After recently testing over 50 drills and hammer drills to find the best cordless drill among dozens of brands, DeWalt stood out in the pack. In fact, we found the best DeWalt drill for nearly every application. If you’re here, you obviously like the Yellow and Black brand—so we’ll break down our favorite models for any application.
Keep in mind—these careful picks come after hours and hours of torque testing, runtime testing, and practical real-world use. We know the best DeWalt drill may not be the same for everyone. Rather than recommend a single tool for everyone, we recommend several different models that provide the perfect blend of performance, features, ergonomics, and value for different types for users.
Why Are DeWalt Tools So Good?
In the 1990s, DeWalt brought their brand new range of portable tools onto the market, inspired by the success of bigger brands like Black & Decker, and in conjunction with the German company, ELU, which specialises in technology for woodwork. It was very well received and soon they became renowned for ingenuity of tool design and being well ahead of the field.
What sets DeWalt apart is an ethos of high standards and expectations based on the needs and expertise of real life tradesmen and women, whose advice and feedback are built into their product development. This means professionals trust this brand and know they can expect consistently top quality performance from any DeWalt tool.
If you own more than one power tool from DeWalt, the chances are you’ll be able to make multiple uses of chargers and accessories, which means it’s well worth sticking with the brand. Their own patented ‘Flexvolt’ technology has proved to be revolutionary in the use of cordless power tools, even for heavy-duty jobs. The impact and improvements on time, money and effort is a radical upgrade in working practice and economic savings for drywalling professionals.
Our Picks of Best DeWalt Drill Set
1. Dewalt DCD996P2 20V MAX XR Cordless Hammer Drill Kit
With a high power, high efficiency brushless motor, the DeWALT 20V MAX XR Cordless Lithium-Ion 3-Speed Hammer Drill delivers up to 57% more run time over tools with brushed motors. Complete with two 20V MAX XR High Capacity 5.0 Ah Li-Ion Batteries, this unit provides 33% more capacity over standard packs.
- DeWALT-built high power, high efficiency brushless motor delivers up to 57% more run time over brushed
- XR Li-Ion batteries with fuel gauge provide 33% more capacity over standard packs
- Heavy-duty 1/2 in. ratcheting nitro-carburized metal chuck with carbide inserts for superior bit gripping strength
- 3-Mode LED provides lighting in dark or confined spaces up to 20X brighter than previous model
- LED Spotlight Mode features 20 minute shutoff function allowing for extended work time in dark or confined spaces
2. Dewalt DCD708C2 ATOMIC 20V Cordless Drill Driver Kit
This ATOMIC 20V MAX Compact Brushless Drill Driver kit includes (2) 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Batteries, a charger, and a carrying bag. At only 6.3 in. front to back, this drill features a high performance brushless motor that delivers 340 unit watts outs (UWO) and LED light to provide optimum illumination in dark spaces as you work. For increased comfort, the handle features an ergonomic design for balance and easier tool control along with a removable belt hook. Backed by a DEWALT 3 Year limited warranty so you can buy with confidence.
- Compact at only 6.3 in. front to back designed to fit in tight spaces
- Lightweight at only 2.4 lbs.
- LED foot light for superior visibility
- Variable speed trigger allows for control and precision on delicate work surfaces
- DEWALT built brushless motor for efficient performance and runtime
- 1/2 in. Ratcheting chuck provides superior built gripping strength
- 340 UWO of power to help get the job done
3. Dewalt DCK221F2 XTREME 12V MAX Cordless Impact Driver Kit
The XTREME 12V MAX Brushless 3/8 in. Drill & Impact Driver Kit contains 2 compact and performance packed tools. The DCD701 Brushless 3/8 in. Drill Driver is ideal for a variety of drilling applications, especially precision drilling like pilot holes. It is only 5.97 in. long with 250 UWO of power. The XTREME 12V MAX DCF801 Brushless 1/4 in. Impact Driver is ideal for many fastening applications and comes with Precision DriveTM technology. It is only 5.05 in. long and comes packed to perform with 1,450 in-lbs of torque.
- Brushless motor for maximum runtime and durability
- The drill driver has a 3/8 in. ratcheting chuck for a wide variety of bits
- Compact, lightweight design for tight spaces
- The drill/driver has 3 LED lights to illuminate the work surface
- The Impact Driver has 3-mode settings including the Precision Drive feature for accuracy
4. Dewalt DCD771C2 20V Cordless Drill/Driver Kit
The right tool with the right power can make repairing or creating an enjoyable and rewarding experience. The Dewalt DCD771C2 20V MAX Cordless Lithium-Ion 1/2 in. Compact Drill Driver Kit can be that right tool for you with a motor that delivers two speeds providing you complete control, and an ergonomically handle design the adds comfort during long periods of use. Meanwhile the DCD771C2’s 20V MAX Lithium-Ion batteries will supply you with power to make sure that you do not get interrupted mid project.
The DCD771C2 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Compact Drill/Driver Kit is lightweight and compact for working in tight spaces for long periods of time. High-speed transmission delivers 2-Speed variations allowing users to choose the level of performance needed for various applications.
- Compact, lightweight design fits into tight areas.
- Ergonomic handle delivers comfort and control
- Heavy duty 1/2 in. ratcheting chuck with carbide inserts provides superior bit gripping strength
- High speed transmission delivers two speeds (0 – 450 / 0 – 1,500 RPM) for a range of fastening and drilling applications
- Two-speed, all-metal transmission for increased run time and longer tool life
- 16 position adjustable torque control for consistent screwdriving into a variety of materials with different screw sizes
5. Dewalt DW1361 21 Pc Titanium Pilot Point Drill Bit Set
Every piece in this best drill bit set from DEWALT is equipped with a titanium pilot point that ensures longer bit life, perfect for use as an accessory with any top quality drill press. The drill bits start on contact to ensure drilling of cleaner holes, with less likelihood of tearing and ugly splinters when making the pilot hole.
The tapered web of each drill bit in this 21-piece set is designed to offer reliable durability, which is the trademark of DEWALT quality. The shanks ensure no spin for effortless connection into the chuck of a spinning mandrel.
- Pilot Point and tip starts on contact for clean, accurate holes and reduces lock-up on breakthrough
- No-spin shank eliminates the frustration of bit spinning in the chuck
- Tapered web provides greater durability to reduce breaking
- Size markings are located above the shank to prevent wearing away