While impact drivers are all the rage with homeowners, few tools can beat the versatility and value of a trusty drill/driver. Thanks to improvements in battery technology, cordless models get the job done just as well as corded variants. If you need a new driver or are upgrading to a cordless unit, these unimpeachable power tools will keep you smiling for years to come.
Makita XPH012 18V LXT
Easily one of the best-selling Makita tools around, the 2-speed XPH012 18V LXT is a study in rugged hammering reliability and convenience. Weighing in at a hefty 9.8 pounds, this machine's 4-pole motor can deliver up to 40 foot-pounds of torque when it matters most. Capable of up to 6,000 Blows Per Minute, the XPH012 will chew threw masonry with little effort.
Dewalt DCD780C2 20-Volt Max
If 18 volts isn't enough, the DCD780C2 20v Max by Dewalt tools is the answer. While its dual-speed transmission and 1/2-inch ratcheting chuck are laudable, the DCD780C2's claim to fame is its ergonomics. Few drill/drivers feel better in the hand than this Dewalt. With batteries that boast 1.5 amp hours per charge, it'll go the distance during any project.
Bosch HDB180-02 3/8-Inch
Don't let the 3.2 pounds of weight and 30 foot-pounds of torque fool you. This 18-volt lithium-ion animal from Bosch tools can crank or hammer with the best of them without breaking your wrist in the process. An auto-lock keyless chuck, always-on LED light and 15+1 settings clutch make for a user-friendly experience that isn't short of horsepower. It's also backed by the proven Bosch name if you're not sure of its trustworthiness.
Milwaukee 2602-22 M18 1/2-Inch
Dollars for donuts, Milwaukee tools are probably your best bet. The Milwaukee 2602-22 M18 cordless 1/2-inch model is maybe the most bulletproof power tool that won't break the bank for normal people. Besides the 46 foot-pounds of torque, this sucker has a single-sleeve chuck, high-capacity batteries and a light weight of 4.9 pounds. Tack on the implied Milwaukee quality guarantee and you've got a winner.
Festool 564274 CXS Compact
The 564274 CXS Compact by Festool is sort of the Mercedes-Benz of cordless drills in more ways than one. First off, it'll cost you. Secondly, few tools are as smooth in operation. Thirdly, few are as versatile in the field. This guy gives you right-angle drilling and driving capabilities powered by nearly unparalleled 1.3Ah next-generation batteries. All in all, any Festool is the most advanced power tool you can buy and the CXS Compact is no exception.
There's Rarely a Right Answer
The best cordless drill/driver for one person might not be the best for another. You'll have your own set of criteria for picking the best model on the market. However, you can rest assured that any of the tools listed here will give you a lifetime of impeccable performance with little or no hassle in the long run.