A cordless drill can be found in just about any home, especially those with any kind of do-it-yourselfer as an occupant. It’s a highly versatile tool and can be used for so many things, from driving screws into the wall to hang a picture, to framing a house. They can drive any kind of screw or bolt, mix grout or paint, make little or big holes depending on what you need, and they can even grind metal or sand curved surfaces with them. They typically have a keyless chuck which will accept a variety of hex and round-shank screwdriver and drill bits, as well as rotary sanders, wire-wheel brushes, grinding wheels, hole saws, and the list just really goes on and on. Whether you are looking for your very first cordless drill, a replacement, or an addition to your cordless drill collection, this is a good place to start.

DEWALT DC970K-2 Compact Drill/Driver Kit

Not only is this the #1 Best Seller on Amazon, but it also boasts an impressive rating from users. The fact that it is the best-seller doesn’t automatically mean it’s good, but the Amazon rating had me thinking. Besides, DEWALT is known for making great power tools and I’m willing to bet their cordless drills are no exception. Let’s check it out.

Black & Decker LDX120C Cordless Drill

Black & Decker is a name that is arguably the most synonymous with drills, both corded and cordless, so naturally I had to take a look at what they have to offer.

I’ve chosen to review the LDX120C, which has garnered some great user reviews online. This particular cordless drill/driver is not a heavy-duty model, so you can’t expect it to tackle professional construction jobs, but if you are looking for something that is excellent for making small repairs, drilling a few holes here and there, fastening screws around your home, or even light woodworking projects, the LDX120C is quite good.

I’ll also touch on Black & Decker’s entry-level model, the LDX112C, which is a bit like the “Mini Me” version of the LDX120C.

Porter-Cable PCL120DDC-2 Dril/Driver

Although most people think that 12V cordless drills are only suitable for light-duty home maintenance and basic DIY projects, these compact little drills will also appeal to professionals who use far more powerful drills.

Why? Even though the bulk of heavy-duty work on some projects is done using 18V or 20V drills, when it comes to finish work, or stuff like putting up cabinets or shelves, or getting into tight spaces in order to complete the job, 12V cordless drills are essential. Basically, they are great for some basic tweaks around the house, but they also have a professional appeal.

DEWALT DCD780C2 Lightweight Cordless Drill/Driver Kit

Along with their series of 18V cordless drills, DEWALT also offers 20V drill/drivers designed to bridge the gap between light, entry-level models and high-performance models. I reviewed two of their 18V drills, so I decided to check out one of their 20V drills as well, the DEWALT DCD780C2.

From the looks of it, and the online user reviews, it appears to hit the sweet spot between performance and ease of use. Let’s see if I am right.