I’m looking for a new cordless drill. What do you recommend? Here are are the 2-3 models in each class (18V and 12V) that I recommend most. This isn’t a roundup or full comparison; if you have questions about a particular model, ask away in a comment or email. These recommendations represent what I subjectively feel are the best options from among all the cordless drills and drivers I have recently tested or am otherwise familiar with. Consider it a what I’d buy list.
Update: Also check out our 2014 best cordless drill recommendations!
18V: Milwaukee Fuel
18V Runner-up: Ridgid X4
Special Mention: Craftsman C3 XCP 19.2V
12V: Milwaukee Fuel
It’s got power to spare, great balance, a comfortable grip, and longevity. They will be available very soon, and are worth the wait. New 2.0Ah battery packs means more runtime without an increase in size. As mentioned in our M12 Fuel impact driver review, the comfort, ergonomics, balance, and grip of the new handles design are absolutely fantastic! Two things I particularly like about the new M12 drills and drivers, aside from the best-of-class torque and power ratings, are the 1/2″ chucks on the drills and electronic speed control settings on the impacts. Preview Buy Now(via Home Depot)