Best Stud Finders & Scanners in 2020

Stud Finder 5 in 1 Multi-function Upgraded Smart Stud Sensor, Wall Scanner with Battery for the Center & Edge of Metal, Studs and AC Wire, Pipe Detector for Walls Review:

 Wanted to hang floating shelves on the wall, but my old Black and Decker stud finder was no where to be found, so I decided to purchase a new one. My old stud finder was only able to find studs only, I thought I should get one that can also find other materials hiding behind the wall just to be safe. Compare to my old stud finder, I find this stud finder easy to use and pretty accurate. I have tried it at various walls in my house and at work just to see hope well it does. I find that the accuracy increases if I set it at thicker wall setting even though the plaster is not at 1 1/2 inch thick. Overall, I am glad I chose this stud finder. One minor issue I have is that the screen can be too bright to my eyes, but it's not like I stare at it everyday, so I am ok with that.

Stud Finder Wall Scanner 5 in 1Stud Detector with Intelligent Microprocessor chip, HD LCD Display and Audio Alarm, Accurate and Fast Location for the Center and Edge of Metal, Studs, AC wire Review:

 Not bad for the cost, I’ve been through about three stud finders this year, it’s hard to find something that works. I really like that this one detects live wires, that’s a huge bonus. It can be a little finicky trying to get it to scan properly here and there, but it’s accurate and works. I tested it out a few different ways, usually when it doesn’t work properly it just needs to be recalibrated. It’s not perfect but it works great, it was finding my wood studs and detecting live wires, and didn’t cost me a fortune.

CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder Review:

This stud finder works exactly as it is supposed to. It is so strong the it can suck magnets often be referred greater from almost 2" away. It works perfectly through extra thick plaster and paint over the dry wall. However because of its small size that means it has a very small footprint also. You almost have to swipe it across the wall as if you were frosting a cake or mowing a lawn. When you do find a nail it is unmistakable that you found it. I have used to message to find nails. The 1st is to hang it from a string in just pass the string along the wall to let the stud finder drag on the surface of the wall and it will stick hard when it finds a nail. The 2nd is to cup it loosely in your hand and pass your hand back-and-forth across the wall until it suddenly grabs hold.

The packaging is anything but frustration free and is the old school piece of double-layered plastic molding sandwich between sheets of chipboard/cardboard. Notice in my photo the it is not much taller than a standard size toothpick. See that the entire package is much smaller than the A1 size box, Amazon's smallest box.

Over all, does it work? Yes, exactly as advertised and as a perfect backup if you don't want to require batteries. Would I get it for a job site? Absolutely not. Its small size and therefore small footprint makes it too cumbersome to try to use for more then figuring out where to mount something at home. For the home user that May only occasionly have to figure out where the studs are, it is perfect because it can also double as a refrigerator magnet due to its smaller size. Additional note regarding the refrigerator usage: When this thing gets within about 2" of the refrigerator it will jump out of your hand in clean hard. It requires a decent amount of skoal to get it back-off. We have a calendar held to the refrigerator with 3 clip magnets. This stud finder was powerful enough to not only grab the 1st magnet from an inch away, but also pull the other 2 from the refrigerator and hold the calendar in the air while carrying it to another room and passing it through the door.

Usage tip: Once you find the 1st stud, have a tape measure extended several feet and let the magnets of the stud finder hold the extended end of the tape as you hold the base end. Now mark every 16 or 24" to figure out approximately where to check for other studs' exact locations. This will make finding studs a little easier.

Hint (for those without access to ask a good carpenter / inspector): An easy way to figure out your stud placement is to find the stud nearest the corner of a Room. (Avoid corners with windows or doors nearby, or corners of the house, as this may cause design layout to vary.) Measure either 16 or 24" (most common), and that will be your base measurement to expect in the rest of your house. Also note that exterior walls may have different / closer stud placement and distance than interior walls.

Remember: Building code changes with time or materials used or location of wall. Keep that in mind when checking different parts of your home.

{Professionals, please don't read this next part.} The quality of work or extra decisions of carpenters impacts placement. (I've seen "the studs are an average of 24 inches", and "as long as they're somewhere closer than 16 inches we're fine", plus what looks like "We're putting the door / window / outlet right here and that's final! Throw in some extra boards if it doesn't line up with the studs properly. It will be extra solid then, so it's no big deal if it doesn't make sense!") Also, metal doesn't always mean stud. ("Oops! Didn't measure that cut right / cut isn't smooth / didn't place the drywall correctly. But we can just patch it with sheet metal.")

+ Measure twice, cut once. This way you don't make mistakes.
- Cut once and measure twice. That way you'll know how badly off you were and then finally get a rough idea of how you need to guess better next time.

Stud Finder Sensor Wall Scanner - 5 in 1 Electronic Stud Sensor Locator Wood Beam Joist Finders Wall Detector Edge Center Finding with LCD Display for Wood Live AC Wire Metal Studs Detection (Silver) Review:

I purchased this item to replace another Zircon stud finder that mysteriously stopped working after a few years, as well as to supplement another multi-LED-style stud finder that I also use. Compared to the multi-LED stud finder, I found the Tavool stud finder to be MUCH more precise at finding exact edge and center or a stud (the other just gives a general idea within about 1/4 an inch). I ended up placing about 30 screws into studs, and didn't miss one.

Reliable - (nothing worse than a stud finder not finding the same center each time. I didn't have this problem)
Easy to use - (easily guides to the center of a stud, and shows which direction to go if you need to back up)
Multiple depths, between 1/2 and 1-1/2 inch (1/2 and 1 inch was the sweet spot for my needs)
Detects AC power
You don't have to hold the button while you are scanning - (much more convenient than some others that required you to push the button--or in some cases, 2 buttons--the entire time your are scanning. Helpful when on a ladder!)

Calibrates itself every time you scan, which about 2-3 second initially. This adds time, but I assume this also helps with the accuracy I mentioned above.

Overall, this was a perfect replacement for my needs.

Stud Finder Sensor Wall Scanner - 4 in 1 Electronic Stud Sensor Beam Finders Wall Detector Center Finding with LCD Display for Wood AC Wire Metal Studs Joist Detection Review:

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 I bought this because of the price and reviews. I used this to find the studs to mount my TV and it worked efficiently. I have wall mounted 4 TVs with different methods in my house and this is definitely the fastest and cleanest way to safely drill the holes. I included a video hope it’s useful to someone.

Stud Finder Wall Scanner - 4 in 1 Electric Multi Function Wall Detector Finders with Digital LCD Display, Center Finding Stud Sensor & Sound Warning for Studs/Wood/Metal/Live AC Wires Detection Review:

I've only used for studs. I find that the readings are a little confusing when finding the edge. The center mark seems to be accurate however the edge mark's are off. The edge marks sometimes go on for as much as a quarter inch but usually about an 8th. Making it seem like the stud is 2in thick when it's actually 1.5in.

I use the below to accurately measure a 1.5in stud

1) measure from left to right
2) move to right, continuing to move even though the arrow and edge bar appear. Stop and mark wall when the edge bar disappears.
3) continue to move and mark center.
4) measure from left to right
5) find right edge using steps from 2.
6) verify center.
This usually results in a stud width of 1.5in sometimes an 8th smaller

Usually i dont care for the edge so I mark the center from each direction and drill, nail or screw in between those marks.

Note: center mark had a little give too. This I find is usually less than an 8th of an inch. Also, sometimes reading the same stud edge can give inconsistent readings.

Even with the above, I will not be returning. It works well enough for my needs and the AC wire warning had already saved me. You can even track the wire for horizontal or vertical runs.

All in all. I will recommend because the reading errors may be caused by imperfect studs, drywall screws or something else.

Stud Finder Sensor Wall Scanner -4 in 1 Electronic Stud Posi Tioner with Digital LCD Display,Central Positioning Stud Sensor and Sound Alarm are Display for Wood AC Wire Metal Studs Detection Review:

This is an amazing stud finder with features galore. For the price, there is just no comparison. I already used it and it finds the stud center very fast, no false positives. It has a huge LCD display very intuitive and easy to understand. The fact that it detects electricity (AC) id just great: no more worries about getting electrocuted! It has various levels to detect wood studs, metal rebars and LIVE WIRES. It has various settings for depth and it auto calibrates itself when starting to scan. It also has a felt backside so as not to scratch the wall. Overall: I highly recommend it!

Franklin Sensors FS710PROProSensor 710+ Professional Stud Finder with Built-in Bubble Level & Ruler Review:

I bought this for a small reno because every studfinder I've ever bought has never worked and beeps obnoxiously at me. I usually just find a stud by knocking or other things on the wall, the poke around 16" over. I got tired of doing this and took the plunge-- this is an expensive stud finder. But, I've probably spent way more than the cost of this, over the years, on the o as I have that don't work. I moved a closet door opening over and only had 1 miss-- it was with a horizontal brace between the studs. It does seem to have some trouble finding those, but vertical ones, never, it was dead-on. Also, I noticed it did have problems determining stud location in an unfinished wall. Once wallboard was up on both sides, it found them just fine. Not sure why that's the case, I was just playing around with it. But, really, how often do you nedd to "find" a sdid on an unfinished wall (you can just look...)?

I love it.

Stud Finder, Veken 4 In 1 Multifunctional Wall Scanner, Professional Wall Center Sensor Detector For Studs, Metal, Wood, Live AC Wire Review:

 We just moved into a new house, painted the walls, and now it's time to start hanging some pictures. It's an old house, so I really was wary of potential live wires in the walls, as well as the fact that these are thick walls. My old stud finder didn't work on older homes, since the sensor didn't penetrate deep enough.

I ordered this stud finder, as it had a "deep" setting, and the ability to detect live wires.

It's really easy to use: just hold it up to the wall, hold down the power button, and wait 3 seconds for it to calibrate. Then slowly move it across the wall. It easily showed me where the edges and center of the stud were located. Perfect!

Got my first picture you and ready to hang more. Really easy to use!

Walabot DIY, Stud Finder In-Wall Imager, Cell Phone Wall Scanner for Studs, Pipe and Wires, (Android Smart Phone Compatible Only) Review:

At first I was excited to buy this product but nervous because of the negativity on the reviews. So I decided to buy walabot used for $52 (see Amazon warehouse deals). When I got it I watched a few YouTube videos how to setup and use walabot. After setup the walabot actually does as promised but in image mode it's a little glitchy showing the image sometimes lags. However in expert mode the app and walabot work much smoother and accurate in position where the wire or stud is. I think buyer's expectations were too high because of the commercial and pricing. $70 is worth Diy walabot but not $100. Hope this helps. check out reviews on YouTube like 4 easy ways to find studs video.