Last Updated on August 28, 2020
Pocket screwdrivers may seem like a toy to some people, but the truth is that you can get a lot of use out of these tools. Pocket screwdrivers are designed to be light enough to carry around at all times, so you can always have one on hand, which can save you a lot of time that would otherwise be spent searching for the right screwdriver for the job.
The best pocket screwdrivers save you time and money. The worst leave you wishing that you had kept your money. When you’re shopping online, it can be hard to get a feel for these tools, and many people are left wondering if they’re getting a good deal or not.
Our reviews are designed to show you the good and bad on each model, so you can go into your purchase with full knowledge of what you’re getting. We’ve also included a buyer’s guide, so you can learn more about these tools and help yourself get a deal with which you’ll be very happy.
|Top Pick||Maxcraft 60609 7-In-1||
|Stanley 66-344 4-in-1||
|Best Value||Bostitch Office Stanley 4-In-1||
There aren’t many tools out there that can replicate the strength in the lightweight frame that the Maxcraft 60609 7-In-1 Pocket Screwdriver provides. This is clearly the best overall model, due in large part to its extremely sturdy but lightweight aluminum shell. The shell is hollow, which allows you to store the seven included bits inside the screwdriver, so you can always have the one you need on hand. Also included is a pen clip, which lets you hand this tool from a pocket or belt so that you can have it nearby without having to carry it around.
It also comes with a magnetic bit holder, which magnetizes the bits when they’re inserted, and allows you to pick up those pesky screws that always manage to fall into a tiny gap. Our only real complaint is that the bits are 4mm bits instead of 1/4-inch. That means that you won’t be able to use the most common bit type with this screwdriver, but the 4mm bits are arguably the second-most common, so you can expand your collection. Overall, this is a great pocket screwdriver and one that will leave you very satisfied with your purchase.
The Stanley 66-344 4-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver is another good choice if you’re looking for a great pocket screwdriver. This model comes with a compact frame that will readily fit in most pockets. It’s just over seven inches long, so it’s still large enough to fit comfortably in your hand without being so large that it will spill out of your pocket. It also comes with two double-ended bits, giving you the ability to work with four different screw types on just one body. The bits are magnetic, so you can pick up fallen screws with ease.
This model provides a soft, rubberized grip over a plastic frame. It’s arguably more comfortable to hold than our top model, so if that’s something you value, go with this model. However, it lacks high-end strength, since it makes use of a plastic shell. If you’re looking to do very serious work with your pocket screwdriver, you’ll probably need a stronger tool. There’s a real risk that you could snap this tool in half when trying to unscrew very tight screws. However, if you want something portable for around-the-house work, then you can’t go wrong with this excellent pocket screwdriver.
What’s better than getting one great pocket screwdriver at a great price? Getting two pocket screwdrivers at a great price. The Bostitch Office Stanley 4-In-1 Pack comes with two of the same great pocket screwdrivers described in the previous section. It should only cost you a dollar more, which means you’re paying less per screwdriver than you would if you were buying them individually. That gives you one for work and one for home use, or one to keep and one to give away as a gift. That extra screwdriver makes this set the best value for the money on our list.
Each screwdriver comes with two double-ended bits, so you’ll be able to work on a lot of different things with just one tool. The bits are also magnetic, so you can hold screws on the ends of the bits while lining them up with the hole. The downside to this set is same as in the last one. The plastic shells don’t have the best high-end strength, so if for tight screws, you’ll want something stronger. Still, if you’re looking to get a great deal on a pair of pocket screwdrivers, you’ll be very happy with this set.
The most important thing to remember when shopping for a pocket screwdriver is that you don’t have to sacrifice portability to get strength. There are a ton of lightweight metals out there, and some, like aluminum, happen to be both lightweight and very strong. That can make for a pocket screwdriver that can handle just about any job you throw at it, while also being light enough to carry in your pocket all day.
You should also make sure you get a set that has the bits you’ll use most since most pocket screwdrivers don’t make use of the omnipresent 1/4-inch bits that most tools use. If you keep these ideas in mind, you should be able to easily find the model that is right for.
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The Maxcraft 60609 7-In-1 Pocket Screwdriver is our favorite model due to its strong aluminum shell, lightweight, and great onboard bit holder. In second is the Stanley 66-344 4-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver, which comes with a lightweight, compact frame, two double-ended bits which are magnetized, and a soft, rubberized grip. What keeps it out of first place is the fact that its plastic shell won’t hold up as well as the aluminum one on our top model. The Bostitch Office Stanley 4-In-1 Pack includes two of the screwdrivers from the previous model, for just a dollar more. That means you’re getting two compact, lightweight screwdrivers with two double-ended bits each, for a better per-unit price than the previous model. That means you can give one to a friend or have one for the office and one for the home.
We hope that our buyer’s guide has helped you better understand pocket screwdrivers and that our reviews have helped you find the model which is right for you at a price you love.
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!