Best DeWALT Cordless Drill For Home Use

by Sam Wood | Last Updated: 25/06/2021

Just choosing a drill brand is a mammoth task these days with so many manufacturers competing together, but luckily for you, you’ve made that decision and have decided on DeWALT (great choice btw!). Even so, now choosing a model for home use is not simple. DeWALT in particular have a huge range of models with very similar model numbers, and it can get confusing fast, so how do you choose the right one for you? Well luckily for you I am here to help you out. As an award-winning joiner (I don’t mean to brag…), I know what you need in a cordless drill. So let me guide you through buying the best DeWALT cordless drill for home use.

The BEST DeWALT drill for home use

After a lot of research and testing, this is the DeWALT drill I would recommend for home use.

My DeWALT Pick
DEWALT DCD796Combi Drill (2 x 2.0Ah Batteries)
  • Comes with 2 x 2.0Ah batteries
  • Charger and carry case included
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Why is this the best for home use?

This DeWALT cordless drill has a lot going for it that makes it suited perfectly for home use. To start with it is a complete package at a great price. What do I mean by complete package? Well, the price includes the combi drill, 2 x batteries, charger and case. You have to be careful when selecting a cordless drill as a lot of manufacturers will sell a “bare unit”. What this means is that it comes with no batteries or charger.

This is great for people who already have batteries, maybe from an older drill or a different tool by the same manufacturer. They get the tool on its own and at a great price, but if you are just looking at price and accidentally buy a bare unit tool without already owing batteries then the tool is useless. It’s not the end of the world though and you can buy the batteries and charger separately, but beware that buying the batteries and charger separately almost always ends up costing more than getting them in a bundle.

The Full Kit Included

The Full Kit Included

What is even better with this package is that it comes with 2 batteries. Why is this important you ask? Well simply put you can get more done. With one battery you will end up with the tool being out of order while you wait for the battery to charge, which can be up to 100 minutes with larger batteries. With 2 batteries you can have one on charge while you have one in the tool, meaning no sitting around waiting for the battery to charge.

What about the drill?

So it’s all well and good getting 2 x batteries, a charger and a carry case included with your purchase but if the drill is crap it doesn’t really matter. Well, I’m pleased to say this is an exceptional cordless drill, particularly at this price point. To start with it has a brushless motor, pretty much unheard of at this price.

So what’s so good about a brushless motor? A brushless motor is more efficient, more powerful and lasts longer than a brushed motor. A brush motor uses carbon brushes to generate movement whereas a brushless motor uses magnets. The brushes on a brushed motor wear out over time and need replacing, they also create a lot more heat than a brushless motor. They are however cheaper to manufacture, which is why cheaper tools, even by the big names, often have brushed motors. That the DeWALT DCD796 comes with a brushless motor is a real advantage over lots of similarly priced tools.

DeWALT DCD796 Cordless Drill

DeWALT DCD796 Cordless Drill

Brushless motors are also often smaller than brushed motors, this is one of the reasons the DCD796 features an ultra-compact design. The smaller 2.0Ah batteries also help keep the tool light and compact. While obviously not providing as much run time as beefier batteries. This is not that much of a downside with a tool for home use however where it will not be getting the same punishment as a tool used on a building site.

Beyond Brushless

This drill has a lot going for it on top of its brushless motor. For instance, on top setting it provides 70 Nm of torque, that’s a lot, and more often than not it has more torque than competitors. In my research, many tools around this price point came in at around 50 Nm or less. This will ensure this cordless drill has the power required for even the most intensive of jobs.

Like all combi drills, it features a hammer mode alongside the usual drill driver mode. If you are unfamiliar with what a hammer mode does then let me quickly explain. A hammer mode is a setting used when drilling into masonries such as concrete brick and stone. The hammer introduces a hammering action onto the drill bit, forcing it through tough surfaces. The hammer mode should only ever be used for drilling into masonry and never for screwing.

DeWALT DCD796 With LED Light

DeWALT DCD796 With LED Light

Tool Platform

This is a huge decision when buying any cordless drill. A cordless drill is usually the first tool a person buys and as such ties them to a tool platform. Batteries cost almost as much as the tools themselves, particularly for larger capacity batteries, and that’s before you add in the price of a charger. For this reason, it is much more economical to buy bare units once you have the batteries and charger. But DeWALT batteries only work in DeWALT tools, just like Makita batteries will only work with Makita tools etc.

So once you have chosen a tool platform you are stuck with it unless you want the extra expense. The good news for you is that you are looking at DeWALT tools which is a great platform. Their tools always offer great performance whilst coming in at a decent price. They also have a huge range of tools that will work with these 18v batteries, so you really are in a good place here.

Still Unsure?

If you still haven’t made your mind up on which is the best cordless drill for you then feel free to drop me an email at and I will do my best to answer any questions you may have!

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Wood by name, wood by nature. I am a fully qualified, time-served, award-winning joiner with an NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery as well as an HNC in Construction. Beyond my joinery qualifications, I have also earned a degree in building surveying. I believe these qualifications make me perfectly positioned to provide expert advice on many different areas of DIY as well as share all of the tips I have picked up in over a decade working on building sites!