Best Cordless Drill Review 2021

Completing your DIY project by having one tool with all the versatility of 10!

Ratings scorecard

Rating Makita FD06R1 Milwaukee 2503-22 DeWalt DCD701F2 DeWalt DCD991P2 Kobalt KXDD 1424A-03

Speed

10 / 10
9 / 10
9 / 10
10 / 10
10 / 10

Power

9 / 10
10 / 10
10 / 10
10 / 10
10 / 10

Run Time

7 / 10
10 / 10
7.5 / 10
10 / 10
10 / 10

Charge Time

8.5 / 10
9 / 10
9 / 10
9 / 10
4 / 10

Handling

10 / 10
10 / 10
8.5 / 10
7 / 10
7 / 10

Noise

10 / 10
7 / 10
9 / 10
4.5 / 10
7 / 10

Cordless Drill Reviews

1. Makita FD06R1

Product Highlights

The Makita 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/4” Hex Driver-Drill delivers power and speed in an ultra-compact size for drilling, driving and fastening applications.

The FD06R1 weighs only 2.1 lbs. (with 12V max CXT 2.0Ah battery) and delivers 250 in.lbs. of Max Torque.

It’s an ideal solution for users seeking a more compact driver-drill with less weight or for applications in tight spaces.

The 12V max CXT lithium-Ion batteries are engineered with a Battery Protection Circuit that protects against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating.

It’s part of the expanding 12V max CXT series, combining performance with superior ergonomics in a compact size.

light-duty

3.4/5
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Overview:

Peak Torque: 250 in-lbs.

RPM: 1,700

Battery Volt: 12V

Chuck: ¼ in hex

Clutch: 19

Measured Charge Time: 60 min.

What we like

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2. Milwaukee 2503-22

Product Highlights

Most Capable, Lightest Weight, Most Compact tool in its class.

The POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor delivers the power to do a wide variety of applications at 1700 RPM’s and 350in.lbs. of torque.

Weighing only 2.3lbs it is extremely portable, great for overhead applications, reduces fatigue throughout the day. At 6.6″ in length this tool has the best access in tight spaces.

REDLINK™ Plus intelligence protects the tool from overloads and overheating while ensuring maximum performance.

Using REDLITHIUM™ 2.0Ah compact and 4.0Ah extended capacity battery packs they deliver more work per charge and more work over the life of the pack than competitive batteries.

General use

4.3/5
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Overview:

Peak Torque: 350 in-lbs.

RPM: 1,700

Battery Volt: 12V

Chuck: 1/2 in

Clutch: 17

Measured Charge Time: 30-75 min.

What we like

What we don’t like

3. DeWalt DCD701F2​

Product Highlights

This drill is compact and performance packed, ideal for precision applications like drilling small pilot holes.

It can also can accept up to a ½ in. spade bit. At only 5.97 in. long, it is packed to perform with a 2-speed transmission.

It also features a bright LED positioned light on the foot to illuminate work areas.

Best buy

4.5/5
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Overview:

Peak Torque: 250 UWO

RPM: 1,500

Battery Volt: 12V

Chuck: 3/8 in

Clutch: 15

Measured Charge Time: 55 min.

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4. DeWalt DCD991P2

Product Highlights

This drill is equipped with a 3-speed, all-metal high-performance transmission optimizes tool-to-task for fast application speeds and improved run-time.

DEWALT-built high power, high efficiency brushless motor delivers up to 57% more run time over brushed and includes a heavy-duty 1/2″ ratcheting nitro-carburized metal chuck with carbide inserts for superior bit gripping strength.

Comes with 3-Mode LED provides lighting in dark or confined spaces up to 20X brighter allowing for extended work time in dark or confined spaces.  

heavy-duty

3.7/5
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Overview:

Peak Torque: 820 UWO

RPM: 2250

Battery Volt: 20V

Chuck: 1/2 in

Clutch: 12

Measured Charge Time: 75 min.

What we like

What we don’t like

5. Kobalt KXDD 1424A-03

Product Highlights

The XTR Hammer Drill Driver is designed with a brushless motor that delivers up to 50% Extra Performance and Power to meet your most demanding jobs.

While the compact design allows you to work in tight spaces and reduce fatigue. XTR, elevating the Kobalt 24-volt Max system to new heights.

It has 2-Speed gear box and variable-speed trigger with 24-position clutch, Brushless motor delivers up to 1,200 in-lbs of torque and an anti-kickback technology for improved control.

Best buy (Heavy-duty)

4.2/5
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Overview:

Peak Torque: 1200 in-lbs.

RPM: 2000

Battery Volt: 24V

Chuck: 1/2 in

Clutch: 24

Measured Charge Time: 85 min.

What we like

What we don’t like

Essential Features

Chuck Size

The chuck is the drill’s three-pronged clamp that keeps the bits in place. The drill’s power is proportional to the size of the chuck. The heaviest-duty drills usually have a 1/2-inch chuck.

For most DIYers, a drill with a 3/chuck is sufficient. Drills intended for lightweight jobs often have 1/4-inch chucks.

Many cordless drills today have keyless chucks so you can change bits without needing extra tools.

Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries, which are lighter than previous nickel-cadmium batteries, are used in the majority of cordless drills today. Some higher-end drills come with two batteries, a spare when one is in use.

Most powerful cordless drills use 18-volt or 20-volt batteries. Extra power means more weight, which can be challenging for your hands, wrists, and arms. If you merely intend to use your drill for basic chores, 12 volts or less will suffice.

Charger and Charge Indicator

The newest generation of batteries and chargers prevent overcharging batteries. The chargers have an indicator light that shows how near the batteries are to being charged completely.

On some manufacturers, the batteries themselves have indication lights as well.

Brushless motors

Heavy-duty drill models have brushless motors included. It decreases friction and sense resistance from the work material, regulating the amount of power drawn from the battery. According to manufacturers, it means longer run times, more power, and longer product life in the long run.

FAQs

When looking for a cordless drill, look for ones that say “brushless motor.” While the distinctions between brushless and brushed motors are quite technical, the most essential differences for the average DIYer are that brushless motors do not generate friction or heat during usage, last longer, require less maintenance, and perform better.

A cordless drill and an electric screwdriver are not the same thing, despite their comparable appearances and functions. Electric screwdrivers have only two functions: to drive screws in or to loosen screws so that they can be pulled out again. On most electric screwdrivers, you can’t change the speed or torque.

Cordless drills, on the other hand, can be used for a variety of tasks depending on the attached bit. You can use your drill to drill holes, break up grout, stir paint, and grind or sand surfaces in addition to driving or loosening screws.

Lithium-ion batteries are used in the majority of cordless drills nowadays. As a general rule, these batteries should last for about 500 charges before needing to be replaced.

The amount of time a single charge lasts depends on a number of things, including the battery’s age, the speed and torque settings of the drill while you’re working, and the hardness of the substance you’re drilling into.

However, depending on the type and battery age, a cordless drill battery charge can last anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours, and it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 5 hours to recharge the battery, but most are in the middle or around the lower end of that range.

Final Verdict

Every workshop needs a cordless drill, and the feature-rich DeWalt DCD991P2 is an excellent choice. However, if you only need a simple tool with few frills for basic DIY task around the house, the Milwaukee 2503-22 can stand the job.

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