DIY Gear Reviews 2023/2024 Power Tool Awards

The power tools that shined in 2023 and are leading the pack going into 2024

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About The Awards

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Best-In-Class Picks

Our awards honorees are the podium-topping power tools that lead their class in regards to performance, build quality, bang for the buck, and more.

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Testing Methodology

We lab test power tools with commercial-grade diagnostic machinery, in addition to testing in real-life applications.

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Our Ratings

1,000's of data points are analyzed for all power tools in our test fleet. That firsthand data informs our algorithmic editorial ratings. Only the best-in-class power tools make the cut for our awards.

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Picking the Winners

After stack-ranking all tools in our test fleet in key performance and features categories, we select the top models based on their editorial ratings, rankings, and value.

Impact Driver Award Winners

Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20

Milwaukee 2953-20 Angle 5

Rankings

21 models tested

Driving speed

1

Torque

1

Battery run time

18

RPM

1

Bare tool weight

17

Noise

5

Rating

4.72 / 5 ⭐️’s

Brand Milwaukee
Platform M18 Fuel
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 1,236.0
IPM 4,400.0
Drive modes 4
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as M18 gen 4

What we like

The Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20 packs in an impressive performance punch with unmatched torque. It also has class-leading speed under heavy loads and an impressively compact footprint with exceptional build quality.

Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF845

Dewalt DCF845 Angle 5

Rankings

21 models tested

Driving speed

2

Torque

10

Battery run time

5

RPM

7

Bare tool weight

11

Noise

12

Rating

4.40 / 5 ⭐️’s

Brand Dewalt
Platform 20V Max XR
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 612.6
IPM 4,200.0
Drive modes 3
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as DCF845B

What we like

Few impact drivers can match the performance and build quality of the Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF845, especially when considering the price. The performance, build quality, feature set, and price make it a clear podium-topping pick for DIYers and weekend warriors.

Makita 18V LXT XDT19Z

Makita XDT19Z Angle 5

Rankings

21 models tested

Driving speed

3

Torque

13

Battery run time

6

RPM

5

Bare tool weight

5

Noise

15

Rating

4.62 / 5 ⭐️’s

Brand Makita
Platform 18V LXT
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 595.2
IPM 3,800.0
Drive modes 8
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as XDT19

What we like

The Makita 18V LXT XDT19Z’s speed goes toe-to-toe with other flagship impact drivers and has impressive battery life. But no competing, high-performing models can match the incredibly lightweight and compact footprint. It also offers a vast array of driving modes that are capable of tackling light to heavy-duty tasks.

Milwaukee M12 Fuel 3453-20

Milwaukee 3453-20 Angle 5

Rankings

21 models tested

Driving speed

15

Torque

6

Battery run time

21

RPM

2

Bare tool weight

1

Noise

13

Rating

4.56 / 5 ⭐️’s

Brand Milwaukee
Platform M12 Fuel
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 696.0
IPM 4,000.0
Drive modes 4
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as M12 gen 3

What we like

Any Milwaukee tool with Fuel branding commands high expectations. The Milwaukee M12 Fuel 3453-20 impact driver lived up to those expectations (and more) when put through our lab tests. It leads the sub-compact class with robust torque and speed under load. Its featherlight design and performance profile make it just as valuable for beginners as an all-around tool for the home and for experienced carpenters needing a dedicated light-duty impact driver to fill out their tool arsenal.

Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20

Milwaukee 2953-20 Angle 5

Rankings

21 models tested

Driving speed

1

Torque

1

Battery run time

18

RPM

1

Bare tool weight

17

Noise

5

Rating

4.72 / 5 ⭐️’s

Brand Milwaukee
Platform M18 Fuel
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 1,236.0
IPM 4,400.0
Drive modes 4
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as M18 gen 4

What we like

The Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20 packs in flagship performance that pros demand on the jobsite. It is filled to the brim with torque and sustains high RPMs under heavy loads, helping to save time in repetitive tasks. The long tool warranty removes any concern over build quality with rugged use on the jobsite.

Dewalt 12V Xtreme DCF801

Dewalt DCF801 Angle 5

Rankings

21 models tested

Driving speed

19

Torque

21

Battery run time

9

RPM

17

Bare tool weight

3

Noise

6

Rating

4.23 / 5 ⭐️’s

Brand Dewalt
Platform 12V Xtreme
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 441.0
IPM 3,600.0
Drive modes 3
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as DCF801B

What we like

The Dewalt 12V Xtreme DCF801 impact driver is a best-in-class budget pick that casts a thin shadow and won’t break the bank. While no 12V model can match the performance of an 18V impact driver, the DCF801 offers more than enough performance for budget-minded homeowners who value ease of use and weight over brute force. It also offers exceptional build quality at this price point.

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Surge 2760-20

Milwaukee 2760-20 Angle 5

Rankings

21 models tested

Driving speed

12

Torque

19

Battery run time

12

RPM

15

Bare tool weight

13

Noise

2

Rating

4.13 / 5 ⭐️’s

Brand Milwaukee
Platform M18 Fuel Surge
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 480.6
IPM 4,000.0
Drive modes 4
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as M18 hydraulic

What we like

It’s hard to overstate how exceptionally well-built and balanced the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Surge 2760-20 is. Its hydraulic impulse design delivers a subtle impact under load. It is also incredibly quiet for an impact driver since the oil impulses generate impacts, not a hammering mechanism, as with other impact drivers. There is no better option we’ve tested that is as easy to pick up and use the first time without being intimidating.

Drills Award Winners

Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2904-20

Milwaukee 2904-20 Angle 5

Rankings

18 models tested

Drilling speed

3

Driving speed

3

Torque

1

RPM

2

Bare tool weight

16

Noise

16

Rating

4.67 / 5 ⭐️’s

Brand Milwaukee
Platform M18 Fuel
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs 1400.0
BPM 33,000.0
Clutch settings 16
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as M18 gen 4 hammer drill

What we like

The Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2904-20 Hammer Drill checks all the boxes for a heavy-duty power tool built to withstand rugged use. It offers class-leading torque, sustains high RPMs under heavy drilling and driving loads, and includes an exceptionally long tool warranty. The included auxiliary arm and Milwaukee’s Autostop kickback control technology effectively reduce the risk of injury.

Dewalt 20V Max XR DCD805

Dewalt DCD805 Angle 5

Rankings

18 models tested

Drilling speed

2

Driving speed

2

Torque

Not ranked

RPM

4

Bare tool weight

13

Noise

17

Rating

4.25 / 5 ⭐️’s

Brand Dewalt
Platform 20V Max XR
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs Not advertised
BPM 34,000.0
Clutch settings 15
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as DCD805B

What we like

The Dewalt 20V Max XR DCD805 Hammer Drill shined in our lab tests with exceptional speed in heavy-duty drilling and driving applications, matching or beating other flagships in these categories. The fact that it does so at a far lower price makes it an easy choice for homeowners wanting a powerful drill.

Dewalt 20V Atomic DCD799

Dewalt DCD799 Angle 5

Rankings

18 models tested

Drilling speed

11

Driving speed

10

Torque

Not ranked

RPM

11

Bare tool weight

8

Noise

9

Rating

4.02 / 5 ⭐️’s

Brand Dewalt
Platform 20V Atomic
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs Not advertised
BPM 28,050.0
Clutch settings 15
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as DCD799B

What we like

Some highly compact power tools sacrifice too much performance to cut weight and reduce the footprint size. The Dewalt 20V Atomic DCD799 Hammer Drill is better balanced with a performance-oriented design that is short from tip to tail, helping it drill more easily in tight quarters. Thanks to the compact footprint, it is also reasonably lightweight.

Milwaukee M12 Fuel 3404-20

Milwaukee 3404-20 Angle 5

Rankings

18 models tested

Drilling speed

16

Driving speed

12

Torque

10

RPM

17

Bare tool weight

4

Noise

12

Rating

4.45 / 5 ⭐️’s

Brand Milwaukee
Platform M12 Fuel
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs 400.0
BPM 25,500.0
Clutch settings 13
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as M12 gen 3 hammer drill

What we like

The Milwaukee M12 Fuel 3404-20 Hammer Drill is worthy of its flagship status in the coveted Fuel power tool lineup. 12V drills are fantastic options for homeowners, and this is one of the top picks in that category due to its power, speed, and build quality. Add in the fact that the 3404-20 is incredibly light and compact, and you’ve got a deep bench of features that are unmatched in the 12V class.

Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2904-20

Milwaukee 2904-20 Angle 5

Rankings

18 models tested

Drilling speed

3

Driving speed

3

Torque

1

RPM

2

Bare tool weight

16

Noise

16

Rating

4.67 / 5 ⭐️’s

Brand Milwaukee
Platform M18 Fuel
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs 1400.0
BPM 33,000.0
Clutch settings 16
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as M18 gen 4 hammer drill

What we like

The Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2904-20 Hammer Drill is worthy of a spot in a pro tool belt due to its speed and torque. It shined in our drilling and driving speed tests designed to test performance at the top of a drill’s range. In the rare instance it bogs down and binds up, Milwaukee’s Autostop kickback control technology instantly stops the motor to prevent wrist injuries. The high BPM also vastly improves speed when drilling cement and thick lumber.

Milwaukee M18 2607-20

Milwaukee 2607-20 Angle 5

Rankings

18 models tested

Drilling speed

9

Driving speed

11

Torque

8

RPM

10

Bare tool weight

14

Noise

18

Rating

4.21 / 5 ⭐️’s

Brand Milwaukee
Platform M18
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs 500.0
BPM 28,800.0
Clutch settings 18
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as N/A

What we like

Budget-focused buyers will be hard-pressed to find a competing drill that offers as much performance and build quality at this price point. The Milwaukee M18 2607-20 Hammer Drill includes a brushless motor for improved longevity and efficiency and a ratcheting all-metal chuck, two rare features at such a low price point. But Milwaukee didn’t stop there. It includes Milwaukee’s best-in-class tool warranty and is faster than most budget models. The 2607-20 is a fantastic way to cheaply get into the coveted Milwaukee ecosystem.

Ryobi 18V One+ PSBHM01

Ryobi PSBHM01 Angle 5

Rankings

18 models tested

Drilling speed

17

Driving speed

17

Torque

10

RPM

12

Bare tool weight

5

Noise

10

Rating

3.55 / 5 ⭐️’s

Brand Ryobi
Platform 18V One+
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs 400.0
BPM 27,200.0
Clutch settings 22
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as N/A

What we like

The Ryobi 18V One+ PSBHM01 Hammer Drill is perfect for beginners. The performance profile is better than most 12V drills, yet it is more compact and lighter than other 18V models. This “hybrid” sweet spot isn’t intimidating for beginners and offers enough performance to grow with you as you tackle more demanding DIY projects and routine tasks around the home. The added versatility of a hammer drill is a cherry on top that improves speed in certain drilling applications.

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FAQ

  • Can I submit a tool to be considered for an award?

    Yes. Visit our Contact Us page to submit a request. We are currently only accepting submissions for power tools, including impact drivers, drills, circular saws, miter saws, and other popular categories.

  • How are the awards honorees picked?

    Awards honorees are picked from our power tool test fleet after running each tool through standardized tests. After testing is completed, we assign each tool an editorial rating. We then pick awards honorees in each category based on reviewing relevant test results, overall ratings, and prices.

  • Are the awards sponsored?

    No. We base our awards on performance in our lab tests. Companies can’t pay to receive awards recognition.

  • How are the awards different from best-of lists?

    Our best-of lists include several power tools that we consider among the best in our test fleet. Our awards narrow the pack further and single out the class-leading picks in specific categories.

  • Are you planning to expand awards for more power tools?

    Yes. While we are currently focused on impact drivers and drills, we will be launching coverage of circular saws, miter saws, and other popular power tool categories throughout 2023 and 2024.

Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton is the founder of DIY Gear Reviews and a recognized expert in the home and DIY space. He has over 200 bylines covering topics such as power tools, hand tools, and woodworking. Nathan is the strategic director for DIY Gear Reviews, deciding everything from the content covered to designing the testing methodologies for lab-tested reviews. He can be emailed at nhamilton@diygearreviews.com.

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