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2 November 2021

Power tool brands compared

We asked tradespeople to rate cordless power tool brands. Find out how popular brands including Bosch, Milwaukee and DeWalt ranked.
Matthew Knight

In February 2021 we surveyed 548 tradespeople from Which? Trusted Traders to find out what they rate as the best cordless power tool brands.

We asked each of them how satisfied they were with each brand and how likely they would be to recommend it to a friend, and from this data we calculated an overall customer score for each brand. 

We also asked them to give brands they had owned a rating for battery life, ease of use, general performance, robustness and build quality.

Find out how popular brands, including Bosch, Milwaukee and DeWalt ranked.

Prices last checked 5th October 2021. 

Woman drilling with a cordless drill.

Best cordless power tool brands

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BrandCustomer score %Battery life and chargingEase of useGeneral performanceBuild quality and robustness
83%
83%
78%
75%
58%
Table notes: In February 2021 we surveyed 548 Which? Trusted Traders. The results in the table above are based on traders who either own or use cordless power tools from each brand.

We received ratings for five popular brands from the expert traders we surveyed. We require a minimum sample size of 30 to provide an accurate and robust score to a brand, and we found that Which? Trusted Traders who completed our survey tend to use and own tools from a relatively small pool of brands.

Man drilling with a Black+Decker cordless drill

Black+Decker

Typical price: Black+Decker tools are entry level when it comes to price. You can pick up a Black+Decker cordless drill from as little as £50.

Black+Decker range: Black+Decker is a stalwart brand in the world of power tools and has almost any power tool you can think of in its 18V cordless power tool range. Whether you're after a drill, strimmer, chainsaw or palm sander, Black+Decker has you covered. 

Log in or join Which? to find out whether Black+Decker featured in our top cordless power tool brands. Or you can view the entire Black+Decker range on the Black+Decker website.

Cordless Bosch palm sander

Bosch

Typical price: Bosch's green tool range tends to be priced at entry level to mid range. You can pick up a Bosch cordless drill from around £75.

Bosch range: Bosch has two distinct ranges of power tools, blue and green. Green is for home DIYers, and blue is for professional tradesmen. The blue tools claim to have more torque, more power, longer lasting batteries and longer warranties. As the sample for our survey was professional tradesmen, we would imagine that the majority own the professional blue tools. In either range you can buy almost any type of power tool that you can imagine, with everything from jigsaws, sanders, cordless leaf blowers, drills and angle grinders covered. 

Log in or join Which? to find out whether Bosch featured in our top cordless power tool brands. Or you can view the extensive range of Bosch power tools on the Bosch website.

DeWalt cordless drill

DeWalt

Typical price: DeWalt tools tend to be mid range in terms of price. You can pick up a DeWalt cordless drill from around £80.

DeWalt range: DeWalt is an American manufacturer of power tools and hand tools, and is a registered trade mark of Black+Decker. DeWalt mainly makes tools for the construction and woodworking industries, but will cater for almost any type of cordless power tool you might want for domestic use too. DeWalt has 12V and 18V cordless ranges.

Log in or join Which? to find out whether DeWalt featured in our top cordless power tool brands. Or you can browse the DeWalt cordless power tool range at the DeWalt website.

Erbauer cordless drill

Erbauer

Typical price: Erbauer tools tend to be priced at entry level to mid range. You can pick up a cordless drill from around £60.

Erbauer range: The Erbauer is exclusive to Screwfix and B&Q and offers a full range of cordless power tools suitable for any home DIY project, big or small. Erbauer tools tend to be a bit cheaper than more premium priced brands, but do they deliver when it comes to your home DIY projects? 

Log in or join Which? to find out whether Erbauer featured in our top cordless power tool brands or see the full range of Erbauer power tools at the Screwfix or B&Q websites.

Festool cordless drill

Festool

Typical price: Festool tools tend to be seriously expensive.Cordless drills start from £270.

Festool range: German brand Festool makes some seriously expensive cordless tools. You can view its full range of cordless products on the Festool website. The company focuses on tools for construction and carpentry and it promises perfection in its tools. 

Log in or join Which? to find out whether Festool featured in our top cordless power tool brands. Or you can view the full range of Festool cordless power tools at the Festool website.

Makita cordless drill

Makita

Typical price: Makita tools tend to be priced a little higher than mid range. Cordless drills start from £140.

Makita range: Makita is a Japanese manufacturer of corded and cordless power tools.

Log in or join Which? to find out whether Makita featured in our top cordless power tool brands. Or you can view its range of cordless tools, with a variety of battery options, at the Makita website.

Milwaukee cordless drill

Milwaukee

Typical price: Milwaukee tools are a little more expensive than average. Cordless drills from £140.

Milwaukee range: Milwaukee is a subsidiary of Techtronic Industries, which also owns AEG, Hoover, Ryobi and Vax. It produces corded and cordless power tools. Milwaukee's cordless range is extensive, including all kinds of drills, wrenches, ratchets, saws, grinders, planers and much more. 

Log in or join Which? to find out whether Milwaukee featured in our top cordless power tool brands. Or you can view its cordless range on the Milwaukee website.

Ryobi cordless drill

Ryobi

Typical price: Ryobi tools are priced at entry level to mid range. Cordless drills from £70

Ryobi range: Ryobi is a Japanese power tool manufacturer and a brand of Techtronic Industries, which also owns AEG, Hoover, Milwaukee and Vax .

It mainly sells cordless power tools with 18V batteries, but it also has some cordless screwdrivers with 4V batteries.

Log in or join Which? to find out whether Ryobi featured in our top cordless power tool brands. Or you can view Ryobi's full range at the Ryobi website.

Stanley cordless drill

Stanley

Typical price: Stanley tools are more expensive than average. Cordless drills from £150

Stanley range: Stanley is a another brand owned by Black+Decker and has been making tools for more than 170 years. Its tools are marketed squarely at professionals, but they're available for any DIYer to buy too. 

Log in or join Which? to find out whether Stanley featured in our top cordless power tool brands. Or you can view Stanley's considerable range of drills, saws, sanders and more at the Stanley website.