Bosch DDS181-02 Compact 18v Li-Ion Cordless DrillWe give the Bosch DDS181-02 18-Volt Compact Tough Cordless Drill Driver a 9.3 overall rating. It is our #1 choice for the best compact 18v drill you can buy. We also rated it as our #2 overall homeowner/DIY model and our #2 best value for the money.

The biggest reason we like this unit is its superior power to weight performance. It features 600 in-lbs of torque, which is more than most brands high performance full size models, while weighing in at just 3.4 pounds. To achieve this power it uses of a 4-pole open frame motor which provides more power in a smaller size.

The DDS181-02 includes 2 lithium-ion batteries with 1.5 Ah of life. These batteries perform in cold weather down to -4 deg temps and also include a fuel gauge. Other features include the durashield housing to withstand jobsite conditions, LED light, soft-grip handle for comfortable extended use, and Bosch’s Advanced Lithium-ion Technology which delivers optimized performance by keeping the battery cooler and protecting the motor in heavy duty applications.

We could only find a couple of minor complaints. The chuck housing is plastic as opposed to metal, but still feels beefy and up to the task.  There is also no bit holder on the drill. These are really minor inconveniences that don’t take away from the otherwise very impressive cordless tool.

The price is very attractive at approximately $189. It is also on sale quite often at Amazon for even cheaper. Overall we highly recommend this drill for anyone from a homeowner/DIYer through professionals especially if you want a lightweight model.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating9.3 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Weight3.4 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque600 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1700 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion SlimPack 
Charge Rating1.5Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time30 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleNo 
Fuel GuageYes 
Warranty3 years tool, 2 year battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99
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