The ​​​​​​Best Stud Finder – Our Top 5 Picks

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Bosch GLM 50 C 

WELQUIC 3-in-1

Zircon M40 

Benefits

Works in all surfaces

Multipurpose

None! Tends to break

Rating


When buying a new home, one of the ways to try and create added value is to create additional rooms. However, you can't just start knocking down walls and building new ones back up.

You first need to check behind the walls to see if there are any plumbing or electrical concerns e.g. You don't want to start drilling through a stud wall to hit a water pipe.

By using a stud wall detector, you can:

  • Locate stud edges
  • Detect wood, metal, ac live wire and deep modes

You don't have to be a home buyer like us. These types of devices are perfect for plumbers, joiners, home renovators, construction workers, electricians, DIY enthusiasts and so on.

How do we use it? We create additional rooms! Using a stud finder, this is easily assessed in two ways:

  • Adding value to the property by installing a stud wall in large rooms
  • Determining which walls are stud walls and can be taken down easily

The first option is self explanatory and doesn’t require much discussion here. The only electrical tool you’ll need here is a digital measuring tape to get your sizing accurate. And yes, a standard old school measuring tape will probably suffice.

For the second way, you’ll need to invest in a stud finder for walls. Before knocking down any walls, you’ll need to determine where the studs are behind the paint and plasterboards. This is important as you don’t want to be smashing your sledgehammer into water pipes or AC wiring.

Advanced finders will be able to detect metal, electrical wiring, central heating pipes in addition to timber.

We have used ALL of the stud detectors below and feel like we’re in a good position to state which ones hit the mark.

1. Bosch GLM 50 C

Bosch glm 50c

"Professional's Choice..."

The intuitive GLM 50 C Professional offers the accuracy of laser measurement with the added advantage of bluetooth technology for data transfer to all GLM Apps, offering a wide range of additional practical applications.

  • Power: 2 x AA batteries required
  • Size: 10.6 x 4.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Weight: 99.8 Grams

Quality

This is one of these things that once you've got it, you realise you should have got one a long time ago. 

Speed

The hardware takes a few seconds to turn on but once on, it works quickly and the interface is reasonably intuitive.

Cost

Bit expensive. I probably would not have paid full price but now I have used it the full price is worth the cost. 

Overall rating :  4.5 / 5

2. WELQUIC 3-in-1 Stud Finder

WELQUIC Stud Finder Electric Center

"Cheapest on the market"

This 3 in 1 Stud Finder, Metal and AC live wire detector is a good helper when you decorate your home. It comes in handy when you are hanging pictures, putting up a new set of shelves etc.  It gives you an accurate view behind the wall and shows where each stud is located.

  • Power: 1 x 9V battery (not supplied)
  • Size: 17.8 x 9.2 x 6 cm
  • Weight: 159 grams

Quality

Great gadget for DIY enthusiasts. It works great; big and clear led screen with audible beep.

Speed

It's OK. You will need to move the detector slowly across the wall to detect power cables.

Cost

It's a low coast item and upon first usage, I was worried that it looked and felt cheap.

Overall rating :  3.5 / 5

3. Fetanten Stud Finder

fetanten stud finder

"Best ergonomic design..."

4 in 1 Multi-Function Cable Detector as metal detectors, digital angle finder, stud detector, cable detector and wood detector, playing key role in family work. This product is mainly designed as metal detectors for adults. 

  • Power: 1 x 9V battery (not supplied)
  • Size: 15 x 7.3 x 3.5 cm
  • Weight: 259 grams

Quality

Might be good enough to find the stud approximately, but nowhere near as accurate as it claims to be.

Speed

Very much like the WelQuic, it takes a bit of time and you'll need to move it slowly across the wall.

Cost

Reasonably priced, but should be a little more discounted to make it competitive.

Overall rating :  3 / 5