The effectiveness of the tools in one’s toolbox depends largely on the user. While quality obviously always matters, a good handyman can at least make do with budget-friendly wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, or hammers. The same does not apply to power drills. Even the most adept general contractors will be hamstrung by a weak drill. But a good drill is as valuable as it is hard to find. Like any electric tool, simply looking at it can’t tell you all that much about how well it will work in the field.
When it comes to DIY projects, finding the best drills on Amazon can be a chore. Even if your experience in construction is pretty much limited to assembling furniture, a power drill is worth having in your garage. For one thing, a power drill can make that furniture build easier. While drills are often used to make round holes, many drills also excel at driving screws. And of course, if you’re putting up any kind of shelving or hanging photos, a good cordless drill will ensure the job gets done right. After all, how many of us have bent a nail trying to use a hammer? The best drills will save you physical (and emotional) strain, allowing you to get the job done more quickly.
There are basically two major types of drills — corded and cordless. The major appeal of a cordless drill is the portability. You don’t have to worry about finding an outlet, no matter where you’re drilling. Cordless drills are powered by lithium-ion batteries, so they can be recharged and ready to go in a fairly short period of time. What corded drills lose in portability, they make up for in power. Corded drills are less expensive and more powerful than a cordless drill, and you don’t have to sit around waiting for it to charge.
These are some of our favorite drills on Amazon, including corded and cordless options. We’ve also included some powerful hammer drills as well as brushless drills, which are favored for reducing friction and overheating.
1. KIMO Cordless Drill Driver Kit
KIMO may not carry the name recognition of Black + Decker or DeWalt, but this drill from the brand is one of the most popular and well-regarded options on Amazon. It’s a good value, especially considering its wide functionality. It can be used to drill, drive screws, or as an impact driller. The maximum torque of 330 inch-pounds is more than enough for most tasks. It can also be turned in reverse. A built-in LED makes it easier to work in poor light conditions. The kit includes 46 accessories, including twist drill bits, screwdriver bits, nut driver bits, and a carrying case and charger port.
Pros: An affordable cordless drill that comes with a large number of accessories. The included drill bits, accessories, and quick charging battery makes this a user-friendly drill for DIY projects.
Cons: The manual could be more helpful.
2. BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless
For a powerful and compact option from a top brand, consider this drill from Black + Decker. Like many of the battery-powered options, it runs on a 20V rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It has an 11-position clutch for precise control when drilling into hard surfaces, and it runs at variable speeds and in reverse. The maximum torque is 115 in-lbs and its wattage is 1500. It’s compact and weighs less than 4 pounds, so it can be comfortably used for extended periods of time.
Pros: Affordable cordless drill from a top brand in consumer power tools. The 11 position clutch helps prevent stripped screws. Compact and lightweight for use in small spaces and tight corners.
Cons: 115 in-lbs of torque is not as powerful as some of the other options on this list. This drill also doesn’t come with as many accessories.
3. BLACK+DECKER Electric Drill
Another pick from Black + Decker is this lightweight but powerful corded drill. Of course, being a corded drill makes it less portable. But it is powerful for light use applications and offers a 4.0 amp motor and 128 in-lbs of torque. The drill can be precisely controlled with the 11 position clutch. One of the most impressive features is that the chuck and clutch can be easily detached, allowing you to attach a variety of compatible tools to the motor, such as detail sander, jigsaw, or trim saw attachments.
Pros: Unique “Matrix system” allows you to attach different power tools to the motor, including options like sanders and saws. Lightweight, sub 4-lb weight makes it easy to carry around. Screwdriver bit has a slot on the drill to keep it close at hand.
Cons: This drill’s 7 ft cord can be somewhat limiting, and an extension cord may be needed.
4. DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Drill
A good cordless option is this pick from DeWalt, which is one of the top brands in consumer power tools. This drill runs off a 20V battery and delivers 300 unit watts out (UWO). The UWO power roughly translates to 373 pound-inches of torque. It’s compact enough to be used in smaller spaces but powerful enough for serious use. There are two speed settings, including up to 1500 RPMs. The clutch has 15 positions. Included are two batteries, a charger, and a carrying tote.
Pros: Comes with a backup battery and carrying bag. Powerful drill for home and DIY applications. It has a built-in LED light to illuminate the workspace.
Cons: No drill bits included. LED could be positioned better, as it can be obstructed in certain positions.
5. SKIL Corded Hammer Drill
Another great corded option is this drill from SKIL. It’s a hammer drill, meaning it’s designed to create holes in hard surfaces, such as for masonry projects. However, it can also be used for lighter applications like tightening screws. This kit includes a toolbox with a slot for the drill and a separate compartment that includes a wide variety of bits for drilling into different surfaces. The 7.5 amp motor makes it powerful, and the two-speed trigger allows for easy and precise control.
Pros: Powerful hammer drill that is also suitable for regular drilling applications. Includes a toolbox with plenty of bits. A trigger lock allows the drill to keep running without constantly having to press the trigger. You can also choose just the drill if don’t want the bonus accessories.
Cons: The variable speed can only be controlled via the trigger. Handle is made from a light plastic that’s not ideal for heavy-duty applications.
6. DEWALT Brushless Drill and Impact Combo Kit
Brushless drills offer a wide range of benefits over their brushed counterparts. The motor is controlled by magnets, giving the drill a longer run time, generating less friction, and reducing overheating. That does come at a substantial cost, but this kit is still a good value. Included is one drill driver and one impact driver, so you get two drills instead of just one. They’re both brushless and cordless, and the kit also includes the recharger and a carrying bag. The impact driver offers an impressive 1,500 inch-pounds of torque.
Pros: Kit includes two drills, including a drill driver and an impact driver. Both cordless drills have brushless motors, which means they’ll run longer and with less overheating. LED guide lights on the drills.
Cons: Drills don’t come with clips to attach to a belt.
7. Avid Power Cordless Drill
For a highly affordable cordless drill, consider this pick from Avid Power. It’s powered by a 20V lithium-ion battery which features a USB connection, so it can even be used as a phone charger in a pinch. The drill has an LED light to easily see what you’re doing in low light settings, and the variable speed trigger allows for more precise control (although some users see this as a con). There are 22 accessories that come with the drill, including bits, an extended bar, and a flexible shaft for hard-to-reach places.
Pros: This drill comes with 15 torque settings. Handy accessories like a flexible shaft and bits. This lightweight drill includes a slot for holding a double-ended drill bit. The battery pack features a USB port, so you can even use it to charge a phone.
Cons: Included accessories and attachments could be better made.