Best JigSaw for Every Budget 2019 – Reviews, Comparisons and Buying Guide

Choosing the best jigsaw for your needs can be a nightmare and with so many available on the market, you may feel confused about which one to buy.

Moreover, you don’t want to waste time and money when choosing the right tool. Who does? I’d rather spent time doing projects, don’t you?

So, I’m very happy you’ve stumbled on this post because I’m here to make your life easier. I’ve put together this buying guide on top-rated jigsaws.

I wanted to make sure you’ll get as much information as possible and as much choice as possible so when you decide to buy a jigsaw you’ll be satisfied with your choice.

It will include 11 jigsaws reviews in 3 different pricing categories – budget, mid-range, and a top shelf to make your choice a bit less confusing.

For those of you wishing to know more about what to look for in jigsaws, there is a handy buying guide and some FAQs near the end of this post.

Makita JV0600 jigsaw

Makita JV0600 jigsaw ” by Mark Hunter, used under CC BY 2.0

If you want to quickly compare any chosen jigsaws from the list you can use a drag and drop tool at the bottom of this article. You can simply choose a jigsaw’s name a drag it to one of the fields. It will then show you all the features. You can compare up to 3 tools at a time.

Just to give you the heads up – this tool works best on bigger screens like tablets or desktops.

But if you simply don’t have the time or can’t be bothered to go through all 14 reviews, below you’ll find my number one choice for each of the category.

My Top Picks Jigsaws

SKIL 4395-014.9/5Best Budget Jigsaw 

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Bosch JS2604.7/5Best Value Jigsaw 

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Bosch JS470E4.8/5Best Pro Jigsaw 

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If you haven’t decided what you like, scroll down to find more information in tables and separate reviews.

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Black & Decker BDEJS300C
  • 4.5 Amp of power
  • variable speed up to 3,000 SPM
  • tool-less blade change(U and T-shank blades)
  • orbit action
  • stroke length 3/4 in
4.6/5View Price      

Runner Up

Black & Decker BDEJS600C
  • 5 Amp of power
  • variable speed up to 3,000 SPM
  • tool-less blade change(U and T-shank blades)
  • orbit action
  • stroke length 3/4 in
4.9/5View Price

Top Pick

SKIL 4395-01
  • 5.5 Amp of power
  • variable speed up to 3,200SPM
  • tool-less blade change(U and T-shank blades)
  • orbit action
  • stroke length 3/4 in
4.9/5View Price
SKIL 4495-02
  • 6 Amp of power
  • variable speed 800- 3,250SPM
  • tool-less blade change(U and T-shank blades)
  • orbit action
  • stroke length 3/4 in
4.7/5View Price



#1. Black and Decker BDEJS300C 

This jigsaw is the cheapest one yet still worth mentioning. Some people say if you can’t afford a jigsaw you should wait till you do. Well, I have to disagree. Not everyone is a professional woodworker that uses jigsaw every day.

This basic jigsaw is great for beginners or for occasional use. It still has enough power (4.5 Amp motor)to tackle around the house tasks or simple projects.

It also features a variable speed of up to 3,000 SPM so it’s fast enough to cut through various materials like wood, plastic or metal.

It takes U or T-shank blades so if you have some old style blades lying around you can still use them.

It has a quick-release feature for tool-free blade change and a blade guard to improve cut line visibility as well as to protect a blade from accidental damage. It’s lightweight and easy to control and maneuver which is important for beginners with no experience.

If you need bevel cuts – not a problem. It actually has a dual bevel capability. The only drawback is that you can set it to 45/-45 degrees only and you have to use a screwdriver to change the bevel.

It also has a dust blower for better cut line visibility and dust extraction port for attaching shop vac. Any cons? Vibrations and loudness, so make sure you wear some vibration reducing gloves and ear protection. Cutting capabilities. Great for softwood, MDF boards but slows a little bit when dealing with hardwood(3/4″). That’s it. A basic jigsaw without any bells and whistles but with many positive user reviews and great rating.

Power:Basic DIY and simple projects
Versatility:Lightweight and easy to maneuver
Convenience:Tool-less blade change, dust blower, bevel at 45 degrees
Price::Usually under $30 but check the latest price here
Best forBeginners, occasional work
What's included:Jigsaw and general purpose blade



It has an impressive 5 Amp motor with variable speed up to 3000 SPM(strokes per minute). The speed is controlled by depressing a trigger which then can be locked at the highest speed.

It will cut through pretty much anything like wood, laminate, PVC, aluminum and other metals.

A control for orbital action is big and well marked and Curve Technology allows the orbit to be adjusted in 1 of 4 settings. So for straight cuts, you’d need setting 4 which is the most aggressive one and for more curved cuts is setting 1. This way you can set it up in no time by easy to read controller even if you started cutting. Just stop the saw and change the setting.

This tool is great for simple craft projects and would definitely serve you well when making pallet projects like wine racks.

If you’re new to power tools you won’t feel intimidated by this saw. It’s easy to hold(for men and women) and has a comfortable grip with some vibration absorption for longer use. It’s not too heavy, well balanced, yet solid enough for hours of use at a time.

It also allows for bevel cuts up to 45 degrees if you ever needed to make one without a circular saw. Unfortunately changing bevel angle is not a tool-less task like with the SKIL saws but require unscrewing a couple of screws beforehand and after changing it. So it’s a bit disappointing.

It has a quite large base plate and wire cage for increased safety that also will make it easier to see the cut line.

The next very important feature is the keyless blade change. It’s quick, very intuitive and the blade securely is held. For this saw, you’d need U or T shank blades. This model has a slot to which you can attach a vacuum hose although you will probably need an adapter for most American vacs.

Power:Basic DIY and simple projects
Versatility:Lightweight, well balanced easy to maneuver, Curve Technology allows the orbit to be adjusted in 1 of 4 settings for different materials cuts
Convenience:Tool-less blade change, a slot for attaching a shop vac, bevel at 45 degrees
Price:Usually under $40 but check the latest price here
Best for:Beginners, occasional work
What's included:Jigsaw and general purpose blade

#3. SKIL 4395-01 and

#4. SKIL 4495-02  

These are the other 2 budget jigsaws made by SKIL. They’re not much different so I’ve decided put them in one review. In fact, they’re pretty much the same and the only difference is that SKIL 4495-02 has 6 Amps of power and a laser line guide for straight cuts.

These 2 are examples of a basic tool with some extra features for better user experience. Still falling under $50 price tag but offering a little bit more in terms of power and versatility. High user rating and many positive reviews make them worth considering.

So what do you get?

Starting with power you get 5.5 and 6 Amps motors accordingly with speed up to 3200 SPM so exactly the same as the SKIL 4290-02 model. In my opinion, you will have enough power for cutting through plywood, press boards, hardwoods, 2×4’s etc easily. Ideal for most projects like decking, around the house jobs or any pallet/upcycling projects.

Cutting capacities:

  • Hard Wood: 1-3/8″
  • Soft Wood: 2-1/4″
  • Aluminum: 1/2″

And with the orbital action, you’ll be able to adjust the aggressiveness of cut depending on the material you working with and the cut you want to make(straight, curved etc.).


Like other models, it features tool-less blade change and accepts T and U blade shanks. A couple of features have been added to make working easier like this stable foot system that allows the footplate to shift forward for more stable and controlled starts. 

This is quite helpful as we all know starting an edge cut does not allow for much foot and a material contact surface which makes quite difficult to keep the base square to the material.

Another added feature is a custom molded tool rest design to prevent a blade from damaging the material. 

These saws are a bit heavier. It could be a flaw when working for longer periods of time but they’re not really meant to be for frequent using. In return, you get sturdy tools with not much vibration.

Dual bevel cuts range is 22.5°/45° so it gives you a bit more choice than the basic saw and soft-grip handle adds both comfort and control. On-tool blade storage provides additional convenience same as SKIL 4290-02 but the same problem can occur (like blade jamming).

Power:Good general purpose saw on the heavy duty side, great for projects like decking/pallet upcycling etc.
Versatility:On a heavy side but sturdy and easy to maneuver, makes cutting different materials simple with orbital action
Convenience:Tool-less blade change, tool-less bevel change at 22.5,45/-45, -22.5 degrees, no dust blower or any dust removal system
Price:Usually under under $50 but check the latest price here
Best for:beginners, occasional work with different materials, general DIY

What's included:

  • SKIL 4395-01- 2xU-shank blades (one multipurpose, one scrolling), and a carrying bag

  • SKIL 4495-02- jigsaw and fine-cut and a rougher cut  general purpose blades




Top Pick
Bosch JS260
  • 6 Amp of power
  • variable speed 500-3,100 SPM
  • tool-less blade change(U and T-shank blades)
  • orbit action
  • stroke length 3/4 in
  • low-vibration plunging design
  • dust blower
4.7/5View Price

  • 6 Amp of power
  • variable speed up to 3,200 SPM with lock-on button
  • tool-less blade change(U and T-shank blades)
  • orbit action
  • str
  • oke length 3/4 in
4.4/5View Price

Runner Up

  • 5.5 Amp of power
  • variable speed 500- 3100SPM
  • tool-less blade change(U and T-shank blades)
  • orbit action
  • all metal gear case
  • stroke length 3/4 in
4.5/5View Price


#5. Bosch JS260 

This entry-level jigsaw model from Bosch features a powerful 6 Amp motor and variable speed in a range of 500 -3100 SPM. Variable speed dial found in a trigger sets maximum speed and accelerator trigger controls operating speed during operation. This can be very handy as you’re able to change the speed as you go up to maximum set speed.

What else you get with this saw?

4 orbital action settings for different cutting applications which is pretty much standard, an aluminum gearbox, and an insulated cover as well as ergonomic top handle and 2-finger trigger for a comfortable grip.


This jigsaw also comes with a low-vibration plunging design and an always-on dust blower that keeps your cut line clear. The manufacturers of this saw made sure the users have a great user experience.

The blade clamp accepts  T-shank blades but does not accept U-shank type. Changing blades is easy with a tool-less blade change system. You simply rotate the blade ejector and the clamp ejects the hot blade. Although this is pretty awesome some users experienced mild difficulties with the ejecting feature.

This saw is quite lightweight but it has a well constructed and solid feel. It is well balanced and doesn’t vibrate too much, thanks to mentioned earlier low-vibration plunging design. The heavy gauge steel footplate allows for dual bevel adjustment up to 45° with an use of Allen key.

With cutting capacity for softwood is  2 11/16-in, aluminum 3/8-in and mild steel 3/16-in this saw will handle 5/4 red oak and won’t bind when making sharp cuts in the hardest of woods.

The only complaint is that the splinter guard is hard to install. Other than that it’s a durable, sturdy basic jigsaw from Bosch that will give a very smooth and detailed cut even in tight corners.

Power:Great for all type of projects including working with very hard wood 
Versatility:Variable speed dial and variable speed accelerator trigger, a lock-on button for prolonged usage, 4 orbital settings for working with different types of materials  
Convenience:Tool-less blade change,  Allen key dual bevel adjustments up to 45°,  dust blower, anti-splinter insert
Price:Usually under under $80 but check the latest price here
Best for:House owners  DIY-ers, professional woodworkers, general DIY, upgrading from budget jigsaw
What's included:No-mark plastic overshoe, anti-splinter insert, blade, bevel wrench, and Carrying Bag



This saw is a newer version of PC600JS. Newer doesn’t necessarily mean better or improved. This saw still presents a good quality but has been stripped of several of its predecessor features. It is around 20% cheaper so if you need a solid tool, but don’t want any of the extras, this may be a choice for you.

So what’s left and what’s different?

It still has a 6 Amp motor power so you get the same cutting capabilities. 7 position speed dial (0-3200 rpm)has been integrated into the trigger which I think is a bit weird because you’re not able to change the speed settings when cutting.

The saw is very smooth in operation and with oversized front and a handle overmold it’s easy to control and comfortable during use.

Safety lock-on button is still in place so you get the ability to set a run speed without having to hold the trigger all the time, reducing user fatigue. But again it only locks at the top speed.

The same 4 orbital settings will allow for best cutting results for different materials like foam, hardwood, and a variety of plywoods.

It takes both T- and U-shank types of blades also offers tool-free blade change for fast blade replacements.

To make bevel cuts you have to use an Allen key to change the bevel angle up to 45 degrees left or right and LED light has been removed.

So it’s still a nice saw but I can’t see the reason behind those changes just for reducing the price by 20%. You can buy  Skil 4495-02  for even less and still have more features like tool-less bevel change or laser with the same 6 Amp power.

Power:Will suffice for a type of tasks like cutting laminate flooring  with a laminate blade, softwoods, and aluminum

Versatility:A tiny bit heavier that PC600JS, 7-speed setting and lock on button for prolonged usage but only for highest speed, 4 orbital settings for working with different types of material
Convenience:Tool-less blade change, Allen key dual bevel adjustments up to 45°, no dust blower or any dust removal system
Price:Usually under under $60 but check the latest price here
Best for:work with different materials, general DIY
What's included:The jigsaw and general purpose blade


#7. DEWALT DW317K 

This entry-level jigsaw by Dewalt has a 5.5 Amp motor so it’s a little bit less than both Porter-Cable ones. That doesn’t necessarily mean that is less capable of satisfying performance.

It also features variable speed (500-3100 SPM) and 4 orbital action settings that will let you use it for many different tasks and materials. Tool-less blade change (it takes both T- and U-shank types) and ability to make dual bevel cuts (up to 45°) are pretty much standard even for budget saws, so you’ll find them here as well.

It does not have a dust blower to blow sawdust of the line but the motor cooling fan does a pretty good job on its own.

The variable speed dial is placed in the trigger same as in Porter Cable so it’s a bit awkward and may take some time to get used to.

What’s great about this saw?

It is more ergonomic and since it is smaller, it’s also easier to see the cutting line and move it about. It has an all-metal gear case and ball and roller bearing construction for durability. The base plate does have a “zero-splinter” notch on one end, particularly useful when cutting plywood. All you need to do is merely turn the plate around. It’s easy to control and comfortable grip will allow you to work for longer.

Although is more compact it has a good weight to it so feels well balanced. is powerful enough for all DIY and around the house jobs and makes clean cuts with the right blades. it provides a maximum cutting capacity of oak 2-3/8″, Steel 3/4″, Aluminum 1/4″.

What’s not so great?

The base plate is stamped…which isn’t necessarily bad, but some users reported that it wasn’t completely flat and this limits one’s ability to have a smooth cut. Because of the base not being flat, you might not be able to set the blade to 90 degrees and thereof not being able to make straight cuts.

Saying that making a straight cut with a perfectly working jigsaw seems always to be a problem for some users even with high-end saws like Bosch or Festool. You have to have to keep in mind that cutting technique, experience, and a proper blade can make a huge difference.

Some users also reported that the baseplate screw is wonky, and it is difficult to get tight due to the oversize slot in it and the others that they weren’t able to make bevel adjustments due to screw being too tight.  So which one is it? I’ll let you answer that.

Another thing, that for some tool owners may be a  bit of step back, is a lack of tool-less bevel angles adjustment and no notches or indications for preset angles.

Power:Enough for quick, rough cuts and with a fair amount of precision for fine cuts

Versatility:Variable speed dial and lock on button for prolonged usage, 4 orbital settings for working with different types of materials
Convenience:Tool-less blade change, Allen key dual bevel adjustments up to 45°, no dust blower or any dust removal system, an anti-splinter device integrated into a base plate  
Price:Usually under under $90 but check the latest price here
Best for:House owners and DIY-ers, general DIY
What's included:The jigsaw, assorted blades and heavy duty carry bag





Top Pick

Bosch JS470E
  • 7 Amp of power
  • variable speed 500-3100SPM
  • additional accelerator trigger for better speed control
  • ambidextrous lock-on button
  • tool-less blade change( T-shank blades only)
  • multi-directional blade clamp
  • orbit action
  • stroke length 3/4 in
  • Constant Response Circuitry
  • dust removal system
4.8/5View Price

Bosch JS470EB
  • 7 Amp of power
  • variable speed 500- 3100SPM
  • can't change speed during cutting
  • tool-less blade change( T-shank blades only)
  • multi-directional blade clamp
  • orbit action
  • stroke length 3/4 in
  • Constant Response Circuitry
  • dust removal system
4.8/5View Price

Runner Up

  • 6.5 Amp of power
  • variable speed 500- 3100SPM
  • tool-less blade change(U and T-shank blades)
  • orbit action
  • stroke length 3/4 in
  • all-metal gear case
  • dust blower
  • DEWALT flush cutting blade system
4.8/5View Price

Festool 561443 PS 300 EQ
  • 6 Amp of power
  • variable speed up to 2900SPM
  • MMC(Multi-Material Control)
  • FastFix blade change system for tool-less blade change
  • adjustable carbide-tipped jaws
  • orbit action
  • stroke length 3/4 in
  • dual-port dust extractor
4.6/5View Price


#10. Bosch JS470E and

#11. Bosch JS470EB 

These two jigsaws are different versions of the tool.  Bosch JS470E jigsaw is a top handle model and JS470EB is a barrel grip model. Both of them have the same specifications so I decided to put them in one review.

I’ll talk you through all the features pointing out the differences and advantages and disadvantages of each model.

Starting with the power both of them feature huge, powerful and heavy duty 7 Amp motor with variable speed and the no-load SPM ranging from 500 up to 3,100. This amount of power will allow you to cut through almost anything from furniture grade plywood to a hard oak to engineered hardwood.

To ensure your desired speed is maintained, Bosch has developed the Constant Response Circuitry so that you never have to worry about inconsistencies in your performance and precision.

In addition, both of the jigsaws have 4 orbital action settings for smooth and aggressive cuts in a variety of materials. They have the cutting capability on wood up to 5-7/8-inches, on aluminum up to 7/8-inch, and 3/8-inch on mild steel. They allow to cut through wood and thinner gauge metal with casual ease and can handle curve cuts in 10-12 gauge steel with only a little more effort.



The variable speed dial on the back of both tools controls the maximum speed settings. Additional accelerator trigger controls the operating speed in the top handle model. This feature is exactly the same as JS260 so it is handy when you need to change your speed during cutting.

A barrel grip model has an on/off switch on a side and you won’t be able to change the cutting speed during operation. The position of this switch can be a slight inconvenience if you’re a lefty. In this case, you’ll be happy to hear that Bosch JS470E has an ambidextrous lock-on button so you’ll be able to use the locking feature for steady long cuts and reduced fatigue.

If you need bevel cuts the sturdy die-cast aluminum foot with steel insert will let you adjust the angle up to 45 either side. A small drawback you still need an Allen key to do it as in JS260 model. The robust footplate and industrial design are able to withstand the toughest working conditions, including a drop that causes the tool to land on a footplate arm so you don’t have to worry about damaging your tool.

After doing deep research I’ve found that some users experienced apparent problems with cutting 45 deg angles. That was brought to the attention of Bosch technical team and they actually retested a number of randomly picked tools from the stores to make sure they cut accurately.

It turned out that all of them were able to do so and one of the users discovered after a thorough examination that the actual bevel goes up to 48 deg so that could be a reason of problem with 45 deg cutting. Just keep that in mind when setting bevel angles.

Another great feature is a multi-directional blade clamp that has a superior grip of T-shank blades(does not accept U-shank type)  so you won’t have any problems with blades falling out. Changing blades is easy with One-Touch blade change system there is no need to touch a hot blade. You simply push a fast blade insertion and ejection lever and the clamp ejects the hot blade.

If you’re after a quality tool either one of these will be a great option. Built with an aluminum gearbox with an insulated cover and thanks to the internal precision control, this tools’ plunging system is designed for low-vibration to enhance accuracy and extremely smooth operation. These tools are as precise as you’d expect a handheld power tool to be and very easy to use.

Pretty heavy, which in my opinion is a good thing. It means they cut accurately without wobbling/wandering about and are easy to control, not to mention being rather quiet for such a powerful saw.

The precision and accuracy of this jigsaws make it perfect for any do-it-yourselfer or professional. The barrel grip allows you to get into tighter spaces and allows for easier scrolling as well.

On the other hand, the barrel is rather large if you have small hands and can be difficult to control in this case.

>>Learn more about Bosch JS572EBL with the smallest barrel grip diameter on the market<<<

There are a couple of drawbacks. Some users complained about the lack of a LED light which should be an obvious feature for a saw in this price range. Others had a problem with square cuts either straight or curved but you have to know that this a jigsaw. It’s a handheld tool that compromises between a straight line and free-hand cutting.

Its precision mostly depends on a blade you using, your working surface and most of all on your hands and user experience. There are better tools for precision cutting like scroll or band saws or for straight or angled cuts like table or miter saw.

>>> Check Out Bosch JS572EL with LED light and the precision control II double-roller system for minimized blade deflection and excellent cut precision <<<

Overall both jigsaws are solid tools with good design that compromises high-end features and overall cost.

Power:Generous 7 amp motor will handle frequent usage and any, even heavy-duty projects like cutting furniture grade plywood, hard oak or engineered hardwood

Versatility:On a heavy side but sturdy, speed setting that can be changed during operation and locked in any position in top handle model, 4 orbital settings for working with different types of material
Convenience:Tool-less blade change, Allen key dual bevel adjustments up to 48°, dust blower with on/off switch and dust removal system, shoe cover for storing and preventing scratches on softer materials, pretty quiet, multi-directional blade clamp for superior grip of T-shank blades, Bosch JS470Emodel has an ambidextrous lock-on button for prolonged work and reduced fatigue, One-Touch blade change system for quick and easy blade changing as well as internal precision control and plunging system for reduced vibrations
Price:Usually under $130 for top handle and under $160 for barrel grip but check the latest price here
Best for:For long sessions making multiple cuts, whether long cuts or complicated series of cuts, professional woodworkers, and serious DIY-ers

What's included:Jigsaw, one no-marks overshoe, one anti-splinter insert, blade, bevel wrench, and carrying case


#12. DEWALT DW331K 

Let’s take a closer look at this Dewalt DW331K. It has a 6.5 Amp motor. Still powerful but a tiny bit less than Bosch jigsaws in this price range. The variable speed ranges from 500 to 3100 SPM and is controlled by a trigger with incorporated speed dial. Again may take some time to get used to for some users.

The maximum speed is adjusted by a dial and then is controlled by a trigger switch. Lock-on button can be locked at any speed for prolonged use.

4 position orbital action allows for adjusting an aggressiveness of the cut depending on a task and a type of material. All of this allows for improved control and cleaner results.

This amount of power will let you accomplish any tasks from cutting plywood and 2x4s with ease to 1″ oak or sharp curves on 2X6 cedar planks. And for working with delicate materials you have a plastic, non-marring shoe cover to protect them from scratches.

An all-metal gear case will give you durability and counterbalance mechanism reduces vibrations while extra-large rubber grip dampens it. For keeping your cutting line visible and free of dust, this tool has an integrated dust blower however it lacks any dust extraction system. All in all great saw for professional use and serious DIY-ers.

If quick bevel cuts you’re after this saw has a tool-free dual bevel adjustment with detents at commonly used angles 0, 15, 30, 45. But it will also allow you to set it to any angle in between.

If you by any chance experience a  loose bevel adjustment lever after using the saw for some time there is a fix for it. Just use an Allen key on the bottom of the saw. Just make sure not to make it too tight otherwise you won’t be able to move the lever, it must be just right.

For quick changing blades this saw is equipped with a tool-free, lever-action blade clamps that allow you to change the blade quickly and securely. The blade lever is constructed of metal for added durability.

If you come across a problem with a blade falling out you have to make sure that blade goes in very firmly. The lever has to be open all the way to get the blade all the way in. Once it’s in you release the lever and pull the blade down to check if it’s secure. In other words, you have to play with it a little to get the feel for it.

Does DEWALT dw331k have any special features?

dewalt flush cutting systemThe answer is yes. It has the innovative DEWALT flush cutting blade system allows you to complete flush cuts without up cutting. With the flush cut blade like DeWalt DW3311, you’ll be able to cut to the front of the jigsaw’s footplate. It comes very handy when you need to cut out a piece of a floor or modify an existing piece of furniture.

Overall it’s not too heavy and easy to maneuver with little vibrations. Powerful, durable and versatile with a nice kit box for easy transport.

Power:6.5  Amp motor will handle any, even heavy-duty projects like cutting furniture grade plywood, hard oak or engineered hardwood
Versatility:Not too heavy but sturdy and easy to maneuver, speed setting that can be changed during operation and locked in any position in top handle model, 4 orbital settings for working with different types of materials, innovative DEWALT flush cutting blade system allows you to complete flush cuts without up cutting
Convenience:Tool-less blade change, tool-free dual bevel adjustments up to 45° with detents at common angles, dust blower  but no dust removal system, shoe cover for storing and preventing scratches on softer materials, a lock-on button for prolonged work and reduced fatigue as well as counterbalance mechanism reducing vibrations
Price:Usually under $150 but check the latest price here
Best for:any type of woodwork, experienced woodworkers 
What's included:Jigsaw and kit box

#14. Festool 561443 PS 300 EQ 

The last but not least is Festool Trion Jigsaw. It’s the most expensive of all reviewed jigsaws. Is it worth the money? Let’s have a closer look and find out.

With 6 Amp motor that runs the blade at a top speed of 2,900 SPM and MMC(Multi-Material Control) electronics to help to regulate the power under heavy load, you can be sure that this saw will tackle any jobs you might throw its way.

From  1 1/4″ piece of desert ironwood to  1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 birch and pine plywood. From straight to curved cuts. It doesn’t have a speed dial but soft start feature and the speed increases automatically once the saw detects a cut load.

When most jigsaws have a problem with staying on the course this is an excellent example of a well-engineered tool. Innovative adjustable carbide-tipped jaws altogether with the blade clamping system and back-up bearing will keep the blade perpendicular to the shoe at all times, even on curves.

Where other saws usually have one or two blade guides this saw has triple blade guidance so there is no doubt that you’ll get nice, clean, precise, square cut every single time. You can also make adjustments for different blade thickness.

For reducing tears/splinters in material this saw it’s equipped with a replaceable zero-clearance splinter guard. This is a great feature for making clean, splinter-free cuts, however, it can reduce cutting line visibility. The solution is either put a little arrow mark on the front of it and just keep it on the line or flip the saw upside down to see the blade.

This model has a dual-port dust extractor and altogether with the chip guard, it offers a cleaner working environment. It’s good enough to work indoors. However, you must remember that nearly 100% dust collection doesn’t necessarily mean 100% chip free workshop. The dust collection system works better with the chip guard installed but if you have problems following the line it might be worth it to remove it for precise cuts.

You also get 3 orbital action settings for faster, more aggressive or smooth cuts in a variety of materials. A dual bevel adjustment with a hex wrench stored onboard and removable power cord for convenient storage or interchanging with other Festool tools. FastFix blade change system that offers quick tool-free blade changes and a plastic base plate cover on a cast aluminum shoe is designed to minimize scratching of the workpiece.

There are 2 versions of this model barrel grip and top handle. PS 300 EQ has a barrel grip. Is it better than the other one? In my opinion, it’s a matter of preference. Both of them have their merits. With barrel grip though you get more control over the tool by having a handle closer to the blade.

Very smooth running, powerful, heavy duty and well-built tool. Good balance and maneuverability. It allows for a great level of accuracy that reduces sanding/shaping later on in a process. This is fantastic but not a cheap tool and that together with no LED light might put some buyers off.

I think there isn’t a perfect tool for all projects. There might be a perfect tool for a type of project and as with everything in life, you’ll have to compromise. But that’s just my opinion.

Power:6.0 Amp motor power great for frequent use in a variety of materials and even for long, tough applications
Versatility:Variable speed up to 2900 SPM set MMC(Multi-Material Control) electronics to help to regulate the power under heavy load, 3 orbital action settings for smooth and aggressive cuts and working with different types of materials
Convenience:Tool-less blade change, dual bevel adjustments up to 45° left or right with a positive stop at 90 and detents at common angles 15, 30, 45, a dual-port dust extractor and with the chip guard offers cleaner working environment, shoe cover for preventing scratches on softer materials, FastFix blade change system that offers quick tool-free blade change

Price:Usually under $260 but check the latest price here
Best for:Any type of woodwork, useful tool for any kind of precision work, experienced woodworkers, professionals

What's included: A systainer case, a hex wrench, splinter guide, chip guide, 2 blades


Jigsaw Buying Guide And FAQs

#1. Which type of jigsaw is the best for you?

The choice of type of the jigsaw depends on mainly two factors: a price/budget and type of tasks you are going to use it for.


top rated jigsaws


I always start with the budget I’ve got and then I try to find the best tool for the job. This way I always get the best value for money.

There are 3 types of jigsaws – corded, cordless and pneumatic. I focused only on the first two types as pneumatic jigsaws although more powerful are not as popular and require additional equipment like an air compressor.

Corded or Cordless?


corded vs cordless

That’s a tricky question. Cordless jigsaws are more versatile and portable but at the same time heavier,  battery dependent and more expensive. With a small budget, I’d say up to $50 you won’t be able to find a cordless jigsaw. And If you do, it’s usually a bare tool without a battery. You can get a decent corded tool for that price.

They not as powerful as corded jigsaws but for light to medium tasks will do the job well. Keep in mind having more than one battery is always a good solution but again you have to spend more.

Corded jigsaws are usually more powerful but not as portable. However, considering your budget the choice is bigger and obviously, you don’t have to depend on batteries, just plug in and you’re ready to go. They tend to last longer and are lightweight which is important when you have to work every day or for a longer period of time.

A basic tool on a budget will tackle any everyday task around a house but if you in need of quality jigsaw that you can put to work the choice gets better with a healthier budget.


#2. Which type of jigsaw is best for which jobs

When choosing a jigsaw for a job there are 3 main factors you have to consider:

A jigsaw type, power, and a blade type. All of them are determined by a project you’re working on.  If you’re a professional that uses a jigsaw often you may consider getting several different models to fit the tasks you’ll be undertaking.

#3. What to look for in a jigsaw?


For DIY type projects that involve cutting softwoods up to 2- ¼”, hardwoods up to 1-3/8”  and 3/16” steel 3-4 Amp corded or cordless jigsaw will do. For more heavy duty or professional use, 5 Amp and over jigsaw will easily manage to cut wood up to 3-3/8” and steel up to 3/8”.

Orbital action

This feature allows the blade to move forward and backward as well as up and down. It can be used when a more aggressive cut is needed like a straight cut. It speeds up cutting but the finish is rougher.

It usually is set by a dialer and allows changing the type of cut that is needed like less orbital action for curved and more for a straight cut.

Blade changing

A  shank is a part of the blade that is locked in a blade clamp. There are 2 main types of shanks in jigsaw blades – T-shank (or tang shank) and U shank. The main difference between these types is how they are locked in the blade clamp. T-shank allows keyless blade clamping and to lock U shank type blade you need an Allen key to do it.

Blade clamp is what holds a blade in place. You can find 2 types of blade clamps. The first consist of one or two crews and you need an Allen key to change the blade.

Second is a keyless blade clamping systems which are becoming more popular as they are far much easier to operate and changing a blade is very simple.


bosch jigsaw clamp view


Low vibrations not only contribute to a smoother finish cut but also have a less impact on your hands which is important if you work with the tool for long hours.

Dust collection/blower

These two features are a great addition to any jigsaw. Not necessary but helpful and make your life easier by removing sawdust from your guidelines. You can usually find them in more models from mid-range up. However, some budget saws have a dust blower as well.

Blade guiding

Blade Roller guide – another important feature. It prevents the blade from bending and keeps it square to the workpiece. It supports the blade which is slotted between the guide and gives it its accuracy.

Basic roller guide is found in cheaper, basic saws. In more advanced models you can find a precision roller guide which makes accurate cut easier.

Variable speed

The speed of a jigsaw is measured as Strokes per Minute (SPM). The stroke rate specifies the number of times a blade moves up and down every minute. Usually, the speed ranges from 500 to 3,000 SPM.

Variable speed dial – it allows a user to set the speed up accordingly to task and material giving more control over the tool.

Air stop brusher

An important feature to look for if you want your tool to last. It protects the motor from damage when the brushes of the jigsaw are worn by not allowing you to operate the tool.

Metal gear housing

It’s important for protecting gearbox from any kind of abuse and ensuring tool durability.

Jigsaw foot/shoe

Also called base plate or sole. This is the part of a jigsaw that you place on the material. Its main task is to make sure the blade is at a fixed angle to piece you’re cutting. They usually made of stamped steel or aluminum cast.

Additional features worth considering:

Lighted Plug: a safety feature that will allow you to know if a tool is live or not

Led light guide: For better cut line visibility

Bevel/dual bevel capability: it allows for angle cuts

Long cord: it allows for working without the need of extension cord making the tool more portable


Few words about blades

I’m not gonna write here about which blade to choose. It’s a broad topic for another post. So just wanted to shed some light and write about basics. I just don’t want to confuse any power tools newbies :)

There are several ways of categorizing jigsaw blades. It’s the type of shank, a number of teeth and material which they are made of.

Type of shank

A  shank is a part of the blade that is locked in a blade clamp. There are 2 main types of shanks in jigsaw blades – T-shank (or tang shank) and U shank. The main difference between these types is how they are locked in the blade clamp. T-shank allows keyless blade clamping and to lock U shank type blade you need an Allen key to do it.


jigsaw blades


U shanks are less popular and harder to get, mainly because most manufacturers have moved to use keyless clamping system.

Blade Material

There are 4 main types of blades in regard to the material they’re made of.

High Carbon Steel (HCS)– it’s a composition of iron containing carbon and manganese. This type of steel is more flexible and cuts softer materials well but at the same time, the blades are the weakest and wearing out the fastest. However, they are often preferred in the workshop mainly because of a low price.

High-Speed Steel (HSS) – it’s harder than carbon steel but is not as flexible. It’s good for cutting harder materials but it is more prone to damage from the heat that builds up in the cutting process.

Bimetal – it’s a fusion of high carbon steel and high-speed steel. First, one is used for the body of the blade and gives it flexibility. The second one is used for the teeth. This way the blades are made for heavy cutting and last up to 10 times longer than HCS and HSS ones.

Tungsten Carbide – blades made of this chemical compound are designed for cutting the hardest of materials. Are also often the most expensive ones. They made of a steel shaft bonded with tungsten carbide often with a grit edge similar to sandpaper rather than teeth. The result is a very clean cut.

Blade TPI

TPI is measured in teeth per square inch on a blade. You should use a blade with higher TPI for harder materials and lower TPI for softer. A number of teeth also affects the cutting speed and cut finish(rougher or smoother). More teeth usually mean smoother cuts but with wood, it’s not really significant as the final result can be smooth out by sanding.dewalt flush cut blade

Dewalt flush cutting bladeDifferent blades are designed for different materials. There is even a distinction between blades for straight and curved cuts. If you’re not sure always read the label or ask an experienced seller.

When choosing the best jigsaw you have to take several factors into consideration.  I hope you’ve found my guide helpful when choosing the right tool for you. If you have any thoughts please leave a comment in the section below.




12 thoughts on “Best JigSaw for Every Budget 2019 – Reviews, Comparisons and Buying Guide

  1. Very insightful article about all the different types of jigsaws and how to see about fitting one in the budget.

    I have always gone with the notion to purchase the best that I can afford. That way I feel I’ll only need to buy a tool once and be done if I’m lucky enough if the quality and durability holds out.

    Your comparison chart at the bottom is a nice feature to check which ones look best before purchasing.

    1. Hi, Travis!
      Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you liked my article. Most people like you and me want the best they can afford and that was the intention behind it. It’s so much choice out there and especially with power tools that you can get lost on the way. So I try my best to make that choice a little bit more educated and simple.
      Have a great day Travis ):


  2. I am told that I have way more tools than any other female they know. So stumbling on this post was great. I don’t have a jigsaw yet. My personal preference is battery operated, simply because I don’t have to worry about a cord, and I can use the tools anywhere. So many options! I tend you stick with a particular brand that I know makes a good tool I am curious which brand you see as a good durable tool brand, regardless of price?

    1. Hi, Matt’s Mom :)
      Thanks for visiting my site and I’m sorry for a very late response but I’ve been away (holiday :)) and could get any computer access. I completely understand what you’re saying about having many tools. Though I think there is always a room for a new one ;) With today’s technology moving at very fast pace, the battery operated tools are getting more popular due to portability and I completely get it. As long as they powerful enough to compete with corded tools I’m all in :)

      As for sticking with a brand… It’s hard to tell. I like to choose the best tool I can afford but I think Bosch could be the brand I’d trust and go for regardless of the price.

      Thanks again for dropping by and if you had any more questions just drop me a line. I’ll try to respond faster this time :)


  3. I’m not very skillful when it comes to this technical topic, but I really loved the way you explained these things. I honestly had no idea what to look for in a jigsaw, and even though I’m not the one who’s dealing with these things in my family, it’s always good to know.
    So I’m curious, what do you think about the budget jigsaws? I mean, they have a really low price and considering they’re tools, I would have expected a higher price maybe. What I want to ask is, do they last enough time? Do they have a good quality or they’re just “on budget”? :)

    1. Hi Ashley,
      I’m glad my article helped you out :) As for budget jigsaws. If you’re not planning on massive amounts of woodworking but just around the house jobs and some projects, these would do just fine.
      The price point is very low in some cases and I personally don’t expect them to last very long but for occasional work, they’d be great. I wouldn’t spend more money for a tool I’m not going to use frequently.
      I’d get some quality Bosh blades though. It can make all the difference.


  4. This is sweet! I really like the feature of being able to pick a saw and all the specs pop up. Very nice!. Anything I wanted to know was here. I usually just have small and odd jobs that a want to handle. Do you have a preference on which saw is the best?

    1. Hi Angela!

      I’m glad you like it :) For small jobs, any of the budget ones would be good. They slightly vary in price so I’d go with your budget. If I was to pick one I’d go for SKIL 4395-01 5.5 Amp In general it offers nice range of features as well as it’s pretty powerful. I hope that will help you out a bit :)
      Thanks for stopping by!


  5. This is an amazing article. My brother is a tool guy and would love this. I will say that a jig saw is must have for anyone who is into carpentry or just wants to do some projects around the house. This is very informative and f you have so many nice choices to decide from. Thank you again for this awesome review.

  6. Hi Kasia,

    Thanks for sharing such a useful guide about jigsaw. Unfortunately, all your images didn’t display correctly on my Google Chrome browser. Would you be able to fix it soon?

    1. Hi Ted,
      I’m glad you liked it. As for the images, it seems like everything is working on my side. Are you using any type of ad blocker? If so, that would explain why you can’t see the images as they are pulled through Amazon site directly.

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