Probably the first and still the most common of all Cordless Power Tools, the drill can be used for many tasks from the obvious hole drilling to driving home difficult screws or powering some weird and wonderful add-ons that can mix your paint or churn your butter.
Because it is a common cordless tool there is a bewildering array of models to choose from. What you want to achieve is an acceptable balance of versatility, battery life and power for a cost that makes sense. You really do get what you pay for but ask yourself if it’s worth paying top dollar for a true professional’s tool when you will use it only for putting up a few shelves occasionally or unscrewing a stubborn old screw from Aunt Maud’s back door.
The basic features of most every cordless drill are more or less the same as their big brother mains power counterparts: drilling and driving. Drilling holes with a variety of drill bit widths and made from various metals to match the material you are drilling into. Driving screws home, which requires much slower rotation speeds obviously. And with a reverse gear too, for unscrewing (read getting you out of tight spots after an Oops moment).
Do read up on product comparison or review sites. For most DIY uses, drilling is what we need. Therefore speed and torque are important – much like when choosing your first Lamborgini. Weight is important too. A drill that is too heavy or that has a heavy battery pack can be wearisome, especially for the ladies. You expect a cordless drill to be lighter than heavier mains power tools but there is a point at which light becomes flimsy.
Your cordless drill should be a friend for life so spend time choosing the model that seems the best match for the type of DIY you tend to do most of.