The jigsaw has evolved for the better over the years it’s now very common for them to be designed with a range of helpful features that make the users work much easier, some examples of improved features are low vibration motors, speed control, dust blower, adjustable base for beveled cutting, changeable blade angle for better curve control, LED and now they are available as very capable cordless tools.
There are hundreds of brands to choose from some of the best brands in the market are Bosch, Dewalt, Makita, Black and Decker, Worx, Ryobi, Taclife, Milwaukee, Porter-cable, Festool, Hitachi, Rockwell just to name some of the better companies who design and produce them.
They all have many different models meaning there are thousands of jigsaws to choose from making it difficult to work out which one you need.
This best jigsaw buyers review guide will choose the best jigsaws in a number of categories, overall best jigsaw, best cordless jigsaw, the best jigsaw in the $100-$200 categories, best jigsaw in the $50-$100 categories and best budget jigsaw under $50.
This will help anyone who is unsure of the best jigsaw to choose and what jigsaw is best for you and the work you intend to carry out with it.
Our choices have all been reviewed through unbiased eyes and we never accept any free tools for review as this would call in to question our neutral standpoint.
We have spent many hours going through these jigsaws to weed out the poor and unreliable ones and to bring the best products to the forefront.
We hope to help you get the right jigsaw for you at the right price for your budget.
Bosch Corded Jigsaw Model number JS470E
This really is a high-end quality corded jigsaw from Bosch that we considered the gold standard of jigsaws because it has so many features to assist you to obtain the highest precision and the best-finished cut, that’s why it’s made it as our number 1 pick.
Bosch is a world-renowned company that produces high-end power tools that are both built to last and equal to the tasks put in front of them.
It has variable speed trigger control which is useful when cutting different materials for example for wood you would set the speed to high to obtain the best cut and for metal, it’s better to slow down the speed of the blade for a better cleaner cut.
With it’s 4 in 1 orbital setting it provides 4 different types of stroke motions for ease of cutting different materials which really help you achieve a great finish and end result.
The anti-splinter insert enables a clean-cut time after time.
It comes with a tool-less blade removing system which works by simply pressing the auto-eject lever speeding up the job of switching blades which making blade changes a doddle and makes the old fiddly blade removing systems using a tool seem outdated.
It is quite light weighing in at 10 pounds and measuring 16 x 14.5 x 4.5 inches and has a super soft-grip handle.
It also has a dust and shavings removal system which means no more having to blow the surface and getting a face full of dust so this provides you with a clean cutting line which is especially useful when you are cutting through materials that produce a lot of dust or shavings.
Fitted with a 10ft power cord which is a respectable amount of cable and gives plenty of freedom of movement.
As you can see it has so many features that help you do what a good jigsaw should do cut through a wide range of materials with ease every time that is why this jigsaw goes to the top of the list of best jigsaws and it wouldn’t be out of place in a professional carpenters toolbox.
The Bosch JS470E comes with 12 months manufacturers warranty.
Fast tool-less blade change
12 months manufacturers warranty
Lock-on button with Ambidextrous use
Large Steel base
Button precision control
Variable speed modes selection
Orbital action 4-In-1 settings
Adjustable shavings and dust blower
Super-soft grip and ergonomic handle
Bevel wrench included
Sturdy Carry case
Dewalt cordless Jigsaw DCS331B
Dewalt is an American company that is well renowned for designing and building top-quality power tools, they are a very popular choice for
contractors because of the reliability and performance of their power tools.
This model is for the body only and doesn’t come with a battery or charger included which is a bit disappointing but they are available to
purchase from most power tool outlets including Amazon.
We really like this model because it is a very strong jigsaw constructed of mainly of metal and it comes with adjustable speed settings which
really help it cut through a range of different materials with ease.
It has the 4 position orbital cutting action and the fast blade changing quick blade ejection system which makes switching blades really fast.
It has a keyless shoe bevel giving it the ability to cut materials at an angle of 0, 15, 30 and 45 degrees.
It uses T shank blades and these are the only cutting blades it is compatible with.
It weighs around 11 pounds once you have the battery attached with the weight mostly owing to its mostly metal construction but it is well balanced and provides a really nice cut across all materials, it measures in at 11 x 4 x 11 inches.
It has an anti-slip grip handle for improved grip and control.
This Dewalt Jigsaw comes with the dust or shavings blower which makes staying on the line much simpler than the old blow it off yourself technique.
The Bosch has more features but makes no mistake this is a professional jigsaw that will stand up to constant heavy use and it scores highly among customers many of whom are professional contractors who need reliable power tools for their work so that confirms it’s placed as a really good choice.
Strong mostly metal construction
4 position orbital cutting action
Fast blade changing with the tough metal eject lever
Angle cutting shoe bevel settings
3 years manufacturers warranty
Adjustable speed settings
Dust blower feature
Anti-slip handle grip
20V powerful cutting
Makita 4350FCT Top Handle Jig Saw with L.E.D.Light
This Makita jigsaw is what we class as a high-end quality power tool, it comes with variable speed settings and a balanced motor design that reduces vibration massively which if you have used a jigsaw for long periods you will know how much of a hindrance the vibrating is not to mention less vibration makes it much easier to stay precisely on the cutting line.
Suitable for cutting wood, metal, and plastic and has an adjustable shoe that enables you to cut from 0-45 degree angles.
It has built-in dust and sawdust blower which also makes it easy to stay on the cutting line and the LED light is also really helpful for poorly lit areas of the materials your working with.
It is really light at 6 pounds in weight and comes with an 8ft power cord which is a decent length for getting around your work without no snagging.
It is compatible with T shank type blades and comes with 6 saw blades and a sturdy carry case.
All in all a very capable jigsaw with some excellent features that make the cutting less work and give a good end result.
Really light at just over 6 pounds
Anti vibrating design
Slow start with excellent control
variable speed settings
0-45 degree cutting angles
Dust and sawdust blower
Comes with 6 cutting blades
Sturdy carry case
Bosch Professional Cordless Jigsaw Model number GST 12V-70
Another entry from Bosch which is well worthy of the top 10 best jigsaw performers, it’s compact and lightweight and excellent for curved and fine detailed cutting tasks.
This is a cordless jigsaw that has long-life batteries included in the package with 2 x 2.0ah batteries with a quick-charge battery charger with overcharge protection and the jigsaw has a battery indicator on it.
With its speed pre-selection settings for different materials, it is a very capable and compact jigsaw.
It has a dust extraction kit and LED light so it’s easy to keep to the cutting line and is also really useful for cutting from underneath the work piece. The LED can be switched on or off.
This Bosch jigsaw also has the tool-less quick blade change that is so popular now and the footplate is adjustable up to 45 degrees.
It has an auto-brake design so it stops as soon as it is switched off.
The weight of the jigsaw with the battery included is 1.5kg and it has a very ergonomic feel to it with a soft anti-slip handle that makes it really nice to operate.
I would say this is more suited to lighter detailed work but it still a powerful jigsaw and it has the capability to cut through wood up to 70mm in depth.
2 X batteries and quick charge charger
Dust extraction system
Very nimble and compact
1-year standard warranty and possibility to extend it to 3 years online
2 blades and a sturdy carry case inc
Adjustable up to 45 degrees
Overcharge protection and electronic motor protection
Nice clean cut
WORX multi-purpose cordless jigsaw model number WX550.1
Worx is a well-established power tool company with a good reputation for high-quality power tools and this entry into the top 10 jigsaws is slightly different from the other entries because it doubles as both a jigsaw and a reciprocating saw with a clever pivoting design.
It is a cordless saw with 2 x 2oV long-life lithium batteries and a quick charge charger included.
It’s easy to see why this is a popular jigsaw/saw and don’t let the fact it is both fool you into believing it isn’t a serious jigsaw because it performs extremely well.
It really comes into its own in small tight spaces it is able to cut through a depth of 50mm for wood 4mm for metal and 50mm for plastic pipe in jigsaw mode.
This dual-use saw can cut a large number of items from standard use as a jigsaw for wood to pipe, branches, and metal.
With the dust blower design feature it is easy to stay on track and achieve a precisely finished cut.
It comes with the tool-less blade change feature that many of the better jigsaws have it saves you time and prevents fiddling around trying to get the old blade out time after time when you have different materials to get through.
The clever pivoting system quickly allows you to change from jigsaw to reciprocating saw
Dust and shavings blower
2 x 20v long-life lithium batteries and a quick charge charger
Nimble and able to get into compact areas
Standard size blades
Good for metal, wood or plastic
Quick blade change system with no-tool needed
5 different blades and sturdy carry case included
3 years manufacturers warranty when you register your product at Worx
BLACK + DECKER Jigsaw model number BDEJS600C with Smart Select
This Black + Decker corded jigsaw is the best low budget jigsaw we have tried especially when you consider in the under $50 category and would be still considered a good deal for under $100.
It has many of the features of the higher-priced jigsaws like variable speed, dust blower, keyless blade change, power lock button and the ability to cut 45-degree angles.
For the price point, it really is hard to pick any fault with this jigsaw the only thing that we could complain about is it doesn’t come with a carry case it just comes as is in the box but that really is a small thing to complain about when you consider this is under $50.
It also has the ability to change the blade angle to 4 different settings for extra curve control and is powerful at speeds of up to 3000 spm (strokes per minute).
It comes with 7ft of power cord and weighs only 5 pounds.
This jigsaw can cut up to 3 inches wood and with the right blades it is fine for cutting metal, it accepts both types of blades but we found it works best with the T-shank blades that are available from all hardware stores and Amazon.
Quick blade change
Price is less than $50
45 degree angled cutting
4 blade angle settings for better-curved cutting control
lightweight only 5 pounds
Power lock button
PORTER-CABLE Orbital Jigsaw Model number PCE345
This offering from Porter-Cable is a good solid choice in the $50-$100 category.
With the tool-free quick blade change most of us have become accustomed to, the 4 orbital settings mode and the powerful 3200 spm motor it is a decent choice for a budget jigsaw.
The only criticism I have with this jigsaw is there is no dust blowing function and it doesn’t cut at the 45-degree angles that many of its competitors do manage to but we have included it because it’s a good quality jigsaw that made little fuss whilst we used it to cut through wood.
It also did a decent job of clearing the dust with base plate although we would prefer the dust blowing feature because that does a better job of keeping the cutting line clear.
It feels like it’s a good solid unit that is built to last and it wouldn’t have any problem standing up to heavy use.
It comes with a 7ft power cord, weighs 6 pounds, measures 9.5 x 3 x 8.5 inches and you don’t get a carry case with this jigsaw just the box it arrives in.
It uses the T-shank type blades and comes with 1 rough woodcut blade included in the box.
Power lock button
Good solid unit built to last
4 orbital cutting options
Quick tool-less blade change
Light at 6 pounds
Bosch Jigsaw Model number JS260
Another well-earned entry into our top 10 best jigsaws for Bosch with this one sitting in the $50-$100 categories.
This one has all the features we have talked about like the quick tool-less blade change, the 4 orbital blade strokes mode, variable speed and accelerator control through the trigger.
It also has an adjustable dust and wood shavings blower which is a nice touch as normally you just get a blow or don’t blow as the option.
It has a heavy gauge metal footplate for added stability and it is a low vibration jigsaw which is one of the most important features for many people who use their jigsaw for long periods not to mention that helps produce a more accurate cut.
With its adjustable base, it is capable of creating beveled cuts and it has the anti-splinter base that also helps produce a nice clean cut.
The power cord is 9ft it weighs 6 pounds and measures 13 x 10 x 4 inches.
The jigsaw is comfortable in the hand with a good ergonomic design which helps for when you have spent long periods cutting with it.
Adjustable dust and wood shavings blower
Good solid footplate that is adjustable for beveled cuts
4 orbital cutting modes for different strokes
Speed control through the trigger
9ft power cord
Low vibration motor
Takes standard size blades
Makita 18v cordless Jigsaw Model number XVJ03Z
The Makita XVJ03Z gives the Dewalt in this top 10 a lot of competition in the cordless jigsaw category with many of the same features, it is a high-quality jigsaw that would be at home in any professional contractors toolbox.
It has all the good features you would expect from a high-end jigsaw, tool-less blade change, 2 finger variable speed trigger, 3 orbital settings and a heavy gauge metal base for stability.
We found this jigsaw to be very smooth and precise and you get the feeling from using it that it’s really well made and up to the challenge of heavy and continuous use that it will be expected of it from a professional tradesman.
It is quite a heavy unit but that helped it remain stable even when cutting demanding materials like metal.
Like the Dewalt, it is in the higher price range but you would expect that from such a quality engineered jigsaw like this one is.
Unfortunately, just like the Dewalt, we featured in this list it comes as body only and you will need to purchase the battery and charger separately and they are available from Amazon.
It would be hard to justify the price for someone who only wanted it now and then for the odd job but continuous use it comes into its own.
Weighing in at just 7 pounds it packs a real amount of power from the 18V lithium battery it runs on.
3 orbital setting modes
quick tool-less blade change
Large 2 finger trigger with speed control
A solid base that glides over anything
Black & Decker Jig Saw Model number BDEJS4C
This our number 1 pick in the low budget jigsaw category because it is incredibly good value for the price.
This is one of the major problems with many of the cheaper jigsaws they are not built to last and they don’t but this one is different and it’s an absolute bargain for under $30.
We are not saying it would be the engineers or carpenters choice because they need a jigsaw that could be being used on difficult and thick materials for 6-8 hours a day 5 days a week but what we are saying is this one will stand up to everyday home use like trimming doors or cutting laminate flooring for long periods and would make a great hobby jigsaw too.
It is capable of cutting up to 2+1/2 inches wood will cut metal and uses T shank blades and has a 7ft power cord.
It doesn’t come with a carry case just in the box with 1 wood cutting blade.
A very capable jigsaw and it wouldn’t surprise me if it went up in price due to its reliability and the number of happy customers it has acquired.
Tool-less blade change
Adjustable base for up to 45-degree bevel cutting
Hoover attachment for dust control
Lightweight 4.5 pounds
Variable speed trigger
Orbital blade strokes for tough materials
Built to last
There are many features we have discussed in this review but the ones that should be considered the most beneficial when buying a jigsaw are low vibration, power, dust removal, a speed controller and the ability to cut bevels these will be the most important factors for a nice clean and accurate cut no matter what material you are working with and less effort will be needed which is also important if you are working for long periods cutting with the jigsaw.
Always play it safe and wear safety goggles whilst cutting.
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