The Best Chainsaws of 2021

The Best Chainsaws of 2021

Best-Selling & Top Rated Chain Saws

Dale, the Chain Saw Expert
Chain Saw Expert

The chainsaw you choose can make the difference between a clean cut and a splintered mess. That's why we've put together the Best Chainsaws of 2021 based on our best-selling, highest-rated models with expert recommendations to ensure you get the perfect model for your needs.


If you're not sure what kind of chainsaw you need, check out our Chainsaw Buyer’s Guide to get started and come back to the list for an expert recommendation.

Happy cutting! 


Best Chainsaws List

You can scroll through the full recommended list of gas and electric chainsaws, pole saws, and more below, or simply click on the one you want to see right away.

Best Electric Chainsaw

Learn More About Husqvarna 967 09 81-02
Powerful, Yet Efficient
  • Features Husqvarna's brushless motor with savE™
  • High torque to weight ratio increases longevity and reliability
  • Perfect for pruning branches, felling small trees, firewood cutting and hobby work
savE™ Technology
  • Adjusts motor to meet demand more efficiently
  • Decreases load put on the battery for longer runtimes
Compact Design
  • Less vibration reduces operator fatigue so that you can work longer
  • Well balanced, lightweight build make the 120i easy to maneuver
Extremely Quiet
  • 97 dB(A) allows you to work without disgruntling the neighborhood
  • Lower sound output make working in close quarters more ideal
No Fumes
  • The 120i does not emit any toxic fumes or direct emissions

Best Gas Chainsaw

Learn More About ECHO CS-590-20
The New Standard Of Tough
  • Built to withstand the toughest environments
  • Cut into trees with ease
59.8cc ECHO 2-Cycle Engine
  • Easier starting with a decompression valve and digital ignition system
  • G-Force Engine Air Pre-Cleaner™ makes the engine last longer
  • Delivers exceptional performance and reliability
Dual-Post Chain Brake
  • Increases durability by stopping chain rotation in kickback conditions
Automatic, Clutch-Driven Oiler
  • Provides optimum lubrication to bar only when the chain is moving
  • Reduces oil consumption
Tool-Less Air Filter
  • Heavy-duty air filter provides superior filtration
  • Top-mounted filter is positioned away from dirt and debris

Best Chainsaw for Home Use

Learn More About Husqvarna 970 51 50-16
Expert Review
A perfect saw and perfect choice for anyone looking to do some pruning or light cutting jobs. The Husqvarna 120 Mark II offers a good quality at a great price. Equipped with a 38cc X-Torque engine from Husqvarna, this saw is great on gas and produces lower emissions than most saws. The engine provides more than enough power to get through just about any pruning you may have. A combined choke/stop control puts everything in one spot which provides easier starting and stopping and will assist in reducing engine flooding. The 120 Mark II has a low-vib design which decreases vibration and will allow for less fatigue after cutting for a long period of time. A side-mounted chain tensioner also makes for easy adjustments usually needed when cutting for longer periods of time. While you should not be trying to fell a large tree with this saw, it is still a great option for a budget-conscious person looking for a good quality saw with a good quality name.
1.88HP/38.2cc X-Torq® 2-Cycle Gas Engine
  • Highly efficient design with a powerful and consistent output
  • Reduces fuel consumption up to 20% and emissions up to 60%
Air Injection®
  • Built-in air injection system removes harmful debris particles
  • Keeps the air filter cleaner and prolongs engine life
Compact Design
  • Slim and lightweight build make the Mark II a breeze to operate
  • Perfect for pruning trees, cutting firewood and everyday tasks around the house
  • Automatic oiler provides steady chain lubrication for safe use
  • System drastically reduces overall vibration levels
  • Makes working those larger jobs far less strenuous, reducing fatigue
Effortless Ignition
  • Features a start/stop switch and an air purge
  • Removing air from the carb and fuel system makes ignition a breeze

Best Professional Chainsaw

Learn More About Husqvarna 967 69 08-20
Was $659.99
Expert Review
The Husqvarna 550XP Mark II is a true professional chainsaw developed for skilled landowners, arborists and loggers. At 4HP and 50.1 CCs, the magnesium crankcase X-Torq engine delivers plenty of power as well as lower fuel consumption and reduced emission levels. The most innovative feature of this saw is the Auto Tune system. It gives you optimal engine performance in all cutting situations. No carburetor adjustments are ever needed. Auto Tune compensates for different fuels, altitude, humidity, and temperature, and even adjusts as your air filter gets dirty. It is a great feature, especially if you are in higher altitudes with a variety of weather.
4HP/50.1cc X-Torq® 2-Cycle Gas Engine
  • Fuel efficient and powerful with reduced exhaust emissions
  • Heavy duty magnesium crankcase three-piece crankshaft
  • Transparent fuel indicator makes it easy to check fuel levels
  • Compensates for varied fuels, altitude, and clogged air filters
  • No more is time wasted on carburetor adjustments- get more done
Centrifugal Air Injection Cleaning System
  • Removes larger dust and debris particles before they reach the filter
  • Results in fewer air filter cleanings and improved engine life
LowVib® Vibration Dampening System
  • Designed to reduce vibration levels for minimal operator fatigue
Snap Lock Cylinder Cover
  • Saves time and facilitates cleaning air filter or changing spark plug

Best Pole Saw

Learn More About Husqvarna 967 32 93-01
Expert Review
You are really getting what you pay for when it comes to the 525PT5S. This pole saw makes our recommended product list due to the fact that it can reach to an astounding 13 feet which will get to just about every limb on that overgrown tree or shrub. The unit will also adjust to any length in-between 109 & 156 inches, so you can find the right length for the job. The Pole Saw comes with an Auto Return Stop Switch which will automatically reset to "On" for easy starting. Add in Husqvarna's long track record for excellent saws and more features than we can list here, and you can see why this model is highly recommended.
Powerful Husqvarna 1.36HP/25.4cc X-Torq® Engine
  • Ensures rapid acceleration and high torque
  • Offers low emmissions and low fuel consumption
  • Ideal for use with professional crews or skilled landowners
Long Reach Capabilities
  • Extends to 156.3 inches with the cutting bar/chain in place
  • Collapses to 109.1 inches with the cutting bar/chain in place
  • Adjusts to any length in-between 109 & 156 inches
Intuitive Controls w/ Auto Return Stop Switch
  • Choke and air purge are easy to reach and understand
  • Stop switch automatically resets to the ON position for easier starting
Low Weight & Good Balance
  • Weighs 15.43 pounds without the chain & bar
  • Rear-mounted engine provides a comfortable working position
Adjustable & Automatic Chain Lubrication
  • Ensures the correct amount of chain oil

Best Stump Grinder

Learn More About Power King PK0803V
Was $1,699.99
Kohler Command Pro 14HP Engine
  • Aggressive and powerful driving dual V-belts
  • Premium locking throttle
Safety First
  • Slap stop palm button safety shut off
  • Pull latch rip cord safety shut off
9 Tungsten Tough Blades
  • 12-inch diameter cutting wheel, 3.5-inches thick
  • Pulverizes stumps 10-inches above ground and 9-inches below ground
  • Disc drum brake for pivot cutting
Dual Bolt Cutting Tools Keep Tight & Strong
  • Foot pegs included
Welded Dual Lift Handles
  • Adjustable bow handle made of large pipe
  • Keeps you in stable, secure control

Best Mini Chainsaw

Learn More About Makita XCU06SM1
Efficient & Powerful
  • Features Makita's Outer Rotor BL™ brushless motor
  • Provides higher torque at lower RPM's; no wasted friction
  • Fewer moving parts increases the life of the saw
18V LXT™ Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Takes only 40 mins. to reach a full charge
  • Provides consistent runtime in extreme temperatures
Tech That Protects
  • Features Star Protection Computer Controls™
  • Communicates between battery and saw in real time
  • Protects against overloading, over-discharging, and over-heating
Extreme Protection Technology (XPT™)
  • Provides added protection against debris and water
  • Great for use in dirty and harsh conditions
User-Friendly Design
  • Featherlight at 7.2 lbs. (w/ battery)
  • Features adjustable and automatic chain lubrication
  • Compact rubberized top handle design provides great balance

Best Top Handle Chain Saw

Learn More About ECHO CS-355T-14
ECHO's Most Powerful Professional Top-Handle Chainsaw
  • Comes in a compact and ergonomic body
35.8cc ECHO Professional Grade 2-Cycle Engine
  • Exclusive i-30™ starting technology reduces starting effort by 30%
  • G-Force Engine Air Pre-Cleaner™ pulls dirt and debris out of the airbox
  • Delivers exceptional reliability and performance
Dual-Post Chain Brake
  • Increases durability by stopping chain rotation in kickback conditions
  • Windows and lever cutout provide a clear view for better cuts
Quick & Easy Chain Adjustment
  • Side access chain tensioner makes chain adjustments simple
Automatic, Clutch-Driven Oiler
  • Provides optimum lubrication to bar only when the chain is moving
  • Reduces oil consumption

Best Farm & Ranch Chain Saw

Learn More About Husqvarna 970 51 58-34
3.62HP/60.3cc X-Torq® 2-Cycle Engine
  • A powerful, yet highly efficient engine that sips fuel
  • Trustworthy design capable of going the distance with proper care
  • Effortless starting™ allows you to start the saw with no effort
  • Perfect for tree pruning, yard cleanups and firewood cutting
Upgraded X-Cut® Chain Included
  • Professional-grade quality tested and fine-tuned for years
  • Low stretch, durable, and highly efficient design - stays sharper longer
Smart Start® Recoil Starter
  • Designed to start quickly with minimum effort
  • Air purge removes air from carburetor for easier starting
LowVib® Vibration Damping System
  • Reduces vibration levels to the operator, which lessens fatigue
Centrifugal Air Cleaning System
  • Removes larger dust and debris particles
  • Results in fewer air filter cleanings and improved engine life
  • Built-in air injection system reduces emissions and filters debris
  • Quick-release air filter for easy cleaning and replacement

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