Top 10 Best Garden Strimmers For 2019

June 2019
Best Garden Strimmers

Strimmers are a secret weapon to keep your garden looking blooming marvellous! We as Brits are obsessed with having the perfectly trimmed lawn, and so, mowing really could be counted as a national pastime!

 

Keeping your lawn looking lush is involves many different pieces of kit, each of which does a unique job.

 

The lawn mower, whether you decide to use a robotic or an electric one, the mower takes care of the big picture.

 

While effective at cutting large areas evenly lawn mowers leave a lot to be desired when it comes to edges and tight spaces. These details are best handled by a strimmer.

 

Sounds simple right?! Not quite. The range of garden trimmers includes battery powered, mains powered and petrol powered varieties. Complicating it further, each group prices range massively.

 

Having reviewed a number of garden trimmers, here are our top 10 best garden strimmers for 2019. We’ve selected products from different manufacturers, that cover a wide price range and features.

 

 

Item

Photo

Our rating

Price*

Purchase

Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer

9/10

£30.40

VonHaus 550W Grass Trimmer With Adjustable Telescopic Pole

9/10

£44.99

Blaupunkt Garden Tools Cordless DNA Grass Trimmer and Edger

8/10

£129.99

Makita DUR181Z Cordless Line Trimmer

8/10

£99.99

Hyundai Petrol Grass Trimmer

8/10

£129.99

Black + Decker GL7033GB Electric Strimmer Grass Trimmer

9/10

£56.26

Ryobi OLT1832 ONE+ Cordless Grass Trimmer

8/10

£50.00

Garden Gear Cordless Strimmer

9/10

£59.99

Mcculloch TRIMMAC Petrol Grass Trimmer

8/10

£106.90

DEWALT DCST920P1 Brushless String Trimmer

8/10

£383.32

* Prices correct at time of publishing

 

 

Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer

Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer

photo by Bosch

 

Description

Starting our list is the Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer, which is available from Amazon for £30.40.

 

You’ll be up and running in minutes thanks to its quick click components. Once assembled, plug into the mains and you’re ready to start finishing your lawn to perfection.

 

At the heart of the Bosch Art 23 SL is a high power 280 w motor, which make this trimmer ideal for small and medium gardens. The motor power a ‘pro-tap’ spool which delivers a wide 23 cm cutting width.

 

The trimmer line is automatically resizes when you switch on the tool. This ensures you’re cutting with the optimum trimming line length. The combination of the motor and spool means you can tame wild and unruly patches of undergrowth just as easily as normal grass.

 

Weighing just 1.7 kg, the Bosch Art 23 SL is lightweight, which reduces the chances of aches and pain post strimming. The unit features two handles, both provide comfortable handling in any position.

 

As the Art 23 SL uses mains power, there’s a power cable storage hook, which helps to keep the cable under control when trimming and tidy when stored.

 

Pros

  • Wide 23 cm cutting width
  • 280 w motor
  • 1.7 kg weight

 

Cons

  • Assembly involved

 

Conclusion

There’s a lot going for the Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer. It’s affordable and will only set you back £30.40. The compact design is pleasing and there’s more power than you’ll ever need.

 

While it’s not the most technologically advanced or feature packed on our list, it does handle its task with ease. The ART 23 SL can handle trimming edges, under trees and even small lawns.

 

Some might dislike the idea of a flat pack tools. However, the Bosch ART 23 SL clicks together fast and you’ll be trimming in under 10 minutes. It’s also super light, weighing only 1.7 kg.

 

As a mains power unit, some might not like having to run extension cables. That said, as it’s a trade-off with power, given the 240-watt motor, we feel it’s a fair compromise.

 

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced trimmer that’s mains powered, light-weight and powerful, then you can’t go wrong with the Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer. 9/10

 

 

VonHaus 550W Grass Trimmer With Adjustable Telescopic Pole

VonHaus 550W Grass Trimmer

photo by VonHaus

 

Description

The VonHaus 550W Grass Trimmer has an adjustable telescopic pole, loads of power and wide 27 cm cutting width. And at a cost of £44.99 (from Amazon), it’s affordable.

 

The main handle is complete with a comfort grip, a nice feature especially if you have a large garden. The second handle is set at a right angle and allows for further control. It’s also easy to adjust, depending on the task.

 

As a mains powered unit, the cable is 5 metres in length. While not massive, it’s adequate for most small or medium gardens. There’s even a cable clip on the main handle.

 

Moving on to the pole. The adjustable telescopic pole can be extended from 121 cm to 141 cm. This feature can help prevent aches and pains from bending over for long periods.

 

With a speed of 1100rpm, you can easily and accurately cut lawn edges. Add to this a 1.5mm line diameter with an auto-feed spool, and you can trim amazingly close to the edge for the perfect finish.

 

The trimmer head can be adjusted to suit the task and this innovation will speed up the process considerably. Protecting your garden is a flower guard, which reduce the chances of damaging walls or fencing when trimming close to edges.

 

Final the VonHaus 550W Grass Trimmer comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty.

 

Pros

  • 27 cm cutting width
  • Adjustable telescopic pole
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty

 

Cons

  • Uses mains power
  • Short 5 metre power lead

 

Conclusion

If you have a large garden or lot of edges to trim, then the VonHaus 550W Grass Trimmer is worth considering.

 

With such a large amount of power, there is a trade-off. You need to plug the unit into the mains and run extension cables. It does come with a 5-metre cable built-in. However, if you have a sizeable garden, this cable might not stretch too far.

 

As a small trade-off, it’s easy to disregard. The 550 watts of power is more than you’ll ever need and ensures you can handle overgrown grass and weeds.

 

We like the adjustable head and pole. Both enable you to easily reach into corners or cut straight edges to perfection. The guard is a nice feature, not only for protecting the spool and motor but also for measuring when cutting.

 

At £44.99 (via Amazon), the VonHaus 550W Grass Trimmer is a fantastic buy. 9/10

 

 

Blaupunkt Garden Tools Cordless DNA Grass Trimmer and Edger

Blaupunkt Garden Tools Cordless DNA Grass Trimmer and Edger

photo by Blaupunkt

 

Description

Moving from mains power to batteries. introducing the Blaupunkt Garden Tools Cordless DNA Grass Trimmer and Edger, which is priced £129.99 and available at Amazon.

 

Ideal for large gardens, this dual function grass trimmer and edger uses a battery pack to allow you to free movement. The package includes a Blaupunkt Garden Tools BP5501 Lithium-ion battery, which charges in 2 hours.

 

Even with the battery pack, it’s comparably light, weighing just shy of 3 kg. On larger gardens which require more maintenance, the tool’s weight can make a massive difference.

 

The lighter the tool, the quicker you can complete the task and the better you’ll feel after.

 

The BP5501 features an adjustable telescopic pole which also rotates through 90 degrees. The secondary handle can also be adjusted for comfort.

 

At the heart of this unit is a super fast 7200 rpm motor, which controls a heavy 1.65mm line. This line can be adjusted to provide a cutting width between 25 and 30 cm.

 

In grass trimmer mode, you can efficiently cut long grass and weeds. The built-in power makes light work of any unwanted growth around alls, fences, paving and rocks.

 

With the press of a button, the spring loaded head rotates 90° and transforms the BP5501 into an edge trimmer. The finish is excellent and cuts fantastic straight lines. In this mode, a guide wheel mounted on the head keeps the cut straight.

 

Blaupunkt automatically extends the warranty to 3 years, when you register online.

 

Pros

  • Dual modes
  • Adjustable cutting width (25-30 cm)
  • 3 years warranty

 

Cons

  • Fairly expensive

 

Conclusion

At £130 from Amazon, the Blaupunkt Garden Tools BP5501 Cordless DNA Grass Trimmer and Edger provides dual functions, adjustable pole and handles, and plenty of power.

 

At first glance, you could consider it on the pricer end of our range. However, as the battery and charger are included, it’s very affordable.

 

While the battery does charge fast, you’ll want to work quickly to maximise your time. Thanks to the unit’s lightweight design, you can efficiently cut a large area before you run out of charge.

 

Overall, if you have a large garden or lots of edges to trim and don’t fancy having to use extension cables, then the Blaupunkt Garden Tools BP5501 could be ideal for your situation. 8/10

 

 

Makita DUR181Z Cordless Line Trimmer (no batteries)

Makita DUR181Z Cordless Line Trimmer

photo by Makita

 

Description

Makita are well known for their power tools and DUR181Z Cordless Line Trimmer lives up to their name for quality and will set you back £99.99 on Amazon.

 

Before we get started, it’s worth pointing out, that the Makita DUR181Z comes without a battery. This isn’t an issue if you already have another tool from them with a battery. Or plan to add other battery powered tools from their range to your tool kit.

 

However, it could be a deal breaker as batteries and charger range from £50 to £80 each. This tool is compatible with 1.5, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0Ah Makita Lithium-Ion batteries.

 

The main handle features on/off buttons and a battery capacity LED. A second handle sits partway down the shaft and can be adjusted according to the user’s height and working.

 

The telescopic shaft can be adjusted between 1.50 and 3.30 metres. The head pivots into 1 of 5 positions, enabling the user to adjust the cutting angle for the task. Whether you’re trimming under a bench or finishing edges, the Makita DUR181Z is versatile.

 

A metal cap holds the spool in place and helps to increase wear resistance. The Bump and Feed cord feeding system (Single-cord cutting) uses a 1.65mm nylon cord and has a speed of 7,800 rpm. The user can easily remove the spool for rewinding.

 

At 2.5kg, it’s lightweight and compact. Ideal for gardens of any size.

 

Pros

  • Adjustable telescopic shaft (1.50 to 3.30 m)
  • 26 cm cutting width
  • 5 position pivoting head

 

Cons

  • No battery or charger included

 

Conclusion

Since it doesn’t arrive with a battery or charger, Makita DUR181Z Cordless Line Trimmer has a natural disadvantage. However, is it worth the £99.99 (at Amazon) price tag?

 

It probably is, if you’re planning to invest in more tools and so can reuse batteries. If not, it could end up costing you more than others for the same performance.

 

It does cut and trim well thanks to it’s pivoting head and adjustable shaft. Plus it’s easy to adjust the nylon line and even simpler to change it.

 

That said it lacks the power of a mains powered unit, which could matter if you have a large garden. If yours is on the small size and you don’t like having to mess with cables then the Makita could be for you. 8/10

 

 

Hyundai Petrol Grass Trimmer

Hyundai Petrol Grass Trimmer

photo by Hyundai

 

Description

Introducing the first petrol trimmer in our list. The Hyundai HY4TR26 Petrol Grass Trimmer is a 26cc 4 Stroke unit that’s available from Amazon for £129.99.

 

As it runs on unleaded petrol, there no need to mix oil and fuel like you would on a 2 stroke. The 26cc engine provides more torque, is more fuel efficiency, creates less pollution and is considerably less noise over traditional 2 Stroke strimmers.

 

Hyundai easy Recoil start with CDI ignition allows for a quick start. The unit uses a bump feed nylon strimmer, which makes cutting through grass, weeds and undergrowth easy.

 

The massive 42 cm cutting width means you can handle overgrown gardens quickly while maintaining an excellent finish.

 

While it does come flat pack, assembly is quick and easy. Plus as it uses a split shaft design, you can quickly fold down for ease of transportation and storage.

 

In addition to the petrol garden grass trimmer, the package contains grass trimmer line, Harness and tool kit. All of this is backed by a 3-year manufacturers warranty.

 

Pros

  • Uses unleaded petrol
  • No need to mix fuel and oil
  • Massive 42 cm cutting width

 

Cons

  • Requires assembly
  • Not as environmentally friendly as mains/battery powered alternatives

 

Conclusion

Overall, Hyundai HY4TR26 Petrol Grass Trimmer is excellent for when an electric strimmer doesn’t have the power or you have a large area to cover.

 

While not the most environmentally friendly way to deal with an overgrown garden, if you have lots of tough weeds and brambles to deal with this Hyundai is a good option.

 

That said as you don’t have to mix petrol and oil, it’s fairly environmentally friendly and clean.

 

At 5 kg it’s on the heavy side but does come with a harness, which enables you to spread the weight more evenly.

 

If you need a tackle a large area with tough weeds, then Hyundai HY4TR26 Petrol Grass Trimmer could be ideal for you. 8/10

 

 

Black + Decker GL7033GB Electric Strimmer Grass Trimmer

Black + Decker GL7033GB Electric Strimmer Grass Trimmer

photo by Black + Decker

 

Description

Black + Decker GL7033GB Electric Strimmer Grass Trimmer sports a unique design, 700 w of power and a price of £56.25 (buy at Amazon).

 

At first glance, you’ll see the pole is slightly curved. This design innovation means you can easily access areas that you typically can’t with a lawnmower.

 

This shaft is also telescopic, so you can adjust it to match your height. Two handles make it more comfortable to use. The second handle is adjustable, so you can tailor it to the task in hand.

 

This mains power trimmer uses E-Drive technology and delivers 700 watts of power. This motor feeds a single line feed with a cutting width of 33cm. This impressive width means you can cover a greater area in less time.

 

A wheel edge guide prevents you from damaging plants and provides a superior edge finish. It also makes gliding the unit much over your lawn easier.

 

Ensuring your garden is evenly cut is an innovative, automatic single line feed system AFS (Auto Feed Spool). This Black + Decker GL7033GB strimmer is amazingly simple to operate and a joy to use.

 

Pros

  • Innovative design
  • 700 watts of power
  • Unique automatic single line feed system

 

Cons

  • Assembly involved

 

Conclusion

With an impressive amount of power, the Black + Decker GL7033GB Electric Strimmer Grass Trimmer is highly affordable at £56.26.

 

There’s actually enough power to do serious damage to a lawn. So if you have a small, well-manicured garden and aren’t used to this level of power, then it might be best to look at others on the list.

 

If you have a large garden that requires a serious amount of work due to overgrown edges or weeds, then it’s worth purchasing it.

 

In addition to plenty of power, the cutting width of 32 cm is large, you’ll cover a sizeable area in no time.

 

As a mains power unit, the cable a good length and is 11 metres. It also weighs around 3 kg, so shouldn’t feel heavy after an hour of use.

 

Overall, this Black + Decker GL7033GB Electric Strimmer Grass Trimmer performs excellently and scores 9/10.

 

 

Ryobi OLT1832 ONE+ Cordless Grass Trimmer

Ryobi OLT1832 ONE+ Cordless Grass Trimmer

photo by Ryobi

 

Description

Available from Amazon for £50.00, the Ryobi OLT1832 ONE+ Cordless Grass Trimmer is another lightweight, battery powered unit.

 

The wider ONE+ system includes over 70 cordless tools for the home and garden. As a result, no battery or charger is included. Each costs an additional £30. So, expect to pay closer to £110 for the three.

 

With that said, the batteries are transferable between tools. So, if the Ryboi ONE+ range impresses you, then it could makes sense to invest the batteries and a charger.

 

The Ryobi OLT1832 grass trimmer features high-performance 18 V motor. This drives an auto feed spool cutting mechanism which has an adjustable cutting width of between 25 and 30 cm.

 

The main handle is comfortable and features the controls. A telescopic shaft makes sizing the tool for the task easy. There’s also an adjustable pommel handle, which enables the user further control at any height.

 

The cutting head on the Ryobi OLT1832 can be set in one of four positions, again enhancing your control and the finish. The Easy Edge function, enables a quick transition between edging and trimming modes.

 

It comes with a 2-year warranty, which automatically extends to 3 years when you register online.

 

Pros

  • Cordless, battery operated
  • 18 V motor
  • Adjustable cutting width (25 – 30 cm)

 

Cons

  • No battery or charger included

 

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a lightweight strimmer that packs a fair punch, then consider Ryobi OLT1832 ONE+ Cordless Grass Trimmer.

 

The £50.00 price tag seems cheap. However, that’s not the true price as you will need to buy a battery and charger. That is unless you already have another cordless Ryobi product. Our estimate is around £110 for the three items.

 

As a cordless unit, you’re only limited by the battery’s life. Typically a 4aH battery will provide just over an hour of use before it needs recharging.

 

The design is quite exciting as it features 4 head tilt positions, which means you can easily adjust the cut to the activity. We also like that the cutting width can be adjusted as can the overall height.

 

While it may be difficult to justify purchasing three items straight away, you could be impressed by the Ryobi brand and end up adding further tools from their collection to your set.

 

All elements considered, our rating is 8/10.

 

 

Garden Gear Cordless Strimmer

Garden Gear Cordless Strimmer

photo by Garden Gear

 

Description

At £59.99 (buy at Amazon), the Garden Gear Cordless Strimmer comes complete with 20-volt battery and charger.

 

Weighing less than 2 kg, this lightweight trimmer is powerful enough to tame brambles, grass and weeds.

 

Unlike others on our list, a 20-volt battery and charger are both included, representing true value for money. The battery can be used with a number of cordless Garden Gear tools including a leaf blower and hedge trimmer. When charged, the battery provides around 30 minutes of power.

 

By using a lithium-ion battery, this trimmer is environmentally friendly and there are none of the maintenance costs associated with petrol versions.

 

The lightweight design features a fully adjustable telescopic pole which can be set between 95 to 115 cm. The head is also adjustable by 90 degrees.

 

Two handles make light work of operating this cordless strimmer. The stabilising handle is partway down the shaft and can be easily adjusted depending on the task.

 

The 26 cm cutting width ensures a professional finish, every time. Making trimming easier is an edge guide, which is adjustable.

 

Finally, the Garden Gear Cordless Strimmer comes with a 12-month guarantee.

 

Pros

  • Wide 26 cm cutting width 
  • 12-month guarantee
  • Battery and charger included

 

Cons

  • Battery only lasts 30 minutes when fully charged

 

Conclusion

The Garden Gear Cordless Strimmer is probably the most affordable unit on the market. At a penny under £60.00, you’ll receive the trimmer, a battery and a charger.

 

While other cordless tools on our list require to you spend extra on batteries and chargers, Garden Gear has managed to differentiate themselves. This also enables you to purchase other tools in the range without any hassle.

 

That said, a fully charged battery will only provide around 30 minutes of charge. Either you’ll have to be clever with how you use the tool for maximum trimming per charge or you’ll have to buy another battery. Thankfully a spare will only set you back around £30.

 

Other than this inherent flaw, we’re impressed with the Garden Gear Cordless Strimmer. It has a wide cutting width, plenty of power and can be adjusted in multiple ways depending on the task. 9/10

 

 

Mcculloch TRIMMAC Petrol Grass Trimmer

Mcculloch TRIMMAC Petrol Grass Trimmer

photo by Mcculloch

 

Description

Mcculloch TRIMMAC Petrol Grass Trimmer has a wide cutting width, 25 cc engine and costs £106.90 (buy on Amazon).

 

The McCulloch Trimmac features a powerful 25cc engine that can be pre-primed before starting. So you start the trimmer with fewer pulls of the starter cord.

 

Weighing only 3.9 kg, it’s lightweight design includes a split shaft. So you can easily transport it or store in minimal space.

 

The Trimmac has a P25 Tap ‘n’ Go trimmer head making cutting simple. Its bump function allows you to extend the line with ease and without tools or needing to bend over.

 

The impressive 41 cm cutting width makes handling even the toughest task easy. Whether you have a large garden or tough growth to take care of, The McCulloch performs to a high standard.

 

With two handles, one of which is adjustable, using the unit is comfortable, even after long periods of use.

 

In addition to the basic model, there is a number of extras and packages available, including a starter kit.

 

Pros

  • 41 cm cutting width
  • P25 Tap ‘n’ Go trimmer head

 

Cons

  • Not as environmentally friendly as mains/battery powered alternatives

 

Conclusion

At an affordable £106.90, the Mcculloch TRIMMAC Petrol Grass Trimmer is a fantastic option if you have a large garden or tough brambles to tame.

 

You do need to mix petrol and oil, making the process messy and largely environmentally unfriendly. That said it outperforms mains and battery powered alternatives on tough grounds or over a large area.

 

Like other 2 stroke trimmers, it’s noisy and quite weighty. And as with any pull cord motor, it requires a certain knack to getting it running.

 

Overall, our score is 8/10.

 

 

DEWALT Brushless String Trimmer

DEWALT DCST920P1 Brushless String Trimmer

photo by DEWALT

 

Description

DEWALT DCST920P1 Brushless String Trimmer comes complete with battery and charger. As our most expensive unit, it’s priced at £383.32 (buy at Amazon).

 

The package includes a 20V MAX 5.0Ah Lithium-Ion Battery as well as a charger. The battery takes around 30 minutes to fully charge and provides around the same time of operation. You can, therefore, get on with other tasks as it recharges without losing momentum.

 

Turning our attention to the unit. The dual handles, ensure operating it is easy and comfortable.

 

The brushless motor is designed for efficiency and durability and is controlled by a variable trigger with speed control. This vastly improves the unit’s versatility.

 

For example, need power for cutting an overgrown area? Then set the speed control to high. If you’re edging, turn the speed control down and watch as you evenly trim your lawn to perfection!

 

The motor feeds a patented gear drive design that drives a dual 0.080″ line with bump feed. In terms of cutting width, the DEWALT DCST920P1 has a sizeable 33 cm.

 

Finally, the DEWALT DCST920P1 comes with a 3-year warranty.

 

Pros

  • Comes complete with battery and charger
  • Speed control to tailor your finish to the task
  • 33 cm cutting width

 

Cons

  • Top heavy and not balanced
  • Second handle isn’t adjustable
  • Expensive

 

Conclusion

As our most expensive strimmer, the DEWALT Brushless String Trimmer has big shoes to fill.

 

It’s ideal for small and medium-sized gardens, where you’ll spend less than 30 minutes trimming. If you have a large garden or lots of trimming, then you’ll want to consider other options on our list.

 

We like the variable speed control as it makes it easy to tune the finish to the job. Of course, if you keep it low, then you’ll get some extra performance from the battery.

 

That said, some users have had their motors clog up with waste and blow up. While this might be the odd unit or a batch problem, it’s still worth bearing in mind.

 

Overall, it’s expensive when compared to other strimmers we’ve covered. 8/10

 

 

The Best Garden Strimmer

Having reviewed all 10 in depth, it’s now time to decide which is the best garden strimmer. Sadly, this is where it gets a little complicated.

 

If you have a small garden or one with few edges that need trimming, then buy Garden Gear Cordless Strimmer.

 

You can use it out of the box, as a battery and charge are included. It’s also affordable and you can use the battery with other tools in the Garden Gear range.

 

Have a medium sized garden or quite a few edges to trim? You’ll want to purchase the VonHaus 550W Grass Trimmer.

 

It does require plugging into the mains, however, has plenty of power available. You can easily adjust the shaft length and handles, making it really versatile.

 

Finally, if you have a large garden, then you’ll be best suited with a petrol strimmer. Our recommendation is the Hyundai Petrol Grass Trimmer.

 

As a 4 stroke, it doesn’t require petrol and oil to be mixed and runs of unleaded. While the Hyundai isn’t the most environmentally friendly, it’s superior to many other petrol trimmers on the market.

 

What do you think is the best garden strimmer?