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.
Ah, the household to-do list. From hanging the picture of great aunt Maude in a place where it won’t scare the kids, to fitting that lock on the bathroom so your rare moments of peace aren’t rudely interrupted, these essential jobs are made so much easier when you have a reliable drill to apply to the task.
However, drill buying can get confusing, and even though you just want a tool that makes holes and fills them with screws, when buying one, you’re often bombarded with a lot of terminology – from voltage and brushless motors to torque and clutch settings. So, to help get a few things straight – unlike that shelf in your garage – we’ve made sure to cover some technical basics further down in our review.
When it came to assessing whether the tools in our edit were up to the job, we were looking for lots of control so that we could consistently sink screws flush with the surface, and always drill through our mark, progressing well into the material at both large and small diameters.
We’ve featured many drills 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.
So, once the dust settled, we were able to recommend the following drills to help you get through that to-do list in next to no time.
How we tested
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, like fencing or a tree house for the kids.
The best cordless drills for 2023 are:
- Best overall drill – Worx 20V nitro switchdriver two-in-one cordless drill/driver: £119.99, Amazon.co.uk
- Best budget buy – Wickes 18v 1 x 1.5Ah li-ion cordless combi drill: £49, Wickes.co.uk
- Best drill for power – Hikoki DS36DAX/JRZ 36v multivolt brushless drill driver: £299.99, Its.co.uk
- Best entry-level drill – Gtech combi drill: £74.99, Amazon.co.uk
- Best combi-kit drill – Makita DHP484STX5 18v combi drill and 101 pc accessory case: £170, Powertoolworld.co.uk