Are you looking for the best impact driver? If you’ve already had a look at options online, you may have noticed that there are dozens of different brands and models to choose from, so how do you pick the best impact driver! Don’t worry, in this article we will discuss just that.
From our testing and personal experience we found that the DEWALT DCF887B is the best impact driver available, and we will tell you why below. Lets start with a comparison of the different options that are available first.
Here’s a list of our favorite impact drivers and their specs
Best Impact Driver
|DEWALT DCF887B||2000 in-lb||20V||Lithium Ion|
|MAKITA XDT131||1500 in-lb||20V||Lithium Ion|
|BLACK+DECKER BDC120C||1375 in-lb||18V||Lithium Ion|
We will go into more information on finding the best impact driver below.
Choosing an impact driver can be difficult, and there are many things to consider. Here is a list of best impact driver, so that you can make the right choice and choose the best model depending on your needs.
1. DEWALT DCF887B 3-Speed Impact Driver
This DeWalt impact driver is seriously powerful. This thing can drive 4-inch screws into pressure treated wood like its nothing. This model really stands out from the cordless drivers we reviewed for many reasons. Good battery life and a lot of power. Went the entire day without having to charge the battery. It also impact removes nuts and bolts like its nothing.
You get three LED lights with this bad boy. Compared to all of the other top-rated impact drivers in the market, this 3-speed 1/4″ impact driver is the best of the best. We love it! It comes with two 20v (18v nominal) DeWALT batteries if you get the kit, which is super useful even though the battery life is excellent, you could probably give the other battery to your friend! I’m sure they’ll love you for it.
Okay, I know what you’re saying, three LED lights?! Won’t the battery run out quickly? Nope, the batteries on this 20v impact Dewalt driver last a really long time. A single charge lasted us a full 8-hour day on the job. It’s a nice compact driver, it’s powerful, and the battery is decent. Really did not struggle to do any job with this. It comes with a pretty nifty case too! It’s a lot of fun to use.
The DeWALT brand is trusted by many. Unlike other DeWalt cordless tools, this one’s was made in China, so beware of that if you like to buy USA only products. Very sad, as DeWALT brands itself as USA manufacturing, but it’s still a great product. And, for peace of mind, this 20v impact brushless motor driver also comes with a standard 3-year Dewalt warranty. There is also the option to buy the 20v Max Impact Drill and Driver Combo Kit, which comes with two batteries, 20v battery charger, drill, and driver.
Overall, really happy with this product. This truly is the best impact driver. If you’re going to buy one impact driver, this is the one. This really is a step up from all the other options in the market today.
2. MAKITA XDT131 Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Impact Driver
The Makita XDT131 18V LXT is our runner up for best impact driver. The LED light on this one is super bright. A real upgrade from Makitas previous versions.
Makita is also another well-known and well trusted cordless tools brand. They make great products and their batteries last a long time. Used it for projects around the house, and it did that job. It’s got a nice compact size, and it’s lightweight. It charges quickly, and the battery lasts a long time. Makita is known for their durable and high-quality products so you’ll be sure to get good use out of this for a long time.
Does a great job and maintains good torque at low speeds. It’s pretty light and powerful. We got a full charge going in 30 minutes with the included 3 ah battery.
Since this 18v impact driver is powerful, you have to be extra careful not to over tighten whatever you’re working on. This Makita brushless impact has no variable speed setting. Instead, the speed is controlled by how hard you squeeze the trigger.
Really love using this tool. The variable speed trigger takes some time to get used to, but once you got it down, you’re good to go. Overall, a really well-built tool. It charges quickly, and the battery lasts a long time.
3. BLACK & DECKER BDCI20C Lithium Impact Driver
The Black & Decker BDCI20C features a high-performance motor which delivers up to 1375 in-lbs of torque, 3000RPM, and 3900BPM.
The compact and lightweight design make the BDC120C easy to use and handle. The LED light that makes drilling and driving easier in dark spaces.
This black and decker driver is advertised as 20v, but the Lithium-Ion battery voltage without any workload is 20 volts, and the nominal voltage is 18 volts.
It still has decent power, but if you want to use this impact for automotive, expect to struggle with lug nuts. Impact driver reviews on Amazon confirm the same.
All in all, it’s a pretty solid impact driver for DIY and medium-sized tasks. This makes our top pick for best DIY impact driver. Compared to other impact drills we tested, we feel this drill is not really cut out for heavy-duty work.
4. MILWAUKEE 2656-20 M18 1/4 Hex Impact Driver
We found that this Milwaukee Impact Driver, like many other Milwaukee power tools, really lives up to its brands’ reputation. The 18-volt driver weighs a total of 3.48 pounds and delivers just over 1500 in-lb of torque.
This has the standard textured Milwaukee rubber grip, and if you’re a fan of Milwaukee tools, then you’re going to love the ergonomic grip and easy to handle cordless design. This Milwaukee M18 fuel impact drill-driver has a well-positioned LED-light to help when drilling and driving in dark places.
The battery has Milwaukee trademarked REDLINK TECHNOLOGY. The drill has Milwaukee trademarked REDLINK TECHNOLOGY, which lets the driver communicate with the battery to prevent overheating.
The Milwaukee 2656-20 M18 1/4 impact driver is our top pick for best impact driver under 100.
5. RYOBI ONE+ P236 Lithium Ion Cordless Impact Driver
If you’ve read our article on the best cordless drills, you may know that we dislike Ryobi for their battery issues. That being said, this really is the best impact driver under 50.
This cheap impact works great in DIY context. Pretty impressed with its performance, given its price. The grip is pretty comfortable too and doesn’t slip while you’re working.
I’d recommend it for non heavy-duty tasks, DIY, and general around the house drilling and driving tasks. It won’t compare to impact drivers in the $200 range, it’s pretty decent overall.
So if you’re looking for the best budget impact driver, then I highly recommend this Ryobi impact driver.
6. BOSCH IDH182B Two-In-One Bit/Socket Impact Driver
This adjustable torque impact driver has a 1/4″ hex and a 1/2 in square drive in a single tool. It delivers up to 1650 in-lbs of torque and features an ergonomic rubber grip for easy handling.
This Bosch Impact Driver includes their Performance Control System which is just fancy talk for their 3-speed variable switch. Though we have to admit, it is a pretty handy feature to have.
When buying this, you have the choice to buy between 2.0 ah batteries and 4.0 ah batteries. We recommend getting the 4.0 ah batteries, they are surprisingly lightweight and charge fully in 30 minutes. A single battery lasted us between half a day and a full day of work (depending on the workload).
7. MAKITA CT225R Lithium Ion Cordless Impact
This is a very powerful 18-volt compact 1/2 impact drill driver from Makita. It weighs 3.5 pounds but delivers up to 1450 in-lbs of torque.
Makita claims, that “compared to their previous BL1815 battery, the 18V 2.0Ah battery provides 50% more run time when compared to this battery.” We could not verify this claim, but the impact driver batteries provided lasted us half a day of intense work.
Similar to Milwaukee’s Redlink Technology, this Makita impact driver features Makita’s trademarked Star Protection technology. The technology makes it possible for the battery and the driver to communicate in order to prevent overheating, overloading, and over-discharging.
8. PORTER-CABLE PCCK618L2 Compact Brushless Impact Driver
The PORTER-CABLE PCCK618L2 is a brushless impact driver that delivers 1400 in-lbs of torque, up to 2700RPM, and up to 3100IPM.
It is compact measuring 8 inches top to bottom and its lightweight at only 3.27 lbs. It’s an affordable driver that can last at least 3-4 hours of heavy usage and about the whole day of regular use. This impact gives plenty of power. It’s got an excellent grip, and the lightweight, ergonomic design saves your wrists and hands. Really fun to use.
In terms of power, the 20v Porter Cable Impact Driver works great for decking screws, drywall screws, lag screws, lag bolts, and self-tapping screws. It hits fast, and it hits hard, we are satisfied with the amount of power this thing gives.
Some will claim that this driver is of the same quality as the DeWALT impact, but we find it simply not to be true. Although the specs are similar, when you test them head-to-head, you can clearly tell the difference between this impact driver and the one made by DeWALT. That being said, we still like the DeWALT way more than this one.
Comparison of All Impact Driver Models
|BLACK+DECKER BDCI20C 20V MAX Lithium||3.48 pounds||corded-electric||20 volts||7.9 x 3 x 9 inches||1375 in-lb|
|Bosch 12-Volt Max EC Brushless Kit PS42-02||2.2 pounds||battery-powered||12 volts||5.5 x 2.2 x 7 inches||81.25 in-lb|
|Bosch PS41-2A 12V Max 1/4-Inch Hex Kit with 2 Batteries, Charger and Case||4.8 pounds||cordless-electric||12 volts||5.5 x 2.2 x 7 inches||82.25 in-lb|
|DEWALT DC825B 1/4-Inch 18-Volt Cordless||2.2 pounds||battery-powered||18 volts||5.8 x 6.7 x 4.1 inches||1600 in-lb|
|DEWALT DCF787C1 Cordless Kit||4.45 pounds||battery-powered||20 volts||12.5 x 3.8 x 9.8 inches||1500 in-lb|
|DEWALT DCF815S2 12-Volt Max 1/4-Inch Kit||2.3 pounds||battery-powered||12 volts||6.2 x 2 x 6.5 inches||1400 in-lb|
|DEWALT DCF885B 20-Volt MAX Lithium Ion 1/4-Inch||2 pounds||Battery-Powered||20 volts||5.5 x 9.4 x 3.9 inches||1400 in-lb|
|DEWALT DCF885C2 20-Volt MAX Lithium Ion 1/4-Inch 1.5 Ah Kit||5.27 pounds||cordless-electric||20 volts||10.1 x 16 x 4.8 inches||1400 in-lb|
|DEWALT DCF887B 20V MAX XR Li-Ion Brushless 0.25″ 3-Speed||2 pounds||Battery-Powered||20 volts||8 x 3 x 5.9 inches||2000 in-lb|
|DEWALT DCF887BR 20V MAX XR 1/4in 3-Speed Cordless||2 pounds||battery-powered||20 volts||12 x 10 x 6 inches||2000 in-lb|
|DEWALT DCF887D2 20V MAX XR Li-ion 2.0 Ah Brushless 0.25″ 3-Speed Kit||7 pounds||Battery-Powered||20 volts||16.2 x 4.5 x 10.1 inches||2000 in-lb|
|DEWALT DCF887M2 20V MAX XR Li-Ion 4.0 Ah Brushless 0.25″ 3-Speed Kit||7.4 pounds||Battery-Powered||20 volts||16.2 x 4.5 x 10.1 inches||2000 in-lb|
|DEWALT DCF888B 20V MAX XR Brushless Tool Connect Kit||2.8 pounds||battery-powered||20 volts||8 x 2.9 x 5 inches||2000 in-lb|
|DEWALT DCF888P2BT 20V MAX XR Brushless Tool Connect Kit||2.8 pounds||battery-powered||20 volts||5.3 x 4 x 9 inches||2000 in-lb|
|GEN5X 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Brushless 3-Speed||2.52 pounds||Battery||18 volts||12 x 3 x 9 inches||2250 in-lb|
|Hitachi KC10DFL2 12-Volt Peak Cordless Lithium Ion Driver Drill and Combo Kit (Lifetime Tool Warranty)||2.8 pounds||Battery||18 volts||5.9 x 2.6 x 8.2 inches||995 in-lb|
|Hitachi WH10DFL2 12-Volt Peak Cordless Lithium Ion Kit (Lifetime Tool Warranty)||2.2 pounds||battery-powered||12 volts||5.9 x 2.6 x 8.2 inches||995 in-lb|
|Hitachi WH18DGL 18-Volt 1/4-Inch Cordless Lithium Ion Kit (Lifetime Tool Waranty)||3.1 pounds||battery-powered||18 volts||6.5 x 3 x 8.7 inches||1280 in-lb|
|Ingersoll Rand 1/2″ 20V Cordless Impact, 2 Battery Kit, W7152-K22, (2) Battery Kit||13.6 pounds||Battery||20 volts||15 x 9.9 x 5.6 inches||1000 in-lb|
|Makita CT225R 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact Cordless 2-Pc. Combo Kit (2.0Ah)||12.45 pounds||Battery||18 volts||12 x 12 x 11.1 inches||1460 in-lb|
|Makita XDT12Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Quick-Shift Mode 4-Speed, Tool Only,||2.3 pounds||battery-powered||18 volts||3.4 x 7.7 x 5.3 inches||1550 in-lb|
|Makita XDT131 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Kit (3.0Ah)||6.9 pounds||Battery||18 volts||6.4 x 14.9 x 10.8 inches||1500 in-lb|
|Makita XDT15R1B 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Sub-Compact Brushless Cordless Kit (2.0Ah)||6.61 pounds||battery-powered||18 volts||6.4 x 15 x 10 inches||1240 in-lb|
|Makita XLT01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Angle||2.93 pounds||Battery||18 volts||5 x 4 x 15 inches||1000 in-lb|
|Metabo HPT WH18DGL 18V Cordless Kit, Two Lithium Ion Batteries, Powerful 1, 280 In/Lbs Torque, Responsive Variable Speed Trigger, LED Light, Keyless ¼” Chuck, Lifetime Tool Warranty||3.1 pounds||Battery||18 volts||12 x 3 x 9 inches||1000 in-lb|
|Milwaukee 2462-20 M12 1/4 Inch Hex Shank 12 Volt Lithium Ion Cordless 2,500 RPM 1,000 Inch Pounds w/ LED Light and Fuel Gauge||2.3 pounds||Battery||12 volts||7 x 1.8 x 6.5 inches||1000 in-lb|
|Milwaukee 2656-20 M18 18V 1/4 Inch Lithium Ion Hex with 1,500 Inch Pounds of Torque and LED Lighting Array||2.3 pounds||battery-powered||18 volts||2.9 x 5.7 x 7.8 inches||1500 in-lb|
|Milwaukee 2750-20 M18 ¼” Hex Compact Brushless Bare||2.1 pounds||battery-powered||18 volts||3.1 x 8.1 x 5.8 inches||1500 in-lb|
|Milwaukee 2753-20 M18 Fuel 1/4 Hex Imp Driver tool Only||2.6 pounds||battery-powered||18 volts||3.5 x 8.2 x 5.8 inches||1500 in-lb|
|Milwaukee 2853-20 M18 FUEL 1/4″ Hex (Bare Tool)||2.3 pounds||Battery||18 volts||4.3 x 6.4 x 9.4 inches||1800 in-lb|
|Milwaukee M18 2850-20 18-Volt 1/4-Inch Brushless – Bare Tool||2.3 pounds||battery-powered||18 volts||2.9 x 5.7 x 7.8 inches||1800 in-lb|
|Porter Cable 20v Max Lithium Ion 1/4″ Hex||1.3 pounds||battery-powered||20 volts||12.8 x 4.2 x 11.2 inches||1450 in-lb|
|PORTER-CABLE PCCK640LB 20-volt 1/4-Inch Hex Lithium Ion Kit||1 pounds||battery-powered||20 volts||12.8 x 4.2 x 11.2 inches||1450 in-lb|
|Ridgid R86035 Gen5X 18V Cordless Lithium Ion 2,000 Inch Pounds w/ Quick Release Chuck, LED Lighting, and Belt Clip||3.1 pounds||Battery||18 volts||6.2 x 2 x 6.5 inches||2000 in-lb|
|Ryobi One+ P236 18V 1/4 Inch 3,200 RPM 1,600 Inch Pounds Lithium Ion Cordless||2.7 pounds||battery-powered||18 volts||12 x 3 x 9 inches||1600 in-lb|
|VonHaus 20V Cordless 1/4″ Set with 3000 RPM Speed, LED Light and 37pc Impact Drill Bits – 3.0Ah Battery and Charger Kit Included||7 pounds||battery-powered||20 volts||5 x 4 x 15 inches||1327 in-lb|
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