Consumer Reports: a drill as a gift

Consumer Reports: a drill as a gift. (WPEC)

It may not seem like the most romantic gift but Consumer Reports says a cordless drill is one of the more useful and practical tools you can give.

Consumer Reports just tested 26 cordless drills and says they're more powerful than ever.

"The newest cordless drills we've tested are so good you'll probably never need to use a corded one again," said Sara Morrow, Consumer Reports Home Editor.

To see how they handle, testers perform some basic tasks.

Not surprisingly, drills with 18-volt batteries and larger were the most powerful.

This 200-dollar Dewalt earned a Best Buy rating.

However, Consumer Reports found some 12-volt models that have plenty of power for common tasks.

"So a lighter use drill for hanging art or putting together ready to assemble furniture is a great option for a new homeowner or young person with a new apartment," said Morrow.

For 160 dollars this Bosch offers the best of both worlds.

"You know it's light and easy to handle but it can also deliver when you need a little more power for something like hanging shelves or even installing kitchen cabinets," said Morrow.

If you can't get past the idea of giving a drill as a gift. just remember practical gifts never go out of style.

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