Best Cordless Drills 2017: Editor’s Top 5 Picks And Reviews

Best cordless drills 2017

The best cordless drills often must be lightweight, easy to use and with affordable price. If you don't choose it wisely, you will be like me who bought the wrong drill and use it with hate.

Good cordless drill can live up to 5 years if you use it with well care. ​If you wish something more powerful than the cordless drills, there will be corded drills.


Best Cordless Drill 2017: Editor's Top 5 Picks & Reviews

Our best choice of a good drill will be explained in the following sections:​

Milwaukee 2691-22 18-Volt Compact Drill






4 pounds

3.1 pounds

4 pounds


1 pound

3 pounds

11"x 12" x 7"

10.6’’ x 3.7’’ x 8.5’’

16’’ x 11’’ x 10.3’’

17’’ x 5’’ x 10’’

12.5’’ x 7.5’’ x 8.9’’

14.8’’ x 13.5’’ x 4.7’’

1 Lithium ion batteries

1 Li-on


1 Li-on

2 Li-on

Compact Drill and Impact Driver

Drill/ Driver

Drill/ Driver

Drill/ Driver/ Hammer Drill

Drill/ Driver/ Impact Driver

Drill/ Driver







Voltage of 18 volts

20 Volts

18 Volts

18 Volts

20 Volts

18 Volts

Torque of 400 in-lb

115 in-lb

480 in-lb

1450 in-lb

Variable Speed

650 RPM

Triple speed range

2 speed 0-400 & 0-1500 RPM

2 speed gar box

Dual speed range 0-450/0-1.500rpm

3/8’’ Chuck

Self-tightening chuck

½’’ single sleeve key-less ratcheting chuck

compact (Special Features)

Light weight, LED

Heavy - duty


Impact Driver


Other drill kits are waiting for you to test out:

Hitachi 18-v Drill Kits

Hitachi KC18DBFL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Hammer Drill & Impact Driver Combo Kit (3.0Ah)

Hitachi KC18DBFL

Makita 18-v Drill Kits

Makita XT269M 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 2-Pc. Combo Kit (4.0Ah)

Makita XT269M 

Dewalt Drill 20-v Kits

DEWALT DCD791D2 20V MAX XR Li-Ion 0.5


Black & Decker 20-v Kits

BLACK+DECKER LDX120PK 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Drill and Project Kit


  • What Is A Cordless Drill?
  • How Does A Cordless Drill Works?

The cordless drill is used for boring holes or driving screws into various substances without connecting with A/V. The safe level is certainly high for people to use it not only indoor but also outdoor with the rechargeable battery. This unique feature allows to apply in any constructions or just do very own projects.

  • Switch speed control trigger
  • Battery pack
  • Motor with keyless chuck
  • Gearbox
  • Torque adjustment collar
  • Accessories: charger and rechargeable battery

What are the types of cordless drills?

Cordless drills are of various sizes and types. Each of them has very specific features to speed up your projects around houses, offices, shops and workshops. On basic, there are 5 common types of cordless drill:

  • Screwdriver
  • Drill/Driver
  • Impact Driver
  • Hammer Drill
  • Rotary Hammer Drill

A cordless screwdriver is a perfect tool which fits your hand for installing or removing switches, lights as well as assembling furniture, putting pictures or other tasks. Having worked with cordless screwdrivers, your jobs are quickly done in a simple way.

  • Usages
  • Benefits
  • HOW TO

Things You Might Want To Do With A Cordless Drill

The most important thing is your purpose of what you are going to do. Each type of cordless drill brings you a specific feature to complete your projects fast and accurate. It will be great if you know certain one suit for a certain job before starting to work.

  • For household projects, a cordless drill/ driver is very a good choice and suit for all users to apply.
  • For basic household projects, a cordless screwdriver might be great for installing and removing things but not for drilling holes or installing lag screws.
  • For the professional work, a cordless impact driver, a cordless hammer drill, a rotary hammer drill can handle all heavy duty jobs.

​In other words, we can do everything with a cordless drill such as drilling small and big holes, driving screws, twisting wires or mixing paint.“Different specific jobs require different types of cordless drills”

Top 18v Drills

Here are top 5 top rated best cordless drills which you can have a look before you buy:

18 Volt Combi Drills Review by SkillBuilder

Summary of the video

Top 10 Cordless Drills 2017 ( Editor's Top 10 Picks )


Top 10 Cordless Drills

Short Points




DEWALT DCD790D2 20V MAX XR Lithium-Ion Brushless Compact Drill/Driver Kit

DeWalt DCD 790 D2

The Tough Driller



Makita LXFD03 18-volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill Kit


Makita XFD03 18V (new)

A Superb Cordless Drill



Milwaukee 2603-22 XC M18 Fuel Brushless 1/2-Inch Drill/Driver 18v 4.0aH

Milwaukee 2603-22

The Highly Customizable Drill



Hitachi DS18DSAL 18-Volt Lithium Ion Compact Pro Driver Drill with Flashlight

Hitachi DS18DSAL

The Ergonomic Drill



Rockwell RK2852K2 Li-ion Brushless Drill/Driver, 20V

Rockwell RK2852K2

A Great Tool from Hitachi



Bosch DDS182-02 18-volt Brushless 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver with 2.0Ah Batteries, Charger and Case

Bosch DDS182

A Cute and Compact Drill



PORTER-CABLE PCCK600LB 20-volt 1/2-Inch Lithium Ion Drill/Driver Kit

Porter-Cable PCCK600LB

The Ultimate Portable Drill



Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Lithium-ion Drill Driver Kit P817

Ryobi P817

A Drill with Great Specs



SKIL 2898LI-02 18-Volt Li-Ion Drill/Driver Kit

Skil 2898LI-02

The Energy-efficient Drill



BLACK+DECKER BDCDHP220SB-2 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver with 2 Batteries

Black & Decker BDCDHP220SB-2

The Drill with 24 Clutch Positions



Editor's Top 5 Cordless Drills Reviews

Black And Decker LDX120C Cordless Drill/ Driver

Black Decker Cordless Drill

Black Decker Cordless Drill

With the light weight compact design and 11position clutch, a Black & Decker LDX120C Cordless Drill/Driver allows you to cut every material in an accurate manner and provides precise control for drilling into wood, metal, plastic and all screw-driving tasks.

It is a good choice for all people, especially for women who can also use it for doing multiple tasks at their home. This is definitely the best drill for home.​

  • Features
  • Images




  • 20-Volt MAX
  • Torque: 115 inches-per-pound
  • 650 revolutions-per-minute
  • Clutch Setting: 11
  • Chuck size: 3/8-inch
  • Style: Drill/ Driver
  • Light weight, LED Work light


​10.6 x 3.7 x 8.5 inches


​1 Lithium ion batteries for cordless drills required (included)

Included Components

​Average Battery Life

​The Black & Decker Ldx120C Comes With One 20-Volt Max Lithium Drill/Driver
1-Lbx20 20-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Battery
1-Lcs20 Charger
1-Double-Ended Bit.

1 hour​

Things We Liked

  • ease of handling
  • can get into tight spaces
  • compact
  • strong
  • power drill for women

Things We Didn't Like

  • developing a short after about a year
  • chuck failing or not holding bits properly
  • overheating and smoking
  • charging issues
  • battery not holding a charge for very long.
  • FAQ

Common Cordless Drill Reviews

Almost reviews from customers who owns this Black Decker LDX120C, are satisfied with their choice and which is rated as best cordless drill for home use. They are impressed with its design and benefits which they get – “It’s versatile, convenient, light and suitable for all people to use”. But they only recommend for whom is doing their own home projects, not heavy-duty or professional work (it's a drill for home use).

Besides that, the price is also the factor which they prefer, this tool is really useful for them and help them to save much money. Just a little bit problem which they may meet during the time I use – chuck sometimes fails and doesn’t hold bits once they use. But they say “Okay!” because almost customers buy this tool for their best power drills for home use. Also, it's the best power drill for women because of its lightweight.

  • Design & Lightweight
  • 20 hours a day battery
  • Durability and recommend it for home project only
  • The bits has a little problem

DEWALT DCD950B Cordless Hammer Drill/Driver

DEWALT Bare-Tool DCD950B 1/2-Inch 18-Volt XRPHammerdrill/Drill/Driver

DEWALT Bare-Tool DCD950B 1/2-Inch 18-Volt XRPHammerdrill/Drill/Driver

DEWALT DCD950B cordless Hammer Drill/Driver is a handy tool. Its hammer feature allows the drill to speed up triple ranges to accommodate various materials such as bricks or concrete.

Furthermore, it can be able to shift gears; its function is considered to a plus point and makes this tool different from the others.

Specification 18 Volts MAX 3-speed gearing functions at 500, 1250 and 2000 RPM Triple speed range for hammer drilling (0-8500, 0-21250, 0-34000RPM) Heavy duty ½’’ self-tightening chuck with 22 clutch settings and an LED worklight 50 watts motor 3.9 pound weights (without battery)
Dimension 10.6 x 3.7 x 8.5 inches
Battery XRP battery
Included ComponentsBattery

Things We Liked

  • Versatile
  • powerful and reliable tool
  • handle heavy-duty professional job with efficient powerful motor for robust operation
  • lightweight drill for women
  • compact design for tight spaces.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Hard to remove battery
  • hard to remove the chuck to replace, a little heavy
  • not good when using to put in wood screws.
  • FAQ

​The DEWALT DCD950B cordless Hammer Drill/Driver has received many feedbacks from the customers. They seem to be pleased with this versatile tool. Almost recommends that I find out on many forums and websites according to positive way.

  • ​People like its three functions – screw, hammer drill and drill with the powerful the drill brings to them.
  • It allows them to drill through concrete in a very short time
  • The users are also impressed with its light weight, LED work light and well-balanced batteries for drills which makes them focus more on their project.
  • Powerful drill
  • Work excellent on masonry and wood
  • Small problem while the drill is operating. However, he/she will buy again.
  • Hard to remove the battery.


Makita XPH012 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Hammer Driver-Drill Kit with One Battery

Makita XPH012 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Hammer Driver-Drill Kit with One Battery

The cordless drill Makita XPH012 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless ½ Inch Hammer Driver/Drill is the best 18v cordless drill and it provides versatility and good performance for customers’ projects.

The users can run it like a driver drill or a hammer driver-drill. Let’s check its description as follow:

Specifications Powerful Drilling and Driving Weigh only 4 pounds A keyless chuck, belt clip and LED work light Makita-built 4-pole motors delivers 480 in. lbs. of Max Torque Variable 2-speed design (0-400 & 0-1.500 RPM) Compact and ergonomic design at only 8-1/8’’ long
Dimensions 17’’ x 5’’ x 10’’
Item model number XPH012
Battery 1 Lithium Ion batteries required (included)
Power Source Battery-powered
Included Components Bare-tool

Things We Liked

  • Charge within 15 to 30 minutes
  • 3-amp battery
  • ergonomic shape
  • convenient LED work light
  • prevent overheating
  • over heating and over discharging with features star protection computer controls
  • afterglow function
  • 0-6.000 blows per minute (BPM)
  • drill into concrete and masonry.

Things We Didn't Like

  • No bit holder attached
  • Wobbling chuck at high speed
  • FAQ

The reviews of this Makita XPH012 18V Lithium-Ion ½ inch Hammer Driver – Drill shows much more positive than negative ones. All recommends focusing mostly on hammer driver feature of this tool and short time charging. But there are still some positive ones for the chuck which sometimes wobble at high speed.

  • Star Protection Computer Controls & LED light
  • Battery Charges Quickly
  • 2-speed gearbox, lightweight, charging is very fast
  • The torque is slow while drilling
  • Battery can die quickly


PORTER-CABLE PCCK604L2 20V Max Lithium Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit

PORTER-CABLE PCCK604L2 20V Max Lithium Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit

This Porter-cable PCCK604L2 20V Lithium-Ion Drill/Impact Driver Combo Kit can meet your demand for drilling and impact driving.

  • It works on batteries, lightweight so you can carry it on and the battery charging is very quickly.
  • Apart from that, the combo drills are very handy and take heavy-duty professional jobs with the best performance in difficult and cornered positions.
Specifications Kit includes: PCC601 Li-Ion Drill/Driver PCC641 Li-Ion Impact Driver 2PPC681 Batteries (20V) Drill/ Driver features 283 UnitsWatts Out, two speed gear box, compact design Impact Driver features 1450 in/lbs of torque, 0-2.800 RPM, 0-3.100 BPM, compact design Weighs 1 pounds
Dimensions 12.5’’ x 7.5’’ x 8.9’’
Batteries 2 Lithium Ion
Power Source Battery-Powered
Included Components Included two 20V Max Lithium Ion batteries with 1.3 amp/hour cells
Pros Light and easy to operate, Powerful and great for any best impact drill DIY project at home, true variable speed triggers for total drilling precision
Cons Run a bit noisier than others

Things We Liked

  • Quick Battery Charges
  • Light Weight
  • Powerful
  • Design
  • Good Price

Things We Didn't Like

  • Noisy
  • Life battery is short
  • FAQ

All recommends that This Porter cable PCCK604L2 20V Max Lithium- Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit received quite well. The customers are satisfied with the design, light weight and convenient level which combo kits bring to them.

The batteries are safely charged on the charger placed on the table or grounds. The performance is good with the perfect combination of drill and driver to ensure bits that hold by the chuck tightly and work smoothly.

  • Battery Charges Quickly, Lightweight
  • The drill/driver is powerful
  • Good battery, design and performace
  • Noise when using
  • Life battery is short


Dewalt DC970K-2R

Dewalt DC970K-2R

This DEWALT DC970K-2 fit your demand for professional works. Its customers are usually contractors, re-modelers, homeowners and woodworkers. They choose this tool for its high-performance motor and dual speed transmission with light weight. That’s why this tool is always on the top selling cordless and top 10 cordless drill reviews with 5 stars rating.

Specifications Dual speed range, 0-450/0-1.500 RPM, delivers optimal performance Two batteries included, one hour charger, double ended screwdriver bit and kit box. Contractor bag Compact size fits into the tightest conditions. ½ inch single sleeve key-less ratcheting chuck for tighter bit grip Light weight around 5.2 pounds High performance motor delivers maximum power of 380 unit watts out. Battery Amp hours 1-2
Dimensions 14.8’’ x 13.5’’ x 4.7’’
Style Drill/Driver
Material Multi
Power Source Cordless-electric
Voltage 18 Volts
Wattage 380 Watts
Battery Type NiCAD
Special Features Compact
Pros A compact size that fits into the tightest spots, an ergonomic design, dual speed range (0-450/0-1.500 RPM), 1/2 inch single sleeve key-less ratcheting chuck for tighter bit grip
Cons A slow charge time for a small battery about 45 minutes Big and heavy batteries, not suitable for heavy load use.

Things We Liked

  • A compact size that fits into the tightest spots
  • An ergonomic design
  • Dual speed range (0-450/0-1.500 RPM)
  • 1/2 inch single sleeve key-less ratcheting chuck for tighter bit grip

Things We Didn't Like

  • Slow charge time for a small battery about 45 minutes
  • Big and Heavy batteries
  • Not suitable for heavy load use.
  • FAQ

DEWALT DC970K-2 is highly appreciated for its ruggedness and dependability. The users use this tool for their own home projects and general contraction. And they all say that it works very well on materials like wood, plastic, metal.

  • Top Drills
  • Two Batteries
  • High Quality
  • Slow Charging Time


Here are all cordless drills on top bestselling that you may have a look before you decide to buy the most suitable one. These drills are different so you can see how the drill feels your hands. Some people don’t like light drills but you may do. The important thing that users should care of, is matching the drill with your own kind of jobs.

Please ask your demand for light maintenance, repair, re-model, heavy duty construction or something else. Then, match with your working type and the price to make sure your budget fits as well as find the cordless drill suitable. Once you know the type of projects and type of cordless drills, it is easy for you to own the best cordless drill and your job is certainly much easier.

Black & Decker drill has best features among the best but the issue is its battery charge rate is a problem if you don't charge it before work. It takes 3-4 hours to charge completely which is longer than other best cordless drills. It has LED light activates when you depress the trigger. It's not really heavy and woman can use it as well. the input voltage of this product is 120 volts standard outlet. It can drill through most metal. It is the best power drill for home.​

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