Best Stud Finders

by Tested_to_Destruction

Using a stud finder to late framing is productive on a construction site. The five best stud finders, reviewed and compared.

Using a stud finder to locate the metal and wood framing in walls is about the easiest and most accurate way of discovering exactly where the framing is placed. As we're not blessed with good enough vision, and the possibilty of guessing isn't an exact science, they're a cost effective method when it comes to interior wall construction and improvements.

They come in a variety of makes and models - from laser stud finders to magnetic types, they're all capable of helping the user to work more productively, as well as cut down on mistakes and down time. In a sense, they're a bit like a rolling measuring wheel in that the job they perform is a required yet specialist one.

The five best stud finders are featured below. They're all well priced, good value for money models, highly rated, well made and accurate hand tools.

CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder

This is the best selling magnetic stud finer - it's a compact unit, will fit in the pocket, robust in design and most importantly, it's accurate. This particular model makes use of magnets to locate nails and other metal-work and it's beyond easy to work with - there's no need to calibrate it or have a ready supply of batteries on hand.

It's a good design in terms of its shape - when you've got it in your hand, sweeping it down the wall it's comfortable to hold, lightweight and even better - due to its magnetic properties you can pretty much 'stick' it to the wall. Despite it being a low tech, simple device - it does exactly what you need it to do. Great product - and less than 10 bucks.

CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder

The Stud 4 Sure is a stud finder that uses powerful rare earth magnets to pinpoint the exact location of screws or nails in a stud. The tool doesn’t require batteries and never ...

Only $11.78

Zircon MultiScanner i520 Center-Finding Stud Finder with Metal and AC Electrical Scanning

This is an electronic stud finder and a great all rounder due to the fact that's it's a multi-purpose hand tool. It does a great job of locating studs plus it's able to pinpoint live AC electric wiring - a bonus and more so if you're in the electrical industry. To add to it's function you can also measure depth - another handy little feature.

The housing and design is rugged and compact, gives a nice grip, nice and lightweight and it's just about small enough to drop into a pocket. It's available in range of three different models and has won high praise for it's innovative technology and combo-capacity from the Handyman Club of America. A well designed hand tool, useful, full of features and well worth its price tag. One for pro users and home owners alike.

Zircon MultiScanner i520 Center-Finding Stud Finder with Metal and AC Electrical Scanning

Patent pending CenterVision technology finds the stud center in 1 step. Finds the center and edges of studs and joists, finds copper pipes (and other nonferrous metal) up to 1 1...

$49.99  $44.32

Biary Innovations MSFL-T1003 Magic Stud Finder Plus with free Steel Ruler and 3 Targets included

Still a best selling stud finder - this is the more basic model of the previously featured product. If you're on a budget and want a finder that actually leaves the markets in full view (instead of you having to mark them off yourself), it's the obvious choice. It does an awesome job of locating studs, leaves you a clear indication of where they are and never ever fails to hit the target.

The level and 4" rule are a nice couple of extra features and help you further when it comes to measuring and cutting - and it completely lacks the need for calibration due to the simplistic design. Dreamed up by contractor who wanted a tool that does the job without having to resort to complicated technology - and boy he sure came up with the goods. A fantastic hand tool - no mess, no fuss and delivers time and again. Bargain buy - top product.

Biary Innovations MSFL-T1003 Magic Stud Finder Plus with free Steel Ruler and 3 Targets included

Magic Stud Finder removes the guesswork! SAVE BIG! Foolproof lumber location! Ingenious Magic Stud Finder is the fastest, easiest and most accurate solution to the mystery of hi...


Sonin 50215 4-in-1 Stud, Moisture, Metal and Voltage Detector

This is another multi-functional stud finder and will perform a range of different tasks: locates studs, pinpoints live AC wires, finds other metal piping systems as well as accurately measures any moisture that presents within a range of materials - drywalls, wood and flooring.

Calibrating it's a breeze - it's an automatic function of the model and it runs of a single 9V battery. As an all-round general detector it does a good enough job. It may not be the best at any one particular function but - it gets the job done. If you want a higher level of accuracy - particularly if you work in a professional environment then the Hanson model is the better choice. Otherwise good quality, nice design, feature packed and a steal at just over 20 dollars.

Sonin 50215 4-in-1 Stud, Moisture, Metal and Voltage Detector

Measures moisture in wood from 8-22. Detects studs, beams and joists behind walls up to a depth of 3/4". Detects metal of all kinds behind walls up to 2" deep. Locates and trace...

Only $48.23

Stanley Tools IntelliSensor Pro

This is the best selling Stanley stud finder and as well as locating studs, it will also detect live wires embedded in the walls and ceiling. The housing is nice and solid, comfortable to hold and compact enough to pocket when you don't need it, and the LCD display is clear, delivery accurate read-outs and larger than you'll find on comparable models.

The AC location is particularly useful, not to mention precise and on similar models you usually find one over the other is more accurate and reliable. With the Stanley, both work equally well and to a level of accuracy that's up to a standard that you require in any working environment. Well made, the audible sensor is a nice touch - a quality dual purpose product for under 30 bucks.

Stanley 77-115 IntelliSensor Plus Stud Sensor

2756-2008 Features: -Stud sensor.-Reads multiple depths for versatility.-Unique speaker feature provides audible sound when locating studs.-High visibility LED indicates precise...

$36.65  $36.63
Updated: 06/17/2012, Tested_to_Destruction
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