Top 10 Best Corded Drills

Anyone who works with tools knows that the drill is one of the most important and oft-used tools in any set. Whether for boring holes or driving fasteners, the power drill will make an appearance in virtually any job.
Of course, not all jobs are the same, and sometimes you need raw power over convenience. In this instance, it is better to use a corded drill as the steady power supply, and powerful motor can last longer while remaining stronger. Still, figuring out which one to get can be confusing.

That is why we have put together a list of the ten best-corded drills and identify what each is ideally suited for. Then we provide a helpful buyer’s guide, so you can figure out what you need and find the best-corded drill for you.

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4.1 pounds8 AmpCorded-ElectricCheck Price
3.4 pounds4 AmpCorded-ElectricCheck Price
6.9 pounds10 AmpCorded-ElectricCheck Price
4 pounds6.5 AmpCorded-ElectricCheck Price
3.2 pounds7 AmpAc/DcCheck Price
6.5 pounds8 AmpCorded-ElectricCheck Price
4.7 pounds8 AmpCorded-ElectricCheck Price
13.2 pounds7 AmpAc/DcCheck Price
3 pounds7 AmpCorded-ElectricCheck Price
4.3 pounds6.3 AmpCorded-ElectricCheck Price

1.DEWALT DWD112 8.0 Amp 3/8-Inch VSR Pistol-Grip Drill with Keyless All-Metal Chuck – Best Brushless Corded Drill

DeWalt once was considered a professional grade of the power tool, but in recent years that reputation has taken a bit of a hit as the brand outsources more and more of its manufacturing to mainland Chinese factories. That being said, the brand is looking to refurbish its image and become known as a professional brand once again.

DeWalt is off to a good start with the DWD112. For one, this drill is fairly durable–internally at least. With a motor that uses a brushless design, the DWD112 will last longer than many of its competitors. That design towards durability does not extend throughout the product though. The body itself is made almost entirely out of plastic and rubber texture.

Still, the DWD112 produces eight amps of power and can deliver a variable speed of RPMs from 0 to 2500. 2500 RPMs is more than enough to drill through thin sheets of metal, while the eight amps just cross the line to be able to drill into masonry for extended periods of time.

Of course, there is not drill without its flaws, and the DWD112 seems to err in an area that DeWalt explicitly attempted to fix: the chuck. While the chuck is at least keyless, it is also known for loosening a bit during action. This will result in either the bored hole being a bit too large or the bit stripping the screw–a prospect made all the more likely in the absence of a safety clutch.

Pros
  • eight amps is solid for the professional grade
  • 2500 maximum RPMs is great
  • Features a keyless chuck
Cons
  • The chuck loosens in use
  • Does not have a safety clutch
  • Is not ergonomic

2.BLACK+DECKER BDEDMT Matrix AC Drill/Driver – Best Multi-Tool Corded Drill

Black & Decker has never been known as professional grade of power tools. Maybe once long before they actually sold power tools commercially and with a product line that was exceptionally specialized, but since then Black & Decker has sought to capture the consumer market–and has done so with wild success.

The drill seeks to extend that intent by providing a base that can technically function as a wide number of tools, not just one. The Matrix system allows you to detach the drill mechanism and reattach a number of different actions. The actions that can be used in place of the drill include a variety of multi-tools, a number of saws, and even a sander.

While it would generally be better for a professional to purchase this product individually to ensure that they all function to professional standards, the consumer market is less likely to require the same degree of precision or durability from their tools. As such, the Matrix is both an electric drill with adjustable clutch and comes in at a nice low price.

However, a consumer grade product will rarely be able to produce the kind of power that a professional needs and Black Decker did nothing to change the minds of those who might be sitting on the fence about it. Four amps are one of the lowest power ratings we reviewed while a maximum RPM of 1200 distinctly limits the materials this drill is designed for.

Pros
  • High-quality protective clutch
  • The Matrix system is extremely versatile
  • Fairly compact design for easy use
Cons
  • four amps is low even for consumer grade
  • A maximum 1200 RPM is low
  • Not the most durable drill

3.DEWALT DWD210G 10-Amp 1/2-Inch Pistol-Grip Drill – Best 1/2“ Chuck Corded Drill

DeWalt appears once again, except this time the brand brought their heavy duty power drill to play. To be honest, this drill is legitimately professional grade and could arguably be considered better suited for professional rigors than some of the more trusted professional brands like Milwaukee and Bosch.

That being said, this is not the same kind of all-purpose drill that many of the others–including other DeWalts–are, and should squarely be seen as a carpentry drill. This is a shame, because this is the most powerful drill on our list, providing a whopping ten amps of power.

Unfortunately, the DWD210G also only offers an RMP range between 0 and 1200. Without being able to kick itself into a higher gear, harder materials like metal and masonry are a bit of a no-go for this drill. Though, you may be able to get away with light work on a stone if you have quality bits.

Still, the main draw of the DWD210G has got to be its chuck. While the chuck is keyed, which will slow down changing out both drilling and driving bit changes, it is also one of the few the corded drills we looked at whose chuck comes in ½”. This size allows the DWD210G to use larger drilling bits for jobs like framing and other heavy duty construction.
Pros
  • ten amps is fairly impressive
  • Two finger trigger and 360-degree side grip
  • Features a ½” chuck
Cons
  • Maximum RPMs of 1200 is low
  • The chuck is keyed
  • Is one of the heavier drills

4.PORTER-CABLE PC600D 6.5 Amp 3/8-Inch Variable Speed Drill – Best Torque Corded Drill

PORTER-CABLE is a bit like DeWalt as a brand in that they were once known for manufacturing professional grade power tools but have since lust some of that luster. It just so happens that both brands were purchased by Black & Decker shortly before their decline. That being said, PORTER-CABLE did not slip due to the purchase.

Instead, PORTER-CABLE simply sought to provide a no-frills kind of product while its other professional grade competitors continued to innovate. It seems some of those days may be over as the PORTER-CABLE follows more closely to DeWalt, even going so far as to use a surprisingly similar body design.

In terms of power and function, the PORTER-CABLE is a bit of a mixed bag. The motor is just a touch underpowered at 6.5 amps. While that is not terrible, it would have been better if it were more than seven amps.

Still, this drill does provide 2500 maximum RPMs which squarely places it in a position to drill through numerous types of materials. Moreover, if you need the PORTER-CABLE to handle an especially difficult material, it is a corded drill with torque control to help you tear through even the densest materials.
Pros
  • Maximum of 2500 RPMs is great
  • Uses a keyless chuck
  • Variable speed and high torque switch
Cons
  • 6.5 amps is somewhat underpowered
  • The chuck will not stay tight
  • The rubber is not at all durable

5.Hitachi D10VH2 7.0 Amp 3/8″ Variable Speed Drill/Driver with Metal Keyless Chuck – Best Consumer Corded Drill

Hitachi is a brand that was almost designed to place it at the pinnacle of the consumer grade market. With power tools that often come close to professional grade while missing the mark just a bit, this brand is far more well-known for the cordless variety of drills than it is the corded models.

That does not seem to faze Hitachi one bit though as the brand managed to produce a corded drill that is comparable to many of the professional grade products it would otherwise compete with. Granted, this drill is also priced more in line with professional grade product as well.

You still will not be able to fault Hitachi for the effort as this corded drill can keep up with the best of them. While the 6.8 amp motor is a hair underpowered, you are unlikely to notice much of a difference unless you are working with incredibly tough materials for an extended period. In that instance, you may want to go easy on the Hitachi since its brushed motor is not truly designed to stand up to that kind of abuse.

That being said, the Hitachi is still exceptionally durable in most other respects and can easily handle a professional workload in more customary situations, never slowing for a second when working with numerous pieces of hardwood. Combine that with one of the largest RPM ranges with a maximum speed better than most, and the Hitachi is easily the best consumer grade corded drill we looked at.
Pros
  • The two finger pistol grip is comfortable
  • Maximum RPMs of 2600 is great
  • Excellent durability for the price
Cons
  • 6.8 amps is a tad underpowered
  • The chuck will loosen on its own
  • The motor is brushed, reducing durability

6.DEWALT DWD115K 8 Amp 3/8-Inch VSR Mid-Handle Grip Drill Kit with Keyless Chuck – Best Boring Corded Drill

If this drill looks a bit similar, it is likely because DeWalt makes one that is almost identical to it. In fact, the only difference between this model and the DWD112 is the handle design–though even in that regard both of these drills could easily be confused for one another. However, that minor difference does play an important role in defining what this product in for.

With a Mid-Handle grip, this DeWalt is not the drill you use in tight spaces, at an angle, or when reaching. Instead, this drill is designed to be locked on straight with its project piece explicitly so it can drill into the material with error. The grip itself is made so that you must hold it level or it will otherwise feel exceptionally heavy in your hands.

If you do hold it properly, it will perform exceptionally well and provide the expected level of professional power and utility you would otherwise expect. Its motor produces a robust eight amps while the gears can deliver a maximum of 2500 RPMs–making it ideal for boring holes in everything from plastics to masonry to metal and everything in between.

That being said, it is a somewhat expensive drill, though that is likely in large part due to the combination of the brand name recognition as well as the brushless motor which will last longer than most. A more durable body would be nice, but for boring holes, you will be hard-pressed to find much better.

Pros
  • eight amps is solid for the professional grade
  • Maximum RPMs of 2500 is great
  • Brushless motor is durable
Cons
  • Is one of heaviest drills
  • A somewhat expensive drill
  • Not the most ergonomically designed

7.Milwaukee 0240-20 3/8-Inch Drill – Best Professional Corded Drill

Milwaukee has long been noted for power tools that are not only professional grade but regularly at the top of the class in their respective markets. The brand has earned a deserved reputation for manufacturing tools that are both durable to rough use and long lasting when put through the paces of rigorous tasks.

It seems Milwaukee decided to stick with that winning formula and put forth the best professional grade corded drill we saw. That being said, you will need to be a professional to get the most out of this drill. That is because the Milwaukee does not offer many of the additional features that consumers find so convenient.

Instead, this drill simply seeks to outperform the competition when put to the test of heavy-duty work. With a motor that produces an adequate eight amps of power, it provides the highest maximum of RPMs out of the other products we reviewed with 2800. That is approach unnecessary levels and will allow you to work on materials other brands do not dare to tread.

Even better, the Milwaukee is one of the few drills we saw which features an all-metal gear case to protect it from the inevitable falls it is likely to endure when on a professional job site. Of course, this does make it one of the heavier drills we reviewed as well.

Pros
  • eight amps is solid for the professional grade
  • 2800 maximum RPMs is great
  • Offers an incredible amount of torque
Cons
  • One of the heavier drills we reviewed
  • Does not have a safety clutch
  • Is a fairly expensive drill

8.YKS 12V Corded Drill Driver Set – Best Corded Drill Set

YKS is not a big name in the power tool market. In fact, this is the only brand on our list that does not specialize in manufacturing tools at all–powered or hand. This may raise an eye us suspicion from the professional buyers, and that is not without due cause. However, if you are a home owner looking for a complete set of hand tools with a corded power drill, you will do well with the YKS.

First, this project kit features ninety-eight different pieces. Aside from the power drill, it comes with some screwdrivers, hammer, crescent wrench, and a hacksaw. Moreover, it provides a battery pack–through the drill itself will not need to pack. Finally, this kit even comes with a full set of drill bits of different gauge and even different material intents. All of this can also be easily organized and stored in its molded, hard plastic case.

As for the drill, it is not a professional grade product. While specific technical details are not released for the drill exclusively, customers note that while it might be acceptable for work around the house, the motor and torque are not suited for heavy-duty jobs found at a professional site.

Pros
  • Comes with an entire hand tool kit
  • Comes with a comfortable side handle
  • Comes with a full set of drill bits
Cons
  • One of the more expensive products
  • The drill is definitely consumer grade
  • The materials are not highest quality

9.BLACK+DECKER DR560 7.0-Amp 1/2-Inch Drill/Driver – Best Budget Corded Drill

Considering that it places itself squarely in the consumer grade power tool market, seeing Black & Decker put out this corded drill is a surprise. A pleasant surprise no doubt, but some features and qualities found on the DR560 are the kinds of things you would expect to see on a professional grade drill but oddly often are not.

For instance, this drill comes with a ½” chuck. Considering the bits that size chuck will handle, consumers are unlikely to put that to good use unless they have larger DIY projects they intend to complete without contracting professionals for more challenging tasks. Moreover, the chuck itself is all metal, which is something even some of the other professional grade drills seem to miss.

Of course, Black & Decker does find ways to save their overhead which ultimately translates to some limited function. Specifically, this drill can only spin at a maximum of 800 RPMs. Though, the motor is at least able to keep up with seven amps of power. Still, this means the wood is the only material this drill was designed for.
The DR560 skirts the line between convenient and not. The chuck, while larger than expected and more durable, is also not keyless. This will slow down your work speed when you need to change bits. The handle is a pistol grip, which is the most comfortable. The DR560 also provides a side handle for extra comfort.

Pros
  • seven amps is decent for consumer grade
  • Features a comfortable side handle and pistol grip
  • Variable speed controls
Cons
  • 800 maximum RPMs is fairly low
  • In not a keyless chuck system
  • The motor is brushed, reducing durability

10.Bosch 1006VSR 3/8-Inch Keyless Chuck Drill – Best Corded Drill for Woodworking

Along with Milwaukee and Makita, Bosch is often seen as one of the better brands or professional grade power tool manufacturers. Of course, each brand owns their niche approach in that regard, with Makita producing the most powerful, Bosch producing the most durable, and Milwaukee producing the all around balanced.

That trend seems to continue, at least in regard to Bosch’s entry on this list as this drill is definitely not the most powerful. In fact, the Bosch is actually one of the least powerful corded drills we reviewed at only 6.3 amps. While this may be a bit disappointing, the Bosch does at least provide a great range of RPMs, maxing out at 2600.

Still, with the Bosch, it seems the brand sought to offer a number of the little things that other brands have overlooked, rather than attempt to compete with them in brute force. For instance, this drill’s chuck is not only keyless, but it also offers some of the best slip resistance we have seen.

Moreover, this drill is exceptionally lightweight and compact, offering a balance that is otherwise missing from the corded drill market. When you combine that with a recessed lock-on switch to prevent accidental engagement, it seems as though this drill were designed for convenient, easy use.
Pros
  • Ratcheting keyless chuckv
  • Soft grip and two finger trigger for comfortv
  • 2600 maximum RPMs is great
Cons
  • 6.3 amps is a bit low for professional grade
  • The motor is brushed, reducing durability
  • The trigger sticks with VST

Buyer’s Guide

Power:

When it comes to corded drills, few other qualities as much as the maximum power, the drill can provide. Unlike their cordless counterparts which gauge their power based on voltage, corded drills are judged by number of amps that the motor uses.

In this regard, the corded drill falls into the consumer and professional grades with the former being weaker than the latter. This line can roughly be divided along the 7 amp mark, though there are some professional grade or near-professional grade corded drills which will only produce between 6 and seven amps.

Chuck Size:

This is not really the most important quality of a corded drill, but it will ultimately determine some of the tasks the drill may or may not be suited for. Specifically, the chuck size of the drill will determine what the maximum size of bit the drill can use.

The two most common chuck sizes are ⅜” and ½”. The ⅜” inch chuck is the most common and will accept drill bits that are used for virtually every job. The ½” chuck size is designed to accept drill bits which bore larger hole, generally used for framing or other heavy duty purposes.

RPMS:

The rotations per minute, or RPMs, is similar to chuck size in that it is not the most important feature of a corded drill but will play a heavy impact in terms of what the drill should be used for. Essentially, different types of material are better suited for different rotational speeds.

Metals will require the highest rotational speeds, while you can get away with lower speeds for wood–including hardwood. Masonry will require a medium speed of rotation, but stonework will also need a bit more torque to tear through the hard stone.

Durability:

Durability is always a major issue for any purchase, but it is arguably more for a power tool. This is because professional grade power tools are the lifeblood upon which any project depends. Once the tool goes, the work either stops or replacement is hastily found.

Metal casings and metal gearboxes are one of the best ways to ensure that a corded drill will last. This is especially true since corded drills are used often enough that they will almost certainly be dropped at some point in time.

Motor:

A special not of durability must be paid to the drill’s motor. The motor can come in one of two forms: brushed or brushless. Brushless motors are by far more durable than their brushed counterparts. When a brushed motor’s brushes become worn, the drill will cease to function. This will then either require a time-consuming repair or a costly replacement.

Clutch:

While not an absolute necessity, a power drill with a clutch is an incredibly convenient tool. The clutch will ensure that when the drill meets too high of resistance, the bit will simply stop as the rotational mechanism spins around it, making a click sound as the clutch engages. This prevent drills that are either set too high or applying too much torque for the task from stripping a screw.

Conclusion:

Whichever is the best-corded drill will be determined far more by what you need to ask of the tool than any inherent qualities in and of itself. The drill required for a professional job site is not the same drill that a homeowner can often get by with.

If you are a professional, it is hard to overlook the heavy duty design of the Milwaukee. With a metal gearbox, this tool is not only protected but can push out serious power. Though only eight amps, the drill can spin at a maximum of 2800 RPMs and put out serious torque.

If you only expect the drill to see use for DIY projects, the Hitachi is an excellent choice. Though a bit more expensive than some of the other consumer-grade drills, it is still a bit less expensive than most professional products and can deliver an impressive seven amps of power with a little over 133 lbs of torque.

Top 10 Best Corded Drills
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