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Cordless Drill Buying Guide

A cordless drill is a must-have for any home toolkit. They can very handy for putting together flat-pack furniture, performing minor repairs, installing a television, or hanging new blinds or drapes.

It’s the ease with which they can be used that makes them so useful. You can reach locations where a larger mains-powered drill can’t, and you can get to work without having to worry about the cable or locating a plug. Do you want to build a deck or a raised bed in your garden? Your new best friend is the cordless drill.

Choosing the best one is, of course, difficult. Not only is there a wide variety of drills on the market, but they are also divided into four types, each with its own set of strengths, weaknesses, and applications.

Furthermore, not all drills have the same power, and it’s aggravating to realise that when you need it, your drill isn’t up to the task. Check out our buying guide below for some pointers on where to begin and what to look for.
How do you pick the best cordless drill for your needs?

I’m not sure what kind of drill to get.


There are many different types of drills available, most of which appear to the untrained eye to be very identical. Below is a basic rundown of the many categories and how they differ from one another.

Drill driver: A drill driver is a no-frills drill that can be used for a range of chores around the house. The most common form of drill, they may be used to drill holes in a variety of materials, including walls, wood, and masonry, as well as drive screws.

They’re lighter than the more powerful drills below, making them easier to manoeuvre in tight spaces. They won’t be able to handle tougher jobs because they lack the powerful motors and high-torque designs of the tools below.

Impact driver: While impact drivers resemble ordinary drills, they are specifically designed to drive screws rather than drill holes. They use a combination of high spinning torque and percussive blows against the back of the driver bits to drive screws into even the toughest surfaces.

They’re often smaller than the other tools on our list, and because they don’t have a back-and-forth action (unlike hammers and SDS drills), they’re also easier on the wrists.

While you could technically use specific impact-ready drill bits (regular drill bits may break owing to the combination of rotation and concussive force), this isn’t what they’re built for, and they’re not as suited to millimetre-precise work.

Where you might need to drill a guide hole for screws with a typical drill and have to switch between drill and driver bits as a result, an impact driver will accomplish it all by itself due to its greater power.

Combi drill: If you need to drill into tougher materials like metal or concrete while also driving screws, a combi drill should be your first choice. These drills and screwdrivers can handle basic drilling and screwdriving chores, but they often have increased torque for more demanding jobs and a rudimentary hammer function for breaking through harder materials.

They’re more expensive than normal drill drivers and don’t have the same power as a high-end hammer or SDS rotary hammer.

Hammer drills: These drills use a more forceful forward and backward hammering action, along with a rotating drill bit, to pierce even the toughest masonry or stone. This increased power results in a larger, bulkier drill that is more capable than combi drills, but it also means they are more expensive.

However, they aren’t as powerful as the SDS drills below, are significantly noisy, and don’t always have the capacity to employ chisel bits in a hammer-only mode.

SDS drills, also known as SDS rotary hammers, are often bulkier and heavier than ordinary hammer drills, but are meant for more heavy-duty DIY projects requiring more power. Small indentations on the back of the SDS-specific drill and driver bits allow them to fit into the drill (no chuck key required, so this takes seconds), and ball bearings in the SDS chuck keep them securely in place when hammering the bit back and forth.

Two-mode, three-mode, and three-mode with interchangeable chuck are the three primary types of these drills. Two-mode models only have the option of rotary-only or rotary/hammer action, however three-mode models additionally have the option of hammer-alone action, allowing them to be used with chisel-type attachments for demolition work.

How long does it take the batteries to charge?

The most significant disadvantage of utilising a cordless drill is that it must be charged before use. The good news is that most cordless drills now use lithium-ion batteries, which can be recharged at any time and maintain their charge well even while not in use.

Each battery has a voltage (typically 12 volts, 18 volts, or 24 volts) as well as an Ah capacity (Amp-hours). The longer your battery should (theoretically) last, the more Amp-hours it has on the same voltage.


A complete charge takes between one and three hours on average, with certain batteries and chargers offering a quick charge option that gets you 80 percent charged in an hour. You should be good to go for a couple of hours of drilling once charged.

That depends on how many holes you drill, the speed and torque settings you use, the size of the bit you’re using, and the material you’re drilling into – as well as whether you utilise a hammer or impact action, which drains the battery faster than straight rotary use.

If you’re concerned about battery life, most drills include a replaceable battery rather than a built-in one, so you can always have a spare on hand. Furthermore, most manufacturers now offer their own interchangeable battery system, allowing you to use the same batteries in a variety of power tools or garden tools as long as they all run on the same voltage and are of the same brand or standard.

What else should I be aware of?


Most drills can handle simple tasks like drilling pilot holes in woodwork, driving a screw, or drilling a hole in brickwork or a stud wall for a rawlplug. When dealing with concrete lintels above windows, heavy-duty blockwork, or thick metal, you’ll need something a little more robust.

When comparing drills, pay attention to the parameters, especially the maximum torque and any indicated maximum bit sizes for drilling into masonry or steel. A regular electric drill, which can handle larger bits and has greater power to penetrate them through, say, a double-layer brick wall, may be required for some applications.

Budgeting for some decent portions is also a good idea. A double-headed screwdriver bit is included with most cordless drills, and a few versions come with a package that includes a variety of bits.

However, the quality of these will vary, particularly from less expensive manufacturers, and you would be better off investing in a separate set of wood, steel, or masonry bits, or even individual bits. These can be pricey, but you’ll be shocked how much easier it is to make a neat, clean hole in a wall with a decent bit.

I’m not sure how much I’ll need to spend.

The cheapest cordless drill driver in our collection costs as little as £37, however combi drills with more capabilities, as well as drills built for heavy-duty DIY projects, will cost more. As a result, the DeWalt 18V Rotary Hammer Drill is the most expensive option here, costing roughly £210, but if your needs are more modest, you can easily get away with spending around £80 to £120.

SaleBestseller No. 1
BLACK+DECKER 18 V Cordless 2-Gear Combi Hammer Drill Power Tool with Kitbox, 1.5 Ah Lithium-Ion, BCD700S1K-GB
  • A compact two gear combi drill for all screw driving, drilling and hammer drilling into wood, metal and masonry
  • All metal motor and gearbox that deliver 21 000 BPM for hammer drilling in masonry applications and 0 - 1 400 RPM variable speed for drilling and screw driving applications
  • 10 torque setting for precise screw driving into various materials and the variable speed function for control in a range of applications
  • Keyless chuck for fast and easy bits changes with a double ended screwdriver bit included so you can start your projects straight away
  • Hardwearing kit box to store and transport the tool
SaleBestseller No. 2
PSB 1800 LI-2
  • The PSB 1800 LI-2 cordless combi drill – power and comfort for drilling and screwdriving operations
  • Optimum power for every task 3-in-1 system that can be used for screwdriving, drilling and impact drilling. It also features 20 torque settings for screwdriving in different materials
  • Suitable for different materials For drilling and screwdriving in wood and metal or impact drilling in masonry, Drilling in metal 2.5 m/s²
  • Easy screw and drill bit changes The cordless combi drill features a 10 mm shank and a single-sleeve drill chuck
  • Power for ALL 18 V The battery supplied is compatible with all tools within the green Bosch Home & Garden 18 volt system
SaleBestseller No. 3
Terratek 13Pc Cordless Drill Driver 18V/20V-Max Lithium-Ion, Electric Screwdriver, Accessory Kit, LED Work Light, Quick Change Battery & Charger Included (18V Cordless Drill & 13pc Kit)
  • LI-ION POWER: The Terratek 18V/20V Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill Set is supplied with a powerful Li-ion battery which results in having no memory effect, no self-discharge and always ready for use. Peaking at 20V from a fresh charge the battery stabilises to 18V. Equipped with a variable speed pressure trigger which can take your cordless drill up to a no load speed of 650rpm and both forward and reverse levers that enable the drill to quickly switch between drilling and withdrawing of screws.
  • FLEXIBLE: Get greater control over your li-ion cordless screwdriver with 16 different torque settings available to use with, you will always be able to find the perfect setting for whatever material, whether that be wood, plastic, metal and a variety of other materials. The drill driver has a max drilling capacity for regular materials such as wood of 20mm and of steel, 8mm. Battery and charger included. CADMIUM FREE, EU Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC Compliant
  • ERGONOMIC: The 18V/20V Cordless Drill offers both power and control with its soft grip, ergonomic design, 0.8 - 10mm keyless chuck and a light weight of only 1.0 Kg. This electric screwdriver is more than easy to use for extended periods of time. 2 YEAR GUARANTEE
  • VERSATILE: Included in the Cordless Drill Set is a 13 piece kit that contains 1x magnet holder, 6x drill bits, 2x Pozi-drive screwdriver attachments, 2x Phillips screwdriver attachments and 2x slotted screwdriver attachments. Perfect for both first time DIY and experienced craftsmen
  • 2 YEAR GUARANTEE: For your peace of mind we offer a 24 month guarantee on our Terratek 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill Set with 13pc Drill Bit Kit (Upgraded Model)
Bestseller No. 4
Ryobi R18PD3-215GZ 18 V ONE+ Cordless Combi Drill Starter Kit (2 x 1.5 Ah)
  • 18V Cordless Combi Drill ideal for drilling in masonry, wood, plastic and metal, as well as driving screws
  • A ratcheting chuck improves bit grip strength, making this tool compatible with all standard drilling and screwdriving bits up to 13mm
  • A 2-speed gearbox delivers 500/1800rpm and up to 50Nm of torque to match different materials and applications
  • 24 torque settings help to drive screws flush every time for a perfect finish
  • Includes 2x Ryobi ONE+ 1.5Ah batteries and a charger, compatible with over 100 other Ryobi one+ tools for the home and garden
Bestseller No. 5
Faxamol Cordless Drill Driver 21V, Combi Drill 120PCS with 2 Batteries 2000mAh, 42Nm Max Electric Drill, 25+3 Torque Hammer Drill, 3/8" Chuck, 2 Speed, LED Light for Home and DIY Project
  • 【3-In-1 Hammer Drill & 42Nm Max torque】 Faxamol Combi Drill driver has 3 working modes: screwing, drilling and hammer drilling, the hammer function, which can greatly increase your work efficiency. With 42Nm Max torque, the power drill can easily meet a wide range needs of drilling holes and driving screws on wood, metal and plastic.
  • 【2-Variable Speed & 25+3 Clutch】 Electric Drill Driver can be set to operate in two different speed ranges (0-550RPM, 0-1850RPM), so you will always have the power you need. Moreover, Cordless impact driver has 25 torque positions for chuck selection, providing a more accurate operation for drilling and screwing.
  • 【Durable 2.0Ah Li-ion Battery & Fast Charging】 2*2.0Ah large capacity Li-ion battery, it's durable that you have no worries about running out of power in the middle of a project. Cordless drill is equipped with a 1.5 hour ultra fast charger, so it takes only about 1.5 hour to make the battery fully charged, greatly saving your precious time.
  • 【Easy to Use & Quick Chuck】 3/8" (10mm) auto lock chuck helps you change bits quickly. Cordless Combi Drill offers you a comfortable balanced and soft grip. Built-in LED light helps you work in dark environment. The belt clip offers you much more convenience, and the tool always within reach and ready to use.
  • 【120PCS Premium Accessories】 Power drill comes with Cordless Drill*1, 2.0Ah Li-ion Battery*2, Fast Charger*1, Carry Case*1, Brad Point Drill Bit*5, Twist Drill Bit*7, Impact Drill Bit*3, Flexible Drill Shaft*1, Socket Wrench*9, Screwdriver Bits*27, Fastening Bit*1, Socket Adapter*1, Screws&Nails*60, Belt Clip*1 included. Whether it’s a household reconstruction, renovation, garden work, or garage repairs, consider getting Faxamol cordless drill bit set as a one-stop solution.
SaleBestseller No. 6
DEWALT 18V CORDLESS LITHIUM LXT COMBI DRILL,DRILL DRIVER WITH HAMMER ACTION FACILITY COMPLETE WITH LITHIUM BATTERY,FAST CHARGER,HEAVY DUTY CARRYING CASE
  • dcd776c1 professional COMBI drill
  • Dewalt cordless hammer drill complete kit
  • dcd776c1 comes with x1 dcb185 xr battery
  • dcb107 rapid 1 hour battery charger
  • heavy duty Dewalt carrying case
Bestseller No. 7
MYLEK 18V Cordless Drill Driver, 1300 mAh Li-Ion battery with 1 Hour Quick Charge, 2 Speed with LED Work Light, Carry Case with 13 Piece Accessory Kit, Variable Speed & Quick Stop Function.
  • POWERFUL & VERSATILE: Compact Li-ion 18V combi DIY drill with an improved 2 speed gearbox - easily drills through wood, metal and other materials, supplied with a 13 piece accessory kit and a handy carry case.
  • INNOVATIVE DESIGN: Our innovative, compact electric cordless drill features an LED work light to help you work in hard to see spaces and a soft grip handle to maximise handling comfort and lessen fatigue when tackling the toughest of tasks!
  • ERGONOMIC: This 18V cordless drill set gives you variable speed control and unique electric safety brake system - this, combined with 19 torque settings, enables smooth drilling into a variety of materials
  • EASY TO USE: Change drill bits easily and alternate between a choice of 2 gears (for high and low speed drilling & driving - first gear provides greater torque and control and second gear provides greater speed)
  • RECHARGEABLE: The Li-ion battery pack provides a high-power output level and enables a substantial number of charging cycles. Quick-change action on the spring-loaded battery pack allows you to quickly remove the battery.
SaleBestseller No. 8
Cordless Drill 12V, HYCHIKA Electric Drill 30N·m Max Torque with 1500mAh Li-Ion Battery, 1H Fast Charging, 4PCS Flat Drills, 6PCS Twist Drills, 6PCS Screwdriver Bits, 5PCS Sockets, Carrying Bag
  • 🌟【21 + 1 TORQUE SETTINGS AND CHARGER FOR FAST CHARGE】 The Cordless Drill has 21 different torque settings and drilling functions. It can be used to drill wood, metal, plastic and all the activities of a screwdriver. Maximum torque 30 N.m for screws. Equipped with a rechargeable lithium battery 12V 1500mAh and a charger for fast charge. A full charge can be done in 1 hour.
  • 🌟【DOUBLE SPEEDS FOR WIDE APPLICATIONS】The cordless screwdriver has 2 variable speeds: 0-400RPM and 0-1500RPM, which fits the wide range of drilling and screw driving applications.
  • 🌟【WITH 22 PCS ACCESSORIES AND A TOOL WALLET】 With 22 accessories meet the needs of most kinds of work. Suitable for drilling holes in wood and plastic; fixing and loosening screws. Comes with 10mm, 12mm, 14mm and 16mm flat drills, which are very suitable for wood drilling. With 6pcs twist drills, 6 pcs screwdriver bits, 5pcs sockets, an adapter and a tool wallet.
  • 🌟【ERGONOMIC DESIGN】 The switch of the drill is equipped with a LED light that could perform screwing in a dark environment. With the lock switch it is safe to use the device. The non-slip handle is very pleasant to touch due to its ergonomic design. Easy to wear with a sturdy belt clip. And with the storage bag for you to collect the tools easily.
  • 🌟【WHAT YOU GET】 1 x 12V HYCHIKA Cordless Drill Driver, 22 x accessories, 1x 12V 1500mAh Lithium Battery, 1 x Fast Charger, 1 x Belt Buckle, 1 x Carrying bag, 1 x User Manual
SaleBestseller No. 9
BLACK+DECKER 18 V Cordless 2-Gear Combi Hammer Drill Power Tool with Kitbox, 1.5 Ah Lithium-Ion, BCD700S1K-GB with Black + Decker A7188 Drill and Screwdriver Bit Set 50-Piece
  • A compact two gear combi drill for all screw driving, drilling and hammer drilling into wood, metal and masonry
  • All metal motor and gearbox that deliver 21 000 BPM for hammer drilling in masonry applications and 0 - 1 400 RPM variable speed for drilling and screw driving applications
  • 10 torque setting for precise screw driving into various materials and the variable speed function for control in a range of applications
  • For metal, wood and stone
  • Lot ferrules and wicks
SaleBestseller No. 10
Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Combi Drill with two 18 V Lithium-Ion Battery with a 70 Piece Accessory Set
  • Lithium-Ion battery technology; Syneon Chip: Intelligently controlled energy for every project
  • Screwdriving, drilling, impact drilling in wood, metal and masonry; Two speed gearbox
  • Drill bits for metal, masonry and wood
  • Assortment of screwdriving bits

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