Best Black Friday Deals on Cordless Drills and Tool Kits

Where to find the best offers from CR's exhaustive tests

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If you're in the market for a new cordless drill or looking to build an entire kit of cordless power tools, now is the time to get shopping. Between now and Christmas, expect to see discounted tools and kits that come with free extras like work lights, jobsite radios, or spare batteries.

"The best savings tend to be on tool kits that include a drill, plus some extras to sweeten the pot," says Courtney Pennicooke, the Consumer Reports market analyst who oversees power tools.

So while there are deals to be had on standalone drills, you can expect to see much bigger discounts on cordless tool kits that include some combination of a drill, saw, impact driver, work light, and batteries. And even at full price, buying a kit is the most economical way to go because you get a handful of tools that all use the same battery, plus a charger.

More on Cordless Drills

A cordless drill is the most important power tool in any kit, so it makes sense to pick one with a high rating in CR's tests and then find a kit that includes it. (We don't currently test saws or impact drivers.)

Start with our cordless drill buying guide for insights about what to look for. Then turn to our full ratings of general use and heavy-duty cordless drills. Here, we've taken some of the best Black Friday deals we've seen on standalone cordless drills and bundled tool kits, and organized them below alphabetically. We've narrowed the focus to only heavy-duty drills that use an 18-to 24-volt battery, because those models tend to offer the best savings and the broadest array of compatible tools that run on the same battery.

We've scoured ads from Sears, True Value, Ace, and Harbor Freight, but we've only seen meaningful deals on models we've tested from Home Depot and Lowe's. Check back before Cyber Monday; we'll update our list of current deals accordingly.


Go to Consumer Reports' 2018 Holiday Central for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more.

Best Black Friday Deals on Cordless Drills

DeWalt DCD792D2
What's included:
DeWalt DCD792D2 cordless drill, 2.0 aH battery, charger
The deal: $206.64 at Home Depot
Savings: $33.35
DeWalt makes more than 30 cordless drills, and this model is among the best we've tested. It earns ratings of Excellent for both speed and runtime. This price is the best you're likely find on the drill alone, especially considering that the brand rarely allows retailers to discount standalone tools too aggressively.

Kobalt KDD 1424A-03
What's included: Kobalt KDD 1424A-03 drill, 2.0 aH battery, charger, soft-sided case
The deal: $149 at Lowe's
Savings: $31
This large and powerful drill is a good deal most of the year at $180. But a seasonal price drop at Lowe's means you can score it for less between now and the end of the year. It earns a rating of Very Good for power in our tests, and the battery is compatible with a whole host of other cordless tools from Kobalt.

Milwaukee 2705-22

What's included: Milwaukee 2705-22 cordless drill, two 4.0aH batteries, charger, 15-piece shockwave drill-bit set
The deal: $348.97 at Home Depot
Savings: $37
This beefy, heavy-duty drill is rarely discounted. It sits near the top of our ratings, earning an overall score of Excellent, in part because of its brutish power. This kit includes two batteries, a charger, and a 15-piece drill-bit set, all of which are actually useful. All that and it's priced lower than what you'd regularly pay without the drill bits.

Best Black Friday Deals on Cordless Tool Kits

DeWalt 4-Piece Kit With DCD780 Drill
What's included:
DeWalt DCD780 cordless drill, DeWalt DCF885 impact driver, DeWalt DCS381 reciprocating saw, DeWalt 20-Volt Max 6½-inch circular saw, two 2.0aH batteries, charger, soft-sided case
The deal: $299 at Lowe's
Savings: $100
While the drill in this bundle isn't the best in our ratings, it's still a great option in the context of this well-priced kit. It earns a rating of Excellent for speed but is dogged by a rating of Fair for runtime. This kit includes two batteries, so that problem is solved; you can always have a backup charged and ready. Factor in the three additional tools you get, and for $300, you've got a formidable tool kit that'll let you demolish a kitchen or build a deck without the need for any other power tools, all for less than you'd pay buying a standalone drill from some other manufacturers.

Hitachi 2-Piece Kit With DS18DBFL2 Drill
What's included:
Hitachi DS18DBFL2 cordless drill, Hitachi WH18DBFL2S impact driver, 2.0aH battery, 3.0aH battery, charger, soft-sided case
The deal: $229 at Lowe's
Savings: About $150
This duo is ideal if you're just looking for a set of drilling and driving tools. The drill fares well in our testing, earning a score of Excellent for speed. And the deal is too good to pass up. You'll save $30 by buying it with an impact driver at the same time, and Lowe's is including a free 3.0aH battery if you buy it there. Typically, you'd spend about $120 just on that battery.

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Paul Hope

As a classically trained chef and an enthusiastic DIYer, I've always valued having the best tool for a job—whether the task at hand is dicing onions for mirepoix or hanging drywall. When I'm not writing about home products, I can be found putting them to the test, often with help from my two young children, in the 1860s townhouse I'm restoring in my free time.