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7 Best Strimmers of 2023 - Tested & Reviewed

In this strimmer review, I thoroughly compared design, performance, ease of use, noise, safety and value for money for multiple products. After hours of research and testing, I recommend the BLACK+DECKER Cordless String Grass Trimmer as the best strimmer on the UK market.

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Best Cordless Strimmer

The BLACK+DECKER Cordless String Grass Trimmer is the best cordless grass strimmer for large, overgrown areas. This strimmer has a 28 cm cutting width which allows you to work quickly and efficiently across open spaces. 

If you’re looking for power, I’d highly recommend this model. It works using an AFS single line feed system which saves time and effort, while the cutting speed is an impressive 5500 – 7400 rpm. 

Unlike some of the other tools I tested, this strimmer was able to cut through more than just grass. It can get through thick dock plants and thistles too. If you’re after pure power but you still want the benefit of a cordless machine, this is one of the best tools to go to.

At 2.6 kg, it remains very lightweight and easy to manage. This is helped by the fact that it feels well balanced, although it may still get tiring to use after long periods of time. 

It comes with an 18 V 2.0 Ah Lithium battery included, as well as a charger. The power can be reduced for lighter tasks which will extend the battery run time, but overall the battery life is very good. I got around 20 minutes of run time on the turbo setting. The downside is that it takes a long time to charge, up to 4 hours from flat. 

Black + Decker are known for their well designed tools and this model is no different. It has an adjustable second handle that gives you additional control, while the telescopic pole can be adjusted to suit any height of user. Simply twist to lengthen the pole. 

There’s also an automatic single-line feed system that saves time and effort, and a wheel guide to allow you to edge your lawn accurately. This also keeps the plants safe from damage. 

Finally, this grass strimmer feels safe to use. It’s sturdy, made from quality parts and produced by a reputable brand. It has more power than many others on the market. 

Best Cordless Strimmer
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The BLACK+DECKER Cordless String Grass Trimmer is the best cordless grass strimmer for large, overgrown areas. This strimmer has a 28 cm cutting width which allows you to work quickly and efficiently across open spaces. 

If you’re looking for power, I’d highly recommend this model. It works using an AFS single line feed system which saves time and effort, while the cutting speed is an impressive 5500 – 7400 rpm. 

Unlike some of the other tools I tested, this strimmer was able to cut through more than just grass. It can get through thick dock plants and thistles too. If you’re after pure power but you still want the benefit of a cordless machine, this is one of the best tools to go to.

At 2.6 kg, it remains very lightweight and easy to manage. This is helped by the fact that it feels well balanced, although it may still get tiring to use after long periods of time. 

It comes with an 18 V 2.0 Ah Lithium battery included, as well as a charger. The power can be reduced for lighter tasks which will extend the battery run time, but overall the battery life is very good. I got around 20 minutes of run time on the turbo setting. The downside is that it takes a long time to charge, up to 4 hours from flat. 

Black + Decker are known for their well designed tools and this model is no different. It has an adjustable second handle that gives you additional control, while the telescopic pole can be adjusted to suit any height of user. Simply twist to lengthen the pole. 

There’s also an automatic single-line feed system that saves time and effort, and a wheel guide to allow you to edge your lawn accurately. This also keeps the plants safe from damage. 

Finally, this grass strimmer feels safe to use. It’s sturdy, made from quality parts and produced by a reputable brand. It has more power than many others on the market. 

Tested By: Harry Duncton

Features:
Type
Cordless
Weight
2.6 kg
Cutting Width
28 cm
Max. Speed
7400 rpm
Telescopic Shaft
Yes

Pros

  • Suitable for more heavy duty tasks like cutting through thistles
  • Has a guide wheel that allows you to get to the edges precisely
  • It’s fairly easy to switch between the trimming and edging functions
  • Support handle and length can be adjusted to suit your height which makes it more comfortable
  • Battery charging indicator lets you know when the battery has been fully charged

Cons

  • Takes quite a long time to charge, around 4 hours
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Best Strimmer & Edger

WORX is known for producing high quality garden tools, one of which is the WORX GT 3.0 Cordless Grass Strimmer. This 2-in-1 model also has an edger function, and it’s packed with features plus marked at a reasonable price. 

The WORX GT 3.0 required very little assembly. I had it up and running in less than 5 minutes. However, you may want to spend a little more time exploring its many adjustable features – from the shaft, to the handle, to the angle of the head – these can all be altered to make the strimmer as easy and comfortable to use as possible.

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Whilst the strimmer felt lightweight to hold, its power was evident as soon as I switched it on. 

It handled the easy stuff (long, thick grass and light weeds) without a problem, but did struggle with thick vegetation. However, you’ll still be able to strim dense areas by cutting thicker stems in two or three sections (rather than in a single swipe) – it’ll just take a little longer. 

The battery that came with this cordless grass trimmer had a run time of around 30 minutes, but you can’t expect too much from a 2.0 Ah battery. The fact that it charges in just 1 hour is a huge plus however. 

The WORX GT 3.0 would be considered a mid-range cordless trimmer. It costs a little more than some others I’ve tested, but it’s not as pricey as the high end models. It does however offer many, if not more, features as several of the high end strimmers on the market. 

Best Strimmer & Edger
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WORX is known for producing high quality garden tools, one of which is the WORX GT 3.0 Cordless Grass Strimmer. This 2-in-1 model also has an edger function, and it’s packed with features plus marked at a reasonable price. 

The WORX GT 3.0 required very little assembly. I had it up and running in less than 5 minutes. However, you may want to spend a little more time exploring its many adjustable features – from the shaft, to the handle, to the angle of the head – these can all be altered to make the strimmer as easy and comfortable to use as possible.

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Whilst the strimmer felt lightweight to hold, its power was evident as soon as I switched it on. 

It handled the easy stuff (long, thick grass and light weeds) without a problem, but did struggle with thick vegetation. However, you’ll still be able to strim dense areas by cutting thicker stems in two or three sections (rather than in a single swipe) – it’ll just take a little longer. 

The battery that came with this cordless grass trimmer had a run time of around 30 minutes, but you can’t expect too much from a 2.0 Ah battery. The fact that it charges in just 1 hour is a huge plus however. 

The WORX GT 3.0 would be considered a mid-range cordless trimmer. It costs a little more than some others I’ve tested, but it’s not as pricey as the high end models. It does however offer many, if not more, features as several of the high end strimmers on the market. 

Tested By: Alina Jumabhoy

Features:
Type
Cordless
Weight
2.4 kg
Cutting Width
30 cm
Max. Speed
7600 rpm
Telescopic Shaft
Yes

Pros

  • Adjustable shaft, handle and head makes this cordless strimmer more versatile, as well as comfortable to use
  • The 2.0Ah battery charges in just one hour
  • Has an edging function that works well on lawns
  • Can cope with all types of vegetation - long and short grass, light weeds and thick vegetation
  • Lightweight at 2.4 kg - it won’t leave your arms aching

Cons

  • Thick vegetation needs to be cut down in 2-3 sections, which takes a lot more time
  • The 2.0Ah battery only lasts for 30 minutes - you’ll need to purchase a larger battery if you want to strim for longer
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Best Budget Strimmer

I was very impressed with the Flymo Contour XT Electric Grass Trimmer and Edger thanks to its great value for money and user-friendly design. Whether you’ve had a lot of strimmers in the past or this is your first venture, it’s a simple model to use and delivers good results

Let’s take a look at the design first. This strimmer has a 25 mm cutting width, which is generous without being impractical, and 2-in-1 functionality. Plus, it weighs just 2.8 kg which makes it relatively comfortable to use for long periods of time – though some people may still find it a little heavy. The secondary handle helps with control, while the 10 m power cable means it’s suitable for most average size gardens. 

This strimmer can be used to both trim and edge the lawn, with separate settings for either task. Switching between the two functions requires just the press of a button. 

It also ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to performance. It has 300 W of power and runs at 10500 RPM. The line is automatically fed through the strimmer when required, saving you from messing around with the spool.

According to Flymo, this strimmer is fitted with a 1.5 mm ‘silent’ dual auto line, but it’s worth pointing out that customers still report it as being quite noisy. So don’t buy this under the false illusion that it won’t make any noise at all. 

Nevertheless, this strimmer is generally pleasant to use. The lightweight design means it’s easy to manage, and the plant guard protects shrubs from damage when trimming close by. 

Although it’s not equipped with a huge number of safety features, it still feels very well designed. The handle is ergonomic, and it’s easy to keep the tool seedy thanks to the secondary handle. It’s simple to switch between functions, and all parts are durable. The safety switch on the handle means you’ll need to continuously push down to activate the strimmer. If you trip and let go, the strimmer will stop running. 

It’s one of the best corded electric strimmers overall. Not only does it perform well, it’s also light enough to be sufficiently easy to manage. 

Best Budget Strimmer
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I was very impressed with the Flymo Contour XT Electric Grass Trimmer and Edger thanks to its great value for money and user-friendly design. Whether you’ve had a lot of strimmers in the past or this is your first venture, it’s a simple model to use and delivers good results

Let’s take a look at the design first. This strimmer has a 25 mm cutting width, which is generous without being impractical, and 2-in-1 functionality. Plus, it weighs just 2.8 kg which makes it relatively comfortable to use for long periods of time – though some people may still find it a little heavy. The secondary handle helps with control, while the 10 m power cable means it’s suitable for most average size gardens. 

This strimmer can be used to both trim and edge the lawn, with separate settings for either task. Switching between the two functions requires just the press of a button. 

It also ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to performance. It has 300 W of power and runs at 10500 RPM. The line is automatically fed through the strimmer when required, saving you from messing around with the spool.

According to Flymo, this strimmer is fitted with a 1.5 mm ‘silent’ dual auto line, but it’s worth pointing out that customers still report it as being quite noisy. So don’t buy this under the false illusion that it won’t make any noise at all. 

Nevertheless, this strimmer is generally pleasant to use. The lightweight design means it’s easy to manage, and the plant guard protects shrubs from damage when trimming close by. 

Although it’s not equipped with a huge number of safety features, it still feels very well designed. The handle is ergonomic, and it’s easy to keep the tool seedy thanks to the secondary handle. It’s simple to switch between functions, and all parts are durable. The safety switch on the handle means you’ll need to continuously push down to activate the strimmer. If you trip and let go, the strimmer will stop running. 

It’s one of the best corded electric strimmers overall. Not only does it perform well, it’s also light enough to be sufficiently easy to manage. 

Features:
Type
Corded Electric
Weight
3.32 kg
Cutting Width
25 cm
Max. Speed
10,500 rpm
Telescopic Shaft
No

Pros

  • Assembly is quick and only takes 10 - 15 minutes
  • 10 m power cable is suitable for most small / medium gardens
  • Adjustable strimming head angle makes this strimmer versatile for strimming and edging
  • It’s very simple to switch between strimming and edge cutting

Cons

  • Cable supplied is unlikely to be long enough for large gardens
  • The strimmer line can break easily on contact with harder objects
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The Bosch Cordless Grass strimmer EasyGrassCut 18-26 is a lightweight cordless strimmer, designed for those easier strimming jobs. It weighs just 2.1 kg so it’s one of the lightest on my list, and it’s extremely easy to manage, yet it has a very impressive build quality. 

This trimmer has both a strimming and edging function so it’s suitable for a range of gardening tasks. It’s easy to switch between the two tasks with just the click of a button and turning the handle 180 degrees. 

It works using a semi-auto feeding which allows you to work without interruptions. The compact design also allows you to reach tight spaces and corners in the garden. 

This model comes with an interchangeable battery system which can be used with multiple Bosch products. It has an 18 V battery which can be used to power all 18 V Bosch tools, this is ideal if you’ve got a number of Bosch garden tools, as just one battery will be able to power all of them. 

The battery has one main plus point, which is that it charges in just 30 minutes. This means if you fancy strimming your lawn and you realise you’ve forgotten to charge the battery, you won’t have hours to wait like you would with some machines. However, the downside of the battery is its runtime – just 15 – 20 minutes.

Power-wise, this model will struggle in very dense areas. However, for lighter duty tasks, it’s perfect. I found it able to tackle overgrown areas, but certainly if you have denser spots that need strimming you may require a more powerful machine. 

If you have a small garden and you don’t need a huge amount of power from your strimmer, this model is a good choice. However, the battery life is unlikely to be enough for larger outdoor spaces. 

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The Bosch Cordless Grass strimmer EasyGrassCut 18-26 is a lightweight cordless strimmer, designed for those easier strimming jobs. It weighs just 2.1 kg so it’s one of the lightest on my list, and it’s extremely easy to manage, yet it has a very impressive build quality. 

This trimmer has both a strimming and edging function so it’s suitable for a range of gardening tasks. It’s easy to switch between the two tasks with just the click of a button and turning the handle 180 degrees. 

It works using a semi-auto feeding which allows you to work without interruptions. The compact design also allows you to reach tight spaces and corners in the garden. 

This model comes with an interchangeable battery system which can be used with multiple Bosch products. It has an 18 V battery which can be used to power all 18 V Bosch tools, this is ideal if you’ve got a number of Bosch garden tools, as just one battery will be able to power all of them. 

The battery has one main plus point, which is that it charges in just 30 minutes. This means if you fancy strimming your lawn and you realise you’ve forgotten to charge the battery, you won’t have hours to wait like you would with some machines. However, the downside of the battery is its runtime – just 15 – 20 minutes.

Power-wise, this model will struggle in very dense areas. However, for lighter duty tasks, it’s perfect. I found it able to tackle overgrown areas, but certainly if you have denser spots that need strimming you may require a more powerful machine. 

If you have a small garden and you don’t need a huge amount of power from your strimmer, this model is a good choice. However, the battery life is unlikely to be enough for larger outdoor spaces. 

Features:
Type
Cordless
Weight
2.1 kg
Cutting Width
26 cm
Max. Speed
Not listed
Telescopic Shaft
Yes

Pros

  • Easy to use and manage thanks to the light weight
  • Interchangeable battery system is ideal for those with multiple Bosch products
  • Is capable of tackling overgrown gardens
  • Battery charges very quickly, full in around 30 minutes
  • Good length for taller users, whereas many other models are too short

Cons

  • Included battery has a runtime of just 15 - 20 minutes
  • Doesn’t have a huge amount of power so would struggle in very dense areas
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Best Lightweight Strimmer

The Einhell Power X-Change 18V Cordless Strimmer is a great budget model and the best lightweight strimmer on the market. It weighs just 1.8 kg, so it’s easy for just about anyone to use! 

It’s very easy to assemble, while the easy management ensures you can reach just about any corner of the garden. The motor head tilts in 5 different positions, allowing you to remove weeds and tall grass wherever it is in the garden, whether that’s under lawn furniture or under hedges. 

Once assembled, it’s easy to make this strimmer comfortable. The adjustable handle offers a soft grip, while the telescopic handlebar ensures tall and short gardeners are able to use this strimmer comfortably. 

Like many that I’ve mentioned, this strimmer has both strimming and edge cutting abilities. The motor head can be rotated 90 degrees for precise edge cutting, while there’s a flower guard to help you protect your plants.

This strimmer operates using plastic blades, and it comes with 20 blades included. These don’t last a particularly long time if you are cutting in dense areas, making this strimmer better suited to lighter duty tasks. 

One thing to note about this strimmer is that, although it’s battery powered, it doesn’t come with a battery included. Einhell do have a range of batteries which can be purchased, with run times ranging from 40 minutes to 180 minutes.

It also doesn’t come with a strap. While it weighs a mere 1.8 kg, so doesn’t really need a strap, this would make the tool more comfortable when using it for longer periods. 

Overall, if you’re looking for a quality cordless strimmer and you don’t mind sacrificing some power in favour of a lighter weight, this model is a great one to consider. 

Best Lightweight Strimmer
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The Einhell Power X-Change 18V Cordless Strimmer is a great budget model and the best lightweight strimmer on the market. It weighs just 1.8 kg, so it’s easy for just about anyone to use! 

It’s very easy to assemble, while the easy management ensures you can reach just about any corner of the garden. The motor head tilts in 5 different positions, allowing you to remove weeds and tall grass wherever it is in the garden, whether that’s under lawn furniture or under hedges. 

Once assembled, it’s easy to make this strimmer comfortable. The adjustable handle offers a soft grip, while the telescopic handlebar ensures tall and short gardeners are able to use this strimmer comfortably. 

Like many that I’ve mentioned, this strimmer has both strimming and edge cutting abilities. The motor head can be rotated 90 degrees for precise edge cutting, while there’s a flower guard to help you protect your plants.

This strimmer operates using plastic blades, and it comes with 20 blades included. These don’t last a particularly long time if you are cutting in dense areas, making this strimmer better suited to lighter duty tasks. 

One thing to note about this strimmer is that, although it’s battery powered, it doesn’t come with a battery included. Einhell do have a range of batteries which can be purchased, with run times ranging from 40 minutes to 180 minutes.

It also doesn’t come with a strap. While it weighs a mere 1.8 kg, so doesn’t really need a strap, this would make the tool more comfortable when using it for longer periods. 

Overall, if you’re looking for a quality cordless strimmer and you don’t mind sacrificing some power in favour of a lighter weight, this model is a great one to consider. 

Features:
Type
Cordless
Weight
1.8 kg
Cutting Width
24 cm
Max. Speed
8500 rpm
Telescopic Shaft
Yes

Pros

  • Light enough for any user
  • Assembles very quickly
  • Flower guard helps to stop you from damaging your plants as you strim
  • Runs very quietly so can be used early in the morning with no worries of neighbours
  • Has a charge level indicator so you’ll know when it needs to be charged up

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a battery included
  • Doesn’t come with a strap, which would make it more comfortable to use for longer periods
  • Plastic strips don’t last a very long time if you are cutting in dense areas
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Best Petrol Strimmer

Petrol strimmers are far more powerful than electric models, better suited to larger gardens and dense areas. The Hyundai 52cc Petrol Grass Strimmer cuts through tough weeds with ease, and is a great choice for stubborn weeds and large areas which have become overgrown. 

This strimmer is equipped with a 52 cc 2-stroke Hyundai petrol engine which allows it to handle even the toughest of garden overgrowth. The 45 cm cutting width allows you to cover a large area at any one time, improving efficiency. 

It comes supplied with a bump feed nylon cutting head, as well as a metal cutting blade. This makes it a two in one machine, allowing you to both clear brush and trim the edges of your lawn. The metal blade is able to easily get through heavy undergrowth.

It’s comfortable to use, with a harness included and bicycle handles. The handles allow the user more precise control, while they also fold flat for easy storage. At 9.1 kg, the double shoulder harness is an essential, although some users did report finding it tricky to put on. 

The trigger is mounted on the handle, which allows you to control the unit using just your fingertips. It’s worth noting that some people may find this trigger is still awkwardly positioned, finding they need to twist their hand slightly to access it. 

After use, the shaft splits in two which makes the unit easier to transport and store away in tiger spaces. 

All in all, this strimmer has everything you’d expect from a Hyundai model. It’s good quality and equipped with features to make the task easier to use. If you’re after a powerful petrol strimmer which remains suitable for domestic use, this model is a top choice. 

Best Petrol Strimmer
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Petrol strimmers are far more powerful than electric models, better suited to larger gardens and dense areas. The Hyundai 52cc Petrol Grass Strimmer cuts through tough weeds with ease, and is a great choice for stubborn weeds and large areas which have become overgrown. 

This strimmer is equipped with a 52 cc 2-stroke Hyundai petrol engine which allows it to handle even the toughest of garden overgrowth. The 45 cm cutting width allows you to cover a large area at any one time, improving efficiency. 

It comes supplied with a bump feed nylon cutting head, as well as a metal cutting blade. This makes it a two in one machine, allowing you to both clear brush and trim the edges of your lawn. The metal blade is able to easily get through heavy undergrowth.

It’s comfortable to use, with a harness included and bicycle handles. The handles allow the user more precise control, while they also fold flat for easy storage. At 9.1 kg, the double shoulder harness is an essential, although some users did report finding it tricky to put on. 

The trigger is mounted on the handle, which allows you to control the unit using just your fingertips. It’s worth noting that some people may find this trigger is still awkwardly positioned, finding they need to twist their hand slightly to access it. 

After use, the shaft splits in two which makes the unit easier to transport and store away in tiger spaces. 

All in all, this strimmer has everything you’d expect from a Hyundai model. It’s good quality and equipped with features to make the task easier to use. If you’re after a powerful petrol strimmer which remains suitable for domestic use, this model is a top choice. 

Features:
Type
P
Weight
9.1 kg
Cutting Width
45 cm
Max. Speed
9200 rpm
Telescopic Shaft
Yes

Pros

  • Cuts through very tough weeds with ease
  • Fairly easy to assemble when following the online video
  • Has far more power than electric models recommended which makes it suitable for heavy duty tasks
  • Bump head works well and is fairly easy to use
  • Comes with both a bump feed nylon cutting head and cutting blade for different tasks

Cons

  • Although it comes with a harness included, this is fiddly to put on
  • Trigger button that needs to be held is at an awkward angle, which leads to fatigue very quickly
  • Some users found it difficult to start from cold
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Best for Professional Use

The Stihl FS56C-E Petrol Brush Cutter Strimmer is the best strimmer for professional use. This strimmer performs exceptionally well across stubborn areas of the garden, while negating the need for a professional brush cutter. 

This petrol powered strimmer has ample power to tackle weeds, brush and areas of lawn that need serious work, as well as lighter tasks.

It has a 2-stroke engine at 27.2 cc, so it’s far more powerful than others I’ve recommended. The engine is equipped with reduced-emission technology, which makes it fairly fuel efficient. Compared to regular 2-stroke engines, you should use up to 20% less fuel. 

This also makes it a lot more noisy, running at 108 dB, and it has higher vibration. It’s a serious machine, so ear defenders are certainly required. 

It remains fairly comfortable to use despite the high power, with easy start up, a straight shaft and a bike handle that offers better control than traditional D-ring handles, especially due to the increased weight. This handle is fully adjustable so can be set to accommodate users of different heights. 

It’s easy to start, simply set the choke, pump the fuel primer, pull the starter cord and away you go. It stops after just a brief press of the stop button. 

It also comes with a harness included, which will help prevent the 5.2 kg weight from becoming too tiring. 

All in all, this strimmer is undoubtedly one of the best machines for professional use, but its power shouldn’t be underestimated. If you’re not worried about the increased weight, noise and vibration, you should find this strimmer an excellent purchase. 

Best for Professional Use
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The Stihl FS56C-E Petrol Brush Cutter Strimmer is the best strimmer for professional use. This strimmer performs exceptionally well across stubborn areas of the garden, while negating the need for a professional brush cutter. 

This petrol powered strimmer has ample power to tackle weeds, brush and areas of lawn that need serious work, as well as lighter tasks.

It has a 2-stroke engine at 27.2 cc, so it’s far more powerful than others I’ve recommended. The engine is equipped with reduced-emission technology, which makes it fairly fuel efficient. Compared to regular 2-stroke engines, you should use up to 20% less fuel. 

This also makes it a lot more noisy, running at 108 dB, and it has higher vibration. It’s a serious machine, so ear defenders are certainly required. 

It remains fairly comfortable to use despite the high power, with easy start up, a straight shaft and a bike handle that offers better control than traditional D-ring handles, especially due to the increased weight. This handle is fully adjustable so can be set to accommodate users of different heights. 

It’s easy to start, simply set the choke, pump the fuel primer, pull the starter cord and away you go. It stops after just a brief press of the stop button. 

It also comes with a harness included, which will help prevent the 5.2 kg weight from becoming too tiring. 

All in all, this strimmer is undoubtedly one of the best machines for professional use, but its power shouldn’t be underestimated. If you’re not worried about the increased weight, noise and vibration, you should find this strimmer an excellent purchase. 

Features:
Type
Petrol
Weight
5.2 kg
Cutting Width
42 cm
Max. Speed
Not listed
Telescopic Shaft
No

Pros

  • Starts easily every time
  • Easy to use given the power and weight
  • Has a very robust build which should last a very long time
  • A top option for professional use
  • Bicycle handle is adjustable and offers the user lots of control over the tool

Cons

  • More expensive than a number of other strimmers recommended on this page

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Tips for Buying a Strimmer

  1. You’ll first need to choose between a petrol, mains powered or cordless strimmer. This depends on the amount of power you’ll require, the size of your garden and personal preference.
  2. If purchasing a cordless strimmer, opt for one with a decent battery life. 
  3. You’ll also need to choose between two types of cutting mechanisms: cutting line or cutting blades. Choose blades for convenience, particularly if you’ve grown tired of feeding the cutting line through when it breaks. Cutting blades need to be changed every few hours of use.
  4. For line strimmers, you may prefer a bump-feed system to stop you from using line unnecessarily.
  5. A telescopic shaft and adjustable handle will improve user comfort. A second handle makes controlling the strimmer easier, particularly on mower powerful models.

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How to Choose The Best Strimmer

Using a strimmer is a great way to achieve a neat and tidy lawn, with none of the back breaking effort of lawn shears or scissors. 

As tools go, strimmers are up there with the most useful and versatile, plus the cost of purchasing and maintaining a strimmer is fairly low. 

Here’s some useful information to bear in mind before buying a grass trimmer. 

What’s a Strimmer Used For?

As tools go, strimmers are up there with the most useful and versatile, plus the cost of purchasing and maintaining a strimmer is fairly low. 

Strimmers are used for cutting back overgrown grass, shrubbery, weeds and brambles. Some have more power than others. While some strimmers have enough power to cut back dense areas of shrubbery, others are better suited to thin, tall grass. 

They are great for cutting in awkward places that you wouldn’t be able to reach with a mower, such as around the base, the corner of a lawn or on steep slopes. They’re far more efficient than lawn shears and scissors, and more manageable than lawn mowers. 

Many strimmers also double up as lawn edgers. They can be transformed into an edger and used to trim borders and edges that your lawn mower isn’t able to get to.

In short, strimmers are great all-round tools that can really neaten up your garden! 

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How Strimmers Work

Grass trimmers tend to use one of two cutting mechanisms, a cutting line, or cutting blades. 

Cutting line strimmers have one or two lines of nylon string inside the head of the strimmer. They cut using centrifugal force; whilst the line is no good for cutting when at rest, it becomes stiff and blade-like when spun very quickly. 

As the line wears down, new line needs to be fed into the cutting head from the spool. This is either done manually or using an automatic or semi-automatic process. 

There are two main systems for distributing more line. The first is an automatic feed, where more line is fed each time the machine is turned back on. This will ensure you’re never using weak, blunt line, but it does mean you can get through more line than you otherwise would, which ends up more expensive. 

The ‘bump-feed’ system is another option. These require you to ‘bump’ the end of the strimmer on the ground to release more line. You are in control of when more line is released, allowing you to control how quickly it is used. 

Bladed strimmers have two nylon blades on the head which spin at speed. The blades will require replacing after every couple of hours of use. 

The Different Types of Strimmers

Strimmers are either petrol or electric powered, with the electric powered strimmers either cordless or mains powered. 

Petrol powered strimmers aren’t generally used for small jobs. They are tough machines that are suited to clearing large areas and tough undergrowth. They can generally make their way through brambles, nettles and thicket, cutting branches of up to 15 mm in diameter. They aren’t always easy to manage however, and require a fair amount of maintenance. 

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The main pros of petrol strimmers are:

  • They are powerful and can clear large, dense areas
  • They are cordless so you’ve got lots of freedom to move around larger areas

The main cons of petrol strimmers are:

  • They can be trickier to manage due to the increased weight and power
  • They are fairly heavy, usually over 10 kg
  • Require prep and maintenance 

Mains powered strimmers are another good option. These can still have a lot of power thanks to the constant energy flow, but they’re unlikely to make it through very large areas of dense brush.

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Mains powered strimmers are: 

  • Able to clear thicker patches of weeds while still remaining manageable
  • Can be used for any amount of time as the power supply is constant – no refuelling or battery charging required
  • Bring a large amount of power without the maintenance or fumes of petrol powered models

The main cons are: 

  • The power cord keeps you tethered to your power source. If you’ve got a larger garden, you’ll likely need an extension cable
  • It’s easy to cut through the power cord by mistake!
  • Not suitable for very dense areas

Finally, there’s battery powered strimmers. These are best for light strimming jobs, for example, cutting the grass and clearing small weeds. They aren’t suitable for thick plants or dense areas. 

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The pros of battery powered strimmers are:

  • You are not restricted by a cable. You’ve got freedom to move around the garden
  • There’s no chance you will cut through the power cord, as there isn’t one!
  • They tend to be very lightweight 
  • Are practical for neatening up areas where the mower can’t reach. The light weight means they’re easy to get out of the shed

The cons of battery powered strimmers are: 

  • Battery life is often short – around 20 minutes, so you may need to stop and recharge which can take a long time
  • Lack the power of petrol and cordless models

Strimmer FAQ

What’s the difference between a strimmer and a trimmer?

There is no difference between a strimmer and a trimmer! The terms are used interchangeably, although strimmer is the more colloquial term.

This is the case for grass trimmers, but if you are talking about a hedge trimmer, then you are talking about a different tool. Hedge trimmers are used to level hedges and cut back branches, very different to grass strimmers. 

What’s the difference between a brush cutter and a strimmer?

Brush cutters and grass strimmers are different tools with different purposes. Strimmers are designed for cutting hedges and hard to reach areas of the lawn (for instance underneath garden furniture).

Brush cutters are designed for, as the name suggests, brush. They are suitable for tackling dense weeds, grasses and areas of thick vegetation. Brush cutters can be used as strimmers, but they are both more powerful and heavier. 

Are strimmers with plastic blades any good?

Strimmers use either cutting line or cutting blades to cut grass and weeds. Those with plastic blades can generate a lot of cutting power but they will need replacing every couple of hours. They are often damaged while cutting, and will occasionally get lost in dense undergrowth. 

You should be careful using them around hard objects like trees, rocks and other hard surfaces. 

Are corded trimmers better than cordless?

This depends on your specific needs. Both corded and cordless strimmers are suitable for domestic use. 

Corded trimmers tend to be more powerful than battery powered strimmers and there’s no need to worry about battery life. They are better suited to heavy duty tasks than battery powered models. 

The downside is that you’re limited by the cord length, and you may need an extension cable. 

Cordless strimmers offer you unlimited freedom to move around the lawn, but they can only be used for a certain amount of time before they run out of power. 

They are usually lighter in weight than corded models, and easier to manoeuvre. There’s also no chance that you’ll accidentally cut through the cable!

Can a strimmer cut long grass?

Yes, strimmers are ideal for cutting long grass which would be too long for a lawn mower. Once the grass has been cut to an appropriate length, you can go over it with the mower. 

However, for very tough or long grass, you may need to use a brush cutter. 

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Can I use a strimmer to mow the lawn or trim hedges?

Strimmers can be used to get the lawn ready for a lawn mower, but it won’t be able to produce the same finish as a lawn mower. Cutting the grass with a strimmer requires steady hands, and you’ll almost definitely find it more tiring than using a lawn mower. 

Strimmers can be used to trim hedges, although for very dense hedges, you’ll need a hedge trimmer

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