Many construction workers and woodworkers swear by specific brands. It’s daunting to step out of your comfort zone and try something new, especially if you could be left with a product that ruins your project. If you are looking to expand your horizons or want to find out some of the best power tool brands, our experts have created a comprehensive review.

Best Power Tool Brands In the Market

1. Makita Tools

Makita impact driver

Makita is the first power tool brand on our team’s list not for its higher price tag, but for its quality construction. Makita is often associated with durability and top quality when it comes to their power tools and has quickly become one of the most trusted power tool brands.

Established in 1915, it’s also one of the most long-standing names in construction tools. Although the brand was around for over a century, it wasn’t until 1958 when they really made a splash in the power tool business. They stunned the market with their exceptional planer, and then made their way to power drills and then branched out to all the different woodworking tools we see today.

From power tools, corded tools and even a coffee maker you can keep with you on-site, Makita has become synonymous with versatility and quality. Especially known for their cordless platform, Makita’s products are now available worldwide and have become a favorite professional brand for many.

2. Dewalt Tools/Black & Decker Brand

DEWALT 20V MAX Orbital Sander

Let’s start with Dewalt first. It is one of the oldest and best-known tool makers on the market. Their claim to fame was thanks to the radial arm saw, invented by Raymond E. Dewalt, the namesake of the company. With all eyes on the brand, it captured the attention of what was deemed an amateur power tool brand, Black & Decker, which eventually acquired Dewalt and rebranded and created more innovative tools.

From there, Black & Decker has become a household name in itself, making not only power tools and also specialized tools, but they also created everyday products such as a portable electric drill and many other tools.

Dewalt on the other hand focused more on the power tool industry and created cordless power tools and corded options. In fact, Dewalt even manufactures its own range of battery technology meant for their cordless options. Instead of becoming one brand with one aim, Dewalt and Black & Decker are focused on different areas of the power tool market.

3. Milwaukee Tools

MILWAUKEE'S 2696-24 M18 Cordless Compact Combo Tool Kit

Milwaukee is another brand our team of professionals believe has made headway manufacturing power tools. Milwaukee, by no surprise, was first established in Wisconsin, back in 1924. To this day, the brand has been through its fair share of acquisitions and in 2005 has made a more permanent home under the umbrella of Techtonic, which also owns Ryobi and the famed Hoover brands.

As a power tool company, Milwaukee’s headlining product at the time was their lightweight one-handed drill that reduced operator fatigue. Of course, they have other power tools as well, but the Hole Shooter is when we can pinpoint their rapid rise to fame.

Now, when we take a look at the mark Milwaukee has made, we see a long line of the most innovative tools including ones meant for construction in both corded and cordless options. Milwaukee is our experts’ choice for diversity as they also offer gas-powered tools, impact drivers and even outdoor equipment!

Another characteristic of the brand that our experts really appreciated is the One Key system. This allows maximum compatibility within the tool company for all their products. Milwaukee has consistently been the go-to for the plumbing and HVAC industries.

4. Ridgid Tools

Ridgid EB4424 sander with edge belt
Speaking of plumbing and HVAC, Ridgid is also a popular brand among these industries. Not only do they provide the best value, but they are the best plumbing tool manufacturer in the world. Starting in Ohio in 1923, Ridgid owes their success to their high-quality tools, especially the legendary red pipe wrench.

Rather than power tools, Ridgid focuses on hand tools. Next time your professional contractor comes over, you will definitely be able to find at least one Ridgid tool in his toolbox.

Our experts still feel their line of power tools deserves an honorable mention as our team has seen and used their miter saws and table saws and felt that they performed just as well as other brands.

5. Bosch Tools

Bosch CS10 7-1-4-Inch 15 Amp Circular Saw
Bosch Tools is another one of the veteran brands our experts have on the list. The company was first conceptualized and founded in 1886 by Robert Bosch. Like the other brands mentioned, Bosch is also known to produce high-quality tools, but their main characteristic is the fact that they are mostly owned by a charitable foundation.

Having been around for so long, it’s no surprise that Bosch finds a place among the best power tool brands on the market. To have become one of the most trusted power tool brands, Bosch has time and time again created top-quality and reliable power tools.

If you are looking for a cordless power tool brand, then our team stands fully behind Bosch. They perhaps have the most trusted battery platform and the widest selection of cordless tools all powered by industry-leading battery technology.

As you would expect, Bosch tools do charge a premium for its cordless tools, but knowing what you are getting will last longer than its rivals, perform better and help a cause, the price is worth it.

6. Craftsman Tools/Black & Decker

CRAFTSMAN (CMES610) Jig Saw

Craftsman is yet another brand that Black & Decker has acquired over the years. Its history starts in 1927 when Sears [1] first founded the company. Since the acquisition, Craftsman along with Dewalt has helped Black & Decker conquer the power tool industry and they still gave Sears the option to use existing suppliers for manufacturing.

You may find the Craftsman name on the side of some of the best power tools on the market, but our experts believe the WeedWhacker deserves an honorable mention. Craftsman owns the WeedWhacker brand and also manufactures a wide array of gas, corded and cordless power tool options plus outdoor equipment and yard equipment.

Craftsman also boasts the Versa System, which is a system for organizing tools. You won’t have to worry about having compact tools just to keep your workspace neat. With this system, Craftsman is the preferred brand for homeowner tools and for hobbyists.

(To know how this brand compares with other brands, you can initially check our Craftsman and Kobalt comparison)

7. Kobalt Tools

Kobalt 40-Volt 40v Lithium Ion Bare Tool 14-in Cordless Electric Brushless Chainsaw
If you have heard of Lowe’s, then chances are you may have seen the Kobalt name. They are the tool division of the retail giant and produce power tools meant for homeowners and professionals alike.
One of the best features of the Kobalt brand is the accessible price point. Our team found their new tools to be priced well for the value and is a great brand for beginners. There are so many brands to choose from, but our team suggests Kobalt for hobbyists and DIYers as well.

8. Ryobi Tools

Ryobi gas chainsaw

We can’t mention Kobalt without a nod towards Ryobi. The two brands are often compared to each other due to the price point and quality. However, our team feels Ryobi has a bit of an edge due to having been around for much longer. As we mentioned before, Ryobi is owned by Techtronic, the same parent company of Milwaukee.

Milwaukee is more of a professional-grade brand while Ryobi caters to homeowners and DIYers for the same company. Our team would recommend Ryobi for people dabbling in woodworking or construction, but some of their tools can visit job sites and do well. However, we would advise trying a different brand for more commercial purposes.

Ryobi has circular saws, impact drivers and many other tools in its arsenal that are great for small jobs.

9. Metabo HPT Hitachi

Metabo circular saw

A part of Hitachi, the Japanese brand famous for home appliances, Metabo is their division for power tools. As you would expect, Metabo comes with the quality and care you would come to rely on from a large conglomerate like Hitachi. Like other brands, Metabo specializes in certain power tools such as angle grinders and other heavy-duty tools.

Not only does Metabo have the full weight of the Hitachi reputation behind them, but they also offer the same performance, which is why they come at a higher price. If you require a tool that Metabo manufactures for the bulk of your work, our team wouldn’t recommend going with any other brand.

10. Hilti Tools

Hilti SR 2-A12 12-Volt Cordless Brushless Reciprocating Saw Kit
We now make our way out of Japan and into Europe, more specifically into a country called Liechtenstein, and the home of the Hilti brand. Hilti is best known for its pneumatic tools, namely the TE 17. Hilti is still the one brand known for its signature red hammer drills, which are also among the only smaller tools they have.

Hilti mainly focuses on larger commercial or industrial tools suited for professional use. For this reason, not many other companies are on the same playing field. Hilti products are even seen on bridge expansions.

Excellent power tool options are not the only thing Hilti has to offer as they also have excellent after-service and a large sales force that can come onsite to help with your power tool malfunctions.

11. Porter-Cable/Black & Decker

PORTER-CABLE Orbital Jig Saw - close up
Porter-Cable is our team’s other recommendation for pneumatic tools. It is also a well-established company, which is why our team gave it a spot on our best power tool brand list. It was founded in 1906 in New York and has also since then joined the Black & Decker family. Our pros would say they are middle of the line compared to its brothers also under the same parent company, but we also believe they provide excellent quality and value for the price.

12. Skil

SKIL 15 Amp 10 Inch Table Saw - TS6307-00 set up
We round out our best power tool brand list with Skil, a brand that has also seen its fair share of change ownership. Skil was first founded in 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was acquired by Bosch back in 1996. However, that was not the end of its journey and Skil was then acquired by Chevron, a Chinese power tool manufacturer.
We round out our best power tool brand list with Skil, a brand that has also seen its fair share of change ownership. Skil was first founded in 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was acquired by Bosch back in 1996. However, that was not the end of its journey and Skil was then acquired by Chevron, a Chinese power tool manufacturer.

Choosing Our Top Power Tool Brands

There were a few things our team has looked at that attributed to which brands we featured on our list. Let’s take a look at the criteria each brand needed to meet in order to have a mention.

Experience in the Industry

While experience isn’t the only factor we looked at, it was definitely one of the most important indicators for our pros. Experience usually equals years in the field, which can result in better products and more reliable service and performance.
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Most of our options were in the industry for over 50 years and counting. As you will also see, many of the brands have had a heavy hitter product to put them on the map. Since then, we also looked at how the brand has evolved, and how it has improved upon previous products.

We also answered questions such as whether or not the brand addressed customer dissatisfaction with certain products and created a better model from it.

Customer Experience

Speaking of taking customer opinions into account, the next characteristic is customer experience. The hallmark of an exceptional brand or company isn’t just the brushless tools or impact drivers, but the customer service.

It doesn’t matter if the brand manufactures gardening tools, yard equipment or a cordless drill, how the customer is treated will impact the reputation of the company. Our team did extensive digging into the customer reviews on most search engines and major rating websites such as Trustpilot.

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What kind of after-service and customer care did the tool brands offer? The best power tool brands need to include an extensive warranty with their products and hopefully a money-back guarantee as well.

We also considered the buying experience, delivery, and company response to any issues down the line. How easy was it to access the products list and find the products online? Was it easy to use the website interface? How does the company ship their products and do they offer free delivery?

When a loyal customer brings a problem to the table, how do the customer service representatives respond? These are all questions we asked ourselves on our detailed search for answers.

Expert and Professional Ratings

Aside from general user ratings, our team also took a very close look at expert and professional ratings for the power tool brands. Of course, we also tested power tools from each brand and compared their performance, reliability, durability and versatility to rank them accordingly.
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Since we have many experts in the field, we made use of our team’s contacts and friends in the field to compile very detailed ratings to find the best power tools. For example, our team started noticing more people gravitating towards Makita than Skil, which explains their positions on the list.

Our experts also stress that each brand has their specialty. For example, Hilti is more of a professional and industrial brand rather than one that makes DIY power tools. For this reason, our team will advise homeowners to go for a brand like Porter-Cable rather than Hilti, even though it ranks higher on the list.

Warranty Length

As we mentioned, the warranty will dictate customer satisfaction to some level when buying power tools, which is why the warranty length is so important. In general, our experts say the longer the warranty for the power tools is, the higher-quality the products are. Of course, this is just a generalization, but it’s one that our team found to be true most of the time after years of experience in the industry.
man offering a hand

Unfortunately, brands don’t usually offer an all-encompassing brand warranty, so most power tools come with individual ones that offer different coverage. Because of this, our team felt the best way was to compile the average warranty length for each brand. Our results showed brands that offered 1 to 2-year warranties were pretty standard and middle of the pack. The best tools are the ones that offer lifetime warranties.

It’s also important to read the fine print to see what is covered in the warranties. It won’t matter if the only protection you have is for cosmetic damage.

Sales

Then, our team focused on the actual sales for each brand. It doesn’t matter if the brands have exceptional reviews if their power tools do not sell. We scoured the web for info such as search volume and trends for each brand to determine their spots on the list. The popularity of each brand is also an indicator of the sales success.
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Of course, the more sales a product has, the more reviews it will garner over time. Our team also averaged the number of reviews to the product ratings to find a more specific order for the brands on our list.

Online Trends and Reputation

Lastly, our team took to the forums to read and take part in the discussions on each brand. Questions about comparisons between tools and brands, to more specific questions such as compatibility issues and accessories are often discussed on these forums. We saw a focus of praise around the best tools for certain brands and our team made further judgements from there to find the best spot on the list.

In an effort to dig further, our team also engaged in constructive conversations with the posters on the forums. We asked questions as to why they formed their opinions about each brand and what tools they would recommend for different jobs. Our team also made it a point to solicit the advice of professionals and hobbyists alike to get the most well-rounded view of opinions.

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We also looked through power tool brands websites and the reviews on there to ascertain which brands were the best.

FAQ

Which power tool brand is the best?

Makita is the best power tool brand for quality, reliability and performance. They are premium-priced but have a wide selection of cordless power tools and more that can add to any DIYer, hobbyist or professional’s toolbox. Makita offers impressive battery capacity and ergonomic and comfortable tool designs.

Which power tool brand has the best batteries?

Bosch is the power tool brand that has the best batteries. Not only are their cordless tools the longest-lasting, but they are also some of the most powerful options on the market. Aside from performance, Bosch batteries are also extremely durable and can handle the elements to render their cordless power tools the best of all.

Is Milwaukee better than DeWalt?

Yes, Milwaukee is better than Dewalt if you are looking for compact power tools or battery-powered options. It comes down to what project or job you have at hand, but for durability and quality, our team feels that Milwaukee has an edge and they also have a more extensive warranty on their products.

Is Ryobi better than DeWalt?

No, Ryobi is not better than Dewalt in a professional sense. Dewalt has a wider range of tools for various skill levels while Ryobi is more an entry-level brand for beginners, DIYers, and homeowners. That being said, Ryobi does come at a better price point, but our experts advise against relying on Ryobi products for heavy-duty jobs.

Conclusion

After extensive research, our team has deemed Makita as the overall best power tool brand. Makita is renowned for their quality and is praised for their cordless platform. Their tools are durable and they have over a century of experience in creating woodworking power tools to have reached the status they have today. If you are looking for reliability and trust, there is no brand better.

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