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10 Best Cordless Drills for 2021

The best cordless drills for your at-home DIY needs

Best Cordless Drill
  • A cordless drill is a convenient, lightweight tool for making holes around the home
  • They won’t offer as much power as the corded varieties but are perfect for most tasks
  • Most drills on the market now are cordless, so you’ll have a lot to choose from
  • But you still have decisions to make, such as speed and battery quality

Our Top Picks

The Best Cordless Drills

From putting up shelves to using it as a screwdriver, a cordless drill is a very handy piece of DIY kit to have to hand.

Why cordless? Well, not only is it a lot easier to manoeuvre and take where you need, but it will give you the most choice these days too – pretty much everything is going cord-free.

Today’s cordless drills have more power than they used to, thanks to lithium-ion batteries which are also long-lasting and lightweight. But you will still have to work out just how tough the drill has to be, and what materials you will be using it on.

So if you’re ready to get your DIY on and stop ignoring the growing list of jobs which need doing, read below to find our best picks of the cordless drills on the market.

The Essential Cordless Drill Buying Guide

Types Of Drill

Within cordless drills, there are various sub-sections.

  • Drill Drivers

Loosening and tightening screws (like a screwdriver), and drilling holes. Best for everyday uses, such as putting up shelving and building furniture.

Most cordless drill drivers will accept various types of bit, for use on wood, masonry and metal. Can struggle on the toughest of materials, like concrete

  • Hammer Drill

A more powerful pick, as you can also drill through brickwork for putting up hanging basket brackets, or other fasteners.

They use a ‘hammering’ action as opposed to circular drilling and are also available in corded varieties for the most powerful options, although cordless hammer drills are fine for most household applications

  • Combi Drill

These are the most versatile cordless drills, as they can function as both drill drivers and hammer drills. They’re usually a bit more powerful than single-function models.

You can add a range of bits to the cordless drill units, making them suitable for different functions. The downside is that they’re often heavier and bulkier than other cordless drill varieties

  • Brushless Drill

Drills use small metal brushes to get the shaft spinning, but brushless drills use an electronic circuit board and a sensor instead.

The result is more responsive, energy-efficient, lighter and a longer-lasting unit – even if it is a cordless drill model

Battery Power

A cordless drill can either come with a battery or without.

The idea of a cordless drill model is that it is a bit more flexible in terms of where you can take it. With no cords to worry about, you don’t have to think about finding the nearest plug – particularly handy if your house is short on them, or you will be outside.

Cordless drills with batteries are a complete starter kit. Those without can often use batteries in the same range. For instance, some brands allow you to use the same battery in their drills as in their hedge trimmers, grass strimmers or lawnmowers (look at the likes of GTech and Worx).

You may wish to buy a few batteries, so when one runs out, you don’t have to wait for it to charge and can swap it out right away. They can be taken out and charged on their own, as opposed to charging the entire drill.

Look for a cordless battery which can hold a charge for long enough for tasks, and is quick to charge. Batteries are measured in Ah (Amp Hours) – 1.5Ah to 4.0Ah is the general measure, and the higher the amp, the longer the charge will last.


The power of a cordless drill is measured in volts, unlike a corded which is watts. The higher the voltage, the more likely it is to be strong enough for tougher materials.

You may also want to look at the speed, in RPM. Again, a higher speed means more power.


Torque is the force a drill provides to turn an object. The key to cordless drill performance is being able to deliver torque at the highest speed.

Torque has been increasing over the years, especially with cordless drills which used to be pretty mediocre but are now more powerful than ever. If you combine speed and torque, a measurement called Power is given.

  • Speed is how fast it turns (revolutions/minute)
  • Torque is the force produced to turn an object
  • Power is the amount of work completed within a time frame


You may want to look for a reverse function. This can change the direction of screws and bits, for loosening them. Perfect if you will be using your cordless drill as a screwdriver.

The chuck size or drilling capacity will tell you the maximum diameter of bit that can be used. It is usually from 10mm (3/8 inch) to 13mm (1/2 inch). Pay attention if you already have some bits.

Some cordless drills may only accept bits which are from certain brands.

Also, pay attention to gears. This is how much speed the cordless drill ranges. Those with more than one gear will give you different speed ranges, but those with single gears can sometimes still be adjusted to go faster or slower.

Extras such as LED lighting can also help.

Common Cordless Drill Questions

How much should I spend on a cordless drill?

It depends on a few factors – how much you will be using it, how powerful it has to be and how it comes. Prices of cordless drills will often be between £40 and £200, with those at the higher end of the scale usually having more power, functionality and battery life.

If you’ll be using your cordless drill a lot (say you’ve just bought a new house you’re doing up, or are revamping the garden), spending that bit more will probably ensure you don’t have to buy another before the job is done.

Likewise, spending a bit more on a cordless drill which can do everything could mean it comes in handy not just for the immediate future, but also tasks in a few years time. Say you have to drill through brickwork or concrete.

As well, you may want to spend more on a cordless drill which comes with a spare battery, dedicated bits and even extras such as sanders. Bare drills with no batteries will be cheaper, so if you have an existing group of tools, you may want to stick to the same brand.

Cordless or corded drill?

A cordless drill will be perfectly fine for the majority of tasks around the home – putting up pictures, repairing fencing, and even driving screws. Corded drills offer more power, so are often used outdoors for getting through concrete nowadays.

This means that cordless is likely just fine (and it offers a lot more ease when it comes to not being restricted by cords and power sockets). However, just check it will be future-proof – if there is a chance you’ll be drilling through outdoor brick anytime soon, you may need a more powerful, expensive option.