Here Are The Top 10 Best 20v Cordless Drills 2019

Alphachooser's list of the newest 20v cordless drills includes only drill drivers that obey to these criteria:

  • 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.


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Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
5
Confidence
Level:
High
Out of the 131 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. Overall, we are impressed by the positive disbalance of 5 star reviews (a rarity in any product category), especially that our system summed up a total of 7856 for this page, and that's why it landed the first position (Learn how we rank items) with a 98 confidence level (More on confidence levels).

DeWALT DCD980M2

  • 2 Included Batteries
  • 3 Speeds
  • Lithium Battery
  • Magnetic Bit Storage
  • Side Handle
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
Our ranking system checked 379 reviews for the DCD791D2 and calculated an average of 4.5 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 ((Q))beast((Q)). 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 that it landed a spot in our top 10 list.

DeWALT DCD791D2

  • 2 Included Batteries
  • 2 Speeds
  • Brushless Motor
  • Lithium Battery
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great

DeWALT DCD777C2

  • 2 Included Batteries
  • 2 Speeds
  • Brushless Motor
  • Lithium Battery
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
After checking 78 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.

DeWALT DCD991P2

  • 2 Included Batteries
  • 3 Speeds
  • Brushless Motor
  • Lithium Battery
  • Side Handle
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great

DeWALT DCD791B 20v Cordless Drill

  • 2 Speeds
  • Brushless Motor
  • Lithium Battery
Alpha
Rank:
#7
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great

Black & Decker BDCDE120 20v Battery Drill

  • 1 Included Battery
  • Lithium Battery
Alpha
Rank:
#8
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great

Worx WX169L 20v Drill

  • 1 Included Battery
  • 2 Speeds
  • Lithium Battery
  • Keyless Chuck
Alpha
Rank:
#9
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
Our system analyzed 769 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 ((Q))well-executed((Q)), 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.

Black & Decker BDCDMT120C 20v Cordless Drill

  • 1 Included Battery
  • Lithium Battery
  • Magnetic Bit Storage
Alpha
Rank:
#10
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great

DeWalt 20V Max XR Hammer Drill Kit

  • 3 Speeds
  • Brushless Motor
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
  • Lithium Battery
  • Side Handle

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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).

DeWALT DCD796D2

  • 2 Included Batteries
  • 2 Speeds
  • Brushless Motor
  • Lithium Battery

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