The 10 Best Staple Removers

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in August of 2019. From students and office workers to furniture makers and flooring technicians, there are plenty of occupations that call for a staple remover. While their primary function is simple, their application and how they operate varies, which is why you’ll find everything here, from heavy-duty tools meant for upholstery to lightweight implements ideal for classrooms. Some of them are even pretty stylish. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. QXuji MR-1150

2. Acme United KleenEarth

3. Bostitch Professional

Editor's Notes

March 04, 2021:

It wasn’t a terribly eventful round of updates, as most of our previous picks continued to be great choices for the category. We did, however, windup removing the Rachel George and MyLifeUnit Dolphin Shape, as it looked like they weren’t available at the time of this update.

We added the Qxuji Mr-1150 to our list, recognizing that it offered impressive value, considering that it came with a simple tack puller and nail puller. Note that this model, like the C.S. Osborne Lifter, differs from most on this list in that it’s designed to go to work on the heavy-duty staples used in carpeting and carpentry, and less well suited to dismantling documents.

The Pacific Giftware Guardian Dragon – a jaw-style offering like the 1InTheOffice Claw and Hello Kitty Cute – is likely to make too loud of a statement for most. But, for those of us who are nerdy enough, it might make a nice desktop addition, or a good gift for a like-minded friend. Despite being a bit more elaborate than traditional models, it’s still priced quite reasonably, and if you’re really into the look, the company also offers a matching stapler.

If office supplies and stationary are a guilty pleasure of yours, we have plenty of lists pertaining to just that, which you may enjoy checking out. Feel free to look around, we’ve got everything from desk organizers to reclining office chairs.

August 08, 2019:

Even while many offices and schools move away from paper in favor of digital tools, you'd be surprised how often a staple remover still comes in handy. Because there are staples of varying thicknesses and sizes used for everything from keeping documents together to securing carpet onto stairs, we compiled a list that had something for everyone. The majority of our choices are also easy to store in desk organizers.

If you work at an office that only needs to use one every once in a while, then selections like the 1InTheOffice Claw and Bostitch Easy should be just fine. Teachers and administrative assistants favor items such as the MyLifeUnit Dolphin Shape and Bostitch Professional for their expediency, while tools like the Swingline Heavy-Duty are perfect if you're routinely disassembling huge stacks of documents for scanning and copying.

The Swingline is also handsome and sleek, something that most office supplies can't claim. If you're the type who likes to accessorize everything, then the Swingline, Rachel George, and Hello Kitty Cute are all attractive choices that can suit those needs well.

The C.S. Osborne Lifter and Crain 126 are strong enough to handle rigorous tasks, like removing strong staples from furniture, carpet, hardwood flooring, and more.

If you plan on using a staple remover in a rough environment (such as a shipping warehouse), then our number one pick, the Acme United KleenEarth, is the way to go. Built to last using post-consumer and recycled materials and featuring precision-ground stainless steel, Microban antimicrobial technology, and soft, grippy padding, this hardwearing selection will last for years, with an unheard-of decade-long warranty to back it up.

Special Honors

Jac Zagoory Animal Collection Crafted out of solid, heavy-duty pewter and made in the United States, these animal-shaped staple removers from artist Jac Zagoory are part of a limited run, feature impressive detail, and sport large fangs that fit in seamlessly with the prongs of the claw remover hidden inside. The collection includes a lion, hippo, snake, alligator, shark, and more.

Draymond Story To be clear, this company specializes in acrylic office stationary. So, although their gold and rose-gold offerings might strike you as high-end, you don't need to worry about their karat count. Still, if you're into the look, they could provide a budget-friendly way to add a bit of bling to your workspace.

4. Pacific Giftware Guardian Dragon

5. C.S. Osborne Lifter

6. Crain 126

7. Swingline Heavy-Duty

8. Bostitch Easy

9. Hello Kitty Cute

10. 1InTheOffice Claw

Will Rhoda
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After deciding that the pen was mightier than the pliers, Canadian electrical contractor William Rhoda abandoned his career and headed back to college, where he majored in marketing and advertising and won a scholarship along the way to earning a diploma in creative communications. His past career landed him a depth of knowledge in tools and hardware, while his current career schooled him in audio, video and camera equipment. During his leisure time, he’s learned lots about outdoor gear, and years of tiresome backyard maintenance have taught him all about pools and hot tubs. His recreational pursuits include rest, relaxation and revolutionary action, and his roommate’s a hairless cat.

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