Which? finds the best strimmers for your gardenWe've made it easier to find the right strimmer

18 May 2016

Grass trimmer

We find the best strimmers for lawn edges or long grass

Buying the wrong strimmer can leave holes in your lawn as well as in your pocket, so Which? Gardening has made it simpler to choose the right strimmer for your garden. 

Some strimmers are designed to be used for light tasks around the garden, such as edging the lawn, tidying up around the path and cutting short grass in areas that the mower can't reach, such as close to the fence or around garden furniture. Others are made for bigger, rougher jobs such as cutting down a meadow or whacking through tough weeds. Some strimmers sit in the middle and can manage to do a bit of all these jobs reasonably well. Find out which strimmer is best for you by looking at our strimmer reviews and using the filters to find the right kind of strimmer. 

Edger or weed whacker?

We looked back through all 71 strimmers we've tested over the last five years and sorted them into three categories: lawn edgers; heavy-duty strimmers; and general-purpose strimmers. We did this by looking closely at how well each strimmer coped in each of our tests, and where they excelled or failed to impress. 

Those that excelled at edging the lawn but didn't have the power to cope with long grass and weeds have been classified as lawn edgers. Those that could do a bit of everything we have called general-purpose strimmers. Those that are too powerful for delicate jobs like edging the lawn, but are perfect for swathing through long grass and tough weeds are classed as heavy-duty strimmers. 

If you're not sure which kind of strimmer will be right for you, read our advice on how to buy the best strimmer, which will guide you through to finding the best strimmer for your needs. 

New strimmers on test

We've just tested 17 new strimmers, with a good mix of lawn edgers, general-purpose strimmers and heavy-duty strimmers among them. Several turned out to be Best Buy strimmers. Log in to find out which made the grade. 

Corded electric strimmers

Black & Decker GL9035 - £75

Black & Decker STC4525 - £45

Black & Decker GL7033 - £65

Qualcast Corded Grass Trimmer 600W - £50

Ryobi RLT3525S - £34

Ryobi RLT5027 - £50

Wolf Garten GTE850 - £100

Cordless strimmers

Black & Decker STC1823 - £80

Black & Decker STC1820PC - £95

EGO ST1210E -£215

Mac Allister 18V LI Electric Cordless Li-Ion Grass Trimmer - £61

Mountfield MT48Li - £220

Qualcast Cordless Grass Trimmer 36V - £90

Wolf Garten GTA700 - £130

Petrol strimmers

McCulloch T25CS - £120

Mitox 240LX Premium - £199

Ryobi RLT26CDS - £130


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