Home > Home & Garden > Cordless Drills > Best Cordless Tool Combo Kits

Best Cordless Tool Combo Kits

By: Amy Livingston on June 07, 2018

In this report

Cordless Impact Drivers Cordless Tool Combo Kits Cordless Screwdrivers Our Sources
Best Reviewed

Best cordless tool combo kit

Ridgid R9205

Get two popular tools and save money with a combo kit

When your task list includes both drilling and heavy-duty driving, then you probably need a drill and an impact driver to get your jobs done. A combo kit, which includes both tools along with batteries to power either one, offers a better deal than buying the tools separately.

Most combo kits aren't covered in any professional tests, but we found one that's recommended by both professionals and users: the Ridgid R9205 (Est. $250) . This kit includes the 18-volt Ridgid R86037N drill (Est. $120) and Ridgid R86037 impact driver (Est. $120), together with a charger, two 4.0-Ah lithium batteries, and a carrying case. The entire set is backed by Ridgid's three-year warranty and lifetime service agreement, which provides free parts, service, and replacement batteries for life to the original owner.

Pro Tool Reviews names this combo kit as the best pick for anyone on a budget, offering "pro performance" at a reasonable price. It says the kit has an "excellent balance of power and compact design," together with "very good ergonomics." The Ridgid R86037N, with its brushless, 2,100-rpm motor, 700 inch-pounds of torque, and hammer drill mode, has been reviewed by experts as the Ridgid R86116 (Est. $150), which is a kit that includes the drill, two 2.0 Ah batteries, a charger and a carry bag. It was the top pick in Pro Tool Reviews' 2017 roundup of cordless drills under $150. Consumer Reports also recommends the drill, but a little less enthusiastically: it gets top marks for speed, but power and handling are only so-so, and it's quite noisy. The impact driver isn't covered in any professional comparison tests, but Pro Tool Reviews says it offers "good speed and outstanding torque," as well as three speed settings for maximum versatility. If the set has a flaw, the editors say, it's that Ridgid's 18-volt platform doesn't include as many compatible tools as some other brands.

We found very good reviews for this combo kit at Home Depot, the primary retailer for Ridgid tools. It earns an overall rating of 4.6 stars from over 600 users, and 91 percent of them recommend it. Owners describe both tools as powerful, well built, and capable of running a long time on a charge. They also like the three-beam LED work light on the impact driver, which illuminates the work area from multiple angles. Their biggest complaint is that the lifetime service warranty, which looks like a major plus, is a huge hassle to register for. Owners say it took them several attempts to register, and some had their warranties rejected for no obvious reason.

If you prefer a kit that's compatible with as many other tools as possible, the DeWalt DCK240C2 (Est. $180) is among the top-rated kits at both Amazon and Home Depot. It includes bare-tool versions of the DeWalt DCD771C2 (Est. $130) cordless drill (covered in our section on 18-volt cordless drills) and the 12-volt DeWalt DCF885C2 (Est. $135) cordless impact driver, along with two 2.0-Ah lithium battery packs, a smart charger, and a contractor bag to carry everything. The DeWalt DCD771 hasn't been covered in any professional tests, but it's among the top-rated drills at Amazon, Home Depot, and Lowe's. The DCF885C2 is also highly rated at both Amazon and Home Depot.

There are no professional reviews for the DeWalt DCK240C2 combo cordless tool kit, but it receives nearly two thousand reviews across both sites, with overall ratings of around 4.7 stars out of 5. Owners say both the drill and the driver are powerful, lightweight, and able to run a long time on a charge. They particularly appreciate the three LED lights on the impact driver – the same feature found on the DeWalt DCF887D2 (Est. $195) (covered in our discussion of impact drivers) – which illuminate the work area without shadows. The main complaint we saw about the kit is that some users received faulty batteries that wouldn't hold a charge. There are also some complaints about drill bits slipping out of the chuck. Overall, though, most users consider this kit a great value.

We also found good user reviews for the Milwaukee 2691-22 (Est. $195). This combo kit includes the 18-volt Milwaukee 2606-20 (Est. $70) cordless drill and the 18-volt Milwaukee 2656-20 (Est. $60) impact driver, along with two 1.5-Ah lithium-ion batteries, a 30-minute charger, and a carrying case. The impact driver hasn't been included in any professional tests, and the drill gets mixed reviews in the tests that feature it. Reviewers generally find it very lightweight and comfortable to use, with decent speed and torque, but its battery life is unimpressive. However, the 1,400-plus user reviews for the combo kit on Amazon and Home Depot are highly favorable, with overall ratings between 4.6 and 4.7 stars out of 5. Owners say the tools are both sturdy and lightweight. They agree that the impact driver is very powerful, although some find the drill a tad underpowered. They also appreciate features such as the battery life gauge and built-in LED lights on both tools. The complaints we saw are mostly about the batteries; though most users consider their run time adequate, many say they don't hold up well with use.

Recently Updated
Cordless Drills buying guide

What every best Cordless Drills has:

  • Adequate power.
  • Long run time.
  • Fast recharging.

Read More »

Learn More »