Hitachi Cordless Drill

Last updated date: May 22, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

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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 BestReviews, Rating Fly, Drill & Driver, Consumer Reports, Review Finch, Pro Tool Reviews, Cordless Drill Zone, Home and Work Power Tools, Tool Box Geeks, Mistry Make Tool and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Cordless Drill you should buy.

Overall Take

The Hitachi Cordless Drill is a solid all-around model for home use. Built for longevity, it features a long-lasting battery and a durable brushless motor. Helpful additional features also include an onboard battery life indicator and LED work lights. In our analysis of 72 expert reviews, the Hitachi Hitachi Cordless Drill placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 22, 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
8.4
481 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Best blend of all-around performance. Scores well in every category. Very well-liked by buyers. Option of drill bit kit add-on
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
Compact cordless drill and driver set up. LED lighting system is fantastic. 22 Different driver settings available. 24 month lithium-ion battery warranty is second to none.
- Rating Fly
February 13, 2019 | Full review
The DS18DBFL2 is a cordless brushless drill. It has a longer runtime than brushed tools. It has longer battery life and performs more efficiently.
- Drill & Driver
Powerful. Quieter than most. Short recharge time. Fast at drilling holes and driving screws. Has a 1/2-inch chuck. Has an LED work light. Has a battery charge indicator. Has a case or bag for storage. Has a belt hook. Ratcheting chuck. Has a battery charge indicator
- Consumer Reports
Managed by a micro-processor chip that efficiently delivers current flow to the motor, Brushless tools experience longer run time between charges, increased power, and extended durability with essentially no maintenance. Hitachi's signature ergonomic design for the tool body makes it extremely well-balanced and comfortable for extended use. It is an ideal driver drill for drilling into wood, plastic, mild steel and aluminum, plus its 22+1 stage clutch with 22 torque settings and a drill mode allow for precision and control based on the application.
- Review Finch
The Hitachi DS18DBFL2 takes advantage of a brushless motor’s more efficient, cooler running benefits.
- Pro Tool Reviews
July 5, 2018 | Full review
The most famous feature of this Hitachi cordless power tool is the impressive lifetime warranty. This power tool is equipped with a brushless motor. Brushless motors have more power since there are no brushes to create friction and heat that result in a loss of power. A brushless motor also means that the tool will run longer between charges. This Hitachi drill features an ergonomic tool body and grip design, making a better balanced power tool.
- Cordless Drill Zone
March 1, 2018 | Full review
It has an optical trigger switch that allows variable speed operation. It also comes with a built-in LED light, an on-tool battery indicator, and a metal belt hook to keep the drill close by.
- Home and Work Power Tools
Another neat factor is that it has an onboard battery indicator so you can plan your jobs accordingly. It wouldn’t do much good if you ignored the low battery symbol in the middle of a job. Altogether the drill has a very popular fanbase for its power and reliability.
- Tool Box Geeks
February 8, 2018 | Full review
The impressive and best feature of this cordless drill machine is On-tool battery indicator which displays the amount of power remaining in the battery pack to avoid downtime.
- Mistry Make Tool
October 25, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Slightly slower top speed when drilling.
- BestReviews
April 1, 2019 | Full review
Two speed gearbox is a little bit underwhelming. Not the best looking drill on the market today.
- Rating Fly
February 13, 2019 | Full review
Bits may wobble so ensure that it is tightened. Clips on the battery break easily when it falls. Replacing the batteries can be very expensive
- Drill & Driver
Limited run time per battery charge. Cannot store a bit on drill
- Consumer Reports
One of the areas that Hitachi is still behind on is with their battery indicators. They aren’t showing up on the battery pack itself (not yet, anyway) and the 2-LED on-tool indicator isn’t terribly helpful.
- Pro Tool Reviews
July 5, 2018 | Full review
The batteries are expensive to replace. The on board fuel gauge is difficult to read to let you know when the battery is getting low.
- Cordless Drill Zone
March 1, 2018 | Full review
Its slide-type batteries are not compatible with other Hitachi products.. It’s double the price of other brushless drills. A bit storage would have been greatly appreciated.
- Home and Work Power Tools

From The Manufacturer

Covered by Hitachi's Lifetime Lithium Ion tool warranty, the DS18DBFL2 Driver Drill features Hitachi's Brushless motor technology that delivers more power to the motor by minimizing unnecessary energy loss through friction and heat. Managed by a micro-processor chip that efficiently delivers current flow to the motor, Brushless tools experience longer run time between charges, increased power, and extended durability with essentially no maintenance. Hitachi's signature ergonomic design for the tool body makes it extremely well-balanced and comfortable for extended use. It is an ideal driver drill for drilling into wood, plastic, mild steel and aluminum, plus its 22+1 stage clutch with 22 torque settings and a drill mode allow for precision and control based on the application.

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.

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.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.