What makes a great stapler?
To find out, we tried out several top brands of staplers—from expensive names to generic competitors. Which were most sturdy? Lightweight? Affordable? And of course, which stapled the best?
After the dust settled, we decided Swingline’s model 44401 is the best bet for most folks.
Yes, this stapler debuted back in 1939 as the first top-loading stapler. (Prior to this, staplers had to be opened with a screwdriver to refill).
Swingline staplers are built like a tank—metal construction, holds 200+ staples and is easy to use and refill.
What We Liked
• Low staple indicator.
• Work for up to 20 pages.
• Strike plate can be reversed to use it for temporary stapling.
• Rubber bottom keeps it in place.
What Needs Work
• Doesn’t include any staples! That’s a bummer.
• Spring can come loose after time.