BEST JIGSAWS | NOVEMBER 2017
A jigsaw is one of the most versatile and practical power tools you can purchase. From portable jigsaws for DIY projects to professional-grade jigsaws for major construction, the right device can be used to cut a variety of materials, including wood, metal, plastic, ceramic tiles, and more. The majority of high-end saws are easy to use but finding the right one for the right project can be difficult. We took into account speed, power, precision, versatility, and convenience to offer you a list of the best jigsaws for every occasion. Read more about our methodology.
The Bosch JS470EB is capable of handling a multitude of tasks, from DIY projects to professional use. Whether you are a beginner hoping to build your first book shelf or a seasoned professional planning to do some serious renovation, the JS470EB has enough power and versatility to get the job done.Read full review.
The BLACK+DECKER BDCJS20B packs a lot of punch at a very affordable price. Portable, practical, and extremely versatile, the BDCJS20B combines 2,500 SPM with all the bells and whistles you could possibly want in a compact but very powerful device. One of the highest rated jigsaws on the market, you don’t have to pay more for the power you need.Read full review.
Jigsaws BUYING GUIDE
Jigsaw motors offer a range of power capabilities displayed in either Amps (for saws with cords) or Volts (for cordless devices). High-end jigsaws should be around 5-7 Amps, while cordless models should be 18-20 Volts. However, a slightly lower value is appropriate for light projects and thiner materials.
Similarly, the motor speed will affect the type of materials the jigsaw can cut. Deep cuts in dense hardwoods require high speed, while hard steel demands slower reciprocations. Many high-end models offer a maximum speed of 3,000 SPM (strokes per minute) which is enough for most projects, but a range of speed settings is still important, allowing for much greater precision on a variety of materials.
All jigsaws can cut forward and backward, but orbital settings allow you to cut in a sideways and even circular motion. If you are only using it for straight cuts on a single material, you will not need many settings. Generally speaking, however, the more orbital settings the device offers, the better it is.
If you need to make angled cuts for decks, countertops, or any other project, you will want a jigsaw with the ability to adjust bevel settings. Most high-end saws should come with bevel settings that allow up to a 45 degree angle.
Dust Blower & Blade Removal
Accuracy is a pretty big consideration when cutting various materials, and it can be difficult to see through all of the sawdust and other debris that gets in the way. Fortunately, a built-in blower should be included with most high-end models. Similarly, the best jigsaws offer easy, tool-free blade removal, which is a much safer and more convenient option.
A good jigsaw can range in price from $50 - $250. You can still find great options on the lower end of the spectrum with a solid amount of power, as well as variable speed, orbital, and bevel adjustment settings. However, those with the most powerful motors and the greatest precision, as well as add-ons like LED lights, Lithium batteries, vibration reduction, or Smart Technology will definitely cost more. Similarly, while cordless jigsaws generally fall into the lower price range, that is often because they aren’t as powerful or versatile. That being said, there are plenty in the higher range the could easily rival their corded counterparts.
FULL product reviews
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The Bosch JS470EB is one of the highest rated jigsaws on the market, offering a lot of power in a relatively compact device. The 7 Amp barrel-grip jigsaw features a speed range of 500 - 3,100 SPM, 4 orbital action settings, and a 45 degree bevel angle, as well as a tool-less blade change system and a built-in dust blower.
Why We Recommend It
7 Amp Motor. Combining a 7 Amp motor with a range of speed settings from 500 - 3,100 SPM, the Bosch JS470EB can easily cut through a wide range of materials, including hardwood, plastic, aluminum, and some denser metals.
4 Orbital-Action Settings. WIth multiple orbital settings, the JS470EB can easily handle both trim and curved cuts with little effort.
Constant Response. The Constant Response speed variable system maintains desired speed, regardless of resistance.
Low-vibration design. The low-vibration design gives you enhanced accuracy and smooth operation.
No U Shank Blade. Bosch products only allow for the use of T shank blades. While these are considered superior, you will not be able to use any U shank blades you might already own.
- No LED Light. When working in low light or when extreme precision becomes necessary, an LED light can make a big difference.
The BLACK+DECKER BDCJS20B 20V MAX Lithium Jigsaw Bare Tool provides a lot of power and versatility in a lightweight, cordless device. Featuring a motor speed of 2,500 SPM with a variable speed trigger, a 45-degree bevel, a tool-free blade change system, and a built-in dust blower, the BLACK+DECKER BDCJS20B is one of the best options available for a very affordable price.
Why We Recommend It
2500 Maximum SPM. For a cordless device, 2,500 SPM is a lot of power, allowing you to make precise cuts across a wide range of materials.
Compact and Lightweight. Weighing only 4.2lb, the BLACK+DECKER BDCJS20B is an extremely portable device, great for small projects around the house and outdoors.
Built-In Dust Blower. The BDCJS20B also features a built-in dust blower for clear line of sight.
T Shank and U Shank Compatible. The jigsaw is compatible with both T and U shank blades, offering more versatility than some other high-end models.
- Battery Sold Separately. While all cordless jigsaws need to be recharged, the BDCJS20B does not come with 20v MAX battery it requires.
No LED Light. When working in low light or aiming for extreme precision, an LED light can come in handy.
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Best Light Duty Jigsaw
For those more inclined to arts and crafts than major construction, a portable, lightweight jigsaw with limited orbital range is a great option. Many cordless saws still offer enough power and a range of speed settings to cut various materials with a moderate amount of design work, at a much more affordable price.
The SKIL 4495-02 Jigsaw is another great, lightweight option that gives you a lot of bang for your buck. With a 6 Amp motor, 4 orbital-action settings, a variable speed trigger, and a built-in laser guide for accurate cuts, you won’t get more power or versatility in a 5lb device.
Why We Recommend It
Powerful 6.0 Amp Motor. The SKIL 4495-02 features a 6 Amp motor that works well with a wide range of materials.
Built-In Laser Guide. Unlike many jigsaws, this model features a built-in laser guide for extremely accurate cuts.
4 Orbital-Action Settings. The SKIL 4495-02 features multiple orbital settings for hard-to-cut angles.
Unique Stable Foot Design. The unique design of the SKIL 4495-02 provides more control when beginning a cut to avoid ragged edges.
Blade Not Included. The SKIL 4495-02 offers a lot of power for a compact device but blades are sold separately.
Best Jigsaw for DIY Projects
If you're looking to tackle a range of DIY products, you'll want a jigsaw that offers the versatility to handle projects that are small, rage and in-between. These jigsaws have more power, a wider range of speed and orbital settings, and the option to make bevel cuts.
The Black & Decker Smart Select is a unique device, featuring a 5 Amp motor with Smart Technology that automatically adjusts speed and bevel settings to accommodate different types of materials. Also offering a tool-free blade change system, as well as blade storage, the Black & Decker Smart Select is perfect for beginners or anyone looking for an excuse to get some serious DIY work done around the house.
Why We Recommend It
Variable Speed Dial. The Black & Decker Smart Select jigsaw provides seven speed settings, from 800 to 3,000 SPM, for greater power and versatility.
SmartSelect Technology. Smart Technology automatically sets the jigsaw to optimize both speed and bevel settings for any cutting application.
Built-In Dust Blower. The device features a built-in dust blower for accuracy and easy cleanup.
Tool-Less Blade Removal. The Black & Decker Smart Select offers simple blade removal and storage.
No LED Light. The jigsaw does not feature an LED light for visibility and added precision.
The Porter Cable PCC650B is a lightweight, cordless jigsaw and part of the 20V Max System. It features 3 orbital settings, a 45 angle bevel, a variable speed trigger with a range of up to 2,500 SPM, tool-free blade release, and a built in dust blower. It is among the best cordless jigsaws on the market and is a convenient, versatile tool for a variety of DIY projects.
Why We Recommend It
3 Orbital Settings. Multiple orbital settings allow for greater versatility in a compact, affordable device.
Variable Speed Trigger. Cut different materials at various speeds, reaching up to 2,500 SPM.
45 Degree Bevel. With multiple bevel settings, the Porter Cable PCC650B can cut at various angles up to 45 degrees.
Batteries Not Included. The 20V Max battery is sold seperately.
Best Professional-Grade Jigsaw
If you're a professional contractor or a DIYer ready to take on larger projects, a professional-grade jigsaw is what you need. These saws typically have more power and durability than other models so they can chew through tough materials with relative ease.
Featuring a 7.2 Amp motor with variable speed control, the smallest barrel-grip area circumference in its class, a bright LED light, and a large die-cast aluminum footplate for fast bevel adjustments, The Bosch JS572EBK has more power and precision than any other jigsaw in its price range and is a great choice for professional woodworkers and bathroom and kitchen installers.
Why We Recommend It
- 7.2 Amp Motor. The Bosch JS572EBK packs a lot of punch. With a 7.2 Amp motor and variable speed settings, it can handle anything you put under it.
- Ergonomic Barrel Grip. The barrel grip is specifically designed for maximum user control.
- Precision Control. The Precision Control system minimizes blade deflection for added precision.
- Bright LED Light. The Bosch JS572EBK with on/off switch offers greater accuracy, even in low light.
- No Orbital Settings. While the Bosch JS572EBK is powerful and precise, it is only designed for straight cuts.
Best Cordless Jigsaw
There are essentially two types of jigsaws, those that come with cords attached and those that don’t. Cordless saws often offer less power and fewer speed settings, and need to be recharged when not in use. But they are also lighter, more portable, and much more affordable. If you need a jigsaw for personal use on small projects with minimal design, cordless is the way to go.
The Dewalt DCS331M1 is not an inexpensive option but it is one of the most powerful cordless jigsaws on the market and comes with all the bells and whistles you might need. In addition to variable speed settings up to 3,000 SPM, the Dewalt DCS331M1 features 4 orbital and bevel settings, as well as a dust blower and keyless blade change system.
Why We Recommend It
3,000 SPM. For a cordless jigsaw, 3,000 SPM is a lot of power and versatility, allowing you to cut through a wide range of materials with ease.
All-Metal Shoe Bevel. The keyless bevel features 4 settings, including 0, 15, 30, and 45 degree angles.
4 Orbital Settings. Multiple orbital settings offer greater versatility and precision.
Battery Included. Unlike many cordless jigsaws, the 20V MAX XR Premium Li-Ion Battery is included, which can be factored into the overall price.
Not Great For Thicker Metals. The Dewalt DCS331M1 works great on wood, plastic, and lighter metals, but struggles with denser materials.