Best chainsaws for 2021
Our guide rounds up the best petrol, cordless and electric models so you can find your perfect machine.
We rigorously test chainsaws, cutting through logs of different sizes and hardness. In the table below, we've picked the chainsaws that came top in our test, whether you want to cut through thin logs or tough railway sleepers.
Not all chainsaws cut cleanly, and some take a long time to cut through anything but the thinnest logs. To make sure you avoid these models, we've rounded up three of the worst in the table below.
The three most important chainsaw features
- Size - this relates to the weight of the saw, and its guide bar. Weighty saws are usually more powerful, but can be more unwieldy. And saws with a longer bar are a good choice for thicker logs, though they're usually harder to start.
- Safety features - you'll find various safety additions on any chainsaw. Look out for a reduced kickback chain, a second chain brake in the trigger to slow down the chain as you remove your finger, a throttle lock (to stop you pressing the trigger accidentally) and a chain catcher that stops the chain if it comes off the guide bar.
- Anti-vibration - these features are designed to minimise vibration to make your chainsaw safer and easier to use for longer periods.
Why Which? reviews are different
You can't know what a chainsaw is really like to use when you try it out in a shop. That's why we put every chainsaw we test through 21 different ease-of-use tests, and only the most comfortable to use get our recommendation.
We also make 40 cuts with each chainsaw on different types and thickness of logs. This shows us exactly where its strengths and weakness lie and helps you to choose a chainsaw that meets your needs.
You can trust that our reviews are independent and impartial. We don't accept any freebies from manufacturers and we buy every sample we test.