Which? reveals the best new hedge trimmersPerfect hedges and topiary with our best trimmers

19 June 2015

We put the latest cordless and electric hedge trimmers from top brands through our rigorous Which? tests. Ten of the latest models, from around £40 up to £150, battled it out for top spot. 

We found four new Best Buy hedge trimmers. They all impressed us with how quickly they could cut through privet, conifer and laurel hedges. They cut cleanly through thicker stems and left the hedges looking neat.

Not all did so well, though. We found two models that struggled to cut more than the wispy growth and were frustratingly slow and tiring to use. Head to our hedge trimmer reviews to find out which to delight and which will disappoint. 

Bosch hedge trimmers

Bosch hedgecutters cost more than some of the budget brands, but is it worth paying the premium?  

We tested three of the most popular models to see whether they can justify their price tag and reached the standard we demand of our Best Buy hedge trimmers. You can also log in to read our to find out how our members rate these electric hedge trimmers.

Latest hedge trimmers reviewed

We tested 10 of the latest models from the top manufacturers, including Bosch, Stihl, Flymo and Black and Decker. There were three cordless models, one of which was a long-reach hedge trimmer, and seven corded electric hedge trimmers. They ranged in price from less than £30 up to £150. 

We cut almost 1000m2 of hedges to find our top contenders. The models we reviewed are listed below. Click on the link to go to read the full review and see the test results:  

Cordless battery hedge trimmers

Black and Decker GTC3655L20 £150

Flymo SabreCut XT Cordless £100

Qualcast 18v Li £60

Corded electric hedge trimmers

Black and Decker GT6060

Bosch AHS 50-26 £120

Bosch AHS 65-34 £145

Bosch AHS 70-34 £150

Mac Allister 520W Electric Hedge Trimmer £28

Ryobi RHT5555RHS £65

Ryobi RHT6560RL £110

Stihl HSE 42 £110

Prices are correct as of 18 June 2015 and are subject to change. 

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