It’s the end of a long, hot day at work. Traffic was a bear, and the guy in the Porsche and the Ray-Bans cut you off. Finally, you get home and the air conditioning gently grips your cheeks. You crack a beer and it tastes like freedom. Before you can blink, she hits you with it. “Baby, can you finally hang that picture on the wall like I’ve been asking you?” You go downstairs, grab that old corded drill your father’s father owned before you, and come back upstairs. You choose a spot and find your mark.
Then, it happens. The drill groans in your hand. It shudders and bucks. It grinds, squeals, and dies. Bet you wish you owned a DeWalt. But which one? Choosing the right drill can be tricky. Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you in compiling this list of DeWalt drill reviews. Sit back, sip that well-earned beer, and read up. Let’s get you the right drill.
|Model||Price||Speed Levels||Editor Rating|
|DeWalt DCK590L2 Combo Kit|
|DeWalt DCD791B 20V||2-speed transmission||4.7/5|
|DeWalt DCD771C2 Drill Set|
|DeWalt DCD771 DCD771B||2-speed transmission||4.0/5|
Obviously, the five-tool combo kit is the top choice. If you’re thinking that’s only because there are more tools, you’re partially right. The more tools you have, the more solutions you have when facing the various problems a homeowner has. But it goes deeper than that. Along with a reciprocating saw, an impact driver, a circular saw, and a work light, this kit includes the cordless 20V MAX DeWalt hammer drill with 3-speed all-metal transmission and 1/2-inch self-tightening chuck.
This baby right here is the Cadillac of drills. It’s comfortable to use for long periods. It can be used nearly endlessly without overheating or uncomfortable vibrating. It’s lighter than the 18V version, with a longer battery life and more power. What’s not to love? The chuck can lose grip on smaller bits and require retightening, but in the face of all the positive things this drill brings to the table, a problem this small loses significance.
This drill is the clear second choice here. The Brushless Compact Drill/Driver has enough power and versatility to tackle almost anything you can throw its way. The Brushless motor gives more run time. It is compact to fit in tight spaces and has an LED light with spotlight mode if those tight spaces happen to be in the dark. The steel chuck is perfect for gripping and holding onto even your smallest bits.
Why is this drill in the number 2 chair instead of the top spot? The batteries are sold separately. While it’s true that once the battery is installed on this bad boy it’ll last until the rapture, the fact remains that batteries are expensive, and you can’t run the drill without one. Other than that, this is a great drill.
The Compact Drill Driver Kit wins the Best for the Money spot. The drill, plus two batteries and the soft bag, make this deal one for the books. With its tight, lightweight design, it won’t tire your arm if you’re using it for long periods. It has strong performance until the battery dies, not fading slowly away like some other drills. That is, when the battery dies at all. This drill boasts the same long battery life you can expect with other DeWalt MAX tools. Another nice feature is the light, which stays on for 10 seconds after the trigger is squeezed, allowing you to sight a screw in a darkened spot with ease.
The reason this drill loses its spot at the top of the ranking is the plastic chuck. While this won’t necessarily derail your project, it is definitely inferior to the metal version, and brings this otherwise stellar product just short of the silver medal.
The 10-Amp 1/2-Inch Pistol-Grip Drill has a cord. While this is great if you’re worried about battery life, the fact remains that cords get in the way, and require more cords of the extension variety if the thing that needs drilling is anything more than a few feet away from an outlet. This tool can also be a bit heavy, so drilling for hours on end is probably out of the question. On the plus side, this product offers plenty of power. The adjustable speed via variable trigger pressure is a definite boon, and the adjustable handle adds some versatility to an otherwise static machine.
The Cordless Lithium-Ion 1/2 Inch Compact Drill Driver is last in this list. The chuck definitely leaves something to be desired compared to the above drills on this list. This is also another drill that comes without batteries, so take that into account when looking at the price. With its cheap construction, poor chuck, and no batteries, this is the worst performer on our Best DeWalt Drill Reviews 2020 list, and it is a doozy.
There are tons of drills out there. Brands, sites, and stores all have reviews or expert staff to try to guide you into making a purchase that suits their agenda. This list doesn’t try to push you into a purchase. It is simply intended to act as a starting point in helping you make an informed decision when purchasing a new DeWalt drill for your home.
What kinds of things are you looking to do with your DeWalt drill? Are you only hanging pictures of your kids, or are you an amateur furniture maker in your spare time? Are you taking it to work? If you aren’t drilling through concrete regularly, then power might not be your most important characteristic. If you aren’t building Adirondack chairs, maybe a compact design, lightweight, and a spotlight aren’t on the top of your must-have list. That being said, you get what you pay for. Don’t forget that when considering your drill purchase. Here are some other factors to consider.
One drill in our list comes with a cord. While this is great for long-term, stationary use, it can become a real challenge if the job requires mobility. You are going to need an extension cord handy if that is the case. On the other hand, most of the cordless drills we reviewed do not come with batteries, which instantly increases the cost of the product and makes this something to consider. The better drills also come with more power. Is this necessary for the mildly active homeowner? Probably not, but when something needs fixing with real power, choosing the budget option may come back to bite you.
The combo kit has everything you need and then some, and the DCD791B is a dominant drill in its own right. But not every job calls for those tools, and not every homeowner is willing to put up the cash required to purchase them. The DCD771C2 could be the right drill for people who fall into that category. While this drill may not have the flash or the bells and whistles of the first and second choices on the list, it gets the job done for the average homeowner, and does it at a great price with batteries included.
Aren’t you glad you read our reviews? We compiled this list just for you, dear reader. Here is a quick summary. The DCK590L2 Combo Kit came away with the top spot of this list. With its impressive list of features and the rest of the tools included, it was a no-brainer. Second by a nose is the DCD791B, losing out only because of its lack of included batteries and no hammer function. For the money, the DCD771C2 is the clear choice. While this drill does have a plastic chuck, which is worrisome, the package comes with two batteries, making it a worthwhile deal almost regardless of the tool involved. The DWD210G is no slouch, but its combination of heavyweight and cumbersome cord knocked it down to the fourth spot on the list. In the caboose is the DCD771 DCD771B, which only has a price point to thank for its sole beneficial characteristic.
While this list is a compilation of reviews of DeWalt drills, please also think of it as a guide for making better decisions when purchasing. We know what it’s like to walk into a store and not know what you are looking for. The clerks are trying to sell you on something, and you have to decide on the fly whether they’re feeding you a line, or if the product is honestly worth your time and money. We think this guide is easier to understand and doesn’t talk down to you, but instead imparts at least some confidence in the purchase you’re making. Good luck out there. We know you will make the right choice.
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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!