Both the Dremel 200 and Dremel 3000 are corded rotary tools with multiple speed settings. As members of the Dremel rotary tool universe, they can accommodate a vast array of bits and accessories, making both super-functional, multi-faceted tools. And both are aimed at the same audience – homeowners, crafters, and dog owners. Short of cooking dinner for your in-laws, both tools can handle just about any task you can think of.
We like them both – and both are super-popular with users – but we like the 3000 series better. It contains two key advances – variable speed and toolless accessory changing – while remaining at almost the same price point. Since there is no counter-argument to be made for the 200, we recommend the 3000 series.
Both tools offer more than one speed. But the 200 series offers only two pre-set speeds – 15,000 or 35,000 rpms. The 3000 series allows you to gradually move up and down from 5,000 to 35,000 rpms. Clearly, the 3000 series offers you a much greater variety of speed choices. The 200 series has a small but noticeable number of reviewers unhappy with these pre-set speeds. Also, keep in mind that there are a few accessories that are designed to be operated a very slow rpms which the 200s cannot accommodate.
The 200 series kits all come with a tiny wrench – that’s how you change out many of the accessories. But the 3000 series kits all have a nose cap with an integrated wrench, making it a toolless system for changing out bits. Toolless is easier and faster, making this an easy win for the 3000 series.
By now, you’re assuming the 3000 series is going to cost twice as much as the 200s, aren’t you? But they don’t. Sure, you can spend more on the biggest 3000 kit than the smallest 200 kit, but it’s relative – you’re still spending well under $100 on either. This is close enough to be a tie.
A super-functional two-speed corded rotary tool
Another super-functional variable-speed corded rotary tool
Dremel’s 200 series and 3000 series are both going to conquer a wide spectrum of jobs – cutting, sanding, cleaning, engraving, polishing, grinding, carving, and more. There’s nothing wrong with the 200 series, it’s just that the 3000s are a modernized version with extra and valuable features. Dremel even describes the 3000 as a tool designed based on user feedback – and who doesn’t want to hear that?
Let’s let the 200 series go blissfully into a well-earned retirement and forge ahead into the future with the 3000 series.
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