Outside of the circular saw, the jigsaw is arguably the number one tool that any home DIYer or professional woodworker needs.
Whether it be for cutting wood, tile, or thin metal, jigsaws are incredibly useful tools that should be found in every home garage. But what is the best jigsaw that you can buy currently?
This isn’t an easy question to answer, none the less, we are going to try and answer it.
In this article, we will review five different jigsaws and tell you our thoughts on each one. If you can’t read the whole article, our pick for the best jigsaw is the Ryobi One+ P523 18V Lithium Ion Cordless Orbital T Shank 3,000 SPM Jigsaw.
A Spotlight On Some of The Best Jigsaw 2019
Bosch 120-Volt 7.0-Amp Variable Speed Top-Handle Jigsaw
The first candidate for the best jigsaw is the Bosch 120-Volt 7.0-Amp Variable Speed Top-Handle Jigsaw. Bosch is a very well-respected brand when it comes to power tools, and if you don’t already know why, then this jigsaw will show you why.
Firstly, this jigsaw comes with a solid 120-volt motor. Now, that isn’t the most powerful jigsaw that you are going to find on the market, especially if you are looking at corded models, but a 120-volt motor is more than enough for most jobs. Unless you plan on cutting tile or metal consistently, then this jigsaw should be good enough for you.
Speaking of power, controlling the power settings on this Bosch jigsaw couldn’t be simpler. On the side of the jigsaw is a convenient dial that can be used to quickly set the maximum speed of the jigsaw. At the same time, the trigger on the jigsaw is extremely responsive, so you can also use that to control the power output of the jigsaw.
For certain jobs, you may need to change the blade on your jigsaw. Thankfully, Bosch has made changing the blade on this jigsaw extremely easy. You don’t even need to use a tool to change the blade, you can just swap it out.
To make the process of making accurate cuts with this saw easier, Bosch has introduced various “anti-vibration” features which, as you can probably guess, reduce the amount of vibration when using the jigsaw.
New users, in particular, will probably appreciate how much easier this makes it to use. The jigsaw also features a pretty sturdy die-cast foot, which really keeps the jigsaw secure while using it. The only thing that could have been done to improve the accuracy of this jigsaw would have been to add an LED light or laser, which are common on most high-quality jigsaws these days.
Decent 120-volt, 7-amp motor that can tackle most jobs.
Easy, toolless blade changing.
Anti-vibration system helps make the jigsaw more accurate.
Very-easily controlled power output.
Dust blowing lever for quickly cleaning work station.
Very soft, comfort-grip handle.
No LED light or laser.
Ryobi One+ P523 18V Lithium Ion Cordless Orbital T Shank 3,000 SPM Jigsaw
Ryobi may not have the same brand recognition that Bosch does, but don’t let the less famous name fool you, they have made a very good jigsaw that is worth consideration on the best jigsaw list.
One of the best things about the Ryobi One+ is the amount of control that it gives you.
It comes with four separate orbital settings. What these settings do is control the speed at which the blade cuts through material. So, if you are just doing straight cuts on wood, then you can set the setting to high and quickly finish the job.
If, on the other hand, you are trying to make complex cuts like curves, or if you are trying to cut into harder material like tile or metal, then you change the setting to lower. This makes the Ryobi One+ a very versatile jigsaw.
Despite being a cordless jigsaw, the Ryobi packs enough punch to handle pretty tough jobs. The 18-volt motor on it should be enough for any household jobs and even a few professional ones.
Obviously, if you are a professional woodworker, carpenter, or handyman, then you may want something more powerful, but this jigsaw should be good enough for most jobs that you will encounter.
Another very useful feature of this jigsaw is the included LED light. The LED light makes cutting in low-light conditions easy. So, if your garage workshop isn’t particularly well lit, it isn’t an issue, because you can just use the LED light to guide your cutting.
One interesting feature that you don’t see on a lot of jigsaws is the ability to drop the blade lower. As your blade wears out, you can make the blade go lower by dropping the foot. This allows you to continue cutting by using the sharper teeth near the base of the blade. It is an interesting little way to save money and to increase the amount of time between blade switches.
Like a lot of other jigsaws, this one comes with the ability to quickly clear off your work station by using the very hand, built-in dust blower.
The Ryobi also comes with a very handy trigger locking system. What this system does is very simple, it allows you to lock the trigger in place so that you can use your entire hand to guide the jigsaw. It is very helpful when trying to make delicate cuts.
Comes with four orbital settings for added versatility.
Built-in dust blower.
Powerful for a cordless jigsaw.
Lets you use a single blade for longer than other jigsaws.
Helpful trigger locking system for increased accuracy.
Comes with built-in LED light for low-light cutting.
Doesn’t come with battery, must be purchased separately.
DEWALT DW317K 5.5 Amp Top Handle Jig Saw Kit
Anyone who is familiar with power tools in the slightest probably expected at least one DeWalt jigsaw to show up on the best jigsaw list. The DeWalt that we are featuring is the DeWalt DW317K Jig Saw Kit.
The main draw of this kit, in our opinion, is its affordability. If you only need a jigsaw for a job or two, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to go and buy one of the many expensive jigsaws that have been featured on this list. This is a good, low-cost alternative that also happens to still deliver more than adequate performance.
One feature that is really nice, especially given the low cost of the jigsaw, is the ability to change the blade on the fly without any tools. The DeWalt uses a keyless blade clamp, which is what makes this possible. The reason this is so good because that is a very useful feature that isn’t typically included on lower-priced models.
The DeWalt also comes with a very useful orbital action, which lets you choose from four different speeds.
Four different speeds.
Can change the blade quickly and with minimal hassle.
Surprisingly durable thanks to solid metal construction.
Comes with bag for storage.
Easy to handle.
Not powerful enough for tougher jobs.
No LED light.
PORTER-CABLE PCE345 6-Amp Orbital JigSaw
If you want a truly affordable jigsaw, and if you are willing to accept a degree of flimsiness, then you will want to take a serious look at the Porter-Cable PCE345 Orbital Jigsaw.
First, let’s discuss the price of this jigsaw.
If you go back to our last review, you will see that we said that the DeWalt was a good affordable option, and while that is still true, if you want an extremely affordable option, then this is the jigsaw for you.
The Porter-Cable is one of the least expensive jigsaws on this entire best jigsaw list, and it is probably one of the least expensive options on the market as a whole (at least if you limit searching to jigsaws that still perform relatively well).
Despite the very low cost, it does have some pretty useful features. For example, you can change the blade without using a tool. It has seven different speeds to choose from. It also has four different orbital settings.
It even comes with some luxury features, such as a lock-on feature, which allows you to take your hand off the trigger and focus entirely on making accurate cuts. The handle is also surprisingly comfortable and easy to use for long periods of time.
The only downside to this jigsaw is the relative flimsiness of it. It is hard to explain, but when you sue the tool, you can tell it will burn out quickly, which is to be expected given the low price.
Extremely low price.
Seven different speeds.
Four different orbital settings.
BLACK+DECKER BDEJS600C Smart Select Jig Saw
We are ending our best jigsaw list with a jigsaw from another very well-known brand, Black+Decker.
The BDEJS600C is a fairly good jigsaw that is available at a very good price. For starters, it is pretty easy to make accurate cuts with this jigsaw thanks to the presence of an improved wire guard and an adjustable shoe.
You can also change the blade easily because the Black+Decker supports toolless blade changing. So, there is a degree of versatility as well.
Making angled cuts is also very easy thanks to the four different orbital settings to choose from. The orbital settings can be easily changed using the dial on the right, so you can pretty easily adjust whenever you need to.
The only area where this jigsaw disappoints is in the power department. The jigsaw is pretty inexpensive, so you knew it wasn’t going to be super powerful, but only have 5-amps is pretty disappointing.
Four orbital settings for making curved cuts.
Adjustable shoe and improved wire guard for more accurate cuts.
Small and easy to control.
Not very powerful.
The Best Jigsaw Buying Guide
What goes into finding the best jigsaw? What features are the most important to look for?
Which are less important? What kind of jigsaw is better, corded or cordless?
These are the sorts of questions that you need to have an answer for when shopping for a jigsaw on your own. Obviously, if you are already familiar with power tools then you aren’t going to have much of an issue picking out a jigsaw that meets your needs.
However, if you are new to power tools, then picking out a good jigsaw can be difficult. In this buying guide, we are going to do our best to make the process easier for you by talking about the various things that you need to consider when buying a jigsaw.
Corded vs Cordless
Like many power tools these days, you have the option of getting a corded jigsaw or a cordless jigsaw. If you are familiar with power tools, then you are already going to know the pros and cons of each particular type as the pros and cons of wired and wireless models tend to remain the same. However, if you aren’t very experienced with power tools, don’t worry because the differences are fairly straightforward.
Corded models are generally more powerful since they have access to a continuous source of power and because they also have access to a better source of power. Corded models are also more reliable because there is no chance of the jigsaw running out of power in the middle of a job.
Finally, corded jigsaws tend to be a lot lighter because they aren’t weighed down by giant battery packs.
On the other hand, cordless models are a lot more maneuverable because they don’t have a giant, cumbersome cord for you to work around. Also, because there is no cord, cordless models can be a bit easier to make accurate cuts with since you can move more freely with the jigsaw.
There is a third type of jigsaw out there that uses airpower (pneumatic jigsaws) however, these aren’t very common, and so we aren’t going to talk about them in this buying guide.
Overall, there s no right answer when it comes to picking which type of jigsaw is the best jigsaw.
It comes down to your own personal preference. If you are new to jigsaws and aren’t sure which to start with, we would recommend going with a corded jigsaw because they are a bit easier to use.
After picking whether you want a corded or cordless model, you next have to decide what sort of power level you are looking for. Corded models generally range anywhere from 110-volts to 240-volts. Volts are one of the main ways of telling the power output of a jigsaw. One other way is by looking at the amps of a jigsaw.
Now, unless you are doing heavy-duty work on a professional job site, you don’t have to go overboard with a power. For example, say you are just doing some amateur home improvement or say you are just building some things in your spare time, then you can definitely get by with a 120-volt jigsaw.
There is no reason to spend a lot more money on a more powerful jigsaw when you don’t need lots of power.
Make Sure Switching Blades Is Easy
Jigsaws, like many other kinds of saws, come with a variety of different blades. The different blades can deliver radically different kinds of cuts and each kind of blade has a special role. If you plan on using your jigsaw to its fullest potential, then the chances are good that you are going to be using different blades.
Very often, you will have to use different blades on the same job. Even if you don’t think that you will be using different blades, consider the fact that the blade on your jigsaw will need to be replaced, especially if you are constantly cutting harder materials.
Some jigsaws make changing the blades a hassle. You have to get out tools to get the old blade out and put the new one in. So, when shopping for the best jigsaw, you should put a good emphasis on finding one that has toolless blade changing. A few of the jigsaws on our own list have this feature and trust us when we say that it makes a big difference.
When it comes to power tools, you will see a lot of the same brands pop up over and over again. Even when reading the best jigsaw list, you probably saw a lot of names that you were already familiar with, such as DeWalt, Bosch, and others.
Now, on the one hand, buying from well-known brands is good because those brands are respected for a reason and you can be reasonably confident in their quality. However, you shouldn’t only stick to well-known brands when shopping for a jigsaw, as you can end up overlooking some very jigsaws (a good example of this is the Ryobi One+).
Now that you have seen our choice for the best jigsaw, as well as our jigsaw buying guide, it is time for you to tell us what you think. We want you to all leave a comment letting us know what your own personal thoughts are on our list and on jigsaws as a whole.