The best drills for your next DIY project
Save your hands the stress.
We’ve all toiled over a box of pre-packed furniture pieces with nothing more than a screwdriver and sore, sweaty hands. Life doesn’t have to be like that, though—a power drill is a super accessible must-have for any functional modern home. If you hang pictures on drywall, you’ll need a drill to make a safe and clean pilot hole. Ever tried to make one with a screwdriver? It doesn’t work. Putting up curtains? You get the idea. It doesn’t matter if you’re the least or most handy person in the world—everyone should have a drill in their cabinet.
Check out this list of our favorite power drills currently available.
This DeWalt cordless drill in classic yellow and black has and a two-speed transmission that runs between 0 and 550 rotations per minute for heavy-duty jobs and at 2,000 rpm for high-speed drilling. If you’re working in cramped quarters with limited light, the onboard workspace-facing LED ensures that you see what you’re doing. DeWalt also offers a large line of 20-volt batteries to choose from, all of which are compatible with this lightweight and portable drill.
The Black+Decker 20V Max is a cordless solution to light-impact screw driving projects from picture hanging to frame construction. This drill sports an 11-position clutch to give you precise control over the torque you’re working with according to the material you’re drilling into.
This 18-volt drill from Bosch weighs only 2.75 pounds and isn’t more than three inches wide, making it ideal for jobs where weight and portability matter. The two-speed transmission delivers accurate and consistent driving at 20 different torque settings. It uses slim 1.5-volt batteries, has a work-facing LED, and sports a soft, ergonomic grip for comfort.
In situations where dwindling battery charge gets in the way of continuous drill work, grab this corded drill from Porter-Cable and put batteries out of your mind. Just as perfect for moving day picture hanging and furniture assembly as it is for exterior home improvement, this drill has a high-powered six-amp motor that’s capable of up to 2,500 revolutions per minute. The lock-on button allows the drill to run continuously in cases where you might attach a sander or grinder for extended applications.