Winter is approaching and you’ve been staring at that pile of wood in your back yard for months. Splitting logs is a necessary step when turning whole logs into usable firewood for your home fireplace, wood stove, or chiminea, but it can be back-breaking and arduous work. Log splitters can turn anyone into an instant lumberjack with minimal effort. They are a tool that breaks whole logs apart into pieces of firewood. We’ll review the best log splitter options available on the market.

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Types of Log Splitters

Electric Log Splitters

Electric log splitters use electrical outlets via a power cord to power their motors. Because this log splitter uses household currents, it is relatively quiet and omits no fumes.

Hydraulic Log Splitters

A hydraulic log splitter uses hydraulic power to operate a gas or electric motor. The hydraulic power is created by two levers that the user pushes back and forth alternatively. This type of log splitter can quickly split many kinds of wood.

Gas Log Splitters

Gas log splitters uses a gas-powered engine to split logs. Many gas-powered engines are powerful and able to handle professional needs.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Log Splitter

Power Source

As outlined above, there are three main power sources that power log splitters: electric, hydraulic, and gas. These options have their pros and cons. Finding the best option depends on the consumer’s personal preferences, set-up, and needs. Electric log splitters are great for at-home, personal use.

Having a long, outdoor, power cord and a space to split logs near the home is necessary for this type of log splitter. Electric log splitters are quiet and never require gas. The hydraulic power is activated by manual levers, so it requires a little more work for the user. Gas log splitters usually provide the most power when splitting logs.


The price of a log splitter is correlated to the type of power source and the splitting capacity. Electric and hydraulic logs splitters are typically less expensive than gas log splitters. The splitting capacity also affects the price of the log splitter. Log splitters with more splitting capacity are more expensive.


The portability of a log splitter depends on the consumer’s needs. It is usually more convenient to have a smaller, more portable log splitter for personal, at-home use. Whether the consumer has a designated space for the log splitter also affects the need for portability.


The range of durability of a log splitter depends upon the amount of use it will receive. A log splitter for personal and seasonal use will require less durability than a log splitter intended for commercial use. When considering the durability of a log splitter, look at the horsepower of the motor and the splitting capacity.

Best Log Splitters 2020 Reviewed

WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Splitter

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This log splitter has a 2 HP motor and can split logs up to 10 inches in diameter and 20.5 inches in length. This splitter plugs into any household current and is ready to go without any of the problems associated with a gas engine. According to customer reviews, it is a great log splitter because it is compact and easy to use. Some customers reported problems with splitting certain types of wood. It is also not able to operate in climates below 40° F.

Powerhouse XM-380 Electric Hydraulic Log Splitter

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This hydraulic log splitter runs on an electric motor and a two-hand operating system that ensures user safety. It can split logs 12 inches in diameter and 20.5 inches in length. According to customer reviews, this log splitter is very powerful and does an excellent job. The main complaint was with the user manual not being helpful.

Boss Industrial ES7T20 Electric Log Splitter

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This electric log splitter runs on a 2 HP motor and has 7 tons of splitting force. Convenient and portable, this splitter has the capacity to take on your toughest projects. This log splitter has excellent customer reviews. Customers like the one-handed operation and overall splitting capability. The main negative is that it was too close to the ground.

Champion Power Equipment 90720 7 Ton Compact Portable Log Splitter

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This log splitter has a low-profile design that allows for ease of use. It’s rear-wheel design allows for easy portability. Customers liked this log splitter because it was easy to move, split logs easily, and had an overall good design. The main negative customer reviews reported was that it used too much or leaked hydraulic fluid.

Sun Joe LJ10M Logger Joe 10 Ton Hydraulic Log Splitter

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This log splitter is powerful yet easy to use. The manually operated two-speed pump has a 10-ton splitting capacity that makes light of back-breaking work. Customers reported that this excellent log splitter has a great design and is easy to use. The most notable negative is that it can’t split larger logs.

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