Dremel 200 vs 3000 Rotary Tools: Which One’s Best?

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Dremel 200-1/15 Two-Speed Rotary Tool Kit
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Dremel 200-1/15 Two-Speed Rotary Tool Kit
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Dremel 200-1/15 Two-Speed Rotary Tool Kit
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Both the Dremel 200 and Dremel 3000 are corded rotary tools with multiple speed settings. As members of the Dremel rotary tool universe, they can accommodate a vast array of bits and accessories, making both super-functional, multi-faceted tools. And both are aimed at the same audience – homeowners, crafters, and dog owners. Short of cooking dinner for your in-laws, both tools can handle just about any task you can think of.

We like them both – and both are super-popular with users – but we like the 3000 series better. It contains two key advances – variable speed and toolless accessory changing – while remaining at almost the same price point. Since there is no counter-argument to be made for the 200, we recommend the 3000 series.

Dremel 200 drilling wood

What’s the difference between them?

Speed settings – 3000 the clear winner

Both tools offer more than one speed. But the 200 series offers only two pre-set speeds – 15,000 or 35,000 rpms. The 3000 series allows you to gradually move up and down from 5,000 to 35,000 rpms. Clearly, the 3000 series offers you a much greater variety of speed choices. The 200 series has a small but noticeable number of reviewers unhappy with these pre-set speeds. Also, keep in mind that there are a few accessories that are designed to be operated a very slow rpms which the 200s cannot accommodate.

Dremel 3000 making hole on wood

Tooled or toolless accessory changing – another win for the 3000

The 200 series kits all come with a tiny wrench – that’s how you change out many of the accessories. But the 3000 series kits all have a nose cap with an integrated wrench, making it a toolless system for changing out bits. Toolless is easier and faster, making this an easy win for the 3000 series.

Price – tie

By now, you’re assuming the 3000 series is going to cost twice as much as the 200s, aren’t you? But they don’t. Sure, you can spend more on the biggest 3000 kit than the smallest 200 kit, but it’s relative – you’re still spending well under $100 on either. This is close enough to be a tie.

Dremel 3000 cutting metal

Quick Rundown of the Dremel 200:

Dremel 200-1/15 Two-Speed Rotary Tool Kit
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Dremel 200-1/15 Two-Speed Rotary Tool Kit
  • Two-speed simplicity is ideal for multiple applications & materials
  • Two speed control allows you to set your speed at 15,000 or 35,000 rpm with a flip of a switch
  • Cool-running ball bearing construction for smooth and quiet operation

A super-functional two-speed corded rotary tool

Pros
  • Two speeds – 15,000 or 35,000 rpms
  • Available as 3 differently-configured kits
Cons
  • No case

Quick Rundown of the Dremel 3000:

Dremel 3000-2/28 Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit- 2...
599 Customer Reviews
Dremel 3000-2/28 Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit- 2...
  • Variable speed from 5,000 to 32,000 RPM
  • Improved design for multiple grip positions
  • EZ Twist Nose Cap for quick accessory changes

Another super-functional variable-speed corded rotary tool

Pros
  • Variable speeds ranging from 5,000 to 35,000 rpms
  • Available as 5 differently-configured kits
  • Toolless accessory changing
  • Click-and-set speed control
  • Larger, 1.2A motor
Cons
  • Costs a bit more than the Dremel 200 series

Conclusion

Dremel’s 200 series and 3000 series are both going to conquer a wide spectrum of jobs – cutting, sanding, cleaning, engraving, polishing, grinding, carving, and more. There’s nothing wrong with the 200 series, it’s just that the 3000s are a modernized version with extra and valuable features. Dremel even describes the 3000 as a tool designed based on user feedback – and who doesn’t want to hear that?

Let’s let the 200 series go blissfully into a well-earned retirement and forge ahead into the future with the 3000 series.

About the Author Adam Harris

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!