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Top five chainsaws

By Adele Dyer

We round up our top-scoring chainsaws to help you find the best one for you.

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Find the best chainsaw for you

Our tests have uncovered big differences in quality across the full range of chainsaws available on the market. 

All the models in the table below have gone through our rigorous field testing, so you can be sure they’re the best of the bunch for cutting swiftly through the thickest logs and are also easy to use. Take a look at our top picks in the table below.

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Top five chainsaws

Typical price £210.00
Which? score 86%
Reviewed Sep 2013
Best Buy
Large logs:
5 out of 5
Noise:
4 out of 5
Manoeuvrability:
5 out of 5
Type:
Member exclusive
Blade length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

This chainsaw is outstanding. It's light and easy to use, slicing through even the hardest logs quickly and cleanly. It's quiet for a petrol chainsaw, and very easy to start. Slightly less powerful than a similar larger model, it's well balanced and handles brilliantly.

Typical price £400.00
Which? score 85%
Reviewed Sep 2013
Best Buy
Large logs:
5 out of 5
Noise:
3 out of 5
Manoeuvrability:
5 out of 5
Type:
Member exclusive
Blade length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

The cordless battery chainsaw rivals petrol chainsaws when it comes to use around the garden. It's light and extremely easy to use, but can still cut through hard wood quickly and smoothly. The only drawbacks are the short battery life and rather hefty price tag.

Typical price £242.00
Which? score 84%
Reviewed Oct 2011
Best Buy
Large logs:
4 out of 5
Noise:
2 out of 5
Manoeuvrability:
3 out of 5
Type:
Member exclusive
Blade length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

Another great chainsaw from this brand. It's very similar to the smaller version in the range but is a little more powerful, which can make it a bit more challenging to control as you start to cut. It impressed us by cutting consistently, quickly and cleanly through all of the wood we put in its path.

Typical price £300.00
Which? score 83%
Reviewed Sep 2013
Best Buy
Large logs:
5 out of 5
Noise:
5 out of 5
Manoeuvrability:
5 out of 5
Type:
Member exclusive
Blade length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

If you prefer a hefty chainsaw with plently of power for tough jobs, then this chainsaw won’t disappoint. It quickly slices through the hardest wood and the thickest logs. It's easy to start from cold and the chain doesn't need much adjustment as you work. It uses quite a bit of fuel, though.

Typical price £130.00
Which? score 78%
Reviewed Oct 2011
Large logs:
4 out of 5
Noise:
3 out of 5
Manoeuvrability:
4 out of 5
Type:
Member exclusive
Blade length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

This powerful corded electric chainsaw comes very close to being a Best Buy. It powers through branches and logs quickly and makes light work of cutting harder wood. Like all corded-electric models it's a bit unwieldy, but much quieter than petrol machines.

Worst chainsaws

We've found several chainsaws that make easy work of cutting through large and small logs and are easy to use. But we've also found some struggle to cut cleanly and quickly through even small branches.

In our independent lab tests we give them a good workout to see where they excel and fail, trying them out on large and small logs, branches and even using them for pruning. 

We've found that these two models make heavy going of even the simplest jobs.

Some of the worst chainsaws

Typical price £370.00
Which? score 52%
Reviewed Sep 2015
Large logs:
1 out of 5
Noise:
4 out of 5
Manoeuvrability:
4 out of 5
Type:
Member exclusive
Blade length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

If you need a big, powerful chainsaw, then this won't fit the bill. It's small, quiet and extremely simple to use, but doesn't have the power to tackle more than very basic jobs around the garden. It costs a lot for a limited machine.

Typical price £180.00
Which? score 47%
Reviewed Sep 2013
Large logs:
1 out of 5
Noise:
2 out of 5
Manoeuvrability:
5 out of 5
Type:
Member exclusive
Blade length:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

This tiny chainsaw cuts rather slowly, so is tiring to use. It can't cope with very thick logs (over 15cm wide) and leaves them rough cut. It scored poorly for cutting small logs and branches too.

We review more chainsaws than anyone else

We test around 3,300 products every year, from washing-up liquid to cars. When testing chainsaws, we measure how well each one cuts through wood, from small logs to thick railway sleepers. We time how long it takes to cut through the wood, how cleanly it leaves the cut, and how easy it is to handle among branches. We also rate how easy is it to use and maintain each chainsaw.

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