Cordless Drill Ratings

Cordless Drill Ratings

Posted On: February 23rd, 2011

We reviewed the best cordless drills to come up with these cordless drill ratings. We formulate our rankings based on product specs, actual use, other comparison/review sites, and user/buyer ratings. The following is our list of top rated cordless drills.

18 Volt Cordless Drill / Drivers

Model / Description
Rating
Pros Cons
Est. Price
Makita BDF451
High Performance Li-Ion
9.4
Powerful, Lighter than other high performance models, Long-lasting batteries Higher price than average
$269.99
Milwaukee 2610-24
High Performance Li-Ion
9.4
Most power in class, Long-lasting batteries, solid warranty Users have complained power can cut out under load, Higher price than average
$305.50
Hitachi DS18DL
High Performance Li-Ion
9.3
Power, Lighter than most High Performance models, Long-lasting batteries, best warranty Higher price than average
$279.99
Bosch 37618-01
High Performance Li-Ion
9.0
Most power in class, Long-lasting batteries, tough Heavier than average, Higher price than average
$269.99
Makita BDF452
Standard Li-Ion
8.8
Lighter than average, Long-lasting batteries Not as much power as High Performance models, Higher price than average
$279.00
DeWalt DCD960KL
High Performance Li-Ion
8.7
Decent power with high RPM, Tough, Long-lasting batteries Heavier than average, Higher price than average, Slow charge time
$314.90
Makita LXFD01CW
Compact Li-Ion
8.7
Super lightweight and compact yet good power, Super quick charging Average battery run-time
$193.23
Hitachi DS18DSAL
Compact Li-Ion
8.5
Below average cost of Compact Li-Ion, Lightweight and compact, Decent power, Solid warranty Average battery run-time
$154.99
Panasonic EY7460LZ2S
21.6 V Li-Ion
8.4
Tough and durable, Good power, Long-lasting batteries Higher than average cost, Slow charge time, Shortest warranty of class
$278.83
DeWalt DCD940KX
Standard NiCd
8.2
Nearly the same performance of the Li-Ion DeWalt for $100 less Heavy
$219.99
Hitachi DS18DMR
Standard NiCd
8.2
Good Power, Quick charge time Heavier than average
$229.95
Bosch 36618-02
Compact Li-Ion
8.1
Best power for compact Li-Ion class, Lightweight, Quick charge time, High user ratings Below average battery run time
$182.14
Milwaukee 2601-22
Compact Li-Ion
8.0
Compact and Lightweight, Solid warranty Below average in most categories compared to other compact Li-Ion models
$179.00
Dewalt DCD760KL
Compact Li-Ion
7.8
Compact and Lightweight, Tough Below average in most categories compared to other compact Li-Ion models
$192.99
Bosch 35618
Standard NiCd
7.8
Good power, Long lasting batteries, Quick charge time, Tough Very heavy
$239.99
Skil 2895LI-04
Compact Li-Ion
7.6
Lightest model in class, decent power, Low cost for class Below average battery run time, Slow charge time
$146.04
Porter-Cable PCL180DRK-2

Compact Li-Ion

7.6
Lightweight and compact, below average cost for class Below average power with low RPMs
$148.99
Bosch DDB180-02
Compact 3/8″ Li-Ion
7.6
Very lightweight 3/8″ Chuck, Below average performance
$171.99
DeWalt DC720KA
Compact NiCd
7.5
Below average weight for NiCd, decent power Slow charge time
$156.24
Bosch 34618
Compact NiCd
7.5
Decent battery life and charge time Below average power, heavier than average
$185.19
Hitachi DS18DVF3
Compact NiCd
7.5
Lighter than average, quick charge time, Lowest price in class Below average RPMs, Below average battery run time
$119.99
Panasonic EY6950GQKW
Standard NiMH
7.5
High user ratings, Best battery run time Older battery technology, Heavy, Slow charge time
$258.03
Black & Decker HPD18AK-2
Standard NiCd
6.5
Decent power considering price, Lowest price in class, Comes with accessories Heavy, Short battery run time
$92.47

 

14.4 Volt Cordless Drill / Drivers

Model / Description
Rating
Pros Cons
Est. Price
Bosch 37614-01
1/2″ Li-Ion
9.3
Most power in class, Long-lasting batteries, Quick charge Heavier than average, Most expensive in class
$259.99
Hitachi DS14DL
3/8″ Li-Ion
8.9
Above average power, Long-lasting batteries, Best warranty 3/8″ Chuck
$225.40
Panasonic EY7441LZ2S
1/2″ Li-Ion
8.8
Lightest in class, Water and dust resistant, Long-lasting batteries Less power than average, Higher cost than average
$253.68
DeWalt DC730KA
1/2″ Compact NiCd
8.5
Below average weight, Long-lasting NiCd batteries, Cost Above average charge time, Below average power
$169.99
Bosch 36614-02
1/2″ Compact Li-Ion
8.5
Lightweight and compact, Quick charge-time Below average battery run-time
$181.90
Bosch 35614
1/2″ NiCd
8.4
Above average power Heaviest in class
$169.95
DeWalt DCD920KX
1/2″ NiCd
8.3
Above average power and most RPMs in class, Tough Heaviest in class
$199.00
Panasonic EY6432GQKW
15.6 V 1/2″ NiMH
8.2
Longest lasting battery run-time Old battery technology, Above average weight
$182.49
Bosch 34614
1/2″ Compact NiCd
7.9
Cost Below average power
$159.96
Makita 6337DWDE
1/2″ NiMH
7.8
Long-lasting batteries Old battery technology, Below average power
$176.70
Hitachi DS14DFLPC
3/8″ Compact Li-Ion
7.7
Lightweight and compact, Best warranty Below average power
Hitachi DS14DVF3
3/8″ Compact NiCd
7.4
Lightweight, Quick charge time, Lowest price in class Below average power
$94.64
Makita 6281DWPE
3/8″ Compact NiCd
7.0
Among lightest in class Below average power, Below average battery run-time, Slow charging
$119.99

 

12 Volt Cordless Drill / Drivers

Model / Description
Rating
Pros Cons
Est. Price
Milwaukee 2410-22
3/8″ Li-Ion
9.0
Very lightweight and compact, Lower than average price, Quick charge time, High user ratings, Low cost Average battery life and power
$122.25
DeWalt DCD910KX
1/2″ NiCd
9.0
Most power in class, Long-lasting batteries Very Heavy, slow charging
$179.95
Panasonic EY6409GQKW
1/2″ NiMH
8.5
Longest in class battery run-time, Above average power Old battery technology, slow charge time, Heavier than average
$184.99
Ridgid R92008
3/8″ Li-Ion
8.1
Lightest in class, Average battery life and power, Low RPMs
$152.93
Panasonic EY6405FQKW
3/8″ NiCd
8.0
Above average power, above average battery run-time Heavier than average
$135.03
DeWalt DC742KA
3/8″ Compact NiCd
7.8
Average power with high RPMs Heavier than average, slow charging
$122.25
Hitachi DS12DVF3
3/8″ NiCd
7.8
Below average weight, decent charge time, Very low cost Below average power with lowest in class RPMs
$74.71
Makita 6271DWPE
3/8″ NiCd
7.5
Below average weight Average power with low RPMs, Slow charging
$114.99
Black & Decker HPD12K-2
3/8″ NiCd
6.0
Lowest price in class Worst performance in class, Very slow charge time
$68.99

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