Hedge trimmers can save you loads of time when it comes to maintaining your landscape, especially if you have many shrubs and hedges to keep at bay.
When looking for a hedge trimmer to purchase, it is important to look at all the options available and choose the one with features that work well for you.
Hedge trimmers have advanced significantly since the first one was invented in 1854. Sure, it required the use of horses to power the gears and pull it along, but it cut the hedges, and that in itself was a great feat.
Luckily, we now have the option of hand-held, electrically powered hedge trimmers, and this article will list the top 10. Browse through the descriptions and pros/cons list to easily compare each trimmer. This will help make your decision easier about which hedge trimmer to purchase.
This hedge trimmer is light and compact at 6.75 pounds and 35.6 inches in length, which will reduce fatigue and allow you to get more work done in one sitting. It features a powerful 4.0-amp motor that has cord retention to prevent it from accidentally coming unplugged.
The most important part, the blade, is 22 inches of hardened steel that can trim up to ¾-inch branches with its dual-action capabilities. Its reciprocating blade delivers 3,600 cutting strokes per minute to enable a fast, smooth cut. There is a handguard in place, though it is not a transparent one.
Another nice feature about this model is the full wrap-around handle that provides control and comfort, allowing for one-handed operation if needed. Many hedge trimmers require the use of two hands on the trimmer at all times to keep it running.
There is no trigger-locking switch, which means you have to keep the trigger engaged manually. Once you release pressure off the trigger, it will automatically shut off. This is a safety feature built into most trimmers nowadays.
The Black & Decker doesn’t come with a blade cover nor a tip cover, but it does have a two-year limited warranty.
It has a 3.2-amp motor and a 20-inch hardened-steel, dual-action blade. The cutting diameter is 5/8 inches, which is adequate for most landscape bushes. The fast reciprocating speed is 3,400 strokes per minute.
This trimmer is lightweight at 4.8 pounds and is 33 inches in length. Therefore, it is compact and easy to handle with a no-lock trigger, non-transparent plastic guard and built-in cord retention. It does come with a protective blade cover for storage, but no blade tip cover.
There is a three-year product warranty for this hedge trimmer, but it did not make the number-one spot because it does not have the power nor the cutting diameter of the Black & Decker.
This trimmer offers many of the same features as the previous models, the only difference being that it is the most expensive of the group. It is one of the quietest to operate and produces less vibration.
The Makita has a 4.6-amp motor with a 25-inch blade and reciprocating cutting speed of 1,600 strokes per minute. It weighs 8.1 pounds and is 49 inches in length. It has a good cutting diameter at ½ inch.
With its comfortable ergonomic grip, it allows for easy handling while trimming cumbersome bushes, but it will not work if you don’t compress both triggers at the same time. It also comes with a transparent handguard, which allows you to see the full cutting range of the blade, and blade and tip covers. You get a one-year warranty with this Makita trimmer.
Its high cost and larger size/weight makes it the premium choice on our list, though it does require the use of two hands at all times to operate.
This trimmer has great options not available in the previous models. First, it has a rotating rear handle that allows you to turn the trimmer at multiple angles to get the perfect cut. Second, it does not require any assembly — just pop on the plastic hand guard, and you are ready to trim.
It has a 4-amp motor with a 22-inch dual-action blade and weighs 5.7 pounds. The cutting capacity is 5/8 inch, with a stroke speed per minute of 3,200. There is a cord lock to prevent your cord from coming unplugged if any tension is experienced at the cord.
Unfortunately, it does not come with blade or tip covers, and there is no lock function on the trigger. However, it does come with a limited four-year warranty, the highest warranty on this list.
The GARCARE trimmer offers many of the same features as the others on our list, though it is a bit larger and heavier, weighing 8.42 pounds. It has a 4.8-amp motor and a 24-inch laser-cut steel blade with a cutting capacity of ¾ inch. The total length of this machine is 43.9 inches.
It requires two hands to turn on and operate, but with the weight and power, you might find this to be ideal. Another feature is the 180-degree rotating rear handle with maneuverability that many people like. There is a built-in cord retainer that assists with keeping the extension cord plugged into the trimmer.
It comes with a non-transparent hand guard and blade and tip covers. There is a two-year limited warranty in place.
The Remington is the largest and most powerful on this review list. It boasts a 5-amp motor with 24-inch dual-action titanium blades. The cutting capacity is ¾ inch, and it is 43 inches in total length. You will need to have the physical strength to work for a long period of time with this trimmer, as it weighs a whopping 9.8 pounds.
Besides the weight, it also has a 180-degree rotating handle and a non-transparent hand guard. There is a handy cord lock and it comes with a blade cover. There is a two-year limited warranty.
The Earthwise is a great choice if you want a two-in-one convertible pole hedge trimmer. It easily converts from a hand trimmer to a pole trimmer, thus increasing your reach and allowing you to trim taller bushes without having to balance on a ladder. The pole offers six cutting angles for added flexibility when trimming.
It has a good amount of power with a 4.5-amp motor. The 18-inch blade is a tad short, but this is compensated by the rotating adjustable pole that extends up to 8.8 feet. Cutting capacity is only 11/16 inches, so it is not suited for larger shrubs.
This trimmer is 9.7 pounds, which, unfortunately, can become top-heavy when connected to the pole. This can be improved by using the included shoulder strap support as instructed.
There is no trigger lock and the hand guard is transparent. It does come with a blade cover for storage and a tip cover to prevent damage to your blade when in use. There is a two-year limited warranty with this model.
This trimmer offers a different feature from the others on our list. It has a small blade on the end that can cut branches up to 1.5 inches in diameter. This is beneficial if you want a smaller trimmer overall, in addition to having the option to cut larger branches when the need arises.
The Craftsman has a 4.0-amp motor with a 22-inch dual action blade that has a ¾-inch cutting capacity. There is no trigger lock and the hand guard is non-transparent. The weight is 3.04 pounds, so if you need a light, compact trimmer, this would be a good choice.
This model comes with a three-year limited warranty, though most Craftsman tools are known for their quality and durability.
This is a medium-priced hedge trimmer with positive and negative features. It has a 4.0-amp motor with 22-inch dual action steel blades. It has a small cutting capacity at only 9/16 inch and weighs 6.1 pounds. It is rated at 2,400 cutting strokes per minute.
The Toro offers the same safety features as other trimmers, albeit with no trigger lock, but it does have a cord lock and non-transparent hand guard. Tip and blade covers are not included. Some assembly is required upon purchase, though it does come with a full two-year warranty.
Due to its small cutting capacity, you don’t have the option to cut very large branches. It doesn’t cut new/green growth very well either.
The final trimmer on our review list is the Blue Ridge. It’s the only one that offers an on-and-off trigger lock switch that allows you to disengage the safety feature, so you will want to proceed with care to avoid accidents if you lock the trigger. Basically, this feature could be looked upon as both an advantage and disadvantage.
It has a small 3.2-amp motor with a short 17-inch dual action blade. It has a cutting capacity of 5/8 inch and weighs 4.3 pounds. Other features include a non-transparent hand guard and cord retention. There is a two-year limited warranty.
An electric corded trimmer is a great option for yard maintenance when trimming bushes, hedges, and shrubs. This buyer’s guide will give you a detailed look at what makes a good hedge trimmer, different types of trimmers, important things to consider before buying, and other tips that could help you make your decision.
There are three types of hedge trimmers: corded electric, electric, and gas. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. Let’s briefly discuss them.
Since our review is based on corded electric trimmers, we need to mention the pros and cons of this type of trimmer:
A good hedge trimmer will be able to offer a variety of features that will make the job of trimming easier, faster, and safer in the long run. Not all trimmers are equal, nor will they have the same features. It is up to you to decide what is most important.
A quality trimmer will:
There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for an electric corded trimmer: type of blade, weight, noise, power, and cost. All these considerations are important in determining the best trimmer for your needs.
A few parting suggestions before you make a decision. Keep in mind maintenance, ease of use, type of yard, and safety. Some trimmers will come with a blade protector to use when storing, and others will have a blade tip protector that stays in place at all times. This keeps you from damaging the end when you are using it.
Our top 10 list offers a variety of trimmers with different options and price ranges suited for each individual need. Hopefully, the buyer’s guide has helped you become familiar with what a hedge trimmer can do and what features it can offer.
Our top pick is the Black & Decker since it offers a multitude of options and is high-powered. The Scotts Power Tools is our budget choice, due to its ease of use and compact size. Our premium choice was the Makita, which has great power and a large cutting diameter.
A corded electric hedge trimmer is a great tool for a busy gardener to keep on hand. They are a good option if you have a small to a medium yard with smaller diameter of branches to cut. You want a trimmer that provides functionality, ease of use, and consistent power. A good trimmer should last you many years and help you keep your yard beautiful.
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