International Builders' Show Product Preview: Kobalt 53" Stainless Steel Tool Chest

Consumer Reports News: February 06, 2009 01:06 PM

At this year's International Builders' Show, the over-the-top products I've become accustomed to seeing were few and far between, a sign of the times, I guess. But since the annual gathering was in Las Vegas, I knew I'd find at least a few glitzy and gaudy items—inside the convention center, that is. One of the most outrageous was in what's usually a pretty utilitarian category: tool storage.

The $1,700 Kobalt 53" Stainless Steel Tool Chest, available at Lowe's, is the mack daddy of tool chests. It comes with a Pioneer sound system, with built-in speakers and an iPod jack, and a 1.6-cubic-foot refrigerator (intended only for water and other soft drinks, natch). This Kobalt tool chest is equipped with LED lights, integrated power strip and hanging hooks, heavy-duty casters, and 16 drawers.

Only problem is, this rolling entertainment center might district you from getting your projects done.—Michael DiLauro

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