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10 best cordless drills and drivers for tackling DIY tasks in 2024

Whether you’re after entry-level or heavy-duty tools, these are up to the task

Jon Axworthy
Thursday 20 June 2024 17:23 BST
These tools will help you get through your to-do list in next to no time
These tools will help you get through your to-do list in next to no time (The Independent)
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The to-do list is the bane of every homeowner’s existence, filled with those niggling little jobs that never seem to get done. Whether you’re hanging pictures, fitting locks or finally tackling that wonky shelf in the bathroom, a reliable drill and driver is the ultimate DIY sidekick.

Finding the best cordless drill for the job can quickly get complicated. There’s more to it than simply putting screws in walls, with features such as voltage, brushless motors, torque and clutch settings to consider. To help you get a few things straight, we’ve made sure to cover some technical basics further down in our review.

When it came to assessing whether these tools were up to the job, we looked for lots of control, so we could consistently sink screws flush with the surface, and always drill and drive through our mark, progressing well into the material at both large and small diameters.

We’ve featured many cordless drills and drivers with brushless motors in this review, because they have the ability to lay down more torque (as there’s less friction in the motor) and are also good for the longevity of the tool, as low friction leads to low wear.

Keep scrolling for our pick of the best cordless drills and drivers for all budgets.

How we tested the best cordless drill drivers

We tested the tools on a range of drill materials and household projects, to see how they performed, as well as getting each model to sink plenty of 3in screws to simulate bigger construction jobs, such as fencing or a tree house for the kids.

The best cordless drills for 2024 are:

  • Best cordless drill/driver overall – Worx 20V nitro switchdriver two-in-one cordless drill/driver: £175.87, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best budget drill/driver – Wickes 18v 1 x 1.5Ah li-ion cordless combi drill: £49, Wickes.co.uk
  • Best entry-level drill – Gtech combi drill: £95.99, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best combi-kit drill/driver – Makita DHP484STX5 18v combi drill and 101 pc accessory case: £188.98, Amazon.co.uk

Worx 20v nitro switchdriver two-in-one cordless drill/driver

best cordless drills Worx WX177.9 switchdriver
  • Best: Cordless drill/driver overall
  • Voltage: 20v
  • Torque settings: 9
  • Maximum torque: 50Nm
  • Chuck capacity: 6.35mm
  • Maximum speed: 1,700rpm
  • Why we love it
    • It has a rotating plate
    • Lightweight design
    • Slim enough to get into awkward corners

The balance of this 20v combi drill and driver is excellent, and it’s backed up by a well-thought-out design, which includes the feature that makes it really stand out – a rotating plate. This allows you to switch quickly between drilling and screw driving without the faff of changing drill bits.

The tool itself is nice and slim, so you can still get it into some awkward corners to work, while the digital display and keypad allow you to quickly select your clutch setting. We really liked the fact that the drill memorises the torque value you were working with before switching to the screw mode, so you can easily switch between work modes without skipping a beat.

It’s lightweight with a good work light, making this a good investment if you’ve got plenty of drilling and screwing to do around the home.

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Wickes 18v 1 x 1.5Ah li-ion cordless combi drill

best cordless drills Wickes combi drill
  • Best: Budget cordless drill/driver
  • Voltage: 18v
  • Torque settings: 21
  • Maximum torque: 35Nm
  • Chuck capacity: 13mm
  • Maximum speed: 1,600rpm
  • Why we love it
    • It features an LED light
    • Lightweight

If you’re looking for a general purpose drill that will keep your household from falling down, then this is a solid buy, as it will cover any application that requires driving screws and drilling into wood.

The LED light illuminated the work area well and the tool was lightweight and well-balanced enough to enable working over extended periods. It never stalled or struggled, and it was also sturdy enough for jobs that required a little more aggression – for example when using the tool’s hammer drill function.

  1. £49 from Wickes.co.uk
Prices may vary
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Ryobi 18v cordless brushless performance combi drill

best cordless drills Ryobi RPD18X-0
  • Best: Cordless drill/driver for versatility
  • Voltage: 18v
  • Torque settings: 24
  • Maximum torque: 95Nm
  • Chuck capacity: 13mm
  • Maximum speed: 2,100rpm
  • Why we love it
    • Good price
    • No kickback

This 18v brushless drill is a good price and more than just a kitchen drawer drill. It’s equipped to handle all your occasional household jobs, from putting up hooks to taking the pain out of your latest flat-pack purchase.

There’s also plenty of torque available for more demanding projects, and we didn’t experience any kickback (where the drill rides up when the screw goes tight) when drilling into walls.

With two gear changes to choose from, the drill makes it easy to match the right speed to the material you’re working with too.

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Stanley fatmax v20 18v cordless brushless combi drill

best cordless drills Stanley V20 fat max
  • Best: Medium-duty drill
  • Voltage: 20V
  • Torque settings: 15
  • Maximum torque: 60Nm
  • Chuck capacity: 13mm
  • Maximum speed: 1,500rpm
  • Why we love it
    • Two-speed gearbox
    • Very effective LED spotlight

A powerful drill with a brushless motor that can switch effortlessly between lightweight tasks, like tightening up some hinges, to bigger projects, such as fixing guttering.

The handheld ergonomics are good, while the two-speed gearbox and 15 clutch settings mean that you have plenty of control at your fingertips, and can match the tool to the task at hand.

The LED spotlight was very effective and bathed each project in white light.

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Bosch professional 12v system GSB 12v-15 cordless impact drill/driver

best cordless drills Bosch GSB 12V-15 professional
  • Best: Cordless drill/driver for small internal jobs
  • Voltage: 12V
  • Torque settings: 20
  • Maximum torque: 138Nm
  • Chuck capacity: 10mm
  • Maximum speed: ‎1,300rpm
  • Why we love it
    • Features an LED light
    • Great for overhead jobs and tight corners

This drill performed well for all kinds of drilling applications but came into its own for overhead jobs, tight corners, and inside cupboards and drawers, with the LED making sure we had a well-lit working environment.

For a 12v tool, this cordless drill offers impressive power and never fails to get through knots of wood. What’s more, it was a godsend for assembling flat packs, and consistently delivered screws that were flush. In fact, it performed better than some 18V offerings at similar tasks. The combination of power and ease of use makes this an excellent choice for smaller internal jobs.

  1. £59 from Amazon.co.uk
Prices may vary
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Worx 20v nitro brushless cordless compact impact drill

best cordless drill Worx WX352.4 20V intro impact drill
  • Best: For ergonomics
  • Voltage: 20V
  • Clutch positions/Torque settings: 22
  • Maximum torque: 60Nm
  • Chuck capacity : 13mm
  • Maximum speed: 2,000rpm
  • Why we love it
    • Sturdy design
    • Impressive power

Another good all-rounder from Worx, fuelled by a 20v battery, this delivers an impressive amount of power for tougher jobs in wood and masonry.

There’s no brushless motor, which impacts the levels of torque that the tool can deliver, but it has good balance when in operation, and even with the battery on board, the drill weighs in at only 1.2kg. This means that it’s good for those jobs that take some time or require a degree of overhead work.

The LED light illuminated the work area well and the tool never stalled or struggled. It’s also sturdy enough for jobs that require a little more aggression – for example when using the tool’s hammer drill function.

  1. £129 from Worx.com
Prices may vary
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Gtech combi drill

best cordless drills Gtech combi drill
  • Best: Entry-level drill
  • Voltage: 20V
  • Torque settings: 21
  • Maximum torque: 30Nm
  • Chuck capacity: 13mm
  • Maximum speed: 1,700rpm
  • Why we love it
    • There are 21 torque settings
  • Take note
    • It doesn’t have a brushless motor

This combi is now a regular in our listings, as it feels good in the hand, with a chuck that bites down well, even on thinner drill bits. The motor isn’t brushless but it can still handle a range of drilling duties around the home or in the workshop.

The 21 different torque settings make it useful for internal and external jobs, such as putting up shelves or curtain rails, or installing garden trellis and hanging baskets.

The LED is placed just above the battery at the base and is angled upwards, which casts a lot of light onto the job, making it great for working on cupboards or drawers.

  1. £129 from Gtech.co.uk
Prices may vary
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Erbauer ECD18-LI-2 / EID18-LI 18v brushless cordless twin pack

best cordless drill Erbauer cordless twin pack
  • Best: Combi and driver kit
  • Voltage: 18V
  • Torque settings: 17
  • Maximum torque: 50Nm/160Nm
  • Chuck capacity: 13mm
  • Maximum speed: 1,700rpm/2,600rpm
  • Why we love it
    • Includes an impact driver
    • Both drills feature an LED light

Bundled into a hard-wearing case are these two powerful drills, which will have you covered whether you’re putting down decking or putting up a fence.

The kit features a high-powered 18v combi drill and a specialist impact driver, both of which are robust enough to stand up to drops and knocks while being light enough to use all day without feeling like your arm is about to drop off.

Both drills have LED lights, and the impressive torque output meant we never had to worry about any kind of kickback that would throw us off balance while working. This is a real plus if you’re up a ladder trying to screw something at arm’s length.

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Makita DHP484STX5 18v combi drill and 101 pc accessory case

Makita DHP484STX5
  • Best: Drill kit
  • Voltage: 18V
  • Torque settings: 21
  • Max torque: 54Nm
  • Chuck capacity: 13mm
  • Maximum speed: 2,000rpm
  • Why we love it
    • Ergonomic and comfortable design
    • Contains excellent accessories

This is an excellent package that includes a battery, charger and a 101-piece kit, so you can keep everything together and will never have your DIY delayed by an awol accessory.

The brushless combi drill itself is ergonomic and comfortable, with good performance and power for a range of tasks around the house, from flat packing to shelf hanging.

The drill was also more than adequate when we needed it to up its game and be a bit more aggressive as we turned our hand to some decking repairs. Good LED positioning meant that we were never drilling in the dark too.

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Milwaukee M18FPD3-502X fuel gen 4 combi drill

Milwaukee M18FPD3-502X fuel gen 4
  • Best: For big jobs
  • Voltage: 18V
  • Torque settings: 16
  • Maximum torque: 158Nm
  • Chuck capacity: 13mm
  • Maximum speed: 2,100rpm
  • Why we love it
    • Offers controlled power
    • The two-speed gearbox is ergonomic and compact

This is a very powerful drill with some serious torque at its disposal, so if you’ve got quite a challenging task ahead, there’s no danger of this tool letting you down in terms of power. The Milwaukee also does an excellent job of harnessing that power and directing it optimally at the task in a controlled manner.

Ergonomic and compact, this drill’s good for tight working conditions, while the two-speed gearbox meant that all the screws were consistently flush with the surface, and we never had to worry about good drilling progress or accuracy.

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Cordless drills FAQs

What voltage should I choose?

Firstly, all drills are powered by a motor and the voltage of that motor will dictate how equipped the tool is for the task at hand. A 12v drill is a good all-purpose, household tool, while 18v and 20v drills will be able to take on tougher jobs where you might be working with harder materials, like masonry.

What is torque?

Torque translates as the turning force that the tool can deliver – the more torque a drill can call on, the easier it will be for you to drill into harder materials, and all drills have a clutch that can change the amount of torque applied to a job. This is represented on the collar of the drill by a series of numbers – the higher the number, the more torque is being applied.

The verdict: Cordless drills

The unique design of the Worx 20v nitro switchdriver really takes the hassle out of any job involving drilling and screwing, thanks to its ingenious rotating dual chuck, which doesn’t affect the balance or ergonomics of working with the drill. The excellent performance and real value for money mean that this drill will help you keep on top of all your household DIY.

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