Best Cordless Drill for Driving Screws into Wood

Cordless drills are now the most popular choice when it comes to any type of drilling and screwing. The fact that they have no electrical lead makes them very portable, and also easier to use.

You don't need to worry about having an electric socket, and if you get one with a good battery life, then that will be able to drill through, or screw into, all types of wood.

Most home owners will want their choice of cordless drill to be able to drill through walls, drill through wood and put in screws. If the main purpose of the drill is to be a screw driver then you may consider getting one that works as an impact driver as well. This makes it much better for screwing into hard materials, though in general you don't really need that for most wood.

cordless drill screwing into wood

Our Recommendation for the Best Cordless Drill for Screwing into wood

Bosch Cordless Hammer Drill UniversalImpact

This drill has a buyer satisfaction rating of 95% from over 6,000 online buyers and that tells us straight away that this one sells very well, and buyers rate it highly.

This is the biggest selling cordless drill/driver on the UK market at the minute.

When we did our top 10 list of cordless drill/drivers, this PSB 1800 came out as our number one choice. I would say this is definitely the best cordless drill for screwing into wood.

This is an 18 Volt cordless drill that comes with 2 batteries, a 1-hour charger and a carrying case. It can drill into wood, metal and concrete.

It has a keyless chuck, LED work light, 2-speed gearbox and 20 torque settings. Buyers loved the long battery life, the fact that is comes with 2 batteries and a charger, and was amazing value for money.

Just below we have included the pros and cons of what real life buyers had to say..

Pros

  • Buyers said this is a top quality tool even at this price
  • Buyers said that this was a joy to use and screwing into wood was easy
  • Buyers said this drill was versatile and could be used for nearly any job
  • Buyers said this had a great battery that lasted really well
  • Buyers loved that you got 2 batteries so it was always ready to go

Cons

  • 2% of all buyers gave this a poor rating and we have listed their complaints below
  • Some buyers did seem to receive a faulty drill
  • Other than that there were no other complaints

Conclusion:

We picked this Bosch model because of the value for money aspect, and the fact that it will so an excellent job as a screwdriver. There are more expensive options available with more features, but we know this will be able to screw any screw into any wood with ease.

The Runner Up

Dewalt 18V Cordless Combi Drill

  • It is actually unfair to call this the runner up as it is an excellent choice if you are willing to pay just a little bit more
  • It comes with one battery and a 1 hour charger.
  • So although this one is a slightly more powerful drill, the Bosch one offers better value we believe
  • That is not to knock this Dewalt model as it has a 96% buyer satisfaction and packed with features

Just below we have included the pros and cons of what real life buyers had to say..

Pros

  • Buyers said this drill was not too heavy but very powerful
  • Buyers said that this drill was expensive but well worth the price
  • Buyers said this drill held the charge really well
  • Buyers said this worked as well as a screw driver and was fairly light
  • Buyers just knew that the drill was top quality and loved to use it

Cons

  • 5% of all buyers gave this a poor rating and we have listed their complaints below
  • Like our first choice a few buyers did receive a faulty drill

Conclusion:

Dewalt make some of the best cordless drills on the market. If you have ever used any Dewalt branded tool you will know what we mean. They look great and when you use them you know they are high quality.This model deals with driving screws very well

The Cheapest Alternative

BLACK+DECKER 18 V Cordless 2-Gear Combi Drill

  • You can normally find this Black & Decker model for around £50-60 and it comes with a battery, charger and case which represents great value
  • A lot of UK online buyers opt for this model as it has a high 92% buyer satisfaction and a great and affordable price point
  • The hammer action on this cordless drill/driver is very good according to buyers

Just below we have included the pros and cons of what real life buyers had to say..

Pros

  • Buyers said this drill was very good value for money
  • Buyers said that this was a joy to use as it was light and compact
  • Buyers said the battery was powerful and lasted well
  • It worked well for driving any type of screw

Cons

  • 4% of all buyers gave this a poor rating
  • A few buyers said the battery life was not long enough

Conclusion:

The Black & Decker brand sit at the lower price point in the British market. Many buyers trust the brand and really like their tools. They are reliable and they have a very solid customer service.

More Helpful Information

So as you can see there is a cordless drill/driver available at a range of price points. They all have the features you would expect and all work well as a drill and driver.

You do of course also need to buy a set of bits that work with the drill. These bits are hardened and with this set you will be able to screw in virtually any type of screw head.

All the major brands make screw bits, and there is a vast difference in the qualities. These Bosch bits and tried and tested. Several thousand have been sold and I think they are one of the best value sets that you could buy.

There is no need to spend a fortune on them, just buy a good quality brand and you cant go wrong.

Torque Settings vs Drill Settings

People can easily confuse these so we want to explain the difference between these on drill/drivers. When you purchase a cordless drill/driver that also has a hammer feature, then on the selection you will have various settings.

Torque Settings

The torque settings will be numbered from 1-15 (or whatever number of torque settings your drill/driver has) These are only used for driving in screws. You adjust this setting depending on the size of screw and the type of wood that you are screwing into. For example a higher torque setting is required for a longer screw, or for a harder wood.

Drill Settings

The drill settings are separate to the torque settings. These are usually marked with a drill bit for normal driving, or a small hammer for drilling through masonry. The actual setting marks will differ from brand to brand.

Just below we have included an image of the settings on the Bosch PSB 1800.

hammer settings on a drill driver

Summary of Cordless Drills for Screwing into wood

Hopefully we have provided you with enough information on what to look for when buying a cordless drill/driver that can drilve into wood well.

Most people only need to do a little of this from time to time. If that is the case, then there is no real need to buy an expensive drill. You might not get all the power and speed that you need, but an affordable drill will get the job done.

However, if you just want the right tool for the job, or have a little more money available, then buy a higher quality one that will last you for years, and work when you need it.

If you want to see a few more drills before you make your mind up then check out our cordless drill reviews by clicking here.

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