The 14 Best Screwdriver Sets of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

Our top choice is the Amartisan 10-Piece Magnetic Screwdriver Set

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Best Screwdriver Sets

The Spruce / Amelia Manley

Likely the most reached-for tool in your toolbox, screwdrivers handle tasks from the simplest—tightening a loose handle or assembling furniture—to complex—like fixing an electrical connection. Deane Biermeier, licensed carpenter and member of The Spruce's Home Improvement Review Board, notes, "If you’re already an avid DIYer, you know the importance of having the right tool for the job. It’s probable that you’ve chosen and purchased your favorite screwdriver set long ago. However, for those aspiring to become DIYers, I suggest purchasing just a basic set comprised of sizes 1, 2, and 3 Phillips, and a small and large regular screwdriver. Also, pick up a multi-bit driver. You’ll soon learn which ones you need most often around your home and discover the best way to spend money on a more substantial set later."

There are quite a few different types of screwdrivers and screwdriver bits out there, so we purchased 30 screwdriver sets from various brands and put them through a variety of challenges in our product testing lab. All of the tools were evaluated for sturdiness, performance, set versatility, and overall value. Our top pick, the Amartisan 10-Piece Magnetic Screwdriver Set, is a reasonably priced set of the most commonly used screwdriver sizes. You'll find a multitude of uses for it around the house and garage.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall

Amartisan 10-Piece Magnetic Screwdriver Set

4.8
Amartisan 10-Piece Magnetic Screwdrivers Set

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Performance
    4.5/5
  • Ease of Use
    4.3/5
  • Features
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Ergonomic handles

  • Magnetized, black oxide tips

  • Clearly labeled for size and type

  • Reasonable price

What We Don't Like
  • No carrying case with individual slots for each screwdriver

  • No Torx heads

If you need a quality set of screwdrivers for use around your home or garage, then we recommend this set from Amartisan, which includes five flat-head and five Phillips head screwdrivers in the most commonly used sizes. All of the tools are made from chrome vanadium steel with black oxide tips to resist corrosion. The tips of these screwdrivers are magnetized, which helps keep screws in place while you work—no more annoying dropped screws to search for on the floor. As our tester noted, "It has a magnetic bit allowing for almost anyone to use this tool with ease." We found that the screwdrivers performed perfectly in all of our tests, and we appreciated the sturdy construction of these tools. This would be an excellent choice not only for someone looking for their first set of screwdrivers (a "good starter set," as our tester noted) but also for a more experienced handyperson wanting a second set of tools for the workshop or garage.

The handles of the screwdrivers are ergonomically shaped, with a nonslip, rubbery coating that makes the tools easy to grip and comfortable to hold, even if you need to apply a little extra torque to turn a stubborn screw. We also like that each screwdriver has its type and size very clearly labeled on the handle. There's a hole at the end of each handle which could be used to mount the screwdriver on a hanging peg, as well. Our only criticism of the set is that rather than a flat carrying case with individual slots for each screwdriver, it comes in a clear plastic "bucket" that holds the screwdrivers in something of a jumble, making it more difficult to pull out just the one you need. However, you could easily store these in a drawer, tool box, or hanging on a pegboard if that becomes too much of an issue. The price of the set is very reasonable, as well.

Price at time of publish: $13

Set Size: 10 pieces | Types of Tips: Slotted, Phillips | Bit Tips: No | Carrying Case: No

Best Budget

Craftsman 5-Piece Screwdriver Set

4.9
Craftsman 5-Piece Screwdriver Set

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Performance
    4.9/5
  • Ease of Use
    4.7/5
  • Features
    4.8/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Sturdy, durable construction

  • Very reasonable price

  • Comfortable handles

What We Don't Like
  • No case

If you only need a screwdriver on occasion for simple tasks, there’s no reason to spend a lot of money. With the Craftsman 5-Piece Screwdriver Set, you get four screwdrivers in the most common sizes for use around the home—#1 and #2 Phillips head and 1/4-inch and 1/8-inch slotted—as well as a small offset screwdriver with a Phillips head on one side and a slotted head on the other. We found that the set performed well in all of our tests; our only complaint was the lack of a case.

The four screwdrivers have sturdy acetate handles that are comfortable to hold and heat-treated steel alloy shafts for long life and reliable performance. Plus, you shouldn't have to worry about them rolling off of the table if you place them down while working—our tester noted that there was "very minimal roll on these tools. possibly because the grip is in an octagon shape." While it’s true that there are screwdriver sets that are larger and more versatile, this set is more than adequate for basic tasks around your home and is durable enough to last for years.

Price at time of publish: $11

Set Size: 5 pieces | Types of Tips: Slotted, Phillips | Bit Tips: No | Carrying Case: No

Best Precision

XOOL Precision Laptop Screwdriver Kit

5
XOOL Precision Laptop Screwdriver Kit

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Performance
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Extremely comprehensive precision set

  • Useful extras, including screw clip

  • Magnetic tips

What We Don't Like
  • Elastic band that secures the case closed is a bit awkward

Our tester raved about this highly comprehensive kit, which is loaded with just about anything you might ever need for electronics repairs or other delicate work. From cell phones, laptops, and game consoles to watches, eyeglasses, and jewelry, the XOOL 80-in-1 Precision Screwdriver Set has the perfect tool for you. Its 56 different bits, all made of CR-V steel, accommodate a wide variety of screw shapes and sizes, including Phillips, Torx, flat head, hex, square, triangle, and more. It’s the perfect product for DIYers and hobbyists all the way up to professionals. And wrapped up in a convenient soft carrying bag that folds closed, it is easy to store in a drawer or tool box.

The screwdriver itself is equipped with a magnetic tip, useful for both pulling screws out and for lining them up with the hole, and the flexible extension rod allows you to adjust the length of the screwdriver depending on the size of the object you’re working on. We especially liked the elastic "bracelet" with a corded alligator clip attached that allows you to keep a grip on those tiny screws used in eyeglasses and other delicate items. "I thought it would be really difficult to use such a tiny screw with a screwdriver tip that wasn't magnetized but to take it one step further, the kit includes a bracelet that connects to a coiled cord, which is connected to an alligator clip to keep a tiny screw from being dropped and lost forever," noted our tester.

This kit also comes with an assortment of other useful tools, like a utility knife, three precision tweezers, a 6-inch ruler, and much more. "The only thing I don't like is how the hard case is held in place by an elastic band, which has to be removed from around it to access and open the case," noted our tester, who otherwise thought this set was perfect.

Price at time of publish: $21

Set Size: 80 pieces | Types of Tips: Slotted, Phillips, Torx, many others | Bit Tips: Yes | Carrying Case: Yes

Best for Drills

DEWALT 45-Piece Screwdriver Bit Set with Tough Case

5
DEWALT 45-Piece Screwdriver Bit Set with Tough Case

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Performance
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Useful addition to power tool kit

  • Very strong and durable

  • Extender makes it easier to angle the tool

What We Don't Like
  • Can be a little tricky to get bits in and out of the case

Professionals and casual DIYers alike love bit sets for their versatility, and DEWALT’s 45-piece set personifies this. For use with your corded or cordless power drill with a 3/8-inch chuck, the set comes with all of the most commonly used screwdriver accessories. It has Phillips, square, slotted, and double-ended bits. No more emergency trips to the hardware store or rummaging through your toolboxes to find the perfect bit size; this one is a must-have for your tool kit. We especially appreciated the included extender, which made wielding the tool more like a regular screwdriver and also made it easier to switch out the bits.

All of the tips are easy to secure into your drill's chuck, thanks to DEWALT’s magnetic drive guide technology. But you aren't limited to DEWALT drills; you can use these bits with just about any power drill. And all 45 pieces are stored in an industrial-strength, hard-top carrying case. On the downside, our tester did comment that it can be a bit tough to remove the bits from the storage case, as they fit in place quite snugly. Overall, however, we found this to be an excellent set of screwdriver bits that are very sturdy and effective.

Price at time of publish: $15

Set Size: 45 pieces | Types of Tips: Slotted, Phillips, square | Bit Tips: Yes | Carrying Case: Yes

Best All-in-One

Klein Tools 11-in-1 Screwdriver and Nut Driver

4.6
Klein Tools 11-in-1 Screwdriver and Nut Driver

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Performance
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features
    4/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Includes all the basics

  • Cushion-grip handle

What We Don't Like
  • Can easily roll off a tabletop if set near the edge

As opposed to larger bit sets, with dozens of little pieces apt to go missing or take up space, the Klein 11-in-1 is a single, compact screwdriver that is easy to store and even easier to use. It holds eight popular tips, which fit inside the handle when not being used, including Phillips, slotted and Torx, as well as three different nut drivers. Each tip is heat-treated and industrial-strength—although one drawback is that the tips aren’t magnetized—and the cushion-grip handle allows for excellent torque and comfort. We found it comfortable to hold and effective to use in our tests.

It’s a great tool for people who don’t use screwdrivers often, as it won’t take up a lot of space or cost as much as a full set, but it will get the job done should you ever need to use it. It's also a useful backup if you have a large set of screwdrivers in your workshop, but like to have a more portable option for your tool box.

Price at time of publish: $15

Set Size: 12 pieces | Types of Tips: Slotted, Phillips, Torx, square | Bit Tips: Yes | Carrying Case: Yes

Best Cordless Screwdriver Set

BLACK+DECKER Li2000 3.6-Volt 3 Position 42 Piece Rechargeable Screwdriver

4.4
BLACK+DECKER Li2000 3.6-Volt 3 Position Rechargeable Screwdriver Orange/Black

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Performance
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    3.8/5
  • Features
    5/5
  • Durability
    4.4/5
  • Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Very comprehensive set of bits

  • Cordless tool can be used anywhere

What We Don't Like
  • Can be a little difficult to reach the trigger when using the screwdriver in an angled position

An electric screwdriver makes quick work of loosening or tightening screws and prevents wear-and-tear to your hand and wrist when you are facing a project with a lot of screws. This set from BLACK+DECKER includes both a cordless electric screwdriver with a three-position handle that lets you accommodate even awkward angles, plus a set of 42 bits in common sizes of slotted, Phillips, hex, Torx, and square (Robertson) heads. We found it a very handy tool that easily loosened and tightened screws on various items in our lab. Our product tester's only complaint was that it could be a little tricky to reach the trigger when using the screwdriver in an angled position.

While not powerful enough for professional use, this cordless screwdriver is more than sufficient for typical tasks around the house, such as tightening up loose screws on furniture, hanging drapes, installing shelves, or assembling furniture. The lithium-ion battery can hold a charge up to 18 months, depending on how often and how long you use the tool, and comes with a charger. The set includes a plastic organizer for the bits, but no case for the screwdriver itself.

Price at time of publish: $42

Set Size: 45 pieces | Types of Tips: Slotted, Phillips, Torx, square, hex | Bit Tips: Yes | Carrying Case: Yes

Best Heavy-Duty

Wera Kraftform Big Pack 900 Screwdriver Set

4.7
Wera 05133285001 Big Pack 900 Screwdriver Set Kraftform

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Performance
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    4.8/5
  • Features
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    3.5/5
What We Like
  • Torx and square heads included

  • Very heavy-duty tools that can be hammered or used to chisel through frozen or seized screws

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Wall-mounted racks instead of a carrying case can be a pro or con, depending on your needs

As a general rule, screwdrivers are designed for just that: turning screws. They aren't intended for rough treatment. However, with the Wera Kraftform Big Pack Screwdriver Set, you get heavy-duty tools that not only very effectively turn screws, they also can be used as chisels or even struck on the end of the handle for extra force when loosening a frozen or seized screw. These sturdy and well-crafted tools have thick, ergonomic handles that are comfortable to grip and resist rolling when you set the screwdriver on a flat surface. We found these to be versatile, strong, and easy-to-use screwdrivers that performed all of our tests more than adequately.

The set includes 13 screwdrivers in common sizes of flat, Phillips, Torx, and square (Robertson) heads. Each handle is marked with the screwdriver type and size, but our product tester found the markings to be small and not easy to read. While the set does not include a case, it does come with two racks, meant to be hung on a wall, that hold the screwdrivers securely. This is a nice feature if you want your tools always at hand, but might be cumbersome if you prefer to tote them with you to a worksite.

Price at time of publish: $113

Set Size: 13 pieces | Types of Tips: Slotted, Phillips, Torx, square | Bit Tips: No | Carrying Case: No

Best Ratcheting

DEWALT Ratcheting 31-Piece T-Handle Set

4.8
DeWalt Ratcheting T-Handle Set (31-Piece)

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Performance
    4.8/5
  • Ease of Use
    4.3/5
  • Features
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Three different lengths of hex bits

  • Can be used with a power drill

  • Ratcheting handle lets you apply more force

What We Don't Like
  • No Torx bits

  • Can be a bit tricky to remove bits from the carrying case

A ratcheting screwdriver makes it easy to apply more torque—turning force—without having to reset your hand position on the screwdriver with every twist of the tool. Combine that with a T-shaped handle, rather than the traditional screwdriver shape, plus a full set of interchangeable bits with 24 hex heads in both standard and metric sizes, as well as two slotted and three Phillips head bits in common sizes, and you have this sturdy kit from DEWALT. The hex bits are in three different lengths; we appreciated having the longer lengths, which make it easy to reach into awkward or deep spaces, such as within a car's engine. You can even use the bits in this set with your power drill, which greatly increases its versatility.

The handle has a magnetic holder that helps keep the bit in place. We found this screwdriver set to be easy to use and the ergonomic handle comfortable to grip. It easily handled all of our tests, but our product tester did comment that it was a bit difficult to get some of the bits out of the storage case. Still, if you handle a lot of projects that require hex keys, this is a great set.

Price at time of publish: $22

Set Size: 31 pieces | Types of Tips: Slotted, Phillips, hex | Bit Tips: Yes | Carrying Case: Yes

Best for Electronics

ORIA 60-in-1 Precision Screwdriver Set

5
ORIA Precision Screwdriver Kit, 60 in 1 with 56 Bits Screwdriver Set

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Performance
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features
    4.9/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Very comprehensive set of bits

  • Ergonomic handle

  • Reasonable price

What We Don't Like
  • Case is a bit flimsy

If your job or your hobby involves frequent repairs of electronic equipment, including computers, phones, video game consoles, and controllers, or televisions, then you need a comprehensive, quality set of precision screwdrivers to tackle the many small screws of various types used in these devices. This set from ORIA includes 56 bits in various sizes of hex, flat, Phillips, Torx, square, nut driver, and other specialty screwdriver heads used in electronics. It also includes a flexible shaft for working at odd angles and an extension rod. The body of the screwdriver itself has an ergonomic, easy-grip handle and a magnetized shaft to help keep tiny screws in place.

While testing, we noted that the storage case is well organized, with each slot clearly labeled as to the size and type of bit, but that the case might be a bit flimsy. Still, we think this set is a very useful addition to the tool box of anyone who might ever need to work on electronics, tighten the screws on a pair of glasses, or fix a piece of jewelry. The set performed very well in all of our tests, and it's reasonably priced to boot.

Price at time of publish: $15

Set Size: 60 pieces | Types of Tips: Slotted, Phillips, square, hex, several others | Bit Tips: Yes | Carrying Case: Yes

Best Insulated

Wera Kraftform Comfort 1160i/7 Ergonomic Insulated Screwdriver Set

4.4
Wera Kraftform Comfort 1160i/7 Ergonomic Insulated Screwdriver Set,

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Performance
    4.9/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features
    5/5
  • Durability
    3/5
  • Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Very comfortable ergonomic handles

  • Handles marked with head size and type

What We Don't Like
  • No Torx heads included

  • No carrying case

Insulated screwdrivers provide safety when working around live wiring. While not a requirement for most common tasks around the home, these are a must if you take on projects that might involve any type of wiring or electrical work. The Wera Kraftform Comfort Insulated Screwdriver Set includes six screwdrivers: two Phillips head and four slot-head in the most common sizes. Each screwdriver is guaranteed for safe working standards up to 1,000 volts. The set also includes a voltage detector. However, there is no carrying case.

The "Comfort" in this product's name comes from the ergonomic, cushioned handles, which we did indeed find very comfortable to hold and very easy to grip securely. The handles also prevent the screwdrivers from rolling off a tabletop if set near the edge. In our tests, all of the screwdrivers carried out their functions well, and our product tester commented on how easy they were to use. The only downside to this set is that it doesn't include a wide range of sizes. If you need insulated tools, however, but need to keep the price to a more reasonable level than that of large insulated sets, this is a great option.

Price at time of publish: $76

Set Size: 6 pieces | Types of Tips: Slotted, Phillips | Bit Tips: No | Carrying Case: No

Best for Impact Drivers

Ryobi 70-Piece Impact Rated Driving Kit

5
RYOBI Impact Rated Driving Kit (70-Piece)

Home Depot

Our Ratings
  • Performance
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Comprehensive set with several types of bits in a range of common sizes

  • Can be used in impact driver or drill/driver

What We Don't Like
  • Difficult to remove some of the bits from the storage case

Impact drivers are similar to regular drill/drivers, but have an added "hammer blow" motion that greatly increases the torque of the tool.You don't need the power of an impact driver if you are just driving in a screw to hang a picture or assemble furniture, but if you are facing a big project that requires numerous screws, such as the assembly of a deck or a child's swing set, then an impact driver, along with a set of bits such as those in the Ryobi set here, will make your job much faster and easier.

This set of bits from Ryobi includes 70 pieces, including hex, slotted, Phillips, Torx, and square-head driving bits, as well as various nut drivers and socket adapters. All are impact rated for use in any impact driver with a 1/4-inch shank. You can also use the bits in your regular drill/driver, as well. We found these bits to be very sturdy, and they were easy to install and remove from the impact driver. The set is quite comprehensive, so most DIYers will find any size of bit they need. Our only complaint is that it can be difficult to remove the bits from the plastic storage case, as they fit quite tightly.

Price at time of publish: $15

Set Size: 70 pieces | Types of Tips: Slotted, Phillips, Torx, square, hex | Bit Tips: Yes | Carrying Case: Yes

Best for Emergency Kit

LENOX 9-in-1 Rubber Handle Multi-Bit Screwdriver Set

5
LENOX Tools Screwdriver, 9-in-1 Multi-Tool (23932)

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Performance
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features
    4.8/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5

Your home and car emergency kits should include basic screwdrivers, and with this reasonably priced tool from LENOX, you hardly need any space to stash this 9-in-1 screwdriver. The comfortably padded handle serves as storage for the included bits, which include Phillips head, flat head, square head, and nut drivers. This is a no-frills tool, but it performed very well in our tests, turning screws without slipping or bending, prying open the lid of a paint can without much effort, and surviving the drop test without damage.

Our tester liked the compact size of the tool, and mentioned that it was perfect for an emergency kit, the tool box of someone who was just starting out life on their own, or for anyone who only needed basic tools for occasional maintenance or simple tasks around the house. At this reasonable price, you might want to keep a LENOX 9-in-1 in more than one spot around your home, garage, and car.

Price at time of publish: $9

Set Size: 10 pieces | Types of Tips: Slotted, Phillips, square, socket | Bit Tips: Yes | Carrying Case: No

Best for DIYers

Jackson Palmer 218-Piece Ultimate Screwdriver Bit Set

4.9
Jackson Palmer 218 Piece Ultimate Screwdriver Bit Set

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Performance
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features
    4.6/5
  • Durability
    4.9/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Extremely comprehensive set of bits

  • Well organized carrying case

  • Reasonable price

What We Don't Like
  • Few complaints of bits twisting under very heavy torque

  • Some duplication of sizes

You'll need to supply your own drill, but if you do a wide variety of DIY projects, work professionally in construction or maintenance, or just like being prepared for whatever comes up, then it's hard to imagine not having any bit you might need for any purpose with this 218-piece set of screwdriver bits from Jackson Palmer. The set includes nut drivers, flat head, Phillips, Torx, security bits, square, hex, socket, and many other specialty bits in a wide range of commonly used sizes from small to large, as well as bit adapters and holders. One of the bit holders is magnetized, so you have the option to use the tool with magnetized tips or without. All of the pieces in the set are made of sand-blasted carbon steel for extra strength and durability.

We loved the completeness of this set, as well as the strong performance and sturdiness of all the included pieces. Our product tester appreciated the well-organized carrying case, which is labeled for size and type on all of the components, and which holds the bits in place securely but isn't too tight to remove them easily for use.

Price at time of publish: $31

Set Size: 218 pieces | Types of Tips: Slotted, Phillips, Torx, square, many others | Bit Tips: Yes | Carrying Case: Yes

Best for Electricians

Wiha Tools 32095 19 Piece Slotted Phillips Insulated Screwdriver Set

4.5
Wiha 32095 Slotted and Phillips Insulated Screwdriver Set

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Performance
    4.8/5
  • Ease of Use
    4/5
  • Features
    4.8/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Highest quality

  • Comprehensive set

  • Cushioned grips

  • Size and type labeled on handle

What We Don't Like
  • Very expensive

  • No Torx heads

Insulated screwdrivers are made for people doing electrical work. For this, safety is the most important factor, and Wiha’s 19-Piece Insulated Screwdriver Set is as safe and reliable as it gets. The set includes Phillips, slot, square, and terminal block screwdrivers, but does not have any Torx heads. It also comes with a voltage detector. We found these to be very durable, well-crafted screwdrivers that carried out their functions without problem. Our tester also appreciated that each screwdriver has its size and type clearly marked on the handle.

Each of the 19 included screwdriver ensures safety up to 1,000 volts. For measure, the average US wall socket has an output of 120 volts. The screwdrivers are also ergonomically molded and have insulated cushion grips, which feel good in the hand and also help prevent the screwdriver from rolling off a tabletop if set down near the edge. The set comes with a tool box storage tray but not a self-contained carrying case.

The price for this set is high, and there are certainly cheaper insulated options available on the market, but Wiha is one of the highest quality manufacturers of professional screwdrivers. If you regularly work on any type of electrical system, it will be well worth the price, however.

Price at time of publish: $181

Set Size: 19 pieces | Types of Tips: Slotted, Phillips, square | Bit Tips: No | Carrying Case: Yes

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a quality set of flat-head and Phillips screwdrivers in the most common sizes, then we recommend the 10-Piece set from Amartisan, which has comfortable, ergonomic handles and magnetic tips. But if you need a comprehensive set of screwdriver bits for use with a power drill, then the 45-piece set from DEWALT wins our highest marks.

How We Tested the Screwdriver Sets

We purchased and tested 30 screwdriver sets of various types in our testing lab at Des Moines, Iowa. Our team of testers, which includes DIYers from beginners to experts, put the screwdriver sets through their paces, evaluating them on several aspects of performance, as well as sturdiness and overall value. 

The testers started by examining all components of the screwdriver sets, looking for comprehensiveness and the inclusion of common screwdriver types and sizes, such as Phillips head and slotted or flat head, as well as less common screwdriver types, such as Torx, Robertson, and hex key. 

Next, if the set included a case, the tester evaluated it for ease of opening and closing, weight, and effectiveness at keeping the screwdrivers in place.

Extra features were then noted, including whether or not the screwdrivers had magnetic tips, and any special coatings, such as black oxide, which helps to prevent corrosion. The testers also observed whether or not the screwdrivers easily rolled off a table if set near the edge. 

Now the real testing began. All screwdrivers were used to carry out functions appropriate to that type of tool. Regular screwdrivers were used to drive screws into wood, pry open the lid of a paint can, and assemble furniture. Precision screwdrivers were used to open and close video game controllers and tighten screws on eyeglasses. Screwdriver bits designed for use in power drills were inserted into the correct type of drill, such as drill/driver, impact driver, or electric screwdriver, and then evaluated for performance.  

At the end of testing, each screwdriver or screwdriver bit was dropped to the ground from the tester’s eye level, and the tool then examined for any signs of damage. 

Finally, testers assigned scores of 1 to 5 to the screwdriver sets for ease of use, performance, durability, features, and overall value. All scores were tabulated and the winners declared.

What to Look for in a Screwdriver Set

Set Size

Since screws come in a wide range of sizes, you need screwdrivers to match. While a small set consisting of two screwdrivers in a smaller and larger size are adequate if you only break out a screwdriver once or twice a year for simple tasks like tightening a loose screw on a kitchen chair, you’ll be happier and far more productive with a larger set that includes screwdrivers in a wide range of sizes if you frequently put together furniture, do a lot of handiwork around the house or property, or just like being prepared for whatever life throws your way. Our top choice, the Amartisan 10-Piece Screwdriver Set, has five flat-head and five Phillips head screwdrivers in the most commonly used sizes.

Screwdriver Types

Slot-head screws have a single straight notch for the corresponding flat-head or slotted screwdriver. These screws are commonly used in cabinetry and furniture, as well as outlet covers and other basic household items that are screwed in place. Slat-head screws withstand much more torque than Phillips-head screws before the screwdriver slips, meaning they can tighten more than a Phillips-head screw. From smallest to largest, the most common sizes of slotted screwdrivers are 1/8-inch, 5/32-inch, 3/16-inch, 1/4-inch, 5/16-inch, and 3/8 inch.

Phillips-head screws have a "+"-shaped notch that requires a corresponding Phillips-head screwdriver to tighten or loosen. These screws are commonly used for all manners of fastening. As a general rule, screws with a Phillips head only tighten to a certain point before the screwdriver “slips,” which prevents over-tightening and stripping of the screw. From smallest to largest, the most common sizes of Phillips screwdrivers are #000, #00, #0, #1, #2, and #3.

A comprehensive screwdriver set contains both types of screwdrivers in all of the most common sizes. A precision set like the XOOL Precision Laptop Screwdriver Kit—these tiny screwdrivers are used for repairs on jewelry, electronics, or glasses—typically contains just the smallest sizes, while mechanic or automotive sets generally tilt in the opposite direction and contain the larger sizes of tools. A basic set that’s useful for general household tasks contains both types of screwdrivers in the middle-range of sizes.

While not as common as slotted or Phillips screwdrivers, if you do much work with large appliances, cars, computers, or security systems, you'll likely encounter Torx screws, which require a Torx screwdriver. Torx screws have a six-pointed "star" slot, and their corresponding screwdrivers have a star-shaped tip.

There are many other types of screwdriver heads that are not as commonly used, including Robertson, which is a square head, hex, which is a hexagonal shape, and nut drivers, which are sockets. If you often work with specialty screws, then you'll appreciate the Jackson Palmer 218-Piece Ultimate Screwdriver Bit Set, which includes many of these uncommon types.

Handle

The majority of screwdriver sets have plastic or acrylic handles, sometimes with a rubbery coating for extra grip, but you’ll also find wooden-handled screwdrivers, as well. Whichever type of handle you choose, it should fit in your hand comfortably, even when applying pressure to turn a tight screw, without slipping or causing pain. Look for handles that are marked ergonomic or “comfort grip” if you prefer tools that are easy on your hands. The Wera Kraftform Comfort Insulated Screwdriver Set has especially comfortable handles, and is insulated for use around live wiring, as well.

Tip Type

Most basic screwdrivers are one piece: the tip, shaft, and handle are all fastened together. However, bit-tip screwdrivers consist of one handle with attached shaft, and a selection of different-size tips that you can swap in or out of the shaft as needed, like our best all-in-one pick, the Klein Tools 11-in-1.

These screwdrivers are very handy if you don’t want to clutter up your tool box with a range of different-sized tools. Often, these sets include both Phillips and slotted tips. On the downside, it can sometimes be a little tricky to remove the bit, and if not inserted correctly, it might wiggle or slip while using the screwdriver.

FAQ
  • How do you use a screwdriver set?

    Screwdriver sets ensure that you have the right-sized screwdriver for every project. When you’re in need of a screwdriver, peruse your set to pluck out just the right one. Then, insert the driver into the tip of the nail and apply pressure, turning it clockwise repeatedly until the screw is tight and almost flush to the surface.

  • How do you clean a screwdriver?

    You can scrub a dirty screwdriver with hot soapy water or a mixture of one part vinegar to four parts water. Scrub them with an old dish brush or steel wool, then rinse them clean under running water. Dry your tools thoroughly with a towel immediately after cleaning.

  • What are common screwdriver types?

    The most common types of screwdrivers on the market are flat-head and Phillips-head screwdrivers. If you have these two types of screwdrivers in your arsenal, you will be able to work with a majority of screw heads.

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