Black + Decker BDCROS18 18V Cordless Random Orbital Sander Review

This neat cordless sander is just right for smaller sanding jobs where a smooth, swirl-free finish is needed

A Black + Decker sander with bag amd instruction leaflet laid out on the floor
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Homebuilding Verdict

The Black + Decker BDCROS18 Cordless Random Orbital Sander is accessible, easy-to-use and capable of achieving a smooth, swirl-free finish on a variety of surfaces. We would’ve liked a little more runtime, and shorter charging durations, from the 1.5Ah battery included. However, it’s important to bear in mind that this tool is aimed at casual DIYers and hobbyists, rather than tradespeople and hardcore home renovators.


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    Excellent with softwoods like pine

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    Smooth, streak-free finish

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    Bundle has everything to start sanding

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    Simple design is ideal for beginners


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    Limited battery life

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    Works quite slowly (but effectively!)

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Effective sanding can make the difference between doing a decent DIY job, and creating a  perfectly finished triumph that wows visitors to your home. The easiest way to get that sought-after smooth finish is to use a random orbital sander – such as the Black + Decker BDCROS18. 

The BDCROS18 uses a random sanding motion, which leaves surfaces with a naturalistic finish, free from the streaks or swirls that can result from other sanding methods. It’s designed to sand materials including wood, metal and plastic — a perfect range for the average DIYer or craft hobbyist. Powering the tool is an 18V lithium-ion battery, which comes with the sander, along with a charger and carry case. 


BUY the Black + Decker BDCROS18 18V Cordless Random Orbital Sander bundle for £74.95 at B&Q
Sander bundle at B&Q comes with a 18V slide pack battery and 1.5ah 18v Li-Ion Battery Charger

Pete Wise

Pete Wise is a freelance writer and keen DIYer from Leeds. Pete's tool reviews have featured in titles including Homebuilding & Renovating, Ideal Home and The Independent. He also writes features and news articles for publications such as The Guardian, BBC Good Food and T3. When he isn't busy writing, Pete can often be found at libraries, pubs and live music venues. He finds tile-cutting strangely zen.