Working on any home or garage project may require you to drill, which might intimidate you if you aren’t getting it right after a few tries. That’s where drill guides – special tools that allow you to accurately drill a hole in the right size to fit your project needs – come in.
I looked at the wide variety of such tools available today to help you with choosing the best one for you.
While I recommend reading the entire article to figure out the one that suits your needs the best, if you are in a hurry, you might simply want to look at the Big Gator Tools BGT V-4 Pack V-Drill Guide, our top pick.
If you want a complete set of sturdy drill guides for multiple purposes, you might like this one, as it comes with varying sizes for each of the four guides included in the package.
All of them are heat-treated and made of a special kind of nickel alloyed steel. This sturdy material can help keep the stability and the durability of the guide better than many of its competitors.
For jobs that require centering, alignment, reaming, and other delicate steps, this drill guide set might work for you since it has a diverse set of holes, marks on the side for alignment, and has a precise bottom surface.
Things I Like About This Product: The durable alloy material makes it heavy but keeps it stable to prevent misalignment when you’re working on a project requiring accuracy. It also makes the product last years.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: The individual guides lack half an inch of extra space on both sides for clamping. This should only be an issue if you need to use the holes on the edges of the guides, though.
As an adjustable angle drill holder, the Delaman Adjustable Angle Drill Holder Guide is ideal for those who want to drill at a specific angle. Its spring and column mechanism allows you to move the drill back and forth and adjust it to up to a 45-degree angle.
Just like our pick above, this one is also made with an aluminum alloy so it’s bound to last for quite a long time with proper maintenance. The angle graduations allow this drill holder to keep your drill steady when working on the material.
As for the height adjustability, you can extend the holder’s column from 5.5 up to 11.4 inches.
Things I Like About This Product: This drill guide can be adjusted up and down and you can also tweak the angles to get your necessary holes drilled.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: While it’s a great drill holder for stability, it’s not exactly like a drill block that helps you drill perfectly precise holes consistently.
Lightweight and easy to carry, this handheld drill guide has 6 pre-measured holes that allow you to drill into most surfaces. The block can also work on corners and cylindrical materials due to its V-groove design, allowing for more flexibility when the need arises.
There are also non-slip feet at the bottom of the tool so even if the material feels lightweight, it holds itself just fine when you’re working on your task. This non-slip material also helps with protecting your workpiece.
Things I Like About This Product: This block has the most commonly-used drill diameter holes, non-slip feet to improve its stability, and is not too heavy to carry around.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: Projects that require different drill measurements might not benefit from this guide since the number of sizes is limited. Also, since it’s made with plastic material, this block is not as durable as the others we’ve reviewed. That said, it’s good enough if you’re just looking for something that gets the job done for a small budget.
Having a circular design, this aluminum alloy drill guide is also a vertical one, much like the runner-up. The one difference, though, is that it’s a bit smaller and you can change the drill bushings on this one.
The set comes with a total of 5 bushings from 0.24 to 0.39 inches so you can choose the right one depending on the size of the hole you want to work with.
The simple design of this product allows you to hold it easily and keep it steady for simple woodworking and other drilling needs. While a minor feature, you can also choose between red and blue colors for the base.
Things I Like About This Product: The design is space-saving even as a vertical drill guide. You can switch between bushings of different sizes.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: Although not a major disadvantage for most, it may take more time replacing the bushings as compared to using a pre-cut drill guide with multiple holes.
Yet another vertical drill guide, the Estink stand is also made with aluminum alloy for durability. It is usable with drills that have a collar that’s between 1.5 and 1.7 inches in diameter. The hole that holds the drill also has a black plastic ring that prevents your drill doesn’t wobble or stay out of line.
This may appeal most to those who want a workbench tool (one that stays in place) since it is essentially a tool that converts a hand drill into a drill press.
The stand has a travel distance of up to 2.4 inches so that you can zoom in and out of your material easily.
Things I Like About This Product: There’s a plastic ring to keep the drill from moving around. Because of its design, there’s less likelihood of wobbling due to its flat base compared to standalone drilling blocks.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: You might have a bit of difficulty putting it together as the instructions are not well-written.
If you are looking for a multi-angle drill holder that can be used in various positions, check out the Wolfcraft 5425404. You can attach it anywhere in your workshop using the base and it can work at angles of up to 45 degrees.
It comes equipped with rubber pads to keep it stable.
There are also quick return mechanisms on the columns which can help save time when you’re drilling multiple holes in one pass. The chuck included can fit 1/4- and 3/8-inch drills.
For round materials such as pipes, there’s a v-groove in the middle of the base to keep your material steady and away from accidents.
Things I Like About This Product: You can use the guide both freely or attach it to a table or surface using the pre-drilled holes at the base of the tool.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: You might need to replace the chuck if it gets worn down.
For those who want a slightly heavier-duty drill press conversion stand, this one has a 1.48- to 1.7-inch collar diameter. It can work with both flat and round materials due to its uniquely shaped base.
The product comes with three other collar size inserts to allow use with various drills.
Since there are four clamping points on the guide, it can help keep the material and the drill steady. For drilling depth, it has an adjustable scale ring. Cast iron is used as the base which helps with the product’s durability.
Things I Like About This Product: The design allows not only drills to be used, but also certain rotary tools such as those from WEN, as well as other power tools, so long as they fit.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: The column of the drill press might not be as sturdy as its pricier counterparts but is more than sufficient for most projects. You might also need plastic inserts for certain drill sizes if the clamp doesn’t fit them.
The Methodology: What I Considered When Picking the Drill Guides Featured Above
In case you are wondering how I picked the products to feature above – or if you want to choose one by yourself – make sure to read through the criteria below.
Aluminum alloy is probably the best material that you can get for drill guide attachments since it is not only durable, but also withstands corrosion for a long time. That is as long as you take care of it, clean it, and store it properly.
Less expensive attachments are mostly made of plastic. That can be an issue as you can accidentally chip off the plastic and ruin your drill guide.
If you want attachments that can withstand the test of time or for heavy-duty projects, getting a metal guide is highly recommended.
Another thing to consider is the number of holes a drill guide has, the range of sizes it is able to accommodate.
In our top pick, Big Gator Tools BGT V-4 Pack V-Drill Guide, there is a plethora of drill hole sizes for you to choose from but in some of our picks, only the basic and most common sizes are supported.
If you are looking for the most versatile tool, you should be looking at this factor closely.
Keeping a drill guide stable is important if you want to avoid accidents and also get a perfectly-drilled hole every time. This is why it matters if your drill guide has rubber feet or other things that help keep everything in place – the drill, the base, and the material.
The weight of the drill guide may also matter if you’re looking for stability, especially with a mini drill press conversion attachment.
Our runner-up, the Delaman Adjustable Angle Drill Holder Guide, is an example of a very stable tool.
The problem with some drill presses and guides is that the clamps don’t always accommodate the drills when you hold them against your workpiece. Some are too small, others are too big, and often they can’t be adjusted to fit perfectly.
Therefore, it makes sense to pick a drill guide that fits all kinds of drills.
Ease of Set-Up
There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to set a tool up for the first time – and it gets even worse without clear instructions.
That’s why our featured products are either really intuitive to use or come with a solid manual.
While most of the products mentioned are specifically made for drills, there are some that can accommodate other tools as well.
The Lukcase Floor Drill Press Stand is one of those.
Compatibility with Different Workpieces
Another angle related to versatility is the ability to use the tool with a number of different workpieces. Workpieces that are round, flat, angled, and so on.
Fortunately, most of our picks have guides and indentations that allow you to work with uniquely-shaped workpieces without making them slip out. For instance, the Wolfcraft 4525404 Multi-Angle Drill Guide has a V-groove at the center of the base to hold pipes.
Working on any garage or home project can be exhausting. You might even get user fatigue due to your drill’s vibration, which doubles the difficulty.
However, perhaps one of the biggest problems is when you have to work at angles, and that’s when adjustability can come in handy. Some of our picks here can be adjusted up to 45 degrees so you can drill the item or material without being in an awkward position.
An example of this would be the Wolfcraft 4525404, which can be attached horizontally or vertically to any surface and even mounted using the pre-drilled holes at the bottom of the base.
While drill guides are great tools to keep in your toolbox, there will be times when you need to de-clutter because you have limited space. We have some picks here that are specifically for those who want these products to take up minimal footprint in their garage or shed.
The Zerodis Dowel Drill Press Guide Jig is a good example of a vertical drill guide that mimics the mechanism of a drill press without requiring a lot of space in your work area.
With the right drill guide, you can not only speed up your work but also make it more accurate and consistent.
If you’re looking for an all-around and versatile set of guides for nearly every project, the Big Gator Tools BGT V-4 Pack V-Drill Guide should be a no brainer. It is made with durable alloy material and it has a ton of drill hole sizes for you to work with.
On the other hand, if you just prefer something that gets the job done, the Milescraft 1312 DrillBlock can be a decent pick for you, since you can take it anywhere and drill to your preferred diameter accurately while saving yourself some money.