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Close-up photo of gloved hands demonstrating a Sun Joe electric wood chipper. Credit: Sun Joe

The Best Wood Chippers of 2022

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Sun Joe CJ602E

This is a low-budget, good-quality wood chipper, perfect for turning small yard debris into usable garden mulch. Read More

Pros

  • Price
  • Electric power
  • Small chip size

Cons

  • Some users report early motor failure
  • Small branch size
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SuperHandy Multifunction Wood Chipper

This is a 3-in-1 wood chipper, shredder, and mulcher, capable of chewing through yard waste of 3 inches or smaller. Read More

Pros

  • Multi-function
  • Powerful engine
  • Optional leaf-vacuum attachment

Cons

  • Some users report struggling with large debris
  • Some users report poor support
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GreatCircleUSA 3-in-1 Wood Chipper

This is a durable, powerful wood chipper, shredder, and mulcher, able to handle branches up to 3 inches in diameter. Read More

Pros

  • Durable construction
  • Powerful engine
  • Leaf vacuum compatible

Cons

  • Price
  • Some users report part failures
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Sun Joe CJ603E

This is a small-but-powerful chipper designed to mulch branches and twigs for easier yard cleanup. Read More

Pros

  • Powerful motor
  • Collection bag

Cons

  • Small debris only
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Patriot Products CSV-2515

This is a powerful, durable electric wood chipper capable of chipping material up to 2.5 inches in diameter. Read More

Pros

  • Large chipping side
  • Powerful motor

Cons

  • Fairly expensive

One of the best ways to clean up yard waste, like branches and leaves, is to chip or mulch it. It’s easy enough to rent a chipper from the hardware store for a day, but for not too much more money, you can purchase one of your own and use it year after year.

When looking to purchase a wood chipper, there are a few considerations. The first is fuel type; an electric motor runs quieter and cleaner, but has less power, meaning you won’t be able to chip or mulch large debris. Gas chippers have more power, allowing them to chip debris up to three inches, but require refueling and routine maintenance.

Most machines that can chip, shred, and mulch material can handle branches up to three inches in diameter. If you want to chip material larger than that, you’ll need to get into dedicated chippers, which are more expensive and tend to be more for commercial use.

Here are some of the best wood chippers you can get on Amazon.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Sun Joe CJ602E

The Sun Joe 15-Amp Electric Wood Chipper is designed to shred small yard debris into usable mulch. With reversible blades that spin at 4,300 rpm, this chipper is rated for branches and twigs less than an inch and a half in diameter, though reviews suggest that might be an ambitious size rating. This is a machine designed for small yard projects, like cleaning up the small deadfall that comes after a windstorm.

The electric motor is relatively quiet and produces no fumes or exhaust like gas-powered options. What’s more, it spits out very small chips that work perfectly for garden mulch. Some users have compared the size of the chips to those produced by a chainsaw. For safety, the machine features a locking hopper with a safety switch to shut down the machine if it opens. For anyone in need of a low-budget option to dispose of twigs and small branches, this is a great little chipper.

Pros

  • Price

  • Electric power

  • Small chip size

Cons

  • Some users report early motor failure

  • Small branch size

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SuperHandy Multifunction Wood Chipper

The SuperHandy wood chipper is a powerful, versatile machine designed for heavier-duty chipping. This chipper actually has three functions in one: It can shred small twigs and branches into a fine mulch in one hopper, chip branches up to three inches in diameter in the side hopper, or mulch leaves with an optional leaf vacuum for an additional price. This makes it a one-stop tool for most of your yard-cleanup needs.

Its seven-horsepower, four-stroke gasoline engine drives four powerful hammers and two shredding knives that turn your yard waste into mincemeat. Slanted hoppers reduce the likelihood of the chipper jamming as you feed in material. All in all, if you’re looking for a unit that can handle a wide variety of material out in the field with you, then this is a quality product.

Pros

  • Multi-function

  • Powerful engine

  • Optional leaf-vacuum attachment

Cons

  • Some users report struggling with large debris

  • Some users report poor support

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GreatCircleUSA 3-in-1 Wood Chipper

The GreatCircleUSA 3-in-1 is another good multifunction yard-waste chipper. It can handle everything from three-inch branches to smaller twigs and leaves. The chipper can even connect to a leaf vacuum, sold separately, to make cleaning up leaves in the fall fast and easy.

With a 7 hp four-stroke engine, this chipper has plenty of power for most homeowner needs. And with no need for mixed gas, the chipper runs cleaner than a two-stroke. For those who are working far from their garage or shed, the chipper can be hooked up to a tractor or ATV with an optional tow bar, sold separately. And the powder-coated, heat-treated steel construction will ensure it lasts for years to come.

Pros

  • Durable construction

  • Powerful engine

  • Leaf vacuum compatible

Cons

  • Price

  • Some users report part failures

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Sun Joe CJ603E

If you’re looking for a small electric chipper with a bit more power, then the Sun Joe 15-amp is a good bet. This chipper can handle twigs and branches up to 1.7 inches, with an impressive reduction ratio of 21 to one. It also features both forward and reverse settings on the motor, which makes clearing jams safer and easier.

And because it’s an electric motor, the Sun Joe runs quieter and cleaner than other gas-powered options that might be more powerful. Speaking of cleaner—this 15-amp model includes a durable collection bag to keep your mulch contained and move it easier to where you need it. This is one of the best small-use electric chippers available.

Pros

  • Powerful motor

  • Collection bag

Cons

  • Small debris only

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Patriot Products CSV-2515

If you’re looking for an electric chipper capable of handling larger material, then the 14-amp Patriot Products chipper could be the machine for the job. This machine shines in its ability to eat through piles of leaves, which it turns into beautiful garden mulch. However, it really sets itself apart from many other electric chippers because it can eat through branches up to 2.5 inches in diameter.

The chipper also weighs less than 100 pounds, with durable wheels on a sturdy frame, so it’s easy enough to move around your yard to wherever you’re working. It’s quite a bit more expensive than comparable gas options, but if a quiet electric motor is a priority for you, then the Patriot Products chipper is a hard product to beat.

Pros

  • Large chipping side

  • Powerful motor

Cons

  • Fairly expensive

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Jean Levasseur

Jean Levasseur

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Jean Levasseur became a professional writer over a decade-long career in marketing, public relations, and technical writing. After leaving that career to stay home to care for his twin boys, Jean has continued to write in a variety of freelance roles, as well as teaching academic writing at a local university. When he's not reviewing tools or chasing toddlers around the house, he's also an avid fiction writer and a growing woodworker.

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