Wirecutter is reader-supported. Cons: Bits could get rust easily. If you’re on a tighter budget, we also like the Husky Ratcheting Multi-Bit Screwdriver. The handle is chunky though, and we much prefer the teardrop of our main pick and runner-up. It’s not the best choice for a homeowner. Even the top-tier ratchet doesn’t offset this level of tediousness. 4.7 out of 5 stars 4,949. Not only does this mean that you won’t lose them, but it also gives you easy access when you need to switch for different jobs. These bits are complemented by seven 1/4-inch drive sockets – from 5mm to 11mm – and all are clearly marked. These force you to dump the bits out into your palm and sift through them to find what you need, juggling the tool while you dump the rest back in the handle. In side-by-side tests, the Channellock and MegaPro performed identically. However, we didn’t think the case was sturdy enough, with plenty of visible flashing and the hinge just a thinner part of the moulding. The Vessel TD-6816MG is on the smaller side yet has a very nice feel to it. Other screwdrivers, like the Marshalltown SDR19SG and the Husky Ratcheting Screwdriver Set, were dismissed because they only have the simple compartment in the handle and offer no bit organization like our picks. TACKLIFE. We found getting the cartridge on and off to be tedious and difficult and prefer having the MegaPro’s 12 bits at our disposal at all times. They also need additional storage space and thus are less likely to be stored somewhere convenient, like in the kitchen drawer or in the trunk of a car. It has a telescoping stem, which sounds neat, but not something we’ve ever felt we needed. Other than the color, they’re exactly the same tools. Versatility is its second name, and you’ll surely like how handy this tool is for multiple applications. Klein Tools. Finally, there are quite a few very nice screwdrivers that we dismissed because they don’t have a ratcheting feature, which we feel is essential. Many of the screwdrivers we tested are compatible with standard 1-inch driver bits that magnetically sit in the end of the stem. Nanch. This manual screwdriver combines smooth ratcheting action with excellent bit storage and a uniquely comfortable handle to be the most well-rounded, capable tool of its kind. The bit storage is exceptional and is one of the many areas where the tool stands apart from the pack. These tools are well-received and do offer speed, but when compared with the MegaPro, they come up short in other areas like bit storage and general ergonomics. In 10 years of construction, I don’t think I’ve ever run across a 0-size square drive screw. It comes with 12—and it would be great to be able to store them all onboard. We preferred a ratchet driver because it’s easier to use – and the more teeth the better to help in tight spots. The WorkPro Ratcheting Multi-Bit Screwdriver is a budget model that comes up short. As an example, adjusting door hardware can require three different tips: a Phillips for the hinges, a Torx for the knob set screw, and a slotted for the strike plate. To access, you have to turn the rear cap a quarter turn and pull the piece out. For many people in the EDC community, Leatherman’s line of multi-tools is the be-all and end-all when it comes to butterfly-style tools for everyday carry. If you turn the handle while holding the front-most collar, the stem spins at a very quick rate (four times the normal, according to Stanley). The Lutz 15-in-1 has a chunky 10-tooth gear so you have to really rotate the handle for it to catch. A screwdriver is the essential tool for minor home repairs. This can be used for hex-headed screws like the kind you might find holding the rear panel of your washing machine or on a pipe band clamp. It's a fiddly system and nowhere near as simple as the MegaPro’s storage. The rear cap doesn’t close with the same nice “pop,” the handle isn’t as comfortable, and the bit storage is a little more difficult to open. It’s missing the smaller square drive and the #0 Phillips, replacing them with a wider selection of Torx sizes, which are less likely to be used in a home setting. Shock new Renault 5 arriving in next few years with electric power, and an electric Renault 4 is rumoured too, Fine tuning of Sony Vision S’s handling and autonomous technology in a new European development programme, The head-turning and hi-tech Hyundai Tucson SUV is set to challenge its premium rivals. In almost all ways, it’s identical to our pick; the same handle, the same nice ratchet, and the same style of storage system. This can also be advantageous if you tend to use a power drill, since individual bits can also be compatible with these. It’s usually about half the cost of the MegaPro 13-in-1 and it shares a lot of the same characteristics but it’s not as refined. The Kobalt 13-Piece Ratcheting Screwdriver was the most inexpensive model we tested and it shows. Most ratcheting screwdrivers contain a gear and pawl mechanism that allows you to turn the screwdriver (handle and stem) one way, and then turn just the handle back to reposition and reset it, and then turn the handle and stem again. We found through testing that Channellock's 13-in-1 performs identically to the MegaPro 13-in-1, so we spoke with Fruhm, MegaPro’s CEO (and inventor of the unique bit storage system), and he confirmed that MegaPro manufactures the Channellock 13-in-1 on a private-label basis. Magnetic Screwdriver Set 10 PCS, CREMAX Professional Cushion Grip 5 Phillips and 5 Flat…. The JH Williams WRS-1 is a well-made tool, but it suffers from poor design. Price: around £17Rating: 3.5/5Total bits/sockets: 34/9. According to our analysis, the Ratcheting Multi Bit Screwdriver from Klein Tools is the best ratcheting screwdriver that comes at an affordable price and equips you with great functionality. It also includes 11 50mm bits but oddly – and annoyingly – none are hex. A final benefit of the MegaPro 13-in-1 is that it’s available in two versions and colors, which could make shopping more clear-cut if one or the other is a lower price or easier to find. #4 SHOWPIN 12-in-1 Magnetic Screwdriver Set with Bits It includes the widest range of metric sockets, spanning 5-13mm, but the driver itself clinched the win: it’s 120mm long with a thick, knurled rubber coating and an extendable top for storing bits. The Milwaukee 10-in-1 Square Drive Ratcheting Multi-Bit Driver has a nice feel, but the bit storage is on the outside of the handle and, like similar models, is needlessly fussy and not as quick as the MegaPro’s. He spent 10 years in high-end construction as a carpenter, foreman, and supervisor. Magnetic Screwdriver Set, 26pc Set with Case . In five years of researching and testing screwdrivers, we've found that the MegaPro 13-in-1 Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver is the one tool that gets everything right. I’ve been using the same MegaPro 13-in-1 for the past eight and a half years, four of which were spent in a construction site setting. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I needed one. We used the screwdrivers to hang towel bars, tighten hinges, install toilet paper holders, make adjustments to radiator valves, tinker with pocket door hardware, and do some light electrical work. We’ve seen a wide array of storage styles, and the best allow you to quickly identify and access the bit you’re looking for. What's the best multi-bit screwdriver? Our least favorite are those that loosely store the bits in the handle. Most also have a third position that locks the stem into place, making the tool behave like a traditional screwdriver. This is in addition to the 13 we previously looked at. A multi bit screwdriver is a versatile and useful tool that should be standard in almost any workshop. He lives in a very demanding 250-year-old farmhouse and spent four years gutting and rebuilding his previous home. The Best Toolbox. Worse though is that the storage is accessed with a screw cap. The Best Multi-Bit Screwdriver. The Leatherman Skeletool CX multi-tool delivers the essentials with no filler, lasts a long time, and is easy to carry daily. While you don’t get a case, the top unscrews for storing the bits, and this set is so small and light that you could keep it in the glovebox. A button on the butt end causes about three-fourths of the handle to shift back, revealing a bit carousel in the center of the tool. Easy availability and a lifetime warranty make it the best option in the lower price range. Typical tasks such as minor home repairs and furniture assembly can require a wide array of bit shapes and sizes. The product is highly durable because all the pieces are heat treated plus it also houses a cushioned grip so that the item feels natural on hand as well. The threads on the cap are poorly done and became mangled very quickly, and we didn’t like how we had to plug five holes while dumping a bit out of the sixth. Mark Frauenfelder 8:34 am Wed Nov 27, 2019 Cool Tools (a site I co-run with Kevin Kelly) has a YouTube channel that runs tool reviews. The 7-inch handle is comfortable, but the toggle is difficult to use and the bit storage is up at the nose of the tool. Dottie also sells a version of the 13-in-1 that is typically more expensive than these two, but if you see it for less than the MegaPro or the Channellock, it’s an option too. We tested the similar Kobalt Double-Drive, which has since been discontinued. The storage system on the DeWalt Ratcheting Screwdriver is similar to the MegaPro’s, but it doesn’t work well at all. This feature might sound nice, but it’s not one we ever felt the need to use. Also the handle isn’t that comfortable. While in use, they just rattle around in the handle, and it’s a pain to swap one out. I’m no stranger to screwdrivers. I’ve found that the success of the storage system makes it very difficult to lose a bit. Bahco 808050 Ratchet Screwdriver and 6 Bits Review. This set is physically smaller than most and comes with two drivers: the 110mm version takes the 1/4-inch bits, and the smaller ones fit the 100mm driver. Also, for a set with no case or ratchet, we thought the price was a bit high. The Irwin 1948774 8-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver is like the Klein in that it can hold only five bits (the other three are nut drivers), and they’re stored on either side of the stem, so to access them you need to remove and flip the stem. We liked the flip-up holders and, although this doesn’t have as many bits as the larger Halfords set (below), the gap closes when you take duplicates into account. If you don’t lose it, this is probably the last screwdriver you’ll ever need to purchase. The Stanley’s storage is difficult to use, with loose bits stored in an open chamber with a screw cap, which isn’t our preference. Best Multi-Bit: Klein 11-in-1 Screwdriver and Nut Driver Buy on Amazon Buy on Home Depot 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. The warranty also doesn’t cover the bits. While there is no question that the bits in the 13-in-1 are more difficult to replace, we’ve found that they’re extremely durable and, due to the excellent storage system, very difficult to lose. Official: Renault 5 reborn as compact EV due on sale by 2025, Pure-electric Sony Vision S begins road testing programme. We then moved the back of the drill around in a circle like we were stirring a pot. There are other tools that have additional features or a finer ratchet, but for a solid ratcheting action, fantastic bit storage, a useful selection of bits, and an oddly comfortable handle, the MegaPro 13-in-1 is the one to beat. It’s best to have screwdrivers of various lengths on hand, but if you’re only going to purchase one at the moment, consider which projects you’ll need it for. There is space for six 1-inch bits. The bits are marked in their spring-loaded holders but, oddly, the 1/4-inch sockets aren’t. Kaisi 126 in 1 Precision Screwdriver Set with 111 Bits Magnetic Driver Kit Professional Electronics…. We mentioned that the storage system makes it easy to avoid losing bits—but if that happens, there’s no question they’re more difficult to replace and more expensive. After years of constant use, the tool still works great, and aside from a couple of paint splatters and a scratch here and there, the MegaPro is exactly as it was when it came out of the packaging. 9. The Husky 12-in-1 Quick Loading Ratchet Screwdriver stores the bits on the exterior of the handle. The ratchet is also clunky, and the stem wobbles in the handle. Paying around $30 for a screwdriver may make your jaw drop, but in the five years we’ve been recommending it, we’ve received more positive feedback on this than just about any other Wirecutter pick. Ratcheting screwdrivers have a toggle, usually up at the base of the stem, that moves the ratcheting mechanism from clockwise to counterclockwise depending on whether you’re tightening or loosening a screw. The best all-around screwdriver for the toolbox or kitchen drawer should be a ratcheting, multi-bit screwdriver with easily accessible bit storage. The difference is that it takes smaller, single-sided 1-inch bits, rather than the double-sided bits that our pick takes. The InstallMates 12-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver has very good bit storage but a grinding, low-quality ratchet. © 2021 Wirecutter, Inc., A New York Times Company, MegaPro Ratcheting Automotive Screwdriver, MegaPro 13-in-1 Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver, MegaPro 13-in-1 Ratcheting Driver 211R2C36RD, Channellock 131CB 13-in-1 Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver, Channellock 13-in-1 Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver, MegaPro 211R1C36RD Ratcheting Automotive Screwdriver, Almost the same, but the bit selection isn’t as good, Our pick: MegaPro 13-in-1 or Channellock 13-in-1, Runner-up: MegaPro 13-in-1 Ratcheting Automotive Screwdriver, Budget pick: Husky Ratcheting Multi-Bit Screwdriver, a commenter, Patrick, in ToolGuyd’s review, 211R1C36RD 13-in-1 Ratcheting Automotive Screwdriver, InstallMates 12-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver, Ideal 35-688 21-in-1 Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver, Snap-On 8¾ Standard Ratcheting Screwdriver, Husky 12-in-1 Quick Loading Ratchet Screwdriver, Rolgear 15-in-1 Multi-Bit Silent Ratcheting Screwdriver, DeWalt Max Fit Telescoping Ratcheting Multi-Bit Screwdriver, Milwaukee 10-in-1 Square Drive Ratcheting Multi-Bit Driver, Milwaukee 8-in-1 Compact Ratchet Multi Bit Driver, Stanley 66-358 Stubby Ratcheting Screwdriver, Irwin 1948774 8-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver, Stanley FatMax Hi-Speed Ratcheting Screwdriver, 171BK/RD-R 7-in-1 Compact Ratcheting Screwdriver, GearWrench 40-Piece Ratcheting Screwdriver Set, Stanley Pistol-Grip Ratcheting Screwdriver Set, Top Tools 2012: ChannelLock 13 'N 1 Ratcheting Screwdriver. It has been our pick since 2013, it’s still the best after a new round of testing in 2018 against 15 new screwdrivers. Unfortunately, this design comes at the expense of the locked stem position. Good luck finding those. With the convenient storage carousel of the 13-in-1, there is a spot for each one of the bits. These very short drivers can be great for tight spots—behind a heavy appliance, or in some other tight spot a full-sized screwdriver can’t fit. For what it’s worth, a commenter, Patrick, in ToolGuyd’s review claims that when he needed a replacement bit, he called MegaPro “and they sent me a bit for free.”. One limitation of the Husky is that it only has room in the storage area for six bits. We previously dismissed a number of other models in our 2013 testing. While doing all of this testing, we kept a close eye on each screwdriver’s handle comfort, the ease of its ratchet toggle, the convenience of the bit storage, and all of the other subtle features and details that separate the good from the bad. Channellock’s other ratcheting screwdriver, the 181CB 18-in-1, has a variation on the hollow handle storage system. We looked at two popular “stubby” screwdriver models in our 2018 tests. Price: around £9Rating: 4/5Total bits/sockets: 47/7. But compared with the other screwdrivers in the same price range—typically less than $15—it has the best combination of features and quality. This caused the driver tip to skip and chatter over the screwhead. Pro: Swiveling end allows you to press and turn easily Con: Won’t work for high torque scenarios Speed Loader: Craftsman might not make the best tools in the business, but they’re experts at giving you the best tool for the money. Other tools have additional features or a finer ratchet, but for a solid ratcheting action, fantastic bit storage, a useful selection of bits, and an oddly comfortable handle, the MegaPro is the one to beat. Slotted Phillips Screwdriver Set, 17 Piece 9-31794 . Even with the roomy storage capacity for the six bits (which really are 12 different driver tips), the comfort of the grip far exceeded that of any of the other screwdrivers, even those that cost more than twice as much. It’s a very comfortable design, and it felt natural no matter how we held it. Our torture test didn’t cause any wear or tear on the bits at all, and neither has routine work. It’s a very nice screwdriver, but it only holds six bits and typically costs around $40, so we feel the MegaPro is a better all-in-one option. These consist of a handle, blade, and attachment mechanism which allows bits to be used interchangeably. Of these models, the majority of them come with specialty bits designed with a specific trade or task in mind such as elevator maintenance, HVAC, and RV repair, just to name a few. My most used multi-bit driver. We put together a prefab bookshelf, repaired a busted worklight, and installed three screen doors. Having to spend time searching for bits, either digging through the kitchen drawer or rummaging around the tool bag, is unnecessary. It is built solid in the USA and has a lifetime warranty. It includes 14 different bits for the screws plus a ¼-inch nut driver. In this article, I have provided you a rundown of the 10 best screwdriver sets that are available on the market right now. I’m not the only one who likes the MegaPro 13-in-1. About a year ago a few viewers wrote in and suggested that we take a look at the new screwdriver being offered by Rolgear. It comes with a driver, which you simply slip bits into then use to screw or unscrew things, and 44 different bits – so you should have no difficulty finding something that can tackle the screw at hand. When the tool is in use, the bits rattle around a little. Convenient bit storage: For a multi-bit screwdriver to be successful, it needs to have effective onboard bit storage, especially considering the grab-and-go nature of the tool. (Assume any statements in this section about the MegaPro 13-in-1 also apply to the Channellock 13-in-1.) The Ryobi 90-Piece Drill and Drive Kit is the best drill bit set we’ve found in years of testing. The 10 best screwdrivers to buy in the UK. The ratcheting action is loud on this tool, and the whole thing feels heavy and clumsy. You'll work faster (using less effort), you'll do less damage to the screwheads, and minor repairs and home projects will feel much more manageable. Good multi-bit drivers, like the kind we’re recommending, tend to run in the $20 to $30 range. Torx bits, gaining in popularity, have four common sizes. The additional bits are quite rare and aren’t likely to be found in your house. These are the best precision screwdrivers for most people. If you are searching for the best screwdriver set, then you are in luck. If the MegaPro and Channellock 13-in-1s are not available, we recommend the MegaPro 211R1C36RD Ratcheting Automotive Screwdriver. Again, our previous winner leads the way when it comes to how many bits are on offer – a total of 42, plus 14 1/4-inch drive sockets. Only MegaPro screwdrivers have this feature. It has a very similar design and bit storage (minus the spinning cap). Another class of ratcheting screwdrivers that exists is the two-speed style, like the Klenk SAB710 and the SpecTools Overdriver. Square drives (Robertsons) have two standard sizes—the smaller R1 is used in a lot of trim carpentry, while the larger R2 can be found holding down decks and in other exterior applications. Need to cut out a bit of your kitchen or through plastic piping, ... By Leon Poultney 2019-01-01T22:10:55Z. What really sets it apart is the excellent bit storage, which makes it easy to find, store, swap—and never drop—its six unusually tough double-sided bits. It’s very difficult to get the bits in and out of the holder. The top 10 list of the best screwdrivers lists various brands and prices. He also raises sheep and has a dairy cow that he milks every morning. ... 126 in 1 Precision Screwdriver Set with 111 Bits . The choice of bits is good and even includes three square bits, but there are no markings. Another set in a nice, strong box, with the contents held firmly in a moulded plastic tray. It has a fantastic ratchet mechanism that just oozes quality, but the bits are stored loose in the handle. Other screwdrivers had similar systems, but none matched the 13-in-1’s stability or the ease with which it slides in and out of the handle or pops back into place. It can store only six bits at a time, which is a little limiting, and the handle isn’t as comfortable to hold as the MegaPro’s. There are plenty of bits, including all our preferred types, plus Pozi. We didn’t look at kits like the GearWrench 40-Piece Ratcheting Screwdriver Set and the Stanley Pistol-Grip Ratcheting Screwdriver Set that come in a case and have different handle attachments and a large number of driver bits, but those are overkill for someone who can make do with a regular screwdriver. The carousel sits loosely in the tool, so it wobbles all over the place while bits are being taken in and out. Last, the little holding clips don’t do their job, so when we did manage to get the handle open, loose bits came tumbling out of the back of the tool. Our experience is that we’ll take a non-ratcheting screwdriver over a bad ratcheting one, but a good ratcheting screwdriver trumps all. The best multi-bit-screwdriver you'll ever use. It also offers a lifetime warranty and easy availability at Home Depot. Other than the color, they’re the same tool; MegaPro confirmed to us that it manufactures the Channellock on a private-label basis. Also, the fact that your palm is pressing against a stationary piece instead of a twisting one, means you won’t “rug-burn” a fiery hole into your palm. Reply. To get at the bits, you need to rotate the end piece until a cut-out opening lands on the desired bit. The Ideal 35-688 21-in-1 Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver is another good-quality screwdriver that suffers from weak bit storage. Price: around £20Rating: 4.5/5Total bits/sockets: 42/14. 5,310 Reviews Scanned Powered by Trending Searches ... STANLEY Screwdriver, Ratcheting, Multi-Bit (69-189) 8.2 7.7 Also, the ratchet toggle is a little fussier than we prefer. Deutsch also recommended “staying away from the ratcheting screwdrivers that are prominently displayed in stores around Christmas and Father’s Day, unless you can test one first. Chief among these is the Picquic X-7 SixPac Plus, the Wiha Pop Up, and the original MegaPro 151NAS 15-in-1. Unlike my own carpentry and construction background, Deutsch has a physics and engineering one, so it’s not surprising that as a tool writer he’s particularly sensitive to how exactly things work. We assembled toys, adjusted cabinet doors, fixed a sagging gate, and hung some light fixtures. If it fits your hand comfortably, has an easy-to-use direction switch, and the gearing sounds okay, then it might be a good buy. by Doug Mahoney. 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