The 9 Best Small Cordless Drills December, 2019 (And 1 Other Model)

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:
Great
We checked 1872 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.

Despite its criticisms, the DDB181-02 still warranted enough praise from reviewers that our system deemed it the number one small cordless drill in our database with a 100 confidence level (More on confidence levels)

Bosch DDB181-02

  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
Based on 4.5 stars averaged over 790 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.

Bosch PS31

  • Keyless Chuck
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
After taking a closer look at 264 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 9 drills in its category

DeWALT DCD790D2

  • Brushless Motor
  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Good

Bosch PS32-02

  • Brushless Motor
  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck
Alpha
Rank:
#8
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
OK

Makita XPH11RB

  • Brushless Motor
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
  • 2 Speeds
Alpha
Rank:
#9
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
OK

Makita XDT11R

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

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