Reasons We Choose It As The Best
Mobile and easy to carry anywhere because of its small size, and lightweight, meaning it won’t tax you out so much. It may be small, but it sure does pack a punch. It drilled the most holes and drove most screws in easily compared to other drills. In addition, it has the longest and most lasting battery life, in its fully charge state it can drill twice more holes than its second place competitor and from our test, we know that it can drive in more 50 screws. Woods pose almost no problems for this drill, it smoothly and completely drove in the screws in it, never mind all the dense knots.
It may be only 12-volts but it sufficient enough to get the work around the house done such as putting up baby gates, putting up hooks, installing and putting up shelves, swapping out the lights etc. If you’re more ambitious and avid builder, you might want to opt for the 18-volts, it offers more power and longer battery life which equals to more big jobs can be done in short time.
How We Picked It
Before we crown the champ, we ran a few tests to see which drills is the best and one that almost anyone can use it confidently.
Driving Test: i spent a couple of days testing for driving power of 16 drills by driving screws and drilling holes on a pile of wooden beams. Each 16 drills were fully charged during the test. This to see how far and many screws can be driven on 2×10 wooden beam by each drill.
Power/Energy Test: For this test, each drill is given a new Irwin 88816 1-inch Speedbor Spade Bit. Each drilled holes through the 1/2 inch thick 2 x 10 wooden beam until it ran out of battery. We then timed to see which drill run out of energy faster. We rested the drills after after five holes, we thought this may be too an aggressive task for a 12-volt drill, but we wanted to make comparison with the 18-volt, see if the higher-end 12-volt drills ab to accomplish big jobs like the 18-volt. I set the drills to be two speed faster, when the drills start being less effective, i switched over to lower speed (with higher torque). With lower speed means the drills can last a tad bit longer. The 12-volt can handle menial drilling task, but if the difficulty increases, i switched over to lower speed with higher torque.
Handling: I evaluated its efficiency by how much it struggle to drill, how did every drill felt in my hands, and how easy to maneuver it.
The Champ: Bosch PS31-2A 12-Volt Max Drill/Diver
Hands down, Bosch PS31-2A 12-Volt Max Drill/Diver is the winner of the day. It is the best 12-volt drill for around the house work. It has the best combination of power, handling and comfort. It is the most compact and lightest drill in my hands, and the other drills can’t compete with its long battery life.
Budget Drill Pick: Craftsman 17586 Nextec 12.0V Drill Driver
If you’re not an ambitious crafter/builder, but still need a drill to get the work done around the house. It may not be as powerful but it should be sufficient enough for tightening hinges, or picture hanging. The lone battery installed in it is not powerful to complete big and complicated jobs, but for day to day tasks it is good enough. The price is affordable and well worth it.