Last Updated: Sep 8, 2020 @ 10:45 am.

What's the best electric stapler? We surveyed the readers of our parenting books (2.1 million copies in print!) to find their favorites. Then we did additional research, comparing performance and value. Finally, we tested out several top brands. Here are the models we'd recommend!

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Best Overall Performance

Works with standard staples
Loved this easy to use electric stapler, which lets you adjust the placement of the staple. Runs on A/C power or 6 AA batteries. Caveat: takes a bit of effort to pop out tray for reloading.
$39.70

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Best Overall Performance: EX-25 Automatic Heavy Duty Electric Stapler

Why buy an electric stapler? Won’t a manual stapler do just as well?

Electric stapler are great for bigger projects—the models recommend in this article can handle 25-45 sheets . . . much more than a manual stapler can staple!

If you have arthritis or limited hand strength, electric staplers are an excellent solution.

Electric staplers are also great for controlling the spread of germs—they are touchless!

For the best overall performance in electric staplers, we think EcoElectronix’s EX-25 is the best bet for most folks. It combines the best features and reliability. Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Pre-loaded with staples!

• 25 sheet capacity.

• Works on power adapter or 6 AA batteries (not included).

• Easy to use.

• Can adjust where the staple goes—between .25″ to 1.5″ distance from edge of paper.

What Needs Work

• A bit tricky to reload staples. The staple tray doesn’t pop out on its own—you have pull it out with a bit of force.

• Pricey.

• Loud.

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Best Heavy Duty Stapler

Excellent for small businesses
For bigger jobs (up to 45 pages) or folks who need a robust model for daily use, this is our pick. Pricey, but we like how easy it is to reload. Caveat: needs special staples.
$39.99

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Best Heavy Duty Stapler: Bostitch Impulse 45 Sheet Electric Stapler

If you need to staple 40 pages at a time or need a heavy duty stapler that needs to work day-in and day-out (such as a pharmacy), we think the best bet is Bostitch’s Impulse stapler. We like the overall design—unlike other models, it doesn’t need to retract after every staple. That makes it more efficient and fast.

What We Liked

• Simple to use!

 Includes 500 staples.

• 45 sheet capacity.

• Refill alert indicator.

• Push-button reloading is simple. The staple retracts fully for reloading—that’s a plus over the EcoElectronix model recommended earlier.

• Staple remover included.

• Suction cups on bottom keeps it stable.

What Needs Work

• Must use special Bostitch staples. It doesn’t use regular staples. Instead, you just use Bostitch Power Crown B8 Staples.

• Loud!

• Pricey.

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Best Budget-Friendly

Compact size, battery powered or A/C
This electric stapler is easy to pop in a backpack (weighs about 2 lbs.) and works on 4 AA batteries (or A/C adapter). Easy to use, includes staples. Caveat: somewhat slower than others.
$19.99

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Best Budget-Friendly: Bostitch Office Portable Electric Stapler

Good news: you don’t have to spend big bucks to get a good electric stapler. Bostitch’s Office Portable model is compact and works well . . . at a price that is easy on the wallet.

What We Liked

• Easy to load! • Portable. Works on 4 AA batteries or A/C power if you need to take it on the road.

• Extra wide lead for quicker use.

• Staples at 45 degree or 90 degree angle.

• Compact size (just 5.5″ long).

• Uses regular staples.

What Needs Work

• Small size = only holds a partial strip of staples.

• Staples not included.

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Best Portable Stapler

Can staple 15-20 sheets at a time
This electric stapler is easy to pop in a backpack (weighs about 2 lbs.) and works on 4 AA batteries (or A/C adapter). Easy to use, includes staples. Caveat: somewhat slower than others.

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Best Portable Stapler: Electric Stapler Veyette Black High Impact Stapler

This palm-sized electric stapler is easy to throw in a backpack or take on the road. It works on 4 AA batteries (or A/C adapter), so it’s great for places where you don’t have an outlet handy.

What We Liked

• Affordable.

• Handles 15-20 sheets at a time.

• Easy to use.

• Holds 200 or so staples at a time.

• Includes staples.

What Needs Work

• So lightweight, you have to hold it with one hand when using—to keep it from moving around.

• No suction cup base to stay in place.

• Loud.

• Slower than other models we tested. This model is ok for average use, but probably would frustrate folks who need a more heavy duty solution.

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do hands-on testing—we buy the products with our own money and evaluate with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported!

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do hands-on testing—we buy the products with our own money and evaluate with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability.

Here's another key point: we don't take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no "partnerships." Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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