2015 Best Compact 18V Drill Buying Guide


We took all of the currently-shipping compact hammer drills and created the 2015 Best Compact 18V Drill Buying Guide that’s been updated with the latest features and specs from each manufacturer’s best power tools. Unlike our heavy duty 18V hammer drill buying guide this guide is for those looking to, above all else, achieve better ergonomics and a lightweight tool that can help you run it longer and with less strain. When reading through this list, observe whether you care more about the included battery power (run-time), light weight, speed, torque & power, included accessories, or overall value. Because there are so many tools on this list, the latest compact 18V models vary quite a bit, so be sure you hone in on what model meets a majority of your particular needs. We’ve also included where you can buy the tools when you’re ready. We’ve also given you links at the bottom to preview articles or tool reviews we may have written on these tools.

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This list should help you drill down (pun intended) to the best compact 18V drill available on the market and these are the tools you’ll reach for when you want to drill smaller diameter holes in wood, drive a bunch of fasteners, or install decking or other materials. While some of these tools will have better power and speed specifications than others, there are some excellent feature compromises that may cause you to choose a model that’s not necessarily the fastest or strongest. If your priority is getting a lot of work done with a tool that won’t bog you down, our 2015 Best Compact 18V Drill Buying Guide should net you plenty of recommendations. You’ll also want to check out our hands-on 18V hammer drill shootout that will give you a good idea of how these tools did in our real-world performance tests. Plus, if you plan on doing a lot of concrete drilling, look up our 18V SDS-Plus rotary hammer round-up article that compares the top models.

2015 Best Compact 18V Drills

  • TorqueTorque
  • No-load SpeedNo-load Speed
  • Clutch SettingsClutch Settings
  • ChuckChuck
  • Batteries IncludedBatteries Included
  • Battery Level MeterBattery Level Meter
  • BrushlessBrushless
  • LED LightLED Light
  • Tool LengthTool Length
  • WeightWeight
  • IncludesIncludes
  • PricePrice
  • Bosch

  • DDS182-02L

    18V Compact Drill

  • Torque442 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-500/1,700 RPMs
  • Clutch Settings18
  • Chuck1/2-in
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 2.0Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length7.0 in
  • Weight3.5 lbs
  • IncludesCharger, bit set, belt clip, L-Boxx 2
  • Price

    $219

  • Craftsman

  • 17560X

    18V Compact Drill

  • Torque340 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-1,600 RPMs
  • Clutch Settings24
  • Chuck1/2-in
  • Batteries Included2 x 19.2V 1.3Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length8.25 in
  • Weight3.75 lbs
  • IncludesCharger, bits, bag
  • Price

    $120

  • DeWalt

  • DCD790D2

    18V Compact Drill

  • Torque360 UWO
  • No-load Speed3-speed transmission0-600/2,000
  • Clutch Settings16
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 20V Max 2.0Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length7.2 in
  • Weight3.5 lbs
  • IncludesCharger, belt hook, case
  • Price

    $249

  • Festool

  • C 18

    18V Compact Drill

  • Torque70.8 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed4-speed transmission0-1,500
  • Clutch Settings21
  • Chuck1/2-in
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 5.2 Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length8.5 in
  • Weight4.6 lbs
  • IncludesCharger, Centrotec chuck, Systainer
  • Price

    $495

  • Hilti

  • SFC 18-A

    18V Compact Drill

  • Torque487 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-600/1,800
  • Clutch Settings15
  • Chuck1/2-in
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 1.6Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length9.2 in
  • Weight3.7 lbs
  • IncludesCharger, bag
  • Price

    $299

  • Hitachi

  • DS18DGL

    18V Compact Drill

  • Torque400 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-450/1,250
  • Clutch Settings22
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 1.3Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length8.9 in
  • Weight3.7 lbs
  • IncludesCharger, bit, case
  • Price

    $95

  • Makita

  • LXFD01

    18V Compact Drill

  • Torque480 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-400/1,500
  • Clutch Settings16
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 3.0Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length7.6 in
  • Weight3.8 lbs
  • IncludesCharger, belt clip, case
  • Price

    $279

  • Metabo

  • BS 18 LT

    18V Compact Drill

  • Torque531 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-450/1,600
  • Clutch Settings20
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 3.1Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length8.8 in
  • Weight3.5 lbs
  • IncludesCharger, belt clip, bit holder, case
  • Price

    $399

  • Milwaukee

  • 2701-22CT

    18V Compact Drill

  • Torque500 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-450/1,800
  • Clutch Settings24
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 2.0Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length6.9 in
  • Weight3.7 lbs
  • IncludesCharger, case
  • Price

    $199

  • Panasonic

  • EY74A1LS2G

    18V Compact Drill

  • Torque372 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-600/1,750
  • Clutch Settings18
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 4.2Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length9.3 in
  • Weight4.3 lbs
  • IncludesCharger, case
  • Price

    $387

  • Porter-Cable

  • PCCK600LB

    18V Compact Drill

  • Torque330 UWO
  • No-load Speed0-400/1,600
  • Clutch Settings23
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 20V Max 1.5Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length7.75 in
  • Weight3.5 lbs
  • IncludesCharger, belt clip, bit, case
  • Price

    $150

  • Ridgid

  • R8611503

    18V Compact Drill

  • Torque780 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-450/1,600
  • Clutch Settings115 micro
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 4.0Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length
  • Weight
  • IncludesCharger, belt clip, bag
  • Price

    $499

    5-piece kit

  • Ryobi

  • P1812

    18V Compact Drill

  • Torque350 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-440/1,600
  • Clutch Settings24
  • Chuck1/2-in
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 1.5Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length8.5 in
  • Weight2.7 lbs
  • IncludesCharger, bit holder, bit, bag
  • Price

    $99

Check out the rest of our Tool Buying Guides for even more recommendations.