"Sorry to add fuel to this fire, but I am very disappointed with this device. The old Screwfix detector for studs OR cables worked superbly for years but eventually needed replacing. The Stanley detector is simply unreliable and gives false positive mains detection everywhere you place it. This deserves a zero star rating. Sorry."
"False readings for studs and electric. Im really amazed at how poor this is. I've thrown it away and gone back to the old fashioned looking one i have that works brilliantly. I found this thing totally unreliable and only worked twice."
"I love Screwfix, and Stanley. So why is this so rubbish? It gives false readings and no readings, as so many other reviewers have pointed out. Chucked mine away - suggest you don't part with the cash! Very sad - Stanley stop marketing this or Screwfix stop stocking it!"
"I bought this item hoping it would help me to save time but instead it just made things more complicated by telling me there were joists and cables where in fact there was nothing. Save your money, dont buy this item"
"Bought to find studs in a wall, found studs that didn't exist and missed ones that did. Gave up on the unit when I put a piece of timber behind a sheet of plasterboard and the tester went past the wood without finding anything."
"I have used other makes of stud finders so I know they can be tricky, but this does not work. I used it on a new plastered wall to find wooden studs, and it just indicated at random. I rechecked the instructions to ensure I was using it properly and tried it on different walls, but it's just a useless tool. I can only guess 12mm plaster board with a skim is too much."
"Bought this unit to use in my son's house as he had just moved in and needed to find studs in wall to fix TV bracket. According to stud finder the wall had 240v over whole wall and no studs, which I know it has! I bought this to replace a stud finder that I have from about .10 years ago and have gone back to that one and got a refund on this expensive unit."
"This is the worst tool i have ever bought...And i thought i was buying something good with the Stanley name on it, that's why i paid the high price. According to this little gadget i live in an electrical sub station... even walls that i know have no cables in, this was tell me it was very alive with electric.... Needless to say i took it back the very next day and got a refund, found a much much cheaper one and that works perfect."