The best lawnmowers do a pretty good job of mowing large areas, but even the smartest ones can’t go all the way to the edge of a wall or fence – and if you’re looking to cut a smaller lawn quickly , you don’t necessarily want to drag a full-size mower around for a few minutes of trimming. Here’s our pick of the best brush cutters and trimmers to buy today.
Trimmers and edgers are ideal for these small tasks, and those with rotating heads are great for getting nice, clean lawn edges.
How to choose a weed trimmer or strimmer
Some people start by looking at prices. We start with the weight. A pound here or there doesn’t seem like a lot, but if you have a lot of lawn to trim, it can mean the difference between arms that hurt and arms that don’t. It’s also much easier to maneuver a lighter model than one you struggle to lift.
If you are tall or short, it is a very good idea to look for a model with an adjustable handle angle or a telescoping handle. A trimmer that makes you stretch or bend down is going to hurt your back if you use it for a long time.
There are two main types of brush cutters. Some use nylon line on a spool, which provides a wide cutting area but can be tedious to replace; others use small plastic blades, which are easier to swap out but wear out quickly and cut much smaller areas.
And some have fixed metal blades like lawn mowers. Which one you choose is largely down to personal preference, but if you’re going to be trimming larger areas, nylon thread will cut faster.
Our pick of the best brushcutters and trimmers to buy today
Why buy a trimmer and an edger when one tool can do both brilliantly? That’s the case here: this traditional nylon trimmer has a cutting width of 30cm and turns into a wheeled trimmer for precise and attractive results. It uses PowerShare batteries that you can use with WORX garden tools and power tools to save money and be more environmentally friendly, and it’s quick and easy to adjust the height to suit your location. any user. At 3.5kg, it’s not too heavy either.
If you prefer plastic blades to a nylon line, this lightweight clipper from GTech is a good option. It’s a trimmer and string trimmer with an 18V battery that will provide about 30 minutes of trimming, and like batteries from other companies, it’s swappable with other GTech tools. Plastic slats are very cheap to buy and easy to install, and at just 1.85kg they are extremely lightweight. You can adjust the angle of the handle for more comfortable use.
Clever. As well as interchangeable batteries, this WORX trimmer has interchangeable heads – so as well as being a traditional nylon trimmer with a huge 38cm cutting area, you can swap out the head and turn it into a brushcutter, trimmer- hedge, pole saw, a cultivator, an edger or a sweeper too. The brushless motor has variable speed control and the split shaft design is easy to adjust for added comfort.
550W power base
This is the cheapest trimmer in our range, and it’s a typically solid product from Homebase with a multi-position rotary head for edges and around trees and shrubs. It uses a nylon cutting line and has a cutting area of 30cm, and the telescopic height adjustment means you can use it whether you’re tall enough or short enough. The downside is that it is a corded model, and although 10m is suitable for small to medium sized gardens, you will need an extension if you need to go further. The benefit, of course, is that you can stretch all day without worrying about running out of battery.
Do you need a professional grade clipper without a professional grade price tag? Then this WORX model is a good choice. It doubles the batteries for nearly 40V of power, delivering gasoline-like performance without the noise or fumes, and it uses professional-grade nylon that’s much stronger and less prone to breakage than consumer grade coils. That dual battery adds to the weight – the WG184E weighs 3.9kg – but the payoff is the massively increased power which will make a huge difference to your cutting speed and the time it takes to get it all done.
Stiga GT 500e
This 48V trimmer is the most powerful trimmer here. It has plenty of cutting power, but since the battery is only 2Ah, you’ll need to recharge it after about 20 minutes. A quick charge brings it back to life in about 50 minutes. It’s very adjustable and comfortable to use, and since there’s only one big battery instead of two, it manages to weigh in at a very reasonable 3.0kg, so it won’t tire you out too much during your twenty minutes of cutting – although 3 kg is still a lot to lift when there is no shoulder strap to distribute the load. The nylon line cuts up to 30cm wide and that massive battery cuts tough grass like it’s butter, but having to buy the battery and charger separately means the Stiga is more expensive than it is. doesn’t seem like it.
If you’re looking for a really cheap cordless brushcutter, skip the Vonhaus F-series – its battery isn’t great and it’s not adjustable – and opt for the G-series instead, which is just £10 more but is a much better budget to buy. Its 20V battery has a much better autonomy – 50 minutes – as well as greater cutting power, the handle is telescopic and the head swivels to deal with lawn edges. With a 25cm cutting area and nylon blades, the G-Series quickly clears lumpy grass.