Best cordless drills

It’s time to get some work done and you need your go-to power tool, the cordless drill.  Well, maybe you’ll need a family of drills for various tasks in your collection.  In this article, we will take a look at the best cordless drill drivers for home owners and do-it-yourselfers (DIY).

If you were to own just one drill, this would be it.  

As usual, I will provide standouts in various categories including one overall winner for best overall value.  Make sure to read through the Cordless drill buying guide to better understand the types of drills and key considerations with each drill on this list. 


  • Best Overall Value
  • Best in Power
  • Best Budget Option

The Process

In the interest of simplicity and availability, I do not look at every power drill made by every manufacturer.  I am focusing on drill lineups from mainstream brands that you can find in most hardware stores and online.  I will also be including a large range of additional options since a power drill is such a staple tools in most line-ups, there are a lot to consider.
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Best Overall Value

Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Driver-Drill

Price: $$ | Power: ++ | Warranty: 3 years 

Makita has really put their best foot forward with this tool.  They have managed to pack near pro-grade performance into a drill with top of the line accessories at just $100 for the bare tool and an even better value with the kit.  This is a phenomenal option for both home and DIY. 

Other great value options…

Ryobi ONE+ HP Drill/Driver – The Ryobi ONE+ HP line is an amazing value.  Best purchased in a kit but even on its own, you get a good warranty and top notch DIY performance.  Buy Now (kit) 

PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX* Cordless Drill / Driver Kit – This kit is one of my personal favorite value points.  Probably because the 20v MAX was my first power tool set I ever bought.  Regardless of my personal connection, you can find the Porter-Cable 20v MAX kit just over $100 with 2 batteries and a charger and great performance.  Buy Now (kit)

CRAFTSMAN RP+ Cordless Drill/Driver –  Similar to the Porter-Cable above, Craftsman’s RP+ is a great value coming exclusively in a kit which includes 2 batteries and a charger.  All for under $100.  Buy Now (kit)

Best in Power


Price: $$$ | Power: +++ | Warranty: 5 years

Coming in with the most speed and a high score in every other power point, the Bosch Profactor narrowly beat out the Milwaukee M18 Fuel.  But only just barely.  Either tool will provide you with maximum power and performance.  Adding in a 5 year warranty and this powerhouse is solid option.  

Other great power options…

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 18V Drill/Driver –  When looking for power, Milwaukee consistently comes through with their M18 FUEL line up.  Snag one of these and go to work.  Buy Now (kit)

DEWALT 20V MAX XR Cordless Drill/Driver – Professional performance with the Dewalt Max XR.  This drill is packed and loaded with the best features and power you can buy at a reasonable price.  Buy Now (kit)

Best Budget Option

RYOBI ONE+ 18V Cordless 1/2 in. Drill/Driver

Price: $ | Power: + | Warranty: 3 years

When you need a trusty tool to keep your home in tip top shape but do not plan to build a table or build a pergola in your back yard, this Ryobi is a great option.  At well under $100 and with this kind of warranty, you can be confident in adding this to you home maintenance kit.

Other great budget options…

DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Drill – Dewalt just keeps showing up but for good reason.  If you need a solid drill for around the house and do not need the power and performance of the MAX XR, then this drill will do the job.  Buy Now (kit)

CRAFTSMAN V20 Cordless Drill/Driver –  Factoring in the battery and charger, I could not leave craftsman off any budget-focused list.  A kit for around $80 is amazing.  Buy Now (kit)

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