Have you used your lawnmower, only to find your garden still looks a little rough around the edges? It's not that you want to cut corners - you just can't get to them.
A strimmer will get exactly where you're lawnmower can't, helping to make your garden look pristine all year round without the need to get on your hands and knees and spend hours pruning the grass, brambles, and weeds with your secateurs and your gardening gloves. More so, a cordless machine eliminates the need for extension cables, which can be a dangerous trip hazard in the garden. Lightweight, portable and affordable - make this handy grass trimmer your new best friend.
Best cordless strimmer shortlist:
• Best cordless strimmer for precision: Black and Decker 18v 28cm Cordless AFS Strimmer – View on Amazon UK
• Best cordless strimmer with adjustable cutting width: Ryobi OLT1832 ONE+ Cordless Grass Trimmer – View on Amazon UK
• Best cordless strimmer for ergonomics: Karcher LTR 18-25 Cordless Battery Grass Trimmer – View on Amazon UK
If there are nooks and crannies to your garden, or you're looking to neaten up the borders or edges of the lawn, then a strimmer is exactly what you need to give your garden that extra bit of TLC. There are battery-powered or petrol-powered models, both with their own benefits, depending on the size and amount of greenery you have in your garden.
We've researched the best cordless strimmers on the market and have put together our top picks that'll give you the freedom to trim your garden quickly, easily, and all whilst untethered by a cord. When selecting these products, we compared features, including the battery, weight, adjustable cutting head and interchangeable attachments. Scroll to the FAQs for further tips and advice about the features of cordless strimmers.
Best cordless battery-powered strimmers
Best cordless strimmer for precision
BLACK + DECKER's cordless grass trimmer is an ideal tool for tidying up the grass bordering walls,
- E-drive extra power for tougher areas
- Lawn edge trimming feature
- Battery and charger included
- Short battery life
Best cordless strimmer with adjustable cutting width
This high-performance cordless motor strimmer has an adjustable cutting width of 25 or 30cm,
- Adjustable cutting width makes this versatile for tackling lawns, weeds or overgrowth
- Lightweight and portable
- Battery and charger not included with purchase
Best cordless strimmer for ergonomics
The Karcher LTR 18-25 Cordless Battery Grass Trimmer also comes with a telescoping boom like the
- Rotating trimmer head cuts through tough areas with ease
- Super light
- Telescopic handle for hard-to-reach areas
- Battery and charger must be bought separately - not included in purchase
Best cordless strimmer for low noise
This strimmer is a little more expensive but comes with everything you need to get the job done
- Powerful yet small and light
- Variable speed
- Easy to operate
Best cordless petrol-powered strimmers
Best cordless 4-stroke petrol-powered strimmer
Honda's cordless machine vows to be robust and powerful while keeping noise to a minimum, a rarity
- Can add hedge trimmer and pruner attachments
- Operate for an hour without refuelling
- Not environmentally friendly
Best cordless petrol-powered strimmer for storage
Perfect for contouring and accurately trimming areas of your garden, the Einhell petrol-powered
- Easy to transport and store
- Powerful engine
- Some customers have received faulty machines
Best cordless petrol-powered strimmer on a budget
Last but not least, the Hawksmoor Petrol Brush Cutter is a fantastic choice if you're looking for
- Choose from spool or blade cutting heads depending on the task
- Value for money
- Heavier than other models
What type of strimmer should I get?
As with lawnmowers, there is a range of different cordless strimmers which can be powered by petrol or electric battery. The type that's right for you will depend on personal preference and what you’ll be using your strimmer for:
Cordless battery-powered strimmers
Best for small/ medium-sized gardens
Cordless battery strimmers are a great choice if you have a smaller space as the absence of a cord makes them easy to use. However, their running time is dependent on their battery power and charge. To solve this issue, many models come with interchangeable batteries so you have a backup available if you're unable to finish the job, so you may want to check for this if you have a lawn that's edging on the larger size.
They are often lightweight machines, so a good option if you don’t fancy lugging a hefty strimmer around. They produce no emissions, require little maintenance, and are easy to start - just press the power button and go!
Cordless petrol-powered strimmers
Best for large-sized gardens and tough foliage
If power is what you’re looking for, a petrol-powered cordless strimmer may be the route you want to go down. These machines run indefinitely and unrestricted by cables and extension leads, they're better for larger gardens, lawns, and thick foliage. However, it's worth noting that they are often noisier than their counterparts, so if a quiet machine is what you're after, and you don't want to annoy the next-door neighbours, they may not be the best choice for you.
You'll also need to consider the cost of fuel - models with a four-cycle engine run cleaner but fuel costs more, while models with a two-cycle engine cost less but you'll need to add two-stroke oil which as well as being less clean, makes maintenance a little more complicated.
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Eleanor Weaver is the Deputy Homes & Garden Product Editor for Modern Gardens, specialising in outdoor furniture, décor, and tools. She's always looking out for inspiration online for stylish and affordable designs, and enjoys spending time in nature.