Hedge trimmers to keep your hedges prim and proper

Trimming your hedges shouldn’t be hard work. So we’ll help you find the right tool for the task.

Cleaning the hedge with a hedge trimmer

by Ellen Kinsey |

This summer, transform your unkempt hedge into a perfectly preened outdoor feature with hedge trimmers.

However, going at the garden hedge with some scissors is no fun and will not get the job done as fast or as clean as trimmers. If you are on the hunt for the ultimate tool to keep your hedges looking good but don't know where to start, then we have researched the best hedge trimmers so you can get started.

To clarify, the best hedge trimmers will create a clean, even, and neat cut and can manoeuvre around tricky angles, so you don't have to worry about dealing with the small details.

What to consider when choosing the right hedge trimmer for you

It’s important to think about what you need from your tool. Things to consider include hedge height, the proximity of power sockets to your garden, and more. So we have compiled our top picks of petrol, battery, and electric hedge trimmers based on prices, ease of use, and capabilities.

What is the difference between a hedge trimmer and a hedge cutter?

Usually, hedge trimmers are used for 'light work' on branches and bushes. Tidying up and shaping shrubs is another of their functions. However, heavy-duty work is more suited to hedge cutters; for example, breaking down big branches and thicker bushes. Though one cannot be substituted for the other, both tools are necessary for perfect hedge maintenance.

Can I use a hedge trimmer on tree branches?

No, hedge trimmers are only suitable for thin branches and bushes and will not be suitable for cutting through thicker tree branches.

Related: Garden shears to help you regain control of your outdoor space

The best hedge trimmers - UK

Mcculloch HT Petrol Hedge Trimmer

Best for adjustability

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If you are looking for a petrol-driven hedge trimmer with dual-action blades to make quick work of cutting the hedge, then the Mcculloch HT 5622 is a great choice. The blade will be able to tear at leaves easily and leave a neater finish. The product claims to have a soft start and an adjustable rear handle, allowing you to cut vertically through the hedge comfortably.

Review: "I have used many hedge trimmers in my lifetime, both wired and petrol and honestly, I can say that this tops all of the previous machines which I’ve used. The engine starts with very little force, and the cutting blades create a sharp and slick cut on hedges. This trimmer can also tackle the larger branches with the added silver attachment above the blades. I would recommend it for both an expert gardener and individuals just entering the world of gardening."

Husqvarna Hedge Trimmer

Best petrol hedge trimmers
Husqvarna 122HD60 21.7 Hedge Trimmer

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The Husqvarna is the best petrol-powered hedge trimmer on the list and claims to be quieter than its competitors. It is one of the higher-end products that we have mentioned, but if a petrol hedge trimmer is what you are on the hunt for, then this powerful tool is a great choice for those who are willing to invest in the long-term. The blade is 59cm, which makes it easy to neaten up the hedges and shrubs. Plus, the Smart Start feature allows for an easy user experience so that you can work for prolonged periods comfortably.

Review: "Good lightweight machine. I used it a few times, and it starts well from cold and idles well also. Cutting blades nice and sharp for close cutting. Easy pull starts so anyone could use it. For the money, I paid well worth it very happy."

Ryobi ONE+ Cordless Hedge Trimmer, 18 V (Body only)

Best for tall hedges
Ryobi OHT1850X ONE+ Cordless Hedge Trimmer, 18 V (Body only)

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This Ryobi cordless battery-powered hedge trimmer is made with tall hedges in mind. This trimmer features a four-position articulating head that enables you to trim hedges of all shapes and sizesu2014so no need to get out the step ladder next time you need to prune the hedge.

Review: "So far 10/10 very pleased with purchase, overall Ryobi are on to a winner with the one+ system, will be adding more tools as the need arises. The flexibility with the rotating handle is great. I have a 5.0Ah battery from my Ryobi lawnmower. This hedge trimmer lasts for AGES with it (4hrs on and off for me). I love the reach of this device, though it is a little heavy, so you do have to be quite strong to hold it above your head for any length of time. I cut even thicker branches, very well."

Bosch Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Best lightweight trimmer
Bosch Cordless Hedge Trimmer AHS 50-20 LI

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If you are after a battery-powered appliance, then this trimmer from Bosch is perfect for medium-sized hedges. It is also incredibly lightweight compared to some other options weighing 2.5kg, and courtesy of its multi-position front handle, it will allow you to cut in different positions and through branches up to 25mm in diameter. This tool is comfortable to use even for long periods, and the anti-blocking system makes it a swift and effective power tool.

Review: "Battery operated? Will it be up to the job? Should I buy a cheaper main operated one with more watts? Well, I took a gamble and went for it. Mostly due to not having to mess about with cables. I'm very impressed, in fact, I'm amazed! I used the trimmer for about 30 mins but not constantly, and afterwards, the battery recharged in 10 mins."

Makita DUH523Z Cordless LXT Lithium-Ion Hedge Trimmer

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Makita DUH523Z Cordless LXT Lithium-Ion Hedge Trimmer

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Another great battery-powered option is this Makita trimmer which is equipped with an anti-vibration structure, a stain-free shear blade surface and a rubberised soft grip for the best support and comfort. Additionally, the lightweight build makes for secure manoeuvring. In terms of the blade, the sharpness will allow you to really get in there and tidy up the hedge properly.

Review: "Love Makita products! This adds to the catalogue of amazing products. It has three triggers for safety. I personally taped one, so it's not as awkward and can be used two-handed (where is the third hand supposed to come from), but it chops through 10/15mm thick branches easily; anything bigger, I make it work and use it like a chainsaw rocking it and applying light pressure, and it chews through it eventually. It's really quiet as well; Makita builds quality. 10 stars if I could."

NETTA 7.2V Cordless 2 in 1 Lithium-Ion Grass and Hedge Trimmer

Best budget option
NETTA 7.2V Cordless 2 in 1 Lithium-Ion Grass and Hedge Trimmer

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This little affordable tool is great for cleaning up and forming hedges, and with a battery life of 50 minutes, it guarantees you finish all your gardening chores in no time at all. The tool's lightweight structure means that it will be easy to hold, and the 2 in 1 feature means you can switch between two blades quickly. This handheld hedge trimmer is ideal if you want a lightweight option without the large price tag.

Review: "Marvellous little item. For the first time in decades, I now have a neatly edged lawn. No more hard labour with garden shears. I just passed this over the edges, and the appearance of the entire lawn was transformed in about 10 minutes."

Flymo 9671028-01 Easicut 460 Hedge Trimmer

Best value for money
Flymo 9671028-01 Easicut 460 Hedge Trimmer

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The hedge trimmer that is the best value for money on this list has to be the Flymo Easicut Hedge Trimmer. Flymo has created this very reasonably priced electric hedge trimmer and comes with a two-year warranty. Additionally, the 10m cable makes it suitable for smaller gardens, and the central handle has been designed for safe and secure use.

Review: "This is a fab wee gadget; I've always cut my hedges/bushes by hand; it took forever. I'm in hedge cutting heaven now as it's all done very neatly, quickly and easily with this great lightweight hedge trimmer. I would highly recommend it to all but especially us girls who don't have the strength to handle the larger models. Speedy delivery and good packaging are a bonus."

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