Three Things to Know Before Buying a Cordless Drill

Nothing beats a cordless drill for usefulness.

Every homeowner—every renter, too—needs to have a drill. Whether you’re putting together furniture, hanging a shelf or building a garden project, drills are essential tools. But there’s a wide variety of drills on the market, and not all of them are right for every project. Here’s what to look for to get the perfect drill for you.

Two for One

This kit can handle large and smaller projects. DEWALT

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Voltage can tell you a lot about the power of the drill; the more voltage, the more powerful, as a general rule. This doesn’t mean you absolutely need to go for the highest-voltage drill you can find, though. If you’re just doing light work and not drilling huge screws through concrete, a 12-volt drill might be just fine.

Bonus Attachments

This item includes tons of different bits, plus a useful magnetic holder. BLACK+DECKER

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You might notice something called “chuck size” in drill listings. That refers to the size of the clamp that actually holds onto your drill bits. This will impact what sorts of bits you can use, but also implies something about power: the larger the chuck size, the more powerful the drill.

Lightweight But Strong

This item may be smaller, but it still packs plenty of power and is easier to handle thanks to its size and mass. BLACK+DECKER

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Accessories are an important part of any drill; you’re not just buying a drill by itself. You’ll need different bits for drilling different sized holes, along with batteries, a case, a charger and more. Opt for one of the big brands and you’ll know that there are plenty of accessories available for your new drill, even if you need them down the road.