The best drills for DIY home renovations

Perfect your DIY skills with our list of the best drills for your home projects

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Whether you’re finally getting round to putting those shelves up in the bedroom or want to turn your hand to a larger home renovation project, a drill is a must-have piece of equipment for your tool box. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a DIY novice or consider yourself a bit of a pro, a good drill is the difference between those shelves staying put or not.

What to consider when buying a new drill

Cordless drills are pretty much the standard these days and there is a whole range of high-tech options on the market to cater to your DIY needs. These types of drills are far more convenient, especially if you are working in a garage with no plug sockets, or out in the garden and the best drills on the market tend to be cordless.

Most drills will make holes – but the size and quality of those holes depends on the drill’s torque. This is the power behind the twist of the drill motion and in most cases this is adjustable to ensure the screw isn’t too loose or too tight. If you have specific DIY requirements for your drill, be sure to check out the specifications of the drill before purchasing.

You can also choose whether or not you want a combi drill, which are great for more complex jobs as they are compatible with a number of drill bits and heads for both screwing things in place and making holes in walls or furniture. Combi drills are the best drills for multi-tasking, but, if it’s just for your odd jobs around the house, you probably won’t need anything too flashy. 

Our buying guide includes a range of tools to suit all styles and budgets for all your renovation projects.

1. Bosch PSB 1800

A simple combi drill for DIY novices

Best for: Beginners
Drill type: Combi
RPM : 1350
Max Torque: 39
Reasons to buy
+20 pre-settings+Easy to use
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most powerful 

If you’re looking to buy your first drill and don’t want something too complex, this is the best drill for 'beginners' in the DIY world, with no frills but decent power, this Bosch drill will certainly get the job done. It comes with 20 handy pre-set programmes for a range of popular DIY projects, which means all you have to do is push the button and let this drill do the rest. It’s not the most powerful drill on our list but is perfect for a helping hand in putting furniture together or hanging pictures quickly and efficiently. 

2. Makita DHP484RTJ

An impressive speedy drill for effortless handywork

Best for: High End Drill
Drill type: Combi
RPM : 2000
Max Torque: 54
Reasons to buy
+Ergonomic grip+LED Light
Reasons to avoid

Taking a huge step up from the Bosh, this high-end drill is not for the faint hearted. This is a super-speedy combi drill that can handle a range of tasks from putting up a shelf to carrying out extensive renovation projects. The brushless motor means it takes to all surfaces and materials with ease, and you’ve got an LED light for ultimate precision. If you take your DIY seriously, then this is the best drill to buy as an investment piece for your tool box.  

Wickes 18V 2 x 1.3Ah Li-Ion Cordless Combi Drill

(Image: © Wickes)


Best budget buy

Best for: Budget buy
Drill type: Combi
RPM : 1250
Max Torque: 35Nm

The latest value range of tools from Wickes doesn't quite match up to the outright power of the offerings from big name brands, such as Bosch and Milwaukee, but they are great for those carrying out light- to medium-duty fastening applications. A 240-volt motor develops around 35Nm of torque is quite enough for plaster walls and wood. It's also great for making quick work of screwing things to other things. A two-year warranty and the fact there's a spare battery make it a very decent deal for such a low price. 

4. Hitachi DH26PHSDS

A solid hammer drill ideal for frequent use

Best for: Hammer drill
Drill type: Hammer
RPM : 1050
Max Torque: unknown
Reasons to buy
+Durable+Adjustable handle
Reasons to avoid
-A little heavy 

This Hitachi drill is great for those who use one daily for work or have taken on a big renovation or design project as it is very powerful yet extremely comfortable and easy to use. It boasts low vibrations for ease of movement and its double-handle allows you to have full control and precise alignment when carrying out either drilling or screwing. If you liked the look of the Bosch drill in our number one spot but don’t think it’s hard-wearing enough for how much you’ll be using it, the Hitachi is the best alternative for you, and it comes at a relatively similar price, too.  

5. Black+Decker BDCDC18-GB

A smart looking drill that will fit in any toolbox

Best for: Compact and lightweight
Drill type: Drill Driver
RPM : 650
Max Torque: 30
Reasons to buy
+Looks professional+Lightweight
Reasons to avoid
-For smaller jobs 

This handy little drill is actually pretty powerful, and although maybe not for bigger projects, it’s the perfect drill to have around the house for those jobs that need a reliable yet powerful tool. So if you want something that is halfway between the Bosch and the Makita, this is a good option that won’t let you down. If you already have a high-end drill in your kit, then the affordability of this Black and Decker drill makes it a great back-up to keep to hand in the garage or shed.  

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