Cordless Drills

 

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 
ManufacturerBosch 
ModelDDS181-02 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Voltage18v 
Weight3.4 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque600 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1700 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
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
 
Bosch DDS181-02 Side View
 

Milwaukee 2410-22 12v Cordless DrillThe Milwaukee 2410-22 is rated as our best 12v cordless drill with an overall rating of 9.0. The main reason for the high score is the fact that it has the best power to weight ratio of any 12v cordless models. It has 250 in-lbs of power and weighs in at just 2.5 lbs. Plus it has a compact size that is much smaller than other drills it its class. This makes it an ideal tool for someone that is doing lots of drilling or has to get into some tight spaces.

The 2410-22 utilizes the Milwaukee M12 series of Lithium-Ion batteries. These provide 1.4 Ah of run time, which is slightly below average. However these batteries only take 30 minutes to recharge, so since two batteries are included, you should always have one at full power.

The one common complaint from users of this power tool is the chuck. For several people no matter how much they tighten the chuck, it still comes loose during use and eventually the bit falls out. Despite this problem users on Amazon still give it an average 4.3 stars out of 5.

Overall we really like this drill. There is not a lot of options for Li-Ion batteries in a 12 volt model, which makes this one rare. The performance is outstanding for the weight and is light enough for anyone to use easily. The chuck coming loose is a concern for construction professionals, but for the average home user it is not as big of a deal for occasional use, therefore we recommend this drill.

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Specs12v Class Average
Overall Rating9.0
ManufacturerMilwaukee
Model2410-22
StyleCompact Cordless Drill
Voltage12
Weight2.5 lbs3.4 lbs
Max Torque250 in-lbs245 in-lbs
Max Speed1500 RPM1285 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED
ReversableYes
Chuck Size3/8″
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting
Battery TypeLi-Ion
Charge Rating1.4Ah1.7 Ah
Charge Time30 min60 min
Batteries Included2
Work LightYes
Extra HandleNo
Fuel GuageYes
Warranty5 years2 years
PriceCheck Price$128.45

Milwaukee 2410-22 12v Compact Cordless Drill

 

* Milwaukee has released a newer version 18v Li-Ion cordless drill -  the  2603-22.

Milwaukee 2610-24 18v Cordless DrillWe give the Milwaukee 2610-24 18v cordless drill a 8.9 overall rating. The 2610-24 is part of Milwaukee’s M18 lineup of cordless tools and features XC high capacity Li-Ion batteries.  At the time of its release it had a class leading 650 in-lbs of torque and a max speed of 1800 RPM.

Unfortunately it is really expensive. This model is over $300, but for professionals it is worth it. It is also a little bit heavier than average at 5.3 pounds.

Overall we highly recommend the 2610-24 18v cordless drill.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating8.9 
ManufacturerMilwaukee 
Model2610-24 
StyleHigh Performance Cordless Drill
Voltage18 
Weight5.3 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque650 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1800 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating2.8Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time45 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleYes 
Fuel GuageYes 
Warranty5 years tool, 2 years battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

Milwaukee 2610-24

Milwaukee 2610-24

Milwaukee 2610-24

Milwaukee 2610-24

 

Bosch 36618-02 18v Cordless Drill* Bosch has released a newer 18v Li-Ion compact cordless drill – the Bosch DDS181-02.

We gave the Bosch 36618-02 18v cordless drill an 8.8 overall rating. This is the highest rated drill on Amazon with a 4.8 out of 5 rating. Out of 131 reviewers not even 1 gave this tool a 1 star rating, while only 1 person each gave it a 2 and 3 star rating, which is almost unheard of.

This is Bosch’s compact 18v lithium-ion model. It weighs only 3.7 pounds while still delivering an above average 500 in-lbs of torque. Also the price is reasonable at around $170. It is a very good cordless drill for the money.

Taking everything under consideration, we highly recommend this drill for everyone from homeowners up through professionals.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating8.8 
ManufacturerBosch 
Model36618-02 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight3.7 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque500 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1600 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating1.3Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time30 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleNo 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty3 years tool, 2 year battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

Bosch 36618-02

Bosch 36618-02

Bosch 36618-02

Bosch 36618-02

Bosch 36618-02

 

Makita BDF451 18v Cordless DrillWe really like the Makita BDF451 as it ranks near the top of the class for 18v cordless drills with a 9.0 overall rating. It is part of Makita’s LXT lineup with Li-Ion batteries rated ah 3.0Ah. It also has plenty of torque of 560 in-lbs and is not too heavy at just 4.6 pounds. This model has a solid metal transmission with three speeds to cover a broad range of drilling and driving situations. It also has plenty of bonus features such as a tool belt clip, a 2-LED light, and an extra handle for more stability.

There are a few complaints from end users. One is that the LED light unfortunately doesn’t shine on the target as well as some other brands. It also can have some slippage of the clutch in certain applications. The BDF451 is expensive, but that should be expected given its performance. Overall we highly recommend this drill.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating9.0 
ManufacturerMakita 
ModelBDF451 
StyleHigh Performance Cordless Drill
Voltage18 
Weight4.6 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque560 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1700 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed3-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating3.0Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time30 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work Light2-LED 
Extra HandleYes 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty3 years Drill, 1 year Battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

Makita BDF451

Makita BDF451

Makita BDF451

Makita BDF451

 

Milwaukee 2601-22 18v Cordless DrillThe Milwaukee 2601-22 18v cordless drill ranks at an 8.1 overall rating. This is Milwaukee’s compact Li-Ion offering at 18 volts. Users on Amazon rate it a 4 out of 5. The overall performance for this compact model is a little bit lower than comparable units by other manufacturers. But what it lacks in that department it makes up for in some nice features. First of all it feels really well balanced in your hand. It includes an LED light that does a better than average job at lighting up your work surface. It also seems to be able to tighten and hold bits in the chuck easier than many other drills. One really good feature is the battery fuel gauge that tells you how much power you have left.

With that said, we don’t feel like it is quite up to par with other brands like Makita’s compact Li-Ion. It is heavier at 4 pounds, has less torque, and is more expensive. But don’t get us wrong, this is still a quality cordless drill.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating8.1 
ManufacturerMilwaukee 
Model2601-22 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight4.0 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque400 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1400 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating1.5Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time45 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleNo 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty5 years2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

Milwaukee 2601-22

Milwaukee 2601-22

Milwaukee 2601-22

Milwaukee 2601-22

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