Updated: October 14, 2016
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.