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24 November 2021

Best screwdriver sets

We tested screwdriver sets from B&Q, Milwaukee, Stanley Fatmax and more, to find out which is the easiest and most durable to use to complete common DIY tasks.
Joey Willoughby-Rainsford

Screwdrivers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so a good screwdriver set should give you a wide range of tools to help you tackle almost any screw you find yourself working with.

In September 2021 we tested eight screwdriver sets costing a little as £4 and as much as £49, which we bought from major retailers such as B&Q, Screwfix, Toolstation and Amazon. 

In our tests, we used them with a variety of different types of commonly used screws from Phillips to Pozidriv. 

Find out which screwdriver set we recommend, when you might need a VDE or precision screwdriver, as well as the commonly used names for a variety of screwdrivers and screw heads.


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The best screwdriver sets

Only logged-in Which? members can view the full test results below. If you're not yet a member, you'll see a list of the screwdriver sets we tested in alphabetical order. 

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B&Q Mixed Screwdriver Set

B&Q Mixed Screwdriver Set

Cheapest Price: £13.56 available from B&Q

Set contains: 7x slotted, 4x Phillips, 1x stubby slotted and 1x stubby Phillips

Comes with case: No

Magnetic tips: No

These screwdrivers from B&Q are one of the more affordable options in our selection. 

How did this set of screwdrivers compare with its more expensive counterparts? 

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Gedore Screwdriver Set

Cheapest Price: £49.08 available from Amazon

Set contains: 5x slotted, 2x Phillips, 2x Pozidriv, 1x mains tester, 1x VDE slotted and 1x VDE Phillips

Comes with case: No

Magnetic tips: No

This set of screwdrivers is the most expensive in our tests, but it includes a mains tester and two VDE screwdrivers (find out what that means below). 

The manufacturer claims these screwdrivers are made from high-quality materials, which makes them very tough and comfortable to use.

Did we find these to be easier to hold than the cheaper alternatives? Find out by logging in to your account or join Which? to read our full review.

Magnusson Mixed Screwdriver Set

Cheapest Price: £14.99 available from Screwfix

Set contains: 4x VDE slotted, 4x VDE Phillips and 4x VDE Pozidriv

Comes with case: No

Magnetic tips: Yes

This affordable set of screwdrivers from Magnusson claims to have soft-grip handles for higher torque and greater control, while also reducing hand strain. 

For our tests we got hands-on using the screwdrivers with a wide range of screws, to assess how easy or difficult they are to hold and use.

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Milwaukee Tri-lobe Mixed Screwdriver Set

Cheapest Price: £39.99 available from Screwfix. Also available from Amazon

Set contains: 3x Phillips, 3x Pozidriv and 6 x slotted

Comes with case: Yes

Magnetic tips: Yes

This set of screwdrivers from Milwaukee boasts a wrench-ready shank that allows extra leverage to be applied. 

The manufacturer also says the tri-lobe handle is optimised for maximum comfort and high-torque application.

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Rolson 12-in-1 Stubby Ratchet Screwdriver

Cheapest Price: £4 available from Amazon, Halfords. Also available from Rolson

Set contains: 1 screwdriver handle with 12 bits (3x slotted, 3x Phillips, 3x Pozidriv and 3x Hex)

Comes with case: No

Magnetic tips: No

This short and stubby screwdriver may look like only one, but it is in fact a set of 12. 

The wide handle stores six double-ended bits that give you a total of 12 different screwdriver options.

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Stanley Fatmax Mixed Screwdriver Set

Cheapest Price: £36.99 available from Amazon, Screwfix. Also available from Toolstation

Set contains: 4x parallel slotted, 2x flared slotted, 3x Phillips and 3x Pozidriv

Comes with case: Yes

Magnetic tips: No

This colour-coded set of screwdrivers from Stanley Fatmax has been designed to make it easier for you to quickly identify each tool. 

The manufacturer claims the large-diameter handles give you added grip and torque. 

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UnitedLux Magnetic Screwdriver Set

Cheapest Price: £25.99 available from Amazon

Set contains: 6x slotted and 6x Phillips

Comes with case: Yes

Magnetic tips: Yes

The manufacturer claims this screwdriver set from UnitedLux has ergonomic cushion-grip handles that are designed for comfort and control.

It's a mid-priced set, but it's worth bearing in mind that it only containes slotted and Phillips screwdrivers.

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Wiha Mixed Screwdriver Set

Cheapest Price: £30.79 available from B&Q

Set contains: 3x slotted, 3x Phillips, 2x Pozidriv and 4x Torx

Comes with case: No

Magnetic tips: No

The manufacturer says every handle in this set offers a perfect balance between guidance, speed and torque.

It offers a good range of different screwdrivers, but does it live up to the claims?

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What's a VDE screwdriver?

What's a VDE screwdriver?

VDE stands for Verband der Elektrotechnik - an organisation that's responsible for testing and certifying tools and appliances and is internationally accredited. 

The VDE mark indicates safety and quality in electrical, information and medical technologies. 

A VDE screwdriver is used to ensure you are safe when working with electricity and these tools are intended to help prevent injury from electric shock.

What's a precision screwdriver?

Precision screwdrivers are much smaller (normally around the size of a pen) than their full-sized counterparts.

A precision screwdriver set comprises tools for dealing with small fasteners - for example, screws in a clock, watch or electronics.

Different types of screwdrivers and screws explained

Different types of screwdrivers and screws explained

There are a number of different types of screws and screwdriver bits, which can be a bit bewildering to the uninitiated. 

Here's quick guide to some of the more common screwdriver types: 

Slot (S or SL)

Slot or slotted screws are recognisable by their single horizontal indentation across the whole head. 

This type of screw is driven in by flat-head (also known as flat-bladed) screwdrivers.

Phillips (PH)

Like slotted screws, Phillips screws and screwdrivers are very common. 

Easily recognised by its cross cut out with a slightly wider middle than a standard cross (or doubled-slot) screw.

Phillips screws and screwdrivers are often designated by the letters 'PH'. 

Pozidriv (PZ)

Pozidriv screws are considered an improved version of the Phillips screw. It is sometimes referred to as a multi-purpose screw. 

You can tell a Pozidriv screw from a Phillips by spotting the set of radial indentations (tick marks) set at 45 degrees from the main cross recess on the head of the screw.

While Pozidriv and Phillips may appear broadly interchangeable, it's best to usethe correct driver for the screw. 

Phillips screwdrivers can loosely fit and turn Pozidriv screws, but can easily slip or potentially damage the screw or screwdriver head. 

Also, Pozidriv screwdrivers can be forced into Phillips screws, but when tightened they may tear out the Phillips screw head.

Hex (H)

As the name would suggest, this type of screw and the accompanying screwdriver have a hexagonal recess/head similar to that of an Allen key.

This type of screw is often found in flatpack furniture.

Torx (T)

Torx screws (sometimes called star drive) have a star-shaped recess in the fastener with six rounded points.

These types of screws are popular in the automotive and electronics industries. 

How to protect your tools from rust

Preventing rust from developing can help you get the most out of your tools. 

If you spot rust on your tools, you'll need to act quickly to stop the rust from spreading.

Rust prevention

Keeping your tools in a climate-controlled area is a simple way to prevent rust from forming. 

If your shed or workshop often fluctuates between cold and hot, your tools are likely to rust, as the fluctuating temperature will attract moisture.

If this is the case, you may wish to consider placing a heater, as well as a dehumidifier, where you store your tools.

Another option is to place silica gel packs in your toolbox, drawers or tool cabinets. This will help to reduce moisture. 

Apart from controlling the climate, you can also help to prevent rust from forming on your tools by keeping them dust-free, because dust attracts moisture. 

When cleaning your tools, make sure you always dry them completely. 

You can protect the metal areas with an application of a rust inhibitor, such as WD-40, spread evenly with a microfibre cloth.

Rust treatment

If you spot rust forming on your tools, here's how to quickly remove it:  

  1. Clean the rusty tool in warm soapy water to remove any dirt or grease. 
  2. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
  3. With an abrasive material (for example, a scouring pad, sandpaper or steel wool) scrub away light to moderate rust from the affected area.
  4. Coat with a light layer of WD-40 to help prevent rust reforming.

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How we tested screwdriver sets

To bring you these results we put each screwdriver set through the following tests:

Build quality

We carefully examined the build quality of each set of screwdrivers and checked for any manufacturing faults or defects. 

The best screwdrivers were absent of mould lines and other flaws caused by the manufacturing process.

Ease of use

To test how easy each set of screwdrivers was to handle, we used them to screw and unscrew four different types of commonly found screws. 

We used Phillips, slotted and Pozidriv screws for this test. Each screw was screwed into and unscrewed from a 22mm-thick plank of treated spruce timber.

For this test, our researchers considered how well each set was able to cope with the different sizes of screws and whether the screwdrivers slipped in our hands while using them.

The best sets in our selection had something for each type of screw we tested and were easy to use.

Comfort

Our researchers also considered and checked how comfortable each screwdriver was when used. 

We looked at the design of the grips and how they felt while holding and also while twisting. 

The best screwdrivers fitted comfortably in our hands and caused no discomfort while in use. 

On the other hand, the worst in our selection were uncomfortable and caused hand ache after prolonged usage.

How we chose the screwdriver sets we tested

When finding the screwdriver sets to include in our test, we considered the following selection criteria. 

  • A set containing 12 screwdrivers or 12 different types of screwdriver bits
  • One per brand
  • Sold by at least one major UK retailer

We bought all of the products we tested.