A cordless drill is at the top of the list for tools a new homeowner should own. You will need a drill for many small fix up jobs – from assembling your furniture, to the small building projects; a drill is a necessity for every new homeowner.
Sure some jobs you can get away with using a screwdriver, but you can save a ton of time using a cordless drill. It’s like using letter mail when you could use email. Yes they both work, but one is a lot faster than the other.
But with so many choices which one should you purchase? Luckily as a builder, I have had tons of experience with drills and have included a list below of some you should consider, plus the one I use on site.
✅ This specific drill is what we recommend for all new homeowners. If you can find it under $100 you have a good deal.
Black & Decker GCO18SFB 18-Volt NiCad 3/8-Inch Cordless Drill/Driver with Storage Bag and Stud Sensor
This is Black and Decker cordless drill is a great entry-level drill that will accomplish most homeowner handyman tasks. It has a great price point and will easily do for many of your usual around the house jobs.
Bosch DDB181-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit with 2 Batteries, Charger and Contractor Bag
This is more of a midline drill which is a big more ergonomic than the Black and Decker drill. The Bosch drill also uses a lithium ion battery, which will have a longer life and durability than a standard battery. As an option you can also upgrade to the Bosch Combo Kit.
Dewalt 20 Volt Max Compact Lithium Ion Cordless Combo Drill Kit
Dewalt has been at the top of the cordless market for years and rightfully so. This set is bomb proof and will last the average homeowner a lifetime. Another thing to note, is the impact drill that comes with this set. The value of an impact driver cannot be overstated. It allows you to quick-change drill bits and prevents the stripping of screw heads by 80 percent. The Dewalts also have an extremely balanced feel and are a top choice among trades people everywhere.
Makita XT273R 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact Cordless 2-Pc. Combo Kit (2.0Ah)
Another top choice for trades people everywhere! Many carpenters swear by Makita. Just like the Dewalts, it has an extremely balanced feel and performs well. Long lasting batteries and great performance, what more could you ask for! This kit also has the impact driver that will save you a lot of swear words down the road.
Hilti 03482660 SFH 18-A and SID CPC 18 Volt Cordless impact driver and Hammer Drill combo, with soft case
If you are extremely hard on your tools or you simply want the best cordless drill there is out there on the market right now this Hilti drill set is for you. Hilti’s main focus in the market is to service and provide tools for concrete workers. This means that the tools need to be able to stand up to rigorous use.
Concrete workers are notortiously know for being tougher on their tools than any other trade. As a result of this, Hilti’s tools are bomb proof. They are as tough as it gets and their warranty backs it up. They stand behind their products and they are meant to work in the toughest conditions.
This year they switched their batteries to operate better in colder climates. The batteries don’t lose a single bit of performance up to -4 degrees F (or -20 C). This means that you can use this drill in concrete to fasten things to your basement walls or floor.
Whichever drill you decide to purchase, make sure it suits your needs. This is typically a once in a lifetime, or at least several decades tool, for the average homeowner. While I use the Hilti cordless drill, most of you would be best off with the Dewalt. Didn’t see a drill you liked? Check out some more below.