The 10 Best Palm Routers
This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in February of 2019. All woodworkers need a good router — more than one, actually. These palm models are less bulky than their fixed- or plunge-base cousins, so they're perfect for detail jobs, like cutting hinges, making small dadoes, or trimming laminate. Most are designed specifically for use on lumber, unless otherwise noted, so be sure to perform your due diligence before using one on different materials. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best palm router on Amazon.
February 27, 2019:
The Porter-Cable 450PK and the Bosch Max EC both earned high marks for versatility, as the former includes a plunge base that you can attach for heavier-duty jobs, while the latter is a cordless model with a smartly-designed grip. While these are undoubtedly nice features, we still felt the DeWalt Max Torque was a superior overall machine, especially for DIY-ers who haven't yet earned the title of "master craftsman." We also liked the Masterworks MW104, especially as a starter kit, as it provides everything you need without breaking the bank. As you might expect in a budget option, though, it can't quite match the performance of our more highly-ranked selections.