Shopping for a fresh cordless drill could be overwhelming. To begin with, any given manufacturer may offer a large number of drills. Put all of them together and you’re choosing among a huge selection of options. (You then might wonder, as you shop, whether you should get yourself a brushless drill.)

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In the event that you haven’t bought a fresh cordless drill during the past decade, you’ll observe that they’ve gotten much lighter and more energy-efficient, because of advancements in lithium-ion battery technology.

“A far more recent trend we’re seeing is interchangeable batteries that work among a brand’s entire suite of power tools,” says Peter Anzalone, a senior test project leader at Consumer Reports. “So that you can utilize the same batteries for your drill, chainsaw, and string trimmer. You can adapt the voltage to complement the project you’re focusing on and spend less by buying bare tools to complete your set.”

If drill performance is your priority, we’ve got you. We narrowed down the field to 35 of the very most accessible models and ran them through some tests inside our cordless drill lab, where we test on a dynamometer device that measures torque under different loads. We translate those readings into scores for power, speed, and run time.

Our top 10 cordless drills are right here in alphabetical (not rank) order. For additional information on drill types, see our cordless drills buying guide.

Bosch PS32-02

CR’s take: This 12-volt drill is among only three models with a brushless motor in the general-use category. Which means the drill can deliver a tad more power than if it used a normal “brushed” motor. In addition, it means it’ll run longer on a charge and probably have an extended life time. The Bosch is highly regarded for handling, too, since it weighs only 2 pounds, not even half the weight of several heavy-duty drills we tested. The slim pistol-grip profile helps it be simple to wield but also prevents it from standing upright you should definitely used. The compact size enables you to maneuver the drill in to the most awkward of positions and accommodates an integral LED light and bit storage.

What’s included: Two 2-amp-hour batteries, five bits, a belt hook, a soft-sided case, and a three-year warranty.

DeWalt DCD701F2

CR’s take: This 12-volt general-use drill is light enough that you won’t tire when swapping out an overhead light fixture but forceful enough to bore holes in hardwood without bogging down-that’s everything you get with a brushless motor. The drill ranks at the very top because of its power and speed scores, and its own price earns it a CR Best Buy badge of honor.

What’s included: Two 2-amp-hour batteries, a belt hook, an integral LED light, a soft-sided case, and a three-year warranty.

DeWalt DCD991P2

CR’s take: This 20-volt heavy-duty brushless DeWalt is among our best performers, snagging top ratings for power, speed, and run time. However the hefty 5-amp-hour battery that produces all that power makes this drill heavy, unbalanced, and a lttle bit awkward to take care of. Weighing in at 4.7 pounds, it’s at least 1 pound heavier than almost every other heavy-duty drills and a lot more than double the weight of some 12-volt models we test. Unlike most drills inside our ratings, this one has three speed settings, providing a helpful middle option for drilling into soft metals such as for example aluminum, when the slow speed necessary for steel isn’t enough and the fast speed for wood is an excessive amount of.

What’s included: Two 5-amp-hour batteries, a belt hook, an LED light, a hard-sided case, and a three-year warranty.

DeWalt DCD791D2

CR’s take: This dynamo can drill fast, garnering a high rating for speed. Its performance and great price earn this compact DeWalt a CR Best Buy designation. The 20-volt heavy-duty brushless drill weighs just a little over 3 pounds, that makes it simple to handle. But don’t be fooled: It packs a punch. It’s fast at drilling holes and driving screws, with enough capacity to handle most DIY jobs easily. One downside? This drill is noisier than most others.

What’s included: Two 2-amp-hour batteries, a belt hook, an LED light, a hard-sided case, and a three-year warranty.

Hilti SFD 2-A

CR’s take: This original drill falls inside our light-duty category as a result of the limitations of its fixed, ¼-inch chuck. That’s no problem, though, if you’re not drilling large holes. Plus, it applies to half the cost of many cordless drills with similar capacities while still proving to be reasonably powerful. An integral LED light helps illuminate your workspace, and the drill’s modest 2.2-pound weight minimizes strain and fatigue.

What’s included: Two 2.6-amp-hour batteries, a belt hook, an LED light, a soft-sided case, and a 20-year warranty, which goes far beyond the typical 3 years for cordless drills.

Makita FD06R1

CR’s take: While it’s not a good choice for anyone who must sink a large number of screws, this light-duty 2-pound Makita may be the right tool for the discerning but budget-conscious hobbyist. It offers solid performance in a concise design, suitable for tight spaces and overhead tasks such as for example investing in a ceiling fan. It’s lightweight and ergonomic, and it handles wonderful. As the ¼-inch chuck isn’t as versatile as the chucks of general- and heavy-use drills, it gets light drilling and driving jobs done, and done well.

What’s included: Two 2-amp-hour batteries, a belt hook, an LED light, a hard-sided case, and a three-year warranty.

Makita FD07R1

CR’s take: This general-use Makita may be the third brushless model inside our general-use category. It weighs just over 2 pounds and stands barely 6 inches tall. Despite its slim profile, the Makita aced our power ensure that you packs a significant punch, rendering it a good alternative to a number of the larger 18- and 20-volt models. It doesn’t rate along with many others for run time, however the kit includes two batteries and an instant charger, which tops off a clear battery within an impressive 60 minutes.

What’s included: Two 2-amp-hour batteries, a belt hook, an LED light, a hard-sided case, and a three-year warranty.

Makita XFD12R

CR’s take: This 18-volt heavy-duty brushless Makita will drill a good amount of holes fast. (It aced our speed test.) In addition, it gets the quickest battery charge time by far. The charger juices up a dead battery in only thirty minutes; most others in this category take about one hour. Also noteworthy may be the drill’s form factor: A concise and well-balanced design helps it be simple to handle while still maintaining the opportunity to tackle tough jobs. This Makita will succeed enough to serve as a tackle-any-task option for the common homeowner.

What’s included: Two 2-amp-hour battery, a belt hook, an LED light, a hard-sided case, and a three-year warranty.

Ridgid R86116K

CR’s take: In the event that you don’t mind wielding a drill on the bulkier end of the spectrum, you might like to have a look at this 4-pound bruiser. It’s mostly of the inside our ratings with an integral hammer-drill setting. That’s a helpful function for projects such as for example drilling into masonry-think fastening a ledger board to the building blocks of your property to create a deck. (If you don’t really know what a ledger board is, you almost certainly don’t need this drill.) This brushless Ridgid also offers an astonishing 115 clutch settings, which enable precise control when driving screws. And even though nearly as powerful as the most effective drills inside our ratings, it tops the chart for speed.

What’s included: Two 2-amp-hour batteries, a belt hook, an LED light, an auxiliary handle, a double-ended bit, a soft-sided bag, and a three-year warranty.

Ryobi P1815

CR’s take: For drilling into wood, drywall, or various composite materials, this brushless Ryobi is a lot more than adequate. It’s also mostly of the high-scoring heavy-duty models under $200 inside our ratings. It’s ideal for sinking screws, too, with 24 clutch settings that will help you avoid damaging fasteners or other hardware. Even though many 18-volt batteries take hours to attain a complete charge, the 2-amp-hour battery upon this drill requires a better-than-average 70 minutes.

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