In this guide we’ll look at the best budget cordless drills.
We’ve compared power, range of settings, accessories and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Budget Cordless Drill?
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Mylek 18V Cordless Drill Driver with 1300 mAh Li-Ion Battery Review
The Mylek 18V Cordless Drill Driver is our choice for best budget cordless drill.
This is a powerful, compact yet extremely affordable cordless drill. It is powered by an 18 Volt 1.3 Ah Li-Ion battery that takes just 1 hour to fully recharge. The two-speed gearbox provides a variable speed range of up to 1,400 rpm. The lower setting is used for drilling and driving jobs that require greater torque. You have a max torque available of 28 Nm available for this and this can be adjusted accordingly using the 19 different torque settings provided. Unusually for a cordless drill driver in this price range there is a unique electric safety brake system ensures you have complete control over your drilling tasks.
The drill also features a soft-grip handle and its shock-absorbent design helps to reduce fatigue and make it very comfortable to use. There is also an LED work light and battery capacity indicator light. The two sleeve 10 mm keyless chuck makes changing the drill and screwdriver accessories a breeze. The drill comes in a case with 6 twist drills, 6 Cr-V bits and a bit holder.
If you are after a cheap 18 Volt cordless drill for odd jobs around the house this drill makes a great choice.
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Detlev Pro 21V Combi Drill Cordless Drill Driver with 2 Li-Ion Batteries Review
The Detlev Pro G8104-Li 21 V Cordless Drill Driver is another great budget cordless drill option as this one comes with two powerful 20 Volt Li-ion batteries. These two 1.5 aH capacity batteries take 60 – 70 minutes to charge using the fast charger supplied, so you can effectively work with minimal downtime, alternating between your working battery and the one on charge.
This is another powerful drill with a maximum torque of 42 Nm and 18 torque settings. It also has two variable speed settings of 0-400 rpm and 0-1400 rpm. This combination of torque and speed allow it to drill up to 30 mm into wood, 13 mm into cement and 10 mm into metal, ample capacity for most common DIY tasks.
Despite its power this drill has a compact profile and the ergonomic soft grip handle ensures a comfortable drilling experience. An LED work light helps illuminate darker work areas.
The kit also comes with a very generous 42 piece accessory kit that includes 8 drill bits, 33 driver bits and a handy flexible shaft, all supplied in a sturdy carry case.
If you are looking for a budget drill under £50 this kit represents one of the best cordless drills for the money.
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Letton 20V MAX Lithium Ion Cordless Drill with 1300 mAh Battery & Charger Review
The Letton Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill is a very competitively priced, powerful 18 Volt cordless drill with two gears whose no-load speed range from 0-600 rpm and 0-1,500 rpm respectively.
The lower speed range can be used with any of the 19 torque settings to a max torque of 20 Nm and you can drill or drive up to 30 mm into wood and 10 mm into metal with ease.
Despite its power this is a lightweight and compact drill with a moulded rubber grip that makes it comfortable to handle. It has a 10 mm keyless chuck and an LED work light that makes the drill easy to use under a dim light.
The drill kit includes a 1.3 Ah capacity battery and a one hour fast charger, two driver bits, three drill bits and a tool holder.
The drill also comes with a two year guarantee, making this a very attractive option as a solid, versatile but cheap cordless drill.
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Terratek Cordless Drill Driver 18V/20V-Max Lithium-Ion Combi Drill with Battery & Charger Review
The Terratek 18 Volt Cordless Drill Driver is a versatile and cheap cordless drill that can be used for wood, metal, steel and plastic. It comes with an 800 mAh battery, a charger and a 13 piece accessory kit, all for under £40 (at the time of writing).
The single variable speed motor can produce up to 650 rpm, and has 16 torque settings to provide total control over the material you are drilling. It can drill 20 mm into wood and 8 mm into steel and changing bits is a breeze with the 10 mm keyless chuck. The drill weighs just 1.0 kg and with the soft grip handle and LED light is extremely easy to operate. It also comes with a two year guarantee.
If you are after a no-nonsense, good quality but cheap drill driver for managing those odd tasks around the house then this is a great choice.
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Hychika 12V Cordless Drill Driver with 1500mAh Li-Ion Battery Review
The 12V Hychika DD-12BC Cordless Drill is another inexpensive drill driver we recommend.
This drill comes with a 12 Volt 1.5 Ah capacity Li-ion battery and a 10 mm keyless chuck. It features two variable speeds of 0-400 rpm and 0-1,450 rpm, and comes with 21 torque settings with a max torque of 25 Nm.
The drill has an ergonomic rubber soft-grip handle that makes it easy to control and comfortable to use. There is a lock-on switch with a handy LED work light positioned above it and a battery capacity indicator.
This drill comes with a fast charger that can attain a full charge in an hour. There is also a 22-piece accessories kit, including 4 flat drills, 6 twist drills, 6 screwdriver bits, 5 sockets and an adaptor, that fit nicely into a tool wallet.
If you are looking for a cheap cordless drill that has all the basic functionality that an occasional user would require, then this would be a great choice.
Budget Cordless Drill Buyer’s Guide
The most important feature of a cordless drill is power. You need more power for drilling or driving into more resilient materials or drilling deeper holes. Power comes from the battery and battery power is denominated in Volts. The most common battery voltages for power tools are 12 and 18 Volts.
Power consists of a combination of speed and torque. Speed can be considered rotational force in a vertical plane whilst torque can be described as twisting motion in a horizontal plane. Speed and torque are inversely proportional. Higher speeds are better for drilling and greater torque is better for driving.
Battery capacity is also important. The capacity describes how long the battery will last before it needs recharging. Battery capacity is measured in amperes per hour (Ah). You will need greater battery capacity the longer you are going to be drilling or driving, and for the more holes or screws you are going to be drilling or driving.
Greater power and capacity generally mean a larger and heavier battery. However manufacturers design their tools in the most ergonomically friendly way to compensate for battery size and weight. They slot into the handle or slide into the base of the drill.
Battery chemistry is also important. These days Lithium-Ion batteries are the most popular. Whilst more expensive than their NiCad and NiMH predecessors they are significantly smaller and lighter and hold their charge for longer.
Of course there are many different battery choices out there. The most popular battery combinations for drill drivers are 12 Volt / 1.5 Ah and 18 Volt / 1.5 Ah – 2.5 Ah, and 18 Volt / 2.5 Ah for hammer drill drivers.
In general cordless drill drivers will be the least powerful but they will also weigh the least. The cordless hammer drill driver weighs more than the basic cordless drill driver (assuming a similar battery) because it includes a hammer mechanism.
Of course there are other more general things you’ll want to to take into account before deciding which model is the best budget cordless drill for you. These are…
- Build quality – internal – mechanical and electrical – construction of motor, transmission and chuck
- Build quality – external – e.g. dust and water protection
- Nice to have features e.g. LED light, belt hook
- General ergonomics – comfort and balance
- Grip – position and size of handle and trigger
…and of course price.
Price is always an important consideration when purchasing a power tool like a cordless drill. Clearly you should expect to pay more for models with higher specifications, (essentially greater power), better build quality and and more features.
Luckily for the DIY user the power tool market is extremely competitive and the plethora of cordless drills available these days has significantly driven down their price without necessarily compromising their specification. These days you can be confident you can choose a cordless drill that accomplishes your tasks with comfort and ease without necessarily going for the more expensive brand or model. Also you clearly won’t want to fork out a huge amount if you are only going to use the drill on the odd weekend.
Our budget cordless drill selections come as packages with one or two batteries, charger, accessories and case or carry bag all included, and almost always under £50.