The 19 Best Electric Hedge Trimmers Reviewed 2020

Right, you’ve cut the grass, you’ve edged the borders and eaten the weeds. Not literally.

So, what’s next?

The hedges.

And gone are the days of getting tennis elbow from lopping with a pair of ancient shears from Roman times.

This is the 21st century. You need the best electric hedge trimmer to join the ranks of your garden tool army.

So, read on to discover just how far we’ve come in the quest to tame our unruly shrubbery.

A buyer’s guide and FAQ section will follow.

Coming up, we’ve got some serious cutting hedge technology…

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Top 19 Best Electric Hedge Trimmers of 2020

Greenworks Corded Hedge Trimmer 22102

First up we have this Greenworks 18-inch corded hedge trimmer that offers 2.7 amps of power and a 3/8th cutting capacity which is perfect for bushes and shrubs.

The dual-action steel blade will make short work of the smaller jobs, is very lightweight at just 6.2 lbs, and highly maneuverable. A handy cord-lock prevents the cable from accidentally disconnecting, with an easy electric start that will get you going right away.

But perhaps the best thing about this little trimmer is the outstanding price point – you might as well give it a try!

Reward: Hands down one of the cheapest hedge trimmers on the market.

Pros

  • Ease of use.
  • Eco-friendly.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Quiet, smooth operation.

Cons

  • Not suitable for tougher jobs.
  • Limited range with the power cord.

Conclusion

For homeowners with smaller yards requiring some lightweight bush and shrub cutting, look no further than this super budget-friendly offering from Greenworks.

Snow Joe HJ604C Cordless Grass Shear + Hedger

This cordless, electric grass shear and hedger is a wonderful little tool for lighter jobs and hard-to-reach locations in your garden. It’s two tools in one and converts from a four-inch grass shear to a six-inch mini hedger with ease, both with steel blades.

Powered by a 7.2V lithium-ion battery, it starts at the push of a button and gives you total freedom to access places a larger trimmer would struggle in. Use it for touching up areas you might have missed, and as it weighs just 2.5 lbs, it’s ideal for seniors or anyone who can’t handle the heavier power tools.

Reward: The lightest and most compact hedge trimmer available.

Pros

  • Versatile use.
  • Easy to change blades.
  • Built-in safety switch
  • Eco-friendly.
  • Low maintenance.

Cons

  • It would take weeks to trim larger jobs.
  • It still takes longer than most other trimmers.

Conclusion

Compact and super lightweight, this is an ideal tool if you have one or two shrubs that need a trim, or you need to finish a larger job in difficult to reach areas.

Scotts Outdoor Power Tools HT10020S Hedge Trimmer

Backed by a 3.2-Amp battery, this corded electric trimmer from Scotts Outdoor Power Tools offers 3400 strokes per minute for ultimate trimming performance.

The comfortable molded handle with wrap-around grip and auxiliary support provide you with excellent control, while the impressive, 20-inch steel blades give you a 5/8-inch cut.

A protective blade cover is included for safe storage when not in use, and the built-in cord retention ensures no accidental disconnect will occur.

Reward: A powerful corded trimmer at a great price.

Pros

  • Dual-action blades.
  • Aluminum blade support.
  • Full-length trigger.
  • Eco-friendly.
  • Super lightweight.

Cons

  • No lock-on switch.
  • Limited range with the cord.

Conclusion

A terrific lightweight trimmer that still offers decent power in a well-designed, ergonomic chassis. It offers a great blade length at this price point, too.

Black+Decker BEHT100 Hedge Trimmer

As you might expect, this is the first of many Black & Decker products in this review as the Connecticut-based company seems to be particularly good at manufacturing hedge trimmers.

This is one of their budget-friendly models, still, a highly-rated product that offers 16-inch, dual-action hardened steel blade for reduced vibration. The three amp motor will power 3800 strokes per minute with a generous 5/8-inch cut.

At 4.2 lbs it’s one of the lightest of the regular-sized trimmers in this review, while the contoured T-handle offers comfort and control for prolonged use without fatigue.

Reward: One of the best compact corded hedge trimmers in this review.

Pros

  • Compact but powerful.
  • Cord retention.
  • Full-length trigger.
  • Quiet operation.
  • Highly-rated.

Cons

  • Limited range with the cord.
  • Extension cord not included.

Conclusion

Lightweight, compact, and affordable, this is a great little trimmer for those smaller jobs, and again – ideal if you’re not as fit as you once were.

Not bad from Black & Decker – but they’re just getting warmed up.

Black+Decker LHT2220B Hedge Trimmer

This is a very highly-rated cordless hedge trimmer from Black & Decker that offers an excellent 22-inch dual-action blade. This is part of the 20V MAX range where you can use the battery pack in a variety of different compatible tools.

It has the power to cut branches up to 3/4-inch thick, with 40% less vibration than other models. You can chop up to 3000 square feet of foliage on one charge, while the wrap-around handle provides excellent grip and a comfortable, anti-fatigue position so you can get the job done with as little complaining as possible.

Reward: The best rated electric hedge trimmer for the price.

Pros

  • Excellent range.
  • Powerful.
  • Great price.
  • Comfortable and easy to use.
  • Eco-friendly.

Cons

  • The battery is sold separately – be aware of which model you’re purchasing!

Conclusion

A lot of great feedback about this one! And very affordable even if you buy it with the battery included. This is easily one of the best cordless hedge trimmers out there.

GreenWorks Corded Hedge Trimmer 22122

A Greenworks corded trimmer is up next, this time a powerful four amp, dual-action tool with a 22-inch blade. It will offer you a 5/8-inch cutting capacity for controlled, easy trimming of most bushes and hedges, and has the usual cord-lock to prevent accidentally disconnecting from the power source.

Featuring a large, over-molded handle for comfort and control, the trimmer is ideal for smaller sized yards. The real bonus is the clever rotating rear grip – which makes it super-easy to cut at different or awkward angles.

Reward: The best corded electric hedge trimmer with the most control.

Pros

  • Affordable price.
  • Electric start.
  • Powerful 3200 strokes per minute.
  • Highly maneuverable.
  • Transparent safety guard.

Cons

  • Cord limits your range.
  • On the louder side.

Conclusion

A top trimmer if you’ve got difficult to reach areas or awkward chops to make. That ingenious handle design should be standard in all hedge trimmers to make life a lot easier.

Toro 51490 Corded Hedge Trimmer

US garden tool company Toro enters the fray with this very highly-rated rival to the previous Greenworks model. It’s a little more expensive and offers the same length of cut with a 22-inch, hardened-steel blade.

It can chop branches up to 9/16-inches thick, with a dual-action blade that reduces vibrations. The oversized handles provide a comfortable grip and control while reducing fatigue over the course of the job.

The cord-lock prevents disconnection and the whole unit is just really well built while looking and feeling quality in Toro’s distinctive red livery.

Reward: One of the most popular corded electric hedge trimmers.

Pros

  • Stylish design.
  • Powerful motor.
  • Great price.
  • Name to trust.

Cons

  • It needs to be used near outlets.

Conclusion

Another solid corded electric hedge trimmer and a decent addition to Toro’s formidable garden-maintenance range. With many tools around this price point, it can sometimes just come down to aesthetics.

Craftsman CMEHTS822 Electric Hedge Trimmer

This is the Craftsman version of the 22-inch hedge trimmer, also packing a four amp motor but boasting that it can cut up to 3/4-inch of material.

However, where it really differs is that it also features a power-saw located at the end of the blade, which claims to be able to cut branches that are up to 1.5-inches thick. That’s a pretty useful addition to have and really sets it above other hedge trimmers in its class, allowing you to tackle tougher sections of the hedge with one tool.

It also only weighs just 3.4 lbs – so it’s perfect for senior use.

Reward: The best lightweight electric hedge trimmer.

Pros

  • Power cut capacity.
  • Easy to use.
  • Full-length trigger.
  • Great price.
  • Low vibration.

Cons

  • While the power saw is a welcome addition, it could be stronger.

Conclusion

Quite possibly the lightest hedge trimmer around, this is a great option if you need an extra bit of power and you’re not the best at carrying heavier tools.

The additional saw at the end of the blade is a welcome addition.

Black+Decker HH2455 Hedge Trimmer

Another Black & Decker (what a surprise) and another hedge trimmer with the clever rotating handle. This time, however, this particular tool offers a whopping 24-inch blade, so it’s a serious piece of corded kit.

Dual-action blades allow a cleaner, more powerful cut with less vibration, while they’re capable of cutting branches up to 3/4-inch thick.

The rear handle is able to rotate 180 degrees for ideal hand position when trimming vertically or horizontally; while the full bale handle has multiple grip options and greater control.

Again, it’s yet another top-rated hedge trimmer from Black & Decker.

Reward: The best corded electric trimmer on the market.

Pros

  • Long blade.
  • Powerful motor.
  • Very highly rated.
  • Safety lock switch.
  • Excellent balance and control.
  • Extended reach design.

Cons

  • It still has range limitations with the power cord.
  • Due to the nature of the design, the cord retention system is better in other models.

Conclusion

With an affordable price point, a powerful motor, great reach, and swivel-handle, this is easily the best-corded hedge trimmer there is. B&D has done it again.

Sun Joe SJH902E Electric Hedge Trimmer

This 4 amp corded electric trimmer is a multi-angle, telescopic machine that is perfect for cutting those high branches or hard-to-reach spots in your garden.

The pole itself extends its reach to up to 7.9 feet while providing up to 13 feet of additional overhead reach – which is awesome if you don’t want to break out the stepladder.

It features an adjustable, pivoting head that enables you to get up and under tall hedges, cutting with a 21-inch, hardened steel blade for maximum efficiency and minimum vibrations.

If you’ve got large bushes, shrubs or hedges, then this could well be the new toy for you. Truly “a cut above.”

Reward: The best electric pole hedge trimmer.

Pros

  • Highly maneuverable.
  • Instant start.
  • Safety switch.
  • Shoulder strap included.
  • 0.7-inch cutting capacity.

Cons

  • Only suitable for large hedges.
  • It should really have been battery powered.

Conclusion

For the many folks who have taller vegetation that needs taming, this tool will trim your overgrown jungle in no time and save you a small fortune on a garden maintenance crew.

It’s not really suitable for anything else, though.

Worx WG261 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Offering 20V of power in the battery with the charger included, this 22-inch cordless hedge trimmer from Worx is great value for money.

It’s lightweight at only 5.5 lbs, and the dual-action blades are backed by a powerful motor and a battery that you can use in other compatible Worx machines and tools.

The D-grip handle provides the freedom to cut at multiple angles, and the ergonomic design ensures you can cut for longer without feeling fatigued. It’ll cut branches cleanly up to 3/4-inch in diameter (and sometimes thicker) and leave your yard looking like it’s had the best trim of its life.

Reward: The best lightweight cordless hedge trimmer for a great price.

Pros

  • Great range.
  • Affordable battery power.
  • Reduced vibration.
  • Blade cover included.

Cons

  • Not ideal for heavy-duty work.

Conclusion

One of the lightest and most affordable cordless hedge trimmers available, this is a decent contribution to the market from Worx. You might need something a bit more durable for tougher jobs and larger yards, though.

Black+Decker LHT321FF Hedge Trimmer

We’ve not had a Black & Decker for a while, so let’s throw in their first cordless model in this review.

It features a powerful 20V MAX lithium Ion battery that delivers a potent force and extended run time to the 22-inch, dual-action blades that reduce vibration.

This is also reflected in the ergonomic grips that help you cut your hedges for longer, with a comfortable handle design that always feels like you’re in control.

The added strength that the powercut system provides gives you additional oomph when you need to cut through particularly tough or thick branches, while the battery provides that multi-tool versatility that is so highly regarded these days, and will last about an hour of trimming time.

Reward: A highly-rated cordless hedge trimmer from Black & Decker.

Pros

  • Powerful motor.
  • Relatively lightweight.
  • Excellent control.
  • Efficient cutting system.
  • Eco-friendly.

Cons

  • It might not be powerful enough for some.

Conclusion

A great cordless option for people who don’t like cables, but don’t necessarily want to spend a small fortune on something that’s really heavy duty. This is ideal for most homeowners who just need to give a few small to medium hedges a quick trim from time to time.

EGO Power+ HT2400 Hedge Trimmer

Compatible with all Ego Power batteries, this beast of an eco-friendly trimmer offers a generous 56 Volts of power, and a 24-inch, dual-action, hardened steel blade.

It’s built to be weather resistant (although I don’t know anyone who trims hedges in the rain) and it features an electronic brake that stops blade action quickly for improved control and extra safety.

It will give you up to an hour of run time, in a unit that is claimed can go toe-to-toe (and surpass) gas-powered options. It will cut branches up to 3/4-inch thick, with 3000 strokes per minute for a clean, efficient cut.

Note that this is for the tool only, so you should already have an Ego battery. Otherwise, the full kit is considerably more expensive.

Reward: One of the safest battery-powered hedge trimmers available.

Pros

  • Powerful cut.
  • Tough and durable construction.
  • Low noise.
  • Blade cover included.
  • Safe operation.

Cons

  • Very expensive with the battery.

Conclusion

Ego manufactures some of the best interchangeable battery tools on the market and this is no exception – but they’re not cheap. The electric brake stop is a particularly nice touch here – so the machine instantly stops when the trigger is released. Safety should always be first.

Black+Decker LHT2436 Hedge Trimmer

A step up in power this time from Black & Decker with this 40V MAX cordless hedge trimmer. It features an excellent reach of 24-inches, a dual-action blade with a cutting capacity of 3/4-inches, a full wrap-around handle for comfort and support, and a full-length trigger and soft grip.

The state-of-charge indicator lets you know just how much power you have left before needing to recharge, and you’ll have a full charge inside one hour with the super-fast charging dock.

Once again, the battery is compatible with many tools in the 40V MAX line from Black & Decker.

Reward: Best electric hedge trimmer for displaying battery life.

Pros

Excellent price for what you get.

  • Powerful motor.
  • PowerDrive transmission.
  • 6000 square feet per charge.
  • Lightweight.
  • Very highly recommended.

Cons

  • It’s hard to fault – let me know if you find one.

Conclusion

For the sheer number of positive feedback I’ve heard and read for this thing and what you get for the price, this has to be the best cordless electric hedge trimmer out there.

DeWalt DCHT820B Hedge Trimmer

While this is for the tool only and the battery is sold separately, this is still a top-quality piece of kit from one of the best tool manufacturers on the planet. It’s a beast of a machine, very tough and durable as you would expect from a DeWalt, and designed with those bigger jobs in mind.

Powered by a 20V battery, the dual-action blade is 22-inches in length and can make short work of branches up to 3/4-inches thick. For power and reliability, you’ll go far to find something better than a DeWalt.

Reward: The most iconic cordless electric hedge trimmer from a brand to trust.

Pros

  • Built to last.
  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Powerful laser-cut.
  • Very low maintenance.
  • Eco-friendly.

Cons

  • Battery not included – can be very expensive with the full kit.

Conclusion

Another top-drawer product from DeWalt – but you’d expect nothing less. This is a powerful cordless hedge trimmer that will do most jobs without breaking a sweat.

Just make sure you have a compatible battery already.

Craftsman CMCHTS820D1 Hedge Trimmer

Another entry from Craftsman, now with this powerful 20V battery hedge trimmer with a 22-inch blade. It’s part of their range of cordless tools, with the added bonus of it being part of a track-wall organization system for easy storage.

Featuring a dual-action blade that cuts up to 3/4-inch thick branches, it also incorporates a power saw for an extra 1.5 inches of cutting power for those tougher spots. Offering maximum maneuverability with a full bale handle, this is a performance hedge trimmer for use in any garden.

Reward: Best electric hedge trimmer for thick branches.

Pros

  • Durable build and construction.
  • Powerful battery life.
  • Lightweight.
  • Highly recommended.
  • Well balanced.
  • It can be purchased as a set with other tools.

Cons

  • I can’t fault this trimmer, either – excellent stuff from Craftsman.

Conclusion

They know what they’re doing with this innovative set of tools, the organization system alone makes me want to have a shed full. Still, this is a top-quality trimmer that will get the toughest jobs done with aplomb.

Husqvarna 115iHD55 Hedge Trimmer

Famed Swedish brand Husqvarna were not to be outdone in a review of the best electric hedge trimmers, and this model is a serious cut above many of its rivals.

It’s a solidly built machine, powered with a brushless motor with dual-action blades for less vibration. Designed for medium-sized to larger sized hedges and gardens, it packs in a 36.5V battery that offers an excellent running time, as well as low noise operation so you don’t annoy your neighbors.

This is a pro-quality hedge trimmer at a really affordable price.

Reward: The most durable electric hedge trimmer available.

Pros

  • Built to last.
  • Ideal for heavy-duty work.
  • Telescopic shaft.
  • Save mode.
  • Intuitive keypad.
  • Instant start.

Cons

  • The trigger could have been full length.

Conclusion

A rugged, tough, and durable machine that should last you for many hedge trimming years to come. This is a really good-looking piece of kit from Husqvarna – purchasing this beast shows you’re not kidding around.

Makita XHU02M1 Hedge Trimmer

Japanese company Makita makes some seriously high-end power tools and is well-regarded in the trades as one of the best in the business. This cordless hedge trimmer is a very good example right here.

With an 18V lithium-ion battery powering a 22-inch, dual-action blade, it offers you an excellent 120 minutes of run-time – which is one of the best there is. Five cushions within the motor housing combat strong vibrations; also, it’s super-lightweight for a battery-powered machine at only 7.4 lbs.

It’s part of the world’s largest collection of compatible tools, too.

Reward: The best cordless electric hedge trimmer for battery life.

Pros

  • Durable construction.
  • Low battery warning.
  • Very quiet operation.
  • Fast charging times.
  • Super-smooth cut.

Cons

  • Battery and charger sold separately

Conclusion

A high-end hedge trimmer from one of the finest tool manufacturers on the planet. It’s top-drawer, but remember this is for the tool only and the battery and charger don’t come cheap.

Greenworks GHT80321 Hedge Trimmer

We finish with this beast from Greenworks Pro, their super-powerful cordless hedge trimmer that packs in a whopping 80V battery and 26-inch dual-action blade. It will give you up to 60 minutes of run time and is the equivalent of a 25cc gas engine.

The digital controlled brushless motor offers more torque, quieter operation, and longer life, while its solid, durable construction allows you to tackle even the toughest jobs. This tool will tackle up to 375 yards of hedges before running dry.

All the benefits of gas, without all the headaches that come with it, Greenworks aren’t playing around with this machine.

Reward: The best commercial electric hedge trimmer.

Pros

  • Commercial performance.
  • Rotating rear handle.
  • Laser-cut.
  • Electric start.
  • Tough and durable.
  • Magnesium gearbox.
  • Battery and charger included.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Heavier than other trimmers.

Conclusion

The closest an electric hedge trimmer will get to gas-power, this is one top-quality power tool from Greenworks. It might be a little bit pricier than previous models, but if you’ve got a lot of trimming to do, it’s oh so worth it.

What to Look For in the Best Electric Hedge Trimmer

Trimming a bush with hedge trimmer

Below you’ll find a detailed buyer’s guide to help you choose the hedge trimmer that’s right for you.

So, even if you’re a talented topiarist or a trimming tenderfoot, you’ll find some great advice and a FAQ section that has you covered.

Power Source

The clue is in the title here. As this review is all about electric hedge trimmers, you won’t find a gas-powered tool insight.

Instead, you have two options when it comes to electric hedge trimmers. Corded or cordless.

Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Corded Hedge trimmers

These (or any corded tools) are by far and away the cheapest type. You plug them into a mains socket and they offer you unlimited power as long as you’re connected up.

They also tend to be much lighter and are ideal for seniors, or anyone who isn’t confident operating large or heavy-duty power tools.

The obvious limitation is that you need to be within the range of an electrical socket. You can use all the extension cables in the world to reach around your garden, but it’s just not practical if you’ve got a big lot.

There’s also the very real danger you can slice through the power cord. Yes, it happens. It happens with alarming regularity. See the safety section below for more information and how you can avoid this.

Corded hedge trimmers will rarely come with their own extension cord, so you’ll need to purchase one separately before use.

Cordless Hedge Trimmers

Cordless ones allow you to wander freely cutting bushes until your heart’s content.

Or until they run out of juice.

Most battery-operated models that are worth their salt should give you at least an hour of run time on a full charge.

Depending on the type of battery and its quality, that’s enough to do somewhere between 3000-6000 square feet (give or take) of hedge/shrubbery/bushes. Providing it’s not too dense and you’re not running full power for the duration.

Then, you need to wait until the battery is fully charged before you can finish anything you’ve missed. How long this takes can vary depending on the make and model of the trimmer.

However, there is a really secret pro-tip you can use to work around this.

It’s called – use an extra battery.

While it might be a little bit more expensive at first, having two or more battery packs for your hedge trimmer ensures that you should never run out of power, if you keep rotating them.

And don’t forget, most of these battery-powered products are part of a line of tools that can all use the same battery pack.

So, it makes so much sense to have more than one anyway, and you can alternate between your lawnmower, leaf-blower, string trimmer, hedge trimmer, or any number of other power tools you have in that particular range.

It’s also worth noting that battery-powered models tend to be on the heavier side, but they’re not nearly as heavy as gas, so you’re still winning there.

Aside from all of that, both corded and cordless are much better for the environment than gas-powered tools.

You don’t need fuel or oil, so there’s no waste and spillage when you come to fill them up. Millions of dollars are wasted each year in the US alone over such accidents and careless re-fueling.

They’re also much easier to start. Having a push-button instant start is much more advantageous than a prime, pull-cord and choke system. It’s easier on the back, too.

Finally, they don’t need nearly as much upkeep or maintenance as their gas-powered counterparts. All-in-all, if you’re working on a small to a medium-sized plot of land, electric tools are the way to go.

Blade Length and Type

Hedge trimmer blades come in a variety of sizes, but they generally range from 16-inches to 26-inches for home use.

You can get smaller blades for hand-held work at around four to six inches.

The longer the blade, the more coverage and the less time it will take to complete the job.

However, the trade-off is that they can be harder to maneuver, useless in small areas, and can weigh a lot more.

All the blades in this review are dual-action, which means they cut on both sides and have double the amount of blades working as opposed to a single action or single-sided hedge trimmer.

Dual-action blades tend to vibrate less – which is a big help when you’ve got a lot of foliage to cover. You might feel like you can handle it, but believe me, after a while your hands and arms are going to seriously feel it.

See below for more info on controlling vibration and making hedge trimming a more pleasant experience.

Cutting Widths

Close up of gardening sheers

The spacing on the teeth on each blade will give you an indication as to how thick a branch the hedge trimmer will be able to take down.

But to make it easy for you, in the specifications of each product, it does say exactly the maximum diameter of a branch the trimmer will be able to handle.

The more heavy-duty tools in the review will likely go up to 3/4-inch in cutting capacity. However, with the right technique, they can often cut larger than this.

Some trimmers have an extra power saw at the end of the blade. This is for cutting branches that are between 1-1.5-inches thick. However, the jury is out on how well they work.

Sometimes, it’s best to put down the power tool and go at it with a hand saw or lopping shears.

This is where gas-powered hedge trimmers have the advantage, they’re designed to hack through the tougher branches, short of using a chainsaw.

For the most part, by their very nature, the branches on a hedge are on the leaner side while the foliage is dense. They are compact, evergreen, and have smaller leaves or needles.

Therefore, all these hedge trimming tools are perfectly capable of doing the job they were designed for. Just don’t start trying to mill lumber with them.

Grips and Handle Configurations

This will come down to personal preference, as everyone is different for how they hold or control their tools.

Be on the lookout for a grip and handle configuration that would suit you and your style of trimming. Ergonomic, oversized handles are usually recommended.

You want something that offers you good control and that is going to be safe to use.

While certain models might claim that you can use them one-handed, it’s not recommended that you do so.

Other products have a clever handle rotation system, so you can pivot the handle to cut difficult to reach areas, or just change to a more comfortable position and grip.

Pole trimmers are designed for cutting higher or larger foliage. They have a telescopic, extending handle and a poseable head so you can achieve the right angle for taller trims.

Noise Pollution

Gas-powered tools are loud. Very loud. The fact that electric versions are much quieter is a significant advantage.

Noise pollution is a real thing. Wherever possible, it’s advisable to use quieter tools for your yard work. Particularly if you live in a built-up neighborhood.

And while electric hedge trimmers are quieter, some can still raise the decibel levels uncomfortably, which can be aggravating for anyone within earshot. Especially if used for prolonged periods of time.

With that in mind, have some consideration to those around you and opt for the quietest machine possible if your circumstances advise it.

Weight

As mentioned, electric trimmers are generally lighter than gas-powered versions.

That being said, after several minutes of use, you are going to feel the burn.

Using any weighty tool for long periods will cause pain, especially if you’re using both arms and reaching up high with it.

Consider your own strengths and judge accordingly the maximum weight you’re likely to be able to handle.

Cost

The price of hedge trimmers varies wildly, from a machine you could buy with the pocket change down the back of the couch, to much more expensive models.

Before making your purchase, make sure you’re buying the right product for your needs.

If you only have a small yard with one or two shrubs that barely require a trim, then a super-expensive hedge trimmer is overkill.

Again, always buy the best you can afford – but suit the tool to the job it’s being bought to do and save yourself some money or sheer waste.

FAQs

Close up of a bush with a heart shape cut

What Does a Hedge Trimmer Do?

Also known as shrub trimmers or bush trimmers, hedge trimmers are designed for trimming, cutting, and pruning hedges, shrubs or any other light or thin foliage that needs keeping under control.

Additionally, they might be known under the moniker of a hedge cutter, but those tools are generally used for more heavy-duty jobs and pruning thicker branches.

Wondering what pruning is? Read this article on pruning vs trimming.

Hedge trimmers are available in many different variations, from manual shears to electric corded and cordless models, to commercial gas-powered, and even tractor-mounted machines.

Are Hedge Trimmers Dangerous?

In short, yes.

All power tools are dangerous, especially if you’re not using them correctly.

However, tools with an exposed, oscillating blade (such as hedge trimmers and chainsaws) are particularly perilous and so extra care needs to be taken when using any such device or machine.

See below for more advice on the safety precautions you can take when using a hedge trimmer

Can I Chop Down Trees With a Hedge Trimmer?

No. Don’t even think about it. Unless you want to completely ruin your machine, that is.

Hedge trimmers are designed to do one thing and one thing only – trim. They do exactly the same thing a pair of hand shears or pruners would do – just a lot faster and with a lot less effort for you.

You wouldn’t use a pruner to cut a tree down, would you?

Use a chainsaw if you want to cut back on really thick foliage and/or trees. But likewise, don’t ever use a chainsaw for simply giving your hedge a trim.

What are The Best Hedge Trimmers?

Check the reviews above for the best electric hedge trimmers. The most popular brands include Black & Decker, Greenworks, Ego, Husqvarna, Craftsman, Sun Joe, Matika, and Toro.

It’s up to you to decide which you think is best. Let me know in the comments section below.

Check out these amazing gas-powered hedge trimmers if you’re looking for something a bit more heavy-duty.

What Do Hedge Trimmers Cost?

The cheapest new hedge trimmer I could find was under $25.

The most expensive – at least in the electric range – was between $300-400.

That’s just to give you a ballpark figure of how the costs vary depending on the make and model of the hedge trimmer.

Can a Hedge Trimmer Cut Branches?

It depends on how thick the branches are.

Most of the hedge trimmers included in the reviews will cut somewhere between 5/8-inches and 3/4-inches.

Hedge trimmers with power saws at the end of the blade can cut thicker branches up to 1.5 inches.

For anything more than that, I would suggest using different tools, such as a hand saw, heavy-duty lopper, or even a chainsaw.

Again, hedge trimmers are only designed to trim hedges – which have thin, fastigiate branches, leaves or needles.

How Do You Sharpen a Hedge Trimmer?

A very good question – as keeping a hedge trimmer blade sharp is often the bane of every owner. It can be a time-consuming chore.

You can use an angle grinder, a bastard file, or a rotary tool – such as a Dremel.

For practical options, take a look at this article on the best lawn mower blade sharpeners. You’ll also find great sharpener options for your hedge trimmer, like a quality bastard file.

Rather than writing several more pages here, the video below is a great guide on how to sharpen your hedge trimmer.

Can Cutting Through a Hedge Trimmer Cable Electrocute Me?

Yes, it can.

Many people cut through their hedge trimmer cables every year. It’s very easy to do if you’re not careful – and one of the major disadvantages of a corded trimmer.

Thankfully, most manage to get away with it due to built-in safety features or your building’s circuit breakers. However, accidents that cause electric shock and even death are not uncommon.

There are numerous hospital visits around the world for gardening accidents, and two of the most regular culprits include cutting through the cables of lawnmowers and hedge trimmers.

Take extra care if using a corded machine. Always use the special clip that keeps the wire out of the way and also prevents an accidental disconnect.

Here’s a top-tip – use a carabiner on the back of your belt loop and feed the cable through – it will make sure the wire is always behind you and will never fall into your cutting path.

What Safety Gear Do I Need For Hedge Trimming?

Another good question. You should be using the same safety equipment as you would for your string trimming in the garden.

  • Eye goggles are essential. Those finely chopped twigs can fly anywhere and serious damage can be done to soft tissue.
  • Ear protectors are up to you if you’re using an electric device, but for gas-powered machines, it’s not up for discussion. Either way, I’d err on the side of caution and use them for both.
  • Quality work gloves should always be worn. They’ll also help dampen the vibrations – which will eventually become very uncomfortable and often painful.
  • High-vis vest or jacket if you’re working anywhere in the public eye, such as along roads or walkways.
  • Hard hat – is an extra consideration if you’re trimming anything heavy over head-height.

How Do You Trim Hedges?

There are many tricks and techniques to help you achieve beautiful hedges that are worthy of Edward Scissorhands. Check out the video below as a good place to start.

Summary

There you have it, folks, hopefully, you’ll soon be creating labyrinthian mazes, beautiful privet swans, landmarks, teacups, or anything you care to sculpt in your own backyard.

Providing you’ve chosen the best electric hedge trimmer that’s right for you.

While I love the Husqvarna and the Greenworks Pro 80V, it’s hard to see past the Black & Decker 40V MAX for the huge amount of positive feedback and outstanding price point.

If money were no object, I’d go for Greenworks, and if I wanted something that just looks really good – it would be the Husqvarna.

Let me know in the comments section which one you’re thinking of going for and why.

Happy trimming!