10 Best Pocket Screwdrivers of 2021 – Reviews & Top Picks
Screwdrivers are some of the most useful tools imaginable. Today, just about everything is held together with screws, making these tools invaluable for repair work of all types. If you work in any repair or technician field, then you likely use screwdrivers all day every day. But carrying around a full set of screwdrivers can be a hassle. They take up too much space and it’s so easy to lose one, limiting your functionality.
Luckily, pocket screwdrivers offer a way to keep the most important bits at your fingertips, never more than an arm’s reach away. These tools are compact and many offer multi-functionality, so you’ve always got several of your most important tools in your pocket.
We know you rely on your pocket screwdriver many times each day, so we wanted to make sure that we can help you find the best tool for your needs. To that end, we purchased many of these tools and put them to the test. We learned a lot along the way, which we’re going to share with you in the following reviews.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Klein Tools 4-in-1 Electronics Pocket Screwdriver||
|Best Value||Swatom 8 in 1 Mini Screwdriver Set Pen||
|Premium Choice||Steelman 10-In-1 Magnetic Pocket Screwdriver||
|Stanley 66-344 4-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver||
|K-Motor Performance Pocket Magnetic Screwdriver||
The 10 Best Pocket Screwdrivers – Reviews 2020
1. Klein Tools 4-in-1 Electronics Pocket Screwdriver – Best Overall
Precise control and versatility in this pocket screwdriver from Klein Tools earn our top recommendations. Klein Tools is known for making high-quality tools, and this one doesn’t disappoint. It features a 4-in-1 design, offering 2 Phillips bits and 2 slotted bits. The Phillips are #0 and #00; perfect for small electronics and other devices, but there’s no full-size standard #2 Phillips.
When you’re done and want to store this screwdriver, you can retract the concealable tip so it won’t accidentally stab you. There’s also a pocket clip to keep it in place, ensuring you won’t drop it or fiddle around looking for it. The barrel is also special. One side is short but can be flipped around to offer a long end, depending on your needs at the time.
2. Swatom 8 in 1 Mini Screwdriver Set Pen – Best Value
With the Swatom mini screwdriver, you’re getting 8 tools for a price that’s cheaper than many tools offering half the functionality. Those 8 tools are different screwdriver bits, including 4 Phillips bits and 4 slotted bits; all different sizes. The Phillips bits range from #00 to #2, providing the full range of common sizes.
At less than 5 inches in length with a weight of just 1.5 ounces, this little screwdriver will have no problem fitting into your pocket. All of the bits are conveniently stored inside the screwdriver, so you won’t lose them. Unfortunately, ours was missing some bits when it arrived, but it was promptly replaced, and the replacement had all the bits. We later realized the bits are magnetized, which makes them even better.
Even though you’re getting 8 tools, this pen screwdriver is cheaper than most products that only offer 4 tools. Add in its compact size and it’s easy to see why we think it’s the best pocket screwdriver for the money.
3. Steelman 10-In-1 Magnetic Pocket Screwdriver – Premium Choice
The Steelman magnetic pocket screwdriver is going to cost you more than most of the options we tested, but with the incredible versatility it provides, we think it’s absolutely worth the higher price. While most of these pocket screwdrivers offer 2-4 tools, this one offers 10! And at just over 4 inches, it manages to stuff all of that into a very discreet package.
Eight different screwdriver bits are included in that array of 10 tools. You’ll get 2 flatheads, 2 Phillips bits in sizes #1 and #2, plus 2 Torx bits, and 2 square bits. The shaft is standard ¼-inch hex and can be used as a driver as well. It’s also magnetized, offering a secure hold on any bit. The final tool is a bottle opener, so you don’t have to carry one for when it’s time to relax.
Making sure you don’t lose this screwdriver is the attached pocket clip. You can have it on either side of the tool, allowing you to mount it the way that makes sense to you. Overall, we think it offers enough extra functionality to warrant a higher price, which is why it’s our premium choice recommendation.
4. Stanley 66-344 4-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver
Stanley is one of the most well-known tool manufacturers on this list. Their pocket screwdriver is a great product that has one major flaw preventing it from breaking into our top three. But there’s a lot to like about this tool all the same.
This tool just feels nice when you hold it. It’s got a non-slip surface that stays easy to hold, even when you build up some sweat. You’ll also get 4 different magnetic screwdriver bits with non-slip surfaces in this self-contained package. This includes 2 slotted bits and 2 Phillips bits, though the largest is a #1 size. We would like to see a #2 Phillips, but that’s not our real issue with this device.
The real problem is that the bits are 5-millimeter, rather than the standard ¼-inch. This means that you can’t replace them if you lose them. You also won’t get great functionality from the bit holder as a nut driver. Still, this is an affordable tool with great features. We like it, but not as much as we like some of the other pocket screwdrivers we tested.
5. K-Motor Performance Pocket Magnetic Screwdriver
These pocket screwdrivers fromK-Motor Performance offer a truly budget way to get pocket-sized screwdrivers. You’ll be missing out on the multi-tool functionality of many models we’ve already covered, but if you prefer simple, then these might be your style.
For a very low price, you’ll get a set of 2 screwdrivers. One is a slotted tip, the other is a Phillips. Both have pocket clips to keep them secure and they’re both just over 5 inches in length. These are great for basic work with electronics or popping open clips in an engine bay, but we prefer the functionality of a multi-tool with many size bits at our disposal.
6. Megapro 6PDRIVER-CC Pocket Driver
The Megapro 6PDRIVER-CC pocket driver is a 4-in-1 tool that might be the cheapest pocket screwdriver we’ve seen. As far as functionality, you’ll get 4 bits. There are #0 and #00 Phillips bits, as well as size #1.5 and #2 slotted bits. These are very small sizes that aren’t of much use for anything other than working with small electronics and computers. They’re perfect for that though, with a 15-millimeter reach on each bit.
We noticed that this tool gets pretty slippery if you get any moisture on your fingers. But it’s pretty compact at ½-inch wide and 5½ inches long. It weighs just 1.6 ounces and has a pocket clip to keep it secure when not in use. Altogether, it’s a decent tool, but the tiny bit sizes don’t offer enough functionality for our liking, though it might be perfect if you work solely on computers or other small electronic devices.
7. S K Hand Tools SKT85112 Pocket Style Screwdriver
There’s no doubt that the pocket-style screwdriver from S K Hand Tools is a well-built tool. It feels great in your hands with no play in the shaft. But it’s pretty expensive considering the limited functionality it offers.
At this price, most of the pocket screwdrivers we tested offered 4 or more different bits, but this tool offers just 1 Phillips and 1 slotted bit. They’re not even magnetic, which is surprising for such a pricey tool. The Phillips is a #1 and the slotted is 3/16 inches. These sizes are common and useful, but for the price, we’d rather get 2 additional sizes since we need them so often.
8. Maxcraft 60609 7-In-1 Precision Pocket Screwdriver
When we first held the Maxcraft precision pocket screwdriver, we expected great things from it. In your hand, it feels excellent, with a durable aluminum housing and knurled grip for a secure hold. It’s a 7-in-1 tool, offering 4 flathead and 3 Phillips bits. They’re all very small though, with the Phillips bits being sizes #0, #00, and #000. As such, this screwdriver is really only useful for working with very small devices.
Still, we like the functionality of 7 tools in 1, especially with the onboard bit storage. However, this turned out to be an issue. The bits are constantly getting stuck in the storage compartment. At one point, we were unable to dislodge 3 of the bits for several weeks, seriously impeding the usefulness of this tool.
Even though this screwdriver uses tiny bits, it’s much larger than other screwdrivers we tested. This one is longer than 6 inches, while some of our favorites were barely over 4 inches. Altogether, it’s just not a tool that we’d choose, and we wouldn’t recommend it to you either.
9. Allied Tools 65051 Pocket Screwdriver
We don’t necessarily dislike the 65051 pocket screwdriver from Allied Tools. As a screwdriver, it’s great. But it’s just a regular straight head screwdriver with a pocket clip attached. It’s not even securely attached, which just seems to make everything even worse.
Granted, this is a pretty cheap screwdriver. But you only get one function. Most pocket screwdrivers we tested at least offered dual functionality, and some provided as many as 10 tools! In comparison, this screwdriver sure feels bare. However, it does have one thing in its favor; a lifetime warranty.
If you just want a flathead screwdriver with a pocket clip, then this tool might be for you. If you’re looking for a multi-functional pocket screwdriver, then we suggest skipping this one.
10. Red Barn Pocket Screwdrivers
For select mechanics, the Red Barn pocket screwdrivers might be a good fit. But for most users, these are going to be a big miss. This set includes 5 tools; all of which have slotted heads. But they’re all 2-in-1 tools, so, what’s on the other side? Not another screwdriver bit. Instead, you’ll get a valve core tool.
These screwdrivers aren’t magnetized, so they won’t hold onto screws. For some, this might be preferable, though it’s going to limit their functionality for many users. You’re getting 5 screwdrivers, but they all offer the same exact functionality. For this price, you can get a tool with 4 or 8 different bits built-in, which we think is a far better deal.
When you’re looking at pocket screwdrivers, you have a lot of different choices. There are some that offer just a single tool that clips into your pocket, while others offer the functionality of many tools, all built into one convenient package. So, which of these is the right tool for you?
If you’re still unsure after reading our reviews, then this buyer’s guide is for you. In it, we’re going to look closer at the most important aspects to compare when trying to decide between different pocket screwdrivers. When you decide what you need in each of these key areas, picking a pocket screwdriver will become much simpler.
Picking the Perfect Pocket Screwdriver
There are just a few things to keep in mind when you’re trying to pick between these tools.
Single Tool vs Multi-Tool
The first thing to consider is how much functionality you want from your tool. You might not need a wide range of different bits for your uses. If all you need is a single bit, then you can get a screwdriver that offers just that functionality. But for many people, a tool with far more options is a better bet.
A pocket screwdriver with just a single bit can be more compact than a multi-tool. They can be lightweight and fit easily into your pocket. Plus, they’re often stronger and more stable since there are no moving parts and no connections.
On the other hand, if you need more than one bit, you’ll have to carry more than one screwdriver. A multi-tool will allow you to have multiple bits in a single tool. However, that tool will be a bit larger and heavier. It will probably be less stable and heavy-duty as well.
How Many Bits Can You Fit?
If you want the extra functionality of a multi-tool pocket screwdriver, then you have to decide how many bits you want. Some of these tools offer just two bits; usually, one Phillips and one slotted. Four bits is another common number, but you can also have tools with eight or even tools built into one.
Some of our favorite tools had more than just the standard Phillips and flathead bits. These even included less common heads like Torx and square. While you might not run into these quite as often, when you do, having that functionality becomes a blessing.
What Sizes Do You Need?
Many of the tools we tested were excellent, though the bit sizes they offered decreased their usefulness for many tasks. But this is completely dependent on what you plan to use the screwdriver for.
If you’re working exclusively with small devices like computers and electronics, then you might only need these small sizes. In such a case, you’d do fine with one of the very inexpensive multi-tools that only offers bits up to the #0 size.
On the other hand, if you’re working with a wide range of different devices and need the ability to work with larger screw heads, then these smaller bits aren’t going to cut it for you. In this situation, you’ll need a screwdriver with larger bits, such as a #2 Phillips, or a #1 at the least.
Make sure you really consider what types of items you’re working on and figure out exactly what functionality you require from your pocket screwdriver. This will help you to pick the right tool that provides everything you need.
The final thing we consider is the price. This factor isn’t as important to everyone, but for some, this is the deciding factor or even the most important consideration. While it’s often true that you get what you pay for, that’s not a hard and fast rule. We’ve gotten some tools that offered incredible performance at value prices.
We wouldn’t suggest shopping based on price alone. This is a great way to end up with an inferior-quality product. What we recommend is to first shop based on your needs. We’ve already covered the questions that should help you determine your needs, so find a product that meets those requirements first.
Once you find several compatible products, then you can narrow them down on price. Don’t assume that more expensive tools are automatically better. Many times, we’ve purchased expensive tools expecting great things, only to have them outperformed by far cheaper products.
Pocket screwdrivers are far more useful than their small size might give away. Many professions will benefit from a good pocket screwdriver, and we want to make sure you aren’t disappointed with your purchase. We’ve tested many of these tools in order to write the reviews you’ve just read, and along the way, we acquired some favorites.
Our top choice overall is the Klein Tools 32614 multi-bit precision screwdriver set. This 4-in-1 tool offers precise control with a rotating cap. Plus, you get great versatility from the interchangeable barrel that can be used short or long.
For a budget price, you could get the Swatom mini screwdriver pen, our recommendation if you’re trying to save some money. It offers 8 tools in total, including 4 slotted bits and 4 Phillips bits, all of which are magnetized.
And if you’re willing to spend a bit more, the Steelman magnetic pocket tool is worth the extra cost. It offers 10 tools in one, spanning a range of useful bits, including Torx, Phillips, slotted, and square. There’s even a bottle opener built-in, and a pocket clip that can be alternated to either side.
More screwdriver-related buyer’s guides:
- 1 A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- 2 The 10 Best Pocket Screwdrivers – Reviews 2020
- 2.1 1. Klein Tools 4-in-1 Electronics Pocket Screwdriver – Best Overall
- 2.2 2. Swatom 8 in 1 Mini Screwdriver Set Pen – Best Value
- 2.3 3. Steelman 10-In-1 Magnetic Pocket Screwdriver – Premium Choice
- 2.4 4. Stanley 66-344 4-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver
- 2.5 5. K-Motor Performance Pocket Magnetic Screwdriver
- 2.6 6. Megapro 6PDRIVER-CC Pocket Driver
- 2.7 7. S K Hand Tools SKT85112 Pocket Style Screwdriver
- 2.8 8. Maxcraft 60609 7-In-1 Precision Pocket Screwdriver
- 2.9 9. Allied Tools 65051 Pocket Screwdriver
- 2.10 10. Red Barn Pocket Screwdrivers
- 3 Buyer’s Guide
- 4 Conclusion