Every toolbox needs at least two screwdrivers, a flathead, and a Phillips. While many people get the job done with these two basic screwdrivers, other types can help you complete a house project more quickly and easily. Check out our best screwdriver set reviews to help you find the right set for you.
Screws hold together everything from our household appliances to the battery cover to a child’s electronic toy, and the only way to remove the screw is with a trusty screwdriver. There’s a good chance that when you went away to college or rented your first apartment, you inherited a few basic and well-loved tools. Was a screwdriver or two in that mismatched toolkit?
Depending on how many DIY projects you tackle around in your house, you may find a need for a screwdriver that’s not a Phillips or flathead (also known as slothead). In these moments, it would be more convenient to have a nice screwdriver set rather than calling up a friend and trying to track down the right tool to borrow.
In our best screwdriver set reviews, we’ll give you some great options to explore, so that you can confidently complete your toolkit.
Do You Need A Screwdriver Set?
You might be wondering if you really need a screwdriver set (after all, you’ve gotten by with just one or two screwdrivers for years). For some people who rarely use their tools, owning a full set of screwdrivers may feel a little overwhelming, especially if they don’t know the purpose of each screwdriver. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most commonly used screwdrivers:
- Flathead/Slothead: Ideal for furniture and other household accessories (such as light switch plate)
- Phillips: Phillips screws are best known for their “+” on the head. Ideal for furniture and construction
- Hex or Allen Key: Ideal for small fixtures like towel bars or door knobs
- Robertson: This square head screw is unique but often used in woodworking or flooring
- Torx: A star-shape in the head is ideal for projects that need a little extra tightening
Not only can having a little variety be advantageous when doing multiple projects around the house, but the best screwdriver sets will have a selection of longer screwdrivers to help you tighten or loosen a screw in those hard-to-reach spots.
Even if you don’t use screwdrivers on a daily basis, purchasing a high-quality set of screwdrivers can help you be more prepared if you encounter a spur of the moment DIY project or if you need to replace a battery or fix a table leg.
How We Choose Our Ratings
Now that we’ve given you a few reasons to consider purchasing a screwdriver set, let’s take a look at how we rate the sets we review.
Browsing for the best screwdriver set can be a little overwhelming considering all the options. It can be difficult to differentiate between all the sets when they more or less look the same and contain many of the same kinds of screwdrivers.
Since shopping around for the right screwdriver set can be time-consuming, we’ve done the research for you and compiled a list of the best sets available.
Wondering how we’re able to narrow down the options to create our top picks list? We spend time reading dozens on online customer reviews and testimonials, and if we don’t find the information we’re looking for, we may try out the screwdrivers. We never recommend a screwdriver set that we wouldn’t use ourselves.
After we’ve done our research, we use a five-star rating system to rate the screwdriver set, and only the best-rated sets make our list. You might be wondering what a five-star rating means. If we give something a five-star rating, it has exceeded our expectations and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from other customers.
Keep in mind that even if a screwdriver set doesn’t have a five-star rating, it doesn’t mean it’s not a great option; it just might not be our favorite choice.
Our 7 Best Screwdriver Sets
Now that you have a better understanding of how we rate screwdriver sets in our reviews, let’s take a look at our top picks. We will start with our favorite screwdriver set overall, and then we’ll follow up with excellent alternatives. Remember, a less than five-star rating doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking out; we only include screwdriver sets that we would use ourselves.
[amazon link=”B078WK4BBY” title=”JEGS 69-pc Magnetic Screwdriver Set” /]
This screwdriver set is an ideal option for someone who wants a lot of options, magnetic tips, comfortable, easy-to-grip handles, and color-coded screwdrivers for easy organization. This 69-piece screwdriver set by Jegs includes 30 assorted bits, 34 screwdrivers, 4 awls, and 1 magnetic bit driver.
Among the screwdrivers, there are 5 Torx, 7 Phillips, 7 Robertson, 6 flathead in various sizes. There are also “mini” screwdrivers, as well as a screwdriver keychain. There are hex, Torx, Phillips, Robertson, and flathead bits that can be easily interchanged with the bit driver.
Users of this set love the option, and while many admit that they may never use all of the screwdrivers, they like having them on hand. Many commented on the magnetic tips and the rubber handle. Other than feeling a little overwhelmed by their options, there was no strong negative feedback about the Jegs screwdriver set.
[amazon link=”B007KC0TFW” title=”STANLEY 91-541 Cushion Grip Screwdriver Set” /]
This eight-piece screwdriver set is made by Stanley, a leading manufacturer of hand tools. This set is a great option for anyone who is building their first toolkit or someone who is just looking for another screwdriver set to add to their extensive collection.
The soft-grip handle on each screwdriver is designed for comfort and better control when loosening or tightening a screw. The chrome plated screwdriver bar resists corrosion, and the magnetic tip helps to hold screws or pick one up out of a hard to reach spot.
This screwdriver set includes 4 flat/slot head screwdrivers (1/8-inch x 6-inch, 3/16-inch x 4-inch, 1/4-inch x 4-inch, 5/16-inch x 6-inch) and 4 Phillips head screwdrivers (0-point x 4-inch, 1-point x 4-inch, 2-point x 6-inch, 3-point x 6-inch).
Users of this screwdriver set love the magnetic tips and the cushioned handles; both features help with control with working with screws. While most reviewers of this screwdriver set had overwhelmingly positive feedback, some were disappointed that the set didn’t come with a carrying case.
[amazon link=”B0010C7UL4″ title=”Craftsman Screwdriver Set” /]
Craftsman is another leading name in hand tools, and this 17-piece screwdriver set is a good option for anyone who wants a large variety of flat/slotted and Phillips screwdrivers. While the handles of these screwdrivers are not padded, the handle is ergonomically designed to prevent hand strain and maintain control.
There are nine flathead screwdrivers (3/32″ x 1 1/2″, 1/8″ x 2″, 1/8″ x 4″, 3/16″ x 1 1/2″, 3/16″ x 4″, 3/16″ x 6″, 3/16″ x 9″, 1/4″ x 4″, 1/4″ x 6″) and seven Phillips screwdrivers (#0 x 1 1/2″, #0 x 2 1/2″, #1 x 1 1/2″, #1 x 3″, #2 x 4″, #2 x 6″, #2 x 8″). There is also a 4-in-1 pocket keychain for convenience when you’re on the go and don’t have your screwdriver set with you.
Many users of this screwdriver set are familiar with the Craftsman brand and were pleased with how well the screwdrivers performed. Most commented on the comfortable handle and the high-quality screwdriver bar. The small number of users who were not happy with the screwdriver set wished that it would have come with a carrying case or had magnetic tips.
[amazon link=”B00QH4IB9K” title=”Performance Tool W1727 Screwdriver Set” /]
The Performance Tool screwdriver set is a nice option for those who don’t have a special carrying case for their screwdrivers because this set comes with its own rack. This 39-piece set has a rack that has built-in bit holders as well as a magnetizer and demagnetizer. The set has chrome vanadium screwdriver bars and power bits to prevent corrosion and non-slip handles.
There are magnetic tips on each of the screwdrivers, which includes a variety of slotted/flathead, Phillips, star, and hex bit screwdrivers.
Users of this set love the variety, the option to demagnetize the tips, and the ability to keep it organized. While many users raved about this set and thought it was perfect for small projects around the house, some didn’t think that the screwdrivers would hold up for tougher jobs.
[amazon link=”B014US26JU” title=”TEKTON 26757 Screwdriver Set” /]
This TEKTON 12-piece screwdriver set comes with full-length and “stubby” handles. The three-sided handles allow you to have more control and torque when loosening and tightening screws. Short-handled screwdrivers are great to have on hand when you are working in a small space, and many screwdriver sets don’t include a stubby-handled screwdriver.
The TEKTON set includes: 6 Slotted:1/8 x 4 in., 3/16 x 4 in., 3/16 x 8 in., 1/4 x 1-1/2 in., 1/4 x 4 in., 1/4 x 8 in. and 6 Phillips:#0 x 4 in., #1 x 4 in., #1 x 8 in., #2 x 1-1/2 in., #2 x 4 in., #2 x 8 in. The screwdriver bars are made of alloy steel, and the black oxide finish keeps the screwdriver bar protected. Each size is marked on the of the handle for easy and quick identification.
Users of this set like the ergonomic handle and the variety of sizes. Many comment that the screwdrivers are great for everyday use and the price is right. While there are few complaints about the TEKTON set, some users were disappointed with the quality and commented on having issues with rust.
[amazon link=”B06XY4C51D” title=”Showpin 12 in 1 Magnetic Screwdriver Set” /]
If you have limited space for tools or want to stay a little more organized, the Showpin magnetic screwdriver set may be an ideal choice for you. This screwdriver set is a 12-in-1 set and has five color rings to help sort out the screwdriver head type (such as red is a slotted head). There are 10 different bits and a hex bit holder.
The screwdriver bits include a Phillips, Torx, Pozi, hex, and slotted. Each bit is made of chrome-vanadium steel, and the screwdriver handle is ergonomic and comes with an extension bar.
Most users loved the ease of use and convenience of this 12-in-1 screwdriver set. While many wish that it came with a carrying case, it was easy to keep track of the parts due to the color coding. Users who don’t love this screwdriver had some issues with weak magnetism and expected a high quality.
[amazon link=”B00QZLV03O” title=”Nanch Small Precision Screwdriver Set” /]
Since many people want a screwdriver set that they can use on their smartphones, glasses, jewelry, and other items with small screws, we decided it would be best to include a small precision screwdriver set.
The Nanch small precision screwdriver set is ideal for everything from electronics to eyeglasses. It comes with 22 bits, which include Phillips, Torx, slotted, hex, and other specialized types. The bits are made of alloy steel, have an ergonomic design with a telescopic driver. It comes with a carrying case for convenience and accessibility.
This screwdriver set had overwhelmingly positive reviews by its users. Many people were hesitant to buy the set, but were pleased with the product, the quality, and the ease of use. Most complaints were in regards to the set not being up to the user’s expectations.
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Some Final Thoughts On The Best Screwdriver Set
As you shop around for a screwdriver set, you may decide that you don’t need 50+ screwdrivers and would benefit more from a set of eight. It’s best to pay attention to how the handle is built and the quality of the materials.
It’s best to invest a little bit of money in a screwdriver set rather than purchasing a set from a bargain bin at your hardware store (as they are usually lower in quality).