In this guide we’ll look at the best brushless drills.
We’ve compared power, batteries, range of settings and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Brushless Drill?
More Detailed Brushless Drill Reviews
Dewalt DCD796N 18V XR Li-Ion Brushless Compact Combi Drill Review
The DeWalt DCD796N Brushless Combi Drill is one of the best brushless drills on the market. It offers great performance and is compact and easy to use.
This 18 Volt combi drill is just 174 mm long and with its ergonomic design, lightweight profile and compact footprint you can easily access awkward locations. This combi drill weighs just 1.3 kg (without the battery). The handle is lined inside and out with a soft grip rubber that provides great control and comfort.
The power drill features a brushless motor that provides superior power and longevity. There are 15 torque settings that control up to 70 Nm of force and there are 2 variable drilling speeds of 0-550 rpm and 0-2,000 rpm.
Despite its size this drill can drive 40 mm into wood, 13 mm into steel and drill 13 mm into masonry (with the hammer action). Chuck capacity is 13 mm.
You will need to purchase one or more batteries and charger with this tool but even with that outlay we still consider the DeWalt DCD796N to be one of the best brushless cordless drills for the money.
Bosch Professional GSB 18V-60C Brushless Drill Review
The Bosch Professional GSB 18V-60C Brushless Combi Drill Driver is another high performance brushless drill and one of the best brushless combi drills on the UK market.
This is a powerful combi drill. Not only is it brushless with its longer lasting, cooler running motor, its percussion action enables it to generate up to 28,500 bpm when drilling into concrete. It features 20+1 torque settings (the “1” is reverse), 2 variable no-load speeds of 0-600 rpm and 0-1,900 rpm and a max torque of 60 Nm.
This brushless drill can penetrate up to 10 mm of concrete, as well as 38 mm into wood and 13 mm into steel. The drill weighs 1.9 kg, including a 1.5 Ah battery (not supplied). The (metal) chuck capacity is 13 mm.
As far as safety features go the drill features electronic motor protection and kickback control. There is also Bluetooth connectivity to connect to a smartphone for additional tool control.
This Bosch brushless drill comes as a bare tool and is compatible with Bosch Professional batteries.
So if you are looking for a high-performance brushless drill this is a great option.
Makita DHP484Z 18V Li-ion Brushless Drill Review
The Makita DHP484Z 18V Li-ion Brushless Combi Drill 54 Nm is another great choice of brushless hammer drill.
This drill has a brushless motor and a hammer setting that provides 30,000 impacts per minute ensuring it can power through even the toughest of materials. Combined with a max no-load speed of 2,000 rpm and 21 torque settings with a 54 Nm max torque, this brushless combi drill can be considered one of the best brushless hammer drills around.
The all-metal frame is made mostly from aluminium so the drill is lightweight but strong. Vibrations are also dampened.
This Makita brushless drill is also very easy to use thanks to its nice arrangement of buttons and speed controlling trigger. The handle is lined with a soft grip rubber for comfort and grip.
This is a powerful brushless drill of great build quality that’s comfortable and easy to use.
Worx 18 V WX-JCR Slammer Review
The Worx brushless technology allows a 50% longer runtime, 25% more power and a 10x longer service life of the motor.
The Worx Slammer drill boasts 24 clutch positions with a max torque of 50 Nm. The torque, combined with its 2 variable speeds of 0-500 rpm and 0-1,600 rpm and 25,600 bpm hammer action makes for a versatile and powerful brushless combi drill. It can drill 30 mm into wood, 13 mm into steel, 16 mm into masonry and 13 mm into reinforced concrete. The drill also comes with a 13 mm keyless chuck allowing for larger drill bits and easy bit changing.
This Worx Slammer drill is a great budget 18 V brushless combi drill.
Black+Decker BL188N 18V Brushless Hammer Drill Review
The Black+Decker BL188N-XJ 18V Brushless Hammer Drill is another good choice of brushless hammer drill.
This powerful cordless drill can run up to 1,650 rpm and generate a max torque of 52 Nm. The hammer action can generate up to 28,000 bpm, plenty enough power for drilling through brick and concrete.
This brushless cordless drill is easy to use and the buttons are all nicely positioned within easy reach of the rubberised handle. This is a bare tool so there is no battery included. If you own or plan on buying other Black+Decker power tools, then you can save money by sharing the 18 V batteries between tools.
This is a relatively cheap cordless brushless drill with a powerful spec that’s comfortable and easy to use.
Brushless Drill Buyer’s Guide
Brushless motors are designed to work with fewer moving parts, allowing power tools to produce more power with at less energy. This means you get more use out of your power tool for each battery charge. The fact there are fewer moving parts also means less heat is created. Heat damages electronics and shortens their lifetime. With a cooler running motor and components that interact less, brushless motors degrade slower and last many years.
To remain safe when using any power drill, you should ensure eye protection is worn. When drilling, dirt and debris can be projected at high speeds towards you so you must protect your eyes.
You should also wear a mask to protect your lungs from the dust created when drilling.