The ability to install crown molding is a skill so rare that even professionals with years of experience are still learning every day. This makes it a highly-profitable woodworking skill.

To work faster and better, you need the best nail gun for crown molding. Therefore, we have done the difficult task of compiling a list of the best brand and finish nail guns for crown molding.

We know our favorite tool, but we’ve written a buyer’s guide to help you find yours.

So, let’s begin.

Our Top Picks

Best Nail Gun for Crown Molding

  1. KIMO 20V 18 Gauge Cordless Brad NailerBest Nail Gun & Stapler
  2. PORTER-CABLE Cordless Brad Nailer KitBest Cordless Nailer
  3. NuMax SFN64 Pneumatic Finish NailerBest Finish Nail Gun for DIY
  4. Makita AF601 Finish NailerBest Straight Finish Nail Gun for Crown Molding
  5. Ryobi 320 AirstrikeBest 18V Brad Nailer
  6. BOSTITCH Finish Nailer N62FNK2Best Nail Gun Overall
  7. WEN 61721 Pneumatic Brad NailerBest Budget Brad Nailer
  8. Metabo HPT Finish Nailer KitBest Angled Finisher
  9. Dewalt Finish Nailer 16GABest Nail Gun for Framing

Best Nail Gun for Crown Molding Reviews

1. Best Nail Gun & Stapler – KIMO 20V 18 Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer

KIMO 18 Gauge Nail Gun Battery Powered 2 in 1 Cordless Brad Nailer/Electric Stapler, w/20V Battery & Charger, Adjustable Depth, 18 GA Nailer/Staples for Upholstery, Home Improvement and Woodworking
  • 📌【Versatile 2-IN-1 Cordless Nail Gun/Electric Stapler】KIMO 2-in-1 electric nail gun/stapler drives a range of 18 gauge brad nails from 3/4"~2", and 1/4" crown staple from 3/4"~1-5/8". A great idea for woodworking, upholstery installation, flooring, roofing, door, and window installation, mending fence slats, molding, trim work, and so on. Moreover, the brad nailer is also perfect for DIY projects, such as building pet houses.
  • 📌【Rapid Fire with Cordless Nail Gun Design】KIMO cordless brad nail has no cords, no limits. The nail gun battery-powered can be used in places with no available outlet. Besides, a fully cordless design eliminates the need for air compressors, horses, or costly gas cartridges. Moreover, The motor design of the18 gauge nail gun provides consistent firing power into various materials and climate conditions.
  • 📌【Safe & User-Friendly Design 】First, with an easy-release mag on KIMO electric brad nailer and electric stapler, you can flip the latch, pull out the empty magazine and fill it back up again with up to 100 nails or staples. Secord, belt hook is added for easy access and storage. Third but most important, you can only shoot nails or staples when the safety nose pin is fully depressed against the working surface, avoiding accidental nail firing.
  • 📌【Dual LED Lights & Intelligent Indicator】With front-positioned dual LED lights, the nail gun battery powered can illuminate the work area and get the job done even in dim or dusty areas. Moreover, the build-on error light indicator on the side of the electric nail gun trouble-shoot effectively when errors are incurred, errors including low battery, nail jam, motor overheating, or no nails.
  • 📌【Adjustable Nail Depth 】 Adjust the depth according to the size of your nails and the material you are working on with, which can be done by the rotation knob at the top of the brad nailer cordless. Simply Turn the rotation knob of the electric brad nailer towards the right for deeper nail depth, while turning left for less nail depth.

We start this list with a unique cordless brad nailer. Sure, nailers are the best tools for crown molding, but some people prefer staples for light installations.

Whatever you fancy, you can take your pick with this 2-in-1 Kimo cordless brad nailer and stapler. There’s a lot to love about this dual-tool, but let’s begin with the fasteners.

This crown molding nail gun can hold 18-GA size nails between ¾” and 2″ or 18-GA staples of ¾” and 1⅝”, which is more than adequate for most installations.

As a pro, something you would love is the dial actuation mode of sequential and contact nailing. The contact actuation lets you shoot up to 90 nails per minute, which is way more than you’d ever need for crown molding.

However, chances are you’ll need this nailer for other projects, so it’s worth having. Kimo has also provided front-positioned LED lights to ensure you always hit the right spot.

There is also a depth-adjustment feature to ensure your nails only go as deeply as they ought. Finally, a second LED indicator on the side warns you when the battery is low, you’re out of nails, or on the rare occasion that it is overheating.

Our only problem is that this nail gun for crown molding is heavy, so it is best to use it in small spaces.

What We Liked Most

  • It has sequential and contacts actuation
  • It can fire up to 90 nails per minute
  • It has LED lights
  • It can stand on its own

What Could Be Improved

  • It is a tad heavy
  • It doesn’t come with a carrying case

2. Best Cordless Nailer – PORTER-CABLE Cordless Brad Nailer Kit

PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX* Cordless Brad Nailer Kit with 1 Battery, 18GA (PCC790LA)
  • 100% Battery Power Of The Cordless Brand Nailer Eliminates Need For Compressor, Hose Or Costly Gas Cartridges
  • Motor Design Of 18 Gauge Brad Nailer Provides Consistent Firing Power Into Various Materials And Climate Conditions
  • Multiple Tool-Free Settings Of The Battery Brad Nailer Provide Ease Of Use
  • Unit'S Lightweight And Optimal Center Of Graviy Provide User Comfort In Multiple Positions Reducing User Fatigue

Porter+Cable has an excellent track record for nailers, but this is one of the best nail guns for crown molding they’ve ever made.

The first thing that grabs your attention is the bright color contrasts, distinct from the typical monotone designs you see with other nailers.

As for the motor, it uses a standard 20-volt lithium-ion battery. The 4.0 AH battery can fire 1,300 2-inch brad nails (18 gauge nails) on a single charge.

All of this comes in a lighter body than a typical cordless nailer. However, it is still significantly heavier than a pneumatic nailer, but it evens out.

After all, you don’t need a large, noisy compressor to keep this running. This Porter-Cable brad nailer has convenient features like a flashlight, depth-adjustment wheel, and an LED indicator for the battery.

This nailer for crown molding discharges nails quickly and faster than many pneumatic finish nailers, making it excellent for crown molding.

It is also a very quiet machine, and getting rid of a jam is easy, although this won’t be a regular occurrence. It would have been great if this came with a carrying case and at least a 5-warranty rather than a 3-year limited warranty.

What We Liked Most

  • Lighter than most cordless brads
  • It has a handy torchlight
  • Easy to operate
  • It has a fast trigger

What Could Be Improved

  • It doesn’t come with a case

3. Best Finish Nail Gun for DIY – NuMax SFN64 Pneumatic Finish Nailer

NuMax SFN64 Pneumatic 16-Gauge 2-1/2' Straight Finish Nailer
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NuMax SFN64 Pneumatic 16-Gauge 2-1/2" Straight Finish Nailer
  • Construction Applications: Designed for trim, furniture trim, rail moulding, crown moulding, window casing, door installation, base boards, chair rails, picture frame assembly, and hobbies and crafts
  • Compatible Nails: 16 gauge glue collated straight finish nails from 1" – 2-1/2"
  • Built to Last: One piece hardened steel drive blade results in a durable pneumatic tool resistant to damage
  • Ergonomic Body: Rugged but also lightweight and comfortable for extended use
  • Tool-Free Depth Adjust: Simply turn the depth adjustment wheel by hand to change the driving depth of nails for various projects and materials

Here is a straight-finish nail gun that prioritizes function over beauty. While this nailer won’t win any style awards, it was built for trim work, so you’ll love using this for crown molding.

The NuMax SFN64 is a 16-gauge pneumatic finish nail gun ideal for baseboards, crown molding, and many other projects.

You also get a tool-less depth-adjustment wheel and a no-mar tip so that whatever depth you use, you won’t damage the mold. In addition, this simple yet powerful nailer has an aluminum body, making it lightweight and durable.

It was made to be efficient on the job and has a quick jam release, so you don’t have to open the nailer. One drawback of this model is that the driving power is not great on tough hardwood frames.

You might need to crank up the compressor to 110 psi, which is the maximum recommended by the manufacturer. While this nailer is great at many things, it is a bargain for beginners and DIY crown molding and not so much for pros.

What We Liked Most

  • It is lightweight
  • Fires up to 2 ½ inch nails
  • It rarely jams
  • It has a no-mar tip

What Could Be Improved

  • The firing strength is lower than others
  • Only a 1-year warranty

4. Best Straight Finish Nail Gun for crown molding – Makita AF601 Finish Nailer

Makita AF601 16 Gauge, 2-1/2' Straight Finish Nailer,
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Makita AF601 16 Gauge, 2-1/2" Straight Finish Nailer,
  • Efficient motor design offers leading power performance
  • Nail lock-out mechanism protects tool and work surface from dry-fires
  • "Tool-less" depth adjustment for more precise flush and Countersink nailing
  • Built-in air duster provides convenient air flow to clear work surface
  • 2-mode selector switch for control over nailing operation

Now, we get back to gorgeous-looking nailers made by household brands. Makita makes a lot of nailers for professionals, and you would be happy with any of them, but we decided to go with the most popular model.

The 16GA straight finish nailer has a sleek, slender look, and it is made out of magnesium, making it lightweight yet sturdy. At 3.8 pounds, this is one of the lightest nailers on our list, making it perfect for a long day of fixing crown molding.

You can fire 16″ finish nails as long as 2½” using sequential or contact actuation. There is also a depth-adjustment dial and a quick jam-release button. One handy feature you’ll enjoy is the built-in air duster.

This handy addition is great for getting rid of debris. In addition, the Makita AF601 has a nail lock-out feature, which is a great safety option all nailers should have to reduce accidental fires and injuries.

This nail gun also lets you get as close to the wood surface as possible with the no-mar tip. However, this no-mar trip isn’t always reliable, so you must check it before use.

Despite the friendly price, Makita provides a tool case, oil, and safety goggles. You also get a 3-year warranty, which isn’t great but is better than average.

What We Liked Most

  • It has two actuation modes
  • It is lightweight
  • It has a nail lock-out
  • It comes with a 3-year warranty

What Could Be Improved

  • The no-mar tip may fall off

5. Best 18V Brad Nailer – Ryobi 320 Airstrike

Ryobi P320 Airstrike 18 Volt One+ Lithium Ion Cordless Brad Nailer (Battery Not Included, Power Tool Only)
  • Drives up to 1700 nails per charge
  • No compressors, hoses or pricey gas cartridges required. Cordless design offers both convenience and superior performance.
  • Convenient adjustment dial regulates air pressure for optimum results.
  • Low-nail indicator to quickly and easily see when it is time to reload
  • Includes: 18-V ONE AirStrike 18-Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer, Battery sold separately

There is a lot to expect from a brad nailer that, hands down, has the coolest name of any we’ve seen. But thankfully, the Ryobi Airstrike is a phenomenal device, so it isn’t all talk.

We will begin with what caught us by surprise – this nail gun uses an 18-volt lithium-ion rather than the 20V you’ll find in most cordless alternatives.

However, this smaller battery can still fire up to 1,700 nails on a single charge.

The Air Strike uses 18GA brad nails up to 2″ long, which is just right for crown molding. In addition, the no-mar tip ensures you get a flush look that doesn’t damage the work surface.

You also get an LED flashlight and a low-nail indicator light. Ryobi has also distinguished their brad nail gun from the competitors by providing sequential and contact actuation.

It is no surprise that this nail gun is a bit heavy with all you get. However, it has a belt clip to provide respite for your arms. 

Finally, you get a 3-year warranty.

What We Liked Most

  • It has an LED light
  • Dual actuation modes
  • 3-year warranty
  • Tool-less adjustment dial

What Could Be Improved

  • It is a bit heavy

6. Best Nail Gun Overall – BOSTITCH Finish Nailer N62FNK2

BOSTITCH Finish Nailer, Angled, 15GA, 1-1/4-Inch to 2-1/2-Inch (N62FNK2)
  • This pneumatic nailer is the world's first 15GA tool with ultra-quiet rear exhaust to direct air away from the user
  • Integrated air blower of 15 gauge finish nailer allows user to clear away debris from work surface (patent-pending)
  • LED work-light for working in closets and dark spaces
  • Adjustable trigger with safety lock-out allows the user to choose between single or multiple fastener drive mode
  • 16-inch on-center gauge fl ips out for quick and easy installation of baseboard (patent-pending)

Bostitch makes so many nail guns it could have its own top-10 list of nailers. Frankly, we feel silly, including just one on our list, but we tried to be fair to other brands.

We settled on this because it has one feature all other nailers would kill for: the smart point. So say bye-bye to having to push the gun tip into the wood before squeezing.

The smart point is ready to fire the nails into your crown molding without making a fuss or a mess with minimal contact.

Besides having a no-mar tip (and some spares), the smart point is very slim, which allows you to nail precisely where you need it.

The angled tip on this finish nail gun can also get into much narrower spaces than ever before to get right up to the wall. This feature is particularly helpful, considering this nail gun uses slightly wider 15GA finish nails.

The depth adjustment allows you to push the nails in further to make smoothing the surface with putty easier, which will come in handy.

As standard, the nails are between 1 ¼” to 2 ½” in length and can be fired using sequential or contact firing. There are so many other wonderful features to discuss, but our favorite is that this is an oil-free pneumatic nailer.

So, if you tend to forget to oil your nail gun before use and it ends up jamming, this is the nail gun for you. Bostitch did everything right with this nail gun.

Unfortunately, however, they removed the LED light from previous versions. Sure, you won’t need it for crown molding, but it was pretty cool to have.

What We Liked Most

  • Pin-point accuracy with a smart point
  • 7-year limited warranty
  • It has an integrated pencil sharpener
  • Oil-free operation

What Could Be Improved

  • No more LED light

7. Best Budget Brad Nailer – WEN 61721 Pneumatic Brad Nailer

WEN 61721 18-Gauge 3/8-Inch to 2-Inch Pneumatic Brad Nailer
  • Shoot 18-gauge brads ranging from 3/8 to 2 inches in length
  • Operate at 60 to 115 PSI with the 1/4-inch NPT air inlet fitting
  • Features a depth adjustment wheel, a nail gauge, a rotatable exhaust, and a quick release 106-nail capacity magazine
  • Hassle-free nose latch makes clearing jammed nails quick and easy
  • NOTE: nails and case not included. Pneumatic nailer, need air compressor to drive

Getting high-quality woodworking projects done on a budget is rarely easy. Of course, we know this, but clearly, Wen knows this even more, which is why they made this budget-friendly pneumatic brad nailer.

However, don’t let the price fool you; this device is pretty good. At just 2.7 pounds, this is the lightest brad nailer you’ll find. Perhaps the lightest nail gun, which makes it great for crown molding.

You can use this for hours without feeling fatigued. Despite its lightweight design, you can run this nail gun on 115 psi, which will push its brad nails through nearly any wooden surface, even tough hardwoods.

You can also use the depth-adjustment tool to get the most out of the brad nails you can use with this. The cartridge also has a nail capacity of 106 18GA nails in the magazine, which can take you through several rooms.

The nails for this are between ⅜” and 2″, which is a pretty good range for a brad nailer. Of course, you probably won’t need anything less than 2″ for professional work, but this wasn’t made for professionals.

While a few pros use this, the Wen pneumatic nail gun is meant for DIY, light trim work, and softwood. So, if you’re a beginner, this is a great nail gun for crown molding to start with.

That way, the rather limiting 2-year warranty won’t be a problem because you would have upgraded before it expires.

What We Liked Most

  • It is very lightweight
  • It has a depth adjustment dial
  • You can get it with a case and nails
  • It rarely jams

What Could Be Improved

  • You only get a 2-year warranty

8. Best Angled Finisher – Metabo HPT Finish Nailer Kit

Metabo HPT Angled Finish Nailer Kit | 15 Gauge | Pneumatic | Accepts Finish Nails 1-1/4-Inch up to 2-1/2-Inch | Integrated Air Duster | 5-Year Warranty | NT65MA4
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Metabo HPT Angled Finish Nailer Kit | 15 Gauge | Pneumatic | Accepts Finish Nails 1-1/4-Inch up to 2-1/2-Inch | Integrated Air Duster | 5-Year Warranty | NT65MA4
  • AWARD: Rated the Pro Preferred Nailer for 7 years running (2014 - 2020) by Builder and Developer Magazine
  • FASTENERS: 15-gauge nails from 1-1/4-in Up to 2-1/2-in In length
  • APPLICATIONS: Ideal for installing crown and base moldings, window and door casings, chair rails, cabinets, exterior trim and staircases
  • TRIGGER: Easily switch from either sequential or contact nailing with a simple flip of the switch
  • DEPTH ADJUSTMENT: Tool-less depth of drive dial adjusts for flush fastening into varying materials for improved control and a professional finish

Next up, we have a 15GA angles finish nailer with high hopes of competing against the Bostitch, and it really comes close. This is an award-winning nail gun from Metabo, and it is one of the easiest and prettiest guns to use.

First, we like the sharp silver color, but we like that it is lightweight and easy to maneuver. At just 4.2 lbs, you’re not going to get frustrated with this installing crown molding and every other type of trim work.

As mentioned earlier, it used 15 gauge nails, which are between 1¼ inch to 2½ inches long, which is the ideal range for your projects.

The acute angle on this nail gun makes it easy to get into very tight corners without obstructing your view or causing you to fire nails in the wrong place. There is also a tool-less depth adjustment dial and a no-mar tip.

When firing nails, you can choose between sequential and contact actuation, which makes using this a lot of fun. You can also enjoy this for a long time, given the 5-year warranty and the solid build material.

What We Liked Most

  • Switch between sequential and contact firing
  • It has a carrying case
  • It can work on a thick hardwood
  • You get a 5-year warranty

What Could Be Improved

  • Slightly heavier than competitors

9. Best nail gun for framing – Dewalt Finish Nailer 16GA

DEWALT Finish Nailer, 16GA, 1-Inch to 2-1/2-Inch (D51257K)
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DEWALT Finish Nailer, 16GA, 1-Inch to 2-1/2-Inch (D51257K)
  • Sealed lube dual tech: motor works as an oil free and oil lube unit.
  • Tool-free features: adjustable belt hook, nail depth adjustment, jam clearing, 360 degree exhaust
  • Uses 1-inch to 2-1/2-inch (25.4 milimeter-65 milimeter) 16 gauge straight collated nails,
  • Includes carrying case and sample finish nails ( safety glasses are not included.)
  • Low profile no-mar pad; Sequential action trigger installed

You knew this list wouldn’t be complete without a Dewalt. We were torn between this straight 16GA finish nailer and the angled 15GA finish nailer, but we gave this the nod at the last minute because this is slightly lighter and uses slightly thinner nails.

This nail gun for crown molding weighs just 3.9 pounds, which makes it perfect when you’re working on a large project and don’t want to strain your hands.

However, you also get an adjustable belt hook so that you can set this down on your ladder or your work trousers. As for the nails, you can fire 1 inch to 2 ½” finish nails.

Dewalt does a nice job of including 1,000 2 inch nails, which is what you’ll need for most crown molding projects, which makes getting started a lot easier.

The trigger actuation is sequential firing, which is what you need for crown molding, and you can easily adjust the depth of nails with a dial near the trigger. You also get a no-mar pad and a carrying case.

Our favorite thing about this nailer is that it uses sealed lube dual tech, which means you can use it oil-less or oiled. So, unlike other pneumatic nailers, you don’t have to oil this every single time you want to use it.

While we don’t love is the 3-year warranty, although it is still better than average, we can’t complain.

What We Liked Most

  • It works oil-free or oiled
  • It is lightweight
  • It comes with 2,000 2″ nails
  • Has decent warranty

What Could Be Improved

  • It does not include safety goggles

Best Nail Gun for Crown Molding Comparison Table

Education: How to Choose the Best Nail Gun for Crown Molding

What Type of Nailer Works Best for Crown Molding?

Unlike baseboards, installing crown moldings requires tricky angles. You have to install it at angles and intersections instead of being flush against the wall. Plus, you also have gravity working against it.

For this reason, you need nails that are strong enough to hold it but not too thick to ruin it. For that reason, there are only two nailers you can use: a finish nailer or a brad nailer.

Roofing nailers and framing nailers use nails that are too big for crown molding, so they can’t be considered.

Finish Nailer

Finish nail guns are the most commonly used nail guns for crown molding. They fire 15GA or 16GA nails, although they are technically wire gauges.

These nails are usually 1″ to 2 ½” long and are strong enough to pierce through the crown mold and into a 2×4 frame.

While some models use 14GA nails, these are rare and too thick for trim work, which is why we have not included any on our list.

Pneumatic finish nailers are also comparatively inexpensive, and they deliver consistent firing power. However, you also need an air compressor. This can make them a chore to carry to job sites, and they are also a bit noisy.

Brad Nailer

A Brad Nailer is so named because it shoots brad nails, also called 18GA nails. Brad’s nails are primarily meant for crafts, but they also work well for crown molding, baseboards, and any trim work on softwood.

18GA nails 2″ in length can easily hold crown molding, provided the frame isn’t too strong, but this rarely happens. Usually, adjusting the depth of the nail is enough to drive it through.

Brad nail guns are a popular option for DIY crown molding because they are thin, so you can easily caulk over the hole. Brad nailers typically run on battery, but some people prefer a pneumatic brad nailer.

How Do I Find The Right Nail Gun for Crown Molding?

Best Nail Gun for Crown Molding

Picking between a finish nail gun and a brad nailer is one thing, but how do you sort between similar-gauge nail guns for crown molding? Here are the most important features to help you make your choice.

Experience level

The type of nailer you’ll need for DIY is vastly different from what you need as a professional.

Spending hundreds of dollars on a tool, you’ll only use once every five years is not particularly worth it, especially as you can hire the tools for a fraction of the cost. On the other hand, if you are a DIYer, you would be happy with the pneumatic Wen.

It is light, cheap, and effective. However, if you work on different types of materials of different weights and sizes, you need a strong finish nailer like the Metabo, Dewalt, or Bostitch.

Power type

Nailers have a range of power sources, including electric nailers, gas, battery, and air. Pneumatic nailers are the strong, fasters, and lightest. Gas is also quite powerful, but cylinder cartridges are expensive.

Battery-powered nailers are usually brad nailers, and they are heavy, but at least you don’t have any cords to entangle when holding up crown mold.

Electric-powered nailers often require a two-hand operation, which isn’t ideal when you are standing on a ladder. We recommend using either a pneumatic nail gun or a battery-powered nailer for crown molding.

Trigger operation

Brad and finish nail guns can be triggered using contact or sequential actuation. Contact actuation means you can squeeze the trigger before you depress the tip so that it fires as soon as it makes contact.

On the other hand, sequential requires you to first depress the tip before squeezing the trigger, which is the proper sequence for using a nail gun. This is the standard option for every nailer, for both cordless nail guns and pneumatic ones.

Some nailers allow you to choose between the two. For crown molding, sequential actuation will prevent you from making unnecessary mistakes.


When it comes to investing in woodworking tools such as a screw gun for decks or nail guns, people usually choose price first. As important as the cost is, you need to filter more important features before this.

Pitting the Wen against the Metabo by price will cause a lot of problems as they are not in the same class. However, comparing the Bostitch and the Metabo based on price would be a fairer choice.


Nailers are pretty tough tools, and with the right maintenance routine, you can own yours for decades. However, if you get a faulty model, it is helpful to have a long warranty.

The Bostitch offers a remarkable 7-year warranty while on the other hand, the Nu-Max only offers 1.

Keep The Crown On

The market for nailers has never been this competitive. Companies keep besting themselves each year, which is what makes it hard to choose a favorite.

However, if we had to pick the best nail gun for crown molding, it would have to be the Bostitch. It offers everything you need in a nailer – it is fast, accurate, light, has multiple tool-free settings, and it doesn’t need oiling.

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