BLACK+DECKER Cordless Drill

Last updated date: July 12, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7

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We looked at the top 1 Cordless Drills and dug through the reviews from 10 of the most popular review sites including Heathy Handyman, BestReviews, The Spruce, Top 15 Products, Best of Machinery, A Web To Know, House and Tech, ratingle, Tool And Go and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Cordless Drill you should buy.

Overall Take

The Black + Decker may be the economy model, but it's more than adequate for most household jobs. The 11 clutch settings provide plenty of versatility. It's also one of the lightest drills on the market at 3.4 pounds, making it easy to use in most any space. In our analysis of 72 expert reviews, the BLACK + DECKER BLACK+DECKER Cordless Drill placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 5, 2019:
Checkout The Best Cordless Drill for a detailed review of all the top cordless drills.

Expert Summarized Score
8.6
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
4,891 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It’s not hard to see why thanks to its light and compact design. This cordless drill weighs just 3.4 lbs, so moving it around is no problem at all. The small size and low weight make it easy to access those difficult-to-reach areas and it’s also less likely to cause hand and arm fatigue during extended use.
- Heathy Handyman
Small and light. Very inexpensive
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
This drill/driver has an 11-position clutch, offering plenty of torque control for most applications. Its maximum RPM speed of 650 is notably lower than you get with many tools, but that's suitable rotation for most DIY projects. A built-in LED light helps to illuminate your working space whenever the trigger is depressed, while the drill's modest 3.25-pound weight minimizes strain and fatigue even if said workspace is overhead.
- Business Insider
May 21, 2019 | Full review
It’s reliable, powerful, and perfect for any size job around the house. LDX120C Cordless Drill/Driver is compact, lightweight and ideal for home DIY projects in tight spaces. An 11-position clutch prevents the stripping of screws and provides precise power where you need it, and integrated LED light at the front of the drill lights the way in dark spaces.
- The Spruce
February 22, 2019 | Full review
This 3.2 lbs Black & Decker LDX120C is a 20-volt cordless drill which comes with 650 RPM motor which produces a torque up to 115 in-lbs ( 13 Nm ) which is good enough for smaller jobs. It can do both drilling and screwdriving tasks easily.
- Top 15 Products
February 19, 2019 | Full review
The powerful 20 volt device is able to produce 115 inch-lbs of torque and generate speeds of up to 650 rpm. You’ll get some of the best work of your life done with the Black+Decker LDX120C and be able to get through your work demands faster thanks to this impressive tool.
- Best of Machinery
March 9, 2019 | Full review
This power drill features 11-position chuck, which should be enough for basic home projects. It is smaller than other 20v drills in the market, which makes it more comfortable and easier to use. The drill also incorporates LED light and weighs only 3.6 pounds.
- A Web To Know
The 11-position clutch is something that you don’t actually think you need until you start drilling. This enables you to have more versatility and you can quickly drill in multiple different positions. The drill itself is also rather small compared to many of the elite options. We have found this helpful in some of the tighter spots around the home.
- House and Tech
This drill is really lightweight, especially considering the power. It has a comfort grip rubber handle that’s designed to minimize slipping, even in tough spaces and angles. The trigger is easy and it runs smoothly when you’re drilling. The balance is good, so it really feels good to use.
- ratingle
Although it is among the smallest drills in the market, this one delivers reliable power and torque that will see you accomplish many tasks.
- Tool And Go
What experts didn't like
Lacks power. Only one speed
- Heathy Handyman
Down on power and battery life. Battery takes too long to recharge and only one is included.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
Underpowered for some materials
- Business Insider
May 21, 2019 | Full review
No dual speed range. Torque is not good for heavy use. It is a little bit difficult to tighten the chuck.
- Top 15 Products
February 19, 2019 | Full review
Battery charging takes longer
- A Web To Know
Not professional grade
- House and Tech
While the battery on this drill is great, you may come across situations where you’ll wish you had an extra battery. You will have to let it charge when it runs out, and while it does charge quickly, this can put a hold on your projects. You can purchase an additional battery, but at that point you’re losing the economic value of the unit.
- ratingle
The drill and driver is best suited for small activities in the home such as installing curtain rails, fixing small fixtures, drilling small holes. But, it doesn’t deliver adequate power and torque that is needed for professionals, contractors or intensive activity.
- Tool And Go

From The Manufacturer

The Black & Decker LBXR20 20 Volt MAX Extended Run Time Lithium Battery is compatible with the 20-Volt MAX line of power and gardening tools. These batteries have been formulated for longer runtime and improved performance. This battery is compatible with cordless tool models BDC120VA100, BDCDMT120, BDCDMT120-2, BDCDMT120F, BDCDMT120IA, BDCF20, BDH2000SL, LD3K220, LCC220, LCS120, LCS120B, LD120VA, LDX120C, LDX120PK, LDX120SB, LDX220SB, LDX220SBFC, LGC120, GLC120B, LHT210, LHT2220, LHT2220B, LLP120, LLP120B, LPHT120, LPHT120B, LPP120, LPP120B, LST220, LSW120, LSW20, LSW20B, SSL20SB, SSL20SB-2.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Dewalt Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Makita Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 10
3. Hitachi Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 10
4. BLACK+DECKER Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 10
5. MILWAUKEE M18 Fuel Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 1
6. Ryobi ONE+ Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 2
7. Kobalt Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 7
8. Bosch Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Ridgid Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 2
10. Greenworks Cordless Drill
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Cordless Drills

Even in the most maintenance-free household, a good cordless drill can be a time-saver. In most homes, it’s nothing short of a necessity. From hanging a painting to building an outdoor deck, there’s no job that a drill won’t make easier.

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As with any electric tool, there’s a bit of jargon to translate for the non-handyman. But in general, all drills work the same. An electric motor rotates a drill or screwdriver bit, whichever is held in place by a secure clamp called a chuck. The higher the voltage put out by the motor, the higher the torque or circular force applied by the drill. Cordless drills can vary in power greatly from 4 volts to more than 30, but a lot of that power can be overkill unless you’re planning to drill into concrete.

You can change out the bits in your drill by loosening and then tightening the chuck. This used to be done primarily by inserting and turning a chuck key, but keyless chucks are more or less the standard these days. Not only are they easier to use and generally more durable, you don’t have to worry about losing the key. The maximum size of your chuck will determine what size bits it can accommodate. 1/2 inch is one of the largest sizes to be found, but 3/8 inch is enough to fit most standard bits.

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Needless to say, the main convenience of a cordless drill — other than saving you elbow grease — is its portability. And while the batteries needed to power it can be heavy, they are generally easily rechargeable. Amp hours are a good indicator of how long the battery will last on a charge, though they won’t translate directly into actual hours. Don’t automatically assume a drill will come with a battery, by the way. Many brands manufacture a range of different tools, such as circular saw, drivers and the like, that can use the same battery, which will be sold separately.

Any drill will have clockwise and counterclockwise settings to respectively place and remove screws, but most will also have a variety of clutch settings. The clutch is essentially a safety valve for your drill, disengaging the drive shaft when a certain level of resistance is reached. (For instance, when the screw sinks flush into a wall.) You can increase the setting to drill through thicker materials, like treated wood or concrete, or lower them when screwing into simple drywall.

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DYWM Fun Fact

No matter how proud you are of your drill, it won’t match up to Bertha. That’s the name given to the world’s largest boring device used to dig the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel in Seattle, Washington until its dismantling in 2017. It weighed more than 6,000 tons with a cutting head that was 57.5 feet in diameter.

The Cordless Drill Buying Guide

  • Among cordless drills, Lithium-Ion batteries have become the standard. They’re longer-lasting, more efficient, safer for the environment and somewhat lighter than their Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) or Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) counterparts — although the high-powered models can still get fairly heavy. They are, however, somewhat more expensive. Some cheaper Lithium Ion batteries can also overheat in certain conditions. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for storage directions.
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  • Some battery brands will also have a battery life indicator or “fuel gauge,” which can be helpful. Even more helpful is a spare battery that can be switched out while the other is charging. And if you’re outfitting your garage with more than one tool, consider buying a modular kit with a single battery that can be used in a variety of different devices. It’s a definite money-saver.
  • There are a lot of factors that go into the price of a cordless drill, and power is one of the biggest. The amount of voltage put out by the motor will, in general, determine how much torque it can generate. You’ll want to find the drill that is right for the kind of projects you plan to tackle. Do you need a drill to repair your cabinets, hang paintings or assemble the odd piece of furniture? You might be fine with a 7.2-volt drill. Are you going to be drilling into masonry, putting screws into pressure treated wood or other outdoor jobs? You might want to look at a drill that packs 12 volts or more.
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  • You’ll find two general types of motors in a cordless drill: brushed and brushless. Without getting into the technical weeds, the brushed motors use tiny “brushes” to transfer power to the rotor, while brushless varieties use magnets. Brushes, like any other motor part, is subject to wear and tear. That’s why you’ll generally find longer warranties on drills with a brushless motor. They’re just more efficient (and of course, somewhat more expensive.)
  • Weight and grip can be important factors, especially when you’re using your cordless drill in tight spaces or awkward positions. Most modern drills are configured with the weightiest part — the battery — placed at the bottom of the handle. While that generally makes the drill more stable and easier to use, some prefer a more top-heavy pistol grip that allows them to put more force behind the screw or drill.