Turn the clock back to April 2021 and we get our first look at the Flex 24V cordless tool. Our initial impressions were very positive, but now that we've had it for a while, it's time to answer the broader question…is the Flex 24V power tool any good?
Our main focus is on Flex's flagship cordless tools, and they're impressive. Tools like the impact drill with turbo mode and the rear handle circular saw earn our recommendation as best-in-class.
Even if they weren't overall winners, the Flex 24V tools performed very well. For the categories they were designed to compete in, they compete well against the best names in the business. Part of the reason has to do with the power source: the 24V Li-Ion battery. Containing 6 battery packs instead of only 5 like the 18V/20V max systems, they reasonably put more power in the pack.
What about the design of Flex?
In addition to the typical superior performance of Flex power tools, they also have some innovations in the design process.
In 2022, Flex launched a stacked lithium battery that uses pouch cells instead of round cells. For the tools we tested with them, there was a noticeable difference in performance.
There are also many innovations in these tools. The flagship impact driver's Quick Eject makes bit changes easier. Flex's 6 1/2-inch inline circular saw uses a belt drive, cuts the same depth as the 7 1/4-inch model, and is the best product we've seen for left- and right-blade preferences on a saw.
If there's a chink in the armor, it's that the Flex's cordless tools tend to be heavier than their competitors. While this is certainly a factor in deciding which tool is best for you, they are not bulky.
Are Flex 24 Power Tools Expensive?
Price determines the Flex deal. They are designed as professional-grade tools and compete at the highest performance levels in their class. However, they often cost less than their competitors—sometimes a lot less.
So is the Flex 24V power tool any good? Yes they are. In the end, it's the Flex's combination of performance, design, and price that we recommend.