Which? reveals two Best Buy grass trimmersPoor line feeds mean many didn't make the grade

24 April 2013

We've just tested 10 bestselling grass trimmers from brand leaders Bosch, Flymo and Black & Decker to find out how well they edge and cut through grass and weeds.

The models we've tested range in price from just £22 to £260. For our full test results, read our grass trimmer reviews. If you're not a member already, you can get instant access to all our reviews by signing up to try Which? for £1.

Grass trimmer reviews

The grass trimmers we've just tested are:

Grass Trimmer
  • Bosch Art 26 Combitrim
  • Hitachi CG18 DSDL
  • Flymo Contour 600 HD
  • Black & Decker GL4525
  • Bosch Art 30 Combitrim
  • Draper 200w
  • Einhell 370w BG ET 3275
  • Einhell 260w BG ET 2620
  • Flymo Mini Trim ST
  • Wolf-Garten GT 850 Professional

Losing the line

Many people have told us that losing the line during trimming is a real pain. We've adjusted our testing as a result.

In our trial, we hit the line 20 times against a hard metal edge to record how many times the line breaks and how many times the line is lost. We give two star ratings: one for how well the line feed works and one for how easy it is to rethread the spool.

This year, we put our Best Buy grass trimmers from 2011 through our new line-feed tests. As a result, four of them didn't make the grade and have lost their Best Buy status. 

If you've been plagued by line-feed problems there are a few things you can do to help. Read our advice guide to get some tips.

More on this...

  • Watch our video on how we test grass trimmers
  • Find out how to cut the perfect lawn
  • Read our grass trimmers brand guide