We review three cordless battery-powered and eight electric hedge trimmers priced from $59 to $299.
Through our rigorous testing, we reveal which hedge trimmers:
- perform the best at trimming
- are the safest
- are the most comfortable to hold and use, and
- are the easiest to use.
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Hedge trimmers are handy for keeping wayward hedges at bay, and the Pope is the only electric hedge trimmer on test that isn’t a good or very good performer overall. Our testing also found that the wider the gap between “teeth”, the better the hedge trimmer performs.
All the cordless battery-powered hedge trimmers operate on full power until the battery is discharged, so you won’t have to worry about it running at less than 100% as it slowly powers down to flat.
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Brands and models tested
- Bosch AHS 45-16
- Echo Electric HC560
- Flymo EasiCut EC450
- Homelite HHT550
- Ozito HTR-550
- Pope Power Cut 46 101HT450
- Ryobi RHT600RLG
- Stihl HSE 61
- Victa Breeze LHT-152
- Worx WG251E.5
- Ryobi Shear/Shrubber CGS1820LBC
How we test
Performance Our tester, Peter Horvarth, assesses the trimmers for ease of cutting the following hedges: Murraya, Plumbago, Trachelospermum and Rhaphiolepis.
Ease of use He looks at handle comfort, weight and balance, visibility and ease of using the controls.
Battery life For the battery models, we time how long the battery lasted.