Cordless Electric Drills Under £100 – Top 3
Out of all of the tools that every household should own, perhaps one of the most important is the electric drill. There are a number of different types of drill that you can invest in, but one of the most useful and versatile is the cordless drill.
The majority of the best known brands of power tools will have their own models of cordless electric drills, so choosing the right model can be quite difficult. In order to make things easier for you, we have tested and reviewed what we think are the best cordless electric drills under £100.
Please read on below to find out more information about the three drills that we have chosen and what we thought of them.
1. Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Review – The Best Choice
Features: 18v – Lithium Ion – 38 Nm – Adjustable Speeds – LED Work Light – 2.82kg
- There are 20 pre-select torque settings so you can be precise about the amount of power that you want to use.
- There is a hammer drill setting so you don’t have to switch tools.
- Drill bit changing is easy with the keyless chuck.
- The LED work light is surprisingly useful.
- The carry case is nice but it could be better with smaller separate compartments for screws.
Out of all of the cordless electric drills that we tested, we felt that the best one of the lot was this one from Bosch. There were so many things that we really liked about this one, and very little to complain about.
First of all, let’s talk about the design of this electric drill. If you are familiar with Bosch power tools then you will already know what to expect, in terms of design quality. The materials are very durable and the drill itself feels really well put together with high quality materials.
The speed trigger is in a very accessible position and it is very straightforward to adjust both the torque and the speed. One thing that we really liked was how lightweight this drill is. At only 2.82kg, it is really comfortable to hold and easy to handle. There are 20 pre-set torque settings to choose from, so it is really easy to control the amount of power that you want to use.
Changing the drill bit is incredibly easy thanks to the keyless chuck, it is no trouble at all. One thing that did surprise us was how useful we found the LED work light. We didn’t really think it was necessary but it was actually very beneficial.
The only negative thing that we could possibly say about this drill is the carry case that comes with it. We felt that it could have been improved with the addition of some small compartments for screws. Other than this, however, this is definitely one of the best drills that you can buy for under £100.
2. Bosch PSB 10.8 LI-2 Review
Features: 10.8v – Lithium Ion – Adjustable Speeds – 2.48kg
- 20 pre-select torque settings.
- This drill is incredibly compact and lightweight.
- It has a very long battery life.
- The reverse switch is a little awkwardly placed and can be switched easily.
In terms of design, this one looks very similar to the previous entry on our list, but it is a lot smaller. What we really liked about the design of this cordless drill is that it can easily fit into a tool belt without getting in the way. The only negative thing that we could possibly say about the design of this drill is that the reverse switch is a little awkwardly placed and it is quite easy to knock it into reverse.
Aside from this, there were a number of things that really impressed us with this drill. First of all, it still has the 20 pre-set torque settings as the previous model. What we really like about this is that you are able to be very precise about the amount of power that you want to use.
Something else that really impressed us with this cordless drill is the fact that the battery life is surprisingly long. We were able to complete several jobs from just one charge, which we really weren’t expecting from such a small drill. If you are looking for something compact and cost effective then this is definitely a drill to consider.
3. Black & Decker EGBL 188K-GB Review
Features: 18v – Lithium Ion – 38Nm – Adjustable Speed – LED Work Light – 136g
- This drill is incredibly lightweight.
- There are 11 different torque settings to choose from.
- The anti-slip soft grip handle makes handling very comfortable.
- The battery charges very quickly.
- The chuck seems to loosen itself which leads to drill bits falling out.
First of all, let’s take a look at the design as we have with the previous models. When we first looked at this drill we were a little concerned that it would be uncomfortable to handle. It looks very bulky so we assumed that it would be really heavy. However, at only 136g in weight is is actually incredibly lightweight indeed.
Another thing that really helps the comfort of handling this drill is the anti-slip soft grip handle. We had no trouble controlling the drill at all. There are 11 pre-set torque settings to choose from, which isn’t as many as the previous drills, but still perfectly acceptable.
There is also a handy LED work light that really helps when drilling in small spaces. The only problem that we did run into with this drill is that the chuck seems to loosen itself at higher torque settings. This lead to the drill bits falling out which was a little irritating.
Other than that, this is the perfect budget drill for those who only plan to do light work.
As you can see, there are plenty of different drills on the market at the moment within this price range, so if you are working with a tight budget and you need a cordless drill for the home then please consider the three options above and see if they meet your needs.
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