EGO ST1500E-F review

£259.00Typical price

Test score

84%

Key features

  • Cordless electric
  • Heavy duty
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 verdict: A great option for cutting long grass and weeds

This cordless grass trimmer is excellent at cutting down long grass and weeds, but also feels well balanced and easy to use. It has the power of a heavy-duty petrol grass trimmer, but with the advantage that it’s less noisy, vibrates far less and is much easier to start.

Pros
  • Well balanced and feels comfortable to use
  • Even for longer periods
Cons
  • Removing and replacing the line cover can be tricky

Stihl FS94 C-E review

£323.00Typical price

Test score

83%

Key features

  • Petrol
  • Heavy duty

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 verdict: Great for tough weeds

This is a great petrol grass trimmer and the brush cutter head is extremely effective, too. It’s comfortable to use and deals with tough jobs, such as heavy weeds, and long grass easily. The bump feed on the grass trimmer head works well so you won’t lose your line. It’s pricey but should last you a long time.

Pros
  • Powerful
  • Comfortable to use
Cons
  • Expensive

Black & Decker STC5433PC-GB review

£206.00Typical price

Test score

80%

Key features

  • Cordless electric
  • General purpose
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 verdict: A powerful strimmer for larger gardens

This cordless strimmer is a combination of a powerful strimmer that is excellent at cutting long grass and weeds, but can still make a decent job of the more delicate task of edging your lawn, so we’ve classed it as a general-purpose strimmer. It’s expensive at £238 and will not suit all gardeners as it can be a little awkward to use, but it’s worth considering if want a versatile machine.

Pros
  • Powerful and adaptable
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Can be tricky to use

Honda HHT36AXBEUE review

£524.00Typical price

Test score

78%

Key features

  • Cordless electric
  • Heavy duty
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 verdict: Heavy but effective

This trimmer put in a great performance on every type of grass we tested it on. Its size and weight would pose a problem for less physically able users though, so it just misses out on being a Best Buy.

Pros
  • Strong performance on all grass types
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable handles
Cons
  • Heavy
  • Vibrates a lot

 

EGO ST1510E review

£279.00Typical price

Test score

78%

Key features

  • Cordless electric
  • Heavy duty
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 verdict: Powerful, competent trimming

This grass trimmer is easy to set up and use and, most importantly, cuts grass smoothly and neatly. It slightly struggles on vertical cuts, as the head doesn’t rotate, and the line feed is tricky, so it’s not quite a Best Buy. However, it’s surprisingly easy and comfortable to use for such a powerful trimmer.

Pros
  • Excellent at cutting longer and thicker grass
  • Easy to set up
  • Comfortable to use
Cons
  • Not the best at lawn edging
  • Awkward to replace line
  • Not much battery life

Stihl FS40 review

Test score

77%

Key features

  • Petrol
  • Heavy duty

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 verdict: Great all-round petrol grass trimmer

The two powerful lines on this Best Buy petrol grass trimmer slice easily through long and rough grass. Overall, it’s a powerful machine, ideal for taming a wilderness.

Pros
  • Excellent at cutting long grass
  • Easy to use
  • Well balanced
Cons
  • Like all petrol grass trimmers
  • It’s heavy
  • The shaft isn’t adjustable

Honda UMS425LE review

£319.00Typical price

Test score

76%

Key features

  • Petrol
  • Heavy duty

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verdict: Powerful grass trimmer for long grass

This petrol grass trimmer charged through our tests for cutting long grass and weeds but, as you might expect from a grass trimmer this powerful, it struggled with the more precise jobs of cutting lawn edges.

Pros
  • Excellent for cutting through rough vegetation and long grass
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Doesn’t come with a harness and too powerful for neat edging

Stihl FSA 60R review

£329.00Typical price

Test score

75%

Key features

  • Cordless electric
  • General purpose
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 verdict: Powerful and easy to use

It’s another well-deserved Best Buy for Stihl. It combines power with usability to give you a trimmer that can quickly and neatly cut through any grass you try it on. Because of this, we can forgive the small issues, like its unsuitability for vertical lawn edging and the long time the battery takes to charge.

Pros
  • Great results on most grass types
  • Mostly easy and comfortable to use
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Tricky to cut vertically on lawn edges
  • Awkward to replace the line
  • Long charging time

EGO ST1401E-ST review

£269.00Typical price

Test score

74%

Key features

  • Cordless electric
  • General purpose
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 verdict: A feature-filled Best Buy

With excellent results on most types of grass and a user-friendly design, this cordless trimmer makes our Best Buy list. It’s not great at making vertical cuts on lawn edges and it’s on the heavy side, but if you can handle a weighty machine then it’s definitely worth buying.

Flymo 650E review

Test score

73%

Key features

  • Corded electric
  • Lawn edger

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 verdict: Good at edging only

This is another decent Flymo grass trimmer and like the smaller Flymo Contour 550E is great for edging and deals with long and rough grass and weeds reasonably well. If you want a corded electric grass trimmer to use for occasional trimming for short amounts of time, it might be fine but the line-feed mechanism doesn’t work consistently and the trigger may make your hand ache if you’re using it for a longer amount of time.

Pros
  • Makes edging easy
  • Simple to use
Cons
  • Automatic line-feed doesn’t work very well
  • Switch makes your hand ache

 

Einhell Agillo 18/200 review

Test score

73%

Key features

  • Cordless electric
  • Heavy duty
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 verdict: Powerful but prohibitively heavy for some

This trimmer comes close to Best Buy status, with excellent results cutting longer and thicker grass and neatening up along a fence. However, its huge weight and size makes it too clumsy to edge a lawn neatly, and means it’s exhausting to carry after a while.

Pros
  • Good at trimming longer and thicker grass
  • Great battery life
  • Effective line feed
Cons
  • Terrible at lawn edging
  • Very heavy

Bosch Advanced GrassCut 36 review

Test score

72%

Key features

  • Cordless electric
  • General purpose
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 verdict: Efficient for all tasks

This is a powerful cordless grass trimmer and it had no problems in any of our tests. It cut down long grass and weeds quickly and efficiently, but it also edged the lawn neatly. The battery lasted much longer in our tests than other cordless models too, though we had some issues with rethreading the double cutting line.

Pros
  • Powerful yet easy-to-use grass trimmer
Cons
  • Little heavy and the line is tricky to re-thread

Makita DUR189Z review

£366.00Typical price

Test score

72%

Key features

  • Cordless electric
  • General purpose
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 verdict: Surprisingly powerful

This 18V cordless grass trimmer is designed to cope quietly and effectively with a variety of jobs around the garden. The ATD (automatic torque drive) on this machine meant that it could deal particularly well with difficult grass conditions, even though it is powered by a relatively low-voltage battery. It was less good at edging, as the head doesn’t rotate, but it has a number of useful features.

Pros
  • Adaptable and surprisingly powerful
  • Light and easy to use
Cons
  • Awkward to rethread new line
  • Head doesn’t rotate for vertical cutting

 

Stihl FS 38 review

£185.00Typical price

Test score

72%

Key features

  • Petrol
  • Heavy duty
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 verdict:

This grass trimmer might be light for a petrol machine, but it’s impressively powerful and easily capable of tackling tough jobs in the wilder parts of the garden. However, while it’s good for heavy-duty use, the lighter tasks it’s apparently designed for aren’t the ones it seems best suited to.

Pros
  • Starts easily
  • Cuts long and rough grass very well
  • Easy to respool the line
Cons
  • Noticeable vibration
  • Cutting head doesn’t rotate
  • Too powerful at times

Stihl FSE 52 review

£80.00Typical price

Test score

72%

Key features

  • Corded electric
  • General purpose
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verdict: Line-feed issues

This grass trimmer powers through gardening jobs, but it’s also easy to use, making it a great all-rounder. It’s let down by a poorly designed line feed though, so it doesn’t quite make the Best Buy grade.

Pros
  • Strong performance
  • Easy to use
  • Rotating and angled head
Cons
  • Cutting line hard to repair and replace

 

Flymo 500E review

Test score

71%

Key features

  • Corded electric
  • Lawn edger

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verdict: Inexpensive but unreliable line-feed

This is a good budget, corded electric machine. It’s easy to use with a lot of features that make edging simple. It’s not particularly powerful but it can deal reasonably well with long or rough grass and weeds. It’s let down by an unreliable line-feed system but for around £50, you might be able to live with it.

Pros
  • Makes edging easy
  • Simple to use
Cons
  • Automatic line-feed doesn’t work very well
  • Switch makes your hand ache

 

Mountfield Multi tool 5-in-1 MM2603 review

Test score

71%

Key features

  • Petrol
  • Heavy duty

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verdict: Great grass-trimming multi-tool

Overall, we’re pretty impressed with this petrol trimmer. It excels at the heavy-duty jobs it’s designed for, although it doesn’t do as well as a lawn edger. If you’re after a multi-tool, it’s definitely worth considering, but it’s not quite as good as a Best Buy.

Pros
  • Excellent on most types of grass and vegetation
  • Easy to fill and start the engine
Cons
  • Not as good at lawn edging
  • Heavy
  • Very noisy

Stihl FSA 57 review

Test score

71%

Key features

  • Cordless electric
  • General purpose
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 verdict: Decent all round

This Stihl trimmer ticks most of the boxes – it’s easy to use, quiet, has a great battery life and leaves all your grass neat and tidy. There are a couple of little niggles that means it misses being a Best Buy though.

Pros
  • Great at cutting grass
  • Good battery life
  • Easy and comfortable to use
  • Quiet
Cons
  • No rotating head for lawn edging
  • Awkward to replace line

Black & Decker GL7033 review

Test score

70%

Key features

  • Corded electric
  • General purpose
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 verdict: Good overall, but poor lawn edging

This corded electric strimmer is able to handle most jobs and is comfortable to use. The heavy-duty line is a useful feature for cutting long grass and weeds, making it a great general-purpose grass trimmer.

Pros
  • Good for long grass and weeds. Heavy-duty line works efficiently
Cons
  • Not the best at edging the lawn