A good brad gun isn’t a need; it’s a must. Making your life easier and you better equipped, it’s high time you sort the best model for yourself.
I think most of you will agree that there’s a huge number of options in the market. Unfortunately, it’s enough to damage anyone’s ability to make a firm decision regarding a purchase.
However, you don’t need to worry if it bothers you too. After going through my top 15 picks for brad nailers in the market, you’ll have a much clearer picture in mind.
Once you’re done reading, I’m sure that you’ll be able to easily determine the best brad nailer out there!
It really pays off to have some insight into what you’re about to buy. There are a few things that every brad nail gun buyer needs to consider before making a purchase.
Don’t panic; you won’t have to look up complex terms to have a know-how of brad nail guns. I have summarized my list of essentials below.
You should go through all of them so you can make the appropriate choice according to your needs!
Power Source (Pneumatic vs. battery-powered vs. electric powered)
For your ease, I have labeled this feature on each product’s title. Pneumatic, battery, or electric powered, choose whichever power source suits you best.
Get pneumatic brad nailers if you have access to air compressors all the time. However, I know this is rarely the case for most people.
In that case, the best bet is to go for battery or electric powered ones! Nailing and stapling
Most of the time, separate devices are used for nailing and stapling. However, you may find some nail guns providing the staple features too. E.g. (Product No.1 below).
Either nailing or stapling is compromised in almost all cases. Choose your priorities wisely; I assure you that you won’t regret putting some extra thought into this.
Adjusting depth from the brad nailer might not be a big issue for most people as you can choose depth by changing the nail size.
However, I would urge you to buy a brad nailer that has a depth adjustment feature already built-in.
That’s because this feature will allow you to make more precise modifications, and it’s always good to have as many perks as possible. You never know when you might need them!
It always comes in handy to have a brad nailer with a massive magazine. A good magazine size will ensure that you’re not standing in the middle of your project with an empty nail gun in your hand.
By massive, I mean that you should look for a capacity of at least 50 nails. But I promise you; it won’t be hard to find as most products on my list are way above 50 nail capacity!
Top 15 Brad Nailers Reviews
Without further delay, let’s go ahead and review the top 15 choices for the best brad nailers that I think everyone should consider.
Each heading contains the product’s main features, followed by its pros and cons. Let’s get started!
1. NUMAX S2-118G2-2 in 1 Brad Nailer (Pneumatic)
The NUMAX brad nailer provides top of the line nailing and stapling. Yes, you read that, right!
This product will give you the features of both a nailer and a stapler at the cost of just an ordinary nail gun. It’s pneumatic and will require at least 60 psi air pressure to operate.
But you should be careful with the finishing on your trims while using this nailer. Don’t push in too deep as it may leave a nasty looking indentation.
- 2-in-1 functions (stapling and nailing)
- Adjustable exhaust to clear debris
- Anti-Dust cap allows storage
- Works better as a stapler instead of a nailer
- sometimes leaves a dent in brad nailing
2. RYOBI P320 Airstrike Brad Nailer (Battery-powered)
The RYOBI P320 is one of the best brad nailers on my list.
You can say goodbye to managing expensive air hoses and their psi with this battery-run brad nailer. It has an indicator, too, that lets you know when the magazine is running low on nails.
Therefore, you won’t be stuck with a damaged finish on your wood trim because of a lone nail at the end of the magazine.
Just reinstall the brads after the nailer warns you, and you’ll be good to go!
- Massive nail charge capacity
- Has an early warning indicator for brad nail replacement
- Efficient trimming with no indents
- Battery not included in the package (buy separately)
3. DEWALT 5-IN-1 Multi-tacker and brad nailer (Electric-powered)
The Dewalt multi-tacker is the last item I would recommend for anyone looking for a nailer.
This is still the last item on my list, mind you, not the last item in the market. This device is still in the top 15 but reserves the last spot because of its low power.
You might want to get a hold of this if you need better stapling instead of nailing. It works perfectly as a stapler!
- Hard-hitting finishes
- Very good at stapling
- Does not require air compressors
- Low power as compared to air-powered guns
4. MAKITA AF505N Brad Nailer (Pneumatic)
This brad nailer is also among the competitors for a spot at the top of the list. But unlike the RYOBI Brad nailer (No.2), this one is air powered.
I really loved the fact that you can get to the sleek finishing of all the nooks and crannies of your project because of the narrow design of this nail gun.
It’s truly one of a kind. With the Makita Brad Nailer, you can not only push nails in, but you can pull them out too, thanks to the ergonomic dynamics. So why wouldn’t you want it as
- Can nail through thick moldings
- Pulls out nails too (ergonomic design)
- The narrow structure allows for easy access to small corners
- Requires more oiling than usual
5. CRAFTSMAN V20 Cordless Brad Nailer (Battery-Powered)
Another top of the line rendition in Brad Nailers is the craftsman v20. This device is the optimal choice for people who like to make one-time purchases for premium products.
Other than being a completely battery-powered nailer, this product also has a contoured handle mounted on the side.
Using this handle, you can store or hang the nail gun wherever you please.
With the craftsman brad nailer, you definitely get what you pay for. You might have inferred by now that this unit might cost you a little extra, but it’s worth the investment.
Just keep an eye out for damaged deliveries, and you’ll be fine!
- High voltage battery power
- Balanced finishing with extra power
- Contoured handle mounted on the side
- Belt hanger sometimes not delivered in a package
6. METABO HPT Brad Nailer (Pneumatic)
Formerly known as Hitachi Power Tools, the METABO brad nailer is another delightful choice among one of the best brad nailers.
I like that this one comes with its own case. This means that you can carry the nailer around and be on the go without worrying about mobility.
On top of that, this brad nailer has a depth drive adjustment option too. Using this adjustment dial, you can make sure that the nail does not stick out of the thin trims of the wood!
- Carrying case included
- Has depth drive adjuster
- Rotating adjustable exhaust port
- Requires high-quality nails to operate
7. NEU Master NTC0040 Brad Nailer (Electric-powered)
The NEU Master is the second brad nailer on my list that provides the 2 in 1 feature of both nailing and stapling.
You won’t need an air compressor recharge with this electric powered brad nailer either. I really dig the rubber nose on the tip of this nailer.
It gives an exquisite clean look at the finishing of all the projects.
There’s also a power adjusting dial that you can use for lower power during small scale design manufacturing.
- Both are stapling and nailing features
- Rubber nose tip gives clean finish
- Power adjustment dial included
- Brad chamber does not close sometimes
8. PORTER-CABLE PCC790B Brad Nailer (Battery-Powered)
The PORTER-CABLE brad nailer is one of the elite picks on my list. This brad nailer covers all the features I’ve mentioned in the buyer’s guide above.
It has a massive magazine capacity of 100 nails, which allows you to finish your work without stopping for reloads.
The best selling feature for me was the huge battery charge. You can use just one charge to nail more than 1000 brad nails with this nail gun!
- Fully battery powered without cord
- Massive battery charge
- Huge magazine Capacity
- Slight recoil when firing may cause a dent in the material
9. KIMO 9418A 2-IN-1 Brad Nailer (Battery-Powered)
Just like the NUMAX Brad Nailer (No.1 above), the KIMO Brad nailer also provides the feature of both stapling and nailing, but unlike the NUMAX gun, this one is not pneumatic, it is battery powered.
This is a huge convenience for most people as you will not have to make trips to a workshop to refill your gun’s compressor if you don’t have your own air container.
It’s also more compact than you’d expect a 2-in-1 brad nailer to be.
- 2 in 1 feature (Stapling and nailing)
- Fully powered by a battery
- Compact design
- The light button directly underneath trigger causes unintentional turning on of light
10. BOSTICH BT1855K Brad Nailer (Pneumatic)
The BOSTICH is another air compressor powered nail gun. When the power source is pneumatic, you can be sure that even the tough trims of wood can be pierced through.
What I like the most about this brad nailer is its zero oil requirement. You won’t have to maintain and oil the equipment from time to time, which also means added convenience with no mess.
There’s also an option for controlling the depth of your brad nails on this one.
- Oil-free nail gun avoids the mess
- Durable nailing of brad nails
- Depth control dial included in the design
- No reliable indication of empty brad nail magazine
11. SENCO Finish Pro Brad Nailer (Pneumatic)
One of the most underrated air-powered brad nailers is the SENCO Finish Pro.
Most people don’t look at this option twice because the nail gun is made in China, but I was surprised by how well it performs.
It is lightweight and easy to maneuver, which means that it won’t bruise your wood trims if you use it carefully. But don’t mistake its lightness with weakness.
The SENCO Finish pro is both light and durable, which is a hard combination to come across, in this competitive market!
- Lightweight design allows easy maneuvering
- Oil-free performance
- Durable with adjustable nail depth
- The magazine is plastic instead of metal
12. STANLEY TRE550Z Brad Nail Gun and Stapler (Electric-powered)
A 2-in one feature (Stapling and nailing) should not be a surprise by now as we have come across numerous guns that have this quality. The highlight of this gun is its versatility, not its 2-in-1 feature.
By this versatility, I mean the number of materials that you can nail using this gun.
With a setting for both soft and hard materials, you can accomplish all your projects, whether small scale or large scale, with a single nail gun!
- Suitable for both soft and hard materials
- 2-in-1 feature (Stapling and nailing)
- Decent driving power
- Can’t operate if held sideways or upside down
13. WEN 61720 Brad Nailer (Pneumatic)
The WEN brad nailer is your quickest and easiest solution to all the small scale nailing needs. You should operate it between 50 to 100 psi for best results.
Just like the METABO Brad Nailer (No.6 above), the WEN brad nailer also comes with a case to carry the nail gun around.
The package also includes the oil that you’ll need for maintaining the nail gun.
So, you’re basically getting an all in one deal if you make this purchase!
- Compact and easy to use
- Huge magazine
- Kit includes carrying case and maintenance oil
- Not suitable for large scale projects
14. HITACHI NT50AE2 Brad Nailer (Pneumatic)
Hitachi products have been renamed to METABO (No. 6 above) but provide the same exquisite range of functions.
The best part about this one, for me, was the selective fire rate that you rarely find on any nail gun.
This selective rate of fire allows you to nail both in continuation with less precision or one at a time with high precision.
All this can be accomplished by just a push of a button by the HITACHI brad nailer!
- Bump and contact fire modes offer modified finishing
- Lightweight and easy to use
- Depth drive dial included
- Not recommended for stain grade trim
15. DEWALT DWFP12231 Brad Nailer Kit (Pneumatic)
The DEWALT is the last item on my list. This is the second DEWALT device I have mentioned so far. The first one (No.3) is electric-powered, whereas this one is pneumatic.
You’ll need a compressor to operate this product which, unfortunately, is not included in the package.
However, performance-wise, this brad nailer surpasses the one mentioned above (No.3) in all aspects.
With top of the line safety features and ergonomic design, this product is a supreme pick for anyone!
- Mortar does not require maintenance
- Nail depth adjuster included
- Lightweight with a magnesium body
- Air compressor not included in the package
- Heavy usage not bearable sometimes
Frequently Asked Questions
Are electric brad nailers any good?
Yes. The efficiency of a brad nailer does not change a lot upon changing the power source. Some electric brad nailers may perform just as good as pneumatic or battery-powered brad nailers.
Refer to product numbers 3,7 and 12 on my list if you’re looking for the best electric brad nailers out there.
What size brad nails should I use?
The length of the brad nail should be at least three times the thickness of the material that you will be using your brad nailer on.
For example, if the wood that you want to nail through is 1 inch wide, use a 3-inch brad nail.
Can I use a brad nailer for a trim?
Yes. Brad nailers are ideal for use on wooden trims. For the best results, you can buy a finish nailer and combine its usage with a brad nailer. This will give your project a shinier finish.
How do you adjust a brad nailer depth?
You can adjust brad nailer depth using the dials found on the brad nailers. These dials are usually just below the nail triggers. If you can’t find the dial, refer to the user manual of your device.
What’s the difference between a pin nailer and a brad nailer?
Pin nailers usually fire smaller nails up to 23 gauge, whereas brad nailers usually fire 18 gauge nails. Pin nailers are the smallest nailers in the nailing gun family, and brad nailers are comparatively much more versatile.
How much air does a brad nailer need?
The standard psi pressure for a pneumatic brad nailer is 50 to 100 psi. If your nailer is not operating correctly under this air pressure, look at your product’s specifications and air pressure requirements.
What do you use an 18 gauge brad nailer for?
Eighteen gauge brad nailers can be used for finishing both small scale and large scale projects involving trim wood. You can also use them to finish cabinet and crown moldings.
What oil do you use in a brad nailer?
You can use any lubricating oil made for pneumatic (air-powered) tools.
Many devices will come with the preferred oil. You can also refill with the recommended lubricant when you run out of the factory oil.
Where do you put the oil in a brad nailer?
There is a compartment for oiling the brad nailer, usually located beside the air compressor inlet. If you can’t find it there, you can contact the manufacturer or look at the user manual.
A brad nailer is an eminent day to day use tool that every DIY enthusiast should opt for. Most carpentry troubles involve bonding of thin wood at the end of projects.
Hopefully, these troubles will fade away with the right purchase of a brad nailer. Just make sure you’ve read through this article thoroughly before finalizing your decision. Let us know if we missed something.
Best of luck with your purchase!