How big is your property? If you have a lawn or garden that extends less than 100 yards from the most convenient power source, you may be able to use a corded hedge trimmer. However, if your outdoor space is larger or involves some odd obstacles, you'd be better off with a battery-powered or gas trimmer.
Do you want to cut branches thicker than half an inch? Most hedge trimmers are recommended to cut up to 1/2-inch branches. If you need to cut something a half-inch wide or more, you'd be better off with a chain saw or manual shears.
How often do you plan to use your hedge trimmer? If your plants only require occasional trimming (a few times per year), then a cheaper electric or cordless model makes sense. For more frequent jobs, spending the extra money for a more powerful gas trimmer can save you both time and money in the long run.
Elsewhere in this report:
Best Hedge Trimmers: Which hedge trimmers are best? Editors analyze hundreds of expert and user reviews to recommend the best corded, cordless and gas-powered hedge trimmers.
Best Electric Hedge Trimmers: Looking for an efficient hedge trimmer without the noise and fumes of a gas model? We select the best electric hedge trimmers including Black & Decker models.
Best Cordless Hedge Trimmers: Which cordless hedge trimmers are best? Editors say Stihl is the top manufacturer of cordless hedge trimmers; Toro and Black & Decker are worthy runners up.
Best Gas Hedge Trimmer: What are the best gas hedge trimmers? Editors say Husqvarna and Poulan Pro make the top gas hedge trimmers.
Our Sources: Links to the expert and user reviews we used to select the top hedge trimmers, along with our assessment of each reviewer's expertise, credibility and helpfulness.