Regardless of whether a person wants to get a smooth finish on a surface, then they’re going to want to buy the best orbital sander they can buy. One that is easy to operate, has a motor that won’t overheat and gets the job done with a minimum of fuss. To help our readers find such a sander, we’ve done some research, and have found ten of the best models currently available. Any of the following tools are good for just about anything from carpentry work to buffing out the body on an automobile and are a good combination of power and features.
Best Random Orbital Sanders – Reviews & Buying Guide
10Ingersoll-Rand Ultra-Duty 6-Inch Sander
This random orbital sander has quite a few features that make it an attractive tool for woodworkers or individuals working in body shops. It has a 12,000 revolutions-per-minute speed that makes for great finishes without leaving swirls on the surface, it produces very low vibrations, and it has a lightweight design. Although it’s vacuum port doesn’t work as well as it should, the rest of this tool is fairly solid and a good choice for anyone looking for a sander. It also has interchangeable grips that allow people with different hand sizes to handle it easily.
- Produces low vibrations
- Has interchangeable grip rings
- Dust collector doesn’t work very well
9Tacklife 5-Inch 3-Amp Orbital Sander
Although we probably wouldn’t recommend this sander for professional use, it is an inexpensive model that’s perfect for most DIY enthusiasts or home woodworkers. It has 6 adjustable speeds that are easy to dial in, has a 13,000 OPM motor that provides a nice amount of power, and it has an easy-to-use ergonomic design. Our biggest complaint with this model is that the dust collector was a bit flimsy and didn’t stay on very well. However, that’s a small complaint to the power and performance that this low-priced model can provide.
- It’s an inexpensive tool
- It performs its job well
- Dust collector has a tendency of falling off
8Porter Cable 5-Inch Sander
There are quite a few features worth mentioning for this sander, but we’ll start with its basic construction first. This model is manufactured using a ball-bearing construction that not only makes it extremely durable but also makes it extremely reliable as well. It also produces very little vibration and has a very smooth operation that makes it for handling fine finishing jobs without leaving swirls on the surface. Although the switch sometimes has to be pressed pretty hard for it to stay in the “on” position, it’s otherwise a solid sander that both amateur and professional workmen are going to enjoy using.
- It’s an inexpensive random orbital sander
- It seems very durable
- Switch doesn’t always catch in the proper position
7HYET Random Orbital Electrical Polisher
Manufactured with heavy-duty construction, this high-quality sander is ready to do all the detailing and buffing that a person needs it to do. Although it’s on/off switch does have a tendency of getting bumped during use, and thereby turning it off, if the user is careful with it, this sander is a pretty effective tool. It’s made with an anti-impact polyamide plastic housing and is equipped with a quality cooper motor. It has variable speed controls that allow for speeds from 2,000 to 6,400 RPMs and has an easy-to-use D-handle.
- Works great for buffing
- Has a nice feel to it
- On/Off switch is too easy to bump during use
6Bosch Corded Variable Speed Sander
This tool proves that a random orbital sander doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective. It’s a 2.5-amp 5-inch sander that’s designed to fully eliminate swirls marks that other sanders produce on some surfaces. It also has a hook & loop disc attachment system that makes it easy to change out discs between jobs quickly and efficiently. Another thing we liked about this tool was that it had variable speed control that worked pretty well. Although its dust collection system doesn’t work as well as it should, this tool is otherwise a high-quality tool that delivers good performance and reliability.
- It has variable speed control
- Feels very durable
- Does a poor job of collecting dust
5Topvork 2.5-Amp 5-Inch Sander
It doesn’t matter if this sander model is used for finishing, sanding or polishing, it’s going to provide the user with a good amount of power. It’s a 2.5-amp sander that delivers 12,000 OPM and has six different variable speeds designed to handle a variety of different jobs. It also has a very efficient dust removal system, doesn’t make a lot of noise, and has rubberized palm grips that are easy to hold. Although it does vibrate a little too much for our preferences, it is a good inexpensive random orbital sander that is a great addition to any tool collection.
- It’s extremely inexpensive
- It has a good amount of power
- Vibrates a little too heavily
4Black & Decker 5-Inch Sander
This 5-inch random orbit sander provides home users with the power they need at an affordable price. This inexpensive 2-amp model is just the right size for home woodworkers and DIY enthusiasts who want a sander with just enough power and is extremely reliable. It also has a dust-sealed switch that keeps it operating well past the point that other sanders have quit. Although it’s dust filter has problems filtering out some of the finer dust during woodworking jobs, it’s otherwise a fine sander.
- It’s easy to use
- It is inexpensive
- It has an ergonomic design
- Dust filter doesn’t capture fine dust
3Meterk 2.5-Amp 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander
This low-cost random orbit sander is ready to not only designed to reduce the impact on the buyer’s wallet but is also designed to provide the user with the power they need to perform any sanding, polishing, or finishing job. It’s a 2.5-amp model that has 6-variable speed settings and a powerful 12,000 RPM motor. It also comes with six pieces of 80-grit sandpaper and six pieces of 180-grit sandpaper. Although it’s dust collecter does tend to come off due to the unit’s vibrations, it’s not that big a deal considering the power and reliability this unit provides the user.
- It’s an inexpensive tool
- It’s easy-to-use
- Provides 12,000 RPMs of power
- Dust collector tends to come off
2Makita 5-Inch Sander Kit
This 5-inch random orbit sander kit is a great value because it provides the user with some nice features and is extremely reliable. This sander has a 3-amp motor and variable speed control that provides the user with anywhere from 4,000 to 12,000 oscillations-per-minute. It also has a rubberized palm grip and a handle that makes it easy to operate and control. Additional great features found on this model include a two-finger trigger and a pad control system. It also has a vac port, but it can sometimes be difficult to keep the shop vac attached to this unit.
- Provides a great deal of power
- It’s easy to handle
- Provides ultra-smooth sanding
- Shop vac port doesn’t work as well as it should
1Dewalt 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander Kit
This 3-amp 5-inch sander has the right features for just about any job. It can provide anywhere from 8,000 to 12,000 oscillations-per-minute, and do it without being jarring to the user’s hands. It also has a dust-sealed switch that allows it to have a longer service life and it has a short height that makes it easier to use. Although the dust catcher doesn’t work as well as it should, that’s a major complaint about just about any of these type of sanders. Having said that, it’s still one of the best random orbit sanders available and one that’s a perfect addition to any garage or workshop.
- It’s easy to use
- It has a good amount of power
- Has a dust-sealed switch
- Doesn’t produce a whole lot of vibrations
- Doesn’t always catch dust very well