Top 10 Best Compact Routers of 2017 – Reviews


There is no better tool to use when concealing woodwork joints, straightening crooked edges, or doing decorative edging than a compact router. This is precisely why more and more handymen nowadays invest in compact routers, and understandably so given how versatile they are. Not only that but they are also durable, easy to maintain, and rather inexpensive given how useful they can prove to be.

Over the next few minutes, we’ll take a look at what the market has to offer in search of the ten best compact routers money can buy in order to give you a better understanding of what to look for.

10Trend T4EK

amazon buttonTrend T4EK is an 850-watt professional grade router that has proven itself worth a place on this exclusive list. The router is made of high-density steel, which makes this power tool resistant to dents and scratches. Its rust resistant finish also means it will retain its shiny elegant appearance for quite a while. The speed on this router can be varied, and its 1.1 HP electrical motor will serve you for years before it fails. As for ergonomics, the manufacturer clearly had this well-handled when making this router. It is easy on the wrist, not to mention very easy to wield. So, as you carve, drill, and grind, you can expect high-quality professional results.

9MLCS 9056

amazon buttonFor handling both light and demanding carving and shaping tasks, this router is the perfect solution. It is fitted with a powerful 1 HP motor that makes it ideal for such applications. Other than that, it is made of very high-quality materials that can last for years before showing signs of failure. But despite this high-quality construction, the router is very light and therefore easy to operate. The router owes part of its efficiency to its versatility, which comes in the form of height adjustability. As a bonus, you will also get an edge guide, as well as a flush trimming attachment.

8Makita 3709

amazon buttonThis router is powered by a 30,000 rpm electrical motor, and it can run very quietly. But one of its appeals is its compact size. The router also features a universal quarter inch collet, and its height can be adjusted as per the user’s needs. The grip is made of rubber for a more comfortable user experience, and the base has been made transparent so that you can keep track of what you are doing.

7Bosch PR10E Colt

amazon buttonIf you want an affordable, easy to maintain, and yet powerful router, this Bosch PR10E Colt router will be well-suited to your needs. The powerful motor outfitted into this tool can run at speeds of 35,000 rpm! The router is also made of high-grade materials, which means it is very durable and long-lasting, especially from a mechanical viewpoint. This is also a very good router if you want to do high-quality precision jobs.

6Porter-Cable 450PK

amazon buttonThis powerful router runs on a 1.2 HP motor. Its design is a little unconventional. This model uses a plunge/fixed combo kit, the benefit of which is better performance. If you think that you will be mainly handling tough jobs, this is the perfect router for you. The router is also very durable, which is clearly why the 450PK comes with a 3-year warranty. Overall, it is one of the best compact routers in this price range.

5Porter-Cable PCE 6430

amazon buttonThis Porter-Cable router is even more powerful than its 450PK sibling. This particular model can do speeds of 31,000, and it is powered by a robust 4.5 amp motor. The single speed motor can handle both light and heavy-duty trimming jobs. This router has also been precisely designed to deliver superior results even during delicate tasks.

4Black and Decker RP250

amazon buttonThis is a very powerful router. It is powered by a 10-amp variable speed motor that can bliss through demanding tasks without straining. This router will also not heat up and burn up the wood as you work on it as some lower quality routers might do. The machine also starts gradually so that you can better control the outcome of intricate trimming jobs. It also comes with a thoughtful straight line base that helps improve visibility.

3DeWalt DWP611

amazon buttonFor professional trimming jobs, this is a great compact router to have. It is powered by a 1.2 HP variable speed motor that gives this tool the ability to handle even the toughest of jobs. The bit depths can be adjusted as desired, and the router also comes with a powerful LED that lights the workspaces for added convenience. This popular compact router also has a generous 3-year warranty.

2Bosch PR20EVSK

amazon buttonThis is also a variable speed compact router, yet one that you will find to be a lot more durable and reliable than most of the ones we talked about so far. It is fitted with a powerful 5.6 amp electrical motor. For even better results, you will get an edge guide when you make your purchase. The router is also resistant to rust, and its ergonomics are well configured to ensure you can work comfortably and with utmost precision.

1DeWalt DWP611PK

amazon buttonWith its powerful 1.25 HP motor, this is one of the most powerful compact routers you can buy. The motor’s speed can vary from 16,000 rpm to 27,000 rpm. The router also comes with a plunge and a fixed base. This makes it more versatile. It also has an illuminated base, which makes it easier to get premium results from your work. Finally, all these great and high quality features are well complemented by its 3-year warranty. Overall, DeWalt’s DWP611PK is perhaps one of the best compact routers in the world at this point in time.