The 9 best cordless drills for any DIY project

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Best cordless drills: Quick menu

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Best all-round drill: Clarke CON180LI 18V combi drill
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Best hammer drill: Makita DHP458Z 18V cordless hammer drill
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Best budget drill: Bosch PSB 1800
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Best run time: DeWalt DCD796P1 cordless drill
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Best comfort drill: Bosch Advanced Impact 18 cordless drill
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Most robust drill: Makita DHP482M1JW cordless combi drill
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Best impact driver: Ryobi RID1801M One+ impact driver
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Budget friendly drill: Black+Decker BDCHD18K-GB 18V Cordless Hammer Drill
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Best combi drill: Makita DK18015X2 cordless combi drill & impact driver
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FAQs

Every DIYer needs a drill, but choosing the best cordless drill for those DIY jobs and home improvement projects isn't simple. You will want a drill that is reliable, long lasting and powerful enough to take on any DIY projects you have planned.

But alongside features and battery life you will need to consider your budget. If you are a serious DIYer you will need to look for a drill that has top build quality and durability, so expect to pay more.

But, if you are an occasional DIYer you can look for a budget-friendly cordless drill that still retains a lot of the same features, but at a lower price. 

Here we take a look at cordless drills across the whole market ranging from budget-friendly drills for beginners right through to powerful hammer and combi drills for the most committed of DIYers to help you make the right choice for your needs and pocket.

The Quick List


The best all-round cordless drill for serious DIYers

Clarke CON180LI 18V Brushless 4Ah Combi Drill/Driver

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1. Clarke CON180LI 18V combi drill

The best all-round cordless drill for serious DIYers

Specifications

Torque settings: 21
Power source: Cordless
Motor: Brushless
Chuck capacity: 1.5-13mm
Drill capacity: Wood 25mm; Masonry 8mm; Steel 10mm

Reasons to buy

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Superb performance
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Good value-for-money
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Continuous power with two lithium-ion batteries

Reasons to avoid

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Could be too heavy for some users

The Clarke CON180LI combi drill/driver comes with everything that any DIYer needs to get straight on the job including two 4.0Ah lithium-ion batteries, a charger and a hard case.

The drill itself is marketed at professional contractors, but if your a serious DIYer who is constantly working on a new project then the Clarke is undoubtedly a good investment.

It's high on build quality and performance and comes with a set of smart features including three modes for drilling into wood, masonry and metal. Plus it provides plenty for torque for driving in screws.  

Read our full Clarke CON180LI combi drill/driver review to see how good it is.


The best cordless hammer drill

Makita DHP458Z 18V Cordless Hammer Drill

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2. Makita DHP458Z 18V cordless hammer drill

The best cordless hammer drill

Specifications

Torque: 91Nm
Voltage: 18V
Battery: Not included
Weight : 2.1kg
No load speed: 2000rpm

Reasons to buy

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Two-speed metal gearbox
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Powerful
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Easy bit installation

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly heavy
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Battery + charger not included

The Makita DHP458Z hammer drill is a top end drill that can be used for DIY tasks at home or on a busy building site.

It has a two-speed metal gearbox and an impressive no load speed of 2000rpm, which allows for drilling into almost all materials. And the hammer feature, at 30,000 blows per minute, allows for drilling in masonry as well. 

Makita's XPT technology impressively helps to prevent dust and moisture ingress, while a single sleeveless chuck allows for easy bit installation and LED lights aid working in darker areas.

The battery isn't included, but the tool is compatible with the vast range of Makita LXT batteries from 1.5Ah to 6Ah, so you can save money if you already own a Makita tool. 

Read more in our in-depth Makita DHP458Z review


The best budget cordless drill

Bosch PSB 1800

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3. Bosch PSB 1800

The best budget cordless drill

Specifications

Torque: 39Nm
Voltage: 18V
Battery: 1.5Ah Lithium-Ion
Weight (with battery): 1.08kg
No load speed: 0-400/1.350rpm

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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Integrated work light
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most powerful
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Battery + charger not included

The Bosch PSB 1800 is one of the best, if not the best cordless drill you can buy, especially for the price. It's budget-friendly and a beginner's dream.

This combi drill offers ease of use (simply push the button and let the drill do the rest), and 20 pre-set programmes to help you perform an array of projects, such as assembling furniture or hanging pictures. 

There's an autolock keyless chuck to make it easy to change bits, as well as an integrated work light that comes on ready for you to line up your screw before you start drilling it in place. 

It also supports the same batteries as the rest of the Bosch range, although you'll need to buy the battery and the charger separately.


The best for battery run time

DeWalt DCD796P1 Cordless Drill

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4. DeWalt DCD796P1 cordless drill

The best for battery run time

Specifications

Torque: 27/70Nm
Voltage: 18V
Battery: 5.0Ah Lithium-Ion battery
Weight (with battery): 1.8kg
No load speed: 0–550/2000rpm

Reasons to buy

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Quality, single-piece, all-metal chuck  
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Spotlight mode
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Long battery life 
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Brushless motor
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Battery included

Reasons to avoid

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Battery connection not the best 

The DeWalt DCD796 is a compact 18V cordless, brushless drill/driver/hammer drill that will suit every task. 

It comes with a huge 5Ah battery that has a great run-time of around nine hours, depending on your task of choice (you can use a smaller battery to reduce the weight of the tool if necessary). The battery charges in 75 minutes and the battery technology optimises power to help you complete jobs quickly. 

The drill offers 13 torque settings and is suitable for drilling into steel, masonry and wood. It has an excellent quality, single-piece, all-metal chuck capable of supporting drill bits from 1.5mm to 13mm in size, and can drill up to 13mm in steel, 13mm in masonry, and 40mm in wood. It also has three modes of LED work light.

Similarly to the Makita DHP458Z, DeWalt 18V batteries are compatible with the whole DeWalt XR suite of tools, so if you already own something from the range, the bare version of this drill would be a cost-effective choice. 

Read more in our full DeWalt DCD796P1 review


The best for comfort and ease of use

Bosch AdvancedImpact 18 Cordless Drill

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5. Bosch Advanced Impact 18 cordless drill

The best for comfort and ease of use

Specifications

Torque: 22/36Nm
Voltage: 18V
Battery: 2.5 Ah Lithium-Ion
Weight (with battery): 1.1kg
No load speed: 0–450/1500rpm

Reasons to buy

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Light, ergonomic design 
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Interchangeable chucks
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Screw holder with magnetic cap  
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Brushless motor
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Battery included

Reasons to avoid

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No charge indicator on battery; only on drill
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Slower to charge, given size of battery 

This Bosch tool is another good pick for DIY beginners because its lightweight and compact design makes it really comfortable and easy to use for a range of DIY tasks. It's suitable for use with metal, wood and masonry (as long as you use the correct drill bits).

Supporting interchangeable chucks, it is supplied with a drill chuck capable of using drill bits from 1.5mm to 13mm in size, as well as screw holder with a magnetic cap, and a single 25mm PZ2 bit. 

There are also two other chucks available as accessories or in different kit combinations: an off-set angle adapter and an angle screw adapter.

There are different modes for screw driving, drilling and impact drilling, and it offers a maximum torque of 36 Nm (Newton metres). With a 2.5Ah capacity, the drill can be fully charged in 60 minutes. 

Part of the Bosch Home and Garden 18V System, this cordless drill is a great choice if you already own tools from the range — they can all be powered with the same battery and charger. 

Find out more in our Bosch AdvancedImpact18 review


A robust cordless combi drill

Makita DHP482M1JW Cordless Combi Drill

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6. Makita DHP482M1JW cordless combi drill

A robust cordless combi drill

Specifications

Torque: 36/620Nm
Voltage: 18V
Battery: 4.0Ah Lithium-Ion battery
Weight (with battery): 1.8kg
No load speed: 0–600/1900rpm

Reasons to buy

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Rapid charger 
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4Ah battery charges in 36 minutes
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Extreme Protection Technology for outdoor and harsh conditions  
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Battery included

Reasons to avoid

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Brushed motor is less efficient  

With a maximum torque of 62Nm, this cordless combi drill from Makita is a great option for general duty DIY jobs. The 4Ah battery offers decent run-time and thanks to the Rapid Charger, it can be fully charged in just 36 minutes. 

Drilling, hammer drilling and screw driving modes are easily selected with 21 torque settings available (these are selected independently of the mode). 

A nylon keyless chuck is capable of supporting drill bits from 1.5mm to 13mm in size, and the DHP482 is capable of drilling up to 13mm in steel, 13mm in masonry, and 38mm in wood. 

Find out more in our in-depth Makita DHP482M1JW review


The best cordless impact driver

Ryobi RID1801M Cordless Drill

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7. Ryobi RID1801M One+ impact driver

The best cordless impact driver

Specifications

Torque: 220Nm
Voltage: 18V
Battery: Not included
Weight : 1.6kg
No load speed: 0-3200rpm

Reasons to buy

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Impressive torque
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Magnetic on-board storage
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Three integrated lights

Reasons to avoid

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Might be too powerful for smaller tasks
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Battery sold separately

The powerful motor of this cordless impact driver from budget-brand Ryobi delivers 220Nm of torque, making it a great solution for more demanding DIY tasks. 

The most powerful cordless drill on this list, it is brilliant for screwing tasks. It offers variable speed settings (including reverse and break modes) giving you complete control at all times, and its three integrated LED lights light up your work space and eliminate shadows at any angle.

It also has a magnetic on-board bit storage that can be really convenient if you are working at height or in a confined space, and easy bit changes are achieved thanks to its 6.35mm keyless hex drive.

Sold as the bare tool, it is part of Ryobi's ONE+ range, so again, if you already own other Ryobi tools and already have a 1.5Ah (or above) battery — this is a great buy. If you don't own other tools from the range, then starter kits including the tool, battery and charger are available.


A budget-friendly option that's easy to use

Black and Decker cordless hammer drill

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8. BLACK+DECKER BDCHD18K-GB 18V Cordless Hammer Drill

A budget-friendly option that's easy to use

Specifications

Torque: 40Nm
Voltage: 18V
Battery: 1.5Ah Lithium-Ion
Weight (with battery): 1.1kg
No load speed: 0-360/1400rpm

Reasons to buy

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Great price
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Lightweight
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Battery included

Reasons to avoid

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Not as effective for drilling through masonry

This affordable drill from Black+Decker can easily tackle flat pack furniture, be used to put up shelves or curtain poles or drill into wood and metal. 

It offers 10 different torque settings, with a variable speed function that will give you complete control at all times. 

It's lightweight and compact enough to be easily used anywhere around the home.


The best combination deal

Makita DK18015X2 Cordless Combi Drill & Impact Driver

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9. Makita DK18015X2 cordless combi drill & impact driver

The best combination deal

Specifications

Torque: Combi drill: 24/42Nm; Impact driver: 140Nm
Voltage: 18V (both)
Battery: 1.5 Ah Lithium-Ion
Weight (with battery): Combi drill: 1.7kg; Impact driver: 1.5kg
No load speed: Combi drill: 0-1,400rpm; Impact driver: 0-2,300

Reasons to buy

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Great value
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Easy to use
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Gold drill bit helps with bigger jobs

Reasons to avoid

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Batteries can't be used with Makita's LXT range

Why buy one cordless drill when you can buy two? This two-drill set from Makita is great for completing multiple jobs, such as drilling into wood, plastic, metal and masonry. And they come together at a very affordable price. 

Both models feature an ergonomically designed rubberised soft grip for ease of use, and as part of the twin kit you also get 2x 1.5Ah lithium-ion batteries, a charger, a hard plastic carry case with accessory compartment lid, and 3 x 65mm PH2 impact gold drill bits to help with high-energy applications when using the impact driver.  

Combi drill

The combi drill features three drill functions (combi drill, rotary drill and hammer action) and boasts a two-speed gearbox to provide greater torque. It also features a single-sleeve keyless chuck for easy bit installation. 

Impact driver

The impact driver packs power with 140Nm of torque, has a variable speed controlled by the trigger for greater control, and comes with a LED job light with pre-glow function to help you work in dimly lit conditions. 

Both models also come with a one-year guarantee, but it's important to note that the 18V batteries supplied are not compatible with the Makita LXT range.


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