Here Are The Top 10 Best Small Cordless Drills 2021

Our list of the newest small cordless drills includes only drill drivers that obey to these rules:

  • 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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Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
4.8
Confidence
Level:
High
Based on this small cordless drill's aggregated ranking of 96%, we believe that the Bosch PS31 is currently Alphachooser's best small cordless drill 2021. Furthermore, we think that our sample of 2508 reviews from multiple sources gives us a high confidence level (more on confidence levels) that pushes us to call it a "no-brainer best choice."

Bosch PS31

  • Keyless Chuck
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Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4.6
Confidence
Level:
High
Based on 4.5 stars averaged over 3305 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.

Black & Decker BDCD8C

  • Keyless Chuck
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4.7
Confidence
Level:
High
After examining the scores of 1945 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.

Bosch PS21

  • Socket-Ready Chuck
  • Quick-change Chuck
  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck
Alpha
Rank:
#5
Our
Score:
4.7
Confidence
Level:
Good

Makita XDT11R

  • Brushless Motor
  • Socket-Ready Chuck
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
4.6
Confidence
Level:
Good
After taking a close look at 611 user reviews from 5 sources (although most of the reviews are from Amazon.com), the IDH182-02, with its adjusted score of 4.5 stars is clearly shaping up to be one small cordless drill that's definitely worth taking a closer look at.

What exactly made this small cordless drill attract praise? Some reviewers that gave the IDH182-02 5-stars say it's the impressive build quality of the unit, while others lauded its power -- with a peak torque rated at 1650 in-lbs. (the highest one among all similar products in our database the last time we checked) and a max rpm of 2800, the IDH182-02 is a small cordless drill that packs quite a big punch, or rather, a lot of small powerful punches -- up to 3200 per minute. One reviewer even said that he was able to use the drill to drive half-inch wood lags into treated lumber posts, which we assume is no easy task for your typical small cordless drills.

Another thing that people really liked about the IDH182-02 include the quick change 1/4" hex and 1/2" square drive chuck that allows users to switch between driving sockets and handling hex bits without the need for an adapter. If you're regularly performing tasks that require switching chucks, it could be a feature that can come in handy. Also, while the two 2000mAh lithium ion batteries that come with the drill are nothing to write home about since there are other options with batteries reaching as much as 5000mAh, the EC 18v brushless motor (which Bosch claims to be more efficient than its brushed counterparts), 1-hour charger, and the fact that users will always have a spare battery may have contributed to its high rankings.

Even users that gave the IDH182-02 a score of less than four stars didn't have much complaints against it. In fact, the user that gave it the lowest-scoring review of 3 stars mostly ranted about how the cardboard packaging from Amazon plus the carrying case that comes with it were a tad excessive for something so small and compact. There was another, 1-star reviewer, but considering they just said that it was a "very cool tool", we're just gonna write that off as a troll review. The only glaring issue mentioned by a user was that standard bits are not suitable for this drill as they have a chance of getting flung away while the drill is in use and that [so make sure you're using_] impact-rated bits were a better choice.

[_The IDH182-02 is, simply put, one mean, mini mix of power and portability. _]I[_i_]t managed to get into the top 10 of the rankings, beating out the majority of other options available in our database.

Bosch IDH182-02

  • Brushless Motor
  • Socket-Ready Chuck
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
  • 3 Speeds
Alpha
Rank:
#8
Our
Score:
4.8
Confidence
Level:
OK

Bosch PS32-02

  • Brushless Motor
  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck
Alpha
Rank:
#10
Our
Score:
4.6
Confidence
Level:
Good
After analyzing 506 from various sources, our system gave the FD02W an adjusted score of 4.5 stars which stemmed from a mix of typical specs and positive reviews.

We compared the FD02W to other small drills and found that this 12v drill didn't really stand out in particular; it had the same 2-speed settings as most of the other top-ranking small cordless drills, while its torque and RPM was near the average. To find out how the FD02W got such a high score, we had to take a closer look at what its users have to say about it.

Users that gave the FD02W a perfect score in their reviews praised it for being a good drill for its intended purpose. According to the user with the most endorsed review at the time of our research, the drill "hits the sweet pot" for non-industrial drill work. One user, a woman, claimed that the FD02W was the best ergonomic drill in her hands. We're assuming it's because of the drill's pistol-style grip since its 35-ounce weight is relatively average compared to other small drills that we have in our database.

Some of the biggest criticisms about the FD02W are related to how it doesn't seem to perform well in heavier tasks. One user complained that they had to switch to a more powerful drill to finish their tasks -- but could it be a normal staple of small drills? The LED torch located underneath the chuck also earned some ire from a disappointed user who said it cast a shadow over the work area when they are working, a complaint we seem to see surprisingly often across all cordless drill varieties.

While the FD02W has its share of glaring criticisms, it still scored high enough in our system to find itself within the top 10 products in its category.

Makita FD02W

  • 2 Speeds

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After taking a closer look at reviews, our system gave the DCD790D2 an adjusted score of (rating temporarily unavailable) 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 .

DeWALT DCD790D2

  • Brushless Motor
  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck

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