Best for small landscaping, electric hedge trimmers (sometimes called corded hedge trimmers) are the first option many homeowners consider. With prices usually below $100, they are economical and lightweight. The Black & Decker HH2455 (Est. $70) is a top choice, experts say, because of its low price, lightweight design (just 6.6 pounds) and blades that can be rotated to trim in tight spots. Moreover, the HH22455 is the top selling hedge trimmer on Amazon.com.
Another well-reviewed hedge trimmer, the Earthwise HT10024 (Est. $50) is also lightweight (7 pounds) and durable, reviewers say. It slices through heavy vegetation with ease, "even on tough hedges like holly," one Amazon reviewer writes. Unlike the Black & Decker, however, the Earthwise hedge trimmer doesn't have a locking trigger, meaning you'll have hold it down while you operate the trimmer. Some users don't seem to mind this, while others say it can be tiring to do so on extended jobs. We read several complaints from users who complained of fatigue and sore arms.
Overall, we select the Black & Decker HH22455 as the better hedge trimmer, according to input from experts and owners, but some gardeners may be willing to overlook its superior reviews and features for the cost savings of the Earthwise HT10024.