13 Best Sawzalls (2022 Review)

Updated: Nov 23

Back when I began doing carpentry they did not have as many options for power tools. Battery-powered tools weren’t even around which requires more effort and time to finish a project.

Even so, there were only a few options for sawzalls. Today there are so many options. There are two distinct styles. 2 handed sawzall and one-handed sawzalls. If you’re doing construction work, cutting into walls and ceilings you will want a two-handed machine. If you’re doing plumbing work and just projects around the house one-handed saw is the best option.

Sawzalls have been a popular demolition tool. They come in different varieties such as cordless and corded sawzalls. Each of them has their distinct characteristics. The value of sawzalls mostly depends on the capacity of the motor as well as its features.

Choosing the Best Sawzall

When choosing a sawzall, it is better if you know the primary purpose of why you are buying a sawzall. The specs that you will need will depend on the said purpose. There are sawzalls that are powered with a 10 or even a 15-ampere motor and it is your job to choose which will work best for you.

To give you an insight in choosing, here is the breakdown of their categories.

Sawzalls with 10 to 12-Ampere Motor

In this category, sawzalls usually are pricey and portable. This is because they are made for lighter tasks and complex maneuvers. It is also the safest option to have if you need to cut overhead.

Sawzalls with 13-Ampere Motor

13-amp powered sawzalls are often in the middle. They are for light up to semi heavy-duty cutting. They are heavier and provides more power than their 10 to 12-amp sawzalls counterparts.

Sawzalls with 14 to 15-Ampere Motor

If we are talking about power and weight, sawzalls with 14 to 15-ampere motors are the man. They are expected to perform best on heavy-duty tasks.

In this article, you will discover the best sawzalls according to their categories

1. One-handed saws with the most power

2. One-handed saws that are lightweight

3. Two-handed sawzalls (cordless)

4. Two-handed sawzalls (corded)

One-Handed Sawzalls

1. DEWALT ATOMIC 20V MAX Reciprocating Cordless Saw (DCS369B)

A great multipurpose one-handed tool that provides ample power. Regarding its brushless motor, I definitely say that it is a plus factor as the increased performance can be felt. I also loved the versatility that it has when it comes to controlling its speed. A great option for individuals who are looking to have the power of a chainsaw minus the heavyweight. It does the job easily for branches even up to 4” thick.


  • Easy to use

  • Lightweight

  • High-efficiency in maneuverability

  • Long battery life

  • Elegant design

  • Gives superb power


  • Blades sometimes experience premature breakdown

2. Milwaukee 2719-20 M18 FUEL Hackzall

When it comes to sawzalls, I can say that this is my personal favorite. It is light and very maneuverable. The price is also just right for the superb quality that you will get from this tool. Milwaukee is one of the best brands that you can find out there. Having said so, this sawzall is the ultimate bang for the buck. I have no doubts that the accuracy is remarkable compared to the sawzalls with the same specifications.


  • Portable

  • Lightweight

  • Highly-accurate in cutting

  • Ergonomic handle

  • Gives decent power

  • Easy to change blades


  • Battery life tends to be shorter