No home (or apartment) is complete without a good set of tools. And no toolset is complete without a top-notch power drill.
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After all, besides maybe a hammer, a drill is perhaps the tool you’ll use the most out of all your household tools. You’ll always need to drill holes or maybe drive a screw into the wall to hang up some shelves or maybe a mirror.
But, let’s be honest, you don’t want a drill that has a long cord that gets in the way or can’t always reach a plug from where you’re doing your drilling.
That’s why cordless drills have pretty much come to dominate the universe of power drilling. Unlike a drill with a power cord, you can take a cordless drill literally anywhere and use it on any project.
So, if you don’t have on already, it’s maybe time to invest in a cordless drill.
However, it can be hard to know which cordless drill is worth a buy – especially if you aren’t an expert on power tools.
To help those of you who don’t know what to look for in a drill, we put together a list of the best ones out there in terms of quality, price and ease of use.
When researching drills, we kept a few thoughts in mind.
First of all, we wanted to find drills that were powerful, but we didn’t necessarily need the drills to be the most powerful.
If you are using this around your home, then it’s more important to have a very reliable drill rather than an ultra-powerful one. We imagine you won’t be incessantly drilling holes for various projects like a professional would. Rather, you’ll likely use it for projects around the home.
Those professional-grade drills are great, but they have a price tag to match. So, in looking for solid, reliable cordless drills, we also kept price in mind.
There are many great drills perfect for use around the home that are powerful enough – without breaking the bank.
We also looked for cordless drills that have long battery lives so you can minimize the amount of times you have to stop mid-project.
Lastly, your drill should be easy to use, with controls that function smoothly. We don’t want you to deal with a power drill that gets stuck between forward and reverse.
If you don’t know where to start on your hunt for a cordless drill, you just found your launch pad.
This list will give you some great options to consider as you look for the perfect cordless drill for you and your home.
Hopefully, this will significantly shorten the time you spend shopping for a drill (and help you look like you know exactly what you’re talking about when you walk into the hardware store).
This De Walt Cordless Drill (also listed under the model number DCD771C2) is a Lithium-ion powered tool that is perfect for home DIY-ers, but can also work well in a professional capacity with its high-performance 300-watt UWO motor.
Great for tasks large and small, the DeWalt’s two-speed transmission makes it a versatile power tool for a range of drilling applications, and the half-inch ratcheting chuck grips tightly onto any bit size.
It’s also clear that the drill is designed both with effectiveness and comfort in mind. The drill only weighs about 3.6 lbs. and is very compact, which makes it easy to drill from any direction or in places that you might not be able to reach with other drills (cordless or not).
The handle is also highly ergonomic not only for your comfort, but also to ensure that you have complete control over the tool.
Last but not least, this drill is very affordable. It’s a great drill for any homeowner that wants something reliable and worth the value.
Makita makes some truly great cordless drills, and we definitely recommend this one for a variety of projects and uses.
First of all, the brushless motor is incredibly efficient and optimizes battery energy use. In fact, it can run up to 50% longer after each time you charge it compared to other drills.
The brushless motor also eliminates carbon brushes, enabling the motor to run more efficiently and not build up so much heat. This assists not only with battery life, but also with the life of the drill itself.
The efficient use of energy in the motor also means that it can better match torque and RPM to the changing demands of the application.
All of this, combined with the 530 in. Lbs. of max torque and
the 2-speed transmission make it a powerful, efficient cordless drill that will last you a long time.
This cordless drill is definitely a staple – whether you are a frequent drill user or someone who needs one for the occasional DIY project.
It’s super lightweight and easy to handle (thanks to the rubberized over-grip on the handle) and is compatible with any Ryobi 18V Lithium Ion or NiCad battery.
The base of the drill also has a little slot for keeping a Phillip’s head bit, which you are most likely to use, so it’s extra convenient. And as for changing the bits, don’t worry – it’s super easy with this Ryobi drill since chuck keys aren’t necessary.
The base also has a magnetic tray to hold drill bits as your working for easy access (and to make sure you don’t lose them). There are also LED lights to illuminate whatever project you are working on.
Finally, the drill has a 2-speed gearbox and 24-position clutch for various torques and speeds to fit a wide range of applications.
It’s a truly great drill, whether it’s your first one or one that you’re considering adding to your existing tool collection.
This cordless drill is so innovative and practical that we had to include it on this list.
Instead of having to constantly switch out drill bits from a single chuck, this drill has two chucks, so you can easily and efficiently rotate between two different drill bits. All you have to do is press a button to rotate between the two.
It also has 2-speed gearing to facilitate switching between drilling and driving, and has precise electric torque control to prevent stripping screws or damaging your work.
The Switchdriver drill is lightweight and easy to use, but it’s perhaps not as comfortable as some of the others on this list. But, to be honest, the efficiency of easily switching between two bits outweighs that one downfall.
For a lightweight, tough drill, go for the Bosch PS31-2A cordless model.
This professional-grade drill is lightweight and compact, making it great for hard-to-reach areas and lengthy tasks. It has one of the best performance-to-size ratios in its class.
The drill also has two speeds (0-350 rpm and 0-1,300 rpm) and 20+1 clutch settings so users can make precise torque adjustments for both driving and drilling. It can tackle any materials, like drywall, metal and wood.
It comes with two 12-volt lithium ion batteries to provide increased runtime and durability, and has LED lights to help you clearly see whatever you’re working on even in the darkest corners.
Best of all, it only weighs a little over 2 lbs, so your arms won’t be too sore by the end of the day. This is a powerful, reliable cordless drill that will prove useful on many projects.
Another great cordless drill is this 18-volt Lithium-Ion model from Ryobi. It’s similar to the other Ryobi on this list, but has an extra feature that could prove really useful.
This is an especially great drill for first-time drill owners. It has a keyless chuck to easily switch between drill bits (plus, it has a magnetic bit holder to keep everything in place).
It comes with two rechargeable batteries – and yes, the kit comes with a charger.
The P1811 also has a nifty AutoShift clutch, which means the drill automatically determines whether it should speed up when boring holes or increase the torque when driving a bolt. The downside of this feature is that it sometimes guesses incorrectly.
Otherwise, it’s a super comfortable and powerful drill that’s a great option for first-time drill users.
Last but not least is the Festool CXS Compact Drill – which is more like three tools in one because of the different chuck types.
The set includes the Centrotec chuck, keyless chuck and a right-angle attachment for those hard-to-reach spaces. It also comes with two batteries and a battery charger (and it only takes about 30 minutes to fully recharge the battery).
Speaking of which, it has an extra-long battery life and thanks to technology that protects them from overcurrent, under voltage and overheating. This also makes for a very smooth projection of force from the drill.
The drill itself is also very lightweight at just under 2 lbs. This of course makes it easier to handle and puts less stress on your arms and wrists.
There are some downfalls to this cordless drill, however.
It’s probably not tough enough to handle extensive use, so this isn’t a good option if you tend to work your drill to the bone. But, if you just need a drill to lend a helping hand on the occasional project around the house, then this one will do just fine.
That being said, it’s the most expensive on this list. So, if it’s not that tough, yet costs a lot of money it isn’t necessarily the best value.
Nevertheless, it is a solid, reliable drill with some great features if you are willing to overlook the price tag.
When purchasing a cordless drill, we recommend you take the following factors into consideration: weight, comfort, versatility, torque and whether or not it has two speeds.
First of all, your drill should be comfortable and easy to maneuver – that includes keeping the weight under 3 lbs., so you don’t spend half your time taking breaks because the drill is too heavy.
As for versatility, well, most cordless drills today are quite versatile. Just keep in mind what types of projects you will be doing and what you need your drill to do.
That kind of comes into the torque factor as well. The torque is how powerful your drill is and of course you want a powerful drill. But like we mentioned earlier on you don’t need the most powerful drill on the planet if you’re going to mainly be using this around the house.
Instead, look for something at has around 300-400 in. lbs. That should be plenty of torque to complete the majority of projects.
Lastly, you want a cordless drill with two speeds (which also adds to its versatility). Having two speeds enables you to drill different size holes and maintain better control over the tool.
The good news is that many drills do a good job in terms of all of these. The best cordless drills on this list certainly do, at least.
So, take this as a starting point as you are looking to add a cordless drill to your arsenal of tools – and happy drilling!
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