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 |

Trimming the garden hedge with some shears is no fun and will not get the job done as fast or as cleanly as specifically designed trimmers. Investing in hedge trimmers will transform your unkempt hedge into a perfectly preened outdoor feature. 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.

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.

So without further ado, let's take a look at the best hedge trimmers to transform your outdoor space and save you a lot of time and work too.

The best hedge trimmers

Best all-round hedge trimmer


Tried and tested by Group Commerical Content Editor Adam Binnie: "Our hedges grow at an

Best for adjustability

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Rrp: £210.99

Price: £174.13
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If you are looking for a petrol-driven hedge trimmer with dual-action blades to make quick

Best petrol hedge trimmers
Husqvarna 122HD60 21.7 Hedge Trimmer

Rrp: £337.10

Price: £337.10


The Husqvarna is the best petrol-powered hedge trimmer on the list and claims to be quieter

Best for tall hedges

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Ryobi OHT1850X ONE+ Cordless Hedge Trimmer, 18 V (Body only)

Rrp: £122.99

Price: £99.95


This Ryobi cordless battery-powered hedge trimmer is made with tall hedges in mind. This

Best lightweight trimmer

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Bosch Cordless Hedge Trimmer AHS 50-20 LI

Rrp: £161.00

Price: £143.40


If you are after a battery-powered appliance, then this trimmer from Bosch is perfect for

Editor's pick
Makita DUH523Z Cordless LXT Lithium-Ion Hedge Trimmer

Rrp: £114.57

Price: £101.45


Another great battery-powered option is this Makita trimmer which is equipped with an

Best budget option

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NETTA 7.2V Cordless 2 in 1 Lithium-Ion Grass and Hedge Trimmer
Price: £29.99 (was £44.99)


This little affordable tool is great for cleaning up and forming hedges, and with a battery

Best value for money

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Flymo 9671028-01 Easicut 460 Hedge Trimmer
Price: £47.99 (was £59.99)



The hedge trimmer that is the best value for money on this list has to be the Flymo Easicut Hedge

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Ellen Kinsey is a senior health and wellness product writer for Modern Gardens, specialising in sustainable living and health. She lives and breathes all things natural health, cooking and nature.

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