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10 best cordless drills and drivers that will take the drama out of DIY

Whether it’s a wonky shelf or a day of decking – here are the tools that will easily get the job done

We can’t talk about drills without talking about torque, as the more you have, the easier it will be to drill into harder materials ( iStock/The Independent )

It used to be that cordless drills were heavy and underpowered, but with lithium batteries as standard now they are a sure fire way to take the hassle and hard work out of a range of home improvement jobs.

However, your weapon of choice will depend on what you’re going to be drilling into.

Combi drills are so called because of their ability to drill into wood, metal and masonry along with high torque ratings for driving in long screws. 


We can’t talk about drills without talking about torque, which translates to the turning force that the tool can deliver the more torque you have, the easier it will be for you to drill into harder materials, like masonry. 

Ultimately, drills are all about power and the more you have at your disposal the more torque you will be able to muster, which is why 18V drills are ideally suited to heavy duty projects. 

However, there are some 12V options that are great kitchen-drawer drills that are light and easily employed to deal with quick fixings around the house.

We drill down to find the cordless models that will bring more power to your elbow.

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The verdict: Cordless drills 

With the Makita DLX2283TJ kit, build quality and power combine so that you can be sure that any job, big or small, will be well within the drill’s capabilities, and once you’ve invested you’ll never need to buy another drill again. 

Using the Bosch GSR 12-2-LIN 12V ensures good control and a quicker finish to jobs that are hard to access and is good value for money with the inclusion of two batteries and a quick charger.  

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