7 Best Hammer Drills of 2019 – Corded & Cordless Reviews

Drilling projects can get long and tedious without the right tools. Finding the best hammer drill for your needs will make the whole process a lot more enjoyable and faster.

Both rotating and hammer action work together to drill through harder surfaces such as masonry, rocks, tiles, etc. This opens a number of possibilities for you, whether you are a DIYer or a professional.

There are a lot of options on the market, with various useful features that you may not know anything off. To help you find out more, we made a list of models worth looking into.

The Best Hammer Drill on the Market 2019

1. Bosch 11255VSR Bulldog Xtreme Hammer Drill (Our Top Recommended)

 

The first hammer drill is an extremely powerful one, and it comes from Bosch. This hammer drill also has a rotation only and a hammer only mode. It is corded and runs on a powerful 7.5 amp motor which should satisfy all your needs.

Additionally, it can produce up to 1300 RPM and 5800 BPM so you can really count on it to go even through the toughest materials. Additionally, the variable speed trigger will allow better control when drilling.

It also features an SDS-plus bit system which allows you to change bits without using any additional tools. The system also automatically locks the bits in so you can continue working. Furthermore, there are also 36-bit positions so you can quickly get any angle you need.

A special feature of this hammer drill is the ergonomic design featuring a D-handle. Not only that this makes the use of the tool more comfortable, but it also gives you more control and allows you to maintain stability even while drilling overhead or downward.

Whether you are a contractor or a DIYer, you will appreciate another feature which controls vibrations and makes long uses more comfortable.

As for the negative sides, the one that sticks out the most is the hefty price tag which comes with this hammer drill. Although it has some neat feature, there are plenty of other models on the market which offer similar performance at a lower price point.

Another minus for this hammer drill is that there are faster models on the market, especially when we consider the price.

What We Like

  • Three modes: only hammer, only drilling, and hammer-drilling
  • Quick and easy bit change
  • A lot of power: 0ft./lbs of impact energy
  • Comfortable design with vibration control

What We Don't Like

  • There are faster models on the market
  • Comes with a hefty price tag

2. TACKLIFE 1/2-Inch Electric Hammer Drill And Impact Drill (Budget Pick)

 

The next hammer drill we have is a Tacklife dual corded, electric drill with almost ideal motor power of 6A. It is also dual function, so you can select whether you want to drill or hammer with it. These functions together will give you more power to go through sturdy material, but the Tacklife hammer drill is not for reinforced concrete walls.

One great feature is that the speed of rotation can be changed with the help of a variable speed trigger and a knob, so you can go from 0 to 2800 in seconds. The hammer drill also features a metal chuck with a maximum 1/2”(13mm) diameter. Also, changing the drill bits is quick and simple.

Moreover, there are some exciting additional features to point out here. For instance, there is a lock-on button on the trigger, which makes long work much less tiring. You can also change the direction of the drill by turning a switch.

Additionally, this hammer drill has a rotating auxiliary handle for adjusting the grip and since the drill is designed to be lightweight (only 5.5lbs), you should not have any trouble using it for a longer time. Lastly, there is also a depth gauge to help you not drill too deep.

What you also get with this hammer drill are 12 drill bits for various uses. There are seven different sized pieces for working on various materials, and they all come in a black bag to keep them in one place.

A possible issue would arise if you need to move through a large space. You may need an extension cord since the cord attached to the tool is about 7′ long, which may not be enough. Also, you may experience difficulty with achieving specific rotary speed in the beginning, but this should not happen later on.

This hammer comes with many great features at a very affordable price point.

What We Like

  • Ergonomic and lightweight design for comfortable use
  • Comes with 12 drill bits
  • Separate drilling and hammer function
  • Speed trigger for changing the RPM
  • Durable, metal chuck

What We Don't Like

  • A shorter cord, so there may be a need for an extension cord (7')
  • RPM difficult to adjust in the beginning

3. Milwaukee 2704-20 M18 FUEL 1/2" Hammer Drill

 

Next, we have a Milwaukee cordless hammer drill with Brushless Motor Technology. This ensures the efficiency and durability of the tool. Besides this, this hammer drill features a RedLink Plus Intelligence which protects the tool from damage caused by overheating or overloading.

What sets this hammer drill apart is that it is compact but still powerful. As for the power, it has a maximum 1200 in. Lbs. of torque and BPM of 32000. You can also adjust the speed of rotation to 0-550 or 0-2000 RPM.

An interesting characteristic of this hammer drill is that you get a lot of power in a compact design. The Milwaukee hammer drill is only 7.75 inches long, and with 3.5lbs it is really easy to operate. The fact that it is cordless makes it even easier to fit into small spaces and reach whatever you need to drill.

Finally, some additional features add even more to this hammer drill. It has an auxiliary handle to help you control the torque and also has a belt clip holder, so your hands are free, but your hammer drill is still on you.

One negative of this hammer drill are the limited speed settings. If you have specific needs regarding RPM, this hammer drill does not offer many options. But, if you are satisfied with faster drilling, then this would not be a problem for you.

This hammer drill comes with a heftier price than most of the other tools on this list, but it is a unique design which features both compactness and power. If the flexibility is what you look for, this may just be the right option for you.

What We Like

  • Powerful with 1200 in. Lbs. torque
  • High BPM and adjustable RPM
  • Compact and lightweight
  • RedLink Plus Intelligence ensures durability

What We Don't Like

  • Only two options for RPM speed which may not be enough for specific speed needs

4. BLACK+DECKER Hammer Drill

 

Next, we have a BLACK+DECKER corded hammer drill, which is both powerful and compact. It can achieve 48000 BPM and 0-2800 RPM and drill through various materials, even brick and concrete.

Since it is not very big, it can reach tight spaces, and the fact that it has a comfortable pistol grip design makes it even more enjoyable to use with better control.

The trigger can be used to vary the speed so you can work on different projects with different efficiency. It is also reversible, and it has various uses like using it instead of a screwdriver to finish the job faster.

Additionally, you get a ½ inch metal keyless chucks which makes it easy to change bits and keep the work going. The pack contains the hammer drill, a side handle and a depth rod to help you control the depth of drilling.

Considering its price point and the features it offers, it is suitable for DIYers more than professionals, but anyone who needs a powerful but not too large hammer drill can use it.

As for the negatives, there are few.

Since this is a hammer drill especially recommended for brick and concrete, it would be safer and more convenient to have a keyed chuck which would ensure that the bit stays in place through all the drilling.

Finally, there is a negative which is more an inconvenience than a negative. If you use the metric system, you will not have any problems, but if you do not, the scale that comes with the hammer drill may be little tricky to use since it uses the metric system.

What We Like

  • Flexible, versatile and easy to use thanks to comfortable design and compactness
  • Enough power to go through concrete and brick
  • Different speed settings possible

What We Don't Like

  • Has a keyless chuck which may not be tight enough at times
  • A scale printed in the tool uses the metric system

5. MPT 1 Inch SDS-Plus 8.5 Amp Heavy Duty Rotary Hammer Drill

 

MPT manufactures our next model and it is a powerful corded hammer drill which is recommended for use on various materials such as masonry, concrete, steel, and wood. It can switch between hammer, drill and hammer drill mode, so it is multifunctional. It is called heavy-duty for a good reason: its 8.5 amp motor can meet even the heaviest needs. The no-load speed of 930r per min and the impact rate of 0-4500 will make any process faster.

Another great point with this hammer drill is comfort. An adjustable handle with rubber on it provides you with stability and control even during longer drilling.

The box comes with a hammer drill, three different size drill bits, a replaceable carbon brush, and a flat chisel, a dust cap and a manual to help you figure out all the features this model offers.

As for the issues, this hammer drill is almost spotless. But still, the manual that comes with it could be improved, since it is not very well written. Another negative point is that there is no reverse like there is on some much lower quality, less expensive tools.

Taking all the features and the power into consideration, we can say that the price of this hammer drill is justified.

What We Like

  • A powerful 8.5 motor which provides consistent power for an extended period
  • 930r per min no load speed
  • 0-4500 impact rate
  • Can drill through wood, steel, masonry
  • Comfortable and stable
  • Comes with several useful drill bits and a flat chisel

What We Don't Like

  • The manual should be rewritten to be more helpful
  • No reverse

6. Makita XPH12Z Hammer Driver-Drill

 

We are almost at the end of our list and here is another hammer drill which is worth mentioning. It is the Makita battery powered hammer-drill which is made from high-carbon steel. This, and the brushless motor make this tool a sturdy and durable one.

You also get a lot of power with it, since the motor delivers maximum 530 in. lbs of torque. Another good quality of the motor is that it optimizes the battery use, so you would get 50% longer use out of one charge than you would with a normal motor.

Moreover, this tool will work for a long time also, thanks to the XPT – Extreme Protection Technology, which protects against dust and water. So, not only you get quality, but you also get it in a very compact and comfortable design, which is another plus of this hammer drill. It weighs 4.2 lbs, and the rubberized grip makes it even more convenient for longer uses.

As for the additional features, you get dual LED lights to help you see the work area better, and the fact that the tool runs on a lithium-ion battery makes it easy to move around and work wherever is necessary.

However, there is one issue with this hammer drill. It can be used in a hammer mode as well, but it often gets stuck when in this mode. This is not a problem that affects every model, but since the price is not the lowest one, this should not be happening.

What We Like

  • A powerful battery powered hammer driver-drill (battery NOT included)
  • Brushless motor
  • Maximum 530 in. lbs of torque
  • Battery energy optimization
  • Rubber soft grip for comfort

What We Don't Like

  • Gets stuck in the hammer mode

7. DEWALT DCD996B Hammer Drill

 

Finally, we arrived at the end of our list, and the last model is the DEWALT hammer drill. This is a battery powered hammer drill as well, but the battery and the charger are sold separately. There is a brushless 820 UWO motor which ensures maximum efficiency and also optimizes the energy use so that you get the maximum out of your tool each time you use it.

With high BPM and RPM of 250 and 2250 respectively, this tool enables you to get the job done faster, and it works very well on masonry.

Also, a 1/2″ nitro-carburized metal ratcheting chucks and carbide inserts come with this hammer drill, and the switches are also coated and sealed so they would resist dust and water. All of this together protect the tool and ensures long-lasting use.

What you also get is an improved three-mode LED light to illuminate the area you are drilling even more than the previous DEWALT model could. If you worry that this model may be powerful and hence bulky and challenging to work with, this model is the exact opposite. It weighs 4.7 lbs and is only 8.4 inches long, so the user can get into tight spaces.

Finally, there are a few minor issues that should not be there considering the price and the overall quality of this hammer drill. The forward-reverse button feels flimsy and of less quality than the rest of the tools.

As for the other con, the battery is a bit loose when attached to the tool. It does not fall out, but it looks like it is going to, which is something that can easily be fixed by DEWALT.

What We Like

  • Brushless motor maximizes efficiency and optimizes battery use
  • 250 BPM and 2250 RPM
  • Durable metal chucks
  • LED light with three modes – low, medium and high

What We Don't Like

  • Lower quality reverse button
  • The battery gets loose when attached


Buyer’s guide 

When it comes to hammer drills, there are some important features to look for in them.

These features may determine whether the drill you like is the right one for you, so it is useful to know what to pay attention to. 

If you follow the points in this guide, it may help you find a perfect match for your needs.

Cord Style

When it comes to this point, you have two options: corded and cordless. Both types are good, but choosing one or the other depends solely on your preferences and needs.

If you are going to use your hammer drill a lot, you will need a lot of constant power. In this case, you are better off with a corded drill. On the other hand, a cordless drill is perfect for smaller projects and occasional use.

Another point to consider is where you are going to be drilling. If you do not have access to a power source, or the place itself is a bit tricky to reach, a cordless drill may be a better choice for you.

Battery size

Directly connected to the previous feature, is the battery size. It is important if you decide to go for a cordless hammer drill. The minimum size you should choose is between 18 and 20 volts.

It is also important to determine how long the battery will produce consistent power. The minimum here is 2 amp hours, but if you have the budget, it would not hurt to invest in more Ah.

Motor power

If you choose a corded hammer drill, you should be aware of is how powerful the motor is. If we were choosing right now, we would first try to figure out what our needs are and which of those needs is the heaviest.

After determining that, we would choose a drill with the motor that can meet that specific need. Therefore, we would cover everything else, which requires less power. In general, the ideal power you should aim for is seven amps.

RPM and BMP

The next important feature to note is the speed of rotation (RPM) and hammering (BMP). These numbers will influence how fast you get the job done. If you have a lot of work to do, or you are just a bit impatient, you would want these numbers to be as high as possible.

Chucks

The chuck is the part where you insert the drill bit, so it is the size of the chuck that determines how small or large the drill bit can be. As for the type, there are two types for hammer drills: Jacobs chucks, which are keyed and keyless chucks.

The type refers to how the bit is held in place. The first one is found on corded hammer grills, while the latter one is used on cordless ones. We would personally use a key chuck on a hammer drill since it needs a key to tighten it which ensures it will not move.

Yes, keyless chucks allow changing the drill bits in seconds, but we feel safer knowing that the bit will not move even with all the drilling and bouncing.

Additional features

Finally, if you are going to invest money in a high-quality hammer drill, you should also check whether there are some features which will make the process easier or even more fun. One of these features are lights, for example, which are usually mounted on the front so you can see better.

Another feature is a depth rod. This comes in handy when drilling a lot because it prevents you from getting carried away. You just set it to a specific depth, and when you reach it, you will not be able to go further.

A hammer drill can also feature a side handle which will help you have a secure hold and put more weight on the drill. Lastly, it would not be bad to have different speed triggers which change the RPM and BPM. This feature makes the hammer drill even more suitable for various needs you may have.

As you can see, there are some key features which can make or break a hammer drill. Of course, when you know what you need and how you will use your hammer drill, all these features can help you make the best decision for yourself.

Make drilling through hard surfaces a piece of cake

With all the possibilities you have, finding the best hammer drill on the market currently is not an easy task. But what is important is that you find the best one for you. To do that, you first need to figure out what you need from a hammer drill.

After that, when you look into the essential features of specific models, you will easily be able to decide if they are a good match. We hope our guide and our choices will help you go through the process easily. If you find your perfect hammer drill on our list, even better! It will certainly be a useful addition to your toolkit.