We are here to help you find the best finish nailer. Before we start discussing the nailers we feel it is good practice to talk about the nail that it drives first. The most common uses for finish nails are to affix trim, molding, and finish work. The reason they are used for this is because they are small nails with a narrow head that has a little indent in the top to make it easy to hold a punch on the nail to counter sink it in the wood. The result is a very small hole in the wood that is easily concealed with a little putty.
Finish nails are easy to drive into wood with a hammer, and it is quite easy to counter sink them with a punch. However, any tie you are swinging a hammer there is the risk of missing the nail and marking up the wood. A nail gun removes this concern as it will shoot the nail into the wood with enough force to even counter sink it. There are no miss hits. No sore thumbs. Just the pull of a trigger and a perfectly driven nail every time.
For repetitive use we recommend a pneumatic or air powered nailer. The best finish nailers will be pneumatic. If you just have small jobs a cordless, battery powered finish nailer may be more convenient. There is no air hose to drag around and it may fit into smaller areas. Although, if you will be using for an extended period of time we recommend a pneumatic finish nailer.
Below are in our opinion the best finish nailers. Click on each nailer for a more in depth review.