Best Bosch Drill Bit Set UK

In this article we explain the full range of Bosch drill bit sets that are currently available on the UK marketplace. Bosch products generally speaking get good solid buyer reviews, and their drill bit sets in particular, really do get excellent reviews.

We have listed the various sets available and explained what you get for your money, and what buyers had to say after they had bought and used them. They make mixed sets that contain both drill bits and screwdriver bits and those are popular as it gives you a wide range of drilling and driving options.

They also have sets that are just for masonry, just for wood or just for metal. We have separated these out to make it easier to see what they have available on the UK market.

Things to consider before buying drill bits

Key Properties

Features that make a good quality drill bit

Longer life

They should be made from a good quality alloy steel that has been hardened and with carbide tips to make them last longer

Clean and Precise Drilling

The point of the drill bit should have an active centre to make drilling precise in concrete. In addition the number of cutters on the drill point determines which material it can drill through.

Material Extraction

The flutes must be well designed and the diameter consistent to remove dust and cuttings from the hole

Mounting System

Drill bits can have a round shank, a hex shank or SDS and with Bosch they also have a Power Grip System for round drill bits to stop the bits from slipping in the chuck.

Shank Systems for Bosch Drill Bits

SDS - Bosch invented the SDS-pus system in 1975 and is now a popular choice for many users. In 1985 they then invented the SDS-max system.

In 2012 Bosch launched the new Power Grip System for cylindrical shank drill bits, This is referred to as CYL which enables 100% power transfer from the drill to the drill bit.

  • CYL-1 - Impact - Standard carbide tip, 2 cutters and 2 flute U shape
  • CYL-3 - Silver Percussion
  • CYL-5 - Blue Granite - activeteq with diamond ground edges
  • CYL-9 - Multi Construction -  Centering tip with diamond ground edges
  • CYL-9 Ceramic - Ceramic expert - Centering tip with reinforced head for tile and glass

Bosch Blue & Green

You will notice that Bosch use 2 colours, green and blue. The green colour are products designed for home use and DIY. Their blue colour is their Professional range and aimed at the various trades. The blue colour products are higher quality but also more expensive.

Bosch Mixed Drill Bit Sets

The most popular choices for general DIY are their combination sets. These will include wood drill bits (brad point and spade),  metal drill bits and masonry drill bits, They will also contain a selection of screwdriver bits. They also have a few useful accessories such as nut setters and countersink bits.

Bosch 50-Pieces X-Line Titanium Drill and Screwdriver Bit Set

94% buyer satisfaction based on 10,000+ online buyer reviews

This is the best selling set from the Bosch brand with lots of happy buyer reviews

This set contains 11 metal drill bits (1.5-6.5 mm), 6 masonry drill bits (4-10mm), 5 wood drill bits (4-10mm) and 2 spade drill bits (16, and 22 mm)

It also has 18 screwdriver bits with a 25 mm length (PH 1//2/2/3, PZ 1/2/2/3, S 4/6/7, HEX 3/4/5/6, T 10/15/20/25)

It also 3 nut setters 7/8/10 mm, and 1 connector for nut setters, a diameter gauge, a cutter, a universal blade and a countersink

Pros

  • 81% of all buyers give these a full 5 star review 
  • Buyers were really impressed with the quality of these bits and the value for money
  • Buyers say this is almost everything you need for working around the house and garden
  • Most buyers say these are the best drill bits they have ever used and also stay very sharp

Cons

  • 1% of all buyers gave these a poor review  
  • Some buyers said these are ok for a beginner
  • Some buyers say the knife cutter is not good quality

Bosch 70-Pieces X-Line Titanium Drill and Screwdriver Bit Set

96% buyer satisfaction based on 8,000+ online buyer reviews

This is the second best selling set from the Bosch brand with lots of happy buyer reviews

This set contains 11 metal drill bits (1.5-6.5 mm), 6 masonry drill bits (4-10mm), 5 wood drill bits (4-10mm) and 3 spade drill bits (16, 22 and 32mm)

It also has 24 screwdriver bits with a 25 mm length (PH 0/1/1/2/2/3, PZ 0/1/1/2/2/3, S 4/6/7, HEX 3/4/5/6, T 10/15/20/25/40)

It also has 10 screwdriver bits with a 50 mm length (PH 1/2/3, PZ 1/2/3, S 4/6, T 20/25), 7 nut setters 4/5/6/7/8/9/10 mm, and 1 connector for nut setters

Pros

  • 82% of all buyers give these a full 5 star review 
  • Buyers were really impressed with the quality of these bits
  • Buyers say this is everything you need for working around the house and garden
  • Most buyers say these are the best drill bits they have ever used and also stay very sharp

Cons

  • 1% of all buyers gave these a poor review  
  • Some buyers said these were too expensive
  • Some buyers say they are hard to get out of the case

Bosch YOUseries 20-Piece bit Set

90% buyer satisfaction based on 50+ online buyer reviews

This is a set of a universal holder, 24 screwdriver bits and 5 drill bits all stored inside a case

Bosch has released a new range known as YouSeries and to make tools for everyday uses.

Generally speaking the range of tools is more compact, simpler and have a better design and include hand vacuum cleaners, sanders and drills

This set is deigned for use with the Youseries drill

Bosch Drill Bit Sets for Wood

Bosch Professional 7-Piece Robust Line Brad Point Drill Bit Set

94% buyer satisfaction based on 9,000+ online buyer reviews

This is a set of 7 brad point drill bits

  • 3 mm x 60mm (working length 30mm)
  • 4 mm x 70 mm (working length 40mm)
  • 5 mm x 85 mm (working length 45mm)
  • 7 mm x 105 mm (working length 60mm)
  • 8 mm x 110 mm (working length 65mm)
  • 10 mm x 120 mm (working length 75mm)

These are suitable for all drills with a round shank drill bit socket. They have a cut M-tip, are double-edged, cylindrical, with a double flute. They can be used on both softwood and hardwood.

Bosch Professional 7 Piece Spade Drill Bit Set

94% buyer satisfaction based on 400+ online buyer reviews

This is a set of 7 spade drill bits that range in size from 16-32 mm so designed for cutting larger holes in soft woods and in particle board and chipboard

You can also buy other sizes and individual drill spade bits

The bits have a hex shank so can be used in standard three-jaw drills and hexagonal drill driver chucks

Primarily these will be used for drilling single studs for cabling or dowel installation.

Bosch Masonry Drill Bit sets

With Bosch masonry drill bits the tip has two functions. The tip which they call activeteQ is very fine to help centre the drill bit. This stops he bit from wandering and really helpful on glazed surfaces. The cutters on the tip then grind the masonry to a fine dust to make removal of that dust along the flutes much easier.

Bosch Professional 7-Piece CYL-3 Concrete Drill Bit Set

94% buyer satisfaction based on 9,000+ online buyer reviews

This is a set of 7 masonry drill bits that range in size from 4-10 mm so designed for drilling smaller holes in masonry, concrete and brick

They can be used in any impact drill

They have a 2-flute U-shape design that is very good at removing the dust when you are drilling.

They have standard carbide tips that make the bit more wear-resistant.

The CYL reference stands for cylindrical and refers to the round shaft which makes them usable in any drill type.

Bosch Professional 7-Piece CYL-5 Concrete Drill Bit Set

94% buyer satisfaction based on 9,000+ online buyer reviews

This is a set of 7 masonry drill bits that range in size from 4-10 mm so designed for drilling smaller holes in masonry, concrete and brick

They can be used in any impact drill

They have a 2-flute U-shape design that is very good at removing the dust when you are drilling.

They have standard carbide tips that make the bit more wear-resistant.

The CYL reference stands for cylindrical and refers to the round shaft which makes them usable in any drill type.

Bosch Drill Bit Sets for Metal

Bosch Professional 13 pcs. HSS-G Metal Drill Bit Set

94% buyer satisfaction based on 4,000+ online buyer reviews

This is a set of 13 HSS drill bits that range in size from 1.5-6.5 mm and are designed for drilling metal

You can also buy other sizes and individual drill bits for metal

The bits will be able to hand aluminium and mild steel

They come in a case which is handy for storage and good for general purpose drilling of small holes in metal

Overall they get good reviews but some people are disappointed with their performance

Bosch SDS Drill Bit Sets

Bosch Professional 5-Piece SDS Plus-5 Hammer Drill Bit Set

94% buyer satisfaction based on 5,000+ online buyer reviews

This set contains 6 SDS-Plus S2 hammer drill bits

One 5 x 115mm, and one 6 x 115mm

One 6 x 165mm, one 8 x 165mm and one 10 x 165mm

They come in a plastic display box

For use in rotary hammers with SDS plus holder/sockets

Activeteq active centering tip and two cutting edges and 4-flute turbo design

Please note these are SDS drill bits so only suitable for "Slotted Drive Shaft" drills which means that the chuck has been specially designed to fit these types of bits

Bosch 6 Piece SDS Plus Drill Bit Set

94% buyer satisfaction based on 1,000+ online buyer reviews

This set contains 6 SDS-Plus S2 hammer drill bits

One 5 x 110mm, one 5,5 x 110mm and one 6 x 110mm

One 6 x 160mm, one 7 x 160mm and one 8 x 160mm

They come in a plastic display box

For use in rotary hammers with SDS plus holder and can drill through the hardest concrete and granite.. Suitable for all power tool brands.

Please note these are SDS drill bits so only suitable for "Slotted Drive Shaft" drills which means that the chuck has been specially designed to fit these types of bits

Bosch Home and Garden SDS Drill Bit Set in Tough Box

94% buyer satisfaction based on 100+ online buyer reviews

This is a set of 8 masonry drill bits and each bit measures 16 cms in length and they are all set in a rugged tough case for storage purposes

You get 1 x 5mm, 2 x 5.5mm, 1 x 6mm, 2 x 7mm, 1 x 8mm and 1 x 10mm

Please note these are SDS drill bits so only suitable for "Slotted Drive Shaft" drills which means that the chuck has been specially designed to fit these types of bits

Pros

  • 81% of all buyers give these a full 5 star review 
  • Buyers were really impressed with the quality of these bits
  • Buyers were also impressed with how long these bits lasted for
  • Most buyers say these will go through anything and are PGM certified

Cons

  • 3% of all buyers gave these a poor review  
  • Some buyers said these were too expensive

Bosch - The Company and Brand

Bosch are a popular brand choice for many UK buyers and home owners. Bosch operates in the UK as Robert Bosch Limited. They employ around 5,200 people across 40 locations in the UK. In 2017, Bosch generated revenues in the UK of £3.5 billion, and the UK is the second largest European market for Bosch after Germany.

Bosch are a German based company and they own a number of brands including Rexroth, Buderus, Dremel, Dynacord and Worcester Bosch (Gas Boilers) They make very high quality tools for the home and garden as well as operating in many other sectors.

About the author cordy

I am a retired construction worker and I also happen to love power tools. I have used hundreds over the years and offer my opinions on them here.

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