Last updated November, 2018
Electric screwdrivers are a great way to save your wrists – manual screwdrivers have their place, but if you have to remove or install multiple screws in a row, it no only takes a long time, it can be a real forearm workout!
Enter electric screwdrivers – small, compact, lightweight, but powerful enough to drive in screws and speed up assembly of flat-pack IKEA furniture.
The downside to even the best electric screwdrivers is that they don’t allow for standard drill bits – they all have a 1/4inch hex drive which is great for screw driver bits only.
- If you do need something that can accept a drill bit for drilling or boring holes, then you’ll need to look at our collection of the best cordless drills. They cost more, and they’re heavier, but that’s because they have more function than simply being a cordless screwdriver.
How to choose an electric screwdriver – do you already own a cordless drill?
If you own a cordless drill, and this cordless screwdriver is just something to live in your junk drawer to help with small projects or to use in tight spaces where your drill won’t fit, then I recommend going with one of the cheap budget electric screwdrivers. Look at the Black & Decker or the Ryobi options.
If you don’t own a cordless drill, and don’t plan on it, you’ll likely want something a little more robust – with more torque for bigger jobs (where you can’t use your drill – you don’t have one remember?) and better battery life. If this is you, then I think the best option for an electric screwdriver would be one of the top-of-the-line more expensive units by a well-known tool brand. Check out the DeWalt or Hitachi cordless units.
Here’s the best electric screwdrivers you can buy online in Canada:
T3 Smarter Living ranked the Hitachi DB3DL2 Dual Position Cordless Screwdriver as the #1 on their list claiming it was the 'The Best Electric Screwdriver' in their product review. [March 2018]
The Hitachi feels more professional than any of the others they reviewed. It's much tougher, and with the dual lithium0ion batteries, it has more power than the other cordless screwdrivers reviewed.
Morning Chores ranked the Hitachi DB3DL2 Dual Position Cordless Screwdriver as the #5 on their list claiming it was the 'Overall Great Performance' in their product review. [source]
It's a good value electric screwdriver, comfortable to use with very good battery life, and ideal for medium-duty projects. What they didn't like is that this cordless screwdriver has trouble holding smooth-shank bits (no problems with hex-shank bits).
We Are Top 10 ranked the Hitachi DB3DL2 Dual Position Cordless Screwdriver as the #1 on their list claiming it was the 'Editor's Choice' in their product review. [source]
It you're in a hurry, they recommend the Hitachi cordless screwdriver as the best option. It's small and lightweight, and comes with 2 batteries and a lifetime warranty!
T3 ranked the Black & Decker AS6NG AA powered cordless screwdriver as the #5 on their list claiming it was the 'Best ultra-cheap electric screwdriver' in their product review. [March 2018]
For a few, lighter duty projects around the house (think assembling Ikea furniture or hanging a picture frame), than it's tough to compete with the low cost AA powered screwdriver from black and decker.
GeekWrapped ranked the Black & Decker AS6NG AA powered cordless screwdriver as the #4 on their list claiming it was the 'Perfect Tool for light tasks' in their product review. [January 2018]
Admittedly, they list a drill as number 1, but this Black & Decker makes slot #4, with it's small, lightweight, but relatively powerful strength make it worth considering. It also has an innovative 'manual' lockout mode to use as a manual screwdriver.
Tools Critic ranked the DEWALT DCF680N2 8V Max Gyroscopic Screwdriver as the #1 on their list claiming it was the 'Best Cordless Screwdriver under $100 (USD)' in their product review. [source]
Long lasting lithium batteries, and optional high RPMs make this a better all-around electric screwdriver than some of the others. The one disadvantage they list is the price.
Amazon ranked the Black & Decker BDCS50C Roto-Bit Cordless Screwdriver as the #1 on their list claiming it was the 'Best Seller / Amazon's Choice' in their product review. [November 2018]
The Black & Decker Roto-Bit is ranked as the best electric screwdriver on Amazon.com. It has some cool features like rotating bit storage cartridge and a magnet to hold onto extra screws. Plus, it's one of the cheapest electric screwdrivers too!