If you’re updating your toolkit ahead of the Easter bank holiday, Aldi’s latest special buy – a 20V cordless combination drill that only costs £50 – may catch your eye. We’ve given it a test run to find out whether it’s a genuine bargain.
The Workzone drill is considerably cheaper than most combi drills on the market, many of which cost well over £100. It’s a tempting purchase, whether you’re a DIY fanatic or just need to do a few quick-fix jobs around the house.
To help you decide whether this drill is for you, we’ve been busy fitting cupboards and hanging shelves to bring you our first impressions.
How does the Aldi drill compare with others?
The WorkZone has a voltage of 20V, which is quite high for a cordless drill – others of this voltage usually warrant a higher price. Don’t be fooled, though, we’ve found many drills of a similar voltage which disappoint in our tests.
Its 13mm keyless chuck is big enough to accommodate most of the bits you’ll use for standard DIY, and it has 18 settings and a two-speed motor, which should make for good control. That’s not always the case with cordless drills, though, so read through our first look review to see how easy our tester found it to use.
This Workzone drill is missing some of the extra features of more premium models. Its chuck doesn’t lock automatically, and it doesn’t have a brushless motor, which would give more efficient power and longer battery life. It does have a hammer-drilling mode, though, so in theory it should make light work out of drilling into tough materials such as masonry.
It comes with a carrying case and two 1.5Ah batteries, which Aldi claims charge up in an hour. Having two is useful if you’ll be working for a long time, as you can charge one as you use the other.
Before buying a drill: the essentials
One of the first things to decide before buying a cordless drill is what type you need. There are two main options:
- Drill-drivers are specifically designed to drill holes and drive screws, they’re often lighter and more compact, and will be suitable for most DIY jobs around the house.
- Combination drills are usually larger and heavier. They also have a hammer-action function, which gives short, sharp thrusts for drilling into tough materials, such as bricks, paving slabs or concrete.
All cordless drills have slightly different specs, so it’s worth researching the features that will be useful for you. We’ve explained three below; read our full list of features in our guide to cordless drill features explained.
- Voltage: A higher voltage doesn’t necessarily mean the drill will have more power – this also depends on the capacity of the battery.
- Battery capacity: Generally speaking, a battery with more amp hours (Ah) will last longer, but we’ve found some drills that eat through their batteries much faster than others.
- Speed: A higher speed (measured in rpm) doesn’t always translate to faster drilling, as this also depends on how well the drill can apply its power.
Scroll down to find a list of the cheapest drills we’ve reviewed at our lab. For more details, including a breakdown of all the features to look out for, visit our guide to how to buy the best cordless drill.
If you think the job might be too big for you, it may be safer to turn to a registered local tradesperson instead. Head to Which? Trusted Traders to find local companies endorsed by Which? that should be able to help.