The screwdriver might be the most fundamental tool in my arsenal. From electrical work to plumbing and DIY/woodworking projects—screwdrivers play an integral role in how I get work done. Because this tool is so ubiquitous, you can take it for granted. To keep you from taking these tools for granted, I decided to recommend the best screwdriver sets out of the many dozens I’ve used throughout the year.
Best Screwdriver Sets – Our Top Picks
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Best Screwdriver Set Overall
I first got my hands on the Wurth Zebra 3K Screwdrivers 5-piece set (model 061394226) back in 2018. Pro Tool Reviews managing editor Kenny Koehler also proclaimed them the most comfortable he’d ever used. I love the steel endcaps in particular—you can rap the back of these drivers with a hammer when needed. Notice I said when and not if needed, lol.
You also get a nice wrench assist up at the top of the shaft for torquing down on the driver. The quality of these screwdrivers is exceptional. You pay for that quality, but I consider the $73 a solid investment.
Best Budget Screwdrivers
Craftsman CMHT65071N 12-piece Screwdriver Set
One thing you can’t ignore about this Craftsman 12-piece screwdriver set is that it carries a lifetime replacement warranty. That’s right—break a tip or damage a handle and all you need to do is go to a store that sells them and get an immediate replacement. That currently includes Lowe’s and other retailers. On top of that, I like the traditional design and magnetizable tips.
This kit even includes a tool to magnetize and demagnetize your drivers as needed. As my pick for the best budget screwdriver set, you really can’t go wrong for $25.
Best Screwdriver Set for Mechanics
Gearwrench 20-pc Screwdriver Set
The Gearwrench 20-pc Screwdriver Set delivers overall quality and value. This set feels really comfortable in the hand, but it also gives you a large set of drivers. That includes standard-size drives across a range of slotted, Phillips, and Torx. You also get T15 and T20 Torx drivers and a fairly comprehensive set of 6 mini screwdrivers.
The tips “grip” really well, and I like how quickly the drivers spin in my palm due to the slick plastic back. At the same time, you get a grippy rubberized overmold that tolerates greasy hands. This $99 driver set feels remarkably similar to those found in the Sonic Tools S9 toolbox.
Best Screwdriver Set for Woodworkers
Vessel Ball Grip 1/4″ Hex Bit Screwdriver Set
Woodworkers appreciate precision. With a screwdriver, you want precise control and a tip that doesn’t slip off the fastener and damage your material. The large ball grip gives you perfect control over this driver at all times. Since all screwdrivers eventually end up with damaged tips, I love the replaceable 3-inch blades as well.
The longer blades let you go places where stubby replaceable bits don’t fit since the larger surrounding holder sits nearer to the handle. You can also replace these 3-inch blades with any number of products on the market. Vessel also makes ratcheting versions, but this $13 model works well, and I like the value it offers.
Best Screwdrivers Set for Electricians
Klein 32500HD Multi-Bit Screwdriver/Nutdriver
Wait—this isn’t a screwdriver set??? Actually, yes it is—just all packed into a single driver system. I can’t help but love this all-in-one solution from Klein and it has replaced every single non-insulated screwdriver in my electrical tool bag.
You get a solid cushion-grip handle that holds everything you need to get your work done. For screwdrivers, you have access to Phillips, slotted, square, and T25 drives. Additionally, Klein gives you 1/4″, 5/16″, and 3/8″ nut drivers with the handle itself giving you a 1/2″ nut driver. As an electrician, you can ditch a lot of individual screwdrivers and replace them with this single product. The nut drivers also work in your impact driver if you want more speed. For $22 you really need this all-in-one screwdriver set in your kit.
Best Insulated Screwdrivers
Klein Tools 6pc 1000V Insulated Screwdriver Set 85076INS
Klein Tools makes a $49 8-in-1 Insulated Interchangeable Screwdriver Set (model 32288) but I prefer having individual drivers. Also, you pay a little less ($40) for a decent 6-piece 1000V screwdriver set that gives you two Phillips, two slotted, and a #2 square drive. When it comes to insulated screwdrivers, I like having the extra length these offer plus the ease of pulling the exact driver I want.
Each screwdriver in this set comes with a color-coded visual identifying label on the top of the handle so you grab the correct tool from your bag every time. These also feature a tether hole for anchoring the tool at height. The cushion-grip handle feels comfortable to use and—even better—Klein makes these in the USA.
Best Precision Screwdriver Set for Electronics
Klein Tools 32717 Multi-Function Precision Electronics Screwdriver Set
Klein again? Yes. For whatever reason, the company seems bent on screwdriver world domination… Organization, ergonomics, and bit selection make for the best precision screwdrivers. This $30 kit from Klein Tool hits all of my touchpoints. You get all of the bits you could possibly want—including obscure security Torx bits and Apple tri-wing bits. 39 heat-treated bits in all.
It delivers all of this with a driver that blows away most others we’ve seen. It features a nice rubberized ergonomic grip, a floating rear spin-cap, and a magnetic bit holder. A reversible and removable barrel gives you both standard and extended-reach ends while extra-long bits give you even more access.
Best Multi-bit Screwdriver
Wiha 77791 26-in-1 Ultra Driver
For a tool I’ve known about since 2017, the $30 Wiha 77791 26-in-1 Ultra Driver still manages to impress anyone I pull it out in front of. This best-in-class multi-bit screwdriver features an ultra-compact design that jams 26 tips entire within its handle. Pop off the back and the bits conveniently mushroom out to give you easy access to two carousels with 6 double-sided bits each. The additional two-sided bit stays in the driver.
You get a very grippy driver with a convenient storage solution for carrying what amounts to nearly every bit known to mankind. That includes Phillips 0-3, slotted bits, T6–T30, square bits, and even a set of Pozidriv bits. Since Wiha uses double-sided bits, they manage more in this driver than we’ve seen in any other design. And they do it with less bulk and weight.
Best T-Handle Screwdriver Set
Gearwrench 33-piece Ratcheting T-Handle Hex Key Set
Gearwrench made its 33-piece T-Handle Torx Key Set with powder-coated alloy steel. They avoid twisting under significant hand torquing. The ratcheting handle works well and saves a lot of effort when working more quickly is desired.
We also find the handle easy to grip—the comfortable dual-material gives you a solid grasp for applying lots of torque. Priced around $44, this T-handle set lets you place bits into the long end or the short end depending upon the amount of torque you require. Lastly, Gearwrench provides chamfered edges on both ends to provide smooth bit insertion.
Best Screwdriver Bit Set
Milwaukee 100PC Shockwave Packout Bit Set Kit
Priced around $60, the Milwaukee Shockwave Impact Duty Bit Set gives you tons of great options. The price and value fall nearer the most premium solutions as opposed to value brands. However, I’ve used these bits for years and they fit snugly into most fasteners and last longer than most under high torque applications.
Sold in a low-profile half-width Packout case, you also get durable storage for jobsite use. When I work, I like to stay organized. This system ensures that you have direct access to the bits you need. The set includes a healthy assortment of Phillips, slotted, square drive, and Torx bits. You also get a complete set of hex bits from 3/32″ to 1/4″ and both 1/4″ and 5/16″ nut drivers.
Best-Selling Screwdriver Sets
After making our top picks, I also wanted to highlight the best-selling screwdriver sets across several retailers. For one, this may indicate certain sets that present a particular value. On the other hand, it may indicate a sale on popular sets and an opportunity to get something great at a discount.
How We Choose the Best Screwdriver Sets
When choosing the best screwdriver sets I focused on several key aspects of what makes a good hand tool. Everyone uses screwdrivers—from plumbers to electricians to mechanics. That means everyone has an opinion. To pick the best products, I consulted several professionals to add to my own experience in just how Pros use these tools in their daily work. When the dust cleared, I took care to examine the following for each of my selections.
Comfort and Ergonomics
I don’t like using screwdrivers that don’t let me get a good solid grip. It should let you bear down on a screw without hurting your hand. For mechanics, I paid attention to which drivers had a nice fit but also handled grease and dirt. If a driver slips out of my grip when I get a little greasy—that’s not a great tool. I also like tools that clean up easily.
Durability and Quality
From the handle quality to the design of the shaft, I want a screwdriver that holds up under consistent use. I also care a lot about the quality of the tip. I ruled out several drivers because they didn’t hold up when the going got tough. Breaking a slotted tip every few weeks shouldn’t be part of your workflow!
Look at how the driver blade runs through the handle. The best screwdrivers carry the blade very deep into, or even through, the handle. Cheap screwdrivers only extend a couple of inches past the base of the handle. As you can imagine, when you apply enough twisting force, the torque can quickly overcome the small amount of handle coverage.
I’ve seen plenty of handles break as a result of poor design. Most major manufacturers have figured this out, but many of the knockoff brands take this shortcut—figuring you can’t see through the opaque plastic.
Usability and Features
Particularly when it comes to multi-bit drivers and T-handles, I love features that make sense. A great case in point is multi-bit drivers that make use of handle space so you don’t have to hunt around for bits when you need them. I also want to ensure you can buy replacement bits. T-handles should have enough material to deliver the required torque without feeling like you might twist the steel shaft or break off the handle.
For some drivers, having a couple with a through shaft and steel backplate makes them handy when you need to bang on something. We all do it—you might as well have a driver or two that can take the abuse! We also like hex grips on the shaft. You can grab these with a wrench when you need some extra torque. Some shafts do this by making the entire shaft in a 1/4-inch hex design while others provide a short, thicker area near the base of the handle. I prefer the latter but appreciate both designs.
I don’t mind paying good money for the best screwdriver set available. That price needs to equal what you get for your money, however. Also, a “cheap” set of screwdrivers might look good up front, but if the blades break and the handles shatter when you need them the most… Well, you might wish you had spent more upfront for a nicer set! I try to take all of this into account. When I recommend a more expensive set—I expect it to last.
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