Best 18V Cordless Drill Reviews 

By  Enda McLarnon

If you are thinking about buying an 18V cordless drill, then we think that this article will really help you out. Below we have done our research and come up with a top 10 list of the best 18V cordless drills currently available on the market.

As you can imagine there are plenty of these drills to pick from and when we checked there were over 3,000 models of this type of cordless 18 volt drill available. There are however some drills are just a great deal better than others. We weeded out all those that were either really bad value for money, and then we got rid of those that got poor customer reviews.

We then applied pure value for money and what quality of kit you were actually getting when you bought your cordless drill.

So after some hefty research and applying some value for money criteria, we then created the information below, based on buyer satisfaction rating.

That rating is taken from analyzing the many online reviews from the websites that sold these. We then aggregated the scores and marked those out of 100% to get a more accurate review.

They are such a handy tool to have around the house, and if you work in the various trades, then they are a necessity.

What is the Best 18V Cordless Drill?

96% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

In terms of buyer satisfaction the XFD131 model from Makita came out tops for us.

This is a 1/2" drill/driver kit that comes with a 3.0 Ah battery, a fast charger and a carrying bag so ready to use on arrival

It is very high quality thanks to the brushless motor (longer life) and metal transmission and gears all of which will greatly extend the power and the life of this drill/driver

This is a top quality piece of kit and hands down the best 18V drill/driver on the market right now.

Are 18V Cordless Drill/Drivers Any Good?

A question that we get asked quite a lot is which is better, an 18V or a 20V cordless drill? The 18 Volt option still remains a popular choice. Most tool manufacturers have now made and manufactured the 20 Volt option. Now clearly there will be a slight increase in power from the increased voltage.

Our recommendation would be that if you are planning on buying a new drill, then go for that 20 Volt option. You will of course need a suitable charger for that as well.

If on the other hand you own an 18 Volt drill that needs replacing, and you already have batteries and charger, then we would recommend sticking with an 18 Volt drill.

These 18V drills are starting to be replaced with the bigger 20V cordless drills. That said the 18V remain the firm favourite with many people. The extra couple of volts increase in power really does not make a huge difference.

In terms of pricing the 20 Volt are slightly more expensive but not a huge difference. That will eventually fall in price anyway, and price is not something that would make a huge difference to your choice, especially if you are just buying a new drill.

We would also advise that most of the manufacturers making 20 Volt drills are also taking that opportunity to use a brushless motor. That is much more important a consideration than the bigger battery size. These new type of motors are so much better for a longer life for your drill.

On the older style motors drills burned out after a lot of use. The drill is usually working OK but the brushes on the motor have simply worn out. If you know what you are doing these are easy enough to change. However replacement brushes can be quite difficult to track down.

If you don't know how to do that, then finding someone who can, can also be really hard. Even when you do find someone the cost of replacement will not be cheap. Nine times out of ten it is usually cheaper and wiser to just buy a new drill anyway.

Best Brands for 18V Cordless Drills

If you look at any type of cordless drill, then three names will normally take up the top brand spots. Those three brands are:

  • Dewalt
  • Makita
  • Bosch

All of these brands make high quality tool products, and Makita in particular make an excellent range of 18V cordless drills. However all three of these brands are at the expensive range of the price points.

If you are looking for something cheaper, then Black & Decker and Genesis are the two most popular brands.

Hitachi appear to fill the void between very expensive and the cheapest. This is especially true in this 18V range.

DEWALT is in our opinion at the top for a very good reason. It is almost always the choice of professionals because of the quality and the sheer power. The first one on the list, the DC970K is the work horse cordless drill and we have dropped it, kicked it and it still keeps on going.

Enda McLarnon

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun

Enda McLarnon

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