Best Black Friday Deals on Cordless Drills and Tool Kits
Where to find the best offers from CR's exhaustive tests
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.
Best Black Friday Deals on Cordless Drills
What's included: DeWalt DCD792D2 cordless drill, 2.0 aH battery, charger
The deal: $206.64 at Home Depot
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
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.
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
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
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.