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How to Buy the Best Hedge Trimmers?

24 Best Hedge Trimmers

This list ranks the best hedge trimmers. Do you see your favorites on this hedge trimmers list?

1) Poulan Pro 28cc 22″ Gas Powered Dual Action Hedge Trimmer Clipper Saw | 2) WORX WG255.1 20V Cordless Hedge Trimmer | 3) BLACK+DECKER LPHT120B Bare Max Lithium Ion Pole Hedge Trimmer | 4) BLACK+DECKER LHT321FF Powercut Hedge Trimmer | 5) SereneLife Cordless Hedge Trimmer | 6) Earthwise CVPH41018 18-Inch Pole/Handheld Hedge Trimmer | 7) Husqvarna 122HD60 21.7cc Gas 23.7-in Dual Action Hedge Trimmer | 8) Husqvarna 122HD45 Kids Toy Battery Operated Hedge Trimmer | 9) Makita XHU02Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 22″ Hedge Trimmer | 10) Zombi ZHT5817 24-Inch 58 Volt 2Ah Lithium Cordless Electric Hedge Trimmer | 11) Sun Joe HJ604C Cordless Grass Shear/Hedge Trimmer | 12) Snapper XD SXDHT82 82V Dual Action Cordless 26-Inch Hedge Trimmer | 13) WORX WG291 56V Lithium-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer | 14) SHINDAIWA MID REACH ARTICULATED HEDGE TRIMMER | 15) Ryobi 24in. 40-Volt Lith-ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer | 16) GARCARE 4.8-Amp Multi-Angle Corded Pole Hedge Trimmer | 17) Redmax CHT220L 24″ 21.7cc Gas Powered Hedge Trimmer | 18) Ryobi RY24602 Cordless Hedge Trimmer | 19) EGO Power+ 24-Inch Cordless Hedge Trimmer | 20) Greenworks 20-Inch 24V Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmer | 21) Poulan Pro 967044601 40V Dual Steel Hedge Trimmer | 22) Black & Decker TR117 3.2-Amp Hedge Trimmer | 23) BLACK+DECKER HT22 Hedge Trimmer | 24) Echo HC-152 Gas Powered Hedge Trimmer |

What Size Hedge Trimmer Do I Need?

For Small Hedges

If you have a small hedge and don’t mind a little exercise, a pair of hand shears might be all you need. If you only have a limited amount of hedge to cut fairly close to the house, a mains electric hedge trimmer with a cutting blade up to 45cm long is the best option. Our best hedge trimmers are quick, leave a neat finish and are easy to use. If you hate the hassle of dealing with the power cable, consider a cordless hedge trimmer.

For Lots of Hedges

If you have lots of hedges to cut, look for a hedge trimmer with a longer cutting blade. We have Best Buy hedge trimmers with a blade length of up to 70cm or more, which will cut significantly more in a single sweep than one with a 45cm-long blade.

If your hedges are too far from the nearest power source, a petrol hedge trimmer is a sensible option. But also consider a cordless machine – some come with a spare battery, or you could buy an extra one to extend the cutting time.

For Tall Hedges

If you have a number of tall hedges, it might be worth considering a long-reach hedge trimmer, which will allow you to reach the top of a high hedge without a ladder. We’ve tested corded electric, cordless and petrol versions. Read about our recommendations of hedge trimmers for large hedges.

What Type of Hedge Trimmer Should I Choose?

Electric Hedge Trimmer

Electric hedge trimmers are usually lightweight, can be quite powerful and are useful in most gardens where you can reach all your hedges with the attached cable and possibly an extension cord. As you will need to plug it into the mains, think about how far your hedges are from the house and whether you will need a long extension lead.

Accidentally cutting the cord is possible, so work with the cable over your shoulder and out of the way of the blade. Always use a residual current device (RCD) to protect yourself from electric shock if you cut the cord. Find out how to use a hedge trimmer safely.

Pros: Cheaper than cordless or petrol, and often lighter.

Cons: Need access to mains power. Easy to accidentally cut the power cable.

Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Cordless hedge trimmers give you the freedom to cut hedges further away from the house, and there is no cable to accidentally cut through. Cordless hedge trimmers with higher-powered 36V batteries are starting to rival petrol hedge trimmers. Batteries typically last around 20 minutes, but some will keep going for up to an hour. The best batteries recharge in about 60 minutes.

If you have a larger hedge, think about buying a second battery to finish the job. Our reliability survey shows that many cordless hedge trimmer owners find the batteries to be unreliable, either they don’t hold the charge well or don’t charge at all. You might want to consider the price of replacing the battery when you work out how much the hedge trimmer will cost to use over its lifetime.

Pros: Can be taken anywhere. Easy to use.

Cons: Can be expensive. May need a second battery to finish long jobs. Batteries may be unreliable.

Petrol Hedge Trimmers

Petrol hedge trimmers are great for cutting large hedges, especially those with thicker branches, that are away from a main power source. Unlike electric hedge trimmers, you don’t have to worry about the extension cord reaching or the battery running down. Instead, you just need a can of petrol, with the two-stroke oil mixed in, sitting ready to refuel and carry on.

Pros: Better, faster cutting for large areas. Can trim anywhere.

Cons: Weight, noise and vibration are all inescapable problems. Can be hard to start the engine.

Long-Reach, Extendable Hedge Trimmers

If you have tall hedges, the safest and quickest way to cut them is from the ground. Long-reach hedge trimmers have a long shaft that can be adjusted in length, and the cutting blade sits at the end of this. The blade can be tilted to cut the top of the hedge or the side. Long-reach hedge trimmers can be found as corded electric, cordless or petrol models.

Petrol long-reach hedge trimmers can often be sold as or converted to a multi-tool, and the hedge trimmer head can be swapped for a strimmer head or a pruner. This means you can effectively have several tools without having to buy more than one motor. We’ve reviewed several long-reach hedge trimmers, so have a look at our guide to.

Pros: Perfect for cutting tall hedges safely.

Cons: Often underpowered and can be unwieldy to use.

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