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June 28, 2017

Best Hedge Trimmers (May 2017) – Buyers Guide

If you have anything from topiary balls to a 100ft hedge, you need specialist tools to keep them in shape. We’ve had great fun producing this list of 10 best hedge trimmers for you to have a read through.

Read on to discover which hedge trimmers, available on the market today, made our shortlist and why!  Find the perfect tool for your job.

10 Best Hedge Trimmers 2017

There are so many hedge trimmers out there to choose from! We have tested them all (well, not all of them, it just feels like that!) Check out our selection of hedge trimmers from across the budget spectrum and find the one for you. Make sure you click on the links provided to read more about the hedge trimmers we have selected and to read more user reviews. Let us know if you buy one from our shortlist!

Hedge Trimmer TypeHedge Trimmer NameWhere Can I buy?
Best All-Round Hedge Trimmer - Editors ChoiceBosch AHS 45-16 Electric Hedge Cutter, 450 mm Blade Length, 16 mm Tooth OpeningOrder Online
Best Battery Powered Cordless ShearsBosch Isio Cordless Shrub and Grass Shear SetOrder Online
Best Hedge Trimmer - Longest Cutting BladeVonHaus 550W Electric Hedge Trimmer / Cutter with 61cm (24 inch) Blade + Blade Cover & 10m CableOrder Online
Best Light Weight Hedge Trimmer - Editors ChoiceBLAUPUNKT Garden Tools HT4000, High Power, Lightweight, Dual Action Electric Hedge Trimmer with 600W Electric Motor, 60cm Blade and 28mm Tooth SpacingOrder Online
Best Telescopic Pole Hedge Trimmer - Our Choice for Tall HedgesBosch AMW 10 HS Multi-Tool with Pole Hedge Cutter AttachmentOrder Online
Best Petrol Hedge Trimmer for the Average HedgeNEW TRUESHOPPING® 52CC 'TOTAL GARDENERX5' PETROL LONG REACH MULTI FUNCTION 5 IN1 GARDEN TOOL INCLUDINGOrder Online
Best Electric Hedge Trimmer for the Average HedgeBlack & Decker GT6060 600W 60cm Hedgetrimmer/ 25mm Blade Gap/ Bale Handle Design/ Cable ManagementOrder Online
Best Electric Topiary ShearsAs Direct Ltd ™ Cordless 2-in-1 Grass Shrubs & Hedge Trimmer And Cutter - Battery OperatedOrder Online
Best Petrol Hedge Trimmer - The Professional's Choice - RecommendedStihl HS45 24-Inch Hedge Trimmer – OrangeOrder Online
Best Hand Powered Hedge Trimmer - Beautifully Crafted Okatsune 230 Long Handled Hedge ShearsOrder Online

10 Best Hedge Trimmers: Number 1, The Best All-round Hedge Trimmer – Bosch AHS 45-16 Electric Hedge Cutter, 450 mm Blade Length, 16 mm Tooth Opening

Product Description

This great hedge trimmer could have been best for several of our selections! For that reason, it is definitely our best all-round hedge trimmer. Lightweight yet powerful, this Bosch hedge trimmer is perfect for many different styles of hedges. The diamond ground blades are 45cm long and have a 16mm tooth opening. This makes these all-round hedge trimmers perfect for those requiring a precise and clean cut. The quality of this all-round hedge trimmer really shows, and it’s ergonomic design make it comfortable to use for a wide range of people. We love that Bosch offer a 2 year guarantee when you purchase this all-round hedge trimmer, and you have the option of upgrading to 3 years if you register the trimmer with them.

10 Best Hedge Trimmers: Number 2, The cordless shears – Bosch Isio Cordless Shrub and Grass Shear Set

Product Description

Another Bosch hedge trimmer, this cordless battery tool is a delight to use. It’s lightweight and compact design mean that it is easy to use for a variety of gardening jobs. The option of blades enable the user to both trim hedges and shrubs, and also to edge your lawn. This is a great multi-purpose tool and would be a great addition to many a garden shed.

10 Best Hedge Trimmers: Number 3, the hedge trimmers with the longest cutting blade – VonHaus 550W Electric Hedge Trimmer / Cutter with 61cm (24 inch) Blade + Blade Cover & 10m Cable

Product Description

Ever set out to trim your hedges and there has been that bit that you can’t quite reach? It’s every time, isn’t it?! These VonHaus hedge trimmers have the longest cutting blade we tested. Easy to use and powerful, the precision blades will aid you in your quest for great results with minimal effort! The ergonomic design and the soft grips make these hedge trimmers with the longest cutting blades a pleasure to use even over longer periods of hedge trimming. The manufacturer claims that stems up to a thickness of 16mm should be no problem, we agree!

10 Best Hedge Trimmers: Number 4, the lightweight hedge trimmer – BLAUPUNKT Garden Tools HT4000, High Power, Lightweight, Dual Action Electric Hedge Trimmer with 600W Electric Motor, 60cm Blade and 28mm Tooth Spacing

Product Description

While many of the hedge trimmers we tested were described as lightweight hedge trimmers, we thought these were the lightest for the quality of work produced. At 2.9kg they were so light! This was mainly due to the great design feature that allows for a dual action allowing you to work with these lightweight hedge trimmers easier, quicker, and for longer. The dual action in these lightweight hedge trimmers moves both of the blades (rather than the traditional one fixed, one moving setup) Blaupunkt are another brand that favour the quality and precision cuts afforded by diamond ground blades.

10 Best Hedge Trimmers: Number 5, the telescopic pole hedge trimmer – Bosch AMW 10 HS Multi-Tool with Pole Hedge Cutter Attachment

Product Description

There are so many great telescopic pole hedge trimmers out there, that it was hard to pick our favourite! In the end, we decided on this multi-tool offering from Bosch. This package offers a Bosch-quality telescopic pole with a hedge trimmer attachment that is great for cutting small and medium weight stems. If you wanted to use this telescopic pole for another attachment, then no tools are necessary to switch them over; what a great design! The shoulder strap and adjustable handle that come in the box are great quality and make for a comfortable and well-balanced day in the garden. Click on the link above to see what other attachments can be used with this telescopic pole.

10 Best hedge trimmers: Number 6, the petrol hedge trimmer – NEW TRUESHOPPING® 52CC ‘TOTAL GARDENERX5’ PETROL LONG REACH MULTI FUNCTION 5 IN1 GARDEN TOOL INCLUDING

Product Description

Another multi-tool, these petrol hedge trimmers would be an amazing addition to any gardener’s shed. When you see the price, you will realise what great value these petrol hedge trimmers are considering the wide variety of tasks that they will help you to complete.  With their air-cooled 2-stroke single cylinder engine, these petrol hedge trimmers should last and be quite the reliable asset. A nice little feature of these hedge trimmers is the centrifugal clutch, which engages automatically so the tools are powered only when you have decided to use them.  The only downside of these petrol hedge trimmers is that they are on the heavy side, but that is the price to pay for petrol hedge trimmers. Click on the link and see the attachments that come in the box!

10 Best hedge trimmers: Number 7, the best electric hedge trimmer – Black & Decker GT6060 600W 60cm Hedgetrimmer/ 25mm Blade Gap/ Bale Handle Design/ Cable Management

Product Description

If petrol hedge trimmers are too heavy or you would prefer a set of electric hedge trimmers, then these from Black and Decker would make a great choice. Designed with medium hedges in mind, the 60cm blade with 25mm blade gap will cruise through the work and produce a quality cut. The manufacturers have worked hard to produce a set of electric hedge trimmers that will handle well and feel secure to use. We love that these electric hedge trimmers require both hands to start the blades moving; what a simple yet great safety system!

10 Best Hedge trimmers: Number 8, the best topiary shears – As Direct Ltd ™ Cordless 2-in-1 Grass Shrubs & Hedge Trimmer And Cutter – Battery Operated

Product Description

These handheld cordless topiary shears offer interchangeable blades, and the manufacturers claim that the battery will last more than 5hours! If you have more than 5hrs of work to do with a pair of topiary shears, then you are probably not going to be completing it in one go, but the reassurance that the battery will last for as long as you want to work for is a great asset. Click on the link and order these today, we think that they are brilliant!

10 Best hedge trimmers: Number 9, the professional hedge trimmer – Stihl HS45 24-Inch Hedge Trimmer – Orange

Product Description

Stihl has long been the name to use when it comes to professional level powered gardening tools. These professional hedge trimmers are nothing short of perfect. The blade length and tooth width are very similar to others on the market, but it is the manufacturing behind these Stihl professional hedge trimmers and the 27.2cc Stihl engine that sets them apart from the rest.

10 Best hedge trimmers: Number 10, the top of the range hedge trimmer – Okatsune 230 Long Handled Hedge Shears

Product Description

If you are looking for top of the range hedge trimmers but also thinking about a manual pair, then you need to be thinking about the blade. Thinking about blades? Look to Japan. Wow, these were something else to use! Top of the range hedge trimmers, these Okatsune hedge trimmers are long handled and quite simply a joy to use. They will cut smoothly for years due to the use of the quality steel used in the manufacture of these Japanese top of the range hedge trimmers. The handles are constructed of hardwood, making them light and strong. Enjoy the process of hedge trimming with this top of the range pair. If you are looking to create masterworks of topiary and shaping, then these really do have to be the choice for you.

Hedge Trimmer Buyers Guide

How did we do? Which one did you like the sound of the best? There are so many different things to things about when you are choosing the perfect hedge trimmers for your garden or your gardening style. Some of our selection are real investment pieces and will set you back a reasonable amount of money. So how do you make sure you are researching the right dilemma and asking the seller the right questions?

Choosing the Best Hedge Trimmers for You

While the cut quality is so important when you are choosing the hedge trimmers that will accompany you through your gardening journey, there are a lot more factors to consider when choosing the perfect hedge trimmers for you and your garden. In this buyers guide, we will discuss some of the essential elements that will help you to pick the perfect hedge trimmers for you. (Let us know if we have missed anything!)

Size and weight

Some people do like the heavier garden tools (and have the muscles and upper body strength to match). If you are not one of these people, then you need to be searching out the lighter weight hedge trimmers. If you pick up a set of hedge trimmers in a shop, think about how you will hold them while you are using them. Will you be using hedge trimmers with elbows neatly tucked in? Or are you likely to be using them with your arms extended and moving all over the place? If you are in a shop, don’t worry about looking silly! Hedge trimmers do come into the ‘investment’ end of the budget spectrum, so do make sure you can lift them!

Battery or electric cable

The market for battery-powered tools has increased, and so has the power and time delivered by the batteries. If you have experienced under-powered battery tools in the past, don’t necessarily write-off the modern battery-powered offerings that are available on the market today.  Batteries will never last forever, though, and it will take a high quality battery-powered tool (aka an expensive one) to last for as long as you want to use it. If you are likely to be using your hedge trimmers for several hours at a time and don’t want to pay for a top-of-the-range battery-powered hedge trimmer, then go for a set with an electric cable.

Use of your hedge trimmers

This is a really important point to consider. If you are looking for a hedge trimmer that will keep a flat hedge in shape year-round, then think about the manufacture of the teeth and their speed. The higher quality, faster teeth will produce a better quality cut. Your hedge will look neat and tidy, rather than ragged and as if the neighbours (very large) cat has attacked it! If you are looking for hedge trimmers to keep topiary shapes looking beautiful, then a narrow row of teeth might be the choice for you.

Servicing

A hedge trimmer is a high-powered precision instrument; you will need to keep it in good condition. Unless you are highly skilled and competent, then we really do recommend that you have your hedge trimmers serviced by a professional. There is just too much risk involved to take hedge trimmers apart and put them back together. Think of the diameter of the stems that the teeth will cut through, now look at your fingers. Give your hedge trimmers to a professional to service!

How much do good hedge trimmers cost?

£100 and upwards should get you a decent hedge trimmer that will cut most hedges to a reasonable degree of accuracy and quality.

Hedge trimmers!

Wow! There is quite a bit to think about here, hey?!  Which hedge trimmers are you going to buy? Make sure you have click on the links that we have provided to read more information about the individual hedge trimmers and to see other user reviews.  These might be a ‘big spend’ item, spend time read our reviews and carrying out your own research before purchasing.

 

Have we missed anything? Comment in the section below to let us know!

 

 

 

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