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Cordless drill reviews

Last updated: 10 July 2016

A cordless drill is a must for any DIYer or tradie. But how do you know which ones can really perform? We put them to the test, drilling hundred of screws and holes in soft and hard timber, to find the ones that have the best drilling performance, torque and battery life. See our buying guide for tips on what to look for when buying a cordless drill.

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Our expert review will help you find the drills that:

  • have the best drilling and screw-driving performance
  • have batteries that last longer
  • are easy and comfortable to use and have the features to suit your needs.

Our Recommended list makes it easy to see at a glance which products our experts think are the best of the bunch.

This review includes some models now discontinued; select the filter under Related products, at left, to see those models.

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Battery voltage (V)
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Generally, higher voltage batteries tend to deliver more drilling power and torque.

Battery capacity (Ah)
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Generally, higher capacity batteries will deliver longer running time. Smaller capacity batteries are usually fine for the occasional handyperson.

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This is the average of the battery life, torque test and drilling test scores. Before testing, we first condition the drill batteries by charging and discharging them three times.

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The drills are assessed for weight/balance and grip comfort by a panel made up of a right-handed man, a left-handed man and a right-handed woman.

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Chuck capacity (mm)
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The maximum diameter drill bit the chuck can take. 10mm is enough for most basic drilling jobs but 13mm naturally allows for larger bits. All tested models have keyless chucks (the chuck can be loosened and tightened by hand).

Number of batteries supplied
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A second battery is handy to make sure you don't run out of juice mid-job.

Weight (kg)
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Weight of the drill with battery installed.

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Illuminates the area being drilled to help you drill more accurately.

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