Cordless vs Corded drillAn electric drill can be nothing short of a miracle for a person who does a lot of handy man work.

From the power that it provides to its versatility of function, an electric drill is an absolute necessity for any workbench.

There is some debate, however, over which type of electric drill is best—corded or cordless. This debate is especially important for anyone who has yet to purchase their power drill.

This article will present several pros and cons of both corded and cordless drills, thus helping you to decide which type of power drill is right for you.

The question of power

Cordless drills rely on their battery pack to provide the power they need to perform. This has a limiting effect on not only how long they can provide power, but also the level of power they can actually achieve.

Corded drills can work all day long, without needing to be recharged. This is an advantage for anyone who has large projects that require long hours of constant work.

Additionally, corded drills offer higher torque, which is a plus for industrial size jobs that require industrial strength tools.

All in all, in terms of power, corded drills have the upper hand.

The question of convenience

When it comes to terms of convenience, cordless drills have a distinct advantage. Being battery powered, a cordless drill can be used anywhere, regardless of access to an electrical outlet.

The lack of a cord also means that the drill can be used in smaller places where cords might get in the way.

Additionally, a cordless drill can be moved from one location to another with much greater ease than its corded counterpart. The only inconvenience is that the performance time of a cordless drill is limited.

The use of a backup battery can help extend performance time, but it will always be limited to some degree.

Overall, in terms of convenience the cordless drill wins.

The question of cost

Cordless drills rely on batteries for their power, and these batteries will need to be replaced at some point. This means that a cordless drill will require further investment down the road.

Purchasing a backup battery is also a good idea for those who use cordless drills on larger projects, however this added expense can make a cordless drill far more costly that the corded option.

Corded drills will last without the need of further investment, making them preferable in terms of overall cost.

Miscellaneous considerations

Cordless drills, whilst being more mobile and convenient, are also significantly bulkier and heavier than their corded cousins as a result of their battery pack.

Additionally, if a backup battery is brought into the equation, then they become even more cumbersome and heavy.

There are also jobs that require the higher, more constant torque that corded drills provide, so cordless drills have certain performance limitations.

In general, the versatility of a cordless power drill will come at a price.


The reason that both cordless and corded drills are still in high demand is that neither is the definitive ‘right choice’.

The simple reality is that cordless drills are ideal for handy man work, especially around the home or office.

Corded drills, by contrast, are a better choice for a professional tradesman who is engaged in industrial sized projects that call for greater power and consistency.