Best Cordless Drill (March 2017 update)

For the tool newbie, finding the best cordless drill may not only seem overwhelming, but you may not know what to look for. Besides being able to drill, you also should look into other specifications like features, weight, longevity, and power outlet requirements. Power drills have come a long way in the last few years so we want to bring you the best from 2017 to make sure you’re up to date. If you’re looking for something for your home workshop or garage, check out the best cordless drills below.

The DeWalt DC970K-2 12-Volt Compact Drill

DeWalt is one of the most trusted tool brands in the world, along with Black + Decker, the store which you can purchase this from. Whether you’re new or a seasoned veteran in the world of power tools, the DeWalt is one you should have on hand. Features of the Dewalt DC970K-2 compact drill include:

  • Constructed for the minimization of fatigueImage result for DeWalt DC970K-2
  • 0-450/0-1,500 RPM (Dual speed range)
  • Double ended screwdriver bit and kit box
  • Compact size and lightweight design

If you’ve ever used a cheap product, you understand how important the minimization of fatigue in during extended use or even minimal use of a compact drill/driver kit. Beyond the compact size and weight (5.2 pounds to be exact), you won’t have to worry about hurting hands or wrists. In incorporating a better design, you can effectively reduce the risk of carpal tunnel. Now if only all power tools had this design in mind!

 

The dual speed range capabilities are optimal for those who don’t have projects that need the same speed. Being able to switch between the two efficiently provides a fast and well-done job. The only disadvantage of the DeWalt is that the batteries can run out rather quickly. While this doesn’t affect the performance whatsoever, you can still recharge the batteries, rather than buying new ones. It’s economically efficient, regardless. Overall, this powerful and compact drill is one I’d definitely recommend.

Pros

  • Compact Size
  • Lightweight design for easy carrying
  • Dual speed for extra power
  • Cheap price

Cons

  • Battery life can be poor so it’s ideal to have more than one

Summary

Battery Life8.5
Power9
Low Weight9.5
Compact Size9
Value9.5

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Black & Decker LDX120C

Let’s jump right into the features of the trusted Black & Decker cordless drill:

  • Lightweight and compact
  • Great for drilling into wood, metal, plastic
  • Great for confined spaces
  • Lithium-ion battery

The design of the Black and Decker LDX120C is made for tight and confined spaces, not only providing an advantage for the minimization of fatigue, but you can also drill into those awkward spaces that we’ve all had to deal with. Another benefit to this is that you can drill into wood, plastic, and metal, as this compact cordless drill knows no bounds. The convenience of the lithium-ion battery means you don’t have to spend tons of money replacing the battery each time it dies.

The only disadvantage to this Black + Decker product is that this particular cordless drill doesn’t come with a carrying case. While this doesn’t affect the performance at all, there are many ways to creatively solve this – either buy a case or use one you already have! Overall, this is definitely worth the purchase.

Pros

  • Compact in size and lightweight
  • Drills into wood with ease
  • Small and easy to use
  • Great lithium battery

Cons

  • Battery life can be poor so it’s ideal to have more than one
  • No carrying case

Summary

Battery Life9
Power8.5
Low Weight9
Compact Size9
Value9

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Makita XPH012 Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill

The Makita XPH012 Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill is aesthetically pleasing and is also performance pleasing. Features of this cordless hammer driver-drill include:

  • Weighing only 4-pounds
  • Variable 2-speed design
  • 480 in.lbs of max torque
  • Ergonomic design measuring 8.5 inches long

Being only four pounds, it’s crazy to know the length of this driver-drill. While the Makita is still compact in size, 8.5 inches in height (technically length), is not bad considering the weight. The variable 2-speed design and 480 in.lbs of max torque allow you to deliver an effective punch and quality job while catering to your needs.

The only disadvantage to this drill is that it’s primarily for residential use (aka light-duty). It does pack quite the punch, but it’s not for industrial purposes. If you’re searching for this style of the drill, you probably aren’t looking for an industrial one anyway, but the longevity and durability of this driver-drill are actually fantastic, regardless! I would highly recommend this for any toolkit.

Pros

  • Multiple speed setting
  • Light in weight
  • Very nice design
  • Great price

Cons

  • Very powerful but may struggle when used for industrial purposes.

Summary

Battery Life8.5
Power8.5
Low Weight9
Compact Size9.5
Value9

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Porter-Cable PCC606LA Drill/Driver Kit

The reliable and efficient Porter-Cable brand has released a cordless drill/driver: the PCC606LA model. Features of this model include:

  • High-performance motor
  • One or two battery option
  • LED work light
  • Battery fuel gauge

 

The high-performance motor is 330 UWO and impressive for the size. Being less than 5-pounds, it has quite a bit of power. Speaking of, you have the option to purchase a one battery setup or two battery setup for optimal convenience. As for the battery levels, there’s a gauge on the device that allows you to see how much battery life you have left. Lastly, the LED work light illuminates dark areas, allowing you efficiently complete even the most annoying projects.

The only disadvantage of this drill/driver kit is that the charge does take four hours. While this may seem like a long time, the battery lasts even longer – allowing you to hold that charge for quite some time! Overall, I highly recommend the Porter-Cable for residential projects.

Pros

  • Battery gauge
  • Light on tool to aid vision
  • Can support up to 2 batteries

Cons

  • Long charge time of 4 hours

Summary

Battery Life9
Power9.5
Low Weight9
Compact Size9.5
Value9.5

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Porter-Cable PCCK604L2 2-Tool Combo Kit

If you enjoyed the last Porter-Cable tool we mentioned, you’ll love the ability to buy two at once! The PCCK604L2 combo kit includes:

  • PCC601 Li-ion drill/driver
  • PCC641 Li-ion impact driver
  • 2 PCC681 batteries

Weight less than four pounds per piece, many only want to purchase a power tool that has one function/purpose. If you have this personality feature, buying this combo kit will allow you to save money and receive more bang for your buck. In this kit, you’ll receive two lithium-ion operated tools, one being a drill driver and one being impact. You’ll also receive the rechargeable batteries with them.

The only disadvantage of these products may be the shadow the LED casts on some corners, which may be inconvenient for some, but the light works great regardless. The batteries hold a long charge as well, and if you’re looking for two separate but compact tools for the job: the Porter-Cable PCCK604L2 combo pack is for you.

Pros

  • Two batteries provided as standard
  • Lightweight design
  • Great combination price

Cons

  • Generally a good product but the drill light may not be the best

Summary

Battery Life9
Power8.5
Low Weight9
Compact Size9
Value9.5

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