If you have a hedge in your garden, you need an electric hedge trimmer! It will give you clean, sharp lines and instant impact. But how do you know which one to choose?
Check out our list of seven of the best electric hedge trimmers to keep your garden looking great. And if you’re still having trouble deciding, our buying guide is here to help.
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At a glance: Our Top 7 Picks for Electric Hedge Trimmer
The Best Electric Hedge Trimmer Reviews of 2019
1. WORX WG261.9 Cordless Hedge Trimmer (Our Top Recommended)
If you’re looking for a compact cordless trimmer check out this nifty little number from WORX.
The cutting blade is a 22 inches long. That means it will cope well with tall hedges where every inch of reach counts. And it’s powerful and easy to maneuver.
The dual action blades move backwards and forwards to give a clean cut with low vibration. That makes it very comfortable to use. And at only five pounds, it’s lightweight enough for almost anyone to operate without breaking a sweat.
It will cut through branches up to three quarters of an inch thick without needing multiple passes. That’s an impressive cut capacity, especially for a cordless trimmer.
The handle is D-shaped, making it easy to angle the blade to cut the tops and sides of shrubs. And there’s a comfortable grip that won’t bite into your hands.
And like the DeWalt, there’s the option to share your batteries with other tools. WORX make a range of 20V battery powered gadgets, ranging from drills to leaf blowers.
You’ll need to do a little assembly with this one. It’s just a matter of putting together the safety guard and front handle. It’s simple enough to do, and will take only a few minutes.
There isn’t much here not to like. The one area we’d like to see improved is the battery. It charges quickly and last well – but there’s no indicator. That means you’ll be in the dark about how much power is left, so it’s all too easy to find it drained or risk over-charging.
All in all, though, this is a powerful little trimmer, at a good price.
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2. BLACK+DECKER BEHT200 Hedge Trimmer (Budget Pick)
Black+Decker make a whole range of hedge trimmers, but there are lots to love about their BEHT200.
This isn’t an expensive trimmer – in fact, it’s the second cheapest to make our list. But that doesn’t mean it’s short on features.
The power here comes from a 3.5 amp motor, and it’s a reliable performer. It has enough oomph to cut through branches five-eighths of an inch thick. It can manage occasional stabs at thicker stems too, but it’s not recommended.
At 18 inches, the cutting blade here isn’t the longest. If you’ve got a very tall hedge or deep shrubs to trim, you may prefer something bigger.
The upside is that this is a lightweight trimmer, weighing in at around four and a half pounds. So you won’t need to have muscles on your muscles to use it comfortably.
There’s a wrap-around handle that makes it easy to hold and maneuver as you’re cutting. And the cutting edge is made of dual-action hardened steel to reduce vibrations.
This is a plug-in model, so you’ll need to watch out for the cord. It’s bright orange, which makes that task a lot easier! And there’s a cord retention loop to avoid you pulling too hard and unplugging it by accident.
The advantage of the corded design is that you won’t need to remember to charge the battery. And there’ll be no difference in power, no matter how long you use it for.
If we had a minor gripe about this one, it would be the user manual. It’s heavy on cautionary notices – and of course, it’s important to be safe. But it doesn’t include what would have been helpful information on parts and maintenance. Maybe that’s something Black+Decker will improve on in the next version.
All in all, then, a very decent trimmer at a competitive price. Just don’t choose it if you have very big hedges to tackle.
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3. Remington RM5124TH Electric Hedge Trimmer
A notch up the scale from the Black+Decker in terms of power, this trimmer from Remington has a 5 amp motor. For that, you’ll need to pay about half as much again – but it’s still competitively priced for these specifications.
The dual-action blades here are coated with titanium, making them exceptionally strong and reducing vibration. They give a clean cut too. That will help to keep your hedge healthy – disease can easily take hold in crushed or bruised stems.
The length of the blades here is 24 inches. That’s six inches longer than the Black+Decker. If you’ve got a garden with bigger hedges and shrubs, it will be a better option. And you’ll be able to handle branches up to three quarters of an inch thick with ease.
A particularly nice touch is that the blades here swivel up to 180 degrees. That makes cutting at angles a whole lot easier. Whether you’re trimming topiary or just want a neat corner on your hedge, you’ll appreciate this feature.
The handle is well-designed too. There’s a cushioned grip so it’s comfortable to hold. And the wrap-around design offers additional protection from debris flying up from the blades.
There are, though, a couple of niggles.
First up are the safety switches. The way they’re designed makes them awkward to disengage, particularly for left-handers. And they can make it difficult to use the trimmer comfortably if you’re working above waist-height.
This is another corded trimmer, and the second issue concerns the cord holder. It’s fine if you’re using the trimmer plugged into the mains, but the hole isn’t wide enough to take an extension cable. A minor irritation, perhaps, but it’s a problem that could have been easily avoided with a little more thought.
Overall, this is a really powerful trimmer with some great features. If Remington make a new model, perhaps they can sort out those annoying safety switches.
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4. Makita XHU02M1 Cordless Hedge Trimmer Kit
If you’ve got deep pockets, you might be interested in this cordless trimmer from Makita.
This comes with a 4.0Ah lithium-ion battery that takes 40 minutes to charge up. So even if it’s dead when you come to use it, you won’t have to wait long to get trimming.
And with a battery this size, you’ll have to be doing some serious gardening to drain it in the first place. It will run continuously for up to two hours on a single charge if you’re using the low setting.
There are some clever features to avoid battery damage too.
The battery and tool communicate during use to avoid overload. The tool will stop when the battery is near to being drained in order to prolong its life. And the battery temperature is monitored too, so the tool will cut out if there’s any danger of it overheating.
The blade here is 22 inches long, and it’s possible to replace it. That’s a nice touch to extend the life of the trimmer.
As well as not needing to worry about cutting through a cord, operation is quieter than with corded models. But here the XHU02M1 also compares well to other cordless trimmers. At 87 decibels, its volume is about 25% less than that of rival cordless machines.
Are there any downsides?
Well, this is a fairly hefty bit of kit. It weighs in at about 12 pounds, so you’ll need a reasonable level of physical strength to use it comfortably.
And you won’t get the same level of power as with some other trimmers on this list. If you’re looking to cut through robust shrubs or hedgerows, the Remington will give you better results.
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5. Greenworks 22102 Corded Hedge Trimmer
If you’re looking for an inexpensive, lightweight electric trimmer, Greenworks’ version should be on your shortlist.
The cheapest trimmer on our list, you can pick this up for about the same price as six cups of artisan coffee. So what do you get for your money?
The first thing to say is that this is another trimmer with a cord, so it has all the attendant pros and cons. On the plus side, reliable power, no heavy battery, and no need to wait for it to charge up. Against that, you’ll have to be constantly aware of where that bright orange cord is positioned.
The motor here is smaller, as you’d expect for a less expensive machine. Its 2.7 Amps will cut through slimmer branches of up to three eighths of an inch. If you’ve got a hedge with whippy stems, it will deal with it fine. But don’t try to cut the base of your overgrown privet.
It’s nice and light to use, and the handle is comfortable too. And as it’s designed for less sturdy vegetation, you won’t have to cope with much vibration if used as intended.
It’s not as quiet as the Makita. Imagine the sound of a typical electric lawnmower, and you’ll get a good idea of what you’ll be working with.
The blade isn’t the longest either – 18 inches overall. Again, that will be fine for lighter trimming applications. But if you need something heavier duty, look at different options.
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6. DEWALT DCHT820B 20v Max Hedge Trimmer (Upgrade Pick)
If you’re looking for the cream of the crop of cordless trimmers – and don’t mind paying for it – consider DeWalt’s DCG820B.
The blades here are made of hardened steel. They’re 22 inches long and super-sharp, with a hooked tooth design that gives a clean cut.
If you need to tackle sturdier foliage, this is a trimmer that’s well worth considering. It will cut through branches up to three quarters of an inch thick. There’s also a good quality scabbard to protect the blade when it’s not in use.
It’s powered by a high capacity 5Ah lithium ion battery. Note that the battery is sold separately – so take that into account when you consider your budget. This is one of DeWalt’s 20VMAX range of tools. If you’ve already got a 20V battery for another tool in the range, you’ll be able to use that here.
The battery charges fast – expect it to take under an hour – and you should get well over an hour of power. We have, though, heard some complaints about its durability. Some people have had issues with the battery holding its charge after repeated use.
These battery issues seem to relate to quality control, as they’re far from a universal experience. And on the plus side, the trimmer comes with a reassuring three-year warranty.
At 7.5 pounds, this isn’t too heavy, and it’s easy to maneuver. There’s a safety trigger, but it’s pretty easy to use. You can even operate it one-handed if you need to trim at height – just take care if you do!
If you’re a fan of DeWalt tools and already have others in the 240VMAX system, this might be next on your shopping list.
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7. Sun Joe HJ22HTE Electric Hedge Trimmer
The HJ22HTE from Sun Joe is a corded trimmer, so you’ll need to manage that as you cut. If you can handle that, though, you’ll get an efficient little trimmer at a competitive price.
The blade here is 22 inches long. It’s made of pre-hardened corrosion-resistant steel, so you won’t have to worry about rust. If you like your trimmers low maintenance, this is a good option.
The 3 amp motor provides enough power to cut through branches up to two thirds of an inch thick. This is a very lightweight trimmer too. It’s a fraction over five pounds, making it exceptionally easy to use.
If you’ve got a lot of hedgerow and shrubs to trim, it should be on your shortlist. The corded design means you won’t have to worry about losing power (though you may need an extension lead). And you’ll be able to keep working for ages without aching arms.
The handle is a full wrap-around design for safety and comfort.
And while you’ll need both hands to get it started – a sensible safety feature to avoid accidental start-up – it’s possible to use it one-handed once it’s going. It’s not wise to do so for long, but a few seconds to cut through an overhanging branch can be very useful.
This isn’t the heaviest duty trimmer on our list. If you have very woody hedges and shrubs to trim, you’ll find a more robust tool works better. But as a lightweight, easy to use trimmer that can handle the occasional thicker branch, it’s a good choice.
It comes with a two year warranty too. And if you register ownership with Sun Joe, they’ll extend that for a further 90 days, free of charge.
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Feeling confused about which is the hedge trimmer for you? Our buying guide will walk you through the features to look out for.
Corded or cordless?
The first question to ask yourself when you’re choosing an electric hedge trimmer is how you feel about cords. Answer that honestly, and you’ll find you’ve cut out half the trimmers out there at a stroke.
There are a number of factors to think about in making that decision.
If you need a trimmer that can start work at a moment’s notice, a corded model is best. With cordless versions, you’ll always need to be aware of the state of the battery. Unfortunately, not all batteries have an indicator to show how much power remains.
And while there are some fast charging models out there, you’ll still be looking at the best part of an hour’s wait to recharge.
But that doesn’t mean everything is necessarily easy when it comes to getting power to a corded trimmer. Remember what might sound obvious: it will need to be plugged in.
So think about how far from your house are the plants you need to cut. Do you have an outdoor power source to plug in your trimmer? Or will you need to trail an extension cord over your garden?
If you need to trim back shrubs or hedges a long way from a power outlet, a corded model won’t be practical.
And if you have a cord, you’ll need to take care while you’re working not to cut through it. Almost everyone who regularly uses a corded trimmer will have a story about the time they sliced through the cable.
Fortunately, safety features these days mean you won’t get a nasty shock. But your hedge will remain half-cut until the damage has been repaired.
Consider too how long you’re likely to be trimming for. If you’ve got lots of hedgerow – perhaps it forms a boundary around your garden – that will take time to cut. Cordless models will be limited by their battery life, and will lose power as the battery drains.
Check out the life of the battery before you make your final choice. There are some very long-lasting batteries out there. The Remington on our list, for example, will keep going for two hours on a low setting.
And if you need your trimmer to last for hours, but don’t want to deal with a cord, there’s an obvious solution. Invest in a spare battery. It’s a bit of extra expense, but may be worth it for the convenience.
Check out the cut capacity
Take a look at the hedges and shrubs you need to cut. Are the branches thin and whippy? Or are you going to need to slice through some woodier growth?
The answer to that question will determine what manufacturers refer to as the “cut capacity” of the trimmer you need. This simply means the thickness of the branches the trimmer is recommended to cut through.
Some trimmers will struggle with anything over half an inch, while others will cut cleanly through branches half as thick again.
If you’ve got sturdier growth to tackle, look for trimmers with dual action blades. These move forward and back as the trimmer runs, making lighter work of cutting.
Check out the capacity of the motor too. Larger motors will handle more demanding branches without overheating. And corded models are often superior in this respect.
But it’s not all a matter of power. Sappy shrubs can be tricky to deal with if the edges of the cutting blade are dull. They’ll simply bend away from it and spring back when the trimmer moves on.
If you’re buying in-store, press your finger against the blade – gently! – to check it’s sharp. And if you’re buying online, check out user reviews to see how the trimmer copes with whippy stems.
How long is the cutting blade?
The length of the cutting blade can make a big difference to how easy it is to use. The blades of the trimmers on our list vary from 18 to 24 inches. So which will work best in your garden?
A trimmer with a shorter cutting blade will be light and easy to control. If you have smaller shrubs or low hedges, it will do the job fine. It will probably be less expensive too.
But if you’ve got a tall or deep hedge to contend with, shorter blades will make your life much harder. An extra few inches will allow you to finish the job without taking your life into your hands by over-reaching. And that goes double if you’re working from the top of a ladder.
Watch the weight
Hedge trimming can be physically demanding, especially if you’re working for long periods. And if you’re going to need to cut above waist level, it will be more challenging again. So check the weight of the trimmer before you buy.
This can vary significantly. The models on our list range from just four and half pounds to over twelve. So be sure you’ll be able to lift and maneuver it comfortably.
And remember that with cordless models, the battery can add significantly to the overall weight. Check whether the weight that’s quoted in the specifications includes the battery for accurate comparisons.
Hedge trimmers are potentially dangerous bits of kit, so they’ll all come with some form of safety switch. These are designed so that they require two hands to start the trimmer, avoiding accidental start-ups.
Occasionally, however, this sensible focus on safety turns into a configuration that’s genuinely awkward to use. This is the main downside of the otherwise excellent Remington we reviewed earlier.
Some trimmers require two hands to disengage the safety switches, but can then be operated one-handed. We have mixed feelings about this.
It gives greater flexibility if you’re cutting in awkward spaces. But cutting one-handed really isn’t sensible. If you have to do it at all, take great care. And get that second hand back on the grip as quickly as possible.
Ready to choose?
We hope you’ve enjoyed our review of seven of the best electric hedge trimmers out there today. Whether you’re looking for corded or cordless, there are some great options on offer.
Our favorite is the WG261.9 from WORX. It’s cordless yet powerful, lightweight but robust. And it’s competitively priced too. What more could you ask for?
The right hedge trimmer will turn garden tidy-ups from a chore to a pleasure. Whichever one you choose, we’re sure your neatly trimmed shrubs will soon be the envy of your neighbors!