Here Are The Top 10 Best Small Cordless Drills 2019

Alphachooser's list of the newest small cordless drills includes only drill drivers that obey to these criteria:

  • In our book, small drills must fit in tight places, which means they must be short, with an overall length of no more than roughly 7 1/2 inches (or 19cm)
  • A light weight is also a factor, so we limited this list to models weighing less than 52 ounces (or roughly 1.5Kg)
  • AlphaChooser currently only covers cordless drills, so all models shown here are cordless (but most small drills are cordless anyway)


The List:

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Best Model 2019*
Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

6.2
in
Length
51.2
oz.
Weight
18
V
Battery
4000
mAh
Of capacity

  • Brushless Motor
  • Socket-Ready Chuck
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
  • 3 Speeds

Average rating:
(93%) (156 reviews over 5 sources)   
Second Best
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
7.437
in
Length
38.4
oz.
Weight
12
V
Battery
2000
mAh
Of capacity

Based on 4.5 stars averaged over 49 reviews, here is what we consider second best small cordless drill. * These choices are based on a full computation of hundreds of small cordless drill reviews from around the web.

  • Brushless Motor
  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck

Average rating:
(92%) (49 reviews)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
6.5
in
Length
32
oz.
Weight
12
V
Battery
21
-pos
Clutch

  • Brushless Motor
  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck

Average rating:
(92%) (152 reviews)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
7
in
Length
34.24
oz.
Weight
12
V
Battery
21
-pos
Clutch

  • Keyless Chuck

Average rating:
(92%) (537 reviews over 2 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#5
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
7.1
in
Length
48
oz.
Weight
18
V
Battery
21
-pos
Clutch

We checked 1474 reviews for the DDB181-02 and it got an adjusted score of 4.5 stars. The reviews were distributed among several online sources, although most of them came from the cordless drill's Amazon.com product page.

A closer look at the user reviews sheds light on why this 18V small cordless drill earned its rating . Most users that gave the drill 5-star reviews liked it for its compact design. Despite being one of the heavier drills in its category at around 1380.3 grams, the DDB181-02 is only 7.1 inches long. Another user also mentioned liking the LED lamp positioned just below the base instead of being positioned right above the trigger where it could cause the chuck to cast a shadow -- a common complaint about other models. Several reviewers also appreciated the two batteries and the charger included in the kit since they claimed the drill can still be used while one of the batteries is charging.

Some users are not entirely happy with the DDB181-02 despite many of them still giving the drill 5-star reviews. Some reviewers had their drills get stripped out and break down in a little over a year, just beyond its 1-year service warranty. Several others even complained that the drill they received was creating grinding noises when in use.

Although the DDB181-02 is not without its flaws, our system was still able to rank it as one of the best small cordless drills in our database.

  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck

Average rating:
(90%) (1474 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
5.6
in
Length
28.8
oz.
Weight
12
V
Battery
2000
mAh
Of capacity

After examining the scores of 509 reviews from two sources, our system gave the PS21 an adjusted score of 4.5 stars

This 2-speed, small cordless "pocket drill" is powered by a 12V lithium-ion battery, two of which are readily available if you purchase the PS21-2A model variant, which also comes with a carrying case and two power drive bits. The PS21 is also available in its bare tool variant (PS21), and an alternate variant (PS21BN) which loses the original variant's case and extra battery in exchange for an Exact-Fit insert tray.

Users who gave the PS21 a high score praised it for being a "tiny powerhouse". One user claimed that his PS21 can match or exceed some of their higher-voltage drills. Another user said they loved the compact design and light weight while many others also liked the battery for having a long charge time (Bosch did not specify the exact battery usage time, but a look at the reviews suggests that it's a lot longer than users would have expected from a 2000mAh 12v battery).

Very few users gave the PS21 a lower-than-average score. One reviewer complained about the drill having a slight delay when the trigger is pressed. Other users were disappointed with their drills failing sooner than they expected, with some experiencing problems as early as 6 weeks. Fortunately for the PS21, bad reviews seem to be a minority, with roughly 90% of the reviewers giving it a score of 4 or higher.

The PS21's combination of portability and power ran short of earning it the top spot, but it was enough for our system to put it among the top 10 small cordless drills in our database.

  • Socket-Ready Chuck
  • Quick-change Chuck
  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck

Average rating:
(90%) (509 reviews over 4 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#7
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
6.375
in
Length
44.8
oz.
Weight
18
V
Battery
2000
mAh
Of capacity

  • Brushless Motor
  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck

Average rating:
(88%) (53 reviews)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#8
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

7.2
in
Length
41.6
oz.
Weight
20
V
Battery
15
-pos
Clutch

After taking a closer look at 214 reviews, our system gave the DCD790D2 an adjusted score of 4.5 stars.

The DCD790D2 garnered much praise from having a strong compact design. However, our database shows that this 20V small cordless drill's specs are fairly average compared to other cordless drills we had on record at the time of this writing, with a listed high no-load RPM of 2,000 and 15 clutch settings (Other cordless drills in the category can have as high as 19 settings). Based on user feedback, people who tagged the DCD790D2 as strong and compact see it as a powerhouse because of its ability to perform well when used for its intended purpose, which mostly consists of DIY home tasks.

Other things that users particularly liked about the DCD790D2 are its batteries and chuck. Since the drill comes in a kit (Other drills do too), with two 2000mAh lithium ion batteries and a charger, users can keep using it while the spare battery is being charged. Meanwhile, the all-metal chuck also seems to be a well-loved feature. The drill's built-in LED lamp also deserves a special mention. Because it is located at the base of the handle (instead of being right above the trigger), users claim that the light does not cast a shadow over the working area -- we have seen many reviewers complain about that problem on other drills.

The DCD790D2 has its fair share of negative feedback. Many users that gave it a low score complained about how the bits tend to get loosened (a relatively common drill problem) and wobble easily during use. According to another user, wobbling isn't exclusive to the drill bits, since the mechanism keeping the battery also feels loose .

Although the DCD790D2 was shy of reaching the number one spot, it still manages to find itself in the top 10 drills in its category

  • Brushless Motor
  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck

Average rating:
(89%) (214 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#9
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#10
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
5.375
in
Length
44.8
oz.
Weight
2000
mAh
Of capacity
2
incl.
Batterie(s)

  • Brushless Motor
  • Socket-Ready Chuck
  • Hammer-Drill Mode

Average rating:
(86%) (42 reviews)   
6.93
in
Length
46.4
oz.
Weight
18
V
Battery
2000
mAh
Of capacity

  • Brushless Motor
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
  • 2 Speeds

Average rating:
(84%) (16 reviews)   

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