The best hand sanders for wood and walls: 6 top choices for DIY projects

Close up of hand on manual hand sander
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The best hand sanders for wood are manually powered meaning that you have more control over them when giving a wooden surface a rub down. You can choose how much pressure to apply, take control of sanding corners and a larger base covers more area in one action than most hand held power sanders.

Hand sanders are designed to hold a large strip of your chosen sandpaper grade, held firmly in place with a couple of clamps. A large easy grip handle gives you plenty of control over the sander, making it ideal for sanding wood by hand, including doors, windows, skirting boards, floors and wood panelling.

Variations in design mean you can stick them on the end of a pole and tackle hard to reach areas and sand down walls without the inconvenience of having to get up a ladder. Plus, there’s no need to look for a power supply or worry about your battery going flat and you’ll pay a lot less than you would for a power sander. Simply put, every DIYer should have one in their collection.

Here we pick six of the very best hand sanders for wood to help you choose which you’ll need for your next sanding project. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.