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The 10 Best Nut Driver Sets for All Your Projects

Tighten nuts and bolts with ease.

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One of the essentials you should have in your tool set is a good nut driver. A nut driver is a hand tool that you use to tighten nuts and bolts. It looks a lot like a screwdriver, but the shaft is typically hollow, at least partially, so you can thread a nut onto a bolt. Some dual-purpose tools serve as both a screwdriver and a nut driver, which can be convenient and efficient.

Don’t be confused by nut driver bits (also sometimes called nut driver drill bits or nut setters or a few other things). Although some people use all of these terms interchangeably, technically a nut driver is a manual tool, whereas nut driver bits are used with a cordless screwdriver or other power tools.

Specs to Consider

Fixed or Interchangeable Handles

Nut drivers often come in a set containing drivers of various sizes that are all attached to their own handles. But you can also choose an adjustable shaft set, which contains a single handle and an assortment of interchangeable shafts. Some people prefer full drivers because the shaft is bonded permanently to the handle, which makes it feel more stable and also prevents slipping or loosening. But a set of full drivers takes up more space and will typically cost more.

Driver Sizes

Like screwdrivers, nut drivers have a range of sizes to fit all the different nuts and bolts. The sizes you need most will depend on the types of projects you do. In my own experience, I’ve seen the 1/4-, 5/16-, 3/8-, and 1/2-inch SAE drivers and the 8- and 10-millimeter metric drivers used most frequently, but the important thing is to ensure the driver you’re considering is available in the size or sizes you need most often. Note that some sets offer a combination of both SAE and metric sizes, and others only have one type.

Shaft Length

A longer shaft (also called a shank or blade) provides more leverage but might be inconvenient when you are trying to work in cramped spaces. However, these tools are available in a wide range of lengths; again, what works best for you will depend on how and where you typically use it. I’ve most commonly seen shank lengths between 5 to 9 inches, with compact models at 4 inches or less. Keep in mind some manufacturers only list the total length of the driver without specifically listing the shank length.

How We Selected

In evaluating a variety of nut drivers to inform these recommendations, I started by considering my own experience with these tools. I’m the former owner of a construction and property maintenance business and a passionate DIYer, so I have considerable experience with both manual and power tools, including all manner of drivers and fasteners. I also studied reviews from hundreds of Amazon users and consulted manufacturer and retailer for product specifications.

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Best All-in-One Interchangeable Driver
Klein Tools 32500
Klein Tools
$14.97 (25% off)

Key Specs

  • Handle Type: Interchangeable
  • Shaft Length: Not specified

This 11-in-1 multiuse tool offers the ultimate in space-saving versatility. It’s a screwdriver and nut driver combo that offer eight popular bit sizes and three nut driver options. Swap out the interchangeable tips quickly and easily so you can keep working without delays or interruptions. Plus, you get the quality you’d expect from Klein Tools.

  • Excellent versatility
  • High-quality materials

  • Some Amazon users noted the bits can fall out and are easy to lose
Best Metric Set
GearWrench 82764
$41.54 (15% off)

Key Specs

  • Handle Type: Fixed
  • Shaft Length: 3 in.

This set includes seven nut drivers in sizes ranging from 6 to 12 millimeters. Each has an ergonomic, cushioned grip for added comfort and a fully hollow shaft that lets you thread a nut onto a longer bolt than some other drivers can. Some Amazon users noted that the numerical markers on the end of the handles are small and a bit tough to read.

  • Fully hollow shaft
  • Comfortable handle

  • Numerical markers might be hard to read for some people
Most Innovative Design
Hurricane Folding Nut Driver Set

Key Specs

  • Handle Type: Fixed
  • Shaft Length: Varies

The cool fold-up design of this nut driver set reminds me of a Swiss army knife—and this handy tool is just as versatile. You can take it anywhere without it hogging space, yet it can get the job done. The six drivers share a base and range in size from 3/16- to 7/16-inch.

  • Compact and easy to carry
  • Slim, easy-grip handle

  • Small length limits torque capacity
Trustworthy Quality
Klein Tools 631
Klein Tools

Key Specs

  • Handle Type: Fixed
  • Shaft Length: 3 in.

Klein Tools is a brand that has become well-known for quality construction and reliable performance you can trust. And based on Amazon reviews, this seven-piece set lives up to that reputation. The drivers have a 3-inch fully hollow shaft and a cushion-grip handle, but you’ll need to supply your own case or tool organizer as none is included.

  • Fully hollow shaft
  • Reliable quality

  • No case included
Best Value
GreatNeck ND71
Great Neck

Key Specs

  • Handle Type: Fixed
  • Shaft Length: Not specified

This seven-piece set contains drivers of varying metric sizes ranging from 6 to 12 millimeters. Each one has a different distinctive color for easy size identification. The plated metal finish helps protect against rust and corrosion. People with larger hands might want to consider another set; some Amazon users noted that the handles here seem a bit small.

  • Reasonably priced
  • Color-coded for quick identification

  • No SAE sizes
Durable and Damage-Resistant
Tekton 26984

Key Specs

  • Handle Type: Fixed
  • Shaft Length: 3 in.

This 14-piece set includes seven SAE drivers and seven metric varieties that are clearly identifiable by markings on the tip and handle. The 1-inch recessed shaft can fit over longer bolts. Plus, the strong, durable materials—hardened alloy steel shafts attached to polypropylene and TPE handles—can withstand extreme temperatures and exposure to solvents, oils, and other chemicals.

  • Three-sided handle enables better leverage and higher torque
  • Resistant to damage from gas, oils, and cleaners

  • No case or tray included
Wide-Ranging Variety
GearWrench 8916D

Key Specs

  • Handle Type: Interchangeable
  • Shaft Length: Varies

This 16-piece set includes nut drivers in assorted lengths and sizes, including both SAE and metric measurements. Color-coded shafts make it easy to identify the one you need quickly. The 45-tooth ratcheting handle gives you additional leverage and strength for tough jobs. The shafts also fit other compatible GearWrench handles to let you further customize your set.

  • Wide range of sizes for flexibility
  • Included case keeps drivers organized and secure

  • Shafts aren’t hollow
Best for Tight Spaces
Southwire NDS5N1

Key Specs

  • Handle Type: Fixed
  • Shaft Length: Not specified

The 5-in-1 Stubby Nut Driver has five drivers in sizes from 3/16- to 1/2-inch that nest inside one another within the self-contained unit. That’s convenient and saves space, because you don’t need to carry around a bunch of individual drivers. Measuring 3.5 inches from end to end, the stubby design is compact enough to fit in tight spots but might not be comfortable or preferable for everyone.

  • Convenient, compact design
  • Chrome-plated to resist corrosion

  • Some Amazon users say it’s not durable enough for tough jobs
Insulated for Ultimate Safety
Wiha 32296

Key Specs

  • Handle Type: Fixed
  • Shaft Length: Not specified

Crafted to ISO industry standards, the drivers in this 11-piece set are insulated to achieve a 1,000-volt rating and tempered for durability to ensure a long lifespan. They don’t have a hollow shaft but do have a 1-inch recessed end to accommodate longer bolts. Electricians and DIYers who regularly work with circuits won’t be disappointed should you choose to make the investment.

  • Insulated for added protection
  • Ergonomic handles

  • Higher price point
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