Best Cordless Drill - Top 10 Reviews and Buyer's Guide

There are a number of leading tool brands who make the best cordless drills. These range from the very high end and well known manufacturers, and all the way through to those who provide basic cordless drills at cheaper prices. In this article we will have a look at which of these will suit you the best.

The makers of drills these days, now include many features as standard. However as long as they have all the basic features in place, then nearly any drill will do your job. With cordless drills however, the key feature that you need to have is a battery that delivers power and lasts for a long time.

These days that will almost always be a Lithium-Ion battery. This is often referred to as a Li-Ion. The days of the older NiCad batteries are coming to an end though they are still in circulation. My advice though is to go with a Lithium-Ion battery and as such I will examine the brands and manufacturers who offer these as their main core drilling products.

Cordless Drills - Understand Bare Tools before Buying

Many brands now offer what is called a bare tool. That is they sell you the tool without the battery. Now clearly with a cordless drill, you need both the drill and the battery to make it work. The good news is that once you buy a battery, then that can be used with a range of other tools from the same brand.

The only other main consideration for you is to consider what other tools you may wish to buy. For example you can get cordless screwdrivers, impact drivers and various other cordless tools.

The good news is, that if you stick with one brand, then you can use the same battery for all of these. If for example you decided that you liked Dewalt as a brand, then the battery you would get with your cordless drill, will also always fit their impact drivers, saws, screwdrivers etc.

This will save you money as you simply have to buy the actual tool rather than always have to buy both the tool and another battery. The disadvantage of doing this is that you are then pretty much stuck with that brand for all of your tools. (assuming you want to avoid buying another battery)

Some people are OK with doing this, whereas other people like to be able to pick a different brand for each specific tool. Whichever decision you make, if this is your choice, will come down to which brand you prefer and like the best. Let's have a look at which brands are available for cordless drills and which are the best.

Top 10 List of Cordless Drills

This list has been put together using two main criteria. Those are the highest rated by actual buyers and also value for money. Underneath you will see a quick snap shot of all of them. Underneath those quick look features, you will see a more detailed review on each one.

All of the ones on my preferred list are good cordless drills. They have all got very good ratings. They differ mainly by price, the brand and features such as the battery power.​

No 1

DEWALT DCK281D2 20V 

dewalt combi cordless drill

Average RRP = $250

No 2

Milwaukee 2691-22 18-Volt Drill

milwaukee cordless drill

Average RRP = $185

No 3

Makita LCT209W 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion

makita cordless drill

Average RRP = $117

No 4

Black & Decker BDCDMT120 20-Volt

black-decker-bdcdmt cordless drill

Average RRP = $51

No 5

Bosch DDB181-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 

best bosch cordless drill

Average RRP = $99


No 6

PORTER-CABLE PCC606LA

best porter cable cordless drill

Average RRP = $70

No 7

Black & Decker LD120VA 20-Volt

black-decker-ld120va cordless drill

Average RRP = $60

No 8

BLACK+DECKER BDC120VA100 20-Volt

blackdecker-bdc120 cordless drill

Average RRP = $65

No 9

BLACK+DECKER LDX120PK 20-Volt MAX

blackdecker-ldx120pk-20-volt-max-lithium-ion-drill-and-project-kit

Average RRP = $75

No 10

Makita XPH102 18V LXT Lithium-Ion

makita-xph102 cordless drill

Average RRP = $99

Detailed Cordless Drill Reviews

The above tables give you a snapshot of what we think are the best cordless drills available. The more expensive ones are usually combination kits, where you get a couple of tools. We included those as we think they offer better value, than buying a stand alone cordless drill.

Let's have a look at them in more detail.​

No 1 CHOICE - DEWALT DCK281D2 20V Max XR Lithium Ion Brushless Compact Drill/Driver & Impact Driver Combo Kit

As you can imagine the Dewalt Brand will almost always top the list when it comes to picking the best brands. This is the brand that almost all professionals and contractors will use. Their products are very high quality, built to stand the rigours of hard work and abuse and yet deliver great results.

dewalt combi cordless drill

They are also the most expensive and the decision is are you willing to spend the money to get the very best drills on the market? Unless you plan on doing a lot of work with a drill, there is simply no need to buy this brand. However if you are looking for something that will last for a very long time and work every single time, then this brand will not let you down.

With reference to this one, you are getting both a cordless drill/driver and an Impact Driver. So two tools, two batteries and a charger along with the kit bag. That is a lot of product, and high quality product that will last you for years.

  • ​You get the DCD790 20v Max; 1/2" Drill/driver
  • The DCF886 20v Max Impact Driver
  • The DCB112 12v/20v battery charger
  • Two 20 volt Lithium Ion 2.0Ah batteries
  • A contractor bag to hold all of it

No 2 CHOICE - Milwaukee 2691-22 18-Volt Compact Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit

The Milwaukee, with their distinctive red branding are also one of the very best manufacturers of tools, both corded and cordless. Like the one above, this is both a cordless drill and an impact driver. We think the combination is pretty good value as it comes in at just under $150. For two tools of this quality, that is a good enough deal.

milwaukee cordless drill

This is not a brand that we have used a lot. Those that do buy this kit, and there have been plenty of them, do seem to like it a lot. Hence the very high rating for this combination set.

This combination kit is backed with a 5-year warranty. It is certainly a very powerful cordless drill and cordless impact driver set. They are both light in weight, and both tools have LED work space lighting.

  • ​You get the Milwaukee M18 lithium-ion 1/2-inch compact drill/driver
  • The M18 lithium-ion 1/4-inch hex compact impact driver
  • The battery charger
  • Two 18 volt Lithium Ion batteries
  • A contractor bag, and belt clip

No 3 CHOICE - Makita LCT209W 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit

Makita are without doubt a serious challenger to Dewalt. Their products are aimed at the professional and general contractor market and they are certainly proving to be a very popular choice for many people.

They are currently sold in Lowes and also at the Home Depot and I have noticed them appearing in many other stores, both online and off.

This is an interesting brand for me as I have always been a huge Dewalt user and I find it interesting when a brand decides to take on something like Dewalt. There is little doubt though that they are making a huge impression in the market.

makita cordless drill

This is a 12 volt set and that allows Makita to keep both products really compact. They still deliver a lot of power, so do not be put off by the smaller battery size. You get a 2-speed driver/drill that weighs only 2.2 pounds and delivers 200 inch/pounds of torque.

The variable speed impact driver also weighs only 2 pounds and delivers 800 inch/pounds of torque for driving and fastening.

These come with a 3-year warranty.

  • ​You get a 3/8" Drill/driver
  • The Impact Driver
  • A battery charger
  • Two 12 volt Lithium Ion batteries
  • A case to hold both tools

No 4 CHOICE - Black & Decker BDCDMT120 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Matrix Cordless Drill

Black and Decker are all about making quality tools at affordable prices. We include a number of their cordless drills on this list, for that very reason. This is another manufacturer that has been around for a very long time.

Their drills are designed and produced for the general consumer market, and the person who likes to do their own DIY. You can buy their drills in many stores up and down the country and as such are widely available.

I have used these drills myself and I do like them. They are certainly still very popular with many people and they are also very well priced. For many years these have been in tool boxes up and down the land. They are of good quality and are certainly always decent value for money.

black-decker-bdcdmt cordless drill

This is a 20 volt drill and for most people this drill will do an excellent job around the home. It is also very affordable at around $50, and that will suit most budgets. This drill uses the lithium ion battery, and that makes it always ready. It can hold a charge up to 18 months.

This cordless drill is part of the Matrix Quick Connect System. If you are not familiar with that it is a system that allows easy tool-free changes of compatible attachments.

It has a 3/8-inch chuck size and 10 clutch settings

  • ​You get a 20 volt drill/driver
  • A battery charger
  • One 20 volt Lithium Ion battery

No 5 CHOICE - Bosch DDB181-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit

Like Dewalt, the cordless drill range from Bosch has been created mainly for the contractor or professional building industry. I like Bosch for gardening tools but I have also used their drills and they are indeed good quality products.

What I did find interesting about this brand is that customers who buy Bosch tools are very loyal to that brand and tend to stick with them when buying other products. It is a little like car drivers, in that they really seem to like a brand and will always stick to using their products.

best bosch cordless drill

This is an 18 volt cordless drill from Bosch. It has been designed to be both compact and light. As a result it makes it ideal for jobs around the home, and especially if working in tight spaces.

It also helps avoid user fatigue. It is still powerful though and can generate 350 in lbs of torque. It also comes with a very useful LED Light.

This is a 2-speed drill that weighs around 6.7 pounds

It has a 3/8-inch chuck size and 10 clutch settings

  • ​You get a DDB181 18 volt drill/driver
  • A battery charger
  • Two 18 volt Lithium Ion batteries
  •  A contractor bag and a screwdriver bit

No 6 CHOICE - PORTER-CABLE PCC606LA 20-Volt 1/2-Inch Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver Kit

Most people will know the Porter Cable brand. Priced at around $70 this is at the lower end of the price point for a cordless drill. I would class this particular one as a very good basic model, that will be able to handle 90% of the jobs around the home and garden.

The 20 volt Li-Ion battery packs plenty of power.

best porter cable cordless drill

This is a drill/driver with a 1/2" chuck. The chuck is very high quality as it is an all metal ratcheting chuck. That ensures that drill bits and screwdriver bits will not slip, thank to the superior gripping jaws of the chuck.

Like many of the newer best cordless drills, it has an LED work light. Something that is particularly useful on this one is the handy battery fuel gauge which lets you know at a glance, how much charge is left in your battery.

  • ​You get a PORTER-CABLE PCC606 drill/driver
  • One PCC690L lithium-ion charger
  • One PCC680L lithium-ion compact battery

No 7 CHOICE - Black & Decker LD120VA 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver with 30 Accessories

Another popular buyer choice from the Black and Decker brand. This one goes down well with buyers who are looking to own a complete drilling and driving kit. So rather than have to go out and buy a range of accessories, these 30 pieces turn your drill/driver into a tool that is instantly read to use. That is of course once you charge the 20 volt battery

For around $60 of value, you are getting a nice set of bits and drill bits, along with a quality drill.

black-decker-ld120va cordless drill

Like most of the B&D range, this one is perfect for drilling through or screwing in wood, metal, and plastic. It can also handle the lighter metals. The 20 volt lithium-ion battery holds a charge for up to 18 months.

The nice feature of this drill/driver is that it comes with 30 accessories. It is a good range of accessories as well as it includes. drill and screw driving bits, and nut drivers.

There is strong power with the LD120 model with 300 inches-per-pound in torque. It also has variable speed and a 24-position clutch. The chuck is 3/8-inch. 

  • ​You get the LD120 20-volt max lithium drill/driver
  • One LB20 20-volt lithium-ion battery
  • One LCS20 charger
  • 6 brad-point drill bits
  • Ten 1-inch screwdriving bits
  • Nine 2-inch screwdriving bits
  • 4 nut drivers
  • One magnetic bit tip holder

No 8 CHOICE - BLACK+DECKER BDC120VA100 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Drill Kit with 100 Accessories

Another popular buyer choice from the Black and Decker brand. So if 30 accessories is not enough, then how about 100 of them? This powerful 20 volt drill/driver comes with the widest range of useful home use accessories.

For around $65 of value, you are getting well looked after for accessories.

blackdecker-bdc120 cordless drill

Like most of the B&D range, this one comes with a standard 2-year guarantee. Almost all the buyers like the drill and rate it highly. The additional value is in the accessories though.

You get a small hand held screwdriver, some nut and socket drivers. The rest of the accessories are made up of drill bits and driver bits. All the common sizes are included.

  • ​You get the LD120 20-volt max lithium drill/driver
  • One LB20 20-volt lithium-ion battery
  • One LCS20 charger
  • 100 piece accessory set

No 9 CHOICE - BLACK+DECKER LDX120PK 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Drill and Project Kit

Not only the drill here for around $75, but it also comes with 66 useful hand tools and accessories, for the many jobs you will need to get done, around the home. There is quite a lot of value offered here, a trademark of what B&D are all about.

blackdecker-ldx120pk-20-volt-max-lithium-ion-drill-and-project-kit

As the name of this product would suggest, this package, including the very good 20 volt cordless drill, is to help you do a range of projects around the home. The drill has an 11 position clutch, uses a good 20 volt Li-Ion battery and works really well.

The remaining hand tools are all useful, and they can all be held in the contractor bag, which you also get. They include

  • 5 spade bits (1/4, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4 and 1)
  • 10 metal drill bits (1/16, 5/64, 3/32, 7/64, 1/8, 9/64, 5/32, 11/64, 3/16 and 1/4)
  • 4 hole saw drill bit (1-1/4, 1-1/2, 1-3/4 and 2-1/8) & arbor
  • 32 screwdriver bits (flat head, Phillips, square, nut, slotted, Torx)
  • 1 high torque screwdriver
  • 4 nut driver bits (3/16, 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2)
  • 1 knife
  • 1 hammer
  • 1 flat head screwdriver
  • 1 Phillips screwdriver
  • 1 needle nose plier
  • 1 slip joint plier
  • 1 adjustable wrench
  • 1 tape measure
  • ​You 20-volt max lithium drill/driver
  • One 20-volt lithium-ion battery
  • One LCS20 charger
  • 66 piece tool kit

No 10 CHOICE - Makita XPH102 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2" Hammer Driver-Drill Kit

And last on our list is this model from the higher end Makita brand. If you are looking for a drill/driver, that simply has power in abundance, this one will make an ideal choice. It uses a 4-pole motor to generate a lot of current to the motor, for great drilling and driving results.

This one is aimed at the professional market and has variable 2-speed design. It also includes what Maikta term  extreme protection technology (XPT). That helps to counteract the typical dust and water resistance in harsh job site conditions.

makita-xph102 cordless drill

This is a hammer drill and remains compact. It measures 7-3/4" long and weighs 3.9 lbs. 

The 18 volt Li-Ion battery produces a lot of power though the 4 pole motor. It reaches a full charge in only 30 minutes. The hammer action means it can drill not only wood and metal, but also masonry, and concrete.

  • ​18V LXT 1/2" Hammer Driver-Drill (XPH10Z)
  • 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 3.0Ah Battery (BL1830)
  • 18V Lithium-Ion Rapid Optimum Charger (DC18RC)
  • Tool Case