TOP 4 Best Plasma Cutters of 2017

Welcome to Plasma Cutters Reviews your premier source for reviews of the most functional and reliable plasma cutters currently on the market. Our goal is to provide you with all of the information you need to choose a plasma cutter that will suit your needs and get the job done. Here our site you will give you the cold hard truth because let’s face it if a tool doesn’t work right it worthless and not worth having in your shop. We’ve compiled a list of the best portable plasma cutters below based on multiple categories. We’ve tested as many plasma cutters as possible to compile this list and these are the best performers.

For more information and pricing on all of the plasma cutters listed below click on the titles by each units to view their page. There you will find more information, reviews, pricing and warranty information. Let’s get started!



Review Score



Hypertherm Powermax30 XP Building America Edition





Hypertherm Powermax45 20 Foot Lead Package (200-240V)





Miller Spectrum 375 X-TREME Plasma Cutter





Hobart Airforce 12i Plasma Cutter with Air Compressor





LOTOS LTP5000D Plasma Cutter



Screen shot 2013-12-18 at 7.44.01 PM

Hypertherm Powermax30 XP Building America Edition Screen shot 2013-12-21 at 10.34.19 PM

A complete beast, the Powermax30 by Hypertherm packs a hell of a punch with both 110V and 220V inputs making it adaptable to any work space. Weighing only 22 pounds this makes a great portable plasma cutter that comes with everything you need to get started right out of the box. Hypertherm is one of the most trusted plasma cutter brands out there and packs the best value per dollar.. Full Review»

Amps: 30

Cutting Ability: 3/4 inch

Air Compressor Needed? Yes




Hypertherm Powermax45 (200-240V) (20 foot lead package) Screen shot 2013-12-21 at 10.34.19 PM

The Powermax45 is by far the best plasma cutter you will find for under $2000. This a professional series plasma cutter with a brand name that is known for durability, performance and great customer support. This machine is made for people who want to purchase the best. Buying a Hyperthrem plasma cutter is like buying Snap-On tools. They are expensive, but they’re the best in the business. People swear by these machines and for a good reason, they kick ass and never die. Full Review»

Here is an example of the pure cutting power of the powermax45. Take a look at what it can do to 30mm mild steel.

Amps: 45

Cutting Ability: 3/4 inch (easy)

Air Compressor Needed? Yes


Miller Spectrum 375 X-TREME Plasma Cutter Screen shot 2013-12-21 at 10.34.19 PM

The Miller Spectrum is the complete package. From the torch handle to the carrying case everything screens quality. This machine is incredibly portable, but also very powerful at the same time cutting up to 3/8 steel. The little additions such as the incredibly smooth cut to the interchangeable multi volts plugs make this unit a breeze to use. A tool that simply works all the time…Full Review»

Amps: 30

Cutting Ability: 3/8 inch

Air Compressor Needed? Yes


Hobart Airforce 12i Plasma Cutter with Air Compressor Screen shot 2013-12-21 at 10.34.31 PM

The Hobart Airforce 12i was awarded our editor’s choice as it really cleaned house in terms of performance in an all in one plasma setup. With the ability to generate it’s own air pressure this is truly the most compact and portable system we’ve tested. The 12i is the newer version of the 250ci from Hobart which we reviewed last year and loved. For our full review of the 250ci from last year please click here: Full Review»

Amps: 20

Cutting Ability: 1/4 inch

Air Compressor Needed? No

The Reason You Should Invest In A Quality Plasma Cutter

When investing in tools for your garage or shop it’s important to remember a few important things. A tool is an investment and should be taken seriously when being purchased. The man who buys cheap tools that barely get the job done are the same ones who STILL have to borrow tools for the next job because his are broken. Buying quality tools can be expensive, but you will save time and money in the long run if you invest properly.

What Can I Do With My Plasma Cutter?

Plasma cutters are one of the most versatile tools someone can own for metal working. The amount of tasks that you can tackle with a plasma cutter and the amount of time you save will be worth every penny of your investment. It is an essential tool for anyone who wishes to build and repair any type of metal project. Here are some examples of projects that require a plasma cutter…

  • Cutting metal sections to repair cracked trailer frames using steel plate
  • Cutting metal to specific lengths (like a band saw)
  • Cutting steel plate for projects
  • Mobile car dismantling
  • Custom BBQ building
  • Cutting steel to build a welding bench
  • Building custom fences
  • Metal sculptures
  • Removing previously welded attachments on trailers and trucks
  • Building trailers
  • Cutting sheet metal to build custom tool boxes
  • Cutting sheet metal to build custom hydraulic and fuel tanks
  • Cutting/fitting tubing for custom roll cages

This list is just simply some of the projects I have used my plasma cutter for over the last year. You will find that having this tool in your garage will allow you to do just about anything in the shop with metal. This is why I nick named my main plasma cutter the “Evil Scientist!”