Is a Corded Drill Better Than a Cordless?

When it comes to electric drills, there are cordless, or battery-powered, and there are corded. Cordless drills rely solely on the battery for their power source; corded drills plug into a power outlet. Both types of drills are used by contractors and handymen for specific needs. Each type does essentially the same thing, but each are better in certain circumstances.

When talking about power versus convenience, then that is where they start to differ. Basically, it’s like this: Cordless drills are for more convenience; corded drills are for more power. Cordless drills are great when you are not close to a wall outlet; maybe you’re working on building a home, for instance, and there is no power. Or, you are working in a tight, confined area. Both scenarios are better suited for a cordless drill.

However, if you do have access to an outlet, and you have work that requires more torque, more efficiency, and more durability to handle different materials, then going corded is definitely the smarter choice. Many contractors use both types of models, and for good reason.


There seems to be a vast amount of advantages to using a corded drill over a cordless one. The best reason is of course, power. Corded drills, by far, provide more consistency in torque. Although there are some very high quality cordless models out there that compare well in this area, corded drills are still a much more reliable means of drilling and driving.

The twisting force in torque is powered optimally by the constant flow of electricity, so there are no interruptions or limitations in voltage. Ask a carpenter or contractor what option they would choose, and it will almost always be a corded drill.

If it’s Convenience

Without a doubt, cordless drills do have the advantage of being more convenient, as it is able to port anywhere as long as there is a charged battery attached, and many cordless models have all the bells and whistles of their corded cousins, like having magnetized bits and multiple speeds. Cordless drills are unrestricted by a dangling cord. As such, they make excellent backup drills for DIY’s and contractors alike, and are ideal to keep around the house for those quick, easy jobs.

But Overall

Corded drills are the obvious choice, however, if the work is more detailed and requires more power, durability, and long term handling. The power grid always works, so there is never any worries about running out of juice, unlike a battery-powered drill. There is more consistent torque, better boring and handling through harder materials like concrete, and more longevity with the life of the drill. Corded drills are the best answer for any size job, because there is more confidence in getting the work done and done correctly, without extraneous issues.

The Lighter, Friendlier Choice

Corded drills are also more lightweight because there is no heavy battery pack, therefore it can be used effectively and comfortably through those long-term projects with ease. The more ergonomic handles and trigger offer extra comfort and protection from overall hand fatigue.


And finally, with a corded drill, there are never any worries about the battery self-destructing or wearing out with extended storage. Even if you only use your drill a few times a year, this drill should power on like it was yesterday.


For those everyday projects around the house or onsite, a cordless drill is convenient for lightweight work, but a corded drill will provide the best overall option in terms of durability, efficiency, and power.



About the Author

Bob Robinson has been a tool enthusiast and lawn care expert for the past 11 years. First working with John Deere to reduce their impact on the environment, whilst building his love for writing in his spare time. Now, Bob runs the editorial team at BestofMachinery and tends to his garden in his spare time.

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