- Sanders help you create smooth, evenly finished surfaces without the drudgery of working with a piece of handheld sandpaper.
- Not all sanding jobs call for the same sanders, though. We found the best sanders across multiple tool categories to help you tackle any and all sanding with maximum efficiency.
- Whether you need a belt sander, a file sander, a manual sander, a detail sander, or a wall sander, we have a pick for you.
One of the best pieces of furniture my wife and I ever bought was a massive table several years ago at an “Everything Must Go” sale when Borders went out of business. There, in the middle of the nearly empty store sat a huge wooden table strewn with random DVDs and books. When we asked the manager if the table itself was for sale, he took a look at it and said sure, naming $200 as the price.
The table was covered in scratches, graffiti, and had gum stuck all over it, but it was also a rock-solid behemoth of a piece of furniture — we have fit 14 people around it for dinner. We loaded it into a friend’s truck, drove it home, and I set to work. After an entire afternoon spent working on the table with my trusty sander, all scratches, gouges, pen and pencil, and of course all gum had been removed, as had the honey-colored lacquer covering the wood. Next, I applied two coats of a dark ebony stain and then waited 48 hours for the stain to dry.
In all honesty, the finished table would probably sell for a good $2,000 or more at a place like Pottery Barn. So I’d say the low investment and the hours of elbow grease were well worth it.
Without a sander, I can’t even imagine how long the process would have taken. Frankly, I probably wouldn’t have even considered the restoration possible. With a good sander, however, you can breathe new life into everything from cabinets to cribs, desks to dressers, fences, flooring, and so much more.
But not all sanders were created for the same projects, and in fact, using the wrong sander for a given application can prove more deleterious than beneficial. Read on for the best sanders for a range of different jobs.
Here are the best sanders:
Updated 8/13/20. We updated prices and links and added a selection of relevant buying guides. We also removed the DeWalt DWE6423K Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander due to availability issues, but will add it back in if comes back in stock.