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Portable, versatile, and easy to use, jigsaws deserve a spot in every tool collection. While some are a pleasure to use and create smooth cuts without shaking your arms apart, other models are prone to heavy vibration and jumpy cuts. Before you click “purchase” on any jigsaw, the following reviews compare the ten best jigsaws you can get right now.
Do you want a variable speed trigger, variable speed dial, or both? How comfortable will it be to use a particular saw? We better make sure it cuts straight. And does the dust port blow the sawdust away from the cut line or into our faces?
At A Glance: Our Top Picks for Jigsaws
Best Cordless Pick
If you visit commercial woodworking shops, chances are very good that you’ll see them using a Bosch jigsaw. One word perfectly describes the JS470E: smooth. It didn’t jump around, the blade didn’t grab, it just made a smooth and straight cut. The low-vibration design didn’t wear out the arms or shake them like crazy, making it much more pleasant to operate. There is a variable speed dial to set the top speed, and the trigger is variable speed within the range you set. The trigger can also be locked to the top of the range, so you won’t have variability from the trigger. It’s got an impressive 7-amp motor capable of up to 3,100 strokes per minute (SPM), helping make this our pick for the best woodworking jigsaw.
While it’s hard to beat this incredible set of features, the JS470E isn’t perfect. First, it’s an expensive beast. Also, even though you can lock the trigger to the top of the speed range, there are only six speeds you can set, which means that you can’t lock the trigger for very slow operation. The one-year warranty isn’t great, but it protects against manufacturer defects.
On the opposite end of the price spectrum is the very affordable Smart Select jigsaw from Black + Decker. The 5-amp motor isn’t the best in class, but it’s respectable. It creates enough power to cut through a variety of materials with ease since it can reach 3,000 SPM with a stroke length of 0.75 inches. Cuts are clean, smooth, and accurate. The trigger is variable speed, but there is no speed dial or ability to lock the speed, so your only adjustability is with the trigger.
This jigsaw shouldn’t be used with U-shank blades. The blade-lock mechanism lost tension over the first few weeks of use and would no longer adequately hold U-shank blades. It still held T-shank blades fine, so just be aware. It’s a very manageable saw with a weight of only 4.6 pounds. Even though it’s light, the vibration wasn’t excessive since the handle seemed to dampen it during operation. Finally, it comes equipped with a two-year warranty for peace of mind, which is why we think it’s the best jigsaw for the money.
Cordless tools offer more maneuverability and easier use than their corded counterparts. If you’d prefer your jigsaw to be free of power cables, then the DeWalt 20V MAX is our choice for best cordless jigsaw. Capable of 3,000 SPM, the cordless DeWalt offers as much blade speed and cutting power as its corded competitors. The cuts are smooth and clean, delivered with a 1-inch stroke length from a variable speed trigger.
Although the listed weight is 5.4 pounds, that’s without the battery. Once adding the battery, the total weight is nearly 7 pounds. Such a heavy saw could lead to fatigue if using it for long periods. The need to purchase a separate battery also raises the price on this, and the tool is already priced at a premium. Luckily, the three-year warranty means this investment should stick around for many projects. The biggest drawback was painfully clear during use. Jigsaws are usually equipped with a blower to keep sawdust from obscuring your cut line. While the DeWalt does have a blower, it’s completely ineffective. This makes it difficult to see your line to make straight cuts.
Makita is a well-known and trusted name in power tools. The JV0600K jigsaw continues its tradition of high-quality tools by offering clean cuts and a smooth feel. At 5.2 pounds, it’s right in the middle of the pack in terms of weight. Not too heavy to wear you out and not so light that it will bounce all over the place. This is a powerful jigsaw at 6.5 amps, capable of producing 3,100 SPM at a stroke length of 0.75 inches. Although it’s very powerful, it’s surprisingly low in vibration thanks to the internal counterbalance system. The through-body dust port allows for vacuum hookup. Once attached, the vacuum sucks all sawdust through the body, giving you a clear view of your cut line.
While this is certainly a great tool, it’s not without its flaws. While it is variable speed, the trigger is not. You can only set the speed by dial. Also, the one-year warranty is far from stellar. The final drawback here is that according to the manual, this saw only uses Makita type-B blades. These are not as readily available and are also premium-priced. Something to keep in mind when considering the Makita JV0600K.
At six pounds, this Porter-Cable jigsaw is pretty stout. At 6 amps, it’s also pretty strong. With a stroke length of 13/16” and a max speed of 3,200 SPM, this is one of the faster saws available. It has variable speed that’s controlled by a dial built into the trigger. The trigger itself is not variable. The three-year warranty is great considering the affordable price this saw is available at. Unfortunately, it’s got some drawbacks that should be mentioned.
The most prominent issue was that the blade was not square. This made it difficult to get a completely straight cut. Aside from this, it cut very smoothly, and the cut was clean, but it just didn’t want to stay straight. The other glaring weakness is the lack of a dust port. It felt like this saw was just blowing the sawdust right into our faces, which of course, makes it quite difficult to see what you’re cutting.
The Skil 6.0-amp laser jigsaw is a very modestly priced tool with good performance. It produces smooth cuts easily with the 13/16” stroke length and variable speed trigger. At 5 pounds, it’s lighter than many of its competitors, making it good for long projects. Although it does feature a laser to mark your cut and make it easier to see, it’s more of a gimmick than a useful function. In daylight, you can barely see the beam, and it tends to drift off the proper path, meaning your cuts don’t end up straight! An LED would have been a better choice.
The biggest problem with this Skil jigsaw is the tension knob on the base. It gets loose during use, allowing the base to move. This means your cut will now be on an angle. The blades also tended to wobble and didn’t seem fully secure. Some brands wouldn’t even lock in fully, though it’s supposed to accept all U-shank and T-shank blades. While this saw does operate very well and it’s covered by a one-year warranty, it’s not quite up to par with some of the higher choices on this list.
You’ll be disappointed if you use this on any heavy duty project, but for little fixes around the house, this jigsaw’s a keeper.
The first thing we noticed about the affordable TACKLIFE jigsaw was the weight. Weighing in at 7.7 pounds, this thing is a brick. The next thing that jumped out about this saw was the power. At 6.7 amps, it is definitely a very capable saw. It can cut through a variety of materials with ease thanks to the 3,000 SPM the motor pushes at a stroke length of 0.75 inches. Cutting speed is selectable by a six-position knob, but the trigger is not variable.
Two features really stand out about this saw. First, it has an LED light that makes it much easier to see your cut line. Second, it has a dust port with a connection for a vacuum, meaning there will be no sawdust to obstruct your view. Between these two things, seeing your line to cut will be no problem. On the downside, the blades tend to pop out of the guide resulting in a less than straight cut. This was pretty aggravating, but the same thing was experienced on other models as well. The other drawback comes from the base leaving scratches on the surface we were cutting, meaning it’s not optimal for finish work.
When you hold this Black+Decker jigsaw, you’ll immediately notice how light it is. It is definitely one of the lightest ones available at a measly 3.75 pounds. Unfortunately, this did result in a somewhat jumpy operation that wasn’t as steady as other models higher on this list. The 3,000 SPM produced by the 6-amp motor is on par with competitors. The trigger is variable speed, allowing you to get more precise with your cuts. For the low price, the two-year warranty ensures that this saw will see you through many projects. The notable feature on this saw is the smart select feature which sets your optimal orbital pattern by selecting the material you’re cutting with a knob.
Although it’s got some great characteristics, this saw also has its drawbacks such as the “linefinder.” This strange little light only illuminates lines drawn by their special marker that’s attached to the cord. Honestly, this felt like just another thing to lose, and more of an advertising gimmick than a useable feature. Also, the base loosened up several times during operation causing the bevel to change, so the cut was no longer properly aligned.
First off, with this Festool Carvex jigsaw, there’s an elephant in the room that must be acknowledged. THIS THING IS EXPENSIVE! Granted, it has a robust set of features, but it doesn’t perform magic. Now that’s out of the way, as soon as you hold it, you notice that it weighs almost nothing. At 16 ounces, it’s hard to imagine a lighter jigsaw. Unfortunately, the top handle is very thin and not at all comfortable. It also tends to be pretty jumpy. Speed-wise, the Festool is hard to beat at 3,800 SPM. There is a dial to set your speed range and the variable trigger gives you freedom within the range you choose.
Brushless motors mean this saw should have a long life, and the three-year warranty backs up that notion. The bright LED on the front and dust port on the rear that connects to a dust extractor combine to make sure you can always see your cut line. While most jigsaws on the market feature a tilting base, this one is awful. It doesn’t tilt properly and isn’t stable. With such a high price, you’d expect them to catch such glaring design flaws.
At only 4.15 pounds for just the saw, the Ridgid OCTANE 18V cordless jigsaw is pretty light for a cordless model. It’s heavier once the battery is added, but still isn’t heavy compared to other cordless jigsaws. Of course, it’s priced pretty high, so you’re paying for the weight savings. Overall, it’s a great cordless saw, though several negatives stop it from reaching higher on this reviews list. First, the good. The brushless motors should lead a very long life. The LED light on the front makes it easy to see your cut line. The 3,500 SPM and 1-inch stroke length are on par with competitors. The real standout though is the lifetime warranty.
Ok, now the bad. The warranty, while excellent, is only available if you buy this tool from Home Depot. Purchase it from anywhere else, and Ridgid will not honor their warranty! Next, the dust blower is supposed to blow sawdust away so you can see your line. Instead, dust blows in your face so you can’t see anything. Strike three is the fact that this already expensive jigsaw requires the additional purchase of a battery, bringing it to a very premium price point.
Now that you’ve read about our picks for the top 10 best jigsaws, let’s get into what features make a jigsaw better. This will make your decision easier since you’ll know exactly what to look for. There are quite a few things to keep in mind, and if you neglect something important you probably won’t be satisfied with your purchase.
For most of these jigsaws, the power is rated in amps. For the cordless ones, it’s usually rated in volts instead since they’re battery powered. Each saw on this list provides ample power to make quality cuts. However, there’s still a disparity between the 5 amps produced by the lowest power model and 7 amps made by the most powerful. This is going to have an effect on efficiency, as well as on how thick of materials you’ll be able to cut.
Sometimes when you’re in the zone working on your project, it’s easy to lose track of time and the hours fly by. With a heavy jigsaw, those hours can really add up and you’ll start to feel the fatigue much more than with a lighter saw. This could even manifest in sore arms and shoulders the next day. With that in mind, there’s also a benefit to a heavier saw. Lighter saws tend to jump around more from the cutting action of the blade, while a heavier saw may have an easier time achieving a smoother cutting operation. With weight ranging from a meager one pound to a stout 7.7 pounds, there is a lot of variability from model to model.
The motor speed of a jigsaw is measured in SPM or strokes per minute. Faster speeds allow quicker and smoother cuts. While anything over 2,500 SPM should be sufficient, some saws offer far higher speeds than this.
By having precise control of your blade speed, you get better control of your cut. This makes it possible to make much cleaner and more accurate cuts. While every saw on this list does feature variable speed, they do so in different ways. Some models feature a variable speed trigger, which allows you to adjust the speed by adjusting how far you pull the trigger. Others have a speed select knob, which allows you to select an exact speed the trigger will engage. Certain models combine these two approaches for the most flexible speed variability of them all. These models use a speed select knob to select your max speed, and then the variable trigger controls the speed within that range. These models also usually allow you to lock the trigger to the top speed of the range if you desire.
Each jigsaw that earned its way onto our top 10 list features tool-free blade changing. However, not all jigsaws on the market do, so it’s worth mentioning. Tool-free blade changing allows quick changes of the blade, without having to touch the burning hot metal with your fingers. This is much quicker and more convenient than models where blade change is performed with an Allen wrench.
One of the most important things to think about is something you can’t tell from reading a product specification sheet. How does it feel when it operates? For a jigsaw, this can be a make or break kind of deal. A jumpy jigsaw with a blade that binds often and has a hard time cutting straight is going to be far more frustration than it’s worth. Some models of jigsaw feature vibration dampening which can make it much more comfortable to use, especially when putting in long hours on your project.
All of the jigsaws we’ve reviewed feature orbital function, but it’s an essential feature that’s not available on every saw, so we wanted to cover it briefly. As implied by the name, an orbital saw cuts in an orbital motion. This is more efficient than straight up and down cutting patterns. It’s superior for cutting thick pieces, and it offers faster cuts on any medium.
After making it through this whole article, you’re probably getting impatient to start making some cuts! After all, that project isn’t going to finish itself. So, a short recap of our reviews is in order.
In the first position, our choice for the best overall jigsaw is the Bosch JS470E. Buttery smooth operation that makes straight, clean cuts combined with plenty of speed variability make this low-vibration saw a pleasure to use. For those who are more budget-conscious, the Black+Decker Smart Select jigsaw is a choice you won’t regret. Featuring a lightweight design that creates very little vibration and delivers excellent-quality cuts, it’s hard to believe it’s so affordable.
If you’d prefer your jigsaw to be cordless, then we suggest the DeWalt 20V MAX cordless jigsaw. Beautiful cuts in a portable package protected by a three-year warranty make the DeWalt our choice for best cordless jigsaw.
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