We’ve said it multiple times in other articles and we’ll say it again – having the right tool for the job can truly make all the difference.
It can take a chore that’s annoying and make it bearable.
Some might even say enjoyable!
The same goes if you’re looking for a corded drill.
Maybe you’re looking to purchase your first one.
Or perhaps the one you have is driving you nuts and just isn’t doing it for you anymore.
Or you know what? Maybe you just want to add another corded drill to your toolbox.
Whatever the case might be, this time around we want to make sure that you buy the best corded drill out there.
It’s 2018 – no more putting up with things that no longer serve you.
If you’re looking for a corded drill, check out our list.
We have almost 20 of the best corded drills out on the market today. You’re bound to be able to find one that will work for you.
What are you waiting for? The time is now.
Considering to buy a cordless drill? There are tons of different cordless drills out there! Where are you supposed to begin and how will you ever choose? Read our guide here!
The 16 Best Corded Drills For 2019
|Black & Decker DR260C||5.2||4.52 lbs|
|DEWALT DWD112||8||4.1 lbs|
|SKIL 6335-02||7||5.6 lbs|
|BLACK+DECKER BDEDMT||4||3.85 lbs|
|Dewalt DWE1014||7||3.9 lbs|
|DEWALT DWD210G||10||6.9 lbs|
|Hitachi D10VH2||7||3.2 lbs|
|PORTER-CABLE PC600D||6.5||4.32 lbs|
|BLACK+DECKER DR560||7||3 lbs|
|SKIL 6445-04||7||5.5 lbs|
|Genesis GSHD1290||7||8.8 lbs|
|Neiko 10506A||4.2||5 lbs|
|Makita DS4012||8.5||7.7 lbs|
|Bosch 1006VSR||6.3||4.35 lbs|
|SKIL 6239-01||5.5||1.85 lbs|
|Black & Decker BDEDR3C (Editor's Pick)||3||3.57 lbs|
Black & Decker DR260C
While there are plenty of different drills out there, there are really a few brand names that dominate the market.
Tools are tricky to produce. They require a lot of skill and engineering and it can be hard to break into the already established market.
Tools are kind of like cars.
People have brands that they know, and trust and they rarely deviate from that.
You will definitely see a couple of lesser-known brands on our list, but a majority will be from brands you know and love.
So first up, we have the DR260C from Black & Decker.
This is a 5.2 amp, 3/8” drill.
Not only is it super powerful but it’s also compact.
This comes in handy if you need to squeeze into tight places or have an awkward workspace.
It has a max speed of 1500 rpm and also features a keyless chuck for quick and easy bit changes.
Although, most newer drills should feature a keyless chuck.
It also has onboard storage for you to keep the extra drill bits in.
Everyone knows how easy it is to drop a bit if you’re trying to hold it and if you drop it in the wrong place, it can be gone forever.
While compact, this drill is a bit heavy. So, if you plan on using this for hours, you may get a bit tired.
Overall, a great intro drill at a decent price. Even if you plan on using this only a couple times a year, it’ll be well worth the purchase.
If you know anything about tools or drills, then you have most likely heard of Dewalt.
And if you don’t?
Then we’re telling you that Dewalt is a fairly well-known brand.
They make powerful tools that are extremely reliable.
Alright, now some of the technical details.
This is an 8.0 amp, 3/8” drill. So, it’s a little bit more powerful than the Black & Decker drill that was only 5.2 amps.
It of course also features a keyless chuck system for changing out the drill bits.
As we’ve mentioned, most modern drills should have a keyless chuck system, but it never hurts to double check!
The last thing you want to do is purchase one of the last remaining drills out there that still requires a chuck to change the drill bit.
This drill also has a much higher max speed than the last and goes all the way up to 2500 rpm.
The handle also features a soft grip, so it feels nice in your hand and is comfortable to use.
Dewalt also provides a pretty decent warranty. It’s backed by a three-year warranty as well as a one-year free service contract.
Not too shabby if you ask us.
Like the previous drill, however, it is a bit heavy to us. Although most of the rugged drills are. It just sort of comes with the territory.
This is a powerful drill that’s good for around the home but also powerful enough to be used in a professional setting.
Dewalt really knocked it out of the park with this one.
SKIL is one of the brands that you may not have heard about, but don’t let that discourage you!
They may not be as famous as Black & Decker or Dewalt but they still turn out some pretty good drills.
This one included.
The SKIL 6335-02 has a 7.0-amp motor and features a ½ inch keyed chuck system.
In the last drill, we kind of gave keyed chuck systems a little bit of trouble.
For everyday jobs, you most likely won’t need a keyed chuck system. Keyless is going to be easier and a lot more convenient.
With that being said, keyed chuck systems do have their advantages.
Keyed systems are often more accurate if you need to be within a really specific tolerance.
It also allows you to drill in reverse, which is impossible with a keyless system.
Another handy little feature is that it has a built-in level on the top!
A lot of drills will have this and hopefully, you’ve checked the level before starting to drill, but it’s a nice way to double check for peace of mind.
It features a variable speed trigger, so you have really tight control over the drilling speed as you’re working.
All in all, this definitely isn’t the fanciest drill in the world, but it’s built well, is at a good price, and is good for some of those heavy-duty jobs.
As far as ½ inch drills go, this is in the list of best corded ½ inch drills.
For the second time already, Black & Decker makes it onto our list!
While this shouldn’t matter too much, it’s worth mentioning that this drill looks pretty dang cool.
We can pretty confidently say that it’s one of the best-looking drills on our list.
But how does it perform?
As good as it looks?
It has a 4.0-amp motor but honestly feels like it could be more.
This is a powerful 3/8” drill in a compact package that is suitable for any job around the house.
It’s much more lightweight than the others and like we said, compact.
If you often find yourself in a bunch of awkward positions trying to get your drill into tight spaces, then consider the Black & Decker BDEDMT.
This is cool because you can also buy this drill with a drill bit set, a screw driving bit set, or both for just a few dollars more!
If you’re just getting started with your tool collection or this is the first drill you’re buying, considering getting it with the drill bit set to get you going.
Another huge selling point is that you can actually remove the drill head and replace it with heads for many other tools!
In other words, you’re getting the ability to use multiple tools at a tiny fraction of the cost.
Black & Decker also includes a two-year warranty, so you know they trust in this product.
We don’t necessarily recommend this drill for heavy, long-term commercial use but for a home drill, this will get you through any job you run into.
Do you want to buy a screw gun? Read our guide about the best screw gun available today. Check it out!
Dewalt grabbing another spot on our list of the best corded drills.
They might actually beat out Black & Decker for most spots on this list, but we’ll have to wait and see.
This is a nice little 3/8” drill that’s super easy to use.
Anybody could pick this up and get right to it, even if you’ve never used a drill before.
Seriously. It’s that easy.
It has an incredibly powerful 7.0-amp motor and also a variable speed trigger.
It can also get spinning pretty fast with a maximum speed of 2800 rpm!
Make sure you hold on to that drill because, at 2800 rpm, you’re going to need both hands.
Also, note that this is a keyed chuck system.
The main appeal of a keyed chuck system is that it really holds the drill bit in place. One isn’t necessarily better than other, it really just depends on what you use it for.
Are you constantly changing drill bits and don’t want the hassle of using a key every time?
Then a keyless chuck is probably what you want.
Do you want more power and the security of a keyed chuck system?
Then this drill may be for you.
This is definitely one of the more powerful drills out there so if you’re looking for power, then look no further than the Dewalt DWE1014.
The last few drills have been… cute.
They’ve been perfect for, all intents and purposes, any job around the house you might encounter.
They’ve also been good for most purposes in a commercial setting.
If, however, you’re looking for something a bit more specialized or something that can handle some of the really tough jobs, then pick up the DWD210G.
This has a 10.0-amp motor, which is the most power out of any other drill on this list.
With the increased power, it also has overload protection for added durability and longevity.
It only goes up to 1200 rpm but if you’re drilling significantly larger holes or through tough material, you won’t want it to go much faster than that.
It has a soft grip handle and also a pistol grip in the front.
When attempting these tougher jobs, the pistol grip is a necessity to ensure not only accuracy but safety as well.
Since you will most likely be using this for tougher jobs, it does feature a keyed chuck system to ensure that the drill bit stays in place.
You’ll definitely need this when going through steel or extremely thick wood.
Of course, with such a powerful drill you can expect a couple of typical downsides.
This thing is going to be heavy and it is considerably more expensive than a lot of other drills on the list.
If you’re looking for an entry level drill or something for little projects around the house, this is not your drill.
If you need something with power and for large-scale jobs, this is definitely your drill.
Next on our list coming in hot is a corded drill from Hitachi – the Hitachi D10VH2.
This is a 7.0 amp, 3/8” keyless chuck drill.
It’s super powerful with a max torque of 133.7 in-lbs which is pretty decent for the price.
This is also one of the more lightweight drills on our list and only weighs 3.3 pounds.
It has an extremely comfortable grip as well so you’ll be able to use this drill for a while without getting tired.
This is also another good drill if you often find yourself in tight, compact spaces.
The Hitachi D10VH2 also has variable speed control with a dial for even the most precise of applications.
It has an eight-foot cord as well which is a pretty decent length.
Do not let the size or weight of this drill fool you – it is just as powerful as all of the other big boys out there.
We recommend this drill for people who need something powerful for longer jobs.
It’s comfortable to use and with it being so lightweight, you won’t become fatigued while using it.
This drill really provides you with the best of both worlds. Powerful but also lightweight, you really couldn’t ask for more.
Some drills are good for power, some are good for speed, and some are the perfect combination of both (much like the last one).
If you have a few hundred holes to drill and are looking for something that’s lightweight, speedy, and will help you get the job done in the fastest way possible – you should highly consider the PORTER-CABLE PC600D.
This has a 6.5-amp motor, so it still has power.
But it also has a 3/8” keyless chuck system, making it quick and easy to switch between drill bits as you’re working.
There’s a variable speed trigger that gives you the best results for both drilling and driving.
This little guy can also get going pretty fast with a maximum speed of 2500 rpm.
PORTER-CABLE has also included a lock-on button that provides easier control during prolonged use.
We really like this drill.
If you were worried about purchasing from a brand you might not have heard of, then let us ease your worries.
Included with this drill is a three-year warranty along with a one-year free service contract.
That’s a pretty decent warranty for a device that has a lot of moving parts and that you’ll really be putting through the ringer.
So far, the corded drills we’ve reviewed from Black & Decker have been geared towards more casual home uses.
A couple drills ago, we looked at one that had a pistol grip in the front. The purpose of the grip is essentially just to give you extra leverage when you’re performing a more large-scale job.
The extra grip can actually make or break a job and makes it much safer, as well.
That’s why we’ve decided to include another version of this except this time from Black & Decker.
The Black & Decker DR560.
This is a 7.0 amp, ½ inch drill.
Since it is meant for bigger jobs where you really need the drill bit to stay in place, it is a keyed chuck system.
It also allows for variable speed controls.
This is an incredibly powerful drill that still manages to remain compact and fairly lightweight.
Much more compact than the other one with the extra grip we saw.
This drill doesn’t have super high maximum speeds and can only go up to 900 rpm.
But then again, if you’re using a drill this powerful to perform more complex and powerful tasks, you probably don’t want it going much faster than 900 rpm.
This is a great drill for specifically large tasks.
This isn’t the drill you want if you just want something around the house to hang a couple of picture frames.
We have another great hammer drill coming up on our list, this time from SKIL 6445-04.
It is a powerfu 7.0 amp, 1/2 “ keyed chuck drill.
You really need a keyed chuck system when you’re completing jobs this powerful.
Also, with the keyed chuck system, it allows you to accept larger diameter bits for woodworking and cutting.
This also includes a side assist handle, so you get that controlled, accurate, leveraged drilling.
As is standard with most drills, you also have a variable speed trigger to allow you to control your drilling speed even more.
Although a lot of people have reported that it is a bit difficult to control the speed, although it is a variable speed drill.
You just have to really be careful because there’s not much room between not pressing it at all and pressing it down all the way.
Again, not necessarily a drill that you’ll be using every single day but at this price, it’ll probably end up being the same as renting a drill of this caliber for the day.
This is an effective, powerful drill to have around and one of the best corded hammer drills.
No, you may not use it every day or even every week but if you’ve been known to do some bigger projects from time to time, then we highly suggest going with the 6445-04 from SKIL.
This corded drill from Genesis is definitely one of the top three most powerful drills on this list.
For starters, it has a 9.0-amp motor which is much higher than almost all of the corded drills on our list.
It features a ½” chuck that’s perfect for the larger bits that you’ll want to use on this.
Aside from drilling, this is even perfect for mixing extremely thick mud or drywall putty.
But it’s still perfect for drilling into not just wood but also metal and composite materials as well.
So, no matter what the angle or how big the job, you’ll be able to find a comfortable and safe way to hold the drill to get what you need to get done.
The trigger itself isn’t a variable speed trigger but there is a dial on the side that will allow you to choose exactly what speed you need.
The maximum speed on the Genesis GSHD1290 is 850 rpm.
In addition to that, there is also a lock on button that will help to reduce the effort for extended use applications.
The cord is on the shorter side at only 6.5 feet, but overall this is a versatile and powerful drill that you can make use of in just about any DIY project at home.
This drill also gives you a lot of options and versatility because not only does it include a side handle, but there’s also a handle on the back.
Alright, now that we’ve reviewed some of the more heavy-duty drills out there, let’s get back to some of the more everyday drills that you can use around the house.
This is still a hammer drill and still has the ability to drill through steel, concrete, and other hard metals out there.
It hammers as it drills in order to make drilling through concrete and other types of masonry much easier and much quicker.
It has a 4.2-amp motor and is a ½” drill.
If you want a corded drill that has speed, then you’ll be very pleased with the Neiko 10506A.
This little guy can get up to speeds of 2800 rpm. That’s definitely one of the highest speeds we’ve seen on this list.
This is one of the more powerful drills, so it still has a keyed chuck system.
This is one of the heavier drills and weighs about five pounds.
It also doesn’t have the greatest grip in the world so it’s not necessarily the most comfortable one out there either.
This is a good little drill if you want something you can use every day but also has that extra bit of force for those bigger projects.
Plus, it’s at a great price so you really can’t complain too much.
Consider to buy an electric screwdriver too, you may need it one day. Check out our full list of the best screwdriver here!
Another super heavy-duty drill coming down the pipeline. This is another versatile drill that’s good for not only drilling but for mixing as well.
It has an extremely powerful 8.5-amp motor and like most drills of this stature is a ½” drill.
It has variable speeds ranging from 0 to 600 rpm.
Now, this is definitely the lowest maximum speed that we’ve encountered.
However, as we’ve mentioned before, you neither want nor need that much speed when you’re doing those larger jobs.
In the grand scheme of drills, it is on the heavier side at about 6.2 pounds.
When you compare this to other drills that do similar things, you’ll find that this is actually right in the middle as far as weight.
Some drills this powerful can get up to eight or nine pounds.
In addition to the side handle, it also has a top handle that gives you quite a bit of leverage on this thing.
This is definitely a solid, powerful, reliable, commercial-grade drill.
It’s expensive and heavy-duty.
This isn’t the drill for everyone.
Again, if you’re looking for an everyday use drill then this is not your drill.
You’ll know if you need this drill.
Bosch is a name that you should be pretty familiar with.
They make a lot of appliances and tools that are used around the home by millions of people across the United States.
In other words, they’re a huge brand and they know what they’re doing when it comes to appliances and tools.
This is a more casual drill that’s great for projects around the home, drilling through wood, or even drilling through thin metal.
It’s the perfect corded drill if you have a lot of holes to drill though because it’s super lightweight.
Not only is it lightweight but it’s insanely comfortable to use.
You’ll be able to plow through a few hundred holes with no problem and in no time.
After looking at a few keyed chuck systems, we’re back to a keyless chuck drill.
There’s also a sturdy little belt clip on here that can come in handy if you’re often switching between a few tools.
Take note that this is a 3/8” drill, not ½” like the last few.
This won’t be able to tackle large, commercial jobs that’s for sure.
But if you don’t have a drill at all or are looking to replace your home drill with something affordable and reliable from a brand that you trust, we recommend you pick up the Bosch 1006VSR.
SKIL is a brand that quickly grew on us while conducting research for this article.
They produce a wide range of drills including everyday drills and more powerful hammer drills.
This one falls in the category of smaller, everyday drills.
This is perfect for small jobs or for a job that has you drilling holes in awkward, hard-to-reach spots.
The motor is at 5.5 amps which is perfect for general purpose drilling.
Like most general-purpose drills, this has a keyless chuck system so it’s fast and easy for you to switch out the drill bits.
If you think you’ve seen light drills before, you haven’t seen anything this light before. This drill weighs under two pounds!
That’s right, you read correctly.
This is seriously that light.
It does advertise a variable speed trigger and while it technically may be variable speed, it’s hard to achieve a lot of those speeds in the middle.
The trigger is extremely sensitive, so you often find yourself on one end of the spectrum or the other.
This is definitely one of the best corded drills if you’re looking for something that’s simple to have around the house.
It’s nothing fancy, but it doesn’t claim to be.
This is the perfect drill for somebody who’s maybe never used a drill before.
Black & Decker BDEDR3C
It’s time for our list to finally come to a close.
And what better drill to round off our list than one from Black & Decker – the 8DEDR3C.
This is essentially Black & Decker’s version of your everyday, general purpose, home drill.
They did a pretty good job with this one.
It’s tiny, don’t get us wrong.
It’s only 3 amps and 3/8”.
However, for that reason, it makes it super easy to use and accessible for anybody who might need to use a drill.
If you use drills all the time, you can forget how scary they may seem to a newbie.
Black & Decker takes the scary parts away and makes this drill ready-to-go straight out of the box.
It also has a keyless chuck system, making it not complicated whatsoever.
It goes up to 2700 rpm but doesn’t have any variable speeds.
It is reversible though, so you should be able to do everything you need to do.
Powerful? Not really.
Will this drill through steel or concrete? Not a chance in the world.
Is this perfect for one of the kids to hang a picture or drill a couple holes?
How To Pick The Right Corded Drill For You
We made it! We went through all 16 of the best corded drills out there.
There is definitely some technical talk you want to make sure you have straight.
Buying a drill is a fairly simple process, but there are a couple of features you’ll want to have straight before you pull the trigger (no pun intended).
Check out our short buyer’s guide to make sure you’re getting the drill that’s right for you.
After this, we’ll announce the Best Corded Drill 2019.
Keyless v Keyed
This is one of the main distinctions you want.
Keyless means you don’t need a key in order to change out the drill bits.
This is perfect if you change drill bits a lot or won’t be doing a lot of large-scale jobs.
You’ll want a keyed chuck system if you don’t necessarily change bits that much or want your bit to be locked in tight during big projects.
This doesn’t matter a whole lot but you’ll want to make sure you just buy the drill bits that match your drill.
All the ones on our list are either ½” or 3/8”.
You tend to get larger drill bits with the ½” size but again, this won’t particularly matter unless you’re doing large projects.
This will be measured in amps.
This can really range anywhere from 3.0 amps all the way up to 10 amps.
Obviously the higher the amps, the more powerful the drill.
Something else you might want – variable speed.
This is good if you’re drilling something really deep and need to slowly work your way up.
More delicate jobs that require a little bit of finesse, will probably require a drill with variable speed.
We’ve finally reached the end of the article!
The time has arrived to announce which drill on our list is the best corded drill.
Whenever we make our lists, we like to include products across a wide spectrum – while still making sure they’re the best in their category.
When it comes to the general best product, however, we want to choose something that’s going to work for most people, at a good price.
So, which corded drill is that in this case?
Which one is the Best Corded Drill 2019 ?
Well, let us tell you!
Last is not always least because the best corded drill is also the best 3/8 drill – it’s the Black & Decker BDEDR3C (the last drill on our list).
We love this because it’s simple.
Anybody can use it. It’s at a good price. It’s easy to change bits. It has a variable speed and a high maximum speed as well.
This absolutely is not the most powerful.
But it’s the most well-made, reliable, simplest, affordable drill for everyone to use.
We hope this helped you make your way through the wide world of drills.
Happy drilling, everyone!
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Eric has worked in retail for over 20 years at one of Utah’s largest garden centers. He loves hosting and regularly throws garden parties for his family and neighbours.