We Tested the 7 Best Cordless Power Sanders

Power sanders are a fast way to prep weathered exterior paint, remove a finish, smooth a tabletop, or do basic metal prep.

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Richard Majchrzak

We put the best cordless power sanders on the market through a battery of tests, including sanding hardwood, softwood, and plywood. Here's what we learned.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE: DeWalt DCW210D1
Richard Majchrzak
DeWalt dewalt.com
$210.00

Weight: 3.4 lb 

Battery: 5.0 Ah, 20 volts

Likes: At full speed, it was our test’s fastest and most aggressive machine. Yet it still sands with very little vibration feedback to the user.

Dislikes: None.

NEXT BEST: Ridgid R8606B
Richard Majchrzak
RIDGID homedepot.com
$54.00

Weight: 4.8 lb 

Battery: 6.0 Ah, 18 volts

Likes: Nearly as good as the DeWalt. Its soft-start feature brings the machine up to speed with a gentle ramp up.

Dislikes: The limited clear­ance between the dust-bag collar and the battery makes removing the dust bag a little tough.

AGGRESSIVE & EFFECTIVE: Makita XOB01T
Richard Majchrzak
Makita amazon.com
$264.00

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Weight: 3.8 lb 

Battery: 5.0 Ah, 18 volts

Likes: Aggressive and effective. Even with the big battery it felt well balanced.

Dislikes: The sander has a powerful gyroscopic action that requires a slight forward bias to keep on track.

VALUE PICK: Ryobi P411
Richard Majchrzak
Ryobi homedepot.com
$44.00

Weight: 4.2 lb 

Battery: 4.0 Ah, 18 volts

Likes: Hits the sweet spot for Ryobi. It’s not as aggressive as the other sanders, but it does sand well and with a high degree of control, and its dust pickup was surprisingly good.

Dislikes: More observation than complaint, but the on/off button is somewhat stiff.

Black & Decker BDCRO20C
Richard Majchrzak
BLACK+DECKER amazon.com
$59.99

Weight: 2.8 lb 

Battery: 1.5 Ah, 20 volts

Likes: It’s not pro duty, but it’s a good little machine for the price and very lightweight. For small weekend fix-up jobs, there’s no question it will work.

Dislikes: Fairly ineffective dust collection.

Milwaukee 2648-20
Richard Majchrzak
Milwaukee Electric Tools amazon.com
$106.99

Weight: 4.2 lb 

Battery: 3.0 Ah, 18 volts

Likes: You don’t have to muscle the sander to keep it in place, and it feels as if it floats over the board’s surface.

Dislikes: The design of the dust canister and the way it cantilevers over the rear of the tool limits its usefulness to wide open spaces.

Porter-Cable PCCW205B
Richard Majchrzak
PORTER-CABLE amazon.com
$59.97

Weight: 3.0 lb

Battery: 1.5 Ah, 20 volts

Likes: Capable enough, like the Black & Decker. The incredibly light weight makes it a good choice for ladder-based work.

Dislikes: It’s easy to think that the little plastic finger that locks the canister in place is engaged when it’s not.

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