If you have hedges and bushes in your garden, a good quality hedge trimmer is essential to make things neat and tidy! But it can be difficult to know: which hedge trimmer is right for me? That’s why we have written this blog rounding up the best hedge trimmers to suit every need! We cover petrol, electric and cordless hedge trimmers!
Best Petrol Hedge Trimmers
Petrol hedge trimmers tend to be better at handling thicker, tougher branches. They can be used anywhere if you have the fuel, with no worries about cords or charging up batteries. However, they do tend to be heavier than electric and cordless models. It is also important to be aware that petrol give off CO2 emissions into the air.
Hyundai 26cc Double Reciprocating Blade Hedge Trimmer HYT2622-3
This Hyundai 26cc Double Reciprocating Blade petrol hedge trimmer is ideal for tougher hedges, as it has a larger powerful motor. Although this does mean it is on the heavier side at 6kg, so you may find your arms might ache a bit during prolonged use. The engine speed reaches an impressive 10500 rpm, meaning you should be able to get the job done swiftly. It has a long 75mm blade and is rated to cut a 28mm branch, if you have branches thicker than this you may be better using shears or a saw. The main handle of this trimmer rotates to a 90 degrees so you can hold it at the best angle.
Overall, this is a good option if you want a hedge trimmer that is powerful and don’t mind something that’s a bit heavier and bulkier.
Webb WEHC600 Petrol Hedge Trimmer 560mm
This Webb WEHC600 Petrol Hedge Trimmer is another good choice if you prefer petrol. It is powerful with a wide tooth spacing of 35mm, meaning it can tackle thicker, mature stems easily. It can also cope well with larger and taller hedges. The handle can rotate into 5 different positions, making it comfortable to hold. It weighs in at 5.8kg, which is not too heavy for a petrol model considering this weight is evenly distributed. Though, your arms may get tired if you lack upper body strength. It is also a bit louder than other models, so that is something to be aware of. Overall, this is a great choice of hedge trimmer if you want something powerful that can tackle tall, larger hedges. This one also comes with free lubricant, safety glasses and gloves!
Best Electric Hedge Trimmers
Electric hedge trimmers tend to be more affordable than petrol and easy to use. The one thing that may annoy some people is the cord, you may need an extension lead especially if you have a larger garden. You also need to be careful that the cord is out of the way when you are working, so you don’t accidentally cut it! But with electric trimmers you don’t have to worry about petrol fumes or the battery running out.
Bosch AHS 45-16 Hedge Trimmer 450mm 240v
This Bosch AHS 45-16 Hedge Trimmer is a great affordable option if you’re looking for an electric trimmer. It is suitable for small sized hedges and bushes. This hedge trimmer is one of the most lightweight available, weighing just 2.6kg. This is ideal for people that may struggle with heavier trimmers. The soft-grip handle adds to the comfort and allows for prolonged use. Despite its small size and weight, this hedge trimmer is still relatively powerful. It has a high cutting speed of 3400spm, meaning you can get your trimming done swiftly and easily. Though it is designed for smaller hedges, and may struggle with thicker branches. The cord is 10m long, which should be ok for smaller gardens but just be aware that you may need an extension cable. Overall, this is great if you want something very affordable that does a good job of tidying up small hedges and shrubbery.
Bosch AHS 65-34 Hedge Trimmer 650mm 240v
If you have larger, thicker hedges then this Bosch is a great electric option. It has a powerful 500 watt motor and 65cm long blade with wide tooth spacing, allowing it to easily slice through branches up to 34mm wide. The high-torque slipping clutch lets you cut thicker branches without causing any damage to the motor. It has a ProSilence shell, meaning it operates quietly and you won’t disturb your neighbours! It is a bit heavier than other models at 4kg, but the weight is balanced to reduce strain. The cable is 10m long which is reasonable but you may need an extension if you have a larger garden or don’t have a socket nearby. And as with all corded trimmers, you need to take care to keep the cord out of the way so you don’t damage it. Overall, this is a great electric option if you want something quiet to tackle medium to larger hedges.
Best Cordless Hedge Trimmers
Cordless hedge trimmers of course come with more freedom, as you are not restricted by a cord. This is beneficial if you don’t have a socket within reach of your garden, and don’t want the hassle of extension leads. One issue is that you will of course need to charge it up, though as time has went on battery performance has improved.
Bosch EASYHEDGECUT 18-45 18v Cordless Hedge Trimmer 450mm
This Bosch EASYHEDGECUT 18-45 18v is a great cordless trimmer if you are looking for something light and simple to use. It has Bosch’s Power4All 18v batteries, which is great if you have other tools from this range as you can share the batteries! This hedge trimmer has around 30 minutes run time, and takes just an hour to charge up. Overall, this is a great option for easy hedge trimming, though you may want something more sturdy if you have a lot of tough branches to get through.
Price (with battery and charger): £99.95
Black and Decker GTC5455PC 54v Cordless Dualvolt Hedge Trimmer 600mm
If you are after a cordless hedge trimmer with more clout, then this Black and Decker GTC5455PC 54v is ideal. This has been designed to deal with thicker branches and larger hedges with 60cm steel dual action blades. The saw blade tip can cut through branches up to 38mm. It has a Power Command button, which allows you to activate slower, more powerful cuts to slice through thicker hedges, and clear jams without harming the trimmer! The dual volt batteries are also compatible with Black and Decker’s 18v tools, so you can save money. Though due to its extra power, it is a bit heavier than other cordless models at 3.7kg. Overall, this is a great choice if you want the convenience of cordless, and have thicker, tougher hedges to tackle.
Price (with battery and charger): £199.95
Bosch UNIVERSALHEDGEPOLE 18v Cordless Telescopic Pole Hedge Trimmer 430mm
This Bosch UNIVERSALHEDGEPOLE 18v is a great cordless trimmer option if you have tall hedges that are difficult to reach. The telescopic pole extends to a maximum length of 2.6 metres, which you can also use to trim low down hedges without bending down and straining your back! This trimmer has a shoulder strap and rubber handles for comfort. It is not too heavy at 3.6kg, though your arms may get a bit sore if you are holding it above your head for an extended period. It also has a Power4All 18v battery which is compatible with some other Bosch tools. Overall, this is ideal for those with tall or tricky to reach hedges.
Price (with battery and charger): £159.95
We hope that this blog has helped you decide on the best hedge trimmer for you!Tags: diy, garden, gardening, outdoors, powertools, tools