What every best Hedge Trimmers has:
- Plenty of power.
- A rotating blade.
- Locking on/off switch.
The Stihl HSA 66 is a professional-grade cordless hedge trimmer that's capable of tackling the toughest jobs. It's as powerful as a gas trimmer, but with less required upkeep, notably lower noise and no emissions. You'll need to budget extra for a battery (and charger), but options range from homeowner-suitable batteries that will power the HSA 66 for an hour to backpack-carried landscaper batteries that will keep the trimmer going all day long and then some.
The Black & Decker LHT2220 is one of the best values in cordless hedge trimmers. Features are few, but its light weight is well suited for homeowner use. The trimmer cuts effortlessly through branches up to 1/2-inch, though it can struggle a little if tasked with growth near its rated maximum of 3/4 inches. The price includes a battery and charger. Run time is short, but spare batteries are available.
The Black & Decker HH2455 is a corded electric hedge trimmer that's perfect for occasional use and for smaller properties. It is light and easy to maneuver, with useful pluses such as a rotating handle that swings up to 180 degrees to make it easy to cut at otherwise awkward angles, a 24-inch cutting blade, and a locking power switch. It's rated to cut branches up to 3/4 inches in diameter.
The Echo HC-152 gas-powered hedge trimmer is powerful enough to mow through branches (up to 1 inch) very quickly. It's a little heavy -- not unusual for a gas trimmer -- but owners love its rugged build and overall durability. The HC-152 is described as generally easy to start and easy to control, with the ability to cut soft branches up to 1-inch thick. Maintenance, while not worry free, is easier than with some competing gas-powered trimmers.