Best Nail Guns

Tools & Garden

If you are the sort of person whose desire for building things does not end merely with a set of Lego bricks, you have probably wondered at some point if there is a better nail gun out there than the one you already have with you. We reckon there is.

Not only are they for professional builders, nail guns are also among the staple items to have at home. You might find an interesting DIY project to build or some remodeling to do with your house. Chances are, you are going to be using a lot of nails. And instead of painstakingly hammering them down one by one, a nail gun will jab them in with a click of your finger and it will set in the nails a whole lot more consistently and neatly. It also presents a lot less risk than the use of a hammer. Pretty much everyone who has used a hammer before has their own story to tell about what happened to their precious fingers once upon a time. But with a nail gun, your hands are as safe as houses and working a lot less hard.

To hammer the point home, we have assembled a list of what we believe to be the best nail guns that are commercially available right now. We have selected them based on how well they perform, how long they can last and how ergonomic their design really is. So before you go around pounding with that old hammer or sub-par nail gun, hold on to your nails and take a long, hard look at these.

Freeman P4FRFNCB Framing/Finishing Combo Kit


Why we like it: Very well equipped and just as capable, also available with a canvas bag for carrying and storage convenience.

A simple set of 4 with a spectacular array of functions that will help you manage professional building as well as DIY projects as swiftly and ergonomically as possible. You get a PST9032Q- 18 Gauge 1 and quarter inch narrow crown stapler, PBR32Q- 18 Gauge 1 and quarter inch brad nailer, PFN1564- 15 Gauge 34° angle finish nailer, and a PFR2190 21-degree full head framing nailer. Being this well-equipped does cut back on the cost it would take to get all four devices independently.

All 4 guns fit into a single canvas bag for easy portability and storage. They are competent enough to handle almost any finishing or framing nailing task. The framing nailer can work with nailing sizes ranging from 2 inches to 3 and a half and can be used for heavy-duty jobs like fencing and basement remodeling. Both the angled finish and brad nailers are good for tasks like crown molding, cabinet installing etc. while the crown stapler is suitable for smaller things like fixing up picture frames.

PORTER-CABLE PCC790LA Cordless Brad Nailer Kit


Why we like it: Uses a very economical lithium battery power source and works well with a wide array of materials and users.

No compressors, no hose, and no gas cartridges that will make your wallet beg for mercy. The PORTER-CABLE Brad nailer kit runs entirely on battery power, specifically a 20V MAX lithium battery. Its motor has been specially designed to fire through a wide range of materials and not be deterred too much by the surrounding climate. Also integrated into the design is increased utility as well as user safety which are always valuable assets to have in your nail gun.

Ergonomics is another strong point worth talking about here. This nailer’s overall profile is lightweight and it has an ideal center of gravity which translates to comfortable utility from different positions and therefore less fatigue for users. But we were not surprised to find that the manufacturer did not stop there. They have also gone ahead and fitted 2 multi-functioning LED lights which will not only light it up in dim conditions but also indicate any errors. Warranty plan lasts for 3 years.

Senco 4G0001N FinishPro Finish Nailer


Why we like it: With Senco taking great pains to redesign and re-engineer this device, we are not surprised that it made it to our list.

Senco has been all about improving their existing technology with their FinishPro nailer. They have given a lightweight magnesium housing to make it more comfortable to use. They have also done a comprehensive rethink elsewhere bringing in a new long-lasting driver as well as a new design for the body to make it more durable. Trigger ergonomics have also been improved and trigger reach has been lessened. The exhaust is adjustable to a full 360 degrees and users will not be dependent on any lubrication.

All of this means that users will be able to take on the most difficult nailing tasks with a great deal of confidence and surety. Operational pressure varies between 70 and 120 PSIG. It is powerful enough to propel nails as big as 1 and a quarter inches to 2 and a half inches through the toughest woodwork. The list of jobs you can check off with this nailer include crown molding, trim work both for interiors and exteriors, chair rails, soft and hardwood floors, and so on.

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BOSTITCH HP118K 23-Gauge Pin Nailer


Why we like it: It may be focused more on being surgical but it has a fair bit of muscle included as well and comes with a generous warranty plan.

Pin nailers are less about brawn and more about precision, and precision is something the pin nail gun from BOSTITCH does really well. It is the ideal gun which you can use to nail together cabinet trims, kitchen cabinets, different types of wood etc. It is relatively more flexible with nail sizes than most of its more brawny rivals. It is compatible with nail sizes ranging from half an inch to 1-3/16 inches. But in the midst of making it suited to different nails, they have not forgotten to make it more suited to nail users.

You get a choice of 2 modes with this nail gun; low power and high power. While the lower power mode offers you more control, you will rely on the high power mode to take care of heavy-duty work. The aluminum housing makes this gun very light to hold and also very durable. Also included in the package are an assortment of different nails, a quarter inch air fitting, a storage case, a belt hook, and oil. Direct purchases from the manufacturer will get you a warranty deal lasting 7 years.

NuMax SFR2190 21 Degree Framing Nailer


Why we like it: A treat to use for both hobbyists as well as professionals owing to its diverse range of features and customizable functionality.

Whether the task at hand is framing, fencing, sheathing a roof or wall, or siding installing, none of those are going to flummox this framing nailer. Its lightweight and durable properties come courtesy of its die-cast magnesium construction so it works and feels a lot more valuable than its actual price. Triggers on this nailer are interchangeable to allow for both single and contact fire. A No-mar tip ensures that this nailer gets your nails in without leaving any sort of additional damages on surfaces.

You can fill it up with 21-degree nails between 2 and 3 and a half inches. The exhaust is adjustable to 360 degrees. In short, the range features available with this nailer are so vast that you can customize it to suit whatever project you are doing. As a result, it is equally appealing to professional users and DIY enthusiasts alike. To get the absolute best out of it, match it with an air compressor with at least 2 and a half CFM, 90 PSI and a minimum full capacity of 3 gallons.

Ryobi P320 Airstrike Cordless Brad Nailer


Why we like it: Cuts you some real slack with its cord-free design and perfect for any nailing job to do around the house.

Don’t you just hate cords sometimes? While they may sustain a virtually unlimited power supply, they do severely limit the boundaries of your working space. Also, there is the ever-present threat of tripping on one and getting a nasty injury. The Ryobi P320 has done away with that problem quite nicely. It will help you finish any job around the house that involves nails without requiring you to stay near a power socket all the time or run the risk of tripping.

A single charge of its 4 amp hour battery from its One+ system can get you through at 700 nails as large as 50 millimeters apiece. And in case you were wondering, yes, you can adjust the depth with a built-in dial to save you the hassle of using extra devices. Also included are twin LED lights which will come in handy when working in poor light conditions. The overall design is a simple one of form following function, nothing too much, and nothing too little.

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DeWalt DWFP12231 Pneumatic Brad Nailer Kit


Why we like it: Very simple to use and simple to live with, leaves no stone unturned regarding its care for both the surface of work and the worker using it.

Another device that uses magnesium to account for its lightweight and durable construction. The DeWalt also features a durable motor that requires zero maintenance in order to be run and it does not in any way stain the surface. And it has even more tool-free bits. For instance, there is the depth-of-drive adjustment which includes detents so that nail heads are properly set. For removal of nails, there is a jam release mechanism which is also tool-free.

The exhaust at the rear keeps the pollutants out of your way and from the workplace. The type of nails you want to use on it is 18 gauge which measures between 5/8 of an inch to 2 inches. It will drive these nails using a sequential trigger and a maximum capacity of 100 nails. The nose tip is removable and non-marring and the grip is made from rubber to make it anti-slippery and comfortable on the hand.

WEN 61720 3/4-Inch to 2-Inch Nailer


Why we like it: Lightweight, comfortable to hold, quick and efficient at what it does.

Another candidate that came out from a smoldering aluminum foundry. This is an 18-gauge brad nailer from WEN that will deposit brads from 3 quarters of an inch to 2 inches in size. As a result of its lightweight aluminum frame, it weighs a mere 3 pounds and feels even lighter thanks to its handle made of rubber, Not only is it comfortable on the hand, it is also super grippy. You can count on it to work for you on just about any job site.

Power output during operation can be anywhere from 60PSI to 100PSI. The magazine can contain a maximum of 100 brads at a time which is plenty to go around. And you will not be interrupted long with any jammed nails since it has a swift-release mechanism included as well. A custom-made carrying case is also included in the price along with adjustment wrenches and oil. As ever with WEN, the warranty is also an ever-present blessing. With this nailer, it is valid for a year.

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Hitachi NT65MA4 15-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer


Why we like it: From one of the biggest names in the business comes a nailer that is dripping with useful features.

And now we have moved on from magnesium to an aluminum housing for the Hitachi Finish Nailer. It is still a lightweight, durable, and potent as ever. Users will find it extremely handy for installing crown and base moldings, chair rails, casings for windows and doors, cabinets, staircases, and exterior trimmings. This is a finish nailer that has a clear nose so extraction is quick in the event of any nail jams, either sequential or contact modes for nailing, and a dial for adjusting the depth of the drive.

A carrying case is also given when you buy this nailer. It provides excellent storage and portability. We did say ‘also’ a bit too soon. As it turns out, there are further additional features to consider here. For instance, a built-in air duster helps clear away any debris from work surfaces swiftly and efficiently. You get safety glasses as well to protect your two most valuable assets on the job. And finally, a no-mar tip to make nail driving as slick as possible without leaving any evidence in the ways of scratches or other imperfections on the surface.

PowRyte Basic 18 Gauge Air Brad Nailer


Why we like it: One of the more ergonomic items to be included on the list and is equally suitable for several different tasks.

Are you looking for a nailer that can handle trim work as well as furniture crafting and other assorted finishes? Well, as it turns out, you are just the kind of person the designers had in mind when they came up with this PowRyte nailer. It is very lightweight and beautifully balanced so you can use it for a long time without spending too much energy. It is as good at driving nails in as it is at prying them out.

It will also keep you informed via a reload indicator if there is a low quantity of nails left so you can avoid dry firing. Its exhaust port is adjustable to 360 degrees so you will have no trouble keeping harmful elements like oil, dust, and debris out of your project. And while the construction already feels very light, it is further assisted by a rubber grip which is also super grippy. This nail gun is quite ergonomically sound overall.

Stanley TR250 SharpShooter Plus Nail Gun


Why we like it: Usable on a broad range of tasks and thoroughly configured for ergonomic usability.

You can use it as a cable or wire tacker, staple gun or a brad nail gun. It will guarantee you better penetration over most other options on the market thanks to a drive channel made exclusively out of metal. It has an aluminum housing designed for heavy duty usage, durability, and maintaining a lightweight profile. You can also adjust it for working on hard and soft materials by using its Hi/Lo power lever. That is an important feature to look out for when selecting your nail gun.

Sometimes, stapling jobs will require you to deposit staples in tight spaces and this is not the most efficient function of a lot of nail guns. This one, however, solves the problem by employing a Flush-nose design. That said, the kind of staples you would want to use on it are T-50 narrow crown heavy duty staples and for brads, the sizes can vary from a ½ inch to 9/16 of an inch to 5/8 of an inch. Warranty is for life.