Cordless vs Corded Drills

Back in those days, you can easily hear your drill protesting while drilling into hard objects. You can feel your tool turning into a wimpy tool and whining when you put it to real use. In fact, it might fail in helping you achieve your drilling needs.

Modern drills — be it corded or cordless — have advanced and are more stable than before. Whether you are going with a cordless drill or a corded drill, you are bound to experience something better than before.

Most modern cordless drills come with Li-ion batteries with great run times. They have low self-discharged rates and they can boast of higher torque powers. However, they are still behind the century’s acclaimed corded power drills as you will see below.

The Argument

which one is better

A raging debate among DIY experts and enthusiasts is whether corded power tools are superior to cordless power tools or not. You may have come across this debate if you have at a time purchase a power tool.

Most people still prefer their corded drills while others have every confidence in cordless drills. The truth of the matter is that both of these tools are beneficial.

If you are looking for more power without the fear of running out of battery life, corded drills may be the best choice for you. However, if you only want a tool that is flexible and convenient, you should choose the cordless drill.

Other Important Factors To Consider

Higher Speeds

Most enthusiasts agree that corded drills offer higher motor speeds than their counterparts. At rotational speeds, a corded hammer can run at very high speed compared to what you find in a cordless drill. Moreover, this model is suitable for metal buffing wheels; paint stripping and can handle smaller bits that needs exceptional speeds, which can only be offered by a corded drill. You can find reviews of the best models here.

As shown in this chart (, the higher speed needed for handling small bits can only come from a corded drill.

Winner: Corded Drills

Torque Power

This is arguably one of the most important features on a power tool. If you don’t consider other features carefully, you need to give this feature a special look and make your decision bend towards this more than other features because of its importance.

Corded drills have power grid that can never run out of power but your cordless drill will give up when its battery runs out of power to supply. Generally, corded drills are more powerful than cordless drill. This is because they have an endless supply from a 110-volt of power supply.

Their counterpart on the other hand operates at the mercy of mere 12-volt, 18-volt, or at most, 20-volt of power supply. If you want to use a drill for non-drilling and driving operations, the best option is the corded drill.

In addition, a corded drill is ready to work at any point in time since you don’t need to check power gauge. You don’t need to charge it prior to using it. And you don’t have to look for your charger every time you are ready to use it.

Winner: Corded Drills

corded drill


When it comes to ease of usage, cordless drills may outperform corded drills. Cordless drills are designed in a portable and compact size and can be very useful for longer work sessions. Corded drills are dead-weight tools — they cause fatigue very quickly due to their weight. Some enthusiasts have found them to be lighter and smaller though, since they don’t hold any battery like cordless drills.

Winner: Cordless Drills

Convenience and Mobility

I have found that my work is optimal when I’m able to concentrate fully and in a distraction-free environment. Well, if your tool is not cooperating, you may find that you mess around a lot. This is where another debate comes around that you should or should not get a cordless drill for the sake of convenience.

On the face of it, going cordless have some advantages like not being hindered by any power cord and this is one of the strongest points of this model. All you have to do is pop in a battery and you are good to go. However, you may be limited by the amount of charge on the battery, thus stretching this benefit.

Winner: Cordless Drills

cordless drill

Long-term Maintenance

Cordless drills are good when you intend to use them regularly. If you don’t plan to use your drill often, the best option is to go the corded way since allowing your cordless tool sit down for a long time without usage can damage your battery. While you can get a decade of service from your corded tool, the same cannot be said of the battery of your cordless tool.

Winner: Tie


Some power tools are better corded while others are great when they are cordless. Moreover, making decisive decisions depends on what and how you want to use them. The most important take away from here is that you should consider the drawbacks and benefits of both types before choosing any of them.

About the Author Harry Thompson

Gaining a BSc Honours in building/ property maintenance at the University of Portsmouth Harry went into the field of renovating properties. Along the journey, he has developed a wide variety of home & garden DIY skills such as installing new kitchens and landscaping gardens.