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Welcome to Best Cordless Drill.net

We have reviews, news, and information about cordless drills and sometimes other tools. On the left you'll find some articles with helpful information. If you want to see all of the products we have reviewed, the best place to go is the categories page. The most popular categories are the 18v drill, the 12v drill, the impact driver, and the cordless screwdriver. We also have a blog where we post recent news, questions for the community and such.

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Compare Cordless Drills

At our comparison page you can compare cordless drills filtering by class and sorting by weight, torque, and rating within a class or across all classes.

Which Cordless Drill Should I Choose?

Before you can figure out which drill is best for you, you need to know what kind of drill you need. Here are the categories we rank drills in and why you might want/need a drill in that category. We also have an in-depth guide on choosing a cordless drill voltage.

Category Torque (in-lbs) Weight (lbs) Typical Uses Comments
hitachi cordless screwdriver
Cordless Screwdriver
~40 ~1 Driving small screws (ex. #9), putting together furniture, removing/installing screws Best for convenience when you don't need a lot of power; limited abilities
Milwaukee 12v 2401-22 compact cordless drill

12 Volt
100-250 ~2 Driving most screws (up to medium lag screws), light construction, and just about anything around the house The best size for most homeowners in my opinion.
Bosch 18 volt cordless drill

18 Volt
400-600 3.5-5 Driving almost any screw, medium construction, and just about anything up to light concrete work The most popular form factor.
Milwaukee 28v cordless hammer drill

Hammer Drill
500-800 5-10 Hammer action makes drilling through concrete or brick much more effective. Besides masonry drilling, these drills also tend to be tougher and more powerful in general.
Makita cordless impact driver

Impact Driver
800-4000 2-4 Extremely effective at driving screws or nuts. Also easier on your arm. Not an all-purpose tool. Great at driving, not so great at drilling.
Milwaukee cordless right angle drill

Right Angle Drill
80-120 2.5-3.5 Made for driving screws in extremely tight spots: cabinet work, mechanics, etc. It does things other drills can't with only a few inches of clearance needed.

Best Cordless Drill under $200

The Bosch 18V cordless drill

The Bosch 36618-02 18-Volt 1/2-Inch Compact-Tough Litheon Drill/Driver is extremely well-loved by owners and testers. I think it's the best cordless drill for the money. Here's why I recommend it:

  • Average rating of 4.8 out of 5 in 89 reviews at Amazon
  • Has more torque and more speed than Makita's latest offering in this class.
  • I've personally used this drill and I love it. It's lightweight, yet powerful.
  • Positive postings in forums and blogs all over the Internet.
  • Found in the toolbox of many professionals.

Read more about the Bosch 18-Volt Compact-Tough Litheon Drill

Best 24V-36V Cordless Drill and Hammer Drill

Milwaukee V28 cordless drill

The Milwaukee 0726-22 V28 Cordless Hammer Drill is a step up in power from 18v drills and a great hammer drill. Here's why we recommend it:

  • Previous version had 4.5 stars at Amazon (this is an updated version with more torque).
  • 750 pounds of torque is a significant improvement over 18v drills.
  • 3.0 amp-hour 28V battery for ample run time.
  • Milwaukee's V28 line is a great system with several other tools available.

Read more about the Milwaukee V28 Cordless Hammer Drill.

Festool - The Best of the Best

a Festool cordless drill

You don't often see Festool drivers in comparative tests, but there's no doubt that they make the absolute best cordless drills. However, they have the price tag to go along with the German engineering. If you're wondering makes a 14.4v cordless drill worth over $500, see our page about (hint, they have brushless motors and interchangeable chucks):

Festool Cordless Drills.

Best Cordless Drill under $100

hitachi 12v cordless drill

The Hitachi DS10DFL 12-Volt Li-Ion Cordless Drill is great drill for "around the house" tasks. I used to recommend the Ni-Cad version here, but the Li-Ion version has recently come down into this price range. Here's why I recommend it:

  • 4.5 stars at Amazon; no one out of 41 people gave it lower than a 3!
  • This version is lighter and longer-lasting than the Ni-Cad version.
  • 2 - 1.5 Ah batteries keep you going.
  • Newer charger prevents overheating while also charging faster.

Read more about the the Hitachi 12-Volt Cordless Drill.

Best Cordless Screwdriver

hitachi cordless screwdriver

The Hitachi DB3DL 3.6-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Screwdriver is the best mix of features, quality, and price. Here's why:

  • Average of 4.3 stars in 109 reviews at Amazon.
  • 2 speeds, 2 batteries, swivel head are what you need for driving screws.
  • 1/4in hex chuck and built-in LED are mandatory.

Read more about the Hitachi Cordless Screwdriver

What is the Best Cordless Drill?

There are several ways to compare drills to determine which cordless drill is best:

  • Compare specifications: torque, run-time, etc.
  • Evaluate the components used with scientific theories of which materials are best
  • Test several drills for which one drives the hardest, runs the longest, etc.
  • Survey several owners of cordless drills asking them about their experiences.

Since each of those methods has drawbacks, the only proper way to select the best cordless drill is to incorporate all of those methods. That's why we've poured over specifications and results from real tests, and read reviews on retail sites and forums around the Internet. We've even read up on how customers were able (or not able) to get warranty service for their cordless drills.

And, of course, we compared drills from the same class against each other. That's why we have sections for the best 24v cordless drill, 18v cordless drill, cordless hammer drill, cordless right angle drill, cheap cordless drill, and more.