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1 October 2020

Which cordless drill brand?

Whether you need a drill-driver or a combination drill, discover the top drill brands based on the views of hundreds of owners.
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Aaron West

Electric and cordless drills are handy tools to have around the house, and can help with many small or large-scale DIY projects. But how do you know which is the best brand to buy?

To reveal the top drill brands, we've compared 11 of the biggest brands by asking more than 2,500 owners to rate their drill on factors including reliability, value for money and overall satisfaction.

Our results cover electric corded and cordless drills made by AEG, Black & Decker, Bosch, DeWalt, Erbauer, Hitachi, JCB, Mac Allister, Makita, Ryobi, and Wickes. We found big differences between the brands - customer scores range from 62% to an impressive 91%.

Which? members can log in to see the full results in our table below. If you're not already a member, try Which? and get instant access. 

Electric drill brands rated
Brand Customer score Build quality Fit for purpose or suits my needs How well it works Reliability Value for money Weight Customer comments
91% A fantastic tool - it was the one with the highest torque that I could find and it is a superb tool
90% Absolutely tremendous at almost everything
89% Compact size for the power available
85% This is the best electric drill that I have ever owned. I was a little worried about buying this make at first, but it proved to be a really excellent
85% A bit heavier than I wanted, but extra power useful for drilling tiles
76% Batteries do not last long before needing replacement
75% Excellent value for money and a better specification than well known brands
71% - - Battery life is poor and the drill does not like the cold
70% A reliable run of the mill drill
69% Batteries don't last if you aren't using them regularly
62% Somewhat large and heavy for smaller DIY jobs

Sample sizes: AEG 38, Makita 287, DeWalt 283, Hitachi 74, Bosch 918, Ryobi 185, Wickes (own brand) 55, JCB 30, Black & Decker 323, Erbauer 40, Mac Allister (B&Q own brand) 54.

Table notes: Customer score is derived from how satisfied people were with their product and how likely they would be to recommend to a friend.

Bosch cordless drills

Bosch sells a wide variety of drills. We've tested seven of them, ranging from as little as £60 to more than £160, including combi drills and drill-drivers. Some do very well and are Best Buys, but others miss the mark - one is a Don’t Buy. Make sure you check out all our Bosch drill reviews before you buy.

All Bosch power tools include a two-year warranty as standard, but make sure you register your product online at MyBosch to extend this warranty to three years free of charge.

DeWalt cordless drills

DeWalt is an American power-tool manufacturer that mostly makes high-power, high-voltage drills (usually with 18 volts or more). Some of its drills are better suited to professionals than home DIYers, but they can be a good choice if you’re planning on tackling tough jobs, such as drilling into concrete paving slabs or into hard internal walls.

Most DeWalt power tools will come with a triple warranty package, including: 

  • a 90-day money-back guarantee: if you are unsatisfied with the product, you can return it for a full refund, no questions asked
  • one-year free service: for the first year, DeWalt will maintain your drill and replace parts worn by normal use, free of charge
  • a three-year limited warranty: if you register your product at MyDeWalt within four weeks of purchase, it will repair any defects caused by faulty materials or workmanship for three years.

Makita cordless drills 

Makita has a reputation for making high-quality, premium power tools – but do they live up to the hype in our tests? 

Makita drills are geared towards DIY enthusiasts and tradesmen, and tend to be more expensive than rivals, with a higher battery capacity than most other power-tool brands. 

All Makita tools have a free one-year warranty as standard, covering defective workmanship or materials. You should note, though, that this doesn’t cover the chuck or power lead of the drill and charger. You can extend this warranty by an additional two years if you register your drill within the first 30 days after purchase – just make sure you read the terms and conditions before making a claim.

Worx cordless drills 

Worx sells many high-voltage drill and impact drivers, ranging from around £70 to almost £200. They are available to buy in DIY stores such as Screwfix and B&Q, but also in more general shops, such as Argos.

A free two-year limited warranty comes as standard with all Worx drills, and if you register your product within 30 days of purchase you can get an additional year of warranty. However, all battery packs are only guaranteed for a 12-month period.

How we rated drill brands

In March 2013, we asked 2,587 Which? members a series of questions to find out how they rated their electric or cordless drill - the results are shown in the table above.

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