Best Lawn Edger 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks
No matter how much you mow your yard and whack your weeds, your lawn will never be completely manicured until you break out an edger and clean up those edges. These days, edgers come in many different shapes, sizes, and types.
Whether you want the simplicity and near-silent operation of a hand tool, the power and reliability of a gas edger, or the flexibility and ease of use that an electric edger provides, our reviews will help you narrow down the field.
These are 10 of the most popular and best lawn edgers available. We’ll even suggest the three that we preferred so that the decision will be easier for you.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||BLACK+DECKER 2-in-1||
|Best Value||AMES Border||
|Premium Choice||McLane Gas Powered||
The 10 Best Lawn Edger – Reviews 2020
1. BLACK+DECKER 2-in-1 Landscape Edger — Best Overall
Equipped with a powerful 12-amp electric motor and the ability to trench as well as edge, the BLACK+DEKCER 2-in-1 Landscaper Edger was our favorite overall. The 7.5-inch blade is made from hardened steel and it creates clean edges against hard surfaces such as sidewalk or pavers thanks to the built-in edging guide. Since it’s electric, it doesn’t require any gas or batteries, either. But you will always be tethered to an extension cord and limited to its length.
At a meager 14 pounds, we had no problems using this tool for long enough to finish the entire yard, and we think you’ll manage it, too. If your blade wears out, you get a free replacement included. That said, we did several yards in a row and our blade was still sharp and cutting clean edges with ease, which is why the BLACK+DECKER 2-in-1 Landscape Edger tops our list.
2. AMES Saw-Tooth Border Edger — Best Value
Do you feel like electric motors just make things too easy? Or do you want to double your physical effort on your landscaping to save a few bucks on a gym membership? Then you might consider the AMES Saw-Tooth Border Edger. It requires no gas or fuel and it makes almost no noise when it operates. If you have a good light, you can even edge your walkways at night.
If you’re hiring your teenage son for five dollars an hour to teach him character, this sure beats any character they’ll gain from simply pulling the trigger on an electric edger. This will give them strength and help them uncover a whole new side of themselves that they’ve never seen before. The side that perfectly edges lawns with just the power of their own two hands and the AMES Saw-Tooth Border Edger. And it’s also perfect for those whose religious beliefs don’t agree with electricity. As you can see, with all these character-building and religion-safe benefits, this is probably the best lawn edger for the money.
3. McLane Gas Powered Lawn Edger — Premium Choice
Sometimes edging alone is just not going to do it for you. You don’t need an edge. You need an EDGE! When you need a serious EDGE and no standard 7.5-inch blade can do it for you, you need the gas-powered nine-inch blade of the McLane 101-5.5GT-7 Lawn Edger. Even if your edges haven’t been hit in years and they’re rock hard, this edger will break on through and make a sweet EDGE that will please your spouse to high-heaven. Don’t have a spouse? Then bask in glory friend, for these sweet EDGES will surely attract one. And you don’t have to be beastly strong to get these deep chiseled edges, because it takes almost no effort with the McLane edger.
Keep in mind, you’re going to be making lots of noise that’s going to alert everyone to how incredible your edges are about to be. You’ll also have to keep gas on hand because it will be embarrassing to make all that noise and then have it run out of gas halfway through with no spare gas available.
4. Greenworks 27032 Corded Edger
It was close, but the Greenworks Corded Edger just missed out on placing in our top three. With a powerful 12-amp motor, we were expecting some stellar performance. We got pretty good performance, but not impressive enough to get a recommendation. It seemed to have less power than expected, considering the amperage. But it was still strong enough to make a clean edge in most situations. For deep edges that hadn’t been taken care of in years, several passes were necessary at increasing depths.
Unlike many competitors, the Greenworks edger didn’t have an edging guard built-in. This made it more difficult to edge against hard surfaces like the sidewalk. But we do like the gas-less design, though it means you’re always stuck to an extension cord and an outlet. But it’s very quiet considering what it is, and it’s an altogether well-performing product, just not the best in class.
5. Truper Tru Tough Rotary Lawn Edger
With vicious metal spikes protruding from all angles attached to a set of wheels and set at the end of a long pole, the Truper Tru Tough Rotary Lawn Edger looks more like a medieval torture or war device than a modern lawn tool. Just as it may have been used in centuries past to strike fear into the hearts of peasants, it now has a new life striking fear into the hearts of overgrown edges everywhere. When you bust out the Truper, edges will simply fall in line for fear of death at the hands of your bladed edging weapon. Since it requires no gas or batteries, your edger is always ready for battle, and its nearly-silent operation allows you to sneak up on any edges that didn’t know you were coming.
When your neighbors see the results of your battle, they’ll all be astounded that you managed to spend hours edging your yard and they didn’t even see or hear you. Then, they’ll notice how much muscle you’ve gained from the physical exertion of swinging your spiked polearm at edge after edge. But if you’d prefer an easier solution to your overgrown edges, you may consider an electric trimmer instead.
6. WORX WG896 Electric Lawn Edger
The WORX WG896 electric lawn edger is a decent tool that was just outperformed by some of its competitors. Even though it wasn’t our favorite, it still had some traits we appreciated. The 12-amp motor provides plenty of power, allowing this edger to slice through soft soil and grass with ease. Some of the more stubborn areas that have been building up for a while might take a few passes. We also liked the adjustable handle that extends and pivots to help you find the right angle and length. This made the WORX edger much more comfortable than some of the others we tested.
As with all electric lawn tools, you’ll be tied to an extension cord and outlet, and you’ll never be able to move farther than the length of your cord. One problem we experienced with the WORX edger specifically was that the rear of the blade guard is too large and protrudes too low. It kept getting stuck and preventing the machine from rolling forward, but it also stopped the blade from getting deep enough. You’ll also need to be careful because wet grass and moist soil will quickly clog up the blade.
7. Southland Walk Behind Gas Lawn Edger
For stubborn edges that are overgrown and matted with thick grass and weeds, the Southland edger is a gas-powered monster that will tear into them like a machete through a banana. The triangular three-point blade will turn the most difficult to trim edges into a warmup. The blade is fully adjustable so you can find the right depth and angle to attack your edges, even beveling 15 degrees to either side.
The all-metal construction is built to last, but it also makes this one of the more expensive options. It’s also extremely loud, and after all your neighbors hear your new edging behemoth at work, they’re probably going to ask you to come edge their yards with your weapons of grass destruction. Get ready to lose some friends when you tell them that this bad boy is only meant for beautifying your precious lawn and no one else’s. No lawn on your block will match the sick edges of the Southland. Keep in mind that you’ll have some trouble storing it in the winter when you’ll need to add a fuel stabilizer. And start it in the garage so neighbors don’t see your embarrassing struggle with the pull-cord to get your tank started.
8. UKOKE Cordless Electric Power Edger
More than just a simple stringed edger, the UKOKE U02TE is also a weed whacker, offering you a simple two-in-one solution to all of your overgrowth issues. Plus, it’s cordless, so you’ll never have to worry about finding a long enough extension cord or close enough outlet. But you will have to make sure that your battery is always charged when you need to use it. Of course, the convenience of a cordless edger is balanced out by the lower power output, and the UKOKE isn’t terribly strong. We had trouble getting it through any of the thicker edges, and it took several passes to make a dent.
When using it, we noticed that the shaft is very short. Some of our testers had to bend over to get this edger to reach the ground. Naturally, this isn’t a very comfortable position to stand in, so we don’t suggest that taller individuals try this edger. It’s also very noisy for an electric edger, making nearly as much noise as the gas-powered models. In the end, it’s not one of the better performers on our list and it won’t earn our recommendation.
9. Ryobi ONE+ Lithium-Ion Cordless Edger
If you already have Ryobi ONE+ batteries in your tool collection, then the P2300A Lithium-Ion cordless edger may be a great addition. But if you aren’t already invested into the Ryobi ONE+ lineup, then this probably isn’t the tool to get you started with it. No battery is included, and it’s already one of the more expensive electric edgers we tested. It is equipped with a large 9-inch blade, which we were happy to see. While it doesn’t have the power of a gas edger, the larger blade still did some great work breaking through our edges, just not the most overgrown ones.
The Ryobi edger is lightweight, but it feels a little bit cheap. Most of their tools are of decent quality, but this one doesn’t feel like it’s going to hold up for the long haul. Worse, the battery life is dismal, and we went through several batteries just trying to do a small front yard with this edger. It’s not a bad tool, we just think there are better options available for the price.
10. EARTHQUAKE Walk-Behind Lawn Edger
With so many quality tools available for edging your yard, it’s hard to justify the bulkiest, noisiest, most expensive option. The EARTHQUAKE 23275 Walk-Behind Lawn Edger is that option. Not to be too hard on it, the EARTHQUAKE edger is a powerful machine that can cut through even tough edges like butter. But it’s going to wake up every neighbor on your street as soon as you start it. You’ll also get dirty looks from all the environmentalists who live nearby as you dump toxins and pollutants into the air just to have a pretty looking yard.
At least you’ll personally be protected by the chain debris guard so that flying stones and other items won’t take your eye out. But they may still shoot and take out your neighbor’s car window (if you’re lucky!). And on the bright side, the five-year warranty means you’ll get to keep annoying your neighbors with this machine for years to come! Just don’t forget to keep gas on hand, it won’t run without it.
That’s quite a few different edgers to test. We’ve tried them ourselves, and in doing so, we realized just how different these edging options are. Do you want to feel like you’re really getting in there and putting in some effort to produce such a perfectly manicured lawn? Or would you rather have a simple solution that you just walk behind and watch it work? With such variance between types of edgers, we think it’s important to determine what type of you tool you want to use to keep your lawn in check. There are four main types of edgers that we’re going to discuss; hand-powered, corded electric, battery-powered, and gas-powered.
The tried and true method of working the earth. Humans have been using hand tools for farming and gardening for centuries. By the sweat on your brow and the pain in your back, you will feel accomplished at the end of each edging session. Your lawn will look amazing, and you’ll know the effort required to create such a work of art. You can look on your lawn with the pride of a person who has built their masterpiece and now watches as it slowly grows back into the overgrown yard you started with so you can repeat it again next week.
Hand-powered tools are very quiet to operate. They also never require gas, batteries, or electricity, so if you don’t use modern creature comforts for personal or religious reasons, then hand tools still have your back. And you’ll feel them in your back, too, bending over and pushing the edger through time and again. But it will help you stay in shape, and even save you tons of money.
Corded electric edgers use powerful electric motors to turn blades at high speeds and cut your edges with minimal effort on your part. Of course, they have to get the electricity from somewhere, so you’ll need an extension cord that’s capable of reaching the entire distance of your yard. You’ll always be tied to that extension cord, and it can be a bit annoying. Don’t let it get in front of the blade, it won’t last a single round.
Corded electric edgers aren’t as loud as gas-powered models, but they’re definitely noisier than a hand tool. But you’ll likely get the job done in half the time or less since they’re so much more efficient than doing it by hand. You also don’t ever have to worry about dead batteries or running out of gas, so corded electric edgers get points for reliability.
If you like the benefits of a corded electric edger but you don’t want to deal with being tied to an outlet, then a battery-powered edger is probably more your style. Like a corded electric machine, a battery-powered tool will provide far more power than a hand tool. It won’t be as powerful as a gas-powered device, but it also won’t be anywhere near as loud. Plus, you get the convenience and portability of being completely cordless to take it anywhere you want. However, the battery won’t last very long, so you’ll probably go through more than one just to edge your front yard. The battery-powered models tend to be a little less powerful than corded-electric tools even, so it’s a toss-up between cordless convenience and real power.
Gas-powered edgers are the nuclear devices of lawn warfare. They pack tons of power into their metal bodies, and they make enough noise to alert the entire neighborhood. No matter how overgrown your edges are or how much neglect they’ve seen, a gas-powered edger will tear through them like melted butter. You’ll also likely send rocks and stones flying through the air, so hopefully, there are no windows around to break. Ignore the environmentalists screaming about pollution and climate change. They wouldn’t say a word if they weren’t so jealous of your deep, clean-cut edges. But don’t forget to keep fuel additives on hand for when you need to store it. Gas motors are more difficult to store, and the machine will require considerably more maintenance than any of the other edging tools we’ve discussed.
With so many different types of tools available for keeping your edges in check and looking tight, there’s no excuse for not maintaining a beautifully edged yard that forces passers-by to admire your hard work. Of course, you need the right tool for the job, and after reading our reviews and recommendations, you should have a pretty good idea of what tool that is. For us, the BLACK+DECKER 2-in-1 landscape edger was the best overall. It’s lightweight and maneuverable at just 14 pounds, packs a powerful 12-amp motor for cutting through overgrowth, has an edge guide for edging along hard surfaces, and even includes a trenching feature.
The AMES Saw-Tooth Border Edger was the best value of the bunch, and it’s probably the best hand tool for the job. Not only is it very affordable, but it will help you stay in great shape as you exert physical energy each week to keep your edges clean and pretty. Luckily, the blade is serrated to make it easier to dig through the sod and weeds. For a mechanized weapon of war that will break down the borders of your yard, the McLane Gas Powered Lawn Edger is our premium choice recommendation.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Lawn Edger – Reviews 2020
- 1. BLACK+DECKER 2-in-1 Landscape Edger — Best Overall
- 2. AMES Saw-Tooth Border Edger — Best Value
- 3. McLane Gas Powered Lawn Edger — Premium Choice
- 4. Greenworks 27032 Corded Edger
- 5. Truper Tru Tough Rotary Lawn Edger
- 6. WORX WG896 Electric Lawn Edger
- 7. Southland Walk Behind Gas Lawn Edger
- 8. UKOKE Cordless Electric Power Edger
- 9. Ryobi ONE+ Lithium-Ion Cordless Edger
- 10. EARTHQUAKE Walk-Behind Lawn Edger
- Buyer’s Guide