If you’re thinking about getting some new tools, then it can be really difficult to decide on which brand to choose. Depending on who you ask, they’re probably recommend their favorite brand to you – but have they actually used a variety of brands? A lot of people use one brand, get used to it and become a loyal customer, without trying other brands.
This is definitely true within the construction industry, where people will often choose a brand and stick with it throughout their career. But does this necessarily mean that their brand is better, or would they be better off switching over in certain circumstances?
Two of the big players within the DIY/construction industry are both Bosch and Dewalt. They both produce some good products, but if you’re trying to decide between the two, which should you choose? Well, we’re going to look at some similarities between the two brands, as well as some things which might make one of them more suitable for you than the other.
Bosch vs Dewalt
If we’re looking at the hostroy of the brands themselves, then they both have a long prestigious history that shouldn’t be overlooked. Whilst Bosch is the older brand (originating in the 19th century), Dewalt is almost 100 years old too. So, they both have a few years in the business behind them. Whilst Dewalt is an American brand, Bosch was created in Germany – the Germans are known for their reliable products. But does this mean Bosch would make the better choice?
So, if we’re comparing the two brands, lets take a look at some similarities and differences between them. Remember – this is just based on my own personal experience, so if you think differently, you’re more than welcome to leave a comment explaining why!
Pros and Cons of Bosch
If you’re going to opt for Bosch, then this isn’t a bad idea. However, it’s only fair to look at the good and bad things about Bosch to give an overall idea of what to expect.
- Cheap – If you’re going to buy a Bosch drill or tool, then in my mind it’s usually worth looking out for sales. Unless you need a product immediately, then it might be worth waiting until
- Better externally – When I say better externally, I mean that I prefer the way that Bosch drills are made – they seem to hold up better if I drop them, and the design is overall preferable
- Casing – One thing I will give to Bosch is that their products usually have a good storage case to keep them in, which is definitely an advantage if you want to keep your tools in top condition.
- Longevity – AI don’t know if this is just my tools personally, but I’ve found that generally with Bosch products, they don’t last anywhere near as long as some of my other tools (including Makita). So, if you’re looking for something you can keep forever, then Bosch is likely a better choice.
- Low battery life – The worst thing I’ve found with my Bosch products is that they don’t hold up in terms of battery life. You need a good battery life with any power tool, and this is the main area where Bosch fails in my opinion.
Pros and Cons of Dewalt
- Last longer – Anyone that’s used both Bosch and Dewalt can tell you that Dewalt are more likely to stand the test of time. Although Bosch are fine for everyday use, they will break down over time. However with Dewalt, all the products that I own from there are still going strong years and years later. So if you’re looking for a long term investment and you’re going to lay out some cash, then I’d definitely opt for Dewalt.
- Warranty – If you do have a problem with your tools, then Dewalt have the best warranty going. In a lot of cases, they’ll actually have a lifetime warranty, which definitely shows the confidence that Dewalt have in their products.
- Great Customer service – On the occasion that you might have a problem with one of your Dewalt tools, then their customer service is really helpful. They sent me a replacement piece within a week, so I can’t complain about their customer service at all.
- More expensive – Although Dewalt aren’t the most expensive brand around, their products are generally quite a bit more expensive than Bosch products. So if you’re looking for something really cheap, then Dewalt isn’t going to be the brand for you.
- Cheaper cases – It might just have been the specific Dewalt products that I’ve bought, but in my experience they’ve tended to have much cheaper quality casing in comparison to the Bosch (although I do particularly like Bosch’s cases, so maybe that has something to do with it).
If you’re trying to decide between these two brands, then it can be difficult as they’re very similar to each other. In my opinion, I’d opt for Dewalt as opposed to Bosch, but usually nowadays I’m using my Makita Power tools (I’ve also looked at Makita in comparison to Bosch).