The Best Stud Finder – Our Top 5 Picks { 2018 Update }

When buying a new home, we often check to see how many rooms we can create. 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 šŸ™‚

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 PMD 7 Digital Detector

Benefits: Works in concrete, brick and stud.

Highlight: Genuinely multi purpose. Bosch quality guarantee.

2. WELQUIC 3-in-1 Stud Finder

Benefits: 3 in 1 Detector

Highlight: Best Rated on Amazon

3. Fetanten Stud Finder

Benefits: 4 in 1 Multi-Function Cable Detector

Highlight: Cheapest multi detector

4. Zircon MetalliScanner