The brands are discussed in alphabetical order.
Benefits: Good performance and reliability, well-rounded 12V and 18V lineups, a good overall brand.
Downsides: There’s not a lot of options, aside from “core tools,” and some universal accessories.
So far, we haven’t seen many complaints about any of the new tools.
Benefits: Great quality, high performance.
Downsides: Limited selection.
Metabo is on a mission towards enabling a cordless jobsite.
You can’t go wrong with Milwaukee cordless power tools.
Benefits: Good performance at value pricing.
Downsides: Limited product selection, brand confusion.
Porter Cable cordless tools are decent for the money, but the budget pricing restricts the quality.
Notable Products: I’ll have to get back to you on this.
Downsides: The 18V lineup isn’t as varied as higher-level brands’. 12V lineup is very limited.
Overall: Ridgid is a good brand that’s maintained strong momentum in recent years.
Downsides: Some tools don’t seem up to heavy duty jobsite conditions.
Notable Products: Their Airstrike nailers are particularly well-regarded.
Fein, Festool, and Other Premium Specialty Tool Brands
Downsides: Higher pricing, limited product family selection.