I’ve been around construction workers and woodworkers long enough to know that many have their go-to brands. Stepping out of that comfort zone to experiment with something unfamiliar can be intimidating; the last thing anyone wants is a tool that jeopardizes their work.
If you’re curious about branching out or are on the hunt for the top power tool brands, I’ve crafted an in-depth review and guide of the best ones today!
Top Power Tool Brands In the Market
1. Makita Tools
Makita is the first power tool brand this list not for its higher price tag, but for its quality construction. The name 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 manufacturers of 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.
2. Dewalt Tools/Black & Decker Brand
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 is another brand, in my opinion, that 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 taking a look at the mark Milwaukee has made, a long line of the most innovative tools including ones meant for construction in both corded and cordless options. Milwaukee is my top choice for diversity as they also offer gas-powered tools, impact drivers and even outdoor equipment!
Another characteristic of the brand that I 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
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.
The power tools from this brand definitely deserve a nod. I’ve personally handled and worked with their miter saws and table saws, and in my experience, they stand toe-to-toe with some of the best brands out there.
5. Bosch Tools
Bosch Tools is another veteran brand that I hold in high regard. Tracing its origins back to 1886 when Robert Bosch founded it, the company, like the other brands mentioned here, is known for its high-quality tools. What’s particularly noteworthy about Bosch is that it’s predominantly owned by a charitable foundation.
Having been around for so long, it’s no surprise that Bosch finds a place among the most known 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 brand that creates high-quality cordless power tools, then I stand 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 one might expect, Bosch does command a premium for its cordless tools. But given my experience with their longevity, superior performance, and the added benefit of supporting a cause, I genuinely believe the price justifies the value.
6. Craftsman Tools/Black & Decker
Craftsman is yet another brand that Black & Decker has acquired over the years. Its history started in 1927 when Sears  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.
While you’ll often spot the Craftsman name on some top-tier power tools out there, I think WeedWhacker is particularly deserving of a shoutout. Craftsman not only owns the WeedWhacker brand, but also produces an extensive range of gas, corded, and cordless power tools, along with various outdoor 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
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. I’ve found their new tools to be priced well for the value and is a great brand for beginners. With numerous brands available, it can be overwhelming to choose, but from my perspective, Kobalt is recommended for hobbyists and DIYers.
Looking for powerful tools in this brand? Check this Kobalt 80V chainsaw review next!
8. Ryobi Tools
When discussing Kobalt, it’s impossible not to acknowledge Ryobi. The two brands are often compared to each other due to the price point and quality. Personally, though, Ryobi has a slight edge due to its longer history in the industry. As 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. I’d recommend Ryobi-produced chainsaws for people dabbling in woodworking or construction, but some of their tools can visit job sites and do well. However, I would push for Milwaukee over Ryobi for more commercial purposes.
Ryobi has circular saws, excellent radial arm saws, impact drivers and many other tools in its arsenal that are great for small jobs.
9. Metabo HPT Hitachi
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 similar to the Festool brand. If you require a tool that Metabo manufactures for the bulk of your work, I wouldn’t suggest going with any other brand.
10. Hilti Tools
Now, let’s journey from Japan to Europe, landing specifically in Liechtenstein, the birthplace of the Hilti brand. Hilti is renowned for its pneumatic tools, with the TE 17 taking the spotlight. Hilti’s signature red hammer drills are a standout, and interestingly, they’re among the brand’s smaller tools.
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 is another brand I often recommend when the topic of pneumatic tools comes up. This brand has a rich history, having been established in 1906 in New York. What’s more, it has since become a part of the Black & Decker family, further cementing its reputation in the tool industry.
I would describe Porter-Cable as somewhat in the middle when compared to its siblings under the same parent company. Still, they offer a great balance of quality and value for their price point.
Also Read: Porter-Cable Tools Review
Rounding off my list is Skil, a brand with its own dynamic history of ownership changes. Skil originated in 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and by 1996, it found a new home under Bosch.
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 I looked at that attributed to the brands that are featured on this 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 is not the sole factor I considered, it was certainly one of the most crucial indicators my recommendations. Years of experience in the field often translate to better products, reliable service, and enhanced performance.
Most of our options such as DeWalt and Craftsman 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, I also looked at how the brand has evolved, and how it has improved upon previous products.
Questions such as whether or not the brand addressed customer dissatisfaction with certain products and created a better model from it was also considered.
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.
Thorough research by analyzing customer reviews across various search engines and prominent rating platforms, including Trustpilot, was conducted for this list.
What kind of after-service and customer care did the tool brands offer? Power tool brands need to include an extensive warranty with their products and hopefully a money-back guarantee as well.
Factors such as the buying experience, delivery, and company response to any issues down the line were taken into account. 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 I examined on a detailed search for answers.
Expert and Professional Ratings
Aside from general user ratings, I also took a very close look at expert and professional ratings for the power tool brands. Of course, the power tools from each brand including Ryobi and Ridgid power tool brands were tested, and had their performance, reliability, durability and versatility compared to rank them accordingly.
For this list, my network of contacts and friends gathered very detailed ratings to find the best power tools. For example, we’ve started noticing more people gravitating towards Makita than Skil, which explains their positions on this list.
It’s important to note that each brand has its own specialization. For example, Hilti is more of a professional and industrial brand rather than one that makes DIY power tools. Considering this, I would advise homeowners to go for a brand like Porter-Cable rather than Hilti, even though it ranks higher on the list.
As 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, I’ve found that 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 which is found to be true most of the time after years of experience in the industry.
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, the best way was to compile the average warranty length for each brand.
My findings 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.
Then, another factor focused on was the actual sales for each brand. It doesn’t matter if the brands have exceptional reviews if their power tools do not sell. I conducted extensive web research, including assessing search volume and trends for each brand, to ascertain their rankings. The popularity of each brand is also an indicator of the sales success.
Of course, the more sales a product has, the more reviews it will garner over time. The number of reviews to the product ratings were averaged to find a more specific order for the brands on this list.
Online Trends and Reputation
Lastly, the research was in 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.
There’s a focus of praise around the best tools for certain brands and I personally made further judgements from there to find the best spot on the list.
In an effort to dig further, I also engaged in constructive conversations with the posters on the forums. Questions as to why they formed their opinions about each brand and what tools they would recommend for different jobs were asked. This approach also solicited the advice of professionals and hobbyists alike to get the most well-rounded view of opinions.
Power tool brands websites and the reviews on there were also looked through to ascertain which brands were the best.
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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, my assessment points to Milwaukee, which 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 a good entry-level brand for beginners, DIYers, and homeowners. That being said, Ryobi does come at a better price point, but I advise against relying on Ryobi products for heavy-duty jobs.
After extensive research and evaluation, I consider Makita to be the top power tool brand overall. 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.