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Best Cordless Power Tool Brands [Reviews] For 2020

The Best Cordless Drill Kits And Multi-Tool Kits To Buy!

Are you looking to find the Best Cordless Power Tool Brands in 2020? If so, you’ve come to the right place – Today we line up 5 of the Best Cordless Power tool brands on the market – then compare each cordless tool brand to determine which brand is #1. 

The Cordless power drill, hammer drill, and cordless miter saw – fill the top spots in each of the cordless tool brand line-ups. Each tool being essential to professionals, as well as the everyday DIY Homeowner.

In addition to those tools, each manufacturer offers many of the other vital cordless power tools needed to round out your power tool arsenal.

With that in mind, let’s first look at the best individual cordless drill kits,  and later, the multi-tool cordless tool kits. By the end, hopefully one cordless power tool will stand out as the best power tool brand for you. 

Cordless Power Tool
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Editor’s ChoiceRunner UpBest Value
DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2-Tool (DCK287D1M1)CRAFTSMAN V20 Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2 Tool (CMCK210C2)PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2-Tool (PCCK602L2)
DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2-Tool (DCK287D1M1)CRAFTSMAN V20 Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2 Tool (CMCK210C2)PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2-Tool (PCCK602L2)
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Which Power Tool Brand Is The Best?

We know that you don’t always have the time to read full articles, and you just need the low down so you can get on your way as soon as possible.  For those of you in that camp, we’ll go ahead and give you are favorite brand right away. 

We are talking about DeWalt!

DeWalt has long been known as one of the top brands for tools in general. But their real specialty is in the power tool space. Cordless drill kits to be specific. They have outstanding battery life, and the power to back that up.

Editor’s Choice: DEWALT – DCK287D1M1

DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2-Tool (DCK287D1M1)

PROS:
  • Features two-speed transmission
  • 20V Brushless motor. Brushless has 57% more run time over brushed
  • 1/2″ single sleeve ratcheting chuck provides tight bit gripping strength
  • One-handed loading 1/4″ hex chuck accepts 1″ bit tips
  • Compact design fits into tight areas
  • BATTERIES: 2.0 and 4.0 amp hour batteries
  • 3 LED light ring with a 20-second delay to provide visibility without a shadow
 
CONS:
  • Premium price.

DeWalt History

Dewalt is a brand that has been in existence since 1924, making it nearly a century old, and one of the longest-lasting, and most trusted brands out there. But the first DeWalt machine was made in 1922; when Raymond DeWalt decided to make a woodworking machine that could increase productivity and versatility. This was the birth of one of the most storied tool brands of today.

Regarding cordless electric power tools; well, DeWalt has been mass-producing these since 1992. The point is, these guys have pioneered the tool market since the day Mr. DeWalt made his first woodworking machine. And if you’ve used their products recently, then you already know that they are still at the forefront of innovation.

Battery Innovations

Outside of being one of the leading pioneers in electric corded power tools, DeWalt is making noise in other ways as well. They invented the 12-Volt Max lithium-ion battery system, which all but sealed the deal for them is among the most powerful cordless power tools out there. DeWalt battery life which now includes up to 60-volt power in battery-operated tools clearly keeps DeWalt in front as the leader in power tools.

Not more than a year after that, they introduced the 20-volt max system, ratcheting up the battery life and motor power once again.

Constant Innovation

With multiples of decades of power tool experience, DeWalt has never allowed itself to rest on its laurels. Striving to make your job easier, and cord-free they continue to develop tools that get the job done better than the last. These guys even have an insight community that takes feedback from their customers to find new areas they can improve their products.

 

 


Runner Up:  Craftsman 20 Volt “Brushless” Drill Kit

CRAFTSMAN V20 Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2 Tool (CMCK210C2)

PROS:
 
  • Mechanical 2-speed transmission gives the operator the power to choose the power
  • Ergonomic design is compact and easy to manage during use
  • A lightweight tool barely weighing 5 pounds (that is with the battery)
  • 20-volt lithium-ion battery provides sufficient power and has a very long battery life 
  • The 3-year warranty comes with the purchase of any Craftsman power tool.
  • The battery has an integrated LED charge level indicator
  • Includes Soft-side storage bag
  • Brushless motor for a longer-lasting tool that runs infinitely more efficient than standard motors.

CONS: Not as powerful torque as DeWalt drill set

This CRAFTSMAN V20 20V max* 2-tool Combo kit provides a great solution for all of your drilling and fastening needs. The 2-speed drill driver has a 1/2 in. Ratcheting chuck to fit a variety of drill bits for different applications. The 340 UWO gives the power needed to complete your heavy-duty tasks.

In addition, the 1/4 in. Impact driver offers a maximum torque rating of 1,500 lbs for driving large fasteners. The one-handed bit insert makes bit changes quick and easy.

Both cordless drills are lightweight, compact, and have comfortable over-molded grips for reduced user fatigue.

The Craftsman 2-tool Combo kit comes with soft storage back for transporting or storing the products, batteries, battery charger, and any additional drill bit sets or accessories.

The Verdict

Ever since (the now-defunct) Sears Company introduced Craftsman tools, they have long been one of the most sought after and dependable tool lines you can invest in.  With their new owners since 2017, The Black + Decker Company, pouring money and new innovations into an already stellar brand, Craftsmen is firmly set up to be one of the most affordable “go-to brands” for homeowners and contractors alike.


Premium Pick: Makita CT322W – 18V LXT – 3 Pc. Cordless Set

Makita CT322W 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact Cordless 3-Pc. Combo Kit

PROS:
 
  • Mechanical 2-speed transmission gives the operator the power to choose the power
  • Ergonomic design is compact and easy to manage during use
  • A lightweight tool barely weighing 5 pounds (that is with the battery)
  • 18-volt lithium-ion battery provides sufficient power and has battery life aplenty
  • The three-year warranty comes with the purchase of any Makita product
  • The battery has an integrated LED charge level indicator
  • Brushless motor for a longer-lasting tool that runs infinitely more efficient than standard motors.

CONS: 18 Volts vs 20 Volts for the Dewalt

This hammer drill is more than just a little bit useful, it’s got all of the power you’ll ever need!  With all-metal gears and an aluminum housing, the quality built-in will ensure this stays in your arsenal for years to come.

This brand has a great 3-Year warranty which is expected with such a solid, well-respected brand like Makita.

Many of the users spoke about how much more powerful the CT322W set is. Oh and just for added value, Makita Includes a rechargeable LED flashlight with this outstanding Kit.

is than its predecessors. And the fact that they are able to do that in a much smaller package is further proof than Makita is always in the driver seat when it comes to innovation.

The Verdict

Makita drills are strong, durable, and hold onto drill bits for dear life. Getting any Makita tool is going to be a huge boost to your efficiency. That goes double for this brushless motor hammer drill. Power and efficiency are at your fingertips, all you’ve got to do is find something that needs fixin’.

Makita History

This Japanese tool manufacturer is easily one of my favorite producers of cordless power tools. From the colorful scene to the overall build of their tools, Makita always delivers.

These guys were one of the first on the scene when cordless power tools began to take hold in the market. And their ever-evolving line of tools shows just how dedicated they are to making sure that when you pick up these tools, you have all the power you could possibly ask for.

More than a century later Makita still has its hands firmly grasped in portable power tools. These guys supply the world with highly innovative tools that pack more quality in a power tool than you could ever expect from something so small. And their LXT series tools with brushless motors all but confirm that these guys have everything you need.

 

 


Milwaukee 2897-22 M18 Combo Kit

Milwaukee 2897-22 M18 Fuel 2-Tool Combo Kit, Red

PROS:
  • The hammer drill Powerstat brushless motor provides 1200 inch-pounds of torque with up to 2000 rpm, giving you the fastest drilling speeds in its class
  • Impact driver’s Power state brushless motor has an unrivaled 1800 inch-pounds of torque
  • Comes with two belt clips, 2-bit holders, and a hard protective case
  • Redlithium battery is 5.0 Ah giving peak performance and extended battery life on short charge times
CONS:
  • The hammer drill chuck needs some improvement
  •  Expensive for just two tools.

This kit from Milwaukee comes in as a “very close second” to Makita. The Milwaukee combo includes the two most essential tools for getting household work done. The hammer drill and a ¼” inch impact drill driver gun. Regardless of the job (as long as nothing needs to be cut) these two jobs will be able to get it done for you.

Every day more and more people get their hands on this hammer drill and impact gun combo, making it quickly become one of the most universally loved combos.

The Verdict

Milwaukee is one of the heavy hitters in the cordless power tool space, which is why it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody that this is an excellent toolset. The only issue that folks seem to have with it is the hammer drill not holding onto ¼” drill bits as well as it should. If Milwaukee rectifies this issue, then it would be ranked even higher than it already is.

Milwaukee Tool History

Milwaukee is one of the super heavyweights in the cordless power tool world today. The last 10 to 15 years they, have become largely known as one of the best, and most powerful (power) tools on the market. The love people have for these tools can be attributed to the combination of their power and incredibly lightweight design.

Milwaukee is a company founded by a Wisconsin manufacturer name A.H. Peterson. He began working on a lightweight drill that was compact and portable enough to replace the giant ¼” impact guns that were being used in the early 1900s at the behest of none other than; Henry Ford.

The result? An impact gun that weighed only 5 pounds, and was the first-ever drill that could be used with only one hand.

Ever since A.H. Peterson made this innovated leap, Milwaukee has been trying to one-up itself with newer, and even more innovative products. And they outdo themselves at nearly every turn.

 


Premium Pick: Makita CT322W – 18V LXT – 3 Pc. Cordless Set

Makita CT322W 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact Cordless 3-Pc. Combo Kit

PROS:
 
  • Mechanical 2-speed transmission gives the operator the power to choose the power
  • Ergonomic design is compact and easy to manage during use
  • A lightweight tool barely weighing 5 pounds (that is with the battery)
  • 18-volt lithium-ion battery provides sufficient power and has battery life aplenty
  • The three-year warranty comes with the purchase of any Makita product
  • The battery has an integrated LED charge level indicator
  • Brushless motor for a longer-lasting tool that runs infinitely more efficient than standard motors.

CONS: 18 Volts vs 20 Volts for the Dewalt

This hammer drill is more than just a little bit useful, it’s got all of the power you’ll ever need!  With all-metal gears and an aluminum housing, the quality built-in will ensure this stays in your arsenal for years to come.

This brand has a great 3-Year warranty which is expected with such a solid, well-respected brand like Makita.

Many of the users spoke about how much more powerful the CT322W set is. Oh and just for added value, Makita Includes a rechargeable LED flashlight with this outstanding Kit.

is than its predecessors. And the fact that they are able to do that in a much smaller package is further proof than Makita is always in the driver seat when it comes to innovation.

The Verdict

Makita drills are strong, durable, and hold onto drill bits for dear life. Getting any Makita tool is going to be a huge boost to your efficiency. That goes double for this brushless motor hammer drill. Power and efficiency are at your fingertips, all you’ve got to do is find something that needs fixin’.

Makita History

This Japanese tool manufacturer is easily one of my favorite producers of cordless power tools. From the colorful scene to the overall build of their tools, Makita always delivers.

These guys were one of the first on the scene when cordless power tools began to take hold in the market. And their ever-evolving line of tools shows just how dedicated they are to making sure that when you pick up these tools, you have all the power you could possibly ask for.

More than a century later Makita still has its hands firmly grasped in portable power tools. These guys supply the world with highly innovative tools that pack more quality in a power tool than you could ever expect from something so small. And their LXT series tools with brushless motors all but confirm that these guys have everything you need.

 


Best Value: Porter Cable – PCCK602L2 – 20V MAX

PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2-Tool (PCCK602L2)

PROS:
  • DRILL/DRIVER: The PCC600 features 330 Units Watts Out (UWO), 2-speed gear box (0-400/0-1,600), compact design and 1/2″ metal ratcheting chuck
  • IMPACT DRIVER: The PCC640 features 1,495 in/lbs of max torque, 0-2,900 RPM, 0-3,100 BPM, compact design and a 1-handed easy load 1/4″ hex chuck
  • BATTERY GAUGE: Both tools have a gauge that displays remaining charge in the battery
  • INCLUDES: PCC600 Drill/Driver, PCC640 Impact Driver, (2) PCC680 20V MAX* lithium Ion 1.5Ah Batteries, PCC699L Charger, USB charging device.
  • PART OF THE PORTER-CABLE 20V SYSTEM: Battery works with all Porter-Cable 20V MAX* lithium-ion products
  • Crazy low price for a completed 20V system. Period.
CONS:
  • Lithium-ion batteries are 1.5Ah vs. 3.0 or 4.0 Ah (storage) of expensive brands
  • Good News- They include (2) batteries – To keep one backup battery charged.
  • Doesn’t have the Brushless motor of more expensive brands

 

 
 

 

Editor’s ChoiceRunner UpBest Value
DEWALT 20V MAX Combo Kit, Compact 6-Tool (DCK620D2)Makita XT506S 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 5 Piece Combo KitPORTER-CABLE 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 6-Tool (PCCK617L6)
DEWALT 20V MAX Combo Kit, Compact 6-Tool (DCK620D2)Makita XT506S 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 5 Piece Combo KitPORTER-CABLE 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 6-Tool (PCCK617L6)
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While buying a New cordless power drill or hammer drill, is a fantastic addition to your existing cordless tool collection, If your starting from scratch, and looking for an entirely new cordless power tool “brand” to move into or “up to”, the Mult-Tool cordless power tool kit is the best option for you.

WIth multi-tool combo kits you not only get a selection of the most popular cordless tools you can use, but you will save a lot of money vs. buying them one individually.

 

Top 5 “Multi-Tool” Cordless Tool Kits:

 

Editors Pick: DeWalt DCK620D2 – 6 PC. 20 Volt Max Combo Kit

DEWALT 20V MAX Combo Kit, Compact 6-Tool (DCK620D2)

PROS:
  • 20-volt Max Lithium-Ion Battery with 1/2″ Drill/Driver with 2-Speed Transmission
  • 1/4″ Impact Driver with LED ring light
  • 6 1/2″ Circular Saw with powerful 3700 RPM motor
  • Flashlight with 110 Lumen LED Max power illumination and Rotating Head
  • Reciprocating Saw with keyless blade clamp for super fast removal
  • 2 – 20V Lithium-Ion Batteries with 2.0 Ah storage, and 3 – Year Battery Warranty
  • Bluetooth Jobsite Speaker
  • Storage Bag

CONS:

  • Premium Price for the DeWalt brand commitment

 

 

DeWalt has long been a favorite of mine (and many other people), mainly because they just have a uniquely American quality about them. Excellence, durability, longevity, and efficiency are words you’ll frequently hear when someone is describing their DeWalt tools. Let’s check out the reasons for such avid support for these tools.

Included

  • ½” hammer drill
  • ¼” Impact driver with 3700 rpm
  • 6 1/2″ Circular Saw
  • Reciprocating Saw
  • LED work light
  • Great toolbag

You will be hard-pressed to find somebody who doesn’t just absolutely love this set. I know this because I looked for someone. The most common comment you’ll see is that these tools are solidly built, and crazy powerful.

The Verdict

The results are in, and we’ve decided that we love this toolset. But since we titled this “The Best Cordless Tools for Contractors” you already knew that. Sure, it is an expensive investment. But it isn’t that much more expensive than its competitors. And this is an investment that pays for itself. Plus it’ll last years. And if it doesn’t? Well, that is what the 3-year warranty and 1-year free service are for.

Editors Pick – DeWalt 6 Piece Combo Kit – See it on Amazon!

 


 

 

Runner Up: Makita XT505 – 5 Pc. Combo Kit

Makita XT505 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 5-Pc. Combo Kit (3.0Ah)

PROS:
  • Each of these tools operates at breakneck speeds and generate more power than you would have thought cordless tools can generate
  • Comes with all of the most needed tools
  • The flashlight battery lasts basically an entire workday (7.5 hours) on just one charge
  • Lightweight enough to carry with you anywhere
  • Makita also makes the best tool bags around – and this comes with one of those awesome bags
  • Comes with two 18-volt lithium-ion batteries
  • 3 Year manufacturers warranty on the battery
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

 

CONS:
  • 18 Volt is a Shorter battery life than competitors.
  • An LED Lamp would be better for battery life.

 

 

 

 

 

Makita is another company that comes out on the top of a lot of “best-of” articles like this. They are pioneers in the cordless tool industry and always seem to outdo themselves. What makes this combo kit so awesome is the power that each tool can generate. If power is your thing, then Makita needs to be your go-to company.

 

Included

  • Variable 2-Speed ½” hammer drill (600 rpm and 1900 rpm)
  • Variable speed ¼” impact driver (2900 rpm and 3500 rpm)
  • Reciprocating Saw (2800 strokes per minute)
  • 6-½” circular saw
  • 4-position flashlight

The innovative nature of this company is apparent the moment you lay your eyes on their tools. And it becomes even clearer once you begin using them. It is why the first thing anybody notices when using this tool is the speed and power that it can generate.

The Verdict

There is nothing quite like having speed and power right at your fingertips – and Makita provides just that. It’s what makes video games so fun. Nobody wants a slow and weak character in a game, just like nobody wants slow and weak tools. The first thing anybody notices when using this tool is the speed and power that it can generate.

This Makita set is chock full of innovation, and it’s a wonder they packed this much power into their tools. The only advice I would give is to find a larger volt battery maybe if you are going to be using these heavily. One extra hour of use can make all the difference in the world when on the job.

Runner Up – Check out the 5 Piece Makita Combo Kit On Amazon!

 


 

 

Solid Brand: Milwaukee 2696-24 M18 Combo Kit

Milwaukee 2696-24 M18 Cordless Compact Combo Tool Kit

If you know tools, then you probably are familiar with Milwaukee tools. They’ve been around since the end of the first world war when Henry Ford commissioned help from the founder of the company. And ever since that day, they’ve been making grade “A” tools.

So why is it the sleeper pick? Mostly because Makita and Dewalt take up so much of the oxygen in the cordless tool world. But greatness cannot be suppressed. Or is it repressed?  Anyway – My main reason for including the Milwaukee Combo Kit as our “Sleeper Pick” is all that quality – In a 4-Piece Set that includes the most used cordless tools, you will probably reach for.   While the Dewalt is a 5 pc. set – the Milwaukee Kit is $120 less. Also, many contractors, as well as homeowners, believe this is the best tool company in the world – so there’s that as well.

Included

  • M18 cordless ½” hammer drill administering 550 inch-pounds of torque and up to 1700 rpm
  • M18 reciprocating saw with the Milwaukee patented gear-protecting clutch and counterbalance mechanism
  • M18 ¼” impact gun with 1400 inch-pounds of torque
  • M18 work light with foldaway hooks
  • Two lithium-ion batteries
PROS:
  • 18-volt batteries last for several hours and have indicators letting you know when it is nearly time to recharge them
  • Has an all-metal chuck on the ½” hammer drill
  • The flashlight illuminates your workspace and eliminates shadows
  • Compact tools that let you work in tight spaces with ease
  • 3-year battery warranty and a 5-year warranty on the tools themselves

 

 

 

 

  • No circular saw
  • Short battery life on the reciprocating saw
  • An LED Lamp would be better for battery life.

 

 

 

 

 

Verdict

All in all, this is a quality kit that gets most jobs done with ease. Of course, if you need a circular saw, then you may want to skip this set. At the very least you’ll have to buy one separately. But where this kit really shines is in its sheer power. Plus, Milwaukee tools provide a better warranty than any other company I can think of right now. If you want peace of mind that your tools are covered for the next decade at least, then you have to go with Milwaukee.

Check out the Super Reliable Milwaukee 4 Piece Combo kit on Amazon!

 


 

 

Best Value: 6-Piece Porter Cable – PCCK61726 – 20V System

PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 6-Tool (PCCK617L6)

PROS:
  • Reliability: tools backed by a 3-year limited warranty
  • INCLUDES: Drill Driver, Circular Saw, Reciprocating Saw, LED Flashlight, Oscillating Tool, (2) 18V MAX*Lithium Ion Batteries, (one- 1.5Ah and one- 4.0Ah), one- PCC699L Charger
  • Part of the Porter-Cable 20V max* system: battery works with all Porter-Cable 20V max* lithium-ion products
  • Includes Soft side Kit Bag 

 

CONS:
  • Great set for DIY homeowners but maybe a bit light duty for pros
  • Kit Doesn’t have the Brushless motors of more expensive brands

Check out the 6 Piece Combo Kit from Porter-Cable – At Amazon

 


 

Ryobi:  Best Priced “18 Volt” Cordless Multi-Tool Kit

Ryobi P883 One+ 18V Lithium Ion Cordless Contractor’s Kit (8 Pieces: 1 x P704 Worklight, 1 x P515 Reciprocating Saw, 1 x Circular Saw, 1 x P271 Drill / Driver, 2 x Batteries, 1 x Charger, 1 x Bag)

PROS:
  • Kit includes (2) 18V Lithium-Ion Compact 1.3 Ah Slide Type batteries for less weight in a more compact size than traditional batteries.
  • 18V Lithium-Ion Hammer Drill that boasts 487 in/lbs of torque in an ergonomic, lightweight (3.8 lbs) design
  • 18V Lithium-Ion Impact Driver that weighs only 3.1 lbs, yet still delivers 1,280 in/lbs of driving torque for heavier applications.
  • 18V Lithium-Ion LED Flashlight for high visibility in a free-standing design for convenience
  • quick charger, Phillips #2 Driver bit and carrying bag
  • Covered by Ryobi’s 3-Year tool warranty, and 90-day exchange warranty.
CONS:
  • Less powerful battery life at only 1.3 Ah
  • Tools are NOT brushless motors.

 

See The Ryobi 8 Piece Combination Tool kit on Amazon – Click Here!

 

 

Conclusion

Cordless power tools have made huge improvements over the years thanks to innovation of the Lithium-ion battery.  If you’re a contractor or active DIY Homeowner, tools are either your livelihood or at the very least, essential for your home’s maintenance.

You can no longer afford to be attached to outlets and air pumps on the job. It is time to embrace freedom, and join the cordless revolution!

Hopefully, our buyers’ guide has pointed out the pros and cons of each power tool brand, and given you some positive direction – on which tool brand to invest in.

Thanks for Visiting Besthomegear.com and don’t forget to leave us a comment below.  Let us know if you have any suggestions or have ideas for other tools we could review.  We welcome your suggestions!

 

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As a Homeowner, Builder, and Property Developer/Manager for 30+ years, I’ve worn a lot of “different hats”, and In that capacity, owned or used about every tool or piece of home equipment one can think of. Managing property in Michigan, Arizona, and Florida, has allowed us to test many of the products we review firsthand, and in vastly different climates and conditions. Our goal at BestHomeGear.Com is to share that first-hand experience by providing exceptional Home & Garden Techniques, Product Reviews, and useful DIY Guides for our faithful readers - Homeowners like you. We trust you will find BestHomeGear.Com very informative - and extremely helpful.

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