Choosing among the top rated orbital buffers will likely be a frustrating proposition for most of you. In today's world of the Internet, we are literally buried in information; most of which is either bad or misleading.
Even after doing hours of research you will likely find yourself frozen with anxiety and the fear of making the wrong choice. My goal is to represent an unbiased opinion so that you may see a more fuller picture in which to make an educated buying decision. And along with my unbiased reviews, I also add my professional tips that come straight from the world of professionally detailing.
Due to advances in polisher technology, orbital buffers represent the winning combination for virtually every car owner, driveway detailer, enthusiast, and professionals alike. And in case you area complete beginner; we are not talking about the heavy, bloated, rattle your arms-off type of orbital buffer your father might have had growing up!
We are talking quality engineered power tools that will take you from average to amazing!
Darren's Note: The subject of car polishers can get confusing very quickly; especially if you are a beginner. So let me lay out all the variations so you can keep up with a very convoluted topic.
Different Names for the Same Tool:
See this bullet point list to see all the various names for this single tool. (This way you can keep up regardless of where you find yourself next)
The orbital buffers below represent the latest and greatest in orbital car buffers. You can see and read the reviews I present here, along with the reviews posted on Amazon when you click on any of the links accompanying the individual buffers.
Darren's Professional Review: While this choice from Griot's Garage might appear as low budget when lined up against the other orbital car buffers, by no means is this a cheap piece of machinery. This is still professional grade, and a car buffer I still use professionally on a regular basis for light duty paint correction and finish polishing. So easy to use, one handed use is possible. If you are unsure as to the direction you are headed with regards to simply being a driveway detailer or perhaps entering into the world of professional detailing, I would start with either this one, or the Torq kit if you are on a tight budget. If you have the extra money and you also want to shop for your own custom car polishes like the one's I recommend at my car polish page, then you may want to step up to the more expensive BOSS 21 from Griot's. But any beginner is not going to fully appreciate the experience of the BOSS 21 unless you know you have a discerning eye and want one of the absolute best right from the beginning.
If you are a person that is part of the "analysis is paralysis" camp, then you will not be disappointed as the Internet is filled with endless car buffer reviews, opinions, and advertising. You can spend the next 2 months searching, reviewing, and pondering to the point of nausea!
...and still be no closer to your original goal
"Paint so shiny and glossy, heads will be forced to spin in envy!"
Or you can simply follow my professional advice taken straight from the world of my professional life. My words of advice are honest and intended to provide a solution that will actually work for you and your world. If you are wondering why I have not included any of the Rupes car polishers on this page; the simple answer is that I personally think they are over priced. Rupes definitely make quality dual-action buffers, but you also pay for the brand recognition without necessarily getting any added power, features, or benefits with the higher price. But many would disagree and don't mind what I would consider over-paying.
I hope this has helped rather than confuse!