We’ve touted the Bosch PS31 as the perfect homeowner drill: powerful enough for everything except drilling large holes in steel or masonry, small enough to fit comfortably in the hands of inexperienced folks, and built well enough to take abuse. And its compact li-ion batteries retain a charge even after lying in a drawer for months. As you might’ve guessed, these attributes also make it the perfect gift.
Specs are what you’d expect from a third-generation compact drill/driver: 265 in-lb. of max torque, a two-speed transmission (0-350 and 0-1,300 RPM), and a keyless 3/8″ chuck. Think of it as a PS20 on steroids with a real chuck.
Best of all, we found it on sale cheap. International Tool has the PS31-2A — that’s manufacturer code for the kit complete with tool, two batteries, and a charger — (at least right now) for just under $100 with pretty reasonable shipping. Of course, we’d recommend it as a gift even at the normal price of around $125.