Black & Decker cordless drills come last in Which? testsBest and worst cordless drills reviewed and rated

08 May 2011

Black & Decker is one of the biggest names in the DIY market but its combination drills and drill drivers failed to impress Which? experts in our latest round of cordless drill lab tests.

Which? has reviewed more than 20 cordless drills from brands including AEG, Bosch, Dewalt, Hitachi, Makita, Metabo and Ryobi, and recommended 11 of the best drills as Which? Best Buys. 

But Black & Decker drills were bottom of the class for both combination drills and drill drivers. Its 18 volt EPC188 combination drill was very disappointing - it’s supposed to be able to tackle hard surfaces like concrete with its hammer-action, but when compared to other drills on test, it hardly scratched the surface. We aim to drill to a depth of 50mm in concrete - the Black & Decker EPC188 could only get 3mm down into the concrete with three out of four test drill bits, and only reached 8mm with the fourth.

We've also teamed up with DIY expert Roger Bisby in a new video which reveals everything you need to know about cordless drill features, including batteries, chucks and torque settings. 

Drilling tips video guide


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Which? drills expert Matt Stevens says: 'As Roger explains in our video, getting the torque settings right when driving in screws can make a massive difference. 

'Screwdriving was fine in our tests with the Black & Decker EPC188, but drilling performance on concrete was very disappointing. But other drills were powerful enough to drill holes through even extremely hard surfaces like this. 

'Our test results show that there are significant differences in drilling performance between the very best drills and the worst, so check out our cordless drill reviews before you buy.'

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