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Bosch PS31 vs PS32: Which Cordless Drill Drivers are Better?

An electric drill is a must-have in every household and certainly in every contractor’s toolkit. Whether it’s for building furniture, putting up shelves, or pictures, manual drilling just takes too long.  Cordless drills allow for much more freedom of use and now without sacrificing power. What better brand name to choose than Bosch!

Today, we will look at the Bosch PS31 vs PS32. We will consider their power, ease of use, and value for money. After comparing all of the specifics, we will include a side-by-side chart for quick viewing and some pros and cons of each. Finally, we will make a decision on which is the better cordless drill.

Bosch PS31 vs PS32

The Bosch PS31 and the Bosch PS32 are very similar, so we will begin here.

Bosch PS31 vs PS32 – Similarities

Quick Glance

Below you can recap on all the features of the Bosch PS31 and the Bosch PS32.

Name
Our Pick
BOSCH Power Tools Drill Kit - PS31-2A - 12V, 3/8 Inch, Two Speed Driver, Cordless Drill Set - Includes Two Lithium Ion Batteries, 12V Charger, Screwdriver Bits & Soft Carrying Bag, Blue
Bosch PS32-02 Cordless Drill Driver - 12V Brushless Compact Drill with 2 Lithium Ion Batteries, Charger & Soft Carrying Case
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BOSCH Power Tools Drill Kit - PS31-2A - 12V, 3/8 Inch, Two Speed Driver, Cordless Drill Set - Includes Two Lithium Ion Batteries, 12V Charger, Screwdriver Bits & Soft Carrying Bag, Blue
Bosch PS32-02 Cordless Drill Driver - 12V Brushless Compact Drill with 2 Lithium Ion Batteries, Charger & Soft Carrying Case
Size
7 inches
6.5 x 2 x 7 inches
Weight
1.8lbs
2lbs
Head Length
6 ½ inches
6 ½ inches
Chuck
3/8 inch sleeveless, auto-lock, 20 + 1 settings
3/8 inch sleeveless, auto-lock, 20 + 1 settings
Speed
2-speed gearbox, 0-350 RPM and 0-1300 RPM
2-speed gearbox, 0-400 RPM and 0-1300 RPM
Variable Speed Trigger
Torque
25% more at 265 inches per pound
25% more at 265 inches per pound
Tip Holder
LED Light
Fuel Gauge
Air Vent Geometry
What’s Included
X2 Max Lithium-Ion Ah Batteries, 12V charger, x2 screwdriver bits, carrying bag
X2 Max Lithium-Ion Ah Batteries, 12V charger, magnetic bit holder, 4-piece bit tip set, belt clip, contractor bag
Warranty
1 year limited
1 year limited
Prime status
-
Our Pick
Name
BOSCH Power Tools Drill Kit - PS31-2A - 12V, 3/8 Inch, Two Speed Driver, Cordless Drill Set - Includes Two Lithium Ion Batteries, 12V Charger, Screwdriver Bits & Soft Carrying Bag, Blue
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BOSCH Power Tools Drill Kit - PS31-2A - 12V, 3/8 Inch, Two Speed Driver, Cordless Drill Set - Includes Two Lithium Ion Batteries, 12V Charger, Screwdriver Bits & Soft Carrying Bag, Blue
Size
7 inches
Weight
1.8lbs
Head Length
6 ½ inches
Chuck
3/8 inch sleeveless, auto-lock, 20 + 1 settings
Speed
2-speed gearbox, 0-350 RPM and 0-1300 RPM
Variable Speed Trigger
Torque
25% more at 265 inches per pound
Tip Holder
LED Light
Fuel Gauge
Air Vent Geometry
What’s Included
X2 Max Lithium-Ion Ah Batteries, 12V charger, x2 screwdriver bits, carrying bag
Warranty
1 year limited
Prime status
Name
Bosch PS32-02 Cordless Drill Driver - 12V Brushless Compact Drill with 2 Lithium Ion Batteries, Charger & Soft Carrying Case
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Bosch PS32-02 Cordless Drill Driver - 12V Brushless Compact Drill with 2 Lithium Ion Batteries, Charger & Soft Carrying Case
Size
6.5 x 2 x 7 inches
Weight
2lbs
Head Length
6 ½ inches
Chuck
3/8 inch sleeveless, auto-lock, 20 + 1 settings
Speed
2-speed gearbox, 0-400 RPM and 0-1300 RPM
Variable Speed Trigger
Torque
25% more at 265 inches per pound
Tip Holder
LED Light
Fuel Gauge
Air Vent Geometry
What’s Included
X2 Max Lithium-Ion Ah Batteries, 12V charger, magnetic bit holder, 4-piece bit tip set, belt clip, contractor bag
Warranty
1 year limited
Prime status
-

Head Length

The Bosch PS31 and the Bosch PS32 are only 6 ½ inches in head length. This makes them ideal for smaller areas or those hard-to-reach screws.

The Chuck

The chuck is the small metal end where the drill bits fit. The Bosch PS31 and the Bosch PS32 have 3/8-inch sleeveless, keyless chucks. They automictically lock and for precise torque, you have 20 + 1 chuck settings.

Torque

The torque is the turning force of the screwdriver. 175 inches per pound is considered good for a cordless drill. The Bosch PS31 and the Bosch PS32 have 265 inches per pound.

Built-in Tip Holder

For added convenience, the Bosch PS31 and the Bosch PS32 both have a 4-piece bit holder to store different bits while you are working.

Bosch PS32 Review

LED Light

A very handy feature of the Bosch PS31 and the Bosch PS32 is the LED light on the front of the drills. So, for those hard-to-reach areas with very little light, you will have no problems seeing what you are doing.

Fuel Gauge

Bosch uses the term fuel gauge to describe the battery level. On the side of the Bosch PS31 and the Bosch PS32, there is a fuel gauge, allowing to see how much battery is left and to be able to work continuously.

Air Vent Geometry

The small vents towards the end of the Bosch PS31 and the Bosch PS32 make these drills more resistant to dust and drips in harsher environments.

Warranty

The Bosch PS31 and the Bosch PS32 come with a 1-year limited warranty that can be extended if you choose to register the product.

Now let’s look at the few differences between the Bosch PS31 and the Bosch PS32.

Differences Between Bosch PS31 and Bosch PS32

Appearance

You could hardly tell the difference between the Bosch cordless drills. Both have the signature Bosch design with soft rubber grips for a better hold.

Bosch PS31 Comparison

Bosch PS31

The exact dimensions aren’t listed apart from the 7 inches in height and 6.5 inches in length. It weighs just 1.8 pounds.

Bosch PS32

Overall, this drill measures 6.5 x 2 x 7 inches and weighs 2 pounds.

The Winner Is- A Tie

Drill Speeds

They both have a two-speed gearbox and a variable speed trigger. It’s the speed that varies slightly.

Bosch PS31 Review

Bosch PS31

One setting has a speed range of 0 to 350 RPM while the other is from 0-1300 RPM.

Bosch PS32

The maximum speed is still 1300 RPM, but the first setting has a range of 0 to 400 RPM.

The Winner Is- The Bosch PS32

What’s Included

Bosch has done well to include everything you need plus a little extra.

Bosch PS32 comparison

Bosch PS31

You will receive 2 lithium-Ion Ah batteries along with the 12V charger. It also comes with 2 screwdriver bits and a carrying bag.

Bosch PS32

Again, it comes with 2 Lithium-Ion Ah batteries, the 12V charger and a carrying bag (which they have called a contractor’s bag but it’s the same). The bit holder is magnetic, and you also get a 4-piece bit tip set and a belt clip.

The Winner Is- The Bosch PS32

Pros and Cons

Some pros and cons will help to make that final decision.

Bosch PS31

Bosch PS31

Pros:

  • Great for smaller places and difficult angles
  • Excellent battery life
  • Amazing power for its size

Cons:

  • The battery is very difficult to remove

Bosch PS32

Bosch PS32

Pros:

  • It has a nice rubber grip making it easier to hold
  • Brushless motor makes it more responsive
  • Battery life is even better

Cons:

  • The bit holder isn’t great quality and could be better designed

The Final Verdict

There are a few things that make the Bosch PS31 and the Bosch PS32 an amazing cordless drill. First, it has to be the size. Being so compact, they are lightweight and easy for anyone to use. The other thing that is great about these Bosch cordless drills is the power they have. With either, you will be surprised that such a small drill has quite so much power. The battery life was impressive for both, although we did notice the Bosch PS32 lasting a little longer.

Realistically, we couldn’t notice a huge difference in the speed. It’s an upgrade that looks good on paper but doesn’t add a lot of value. The same can be said with the 4-piece bit set and belt clip. Most of us already have numerous drill bits and professionals will already have tool belts and accessories. Neither of these was enough for us to see the extra $50, so for this reason, we felt the Bosch PS31 was the overall winner.


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