Makita went all out on this one, in order to give us a plethora of innovations and a worthy contender for the best cordless drill title. A powerful variable 2-speed design (0-500 and 0-2000 RPM) is already top notch, but an upgrade (0-7.500 and 0-30.000) is available if you are in need of a more powerful cordless drill for your tasks.

The motor is very steady and throughout our challenging tests, it lived up to the initial hype with a clever combination of 530 of torque and a strong and steady RPM. On top of all that, it’s electronically controlled, which is a rarity amongst all the best cordless drill models in the previous years. It’s also brushless, which solves the usual problem of motor overheating. This is especially important with cordless drills that offer drilling, driving and hammer applications, such as the Makita cordless drill.

A combination of more speed and less weight caused a boom on the market. Honestly, we weren’t all that surprised, given Makita’s existing reputation amongst homeowners and professionals alike. If you want to choose the best cordless drill, the XPH12Z should most certainly be in the narrowest choice.


Makita XPH12Z18VLXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 1/2" Hammer Driver-Drill
$77.40


Things you will like most:

  • Reasonable price
  • Special debris removing technology
  • Long battery life
  • Never overheats