Corded vs Cordless Drill: Which is the Best?

    Corded vs Cordless Drill: Which is the Best? This is a question that most people ask and it is for this reason that we decided to come up with this informative article to help you decide which of the two drills can serve you best. I have always had interest in drills and me like everyone else had a very difficult time choosing between these two tools.

    I don’t want you to suffer like I did and that is why I am sharing this information with you. I assure you that by the time you are finishing with this article, you will be in a position to make the right decision and go for the right tool!


    From a general point of view, it is right to say that the corded drills have more strength or are more powerful than the cordless drills. According to the manufacturers, the corded drills operate at about 110-volt while their counterparts operate at the mercy of 20 or even 12-volts.

    However, although the corded drills can operate with the standard 110-v, it is important to note that the power output relies on the type and size of the electric motor that they have.

    However, when it comes to comparing drills, it is important not to solely depend on the maximum power output. Rather, you should be interested in its speed and torque. Currently, you can come across very great cordless drills with some very satisfying speed and torque. However, like we mentioned before, the corded drills are able to offer more speed and torque because of their large supply of power.

    Corded vs Cordless Drill What else should you consider?

    Although we have already confirmed that the cordless drills are less powerful than the corded drills, it is important to consider the following factors:

    • Size and weight- Generally, the corded drills are lighter, smaller and leaner than the cordless drills. This is because the corded drills do not need space to accommodate the batteries which are usually big and bulky. For this reason, if you want to carry your drill with you, let’s say to a job site, then you should go for the corded drills. The corded drills are also easy to handle. The cordless drills, on the other hand, are difficult to handle or to carry around and may not fit into tight spots or spaces.
    • Mobility and convenience- The main advantage of the cordless drills over the corded drill is that the cordless drill is never limited by power. This is because you just need to fix your battery into your gadget and go on with your work. This makes the cordless drill more convenient and flexible. However, on the other side, you spend a lot of time charging and replacing the battery. Nothing is fully perfect, right?
    • Durability- You want to buy something that will give you a long service and with minimal or no repair costs. According to research, if you don’t use your battery more frequently, it might end up spoiling or breaking down. The same case applies to your cordless drill. If you go out there to look for a drill, it is very important that you actually consider how frequently you anticipate to use your drill. If you don’t intend to use your battery more frequently, then you should go for the corded drill since your battery might get damaged after long periods of no use. Furthermore, even if you use your drill more frequently, your batteries won’t last forever. They can, of course, serve you for several years, but won’t give you long services as the corded drills would.
      On the other hand, the corded drill can break down, especially due to the damage of the cord. Your corded drill can also have a bent plug. This means that you might have to spend more money repairing your tool or spend too much time trying to repair them. However, there exist some reciprocating saws with removable cords. This means that the cord can be replaced.
    • Multiple uses for your battery- Another main advantage of the current cordless drills is that you can use your battery for more than one reason. For instance, most people use the same battery to power their cordless drill, their impact driver, and even the circular saw. This makes the cordless drills very economical and very suitable especially if you are just setting up your garage. It is also important to note that most of the cordless tools nowadays come in kits that are equipped with several other tools. This means that you can be able to buy several tools without spending too much money.

    Cordless or corded? 

    Well, this is a decision you will have to make after considering your own needs. Personally, I would advise that you have both these tools in your garage as any of them may come handy depending on the need. However, if you can’t afford both of them at once, it is important that you choose the one that will serve you better. 


    We hope that you liked this article and found the above tips useful. I have purposefully compiled the above tips for you because I want you to make the right decision and buy the tool that is just right for you. I have spent quality time researching on this topic because I believe that you should not suffer trying to decide what to buy.

    However, no one has a monopoly of information and that is why I would love to hear what you think in the comment section. Please add any relevant question, comment or just share this article with anyone that you think would benefit from this information. 

    About the Author Allen A

    Allen A. Jones is a specialized technician of electronic appliances. He has been working with Bestbuy since 2015 and helped thousands of customers to choose the right electronic gadgets offline. Now he is doing the exact same thing online. To know more about him, get in touch with him on Allen[at]

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