Getting a good electric staple gun can make your next project a fast one and can free you from having to deal with an air compressor. Getting the wrong model can make you pine for the days of being tethered to an air compressor.
Shopping online is supposed to make finding the right model easy, but we all know that’s not always the case. If you’re like us, you may find that many product descriptions seem to be written by ad executives who are less-than-forthcoming when it comes to potential downsides to their products.
If you want to get a great deal at a great price, make sure you check out our reviews of the best electric staple guns of 2020. We walk you through the good and the bad with each model, and we’ve also included a buyer’s guide designed to help you understand these products long before you buy.
|Makita XTS01Z 18V LXT Crown Stapler|
|Duo-Fast ENC-5418A Electric Stapler||7 lbs||4.5/5|
|Roberts Model 10-600 Stapler||7 lbs||4.45/5|
|Stanley TRE550Z Electric Staple/Brad Nail Gun|
|VonHaus 2 in 1 Stapler and Brad Nailer Gun Kit||3 lbs||3.9/5|
The Makita XTS01Z LXT Crown Stapler is the best overall electric staple gun on the market today. It comes with easy depth control, which you can adjust with a knob for maximum precision. Most people will love the easy depth adjustment that comes with this model. Adjusting the knob on the bottom will allow you to sink your staples to the desired depth in almost any surface. It also comes with a windowed magazine, so it’s easy to see when you’re running low and need to refill the magazine. This model will drive any staple with a 3/8” crown and can drive staples from 1/4″ to 7/8” in length without any problem, and it works especially well with the popular Arrow T50 staples.
It’s also compact, at under ten inches long, and lightweight, weighing just over five pounds when a battery is installed. This model comes without a battery, which slightly reduces the overall value, but if you already own cordless Makita tools, there’s a chance you already have the battery you’ll need to operate this model. Otherwise, you’ll have to spend more to get one. Overall, this is a flexible staple gun, and one most people will love using.
The Duo-Fast ENC-4518A Electric Stapler is the model you want to get if you want the reliability of a corded model over that of a battery-powered model. If you don’t want to deal with recharging batteries, this model is a great choice. It’s compact so it’s easy to use this model on stairs or in tight corners. It also has some staple versatility, as it can use crown staples that are 3/16” wide, but 3/8”, 1/2″, or 9/16” in length.
It also comes with a carrying case, which is a nice touch for the price. However, this model is significantly more expensive than our top model, and it doesn’t provide significantly more value, making it an iffy buy. And power cords can be inconvenient relative to working with a battery if you’re not worried about runtime or recharging time. Overall, this is among the best of the electric staple guns, but most people will have to decide if the high price is worth it for a model that isn’t as good as others in terms of portability. However, if reliability is your number one most important feature, then going with a great corded model is the right choice for you.
The Roberts Model 10-600 Stapler is a great choice for someone who needs an inexpensive stapler but still values quality. It comes with a long power cord, which makes it pretty flexible even if you’re not dragging an extension cord around. It also comes with a non-slip handle, which adds a measure of comfort, and makes it far harder to accidentally drop this tool. It has a quick-release on its magazine. While that may seem like a small feature, it will save a lot of time in the long run if you’re stapling at very high volumes.
Since you can get this model for a very low price relative to the top models on our list, this model is a very good deal. It even includes a carrying case for the money, which makes it an even better deal for the money. The only downside to this model is that you can only use one type of staple, 9/16″ 20-gauge staples with 3/16″ crowns. If you can get a lot of use out of those, you’ll be set with this model. If you’re going to need more flexibility, then you’ll want to get a different staple gun.
If you’re doing small jobs and want to get great value for your money, the Stanley TRE550Z Electric Staple/Brad Nail Gun is the model for you. It comes with an eight-foot power cord, which is long enough to use without adding an extension cord in many situations. You can also use some different staples with this model. This model can accept Sharpshooter TRA700 or Arrow T-50 staples, as well as 1/2″, 9/16”, and 5/18” brads. That’s a well-rounded selection and will allow you to work on several different projects.
The dual power lever means that you can fire staples at two different power levels and is optimized for use with hard and soft materials. Given that you can get this model for a fraction of what you’ll pay for others on our list, it provides the best overall value for the money. The only real problem with this unit is that it lacks high-end power. If you’re thinking about using this for heavy-duty projects or construction, you’ll be unhappy with this model’s performance. However, if you need to get a model for light-duty work, it will be hard to find a better model for the money than this one.
The VonHaus 2 in 1 Stapler and Brad Nailer Gun Kit can fire both staples and brad nails, making it one of the more versatile models on our list. Since you can use either variety of fastener, you’ll find yourself doing more jobs with this model than you would with others that could only fire one of them. It also has good depth control, allowing you to consistently drive your nails or staples to the desired depth, even in materials of varying hardness.
However, this model uses batteries, and it’s hard to find replacement batteries. You may have to buy a new staple gun if your battery dies, which makes for a poor deal in the long run. This model also has significant jamming problems. That’s likely due to its dual-fastener design, which means it masters neither variety. It also has quality control problems. Different parts break for different users, which suggests that the manufacturer has significant problems when it comes to checking for quality parts during and after the manufacturing process. Consequently, this is a model with which most people won’t be satisfied, and one that doesn’t provide great value for the money.
If you’ve been following along with our reviews, you may have discovered some features that contribute a lot of value to a staple gun, and others that may make it less desirable. If you want to make sure you understand these models before you buy, make sure you check out this buyer’s guide. We’ve packed it full of great general information about electric staple guns so that you can make a great decision when it comes time to buy. We also walk you through the steps you need to take if you want to get great value for your money, so if you’re in the market for a fantastic deal, this is the resource you need.
The big advantage of battery-powered models is that you can work anywhere, at any angle, without worrying about a cord. While you do have to make sure that you charge the battery between uses, there is a chance that you can buy a model that is part of a larger family of tools that all use the same battery, so you may already own a second battery that you can use as a backup.
However, corded models are far more reliable. They won’t put out less power when a battery is low, and they have generally-higher maximum torque. Generally speaking, unless you’re going to be staying in one spot, you’ll probably want to invest in an extension cord to go with your staple gun, since the cords that come with them typically aren’t very long.
Some models of staple gun will only work with one variety of staple. The best models can work with more than a dozen. When it comes to value, the model that you can use to complete more kinds of projects will be worth more. Since different projects require different staples, it’s a good idea to invest in a model that is flexible in the staples it uses if you’re going to be working on different kinds of projects.
Of course, if you know you’re only going to be doing one type of project, you should get a staple gun that can use that staple type, and not worry about flexibility in this area. Keep in mind that many models will accept staples of differing depths, even if the width must remain the same.
Some people get caught up on price when they’re shopping for an electric staple gun. And while getting the best possible price is important, you don’t want to get a model that you don’t like using, or that doesn’t get the job done. Consequently, it’s important that you take the time to figure out what kinds of projects you’ll want to complete with your staple gun.
Once you’ve done that, make a shortlist of features that a staple gun would need to have to make that task quick and easy, and create a list of the staple guns that have those features. Then, choose the least-expensive model from that list. It will provide you with a good experience, and since it has the lowest price, it will be the best value for your money.
The Makita XTS01Z LXT Crown Stapler is the best electric staple gun on the market today, due to its great batteries, easy depth-control, and windowed magazine. The Duo-Fast ENC-4518A Electric Stapler comes with easy staple placement, a compact frame, and a case, though its high price keeps it out of first place. The Roberts Model 10-600 Stapler is a great choice for people who can make use of the staple type it uses. Users will love its non-slip handle, and fast reloads, and its low price makes it the best value for the money on our list. The Stanley TRE550Z Electric Staple/Brad Nail Gun can fire brad nails and staples and comes with a dual power lever and an eight-foot cord, though its lack of top-end power drops it to fourth on our list. The VonHaus 2 in 1 Stapler and Brad Nailer Gun Kit can also fire both brads and staples, and while it comes with good depth control, its hard-to-find replacement batteries, jamming problems, and quality control issues mean it can only take the last place on our list.
We hope that our buyer’s guide and reviews have helped you get a great deal on an electric staple gun.
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