We 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.
|Specs||18v Class Average|
|Style||Compact Cordless Drill|
|Weight||3.4 lbs||4.5 lbs|
|Max Torque||600 in-lbs||490 in-lbs|
|Max Speed||1700 RPM||1600 RPM|
|Chuck Type||Keyless, Ratcheting|
|Battery Type||Li-Ion SlimPack|
|Charge Rating||1.5Ah||1.8 Ah|
|Charge Time||30 min||45 min|
|Warranty||3 years tool, 2 year battery||2 years|