Last updated October, 2018
Are you in Canada, searching online for the best cordless drill? This review contains an overview of 1/2 inch drive, battery powered drills that can be purchased online and in-store from retailers in Canada
A cordless drill is one of the most basic, and often first purchased, tool in the arsenal of the homeowner and DIY-er.
And yet, my oh my. In researching for this product review, I came across many interesting things – and further proves the difference between professional review sites, and simply computer generated price comparison sites.
In my search for a cordless drill, simple Google searches produced sites with roundups of interesting products:
- One review site listed drills, hammer drills, impact drivers and those small battery powered screwdrivers. In my opinion, those are not comparable products as they all serve specific purposes.
- A site (that shall remain unnamed) clearly had computer generated results in their review, as they listed a dremel, and even a drill bit set – which they listed as their cheapest option – obviously. It’s not even a drill, it’s a cordless drill accessory!
In this roundup of cordless drills for Canada, we stuck with actual drills – nothing fancy, nothing specialized, just good-old-fashioned 1/2inch drive drills that can drive screws and drill holes. We hope it’s helpful, and if it isn’t, leave a comment and let us know how the product review could be more useful!
TopTenReviews.com ranked the Makita XRD10R 18V 1/2″ Cordless Drill as the #1 on their list claiming it was the 'Best Overall' in their product review. [October 2018]
They liked the user experience of this drill, as well as the battery life, even though it only weighs 3.3 pounds.
TopTenReviews.com ranked the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2703-22 1/2 Drill Kit as the #3 on their list claiming it was the 'Best for Professionals' in their product review. [October 2018]
It's the heaviest drill they tested at 5 pounds, and the battery takes almost an hour to full recharge. However, it has high power ratings (650-inch pounds of torque), it has an incredibly long battery life, and it's very versatile which makes it a great choice for a cordless drill that will get used on a daily basis.
JustCordlessDrillReviews.com ranked the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2703-22 1/2 Drill Kit as the #3 on their list claiming it was the 'I really love it' in their product review. [October 2018]
His pick as number 3 is funny - the top 2 picks are impact drivers, not cordless drills, so perhaps that means this Milwaukee M18 Fuel is actually his first choice for cordless drills?
TopTenReviews.com ranked the Kobalt 1424A-03 24-volt 1/2in Brushless Cordless Drill as the #2 on their list claiming it was the 'Best Value' in their product review. [October 2018]
It got great ratings on the user experience size, has massive torque only matched by the Milwaukee Fuel, and it has a great price - in the USA at least. It does lack the battery life of more expensive drills, but for the DIYer, it's a great option.
TopTenReviews.com ranked the Rockwell RK2852K2 Brushless Drill, 20V as the #4 on their list claiming it was the 'Longest Warranty' in their product review. [October 2018]
The drill produces ok torque, and is light-weight and balanced, but the battery takes an hour to charge and only lasts about 40 minutes - even with the brushless motor! It seems the only real benefit of this cordless drill is the 20 year warranty - reminds me of when Hyundai started trying to grow in popularity simply by offering the longest warranty.
Thinking of the Rockwell Cordless Drill? Consider this one instead - it's the new version. It has all the same features, plus a hammer drill feature, plus 'batteries for life replacement guarantee.' To top it all off, it's often cheaper too!
Rockwell RK2853K2 Li-Ion Brushless Cordless Hammer Drill
Popular Mechanics ranked the Ryobi P1811 One+ Compact Cordless Drill as the #2 on their list claiming it was the 'Best Value' in their product review. [September 2017]
Considering the ability this corldless drill has to drive screws, Popular Mechanics loved it - especially considering that Ryobi use to be the "runt of the power tool litter". This drill really shows their improved game. The only issue they had was with the AutoShift clutch that can sometimes choose the wrong 'auto' setting for the job.
Popular Mechanics ranked the DeWALT DCD791D2Max XR Brushless 1/2″ Cordless Drill as the #1 on their list claiming it was the 'Best Handling' in their product review. [September 2017]
They said it was easy-to-handle, and yet it operated like a professional grade product, and it also had the smoothest turning clutch of all the drills they reviewed. The battery life wasn't the best, but it comes with 2 batteries to keep your projects moving along.
Reviewed.com ranked the DEWALT DCD777C2 20V Max Lithium-Ion Brushless Compact Drill Driver as the #2 on their list claiming it was the 'Best for Bigger Jobs' in their product review. [September 2018]
Some of the cordless drills in this review had 3/8 chucks so they were lighter and smaller. However, this 1/2 chuck cordless drill still received 'best for bigger jobs' from the site because of its versatility, large powerful battery, and design.
Reviewed.com ranked the Makita FD07R1 12V 3/8″ Cordless Drill as the #1 on their list claiming it was the 'Best Overall' in their product review. [September 2018]
If you don't need a 1/2" chuck for large drilling jobs, then a smaller, lighter cordless drill like this one from Makita could fit the bill. It has a powerful brushless motor, and a high-quality feel.
Gear Hungry ranked the DeWALT DCD771C2 20V 1/2″ Cordless Drill as the #1 on their list claiming it was the 'Best Overall' in their product review. [October 2018]
This drill is cheaper than it's brushless motored brothers, with the only downside being some lost battery life due to the less efficient motor. Same great features, same 2-speed transmission, same 20V lithium-ion batteries that work with all of DeWalt's 20V tools.
Wirecutter ranked the Bosch DDS183-02 18V Brushless 1/2″ Cordless Drill as the #4 on their list claiming it was the 'Upgrade Pick' in their product review. [November 2017]
This review on wirecutter was for the best drill for common household projects, and featured mostly small, low voltage, 3/8inch chuck drills. However, they did test some bigger drills, and this Bosch was their favorite because of it's combination of power, battery life, features, and of course, price. Their review is from a year ago, so some of the other drills might be a newer/better pick now.
Other Considerations in Choosing a Cordless Drill
Although we can tell you which is the best and worst cordless drills for 2018, it really depends on you. You’ll be the one using it, and enjoying it or hating it. Make sure it isn’t too heavy, that the grip is a good size for your hand, that the automatic chuck is easy to use and not painfully rough on your hand.
Consider the types of jobs you want the drill to do, and how often you’ll be using it. Do you need a workhorse, or an around-the-house-fixall type of tool? If you will be working long hours with it, more than one cordless drill battery is a great feature to look for too.
Also consider the future – will you likely be adding to your cordless tool collection? Perhaps it actually makes more money-sense to buy a cordless combo kit now instead of just a drill, or at least pick a drill from a company that has other cordless tools you’ll want to buy – and make sure they all use the same batteries!
Choosing a cordless drill without ever feeling it in your hand is difficult. If you have the chance to visit a local hardware store, or big box ‘home improvement’ store we recommend you do. Then you can see and touch the options to make sure you get the best cordless drill for you – and remember, everyone’s choice is not always the same!