Updated: November 2017

Stapler Reviews:

I work from my home office and when I need office supplies I usually go to Amazon.com to order their "best selling" products. When it comes to buying things like printer cartridges, staplers, post it notes, pens, etc, I'm on my own and need to find things that actually work the best. I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal on "easy to use" staplers which is what brings me to this article. Staplers usually last a long time unless they are so bad they get jammed all the time and you have to throw them away. I've had my stapler for almost 6 years, a Swingline 747, and it has started to malfunction with the spring mechanism on the interior. Half the time I staple things the staples don't come out right and it can get real annoying. I decided to research what modern staplers offer so I visited a few office stores like Office Depot, Office Max, and Staples. The internet is another great source for customer reviews and listings of the best products in specific categories.

Manual staplers dominated the market for years, but with the advent of the electric stapler, office workers became more efficient. Part of the reason my Swingline 747 might have become broken is because I had hit it on the "head" so many times to staple items. I'm sure many of your do the same thing with your stapler - slide in the paper and then smash down the top of the stapler. Probably not a great idea if you want your stapler to last and the ones made of plastic will break even faster. The easy to use staplers that the WSJ reviewed are gaining in popularity and the Journal makes a good point in the article saying that the older population wants a product that is less harsh on "aging joints". Sometimes hand strength diminishes with age and the ability to squeeze a regular stapler may not be easy. Top rated staplers like the Staples One Touch, Swingline EZTouch, Stanley Bostitch AntiJam, and the Swingline Optima PowerEase are are priced between $15 and $21 making them affordable and most likely the last stapler you'll have to buy. I prefer to go with a newer electric stapler like the Stanley Bostitch Electric Full Strip which eliminates all the work and effort for the extra $20. These electric staplers claim to be "jam free" in many instances, but you will still find electric staplers that jam, maybe not as often as the manual ones. Stapling a few piece of paper together is something all staplers should be able to accomplish, but when you get larger stacks of 20 or 30 pieces of paper can your stapler still perform? Some claim to handle 20 sheets of paper without a problem, although that's not always a consistent number. The heavy duty staplers from companies like Swingline offer staplers with a full 2 3/4" throat depth which allows for stapling up to 120 sheets of 20 lb paper. The long reach staplers can come in handy but are designed for more specific jobs where you are doing center stitch stapling or fastening cards or tags. Swingline and PaperPro each make a good long stapler. You may hear the terms business staplers and desktop staplers, but usually that is just a title and doesn't denote that the product is any more durable or reliable than a regular stapler. We looked for reviews online of the "best" staplers and found some good feedback on Amazon.com and at Staples.com. Epinions.com lists plenty of reviews, but too many are old and outdated leaving the consumer wanting more information. The article in the WSJ was informative and gave us some good ideas on basic staplers, but it didn't compare manual to electric staplers or get into paper capacity. Consumer Reports has not tested staplers that we could find. The top brands are Staples, Swingline, Stanley Bostitch, PaperPro, Rapid, Sparco, Rexel, and Max. What about the stapleless staplers? Most of the reviews we read on these types are not very positive. Sure, they eliminate the need for the small piece of metal that holds paper together, but their capacity is limited to something like 4 pieces of paper and some users say they are not efficient. From what we could find, they are more common in Japan than the United States and will probably stay that way. Where should you buy a stapler? If you live near an office supply store then go to one of those as pricing is very competitive at $10 to $40 depending on size, material, and capacity. See some of the more popular staplers down below. View the best selling staplers here.

Best Basic Stapler:

Nobody likes a stapler that is difficult to use or jams more often than not. Sometimes the smaller the better but not always. We found 2 winners for "basic stapler" in the Swingline Collectors Edition 747 Rio Red ($16) which is a great business stapler and the Staples "One Touch" Stapler ($13) perfect for home use or the office. The Swingline 747 is a classic stapler and has been a regular in offices for years. The all-metal construction provides for a durable stapler that is rated as very reliable on reviews. The inner rail is designed to keep jams to a minimum and it works most of the time. I own one that eventually had a few jamming issues, but I may have abused it too much over the years. Overall the Swingline stapler is easy to use and does a great job. Swingline stapler here. The Staples One Touch DX-1 Executive Stapler can handle up to 25 sheets of paper and features a non skid rubberized base and full strip capacity. Owners say it is lightweight and a breeze to load. The plastic handle seems to hold up well initial tests, but some question it's long term durability over the all metal 747 from Swingline. You can find it at Staples.com or in their stores.

Electric Stapler:

Ok, so you have lots of paper to staple everyday and don't want to ruin your hands. Go with the Stanley Bostitch Electric Full Strip 20 Sheet Capacity Stapler With Anti-Jam Mechanism ($42) sold on Amazon. The electric full-strip stapler features an optical trip and a 20 sheet capacity which should let you take on any staple job. The AntiJam mechanism is designed to eliminate jams and it does an excellent job at that. Owners say the Stanley electric stapler is "efficient and simple" and "turns tough jobs into just minutes of work". Just plug the cord into the wall and start stapling. You can buy it online here.

Swingline vs Stanley Stapler:

We get the question all the time - Are Swingline staplers better than Stanley? Our answer is fairly simple, based on reviews the manual staplers from Swingline are definitely more popular than the Stanley staplers and they perform slightly better. When it comes to electric staplers, owner comments point the consumer to the Stanley Bostitch electrics with the Swingline coming in 3rd place behind the Rapid staplers.

Heavy Duty Stapler:

Perhaps you have tougher stapling jobs than the average office worker and need a powerhouse. The Swingline Heavy Duty Stapler ($32) is one that can do the extra work and keep going. The heavy duty stapler can staple up to 120 sheets of 20 lb paper and the working parts are made with metal to keep it sturdy. The full 2 5/8" throat depth gives you control and flexibility that other models don't. The front end jam clearing mechanism will keep the stapler from stopping and the lifetime limited warranty assures you of a quality product. Owner reviews say the Swingline "easy to align", "reliable" and "very sturdy". You can find it on Amazon.com.

Long Stapler:

Long reach staplers are often used by those in the education field when they have to staple booklets, projects, poster, and binders. We found some great reviews for the Sparco Long Reach Stapler ($8) and the PaperPro 1610 Long Reach Stapler ($35). The 12" reach on the Sparco let you staple things like theater programs or when binding a presentation. Probably not something you are going to use that often at home, but in certain professions these can come in handy. Consumers say the Sparco is a "great bargain" and "works fine, not deluxe". The same can not be said for the Stanley Bostitch Long-Reach Stapler which gets bad reviews for jamming and having bent staples. The more expensive PaperPro 1610 lets you staple with one finger and promotes a jam free stapling experience. The PaperPro lets you staple up to 25 sheets and reviews say it's more heavy duty than other brands in the same category. The Sparco and PaperPro long staplers are available on Amazon.