Top 10 Best Cordless Drills For 2019

July 2019
Best Cordless Drills

DIY is all about buying and using cool tools! Well, maybe not but you do need a range of tools to make DIY easier.

 

At the top of most people’s list is upgrading their drill. Over the last decade as battery technology has improved, so has the power the average cordless drill provides.

 

While mains-powered drills won’t go away anytime soon, the cordless variety is more than sufficient for most DIYers, whether you’re building furniture or updating your kitchen.

 

We’ve selected 10 of the best cordless drills on the market. Our range includes well-known brands, new start-ups and some with unique features.

 

 

Item

Photo

Our rating

Price*

Purchase

Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Combi Drill

9/10

£79.99

DeWalt 18V XR Lithium-Ion 2-Speed Combi Drill

8/10

£159.10

Makita DHP453SFTK 18V LXT Combi Drill

9/10

£137.11

BLACK+DECKER BDCDC18K-GB L/ION 18V Cordless Drill

8/10

£49.58

Ryobi R18PD31-213S 18V ONE+ Cordless Compact Combi Drill Starter Kit

7/10

£115.43

VonHaus Cordless 18V Drill Driver Kit

7/10

£49.99

Hyundai HY2175 18V Cordless Drill Set

8/10

£54.99

TEENO 21V Impact Cordless Drill Set

8/10

£49.99

FLOUREON 21V Cordless Drill Driver Kit

7/10

£51.99

Hitachi DV18DBFL2 18V Brushless Combi Drill

9/10

£184.00

* Prices correct at time of publishing

 

 

Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Combi Drill

Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Combi Drill

photo by Bosch

 

Description

Starting our list is the Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Combi Drill, which comes with Two 18 V Lithium-Ion Batteries, charger and a carry case. It’s available for £79.99 from Amazon.

 

Amazon also stocks a single battery option (slightly more expensive), as well as options with 50-piece or 70-piece accessory kits.

 

Designed to be used with a range of materials, the Bosch PSB 1800 uses a two-speed gearbox. Whether you’re screwing or drilling wood, metal or masonry, the PSB 1800 handles it with ease.

 

At the heart of the drill is Bosch’s innovative Syneon Chip technology. This chip efficiently manages the coordination of battery, motor and gears within your tool. This ensures optimum power and maximum endurance no matter the task.

 

In addition to the two-speed gearbox, you can select one of 20 torque, drill and impact drill settings.

 

A Keyless chuck uses Bosch Auto-Lock enabling you to quickly and easily change bits. The integrated LED light makes working in dark spaces easier yet doesn’t consume all of the battery.

 

The two powerful lithium-ion batteries can be used across the Bosch 18 volt system (both DIY and garden tools). With a 1-hour charge, you can get on with your with DIY without much delay.

 

Pros

  • 20 torque, drill and impact drill settings
  • 10mm Keyless chuck
  • Includes 2 fast charging lithium-ion batteries

 

Cons

  • No drill bits

 

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a good all-around cordless drill then for £79.99, you can’t go wrong with the Bosch PSB 1800 cordless drill.

 

It’s powerful enough to handle most materials and tasks. While it claims to be fine for use on masonry, we’re not so sure and would stick to a heavy-duty mains powered version.

 

As the batteries charge in 1-hour, getting started is simple. Plus with two batteries in the pack, you can charge one while using the other.

 

It’s also worth mentioning, that the batteries are compatible with other 18 V Bosch tools, meaning you can save money while expanding your tool collection.

 

Since it doesn’t come with drill bits, you will want to stock on them when you purchase.

 

It does have a lot of setting, however, most can be used to fine-tune the performance. The PSB 1800 is fairly intuitive to use, so you’ll be able to use it without having to read the manual! 9/10

 

 

DeWalt 18V XR Lithium-Ion 2-Speed Combi Drill

DeWalt 18V XR Lithium-Ion 2-Speed Combi Drill

photo by DeWalt

 

Description

Known for their quality the DeWalt 18V XR Lithium-Ion 2-Speed Combi Drill doesn’t disappoint. Priced at £159.10 (on Amazon), the package contains the drill, a charger, 4AH battery and heavy duty carry case.

 

As a compact hammer drill/driver, this DeWalt features the new XR Li-Ion battery technology. With a charge time of 30-minutes, it’s quickly charged and ready to go.

 

The slim design coupled with a bright LED makes working in confined spaces easier without losing any power. An intelligent trigger enables total control and a steel belt clip makes for simple storage.

 

A two-speed all-metal transmission increases the lifespan and runtime considerably. Plus with 14 positions of adjustable torque control, you can tune the performance based on the task.

 

A keyless chuck makes changing bits easy and it ranges from 1.5 mm to 13 mm. While a tough magnetic bit holder ensures the bit is secure and unable to move.

 

DeWalt 18V XR comes with a one-year standard warranty, which can be upgraded to a 3-year warranty by registering online.

 

Pros

  • Fast charging Lithium-Ion battery
  • 13 mm keyless chuck
  • 3-year warranty

 

Cons

  • No drill bits

 

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a compact cordless drill that can handle a range of materials, then consider the DeWalt 18V XR Lithium-Ion 2-Speed Combi Drill.

 

While at the expensive end (£159.10 from Amazon), the package does include a battery and charge. These use the latest DeWalt technology, which charges quicker but lasts longer.

 

The battery is compatible with any DeWalt cordless 18V devices, allowing you to quickly expand your tool cupboard. We feel this somewhat justifies the high price.

 

You’ll have to buy your own drill bits. Once you have, you can easily drill through wood, metal and masonry. Of course, you can adjust the torque down and use it for screwing.

 

Even though it’s lightweight, it does have plenty of power on tap. We like the handle grips and control placement. Plus the LED light is a nice feature.

 

Overall we’re impressed with the DeWalt 18V XR Lithium-Ion 2-Speed Combi Drill, hence why it’s on our list of the best cordless drills. 8/10

 

 

Makita DHP453SFTK 18V LXT Combi Drill

Makita DHP453SFTK 18V LXT Combi Drill

photo by Makita

 

Description

The third of our best cordless drills is the Makita DHP453SFTK 18V LXT Combi Drill. The drill comes with an 18 V battery, charger and 101 Piece Accessory Set. It’s yours for £137.11 (from Amazon).

 

Let’s start with the accessory set as it’s a unique feature. With 101 pieces, the set includes drill bits for wood, steel and masonry. Various screwdriver bits as well as a handle, just in case you want to tighten screws by hand. There’s also a spirit level and a useful carry case.

 

Moving on to the drill. A 2-speed all-metal gearbox drives the drill, with both forward and reverse modes. 16 torque settings are available, and allow you to fine-tune the performance to the task.

 

The 13mm keyless chuck, make swapping bits easy, whether your drilling masonry, wood or steel. While a variable speed trigger enables total control.

 

The ergonomic comfort grip is a nice feature, especially if you’re working in tight spaces. It’s lightweight and compact design feels balanced yet easy enough to use for extended periods.

 

The pack includes a charger and a 3Ah Li-Ion battery. This fully charges in 22 minutes and has 4 LEDs which indicate the battery’s reverse.

 

Pros

  • 101 Piece Accessory Set
  • 2-speed all-metal gearbox
  • 3Ah Li-Ion battery (with status LEDs)

 

Cons

  • Heavier than other models

 

Conclusion

The £137.11 price tag looks highly affordable, especially when you consider all that comes with the Makita DHP453SFTK 18V LXT Combi Drill.

 

Overall it’s well designed and comfortable to use. The 101 accessories mean you can get started completing tasks on your DIY list straight away.

 

As you’d expect the battery works with a range of Makita products and charges very quickly, even if the charger looks vintage! You should find that it provides plenty of power and make light work of drilling and screwing.

 

The case has 2 battery slots, so if you’re planning to use it often, it might be worth investing in another battery.

 

For a lightweight drill, It operates well on wood, steel and masonry. Of course, it will never handle thick masonry, but that aside, it’s a fantastic drill.

 

All thing considered, our score for the Makita DHP453SFTK 18V LXT Combi Drill is 9/10.

 

 

BLACK+DECKER BDCDC18K-GB L/ION 18V Cordless Drill

BLACK+DECKER BDCDC18K-GB LION 18V Drill Driver with Kitbox

photo by BLACK+DECKER

 

Description

Available from Amazon for £49.58, the BLACK+DECKER BDCDC18K-GB L/ION 18V Cordless Drill features unique styling and comes with a battery and kit box.

 

Ideal for a variety of drilling and screwing tasks, including building flat pack furniture or hanging pictures, shelves, curtain rails and blinds.

 

The compact design is coupled with a powerful drill. You can easily drill up to 25 mm into wood, up to 10 mm into metal and also drive screws.

 

With 10 torque settings, it delivers the appropriate power when driving screws to a variety of materials. It has a variable speed of 0-650 rpm as well as a forward/reverse switch, both allow for utmost control, no matter the task.

 

In addition to a 10 mm keyless chuck, there’s a clip for an extra screwdriver bit. An optional LED light illuminates the work area when the drill is in use.

 

The anti-slip soft grip to ensure greater comfort and control. The drill sits comfortably in your hand and balanced.

 

Using the same battery as 30 other tools, you can be ready for any DIY task. The package includes an 18 V Lithium-Ion battery and charger.

 

This BLACK+DECKER cordless drill comes with a kit box for convenient tool storage and transport.

 

Pros

  • 10 mm keyless chuck
  • Clip for a spare drill bit
  • 18 V Lithium-Ion battery which can be used with 30 other tools

 

Cons

  • No drill bits

 

Conclusion

As you’d expect with BLACK+DECKER, this drill doesn’t disappoint. It’s well designed and full of features.

 

It performs well and the battery is fast to charge and last quite a while. Of course, this is designed for DIY projects and not heavy works. And with that in mind, it performs well.

 

It doesn’t come with drill bits, so you’ll need to order some along with the drill. Unless you have a box full of them!

 

As it comes with a battery and charger, you can easily add other tools from their cordless range to your collection. Finally, the kit box is a nice size and ensures that everything can be kept together.

 

At just £50, the BLACK+DECKER BDCDC18K-GB L/ION 18V Cordless Drill is well worth it. 8/10

 

 

Ryobi R18PD31-213S 18V ONE+ Cordless Compact Combi Drill Starter Kit

Ryobi R18PD31-213S 18V ONE+ Cordless Compact Combi Drill Starter Kit

photo by Ryobi

 

Description

If you’re looking for your first drill, then you’ll want to consider the Ryobi R18PD31-213S 18V ONE+ Cordless Compact Combi Drill Starter Kit.

 

Available from Amazon for £115.43, the kit includes the drill, 2 batteries, double-ended screwdriver bit, a charger and carry bay.

 

As part of the ONE+ system, the batteries are interchangeable with a range of cordless tool for the home and garden. The kit comes with two 1.3 Ah batteries, enabling you to charge one while using the other.

 

The Ryobi R18PD31-213S features a compact design and a comfort handle. A speed gearbox delivers 500/1800Rpm, with 24 clutch settings for greater control. An LED light illuminates the work area, making tight spaces easier to manage.

 

A 13mm all-metal ratcheting chuck improves bit gripping strength and durability. Switching between modes is easy. There are dedicated modes for drilling, screw driving, and hammering.

 

The Ryobi ONE+ Cordless Compact Combi Drill is ideal for drilling in wood or metal, driving screws and even drilling in masonry. Finally, it comes with a 2-year warranty, which can be upgraded to 3-years by registering online.

Pros

  • Separate modes for drilling, screw driving, and hammering
  • 13 mm all-metal ratcheting chuck
  • 2-year warranty

 

Cons

  • No drill bits
  • Fairly small 1.3 Ah batteries

 

Conclusion

While billing itself as a starter kit, the £115.43 price feels on the expensive side. That said, as the Ryobi R18PD31-213S comes with two batteries, charger and carry bag, the price is quite reasonable.

 

The only big negative is the carry bag. We’d prefer a carry case rather than the bag as this would have slots for each component and provide added protection. However, this is a personal preference.

 

Other units in our list of the best cordless drills have more powerful batteries and therefore you might end up recharging more often. It takes around 50 minutes to fully charge a battery. So, you’ll want to make sure one is always on charge or ready.

 

In terms of performance, we like the separate modes as its fine tunes the operation of the drill to the material. While it never performs well on thicker materials, it does pack a punch on wood and thin steel or masonry.

 

In short, the Ryobi R18PD31-213S ideal for many DIY tasks. Just make sure you register it online within 30 days of purchase to upgrade the warranty from 2 to 3-years. 7/10

 

 

VonHaus Cordless 18V Drill Driver Kit

VonHaus Cordless 18V Drill Driver Kit

photo by VonHaus

 

Description

The VonHaus Cordless 18V Drill Driver comes complete with 1.5Ah Li-ion Battery, Charger, and 26pc Drill Bit Set, and is available for £49.99 at Amazon.

 

Designed to drill through wood, plastic and most metals with ease, this VonHaus has plenty of power on tap. It has a variable speed trigger allowing you to select between low and high speed settings with forwards and reverse functionality.

 

The 13mm keyless chuck adds to the compact design and makes changing bits simple. A built-in LED makes working in hard to reach space easier and a metal clip makes it easy to store the drill on your belt.

 

The 18V 1.5Ah Li-ion battery takes around 3-5 hours to charge. It allows for complete wireless flexibility whether completing DIY tasks outside or inside.

 

The drill set includes a 26 piece accessory kit. This kit is packed with a wide selection of useful drill and screwdriver bits, as well as a magnetic 50mm bit connector and countersink. All pieces pack away neatly in a canvas bag.

 

Finally, the VonHaus Cordless 18V Drill Driver Kit comes with a 2-year warranty.

 

Pros

  • 13 mm keyless chuck
  • 26 piece accessory kit
  • 2-year warranty

 

Cons

  • No carry case
  • Battery is slow to charge

 

Conclusion

The VonHaus Cordless 18V Drill Driver Kit leaves us with mixed feelings. That said it’s still one of the best cordless drills on the market.

 

Firstly, we like the brand as they a superb range of affordable tools. We’ve covered a range of their offering in our reviews. At slightly under £50, it’s very reasonably priced for the items in the kit.

 

However, it doesn’t come with a carry case, which a big let down. The other negative is the battery. At 1.5Ah, it’s on the small size and takes 3 to 5 hour to charge.

 

To put this in context, the average charging time for our list so far is around 1 hour, with many offering a far faster charge. We could understand this extended charging time better if the battery was a 3Ah or 5Ah.

 

With those two negatives in mind, the VonHaus is fantastic entry level cordless drill. It’s ideal for many DIY tasks around the home and would be a great starting point if you’re building your first tool collection. 7/10

 

 

Hyundai HY2175 18V Cordless Drill Set

Hyundai HY2175 18V Cordless Drill Set

photo by Hyundai

 

Description

Hyundai HY2175 18V Cordless Drill is available from Amazon for £54.99 and comes complete with an 89 piece drill bit set, charger and carry case.

 

Powered by a18V lithium-ion 1.5Ah battery, the Hyundai HY2175 provide enough power for drilling and screwing a range of materials. The HY2175 can be recharged between 3 – 5 hours.

 

It’s lightweight and ergonomic design makes it’s highly versatile. The HY2175 cordless drill has specially developed air inlets to ensure optimum motor cooling for a longer lifespan.

 

A keyless chuck allows you to easily change bits in seconds with minimal interruption to your work. The drill uses a 2-Speed gearbox, which enables you to use a wide range of drill diameters.

 

With 20+1 torque, reverse function and variable speed trigger, you have complete control regardless of the material or task. Also, an LED light allows for precise drilling in darkened areas.

 

The carry case has space for the drill, battery and charge as well as the 89 piece accessory kit. This kit includes a range of HSS twist drill bits, wood-boring drill bits, wire brushes and screwdrivers.

 

Finally, the set is covered by Hyundai 1 year standard warranty.

 

Pros

  • 20+1 torque settings
  • 10 mm keyless chuck
  • 89 piece accessory kit

 

Cons

  • Battery is slow to charge

 

Conclusion

There is a lot to like about the Hyundai HY2175 18V Cordless Drill Set. The drill performs well on a range of material, the battery provides a good amount of power and the accessory kit is ideal if you’re just starting out.

 

However, the battery leaves lots to be desired. At a small size of 1.5 Ah, you would expect it to charge relatively quickly. But it requires 3 to 5 hours to fully charge. This means you either need to charge the night before or buy an additional battery.

 

Able to conquer a range of material, this drill will enable you to complete DIY with ease. Plus the included accessory kit makes it even easier as you have all that you need and more at your fingertips.

 

Whether you have another drill or looking for your first, the Hyundai HY2175 offers superb value for money and is one of the best cordless drills on the market. 8/10

 

 

TEENO 21V Impact Cordless Drill Set

TEENO 21V Impact Cordless Drill Set

photo by TEENO

 

Description

8 on our list of the best cordless drills is the TEENO 21V Impact Cordless Drill Set, which will set you back £49.99 from Amazon.

 

Boasting an impressive 21-volt power, TEENO have designed this drill to be lightweight yet offers optimal handling in even the tightest spaces. An LED light helps to illuminate dark work spaces.

 

The combination of a dual speed gearbox and 18 position clutch, means this TEENO delivers precise control for drilling into wood, metal, plastic, and all screwdriving tasks.

 

This cordless drill is ideal for drilling and fastening for applications like framing, repairing and cabinet installation.

 

The keyless chuck makes swapping bits very easy and quick. And as the kit comes with a range of bits and accessories, you can get started out of the box.

 

2 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack comes as part of the set and fully charge in 1 hour. So you can always have one pack ready while using the other.

 

In addition the drill, batteries and charge, the TEENO 21V Impact Cordless Drill Set comes with professional gloves and 20 piece accessories kit.

 

Pros

  • 18 torque settings
  • 2 batteries and charger
  • Accessories kit (drill bits, gloves and spirit level)

 

Cons

  • Small 1.5Ah batteries

 

Conclusion

At a penny under £50 (from Amazon), the TEENO 21V Impact Cordless Drill Set is a fantastic tool for the home and garden.

 

While the batteries are on the small side, they do charge in an hour. Plus as the set includes 2 batteries, it’s easy to overlook this. Especially as you can always be charging one as the other is being used.

 

There’s plenty of power as well as a range of many options to tailor this to the task to ensure you don’t overdrill or over tighten.

 

The carry case has space for the drill, charger and batteries as well as drill and screwdriver bits, and a spirit level. This makes it’s ideal if you’re new to DIY or are looking to improve your tool kit.

 

Overall, the TEENO 21V Impact Cordless Drill Set scores 8/10.

 

 

FLOUREON 21V Cordless Drill Driver Kit

FLOUREON 21V Cordless Drill Driver Kit

photo by FLOUREON

 

Description

FLOUREON 21V Cordless Drill Driver Kit comes with 2 batteries and an impressive features list. It’s available from Amazon for £51.99.

 

The pack includes 2 rechargeable 1.5Ah Li-ion batteries. Each is designed to give you more longevity and productivity. FLOUREON estimates their batteries offer twice the run time of other comparable driver batteries.

 

The battery drives a premium brushless motor, which delivers up to more 50-per cent higher work to charge than counterparts. The two-speed transmission easily adapts to different performance needs regardless of the project.

 

The modern design of the FLOUREON Cordless Drill Driver tool is also quite light. The rubberized handle ensures comfort and means you can work continuously for a long time without feeling tired.

 

In addition to the drill, 2 batteries, charger and case, the kit includes 12 piece drill bits, 9 pieces 3/4 inch sockets and 5 piece masonry bits. It’s therefore ideal for drilling, driving and removing screws.

 

Pros

  • Brushless motor
  • 10 mm keyless chuck
  • 2 batteries and charge

 

Cons

  • Small 1.5Ah batteries

 

Conclusion

While the FLOUREON 21V Cordless Drill Driver Kit (available from Amazon for £51.99) looks exciting on paper, some users have had batteries fail within weeks of buying. And as you can’t buy batteries separately, this is concerning.

 

Putting that to one side, the batteries charge in under 40 minutes and as two are in the pack, you can charge one while using the other. You might want to do this as they’re fairly small in size.

 

The brushless motor technology is fairly unique and provides enough power to conquer a range of tasks. You can easily put up shelves, furniture and drill through metal.

 

With drill bits included, you have all you need to get started right away and the carry case makes storing it all, simple. 7/10

 

 

Hitachi DV18DBFL2 18V Brushless Combi Drill

Hitachi DV18DBFL2 18V Brushless Combi Drill

photo by Hitachi

 

Description

The last of our best cordless drills is the Hitachi DV18DBFL2 18V Brushless Combi Drill, which cost £184.00 from Amazon.

 

The compact design coupled with a brushless motor feels solid yet powerful in the hand. The motor has 2 speeds and 22 torque positions for screwdriving. The keyless 13mm metal chuck with ratcheting lock makes light work of changing bits.

 

You can use the DV18DBFL2 on Brick up to 13mm, Wood up to 50mm, and Metal up to 13mm. This means you can easily complete a variety of DIY tasks around the home and garden.

 

Hitachi has incorporated some nice comfort features, including a soft grip handle, belt hook and wrist strap. There’s also an LED spotlight is very bright and illuminates your work place.

 

Two 3Ah Li-Ion batteries are included and have charge level indicators. So, you’ll always know when you need to charge. They require 90 minutes to full charge.

 

In addition to the drill, batteries, and charge, the package comes with a double-ended screwdriver bit and heavy duty carry case.

 

Pros

  • Uses a brushless motor
  • Two 3Ah Li-Ion batteries and charger
  • 3-year warranty

 

Cons

  • No drill bits

 

Conclusion

The Hitachi DV18DBFL2 18V Brushless Combi Drill is the most expensive of our cordless drills at £184 (from Amazon).

 

As it does delivery superior performance over other options on the market and comes with 2 batteries, the price seems more reasonable.

 

It’s 18 Volt design means it has sufficient power for in a range of situations and on a number of materials. You’ll appreciate using it for DIY projects in the house and garden as well as on cars.

 

Since there are two batteries, you won’t really notice the 90 minute it takes to charge one. Plus the charge status LEDs are very handy.

 

Overall if you’re looking to upgrade from any entry-level cordless drills to something with plenty of power and options, then consider the Hitachi DV18DBFL2. 9/10

 

 

The best cordless drill

Having looked at some of the best cordless drills on the market, we’re impressed the range currently available.

 

If you’re just starting to build a tool collection, we would recommend buying the Hyundai HY2175 18V Cordless Drill Set. At slightly over £50, it’s one of the most affordable cordless drills on the market. It comes with drill bits, battery and charger. The battery charging does leave something to be desired. But instead, see this as a necessary trade-off.

 

The Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Combi Drill is a superb mid-priced unit. It’s actually in our top three of the best cordless drills. At just under £80, it comes with 2 batteries, charger and case. You will need to supply your own drill bits.

 

If you have money to spend, whether you’re investing or upgrading then it’s a toss-up between the Makita DHP453SFTK 18V LXT Combi Drill and Hitachi DV18DBFL2 18V Brushless Combi Drill. Both are at the top of our price range but will last year and provide all you need to do DIY.

 

Do you agree with our top picks? Which do you consider to be the best cordless drills?