We get quite a few emails per month asking for cordless drill recommendations. It usually goes like this: I have $xyz to spend on a drill/cordless tool combo. What should I buy? Here are a few solid major brand recommendations for the new year.
Please bear in mind that choosing a cordless drill kit is not a simple task. The right choice depends on budget, intended usage, the types of add-on tools one might want to purchase in the near future, brand loyalty, and this is just the short list.
Under $150 – Porter Cable 18V 4-Tool Kit
We reviewed the Li-Ion version of this kit some time ago and was pleasantry surprised with is build quality and performance. This Porter Cable kit provides great bang for the buck. You can add a standalone impact driver to the kit for a reasonable price if you think you’ll need one.
Check Price via Amazon (PC418C-2)
$200 – Milwaukee M18 Drill & Impact Driver Li-Ion Kit
This Milwaukee kit is one of the more affordable Li-ion options available and has proven to be extremely popular. The kit includes a drill, impact driver, and two Li-ion batteries. What’s not to like?
Check Price via Amazon (2691-22)
Under $250 – Bosch Drill & Impact Driver Li-Ion Kit
While slightly harder to find than the other brands’ combos, this drill and impact driver kit offers great specs at a still-affordable price.
Check Price via Ohio Power Tool (CLPK23-180)
Under $300 – Makita Drill & Impact Driver Li-Ion Kit
This Makita kit has also proved to be extremely popular. These drill/drivers are solidly build and offer top-notch performance. You can usually find the 3-pc kit with a flashlight for about the same price as the 2-pc kit.
Check Price via Amazon (LCT300W)
Under $300 – Dewalt Drill & Impact Driver Li-Ion Kit
This Dewalt drill & impact driver combo kit also offers a solid combination of power and size. Dewalt’s Li-Ion tools are backwards compatible with their NiCad ones. It’s not always pretty using NiCad batteries in compact Li-Ion tools or vice-versa, btu that’s the price to pay for cross-platform compatibility.
Check Price via Amazon (DCK265L)
There are of course many other great options out there, these are just four of the bestselling kits under $300. Please feel free to add your own recommendations in comments.