A staple gun is, well, a staple of any do-it-yourselfer or handyman’s toolkit. They allow you to assemble smaller projects, hang a sign, or attach something temporarily. They make each of these jobs quick and easy, freeing you up for bigger, more important work.
But what qualities make up the best staple gun? What should you look for in one?
In this article, we will help to guide you to purchase a staple gun that best fits your needs. We have found ten of the best and give you an in-depth review the top three products to make your choice easy.
Top 10 Staple Guns
|Picture||Name||Staple Sizes||Price||Rating (1-5)|
|1. Stanley TR45K Light Duty Staple Gun Kit||1/4 in., 5/16 in., 3/8 in., 1/2 in., 9/16 in.||$||4.3|
|2. BOSTITCH T6-8 Heavy Duty Powercrown Tacker||3/8 in. and ½ in.||$$||4.4|
|3. Stanley Tr110 Heavy Duty Steel Stapler||1/4 in., 5/16 in., 3/8 in., 1/2 in., 9/16 in.||$||4.3|
|4. DEWALT DWHTTR350 Dewalt Heavy-Duty Aluminum Stapler/Brad Nailer||5/8 in., 1/2 in.||$$||4.7|
|5. Arrow Fastener T50 Heavy Duty Staple Gun||1/4 in., 5/16 in., 3/8 in., 1/2 in., 9/16 in.||$$||4.6|
|6. Arrow Fastener Arrow PT50 Pneumatic Staple Gun||1/4 in., 5/16 in., 3/8 in., 1/2 in., 17/32 in., 9/16 in.||$$$||4.5|
|7. Stanley TR150HL SharpShooter Heavy Duty Staple Gun||1/4 in., 5/16 in., 3/8 in., 1/2 in., 9/16 in.||$$||4.5|
|8. Stanley TR250 SharpShooter Plus Heavy-Duty Staple/Brad Nail Gun||1/4 in., 5/16 in., 3/8 in., 1/2 in., 9/16 in.||$$||4.3|
|9. WORKPRO Heavy-Duty Staple Gun Kit||5/8 in., 5/16 in., 1/2 in.||$$||4.3|
|10. Stanley TRE550Z Electric Staple/Brad Nail Gun||1/2 in., 5/8 in., 9/16 in.||$$$||4.3|
So what should you look for to find the best staple gun? There are several factors that you need to keep in mind.
- Staple Size. Depending on what you will be stapling into, you will need different staple lengths. That is why you should try to find a stapler that can use multiple sizes of staples to suit your needs better.
- Staple Type. There are various types of staples available. Each can be utilized for a different application and purpose. You should look for a staple gun that can use more than one type of staple, or at least the kind that you will use the most.
- Ease of Use. While you want your staple gun to be powerful, you don’t want to have to be powerful yourself to use one. You should be able to release a staple with relative ease and without straining yourself. The staples should also be easy to load and unload, saving you time and aggravation.
- Durability. Always look for a tool that will last for a long time. You don’t want to have to repurchase a staple gun every few years, so you should look for one that will last a long while.
Top 3 Best Staple Gun Reviews
Stanley has been a trusted name in staples for a long time. That is why it should not come as a surprise that we chose one of their models as the best staple gun available today. This particular model is lightweight, with an easily squeezed action that makes it perfect for every user’s different experience level.
The stapler also comes equipped with a smooth and hassle-free system for removing jams. This will help you to keep moving on your project and save a ton of frustration and time.
It is also extremely versatile, as it can use a wide array of staple lengths. This will allow you to utilize for many different projects, with a large variety of materials. It can use either Arrow or Stanley brand staples which are shaped like standard staples.
Summary: A highly versatile and easy to use staple gun, the Stanley Light Duty is ideal for all users. It can be employed with a wide variety of staple lengths and on a variety of materials.
Another trusted stapler brand, Bostitch, has a reputation for making easy to use, yet powerful products. This stapler is a testament to that reputation. Its squeeze action is easy to use, while it pushes the staples out with lots of power.
It has a removable bottom-feeding magazine, which makes for quick and easy loading and unloading. Even though the staples that it uses are of the bent, or crown, variety, they did not jam up at all during our testing.
It is not able to use a broad range of staples, however, which keeps it from being higher on our list. It is only able to utilize two different lengths, thus limiting its effectiveness for a wide variety of applications.
Summary: Easy to use and powerful, the Bostitch Heavy-Duty is a great stapler. It is easy to load and unload and does not jam often. However, since it can only use a small number of staple lengths, its effectiveness is limited.
This Stanley stapler is much the same as our number one pick, with a few exceptions. It offers users the same hassle-free experience, as any jams can easily be cleared with minimum effort. This stapler can also utilize and accept a wide variety of staple lengths, thus making it perfect for a variety of projects.
Where it lags behind, however, is its squeeze mechanism. Out of our top three, this was the stapler that worked the hardest. After using it to put about 50 staples into some pine boards, we were feeling more fatigued from this stapler as compared to the other two.
Even though it seemed to work harder, it did not offer any more staple penetration either, bumping it down in our rankings.
Summary: A highly versatile stapler, the Stanley Heavy Duty can be used with a wide variety of staple lengths and on various materials. However, its action works a bit harder than other staplers, which may lead to quicker hand fatigue during extended use.