If you work with upholstery often, you know the value of having a great staple gun. Without it, a lot of projects get much harder, or impossible.
Unfortunately, it sometimes feels like shopping online is impossible. Misleading product descriptions and starred ratings can make it hard to tell if a product is a good deal, or if that price is too good to be true. We all know the frustration that comes with buying a tool that breaks down within a few uses.
We think that a well-informed consumer can make a great choice. That’s why we’ve created these reviews of the best staple guns for upholstery of 2020, where we teach you the ups and downs of each model. We’ve also included a buyer’s guide which is designed to help you understand the market, and get a great deal for your money when you go to buy.
|Stanley TR45K||Limited Lifetime||4.3/5|
|Stanley TRE550Z||Limited Lifetime||4.1/5|
|BESTIRTOOL 3-in-1 04241||3.85/5|
If you’re looking for the best overall staple gun on the market today, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better model than the Porter-Cable US58 Pneumatic Upholstery Staple Gun. While this gun can only use 3/8-inch crown staples, it can use any that are between 1/4-inch and 5/8-inch long, giving you the ability to work with different materials in your upholstery. It comes with a one-inch nose extension, which makes it easy to get very precise staple placement, and also allows you to work in areas with sub-optimal clearance. The rear exhaust port focuses the extra air and condensation away from the user, keeping you comfortable while you work.
This model also automatically retracts after each staple is placed, which makes it easy to clear jams when they occur. While it would be nice to find a model that eliminated jams, this is a nice feature that makes dealing with them far easier. The only problem we have with this model is that it doesn’t come with a case. As is, it’s a little expensive given what you get for the money. Still, this model works well enough to earn the top position on our list.
The Surebonder 9600B Pneumatic Stapler is another great choice for people who want to work on upholstery. It comes with an adjustable exhaust port, which allows you to direct air away from yourself, but also away from the project on which you’re working, so you won’t accidentally damage something sensitive. It uses Surebonder #4 or Arrow T50 staples, which are both easy to find, so you shouldn’t have problems getting new staples. It’s also well-balanced, making it easier to use, and giving you an exceptional feeling of control. It rarely jams, which speaks to the attention to detail in the design of this model.
Since you can get this model for about a third of what you’d pay for the top model, it’s quite a deal. In fact, it provides so much value for the money that it earns the title of “best for the money” on our list. However, potential buyers should be aware that this model does come with some quality control problems. A few units break prematurely, though most seem to last a long time. If you’re looking for a great staple gun that won’t break the bank, you’ll be very satisfied with this one.
If you’re looking for a good deal on a staple gun, and don’t want to invest in an air compressor, then the Stanley TR45K Light Duty Kit is the model for you. It relies on manual force to operate, so you won’t have to worry about trailing an air hose or getting the right air pressure. It weighs one pound, so you can carry it around all day without wearing yourself out. It also uses Stanley TRA200 or Arrow JT-21 staples, which are common staple types that most people can find locally. That makes using it convenient, especially if you’re going to be using a lot of staples in your work.
Since you can get it for about a third of what you’d pay for the previous model, this one is certainly a great bargain deal. However, it is manually operated. That means that your hand strength plays a role in how effective this model is. If you have hands that are easily tired, you could end up frustrated with this model. Overall, this model is best for those who want to save money, and don’t want to deal with an air compressor, and don’t mind driving the staples manually.
The Stanley TRE550Z Electric Upholstery Staple Gun is electric-powered, so you won’t have to worry about using an air compressor, but you also won’t have to drive the staples with your manual strength. Plus, electric outlets are common, so you’ll be able to use this model most places. It comes with a choice of high or lower, so you have some adjustment allowing for flush staples. It also uses Stanley Sharpshooter TRA700 or Arrow T-50 staples, which are common and easy to find.
However, this model isn’t as powerful as one powered by an air compressor, and it sometimes won’t do as well as a manual stapler. For upholstery, you may not notice that it’s not that powerful unless you’re using extra-long staples or driving into harder woods. While this model is not very expensive, it does cost a lot relative to how much power it provides. For many people, it will be strong enough, but for others, it won’t have the power needed to finish their projects, which makes it a bad deal. While the convenience of having an electric staple gun can’t be understated, this model would need to be more powerful to rise higher on our list.
The BESTIRTOOL 3-in-1 04241 Staple Gun is one of the more versatile models you’ll find on the market today. If you’re looking to drive more than just crown staples, then you’re in luck with this model. It can drive brad nails, u-type staples, and crown-staples, so you can use the fastener that works best for the job at hand. It’s also very easy to load, as it comes with different slots that you use for each type of fastener, so changing from one to the next is very easy. It is also a very inexpensive model, so you can spend more of your money on your projects.
However, it is a manual staple gun, so it relies on your hands to provide the pressure it needs to drive a staple. If you have weak or easily-tired hands, you probably won’t be happy with this model after an hour or two of work. It also tends to jam more than comparable models, which slows you down. While the concept of using multiple fasteners is good, this model lacks the power and convenience that it would need to rise higher than last on our list.
We hope that our reviews have already led to you a model that you’ll love. If that hasn’t happened yet, be sure to check out this buyer’s guide, which is designed to help you better understand the value that you can get and the features that make for a great stapling experience.
The most important thing a staple gun can do is not jam. Jamming eats up a lot of time, but it also wears down the internal components much faster than if it ran smoothly. They also can destroy staples, which means your cost of operation in the long run. Investing in a model that jams infrequently can save you money and frustration.
If you’re using your staple gun a lot, then you’ll want to get a model that makes reloading easy. Unfortunately, some models make this a time-consuming process. If you’re in the middle of a project, you don’t want to be wasting time on something as simple as reloading.
Finally, you’ll want to make sure that you have a model that has the power you need to get the job done. Most models come with adjustable power which allows them to drive staples flush in harder or softer materials, but not all models have the extended power to staple fabrics into harder woods. For those, you’ll probably want a model that uses an air compressor instead of a manual model.
The Porter-Cable US58 Pneumatic Upholstery Staple Gun is our favorite model due to its staple variety, nose extension, and rear exhaust port. The Surebonder 9600B Pneumatic Stapler is another good stapler, which comes with an adjustable exhaust and a balanced body. Since it uses common staples and can be had for a low price, it is the “best for the money” model on our list. The Stanley TR45K Light Duty Kit doesn’t require a compressor, is very lightweight and is also very inexpensive, but it’s a manual stapler which will bother some people. The Stanley TRE550Z Electric Upholstery Staple Gun brings the convenience of electric tools to the stapler market. It also uses common staples, but its underwhelming power and high price drop it to fourth place on our list. The BESTIRTOOL 3-in-1 04241 Staple Gun can drive brads, u- and crown-staples, and loads easily, but its frequent jamming is enough to drop it to the bottom of our list.
We hope that our reviews and buyer’s guide have helped you learn all you need to know about staple guns. Armed with this information, you should be able to find the model that makes your next job a breeze.
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!