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Best Chain saws

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Chain saws

Best Chain saws

We tested 36 chain saws to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Chain saw based on the following criteria:

  • Bar length tested (in.)
  • Cutting speed
  • Ease of use
  • cc/amp
  • Handling
  • Weight (lbs.)
  • Safety

Below lists the Chain saws that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Chain saw is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Chain saws

Best Chain saw for Bar length tested (in.)

Length of the bar tested from all available lengths.


This Chain saw which tested best for Bar length tested (in.) has the following features: Chain brake, Anti-vibration, Metal bucking spikes, Storage case, Protective sheath and Warranty (yrs.).

Best Chain saw for Cutting speed

How fast a saw cut through a 10-inch-square oak beam.


This Chain saw which tested best for Cutting speed has the following features: Chain brake, Anti-vibration, Metal bucking spikes, Protective sheath and Warranty (yrs.).

Best Chain saw for Ease of use

Based on engine-starting convenience (the average number of pulls to start), primer and choke location and operation, and the ease of adjusting the cutting chain’s tightness, checking and adding fluids, and accessing the air filter and spark plug.


This Chain saw which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: Chain brake, Tool-free chain adjuster, Translucent oil tank and Warranty (yrs.).

Best Chain saw for cc/amp

Engine cc (cubic centimeters), amps (for corded electric motors), and volts (battery-powered electric motors) are from manufacturer.


This Chain saw which tested best for cc/amp has the following features: Chain brake, Anti-vibration, Metal bucking spikes and Warranty (yrs.).

Best Chain saw for Handling

Denotes horizontal cutting, vertical cutting, saw weight, and vibration (as measured with a vibration meter).


This Chain saw which tested best for Handling has the following features: Chain brake, Anti-vibration and Warranty (yrs.).

Best Chain saw for Weight (lbs.)

The weight, to the nearest pound, for a fully assembled saw with bar and chain but without any gas or oil added.


This Chain saw which tested best for Weight (lbs.) has the following features: Chain brake, Anti-vibration, Metal bucking spikes, Storage case, Protective sheath and Warranty (yrs.).

Best Chain saw for Safety

Consists of kickback intensity, the potential for burn due to inadvertent contact with the muffler, and storage safety--how well protected the cutting chain is from accidental contact during storage.


This Chain saw which tested best for Safety has the following features: Chain brake, Tool-free chain adjuster, Translucent oil tank, Metal bucking spikes, Extra chain and Warranty (yrs.).