Which? brings you its first impressions of the new £50 Lidl cordless hedge trimmer and £129 Lidl petrol multi-tool released on 4 July 2016.
Fans of discount supermarket Lidl sing the praises of its limited-time sales of cheap own-brand home and garden gadgets.
But can a cordless hedge trimmer costing only £50 compete with some of our Best Buy hedge trimmers?
To find out we tried them out at our Capel Manor trial gardens so see how they coped with the hedges there.
Lidl Florabest cordless hedge trimmer
This cordless hedge trimmer has an 18V lithium-ion battery and a 52cm-long blade. There’s a good wrap-around handle at the front and we found it easy to handle.
Cordless hedge trimmers have some very obvious advantages: you can’t cut the power cord as you can on an electric model and they aren’t as noisy and heavy as petrol models. But in our testing we’ve been fairly unimpressed with how well low-cost cordless hedge trimmers actually cut. They have a tendency to be underpowered and struggle to cut through thicker branches. So did this one buck the trend?
Visit our Lidl Florabest 18V Li-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer first look review to find out.
Lidl Florabest multi-tool
This multi-tool has a petrol motor that drives several different attachments, turning it into a strimmer, hedge trimmer, pole pruner or brush cutter.
These tools can be very useful if you have a large garden and regularly need a strimmer and a long-reach hedge trimmer. But they can also be heavy and awkward to use. How did this one handle when we tried it out?
Find out what we thought of the Lidl Florabest 4-in-1 Multi-tool in our first look review.
More Lidl first look reviews
Which? does not normally test Lidl’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-them products because they’ve sold out before we can get them to our lab.
But this year our gardening experts have managed to get their hands on several of Lidl’s products before they went on sale. Find out more with our first look reviews of the:
- Lidl Florabest FLB3000 leaf blower
- Lidl Parkside 100 E2 pressure washer
- Lidl Parkside 150 D3 pressure washer
- Lidl Florabest FRMA cordless lawnmower