Here Are The Top 10 Best 20v Cordless Drills 2018

Our list of the latest 20v cordless drills includes only drill drivers that satisfy these specifications:

  • 20v drills tend to offer slightly more torque than popular 18v drills. This list contains only 20v cordless drills, including models that come as a combo or are part of a combo
  • The 20v drills presented here may or may not come with an included battery (Some are sold as a complement to an existing 20v set of tools), so check carefully before making a choice.


The List:

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Best Model 2018*
Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
5
Confidence
Level:
Great
* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

2000
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
2000
mAh
Battery Power
6.9
in
Length
2
Speeds

Our ranking system checked 268 reviews for the DCD791D2 and calculated an average of 5 stars. A closer look at the reviews gave us some insight on why people loved the DCD791D2. Many users praised this 20v cordless drill's compact but powerful build, while others liked it for the extra battery -- It comes with two batteries. One of the most popular reviews for the DCD791D2 even went so far as claiming that the drill was a "beast". Most users agree that the DCD791D2 packs quite a punch for its size, which probably explains why the reviews are so high.

The chuck received polarizing feedback (even among users that gave the drill 5 stars). Some users claim that it is good, while others cite it as the main reason why they gave the drill a score of 3 or lower. The most common complaint about the chuck was that it was wobbly and the drive bits tend to loosen out -- Heck! That leaves us surprised it got such good reviews, making us wonder if those who experienced wobbles got a bad unit, or were too picky?

Another feature that received mixed feedback was the cordless drill's built-in LED light located just above the trigger. One user liked the LED function but wished there was a way to turn it off, while another claimed that it was too bright and annoying to use indoors.

Specs of the DCD791D2 include a high no-load RPM of 2000, 15 settings on its metal clutch, a brushless motor, a belt hook, a chuck size of half an inch, and a UWO (Unit Watts Out -- DeWalt's own proprietary metrics) rating of 460.

Despite the criticisms, only 5% of user reviews (at the time we wrote this) for the DCD791D2 gave a score of 3 or lower, which is a very good ratio, and which tells us that the vast majority of the users liked it. We weren't surprised when our system summed up a total of 7303 for this page and it landed as the Alphachooser's best 20v cordless drill 2018/2019 (Learn how we rank items) with a 98 confidence level (More on confidence levels).

Average rating:
(96%) (268 reviews over 3 sources)   
Second Best
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
5
Confidence
Level:
High
2000
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
4000
mAh
Battery Power
9.375
in
Length
3
Speeds

Out of the 112 reviews that we checked out, the DCD980M2 received overwhelmingly positive feedback, scoring an adjusted score of 5 stars and with only very few reviews scoring below 4 stars (last time we checked).

No matter how much we drilled down into its reviews - and heck we did!, we could not find much to moan about. Most users gave this 20v cordless drill 5 stars and praised its durability and power while others applauded the longevity of its 4000mAh 20-volt batteries (Yes, we did mean plural, as the kit includes two batteries) for extended usage -- and we shall note that, out of all 20v drills we have on file (and don't worry, we make sure that we have most of them), 4000mAh of battery power is almost as good as it gets (but we also see more than that occasionally).

The only major complaint about the DCD980M2 is the awkward position of its LED light, just above the trigger, which had a reviewer say that it was useless, but that user still ranked it five stars anyway. Other users confirm that issue. One of them even nailed it by simply putting a black tape over the LED light... and gotcha!

Other Specs of the DCD980M2 includes a high no-load RPM of 2000, and a UWO (Unit Watts Out -- a proprietary metric of DeWalt) rating of 535, which does not inform us on the torque, though, so we have to rely on the mere high number of 5-star reviews in this case.

With only a single neutral review at worst, it's clear that the DCD980M2 is well-liked by the majority of people who purchased it, making it a solid choice for people looking for a great all-around cordless drill-driver. This 20V drill deserves its place in our top 10 list.

Average rating:
(96%) (112 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
11.1
in
Length
1
incl.
20v Batterie(s)
10
-step
Clutch
0.375
in
Chuck size

Our system analyzed 718 from two sources for the BDCDMT120C and gave it an adjusted score of 4.5 stars

The BDCDMT120C's main selling point is Black & Decker's Matrix Quick-connect System. With this feature, users can convert the drill into a different type of tool like a jigsaw, an impact driver, or a reciprocating tool provided the user has the necessary head attachments. This 20v cordless drill is powered by a Lithium-Ion battery, with users having an option to pay more for an extra battery bundled with the unit.

We wanted to see what users had to say about the BDCDMT120C, so we took a closer look at some of the more notable reviews. One review that gave the drill a perfect rating said that the Matrix system was good and "well-executed", allowing them to carry their essential tools with only one bag. Another user particularly liked that they can use both round and hex bits with very little issues. Almost all those that gave the drill a positive review praised it for its decent power and sturdy build.

Despite receiving mostly solid feedback, a few users do have some complaints about the BDCDMT120C. Most of the people who gave the drill a score of 3 stars or lower pointed out that it doesn't have enough power to perform more heavy-duty tasks even with the torque set to the highest setting, which seems to confirm its personality as versatile, but not necessarily super powerful. Other complaints include the drill having an awkward grip (which we find interesting because this particular criticism came from someone who gave the drill a perfect score in their review), a low RPM of only 800 and, for a few users, a slightly wobbly chuck.

The BDCDMT120C's innovative features might not have been enough to put it on the number one spot, but it still manages to find its place in the top 10 items in its category.

Average rating:
(92%) (718 reviews over 4 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#5
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great

Worx Switchdriver 20v Cordless Drill

1500
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
1500
mAh
Battery Power
265
in-lbs
Torque
2
Speeds

We were quite intrigued since, when comparing the specs to other items in its category with a similar score, this 20v cordlesss drill doesn't seem to excel or lag behind in any way. What it lacked in outstanding specs, it made up for with its special feature: a rotating dual-chuck that allows users to switch between two drill bits with just a quick twist.

Users seem to agree with our speculations about the Worx Switchdriver. Almost everyone praised the drill's dual-chuck feature, claiming that it was a great time-saver. Users also liked the built-in of the LED light, which is located just above the chuck. Based on reviews on other drills, we noticed that people disliked having the LED light located below the chuck because it casts a shadow over the work area. This is not a problem with the Worx Switchdriver.

Users who were less than thrilled with this 20v drill cited its underwhelming power as a major drawback, with one even going so far as to consider it as a toy. Other critics also didn't like the fact that the drill did not have a belt hook which would have allowed users to carry it around more easily. One major criticism was directed towards its charger, with the user claiming that the charger does not shut off automatically and it killed the batteries that came with the drill.

After checking 1372 reviews from multiple sources, our system gave the Worx Switchdriver an adjusted score of 4.5 stars. Underwhelming specs might have caused the Worx Switchdriver to rank lower in our system, but its innovative features was enough to secure its spot in the top 10 2ov cordless drills.

Average rating:
(91%) (1372 reviews over 4 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#7
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High

WORX WX178L 20v Battery Drill

800
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
180
in-lbs
Torque
8.6
in
Length
1
Speeds

Average rating:
(91%) (49 reviews over 2 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#8
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High

DeWALT DCD991P2 20v Drill

2000
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
5000
mAh
Battery Power
3
Speeds
2
incl.
20v Batterie(s)

After checking 108 reviews from multiple sources, our system gave the DCD991P2 an adjusted score of 4.5 stars.

Compared to other 20v cordless drill drivers that our system scored 4 or higher, the DCD991P2 differentiates itself by being the only one with three speed settings (other options only had two speed settings). It is also the only drill that came with a 5000mAh battery.

A closer look at user reviews gives us an insight on what the people particularly liked about the DCD991P2. The user with the most endorsed review gave the drill a perfect score, noting that it is the lightest heavy-duty drill they had ever used. The drill also received praise for the auxilliary handle, and battery charge indicator, which spares users the trouble of having to replace the batteries in the middle of work.

The DCD991P2 is not without its share of flaws. The most glaring issue seems to be the drill's clutch settings. A user that gave the drill a score of only 1 star claimed that the clutch adjustment is unreliable, working fine in one task then performing poorly in the next one. The clutch also seems to fail when the drill is held in certain positions. These problems punched a hole in the DCD991P2's nearly perfect ratings, (just like how it drove a screw completely through drywall even at the lowest setting).

Although the DCD991P2 was not good enough to secure the top spot, it still managed to find its place among the top 10 20v cordless drills in our database.

Average rating:
(90%) (108 reviews over 2 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#9
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great

DeWALT DCD791B 20v Cordless Drill

2000
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
6.9
in
Length
2
Speeds
15
-step
Clutch

Average rating:
(90%) (208 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#10
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great

More 20v cordless drills, sorted by the latest model first:

2000
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
2000
mAh
Battery Power
100.8
in-lbs
Torque
7.8
in
Length

The DCD795D2 has a high no-load RPM of 2000 and low no-load RPM of 600, both of which are above average compared to those of other products in our database as of this writing. However, it also seems to be one of the heaviest drills we have on record: With the 20v battery attached to it, the DCD7952 weighs 57.6 ounces, just two ounces shy of the heaviest product in the category. This 2-speed drill also features a half-inch metal ratcheting chuck and 14 clutch settings.

Endurance seem to be the DCD795D2's most popular characteristic among its reviewers. One user raved about how the drill has plenty of power to spare even after plenty of drilling through concrete and thick wood. Another user says that the drill's brushless motor has really done a great job in making the batteries last longer.

There were very few reviews that gave the DCD795D2 a low score. However, it's interesting to note that the greatest criticisms were directed towards a source of common complaints for other items in its category - the chuck. One user claimed that the chuck wobbles a lot (even though they still praised the drill's power and long battery life). Another one also mentioned the chuck getting loosened frequently during use.

Average rating:
(88%) (132 reviews over 2 sources)   
2000
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
2000
mAh
Battery Power
128.8
in-lbs
Torque
7.5
in
Length

The DCD796D2 is powered by a brushless motor, which DeWalt claims to increase the drill's lifetime by up to 57% compared to brushed motor drills. The increased run time, coupled with the presence of a second 20v Lithium Ion battery included in the bundle, is designed to allow users to make good use of its higher than average RPM (compared to other drills in our database) for extended periods of time, but what exactly do users have to say about the performance of this 2-speed drill? We had our shopping algorithm go through reviews from multipler sources. Once finished and analyzed, our system gave it an adjusted score of (rating temporarily unavailable) stars.

A closer look at the user reviews shows that most users did like the DCD796D2's long battery life (although DeWALT did not specify the actual expected battery life in its product description). One user recommends charging one battery while the other battery is being used to minimize the drill's down time -- a piece of advise we'd attach to any drill, though. Another user also liked how the drill's two speed settings are different enough that switching between them actually makes a difference, making it suitable for a variety of drilling tasks.

Although the DCD796D2 received plenty of praise, it also landed its share of negative feedback. One of the users that gave it a low score of only one star stated that their drill vibrates too much when using larger bits and that it breaks smaller ones into pieces. Another one was disappointed with their drill's hammer feature, which stopped working after only three days worth of work (although we suspect that this is a chance case, given the other positive ratings).

Average rating:
(85%) (89 reviews over 3 sources)   
2000
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
7.2
in
Length
2
Speeds
2
incl.
20v Batterie(s)

Average rating:
(89%) (214 reviews over 3 sources)   
2000
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
1500
mAh
Battery Power
7.5
in
Length
2
Speeds

Average rating:
(88%) (604 reviews over 3 sources)   

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