Whether it’s to make a hole, install a fastener, remove a fastener, mix up some material, or just about anything else, you’re likely to need the aid of a drill or impact driver for just about every project you ever take on. Few tools are more versatile, and since they go hand in hand, they’re often sold together as a combo kit.
The only problem is, there are too many combo kits available to choose from! These tools are likely to be used in all of your future projects, so you need something reliable. Things would be much easier if you could just test them all.
Well, we did exactly that so we could see which ones were the best choices. To share what we learned, we wrote up short reviews comparing each of these 10 popular power tools. By the end, you should have a good idea of how they stack up and which ones sound like worthwhile options to you.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2021
|Best Overall||DEWALT DCK240C2 Cordless Drill Combo Kit||
|Best Value||BLACK+DECKER BD2KITCDDI Cordless Drill Combo Kit||
|Premium Choice||Milwaukee 2897-22 M18 2-Tool Combo Kit||
|PORTER-CABLE PCCK604L2 Cordless Drill Combo Kit||
|CRAFTSMAN CMCK200C2 Cordless Drill Combo Kit||
The 10 Best Cordless Drill Combo Kits
1. DEWALT Cordless Drill Combo Kit – Best Overall
DeWalt is well-respected within the world of power tools, and as soon as you use the DCK240C2 Cordless Drill Combo Kit you’ll realize why. Their tools are built to last, and this drill kit is no exception. Just to back it up, you get DeWalt’s three-year warranty, ensuring that your tools will be around for many projects.
The drill in this kit has two transmission speeds to give you more control. You get 300 unit-watts-out (UWO) of power that makes it easy to drill through just about any type of material.
With over 1,400 inch-pounds of torque, the impact driver is no slouch either. Even with long fasteners going into tough material, you’d be hard-pressed to bog this beast of a tool down. It’s also equipped with an LED light to illuminate your workspace for 20 seconds after pulling the trigger.
We like that this kit comes with two batteries to keep you working. The only problem is, they’re just 1.3 amp-hours each, which doesn’t keep these tools going as long as we’d like.
2. BLACK+DECKER Cordless Drill Combo Kit – Best Value
Though the BLACK+DECKER Cordless Drill Combo Kit is more affordably priced than most competitors, these tools pack in some stats that can compete with products priced much higher.
For instance, the impact driver produces a respectable 1,374 inch-pounds of torque; not far behind the DeWalt driver at the top of our list. To top it off, it’s capable of 3,900 impacts per minute (IPM) and 3,000 RPM.
The drill has an 11-position clutch and is more compact than similar drills from other companies. Both tools have a built-in LED light that activates when you pull the trigger. Likewise, both tools are protected by BLACK+DECKER’s two-year warranty.
On the downside, this kit comes with just one battery. Worse, the charger is pretty slow, so you can be left waiting if you forget to charge the battery ahead of time. Still, considering what you get for such an affordable price, we think this is one of the best cordless drill combo kits for the money.
3. Milwaukee M18 2-Tool Combo Kit – Premium Choice
There’s a massive difference between professional-quality power tools and consumer-level power tools. It’s a difference that’s represented by considerably higher prices, quality, and longevity. Tools such as the Milwaukee 2897-22 M18 2-Tool Combo Kit are professional-level tools that are built to work through tough conditions every day. And the five-year warranty provides some peace of mind that your investment is protected.
So, what do you get for the increased price? For starters, you get brushless motors. These are more efficient, longer-lasting, and more reliable than the older but cheaper brushed motors. They also produce loads of power. The Impact driver makes an impressive 1,800 inch-pounds of fastening torque.
The drill is impressive too though. This hammer drill can deliver 1,200 inch-pounds of torque, which is considerably more than most of the drills we compared it against. It also spins at 2,000 RPM; once again placing it firmly at the head of the pack.
With efficient brushless motors and long-lasting five-amp-hour batteries, you’re rarely going to have tools dying on you. But those big batteries can make these tools quite heavy, so expect a workout!
4. PORTER-CABLE Cordless Drill Combo Kit
The PCCK604L2 Cordless Drill Combo Kit from PORTER-CABLE offers pretty decent specs for the price you pay, though a few key drawbacks kept this kit from cracking our top three.
These tools make respectable power. The impact driver produces 1,450 inch-pounds of torque while the drill produces 283 UWO at speeds up to 1,500 RPM. You get a ½-inch chuck on the drill, allowing you to use larger bits and providing more torque. Both tools have LED lights and convenient bit storage built-in. Likewise, they’re both warrantied for three years.
After running a few screws, you’ll start to feel the impact driver getting hot. Keep running it for a while and it gets hot enough that you’ll need to give it a chance to cool off. We also weren’t thrilled with the batteries. We’re glad that two are included, but they lost their maximum charge pretty quickly, which means they gave us shorter battery life the more we charged them.
5. CRAFTSMAN Cordless Drill Combo Kit
CRAFTSMAN is a well-known name in tools, so we expected to like their CMCK200C2 Cordless Drill Combo Kit. Overall, they were decent tools, though a few flaws kept them from being some of our favorites. For instance, the drill chuck never gets tight enough to really hold onto a bit, which results in a frustrating amount of dropped bits. Likewise, the batteries have a very short lifespan, so you’re constantly needing to pause your work while they recharge.
Still, there were plenty of things we liked about this combo kit. First, the tools themselves make a respectable amount of power. From the drill, you get 280 UWO and a max speed of 1,500 RPM. The impact driver produces 1,460 inch-pounds of torque, making it even more powerful than the DeWalt at the top of our list. Granted, this kit is also more expensive, even though we don’t think it offers quite as much.
6. Bosch Power Tools Combo Kit
This 12V combo kit from Bosch includes a drill and impact driver that are much smaller than the other models we tested. On the same note, they’re nowhere near as powerful, with the impact driver topping out at just 265 inch-pounds of torque and 1,300 RPM. But if you often find yourself working in cramped spaces, then the small size of this kit might be perfect for your needs.
Along with the smaller form comes less weight. These tools each weigh less than two pounds, making them as maneuverable as power tools get. Since you’re likely to use these in some tight areas, which are often poorly lit, both tools have built-in LEDs. But considering how underpowered these tools are, we think they’re overpriced, so they’re definitely not one of our top choices.
7. Makita Cordless 2-Pc. Combo Kit
The Makita CT226 Cordless Combo Kit is another 12V set of tools that can’t match the power and performance of the 18V and 20V tools we prefer. Unfortunately, this set doesn’t even have the advantage of being as small and compact as other 12V systems we’ve tested, though it is priced more reasonably.
Both the drill and impact driver in this kit have built-in LEDs to illuminate your workspace. You’ll also find that they both weigh less than three pounds with a battery. But that’s not enough to earn a path back into our good graces. With an impact driver that produces just 970 inch-pounds of torque, we need to see some more power before this kit seems useful.
8. SKIL 2-Tool Combo Kit
We generally expect a 20V impact driver to produce substantially more power than a 12V one. That’s not quite the case with the impact driver included in this SKIL 2-Tool Combo Kit. It creates just 1,100 inch-pounds of torque, which isn’t much better than the 12V Makita that placed just ahead of this kit on our list.
Despite the lack of power, there were a few things we liked about these SKIL tools. First, both the drill and impact driver have built-in LEDs and belt clips for your convenience. Even better, this kit is covered by a five-year limited warranty.
But these pros are outweighed by the numerous cons. We already discussed the lack of power, but this kit was lacking in other ways as well. For instance, it contains a single battery, which means your work will be on hold while waiting for it to charge. Also, no carrying case or bits are included, which came with most of the other kits we’re comparing.
9. WORKPRO Cordless Drill Combo Kit
We were content with all of the extras included with the WORKPRO W004572A Cordless Drill Combo Kit. Not only do you get a drill and an impact driver, you get two batteries, the one-hour fast charger, a set of drill bits, and a set of screwdriver bits. But it’s the tools themselves that fell short for us.
To start, these tools are underpowered. They may be 20V tools, but they don’t produce as much power as their similarly powered competition. The impact driver produces just 1,150 inch-pounds of torque and the drill is maxed out at 220 inch-pounds. Not exactly earth-shattering numbers.
Making matters worse, the battery life is pretty dismal. Though these batteries are each two amp-hours, they died with less use than lower-capacity batteries from competitors. Add to that the fact that these tools are heavier and bulkier than other models and it’s easy to see why this combo kit is placed towards the bottom of our list.
10. Ridgid X4 R9602 Drill Set
Ridgid makes many high-quality tools, but the X4 R9602 Drill Set didn’t impress us. To be fair, these tools are powerful, but that’s their only saving grace. The impact driver produces 1,750 inch-pounds of torque and the drill makes 535 inch-pounds. Pretty decent, but other drawbacks prevented this kit from climbing the ranks of our list.
Ridgid tools are covered by a lifetime warranty. Problem is, it’s only honored if the tool was purchased from the Home Depot, so this warranty is near-useless. Other problems become apparent as soon as you hold these tools. They’re pretty hefty compared to the competition. The whole kit weighs over 10 pounds, while other kits we tested weighed as little as seven.
You don’t get any carrying case or convenient extras with this Ridgid kit. Despite this, it’s more expensive than many other kits we tested. For the money, we think you’re better off going with the DeWalt kit, and DeWalt will honor their warranty no matter where you purchased it.
If you’ve purchased a cordless drill combo kit before, then you know what to expect. But if this is the first time you’ve ever looked into these tools, then the number of specs and information that you find can be overwhelming, making it hard to figure out where to start.
That’s precisely why we wrote this buyer’s guide. We’re going to cover the most important things you need to know so that you can feel confident deciding which of these kits to buy.
Drills and Impact Drivers: What’s the Difference?
All of these combo kits include two important tools; a drill and an impact driver. If you’re not familiar with impact drivers, you might be wondering why you need one. After all, drills are capable of installing and removing fasteners, right?
Absolutely. A drill can remove or install a fastener. But impact drivers do it better. They produce far more torque, which means they can deal with fasteners that are in harder materials as well as fasteners of a greater length.
Impact drivers are also much easier on your wrists. When using a drill to install or remove a fastener, you have to control all of the torque and speed, which can become painful if you hit a hard spot and the drill suddenly stops. But impact drivers use many small impacts instead of continuous motion, making them much less likely to cause injury.
When to use a Drill or an Impact Driver
Though you can certainly use a drill with just about any fastener, you’d be better off using the impact driver. On the other hand, the impact driver isn’t your best choice for drilling holes.
If you need a hole in any material, then a drill is a better choice. The continuous motion allows the drill bit to spin smoothly, creating a hole easily and without jagged edges.
So, the basic rule is that you want a drill for making holes and an impact driver for installing and removing fasteners.
What to Look for in a Cordless Drill Combo Kit
Now that we’ve discussed why you need a combo kit and not just a drill, let’s talk about the traits you should be considering when choosing a combo kit.
Power tools are limited by the amount of power they can produce. While this might not become an issue if the toughest job you ever tackle is installing a two-inch screw into drywall, the lack of power will become a hindrance when completing any kind of real work.
When looking for a drill and impact driver, you’ll be looking at torque specs, which are generally measured in inch-pounds for these tools, though drills are sometimes measured in UWO, or unit watts out.
The size of your drill’s chuck determines the size of drill bit that will fit inside. Larger chucks can also transfer more torque, which means that a drill with a larger chuck will have a more efficient output of power. We recommend looking for a drill with a ½-inch chuck instead of the smaller ⅜-inch chucks that you’ll often see on underpowered drills.
But there’s more to a chuck than just its size. We’ve used plenty of drills with a ½-inch chuck that didn’t impress us at all because the chuck wouldn’t get tight enough to hold onto our bits properly.
Purchasing a cordless drill combo kit is no small investment. And if you’re anything like us, your tools aren’t going to lead easy lives. Having a good warranty can provide peace of mind that your investment is protected in case something does happen.
Throughout the years of using power tools, we’ve seen all sorts of mishaps. You can’t plan for the unexpected, but you can be prepared, which is why we always prefer power tools that are protected by warranties that last several years. In our eyes, longer is always better when it comes to a warranty.
It can be hard to choose between tools that you’ve never held in your hands and worked with. That’s why we tested so many of the most popular cordless drill combo kits to write our reviews. Hopefully, we can save you the time and money it takes to test them yourself.
After thorough comparison, our top choice is the DeWalt 20V MAX DCK240C2 Cordless Drill Combo Kit. It contains an impact driver that produces 1,400 inch-pounds of torque and a drill that makes 300 UWO of power that are both covered by DeWalt’s three-year warranty.
If you’re budget-shopping for the best value, we recommend the BLACK+DECKER BD2KITCDDI 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit. It’s priced more affordably than the competition, though the tools are just as capable with an impact driver that makes 1,374 inch-pounds of torque and 3,900 IPM.
And if you want the highest-quality tools no matter the price, the Milwaukee 2897-22 M18 Fuel 2-Tool Combo Kit is for you. These powerful tools are equipped with brushless motors and protected by a five-year warranty, making it one of the best choices when you need professional-grade tools.
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Pete has been working in the trades since high school, where he first developed a passion for woodworking. Over the years, he has developed a keen interest in a wide variety of DIY projects around the home. Fascinated by all sort of tools, Pete loves reading and writing about all the latest gadgets and accessories that hit the market. His other interests include astronomy, hiking, and fishing.
As the founder of House Grail, David’s primary goal is to help consumers make educated decisions about DIY projects at home, in the garage, and in the garden.
- 1 A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2021
- 2 The 10 Best Cordless Drill Combo Kits
- 2.1 1. DEWALT Cordless Drill Combo Kit – Best Overall
- 2.2 2. BLACK+DECKER Cordless Drill Combo Kit – Best Value
- 2.3 3. Milwaukee M18 2-Tool Combo Kit – Premium Choice
- 2.4 4. PORTER-CABLE Cordless Drill Combo Kit
- 2.5 5. CRAFTSMAN Cordless Drill Combo Kit
- 2.6 6. Bosch Power Tools Combo Kit
- 2.7 7. Makita Cordless 2-Pc. Combo Kit
- 2.8 8. SKIL 2-Tool Combo Kit
- 2.9 9. WORKPRO Cordless Drill Combo Kit
- 2.10 10. Ridgid X4 R9602 Drill Set
- 3 Buyer’s Guide
- 4 Conclusion