What’s the difference between a good looking lawn and a great looking one? A grass trimmer, or strimmer, will help you produce clean borders and edges, allowing you to trim areas that a mower just can’t reach.
In this article, we'll show you how to choose the right one for your garden by comparing the best cordless electric and petrol strimmers and edge trimmers in the UK on Amazon, Argos and More. With reviews of top brands including Black+Decker and Bosch, read on to find out which made number 1!
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It’s fair to say that electric trimmers are by far the most popular option nowadays. This is mainly due to the fact that they're quiet, they don't emit fumes and they don't require any additional fuel, which lowers costs and means you’ll never have any mucky spills on your lawn.
Furthermore, of the two choices, they’re also the easiest to get going as they work at the touch of a button. The downside is that they don’t have as good a run time and aren't as powerful as petrol trimmers. So, if you have a big or dense garden, you might need multiple batteries or a good amount of patience.
If you have a lot of foliage and a large area to cover, then chances are a petrol trimmer will be the best bet. These have more power than your average electric so they really will make much shorter work of your lawn.
There are a couple of things to bear in mind, though. Firstly, they’re much louder, so if you have neighbours close by the noise could be annoying for them. Plus, although emissions are said to be down by about 75% compared to older models, they’re still there. Finally, petrol models are likely to be a little more expensive.
Whichever style of trimmer you choose, you'll want to take note of its running time (and charge time, for electric models). While this will partly be dependent on the size of your garden and your usage, we've included some guidelines below to help to finalise your decision.
Most electric trimmers will give you at least 30 minutes running time, depending on how denset the grass or foliage is. Be aware that the charging time will heavily outweigh the run time, ranging from one hour to five or six.
If you’re opting for a petrol trimmer, you don’t have to worry about charging time. Instead, run time is determined by the capacity the petrol tank. We recommend choosing a 0.5 - 1L petrol tank. In general, the bigger the better, but keep in mind this will also increase the overall weight.
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Like it or not, if you want to get that lawn looking fresh, you’re going to need to lug about the trimmer – which is exactly why the weight is worth thinking about. As a rule of thumb, if you’re opting for electric, you’re in for a much lighter workout as they usually weigh between 2 and 6 kg.
Petrol trimmers, meanwhile, can weigh up to 10 kg. This might not seem a lot, but carrying it around for 30 to 45 minutes at a time can be pretty taxing! All we’ll say is opt for something that you’re comfortable with so you're able to stay in control at all times, which is both safer and more conducive to getting the work finished quickly.
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Another feature that will be pertinent to your comfort is the length of the shaft or pole. If you’re taller, pick something a little longer to spare yourself the backache that could result from leaning over too much.
Most trimmers are around a metre in length, which is considered fine for those up tp 5 ft 10 inches. For the green-fingered who come in on the taller side, looking for devices that are 1.2, 1.3 or 1.4 metres would be a safer bet.
You could also consider a model with an adjustable pole, which won't only be beneficial for your comfort but will also help when it comes to storage as they can be shortened to save space in the shed or garage.
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Finally, we'll touch on the cutting path or cutting width of the trimmer. The main thing to note is that these are all around the same size, often somewhere between 25 and 30 cm.
Unfortunately, they aren’t generally adjustable, so whichever size you opt for, you’ll have it for good. While it might seem obvious, a larger cutting path will reduce more debris in one swoop, saving you time overall when it comes to completing the job.
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The first component that often jumps out to many people about our number one trimmer is its power usage. Incredibly, the tool has a running time of 50 minutes, which is much more than many electrical trimers. Plus, not only can it achieve this, but it does so on just an hour's charging time!
From there, you have the incredibly flexible shaft length, the low weight and the decent cutting path size. The best bit, however, is that it's also one of the most economical grass trimmers you'll ever come across. The features and value easily place this at the top of our list.
If you look out of your back window and you see something that more closely resembles an abandoned patch of forest than a garden, you're going to need to call in the big guns. Step up Trueshopping's petrol trimmer which comes in many different power options, but we've opted for the 43 CC, the middle of the road.
It has a large tank capacity of over 1 L, a decent shaft length and cutting path width and an ergonomic harness that helps spread the heavy load to hopefully spare your arms a bit. It might be too much for the average garden, but if you're struggling with a substantial workload, this will have your back.
You might look at this trimmer and think that it's a little odd, and you'd be right, but it's one of those things that people can't quite put their finger on at first. Luckily we're here to tell you – it's the handles. You see, unlike many other trimmers, this employs two separate handles that encourage you to cut more ergonomically.
Pair this with the fact that they have wonderfully comfortable grips, and you'll find using this machine to be one of the most pleasant and easy trimming experiences you've ever had. It can also be adjusted via a foot pedal, which will twist or lower the handles to help you trim along paths or under garden furniture.
This trimmer from Worx encourages the user to work smarter, not harder. The tool is another 2-in-1 trimming and edging device that will see you neaten that garden in no time, in large part thanks to its more comprehensive 20 V battery. Usually, trimmers are all 18 V.
Furthermore, it has a telescopic handle, allowing you to change the length of the device. This feature makes the trimmer more versatile and more comfortable for many different people with a maximum height of 113.2 cm, so if it's not just you sorting out the garden this could be a great choice.
If you need plenty of power with less weight, then this offering from McCulloch is right up your street. Surprisingly, it weighs only a little more than an electric trimmer, but don't worry, this doesn't affect its strength and it'll still make light work of overgrown and dense grass!
There is a little pay off though, as you have to sacrifice some of the fuel tank capacity to achieve the lower weight. This effect of this lower capacity will vary from garden to garden and what you plan on using the trimmer for, but it's nice to know there are lighter petrol options out there.
Our favourite aspect of this particular Black+Decker model is that you can choose the amount of power, meaning you can increase or drop it down depending on what you're cutting. This not only makes it easier but it conserves battery too.
Moreover, it also has a large cutting path, so you'll be slicing away more with each move than many other trimmers, and the Trim’n’Edge feature will let you swap between trimming and edging your borders. Again, though telescopic, the length is not provided, which is why it finds itself further down the list.
This trimmer from Kärcher has a few great features that are worth remembering. Firstly, the shaft length is the longest of all the trimmers in our ranking, so it's probably the best option for those who are 6 ft or over. Secondly, it has a respectable running and charge time, which is always a nice bonus.
In addition, if you have other Kärcher 18V battery products in the shed, you can use the same battery for the whole range. Weighing in at a few kilos, this is one of the heavier options, although we can assume that is to do with the additional height.
This Einhell is the first of our petrol trimmers. Known for having one of the easiest pulley start-up mechanisms, this is a machine that will get going much easier than most. Also, compared to other petrol models it is surprisingly quiet and has minimal vibration, so you should be able to work for longer.
However, you'll only be able to work as long as the tank capacity allows, as it comes in at a little under 0.5 L. The company also doesn't mention the cutting path of the device, which is a bit of a shame.
The cutting head on the McGregor allows you to manipulate it to different angles, this means that the tool is perfect for trimming the edges or getting under objects such as bushes or trampolines. There is also a flower safety guard to protect your precious blooms as you trim the grass.
The power provided from the 18 V battery is strong enough for fine or coarse grass, and it should work for up to 30 minutes – this option comes with two batteries, though it is available without for a lower cost. Though adjustable, the length of the device has not been specified, which would make the choice easier for certain different users.
We may have mentioned in the cutting path segment of our buying guide that they're rarely adjustable, but this Ryobi actually does just that by offering between 23 and 30 cm of width for you to work with. On top of that, this is also one of our lightest trimmers, so it's perfect for those who are smaller in stature.
However, there is one glaring issue with the trimmer – it doesn't come with either a battery or a charger. This means that you'll need to make additional purchases, which can be both more expensive and a bit of a faff.
Written and researched by: Lewis Clark
No. 1: VonHaus｜Cordless Grass Trimmer
No. 2: Trueshopping｜Petrol Grass Garden Trimmer
No. 3: Bosch ｜Universal Grass Strimmer
No. 4: WORX｜Max Cordless Grass Trimmer｜WG163E
No. 5: McCulloch｜Trimmac Trimmer
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