Skil iXO Vivo Power Corkscrew - Review and Giveaway
Skil has recently hit the scene with a drinking tool. The Skil power corkscrew has been available in Europe for a couple years now (see our original coverage here) and it's now available in the states. Bosch owns Skil and in Europe, green Bosch is their DIY brand (read: Skil), so in all likelihood, the two items are exactly the same. Skil sent us one to check out and we were pretty interested in it. If it has to do with wine drinking and it flew in Europe, it has to be good, right?
Turns out, maybe not so much.
So it's a pretty complete set; you get the 4-volt driver, the corkscrew attachment, a foil cutter, a wine stopper, and even a set of five driver bits if you want to take some time out from getting sloshed to hang a few pictures or something.
To operate the item, just place the corkscrew head over the top of the wine bottle and activate the driver. Easy as that. Once the cork is out you can remove it from the tool by just putting it in reverse.
To test this item, we brought it to a buddy's Christmas party and gave it an aggressive workout. How did it do? Not so well. It got a lot of laughs, but but they weren't, "ha, ha, this is awesome," it was more like, "ha, ha, this thing is ri-donk-ulous." It really strained pulling the corks out, leading us to believe that 4-volts just ain't enough power to get the job done. One tester cut his finger getting a cork out (probably more attributed to the BAC of the tester rather than the tool itself). At about 11pm, someone suggested that it should come with a holster.
We really wanted this to effortlessly pull out corks left and right. Using a power tool to open a wine bottle is a little....well....corny. It's kind of a gimmick. The sort of thing you do in front of the boys to get a laugh. But if this thing worked with a flawless zip and effortlessly tugged out each cork, we'd have something to work with. But it doesn't, so what we're left with really just boils down to an expensive gag gift. We wish that Skil had not only used a stronger tool, but that they also altered the design of the gun a little to make it less "construction-y." Drop the Skil red in favor of a sleek black on grey, reshape the handle a little so it's a step or two away from a standard drill. That sort of thing.
We actually thought about this review for a while, mulling over the thought, "well, maybe we're missing the fact that this corkscrew comes attached to a pretty nice 4-volt driver...maybe this is a lighthearted way to package a tool." But we keep coming back to the fact that the corkscrew attachment doesn't work too well and we just can't get over it.
But the good news is that we're giving one of these away. To enter the contest, just leave a comment at this post saying whether or not you think this is a fair review. Feel free to rip us one too, we can take it and it won't affect whether or not you get chosen as the winner.
Or you can just buy one for $50 at Amazon
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 2, 2013 8:15 PM