Reviews of the Best Cordless Drills in the UK Market 2018

We love using cordless tools, and a cordless drill is one of the handiest tools to have in YOUR tool kit. Here we rate and review the best in class for all our UK readers. We also look at what is available for accessories such as drill bits and screw driver bits.

Welcome to our website, which as you can tell from its name, is all about cordless drill/drivers. I am Enda and along with my colleagues Jack and Sam, we have put together what we hope will be a useful website for you, if you are thinking about buying a new cordless drill.

The first thing we would recommend doing is having a read of our detailed buying guide, which you can do by clicking here. 

If you already have an idea of which cordless drill you want, then check out the rest of this article, aimed at helping you find the best cordless drill for your needs.

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We will always bring you the full review summary and nothing will be hidden. Many buyers of the products we review on this website take the time to leave a review.

We read those carefully including the bad ones and we tell you. We have all worked in the trade and have used many of these. We share what we know about those and have also included a wealth of drilling and driving tips.

Best Cordless Drill In Our Opinion

If you don't have time to go through all the information on our website then we thought we should tell you upfront which drill would be our number one choice.

It would be the Bosch PSB 1800 which is high quality, powerful and ticks all of the boxes. It costs around £80-100 so although not a cheap option, it is certainly in our opinion, the best one on the UK market right now.

Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Lithium-Ion Hammer Drill Driver Featuring Syneon Chip

Buyers love this drill and they leave it very positive reviews. If you can afford this type of money, and want something that will get the job done, then this is a great choice.

The good news is that this one is also built to last. There are a lot of choices out there of course. However if I had to narrow this down to buying just one good cordless drill, then it would be this one.

You can read a detailed review of the PSB 1800 by clicking here.

Top 10 Buyer Rated Cordless Drills

No 2 Choice - DeWalt DCK211D2T

94%
BUYER SATISFACTION

THE GOOD

  • 2 great tools in one
  • Highly rated by buyers
  • All metal gearing for long life

THE BAD

  • On the expensive side

If your budget can stretch to this combination set from the Dewalt brand, then you will own two of the best tools on the UK market.

You get the cordless drill/driver and also a powerful lightweight impact driver, both of which will be able to handle almost any job around the home.

Ideal for drilling or driving around the home and complete with 2 batteries, a charger and a case.

No 3 Choice - BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Hammer Drill with Kit Box

93%
BUYER SATISFACTION

THE GOOD

  • Affordable powerful hammer drill
  • Highly rated by buyers
  • Ideal for about 99% of household jobs

THE BAD

  • No major downsides with this drill

Without any doubt if you are looking for a cordless drill that also has a hammer action, then is going to be the best buy, in terms of value for money.

It comes with two 18 Volt Lithium-Ion batteries, a charger and the kit box to hold everything.

This is also one of the best selling cordless hammer drills on the UK market.

No 4 Choice - Bosch PSB 1800 Li Cordless Combi Hammer Drill

93%
BUYER SATISFACTION

THE GOOD

  • A good choice if you already have a Bosch cordless battery
  • Highly rated by buyers
  • Ideal for about 99% of household jobs

THE BAD

  • Body only tool so does not come with a battery or charger

This is a very good choice if you happen to have an 18 volt cordless Bosch battery that you use for other tools.

With this one you buy the body only and it comes with a carrying case. It is a powerful hammer drill that will be able to handle almost any job around the home or garden.

Nice compact drill with plenty of power.

No 5 Choice - Tacklife 18V Cordless Drill Set (2.0Ah) with 2 Li-Ion Batteries

92%
BUYER SATISFACTION

THE GOOD

  • A good choice if you already have a Bosch cordless battery
  • Highly rated by buyers
  • Ideal for about 99% of household jobs

THE BAD

  • Body only tool so does not come with a battery or charger

This is a very good choice if you happen to have an 18 volt cordless Bosch battery that you use for other tools.

With this one you buy the body only and it comes with a carrying case. It is a powerful hammer drill that will be able to handle almost any job around the home or garden.

Nice compact drill with plenty of power.

No 6 Choice - DEWALT 18V CORDLESS LITHIUM LXT COMBI DRILL

92%
BUYER SATISFACTION

THE GOOD

  • A very high quality cordless drill with hammer function
  • Highly rated by buyers
  • Ideal for about 99% of household jobs

THE BAD

  • At the higher end of the price point

This model from Dewalt is a great choice for any home owner who wants to own a high quality great all round drill.

Dewalt are one of my favourite brands and the main choice of professionals. More home owners are starting to buy this type of good quality drill.

It comes with the battery, charger and carrying case.

No 7 Choice - BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill Driver

91%
BUYER SATISFACTION

THE GOOD

  • Affordable good quality basic drill
  • Highly rated by buyers
  • Ideal for about 80% of household jobs

THE BAD

  • No hammer action

This would be classed as a good basic drill and ideal for drilling into either wood or metal. It can not be used for drilling masonry such as bricks or concrete.

It has a 10 mm keyless chuck and can be bought with just one battery or with a battery and kit box.

A popular choice for many buyers who simply need a basic drill for the home.

No 8 Choice - Terratek 18V Cordless Drill Driver

90%
BUYER SATISFACTION

THE GOOD

  • Lots of value for money
  • Highly rated by buyers
  • Ideal for about 80% of household jobs

THE BAD

  • No hammer action

With this set you certainly get plenty for your money and it comes with a 13 piece drill and bit set. This can be used for both drilling and driving.

There is a built in spirit level and LED worklight.

It also comes with a 12 month guarantee. This is a decent drill but lacks the real power of the more expensive drills.

No 9 Choice - Makita DHP482RFWJ Combi Drill

90%
BUYER SATISFACTION

THE GOOD

  • Very powerful cordless drill
  • Very fast to charge
  • 2 gears, variable speed and electric brake

THE BAD

  • An expensive purchase

Makita do make very high quality tools but they come at a price, and that price is too high for many buyers. Mainly professionals and people in trades opt for either a Dewalt or a Makita drill.

This model comes with 2 batteries, a charger and a case. It is compact and lightweight but does have a lot of power in the 18 volt batteries.

No 10 Choice - Apollo 18V Pro Combo Cordless Drill Driver

88%
BUYER SATISFACTION

THE GOOD

  • Compact and lightweight drill
  • Comes with a 30 piece drill set
  • Good and affordable basic drill

THE BAD

  • No hammer action

This drill from the Apollo brand sells pretty well in the UK. That is mainly down to the affordable price and it is powerful enough to be able to do all of the basic jobs around the home.

Buyers do like this one as you get all you need for drilling and driving without having to break the bank.

Best Cordless Drill - Cheaper Alternative

BLACK+DECKER EPC18CAK 18V NiCd Cordless Drill

If you don't want to spend that type of money on a drill, then we would recommend the Black & Decker​ EPC18CA which is also a very good drill and currently the best seller on Amazon.

That one will set you back around £30 and is about as cheap as you will find right now.

A smaller drill like this will be able to handle about 90% of the jobs you may need to do around the home or garden.

It is a popular choice for many people who know they will need a drill at sometime, but will not be a heavy user. This is a good one to have for the smaller jobs that need done from time to time.

You can read a detailed review of the B&D EPC18CA by clicking here

Below we have listed some of the best cordless drills in the UK market right now. We have listed these by brand. All you need to do is click on whatever your preferred brand is, and you will be taken to a page, with information on the best rated drills for that particular brand.

If you prefer to search by actual price, then skip over the images below. Directly underneath those, I have included cordless drills at various price points to suit your budget.

Find the Best Cordless Drill by Brand

black and decker cordless drills

Black and Decker are one of the most affordable brands in the UK. They do a nice range of the cheaper cordless options. They cost between £25-80, with an average price of around £40.

bosch cordless drill

Bosch are of course a very well recognised brand name in the UK. They make the mid to higher end range of cordless drills. They cost between £50-200, with an average price of around £65.

dewalt cordless drill

Dewalt is the number one choice of the professionals. Usually they are more expensive but the quality is simply outstanding. They cost between £40-300, with an average price of around £100.

draper cordless drills

Draper have been making tools since 1901 and have a small range of cordless drills, all of which price in at the mid-point. They cost between £25-70, with an average price of around £50.

einhell cordless drills

Einhell are a German based company with a number of cordless drills that price in the low to mid range. They cost between £50-190, with an average price of around £60.

hitachi cordless drills

Hitachi are based in Milton Keynes and do a power range of cordless drills but are at the higher end of the price scale. They cost between £90-400, with an average price of around £125.

makita cordless drills

Makita are a Japanese company and have a plant in Telford, and been making cordless drills since 1991 - mid - high price point. They cost between £65-250, with an average price of around £100.

ryobi cordless drills

Ryobi are part of the Techtronic Industries Group and make a range of cordless drills in the low to medium price points. Many options are drill only. They cost between £30-100, with an average price of around £50.

terratek cordless drills

Terratek International Ltd offer a good range of cordless drills which are keenly priced and are at the lower end of the price point. They cost between £25-50, with an average price of around £35.

Find the Best Cordless Drill By Price

In the section below, we have sorted the cordless drills by price point. Depending on how much you can afford, or are prepared to pay, you will find some product here that suits your budget.

Often it is better to pick a drill based on what you can afford. Just make sure that it will do all the drilling jobs that you need it to do.

Hopefully I have guided you in the right direction to find the best cordless drill for your own specific needs. Some buyers will just want a basic drill for using around the home.

Others may want something more powerful, or to drill through tougher materials like concrete. I have also created a cordless drill buyer's guide, so feel free to click on this link. 

Cordless Drill Accessories

Cordless drills are a useful tool to have around the home. They can be used for drilling and also for driving screws into wood etc. For each task you will of course need either drill bits or driving bits.

There are hundreds of these available on the market place. It is better value to buy these as sets, rather than as individual pieces.

Drill Bit Types

Now there will be some jobs when you will need a specific bit. These are for jobs like drilling through concrete or a cavity wall, where a long masonry bit is required. Likewise drilling through porcelain tile will also need a diamond tipped bit.

Generally speaking though, buying a set of bits will always be better value. My advice is not to buy really cheap sets. Those are usually poor quality and blunt very quickly.

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