Cordless multi-tools - Buyer's Guide

Best cordless garden tool systems

Looking for a cordless gardening tool system? Browse our pick of the very best, from budget to premium models.

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We’ve trialled and reviewed hundreds of garden tools to identify the best ones for value, comfort and quality. Browse our list of the best cordless garden tool systems. Our experts have considered the pros and cons of each model, plus ease of handling and assembly, performance and value for money. All of the cordless tool system featured received a rating of at least four out of five stars in our tests, so you can be sure of good quality and performance.

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Best cordless garden tool systems

1

Stiga 500 Series

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Stiga 500 Series cordless tool system product review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Stiga 500 Series cordless tool system product review

Pros:

  • Range of batteries and chargers to choose from
  • Excellent performance and power
  • Helpful indicator lights
  • Tools well thought out with excellent features

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Expensive – Battery and charger must be bought separately
  • Limited range of tools in the system

Our testers found the SHT 500 AE Cordless hedge trimmer was able to cut woody growth well and the rotating head locked easily into five positions. The battery on this tool is quite large meaning it could be heavy for some users. The SGT 500 AE Cordless grass trimmer is easy to assemble and the wide head cuts efficiently. The tool is very adaptable as the shaft is telescopic, the handle adjusts and head also rotates, with a wheel for effortless edging.

This tool set sits at the higher end of the price-range and is best for committed gardeners. The tools performed every job well so we judged it a Best Buy.

Read the full review at: Stiga 500 Series review


2

Stihl Compact Cordless Power System

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Stihl Compact Cordless System product review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Stihl Compact Cordless System product review

Pros:

  • Available with or without battery
  • Very easy to set up
  • Light, comfortable and well balanced to use
  • Tools have good features
  • Good value once you have a battery and charger

Cons:

  • Long charge time
  • Limited range of tools in the system

The hedge trimmer HAS 56 cuts woody growth efficiently and comes with a handy safety lock. The grass strimmer FSA 56 has an adjustable shaft and handle and copes with most rough lawn areas well. The leaf blower BGA 56 is light and quiet with an adjustable tube so it’s suitable for most heights. There’s only one speed setting but it handles leaves and smaller debris well.

There’s no assembling as the tools arrived ready to go and the batteries charge in 80 minutes. We found the system was efficient and good value money and would suit regular gardeners or bigger gardens. We judged this a Best Buy through our expert cordless garden tools reviews.

Read the full review at: Stihl Compact Cordless Power System review


3

Bosch 18V Power for ALL Cordless System

Our rating: 4.3 out of 5

Bosch 18V Power for ALL cordless tool system product review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Bosch 18V Power for ALL cordless tool system product review

Pros:

  • Extensive range of tools in the system
  • Choice of batteries and chargers
  • Very light and comfortable
  • Good manoeuvrability
  • Tools have some good features

Cons:

  • Feel flimsy
  • Lack power
  • Short run time

We found the Universal Hedgecut 18-500 and Universal Grasscut 18-260 from this cordless garden multi tools system were simple to set up and the battery was easy to swap and recharge. The charger has indicator lights to let you know when the tool is fully charged. The hedge trimmer felt well-balanced and the ‘Antiblocking system’ stopped growth jamming the blades. However, it was less powerful than other tools and felt a little flimsy, although the blades were longer.

The grass trimmer head rotates easily for trimming although the cutting diameter is quite small. We liked the ergonomically designed handle and the way the battery tucked comfortably under the arm during use.

Read the full review at: Bosch 18V Power for ALL Cordless System review


4

Greenworks 24 V Cordless Series

Our rating: 4.3 out of 5

Greenworks 24V Cordless Series cordless tool system product review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Greenworks 24V Cordless Series cordless tool system product review

Pros:

  • Extensive range of tools available
  • Fast charging time
  • Good warranty length
  • Light, simple tools

Cons:

  • Limited range of batteries and chargers
  • Batteries and chargers purchased separately
  • Unusual handle design for some testers

The 24 V string trimmer and hedge trimmer cordless garden multi tools set comes with battery and charger included, which is unusual for this style of tool.

The grass trimmer has a rotatable head for edging but a slightly small handle meant the tool was uncomfortable for some testers. The hedge trimmer also had issues with the handle, as testers felt it was insubstantial. It is a light tool but struggles with thicker growth. The leaf blower was more comfortable to use and felt powerful, with two speeds plus a nozzle for more focused blowing.

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Read the full review: Greenworks 24 V Cordless Series review