The Best Chainsaw 2020
For homeowners, having a dependable chainsaw can save a lot of time and effort.
Newest models offer top rated features:
push-start ignition, anti-vibration, quick-stop safety, reduced kickback
To help you find the best chainsaw for your home, here is our list of the top rated chainsaws for homeowners — we based our review on price, functions & features, and buyer reviews.
Prices on my list range, $129 – $449.
The Best Chainsaw Reviews
The Husqvarna 455 Rancher is a top seller online.
It comes w/ a powerful 2-cycle gas engine and is 20 inches long — furthest reaching chainsaw on my list.
Type: Gas Chainsaw
Blades: 3 sizes (16-20 inch)
For its size and power, the Husqvarna Rancher is extremely lightweight (only 10.2 pounds).
Very easy to start + designed to reduce vibrations. Good options for multi-hour use!
Buyers found the controls easy to use & includes Quick-Stop safety w/ TrioBrake near the handle (immediately stops when pulled)
Husqvarna Rancher is expensive, but w/ lots of positive reviews!
The DeWalt FlexVolt is medium priced chainsaw that is very lightweight.
Weight: 12.2 pounds
Reach: 16 inch chainsaw bar
It has a longer 16 inch reach which makes it a favorite for construction sites or large wooded areas.
DeWalt cordless chainsaw includes multiple safety features too.
chain stop-brake, kick-back protection + auto-oiling (for continuous lubrication)
FlexVolt uses a rechargeable battery that lasts 70 cuts per charge — not the longest battery, but should be enough for most yards.
Good brushless chainsaw for homeowners!
The is Greenworks Cordless Chainsaw is a top seller this year.
It is super lightweight, weighing on 10.8 pounds and includes a 18 inch chainsaw bar. For those looking for a lightweight model, the Greenworks is the best chainsaw out there.
Weight: 10.8 pounds
Reach: 18 inch bar
It is one of the lighter models included on my list — excellent for smaller trees or shrubbery!
Very easy to start, you can turn on w/ 1 button. It is also very quiet compared to others.
For safety, it is designed to reduce kickback and comes w/ rapid-charge battery. Full charge lasts 150 cuts for normal size branches.
Buyers love its moderate price + performance.
The Husqvarna 455 X-Torq chainsaw is expensive, but in my opinion the best chainsaw for homeowners.
It comes w/ 24 inch reach + gas powered engine.
Weight: 12.79 pounds
Reach: 24 inch bar
Despite a 3.62 horsepower motor, it is relatively lightweight and keeps emissions to a minimum (making it eco-friendly)
This model weighs 12.79 pounds, which puts it in the middle of my list.
Chainsaw also includes ergonomic handles to decrease vibration ~ and comes w/ chain-brake stop & choke/stop control (no engine flooding!).
Husqvarna Rancher is a newer model, but has lots of positive buyer reviews.
The Remington Rebel one of the most popular chainsaws for homeowners.
Very easy to start, the Remington Outlaw is lightweight and offers low kickback.
Type: Gas Chainsaw
Blades: 5 sizes (14-20 inch)
True homeowner chainsaw it is designed w/ a 5-point anti-vibration system.
Buyers say there is a lot less shaking than a normal gas chainsaw and is perfect for trimming or pruning bushes.
Remington Rebel comes in multiple sizes, although the 20 inch is the best value.
- RM4214 14″ chainsaw w/ 42cc engine
- RM4216 16″ chainsaw w/ 42cc engine
- RM4218 18″ chainsaw w/ 42cc engine
- RM4618 18″ chainsaw w/ 46cc engine
- RM4620 18″ chainsaw w/ 46cc engine
automatic oiler, chain tensioner, cushioned grip, carrying case
Medium price w/ lots of positive buyer reviews.
The Milwaukee 2727-21HD Electric Chainsaw is ideal for long-reach jobs.
It comes with a 16 inch blade which is enough to cut through most hardwoods or shrubbery.
Fairly lightweight at 21 pounds, it is designed to tackle larger trees ~ it comes w/ overload protection that protects against over-heating.
Very strong power, nearly 2X better than similar gas chainsaws.
Also easy to start + battery lasts 150 cuts per charge.
FYI: Milwaukee 2727-21HD is the most expensive model on my list.
The VonHaus Chainsaw is one of the newer chainsaws — it’s also one of the most affordable.
One of the notable differences is the 14 inch blade length.
VonHaus chainsaw is a compact model that is best for smaller jobs: bushes, small trees, pruning, etc.
Includes a kickback brake handle for safety.
You can easily change the tension for more efficient operation.
Downside is that the battery lasts 30-40 mins. But overall an affordable chainsaw for homeowners!
Only 6.91 lbs, the Worx Cordless model is the lightest chainsaw on my list.
Includes tool-free tension adjuster — ensures the chain won’t skip or create imbalance while rotating. Comes w/ rechargeable battery + includes an alert indicator (telling you when it is low)
For less vibration the Worx chainsaw is designed with ergonomic grips.
If you are looking for an above-average chainsaw for medium tasks, I suggest the Worx Cordless!
Affordable chainsaw for home use!
The Black+Decker Cordless Chainsaw reaches 12 inches and weighs 10.4 pounds.
Durable enough to handle smaller trees and lightweight design helps eliminate user fatigue. One of the nice features is that you can adjust the chain tension ~ very easy to modify between cuts!
Buyer reviews say battery lasts 1-hour or 60 cuts.
A big selling point is the price ~ very affordable and strong enough for any homeowner job!
What size chainsaw blade do I need?
Having the right size chainsaw bar is critical when choosing an electric chainsaw.
The general rule is that a chainsaw blade should be 2″ longer than the size of the wood you are cutting.
If you choose a smaller blade you can still get the job done but it will effect its long-term durability – Small blade chainsaws are usually lighter weight which is why they are preferred by homeowners.
Most electric chainsaws are equipped with blade sizes between 14” and 20”.
Also, the large chainsaw blades have more kickback.
For homeowners I recommend a chainsaw and blade that is between 12 and 16 inches. They are still lightweight for most people and kickback effect is relatively low.
Trimming and pruning can be accomplished with a 12-inch electric chainsaw.
For firewood cutting I suggest a large, heavy duty electric chainsaw w/ 16-22 inch blade.
For normal branches, the 12 to 16 inch blade should do the trick!