If you are not above doing the simpler household repairs or decorations yourself, you must certainly have a drill set lying around somewhere in the basement. After all, it is not just limited to a carpenter’s line of work. It is also handy for things like drilling a hole in the wall to hang things like clocks or artwork.

But you know what they say, with the advance in technology comes an advance in drill sets. The modern arrivals on the market are leaner, meaner and cleaner than the outgoing generation. They have now ditched their cordless power source to rely on rechargeable batteries instead. So now there is no wire to trip you up or stop you from chasing an intruder across a field. And that is not all, many of the new drill sets are ergonomically designed and very well equipped, complete with their own travel case and dozens of components. So it is about time you were brought up to speed with those so you can see which one is best for you.

And that is precisely what we aim to do in this article; to give you a compelling insight into the best drill sets we could find upon examining the modern market. We have picked them based on their utility, mobility, reliability, and durability.

1. DEWALT DCD777C2 20V Max Lithium-Ion Brushless Compact Drill Driver

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Why we like it: Combines a lightweight and compact design with more power than you would expect.

The first thing to note about this drill set is that it is very compact so it is able to fit in those really tight situations whenever necessary. The other advantage, of course, is its ability to remain compact and lightweight at just 2.6 pounds. But it is equipped with a high-performance motor and a two-speed range which suits it very well. What else is compact about this set is the 18-volt drill which punches well above its weight too.  It also has built in LED with 20 second delay after trigger release. Comes with (1) DCD777 Compact brushless Drill/Driver, (2) Li ion Batteries, (1) Charger, and (1) hand carrying Kit bag.

Once again Dewalt has managed to fit a high-performance motor inside an ergonomic, compact design that facilitates lengthy run times in confined spaces. You can also use it on all of the common material surfaces such as metal, plastic, and wood for tasks like framing, installing a cabinet, or HVAC work. And besides, how could you resist the occasional DIY project as well? And it comes with no strings attached, just 2 Ni-Cad batteries requiring just an hour of charging time.

2. Black & Decker Lithium-Ion Drill and Project Kit

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Why we like it: Everything about it is above par – performance, equipment, value for money – everything.

You would be amazed at the rate this drill set sells for when you find out it comprises of at least 109 individual components. We know the benchmark for electrical power on drill sets is 18 volts. This set from Black & Decker takes that number up to 20V. It is also independent of a power cord and its batteries are rechargeable. Left without use, a full charge will last up to 18 months. But we very much doubt that you will not be using it.

And there are a number of good reasons for that. Firstly, the drill bits that are part of the set can be used on all the usual surfaces like metal, plastic, and wood. The variety among the drill bits themselves is vast so they are suited for multiple applications. And let us not forget the storage bag that not only provides easy storage but makes the whole set quite portable as well. We cannot oversell this one. It exceeds all our expectations.

3. PORTER-CABLE Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit

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Why we like it: Great value for money thanks to its immense power and virtually unlimited range.

A drill and driver is already a given with this drill set. Also, it is entirely cordless so there are no real shackles limiting where you roam with it. Just remember that with great power comes great responsibility. And that really is saying something considering the driver can generate up to 1450 inch pounds of torque, much higher than what most other drills and drivers are capable of. And you might imagine that this sort of power does not come cheap. Well, you are wrong, it does.

Both, the drill and driver, rely on lithium-ion rechargeable battery power. The drill can generate up to 283 units. A compact design overall helps it fit into tight spaces with ease. Both pieces have ergonomically designed handles to enhance comfort and lower fatigue on those hardworking hands. They also have LED lights to assist you in dimly lit conditions and bit storage. We reckon any professional craftsman will see eye-to-eye with it straight away. Recommended without reservation.

4. Makita Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit

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Why we like it: You would be hard-pressed to find better value for money out there than you can with this.

What Makita has come up with here is a 18V compact lithium-Ion cordless combo kit made to the highest quality as can be expected from an expert craftsman. You get a compact and highly usable ½” driver-drill and a highly effective impact driver that weighs just under 3 pounds. Power comes from a 4-pole motor built by Makita delivering 1,420 in.lbs. of torque at 0-2,300 rpm, and 0-3,200 impacts per minute which are good enough for a wide range of tasks.

The Makita also has included a hammer and anvil impact system built from the best available raw materials along with the highest quality in steel and heat hardening to make it well fastened and very powerful. And did we happen to mention it offers all of these benefits at a very affordable rate? Power comes from a lithium-ion battery that is rechargeable and maximum torque has been registered at 1400 pounds. Now that may come across as a handicap but recharging time here is short and sweet, taking less than a half hour.

5. RYOBI P883 18V Super Tool Combo Kit

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Why we like it: It muscles off the budget difference with the competition with some stellar features that cannot be ignored.

Unlike some of the other brands on this list, Ryobi comes across as a bit of an underdog, perhaps due in part to their drill set being slightly more expensive. But the fact is, you do get plenty of returns on your investment. First off, there is the virtually unlimited mobility thanks to the cordless power setup. This combo kit is powered by a single rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The charger is included in the whole package.

Also included in the expense is a tool bag which is a highly practical option for shifting the tools to separate locations of work. You also get a circular saw as well as reciprocating saw. As you can probably tell by now, this drill set is more than appropriate for working on house repairs, and construction. For dealing with dimly lit conditions, a work light is also included. So while it appears to be more expensive than most of its competitors, it has a lot of nifty features making it worth the expense.

6. Bosch Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill Driver

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Why we like it: Features innovative and radically new technology that makes it highly maneuverable and powerful.

We know this one very well for being one of the best cordless combo kits. It’s easily maneuverable and powerful, two great assets to have at the workplace. It’s interesting to note that it has 2 powerhouses that give it an impressive power-to-weight ratio. There is the Bosch 25618 1/4-inch Hex impact driver and the Bosch DDS181A compact tough 1/2-inch drill/driver. The drill driver here contains a heavy-duty chuck also from Bosch that effectively prevents slippage when there is a high level of torque being applied.

There is also a uniquely designed canned motor, more compact than before but keeps up the power output to the standard amount of 18 volts. Torque from the drill is rated at 600-inch pounds of torque, not the highest you can find in the market but still ample for most tasks. The overall weight has been kept down to 3 and a half pounds. You get a lot more power from the impact driver, 1500 inch pounds to be precise, coming from a dual lithium-ion battery system which is supplied with a charger.

7. RWIN HANSON Drill Bit Deluxe Set

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Why we like it: Fantastically well-equipped and brilliantly made for the professional craftsman to enjoy.

Few products are as resourceful to a craftsman as this is, the RWIN HANSON drill set. And it did not just get that name for nothing. Within this set, you can find almost every component you might need for maintenance work as well as repairs from taps to hex dies and drill bits. The extent of tools available also include those that are ideal for threading a wide range of materials by hand. Made exclusively out of a high carbon version of steel, you get the level of precision that an expert craftsman would need on the job.

The set is well organized too and ergonomically designed. It is as much a joy to look at as it is to work with. All in all, there are 117 pieces. Let us now go over some of them. First, there is the machine screw, taps & dies, threading tools and accessories, die stocks both plain and adjustable, a set of 36 piece drill bits, a T-handle Tap wrench, a two-in-one tap wrench (1 quarter inch & 1 half inch), a 16 leaf metric thread gauge, an 18 leaf standard thread gauge, 5-piece screw extractor, and a screwdriver.

8. Tacklife PCD02B Drill Set

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Why we like it: From one of the finest producers in the industry comes this ergonomically designed and very capable drill set.

Tacklife has a firm policy concerning its development of tools which is to enhance the quality of their products to enhance your quality of life. So how have they managed it with their PCD02B drill set? Well, let us find out. The power set up being used here is a dual speed transmission that applies for both drilling and driving. The low-speed setting produces masses of torque to help screw bigger bits in firmly. The high-speed setting uses less torque but a higher speed for better impact.

The forward/reverse switch is ergonomically positioned so that you can operate it using one hand. Torque is managed by a clutch and 19 gears so you can configure it better for specific bits. You also get a power indicator to keep you updated on battery capacity so you know precisely when to charge it up again. The overall profile is compact and lightweight making it more useful in the workplace. And there is an ergonomic carrying case for safe storage and portability.

9. Stalwart 75-PT1003 Speed Drill & Accessory Tool Set

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Why we like it: We have finally found one that walks the tightrope between full time and part time workers with complete elegance.

Stalwart created this drill set specifically to tackle household related tasks and DIY projects. So it has considerable appeal to both the professional and the occasional craftsman. The set consists of 75 pieces and is powered by a 12V lithium-ion battery and dual speed transmission. There is also a trigger-happy LED light to light up dark areas. The light weight is also a key factor with this drill. The dual speed transmission features 18 different settings to offer maximum versatility and adjustability to the task at hand.

It is not often that you find a drill set that appeals equally well to full-time users and part-time users, partly because a part-time user does not end up requiring the full scale of components that a full-time user needs. And often times, a larger array of parts equals a larger budget. But the Stalwart splits the difference beautifully offering 75 components is very affordable, which convince both full time and part time craftsman that yes, it is a pretty good deal.