Best Insulated Screwdrivers (2021)

Insulated screwdrivers are for electricians working on projects that could involve live circuits. Well to be precise, these screwdrivers are NOT meant to be used with live circuits, rather they are used as an additional layer of safety in case circuits are turned on – you should always turn off circuits and use an isolation switch!

In reality, insulated screwdrivers are protecting you in case someone turns on the circuit or does something where power would start flowing to the circuit. You should always assumes wiring or circuits are live.

In this short article we summarize the best insulated screwdrivers below and in more detail further in the article. We also compare insulated screwdrivers vs. non-insulated ones, popular manufacturers of insulated screwdrivers.

An electrician working on a electrical panel using a voltage tester

Insulated Screwdrivers vs. Non-Insulated Screwdrivers

An insulated screwdriver is designed for electricians working on electrical components and normally means the tool has insulated materials that insulates the metal from the hands of the electrician using the tool. This insulation breaks conductivity and provides the additional layer of protection mentioned above. The only area of the screwdriver not insulated is typically the tip.

Some rubber tipped screwdrivers do exist which provide protection as well and can be useful for some components where metal to metal contact could also cause cosmetic damage. These work in a similar manner, protecting the user from electrical current, although we feel the protection factor is typically less.

So why the need for insulated screwdrivers? If an electrician uses a screwdriver that is not insulated with a live circuit, it can cause that person to be electrocuted which can be fatal and result in loss of life. Another benefit of using insulated screwdrivers is the prevention of damaging electronics on certain electrical appliances in the event of a short or power surge while making repairs or updates.

Again, electricians should turn off circuits and power to wiring, following standard safety protocols and use an isolation switch.

The best insulated screwdrivers tend to be offered from brands known to many as Klein, Wiha, Milwaukee, Wera, Greenlee and DeWalt.

We recommend the below insulated screwdrivers based on our reviews and reviews of those sourced from the internet. Given the chance for health risk, we do not recommend purchasing cheap tools (i.e. 99 cent store electrician screwdrivers).

Whether you need a new insulated screwdriver set or just a few tools to replace aging ones in your toolbox, these will make great long lasting additions.

Best Insulated Screwdriver Brands

Insulated screwdrivers are quite plentiful and navigating brands can be daunting. But when you are shopping around for professional electrician tools you will want to buy from a brand that is trusted – especially since these tools could potentially save your life one day!

The below listed brands are among the most popular and trusted electrician screw drivers. We’ve compiled some information about each brand for your reference.

Wiha

Since 1939, Wiha Tools has been producing hand tools and is known for quality products. Wiha is based in Switzerland, a country known for producing precision instruments of high quality – you can be rest assured Wiha supports that reputation with its high quality tools.

Klein Tools

Klein Tools is one of the original tool manufacturers, having since produced tools since 1857! They also make the tools in the United States, a plus for those who prefer products created in America, which is increasingly rare. Before manufacturing largely went to China from the US, American products had a reputation for being well-built and long lasting.

Today it remains a preferred brand among electricians and remains committed to producing tools in the United States.

Greenlee

Greenlee is another older brand, in existence since 1862, just a few years younger than Klein. Similar to Klein Tools, they also design, assemble, and manufacture some tools in the United States within seven facilities in the country.

Milwaukee Tools

Milwaukee Tools has ascended in popularity over the years and you can find its tools easily at major hardware and home improvement stores. Found in 1924 it has developed a following of customers and develops many types of tools.

Milwaukee Tools is now owned by Techtronic Industries, which is based in Hong Kong. Only some of the tools sold by Milwaukee are now manufactured in the US.

Wera Tools

Wera tools is a near century old, having been founded in 1936 in Germany. It’s famous slogan “Be a Tool Rebel” is popular amongst electrician professionals. Tools are made in Germany and the Czech Republic, and Wera Tools is unique as they largely concentrate on screwdrivers but they also make other accessories and some power tools. Wera Tools are known to be of high quality and pricing reflects that.

DeWalt

DeWalt is an American global manufactured of power tools and hand tools. It is owned by Black & Decker, another well known global brand. DeWalt was founded in 1924 so it has been in existence for some time.

DeWalt makes a variety of tools including power tools anchors, accessories, hand tools and much more.

Best Insulated Screwdrivers

Below we have listed the best insulated screwdriver sets for electricians, we determined the best through our personal experiences with brand, recommendations from colleagues, and online feedback. The sets vary in size and price to accommodate varying needs.

Our overall recommendation is to stick with the better brands – it’s better to buy quality and have something that will last. Most importantly, reputation is important here, these tools may save your life! It’s not the time to trust cheap brands.

Wiha 32095 Slotted and Phillips Insulated Screwdriver Set, 1000 Volt, 19 Pieces

A Wiha Insulated Screwdriver set with nineteen pieces

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Description:

One of the most COMPLETE sets for an electrician – if you are starting out or need new tools, this is a great set. You’ll have all the tools you will need and can work a job confidently knowing there will not be a time you will not have the right screwdriver.

Created by Wiha, they are high quality and rated for 1,000 volts AC. Each screwdriver is labeled by the end cap for easy identification. Crafted in Germany, they are of high quality and have excellent reviews.

Screwdriver sizes: 

2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 8.0, 10.0mm. Phillips #0, 1, 2, 3. Square #1, 2. Xeno Terminal #1, 2. Single pole voltage detector in light weight tool box tray.

ProsCons
High quality brandExpensive
Contains most screwdrivers you’ll ever needHandles are plastic (albeit high quality)
1,000 volts AC rating
Cushioned grips for better torque
Includes storage tray


Wiha 32080 | 10 Piece Insulated SoftFinish Cushion Grip Screwdriver Tray Set

A 10 piece Wiha Insulated screwdriver set with softfinish grips

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Description:

Like Wiha tools but don’t need the 19 piece tool set above and want to pay a bit less? This may be your next best bet. This set includes many of the most commonly used tools with the same great quality as the above set. If your jobs are fairly routine you should be alright with this set.

As above, these are created by Wiha, so they are high quality and rated for 1,000 volts AC. Each screwdriver is labeled by the end cap for easy identification. Crafted in Germany, they are of high quality and have near perfect reviews.

Screwdriver sizes:

Slotted 3.5, 4.5, 4.5, 5.5, 6.5mm | Phillips #1, #2, #3 | Square #1, #2

ProsCons
High quality brandModerately priced
Contains a fair share of screwdrivers you’ll needHandles are plastic (albeit high quality)
1,000 volts AC rating
Cushioned grips for better torque
Includes storage tray


Wiha 32093 Slotted and Phillips Insulated Screwdriver Set, 1000 Volt, 10 Piece

A Wiha 10 piece insulated screwdriver set without softfinish grips

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Description:

Another good set from Wiha, but what is the difference to the ones above? Primarily the lack of the SoftFinish grips, which help cushion your fingers on on the tool. This toolset does have its own cushion though so it may not be all that different. It also does not include the tray for keeping the screwdrivers organized.

If you need a second set or just do not find yourself using these insulated screwdrivers as often, this may be a better choice for those doing electrical work once in awhile.

Similar to the above Wiha screwdriver sets, they are high quality and rated for 1,000 volts AC. Each screwdriver is labeled by the end cap for easy identification.

Screwdriver sizes:

Slotted 3.5, 4.5, 4.5, 5.5, 6.5mm | Phillips #1, #2, #3 | Square #1, #2

ProsCons
High quality brandModerately priced
Contains a fair share of screwdrivers you’ll needHandles are plastic (albeit high quality)
1,000 volts AC ratingLacks tray for storage/organization
No SoftFinish grips so may not be as comfortable/suitable for regular use


Wiha 35890 Insulated Slotted Phillips and Square Screwdriver Set, 6-Piece

A six piece Wiha insulated screwdriver set

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Description:

If you want a basic set but insist on quality, consider this 6-piece insulated screwdriver set from Wiha.

It contains only the essentials but should be all you need if you just want a few insulated screwdrivers to replace damaged or aged ones. These are not SoftFinish grips but should be fine for very light or occasional use.

Similar to the above Wiha screwdriver sets, they are high quality and rated for 1,000 volts AC. Each screwdriver is labeled by the end cap for easy identification.

Screwdriver sizes:

Slotted 4.5, 6.5mm, Phillips #1, #2 & Square #1, #2

ProsCons
High quality brandLow priced
Contains just a few essential screwdriver sizesHandles are plastic (albeit high quality); No SoftFinish grips so may not be as comfortable/suitable for regular use
1,000 volts AC ratingLacks tray for storage/organization
May not be a smart choice if you will use them very often for comfort reasons

1000V Insulated Electrician Screwdriver Set, All-in-One Premium Professional 13-Pieces

A 13 piece insulated screwdriver set with case

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Description:

This 13 piece set insulated screwdriver set from Hurricane has all the essentials, complete with certifications (VDE and GS) for protection up to 1,000 volts AC.

Hurricane isn’t as well known of a brand as Wiha, Klein or Greenle, but these will get the job done if budget is a factor.

For the price, they are a good value, and a nice case is included as well. They will noticeably be of lesser quality than some of the brands mentioned above but will work well in most situations. These are made in China.

Like with many things in life – you get what you pay for – some common complaints: Length of screwdrivers are a bit short, the case quality is cheaply made specifically the holding clips, they are not made of as high quality so sometimes there is some extra movement.

Screwdriver sizes:

4.0mm, 6.5mm, 5.5, 3.0, Phillips #1, #2, Pozidriv #1, #2, Torx 10, 15, 20

ProsCons
High quality brandLow priced
Contains essential screwdriver sizesHandles are plastic (albeit high quality)
1,000 volts AC ratingLacks tray for storage/organization
No SoftFinish grips so may not be as comfortable/suitable for regular useMay not be a smart choice if you will use them very often for comfort reasons

Klein Tools 94130 1000V Insulated Screwdriver Tool Set with #2 Phillips and 1/4-Inch Cabinet Slim Tips, 2 Pliers and Wire Stripper

A set of klein tools including insulated screwdrivers pliers and wirecutters

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Description:

If tool quality and safety are top of mind for you – we recommend spending the extra cost on this set. Created by Klein Tools, who has been manufacturing high quality, professional grade tools for over 160 years, these tools are made to last. Reviewers swear by their quality and craftsmanship – and nearly all reviews are positive.

While it only contains five tools, they are the essential tools for a typical electrician. Unique to this set from the others is that pliers and a wirecutter are included.

Their safety features are unique too – given you’ll be working with wires that potentially carry live voltage, these screwdrivers employ three-part insulation with underlayer on the included pliers and wire stripper which provides a warning sign that insulation may be damaged. If safety is your focus, and it should if you are working with live wires, we recommend these.

Screwdriver sizes:

Slim tip #2 Phillips and 1/4-Inch Cabinet tip

ProsCons
High quality brand – the “Rolls Royce” of toolsHigh priced
Contains essential screwdriver sizes and pliersYou just receive a few tools, and only two screwdrivers
1,000 volts AC ratingLacks tray for storage/organization
Safety features – three-part insulation
Meets major safety standards

Greenlee Insulated Screwdriver Set: 9-Piece

A greenlee 9 piece insulated screwdriver set with carrying case

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Description:

If you’re want to have a complete set of insulated screwdrivers, from a good brand, for good value, then this may be your best bet. This Greenlee set offers 9 essential screwdrivers with a storage case, backed by a brand in existence since 1862.

Online ratings are excellent and many reviewers comment that the rival the Klein screwdriver set. This Greenlee set includes two layers of insulation which is very good for protection. They are rated for 1,000 volts AC and meet professional standards for safety and reliability.

Greenlee operates seven facilities in the United States to manufacture these tools, so if buying in the US is a requirement for you, this set should be among your top picks.

Screwdriver sizes:

Keystone Slotted 1/4 in x 4 in , 3/16 in x 4 in , 3/16 in x 6 in , 3/16 in x 8 in , 5/16 in x 6 in , 3/8 in x 10 in , Phillips #1×3 in , #2×4 in , #3×6 in

ProsCons
High quality brandHigh priced
Contains a comprehensive set of screwdriver sizesNo pliers or non-screwdriver tools
1,000 volts AC rating
Safety features – two-part insulation
Meets major safety standards
Made in the USA

Milwuakee 1000-Volt Insulated Screwdriver Set and Case

A milwuakee 10 piece insulated screwdriver set with carrying case

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Description:

Milwaukee is a well known brand amongst professionals and this 10 piece insulated screwdriver set with case doesn’t disappoint. Like the other sets this is rated for 1,000 volts AC.

The ten piece set means you will have a screwdriver for every job and the case keeps things organized.

The build quality isn’t as good as Klein or Greenlee but it should be suitable for most professionals. It features dual layer insulation for your protection. This set also have mostly positive reviews online.

This set is likely manufactured in China but we were not able to confirm that.

Screwdriver sizes:

One #1 Phillips, one #2 Phillips, one #3 Phillips, one 1/4 in. Slotted, one 5/16 in. Slotted, one Slotted, one SQ1, one SQ2, one SQ3, one ECX #1

ProsCons
Well known brandNot a premium brand
Contains a comprehensive set of screwdriver sizesNo pliers or non-screwdriver tools
1,000 volts AC rating May not last as long
Safety features – two-part insulation
Meets major safety standards

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