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Best Staple Gun 2018 – Buyer’s Guide

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There are times where a regular stapler just won’t do the job but you don’t quite need to go through the hassle of finding an electric or pneumatic (air-powered) staple gun. In this case, we know exactly what you need – you need a staple gun. But of course, you’re not just going to go out and buy any old staple gun.

You’re going to want to buy the best staple gun out there. If you don’t have the best tool for the job, you’re only setting yourself up for frustration and for the job to take much longer than it needs to.

Lucky for you, there are plenty of staple guns out on the market that really isn’t that much more expensive than a regular stapler.

In fact, you can often get a staple gun at the same price as a regular stapler.

So if you often find yourself having to open up your regular stapler so it’s at 180 degrees to staple bulletin boards and the like, then you might want to consider adding a staple gun to your arsenal of tools.

We’ve compiled a list of the 19 best staple guns on the market today for you to choose from so go ahead, take a look and be on your way to easy stapling.

Top 19 Staple Guns For 2018 – Comparison Table

Before the reviews, let’s take a glance at each of the best staple guns and a couple key features.

Now let’s get into each of the individual reviews! These are definitely the top staple guns you can find on the market today, no doubts about that.

Stanley Tr110 – Super Heavy-Duty

We are starting off our list with one of the most heavy-duty staple guns on the market – the Stanley Tr110.

You will see quite a few Stanley staple guns grace our list and that is because they are quality. Stanley makes quite the array of home improvement tools so we really trust them to create a staple gun that’s heavy duty and gets the job done.

Although it looks like it weighs a ton, it really doesn’t. It’s surprisingly lightweight and easy to transport. It also features a convenient handle lock for safe storage. It helps the handle stay put so nothing gets accidentally stapled during storage.

Do note however that this does not come with any staples so you’ll need to make sure that you have some on deck.

This is strong enough for upholstery jobs to wood even – provided that you are using the correct staples. This just might even be the best staple gun for upholstery. Another thing that we want to note is that while it is fairly lightweight, the space between the gun and the handle is a bit wide. If you have smaller hands, you might have a little bit of trouble using this.

Or at the very least, it’ll be uncomfortable.

Overall this is a solid staple gun that will be tough to compete with.

Dewalt DWHTTR350 – Trusted Brand

The next staple gun on our list is from Dewalt. Dewalt is one of our favorite brands.

Like Stanley, they make a wide array of home improvement products that are always of high-quality. They do not disappoint with the Dewalt DWHTTR350. This is a heavy-duty staple gun but it also is able to be used with brad nails. So if you’re trying to complete a project where you’ll need to be switching back and forth between staples and nails, this could be perfect for you.

Overall this is a pretty heavy-duty staple gun. It is a bit lighter than the previous one which is nice but it still takes quite a bit of force to actually press the handle down. It’s also fairly easy to transition between staples and nails – all you have to do is open it like you’re going to insert staples, but then just insert nails at a different angle instead.

You’re also able to buy this in 2, 3, 4, and 5 packs straight from Amazon if you need to buy this for a few people in your company to have.

A decent staple gun that’s also brightly colored which makes it hard to lose – an important factor if you’re going to use these on a job site.

BOSTITCH T6-8 – Will Not Jam Whatsoever

The last staple gun was extremely heavy-duty and this one is as well but unlike the last one, this is actually easy to squeeze and staple.

Even if you have smaller hands or a weaker grip, you will be able to easily squeeze the Bostitch T6-8 enough to staple. It’s super lightweight and made out of die-cast aluminum and feels good in your hand. There’s also a molded rubber grip over the steel handle which helps to reduce operator fatigue and lets you staple for hours at a time.

This stapler is not prone to jamming whatsoever and you will probably go months before you experience your first staple jam.

The Bostitch T6-8 easily puts staples completely flush against whatever wood you’re stapling this into. It’s powerful enough for upholstery but delicate enough to work with soft wood as well.

All in all, this Bostitch is a great manual upholstery stapler and is going to be a tough one to beat. It’s definitely one of the more comfortable staple guns out there which usually isn’t the biggest deal but in this case, we think it is since you’ll be holding and using it for possibly a few hours at a time.

Surebonder 5580 – Great for Light Projects

Surebonder may not be a brand that’s up there with Dewalt or Bostitch but if you’ve done any research into buying a staple gun whatsoever, then you’ve probably run across Surebonder. This one is more geared towards lighter projects and isn’t necessarily meant to be used on a construction site.

Think more like for slightly intense crafts and household repairs. This is super easy to figure out how to use and also super lightweight. It features drop-in loading so you just need to open up, throw in the staples, and you’re good to go.

This way, it requires much less force to set the staples.

This is the perfect middle ground between a giant staple gun that’s so heavy duty that you can barely lift and a basic staple gun. Another really helpful feature is that you can actually clip down the handle to make it easier (and safer) to transport. Overall this will definitely get the job done – no jams, easy to put in staples, and also easy to actually staple. Your hand won’t end up getting sore just from trying to put in a few staples.

The Surebonder 5580 is the staple gun that you didn’t even know you needed.

Stanley TR150HL – Reliable Brand

Stanley is truly the leader when it comes to staple guns and because of that, this is the second time they’re making it onto our list. The Stanley TR150HL is no exception. This is truly a sharp shooter heavy duty staple gun. It features a high/low lever for you to switch depending on if you’re stapling through hard or soft surfaces.

The stapler itself is housed in heavy duty aircraft aluminum that feels sturdy but can also withstand whatever accidental drops it may have in its future. There’s also an anti-jam mechanism in place so you’ll never have to worry about wasting time unjamming the Stanley TR150HL.

It’s also insanely easy to reload with the easy-slide full-stack staple load. No need to worry about having to break apart reams of staples. This is large enough to accept a full stack so all you have to do is toss it in there and you’re good to go. There’s also an easy squeeze handle to help reduce operator fatigue.

The Stanley TR150HL is also impeccably precise. Exactly where you have the gun is exactly where the staples will go.

We love this staple gun from Stanley and absolutely cannot recommend it enough.

Arrow Fastener T50 – Made in the USA

The next staple gun that we have up next is from Arrow Fastener. They are also a pretty well-known brand when it comes to staple guns and other types of fasteners. This is made in the USA and features an all steel construction so straight out of the box you’ll be able to feel exactly how sturdy this is.

It also has a durable chrome finish so no matter how many times you accidentally drop this poor staple gun, it’ll still be able to perform.

What often happens with heavy duty staple guns is that you have to trade off with ease of use. If it’s extremely heavy duty and you don’t see any rubber on it, you can assume that it’s probably going to take a little bit of work for you to use it. This is definitely the case with the Arrow Fastener T50.

Depending on the wood, you might even have to use two hands to really get the staple in there. With that being said, it’s still a good staple gun for wood. This is the perfect staple gun if you’re more concerned with durability and don’t mind putting in a little bit of elbow grease to get the staple out.

Rapid 20511550 R34 – Super Efficient

Just as the name implies, the Rapid 20511550 R34 staple gun really does allow you to finish a job quickly and efficiently. This staple gun is set in an all-steel casing and uses all metal parts. Absolutely nothing about this staple gun is going to be easy to break. It features an adjustable force setting as well as a noise damper.

So if noise is a concern of yours for whatever reason, then this is going to be one of the quietest heavy duty staplers you’ll be able to find.

This is a truly versatile staple gun. It can easily be used for securing installation, plastic sheeting, and anything else really. There’s no recoil and it even features a locking handle for easy and safe storage. This staple gun also fits anywhere from 1/4” to 1/2” staples so no matter what the job is or what staple it requires, this will get the job done.

It makes stapling really easy and it really does allow you to get through jobs much quicker. We can’t recommend the Rapid 20511550 R34 enough. Give it a go – you’ll be happy you did.

Gardner Bender MSG-501 – Ergonomically Designed

The all metal look and feel might be great for work sites or places where you really need something that heavy duty. But for the average person who might not want an aggressive all metal staple gun laying around, a little bit of plastic and rubber to ease the burden of the job is most welcomed.

This stapler is still heavy duty but is surrounded by plastic and features a rubber handle. This just allows it to be more ergonomically designed and more comfortable to use. Traditional steel staple guns to not conform to the bend of your hand at all and therefore can tire you out much more quickly.

It’s much easier to pull the trigger and features easy lever action.

This is nowhere near as difficult as the past couple of heavy duty staple guns we’ve featured. Although this is made out of plastic, do not let that make you think that it’s not heavy duty. This thing can easily survive a 10-foot drop without any issue whatsoever.

This easily goes through any cloth and also does an amazing job at securing any wires. Overall this is still a heavy-duty stapler, just with a more ergonomic design that’s more comfortable to use. Highly recommend.

Surebonder 5600 – Compatible With Nails Too

Coming up next is another staple gun that’s actually a 3-in-1 tool and is very versatile! You’re actually to load this baby with staples, brad nails, or heavy-duty pin nails. It’s very intuitive and easy to figure out how to use. You’ll be going in just minutes after getting it out of the box. The design on this is kind of best of both worlds.

You get the all steel construction but they still put in rubber in the spots that matter. This goes a long way in making it more comfortable to use and also ensuring that it won’t slip out of your hands.

It’s easy to load this – all you have to do is open up the magazine and drop it in and then you’re good to go. This is one of our favorite staple guns by far. Surebonder managed to find a way to combine the durability of the all-metal design with the comfort of the plastic/rubber design. And then the Surebonder 5600 was born.

You will genuinely be surprised at how easy this is to use for how heavy-duty it looks. Surebonder does not disappoint with this staple gun.

Gardner Bender MSG-301 – Extremely Durable

Gardner Bender is back with another ultra-durable, ultra-heavy-duty staple gun called the MSG-301. This is constructed with superior quality materials and also has a clip to hold the handle down so you’re able to store this easily, compactly, and most importantly safely. This is great not only for securing plastic, cloth, and any other material but also for securing low-voltage wires.

This staple gun is actually specifically designed to be able to secure low-voltage wires. It makes the task much easier and much more efficient. You’ll be able to shave a decent amount of time off your original task.

This staple gun is perfect because if you try to use a traditional staple gun to secure low-voltage wires, it often times ends up pinching the wire.

However, since this is specifically designed for securing low-voltage wires, the Gardner Bender MSG-301 leaves the perfect amount of space between the stapler and the wire so you don’t have to worry about the staple affecting the wire over time.

If you’re looking for a staple gun to secure low-voltage wires then look no further. This does a truly amazing job and will make you more efficient every time you go to secure wires. Guaranteed.

Stanley CT10X – Includes Wiring Guide

Stanley delivers yet again with a more consumer-friendly version of their heavy-duty staple guns. The actual staple gun itself is still made of all metal but there’s a softer plastic shield on the outside to make it a bit more ergonomic and easier to use. This easily fastens low-voltage wires or cables up to 1/4” diameter thick.

The grip is cushioned and is one of the few staple guns that actually feels good to use.

The design greatly reduces operator fatigue and you could use this for hours without tiring out your hands. Obviously, nobody wants to be stapling for hours on end but if you had to be, this would be the staple gun that you want to do it with.

Stanley also includes a wire guide so you can make sure that you’re stapling perfectly in line and staple exactly where you mean to be.

This is great for anything from a DIY project of hanging string lights around your home to securing wires for a client as an electrician. Whether your use is professional or recreational, this staple gun really packs a punch.

It will make any job that much more enjoyable with its comfort and also reliability. Stanley truly knocks it out of the park with this one.

Surebonder 5525 – Perfect Budget Option

We always talk about how important it is to have the right tool for the job – and it is! You would never want to go to a construction site with a consumer-grade power tool when you really need something that’s commercial grade. However, the same principle does work in reverse. If you just want a staple gun for small projects around the house where you won’t be stapling hundreds of staples in a day, then you don’t necessarily need a bulky, intense staple gun. You can most likely get by with a light-duty staple gun – and they do exist! Surebonder has made a pretty swell staple gun with the Surebonder 5525.

This is great if you have a lot of posters to hang, are constantly having to re-do bulletin boards, or even if you have some light re-upholstering to do around the house. This isn’t necessarily great for wires or any projects where you’ll be spitting out hundreds of staples but hey, every tool has its purpose. And the Surebonder 5525 does exactly what it needs to do and at a pretty reasonable price. You can pick up this staple gun for under $10. Not too shabby if you ask us.

Textol Systems Heavy Duty Staple Gun – Adjustable Tension

This staple gun easily offers you the most bang for your buck.

It competes with the $20 heavy duty staplers from top brand names and at a much more reasonable price. Seriously, if you’re going to need to buy a lot of staple guns for your team then consider going with these. It’s still the heavy duty, all metal construction that you need when you’re on a construction site but at a much more reasonable price.

This is perfect for attaching fabric to furniture, and works on all types of wood as well as drywall!

It’s also adjustable and has a small knob on there for you to either increase or decrease the tension – if only it were that easy in social situations. This, of course, features a clip so you’re able to lock the stapler before you store it. Something we forgot to mention about locking the staple gun – make sure that staple gun is actually empty and you point it away from yourself before pressing it down to lock it.

Don’t be careless and accidentally staple your finger while trying to lock it so it can be stored more safely. Ah, the irony. Overall this is a great budget option that delivers not only on price but quality.

This is a top contender for best staple gun and we cannot recommend it more.

Acme Staple 654025B – Great For Securing Cables

Acme staple is another brand that’s not quite as well-known but they still make extremely high-quality staple guns. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to use one, then you know exactly what we mean. It features a design that will keep you free from jams and also a unique loading system (from the bottom) that makes staple guns from Acme safer and much faster to use than a lot of traditional staple guns. This staple gun is definitely geared towards more commercial uses and really excels at securing cables.

When a lot of staple guns say that they won’t jam, they usually still will every once in a while,  even if it’s not very often. However, with the Acme Staple 654025B, you could honestly use this for years without ever experiencing any type of jam. Seriously. It’s that good. And if you happen to be the one random person who ends up getting one jammed staple, it’s easy to remove directly from where you load the staples.

Easy as that.

This is definitely a bit pricier than some other staple guns on our list but for the quality and the design, we definitely think it’s worth the higher price tag.

Arrow JT21CM – Good Light-Duty Stapler

We wanted to make sure that we included another light-duty staple gun on our list because life isn’t all about heavy-duty products all the time. The Arrow JT21CM is the perfect light duty staple gun. It sort of borders on being ‘medium-duty’ as it isn’t quite as light as some others in that class, but for the sake of this we’ll call it light-duty. It features an all steel construction with a baked enamel finish. It’s jam resistant and constructed very nicely. It’ll feel great in your hands from the very first time you go to use it.

We love that this staple gun is smaller than your conventional staple gun. It’s lightweight, great for people with smaller hands, and will not let you get tired easily. It’s perfect for about 95% of projects around the house. You will very rarely ever find yourself thinking that you need something more heavy duty.

And if you do, then maybe you should go with a true heavy duty staple gun. All in all, we are very impressed with the power of this Arrow JT21CM in such a small product. This little staple gun is fiery and does an impressive job

You’ll wonder how you got by without this once you add it to your arsenal.

Harbor Freight Three-Way Tacker Staple Gun – Uses Regular and U-Shaped Staples

This is a nice little staple gun to have around the house for those lightweight jobs that require something just a tiny bit stronger than the regular stapler you have around. They’re for those jobs that you could potentially get away with using a regular stapler, but do you really get the job done and get it done right – you’ll want a staple gun.

The Harbor Freight Three-Way Tacker Staple Gun is exactly the staple gun you need for those exact situations.

This is perfect for picture framing, screen replacement, posting up large amounts of paper on a bulletin board, or whatever other lightweight tasks you can dream up. It’s quick, easy to use, and super efficient. There’s a depth adjustment knob right on the top that makes it easy to precisely control exactly where your staples are going to be going.

It also features a palm squeeze trigger for even easier operation.

This shoots both regular staples and U-shaped staples so it’s versatile and will work for whatever job you need to get done. Harbor Freight truly delivers with this staple gun.

We highly recommend this to either have around the house or for use in a classroom where you’re constantly having to redo bulletin boards.

This will truly change your life – and for just around $20 at the time of this article. A pretty easy transformation.

Arrow Fastener JT21M – Jam-Proof Stapler

Arrow Fastener manages to make it onto our list again with the Arrow Fastener JT21M. This is a great household stapler with an enamel finish. It features a jam-proof mechanism (as most Arrow products do) and you’re actually able to load a full strip of Arrow staples in at one time. It’s an all steel construction with hi-impact molded plastic housing.

It can withstand being dropped quite a few times so if you’re the clumsy type, this might be the staple gun for you. It doesn’t even require a lot of pressure for you to get the staple to come out. So even if you have a big project ahead of you, your hand won’t get tired at all and you’ll be able to keep stapling quickly and efficiently.

The ideal environment for the stapler is probably for crafts and the occasional light project around the house.

It’s definitely not going to suit any of your wiring or re-upholstering needs but then again – this isn’t really what it’s built for. So if you’re looking for a lightweight, easy-to-use staple gun to have around the house, we suggest going with the Arrow Fastener JT21M.

Arrow Fastener T50PBN – Extremely Rugged

Who would’ve thought a staple gun could be so beautiful? We absolutely love the design of this gun from Arrow.

This staple gun has the beautiful chrome finish but also features a rubber slip over the handle making it much more comfortable and enjoyable to use. The cushion serves two purposes: comfort and ensuring you don’t slip while using this product. It serves both purposes very well. The Arrow Fastener T50PBN also features a jam-resistant mechanism.

This is truly a rugged staple gun that works for lighter projects around the house but also more commercial projects.

It really shines in upholstering or re-upholstering. It can quickly and easily go through just about any fabric, provided you’re using the right staple. This is a durable staple gun that, if used correctly, will give you years of use without any jams or other hassles.

It may be a bit more expensive than some others on this list, but if that means you don’t have to buy another staple gun for 5+ years, we think it’s easily worth the price. We’re in love with both the design and utility of this staple gun from Arrow and absolutely cannot recommend it enough.

Rapid 20510450 R23 – Perfect for Delicate Jobs

The last stapler to round off our list comes from Rapid. The last one we reviewed truly lived up to its name and provided a rapid stapling experience indeed – and the Rapid 20510450 R23 provides the same experience. This version features an all-steel casing and mechanics design with no recoil.

It has a smooth functioning loading system and also a noise damper. This is much much quieter than a lot of other staple guns out on the market and you’ll easily be able to tell from the first time you go to use this.

This accepts fine wire staples and is perfect for more delicate jobs. AKA this excels at certain framing and most arts and crafts projects.

It’s perfect for when you don’t want a bulky, ugly staple sticking out of wherever you’re putting it. You want something to be stapled but you don’t want the whole world to know about it – fair enough. The Rapid 20510450 R23 will do just that for you.

It also features a locking system so you can easily store it in a drawer or bin without having to worry about accidentally stapling yourself. All in all, a great staple gun for wood frames.

Buyer’s Guide

When purchasing anything, there’s always some sort of thought involved. If you’re reading this review, then that probably means you’re the type of person to think things through – we like that about you. To help you out, we have a couple of suggestions for factors to consider when purchasing a staple gun. Also, be sure to watch this video after getting your stable gun, but only if you’re inexperiended. If you know how to handle staple guns, you don’t need to watch the video below.

Nail Compatible?

If you sometimes find yourself wishing you also had a nail gun but don’t want to purchase a separate one then here’s your chance! There are a lot of staple guns that are actually compatible with nails as well. So if you have a job coming up that will require both a staple and nail gun or just can’t be bothered to buy both, consider getting a 2-in-1.

Ergonomic Design

Since a staple gun is something that you’ll be holding in your hands and is most likely something you’ll be using for at least a few hours, you’ll want to make sure it feels comfortable in your hands. A lot of the all metal staple guns are more durable but aren’t as comfortable, and vice versa for plastic ones.

It all depends on where and how you’ll be using this.

Noise Damper

If noise is a factor for you, they make staple guns that have a noise damper making them much quieter than traditional staple guns. This can be extremely helpful, especially if you like working on projects at odd hours of the night.

Jam-Free Technology

A lot of staple guns being produced these days are indeed equipped with some sort of technology to prevent it from jamming but not all are! So be on the lookout.

Also, see how easy it is to fix a jam if on the off chance it does get jammed. This can make a big difference in how frustrated you’ll get if it does jam. If however, the staple gun jams, you can comfortably fix it by watching this video below and applying the tricks to your situation.

Conclusion

There are many many many different staple guns on the market and honestly, most of them are pretty good. It’s going to come down to one question. Is this the staple gun that you need for this specific job? Some are amazing staple guns but if you’re not securing wire, then you won’t need it

Some are great for upholstering but if you’re an electrician, it probably won’t serve you much purpose. We chose the one that’s the most versatile and will hopefully help out the most amount of people

So which one are we going to declare the best staple gun of 2018?

We have to go with the Surebonder 5580 (#4 on our list)!

This is the perfect all-around staple gun that’s great for about 95% of projects. It’s made of all metal but also features rubber in the exact right places to make it comfortable and easy for you to use. You get the best of both worlds with the durability of the all-metal design, but the ergonomic use of the rubber allows you to comfortably use this for hours.

For heavy duty projects and commercial use, the Dewalt DWHTTR350 is the stapler to get. The Stanley Tr110 is also up there, but not quite as good as the Dewalt. On the other hand, it’s roughly twice as cheap, costing around $10.

We hope this made your decision even a little bit easier and you are now on your way to finally getting that project done that you’ve been putting off all year. As always, thank you for reading and happy stapling!

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