Bosch PSR 18 Cordless Drill UK Review

The Bosch PSR 18 is best described as a good basic cordless drill, that has sold a lot of units. It does come with 2 batteries which makes it a popular choice. You should be aware though that these are NiCad batteries. This type of battery is now considered to be the older style.

It is getting much more difficult to find this Bosch model online or in shops. As such you may want to look at the other Bosch drill/driver options shown below.

They still work ok, but they do not have the power, or the life of the newer, Li-Ion batteries. If you prefer to see a Bosch cordless drill, that uses Li-Ion batteries, then check our list by clicking here.

Who Would Buy the PSR 18 Drill?

This is an ideal purchase for those who need a really good basic cordless drill. This PSR 18 model is small, light and pretty compact. It will be able to easily handle about 90% of the jobs you need to do around the home and garden. It is not suitable for drilling through concrete or masonry, as it has no hammer function.

The Bosch PSB 1800 is we believe a much better option for people, and it came out at number on on our list. It is also cheaper than this one, so that is worth noting, we believe.

Important Features of the PSR 18

Feature Specification

  • It comes with TWO 18 Volt Ni-Cad style batteries
  • Has a 10 mm chuck (keyless)
  • Takes about 3 hours to charge one battery
  • It can drill up to 28 mm in wood and about 10 mm in steel (diameter)
  • 10 torque settings
  • Soft grip and built-in LED light
  • Comes with a carrying bag
  • Does have forward and reverse functions
  • Please note there is no hammer action


Average Rating

Average Price

£77 with 2 batteries & £67 with one battery

Battery Included

Two Ni-Cad 18 Volt


35 x 28.2 x 10.4 cm


3.9 Kg


18 Volts

What's In The Box?

  • The drill/driver
  • One charger unit (charging time 3 hours)
  • Two 18 Volt Ni-Cad batteries
  • Plastic Carrying Case
  • Comes with one screwdriver bit
  • Instructions for Use

Features Worth A Mention

Keyless Chuck and Auto-Lock

This is a pretty basic drill. That said it has a couple of features, that are worth a mention. These days keyless chucks are the norm. They really do speed up changing drill and screwdriver bits/

In addition to that, when you hit the on button the drill spindle and tool holder are locked. This enables screws to be screwed in, even when the battery is empty and allows for the machine to be used as a screwdriver.


This drill has a run out brake, which is always handy. This feature stops the motor in the shortest time possible with no after-run. This is ideal for driving in rows of screws. Great for doing jobs like stud walls or fencing.

Main Review of the PSR 18 Cordless Drill

This Bosch model has sold a lot because it is a tried and well tested drill. You will find plenty of positive reviews on this one. It really is a good basic drill to have around the home. What weakens it is that there is no hammer action. That of course rules out drilling through any masonry.

If you make good use of the 10 torque settings, then you will be able to drive screws into most types of wood, including the harder woods like mahogany. 

For a little extra this does come with 2 batteries. That is always useful as you can be using one, and have the other one charging. Just be aware though that it takes a full 3 hours to get the battery properly charged. With the more modern Bosch drills, charging time is about an hour. The reason this takes so long as this is an older style of drill, with the older style Ni-Cad batteries.

The drill itself still works very well, and many buyers still make it their number one choice.

What Buyers Liked About the PSR 18

I have summarised what the buyers liked about this particular model just below, and also what they didn't like.

  • Small compact drill with decent power
  • Great to have an extra battery
  • Feels really well balanced in the hand
  • Good battery life

What Buyers Did Not Like About the 18V Lithium Cordless Drill/Driver

  • No hammer function
  • Not for doing big jobs or any powerful drilling/driving
  • Not ideal for drilling into metal - 700 rpm is simply too slow
  • Batteries only have a 1-2 year life

As you can see a majority of buyers rated this 4 stars or higher, with an overall average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars

Pros & Cons Summary

  • Basic Bosch cordless drill
  • Is well made and is light and comfortable to use
  • No masonry and uses Ni-Cad batteries which are old school

Our Conclusion & Recommendation

This is just a basic OK drill. It is nothing exceptional but it will do all the basic jobs really well.

I could not with any integrity recommend this model to you, as there are just much better options. I included this one on my website, as many people still buy it. The drill works well enough on basic tasks, but these days there are just better options out there.

If this is not the cordless drill for you, then please check out our top 10 list of cordless drills by clicking here.

If you just want to look at Bosch drills, then please click here for a full list.

About the author cordy

I am a retired construction worker and I also happen to love power tools. I have used hundreds over the years and offer my opinions on them here.

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  1. Very disappointed. Batteries (x2) a big problem. Fully charged battery loses all power within 10 minutes. Is it the charger or the batteries? Costs a fortune to find out. Will investigate alternative brands.

    1. It sounds like you have been sent faulty batteries. I would recommend sending them back as they will be under warranty and getting them replaced. I assume this is happening with both batteries. Is the light coming on when you plug them into the charger?

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