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Drill drivers are indispensable on almost every construction site. When it is necessary to screw or drill, the drill driver is often used. There are different models and functions, so it is important that you inform yourself beforehand and think about what exactly you want to use the drill driver for.

With our big drill driver test 2022 we want to help you find the best drill driver for you. We have compared different drill drivers with each other and listed the respective advantages and disadvantages. This should make your purchase decision as easy as possible.


  • The drill driver is a tool used for drilling and screwing. It is very popular with both craftsmen and do-it-yourselfers. It consists of the drill driver and various attachments.
  • There are three different types of drill drivers, which are suitable for either hard or less hard material.
  • The drill driver is best suited for rather soft materials, while the impact drill driver can be used especially for solid material. The impulse drill is also suitable for particularly hard material, but penetrates it in a different way than the impact drill.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a drill driver

What is a drill driver?

A drill driver is a tool that is used for drilling and screwing. They are similar to the classic drill. Drill drivers are powered by either a battery or a motor.

In addition to the tool, there are different attachments that you can change. Usually, different attachments are suitable for different materials.

Some drill drivers are more suitable for larger jobs and others are more suitable for smaller jobs.

There are three different types of drill drivers. Each can be used in different situations, so you should find out which one is best for you before you buy.


There are three different types of screwdrivers. Before you buy one, you should find out which one suits your specifications best.
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Who is a drill driver suitable for?

Drill drivers are basically suitable for everyone. They are used to drill and screw. Anyone who wants to do such work could be underestimated by a drill driver.

Drill drivers are used at work and in everyday life.

Since craftsmen in particular have to drill and screw, drill drivers are seen particularly often among them.

However, drill drivers are not only popular with craftsmen, but also with do-it-yourselfers, as they are indispensable for some tasks.

What types of drill drivers are there?

There are three different types of drill drivers to choose from. We have selected the three and presented them to you.

  • Drill driver
  • Impact drill
  • Impulse drill

Drill driver

As described above, the drill driver is a tool that can be used for drilling and screwing. It is ideal when you need to do small drilling jobs.

The classic drill driver is mainly suitable for softer material, less so for hard material.

  • Ideal for small drilling and screwing jobs
  • you can change the attachments
  • Can only be used on less hard material

Impact drill

The impact drill is an extension of the classic drill. The impact drill has an impact mechanism.

During the drilling process, the impact drill exerts pressure on the wall in the form of a small blow. This makes the impact drill particularly suitable when you want to drill into solid material such as concrete.

  • Particularly suitable for large jobs
  • Particularly suitable for very solid material
  • Louder than the impact drill

Impulse drill

The impulse drill is similar to the impact drill. It is also suitable for particularly hard material.

When drilling, this drill turns faster like a pulse. Then it slows down the torque again. Due to the impulse-like speeding up.

  • Optimal for very firm material
  • screws can be tightened particularly firmly
  • Very expensive

What does a drill driver cost?

The price of the various drill drivers depends on the type of drill driver.

Drill driver 50€ - 150€
Impact drill driver 100€ -200€
Impulse drill driver 200€ - 300€

The classic drill is the cheapest of the three. Next comes the impact drill, followed by the impulse drill, which is the most expensive.


There are various attachments for drill drivers that are suitable for different materials.
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What alternatives are there to the drill driver?

There are various alternatives to the drill driver. We have selected a few for you and presented them below.

  • Cordless screwdriver: An alternative to the drill is the cordless screwdriver. It is only suitable for screwing. The cordless screwdriver is best for small screws because its power is relatively low.
  • Cordless impact screwdriver: The cordless impact screwdriver has more power than the classic drill driver. It is primarily suitable for small jobs. With the help of the cordless impact screwdriver, it is possible to tighten screws very firmly.
  • Hammer drill: Thehammer drill is another alternative to the screwdriver. It is suitable for larger jobs and very solid material. It is primarily used to drill holes in mineral material.

Purchase criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate different drill drivers


Quality is made up of various factors, some of which we have explained in more detail below.

For example, the more power a drill driver has, the faster it drills or screws.

It is usually also easier to handle if it has more power.

Other factors are the service life of the drill driver, its performance and how easy it is to operate. But also the running time is decisive for the quality.


The various drill drivers differ in several respects. One of the points is the material. Not every drill or attachment can be used on every material.

Some are more suitable for hard material, others for soft material.

Softer material is for example your thin wall and hard concrete or metal.

You should find out which attachment is best for the material you want to use before you use it. There are many sets that come with different attachments.


Drill drivers are available in many different sizes. Usually smaller drill drivers are handier and easier to use than large drill drivers.

The size is also related to the weight.

If a drill is very heavy and you have to work with it for a long time, it can become exhausting to hold the drill.

Running time

Cordless drill drivers are powered by a battery that needs to be charged. Depending on the size of the battery, a drill can be used for longer or shorter periods.

When the charge wears off, the drill can no longer be powered as well by the battery and the performance of the drill gradually decreases.


Torque also varies depending on the model and brand of the drill.

It tells you how much force the drill driver exerts on something. The unit in which torque is measured is called the newton metre and is abbreviated to "Nm".

The more Newton metres a machine has, the more force is exerted on the screw or material.

Facts worth knowing about the topic of drill drivers

What is a drill driver used for?

Drill drivers are used in everyday life as well as by craftsmen on the job. With a drill driver you can both drill and screw.

They are used for small tasks and for large tasks. Some drill drivers have additional functions.

One of them is more power, which is caused by rotating the tip faster for a short time.

How does a drill driver work?

A drill driver is powered by a small motor or battery.

It consists of the machine and the attachments.

The attachments are put on the drill or screwed on with a twisting motion. You're ready to go.

Basically, the tip of the screwdriver rotates in a certain direction as soon as you press the button on the front of the handle. The harder you press, the faster the tip turns.

What can a drill driver do?

Drill drivers are suitable for a variety of tasks. You can use it to drill as well as to screw. Often, drill drivers have two gears so that they can be operated in first gear, i.e. fast, as well as in second gear, i.e. slow.

The classic drill driver is used for drilling and screwing.

The drill screw is suitable for simple materials. This means that you can tighten and loosen screws and drill holes in not too hard material.

The impact drill also has the function that it can penetrate very hard material. It is even suitable for light concrete, metal and walls, for example.

How do I operate a drill driver?

Drill drivers are very easy to use because you don't have to do much.

They consist of the drill and various attachments that you can change.

The attachments are suitable for different materials. By turning the tip of the drill, you loosen or tighten the attachment you want to use.

By pressing the knob, you affect the speed. The harder you press, the faster the tip turns.

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