The Best Multi-Bit Screwdriver

The MegaPro 13-in-1 Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver is the perfect one-stop screwdriver to have at hand around the house. After over 22 hours of research and hands-on testing of 13 different models, I found that the MegaPro has all of the right features: nice ratcheting action; smart, accessible bit storage; excellent bit selection; and a comfortable handle.

Last Updated: August 20, 2015
We've added a runner-up choice for best screwdriver in case our main pick from MegaPro is ever sold out or unavailable. The Craftsman Ready Bit Screwdriver isn't as comfortable to grip as the MegaPro, but it has great bit selection and storage. We've also updated the Competition section with models we don't recommend, and added a list of models we'll be testing soon.
Expand Most Recent Updates
August 29, 2014: Added a dismissal of the Stanley FatMax Hi-Speed Ratcheting Screwdriver.
July 29, 2014: Updated with our testing of Megapro's 7-in-1 screwdriver. It's very similar to our pick and costs $10 less, but the 13-in-1 is still the better tool that most people will want to have on hand. See more about why that is here.
April 18, 2014: Updated with an explanation of why we prefer MegaPro's 13-in-1 over any of their other models, including the 15-in-1.
October 7, 2013: Updated with info on Dottie's co-branding agreement with MegaPro.
July 19, 2013: We've noticed that Amazon's stock of the MegaPro is really inconsistent, so we've added Sears as a secondary source and the identical Channellock as an alternative.

MegaPro 211R2C36RD 13-in-1
The MegaPro has the most well-rounded features of any screwdriver we found. It has an ergonomic handle, a smooth ratcheting action, and it comes with all the right bits, storing them conveniently in the handle.

*At the time of publishing, the price was $30.

The MegaPro costs $28, which may make your jaw drop a little, but this recommendation is for the long haul. This is a high-end screwdriver (which is still quite a bit cheaper than some others I looked at) and is built to last. It won’t be breaking anytime soon or even wearing out. If you don’t lose it, this is probably the last screwdriver you’ll ever need to purchase.

Because of an agreement between MegaPro and Channellock, the MegaPro 13-in-1 is also sold as the Channellock 13-in-1 Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver. Channellock confirmed to me that their screwdriver is indeed made by MegaPro. I’ve used both tools and it’s obvious that they’re the same. At Amazon, the Channellock is currently selling for $27, one buck less than the MegaPro. Throughout this article, the screwdriver is only referred to as the MegaPro, but if you decide to purchase it, it doesn’t matter which one you get. I did this for clarity’s sake because in the course of researching, I tested another Channellock screwdriver, the 18-in-1. Also, MegaPro is the company that designed the tool, so why shouldn’t they get the credit for its greatness?

Also Great
Craftsman Ratcheting Ready-Bit Screwdriver
Not as comfortable or refined as our main pick, the Craftsman still has great bit storage and bit selection.
If the MegaPro is not available, the next best option is the Craftsman 9-41796 Ready Bit Screwdriver (about $23). In many ways it similar to the MegaPro; it has the same innovative storage and excellent bit selection. But there are other areas where it falls short; it’s no where near as comfortable to hold and the forward/reverse toggle is confusing to use. But when it comes to an all-in-one package, the Craftsman is still better than the rest.

Why Trust Me?

I’ve been in the trade for over a decade and have been writing about and reviewing tools since 2007. I’m the founding editor of and have written for This Old House, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, and Tools of the Trade. I’ve done time as a carpenter, a foreman, and a job supervisor mostly building high-end custom homes. Just looking at the raw hours since I first picked up a tool in a professional manner, I’ve probably spent at least a year of my life with a screwdriver in my hand.

Why A Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver?

After many conversations and back and forth with the internal editorial team, we decided to specifically look at multi-bit ratcheting screwdrivers. Here’s why:

In order to handle all of the screwdriving tasks around the house, you would have to purchase at least ten different screwdrivers in order to feel confident that you could tackle any task. The ubiquitous Philips bit alone has three common sizes found around the house, from the teeny P1 on electronics to the chunky P3 used on fat exterior screws and large door hinges. The same goes for slotted bits, as those three sizes can be found on set screws, on hinges and on radiator valves. Square drives (Robertsons) have two standard sizes—the smaller R1 is used in a lot of trim carpentry, while the larger R2 can be found holding down decks and in other exterior applications. Torx bits have four common sizes and can also fit in Allen-headed fasteners, so they’re found in pre-fab furniture and also tiny set screws. Keeping a supply of individual screwdrivers for all of these uses gobbles up valuable space and leads to you owning tools that rarely get used. Also, in situations like adjusting door hardware it’s likely you’ll need more than one driver: a Philips for the hinges, a Torx for the knob set screw, and a slotted for the strike plate.

With that in mind, it became apparent that the recommended tool would have to have a good bit selection and also a successful on-board bit storage system. In other words, I only looked at tools that provided the complete package in a single unit, the ultimate grab and go tool. There are kits like the GearWrench 40-Piece Ratcheting Screwdriver Set ($65) and the Stanley Pistol-Grip Ratcheting Screwdriver Set ($18) that come in a case and have different handle attachments and a large number of driver bits, but those are overkill for someone who can make do with a regular screwdriver. They also need additional storage space and thus are less likely to be stored somewhere convenient, like in the kitchen drawer or in the trunk of a car.

Ratcheting was also a must.
Ratcheting was also a must. My experience is that I’ll take a non-ratcheting screwdriver over a bad ratcheting one, but a good ratcheting screwdriver trumps all. Ratcheting screwdrivers are much faster and easier to use than standard screwdrivers. The overall effect is that you can tighten or loosen a screw while your hand and the fastener remain in contact with the tool the entire time. If you’re unfamiliar with them, most ratcheting screwdrivers contains a gear and pawl mechanism that allows you to turn the screwdriver (handle and stem), and then turn just the handle back to reposition and reset it, and then turn the handle and stem again. Ratcheting screwdrivers have an on-board toggle that switches the ratcheting mechanism from clockwise to counterclockwise depending on whether you’re tightening or loosening a screw. A third position locks the stem into place, converting the tool into a traditional screwdriver. A ratcheting screwdriver is really the best of all worlds.

Because the ratcheting mechanism allows you to maintain contact with the screw head throughout the entire tightening process, there is less chance for the driver bit to cam out. This can cause damage to the screw head as well as to the driver bit. A stripped screw can be very difficult to remove and most methods (like clamping the head with a set of locking pliers) can damage the surrounding surface. It’s something to avoid.

Ratcheting screwdrivers also work faster than traditional screwdrivers because you don’t have to keep resetting it in the screw head or releasing your hand from the tool. For the same reasons, they’re better in tight awkward spaces, like the back of a cabinet or tightening a leg on the underside of a table.

It’s true that an experienced user like a long-time electrician can work a regular screwdriver almost like a ratcheting one by putting pressure on the butt end of the tool with the ball of their index finger and quickly working their fingers around the handle to move the driver. It’s a good trick to know, but a ratcheting screwdriver gives you the same functionality no matter how you’re holding it.

What To Look For

Even narrowing the field down to just multi-bit ratcheting screwdrivers, I still took a look at over 35 different models ranging in price from $5 to $42. These included tools by box-store brands (Kobalt and Husky), popular big-name brands (Klein, Channellock, Irwin, Stanley, DeWalt, and Craftsman), and also tools from the high-end realm of screwdriving (Bahco, Wera, MegaPro, JH Williams). I did not seriously consider the Snap-On ratcheting screwdrivers because, let’s face it, $70 is way too much for the average person to pay for a screwdriver. But Bahco and JH Williams are both owned by Snap-On, so at least there is some representation of the renowned tool company and their legendary screwdrivers.

To focus my search, I turned to Stuart Deutsch of Unlike my own carpentry/construction background, Deutsch has a physics and engineering one, so it’s not surprising that of the tool writers he’s particularly sensitive to how exactly things work. He also has very little patience for inferior products.

When I asked him what makes a good ratcheting screwdriver, he said that in his experience, “better ratcheting screwdrivers are designed and manufactured with better materials and smoother, better fitting gearing. You can usually tell immediately how well a ratcheting screwdriver is made by holding the handle in one hand and turning the drive end with the other.”

What he’s talking about here is the actual gearing in the ratchet mechanism. Better tools tend to have finer gears with more teeth. This means that the ratcheting mechanism engages with just a slight twist of the handle, as opposed to a tool with fewer teeth that needs more rotation for the pawl to click over to the next tooth. For the most part, more teeth indicate a better tool and one that is easier to use, particularly in tight spots where you may have limited motion of your hand. I found screwdrivers that ranged from 10 teeth to 45 teeth. (Our selection has 28 teeth.)

There is also the issue of the resistance during the resetting turn, when the pawl is clicking over the gear. On cheaper tools with big, beefy gears this is a hard twist which can actually cause the fastener to move in the opposite direction. On the better tools, this turn takes little effort and barely puts any torque on the fastener.

Regarding the large range in prices, Deutsch had this to say, “as with a lot of tools, a good ratcheting screwdriver is designed for functionality and a positive user experience. Cheap ones are typically designed primarily around a price target, or at least it seems that way, with performance sacrificed and thrown to the wind.”

Deutsch has five things that he looks for in a ratcheting screwdriver. They are:

  1. Smooth and rapid click-click-click-click-click gear engagement that indicates a fine-tooth mechanism and good fit.
  2. An easy-to-toggle 3-position switch (forward, locked, reverse).
  3. A comfortable handle.
  4. Compact size or on-board bit storage.
  5. User-replaceable or swappable non-proprietary bits.

He also recommends “staying away from the ratcheting screwdrivers that are prominently displayed in stores around Christmas and Father’s Day, unless you can test one first. If it fits your hand comfortably, has an easy-to-use direction switch, and the gearing sounds okay, then it might be a good buy. If you can’t test it and it’s priced at $5-8, don’t expect great performance.”

Using these criteria, I zeroed in on eleven different models. The tools were all from reputable brands and had decent, if not great, customer reviews at retailer sites. I chose screwdrivers that provided a variety of pricing, storage systems, bit selections, and toggle styles.

In order to test out the screwdrivers I used them to hang towel bars, tighten hinges, install TP holders, make adjustments to radiator valves, tinker with pocket door hardware and do some light electrical work. Adding to that list, I assembled toys, adjusted cabinet doors, fixed a sagging gate and hung some light fixtures. I put together a pre-fab bookshelf, repaired a busted worklight and installed three screen doors. My list could go on, but it’s safe to say I used the tools in a day to day fashion that any moderately handy person would use them, doing the little things that may need to be addressed in your own a home or a condo, many of which apply to the apartment-dweller as well.

In addition to this loose-form testing, I checked the bit tips for stability by trying to strip them out. To do this I sunk a 3-inch drywall screw into wood and then, using the screwdriver tips in a cordless drill, I tried to remove the screw while holding the drill at an angle. I then moved the back of the drill around in a circle like I was stirring a pot. This caused the driver tip to skip and chatter over the screw head. It never gained purchase but caught it enough so that the working edges of the bit got a severe thrashing.

Our Pick

The MegaPro was the one screwdriver I found that does everything right. There were other tools that had additional features, but when it came to the basics the MegaPro was the most consistent. As far as a tool that delivers a great ratcheting action, fantastic bit storage, a useful selection of bits and an oddly comfortable handle, the MegaPro is the one to beat.

The handle is ergonomically molded and fits the hand to a point that far, far exceeded any of the other screwdrivers.
The bit storage is exceptional and is one of the places where the tool stands apart from the pack. Only the Craftsman equaled it in functionality. To access the bits, the butt end of the handle pops out and slides straight back revealing a stem surrounded by six bit holders, each of which houses a double-sided bit, sort of like a six-shooter. The carousel spins and there is plenty of room around the bits to easily take one out or put one in. Even though it stands off the rear of the handle, the carousel itself has no wobble to it. When you’re done, it slides back into the handle with a satisfying click and the bits stay secure no matter how much you shake the handle around or drop the tool. Even though the carousel mechanism locks in nice and tight, it can be easily opened with one hand by using the thumb and forefinger.

Another useful aspect of the rear cap is the fact that it can spin separately from the rest of the body. This means it can remain stationary while the rest of the tool spins, which allows you to apply extra pressure in certain situations. For example, if you’re working over your head (like on the top hinge of a door) or trying to extract a semi-stripped screw (and need to exert a lot of pressure on the screwdriver), you can hold the tool with your palm against the butt end and really lay your weight behind the twist. Even with this kind of pressure, the screwdriver can freely spin while the cap doesn’t. This means that the pressure from your palm isn’t fighting against the twist of the handle. Also, because your palm is pressing against a stationary piece instead of a twisting one, you won’t ‘rug-burn’ a fiery hole into your palm.

Even with the roomy storage capacity for the six bits (which really are 12 different driver tips), the handle is ergonomically molded and fits the hand to a point that far, far exceeded any of the other screwdrivers. It has a teardrop shape that tapers at the neck providing a nice groove for the thumb and forefinger. The gripping area of the handle is mostly rubberized and has a series of nubs in it for better purchase.

Between the handle and stem is the ratchet control. This is a 1-inch long collar, textured for easy gripping. Click it to the left to tighten a screw, to the right to loosen a screw, or to the center to lock the stem and use it as a standard screwdriver. The large size of the control makes it easy to use with one hand by sliding the thumb and forefinger forward.

The ratcheting mechanism in the MegaPro has 28 teeth. The Bahco, DeWalt, and Wera all have more (45 teeth), but each of those tools has a drawback with their storage systems (more on that in a bit—no pun intended). The MegaPro’s ratcheting action is very nice and quiet. When you twist the handle to reset the ratchet, the MegaPro puts almost no torque on the bit tip. According to Deutsch the tool “has the smoothest ratcheting mechanism I have come across in a screwdriver.”

The MegaPro comes with six double-headed driver bits, totaling 12 bits. The thirteenth function is the ¼-inch hex end of the stem, where the bit sits. This can be used for hex headed screws, like the kind you might find holding the rear panel of your washing machine on or on a pipe band clamp.

The bits included with the MegaPro:

  • Philips #0, 1, 2, 3
  • Slotted #4, 6
  • Robertson (square drive) #1, 2
  • Torx #10, 15, 20, 25

This is one of the more comprehensive bit selections I found in a single screwdriver. Of the 11 screwdrivers tested, only the Craftsman, Lutz, Channellock, and DeWalt had more bits, however the Craftsman and Lutz also repeat bits to get a higher number so really only the DeWalt and Channellock effectively have additional ones. The DeWalt has a #3 Robertson and a larger 5/16 slotted. The Channellock has a selection of both Torx and hex head, but doesn’t include Robertson bits. The #3 Robertson is a rare bit and the 5/16 slotted is a nice addition, but the larger #6 in the MegaPro can cover the usage. The MegaPro doesn’t have the most bits, but it has all of the necessary ones and nothing more. Additional bits would only serve to add more bulk.

Most of the screwdrivers I tested are compatible with standard 1-inch driver bits that magnetically sit in the end of the stem. The MegaPro is different. It uses double-sided bits with a spring-loaded ball bearing at the middle of the shaft that locks them into place. My experience is that this sort of mechanical connection is stronger than a magnetic one. The downside of it is that with the 1-inch screwdrivers the magnet is often powerful enough to carry through and magnetize the bit. This can make it easier to handle smaller screws or ones in difficult spots. The bits are also not as easy to replace if one gets lost. The small 1-inch bits are readily available in any box store or hardware store. The double-sided bits with the ball detent might not be found locally and they’re more expensive. Amazon has some for $4-10 depending on the pack.

The good news here is that the MegaPro bits are very durable.
The good news here is that the MegaPro bits are very durable. My torture test didn’t cause any wear or tear on the bits at all, so between that and the success of the storage system, I feel confident recommending a tool with proprietary bits. The MegaPro storage carousel has a spot for each one of the bits. Some of the screwdrivers, like the 18-in-1 Channelock, used the screwdriver tip as one of the storage spaces, meaning that there are seven bits, but only six storage slots. The assumption here is that one of the bits is going to live in the tip of the screwdriver. This isn’t ideal because they’re more easily lost this way. It’s my experience that if the screwdriver has a decent storage system, the bits just don’t get lost; they’re either stowed away or locked into the tip of the tool. So basically: it will take a lot to damage the MegaPro bits and it’s unlikely that you’ll lose one.

If you recall, these special bits go against Deutsch’s initial comments on what he looks for in a ratcheting screwdriver. I didn’t ask him specifically about this issue, but when I asked what screwdrivers he recommends, the first thing he said was the MegaPro 13-in-1. It’s realistic to say that he has come to the same conclusions that I have regarding the tool.

Because the MegaPro takes 2-inch double-sided bits, the hole at the end of the shaft where the bits go is very deep, so standard 1-inch bits are not compatible with the tool. A potential downside of this is that if you’re in need of a special bit, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to trot down to the local Home Depot and pick it up. I’m not convinced that the average person will ever need to do this. The twelve bits that come with the tool are going to cover any around-the-house needs.

If you feel strongly that you will eventually need a wider selection of bits, MegaPro sells the 211R1C36RD 13-in-1 Ratcheting Automotive Screwdriver (about $40), which is compatible with 1-inch driver bits and not the proprietary ones like our main pick. These are not only easier to replace if lost, but they allow you to customize your bit selection very easily. The bit carousel on the automotive version is designed a little differently in order to hold the smaller bits and the tip of the screwdriver is magnetic, so they won’t fall out during use, but otherwise it has the same ratcheting mechanism and the same handle.

Were it not for two things, this screwdriver would likely be our main recommendation. First, it is designed for the mechanic, so the initial bit selection isn’t as well-rounded as our pick. It’s missing the smaller square drive and the #0 Phillips, replacing them with a wider selection of Torx sizes, which are less likely to be used in a home setting. For some, removing these bits and buying replacements will be no problem, but we feel that most will be happier simply buying the tool, knowing that it already comes with the best selection of bits. Secondly, the automotive version is much more expensive, closing in on $40.

A final benefit of the MegaPro is that you get to choose your color scheme. Like I said, the tools from Channellock and MegaPro are identical, so if you’re into red and black, go MegaPro. If you dig the blue and red superhero thing, head towards the Channellock.

The MegaPro is made in the USA and has a lifetime warranty that covers manufacturer’s defects. It doesn’t cover misuse or wear and tear, so if you run over it with the lawn mower, you’re out of luck. The warranty also doesn’t cover the bits. Over at the MegaPro website, there is a video of Hermann Fruhm, the founder of the company, saying that since 1994, they’ve never had a single handle break and in that same time they’ve never had a bit strip out in the stem of the tool.

I can also personally vouch for the durability of the MegaPro and its bits. I’ve owned one for the past three years and have used it relentlessly in a construction setting (my original review of the tool is here). From all of that abuse over all of that time, the bits aren’t showing any wear at all and the body of the tool only has a slight scuff here and there. I also still have all of the bits.

The MegaPro warranty is not unusual for the high-end tools. JH Williams and Bahco both had the same. The Craftsman website doesn’t have any specific warranty regarding this tool, but I would be surprised if it wasn’t their full, lifetime warranty. The Kobalt tools have the same full-lifetime warranty.

I’m not the only one who likes the MegaPro. The tool has received extremely high marks from reviewers and people. At Amazon, the Channellock version of the tool has received 11 reviews and all of them are a perfect five stars. This comment by Mana is typical: “Silky smooth operation. Great for everyday use or just for the Saturday mechanic. Grip is extremely comfortable and the self storage bits are secured well in the handle.”

The MegaPro version of the tool has five reviews. Four of them are 5-star and one is 3-star. The dissenting user feels that the bit selection isn’t flexible enough. He doesn’t explain what bits he wished he had, but as I’ve said, the ones provided in the tool are certainly enough to handle all of the standard around-the-house tasks. Also as I’ve said, a tool with the same features but compatible with 1-inch bits is available.

Ethan Hagan, writing at, says, “The smooth-action ratcheting mechanism excels, and the tool’s innovative bit storage is a refreshing change from the jumble found on many competitors’ products.”

Stuart Deutsch, in his original review of the tool, says that “everything about the Channellock 13-in-1 just screams of quality – from the bit-holding cartridge and comfortable texture grip, to the ratcheting mechanism and direction selection switch.”

Megapro also offers the 171BK/RD-R 7-in-1 ($20), a compact version of the 13-in-1. Both tools have the same rear-loading bit storage, the same spinning cap, a 28-tooth ratchet, and a similarly designed handle, with the compact’s being about an inch shorter. Because of the truncated handle, the compact has a smaller storage carousel that has the ability to hold six 1-inch bits (P1, P2, R1, R2, #4 slotted, and a #6 slotted). Another difference is that the tip of the stem is magnetized which can be a benefit with small hardware screws, but also an annoyance in other situations as the magnet can picks up metal dust and attract screws that it shouldn’t.

Megapro’s 7-in-1 Compact Ratcheting Screwdriver (top) and the 13-in-1 (bottom)

Megapro’s 7-in-1 Compact Ratcheting Screwdriver (top) and the 13-in-1 (bottom)

The overall fit and finish of the compact seems to be a step down from the 13-in-1.  The rear cap doesn’t close with the same nice “pop,” the handle isn’t as comfortable, and the bit storage is a little more difficult to open. This isn’t to say that it’s a bad or poorly made tool, but it just doesn’t achieve the greatness of the 13-in-1. It’s a nice screwdriver, but the 13-in-1 is an excellent one.

So if your house or apartment is only going to have one screwdriver, the 13-in-1 is a better fit. But still, with all that the compact version offers, including the price, it would be a good choice for a secondary tool. If the big one lives in the garage, the compact can live in the kitchen drawer or the glove box. Or maybe you’re like me and have a screwdriver stashed on every floor of the house.

Aside from these two tools, MegaPro manufactures about 20 other screwdrivers. Of these models, the majority of them come with specialty bits designed with a specific trade or task in mind such as elevator maintenanceHVAC, and RV repair, just to name a few. They do offer a 15-in-1 model, which adds two additional square drive bits and has no ratcheting action. To store the additional bits, the handle is much bulkier and loses the hand-fitting ergonomics of the 13-in-1. The additional bits are quite rare and aren’t likely to be found in your house. In 10 years of construction, I don’t think I’ve ever run across a 0-sized square drive screw. So basically the additional bits that you’re never going to use aren’t worth the loss of the ratcheting action or the comfortable handle. Of their tools, only the 13-in-1 combines a useful selection of bits with the ergonomic handle and a ratcheting function.

Another company, L.H. Dottie, also has a co-branding agreement with MegaPro. Its version of the 13-in-1 screwdriver is available at Amazon for about $50. Because this tool is identical to the MegaPro (down to the color scheme) but at a much higher price, we opted not to recommend the Dottie as an alternative.

Long-Term Test Notes

I’ve been using the same MegaPro 13-in-1 for the past five years, four of which were spent in a construction site setting. After considerable use, the tool still works great and the bits show zero deterioration. Even the Phillips #2, the most used tip, has maintained its original shape with no rounding over of the edges. Aside from a couple paint splatters and a scratch here and there, the MegaPro is exactly as it was five years ago when it came out of the packaging.


Also Great
Craftsman Ratcheting Ready-Bit Screwdriver
Not as comfortable or refined as our main pick, the Craftsman still has great bit storage and bit selection.
The Craftsman 9-41796 Ready Bit Screwdriver (about $23) shares many features with the MegaPro including the easy storage and the freely spinning rear cap1, but there are a few ways it is different. The Craftsman has a roller bearing ratchet mechanism and not a toothed gear, so there’s no click-click-click while it’s resetting. This means the turn can be re-set at any point on the rotation, so it engages with barely any twist of the handle at all. This is more impressive on paper than in real life. The MegaPro has a 28-tooth gear and in our years of using and testing it, we’ve never felt we needed a finer ratchet.

The Craftsman can hold 14 bits, two more than the MegaPro, but this translates into a fatter carriage and beefier handle, which has more of a tubular shape and doesn’t ‘teardrop’ like the MegaPro. The extra bits are duplicates, so they don’t improve the functionality of the tool. Using the Craftsman alongside the MegaPro, there’s a tremendous difference in the comfort of the handles.

Lastly, the forward/reverse toggle on the Craftsman is small and difficult to use with one hand.

The Competition

The Lutz 15-in-1 ($16) is about as bare-bones as a ratcheting screwdriver can get. It has a large 10-tooth gear so you have to really rotate the handle for it to catch. Six double-headed bits live in the handle and one is stored in the tip of the stem. To get at the bits, you need to rotate the end piece until a cut-out opening lands on the desired bit. When the tool is in use, the bits rattle around a little. Like the MegaPro, they have the spring-loaded ball bearing in them, but unlike the MegaPro, these aren’t particularly durable. They did fine when I was using the tool in a normal fashion, but during the aggressive testing, the edges wore down quickly, indicating that over time you’ll be replacing them. The handle is comfortable but 100% plastic. The toggle is a three-position switch aligned with the stem of the tool. It works, but if you’re in a tight spot and need to change the direction, the collar style of the other tools is much better. The bottom line is that this tool comes with a good bit selection, a clunky yet functional ratchet, and a build quality that achieves just enough to keep the tool working.

Of all of the under-$20 screwdrivers, the Milwaukee 10-in-1 square drive ratcheting screwdriver had by far the best overall build quality. The toggle is very easy to use with one hand and the nose of the ratchet is protected by a metal sleeve. The 20-tooth gear is very smooth and the rubberized handle is comfortable. Six 3-inch bits are housed in the handle with a seventh living in the nose of the tool. The eighth function is the ¼-inch hex at the end of the stem. Because Milwaukee is a pro-level brand that designs tools for electricians (among other trades) the ninth and tenth features are a small wire stripper nested just below the toggle and a wire bender located above the toggle. Interesting features to have, but not likely to be of much use to the average homeowner.

The bit selection covers all of the primary bases (two Philips, two slotted, three Robertson), but leaves out the Torx bits, so Allen-head screws are beyond the capabilities of this one. The tool also uses 3-inch bits which are going to be tough to replace if one gets lost or becomes damaged. They’re durable though, and only showed a little wear after the torture test. The bits slide into the back of the handle for storage and are pressure-fit in place so they don’t fall out. To remove one, you need to push it out from the nose end where the tip of the bit is exposed. You can also use the seventh bit to push it out. It’s an OK system, but it’s not always easy to get the bits out, particularly if you’re using your fingers to do it.

The Kobalt 13-Piece Ratcheting Screwdriver ($10) has some problems. It was the most inexpensive model I tested and it shows. The bits are stored in the hollow handle on a removable cartridge. To get at them, you need to unscrew the back of the cap and slide out the cartridge. It’s not the worst set-up, but the threads on the cap kept getting crossed and after taking it on and off a few times, they were in pretty rough shape. Even though the stem is only 1¼ inches long, it has a pretty severe wobble to it. To compensate for the short length, the tool comes with a 2-inch extension piece. That wobbles too. To top it off, the bit wobbles in the extension piece. So, by the time you’re done, you have a stem that is only 4 inches long (with the bit) and has a deflection of ½ inch. This is not a well-made tool.

On the other hand, the JH Williams WRS-1 ($33) is a well-made tool, but it suffers from poor design. It has a smooth 26-tooth ratchet and a nice forward/reverse toggle. The bits are stored in the hollow handle and are made accessible by unscrewing the rear cap. The bits aren’t stored in any carousel or carriage so they’re just loose in the handle. I’m not in favor of this system for three reasons. First, to get a bit, you have to unscrew the cap, dump the bits out into your hand, sift around, find the one you want, dump the rest back into the tool, and then screw the cap back on. It’s a far cry from simply popping out the MegaPro carousel. Secondly, if you’re applying pressure to the rear of the tool while turning the handle, there’s a chance the cap will start to unscrew. The final reason is that when the bits are in the handle, they rattle around and make a really annoying noise. So every time you use the tool it sounds like a baby rattle.

The Kobalt Double-Drive ($16—comes with a micro screwdriver as well) has the same style of storage as the Williams. It also has a very large handle, some of which is needed to house the unique double-drive system. Because of some sort of differential gearing (thanks to Deutsch for the explanation), the Kobalt has the ability to turn the stem on both the forward turn and the resetting turn. This means that the tool can move a screw twice as fast as a standard ratchet. This feature can be disengaged (it just matters which part of the handle you’re holding) and the tool behaves like any other ratcheting screwdriver. The downside is that the toggle only has two positions; forward and reverse. There is no locking position. It also makes for a very large tool. The sheer speed at which it can drive a fastener doesn’t offset the iffy ergonomics, the lack of a locking stem and the subpar storage system. Also, the bits on both Kobalt tools held up poorly during the torture test.

Operating with a similar function is the Stanley FatMax Hi-Speed Ratcheting Screwdriver ($26). If you turn the handle while holding the front-most collar, the stem spins at a very quick rate (4x normal according to Stanley). Like the Kobalt, this comes with the sacrifice of the locked position. The bits are stored on a removable carousel located at the rear of the handle. To access, you have to turn the rear cap a ¼ turn and pull the piece out. The cap is small and is hard to grip, making the whole process far more difficult than what it takes to open the Megapro. The handle is also on the bulky side.

And speaking of massive handles, the Stanley 68-010 ($13) tops them all. The 7-inch handle is comfortable, but the toggle is difficult to use and the bit storage is up at the nose of the tool. The six bits (half of what the MegaPro offers) are each nested in a half open carousel around the stem. To access a bit you have to rotate a collar around and line up the open slot with the bit that you want. Getting the bits out was difficult, and on more than one occasion I had to hit the tool repeatedly against my palm in order to get one free. As with most of the other sub $20 tools, the bits were easily damaged during the durability testing.

Channellock’s other ratcheting screwdriver, the 181CB 18-in-1 ($16) has a variation on the hollow handle storage system. To get at the bits, you unscrew the cap in order to reveal six holes each with a double-sided bit in it. The threads on the cap became mangled very quickly and I didn’t like how I had to plug five holes while dumping a bit out of the sixth. The ratcheting action is loud on this tool and the whole thing feels heavy and clumsy.

The Bahco ($38) is a very nice tool and was one of the most expensive ones tested. The 45-tooth ratcheting mechanism is smooth and the teardrop handle is comfortable. I also liked how a small portion of the stem was knurled. I often find that I’m twisting the stem as I’m turning the handle and this tool provides a little gripping area for that maneuver. The downside is that the storage system only holds six bits and is difficult to use. To get at the bits, you need to simultaneously press buttons on both sides of the handle to release a spring-loaded cartridge from the back of the tool. It’s very difficult to get the bits in and out of the holder and the cartridge has to go back in the tool a specific way, so on a number of occasions, I had to monkey with it a bit to get it back. I was expecting something a little more efficient for a $38 tool.

The storage system on DeWalt’s Ratcheting Screwdriver ($21) is the same as the MegaPro’s, but it doesn’t work well at all. The carousel sits loosely in the tool, so it wobbles all over the place while bits are being taken in and out. Popping the carousel out of the handle takes two hands and there is barely any place for fingers to make a purchase. Lastly, the little holding clips don’t do their job, so when I did manage to get the handle open, loose bits came tumbling out of the back of the tool. The DeWalt has a 45-tooth ratchet that takes a good amount of pressure to reset the gear, not at all like the feather touch of the MegaPro. One nice feature of the DeWalt is that the stem can be removed to shorten the length of the tool from 10 inches down to 5½. This is a nice feature for tight spots, but the tradeoff is that the stem sits loosely in the handle and has about ¼-inch of deflection.

The Wera 27 RA ($42) was definitely the coolest looking of the tools and the one with the most unique storage system (not to mention the most expensive). A button on the butt end causes about ¾ of the handle to shift back revealing a bit carousel in the center of the tool. There is space for six 1-inch bits. The shape of the handle is bizarre with three concentric concave areas for the hand to grab, but it’s very comfortable to use and all of the ridges seem to be in just the right places. The toggle switch and ratcheting action are both very nice but the limited bit storage coupled with the price pushed it out of consideration.

The ratcheting screwdriver made by Klein ($20) is designed for the electrician and didn’t translate well into general homeowner use because of its bit selection. I didn’t test it in my research, but I’ve used it enough in the past to vouch for its overall quality. The Klein has room for six bits and a reversible stem.

Another class of ratcheting screwdrivers that exist are the two-speed ones like the Klenk SAB710 ($24) and the SpecTools Overdriver ($35). These tools have a ring on the handle that can be held stationary in order to gear the ratcheting mechanism to a higher setting which delivers four times the turning speed to the handle (but only for low-torque applications). These tools are well received and do offer speed, but again, when compared to the MegaPro, they come up short in other areas like bit storage and general ergonomics.

Finally, there are quite a few very nice screwdrivers that we dismissed because they don’t have a ratcheting feature, which we feel is essential. Chief among these is the Picquic X-& SixPac Plus (about $13) and the original MegaPro 151NAS 15-in-1 (about $25).

What to Look Forward To

We’re currently in the process of acquiring a sample of the Nebo Ultra Socket Combination Kit (about $20) for testing, which was highly recommended by a reader. While we’re a little wary of the screw cap of the bit storage compartment, we’re curious if the pivoting stem will provide enough added maneuverability to offset this. As soon as we get a chance to evaluate it, we’ll update the guide. We’ll also be looking at the Marshalltown SDR19SG ($20) and the Husky Ratcheting Screwdriver Set ($10).

In addition, we’re tracking the recent release of the Wiha Pop-Up Screwdrivers. These look like very nice tools from a manufacturer with a stellar reputation. At the moment, they have yet to release a ratcheting version, but if they do, we would see it as a solid challenger to the MegaPro and will test one as soon as we can.

Cordless Screwdrivers

Beyond all of these manual tools are cordless screwdrivers. Many of the large tool companies from Skil to DeWalt include one in their product lines. They generally come in two voltages; the very light-duty 4-volts and the slightly heavier-duty 7.8-volts (also called 8-volts). The pro models like the Hitachi are in the $60-70 range while the homeowners brands like Skil sell theirs for around $20-30. One interesting new tool that is getting a lot of attention and some very good reviews (here, here, here, here, and here) is the 4-Volt Black and Decker Gyro. It senses the user’s wrist motion and activates the tip accordingly. Tilt the tool to the right and it spins clockwise, tilt it left, counterclockwise. DeWalt also just announced their own 8-volt tool with the gyro technology.

Skil has recently released something called the Quick-Select 4-Volt Max Screwdriver ($60). The tool is powered by an internal Li-ion battery and has a strange onboard bit storage system. All of the bits remain inside of the tool; when you want to put a new one in, you rotate a large collar piece like a six-shooter and slide the desired bit forward to the nose of the tool. Worx makes a similar tool as well, the Semi-Automatic Power Screwdriver ($45).

Wrapping it up

So of all the screwdrivers that I looked at, the MegaPro was clearly the best. It comes with all of the right bits, stores them in a convenient and easy-to-use fashion, has a handle engineered perfectly to fit the human hand, is backed by a solid warranty and the butt end rotates for high-torque situations. All around, it’s a great screwdriver. It might cost a little more than you initially wanted to spend, but it’s hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with it.


1. These similarities are not surprising, seeing as the Craftsman screwdriver appears to be manufactured by MegaPro. The patent numbers on the MegaPro and Craftsman are identical. Also, Craftsman is known for co-branding tools from other manufacturers. Their combination square is the same as Empire’s, their locking pliers are the same as Irwin’s, and their adjustable pliers are the same as Knipex’s. Jump back.

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  1. Stuart Deutsch,
    “As with a lot of tools, a good ratcheting screwdriver is designed for functionality and a positive user experience. Cheap ones are typically designed primarily around a price target, or at least it seems that way, with performance sacrificed and thrown to the wind.”
  2. “The smooth-action ratcheting mechanism excels, and the tool's innovative bit storage is a refreshing change from the jumble found on many competitors' products.”
  3. Mana, mana,, January 10, 2012
    "Silky smooth operation. Great for every day use or just for the Saturday mechanic. Grip is extremely comfortable and the self storage bits are secured well in the handle"

Originally published: June 26, 2013

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  • samdchuck

    I must say that I find the choice of the proprietary bit version weird. Buying just a couple of extra bits easily sets of the $4 difference. Let alone making all the bits I already have obsolete. Is the mechanical connection really that much better than a magnetic one?

    • Doug Mahoney

      samdchuck, I hear what you’re saying, and I know it might seem a bit
      weird, but there are a few reasons we went with the proprietary bit

      1. I do think the mechanical connection is stronger. In my experience,
      the bits are less likely to fall out when the tool is in use or when
      it’s shoved in a back pocket or a tool pouch.

      2. We were looking for a one-stop purchase and the bit selection on the
      proprietary model is better. Additionally, if someone goes with the
      proprietary model, they’re not only getting the bits they need, but
      the ones they’re getting are manufactured by MegaPro, so they’re very high
      quality. If you go with the other model, then you’re going to be buying
      bits that are likely of a lesser quality. Other than the Milwaukee
      which had strong bits (also proprietary), the other under $20 tools all
      had pretty lame bits. And it’s bits like those that you’re probably
      going to find in the hardware store.

      Regarding your obsolete bits, we had to assume that the reader of this
      piece doesn’t have any other tools or extra bits in the kitchen drawer,
      so like I said, we were looking for the best one-stop tool.

      3. I’ve had a MegaPro for a number of years and it has spent a lot of
      time as my primary screwdriver in a construction setting. I’ve really
      abused it and in that time, the bits have held up and none of them are
      lost. I feel this is because of the mechanical connection and the great
      storage system. I really think it’s unlikely that
      the proprietary bits will have to ever be replaced.

  • Benny Nimmerrichter

    The only ones available on are the Stanley (9 €), The Bahco (37 €) and the Wera (27 €). The Wera was my favorite from just looking on amazon, even before this article. Is it the best of this 3?

    • Doug Mahoney

      Benny, of those models, I’d certainly recommend the Wera. You could save a buck with the Stanley but the tool is very bulky and pales in comparison to the Wera with regards to overall quality. The Bahco has the bizarre cartridge storage system and isn’t worth the additional money. Yeah, I say go with the Wera.

  • Doug Curley

    I like my Kobalt Double Drive, but, granted, I have the original model before they changed the switch mechanism from metal to plastic. The original Double Drive is a durable beast and has high marks from all who’ve used it, but the new one just doesn’t hold up, they cut corners. If you want the original model (it does not come with the small version, that’s the new plastic crap combo) get it here

  • everytomorrow

    Why didn’t I know that ratcheting screwdrivers existed two weeks ago when I was getting ready to assemble a bunch of Ikea furniture?

  • Scott Falkner

    One word: Picquic.

    Tough as a Wookiee and difficult to lose bits, because you eject a bit only by inserting the one you were just using.

    • Doug Mahoney

      Yeah, I saw that while doing my research. Lots of great Amazon feedback. The new Milwaukee screwdrivers use a similar storage system. It works well on the non-ratcheting, but on the ratcheting the bits can only slide out the bottom of the tool and not at the nose because the ratcheting mechanism is in the way.

    • daneolsen

      I completely agree with the recommendation of the Picquic screwdrivers. It’s been the only screwdriver that I reach for since first getting one 7 years ago. Their construction is solid and simple, it is super quick to change bits and you never have to worry about misplacing one. I’ve given countless of these away as gifts to friends and family because I’ve found it to be far better than anything else I’ve used. (I have yet to try the recommended MegaPro)

      • Todd Barnard

        I love PicQuic too. I used one for years as an RV tech and in renovation work. The bits fit great in my Milwaukee Screwdriver. I now have three of them, the oldest is about 15 years old.

    • Weedy


      Any time I need to give a screwdriver to someone because they are moving or something it’s a Picquic. My female friends especially love them since they have quite a few colour choices.
      The bits are worth their weight in gold, and I wish I had an easier time buying them separately.

    • tony kaye

      I have one of those. Decent but nothing special. I once got the bit stuck and to this day it sits in my car trunk.

    • James Home

      Yet another Picquic recommendation. I’ve had mine for 15 years, and it has seen heavy use around the house, and in desert and marine environments. So many of my projects involve working with multiple bits — I can’t imagine having to open a drawer every time I need to make the switch. With the Picquic, I can change bits one handed in under 15 seconds, and with no opportunity to lose the bit. I was surprised at how well it had held up after three years when I reviewed it for Cool Tools in 2003 ( ) Today it’s almost 12 years later, it’s still seems like new.

  • GodyJ

    I learnt a lot about what to look for in a good ratcheting screwdriver from your review. Thank you for posting this. I was curious how many teeth does the Wera have, and if it has a free spinning cap like the MegaPro?

    • Doug Mahoney

      The Wera was somewhere in the low 40s for tooth count. It was one of the finer gears tested. There’s no spinning cap like the MegaPro. The button that opens the storage system is at the end of the handle. It’s a very nice tool and if you were to purchase one, I doubt you’d be disappointed.

      Glad you liked the article.

  • ctchrisf

    remember to not hit ratcheting screwdrivers with a hammer. they just don’t like that too much.
    that’s why I’d say you still need a decent #2 Philips and Flat head screwdriver lying around. For when you need that little extra attitude adjustment.

    • Doug Mahoney

      Actually, what you need are Milwaukee’s new Demo Drivers. They’re screwdrivers that are actually designed to be pounded on and used as chisels and prybars. Great tools.

  • Steven

    Just wanted to point out that the Megapro ratching screwdriver is made in Canada, not USA. The bits are made in Taiwan. Only some of their drivers are made in the USA, the others in Canada, and one is made in Taiwan. Still great products and quality control seems top notch.

    The head office is also in Canada. If you check out their website they list all their manufacturing sites and the head office:

    • JuHoansi

      Yes, thanks. The ratcheting screwdriver is made in Canada. Megapro also makes other screwdrivers that are made in the USA.

  • Alexander Woods

    Not a fan of Wiha? Bought a set for electronics work (I’m in IT so this mostly means laptops) and I’ve been extremely pleased with them. I’ve also heard from plenty of fans on the reddit “Buy It For Life” forum. But I haven’t used any of their larger stuff and was wondering what you think.

    • Doug Mahoney

      Alexander, thanks for the comment. I did look at Wiha while researching and unfortunately they didn’t have any screwdrivers that fit our specifics. Their ratcheting screwdrivers are sold as larger kits and we were looking for an all-in-one tool, complete with onboard storage, ratcheting action, and a wide variety of bits. I’ve heard nothing but good thing about their products, but in this case, there just wasn’t a fit.

  • Mike S

    On-board bit handling is only 6 plus one, and switching the ratchet direction isn’t the smoothest – but the Craftsman 47144 WF X has a great mechanism, knurled shaft, uses standard 1″ x 1/4″ bits, is magentized, and comes with lots of extra bits for only $20.

  • Tony G

    Hey Doug,

    Big fan of your thorough analysis and detailed reviews, already bought Channellock version of this, plus the Milwuakee Fastback knife and have the Estwing hammer and 8WCB WideAzz wrench on my wishlist.

    Sears sent me a used one missing the nut driver (half the products received from online have clearly been used), and was thinking about getting the smaller 7-in-1 MegaPro instead as I prefer to have the option to use standardized bits instead of proprietary, and primarily use smaller sized Philips working with electronics. Do you know if it has the same ratcheting mechanism as this one? Thanks.

    • Doug Mahoney


      Thanks for the compliment. Glad you’re liking the tools. You’re going to love the Estwing.

      My guess is that the compact does use the same ratchet mechanism, but I’m not 100% (I couldn’t even find it at the MegaPro site). I have an email out to my contact there to see what I can find out. MegaPro actually does have another screwdriver, nearly identical to the recommended one, that uses traditional 1-inch bits, the 211R1C36RD. It also has a magnetized tip, like the compact unit you’re looking at.

      I’ll let you know if I can find anything out.

      • Tony G

        Hi Doug,

        Thanks for the reply. That’s funny, I’m literally looking at Estwing hammers on Amazon right now (although don’t use hammer too often atm, so wrench prolly next buy).

        Ya, the compact MegaPro is an enigma. Did a crap ton of research before posting the message, but couldn’t find much at all. One of the few bits of info I did come across that is making me hesitant was a comment from a user on Stuart’s site (it’s the last one)

        Definitely am aware of that MegaPro w/ the traditional bits, but bought it from Sears to use up some expiring points and they only have the Channellock, otherwise woulda purchased from Amazon in a heartbeat, as I don’t have the patience for all the B.S. that comes along w/ shopping @ Sears Online.

        That would be great if ya find anything out about that mysterious MegaPro, and appreciate you reaching out to your contact over there.


        • Doug Mahoney

          Wow, yeah that comment at Stu’s site doesn’t raise any confidence levels.

          I heard back from MegaPro and they told me that the ratcheting mechanism on the compact is not the same as the one used in the 13-in-1. From what they said, it sounded like it just had less teeth, but otherwise pretty similar.

          They’re going to send me one to test out so I can update the guide accordingly. So if you’re willing to sit tight for a bit, I hope to have some more detailed information posted up soon.

  • Doug Mahoney

    That’s a great deal on the Plierswrench. Even without the comfort grips it’s one seriously formidable tool. I bet you’re really going to get a kick out of using it. Once you play around with it for a while, drop a line, I’d love to hear what you think.

    • Doug Mahoney

      Tony, I updated the piece with info on the compact MegaPro. The bottom line is that It’s not as nice as the 13-in-1, but I think it will work in your situation. It doesn’t have the all-around solid/ultra-quality feel as the larger model but it’s definitely better than the others in that $20 price range. As you indicate, the 1-inch bits are going to allow you to customize your selection. It’s also magnetized which can be a mixed bag.

      So it does appear that the commenter at ToolGuyd did get a dud.

      Hope this helps.

  • SB

    I highly suggest people get the AUTOMOTIVE MegaPro vs. the regular – the cost difference is negligible considering that you can use easy to find and cheaper 1/4″ hex heads like with the awesome 101 pc Boxer bit set on Amazon. I just got my Megapro – I like it quite a bit – feels like a solid, quality tool made from good materials. The storage is great and the magnetic tip is strong. The shaft has a bit more wiggle than I’d expect – not enough to affect anything though.

  • G Close

    Bought one. This thing oozes quality. Gives the option to lock the ratchet mechanism, which I like. Can’t report on longevity, but this certainly is well built. Recommended.

    • tony kaye

      Glad you like!

  • gokickyfast

    I bought a MegaPro when this recommendation came out. Recently, the silver cylinder where the bit goes has become too loose, such that when I attempt to screw something, the cylinder doesn’t move with the handle, and thus the screw doesn’t move. I’ve used the screwdriver maybe a dozen times to hang frames in my house. Reached out to customer service; will update with results.

    • tony kaye

      Might have received a bad one that got through QC. Demand a replacement and keep us posted!

      • gokickyfast

        Sorry Tony, meant to reply sooner but haven’t had the time. Customer service got back to me less than 24 hours after I emailed; sent a replacement a day later and it arrived about a week after my initial email to them. No questions asked. This was customer service the way you always hope it’ll be, but very rarely is. Thank you, MegaPro!

  • ryan

    I have tried to source this in the UK but amazon don’t sell it and eBay UK have it from a US seller but it’s like nearly $90 with delivery to the UK.

    Do you have an alternative multi screwdriver recommendation?

    PS your site is unparalleled here in the UK!

    • Doug Mahoney


      Glad you like the site!

      If the MegaPro isn’t available, I’d probably go with the Craftsman 41796. It’s the most like the MegaPro, but the handle is less comfortable and the forward/reverse toggle takes a little getting used to. It also has a roller bearing ratchet as opposed to a pawl gear, so it doesn’t make the clicking noise as it resets. It has a very similar storage system though, which is great.

      If that one isn’t available either, I’d suggest the Wera 27 RA. It’s an expensive one, but it’s an excellent tool to use. The downsides are limited storage (only room for six 1-inch bits) and no spinning rear cap. Beyond that, it has a very fine toothed ratchet and the odd shape of the handle is really comfortable.

      Hope this helps.

  • Dario

    Great review. One more you might want to look at: Wiha. The basic model is selling for $27 right now. In case some readers don’t know, Wiha makes some of the best screwdrivers available, so I’d expect their multi-tool to have excellent bits. I have ordered one but haven’t used it yet.

    • Doug Mahoney

      Dario, I did research Wiha drivers when I wrote the guide and like I said to a commenter below, there just wasn’t a match for what we were looking for. From what I can tell their only ratcheting screwdriver comes as part of a larger kit (with the pistol handle and no on-board bit storage). We were looking for the best self-contained all-in-one tool, so that one didn’t work out. Which one are you referring to?

      • Dario

        Apologies for missing the other Wiha comments. I’m referring to one of these, which seem like a good match with the others:

        I also get that you can’t review every product that comes out indefinitely and now understand why you didn’t include the Wiha. There’s always going to be another one you missed. :)

        Thanks again, and keep up the good work.

        • Doug Mahoney

          Right, that one. I actually remember seeing it a while ago (and searched for it on their website last night and couldn’t find it, so I thought I was mistaken). It does look really nice. I think they may have released it last year. Unfortunately, they don’t have a ratcheting model (yet) or it would definitely be a serious contender. The bit storage is really similar to the MegaPro except that you release it with two buttons.

          Have you had a chance to try the MegaPro?

          • Dario

            Ugh… (palm on forehead). Non-ratcheting. Sorry about that.

          • Doug Mahoney

            haha. No need for a face palm. It was a good catch and definitely let us know if you see any other models that you think we may have missed.

          • Dario

            No. The primary reason is the bits. I will inevitably need different/additional bits (like security torx) for the tool. I’ll either have to buy their security tool or an additional set of bits. Perhaps this is just being stupid, the idea of having to re-purchase all the bits I need in this format is a hurdle for me. The right answer for me is probably to buy the automotive version, which is $37.

          • Doug Mahoney

            Yeah, the proprietary bits can be a little tricky if you have needs beyond the norm.

  • Sigivald

    I might suggest, when re-evaluating for the next round, the Nebo Ultra Socket.

    Ratcheting, rotating, does 1/4″ sockets, and comes with a magnetic bit adapter and bit storage.

    Built pretty sturdy, and only $20 or so on Amazon as of today.

    • Doug Mahoney

      Thanks! We’ll check that one out. Sounds like you own one and like it?

  • Paul

    I can’t imagine doing without a magnetized tip. The ability to free up a hand with the tip holding on to the screw when working in an awkward location is great. Also, the ability to use the longer bits designed for electric drill/drivers has allowed me to get at recessed screws the fatter (than normal screwdrivers) shaft on a racheting sometimes blocks access to.

    • tony kaye

      Right? Magnetization FTW

  • TheEclectic

    Trying to figure out why the Milwaukee 10-in-1 square drive ratcheting screwdriver
    wasn’t number 1. You didn’t have a single negative thing to write about it and after comparing both in a hardware store, the Milwaukee felt far and away like the superior screwdriver. Maybe upgrade pick?

    • Doug Mahoney

      Yeah, I just reread that and it is sort of a glowing endorsement, isn’t it? There should be more emphasis on how difficult it is to remove and replace bits from the storage system. It’s a tricky thing to do and it takes a good amount of finger strength. It’s a nice screwdriver, for sure, but not in the same category as the MegaPro.

    • Romanized

      Unfortunately mine is garbage. While using it the directional selector switch gets moved midway, at which point it stops ratcheting and free spin. I constantly have to stop and return the switch to the proper configuration.

  • Tirian Longhorn

    Hi Doug – Thanks for this thorough review. If one isn’t price sensitive is there a ‘better’ choice since you mention you didn’t take Snap On into account? Thanks

    • Doug Mahoney

      Hi Tirian, That’s a tricky question and it comes down to what you’re specifically looking for out of your screwdriver. While the MegaPro is the best all around one-stop screwdriver (bit selection, bit storage, overall quality, and the unique freely spinning rear cap), there are others that have particular features that are better. I still have quite a few of these test samples kicking around and I use the MegaPro the most because I know it has everything I need in one package. That said, I do really like using the Wera 27RA. It has a really nice ratchet and the handle is very comfortable (and quite strange looking). The odd, yet successful, storage system only has room for six 1 inch bits, so there is definitely a limitation there.

      As for Snap On, we did test the Williams screwdriver and the Bahco one, which are both associated with Snap-On, and they both had their fault as well. I use the Bahco from time to time because of the cool handle. I also like that it has a long stem…but the other day I was in a cramped closet and couldn’t use it because of that. Unfortunately, the storage system is very frustrating to use.

      I just checked out the Snap-Ons again and they’re very similar to the Williams, which means the storage consists of loose bits jingling around in the handle. The quality of the ratchet on the Williams is very high and I’m sure the same can be said for the Snap-On, but that storage system is a real downer. With the other options out there, I don’t think there is any need to go with a screwdriver that forces you to dump all your bits out on your palm every time you want to change one.

      So, to me, the bottom line is that the MegaPro, regardless of price considerations, is the best because it has it all…all the bits you need…easy access to them….good quality handle and ratchet…spinning rear cap. If you don’t mind skimping on bit selection and losing the spinning rear cap, the Wera might be worth considering due to the very nice ratchet and freakshow handle. There is no doubt it’s a conversation starter.

      Hope this helps.

      • Tirian Longhorn

        Thanks again Doug – then the Megapro it is will probably get the Automotive version since I already have a ton of 1″ bits. Very helpful review section. I’ll also start chipping away and getting some of your other recommended tools!

        • Doug Mahoney

          Sounds great, let me know how it goes. Thanks.