7 Best Tile Saws – Reviews & Top Picks

Although any type of tiling job is labor-intensive, it is only true if you’ve got the wrong tool. It’s advisable to invest in an effective wet tile saw, which gives you the best out of every tiling job.  

When it comes to tiling, the biggest expense has to be the best wet tile saws, most of which are expensive. You need to exercise caution before picking a specific tile saw. I mean, you don’t wanna find yourself spending lots of dollars on a low-quality knock off. 

In this review, I’ll be taking you through 7 of the best tile saws, each having different features for specific use, and targeting a specific user.

I understand some of my audiences have a short attention span and hate long reviews. If that’s the case, I recommend the DeWalt D24000S, which comes with all sorts of features to guarantee perfect tile cuts.

Now let’s dive right in...

The Best Tile Saw Reviews

1.  DEWALT D24000S Wet Tile Saw

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Well, the “S” at the end of the version code means that the unit comes with a stand.

Now, this isn’t our recommended wet tile saw for no apparent reason. We’ve considered lots of factors to conclude that the Dewalt 10-Inch is the best tile saw in the market so far.

It cuts clean, and without any chips whatsoever. Furthermore, its water catchment trays are easy to fix and remove, and they are so effective that your working area is left clean. You can work indoors without worrying about water spills.

I particularly love the fact that it is well constructed and has no flimsy parts, and that everything feels sturdy once you’ve assembled the unit.

Compared to most tile saws, the Dewalt 10-Inch saw is lightweight. And, when you disassemble and pack it, the tile saw can fit a normal car. You don’t necessarily need a pickup truck or a van.

The saw has also been designed to withstand hiccups during transportation. For instance, its sliding bed can lock-in to ensure the saw isn’t loose and doesn’t get damaged.

Despite its relatively compact size, the Dewalt D24000S can accommodate tiles that are as large as 24 X 24 inches, and 18 X 18 inches diagonally. Better yet, the tile saw facilitates miter cuts of 22.5 and 45 degrees.

Its cutting blade can go up to 3-1/8 inches deep, which is perfect for cutting pavers and V-caps.

No doubt, the DeWalt D24000S is a Pro-tool offering some amazing features. Its plunge feature, for instance, allows you to make cuts for AC registers and electrical outlets. Hence, you can successfully rip through porcelain, granite, and marbles.

What We Loved

  • Boasts of two (2) free-placement water nozzles
  • Runs on a powerful14-Amps, 1.5 horsepower
  • Easy to operate, especially with its On-Off switch located at the front
  • Guide rails are smooth and without the annoying clunky movements
  • Power cord comes with an in-built safety device
  • Fixing and removing the blade is easy-peasy. You just need to screw or unscrew a few Allen screws
  • Comes integrated with a stainless-steel rail system for super accurate cuts

What Could Be Better

  • A little too pricey, but considering the many features it comes with, it’s totally worth it
  • The tile saw is a slide table saw, which means you can’t do a 90-degree angled cut

2.  PORTER-CABLE PCE980 Wet Tile Saw

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If you are looking for a wet tile saw that doesn’t annoy you with water spillage, then you better opt for the Porter-Cable PCE980.

The tile saw offers an excellent water containment mechanism, whereby its blade guard has been designed to prevent splashing up of water all over your face. At the same time, its sliding table has been designed in such a way that its groove channels direct water and debris into the basin below.

In my opinion, the Porter-Cable designers thought a lot about this. And they nailed it.

Other than that, the tile saw has also been designed with rust-proof stainless steel. This is particularly important because water tends to cause rust, but this doesn’t happen with the Porter-Cable PCE980.

My favorite thing about the tile saw is that you can use it both as a stationary table and as a sliding one. This is something very rare with most tile saws, which are either a sliding table, or a stationary one. Therefore, this offers some versatility.

What’s even better is that the PCE980 comes with a miter square for handling miter cuts. All you have to do is clamp the miter square onto the ruler channel located on the table’s edge. The square actually helps make both repeatable and diagonal cuts with extreme accuracy.

The PCE980 tile saw can support tiles that are as wide as 17 inches, and 12 x 12 inches diagonally. Although it isn’t as spacious as the DeWalt D24000S, the 17 inches allowance is enough space for most tiling projects.

When cutting in-depths, the saw offers a max thickness of 1¼ inches, which is okay as long as you are not working on thick tiles and pavers.

What We Loved

  • Has the best water containment system
  • Ideal for installing shower tiles and backsplashes
  • Weighing just 30 lbs., the unit is easy to transport
  • Serves as both a stationary table and a sliding one
  • Accommodates 17-inches capacity, and 12” diagonally
  • Comes as either a corded or cordless unit. It operates on Porter-Cable 20V MAXX battery, which gives you a full day of work

What Could Be Better

  • Not suitable for bevel cuts
  • The table’s rollers may bend a lot, so beware of that

3.  SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw

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Unlike the Dewalt and the Porter-Cable tile saw, the SKIL is simple and small in size. It has been designed for basic DIY tiling.

As expected, it doesn’t have impressive features meant for professionals, and that’s why it is fairly affordable. Still, the (SKIL 3540-02) is sturdy and effective enough for its usability. For instance, its table workspace is made of anti-corrosion stainless steel, and can fit a 12 X 12-inch tile.

I love the fact it is lightweight and small-size such that it can fit in your car’s trunk, for easy transportation. **But you gotta be careful when driving with it at the trunk and avoid bumps.

In addition to being lightweight, the unit is simple to assemble or disassemble. Therefore, if you are a novice with tile saws, don’t worry since the SKIL 3540-02 is easy to get a hang of.

You’ll probably love the fact that the tool comes with a diamond-laced blade, which is a great thing, coz the saw can cut just about anything, even the toughest tile pavers!

Although its water management system isn’t as top-notch as the Porter-Cable (PCE980), it is still workable. However, the water reservoir is small, which is expected since the tool is of small stature. Get ready to constantly add water in the reservoir.

What We Loved

  • Lightweight enough to carry around
  • Capable of handling accurate miter cuts
  • Comes with a 7-inch Diamond Blade, which guarantees fast and smooth cuts
  • Its table workspace is made of stainless steel, which is anti-corrosive
  • The saw can handle up to 12 X 12-inch tiles
  • Features an adjustable rip fence for guaranteed accurate cuts
  • The tool can complete bevel cuts of up to 45 degrees
  • Its blade lasts longer than most of its rival tile saws

What Could Be Better

  • Water reservoir is small, meaning you’ll have to constantly refill the reservoir
  • I noticed chips falling off just when done cutting. However, I found a solution to this. Just when you’re reaching the end of the cutting, hold the pieces together on the other end, and very slowly finish the cut

4.  Chicago Pneumatics 2.5 Horsepower 10" Industrial Tile/Brick Saw

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If you are a professional looking for a wet tile saw that can handle heavy-duty projects, nothing comes close to the Chicago 2.5 HP tile saw.

The saw’s 2.5 horsepower and 15-Amp power enables it to cut through some of the toughest and hardest bricks and stones – as well as cut through delicate porcelain tiles. This makes the Chicago Pneumatics a versatile machine that can handle all kinds of tiles.

To make things more powerful, the tile saw features a dual capacitor motor, which basically means that the tile saw has been designed for industrial use.

Ironically, despite all these features and its capability to handle tough materials, the Chicago 2.5 HP tile saw still costs cheaper than both the DeWalt D24000S and the Porter-Cable tile saws.

The simple fact that the unit runs on a powerful motor, you’re guaranteed of durability and that it’s gonna last a number of decades.

Now, if there’s anything that caught my eyes is the tool’s oversized steel frame with a linear bar system for precise and smooth operation.

The Chicago Pneumatic 10” tile saw is designed with a cast alloy cutting head, which is heavy-duty and reduces vibrations during cuts. The cutting head also allows you to make deep cuts up to 3½ inches.

Its in-built water pump can handle 3 gallons per minute. Also, the water mechanism isn’t just to makes sure your cuts are smooth, but to also prevent overheating of the machine. The water reservoir also catches dust and any discarded particles.

What We Loved

  • Runs on a powerful 2.5 horsepower for industrial purposes
  • Capable of gliding right through tiles made of materials like marble, granite, and natural stone
  • Has a heavy-duty cast alloy cutting head design for reduced vibrations
  • Its water pump handles 3 gallons per minute
  • Cheaper than the likes of Dewalt and Porter-Cable tile saws

What Could Be Better

  • Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a stand
  • It doesn’t come with a cutting blade. But you can add the QEP 10” Wet Tile Saw Blade to your cart

5.  QEP 22650Q 650XT 3/4 HP 120-volt Tile Saw

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This is comparable to the SKIL. It has somewhat the same size, operates almost similarly, and the price range isn’t far apart. I mean, they are like two peas in a pod. However, the QEP tile saw comes a little bit on top because it comes with a few great features.

Most of these features make the QEP (22650Q) particularly efficient and useful in various tile installation projects.

The very first noticeable feature with the QEP tile saw is the rubber foot pads, which successfully increase the saw’s stability. This is a unique feature lacking in most wet tile saws.

Since it is a fairly small tile sawing tool, the QEP offers 0.75 Horsepower. Although this might be considered less powerful, the tile saw is effective enough to handle any cuttings – from ceramics, marbles, granite, and porcelain tiles.

Its 7-inch Diamond Blade is so well positioned and allows for cuts up to 1.25 inches deep. Also, you can make diagonal cuts of 22.5 and 45 degrees. More to that, the QEP (22650Q) actually features rip and angle cutting guides, which are useful whenever you’re making repeat cuts.

For its size, you’ll assume that the saw cannot handle larger tiles. Well, don’t be fooled, as I was. The tile saw comes with an 8-inch extension on both sides, which helps accommodate large tiles, and for better angled cuts.

Its water reservoir features a recirculation system, which ensures that your working area is kept dry at all times.

What We Loved

  • Its motor generates 3,600 RPM, which cuts through most materials   
  • Allows you to explore various tiling applicability, such as kitchen and bathroom renovations
  • The unit is lightweight (about 22 lbs.), which makes it a portable machine
  • Its 0.75 HP motor is powerful enough for slightly heavy materials, and very effective for delicate tiles
  • The machine is sturdy and feels highly stable when making cuts
  • Thanks to rip cutting guides, you can make repeat cuts

What Could Be Better

6.  QEP 10600BR Tile Cutter

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If you are in search of a wet tile saw that’s affordable yet has all the features you need, then the QEP 10600BR tile cutter offers the best value for your money.

Although the saw isn’t the cheapest option in this tile saw reviews, this particular QEP sawing product can cut tile sizes of up to 24 inches and 18 inches diagonally.

I love that it comes fitted with tungsten carbide, and is coated with titanium, which lets you split tiles in just a single swap. Its cutting wheel is also made of the tungsten carbide.

Although I would have preferred the table slide if it was made of stainless steel, its aluminum is still durable. You just have to be cautious of corrosion, although this may be noticeable many years later.

The good thing though, is that its rails are made of steel, which means it can survive some of the toughest weather. And yes, this keeps rust from interfering with the table’s glide. Moreover, the machine operates using ball bearings, which makes sliding and gliding much easier.

One other feature you’ll probably love is its comfortable grip. That is, the QEP (10600BR) has been designed with over-molded handle grips, which ease your work and minimize fatigue. Better yet, the grips are of the bicycle-style, which further eases your handling of the tile saw.

What We Loved

  • Handles are of the bicycle-style grip
  • Aluminum alloy keeps it stable
  • The QEP (10600BR) comes fitted with tungsten carbide
  • Operates using ball bearings, hence the slides are smooth
  • Its base is made of rubber pads, which makes the tool much stable

What Could Be Better

  • Might not be compatible with some budgets

7.  Leegol Electric 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw

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This is the kind of a wet tile saw you need to get if your workstation is limited in terms of space. I mean, the Leegol Electric 7-Inch saw is so small-sized that it will comfortably fit in your car’s trunk – for eased transportation.

The best thing about small-sized tile saws is that they are very effective whenever you are doing a basic bathroom renovation. And don’t let the small stature fool you into thinking that it isn’t powerful. The Leegol 7-Inch Saw has an induction motor that generates about 3550 rpm.

This means that it can actually handle any project – mostly homebased DIYs.

Since small tile saws are skeptically thought to offer inaccurate cuts, the Leegol Electric saw offers the exact opposite. Thanks to its Diamond Blade, this wet tile saw makes very smooth cuts. And you don’t have to worry about a dirty and messed up working area, because the water tray keeps the blade clean.

The 7-Inch tile saw comes with a fence rip and a miter gauge, which guarantee accurate and straight cuts.

What We Loved

  • Has a powerful motor generating 3,550 RPM
  • The motor also comes with a thermal protector
  • Capable of making bevel cuts up to 45 degrees
  • Chrome-painted table top helps prevent rusting
  • It is lightweight and very portable
  • Its structure is simple and easy to use

What Could Be Better

  • The adjustable frame isn’t firm and doesn’t fit well
  • The water tray isn’t easy to empty

Best Tile Saw - Buying Guide

Now that we’ve gone through the top 7 best tile saws, you might still be sitting on the fence between two or three saws you find effective.

Don’t worry, though. This buying guide further offers you with what you need to know, and makes it easier to settle on a specific tile saw.

  • What’s The Cutting Blade Like? What’s Its Power? 

Of course, it is advisable to go with a tool that’s gonna make precise and accurate cuts. However, some tile saws are better than others. Some tile saws are effective with porcelain tiles, while others are great with granite, and others do well with tile pavers.

Therefore, it’s better to checkout which tile saw is perfect for your specific needs in terms of the tile material you’re planning to cut. But, if you don’t wanna be pigeonholed to one material, then it’s better to get something that’s versatile.

  • Sliding Table vs. Bridge Table Saws

Some tables are sliding ones while others are Bridge tables, which don’t slide. That is, the bridge tables don’t operate by gliding the workpiece tile, but rather the tile stays stable as the cutting blade moves around.

The advantage of the bridge table is the accommodation for large tiles. However, it is bulky and isn’t easy carrying it around. As for sliding table saws, the advantage is the portability but most of them are limited to handling small-sized tiles. The good thing is that they are usually very successful at making very accurate cuts.

  • What Size of Tiles Can It Handle?

Here’s where you check out the inch figures, either 12 x 12 or 18”, which tells you the maximum size of tiles the saw can handle. Actually, some of the wet tile saws can handle up to 24 inches, and even 35 inches for very professional bridge table saws.

You shouldn’t just check the inch figures on a tile’s title. Rather, it is important to be precise with the features and check if the tile saw can handle angled or tilted cuts – at an angle of your choice, which should be 22.5, 45 or 90 degrees.

You’ll notice that some tile saws won’t offer the 90-degree cuts. But that’s mostly with sliding table saws. The bridge tile saws are effective to the 90-degrees.

  • What’s The Water Feed Like?

The water feed mechanism is really important to any wet tile saw, because it affects the tool’s effectiveness. Always checkout the tile saw reviews and find out if the water mechanism has its jets pointed directly towards the blade.

Pick a tile saw whose water feed keeps the blade very clean. And if it doesn’t, then that’s your cue to keep off from the tile saw.

  • How Durable Is The Tile Saw? What’s The Warranty? 

Well, whenever a tile saw comes with a short warranty period, then there’s a likelihood the unit isn’t as durable. And that you should expect some faults here and there.

However, warranty length isn’t the only factor for gauging a tool’s durability. You can always check and see if the table tool is made of stainless steel or not. If a material isn’t stainless, then shy away from buying the tile saw.

I mean, these tools operate using water, which means that there’s a possibility of corrosion. Therefore, if a table top isn’t anti-corrosion, then you know that it’s not gonna be durable. In case you don’t see the word “stainless steel” then you better see a term like “alloy”, which is an alternative for stainless steel.

Basically, it is crucial that you go with a tile saw that comes with a Diamond Blade, which is a very effective and tough blade. Most importantly though, a great blade will always need replacement only once or twice a year, depending on how much you use it.

  • What’s The Tool’s Stability and Balance? 

It is a rule of thumb that a tile cutter should be stable and well-balanced, which is achieved by giving it a test cut. But, if you’re buying online, it’s impossible to check its balance. And that’s why I highly advise you to check out best tile saws reviews – like this one – to find out if a tool’s balance has been mentioned.

If you don’t get any helpful info regarding stability, then it’s better to opt for high-end saws like the DeWalt and Porter-Cable, most of which have been tried and tested before being released into the market.

Better yet, an easier way of checking a tool’s stability is to determine its weight, especially at the bottom. Here, a heavy weight at the bottom of the tool will guarantee a highly stable tool.

  • What Are The Ergonomics of the Handle Bar? 

You’ll need a handle bar that fits perfectly into your hands, and is ergonomic to an extent that it leaves you comfortable. This way, you get to work for longer hours.

For some folks, the handle is always the dealbreaker. And if you are the type, then it’s better to go with something that’s been over-molded with the right materials. A great handle material will make sure you don’t have to worry about sweaty palms.

You can go with the likes of QEP tile saws, which come with handles that feature the bicycle-style. Such handles usually enable you to make precise and accurate cuts.

  • What Are The Safety Measures in Place? 

Obviously, this is an important factor to take into consideration. Since you’re dealing with fast-moving blades, the last thing imaginable is to experience an accident.

Therefore, a great wet tile saw should have all the right safety hazard measures put in place.

Although some safety measures should be your own, it is important that a tile saw comes with a few safety measures. These may include water feed mechanisms that aren’t close to the motor. This way, you don’t have to worry about issues like electrocution.

Final Verdict

Now that you’ve got the top 7 best tile saws, I hope you’ve found exactly what you need. You can always go with our recommended option, the DeWalt (D24000S), which comes with lots of features. And despite its price range, you’ll be getting more than what you desired.

At the same time, if you’re into saving some cash and still want the best features, then the QEP (10600BR) has the best value for money. On the other hand, if you are all about simple DIYs and are looking for the cheapest tile saw, then the SKIL (3540-02) is exactly what you need.

I hope that you’ve learned a lot about tile saws. And if you’re already an experience tiling expert, I also hope you’ve added a few tricks. So, break a leg getting the best tile saw for your specific needs.

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