How to Choose the Best Stud Finders – Buyer’s Guide 2018

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Hundreds of new stud finders are released every year. On the one hand, it is good because you have many options to choose from. On the other hand, you have to waste a lot of time to find a really good product. Our top list of the best stud finders will help you to cope with this task much faster.

We have been researching the market for days to create the top list of the best stud finders. Our team has tested hundreds of items from various brands. We hope that our work will help you to choose the best option in your price range!

The 10 Best Stud Finders of 2018

Rating Image Name and Features Details
4.8
Stud Finders 1. Stud Finders (Editor’s Choice)
Its easy-to-read display screen indicates directions, edges and center of studs, while wire warning detection indicates the presence of live ac voltage, 1 x 9v battery included.
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4.5
Zircon Studsensor E50 Electronic Wall Scanner  Edge Finding Stud Finder 2. Zircon Studsensor E50 Electronic Wall Scanner Edge Finding Stud Finder
Studscan mode locates the edges of wood or metal studs up to 0.75 inches (19 mm) deep while deepscan mode locates targets up to 1.5 inches (38 mm) deep.
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4.3
Stud Finder 3. Stud Finder (Most User-Friendly)
This small scanning device may be technologically advanced, however, it is very easy to use.
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4.0
Multi-scanner Stud Finder 4. Multi-scanner Stud Finder (Best Transitional Design)
Comes with an audible beep feature that sounds reminding you of the stud’s position/location.
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4.0
Welquic Electric Center-finding Stud Finder 5. Welquic Electric Center-finding Stud Finder
Detects metal up to 76mm depth, voltage up to 76mm depth, wood and metal stud up to 38mm.
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3.5
Prosensor 710 Franklin Sensors Prosensor 710 Precision Stud Finder 6. Prosensor 710 Franklin Sensors Prosensor 710 Precision Stud Finder (Best Performance for the Price)
Making it very easy to visualize the position of studs.
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3.5
Tacklife DMS04 Stud Sensor 7. Tacklife DMS04 Stud Sensor (Most Autonomous)
During the studscan mode, the stud sensor can locate the the edges of wood or metal studs up to 0.75 inches (19 mm) deep while thickscan mode locates targets up to 1.5 inches (38 mm) deep and the stable measuring depth is 1.12 inches (28.5 mm).
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3.0
Qimh Stud Finder 8. Qimh Stud Finder
Accurate measurement technology, this electric stud finder can locate center of wood studs up to 30, 30mm (18mm)deep, metal studs up to 30mm deep, wire studs up to 2″.
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3.0
Zircon Studsensor 70 Center Finding Stud Finder 9. Zircon Studsensor 70 Center Finding Stud Finder (Highest Performance)
Studscan mode locates the edges of wood or metal studs up to 0.75 inches (19 mm) deep.
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3.0
Welquic 3-in-1 Stud Finder 10. Welquic 3-in-1 Stud Finder (Most Durable)
It can locate the hidden metal objects (rebar, studs, steel, copper and more), live wires, wooden stuff accurately up to 1.5 (38 mm) depth in stud mode, 2.36 (60 mm) for metal mode and 2 (51 mm) in ac scan mode.
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№ 1. Stud Finders Wall Finder Multi Function Center-finding Stud Finder with Sound Warning for Ac Wire, Metal, Wall Studs, Wood
 

Design
5/5
 

Size
5/5
 

Construction
4/5
 

Value
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.8
FOLAI 7.4 ounces
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Lcd backlit display and audible indication: illuminated graphical lcd and sound signal indicate mode, detection strength and more. Multi-mode detection: detects metal studs up to 3/2 in(38mm), metal rebar or pipe up to 3 in(76mm) while ac live wire up to 3 in(76mm). Quickly locates edges and center of metal studs, pipes, rebars, joists behind walls, floors and ceilings, also indicates the presence of live ac wire. Its easy-to-read display screen indicates directions, edges and center of studs, while wire warning detection indicates the presence of live ac voltage.1 x 9v battery included.

 

 
GOOD
Its easy-to-read display screen indicates directions
Quickly locates edges
Multi-mode detection
Lcd backlit display
BAD
This product does not have a single defect.
 

 

 
 

Design
5/5
 

Size
5/5
 

Construction
4/5
 

Value
4/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.5
Zircon 68277 8.5 x 4 x 2 inches 7 ounces
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Patented “over the stud” indicator and spotlite pointing system ensure the e50 provides trustworthy results while the ergonomic grip design allows for comfortable use regardless of hand size. The zircon ss e50 electronic stud scanner detects the edges of wood and metal studs and alerts you of live ac wires helping you easily find studs and avoid hazards while mounting a tv, hanging cabinets, installing garage shelving and more. Studscan mode locates the edges of wood or metal studs up to 0.75 inches (19 mm) deep while deepscan mode locates targets up to 1.5 inches (38 mm) deep. One fully charged 9v battery, not included, is required for the stud scanner to run at optimal performance.

Wirewarning detection indicates the presence of live, unshielded electrical ac wiring while scanning in studscan and deepscan modes.

 

 
GOOD
Patented “over
Wirewarning detection indicates
One fully charged 9v battery
Studscan mode locates
The zircon ss e50 electronic stud scanner detects
BAD
It is easy to break because of poor assembly.
 

 

 
№ 3. Stud Finder By Classware, Wireless Metal Detector and Ac Live Wire Multi-scanner, Multifunctional Wall Scanning Device with LCD Screen, High Precision, Long-lasting and Lightweight Design
 

Design
5/5
 

Size
5/5
 

Construction
5/5
 

Value
2/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.3
CLASSWARE 4 ounces
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Your satisfaction is guaranteed: classware has designed the most practical and the best working stud finder. Please note this stud finder is sold exclusively by classware. Please ignore the “other sellers” and add to cart from this page if you would like to ensure a you receive a quality product. You don t have to be a professional: this small scanning device may be technologically advanced, however, it is very easy to use. Once the stud finder detects a metal, it will emit a beeping sound to notify you. At the same time, the stud material detected will be displayed on the high definition lcd screen. The metal detector has been tested multiple times, so you can be 100% sure that it works. For your convenience, classware has added a detailed instruction manual to the package. Practical size and smart design: in order to scan your walls and ceilings with the handheld stud finder, you need to hold and move your arm for a long time. At the same time, the metal detector is ergonomically designed, so you will have the most comfortable and secure grip, without straining your hand and arm.

Powerful and long lasting battery: nobody likes tugging and tangled wires. That s why this wireless metal detector is the best choice. You are only going to need a 9v battery in order to activate the stud finder. Classware has made sure that this metal detecting device does not consume too much energy, so you will not have to replace the powerful battery often. So start scanning the walls and ceiling of your house and don t worry about the battery. Scan your house walls with ease: do you want to find all of the wires and studs that are hidden behind the walls of your house. Don t call a professional electrician and waste a fortune. You can now do this yourself with the help of the classware stud finder. This multi-scanner can detect studs, ceiling joints, hot ac wires and other metals with very high precision. The procedure is easy, fast and even fun. Try it out and see for yourself.

 

 
GOOD
Your satisfaction is guaranteed
Scan your house walls with ease
You don t have to be a professional
BAD
It is overpriced by many times.
 

 

 
№ 4. Multi-scanner Stud Finder, Dr.meter Stud Wall Sensor Finder Center-finding with Live Ac Wire Wood Scanner Warning Detection, Battery Included
 

Design
4/5
 

Size
4/5
 

Construction
5/5
 

Value
3/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.0
Dr.meter 8 ounces
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Lcd backlit display and audible indication,: illuminated graphical lcd and sound signal indicate mode, detection strength and more. Multi-mode detection,: detects metal studs up to 3/2 in(38mm), metal rebar or pipe up to 3 in(76mm) while ac live wire up to 3 in(76mm). Functionality,: quickly locates edges and center of metal studs, pipes, rebars, joists behind walls, floors and ceilings, also indicates the presence of live ac wire. Smart beep feature,: comes with an audible beep feature that sounds reminding you of the stud’s position/location. Ergonomic design,: compact handheld body and anti-slip design, convenient to use as a handy household device.

 

 
GOOD
Ergonomic design
Multi-mode detection
Lcd backlit display
Smart beep feature
BAD
It is rather costly.
 

 

 
№ 5. Welquic Electric Center-finding Stud Finder with 3-in-1 Metal Ac Wires Wood Scanner with Backlit LCD Screen and Beeping Signal Alert, Black and Red
 

Design
3/5
 

Size
5/5
 

Construction
5/5
 

Value
3/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.0
WELQUIC 9.8 x 2 x 7 inches 7.2 ounces
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Easy to read: features a built-in backlit lcd screen as well as an audio and visual indication with beep sound alert for optimal signal alert. Ergonomic design: designed with soft grips to provide comfort and better control of the tool. Energy-saving: equipped with an auto shut-off function powered by a piece of 9v battery (not included). High accuracy: accurately traces hot wires, find nails, pipes, rebar and other metallic objects, and detects wood studs with auto calibration. Max find depth: detects metal up to 76mm depth, voltage up to 76mm depth, wood and metal stud up to 38mm.

 

 
GOOD
Easy to read
Ergonomic design
Max find depth
High accuracy
BAD
Not suitable for short people.
 

 

 
 

Design
3/5
 

Size
4/5
 

Construction
5/5
 

Value
2/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.5
Prosensor ProSensor 710 7 x 3 x 2 inches 11.2 ounces
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Can identify the position of multiple studs simultaneously. Advanced multi-sense technology senses the wall in multiple locations simultaneously. Bright leds lights illuminate to indicate the position of hidden objects – making it very easy to visualize the position of studs. Deep scanning is always active (up to 1.5″). Identifies the width of hidden objects so that you not only know the position of hidden objects, but so you also know the size of them.

 

 
GOOD
Can identify
Advanced multi-sense technology senses
Deep scanning is always active
Bright leds lights illuminate
BAD
It works well, but the price matches the quality — it is very high.
Requires delicate care.
 

 

 
№ 7. Tacklife DMS04 Stud Sensor with Large LCD Display LED Indicator Multi-wall Detector for Metal, Ac Wire, Wood Finder with Dangerous Indication
 

Design
3/5
 

Size
3/5
 

Construction
3/5
 

Value
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.5
TACKLIFE DMS04 8.9 x 3.7 x 1.9 inches 9 ounces
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Studscan model & thickscan mode – during the studscan mode, the stud sensor can locate the the edges of wood or metal studs up to 0.75 inches (19 mm) deep while thickscan mode locates targets up to 1.5 inches (38 mm) deep and the stable measuring depth is 1.12 inches (28.5 mm). What you get – tacklife dms04 multi-wall detector, user manual, warranty card.24 month warranty. Target indication bars & danger warning symbol- with the target indication bars to locate the stud precisely; danger warning symbol indicates the presence of live, unshielded electrical ac wiring while scanning in studscan and thickscan modes. And it will cut off the power automatically, if it did not work more than five minutes.

Function and design – the detector can detect metal, wooden, ac wire that inside the wall to find studs and avoid hazards while mounting a tv, hanging cabinets, installing garage shelving and more. Led/beep indicaytor & ergonomic grip design – when the led is on and the buzzer is ringing, the bottom of the stud edge v groove to an edge of the stud to provide a trustworthy results; the ergonomic grip design which allows comfortable grip feeling ; stylish appearance and digital screen design, the display has orange indicator light and target indicator for easy detection and positioning.

 

 
GOOD
Led/beep indicaytor & ergonomic grip design
Target indication bars & danger warning symbol
Studscan model & thickscan mode
BAD
The design is rather boring.
Not suitable for long work.
 

 

 
№ 8. Qimh Stud Finder, 3 In 1 Multi-function Scanning Wall Stud Sensor with LCD Display and Sound Warninng for Wood Stud, Ac Wire, Metal Detector
 

Design
2/5
 

Size
2/5
 

Construction
5/5
 

Value
3/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.0
QiMH 6.4 ounces
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What you will get.1x stud finder.1x 6f22 9v battery.1 x owner’s manual and 1 year warranty and lifetime friendly. Easy to operate, only two buttons. First, you can choose a mode by pressing select button. Second, you can press the side test button. Then scan scan horizontally across the object surface. Accurate measurement technology, this electric stud finder can locate center of wood studs up to 30.30mm (18mm)deep, metal studs up to 30mm deep, wire studs up to 2″. High efficiency, by the clear lcd screen you can quickly get the the mode of stud that you are looking for, its location and the battery status of the device.

3 in 1 stud finder, the detector is with convenient and automatic calibration detection, with three different modes: wood stud, ac wire, metal objects.

 

 
GOOD
Accurate measurement technology
3 in 1 stud finder
High efficiency
BAD
Comes only in one size.
 

 

 
№ 9. Zircon Studsensor 70 Center Finding Stud Finder with Live Ac Wirewarning Detection and Built-in Erasable Wall Marker
 

Design
3/5
 

Size
2/5
 

Construction
3/5
 

Value
4/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.0
Zircon 67324 8.5 x 4 x 2 inches 9.6 ounces
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Integrated erasable wall marker enables users to mark targets with the simple push of a button. “ready” led lights to indicate when the stud finder is calibrated and ready for use while the patented spotlite pointing system illuminates and the audio tone signal sounds when the stud center is located. Studscan mode locates the edges of wood or metal studs up to 0.75 inches (19 mm) deep; deepscan mode locates targets up to 1.5 inches (38 mm) deep; wirewarning detection indicates the presence of live, unshielded electrical ac wiring while scanning in studscan and deepscan modes. Act (auto correcting technology) automatically corrects common user errors, such as when scanning begins over a stud, in both studscan and deepscan modes.

The zircon ss 70 electronic stud scanner detects the edges and center of wood and metal studs and alerts you of live ac wires helping you easily find studs and avoid hazards.

 

 
GOOD
The zircon ss 70 electronic stud scanner detects
Integrated erasable wall marker enables users
“ready” led lights
Studscan mode locates
BAD
The housing looks good but feels very fragile.
Beginners may experience many troubles with it.
 

 

 
№ 10. Welquic 3-in-1 Stud Finder Multifunctional Wall Scanner High Precision Detector with Auto Calibration, Backlit LCD Screen, Warning Indicators for Wall Studs Ac Wires Wood and Metal, Black and Red
 

Design
4/5
 

Size
4/5
 

Construction
2/5
 

Value
2/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.0
WELQUIC 6.5 x 1.2 x 2.7 inches 6.9 ounces
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Battery powered & auto power-off: it is powered by a 9v battery (not included); it will automatically go power-off when there is no operation over 120s to save energy. Ergonomic design & easy-to-operate: this detector is ergonomically designed with a perfect grip feeling for heavy and long-time uses; adopts an easy-to-use interface with 2 buttons, making the device super simple to operate. Deep scanning & high accuracy: it can locate the hidden metal objects (rebar, studs, steel, copper and more), live wires, wooden stuff accurately up to 1.5 (38 mm) depth in stud mode.2.36 (60 mm) for metal mode and 2 (51 mm) in ac scan mode.

3-in-1 detections & auto calibration: with the help of auto calibration, it allows you to detect targets freely with 3 switchable modes: stud scan, ac scan and metal scan. Backlit lcd screen & warning indicators: it integrates an illuminated lcd screen, displaying all data clearly; visual & audio indicators are available, reminding you with beep alert and flash icons when sensing abnormity for safety concern.

 

 
GOOD
Battery powered & auto power-off
Backlit lcd screen & warning indicators
3-in-1 detections & auto calibration
Ergonomic design & easy-to-operate
Deep scanning & high accuracy
BAD
The assembling quality is on top, but materials are not the best.
 

How did you create this rating list with the best stud finders?

During the creation of this buying guide, we had to look through hundreds of stud finders. Our team compared many products from various brands in order to find the most optimal model with the best price to quality ratio. The goal was to determine stud findersthat offer the most value for their money, and we think that we have achieved it.

Should I get a stud finders with a lifetime warranty?

Every manufacturer offer various warranty terms. Some companies sell stud finderswith a lifetime warranty, while the others only offer one-year or two-year protection. The cheapest models usually do not have any warranties at all. We think that five-year warranty is more than enough for the most stud finders.

What if a receive a wrong item instead of the stud finders I ordered?

There is no need to worry since the support team will help you to return your money or replace the wrong item with the chosen stud finders. Simply contact a support agent and describe your situation to get all the required help.

What exactly did you take into consideration while making the list of the best stud finders?

We considered so many factors that it is nearly impossible to tell you about all of them. Believe us, we did not forget about anything. Price, material, user score, and other characteristics of stud finderswere used to create this TOP list. We tried our best to help you choose the best stud finders!

Do I need to worry when buying a stud finders online?

Nowadays, online shopping is completely safe. In fact, it might even be safer than regular shopping, since you do not have to leave your home to buy products you need. There is nothing dangerous in buying stud finders. After all, you can always get a refund if you will not like the model you bought or you received it in a malfunctioning condition.

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