Best Angle Grinders in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 12, 2017
Are you looking for a versatile tool for cutting and grinding metal, concrete, or tile? If so, you need an angle grinder! Our review of 5 best angle grinders is here to help you pick the right model for your needs. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Wheel diameter & spindle thread
No-load speed
Conveniences
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS
The tool's battery gets charged fast and the indicator lamp notifies when the charge is low. The grinder is safe to use and is equipped easily accessible brushes for replacement.
CONS
The wheel guard adjustment will take some time as the screwdriver is required.
OUR VERDICT
Despite the cordless design, this Makita angle grinder is impressively powerful. Great functional capabilities and ergonomics of the tool provide its comfortable and long lifespan.
detailed parameters
Power
18 V
Wheel diameter & spindle thread
115 mm
M14, 5/8"
No-load speed
10,000 RPM
Conveniences
Ergonomic shape, Electronic current limiter, Anti-start function, Warning lamp for overloading, Adjustable wheel guard
Weight
2.3 kg
Warranty
3 years
PROS
The ONE+ technology allows using the tool's battery with 50 Ryobi tools. The non-lockable switch prevents an accidental start.
CONS
A bulky battery compartment.
OUR VERDICT
It's a handy, safe, and quiet angle grinder which yields a little to the Makita DGA452Z in terms of power. Each owner of Ryobi tools will appreciate the versatility of this angle grinder.
detailed parameters
Power
18 V
Wheel diameter & spindle thread
115 mm
M14, 5/8"
No-load speed
7,500 RPM
Conveniences
3-position handle, GripZone™ overmould, Easy-to-adjust wheel guard
Weight
2.58 kg
Warranty
3 years
PROS
The variable speed allows sharpening and even polishing. The Dust Protection System protects the tool from clogging.
CONS
Some users complain about a stiff power cord.
OUR VERDICT
The tool of a decent price-quality ratio. High-grade materials ensure a high working capacity whereas the innovative technology facilitates the use. The tool is incredibly efficient and robust despite its compactness.
detailed parameters
Power
701 W
Wheel diameter & spindle thread
115 mm
M14, 5/8"
No-load speed
11,000 RPM
Conveniences
Reversible angled handle, Tool-free protective guard
Weight
1.68 kg
Warranty
2 years (extendable to 3 years upon registration)
PROS
A smooth start allows you to perform even tough angling jobs with ease. The grinder can cut through deep parts thanks to a wide wheel.
CONS
The grinder is not so lightweight, so you may get tired of using it long.
OUR VERDICT
This powerful angle grinder is suitable for occasional home jobs and day-to-day occupational tasks. The segmented disc allows a dry cutting of masonry and tile.
detailed parameters
Power
2,300 W
Wheel diameter & spindle thread
230 mm
M14, 5/8"
No-load speed
6,000 RPM
Conveniences
Rotating rear handle, Inclined side handle, Adjustable guard
Weight
4.9 kg
Warranty
Amazon's 30-day return policy
PROS
The tool is fitted with a speed adjustment for cutting different materials.
CONS
The cable is quite short, so an extension cable may be required.
OUR VERDICT
It's one of the cheapest angle grinders but it's able to compete with pricier models. A pretty powerful motor and a high speed allow this tool to cut and grind most metals.
detailed parameters
Power
650 W
Wheel diameter & spindle thread
115 mm
M14, 5/8"
No-load speed
12,000 RPM
Conveniences
Safety switch, Reversible handle, Adjustable safety guard
Weight
1.8 kg
Warranty
1 year (extendable to 2 years upon registration)

What is an Angle Grinder

Angle grinders are considered to be one of the most common power tools. This statement is well-grounded as an angle grinder can cut through tile, stone or metal, and remove rust or old paint. Naturally, such a large scope of application makes angle grinders helpful in professional construction and household tasks or repairs. The review covers 5 most popular angle grinders where you can choose the model that fully meets your requirements.

Additionally, consider MIG welders and chop saws that can prove useful for large metalworking projects.

Makita DGA452Z

Cordless Power

The Makita DGA452Z is a representative of cordless tools with an 18V battery. This angle grinder will please the users dreaming of a self-sufficient tool without messy power cords. We'd like to note that the grinder is supplied without a battery, yet it's compatible with 3.0Ah, 4.0Ah, and 5.0Ah batteries. If you pick a 3.0Ah version, it will get fully charged within 25 min. The tool is equipped with the lamp that indicates a low battery charge and a long-lasting 4-pole motor that is powerful enough for grinding and cutting tasks. The motor gear is covered with a metal housing for extra durability and heat dissipation, resulting in a longer lifespan. The tool features an accidental restart preventive function, it means that the tool won't start when you install the battery with the switch ON. The Makita is protected from overheating - the tool will automatically switch off when it gets too hot. The handy shape and rubber-clad body provide a firm grip with one hand, and the side handle can be fixed on either side for even more comfort. The Makita DGA452Z is designed for high loads and will help you grind metal, stone, wood, remove rust and paint, and even cut tile, stone, and metal. We also advise buying a polisher for buffing metalware.

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Makita DGA452Z
 

Ryobi R18AG-0 ONE+

Portable and Convenient

We'd like to present another cordless angle grinder, the R18AG manufactured by a Japanese company Ryobi. The tool stands out from many of its competitors for its practicality and functionality. The grinder has no cord, so nothing limits your movements and you don't need to search for a socket. The ONE+ technology makes the grinder's battery compatible with up to 50 Ryobi power tools. The weight of 2.58 kg makes the tool easy-to-hold, while the accessory handle can be installed in 3 positions for a greater comfort in any job. The machine is has a sturdy ergonomic plastic cover and the GripZone pads provide a firm and convenient grip. Note the wheel guard which is easy to adjust or remove without tools. The tool comes with the 115 mm wheel that's ideal for cutting or buffing light to medium parts. The aforementioned convenience features and wireless design of this angle grinder will let you enjoy it anywhere. We also suggest buying a drill press for metalworking.

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Ryobi R18AG-0 ONE+
 

Bosch PWS 700-115

Small and Light But Really Efficient

The Bosch PWS 700-115 is a light-load angle grinder appropriate for home use. The tool's weight is just 1.68 kg and it's a major advantage. The machine is truly easy to carry even in one hand. The auxiliary handle can be attached to the machine from both sides, providing convenience for both left- and right-handers. The machine handles the wheels up to 115 mm in diameter, and we advise to avoid larger wheels for safety reasons. The spindle lock allows replacing the wheel without any tools. The wheel guard is easy to adjust and it is installed in no time. A high performance and extended service life are ensured thanks to the patented Dust Protection System that secures the tool bearings from grinding dust and chips. The tool is able to run at 11,000 RPM and this speed is adjustable. It's a great benefit as it allows grinding, sharpening, and even buffing. The motor power of 700 W suffices for medium-duty tasks like cutting and polishing metal items, tile, ceramics, and even concrete. Well, the Bosch model is a compact, handy, and reliable grinder for any household.

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Bosch PWS 700-115
 

Wolf Industrial

Inrcedibly Powerful

This Wolf angle grinder is one of the most high-performance tools in its class. The grinder is mains-powered and has a 2300W motor, which easily copes with most grinding and cutting jobs. This tool proves its efficiency in domestic and commercial needs and is helpful for constructors and those using the tool regularly. The motor may get hot after prolonged operation, yet the ventilating holes in the tool's head minimise this problem. The tool comes with a segmented wheel 230 mm in diameter. Such a wheel is intended for dry cutting and will be suitable for bricks, concrete, and granite. The cavities across the wheel serve for cooling, so the tool will last longer. Still,  it's recommended to use the grinder for 1 - 1.5 minutes so that the wheels cools down. You can also opt for heavy-duty wheels for tougher jobs. A smooth start allows cutting masonry. The 3-position side handle largely facilitates the tool use. So, this Wolf grinder is indispensable for repairs or building chores where quick cuts are usual. Pick a respirator to protect your respiratory tract from dust.

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VonHaus 15/043

Wallet-friendly and Performing

This angle grinder from VonHaus will please many users with its moderate price. However, the tool is really efficient and made of high-quality materials. The grinder is corded, so it is mains-powered. Its driving force is ensured by the 650W motor able to deliver 11,000 RPM. The tool will prove its efficiency in cutting tiles and stone as well as in removing rust and other depositions from any parts. The adjustable speed allows grinding and sharpening any materials. The grinder is lightweight and well-balanced. The tool makes nearly no vibration, so your hands won't be tired after using the tool for several hours. The side handle and wheel guard are easy to adjust in accordance with your needs. For safety, the grinder is equipped with the switch that prevents the restart in case of power interruption. All these features provide the best price-performance ratio to the VonHaus 650W. Also, consider our review of electric chainsaws for pruning and other woodworks.

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