Which 18v drill is best?

Which 18v drill is best?

If you’re thinking of buying an 18v drill and you’re wondering which 18v drill is best, Skill Builder has some useful resources that might help you to make a decision.

In our series of three YouTube videos, we put drills from Makita, Bosch, Dewalt, Milwaukee, Metabo, Festool, Hitachi and Panasonic through their paces. You can view these videos via the links below.

We have also created this handy chart which summarises some of the key performance features of the drills we tested.

Happy shopping.

18v Drill Test (PDF download)

About Roger Bisby

Roger Bisby is an English television presenter and journalist, known for his expertise in the British building industry.


  1. I have tried dewalt, Milwaukee , makita, festool, and Bosch, I find the Bosch the best the 4ah battery lasts forever and it’s great value for money. I’m a carpenter and use the Bosch combo drill everyday it’s great!

  2. I would of liked to have seen it up against the new Hitachi Brushless combi though

  3. As a chimney sweep, all the one that they recommend is The Milwaukee. Its seems to be the best for power sweeping. It need to be working all day, at pretty high intensity especially when clearing birds nests. So glad you chose that one, great job!

  4. You missed the model numbers in your test result, I’m only a DIYer so not as focused as some of your readers and easily bamboozled by Wickes latest offers, which I’m still trying to unravel if the makita is the same as your tested makita. Any chance you can add the models

  5. As a cabinet maker you can’t beat the Festool, it’s way out in front, however for most day to day site work it is probably too expensive and over engineered.

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