Last Updated on September 8, 2020
In many cases, it is significantly cheaper to purchase a power tool set than it is to purchase each tool individually. Often, companies provide some sort of discount when you buy a set like this. If you need quite a few tools, we recommend purchasing a set for this reason.
However, not all sets are made equal, they vary widely in quality. So, it can be hard to know which set to purchase for your situation.
Throughout this review, we’ll help you make the best buying decision for your situation and budget. Below, you’ll find out top picks, as well as essential information regarding making the best purchase.
|Best Overall||DEWALT DCK940D2Max Cordless Drill Combo Kit||
|Best Value||Ryobi P883 One+ Cordless Tool Set||
|Premium Choice||PORTER-CABLE PCCK619L8 Cordless Drill Combo Kit||
|Milwaukee M18 Cordless Compact Combo Tool Kit||
|Bosch CLPK22-120 Power Tools Combo Kit||
The DC940D2Max Cordless Drill Combo Kit by DeWalt includes nine different tools, including an impact driver and reciprocating saw. If you’re looking to do any sort of DIY work, these are the tools that you’ll need in the very least. Any homeowner who likes to do work themselves should have all of them handy, making this a great set to start with. This set even comes with a branded Bluetooth speaker that is made for the job site. It really has everything you need for your most basic projects and then some.
Furthermore, this set is by a well-known company that makes quality tools, so you don’t have to worry about them being low-quality either. We generally find most DeWalt tools quite useful, including those in this set. They’re all a good option for the average handyman and home DIYer.
Furthermore, these tools work with most of the DeWalt brand rechargeable batteries. This means they can all share batteries, significantly reducing the number of batteries you’ll need to keep up with and charge. You can also choose the best size battery for your situation, allowing each tool to be more versatile.
The Ryobi Cordless Tool Set includes eight tools for a much lower price than the DeWalt set we previously reviewed. In fact, it is much cheaper than the vast majority of the other toolsets we reviewed. Despite the low price, though, the tools are quite high quality and suitable for most homeowners and handymen. This is the best cordless power toolset for the money. We highly recommend it if you’re on a budget or just trying not to spend hundreds of dollars on a decent toolset.
This kit comes with two separate batteries and a battery charger. All the tools included are compatible with the batteries, so you don’t have to worry about fiddling with multiple battery types. Plus, if you purchase any other tools from this company, these batteries will likely be compatible with them as well.
The storage bag is also quite good. Everything fits snuggly within it, keeping your tools safe as you travel or just store them between projects. The contractor bag even comes with a wide mouth, making it much easier to get your tools out.
The Porter-Cable PCCK619L8 Cordless Drill Combo Kit is another eight-tool pack. It includes things like a drill driver and circular saw – the usual tools found in a set like this. It is designed to deliver performance with the portability often needed at the job site (and often at home too). If you don’t want to have to worry about extension cords or finding an outlet, these cordless tools are a solid choice.
All the tools are lightweight and ergonomically designed. This set is an excellent option for anyone who works long and hard. In these situations, a set that is comfortable to use can prevent fatigue, allowing you to get your project done faster. All tools included are backed by a 3-year warranty as well, so you won’t have to worry about them breaking after a few months of use.
However, this toolset is premium. It is made a step above most toolsets, but that also comes with an added cost. It is a fair bit more expensive than most of those we reviewed – something you should keep in mind if you’re on a budget. We only recommend this set if you’re a professional or involved in lots of projects.
The Milwaukee 2696-24 M18 Cordless Compact Combo Tool Kit only comes with four tools – one of which is a flashlight. Of course, a charger is included as well. However, it is a bit more expensive than our number two pick, which comes with many more tools. In general, we don’t recommend purchasing this set unless you’re in love with one of the particular tools that come in it. Otherwise, you’ll get the most for your money by purchasing a different set.
Speaking of the tools included – this set does come with some pretty good ones. They’re made by Milwaukee, which is a high-quality brand. These tools are well made. You don’t have to worry about them breaking down quickly or being challenging to use. However, the price doesn’t necessarily match up with increased quality. While they are a bit better, it is not worth paying nearly double the price in most cases.
This set comes with two batteries, which should be plenty for the number of tools included. The batteries are compatible with all of the tools, allowing you to swap batteries as necessary.
If you’re looking for a much smaller toolset, the Bosch CLPK22-120 Power Tools Combo Kit may be a suitable option. It only comes with two tools: a drill and an impact driver. If you’re doing severe DIY work, you’ll probably need more tools than this. However, this can be a good set for a complete beginner or new homeowner. This is also a great gift set for new owners or a married couple. Everyone needs a drill, and the drill included in this set is pretty nice, as is the storage bag.
Furthermore, the price of this set is quite low and on par with what we would expect from a set containing only two tools. It is quite cheap for what it is.
The lightweight design makes it suitable for beginners and masters alike. These electric tools will not fatigue you very quickly. They are both lightweight and high for tight spaces, making them suitable for nearly any project. We also noticed that they were straightforward to control, and the mounted LED lights allowed you to see into tight, dark spaces with ease.
The only reason this set scored so low was that it only contains two tools. It is not a complete set by any means.
We found the Black and Decker BD4KITCDCRL MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit to be surprisingly inexpensive. It is not nearly as expensive as other tools, which got us very excited at first. However, we soon discovered that this set had a few flaws, which is why it scored so low on our list.
In all, this set has four tools. They’re all real tools. The charger is not included in the tool number, and neither is the working light. While this set only included four tools, it comes with 10 pieces if you count the battery. So, it isn’t as small as you may first think.
All the tools that come with the kit are decent, but they aren’t mind-blowing. The tools in some other kits were better overall, though we wouldn’t mind using these Black and Decker tools if we had to.
One thing we didn’t like is that it didn’t come with a carrying case. When you have this many tools, you need somewhere to put them. With this set, you’re on your own to figure it out. The charger also takes 5 hours to charge a single battery. It is not a fast-charging system, unlike what comes with some other kits.
Makita makes this small XT263M LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit. It comes with a driver drill as well as an impact speed driver. Both tools are variable speed and decently lightweight. They are engineered to withstand the dust and water that often comes with DIY work. However, we didn’t find that these tools were more durable than some of the others we reviewed, so the “extreme protection technology” doesn’t seem actually to be doing much.
These tools are also protected against overloading and overheating. This is very useful, though many other high-quality tools come with this feature as well. While this feature isn’t awe-inspiring, it is useful to have.
This kit also comes with a charger and two batteries – everything you need to get started right away. A carry kit comes with it as well. However, it is not as high-quality as other cases. This kit is a bit more expensive than you would expect since it only contains two tools. You can purchase other, cheaper kits that also have two tools. In most cases, we recommend saving your money and buying them instead of this kit.
Unfortunately, we can’t heartily recommend the KIMO K1005A Cordless Drill/Driver Kit. It only includes one tool though it does include many add-ons for this tool. All these add-ons let the tool do many jobs. In this way, some may consider this product a tool kit.
However, it does not come with nearly all the tools a handyman or DIYer needs to complete projects. It is fundamental and more suitable for a homeowner who only feels confident attacking elementary projects.
Despite this limitation, the driver included in this kit is quite high-quality. The battery is lightweight and lasts for quite a while – longer than even some of the more well-recognized brand batteries. The tool is designed to be extremely versatile. It comes with an adjustable clutch and a variable pressure trigger, making it able to perform a wide variety of jobs even though it is a single tool.
Still, we don’t recommend this kit unless you don’t have room for multiple tools. This may be a good option for someone living in a small house. Otherwise, we recommend a different kit.
Including a cordless drill, impact driver, circular saw, and a LED light, the Craftsman CMCK401D2 Cordless Drill Combo Kit technically comes with four tools, batteries, and a charger. However, the light doesn’t count as a tool. It’s a filler tool, for lack of a better word. Because of that, we only consider this set to come with three items that are proper tools.
However, this set is very cheap, so you’re getting what you pay for. It does not cost as much as some other four- or even two-piece kits, so the flashlight doesn’t bring down its rating much. The tools are of decent quality, and it comes with a 3-year warranty.
Still, we found a few different things we didn’t like about this set. Firstly, it runs out of charge very quickly. The batteries included are not the best. It isn’t necessarily bad for the price, but you could spend just a bit more and get out number two pick – a far better option for those trying to save money.
This set also does not include a tool bag, so you’ll have to deal with the storage issue on your own. There are many decent tool bags on the market, but that only drives up the price you’re paying for your tools.
This PowerSmart Cordless Tool Combo Kit is the last set on our list. It is alright, but nothing more. It did make our list to begin with, but it is not the best option out there for a few different reasons.
It comes with four tools, technically. However, one of these is a flashlight, which is ultimately a filler tool. Because of this, we would only consider it to have three tools you’ll use. Most people will not use this flashlight simply because you probably already have one. Even if you don’t, this flashlight is just decent, but it isn’t any more special than a cheap one you could purchase at your local hardware store.
The tools themselves are not particularly great either. They’ll do for minor jobs. However, if you’re doing anything major, you should purchase better tools. They probably aren’t even suitable for a simple deck job or remodel.
The batteries also don’t last very long and overheat quickly. They’re suitable for a short period of use, but not for an extended project.
There are many tool kits on the market. Knowing which one is right for you is difficult. Most of them are very suitable for homeowners and even professional handymen. However, the particular one you should purchase depends a lot on your situation and budget. A first-time homeowner who is looking for a toolset to get themselves started is going to need something different than a professional handyman that spends all day on the job site.
Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding on the best kit to purchase:
This depends on the toolkit. Usually, kits come with a drill of some sort and a driver. Some sort of saw is usually included as well. Many kits will include a flashlight, which is inexpensive to produce but allows them to up the number of tools included in their kit. Usually, these flashlights are not particularly special.
When choosing a kit, be sure to check and see what comes in it. Don’t be lured in by a “10-piece kit” that is listed for a surprisingly low price. It may just include a whole bunch of filler tools. It may even be counting the batteries as a “piece” of the kit.
Also, keep in mind what project you’re planning on doing. If there are specific tools you need, be sure to purchase a kit with those tools. If you’re never going to need a circular saw, there is no reason to buy a kit that has one in it. There are many options out there, so don’t settle on a kit that contains tools you doubt you’ll ever touch.
You may also want to consider how many tools you need. If you only do small projects, you likely aren’t going to use very many tools. At the same time, if you do lots of significant projects, you probably don’t want to purchase a kit that only comes with two tools.
Below you’ll find a few key points we recommend considering before purchasing any tool kit. We may have touched on some of these features previously, but many are worth mentioning again:
Are cordless tool sets powerful?
They can be, but they usually will not be as powerful as a corded option. Batteries just can’t provide as much power as a cord. Still, high-quality cordless tools should have enough oomph for most users, especially if you’re just the average homeowner. If you think you need all the power you can get, though, we recommend purchasing a corded tool instead.
What company makes the best cordless power toolset?
Out of all the tools we reviewed, we liked the one by DeWalt the most. It included the most tools for a reasonable price and all tools included were high-quality. It doesn’t get much better than that if you’re looking for a bulk, excellent all-around toolset. It includes most of the tools you’ll need for most projects, making it an excellent choice for the serious DIYer who is looking to upgrade their current workshop.
Do I need a cordless power toolset?
It depends on your current situation. If you just need one or two specific tools, just buy those specific tools. A toolset is excellent for those who want to upgrade all of their tools at once or those who are just starting and need to purchase many tools. They’re an easy way to set up a workshop quickly, especially if you’re a new homeowner or someone who just started doing DIY work. However, for those who just need a circular saw, there’s no need to invest in an entire tool kit.
Out of all those we reviewed, the DEWALT DCK940D2Max Cordless Drill Combo Kit is the best kit for most people. It includes most of the tools the average person could need, and those tools are high-quality to boot. All of the included items were easy to use and durable. We even liked the storage bag!
If you need to stay on a budget, the Ryobi P883 One+ Cordless Tool Set is a decent choice as well. It includes a wide variety of tools and is surprisingly inexpensive. Despite the price, the tools were of great quality.
Hopefully, this article helped you figure out precisely what tool kit to purchase for your needs. Choosing the best option can be hard, but we hope our reviews shone some light on the problem.
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Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!