10 outstanding cordless drills for Home improvement (2017)

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Let’s talk a bit about cordless drills, shall we?

Sure, December might not be the typical time for home improvement. However, we all know that the need for home improvement rarely waits for the moment that’s most suitable for us.

And it’s rarely forgiving when done incorrectly too, as is evident by my strained ankle after I tripped on a cord a couple of days ago. Hence – the miracle of cordless drills!

What do we need them for, why are they so much better than standard corded drills?

After all, standard instruments have had cords for as long as we can remember, right? Yeah, well, there was a time when the wheel didn’t exist either.

Cordless drills are invaluable when it comes to personal safety – not only are there no cables for you to trip in, there’s also no risk of a sudden shortage of the cord to misbalance the drill and make it jump in your hands as you operate.

But it is simply convenience too – no need for electric extenders, no need to drag a cord everywhere with you, no extra weight on your hand, no cord for pets and kids to play with.

Cordless drills and instruments as a whole are one of those advances in home improvement tools that we are all thankful for.

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So – what are some of the best cordless drills on the market at the moment? Let’s take a look!

The Black + Decker LDX120C 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver

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This is an excellently priced and rated drill that’s suitable for every home and every user. Its comfortable lightweight design makes it easy on the hand for long term use, as well as practical for confined, generally unpleasant places.

LED light also ensures that this drill will manage to help you out in every scenario.

Utilizing the Lithium Ion & 20V MAX Technology, this drill is ideal for drilling into various kinds of materials, from wood, through plastic, and to all metals. It’s also a perfect option for all possible screw driving needs.

It has a wide variety in term of possible speeds, allowing for versatile usage, depending on the occasion, further making it great for any material.

It has a perfectly decent battery life of 1 hour, enough for most possible situations, and also comes with the benefit of a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. Made in great proportions, with a weight of 3.9 pounds and dimensions of 10.6 x 3.7 x 8.5 inches, this is a drill that can make any homeowner happy.

The Milwaukee 2407-20 M12 3/8 Drill Driver

The Milwaukee 2407 dril

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Bare, made by Milwaukee. This is another great affordable option for both people that just want to take good care of their homes, and home improvement enthusiasts alike.

With a very light weight of only 2.4 pounds, as well as comfortable dimensions of 6.2” x 1.8” x 6.5”, this is a tool that you’ll happily use in any situation.

The Milwaukee 2407-20 also has a slick design and gorgeous red and black coloring.

Its great design and no-slip handle feel like an extension of the hand and are literally pleasant and fun to use.

Battery-powered, highly durable and easy to handle – it’s the type of drill that everyone can appreciate. It’s simply money well spend.

The WORX Switchdriver 2-in-1 Cordless Drill and Driver with Rotating Dual Chucks and 2-Speed Motor with Precise Electronic Torque Control – WX176

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This a bit different than our two previous entries. A higher priced drill for those that know what they want, this WORX drill has a lot to offer.

Its dual-chuck platform allows for quick and easy switching between a vast array of combinations of drill and driver bits.

It also has a 2-speed gearing that helps it handle even the most challenging drilling and driving situations.

Equipped with a precise electric torque control, it makes damage to screws and materials virtually impossible (well, unless you really try!).

It also comes with a set of two 20V MaxLithium batteries as a part of WORX’s platform of interchangeable tools.

With a weight of 4 pounds and dimensions of 9 x 3.5 x 8.5 inches, it’s a bit heavier than our previous entries, but that’s the cost of its countless options and benefits.

Still, this WORX wonder is nevertheless very easy to handle, doesn’t tire the hand and can be taken anywhere you want it to go. With a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty, the WORX Switchdriver 2-in-1 is a great addition to your arsenal.

The Black & Decker PD600 Pivot Plus 6-Volt Nicad Cordless Screwdriver with Articulating Head

The Black & Decker PD600 Pivot Plus 6-Volt Nicad Cordless Screwdriver

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This is a very interesting 6-volt rechargeable cordless drill, that brings both choices and comfort to your home.

With options for both fast-speed drilling and slow-paced driving, it’s a Black & Decker tool, marked with their high quality.

Consisting of a versatile handle that can lock in three different positions, depending on the situation, as well as LED light for emergency drilling at night, this drill can be handy in every scenario.

Its 23-position clutch will also help prevent stripping. Also, the drill comes with a set of hex-shank screw driving bits and a charger.

With a weight of 2.8 pounds and dimensions of 12.6 x 2.3 x 11.2 inches, the Black & Decker PD600 Pivot Plus 6-Volt Nicad Cordless Screwdriver won’t let you down. A measure, a drive and a drill, all in one, this item is an ideal tool for any tool kit.

The Bosch CLPK232A-181 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill Driver / Impact Combo Kit (2.0 Ah Batteries)

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This takes us to the realm of cordless drill kits and does it in the best possible way! It’s a combo of cordless goodness in the form of the Bosch 25618 1/4-inch Hex impact driver and the Bosch DDS181A compact tough 1/2-inch drill/driver – both great options for any home.

The DDS181A is equipped with an innovative 18-Volt canned motor that is much more compact than its predecessors and its competitors, without any compromise in its power.

The DDS181A also comes with a 7.0-inch head and weights only 3.5 pounds, which is great for a drill of that class.

It’s bestie, the 25618 is in turn equipped with a powerful wrench that’s capable of delivering 3,200 BPM and 2,800 no-load RPM.

Similar to DDS181A, the 25618 is also amazingly compact for its class, with a 5.7-Inch head and a weight of only 3.8 pounds.

This combo package also comes with a carrying bag, a set of two 2.0 Ah SlimPack batteries, one 18-Volt charger, a 1/4-inch Hex impact driver for the 25618, and a compact 1/2-inch drill/driver for the DDS181A.

Quite simply put, the CLPK232A-181 18-Volt Cordless Combo Kit will give you an economical for its quality, and at the same time – amazingly professional drilling experience – ideal for those that want the best at the best price.

PS31-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion 3/8-Inch 2-Speed Drill/Driver

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Another option from Bosch, accompanied by a set of two batteries, a charger, and a carrying case, this kit is another great and compact option.

With one of the lightest weights in its class, as well as quite small dimensions, the PS31-2A can come with you anywhere you want it to. That’s especially true thanks to the drills new and innovative 3/8 inch single sleeve chuck.

Also equipped with a LED light, a fuel gauge that makes managing the battery exceptionally easy, it’s also capable of two speeds (0-350 RPM and 0-1,300 RPM), this great cordless drill can satisfy all casual needs.

The DeWALT DC825B 1/4-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact Driver

The DeWALT DC825B 1:4-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact Driver

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This is one of the highest rated cordless drills out there. And deservingly so. Perfectly designed to be a great fit for almost any situation, very light weight that means virtually no hand fatigue, and sporting an ideal anti-slip grip, the DC825B is quite simply a top-notch fit for every home.

Made of highly durable and qualitative material, it also has 1,330 in-lbs of torque that allows it to perform a vast array of fastening operations.

Given life by a high-powered and frameless motor, the DC825B is capable of achieving a great number of speeds, making it a very versatile tool.

The DEWALT’s 18-volt XRP battery system also gives the user a close to 40% more run time than most other cordless drills and drivers.

The DC825B also has a DEWALT three-year limited warranty and a one-year service contract. This DeWALT goodness also comes with replaceable brushes.

Or in other words – the DC825B has virtually everything a typical homeowner can wish for!

PORTER-CABLE PCC606LA 20-Volt 1/2-Inch Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver Kit

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This highly rated and highly powerful cordless drill comes with a lot of goodies that make it an excellent choice for any homeowner, looking for some home improvement tools.

Capable of going through the most challenging metal and wooden materials, as well as perfectly equipped for fastening operations, the PCC606LA still has the optimal light weight and design for its class and its capabilities, allowing it to optimally limit hand fatigue while powering through every obstacle.

With it’s slick, traditional black-grey-orange design and coloring, this drill gives its user the perfect feeling you want from a powerful cordless drill.

Accompanied with a PCC606L lithium-ion battery, as well as a PCC690L lithium-ion 4-hour charger, as well as a double-ended bit tip, this great drill kit will help you deal with any problem.

Presented with a 90-day manufacturer’s warranty and support, this drill is definitely a safe bet.

It’s the Lithium-Ion Innovation that makes this cordless drill a special treat, especially the 24 hours of battery life. But it’s also the cool ergonomic design that fits amazing power into a compact, comfortable to use package, that turns this into a great option for everyone.

Ryobi P208 18 Volt 1/2″ Lithium Drill/driver

Ryobi P208 18 Volt

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A greatly priced and highly rated cordless drill, this is another option for those homeowners that are looking for a simple, effective and comfortable companion for their home improvement needs.

The P208 comes with a 1/2 in. single-sleeve, as well as a keyless chuck and automatic spindle lock, all of which allow for easy and comfortable bit changing.

The 2-speed gearbox and the 24 position clutch in turn offer a great variety of options for all of your possible drilling and driving problems.

Also accompanied by the must-have for any good drill LED light, this cordless awesomeness is sure to help you, regardless of the situation you find yourself in.

Additionally, the P208 also has an MAGTRAY magnetic holder, that makes placing bits and screws incredibly easy. Light, compact, yet powerful and effective, this beauty is a great fit for all regular home needs.

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

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This is here to finish our list in a spectacular fashion. Including a PCC601 Li-ion Drill/driver and a PCC641 Li-ion Impact driver, this toolkit can satisfy even the weirdest home improving needs that you can have.

It is also accompanied by two PCC681 20-Volt batteries, as well as a standard PCC691 charger.

The drill driver features 283 units Watts Out, two-speed gearboxes and comes in slick, compact design, that accommodates power and user comfort in the optimal way imaginable.

In turn, the impact driver comes with 1450 in/lbs of torque, 0-2,800 RPM, 0-3,100 BPM, and once again – a positively compact design, that amazes with how it even manages to contain all that power.

Additionally, both machines come with LED lights to easy drilling in dark places, they both have ergonomic non-slip handles that make them feel like extensions of your hand, they have even found a place to accommodate some space for bits and screws storage! In short – this great tool kit has everything you might want from a cordless drill or a cordless impact driver.

Conclusion

Phew! That was a lot of information to compile! It probably felt like quite a bit to read through too.

But the choice of the right cordless drill is more than important enough for us to take that time.

Even more so – there’s still more to do. The next step is to sit down and carefully compare all those nasty numbers with your home’s needs and figure out which of those cordless drills meets them in the most optimal way.

Paying attention to the brands is also advisable – while all the cordless drills mentioned above come from qualitative brands most users have (or eventually pick) a brand that suits them best since they all have their own personal and unique specifications – just as people do.

So go about it carefully and pick the cordless drill that is perfect for you as thoroughly as you’d pick a life partner. Because if you do it right, the drill will also be with you for years to come and support you in various different hardships!