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Hedge Trimmer Reviews

By: Carl Laron on April 25, 2017

Editor's Note:
Don't look now, but cordless electric hedge trimmers like the Stihl HSA 66 are becoming go-to choices for home owners and professionals. For those with lots of hedges to trim, the Echo HC-152 is the best gas-powered trimmer. For those with more modest needs, Black & Decker makes budget corded and cordless electric trimmers that are terrific values.

Stihl HSA 66 Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Blade length -- 20" Weight (without fuel or battery) -- 6.8 lbs. Warrany -- 3 years residential, 2 years commercial

Best cordless hedge trimmer

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.

Black & Decker LHT2220 Review
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Specs that Matter Blade length -- 22" Weight (without fuel or battery) -- 5.7 lbs. Warrany -- 2 years residential, none commerial

Cheap cordless hedge trimmer

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.

Black & Decker HH2455 Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Blade length -- 24" Weight (without fuel or battery) -- 6.5 lbs. Warrany -- 2 years residential, none commerial

Best electric hedge trimmer

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.

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Echo HC-152 Review
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Specs that Matter Blade length -- 20" Weight (without fuel or battery) -- 11.7 lbs. Warrany -- 5 years residential, 2 years commerial

Best gas hedge trimmer

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 material up to 1-inch thick. Maintenance, while not worry free, is easier than with some competing gas-powered trimmers.

Hedge trimmers can work for every property and budget

A hedge trimmer can be a huge time- and muscle-saver for anyone who has a yard. Whether you just need to shape a few shrubs, or you have acres of hedgerows, a hedge trimmer will make short work of the job. Choosing the best hedge trimmer starts with gauging the size of your yard and the kind of plants you grow. A bigger property needs a trimmer that has the power to keep working long enough to finish the job as well as handle larger diameters.

Types of Hedge Trimmers

Cordless Hedge Trimmers

Today's cordless hedge trimmers are quiet, powerful and emissions free. The drawbacks are that you're limited to how long the trimmer's battery lasts on a charge. You also have to carry the battery itself, which can add several pounds of weight to the trimmer. That said, the introduction of lithium-ion (Li-ion) technology has improved things on both fronts to the point where the best performing cordless hedge trimmers have become a go-to choice for many, even for heavy-duty commercial applications. Cordless hedge trimmers designed for commercial work often have the option of a backpack battery that offers long run times while keeping the trimmer down to a manageable weight.

Electric Hedge Trimmers

If your property isn't very large, and your trimming needs are modest, electric hedge trimmers (sometimes called corded hedge trimmers) are worth considering. They are small and light enough to move around easily. They're also the least expensive type of trimmer. Like cordless models, they're quiet and don't have any unpleasant emissions. They do have a couple of drawbacks, however: They limit your range, and there is a risk of tangling or cutting the cord while you work. They are also the least powerful type of cord trimmer, so they are really only suitable for smaller urban or suburban properties.

Gas Hedge Trimmers

Gas hedge trimmers are the power players in the landscaping world. They cut through thicker branches than electric models and cut cleanly, leaving precision cuts and lines. They're also a top choice if you're dealing with a lot of property as a gas tank can be refilled infinitely, compared to the limitations (reach and run times, respectively) of electric corded and cordless models. The do have some significant drawbacks, however, including weight, noise and emissions, plus the extra maintenance that a gas motor entails. Still, gas trimmer fans say those hassles are worth putting up with for the extra power and speed that these landscaping tools deliver.

Finding The Best Hedge Trimmers
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To find the best hedge trimmers, we looked to both expert reviews and user feedback. Unfortunately, there are very few credible expert reviews at present. ProToolReviews.com continues to review hedge trimmers on a semi-regular basis, but doesn't cover a ton of models. Popular Mechanics has a four-hedge-trimmer comparative review that's a couple of years old, but three of the models covered are still current.

Beyond that, we turned to owner reviews, and those go a long way toward filling the gap, including feedback on long term satisfaction. Amazon.com is good source of owner reviews, as are major home and garden retailers such as HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com and others -- although some of these retail sites do post reviews that originally appeared at the manufacturers website. We analyze that feedback to produce our recommendations for the top picks among corded and cordless electric hedge trimmers, and gas powered models.

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