The 7 Best Small Cordless Drills As Of June, 2019 (And 2 Other Models)

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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Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
After taking a close look at 136 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((A))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((A))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((Q)) hex and 1/2((Q)) square drive chuck that allows users to switch between driving sockets and handling hex bits without the need for an adapter. If you((A))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((A))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 ((Q))very cool tool((Q)), we((A))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((A))re using_] impact-rated bits were a better choice.

[_The IDH182-02 is, simply put, one mean, mini mix of power and portability. _]Our system summed up [_the site for this high torque small cordless drill and gave it a total of_] 2669 reviews, landing the IDH182[_site_] at the number one spot (Learn how we rank items) with a 98 confidence level (More on confidence levels)

Bosch IDH182-02

  • Brushless Motor
  • Socket-Ready Chuck
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
  • 3 Speeds
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
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.

Makita FD05R1

  • Brushless Motor
  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
After analyzing 250 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((A))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 ((Q))hits the sweet pot((Q)) for non-industrial drill work. One user, a woman, claimed that the FD02W was the best ergonomic drill in her hands. We((A))re assuming it((A))s because of the drill((A))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((A))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 7 products in its category.

Makita FD02W

  • 2 Speeds
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
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((A))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.

Bosch DDB181-02

  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck

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