The 5 Best Drill Drivers of 2021
The cordless drill driver is one of the most purchased power tools on the market today simply because it is so easy to use by everyone and its versatility is endless. It replaces the popular screwdriver sets that everyone owned, and if you are like me, I still own 4-5 sets of hand tools. The drill/driver comes in all sizes and they were mostly 12V but have now graduated to a 20V battery and are a powerful, time-saving tool.
Not only is the drill/driver a must have for the DIYer, many tradesmen own at least one and sometimes two or three of this power tool. They are lightweight, comfortable to hold and powerful for such a small tool and you can work with it all day with little fatigue. The batteries are long lasting and will usually last for hours of constant use without changing and the actual changing of batteries takes just minutes.
The drill/driver is a great tool for all beginner woodworkers, especially women. Get your wife one for Christmas, not only will she love it, she will stop using your tools and believe it or not, your “honey do” list will get a whole lot smaller!
We are going to look at 5 of the best selling drill drivers for 2019 and some of their features that would help you in buying the right tool for the right job and the right person. One mistake that purchasers make is buying a tool that they really don’t need but buy because of the brand name. If you need a drill/driver for around the house, don’t spend your money on a hammer/driver that is made for cement work.
Buying guide for a Drill Driver
- Is it a Corded or a Cordless Drill Driver?
- This means, do I plug it into electricity, or does it have a battery pack and check out the amps of the battery.
- Is It Brushed or a Brushless Model?
- It will either have an old- style motor or the modern brushless style.
- Is the Handle Compatible to the Action of the Drill?
- Look for a handle that is ergonomic in design.
- What is the Size of the Tool and what does it weigh?
- A drill driver will weigh around 2-4 pounds.
- What size of bits are compatible with the drill driver?
- How big of bit will this tool accept.
- Is This Drill Driver just for professional?
- Many drill drivers are made for the professionals, but anyone can use them, it’s just the fact that they are pricey.
- Does This Product Have a Warranty?
- When you pay a lot of money for a power tool you expect that the company to back up their product with a warranty.
Top Rated Standard Drill Drivers Reviews
DeWalt 20V Max Lithium-Ion Brushless Compact Drill/Driver
The DeWalt DCD777C2 is a popular model of a drill/driver and with good reason. It is a lightweight tool, (2.5 pounds) and measures 12.5x3.8x9.8 inches with ergonomic design that makes it a tool that can be used all day with little fatigue. All DeWalt tools are recognizable to the public by its black and yellow color scheme used in its construction.
This power tool comes with 2 20VLithium-ion batteries when fully charged will last you all day. You will know when the battery is running low just by the slowdown in speed, it doesn’t just die suddenly and leave you stranded. The batteries that come with this kit are 1.3Ah, and of course won’t last as long as a 6.0AH.
You can purchase extra or larger batteries, but it usually will be an added expense for you that really isn’t necessary. If you do need to change the battery, it takes just seconds to pop-in a fully charged one.
With this offer you will get the power tool, 2 lithium-ion batteries, a charging station and a moldable carry case that allows you to store it in small places. It comes ready to go to work. The product has a 3-year limited warranty from the date of purchase.
BLACK+DECKER LD120VA 20-Volt Max Lithium Drill/Driver with 30 Accessories
This drill/driver by Black & Decker is powered by a 20V Lithium-Ion battery and the package comes with just one battery. The kit comes with 30 accessories which includes Brad point bits, screwdriving bits, nut driver bits, magnetic bit tip holder and a battery charger, and of course the power tool itself. With the 3/8-inch chuck, all the accessories work well with the drill/driver.
If you have other Black & Decker 20V tools, you can use their batteries in the drill/driver also. You will find this to be true with other brands of tools but be mindful of the watts on each battery and what tools they work best with. This product has a 2-year warranty.
The overall size is (8.9x4x7.8 inches) which is smaller than the DeWalt mentioned above but it weighs in at 3 pounds which is a bit heavier. Keep in mind that DeWalt is a part of the Black & Decker Company so they are both good products. We have had a Black & Decker drill/driver for 4 years now and it is still working like a new one and really like the size of it especially getting into tight areas of work.
Bosch Power Tools Drill Kit DDB181-02 - 18V Compact Drill/Driver Kit with 2 Lithium Ion Batteries, 18V
The drill/driver kit by Bosch Power Tools comes with 2 18V Lithium ion batteries, a charging station, the power tool and a soft carry case. You have everything you need to start to work right away. Because of the 2-speed transmission you can handle heavy duty projects and have the speed and torque to drive screws with precision and precise techniques.
The drill has a convenient LED light so you can work in dark or shadowy areas and do the job correctly and not have to rely on other form of artificial light. It is small enough to work in hard to reach areas and weighs in at 3 pounds. The physical measurements are 14x3.5x11 inches which is a bit bigger than the two-above drill/drivers but is still considered to be compact in size.
Bosch power tools have a good reputation and they receive good reviews by their customers as to versatility and longevity of the product. This is a good tool for tradesmen as well as the DIYers due to its affordability and its 1-year limited warranty.
Makita XFD131 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 1/2" Driver-Drill Kit
This Makita kit includes a carry case, a charging stand, the 18 V cordless and brushless drill/driver and one 3.0 Ah battery. Most other kits come with two batteries so for me it has one strike against it right off the bat. The battery is a 3.0Ah so it will last longer than the batteries in other kits so that helps but I still like having two batteries. There is a 3-year limited warranty on the tool battery and charger.
It has a 2-speed transmission so it is a good tool for many applications so it can be used all day without having to have two different drivers on hand. It is an efficient tool due to the brushless motor that is electronically controlled, and it does increase the energy of the battery. Being a brushless motor means that it runs cooler than brushed motors and uses the energy efficiently and matches the RPMs to the torque.
This driver weighs 3.8 pounds and that is with the battery attached making it an easy tool for all day use. It is equipped with built-in LED lights, so your work area is always illuminated. It is built solid with metal ears and gear housing for great durability. Its’ size is 10.16x15.08x6.58 inches which is a very acceptable size for a tool you can use all day with little fatigue.
Milwaukee M18 18V Lithium-Ion 1/2 Inch Cordless Drill Driver
This cordless drill/driver kit by Milwaukee is a brushless driver with 500 in-lbs. of torque that makes it a powerful tool for the tradesman to use all day long with little fatigue. It will drive a box of screws with ease and you will notice just a little bit of warmth to the tool. The battery pack is said to have 40% more run-time than other brands of batteries.
The Milwaukee M18 weighs in at 3.8 pounds and is equipped with a handle that fits any hand for hours of comfortable use. You get one battery, the drill/driver, charging station and a hard-carrying case with this offer. The size is 14.5 x 12 x 4.5 inches and is one of the smallest tools made with ultimate power for its size. There is a 5-year warranty on power tools, check their website for the paticulars.
The charging station for this drill/drive is the most advanced as you can follow the gauge on the charger as it advances to a full charge. When the battery is on the tool, you can also see how much charge is left as you use it. It is a lithium-ion battery so when its dead, Its dead! This is a great tool for someone that uses a drill/drive everyday but might be over-kill for DIYers.
Final Thoughts Before You Buy A Standard Drill Driver
After checking out the above 5 cordless drill drivers and someone wanted some advice on what to purchase, I would first ask you, what are you going to do with it and how often will you use it? If you just need a drill/driver around the house for a fix-up job occasionally, I would suggest that you buy the Black & Decker brand. It’s a good little driver, easy to handle, comes with 30 extra pieces, and the price is great. It will do anything a weekend DIYer needs it to do.
The other 4 Drill/Driver kits are more for tradesmen or a big job at home. I have used all four brands and at present I am leaning toward the DeWalt 20V brushless lithium-ion drill/driver. I like the great weight distribution, the ergonomic handle design, the two batteries, and am well satisfied with the torque that it delivers for its size. You get a hardworking tool kit for a moderate price with this DeWalt product.
If you are looking for deals that offer you two tools for a similar price, check to make sure the “deal” offers you brushed or brushless tools. Sometimes kits seem like a good deal, but they don’t always contain the best model of tools. This is true of most brand names, be a smart buyer.