Best Corded Drill UK Reviews 2022

In this article we review the best electric corded drills that are currently available on the UK market. More and more people are opting for cordless drill/drivers and those do continue to grow in popularity.

That is because they are very portable and can be used in any location. There are however certain drilling operations where it is actually better to have a drill that plugs into the main's 240V electricity supply.

This is a drill with an electrical cord that you can plug directly into the mains electricity supply or into an extension lead.

Advantages of a Corded Electric Drill

  • When you compare like for like with a cordless drill equivalent corded drills are considerable cheaper
  • They are usually more compact and lighter than cordless drills as they don't have to worry about holding the weight and size of a battery
  • They have much more power and almost always a more consistent torque
  • The entire drilling action and driving actions are more reliable
  • Used for a lot of drilling jobs or heavy duty drilling
  • Mainly used by professionals where that is possible because they are tougher and stronger and more consistent

Best Corded Hammer Drill 

Bosch EasyImpact 550 Hammer Drill

This is a 550 watt electric corded drill which is lightweight and compact at only 1.5 Kg - Can be used for screwdriving to drilling to impact drilling by using the function switch

It is a very popular choice with many UK buyers and as you can see gets great buyer ratings

It has a torque of up to 1.2 Nm with a no load speed of 50-3,000 RPM and a hammer impact rating of 33,000 bpm

It can drill up to 10mm in concrete, 8mm in steel and up to 25mm in wood

It has a twin-sleeve keyless chuck

92% buyer satisfaction based on 3,000+ online buyer reviews

Best Corded Drill for Home Use

Bosch UniversalImpact 700 Corded Drill

This is a 700 watt electric corded drill which is lightweight and compact at only 1.7 Kg - Can be used for screwdriving to drilling to impact drilling by using the function switch

It is also a very popular choice with many UK buyers and as you can see gets great buyer ratings

It has a torque of up to 1.6 Nm with a no load speed of 50-3,000 RPM and a hammer impact rating of 45,000 bpm

It can drill up to 14mm in concrete, 12mm in steel and up to 30mm in wood

It has a single-sleeve press and lock keyless chuck

92% buyer satisfaction based on 1,700+ online buyer reviews

Bosch UniversalImpact 800 Corded Drill

This is an 800 watt electric corded drill which is lightweight and compact at only 1.8 Kg - Can be used for screwdriving to drilling to impact drilling by using the function switch

It is also a very popular choice with many UK buyers and as you can see gets great buyer ratings

It has a torque of up to 1.6 Nm with a no load speed of 50-3,000 RPM and a hammer impact rating of 45,000 bpm

It can drill up to 14mm in concrete, 12mm in steel and up to 30mm in wood

It has a single-sleeve press and auto-lock keyless chuck

92% buyer satisfaction based on 1,700+ online buyer reviews

Corded Drill FAQ

Is a corded drill more powerful than a cordless drill?

A cordless drill is more powerful than a cordless drill. All cordless drills rely on a battery for their power. As soon as the drill starts to be used the charge on the battery reduces. Cordless drills have the most power when the battery is fully charged, but as soon as that charge reduces, so does the power of the drill. With a corded drill you have constant power supplied from the main's electricity.

How to choose a corded drill?

  1. Price & Budget Most corded drills cost around £40-£70 so the first thing to do is have a budget in mind that you are willing to spend. 
  2. Hammer Feature - The next decision is to decide if you need a hammer feature on the drill. You will need that feature if you plan on drilling through any type of masonry. Corded drills with a hammer feature will cost more but then you will be able to drill through any material. Check out the bpm rate as it should be at least 30,000 bpm or higher for best results.
  3. Chuck Size - The size of the chuck diameter determines what size of drill bits can be attached. There are 2 common sizes; 10mm and 12 mm. For the vast majority of buyers the 10mm is perfect. You only need the bigger chuck size if you are planning on doing heavy duty drilling. A keyless chuck is handy, but if you plan on doing a lot of heavier drilling then a keyed chuck will grip the drill bit better.
  4. Torque - The higher the torque is on a corded drill the better as it makes it more powerful. Ideally you want 1.2 Nm or above for a good quality powerful drill.
  5. Auxiliary Handle - Most good corded drills will come with a handle that you can screw on or off as required. Sometimes for heavier drilling this handle is very useful for better control and added power.
  6. Electronic Speed Control - One of the main reasons we like Bosch corded drills is that they have this electronic speed control. This allows you to go slowly when starting to drill in smooth surfaces and when driving screws, and can then ramp up when the initial hole has been made. This is a very useful feature.

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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