Kobalt Cordless Drill

Last updated date: May 5, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

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We looked at the top 1 Cordless Drills and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including Top Ten Reviews, Consumer Reports, A Web To Know, Pro Tool Reviews, Shop Tool Reviews, Consumer Search, Real Tool Reviews and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Cordless Drill you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 69 expert reviews, the Kobalt Kobalt Cordless Drill placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.1
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
161 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This model has 650 inch-pounds of torque, or turning force, which is also at the top of the pack. There are also 23 clutch settings, which allow you to control the amount of torque you use for each project since some jobs require a more delicate touch – you don’t want to snap off a head fastener or damage the material your working on with too much torque.
- Top Ten Reviews
Powerful. 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 Can store a bit on drill Has a battery charge indicator.
- Consumer Reports
This 24v power drill is surprisingly powerful for its price. In addition to the 2,000rpm max speed, this machine can produce up to 650 inch-pounds of torque, which is so far the highest among the other drills reviewed here. It comes with an auxiliary handle which can allow you to operate the drill with either your left or right hand. The tool is backed by a 5-year limited warranty and the battery comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
- A Web To Know
February 5, 2019 | Full review
The Kobalt KDD 1424A-03 has two modes, operating at 550 and 2,000 RPMs. It will do a phenomenal amount of work on a single 2Ah battery (which is what’s included in the kit along with the charger).
- Pro Tool Reviews
August 24, 2016 | Full review
This model also features three different speed settings and a finish mode. This allows you to dial in the speed you need for any particular application.
- Shop Tool Reviews
April 5, 2018 | Full review
In professional tests, it delivers plenty of power and speed and lasts a good amount of time on a battery charge. Owners appreciate its lightweight body, two-speed operation, half-inch chuck, and abundant features such as an LED task light, battery life gauge, onboard bit storage, and belt hook.
- Consumer Search
June 7, 2018 | Full review
It has two different speed/power modes. Mode #1 is designed for larger holes & is the setting you will use to obtain maximum torque, while also maintaining lower RPMs. This mode has a maximum of 650 in-lbs of torque (we think is highly under-rated….it seems much more powerful) & a range of 0-550 RPMs. Mode #2 is designed for smaller holes and faster drilling. It has a range of 0-2,000 RPMs — and everything is controlled precisely with the variable speed trigger.
- Real Tool Reviews
What experts didn't like
You’ll find the 1424A-03’s overall feature package to be somewhat lacking. However, its biggest problem is its battery. First, it only comes with one battery, and all the other drills we reviewed come with two. In addition, the battery took 60 minutes to charge but only ran for 22 minutes, which is one of the shortest battery lives of the models we tested.
- Top Ten Reviews
Heavy. More difficult to handle and control. Comes with only one battery.
- Consumer Reports
This isn’t a perfect drill by any means though. Because it consumes a lot of power, the battery gets drained easily. And without a spare battery, you would have to wait for one straight charging hour to be able to use the drill again.
- A Web To Know
February 5, 2019 | Full review
Ultimately, you probably won’t use this tool as your sole impact wrench, as it really doesn’t generate the kind of power you’ll need for tightening lug nuts and dealing with other heavier-duty applications.
- Shop Tool Reviews
April 5, 2018 | Full review
However, it’s a bit heavier and louder than many competing drills.
- Consumer Search
June 7, 2018 | Full review
The biggest negative would be a limited number of compatible other tools that use the new 24v batteries (currently 7 total)….however, Lowes has already shown us 3 additional tools coming this fall & they hinted around at a 3rd release coming by the end of the year.
- Real Tool Reviews

From The Manufacturer

Kobalt 24-volt max 1/2-in cordless drill/driver comes with a 24-volt max 2.0Ah Li-ion battery, charger, belt clip, double-ended driver bit, bit holder, auxiliary handle and soft bagBrushless, highly-efficient motor delivers 650-in-lbs of torque and provides long-lasting life and run time2-speed gearbox allows for drilling and driving at 2 variable-speed ranges (0-550 and 0-2,000-RPM)

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Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 2
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Expert Reviews: 7
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Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
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Expert Reviews: 2
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