Best Cordless Drills Any Handyman Must Have in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 23, 2019
A cordless drill is an irreplaceable helper of any handyman. The cordless drill is used for most jobs at summer cottages, in garages, and at home. This review will describe 5 best cordless drills and help you make a choice. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Max Torque
Speed range
Battery Type (Amp-Hour)
Charge time
Chuck capacity
Maximum drilling capacity
Control system
Features
What's in the box
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

With a 60 Nm torque, the drill provides excellent performance and efficiency without any noticeable loss in quality, even if you need to drill for several hours in a row.

CONS
A small number of torque settings.
OUR VERDICT

Thanks to its impressive power/speed/torque specs, the DeWalt 18V XR Combi drill will allow you to bore concrete, hardened steel, and other tough materials with ease. One of the best cordless drills of its class.

detailed parameters
Max Torque
60 Nm
Speed range
2 speed modes: 0-600 RPM, 0-2000 RPM
Battery Type (Amp-Hour)
4Ah, 18V Lithium-ion battery
Charge time
~ 30 min
Chuck capacity

1.5 - 13 mm

Maximum drilling capacity

Wood - 38 mm

Metal - 13 mm

Masonry - 13 mm

Control system
14-position torque control, Hammer drilling mode, Forward/Reverse Control Button, Lock-off switch, Electronic brake
Features
Belt clip, Hammer drilling, Magnetic bit holder, LED light, Electric brake
What's in the box
Battery, Charger, Carrying case
Weight
1.88 kg
Warranty
1 year (extendable up to 3 years if registered at MyDewalt)
PROS

The Makita HP331D provides a high operation efficiency delivered from high rotational speed and improved screw strip management while the Makita TD110D Impact Driver is incredibly compact and easy to operate.

CONS

The LED lighting isn't necessarily bright enough.

OUR VERDICT

The Makita CLX202AJ is a twin pack that includes a powerful and functional drill and an efficient and compact impact driver that will be able to handle any task around the house that you throw its way.

detailed parameters
Max Torque

30 Nm

Speed range

Drill: 1700 rpm

Impact driver: 2600 rpm

Battery Type (Amp-Hour)

2.0 Ah/10.8 V Lithium-Ion battery

Charge time

1 hour

Chuck capacity

0.8 - 10 mm

Maximum drilling capacity

Wood - 21 mm

Metal - 10 mm

Masonry - 8 mm

Control system

18+ torque settings, Forward/Reverse switch, Variable speed control trigger

Features

LED light with pre-glow and after-glow functions, Ergonomic handles, Belt clips

What's in the box

2 power tools, 2 x 2.0Ah batteries, Charger, type 1 Makpac connector case, Toolbox

Weight

Drill - 1.3 kg

Impact Driver - 1.2 kg

Warranty

3 years

PROS
The battery indicator allows monitoring its charge. The drill is protected from overloading, overheating and deep discharging.
CONS
You need to tighten the chuck firmly to avoid slipping of a bit.
OUR VERDICT

This versatile tool with impact drilling capability is great for drilling hard materials. As a bonus, it comes not with one but with two batteries that will allow you to complete even some time-consuming jobs without recharging.

detailed parameters
Max Torque
38 Nm
Speed range
2 speed modes: 0-400 RPM, 0-1350 RPM
Battery Type (Amp-Hour)
1.5Ah, 18V Lithium-ion battery
Charge time
1 hour
Chuck capacity
1 - 10 mm
Maximum drilling capacity

Wood - 30 mm

Steel - 10 mm

Masonry - 10 mm

Control system
20 torque settings, Forward/Reverse switch, Hammer drilling mode
Features
Battery charge-control indicator, Screwdriving, Drilling, Impact drilling, LED light, Rotation direction indicator
What's in the box
2 batteries, Charger, Carrying case
Weight
1.3 kg
Warranty
2 years (extendable up to 3 years through registration at MyBosch within 28 days of purchase)
PROS

The model comes equipped with a 13-piece accessory kit that neatly fits into the handy carry case, an LED light to work under low-light conditions and  20 torque settings that facilitate smooth drilling into a large variety of materials.

CONS

Takes a long time to recharge. 

OUR VERDICT

The MYLEK MY18NIC is a great choice for customers on a tight budget looking for a cordless drill driver that can handle the majority of household issues with efficiency and comfort.

detailed parameters
Max Torque

18 Nm

Speed range

2 speed modes: 0-350 RPM, 0-1250 RPM

Battery Type (Amp-Hour)

18 V/0.8 Ah Ni-Cd battery

Charge time

5 hours

Chuck capacity

0.8 - 10 mm

Maximum drilling capacity

Wood - 20 mm

Steel - 8 mm

Masonry - 8 mm

Control system

19+1 torque settings, Forward/Reverse switch, Variable speed control trigger

Features

Ergonomic handle, Belt Clip, LED light

What's in the box

18V cordless drill, Case, 800MAH NiCd battery pack, 6 x twist drills, 6 x screwdriver bits, Bit holders

Weight

1.8 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The soft-grip handle reduces hand fatigue and lets you firmly yet comfortably hold the drill. The LED worklight allows you to work in low-light conditions. The variable speed trigger will let you choose anywhere between 0 and 650 rpm. With the reverse feature, you'll have no issues switching between drilling and withdrawing screws.

CONS

The instruction manual could use some improvement in the coherence department. 

OUR VERDICT

The Terratek FUT18V01-3 will work for small-time contractors and aspiring handymen. This is easily the most complete package in its price range. You'll be able to tackle various projects.

detailed parameters
Max Torque

~ 15 Nm

Speed range

Variable speed 0-650 rpm

Battery Type (Amp-Hour)

18V Lithium-Ion

Charge time

~ 1 hour

Chuck capacity

0.8 - 10 mm

Maximum drilling capacity

Wood - 20 mm

Steel - 8 mm

Control system

16 torque settings, 1 drill setting, Reverse

Features

Soft-grip handle, ergonomic design, LED worklight, keyless chuck, quick-change battery

What's in the box

Battery pack, charger, magnet holder, 6 x drill bits, 2 x Pozi-drive screwdriver attachments, 2 x Phillips screwdriver attachments, 2 x slotted screwdriver attachments

Weight

1.5 kg

Warranty

2 years

DEWALT 18V XR Lithium-Ion 2-Speed

You'll Like It!

DeWalt company deserves its first spot in our review. Having been in the market for so long, they know how to engineer tools that would suffice the needs of the pickiest customers. And the DCD785M1 is a great example of that. On top of its drilling capabilities, the DCD785M can also serve as a screwdriver and an impact driver allowing you to save money on buying these other tools separately. What's more important, this nice combi kit is made with durability in mind. Its reduction gear along with all the components are made of robust metal which not only greatly boosts performance but also noticeably extends the life of a drill.

However, what we particularly like about the DCD785M is its 60 Nm torque. With this amount of force at your disposal, you will be able to easily drill through a variety of different materials including hard wood, polymer, metal and even concrete.

For optimised performance and accurate results, the drill is featured with 2 modes. The first one is intended for screwdriving, while the second one is used for heavy-duty jobs: drilling and hammering. What is also worth noting is that you get 14 positions of torque control which will allow you to make the process of screwing and drilling materials of different density easier.

Other than that, as you'd expect from a professional-grade tool, the DCD785M has all the essential features. Thanks to the forward/reverse control button, unscrewing self-tapping screws and bolts will be a child's play and you will also be able to secure the trigger switch by setting it to the central position. Also, the tool features a compact keyless chuck with an automatic spindle lock - it will allow you to quickly and effortlessly remove and fix bits and drills with one quick hand movement.

Review of DEWALT 18V XR Lithium-Ion 2-Speed Combi Drill

Well-Thought-Out

Now we'd like to tell you about extra conveniences of this drill. The tool is compact and lightweight, so you can use it comfortably in restricted spaces. The drill features a convenient rubber-coated handle, hence, working for a long time won't bring you hand fatigue.

The built-in LED light will illuminate the place you work at when the trigger is pressed. The drill is fitted with a convenient metal belt hook for hanging the tool. The magnetic bit holder is another pleasant function that holds drills, screws, and other attachments at hand.

The drill comes with a 4Ah battery that is easy to install and remove thanks to the slide fixtures. The package includes the charger that allows you to quickly charge the drills and is compatible with all Lithium-Ion batteries of XR series.

Based on the foregoing features, we'd like to say that DeWalt XR is a multipurpose drill that is able to cope with most tasks thanks to its high performance.

DEWALT 18V XR Lithium-Ion 2-Speed Combi Drill in the use

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Makita CLX202AJ

Do It Yourself

There's a type of people that take a certain kind of pleasure in fixing whatever household issue arises in their home themselves. And to most people that ever tried doing that, this sort of reaction doesn't come as a surprise. Not only do you get your usual boost of self-confidence when you successfully finish some kind of task, but the ability to create, fix and sustain items regarding your own house provides a certain kind of satisfaction that is hard to compare to any other feeling out there.

But, naturally, not everybody feels this way. Some people don't feel the same satisfaction when they tackle these domestic problems on their own or they simply feel like it isn't worth the effort.

While these individuals may seem somewhat outlandish to some people, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Everyone is good at different things and everybody has his own set of talents and ineptitudes, as well as things and activities they prefer or dislike to engage in.

There's certainly nothing wrong with calling a professional whenever you feel like the problem is out of your reach of expertise and is better allocated to someone who knows what he's doing.

But if the problem at hand doesn't present that much of a challenge, you might want to think about taking care of it on your own. And this is generally where Makita comes in. The Makita CLX202A is a toolbox consisting of the HP331D Drill Driver and the TD110D Impact Driver that will help you deal with most household issues on your own.
Review of Makita CLX202AJ HP331D Drill Driver and TD110D Impact Driver 2 Piece Cordless Kit

Two Is Better Than One

Sometimes just a regular cordless drill isn't enough and you have to waste your time trying to find a power tool that will be a solution to your problem. Manufacturers at Makita are aware of these types of issues and that is precisely why they packed an impact driver next to a cordless driver into this handy toolbox. The HP331D Drill Driver and the TD110D Impact Driver are both new 10.8V platform models. 

Succeeding their predecessors, they now come with slide-on Compact Extreme Technology Batteries. The Makita HP331D was created by including a hammer mechanism to the previous drill driver model making this device a reliable piece of equipment that has managed to evolve over the years. Both of them come with a rubberised handle that has been developed for optimal grip and utmost thrust to the bit.

Makita CLX202AJ HP331D Drill Driver and TD110D Impact Driver 2 Piece Cordless Kit in the use

A Toolbox of Goodies

Although both models include some of the same features like a single LED job light with pre-glow and after-glow functions that is useful and suitable for working in some of the darker conditions, they do have their differences. The Makita HP331D provides a high operation efficiency delivered from high rotational speed and improved screw strip management. The device includes a slide type Li-ion battery, electric brake, mechanical 2-speed transmission, 18 torque settings, variable speed control trigger and a keyless chuck that gives you the ability to easily switch from predrilling to screw driving, align the bit properly, and avoid crooked or jagged holes.

The Makita TD110D Impact Driver is incredibly compact and easy to operate. The model also comes with a slide type Li-ion battery, electric brake, and a variable speed control trigger. However, it is also equipped with a forward and reverse trigger and a battery protection circuit that is designed to protect the battery from damages due to over discharge, high temperature or overload current. All in all, the Makita CLX202AJ is a twin pack that will be able to handle any household issue you throw its way.

Detailed review of Makita CLX202AJ HP331D Drill Driver and TD110D Impact Driver 2 Piece Cordless Kit

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Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Lithium-Ion

Perfect in Everything

The Bosch PSB 1800 is another great model on the list, presenting one of the better ratios between quality and price. However, we'll get to that a little later. Now let's talk functionality first.

Right off the bat, the Bosch PSB 1800's isn't a multipurpose tool. However, it can easily solve such tasks as drilling wood and plastic and impact drilling, which will be enough for most DIYers.

High drill performance of the tool is provided by the rotation speed of 1350 RPM and the torque of 38 Nm, which is sufficient for drilling metal, bricks and even some really hard materials like concrete. What also adds scores to the Bosch PSB 1800 is that the tool offers as many as 20 torque settings, enabling you to drill holes and drive screws at the most suitable speed, depending on the materials.

Also, we'd be remiss not to mention the tool keyless chuck with Bosch Auto-Lock, a system making it easy to change bits really fast. Other conveniences worth mentioning include a powerful LED light that will be helpful in poorly illuminated and hard-to-get places, a double screwdriver bit, and a plastic carrying case for convenient storage and transportation. Basically, the Bosch PSB 1800 is stuffed with everything you'd expect from a quality cordless drill.

Review of Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Lithium-Ion Hammer Drill Driver

Energy Efficient

Moving on, let's say a few words about the tool power supply. The Bosch PSB 1800 comes with two 18V batteries. According to the manufacturer's claims, this should be enough for driving up to 300 screws on one full charge, thanks to the implementation of the Syneon Chip system. This system provides optimum power consumption by setting the right ratio between power and speed automatically. Furthermore, the batteries are featured with Bosch Electronic Cell Protection (ECP) which makes sure the drill is protected from overloading, overheating, and deep discharging. Thanks to all this, the drill can run for a longer time. But the best thing about the batteries is that they are compatible with other Bosch tools from the Power4All series, making this drill a practical solution for those who already own some equipment by Bosch. In all, as you can probably see yourself, the Bosch PSB 1800 is a great value for the money. Reasonably lightweight and with such advanced capabilities, it will allow you to execute any kind of job like a pro.

Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Lithium-Ion Hammer Drill Driver in the use

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MYLEK MY18NIC

Always Be Prepared

Now, whether you're the type that prefers to take care of any household issues on your own or the kind of person that would rather leave most of these jobs to a professional, there's very little argument to be had that anyone should have a toolbox at home with at least some of the most basic and necessary home appliance tools. Sure, unless you're a professional or an enthusiast of this particular field, you probably could do without a heavy-duty drill or a foam cutter. Fine-cut power handsaws and heavy-duty drain cleaners are generally better off rented, not purchased. And the majority of people could definitely spend most of their lives without ever needing a generator or a compressor.

But it would be hard to imagine a proper household without a claw hammer or an adjustable wrench. Most could definitely find some use for a pair of locking or combination pliers. A part of your toolbox should definitely be allocated for a set of different screwdrivers, a utility knife and a variety of hardware, including a number of screws and nails. And whether you like it or not, a drill is definitely one of the more necessary items. A multipurpose, battery-powered drill can be used for a large number of tasks and you never know when the need to bore a hole in different materials or fasten various materials together arises. You should always the best yet be prepared for the worst, so instead of running to your neighbour next time you're in need of a drill, better acquire the MYLEK® 18V Cordless Drill Driver and always be ready for any problem to come your way.

Review of MYLEK MY18NIC Cordless Drill Driver with LED Work Light

A Dependable Drill

The MYLEK 2-speed 18V cordless drill/driver is a dependable, multifunctional device that can be applied to a variety of different tasks and issues around the house and garden. The model comes equipped with a 13-piece accessory kit that neatly fits into the handy carry case (along with the drill and charger) for safe storage and transport. The device features an LED work light that will lend you a helping hand in your work around the dimly lit spaces and a soft grip handle to increase handling convenience and reduce fatigue even when dealing with the most physically taxing problems. The NiCD battery pack contributes a high-power output and grants a considerable number of charging cycles. Quick-change action on the spring-loaded battery pack gives you the ability to quickly remove the battery.

MYLEK MY18NIC Cordless Drill Driver with LED Work Light in the use

Performance Exceeding the Budget

When the time comes and you will finally have to use the device, you will quickly find out how incredibly powerful and versatile it is, especially considering a more than a modest price tag. This compact 18V combi drill with an improved 2-speed gearbox implementing some additional torque versatility will make drilling through wood, metal and other materials seem like cutting a hot knife through a butter. The device is incredibly easy to use thanks to the ability to change drill bits effortlessly and choose between a set of 2 gears. First one contributes better torque and control while the second one provides some additional speed. The model also provides you with a variable speed control and unique electric safety brake system which combined with 20 torque settings facilitates smooth drilling into a large variety of materials. Last but not least, the drill also includes forward and reverse functions that give you the ability to change the direction of rotation of the drill and bits. If you happen to be on a strict budget yet still want to purchase a device capable of handling a large variety of household issues, the MYLEK 18V Cordless Drill Driver is exactly what you should be looking for.

Detailed review of MYLEK MY18NIC Cordless Drill Driver with LED Work Light

 

Terratek FUT18V01-3

Enough to Get the Job Done

The Terratek FUT18V01-3 is the most complete cordless drill in the budget price range. The model's performance doesn't necessarily compare to its corded counterparts and pricey competition but, again, as far as the overall package is concerned, the Terratek FUT18V01-3 is about as good as it gets for the money they ask.

Though this isn't the drill's biggest strength, let's start with performance. The max torque that the model is able to deliver doesn't go above ~ 15 Nm, which isn't necessarily too impressive but, more often than not, enough to get the job done.

Plus, this little power tool features 16 different torque settings, so you'll be able to set the drill at either powerful or delicate drilling and/or controlled screw driving.

The maximum drilling capacity is pretty standard for cordless drills. You'll be able to tackle 20-mm wood and 8-mm steel.

Review of Terratek FUT18V01-3 Cordless Drill Driver & 13pc Kit

Switch Things Up

The drill is plenty flexible. Again, with its 16-position torque selector, you'll be able to find the perfect setting for just about any material.

Plus, you can use the reverse feature to switch the direction you are working towards. You won't have to change your standing position simply because you're drilling in reverse.

Considering the reverse feature and the variable speed trigger that will let you choose anywhere between 0 and 650 revolutions per minute, you'll have no issues switching between drilling and withdrawing screws.

The product's biggest flaw is probably not its relatively limited max torque because that part is understandable considering the price tag but the instruction manual. The said manual could definitely use some improvement in the coherence department.

That being said, the drill is pretty straightforward and you should be able to figure its functions and settings out with minor time and effort investments.

Terratek FUT18V01-3 Cordless Drill Driver & 13pc Kit in the use

Complete Package

We've said earlier that the overall package is what really sells the product and we definitely stand by that statement.

In addition to the drill, the people behind the product send you a battery pack, charger, magnet holder, 6 drill bits, 2 Pozi-drive screwdriver attachments, 2 Phillips screwdriver attachments, and 2 slotted screwdriver attachments. With these accessories/attachments, you'll be able to tackle just about any project.

Apart from that, it is the usual little details, like the soft-grip handle that reduces hand fatigue and lets you firmly yet comfortably hold the drill and the LED worklight that lets you work in low-light conditions.

Long story short, the Terratek FUT18V01-3 will work for small-time contractors and aspiring handymen. Again, this is easily the most complete package in its price range.

Detailed review of Terratek FUT18V01-3 Cordless Drill Driver & 13pc Kit

 

What Is a Cordless Drill?

If you are looking for a cordless drill to use around your home or on construction sites, you've come to the right place. In this review, we offer you the selection of five best cordless drills from well-known brands that you can find on the market right now.

Cordless drills are very popular and for many reasons. They are relatively lightweight, ergonomically built, and, more often than not, provide as good functionality as corded counterparts, allowing you to perform almost all the same tasks with relative ease. Naturally, they won't be able to operate non-stop and you might need an extra hand when drilling some particularly tough materials, but for most light- and medium jobs, cordless drills are more than fit for the task. Besides, cordless drills can be of great help when working on construction sites, letting you reach all awkward spots without being limited by the length of a cable.

If you often have to work for an extended period of time executing heavy-duty jobs and projects on construction sites, you need to use a powerful, mains-operated tool. For this kind of jobs, we recommend you to turn towards hammer drills.

What Features to Compare

Performance

Torque is the first thing to consider when selecting a cordless drill. It is the torque that determines the force that the drill will use to rotate. Cordless drills with bigger torque are more versatile and suitable for multiple jobs – they can screw/unscrew fasteners and drill holes in dense materials of various thickness.

Rotations per minute is another essential parameter to look at. The higher this number is, the more powerful the drill will be. 500 RPM will be enough for simple works like screwing, whereas drilling would require at least 1000 RPM and more.

Chuck size and drill speed are the main parameters that determine the diameter of a drilling hole. Note that the material also matters. Drilling into wood compared to drilling into a denser material will always result in bigger drilling holes.

To ensure long-term operation, the drill needs to have a high-performance battery. Usually, the battery life is predetermined by a few factors - the material the drill is used for and work duration. So if you often use the drill (and primarily for heavy load jobs), it may be a good idea to purchase one more battery to keep at hand.

Control System

Every cordless drill features its own control system for various drilling needs. A trigger to control the speed of drilling will ensure convenient operation while a reverse switch, which changes the direction of a drill bit, will let you handle most jobs around the house that require screwing and unscrewing dowels, fasteners and so on.

Features

Choosing a cordless drill, you should also consider its features. More often than not, drills are used for long-term works, and this is where the convenience of use comes down to the size of a drill. The tool shouldn’t be too unwieldy and is expected to provide an ergonomic grip. Yet, the drill that feels too small in hand might not be good for most dense materials and long-term jobs.

The chuck of any particular cordless drill determines the size of a bit it can work with. It also determines the grip. Thus, if you're planning to use the drill for heavy jobs, consider the drills with 1/2 chuck size.

Additional Functions

Those consumers who’ve already done some research on the Internet could probably see that all cordless drills differ in this or that way. To find the best-suited tool for your needs, consider additional functions of different drills. A cordless drill with hammer drilling capabilities will come in handy if you’ve got no puncher at hand. Built-in lights are great for working in dimly-lit work spaces. The clutch will not let the motor burn or overheat when used on dense materials. These are just some of the extra added functions a cordless drill may have. So if the convenience is of importance to use, make sure to see into all of its available perks and functions.

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