. If you only plan to use your cordless screwdriver for light duty tasks such as assembling furniture, hanging up pictures, and similar tasks that require you to drive screws into a low-density material (i.e. wood), then a tool with a 3.6V battery should be enough. Some good options in this category would be BLACK+DECKER LI4000 4-Volt Lithium-Ion SmartSelect Screwdriver and SKIL 2354-07.
If you plan on doing some light to medium-duty tasks with your cordless screwdriver, you need to get a tool that is more powerful such as the Black & Decker PD600 Pivot Plus (6 volts) and the DEWALT DW920K-2 (7.2 volts).
If you want to use it for more heavy duty applications, screwdrivers that fall between 8 volts to 14.4 volts are your best bet. Some of our recommended cordless screwdrivers in this category include the Bosch PS10-2A, the Milwaukee 2401-22, and the DEWALT DCF610S2.
What about torque and speed?
Torque is basically how much force is used to drive the screw into position. The higher the torque, the more force is used. This allows you to know if a specific tool is capable of driving the screw into high-density materials. Having multiple torque settings or a clutch system will enable you to have more control over how much torque your driver is using. This prevents damage to your bits, overstripping the screw, or even breaking the screw shaft. A few of our picks such as the Hitachi DB3DL2 and the BLACK+DECKER LI4000 4-Volt Lithium-Ion SmartSelect Screwdriver have clutch systems in place.
Speed, on the other hand, talks about how many rotations the driver can make per minute. For light duty tasks, a speed of 180 RPMs is good enough. Naturally, the faster your tool rotates, the faster you’ll be able to finish. However, keep in mind that you won’t have any control. The same goes for torque. Choosing a cordless screwdriver that offers variable speed control such as the DEWALT DW920K-2 and the Milwaukee 2401-22 gives you more versatility.
How maneuverable do you want your screwdriver to be?
An in-line screwdriver is easy enough to operate. But there are times when using one can be a tad awkward like that time you tried to screw something onto your ceiling. If you plan on using your screwdriver in tight spaces, your best bet would be to get a compact, pistol grip model such as the SKIL 2354-07. But to increase your tool’s maneuverability, it’s best if you get one that has an adjustable handle, transforming your in-line screwdriver into a pistol grip model. Some examples are Black & Decker PD600 Pivot Plus, Bosch PS10-2A, and DEWALT DW920K-2.
How efficient is the battery?
Since you’re going to be operating a cordless screwdriver, its source of power is obviously going to be a battery. And you aren’t going to get any jobs done if your tool’s battery runs out faster than you can say “charge.” When choosing a model, make sure that you find one using lithium ion batteries as these have a longer battery life. Another thing to consider is recharge time. If recharging the battery will take you forever (a.k.a. 5 hours), you’re going to be better off with a manual screwdriver.
You also might want to check to see if the battery is removable. Because if it isn’t, then you’ll find yourself in the market for a new cordless screwdriver once the battery dies.
Should I be concerned about size?
Yes, you should. Because the size of the tool will let you know who long you’ll last… Let’s make it clearer. A bigger tool usually means a more powerful battery, longer battery life, more powerful screwdriver. That’s a good thing. But a bigger tool also means a heavier tool. And if you plan on performing several jobs using your screwdriver, you best be prepared to handle the weight. Because it may not seem heavy at first (just a bit hefty) but it will take its toll on your arm and shoulder after a while.
Of course, there are other features you may want your cordless screwdriver to have such as storage slots for two or more bits, built-in lights, a magnetic tip, etc. But these are more perks than must-haves. Whichever cordless screwdriver you do end up choosing, keep this in mind: your tool is only as good as the one wielding it.