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Which? reveals top five best chainsaws for autumn

Get the best chainsaw for your heavy pruning jobs


Find out which chainsaws will make light work of your log-pile

We’ve rounded up our pick of our top-scoring chainsaws, featuring big brands including Stihl and Husqvarna.

We’ve found Best Buy chainsaws that can cut through a railway sleeper in seconds – the worst scoring models can take up to minutes if they can manage at all. The worst are also heavy and noisy, and can even leave you struggling to cut through the thinnest logs.

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We put chainsaws from big brands such as Stihl, Husqvarna and Bosch through our rigorous series of tests, including cutting through a pile of logs, pruning an over-grown shrub and felling a small tree. We also assessed how much attention the blade needs as you cut, how user-friendly the chainsaws are and how much noise they make. 

You can find your perfect chainsaw by seeing the results of our in-depth tests in our chainsaw reviews.

Are corded-electric chainsaws any good?

If you don’t need to use a chainsaw that often or only have smaller jobs like chopping a wood pile then it’s tempting to consider a corded-electric chainsaw. 

These chainsaws are ideal for domestic use as they are easy to start, cheaper and a lot quieter than petrol machines. However, we haven’t found a corded-electric chainsaw that cuts through our tough tests as quickly and cleanly as a petrol model. 

Some corded-electric machines came close so we’ve included one in our top five best chainsaws. If you really don’t want a petrol chainsaw, one cordless (battery-powered) model did well enough in our tests to be a Best Buy – but you only get around 15 minutes of cutting time. Log in to find out which cordless chainsaw made the cut.

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