Dewalt Cordless Drill

Last updated date: July 12, 2019

DWYM Score
9.4

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We looked at the top 1 Cordless Drills and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Sympathink, Top 15 Products, Power Tool Buzz, House and Tech, Best of Machinery, Just Cordless Drill Reviews, Heathy Handyman and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Cordless Drill you should buy.

Overall Take

The Dewalt Cordless Drill packs more than enough voltage for most any job. The powerful motor delivers superior torque, and the secure chuck keeps the bit secure at any speed. We also found that the ergonomic design makes all that torque easy to control throughout. In our analysis of 71 expert reviews, the Dewalt Dewalt Cordless Drill placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Cordless Drill for a detailed review of all the top cordless drills.

Expert Summarized Score
9.3
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
3,837 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Nothing beats it for torque output. Outstanding reputation for reliability.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
It can be set to operate in two different speed ranges, with the option for speeds between zero and 450 revolutions per minute, which is perfect for precision drilling, or at up to 1,500 RPM, which will help you make short work of even tougher materials like masonry.
- Business Insider
February 6, 2018 | Full review
Ergonomic and easy to handle, the unit is easy to control and slim enough to use in tight spaces. Powerful, powered by a reliable battery and capable of handling most jobs, the Dewalt DCD771C2 is one of the best cordless drills for the money.
- Sympathink
It has a half-inch single sleeve chuck that helps us to tight it by one hand. This chuck has ratcheting motion which increases the gripping tension as the rotational force increases. In simple words, it holds the bit tightly even at the higher torque speed.
- Top 15 Products
February 19, 2019 | Full review
The DEWALT DCD771C2 cordless drill is incredibly compact and features a lightweight design which fits into tight or enclosed areas. The electric drill is provided with a high-performance motor which offers 300 unit watts out (UWO) of power ability, hence capable of completing a broad range of drilling applications. At the same time, this tool provides dual-speed transmission: at low speed, it delivers 0-450 RPM, and at high speed, it gives 0-1500 RPM.
- Power Tool Buzz
The unit also features a high-powered motor that will deliver around 300 Units Watts Out for those tougher jobs.
- House and Tech
The device is capable of producing up to 300 unit watts out of power and is able to generate speeds of up to 1,500 rpm! You’ll be able to get your work done quickly and efficiently with a reliable tool that will last for years to come. Additionally, the Dewalt DCD771C2 Cordless has a ½ inch single sleeve ratcheting chuck that allows you to have greater control over your bits while you work.
- Best of Machinery
March 9, 2019 | Full review
The bag is durable and compact too and accommodates all the drill and its different components in an organized manner.
- Just Cordless Drill Reviews
Compact, ergonomic design feels balanced and comfortable in the hand
- Heathy Handyman
June 25, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
A bit heavier than the other drills we tested
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
Batteries drain too quickly
- Business Insider
February 6, 2018 | Full review
Not so good for heavy-duty tasks. No bit holder.
- Top 15 Products
February 19, 2019 | Full review
A bit expensive. The charger is a bit slow, charging can take up to an hour. Lacks a bit holder
- Power Tool Buzz
Unfortunately, it is a little more expensive, but this can be due to the fact that this is a kit and not a single drill.
- House and Tech
The charging system's temperature restrictions have received some flak. Both the charger and battery's temperature numbers should fall in the 65-75F range.
- Just Cordless Drill Reviews
Some battery problems were reported, but they may relate to the charger rather than the batteries
- Heathy Handyman
June 25, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

20 Volt max Lithium Ion compact drill driver. Lightweight design with high performance motor that delivers 300 unit watts of power out. High speed transmission delivers 2 speeds 0-450 RPM and 0-1500 RPM. 1/2 inch single sleeve with ratcheting chuck. Ergonomic handle allows comfort and control. Tools weighs 3. 6 pounds. Contains) 20 Volt max compact Lithium Ion battery packs, compact charger and durable contractor bag.

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.