If you are looking for information on affordable budget range electrical corded jigsaws, then this article will help you out. I do a lot of in-depth research on all types of tools. That gives me a lot of information on brands, quality and price points. Based on that research, and using my years of experience, I found 5 good quality jigsaws, and with a set of price points between ££24-£40.

That means you can find a good electric jigsaw that will meet your needs, and sticking clearly to an affordable budget.

Top 5 Comparison Table

Jigsaw Name

Wattage

Key Features

Comes with

Price when reviewed

Sorako Electric Jigsaw

600 watts

Variable speed, 4 orbital settings, can do bevels

2 blades, 1 guide ruler, dust extraction connector and an Allen wrench

£24.31

Black & Decker Corded Jigsaw

400 watts

Variable speeds, dust blower, can do bevels

1 blade, carrying case

£29.95

Katsu Electric Jigsaw

400 watts

6 variable speeds, 4 orbital settings, can do bevels

5 blades, Hex wrench

£23.99

C P Chantpower Jigsaw Tool

600 watts

6 variable speeds, 4 orbital settings, can do bevels

6 blades, 1 guide ruler, and dust extraction port

£39.99

Hychika Jigsaw

800 watts

6 variable speeds, 3 orbital settings, can do bevels

6 blades, 1 guide ruler, dust extraction port and case

£30.59

Please note the price when reviewed was taken from Amazon UK at the time of writing this review. Always check before buying as prices change regularly.

1. Black & Decker Corded Jigsaw( KS501-GB)

BLACK+DECKER 400 W Compact Jigsaw Power Tool with Blade and Kitbox

Key Specifications

  • 400 watt motor and 3500RPM
  • Weighs 1.3 kg
  • Cord Length 2 metres
  • Tool less blade change
  • Depth of cut - Wood 65mm, Aluminium 10mm and steel 5mm
  • Has a lock on button
  • Can bevel from 0-45 degrees thanks to the bevelling base
  • Dust blow feature to keep the cutting line clear
  • Universal blade holder - that means it can accept both t-shanks and u-shank jigsaw blades
  • Comes with a carrying case

Pros:

  • Compact, lightweight and versatile
  • Variable speed really useful for cutting different materials
  • Buyers love the tool less blade changing as it saves a lot of time and frustration 
  • Great for small jobs and leaves a nice finish if you use a good blade

Cons:

  • A few buyers have issues with straight line cutting
  • Some users say the blade can buckle

My Opinion

This is a good basic jigsaw with a nice weight and balance to it. When I was using it, it cuts well as long as it is not forced. Changing blades is really fast and easy, and overall I found this really easy to use. The bevel cutting is also easy to set.

Check Amazon UK - Price when reviewed £29.95 - 90% buyer satisfaction based on 1,000+ buyer reviews

2. Hychika Corded Jigsaw

Jig Saws, 800W Max Cutting Depth 110mm for Wood, 800-3000 SPM HYCHIKA Electric Jigsaw with Laser, 6 Variable Speeds, 0-3 Orbital Sets, -45° to +45° Bevel Cutting, 6 Blades

Key Specifications

  • 800 watt motor and 800-3000 strokes per minute
  • Variable speed options (6)
  • 4 position orbital action
  • Weighs 2.3 kg
  • Cord Length 2 metres
  • Tool less blade change
  • Dust blower
  • Laser guide
  • Depth of cut - Wood 110mm, Aluminium 10mm and steel 6mm
  • Has a lock on button
  • Can bevel from 0-45 degrees thanks to the bevelling base
  • T-shank blade holder - comes with 6 blades which can be stored inside the saw

Pros:

  • It is good value for money and has plenty of power
  • Simple fast tool blade change
  • A good choice for most DIY tasks
  • Sturdy, well made but heavy

Cons:

  • Heavier than most jigsaws
  • Positioning the bevel can be trick so patience needed

My Opinion

This jigsaw I have used quite a bit. It does work really well and has the added benefit of a laser line with dust blowing and that does help you see the cutting line much easier. It's also got the best cutting depth as the blades supplied are longer than most. The tool has a really nice balance and it's super easy to use. That include the tool free blade changing. I did find it to be heavier than I am used to and that could be an issue for some people if being used for long periods of time.

Check Amazon UK - Price when reviewed £33.99 - 88% buyer satisfaction based on 2,000+ buyer reviews

3. Sorako Electric Jigsaw

Sorako Electric Jigsaw

Key Specifications

  • 600 watt jigsaw with 6 variable speeds (800-3000 strokes per minute)
  • 4 orbital settings
  • Weighs 1.8 kg
  • Tool less blade change
  • Depth of cut - Wood 60mm, Aluminium 15mm and steel 5mm
  • Has a lock on button
  • Can bevel from 0-45 degrees thanks to the bevelling base adjusted using an Allen key
  • Dust blow feature to keep the cutting line clear and dust port connection
  • Universal blade holder - that means it can accept both t-shanks and u-shank jigsaw blades
  • Comes with a carrying case

Pros:

  • Powerful 600 watts and delivers strong cutting power
  • Blade changing is quick and easy
  • Ideal for one off or occasional use 
  • Great value for money

Cons:

  • Can get hot with prolonged use
  • Blade quality is poor

My Opinion

The majority of people who bought this just wanted a cheaper jigsaw to do either a on-off job or a few small jobs. When I used this one, you can sense that the power is good and overall it cuts well enough. I found changing the blades easy and also doing a bevel cut easy enough, though a little fiddly to set. I would recommend using better quality blades though as the ones that come with this are not good.

It's good enough for light DIY and the odd job around the house.

Check Amazon UK - Price when reviewed £24.31 - 86% buyer satisfaction based on 850+ buyer reviews

4. C P Chantpower Jigsaw Tool

C P CHANTPOWER Jigsaw Tool, 600W 800-3000 SPM Jig Saw with 6 Variable Speed, 4 Orbital Sets, 6 T-Shank Saw Blades, Scale Ruler, ±45°Bevel Cutting Angle

Key Specifications

  • 600 watt motor and 800-3000 strokes per minute
  • Variable speed options (6)
  • Weighs 1.8 kg
  • Cord Length 2 metres
  • Tool less blade change
  • Depth of cut - Wood 65mm, Aluminium 10mm and steel 6mm
  • Has a lock on button
  • Can bevel from 0-45 degrees thanks to the bevelling base
  • T-shank blade holder

Pros:

  • Overall buyers say this is a good value for money option
  • A powerful motor that does cut easily
  • Blade changing is fast and simple 
  • Good build and feels nice and solid in your hand

Cons:

  • Doesn't come with a case
  • The supplied blades (6) are not high quality

My Opinion

This is another good basic jigsaw that has a slightly more powerful motor than the others. I did have the chance to use this one as a friend of mine had bought it. It is slightly heavier than others but it does give it a feeling of being well made and it has a nice balance. The cutting depth is standard and I cut some 48mm wood with this, which it handled well. The bevel setting is easy to adjust and again cuts well on this. On the downside nothing to blow the dust away, and the blades are ok for a few cuts, but better to upgrade your blades.

Check Amazon UK - Price when reviewed £39.99 - 88% buyer satisfaction based on 150+ buyer reviews

5. Katsu Electric Jigsaw

Jigsaw, KATSU Electric Jigsaw Tool 400W with 5 Blades, Variable Speed, for Plastic Wood Steel Cutting (Budget Range) 101624

Key Specifications

  • 400 watt motor and 3000RPM
  • Weighs 1.5 kg
  • Variable speed control
  • Depth of cut - Wood 55mm, Aluminium 10mm and steel 6mm
  • Has a lock on button
  • Can bevel from 0-45 degrees thanks to the bevelling base
  • Universal blade holder - that means it can accept both t-shanks and u-shank jigsaw blades

Pros:

  • Part of a budget range and the price is good
  • Most UK buyers say it cuts well enough
  • Most buyers say it's ok for smaller jobs 

Cons:

  • Not well built according to buyers
  • Needs some assembly

My Opinion

I wouldn't recommend this one as it needs to be assembled and comes with spare brushes, which suggests the motor is prone to burning out and replacing carbon brushes isn't easy. The company does have a website but it's in German, and I couldn't find any jigsaws on there.

Some buyers in the UK do get this one as it is cheap and will cut ok. It's pretty hard to find detailed information on this model and I haven't used it.

Check Amazon UK - Price when reviewed £23.99 - 80% buyer satisfaction based on 800+ buyer reviews

Budget vs Mainstream Choices

Aside from Black & Decker, most of the brands in this budget range may not be that well known. It's worth pointing out that these smaller brands are doing well in the lower price range. That makes these a good choice for someone who will only use a jigsaw for a one-off job or occasional use. 

The better known brands do make corded jigsaws, but the price range is around £60-£80 so quite a jump. As an example the Bosch PST800 costs around £60, the Dewalt DWS331 is around £225, and the Makita 4329/2 is around £75. These will be used by serious DIYers, woodworkers and the trades.

Corded vs Cordless

Lots of people are making the move from corded to cordless for most of their power tools, and jigsaws are no exception. The corded remains the cheaper option as you don't need a battery and charger. Corded has benefits such as consistent power, no need to worry about batteries running our, charge times etc. Corded is better for the tougher tasks when cutting.

A corded option can still be portable enough by using an extension lead. It is of course limited to having a UK power supply somewhere relatively close. It really depend on your personal preferences and how much you can spend on a tool.

My Final Thoughts

If you want a good budget corded jigsaw, then hopefully I have supplied you with enough information to guide you along the right path. There are some good options, and I would recommend the Black and Decker model or the Hychika. I have used both of these and they are good at basic cutting, and very easy to use.

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