Has your better half has been nagging you to get some pressing DIY jobs around the house finished? If you’ve been putting them off because of your inferior tools then perhaps it’s time for an upgrade.
Gents of a certain age will remember drills that kept them tethered to the wall power socket and did not pack any kind of serious punch.
These days you can get an array of cordless drills with significant power and will stay charged for a good amount of time.
The other bonus of cordless drills is that they are safer, thanks to the fact there are no cables waiting to be cut or tripped over by an unsuspecting user.
Here are our recommendations for the ten best cordless drills:
Bosch IXO V Cordless Screwdriver – £30
If you are looking for great value for money and lots of useful extras then you’ll love this. Shaped like a gun, this sturdy cordless screwdriver comes with 10 screw-bits, two offset angle adaptors, and a top-mounted battery indicator. There are also some plug-in attachments, including a shrub shear adapter, a spice mill adapter, and a corkscrew.
Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 – £87
For those who want a great all-rounder for a decent price then the Bosch PSB is a good choice. It feels quite light in the hands when in use, and comes with 20 torque settings with a drill and an impact drill setting. Charges in just over an hour.
Black+Decker 18V Lithium-ion 2 Gear Smart Tech Hammer Drill with 400mA charger and Kitbox – £89.99
One of our more solid cordless drills here that features a two-speed gearbox and a 10-position clutch and performs equally well with precision drilling and high-speed drilling. Connects via Bluetooth which enables a range of features such as a battery locator, a battery level indicator and a battery lock.
Stanley Fatmax Cordless 18V 2AH Brushless Combi Drill – £105
This is an upgraded version of the popular Stanley Fatmax Brushless Combi Drill which now delivers more power and a longer usage time. The rubberised handle means you get a solid grip on the drill when it’s in action and there are 22 torque settings with three drill functions including drill, hammer drill and screwdriver. We love the magnetic strip of the top where you can stash screws or nails you might have dropped. Battery takes over an hour to charge.
Hitachi DV18DGL/JF 18V 2.5AH Li-ion Cordless Combi Drill – £109.99
You get 22 torque settings with a two-speed variable gearbox that comes with drill and hammer settings on this cordless drill. The drill bits are held super-tight, thanks to the 13mm keyless chuck and we like the super-bright LED light on the base, handy when working in low light. Battery takes over an hour to charge.
Ryobi One+ LLCDI18022 18V Combi Drill – £119.98
There’s not much this cordless drill won’t drill through, including wood, steel and masonry. It features a 13mm keyless chuck, two speeds, variable speed control, and a wide torque band. All packed in a nice tool bag which is handy for toting around. It charges quickly in around 45 minutes.
Makita DHP484RTJ 18V Cordless li-ion Brushless Combi Drill – £269
Market-leaders in this industry, this is one of the best multi-tasking combi drills you can buy. Great precision drilling and powerful hammer work thanks to the whopping maximum torque on this drill of 54 Nm. You also get a belt clip with this so you can stash it on your trousers whilst you work.
Panasonic EYC217/LJ2G31 18v Brushless Twin Pack – £366
You might not associate Panasonic with cordless drills but electricians have fallen in love with their range of power tools. This is a twin pack that combines a combi drill and impact driver with carbon-fibre casings that are fitted with anti-slip, rubberised handles. Lovely weight distribution which means they feel perfectly balanced in the hands and come with powerful 5.0Ah batteries.
DeWalt DCD995P2 18V Combi Drill – £379.99
If you need a super beast of a cordless drill that will power through anything then this is the monster for you. It features a three-speed metal transmission and 11 position torque control. Although it weighs over 2kg it feels balanced. The battery takes one and a half hours to charge but it does last longer than all of the others we tested.
Milwaukee M18 One Key FUEL Powerpack – £499
If you want lots of accessories and bits and bobs that go with your cordless drills then this is the one for you. You get loads of tool combinations and kits, tons of features thanks to the ‘smart-tech’ app, a sturdy case to stash the drill, batteries, driver, charger and a detachable side arm for the drill.