Best Lightweight Drill for a Woman (Or Anyone Else) Buying Guides

Best Lightweight Drill for a Woman (Or Anyone Else)


Maybe you’re a Pro, maybe you’re a DIYer, maybe you’re just curious. However you landed here, something made you curious about the best lightweight drill for a woman or maybe just a lightweight option in general.

That’s not to say women aren’t capable of using the same drills or any other tool as men. They are, and often with better results. But who doesn’t prefer a lighter tool as long as it does the job well?

As usual, we’re short on short answers, but we have some recommendations for you from the Pro level to basic homeowner use.

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Best Lightweight Drill for a Woman

Professional Level – Milwaukee Gen 3 M18 Fuel Drill Driver/Hammer Drill

If you’re doing work professionally and looking for the best lightweight drill for a woman or anyone else, it has to be the Milwaukee Gen 3 M18 Fuel. This top-of-the-line drill from Milwaukee packs the punch of the big boys with size and weight that fits better in the compact class.

Best Lightweight Drill for a Woman - Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drill Driver Gen 3

It packs 1200 in-lbs of torque to go along with 2000 RPM. Milwaukee geared this drill to punch holes in 2x framing lumber up to 2-9/16″ without dropping out of high speed.

When it comes to keeping it light and compact, we measured it at 3.2 pounds bare and 4.9 pounds with a 5.0Ah battery. It’s just 6.9″ long, making it the most compact high-performance drill you can get your hands on.

You have 4 options to go with depending on what you’re looking for:

  • 2806 Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hammer Drill with One-Key: $199 bare, $349 with two 5.0Ah batteries and charger
  • 2804 Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hammer Drill: $149 bare, $299 kit with two 5.0Ah batteries and charger
  • 2805 Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drill Driver with One-Key: $179 bare, $329 with two 5.0Ah batteries and charger
  • 2803 Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drill Driver: $129 bare, $279 with two 5.0Ah batteries and charger

Check out our review!

Milwaukee M18 FUEL Combo Kit Review 2997-22 – UPDATED with One-Key Information!

Pro or  Prosumer 12V Level – DeWalt 12V Brushless Drill Driver

If you want to go really lightweight and compact, DeWalt’s new 12V brushless drill driver is appealing for both Pros and Serious DIYers. It’s just 2.4 pounds with a compact 2.0Ah battery and less than 6″ long.

DeWalt 12V Brushless Drill 1-3/8" Spade Bit

Its performance is way up over its previous brushed version. The DeWalt DCD701 has the ability to make larger holes in low than most other Pro-level 12V drills and has elite-level speed in high with lighter loads. While DeWalt falls short of the performance we see in the 18V/20V max class, it doesn’t get much better than for 12V drills, especially when you consider the weight, footprint, and features.

What’s most compelling is DeWalt’s price for this drill. A kit with 2.0Ah battery is just $99 or you can get the combo kit with two batteries and the brushless impact driver for $149. It’s one of the best values out there when you balance the price and performance.

If you’re looking for the hammer drill version, we’re expecting it in the Fall of 2019.

Read our review!

DeWalt 12V Brushless Drill and Impact Driver Combo Review

 

Prosumer/Serious DIYer Level – Skil 20V Brushless Drill Driver/Hammer Drill

Skil’s compact brushless hammer drill still packs the power of a 20V max motor with one of the lightest weights we’ve seen in this class. As a bare tool, it’s just over 2 pounds (2.02 on our scale) and just 3.01 pounds with a 2.0Ah battery.

The only drill we tested that’s lighter in the 18V/20V max class is Makita’s XFD11 (which is another great lightweight drill) and Skil slightly outscores it for a lower price.

Skil also keeps its footprint in check. At 7.4″ tall and 7.1″ long, only 3 professional models are more compact in its class.

Skil 20V Brushless Drill Review - PWRCore 20 Compact DL529302

You’ll give up some performance against professional models. It’s noticeably slower against models from DeWalt, Metabo HPT, and others. However, Skil holds its own against other Prosumer models.

On the power side, it’s a similar story, with higher performance available in Pro models but competitive torque against it Prosumer colleagues.

Skil has a couple of bonus features going for it that resonate in this class. Its PWRJump charger pushes the battery from 0% to 25% in just 5 minutes to wrap up that last bit of your project and you can use the battery as a USB power source for your phone.

Here are some of the most popular options you have surrounding this model:

  • DL529302 Skil PWRCore 20 Compact Brushless Drill Driver kit with 2.0Ah battery and PWRJump charger: $129.99
  • HD529302 Skil PWRCore 20 Compact Brushless Hammer Drill kit with 2.0Ah battery and PWRJump charger: $149.99
  • CB743701 Skil PWRCore 20 Brushless 20V Drill Driver/Impact Driver Combo Kit with 2.0Ah battery and PWRJump Charger: $179.99

Read our full review!

Skil 20V Brushless Drill Review – PWRCore 20 Compact DL529302

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Homeowner Level – Black and Decker 20V Drill Driver

If you’re looking for the best lightweight drill for a woman and just need to do basic household tasks, it’s hard to go wrong with Black and Decker’s BCD702C1 kit. For less than $40, you get a lightweight cordless drill that can handle most of your to-do list.

Best lightweight drill for a woman - Black and Decker 20V max drill

When it comes to weight, this drill driver is just 1.8 pounds bare and 2.6 pounds with its battery. Black and Decker’s footprint isn’t quite as compact as more expensive models, but it’s not unwieldy. At 7.5″ tall and 7.5″ long, there may be a few spaces it has trouble dealing with compared to our other 18V/20V max recommendations.

The biggest trade-offs you make for such a lightweight and budget-friendly drill come in performance. You’re going to drill more slowly and with less power to drive larger fasteners and make bigger holes.

Since there’s no hammer drill option here, what you’ll miss out on is the ability to drill in concrete. Drywall, wood, and metal are all on the menu, though.

Check out all the details in our review!

Black and Decker 20V Drill BCD702C1 Review

So those are our recommendation for the best lightweight drill for a woman (or anyone else) based on drills we’ve actually tested. What’s your favorite lightweight drill? Let us know in the comments below!

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Agree that the tone is odd. I think this should be titled “best lightweight drills”, unless you want to talk some other factors that might matter for some women, such as grip size and torque. Weight can often be easily managed by using lighter weight batteries, but ergonomics are much harder to change. My wife has very different preferences in tools than I dol, based on grip and tool stance.

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Nice job on this. I’m a big fan of both protoolreviews and @prettyhandygirl, but I thought this article was clear in its intentions. The fact is, as a “prosumer” of either gender, I have tiny (but strong) hands and certain tools just feel better because of design and balance, regardless of the tool’s total weight. My ergonomics are _different_ than my plumber’s, with his giant baseball mitt hands. What feels good for him will likely not work for me, and vice versa, so I appreciate articles like this when they come from a place of good intentions. I thought you… Read more »

Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl
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As a licensed general contractor, I need good tools. If it’s compact but still strong, great. But frankly I don’t chose my tools based on my gender. In fact a lot of the cordless tools I love (Dewalt cordless framing nailer) are heavier than their corded cousins. My framers told me they prefer their lighter nailers to my cordless (all my framers are men.) My point being, don’t assume women need smaller or lighter tools or vice versa.

Jack Hammered
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So… I’m not opposed to this type of article for the reason mentioned : there are some women who do search for what tool is best for (let’s be real here) an on-average lighter frame and thinner bone structure. This happens all the times with self-defense items. A woman goes into a gun shop and says “I need a tool that is ideal for a woman in times of self defense”, she’s not talking about a .44 Magnum. Or even a .45 Magnum. She’s talking about effectiveness without the weight or kickback. They need something effective but not overkill. But… Read more »

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KhariV

I’m sure I’ll be slammed for this, but an article that starts out suggesting that women want / need different tools is just shameful. Adding in “or anyone else” doesn’t really make it any better as it’s the equivalent of saying something insulting and adding “just kidding” at the end. It does’t make it any better and I honestly expected more. (Before anyone starts in -yes I can take a joke but this isn’t a joke. I’m not about to tell my daughter that she needs different tools than her brother, or that she can’t do ANY job as well… Read more »