A cordless drill is an essential buy for any tool box - it's a versatile tool which has a multitude of uses around the home and garden. It will drill holes in materials such as wood and metal, and can also be used for screwdriving applications, making it a really handy addition to your DIY armoury. A drill driver is very easy to use with a little practice, and we’d recommend going cordless for maximum flexibility.

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What to look for in a cordless drill

Look for a drill with a battery that has a short charge time and a long life, and always check the voltage, which generally ranges from 12V to 24V. Although a higher voltage doesn’t always mean higher torque and more effective drilling and driving, a high-powered drill will be necessary for heavy-duty work. For lighter DIY tasks, a good quality, lower power model will be perfectly capable.

How much are cordless drills?

You can expect to pay from as little as £30 to around £250 for a high-end model. Bear in mind that many models are 'bare tools', meaning they don’t come with a battery and charger, so you will have to buy these separately. Some manufacturers use an interchangeable battery system, where one battery can be used with many of their different power tools, so this is a great way to keep costs down.

What drill accessories do I need?

When it comes to accessories, all you’ll need is a set of drill and driver bits, which cost from around £12. Choose one with a combination of drill bits suitable for wood, metal and masonry, and a varied selection of screwdriver bits. Most come in a hard case with slots to keep everything organised.

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Best affordable cordless drills to buy

Vonhaus E-Series 18V cordless drill driver

Vonhaus E-Series 18V cordless drill driver

This budget-conscious choice features a soft-grip handle, convenient belt clip and plenty of power and torque for all sorts of DIY jobs. It requires an E-Series battery and charger, which can be used with other tools in the range

Bosch 18V cordless drill driver

Bosch 18V cordless drill driver

Lightweight and compact, this drill driver offers the ideal mix of power and versatility. It comes complete with a battery and charger which work with other home and garden tools in the range

Ryobi 18V ONE+ cordless compact drill driver

Ryobi 18V ONE+ cordless compact drill driver
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This cordless compact drill driver comes as a bare tool and is perfect for drilling into wood, steel and plastic as well as screw-driving tasks. It has LED lights to help illuminate your work area for maximum visibility, too.

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