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Best Electric Chainsaw UK Review 

In this article we review, what we think to be the best electric chain saws. We have done this in two sections, corded models first then the cordless, battery models come after that.

Both work really well and you will see that the performance of the battery chainsaws are starting to catch up and in some cases, outperform their corded rivals. They are of course more expensive but it depends what your needs are.

I hope you enjoy this review, i really enjoyed doing the research.

What is the Best Electric Chainsaw?

We found that the best electric chainsaw is the CS1400 Electric Chainsaw 16-Inch. It is a massive seller, gets by far the best reviews and is very reasonably priced.

CS1400 Electric Chainsaw with 16-Inch (40 cm) Guide Bar Review

94% buyer satisfaction based on 600+ online buyer reviews

  • 2400 W electric chainsaw delivering 14.7 m/sec chain speed
  • 16" chainsaw ( 40 cm )
  • Comes with a long 6m electric cord
  •  Tool-free chain tensioning 
  • DuraCut saw chain cuts 3 times longer than standard chain
  • Anti-fling formulation
  • This is lightweight and balanced with low vibration
  • 3 years warranty included

This corded electric chainsaw allows you to get to work instantly without any need for petrol, two stroke or any of that messing about.

 This model has a lot going for it. It's a big seller, so is tried and tested, the reviews are off the chart good and buyers are saying that it's as powerful as all, but the very best petrol models. The price is also very affordable. Whether you are cutting trees or doing some logging, this is a great option for you.

Makita UC4041A/2 Electric Chainsaw, 240 V, 40 cm Review 

88% buyer satisfaction based on 1,000+ online buyer reviews

  • Powerful 1,800 watt motor, delivering up to 14.5 m/s
  • 16" chainsaw ( 40 cm )
  • Comes with a long 10m electric cord
  • Has a new adjustment lever for tool-less adjustment
  • Comes with an automatic chain oil pump
  • The spike grips work-piece firmly to provide more control
  • Mechanical chain brake
  • Ergonomic soft grip
  • Kickback brake; automatic chain oiling

As you would expect from Makita this is a feature rich chainsaw that has everything you are every likely to need. All at a very good price I think.

This chainsaw peforms very well and buyers really loved it. Most said that it easily replaced their old petrol model and was a lot less hassle.

Hyundai Powerful 1600 Watt 230V Electric Chainsaw, Review

88% buyer satisfaction based on 100+ online buyer reviews

  • Powered by a 1600w motor that delivers 13 m/s chain speed
  • 14" chainsaw ( 35 cm )
  • Comes with a stingy 3m electric cord 
  • A 2400w model is available ( it has a 12m cable )
  • Needs no tools for adjustment
  • The brake system is electric
  • Pretty lightweight so can be used for long periods
  • Covered By A 3 Year Hyundai Warranty

This is a smaller, more lightweight model of chainsaw. It is quite powerful and is perfectly good for many jobs around the home and garden. 

If you have any serious work to do then, for another £30, I would be tempted to go for it's big brother thats a 16" 2400w model, but as a light model this is still excellent.

BLACK+DECKER CS2040-GB Chainsaw Corded, 2000 W, 40 cm
Visit the Black & Decker Store Review

86% buyer satisfaction based on 350+ online buyer reviews

  • Powered by a 2000w motor that delivers 12.5 m/s chain speed
  • 16" chainsaw ( 40 cm )
  • Comes with a 4m electric cord
  • Low-kick back chain and electric brake
  • Integrated auto oiling system
  • Tool free chain tensioning
  • An auto oil system lubricates the chain well
  • Reasonably light and easy to use

Black and Decker are known for doing good quality tools at a reasonable price. They are pretty much as dependable as you can get without setting the world on fire.

This chainsaw is as you would expect. It works really well and is not the most expensive model you can buy, nor is it the cheapest! We can easily recommend this model as good value and a tool that will last really well.

Einhell GH-EC 2040 2000W Electric Chainsaw Review

86% buyer satisfaction based on 2,000+ online buyer reviews

  • Powered by a 2000w motor that delivers 16.5 m/s chain speed
  • 14" chainsaw ( 35 cm )
  • Comes with a 5m electric cord
  • Tool-free chain tensioning and changing
  • Kickback protection through mechanical instant chain brake
  • Massive seller because of the cheap price


This is one of the cheapest models we have found and I could easily tell that straight away. Don't get me wrong, it works perfectly well, cuts really well and does a good job. It's just not the build quality of the more expensive models.

However this model will suit many people and as one buyer said "even if I had to replace it every 2 years I’d still consider it an excellent buy"

Best Cordless Chainsaw

What is the Best Cordless Chainsaw?

We found that the best cordless chainsaw is the Makita DUC353Z. It is a massive seller and is a seriously top quality tool, though you will pay for that.

You might consider the Greenworks 40v 16" model as you will get a full size chainsaw , battery and charger for around £250 the last time we looked.

Makita DUC353Z cordless chainsaw 18V Review

94% buyer satisfaction based on 1,250+ online buyer reviews

  • 36v cordless model that is body only
  • 14" chainsaw ( 35 cm ) delivers 20 m/s chain speed
  • Needs two 18v Lithium-Ion LXT batteries
  • Brushless motor
  • Variable speed control by trigger
  • Constant speed control
  • New adjustment lever for easier tool-less tension adjustment of saw chain
  • Electric chain brake

This is the top of the range and is as good as it gets. BUT you're going to have to pay for it! Best rated, one of the best sellers, best performing and the most expensive but that's what you come to expect from Makita.

Is it worth it? Yes, just for it's power alone. 20m/s chain speed is 50% higher than the number one corded model above so it's actually better! This is truly a great cordless tool, it's just expensive. 

Greenworks Cordless Chainsaw GD40CS40 Li-Ion 40 V Review

88% buyer satisfaction based on 150+ online buyer reviews

  • 40v cordless model that is body only
  • 16" chainsaw ( 40 cm )
  • The chain speed of 11 m/s isn't far off the corded models
  • Low weight of 5.4 kg is great for this size of saw
  • Would cost around £250 with battery and charger
  • Features the Digi-Pro brushless motor
  • This has a high build quality

This is a serious contender for the top spot. For value alone it's the easy winner. It's a full 16" model and you can get the chainsaw, battery and charger for around £250. If you don't already have a range of Makita tools then this is the easy option choice.

Einhell Cordless Chainsaw GE-LC 18/25 Li Kit Power X-Change (Li-ion, 18 V, Review

88% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

  • 18v cordless model 
  • Includes a high-speed charger and a 3.0 Ah rechargeable battery
  • 10" chainsaw ( 25 cm ) is also available in 14" 36v
  • Ideal for pruning or felling small to medium-size trees
  • This is easy to handle for any hobby gardener
  • It has kickback protection with mechanical emergency brake
  • Chain tension can be adjusted without any tools

This is a small but powerful chainsaw that can manage most jobs around the garden. It is very easy to handle and most people feel very comfortable using it.

This is actually the biggest seller we could find and that doesn't surprise me. You get everything you need including battery and charger and you are ready to go straight away. I also think the price is great and I might be inclined to buy a spare battery.

Greenworks Battery Chainsaw G40CS30 (Li-Ion 40 V Review

88% buyer satisfaction based on 500+ online buyer reviews

  • 40v cordless model that is body only
  • 12" chainsaw ( 30 cm )
  • Has a chain speed of 4.3 m/s
  • Tool-free chain change and chain tensioning 
  • Ideal for gardening and light construction
  • This is great value, especially being a 12" model
  • Handy if you have other Greenworks tools as they all take the same battery

This is a pretty big seller and thats down to two things. At 12" it's a bit bigger than the 10" models and can do a lot more jobs. Its amazing what difference that makes. Also it's cheap, especially if you have any other Greenworks tools that use the same battery.

I really liked the size of this model. It feels a bit more robust and you know it can do more than the hobby style models.

BLACK+DECKER 18V Cordless 25 cm Chainsaw with 2.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery Review

82% buyer satisfaction based on 250+ online buyer reviews

  • 18v cordless model that comes with battery and charger
  • 10" chainsaw ( 25 cm )
  • Delivers chain speed of 3.5 m/s
  • Very lightweight at 3Kg
  • Two switches must be pressed at same time to start tool
  • Ideal for logging, pruning and general garden duties
  •  This saw is well balanced and a joy to use, even for a complete beginner

Black and Decker are known for doing good quality tools at a reasonable price. They are pretty much as dependable as you can find and this is another example of that.

This chainsaw is as you would expect. It works really well and comes with battery and charger. We can easily recommend this model as good value and a tool that will last really well.

Best Electric Chainsaw Buying Advice

I guess by now you are getting the picture of what features you are looking for in a chainsaw. It's pretty simple. More power is good, more chain speed is good, big is better and the rest is safety features and warranty. There's not much more than that to know, so I won't bore you will a load of waffle.

Really a 10" model is great for around the garden and if you have some serious work you will need a 14" or preferably a 16" model. I would also advise you to look seriously at the cordless models as they are very handy and the quality is superb these days. 

A very quick video review

We have looked over all the video reviews and found this great short presentation on electric chainsawsl. It gives you an instant idea of what to expect as well as telling you all the features and spec in and easy to understand format.

I hope you enjoy watching it as I always think its much better to see a tool in action rather than just reading about it or seeing pictures. This guy is particularly good at explaining the features of chainsaw and it's important to know how to use them properly.

If you need more information on what other powered saws are available you might want to check out our article on Best Power Tools which has a host of information on all the various types of saws that there are.

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