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The best hedge trimmers in 2022

Published: Tuesday, 12 July, 2022 at 8:15 am

Our experts pick the best garden hedge trimmers to keep your green boundaries in shape.

Hedges are a classic garden feature. They’re a beautiful way to mark a boundary that avoids the blandness of garden fences and these living walls can dampen noise pollution, soak up groundwater, and provide a windbreak. Hedgerows are also a vital habitat for British wildlife, providing both food and shelter, so regular maintenance is an ecological as well as aesthetic necessity. Hand shears are a simple way to trim but if you have a lot of hedges or mobility issues, powered trimmers make the job much easier and quicker.

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Before cutting your hedge it’s important to avoid the main breeding season for garden birds, between March and August. Always check for nests before trimming, even outside these months, as it’s an offence under law to intentionally damage or destroy active bird nests.


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Our expertise

We tested a range of hedge trimmers including cordless and petrol and rigorously tested them to bring you our list of the best hedge trimmers. Each hedge trimmer has a detailed list of pros and cons for clarity and has been rated according to comfort, performance, materials and value for money. Every hedge trimmer in our round up below has scored a minimum of four out of five stars, so you can buy with confidence.

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In every review we award the outstanding products our coveted Best Buy award. To see these and the others we recommend, browse our pick of the best hedge trimmers below:


Buyer's guide to hedge trimmers - video

Many thanks to Rosie Yeomans and Sparsholt College for their help in making this video.


The best cordless hedge trimmers in 2022

1

Ryobi ONE+ OHT1845 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £167.98 (including battery and charger)

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

Ryobi ONE+ OHT1845 hedge trimmer review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Ryobi ONE+ OHT1845 hedge trimmer review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Pros:

  • Quite light yet efficient
  • Compact, lightweight battery
  • Long warranty
  • Stout blade guard

Cons:

  • Power indicator hard to view

For its compact size, this hedge trimmer offers a surprisingly impressive performance and trims different materials well. The blade guard is sturdy and feels built to last although the power indicator on the battery is difficult to view. The tool is lighter than previous Ryobi models and is ideal for sculpting hedges and shrubs. The battery and charger come at an additional cost but can be used for other tools in the Ryobi ONE+ System, making it a money-saver in the long term. We awarded this a BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Best Buy for a lower-voltage cordless trimmer.

Read the full Ryobi ONE+ OHT1845 hedge trimmer review


2

Stihl HSA 56 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £259

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

Stihl HSA 56 hedge trimmer review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Stihl HSA 56 hedge trimmer review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Pros:

  • Efficient, wide blade
  • Blade tip protector and stout guard
  • Hanging storage facility
  • Top-loading battery

Cons:

  • Instructions generic so not very clear

This efficient cordless hedge trimmer earned itself a BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Best Buy award for best mid-priced cordless trimmer. It copes well with even mature, woody growth and is quiet, comfortable to use and has good safety features like a neutral locking position and a tip protector over the blade. The blade guard also feels sturdy and built to last although the instructions let it down - these are generic which aren’t as clear as those for other hedge trimmers we tested.

Read the full Stihl HSA 56 hedge trimmer review


3

Vonhaus 20V Max G-Series Cordless Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £79.99

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

Vonhaus G-series Cordless Hedge Trimmer - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Vonhaus 20V Max G-series Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Pros:

  • Excellent performance
  • Good value
  • Lightweight
  • Long runtime

Cons:

  • Small hand-guard

Awarded a BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Best Buy for best value cordless trimmer this is an excellent price and very easy to use. It’s well balanced and light, with little vibration as it cuts through all but the thickest branches and we are also impressed with its runtime of 50 minutes, which is one of the longest on test. Not only does it offer great performance at a reasonable price, but its battery is compatible with other Vonhaus G-Series tools saving you money if you buy any of these in the future. Its only drawback is that the hand-guard is a little small.


4

Einhell GE-CH 1846 Li Cordless Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £99.95

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Einhell GE-CH 1846 Li cordless hedge trimmer

Pros:

  • Battery charge level visible
  • Fast charge time
  • Long run time

Cons:

  • Narrow cutting capacity
  • Short blade

Awarded a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy for best charging and run times this efficient cordless trimmer has a steel blade with a cutting length of 46cm and a 15mm cutting capacity. It has tip protection and a hanging hole on the end and it cuts well. The 18V 2.0Ah battery has by far the shortest charge time, 40 minutes, and longest run time, 80 minutes, in our test. The charge is visible, while you work and both battery and fast charger are compatible with a wide range of Einhell Power X-Change tools. It comes with a two year warranty.

Read the full Einhell GE-CH 1846 Li cordless hedge trimmer kit review


5

Stiga SHT 100 AE Cordless Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £115

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Stiga SHT 100 AE cordless hedge trimmer

Pros:

  • Soft comfortable handle
  • Handle rotates into three positions
  • Quiet
  • Battery charge level visible

Cons:

  • Snags on some wood
  • Blade cover tricky to fit

Awarded a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy for ease of use this versatile trimmer has a hardened steel blade with a cutting length of 55cm and a cutting capacity of 18mm. It’s great value with generous features, including a hanging hole for easy storage, visible battery charge while you work and a comfortable, soft-grip handle that rotates 180° for easy cutting. Part of the Stiga 100 battery tool range, so you’ll save money if you buy further tools in the future, the 20V 2.0Ah battery has a charge time of 70 minutes and a run time of 40 minute. It comes with a two-year warranty.

Read the full Stiga SHT 100 AE cordless hedge trimmer kit review


6

Greenworks G40HT61K2 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £219.99

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Greenworks G40HT61K2 hedge trimmer review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Greenworks G40HT61K2 hedge trimmer

Pros:

  • Light, easy to use and quiet
  • Long for size and weight
  • Blade tip protector and hanging facility
  • Stout, sleeve-type blade guard

Cons:

  • Poorer cut quality on woody stems
  • Battery indicator hard to see

This fast and efficient cordless trimmer was awarded a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy for efficiency and is lightweight and easy to use, particularly over head or at shoulder-height. The jam function prevents the blade clogging while 20mm tooth spacing allows it to cut through woodier growth. The handle rotates to three different positions for easy handling, although the hand guard does feel a little thin. Both the battery and charger can be used with other tools in the Greenworks G40V cordless range if you decide to expand your kit.

Read the full Greenworks G40HT61K2 hedge trimmer review


Best Buy petrol hedge trimmers

7

Husqvarna 122HD60 Petrol Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £379

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

Husqvarna 122HD60 hedge trimmer product review from the experts at BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Husqvarna 122HD60 Petrol Hedge Trimmer

Pros:

  • Powerful with a brushless motor
  • Rigid guard with hanging option
  • Fast, efficient cut
  • 3-position handle
  • Lowest noise level of the petrol models

Cons:

  • Highest price petrol model(in our 2018 test)

This petrol hedge trimmer is compact and light but still delivers a powerful and efficient cut. Awarded a BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Best Buy for premium petrol trimmer, the rotating handle makes awkward angles easier and the anti-vibration system means it’s comfortable to manoeuvre. The tool is quiet, so there’s minimum disruption for your neighbours, and it would be best for high hedging and large shrubs. It comes with a two-year warranty.

Read the full Husqvarna 122HD60 hedge trimmer review


8

Webb HC600 Petrol Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £174.99

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

Webb HC600 hedge trimmer review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Webb HC600 Petrol Hedge Trimmer

Pros:

  • 5-position rotating handle
  • Widest tooth spacing
  • Tip guard
  • Easy to start
  • Handles and cuts well

Cons:

  • Louder than others in our test

An easy-to-start model with a five-position rotating handle we awarded this a BBC Gardeners' World Magazine for best mid-priced petrol hedge trimmer. It's versatile, suiting most sized and shaped hedges while the wide tooth spaces make it tough on wider, mature stems. The tool is heavy but felt well-balanced to hold and it cut powerfully through hedges. A well-placed tip guard protects the blade against walls and fences. It's good value and comes with a two year warranty.

Read the full Webb HC600 hedge trimmer review


Best of the rest

Although some models didn’t quite achieve a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy award, they still have features that make them worth recommending. Browse our pick of the best of the rest on test.


9

Worx WG261E.1 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £109.99

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Worx WG261E.1 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Pros:

  • Spare battery
  • Comfortable handle
  • Cuts smoothly and easily

Cons:

  • Long charge time
  • Fiddly hand-guard attachment
  • No battery level visible

The hand-guard needs attaching on this trimmer, which is a bit of a faff and wasn’t necessary with all but two of the other trimmers we tested, we liked that it’s clear and you can see where you’re cutting. A generous handle means it’s comfortable to use, and it has a 45cm long blade with a 16mm cutting capacity and tip protection. It takes a relatively long time to charge - 230 minutes - and although the run time of just 20 minutes is very short it comes with two batteries, so if you’re organised and keep the second battery charged, you can get 40 minutes continuous use. The batteries and charger are part of the Worx PowerShare system so you'll save money if you invest in further tools. It’s worth noting it doesn’t have a battery level indicator, which we found unhelpful. It comes with a three year warranty.


10

Makita DUH551Z Cordless Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £250

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Makita DUH551Z hedge trimmer review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Makita DUH551Z hedge trimmer

Pros:

  • Versatile, with six cutting speeds
  • Powerful and efficient
  • 5-position handle
  • Safety features
  • Tip protector and stout blade guard

Cons:

  • Relatively heavy

This cordless trimmer is a powerful tool which has lots of handy features including a lock/unlock switch, a tool protection system and a tip protector for the blade. A speed control dial activates six different cutting speeds while the handle rotates into five different positions making it a very versatile trimmer. Although heavier than other models, it offers a powerful and efficient cut and, if registered, comes with a three year warranty.

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Read the full Makita DUH551Z hedge trimmer review


11

Mountfield MHT 20 Li Cordless Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £115

Our rating: 4.3 out of 5

Mountfield MHT 20 Li Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Pros:

  • Battery charge visible
  • Light
  • Comfortable and simple to use

Cons:

  • Struggles with thicker wood
  • Lacks features for price

Part of the Mountfield Freedom 100 cordless range, this cordless hedge trimmer has a hardened steel, laser cut blade with a cutting length of 55cm and a cutting capacity of 18mm. It has tip protection and a hanging hole at the end of the blade. The 20V 2Ah battery takes 70 minutes to charge to full power and has a run time of 40 minutes and the charge is visible, at a touch of a button, while you work. The trimmer is light and easy to use and cuts most wood smoothly although compared to other trimmers in our test, particularly the Stiga, with which it shares a battery system, it lacks features for the price.


12

B&Q TRIM EZ 18V Cordless Hedge Trimmer

RRP:£39

Our rating: 4.25 out of 5

B&Q Trim-EZ 18V 460mm Cordless Hedge Trimmer - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
B&Q Trim-EZ 18V 460mm Cordless Hedge trimmer

Pros:

  • Excellent price
  • Lightweight, yet cuts well

Cons:

  • Long charge time and short run time
  • Flimsy and feels cheap
  • No battery level visible

For a budget trimmer, this lightweight model delivers an excellent cut and went through almost all branches with no resistance. It’s quick, effective, and great value for money. However, although it does the job, it feels a little flimsy, and with just 1.5Ah, its battery has the shortest runtime on test - about 15 minutes depending on the task.


13

Stihl HSA 45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £119

Our rating: 4.25 out of 5

Stihl HSA 45

Pros:

  • Great safety features
  • Battery level clearly visible
  • Very quiet
  • Well balanced

Cons:

  • Whole trimmer needs charging
  • Long charge time
  • Narrow 8mm cutting capacity

If safety is a consideration, this is the model for you thanks to the combination of a removable activation key and three switches to start it up. Featuring a double-sided blade with tip protection, it has a 50cm long, 8mm cutting capacity, which is the smallest of all the trimmers we tested. While the 18V 2.0Ah battery has a relatively slow 210 minutes charge time, and a 40-minute run time, there's a battery level indicator on the side of the trimmer so you can always see how much charge you have left. However, the battery is integrated into the casing, so you must plug in the entire tool to charge it, and you won’t benefit from using the battery in other tools. We like the useful hanging hole for easy storage and it comes with a two year warranty.


14

Bosch EasyHedgeCut 18-45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £99

Our rating: 4 out of 5

Bosch EasyHedgeCut 18-45

Pros:

  • Light and well balanced
  • Cuts cleanly
  • Battery system includes garden and DIY tools

Cons:

  • Long charge time
  • Uncomfortable handle/grip position
  • Battery level not visible
  • No hanging hole

This trimmer has a 45cm long blade , and comes with a 18V 2Ah battery. While it has an above average run time of 50 minutes, the charge time can take around 124 minutes, which is among the longest of the models we tested. This, together with the handle design, which we found to be awkward and uncomfortable to grip. However, it’s part of the Bosch Power For All 18V Alliance system, which powers around 40 Bosch home, garden and household tools so this may be something to bear in mind. We liked that it features blade sensors to prevent snagging and it has a decent cutting capacity of 15mm. It comes with a two year warranty.


15

Kärcher HGE 18-45 Cordless Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £149.99

Our rating: 4 out of 5

Kärcher HGE 18-45

Pros:

  • Great value
  • LCD battery display
  • Excellent performance

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Short runtime
  • Expensive

We loved the performance of this trimmer from Kärcher. Unlike other trimmers on test, this model has an LCD battery display, which lets you see precisely how long you have left to cut. We’re also impressed with the value of this model, because its battery is compatible with 16 other Kärcher tools, including mowers, grass trimmers, and chainsaws. However, it’s quite heavy, and we found that the skin of your fingers could easily catch between the ‘dead man’ switch and handle. Though we love the helpful screen on the battery, its 35 minute runtime is below average.


Mitox 600DX Petrol Hedge Trimmer

RRP: £209

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Mitox 600DX hedge trimmer product review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
Mitox 600DX Petrol Hedge Trimmer

Pros:

  • Longest warranty in our test
  • Anti-vibration system
  • 4-point rotating handle
  • Cuts efficiently

Cons:

  • Hard to start
  • Thin plastic guard

The Mitox model is a heavier petrol-powered trimmer. Despite the weight, it's well-balanced and has a handy rotating handle and anti-vibration system to help make handling comfortable. The trimmer was harder to start than other models we tested and the plastic hand guard felt quite flimsy, although it does come with a generous five-year warranty. The long blade is great for tall hedges and offered an almost professional cut.

Read the full Mitox 600DX hedge trimmer review


What are the different types of hedge trimmer?

There are three types of hedge trimmer available, each with their own pros and cons:

  • Cordless hedge trimmers: These are lightweight, quiet, environmentally friendly and have no need of petrol, engine maintenance or electricity plus there are no trailing cables to worry about. Without the cord or a petrol tank, you aren’t limited to where you can cut and although these were traditionally pretty pricey, recent advances have lowered their price. Expensive batteries and chargers however, can increase costs. Read our best cordless tools buyer's guide for more information on cordless tool systems.
  • Electric corded hedge trimmers: Affordable, low maintenance and lightweight these trimmers do require a power source and have cables that are potentially hazardous - depending on their length you may also need an extension cord for extra reach.
  • Petrol hedge trimmers: These are powerful and, like cordless versions, can be used anywhere. However, petrol has an environmental impact, is expensive and messy and trimmers are heavy, noisy and require regular maintenance.

How we tested hedge trimmers

The BBC Gardeners' World Magazine reviews team tested the hedge trimmers across a range of hedges with different stem thicknesses, including privet, yew and laurel. The hedge trimmers were compared, and the following criteria used to calculate the scores, with equal weight given to each:

  • Set-up & storage: We looked at the assembly needed, ease and clarity of instructions, the battery charge time and any storage features.
  • Handling: Assessed ease of use, weight, noise levels, comfort and safety features.
  • Performance: Focused on the quality of cut, blade length, the maximum stem thickness the trimmer could cut and for the cordless models, the battery run time.
  • Value for money: Considered all of the above, plus quality and design, the RRP (including battery and charger where relevant), and the length of warranty.

For more information on our testing process see How we Review


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This review was last updated in September 2022. We apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.

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