Timber & Tools

The Best Cordless Jigsaws

I take it you came to this article searching for the best cordless jigsaw that’s available on the market in 2021. While I can answer that question for you, the answer that is going to ensure you end up with the right tool is that it depends.

In this article I’ll help you examine all of the cordless jigsaws that are available on the market today from the major manufacturers to figure out which best fits your needs.

Before we look at the individual products there are a couple of things that you need to understand about the battery operated jigsaw landscape.

Traditional vs. Barrel Grip Jigsaws

The invisible hand of the market has done its work and determined that two styles of jigsaws must exist: Traditional handle, or D-Shaped grip jigsaws, and jigsaws that go without a handle commonly called barrel grip jigsaws.

The important thing for you to understand about these two types is that there is essentially zero difference between how these two styles operate. The choice between the two comes down to your personal preference.

The manufacturers will try to sell you on the argument that barrel grip jig saws are better geared towards detail work and traditional grip jig saws are better suited towards quick rough cuts, but this doesn’t really hold a lot of water if you listen to what folks who actually use both model says - which is that there is no real difference.

One thing you may want to consider is that if you have large hands, a barrel grip jigsaw may be more comfortable to operate and vice versa if you have small hands. But honestly don’t stress about this choice too much.

Brushless Motors

You’ve probably heard about the fuss with brushless motors, but you may not understand what exactly the benefits are. Because brushless motors don’t have copper brushes rubbing against contacts, they use magnets instead, they don’t lose any power due to friction. This means a brushless tool will be more powerful and energy efficient than an equivalent traditional motor.

Given that we are talking about CORDLESS tools here, this is a big deal and it is one of the biggest factors that separates the pro models vs consumer models. If you want to read more about it Popular Mechanics has a great article.

Cordless Jigsaws Sold Without Batteries

In just about every case a cordless jigsaw will be sold without a battery. You can of course by battery included kits, but they are more expensive - as you would expect. As we run down the list of jigsaws on the market I will be primarily evaluating the saws only, i.e. without batteries.

This can become an important consideration if you have already bought into a tool family's cordless tool suite. It is much more convenient to manage a single set of batteries than multiple batteries from a range of manufacturers. In fact, if you do have a pre-existing collection of batteries from one manufacturer, It would be very difficult for me to recommend purchasing a tool from another family. The benefits you get from having compatible batteries for all your tools typically out-weigh other tool specific benefits or weaknesses.

Target Market

As you will see once we start looking at individual tools, manufacturers typically target their lineups to particular markets: home DIY’ers, professional contractors, or somewhere in the middle (let’s call them pro-sumer’s).

I’ll give you an idea of where each tool falls in this article, but the big differentiators are the robustness of the tool and to a large extent, whether the tool has a brushless motor.

The brushless motor is becoming a feature that is expected in professional tools due to the efficiency and power gains, but is too expensive to put in tools targeted for every day consumers.

Let’s Look at some Cordless Jig saws

I’m going to begin with my top pick that I think represents the all around best value for a cordless jig saw.

Top-Pick: Ridgid R8832B OCTANE 18V

The Ridgid R8832B is a pro-sumer model that usually sells for around $125 without a battery. This jig saw actually won the top spot in my book, because if you don’t already have a battery you can choose a battery included package for just about $30 extra, which is very inexpensive, and probably represents an attempt by Ridgid to pull people into their product lineup.

Ridgid R8832B

While I would classify this tool as a pro-sumer model, it does feature a lot of pro-level features: it has a brushless motor, variable speed trigger, a 1-inch cutting stroke and it operates up-to 3500 rpm - which is among the fastest of all the jigsaws on the market.

It is a traditional grip jig saw and it is also very highly reviewed - ~4.7 rating through ~100 reviews on Amazon.

With the top pick out of the way, let’s looks look at some of the other tools in the market according to where they fall in the Pro/Pro-Sumer/Consumer categories.

Professional Grade Jig Saws

ModelAverage PriceGripMotorVariable Speed
Dewalt DCS335B$191.99BarrelBrushlessTrigger

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Dewalt DCS334B$190.00TraditionalBrushlessTrigger

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Makita XVJ02Z$239.99TraditionalBrushlessTrigger

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Makita XVJ01Z$239.99BarrelBrushlessTrigger

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Milwaukee Fuel$199.00TraditionalBrushlessTrigger

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The professional grade market is dominated by three players: DeWalt, Makita and Milwaukee. Each of their tools are roughly equivalent and all very high quality. If your willing to spend the money on any of these you’ll end up with a great saw. Of course, the primary deciding factor will be whether or not you already have batteries from one of these brands.

DEWALT 20V MAX Jig Saw, Barrel Grip - DCS335B

DEWALT 20V MAX XR Jig Saw - DCS335B

With 470 reviews and a 4.8 star rating on Amazon, it's clear that the Dewalt DCS335B is a solid jigsaw. This professional saw features a max cutting speed of 3200 strokes per minute with variable speed that is controlled by the the trigger.It has a brushless motor which means more power and battery life while your using it.

This saw normally sells for around $191.99 on at major retailers, but the price does fluctuate from time to time. There is a link to amazon below if you want to check where the price is at today.

Product Features

  • 3200 Max RPM
  • Professional Grade
  • 1 in Inch Stroke Length
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Brushless Motor
  • Average Price: $191.99

DEWALT 20V MAX XR Jig Saw - DCS334B

DEWALT 20V MAX XR Jig Saw - DCS334B

With 1824 reviews and a 4.9 star rating on Amazon, it's clear that the Dewalt DCS334B is a great saw. This professional saw features a max cutting speed of 3200 strokes per minute with variable speed that is controlled by the the trigger.It has a brushless motor which means more power and battery life while your using it.

This saw normally sells for around $190.00 on at major retailers, but the price does fluctuate from time to time. There is a link to Amazon below if you want to check where the price is at today.

Product Features

  • 3200 Max RPM
  • Professional Grade
  • 1 inch Inch Stroke Length
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Brushless Motor
  • Average Price: $190.00

Makita XVJ02Z 18-Volt LXT Cordless Jig Saw

Makita XVJ02Z 18-Volt LXT Cordless Jig Saw

With 231 reviews and a 4.7 star rating on Amazon, the Makita XVJ02Z will serve you well. This professional saw features a max cutting speed of 3500 strokes per minute with variable speed that is controlled by the the trigger.It has a brushless motor which means more power and battery life while your using it.

This saw normally sells for around $239.99 on at major retailers, but the price does fluctuate from time to time. There is a link to Amazon below if you want to check where the price is at today.

Product Features

  • 3500 Max RPM
  • Professional Grade
  • 1 inch Inch Stroke Length
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Brushless Motor
  • Average Price: $239.99

Makita XVJ01Z 18V LXT Brushless Barrel Grip Jig Saw

Makita XVJ02Z 18-Volt LXT Cordless Jig Saw

With 163 reviews and a 4.7 star rating on Amazon, the Makita XVJ01Z is a good performer. This professional saw features a max cutting speed of 3500 strokes per minute with variable speed that is controlled by the the trigger.It has a brushless motor which means more power and battery life while your using it.

This saw normally sells for around $239.99 on at major retailers, but the price does fluctuate from time to time. There is a link to Amazon below if you want to check where the price is at today.

Product Features

  • 3500 Max RPM
  • Professional Grade
  • 1 inch Inch Stroke Length
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Brushless Motor
  • Average Price: $239.99

Milwaukee Fuel Top Handle Jigsaw 18V

Milwaukee Fuel Top Handle Jigsaw 18V

With 74 reviews and a 4.8 star rating on Amazon, it's clear that the Milwaukee Fuel is a solid jigsaw. This professional saw features a max cutting speed of 3500 strokes per minute with variable speed that is controlled by the the trigger.It has a brushless motor which means more power and battery life while your using it.

This saw normally sells for around $199.00 on at major retailers, but the price does fluctuate from time to time. There is a link to Amazon below if you want to check where the price is at today.

Product Features

  • 3500 Max RPM
  • Professional Grade
  • 1 inch Inch Stroke Length
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Brushless Motor
  • Average Price: $199.00

Prosumer Grade Jig Saws

ModelAverage PriceGripMotorVariable Speed
Bosch JSH180B$149.00TraditionalTraditionalTrigger

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Dewalt DCS331B$130.00TraditionalTraditionalTrigger

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Makita XVJ03Z$125.00TraditionalTraditionalTrigger

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Ridgid R8832B$125.00TraditionalBrushlessTrigger

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Bosch JS120BN$120.00BarrelTraditionalDial

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As we step down from the professional grade into pro-sumer grade territory we tend to lose the brushless motors. These tools are still very durable and powerful, but not quite as energy efficient as the pro-models.

Just as with the pro models, it’s easy to recommend any of these, but stay within your current brand if you already have a collection of batteries.

Makita XVJ03Z 18V LXT Cordless Jig Saw

Makita XVJ03Z 18V LXT Cordless Jig Saw

With 661 reviews and a 4.8 star rating on Amazon, the Makita XVJ03Z is a good choice. This pro-sumer saw features a max cutting speed of 2600 strokes per minute with variable speed that is controlled by the the trigger.It does have a traditional motor, but it is still plenty powerful and efficient to finish any job you might throw at, it just might take a little longer than a professional grade saw.

This saw normally sells for around $125.00 on at major retailers, but the price does fluctuate from time to time. There is a link to Amazon below if you want to check where the price is at today.

Product Features

  • 2600 Max RPM
  • Pro-Sumer Grade
  • 1 inch Inch Stroke Length
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Traditional Motor
  • Average Price: $125.00

DEWALT 20V Max Jig Saw - DCS331B

DEWALT 20V Max Jig Saw - DCS331B

With 2637 reviews and a 4.8 star rating on Amazon, the Dewalt DCS331B is a solid jigsaw. This pro-sumer saw features a max cutting speed of 3000 strokes per minute with variable speed that is controlled by the the trigger.It does have a traditional motor, but it is still plenty powerful and efficient to finish any job you might throw at, it just might take a little longer than a professional grade saw.

This saw normally sells for around $130.00 on at major retailers, but the price does fluctuate from time to time. There is a link to Amazon below if you want to check where the price is at today.

Product Features

  • 3000 Max RPM
  • Pro-Sumer Grade
  • 1 inch Inch Stroke Length
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Traditional Motor
  • Average Price: $130.00

BOSCH JSH180B 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Jig Saw

BOSCH JSH180B 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Jig Saw

With 383 reviews and a 4.8 star rating on Amazon, the Bosch JSH180B is a good jigsaw. This pro-sumer saw features a max cutting speed of 2700 strokes per minute with variable speed that is controlled by the the trigger.It does have a traditional motor, but it is still plenty powerful and efficient to finish any job you might throw at, it just might take a little longer than a professional grade saw.

This saw normally sells for around $149.00 on at major retailers, but the price does fluctuate from time to time. There is a link to Amazon below if you want to check where the price is at today.

Product Features

  • 2700 Max RPM
  • Pro-Sumer Grade
  • 1 inch Inch Stroke Length
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Traditional Motor
  • Average Price: $149.00

BOSCH JS120BN 12-volt Max Cordless Jig Saw

BOSCH JS120BN 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Jig Saw

With 272 reviews and a 4.5 star rating on Amazon, the Bosch JS120BN is a solid jigsaw. This pro-sumer saw features a max cutting speed of 2800 strokes per minute with variable speed that is controlled by the a dial.It does have a traditional motor, but it is still plenty powerful and efficient to finish any job you might throw at, it just might take a little longer than a professional grade saw.

This saw normally sells for around $120.00 on at major retailers, but the price does fluctuate from time to time. There is a link to Amazon below if you want to check where the price is at today.

Product Features

  • 2800 Max RPM
  • Pro-Sumer Grade
  • 1 inch Inch Stroke Length
  • Variable Speed Dial
  • Traditional Motor
  • Average Price: $120.00

Consumer Grade Jig Saws

ModelAverage PriceGripMotorVariable Speed
Black & Decker BDCJS20B$48.99TraditionalTraditionalTrigger

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Craftsman CMCS600B$75.00TraditionalTraditionalDial

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Porter-Cable PCC650B$60.00TraditionalTraditionalTrigger

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Ryobi One+ P5231$69.00TraditionalTraditionalDial

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Finally, we get to the consumer grade jig saws. You begin to see a pretty sharp fall off in features with these saws, however, you also see a steep decline in prices as well.

CRAFTSMAN CMCS600B V20 Cordless Jig Saw

CRAFTSMAN CMCS600B V20 Cordless Jig Saw

With 338 reviews and a 4.7 star rating on Amazon, it's clear that the Craftsman CMCS600B is a solid jigsaw. This consumer saw features a max cutting speed of 500 strokes per minute with variable speed that is controlled by the a dial.It does have a traditional motor, but it is still plenty powerful and efficient to finish any job you might throw at, it just might take a little longer than a professional grade saw.

This saw normally sells for around $75.00 on at major retailers, but the price does fluctuate from time to time. There is a link to Amazon below if you want to check where the price is at today.

Product Features

  • 500 Max RPM
  • Consumer Grade
  • .75 inch Inch Stroke Length
  • Variable Speed Dial
  • Traditional Motor
  • Average Price: $75.00

Ryobi One+ P5231 18V Lithium Ion

Ryobi One+ P5231 18V Lithium Ion

With 477 reviews and a 4.8 star rating on Amazon, it's the Ryobi One+ P5231 is a good light duty saw. This consumer saw features a max cutting speed of 3000 strokes per minute with variable speed that is controlled by the a dial.It does have a traditional motor, but it is still plenty powerful and efficient to finish any job you might throw at, it just might take a little longer than a professional grade saw.

This saw normally sells for around $69.00 on at major retailers, but the price does fluctuate from time to time. There is a link to Amazon below if you want to check where the price is at today.

Product Features

  • 3000 Max RPM
  • Consumer Grade
  • 1 inch Inch Stroke Length
  • Variable Speed Dial
  • Traditional Motor
  • Average Price: $69.00

PORTER-CABLE PCC650B 20V MAX Jig Saw

PORTER-CABLE PCC650B 20V MAX Jig Saw

With 1329 reviews and a 4.7 star rating on Amazon, it's clear that the Porter-Cable PCC650B is a solid jigsaw. This consumer saw features a max cutting speed of 2500 strokes per minute with variable speed that is controlled by the the trigger.It does have a traditional motor, but it is still plenty powerful and efficient to finish any job you might throw at, it just might take a little longer than a professional grade saw.

This saw normally sells for around $60.00 on at major retailers, but the price does fluctuate from time to time. There is a link to Amazon below if you want to check where the price is at today.

Product Features

  • 2500 Max RPM
  • Consumer Grade
  • .75 inch Inch Stroke Length
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Traditional Motor
  • Average Price: $60.00

BLACK+DECKER BDCJS20B 20V MAX Jig Saw

BLACK+DECKER BDCJS20B 20V MAX Jig Saw

With 652 reviews and a 4.6 star rating on Amazon, the Black & Decker BDCJS20B is a decent saw, but I'm not sure it's one that would serve wood-workers well. This is a tool for light duty DIY projects. This consumer saw features a max cutting speed of 2500 strokes per minute with variable speed that is controlled by the Yes - trigger.It does have a traditional motor, but it is still plenty powerful and efficient to finish any job you might throw at, it just might take a little longer than a professional grade saw.

This saw normally sells for around $48.99 on at major retailers, but the price does fluctuate from time to time. There is a link to Amazon below if you want to check where the price is at today.

Product Features

  • 2500 Max RPM
  • Consumer Grade
  • .75 inche Inch Stroke Length
  • Variable Speed Trigger
  • Traditional Motor
  • Average Price: $48.99