What Is The Best Compact Drills on the Market To Buy In 2020? 

 July 3, 2020

By  Lisa Hanel

There are certain things you need to confirm before purchasing a cordless drill. This will prevent you from buying something that does not fit the specifications for your projects.

Of course, the most important things you should consider are the features you want in a drill. If you are a pro, you may know the specifications beforehand and thus can check the package before buying. If you are new to the game, though, you may need a little bit of help before making a purchase.

You might also want to consider your pockets. Cordless drills range anywhere from $30 to hundreds of dollars, so be sure to know how much you afford to spend before looking. With that said, let’s take a look at our best picks.

1. Milwaukee M18 18-volt Lithium-ion Brushless Cordless ½ Inch Compact Drill/Driver

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This durable brushless and cordless compact drill from Milwaukee has a gearbox made completely of metal. Its ½-inch chuck is made purely of metal, which is enough to convince any buyer that they are buying something that is meant to last.

With 500 pounds of torque and a max speed of 1800 RPM, this is a cordless drill that can be used for a wide range of applications.

It comes with an advanced overload protection mechanism, which protects it against aggressive use and maximizes its battery life.

In comparison with other 18V drills on the market, this is the most recommended as it guarantees a 50 percent longer run time than other drills, meaning you will spend much less time charging the battery.

The compact design means this brushless drill can be used in tighter spaces as well as for overhead applications comfortably.


  • Dimension- 8.3 x 8.3 x 4.6 inches
  • Power source- Battery powered
  • Voltage- 18 volts
  • Speed- 1800 RPM
  • Comes with built-in lights
  • 50 percent more battery life than most other brands
  • Lightweight and easy to use
  • The battery is not included in the package

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2. Bosch PS32-02 Cordless Drill Driver

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This drill is one of our best picks because it is lightweight, easy to use, and has been a great choice for many electricians and contractors. The overall length (head-length) is only 6.5 inches, making it one of the best drills for working in confined spaces. Its grip diameter is also very slim, providing a soft and comfortable grip that can handle all-day use.

This drill is specially made with Durashield housing, a flexible appliance housing that has become synonymous with Bosch made from an ABS/nylon composite that has been tested to withstand multiple 10-foot drops. It also provides an EC brushless motor that delivers 180 pounds of torque.

Depending on your preference, you can choose from two different speed options, which have a high torque setting for driving and a high-speed setting for quickly inserting or removing screws. It also has a 20+1 clutch setting for versatility.


  • Dimension- 6.5 x 2 x 7 inches
  • Weight- 0.8 Ounces
  • Material- Plastic
  • Voltage- 12 volts
  • Speed- 1300 RPM
  • Extended battery life (Included)
  • Lightweight and easy to use
  • Comes with a carrying bag
  • Battery can’t be plugged into any socket (the socket must be the recommended voltage for it to last long)
  • Made of hard plastic, which may still require care when handling

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3. Greenworks 24V 2-Speed Cordless Compact Drill

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This drill may be cordless but it delivers a whopping 500 pounds of torque on its max setting. It is lightweight and can get nearly any job done in the most efficient way possible. Its handle is firm and holding on to the grip is easy and comfortable.

It is easy to use. The source of power is a 24V lithium-ion battery. It has a two speed motor with a maximum speed of up to 1750 RPM.

Some other interesting features of this cordless drill is that it has an easy-to adjust clutch that enables multipurpose functionality. It comes with a cushioned, over-molded grip that reduces fatigue while at work.

The built-in LED lights have got you covered when lighting conditions are poor, giving you extra visibility and a more accurate application.

This cordless 37012B also features a 0.5-inch keyless chuck, comes with two batteries, and a battery charger.


  • Dimension- 10.8 x 7.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Weight- 7.28 Pounds
  • Power Source- Battery Powered
  • Batteries- 2 Lithium-ion batteries required (included)
  • It has an impressive battery life
  • Great value for money
  • Lightweight and easy to use
  • Built-in LEDs to enhance visibility
  • It doesn’t come with a chuck brake

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Maintenance of Power tools

Clean Regularly

To keep your tools working at optimal power, it is recommended that you clean them properly at the end of every shift. Look for a good cleaning cloth and remove dirt particles and dust that could clog the inside of the drill after the day’s use. It is also recommended that you store them in a cool, dry place where they will be safe from water damage or excessive heat.


To ensure that the moving parts of your power tools are working fine, it is also recommended to lubricate them at regular intervals. Most of the time, the user manual contains specific instructions concerning when and how to lubricate them. Make sure you follow these instructions carefully.

Sharpen Drill Bits from Time to Time

When drill bits wear out, they stop working properly and you might have to work harder than usual. The more you expend your energy, the less you will achieve when your tools are dull. To eliminate this possibility, it is good to sharpen your tools at regular intervals. This will not only make your work easier, but it will also reduce the extra stress on the motor. Be careful not to give drill bits a knife’s edge though, as this will make the bits prone to breaking.


We hope that this buyer’s guide helps you find the top cordless drill currently available on the market.

And if you feel that you need a different kind of compact drill, then we welcome you to hop over to some of our other product reviews where we offer great info.

Lisa Hanel

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