February 2024

Chainsaws: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of chainsaws rankings posted by key online experts, as of February 2024.

Summary

On 13 Feb 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 79 chainsaw endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

62 chainsaws were endorsed in total, only 12 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 13 Feb 2024, Husqvarna Power Axe 350i takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed chainsaw with 3 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 3 recommended it as the '#1 chainsaw' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking chainsaws start at $54.99 (Wen 4017) and go up to $599 (Husqvarna 460 Rancher). Median chainsaw costs $219 (Echo CS-310).
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At a glance - February Ranking

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Rank Change Price Chainsaw
TechGearLab
The Spruce
Bob Vila
Reviewed
TopTenReviews
Fire And Saw
Popular Science
Chainsaw Larry
Sawinery
Thomasnet
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- $279
Husqvarna Power Axe 350i
The Husqvarna Power Axe 350i is a lightweight and maneuverable cordless electric chainsaw that offers superior cutting power, ease of use, and durability, making it a top choice for both professionals and homeowners.
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- $299
Makita UC4051A
The Makita UC4051A electric chainsaw is highly praised for its powerful performance, ease of use, safety features, and durability, making it suitable for professional landscapers, arborists, or homeowners with large trees or extensive woodcutting needs.
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Echo CS-310
The Echo CS-310 chainsaw is a gas-powered chainsaw known for its powerful cutting performance, ease of use, and strong safety features, making it a durable and reliable option for both professional and home use.
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+1 $144
Worx WG304.1
The Worx WG304.1 is a powerful and efficient electric chainsaw praised for its cutting performance, ease of use, quiet operation, safety features, and durability, making it a reliable tool for home and property owners.
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+1 $297
GreenWorks GCS80420
The GreenWorks Pro 80V GCS80420 chainsaw is a highly praised battery-powered electric chainsaw known for its power, performance, and safety features.
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+1 $434
Echo CS-590
The Echo CS-590-20 Timber Wolf is a gas-powered chainsaw designed for professional use, offering power, versatility, and durability for a range of cutting tasks.
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+1 $288
Poulan Pro PR5020
The Poulan Pro PR5020 is a powerful and user-friendly gas-powered chainsaw with a 50cc engine, 20-inch bar and chain, and a range of features that make it suitable for professional use and everyday tasks.
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+1 $219
Ego Power+ CS1611
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-11 $104
Oregon CS1500
The Oregon CS1500 is a highly praised electric chainsaw known for its power, ease of use, safety features, and durability, making it suitable for cutting medium-sized trees and branches.
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+1 $129
Worx WG322
The Worx WG322 cordless chainsaw is a lightweight and compact option that is highly regarded by experts for its ease of use and versatility for small to medium-sized cutting tasks around the home or yard.
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+2 Check price
DeWalt DCCS620B
The DeWalt DCCS620B is a highly praised battery-powered chainsaw known for its exceptional power, performance, versatility, durability, ease of use, and safety features.
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+2 $284
Ego Power+ CS1604
The Ego Power+ CS1604 Chainsaw is a highly recommended cordless chainsaw that offers powerful cutting performance, ease of use, safety features, and durability, making it suitable for both professional and DIY users.
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#15 $103.94 Oregon CS1500
#16 $129 Worx WG322
#4 $144 Worx WG304.1
#3 $219 Echo CS-310
#14 $219 Ego Power+ CS1611
#1 $279 Husqvarna Power Axe 350i
#18 $283.86 Ego Power+ CS1604
#7 $288.40 Poulan Pro PR5020
#5 $297.49 GreenWorks GCS80420
#2 $299 Makita UC4051A
#6 $433.96 Echo CS-590

We ranked Husqvarna Power Axe 350i #1 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Husqvarna Power Axe 350i as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechGearLab

Best Battery-Powered Chainsaw / Editors' Choice

Extraordinary cutting performance
Relatively quiet
Easy to use
Boost mode

Slow charging
Expensive

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The Spruce

Best Overall, Cordless

Powerful cutting action
Tool-less chain tension adjustment
Boost mode
Long battery runtime

Cannot add longer bars

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Bob Vila

Best Heavy Duty

18-inch guide bar is the right size for general-purpose cutting tasks
Much lower vibration than the rest of the saws in our test group
Fast toolless chain tensioner cuts downtime and boosts productivity
High-efficiency brushless motor reduces vibration and improves battery life
X-Cut chain eliminates need to break chain in; retains sharpness longer

Heavier and more tiring than a compact chainsaw for light-duty cutting
18-inch bar is less articulate for selective cuts among dense branches

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We ranked Makita UC4051A #2 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Makita UC4051A as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechGearLab

Best Corded Electric Chainsaw / Editors' Choice

Cuts very well
Innovative cord stopper
Tool-free chain tensioner works very well
Adjustable oil flow

Oil tank cap is in an awkward place
Cord location is not ideal

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The Spruce

Best Overall, Electric

Comfortable handle
Powerful performance
Tool-less chain tension adjustment

Relatively heavy

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Sawinery

The rubber grip handles provide a solid grasp, and the trigger switch is easy to spot.
It boasts a 16-inch guide bar and chain, which I find quite efficient.
A trusted and popular tool brand choice for outdoor power equipment.
It kicks off softly and starts up without a hitch.
The automatic chain oiler ensures it's always ready for heavy-duty cutting.
It's designed with a built-in current delimiter.
The large metal spike is a sturdy feature.
This tool excels when it comes to cutting large logs.
The electric chain brakes are a thoughtful safety addition.
A one-year warranty provides added peace of mind.
Before it leaves the factory, each unit undergoes rigorous inspection and testing.

You'll need an electricity source and potentially an extension cable.
There might be occasional shipping delays.

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend chainsaws.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of chainsaws, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for February 2024 ranking

We ranked Echo CS-310 #3 in February 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Overall, Gas

CARB compliant
Powerful performance
Fairly lightweight

Requires mixing gas and oil
Can be harder to start in cold weather

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Bob Vila

Best Gas

Easy to start so users don’t to have to strain to pull the starter cord over and over
Light weight allows for extended use and better maneuverability
Powerful, smooth-running engine easily cuts logs up to 14 inches in diameter

Molded plastic bucking spikes do not grip as well as metal
Should be used at least monthly to preserve engine components

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Reviewed

Lightweight and maneuverable
Starts easily

Underpowered for mid-size applications

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TopTenReviews

The best all-rounder

Powerful enough to make quick work of any wood
Lightweight and durable construction

You must mix your fuel with oil before using
Quite loud – up to 90 dB

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We ranked Worx WG304.1 #4 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Worx WG304.1 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Chainsaw Larry

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Thomasnet

Best Electric Chainsaw

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We ranked GreenWorks GCS80420 #5 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechGearLab

Best for Quick Battery Charging

Ultra-fast battery charging
18-inch bar length
Strong cutting action
Steel felling spikes

Cumbersome
So-so runtime
Goes through a lot of oil

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Bob Vila

Best for Firewood

Long 18-inch bar and chain are suitable for big jobs like felling and bucking
High-torque motor and fast chain speed facilitate heavy-duty wood cutting
Good runtime-to-charge-time balance: 30 minutes of runtime, 30 minutes to charge
Modest price point for a heavy-duty battery-powered chainsaw

Heaviest saw in test group
Chain tensioner feels a bit less robust than we like for heavy-duty work

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Chainsaw Larry

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We ranked Echo CS-590 #6 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechGearLab

Best Gas-Powered Chainsaw / Editors' Choice

Incredibly powerful
Great chain guide
Quiet for gas-powered

Heavy
Old-school chain tensioning
Pricey

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Popular Science

Best Gas

Responsive throttle
Translucent fuel tank
Long-lasting, sharp chain

A bit on the heavy side

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We ranked Poulan Pro PR5020 #7 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Chainsaw Larry

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Thomasnet

Best Gas Chainsaw

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We ranked Ego Power+ CS1611 #8 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Budget, Cordless

Long battery runtime
Tool-less chain tension adjustment
Metal bucking spikes

Somewhat heavy

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Reviewed

Power and speed
Tool-less chain tensioning

None we could find

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We ranked Oregon CS1500 #9 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechGearLab

Best Affordable Corded Chainsaw

Good sawing power
Integrated chain sharpener
Affordable
Easy to use
Light

Awkward shape
Flimsy bar
Limitations of power cord

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Popular Science

Best budget

Pre-assembled
Little to no maintenance required
Lots of safety precautions in place

Instructions are a must-read

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We ranked Worx WG322 #10 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechGearLab

Best 20V Model

Tiny
Low noise level
Lightweight
Affordable

Battery dies quickly
Unimpressive cutting power
Lacking features

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Popular Science

Best Small

Automatic chain tension and lubrication system
Separate pole attachment can cut high branches
Battery compatible with other WORX power tools

Battery drains fast
Best for small jobs

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We ranked DeWalt DCCS620B #11 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best for Home Use

Tool-less tension chain adjustments
Compact and lightweight
Comfortable handle

Only intended for smaller tasks

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Bob Vila

Best Compact

Affordable tool
Lightweight design
Brushless motor
Up to 90 cuts per charge
Auto-oil function

Made for light-duty work
Limited 45-minute run time

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We ranked Ego Power+ CS1604 #12 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best chainsaws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Also Consider

Powerful and aggressive tool with 16-inch bar; suitable for downed trees, branches, and firewood
Good cut capacity and runtime; suitable for small and large cutting
Water-resistant construction with IPX4 rating

Soft start takes some getting used to
Oil filter can slow adding oil into reservoir

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Thomasnet

Best Cordless Chainsaw

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