Best Cordless Drill for Small Hands that are Compact & Easy to use

Having completed around 20 hours of detailed research, we believe the best cordless drill for small hands is the Bosch EasyDrill 12 Volt cordless drill/driver. This is a compact, lightweight drill and has a first class ergonomic grip design, making it much easier to hold, than many other models we found.

We put a lot of research into all of our articles, and where possible we try and solve problems that people come across every day. 

There are quite literally hundreds of cordless drills, but hopefully the information you find here will help point you in the right direction.

-geoff magee - editor

We do a more detailed review of the Bosch Easydrill below, and have included a couple of other drill recommendations, in case you prefer a different option. The Easydrill will do about 80% of the jobs around the home, but we have included two other options, that you may also find useful.

Hand Size and Grip Size

  • The average size for a man's hand is 7.6 inches long and 3.5 inches wide
  • The average size for a woman's hand is 6.8 inches long and 3.1 inches wide

In terms of using tools, manufacturers design their tool grips around these standard sizes. So if your hands happen to be bigger, or smaller, then a tool such as a cordless drill is not going to have the perfect size fit for all sizes of hands, or how we grip things.

Average Adult Grip Size

This is certainly not a measurement that is talked about a lot. We think this is a handy guide though to figure out the ideal grip. Measure the length of your hand and multiply this by 0.197. That will give you a figure.

I measured my wife's hand which is 6.5" long. I multiplied this by 0.197 and got 1.2805. So the ideal diameter for a tool such as a hammer or a drill would be about 1.3 inches.

Even with that information, you can't really check it out unless you are holding the tool, and have a measuring tape. It is easier, when it comes to buying a cordless drill, to opt for a small compact and lightweight option. That will be easier to grip for anyone with small hands.

The good news is that all cordless drills actually come as drill/drivers so they can both drill and also be used as a screwdriver to drive in and remove screws.

Our Recommendation for the Best Cordless Drill for Small Hands

drill suitable for people with small hands

Compact Drill Options

There are hundreds of cordless drills on the UK market. Most of them are designed for the average sized person, and many of them are designed for trades people.

Sometimes all you want is a cordless drill, that is good for home use, and will fit better into a smaller hand size?

The Problem

 You want to buy an affordable cordless drill that is suitable for your smaller hand size?

The Solution

 We would highly recommend the Bosch EasyDrill 12 Volt cordless drill/driver

The Winner

Bosch EasyDrill 12 Volt cordless drill/driver

  • We would recommend this model from the Bosch brand
  • The easy drill 12 combines manageability and power, and thus minimises fatigue when working
  • Has a very good ergonomic design for comfortable handling and fatigue reduced working

You can drive home up to 150 screws with one battery charge. This is a 10.8 volt drill that packs plenty of power.

It is only 15.5 x 19 centimetres in size, and weighs just 900 grams and is therefore lighter than comparable entry-level tools in the market.

There are no special default settings required for torque or speed. The easy drill 12 can be simply removed from the soft case and put straight to work. Thanks to the variable automatic speed control, the easy drill 12 always delivers the optimum power for the task at hand.

Just below we have included the pros and cons of what real life buyers had to say..

Pros

  • Buyers said this was very comfortable, well balanced and easy to use
  • 75% of all buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Buyers said it is ideal for people with small hands and feels very balanced
  • Buyers said it is light so your hands and arms don't get tired
  • Buyers said this works great as a drill and a screwdriver, the battery life is great, and ths soft bag is handy to keep all bits and pieces in one place.
  • Buyers loved that it is so easy to use 

Cons

  • 3% of all buyers gave this a poor rating and we have listed their complaints below
  • Some buyers said as long as you don't plan on heavy dury drilling, then this one is fine

Conclusion:

We picked this Bosch model as it is a small compact but powerful enough drill for general use around the home. Where you grip the drill has been very well thought out and designed. It is a proper ergonomic grip and it will be comfortable.

The Runner Up

Bosch Cordless Hammer Drill UniversalImpact

  • We would recommend this model from the Bosch brand as it has 2 batteries and a charger, and most importantly a reliable hammer action
  • This is a versatile and strong drill ideal for bigger and tougher projects such as drilling masonry and walls
  • Online buyers rate this very highly with a big 92% online satisfaction
  • We also think this model is great value for money

Just below we have included the pros and cons of what real life buyers had to say..

Pros

  • Buyers said this is a top quality tool even at this price
  • Buyers said that this was a joy to use and drilling through concrete was easy
  • Buyers said this drill was versatile and could be used for nearly any job
  • Buyers said this had a great battery that lasted really well
  • Buyers loved that you got 2 batteries so it was always ready to go

Cons

  • 3% of all buyers gave this a poor rating and we have listed their complaints below
  • Some buyers did seem to receive a faulty drill
  • Other than that there were no other complaints

Conclusion:

We picked this Bosch model because of the value for money aspect, and the fact that it will so an excellent job when drilling masonry or through walls. There are more expensive options available with more features, but we know this will be able to drill any type of masonry really well.

It is also compact enough for most people to be able to hold, and again the grip is particularly well designed.

The Cheapest Alternative

HYCHIKA Cordless Drill

  • You should be able to find this model for under £50, and they have packed this one with value
  • Has an online buyer satisfaction rating of 94% which is excellent
  • Comes with a rechargeable lithium battery and a 1 hour charger
  • 2 speeds
  • Comes with 22 accessories that will meet the needs of most kinds of work. Suitable for drilling holes in wood and plastic; fixing and loosening screws.
  • Comes with 10mm, 12mm, 14mm and 16mm flat drills, which are very suitable for wood drilling. With 6pcs twist drills, 6 pcs screwdriver bits, 5pcs sockets, an adapter and a tool wallet.
  • You also get an LED light, a non-slip handle that is comfortable to hold, a belt clip and storage bag.

Just below we have included the pros and cons of what real life buyers had to say..

Pros

  • Buyers said this drill and all the accessories was very good value for money
  • &9% of all buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Buyers said that this was a joy to use as it was light and compact
  • Buyers said the handle has a nice grip as it has been very well designed
  • It worked well for most jobs around the home

Cons

  • Only 2% of all buyers gave this a poor rating
  • A few buyers said the battery life was not long enough

Conclusion:

This is not a well known brand, but this compact drill does get very good online buyer reviews. We first came across this one when we were doing a garage conversion, and asked the owner what he thought of it.

He is not a huge DIY person, but he said for the basic jobs around the home, this works great and doesn't cost the earth.

More Helpful Information

Hopefully we have provided enough information to let you make a better buying decision. We have included just below some more cordless drill basic buying tips.

drill being used with small hands

Main Benefits:

  • Battery Size
    These come in 10.8, 12, 14.4 18 and 20 Volt sizes. Larger voltages offer more power but will also make the drill heavier
  • Hammer Feature
    The hammer feature allows you to be able to drill through masonry, when used with a masonry drill bit
  • Torque Settings
    You normally have a range of settings. Lower settings are for small screws and soft woods. The higher settings are used for longer screws and hard woods.

Let the Cordless Drill do the work

There is a very natural tendency to force or push really hard on a drill when trying to go through a harder material such as brick or block. There really is no need to do that as if you have a sharp masonry drill bit, and a high powered cordless drill, it will do the work.

Avoid using blunt drill bits as those are useless, and they will make your drill do more work that they should be doing.

Summary of Cordless Drills for Small Hands

Hopefully we have provided you with enough information on what to look for when buying a cordless drill/driver for smaller hands and grips.

If in any doubt, buy a compact drill, and you should be OK.

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