Last Updated on August 29, 2020
Magnetic screwdrivers are supposed to make the job easier. The internet is supposed to do the same thing for shopping. However, we all know that it can sometimes do the opposite, obscuring where it should instead clarify.
That can make it hard to figure out if you’re getting a product worth buying and can make it even harder to feel like you’re getting a great deal. If you want to find a set that you’ll love using, and want to make sure that you’re getting a great deal for the money, then make sure you check out our reviews of the best magnetic screwdrivers of 2020.
We also recently published an article covering the 5 best electric screwdrivers that can be found here.
|Best Overall||STEELMAN 41856 Magnetic Screwdriver Set, 8-Piece||
|Klein Tools Magnetic Screwdriver Set with Bits 70035||
|Best Value||Showpin Magnetic Screwdriver Set with Bits||
|Steelex D2032 Magnetic Tip Screwdriver Bit Set, 30-Piece||
|ARES 70003 8-Way Screwdriver with Magnetic Tip||
Set size: 8-Piece
The STEELMAN 41856 Magnetic Screwdriver Set, 8-Piece is the set you want to get if you want some of the best screwdrivers on the market, period. They also have great magnetism, which is a nice bonus, but the quality found in this set makes them superior to most common screwdrivers. These screwdrivers come with a steel shaft, which will allow you to put all kinds of pressure on them without fear of snapping them. They also come with a black-oxide shaft coating which will greatly reduce corrosion, and a diamond-tip coating, which will increase friction and extend the life of these tools.
You get four Philips and four flathead screwdrivers of different sizes, so you’ll be able to do a lot with this set. The only downside is that it’s a bit pricey, but that’s generally expected when you’re buying something of superior quality. If you want the best on the market, you won’t be disappointed with these tools.
Set size: Comes with bits
The Klein Tools Magnetic Screwdriver Set with Bits 70035 is another great option for those looking for a high-quality magnetic screwdriver. This model comes with a single handle and four interchangeable bits. That gives you a decent amount of flexibility for the price. It also comes with onboard bit storage, which is accessible by unscrewing the cap on the end of the screwdriver. That way, you can always have the bits you need on hand when you get to work. This model measures just over seven inches from tip to tip, so it’s compact enough to drop in your pocket.
It also comes with a very strong magnet in the handle, which magnetizes the bits while they’re in use, allowing you to pick up screws easily. The only real downside to this model is that the bit storage is inconvenient relative to that on other models. However, if you like the idea of being able to use just one handle as though it were four screwdrivers, this is the model for you.
Set size: comes with bits
The Showpin Magnetic Screwdriver Set with Bits comes with 10 bits, giving you one of the widest ranges of application on this list. The bits are also standard 1/4-inch bits, so you can use them with other tools, or add other 1/4-inch bits to this set. Since you can get this set for less than you’d pay for our top two models, it earns the title of “best for the money” on our list.
It also comes with a soft carrying case, which is something that you don’t get with all screwdriver sets. That makes it easy to carry this screwdriver and its bits from place to place. The only quibble we have with this model is that it isn’t the strongest on the market and won’t be able to loosen the tightest bolts. However, if you need a good, inexpensive tool for working around the house, you can’t go wrong with this model.
Set size: 30-Piece
The Steelex D2032 Magnetic Tip Screwdriver Bit Set, 30-Piece comes with one of the best cases on our list. If you’re looking for a set that can travel, then this one is one you’ll like decently. However, given its price and how many bits it has, it’s going to live and die by its bits. It does come with 26, 1/4-inch bits. This includes some square, hex, and Torx bits that you can’t find in every set.
However, the bits aren’t well-made. They’re soft, and sometimes strip when used on a hard screw. They also deliver inconsistent magnetism, which means each bit is hit or miss in that area. Consequently, this isn’t a set that everyone will love. It’s decently-priced, so if you want something cheap, you might like it okay, but if you’re looking for quality, you’ll be disappointed.
The ARES 70003 8-Way Screwdriver with Magnetic Tip is a unique take on magnetic screwdrivers with interchangeable bits. It comes with a double-tipped shaft, which has a flathead bit on one side, and a bit that’s supposed to work as a Philips #0, #1, #2, and #3, as well as a Pozidriv 1, 2, and 3. If it could live up to those claims, it would certainly be a good buy.
You probably won’t be surprised to learn that it doesn’t perform that well. The bit is too large to consistently remove #0 screws, and that lends some doubt to the rest of the compatibility claims. The magnetism is also inconsistent. Some units are done well, while others are essentially magnetism-free. Overall, this isn’t an expensive model, but you’re getting one or two uses out of it, which makes it a very high price to pay for an underwhelming experience.
The STEELMAN 41856 Magnetic Screwdriver Set, 8-Piece is one of the best magnetic screwdriver sets on the market today, due to its steel shafts, black-oxide anti-corrosive coatings, and diamond-tipped bits. The Klein Tools Magnetic Screwdriver Set with Bits 70035 is compact and includes four bits and a strong magnet, though its inconvenient onboard storage keeps it out of first place. The Showpin Magnetic Screwdriver Set with Bits includes 10 1/4-inch bits and a soft carrying case, and given its low price, it’s the best value for the money on our list. The Steelex D2032 Magnetic Tip Screwdriver Bit Set, 30-Piece has the most bits of any set on our list and includes a good case, but the questionable bit quality and inconsistent magnetism drop it to fourth place. In last is the ARES 70003 8-Way Screwdriver with Magnetic Tip which comes with a unique “universal” bit, which doesn’t live up to its claims, and provides poor value overall.
We hope that our reviews of the best magnetic screwdrivers of 2020 have helped you find the set that is right for you at a price your wallet will love.
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