This is where we’ll talk about the best stud finders, and what each one is good at. There are a lot of different products on the market, mainly coming from the electrical company, Zircon. They’re not all from there though, and there are a lot of various products you could choose from. Here we explain each type and where you can actually buy stud finders online.
Plain Electronic Stud Finders
These are your plain and simple electric stud finders, using the capacitor plate we talked about earlier to sense various density in the wall. These are perfect for normal scanning of drywalls and finding joists, beams, and studs in almost all types of stud walls.
Zircon StudSensor e50 electronic Stud Finder. This is a plain basic Zircon Stud finder. It does exactly what it should do, scans at a depth of about 38mm, and this version even detects basic electrical wiring inside the drywall. It’s a reasonable price, and good value for money.
More advanced – Multiscanners
This is the type of stud finder which can do more than just find a wooden beam. These scanners can usually find things like metal piping, wires, and differentiate between various types of metal that may be in the wall. Some can also scan deeper than most other stud finders, even as far as 3 inches. Some of the best stud finders are multiscanners.
Zircon i700 Multiscanner with marker. The first of the multi scanners we’re reviewing here. This tool allows you to not only detect the stud, but also scans for metal and wood studs up to 1.5 inches deep. It can scan for studs, wires, pipes and even comes with a ‘How to Use’ DVD training guide.
Bosch GMS120 Digital Multi-Scanner. The best multiscanner on the market. This scanner is able to detect studs both metal and wood at up to 4 inches! It will save you so much time and effort and it’s cheaper than the Zircon model which does almost the same thing. It can scan even through concrete with its 3 sensor technology.
Magnetic Stud Finders
The plain and simple magnetic stud finders which use magnetism to locate the screws which you hope are attached to the middle of the stud. It’s a more basic away of finding the stud, not recommended if you want to be sure you’re screwing into the stud; after all you wouldn’t want your new flat screen TV falling off the wall because you didn’t locate the wooden beam!
CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder. The best magnetic stud finder we have found. This one uses rare earth magnets which are basically really powerful magnets. This means it actually sticks to the wall when one of the screws in the studs has been located. It also has a rubber grip for ease of use.