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Best Tile Saw Reviews and Buying Guide 2019

Best Tile Saw Reviews 2019

Whether you are a professional ready to get started on flooring season or a homeowner just looking to spruce up the house, the best tile saw can make that job much easier. Of course, those two people are best served by different products which is why we have put together the 5 best tile saw reviews of 2019. We also provide a helpful buyer’s guide, but we think that the DEWALT and the Chicago Pneumatics are the best for most people–unless you need a portable tile saw. Then you have to keep reading to find out more.

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Best Seller
DEWALT Wet Tile Saw with Stand, 10-Inch (D24000S)
Top Pick
2.5 Horsepower 10" Industrial Tile/Brick Saw
Best Value
SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw
MK-370EXP 1-1/4 HP 7-Inch Wet Cutting Tile Saw
QEP 22400Q 3/5 HP Torque Master Tile Saw, 4-Inch
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DEWALT Wet Tile Saw with Stand, 10-Inch (D24000S)
2.5 Horsepower 10" Industrial Tile/Brick Saw
SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw
MK-370EXP 1-1/4 HP 7-Inch Wet Cutting Tile Saw
QEP 22400Q 3/5 HP Torque Master Tile Saw, 4-Inch
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450 Ratings
128 Ratings
1,139 Ratings
78 Ratings
254 Ratings
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Best Seller
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DEWALT Wet Tile Saw with Stand, 10-Inch (D24000S)
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DEWALT Wet Tile Saw with Stand, 10-Inch (D24000S)
Customer Rating
450 Ratings
Prime
Top Pick
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2.5 Horsepower 10" Industrial Tile/Brick Saw
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2.5 Horsepower 10" Industrial Tile/Brick Saw
Customer Rating
128 Ratings
Prime
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Best Value
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SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw
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SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw
Customer Rating
1,139 Ratings
Prime
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MK-370EXP 1-1/4 HP 7-Inch Wet Cutting Tile Saw
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MK-370EXP 1-1/4 HP 7-Inch Wet Cutting Tile Saw
Customer Rating
78 Ratings
Prime
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QEP 22400Q 3/5 HP Torque Master Tile Saw, 4-Inch
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QEP 22400Q 3/5 HP Torque Master Tile Saw, 4-Inch
Customer Rating
254 Ratings
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DEWALT D24000S Heavy-Duty 10-inch Wet Tile Saw with Stand- Best Seller

DEWALT Wet Tile Saw with Stand, 10-Inch (D24000S)
450 Ratings
DEWALT Wet Tile Saw with Stand, 10-Inch (D24000S)
  • Cutting capacity to rip cut 25 inch or 28 inch with a plunge and cut 18 inch x 18 inch tile on a diagonal. Cut line indicator and stainless...
  • Weighing only 69 pounds, one person can transport and set up
  • 45 or 22.5 degree miter feature for quick angled cuts with dual water nozzles. Compact saw frame allows for easy transport and storage in...

DEWALT further continues to cement its reclaimed status as one of the better professional-grade power tool manufacturers out there with the DEWALT D24000s wet tile saw. The DEWALT wet tile saw is by far the most impressive and best-performing tile saw that we reviewed, but it is also easily the most expensive and also the heaviest. This latter quality can be seen as something of a good thing as it helps reduce the vibrations generated to provide a more precise and stable cutting action. In fact, because of how stable the DEWALT brick saw is it still the best selling product on our list despite being significantly more expensive than its competition.

Great Cutting Power
The DEWALT water saw likely maintains its best selling position due to the sheer cutting power it can generate compared to most other tiles saws in its class. The DEWALT 24000s tile saw leads our list with a 15 amp motor which is able to generate the second-fastest cutting speeds of 4200 RPMs. This combination allows the DEWALT tile cutter to slice through virtually any stone material with relative ease. As if that were not enough, the DEWALT tile wet saw is also able to make some of the biggest rip cuts that we saw with a maximum capacity of 25”. Finally, DEWALT wet saw also leads our list with one of the biggest blades in its class at 10” in diameter.

Great Build Quality
DEWALT tile saws are known for being fairly powerful, but the company has an iffy reputation in regards to ultimate build quality. Thankfully, the DEWALT wet tile cutter shows no issues with that as the DEWALT tile saw water pump does seem to show any of the issues that some of the other products we encountered do. This allows the DEWALT 10 inch tile saw to get the most out of its impressive cutting power without getting bogged down. On top of that, the DEWALT d24000s tile saw also uses aluminum for the table to provide a durable, water-resistant surface.

DEWALT Wet Tile Saw with Stand, 10-Inch (D24000S)

Pros

  • Has a 10” blade
  • Has a 15 amp motor
  • Can make 25” rip cuts
  • Can make bevel cuts
  • Can cut at up to 4200 RPMs
  • Is more durable than some

Cons

  • The most expensive miter saw reviewed
  • The heaviest tile saw reviewed

Chicago Pneumatics 2.5 Horsepower 10″ Industrial Tile/Brick Saw – Top Pick

2.5 Horsepower 10' Industrial Tile/Brick Saw
128 Ratings
2.5 Horsepower 10" Industrial Tile/Brick Saw
  • Stand is NOT included. Amazon shows it in the chart, but please understand it is NOT included

Despite the company’s name, the Chicago Pneumatics tile saw is not actually a pneumatic, or air-powered, tile saw. That said, Chicago Pneumatics has an impressive and storied history stretching back over a century and is arguably the most respected company on our list. Though it may not top our best seller in some important qualities, it does offer one of the better combinations of function and feature that we saw. On top of that, though it is more expensive than some of the more budget-friendly options, it is actually one of the best overall values that we saw as well. Still, it is important to remember that this company does specialize in pneumatic power tools, not electric or water-based ones.

Solid Specs
One thing that the Chicago electric wet saw got right is making sure that their tile saw could handle professional-grade jobs. While the Chicago tools tile saw may not be the absolute best, the 15 amp motor and 10” tile saw blade are able to generate more than enough cutting power for pretty much any kind of stone. On top of that, the Chicago electric tile cutter can cut at speeds of up to 3800 RPMs which is similarly good for cutting harder, denser stone. The Chicago electric 10 inch tile saw also features one of the better cutting ranges that we saw with the ability to make 24” rip cuts as well as both miter and bevel cuts of two different stops.

Decent Build
One thing that can be a bit iffy when a company makes a product outside of its general wheelhouse is the build quality. With the Chicago electric wet tile saw, the build quality is mostly great with one major exception that could require creative custom solutions. Specifically, the Chicago electric tile saw water pump is not always as consistent or durable as you would like to see from a power tool which may be expected to be in service for a full 8-hour workday. This can lead to the water feed being inconsistent which in turn can lead to the workpieces being burnt, taking longer to cut, or breaking mid-cut. Thankfully, the Chicago tile cutter does have a larger reservoir than most, so if the pump works as intended or you arrange your own solution, the Chicago electric tile saw can run all day without changing the water.

2.5 Horsepower 10' Industrial Tile/Brick Saw

Pros

  • Has a 10” blade
  • Has a 15 amp motor
  • Can make 24” rip cuts
  • Can cut at up to 3800 RPMs
  • Cuts more precise than most
  • Has a larger reservoir tub

Cons

  • Is a heavier tile saw
  • Water feed can be inconsistent

SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw – Best Value

SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw
1,139 Ratings
SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw
  • Corrosive resistent stainless steel top supports tiles up to 12 x 12-in.
  • Adjustable rip fence with miter gauge for accurate straight and miter cuts
  • Blade cooling water reservoir to keep blade cool while minimizing dust and debris

SKIL is a brand once known for professional-grade power tools but has since been rebranded as a top-tier consumer-grade lineup. This has a few implications with the most important being that it is not suitable for all-day, professional jobs. This is not to suggest that the SKIL tile saw is fragile, but it just does not generate the cutting power or have the stability necessary for professional tasks. That said, the SKIL does offer one of the best combinations of price and features for the budget-friendly market and is our best value tile saw.

Good Build
The Skil Saw tile saw impresses primarily with its build quality which is the only one to feature a stainless steel table. This is important because it is naturally water-resistant, though not as much as aluminum, and is strong. In fact, stainless steel is a good bit stronger than aluminum, and the fact that it is also heavier actually works in the SKIL tile saw’s favor. Basically, the stainless steel table helps reduce the SKIL wet tile saw’s vibrations as much as possible.

Fairly Portable
This brings us to the SKIL 7in wet tile saw’s greatest strength and weakness: it features one of the best lightweight designs we saw. This is important because it means that the Skilsaw tile saw may be the best portable tile we reviewed–including for professionals. However, the SKIL 7 inch wet saw will still have to contend with the vibrations its lightweight design allows and how that affects the tile saw’s cutting precision. This tile saw is also one of the more compact we saw, which also has the downside of shortening the maximum rip capacity to the shortest we saw.

SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw

Pros

  • Is a less expensive tile saw
  • Can make miter cuts
  • Is a lightweight tile saw
  • Has a solid guide and fences
  • Has a stainless steel table
  • Can cut at up to 3600 RPMs

Cons

  • Has the shortest rip cut reviewed
  • Generates a lot of vibration

MK Diamond MK-370EXP 1-1/4 HP 7-Inch Wet Cutting Tile Saw – Runner Up

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MK-370EXP 1-1/4 HP 7-Inch Wet Cutting Tile Saw
78 Ratings
MK-370EXP 1-1/4 HP 7-Inch Wet Cutting Tile Saw
  • Lightweight and portable tile saw is made to the highest professional specifications
  • Hinged blade guard for easy blade changes and maintenance inspection
  • Built in 45° miter system

It might be a bit surprising for some to see MK Diamond this far down our list considering they are often considered one of the premier tile saws manufacturers. That said, it is important to remember that we are reviewing the MK 370, not the newer and more impressive 101. That said, the MK 370exp tile saw is no slouch for its class, providing a much better performance than most other 7-inch wet tile saws. However, the MK Diamond tile saw suffers from the same issue as the lightweight tile saw before it and the one to follow: vibration. The MK Diamond wet tile saw does a better job dealing with this than the others, but it still suffers all the same.

Good Build
The MK tile cutter impresses right off the bat with a body and frame that can support up to 18” rip cuts which more than twice as big as the next closest competitor in its class. On top of that, the table itself is made of die-cast aluminum so it is lightweight as well as durable–and is even more durable than many of the other aluminum tables used. Even with their ‘consumer-grade’ lineup MK tile wet saws are known for their solid guides and fences, and the MK 370 tile saw is no exception to this rule which will help you deal with the MK 7 inch tile saw’s vibrations.

Solid Cuts
One thing that the MK 370 wet saw does get right is the ability to make good cuts compared to most tile saws in its class. For instance, the MK370 wet saw is one of the few saws in its class that we found which was capable of making plunge cuts. In fact, it is the ability to make good quality plunge cuts which helps extend its maximum rip cutting capacity so much further than its competition. The MK370 tile saw is likewise capable of making miter and bevel cuts, much like its contemporaries, but is able to do so more precisely.

MK-370EXP 1-1/4 HP 7-Inch Wet Cutting Tile Saw

Pros

  • Can make 18” rip cut
  • Can make miter cuts
  • Has excellent guides and fences
  • Table made of die-cast aluminum
  • Can make plunge cuts
  • Is a lightweight tile saw

Cons

  • A more expensive tile saw
  • Generates a lot of vibration

QEP 22400Q 3/5 HP Torque Master Tile Saw, 4-Inch – Also Consider

QEP 22400Q 3/5 HP Torque Master Tile Saw, 4-Inch
254 Ratings
QEP 22400Q 3/5 HP Torque Master Tile Saw, 4-Inch
  • Easily cuts ceramic, marble, slate and stone tile
  • Made from plastic to prevent rust and corrosion
  • Portable design makes this wet tile saw easy to transport

QEP is definitely a bit unique for our list as it is the only company we reviewed which specializes exclusively in flooring tools and accessories. It would seem that this might provide the QEP tile saw some advantages not found on more generalized power tool manufacturers, but it does not. Instead, the QEP offers solid cutting power and one of the most portable arrangements that we saw, but it comes at the price that plagues many of these smaller tile saws: vibration. This is actually a far bigger issue for the QEP wet saw than some of the other products, though this could be the best DIYer tile saw we reviewed.

Great Value
It is important to remember when judging QEP tile saws that this product is not attempting to compete with a professional-grade tile saw. As such, the QEP tile wet saw may seem a bit substandard with only a 4 amp motor, but the torque generated from those ⅗ of horsepower is more than enough for appropriately sized workpieces. This is also easily the least expensive tile saw that we reviewed as well as the lightest which makes it one of the better portable tile saw values. Even better, this wet tile saw can generate the fastest cutting speeds reviewed at 4600 RPMS which is more than enough for the densest stone. However, the QEP wet tile saw is still not suitable for all-day, professional jobs.

Some Issues
It should be clear by now that this no QEP professional tile saw, but the real problem lies in the fact that you could very well break half of your tiles trying to cut them if you are not familiar and proficient with the proper feeding technique. This is because the QEP tile saw is a bit too light for the kind of power it can generate, especially when tackling tougher materials. While this lightweight design might make the QEP portable tile saw easier to transport than most, it requires a keen eye and steady hand to get the most out of.

QEP 22400Q 3/5 HP Torque Master Tile Saw, 4-Inch

Pros

  • Is the least expensive tile saw reviewed
  • Is the lightest tile saw reviewed
  • Can make bevel cuts
  • Can make miter cuts
  • Can cut at up to 4600 RPMs
  • Can make 24” rip cuts

Cons

  • Has the smallest blade reviewed
  • Generates a lot of vibration

Best Tile Saw Buying Guide

Power

The cutting power of any saw is important, but for a tile saw, it is a bit more complicated than simply ‘more power is better.’ This is because the more power a tile saw can generate, the more vibrations it will also generate which inherently throws the cutting precision off and even increases the incidence of breaking the brittle stone workpieces. As such, the more powerful the tile saw is, the more the manufacturer has to include other features which further stabilize the tile saw while in action. The most common way to stabilize the cutting action with a powerful motor is to either add weight to the tile saw in general, the table specifically, or both.

Regardless, the more powerful the motor, generally the more torque the tile saw can generate to cut through hard, dense stone. These days, tile saws will have motors that are every bit as powerful as your professional-grade circular saw. That said, you do not generally need a 15-amp motor for the overwhelming majority of tile work and stone cutting you will make using the tile saw. Instead, anything above 7 amps is generally sufficient so long as you use a proper feeding pace and are not using the densest materials.

Speed

The cutting speed is not necessarily as important as the cutting power, but because cutting stone is a different action–though it may seem similar–the speed still plays an important role in the cutting experience. However, much like with motor power and the tile saw’s weight, cutting speed is also saddled with another feature that is generally considered more of an afterthought than anything else: the water flow. Basically, the faster a tile saw blade spins, the more heat that the blade generates. The water is designed to prevent this heat from burning the stone as well as lubricate the cutting action.

However, this water is only as effective as it can maintain pace with the speed of the saw blade. As such, the faster a tile saw blade spins, the higher the water flow you will need to keep the saw blade cool and the stone lubricated to prevent breakage. Some tile saws either have a larger than average water flow or even allow you the ability to adjust the water flow to suit your particular cutting job. Of course, so long as you can keep enough water on the blade and tile, the faster a blade spins–with a corresponding torque and cutting power–the quicker it will cut the stone and the harder the stone it can cut.

Cuts

For most stationary power saws, the type of cuts and capacity of cuts is generally one of the more important features. For tile saws, the importance of these qualities is heavily dependent on what kind of projects or jobs you need the tile saw for. For instance, most general homeowners are unlikely to require a tile saw that can make long rip cuts because they are unlikely to use large pieces of tile. Houses with larger tiles are generally more expensive with the owners paying someone else to install the floor. For your general DIYer, you likely do not need a tile saw with more than an 18” maximum rip cut capacity.
Of course, if you are a professional contractor, then getting a tile saw that can make as many different types of cuts as possible is vital. While the cutting depth is relevant, the maximum length to various cuts is generally more important. In this instance, you will want to look for rip cuts, plunge cuts, and miter cuts with the largest maximum cutting length to accommodate any size workpiece you may encounter or require. While a number of tile saws these days allow you to make bevel cuts, there are few functional purposes for bevel cuts in stonework, though you can still use the cut decoratively.

FAQ

How to Care for a Tile Saw

Though a tile saw may cut like any other kind of power saw, the process of caring for and maintaining a tile saw is a bit different due to the difference between wood and stone–especially when it is sawdust or pulverized stone. As such, certain things for power saws which are often just considered standard operating procedure but without major consequence if not enforced becomes a major potential problem when applied to tile saws. This is most notable when it comes to cleaning the tile saw after every use which can often be skipped with power saws that cut wood.

Tile saws do not have that luxury because pulverized may only stay pulverized if it does not have the opportunity to accumulate. Should you not clean your tile saw after using it, the stone sediment could settle into the basin or other parts of the tile saw and harden as the water evaporates. Depending on the specific stone in question, where the sediment deposits, and the randomness of the water’s evaporation, this can happen after a single use to the point that the tile saw must be disassembled to be properly cleaned, or it can take numerous uses and not require much more than a wet rag to clean off. However, it is always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you clean the tile saw after every use including, if not especially, any moving parts.

Conclusion

In the end, tile saws are a bit different than most other power saws because of how complicated the inclusion of running water makes the machine compared to other power saws. This being the case, it comes as less of a surprise the tile saw market more closely adheres to the ‘you get what you pay for’ adage than most power tool categories. As such, it should then come as absolutely no surprise whatsoever that the DEWALT tile saw is the best selling product on our list.

Though it does not necessarily blow any of the other tile saws away from a pure specs perspective, it does either lead the list in all relevant categories or it comes in second place. This includes the most important aspects like cutting power, cutting speed, maximum cutting capacities and many more. Unfortunately, this also means that the DEWALT is by far the most expensive tile saw that we reviewed and is also one of the least portable.

If you are in the market for an inexpensive tile saw and not looking to drop multiple hundreds of dollars, then the SKIL tile saw offers a solid product at a far more reasonable price. It is worth noting that there is definitely a performance drop as you go down the price scale, and the SKIL tile saw is not the most precise cutting. However, it does provide a solid amount of cutting power as well as a more portable design which can still make it useful to professionals.