June 2022

Miter Saws: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Miter Saw rankings posted by key online experts, as of June 2022.

Summary

As of 7 Jun 2022, Bosch GCM12SD takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed miter saw with 7 expert endorsements. 3 experts out of 7 recommended it as the '#1 miter saw' this month. It is followed by Dewalt DWS780 and Dewalt Dws779 , with 6 and 3 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - June 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Miter Saw
Handyman Picks
Miter Saw Judge
Sawinery
ProTool Reviews
SolidSmack
BestCovery
Sensible Digs
The Saw Guy
The Spruce
Bob Vila
1
- $649
Bosch GCM12SD
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4
4
1
3
1
3
-
-
1
2
- Check price
Dewalt DWS780
-
1
7
-
1
2
-
1
-
2
3
- Check price
Dewalt Dws779
1
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
1
-
4
- $99
Metabo HPT C10FCGS
2
-
5
-
-
-
-
7
3
-
5
- $689
Milwaukee 6955-20
-
5
6
-
-
-
7
-
7
-
6
- $170
Genesis GMS1015LC
3
-
-
-
-
6
6
-
-
-
7
- $579
Bosch CM10GD
7
-
3
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
8
- $249
Craftsman V20 7-1/4" Sliding
-
-
-
-
5
7
-
-
-
4
9
- $169
Metabo HPT C10FCH2S
-
2
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
10
+1 $329
Makita LS1221
4
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
11
-1 Check price
Dewalt DHS790AT2
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
12
- Check price
Makita LS1019L
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
6
13
- $340
Evolution R255SMS Plus
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
-

We ranked Bosch GCM12SD #1 in June 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Miter Saws” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Bosch GCM12SD as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Miter Saw Judge

Pros
Heavy enough for rock-solid performance but compact enough for small workshops
Ideal for a broad spread of cuts with cutting capacity of 14 inches (horizontal), 6 ½ inches (vertical) and 6 ½ inches (crown)
Oversized uniform bevel super-simple to read and you can make precision adjustments thanks to roof pitch angles and detents
Bevel lock located front and center so you won’t be fumbling behind the saw
Get miter stops at 15, 22 ½, 31 ½ and 45 degrees to both left and right along with 60 degrees to the right for maximum versatility
Get remarkably smooth cuts across all applications with axial glides
The see-through lower guard gives you total visibility when you’re cutting so you can work at speed without sacrificing accuracy
Ultra-soft trigger handle ergonomically designed so you can work for sustained periods without clawed hands
Tip-resistant and stable base for precision cutting with even the hardest woods

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Sawinery

Pros
Provides easy blade adjustments
Capable of easily making angled miter cuts
Dust bag integrated with a vacuum adaptor
Equipped with a versatile blade suited for different projects
One-touch slide fence for added material support

Cons
Requires constant maintenance
Must be set-up accurately and according to manual

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ProTool Reviews

Best sliding compound miter saw

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SolidSmack

Pros
Doesn’t have the typical type of rail design to help it save space.
Has a well-balanced base.
Offers 14-Inch expanded horizontal cutting capacity, 6-1/2-inch vertical capacity, and 6-1/2-inch crown capacity (45-degree spring).
Has 3 HP, 15 amp motor and delivers 3800 RPM.
Compact for a 12” miter saw.
Intuitive functions and great for left- and right-handed users.

Cons
Doesn’t offer a laser or LED cutting guide.

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BestCovery

Best miter saw overall

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Sensible Digs

Best miter saw for crown molding

Pros
Suitable for Crown Moldings
Safe Bevel Lock
Large Scales
Axial Glide System

Cons
Hefty and Tall
Lacks Laser and Light

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Bob Vila

Best Overall

Pros
Smooth zero-clearance arm
Powerful motor
Dust-collection system
See-through safety guard

Cons
No light or laser
A little heavy

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We ranked Dewalt DWS780 #2 in June 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Miter Saws” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Dewalt DWS780 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Miter Saw Judge

Best sliding compound

Pros
Powerful motor
Great torque holding blade speed throughout the cut
Simple, swift adjustment of angle and bevel
Fairly lightweight and portable
Out of the box capability
LED light to enhance accuracy
Highly accurate gauges
Good stock blade supplied
Outstanding dust collection

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Sawinery

Pros
Has extended power and durability
Suitable for heavy-duty cutting operations
Distinct and adjustable back fence structure
Features a detent plate with ten positive stops
Integrated with a reliable and precise miter system

Cons
Must be assembled according to the manual instruction
Corded and requires an electrical power source

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SolidSmack

Pros
A great amount of metal components and a sturdy build.
Has a 15 amp motor delivering 3800 RPM.
The back fence can cut up to 2 x 16 (90-degrees) and 2 x 12-dimensional lumber (45 degrees).
Very easy to assemble.
Great build and the adjustments are very responsive and precise.
Has a powerful motor and durable blade.
Very flexible and capable of doing every kind of cut.
Has 10 positive stops in its adjustable stainless steel miter detent plate.

Cons
The grip handle is a bit uncomfortable in the hands as it appears not to have any cushion.

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BestCovery

Runner Up

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The Saw Guy

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Bob Vila

Runner Up

Pros
Powerful
Large capacity
Uses a lever instead of a knob

Cons
No laser guide
Needs a lot of room for the slide rails

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Miter Saws.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Miter Saws, 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 June 2022 ranking

We ranked Dewalt Dws779 #3 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Miter Saws” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Dewalt Dws779 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Handyman Picks

Pros
Cam lock miter handle
Tall sliding fence support
Dual horizontal steel rails

Cons
Lacking in lasers
Belt drive takes getting used to

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Sensible Digs

Best sliding compound miter saw

Pros
Dust Collector
Sizeable Capacity
Accurate Cuts

Cons
Lacks a Laser

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The Spruce

Best Overall

Pros
Handles larger boards than most
Bevels to the left and the right
Very efficient dust collection system

Cons
Expensive

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We ranked Metabo HPT C10FCGS #4 in June 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Miter Saws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Handyman Picks

Pros
Lightweight and easy to transport
Large table with a vice clamping system
15 amp motor generates a no-load speed of up to 5000 RPM

Cons
The fence is not square and bowing in a bit toward the blade’s base on the backside.
Instructions are not the easiest to follow.

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Sawinery

Pros
One of the most affordable 10-inch single bevel miter saws in the market
Cuts material at a no-load speed of 5000 RPM
Has an extensive working space that provides added support
Adjustable blade fence with bevel capability of 0-45 degrees

Cons
Must be assembled according to manual’s instruction
Requires an electrical power source

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The Saw Guy

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The Spruce

Best Budget

Pros
Reasonable price
Good for basic DIY projects

Cons
Only tilts to the left for bevels
No extension rails

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We ranked Milwaukee 6955-20 #5 in June 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Miter Saws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Miter Saw Judge

Pros
Heavy-duty design and build makes this powerful 12-inch miter saw perfect for the jobsite or the home workshop
9 positive detents allowing you to bevel with ease from 0 through 48 degrees on either side
Smooth mechanism with silky manual adjustment so you can fine-tune with consummate ease using an oversized lever
Highly versatile letting you cut a line 13 ½ inches wide at 90 degrees and 9 ½ inches at 45 degrees
Compatible with dado blades enabling you to widen your cutting repertoire further
Constant Power Technology keeps your blade stable even when you’re cutting aggressively
Dual lights in place of laser guide delivers outstanding illumination while simultaneously mitigating blade shadow
Reasonably efficient dust collection system although this is non-standard so you’ll need to pick up an adapter
Rubberized handling grips give you a little purchase if you’re looking to shift your saw around the workshop
5-year limited warranty gives you complete peace of mind and the promise of years of faithful service even under sustained, heavy use

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Sawinery

Pros
Inclusive of dust channel providing a cleaner working environment
Operates with a 15-amp and 3.3 max hp motor
Suitable to cut hardwoods than miter saws with 10-inch blades
Has a fine adjust miter angle options with a self zeroing system
Integrated with lights and dust port for convenient operations

Cons
Corded miter saw that might require power extensions
Needs regular maintenance

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Sensible Digs

Best miter saw for furniture making

Pros
Digital Readout
Handles Large Materials
Includes Lighting

Cons
Inadequate Dust Collector

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The Spruce

Best for Trim/Baseboards

Pros
Very precise controls for bevel and miter cuts
Handles long boards and trim pieces
Bevels to the left and right

Cons
Very expensive

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We ranked Genesis GMS1015LC #6 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Miter Saws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Handyman Picks

Pros
Quick electric brake
Arbor lock for quick blade changes
Nine positive detent miter stops

Cons
The clamp is not as strong as they would like it to be.

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BestCovery

Best budget miter saw

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Sensible Digs

Best budget miter saw

Pros
Extension Wings and Clamp
Arbor Lock
Electric Brake

Cons
Laser Is Battery-Powered
Awkward Clamp Position

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We ranked Bosch CM10GD #7 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Miter Saws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Handyman Picks

Pros
Axial glide system
Bevel lock lever
Quick bevel angle set up
Powerful motor

Cons
Fences don’t stay coplanar when in use
Blade binds on bevel cuts
Authorized service center takes long

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Sawinery

Best Compact

Pros
Axial glide system produces accurate bevel cuts
More compact and portable compared to other sliding miter saws
10 inches of working space that allows enhanced alignment
15-amp motor and a standard 120V power source
Crown molding capacity of 6-inches at 45 degrees
Designed with a soft grip for comfortable all-day use

Cons
Components need to be maintained regularly
Requires an electrical power source

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The Saw Guy

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We ranked Craftsman V20 7-1/4" Sliding #8 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Miter Saws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
SolidSmack

Pros
Reasonably priced for the features it offers.
Compact, lightweight, and very convenient to use.
Great for small residential projects.
Features LED lights for accuracy of the cut line.
A single charge can last up to 2 hours of continuous use and easily recharges at just 1 hour.

Cons
Has a poor dust collection system.

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BestCovery

Best budget miter saw

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Bob Vila

Best Compact

Pros
Lightweight and compact
Quiet
Relatively powerful

Cons
It contains a lot of plastic pieces
Single bevel

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We ranked Metabo HPT C10FCH2S #9 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Miter Saws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Miter Saw Judge

Best miter saw under $200

Pros
Clean, accurate cuts
Optional Laser Marker system
Ultra-powerful which aids preciseness and straightness of cuts
Feature-rich including miter stops actuated with the thumb and tungsten carbide tooth
Out of the box functionality perfect for the beginner
For repetitive jobs, releasing the trigger means blade stops quickly
Highly durable blade
Easy to adjust for bevel or miter cuts
Ergonomic handle with simple motion to pull down
Built-in dust collector is extremely effective
Carbon brush easy to replace

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Sensible Digs

Best miter saw for beginners

Pros
Dust Bag
Expansive Cutting Range
Includes Tools

Cons
Laser Lacks Power

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We ranked Makita LS1221 #10 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Miter Saws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Handyman Picks

Pros
Lightweight
Durable
Nine positive miter stops
Electric brake

Cons
Box arrived open on one occasion
Clamp missing on arrival for one buyer
Crack in the base of saw reported by another customer.

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BestCovery

Honorable Mention

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We ranked Dewalt DHS790AT2 #11 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Miter Saws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Sawinery

Best Cordless

Pros
Equipped with 2 Lithium-ion batteries and 120V Brushless motor
Changes voltage depending on tool requirement
Has an extensive left and right miter angle cuts
Fully cordless and weighs about 56 pounds
Integrated with cutline blade positioning system
Capable of executing 289 cross-cuts and 3-¼ inches crown molding

Cons
Choking hazard and must be kept out of children’s reach
Batteries need to be recharged after every operation

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The Spruce

Best Cordless

Pros
Bevels to the left and right
Compact and portable

Cons
Few complaints about AC adapter not working
Expensive

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We ranked Makita LS1019L #12 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Miter Saws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
SolidSmack

Pros
The laser is positioned in a new place to make it more ergonomic.
Powered by 15 amp direct-drive motor delivering 3200 RPM.
The dust-collection system is more effective than other models.
Great for workshops with limited spaces.
Great depth adjustments for trench cuts.
Has an excellent cutting capacity.

Cons
The fence doesn’t slide outward but can be removed using a thumbscrew.
Not very ideal for left-handed users.

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Bob Vila

Best Zero Clearance

Pros
Powerful
Sliding design is brilliant
Lots of features and extras

Cons
A little complicated to set up
An armful to move around

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We ranked Evolution R255SMS Plus #13 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Miter Saws” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Handyman Picks

Pros
multifunctional
quick release clamp
laser-guided precision
lightweight and portable
hi-torque motor

Cons
wobble in the slide mechanism
hold down clamp is not a heavy-duty
shelf is plastic

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The Spruce

Best for Alternative Materials

Pros
One blade handles most materials, including metal
Laser guide

Cons
Only tilts to the left for bevels

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