If pruning the hedges is on top of your summer to-do list, it's a great time to invest in a new hedge trimmer.
The latest trimmers we've tested have some handy features to make the job easier, and one was even good enough to be named a Which? Best Buy.
The new hedge trimmers we've tested this summer range from £62 to £150, all offering something a little different.
|BoschAdvancedHedgeCut 70||CobraHT550E||EinhellGE-CH 1846 Li Kit 2.0||MountfieldMHT 20 Li (Kit)|
|Power source||Corded electric||Corded electric||Cordless||Cordless|
This trimmer has the biggest blade with the widest teeth of the four, which makes it the most obvious choice for those with larger hedges with lots of thick stems.
Bosch claims its 'sound-dampening shell' makes it quieter than other trimmers too, so it shouldn't cause too much of a nuisance in your neighbourhood.
With the second-largest blade, this Cobra should be big enough to cut through a medium-sized hedge quickly and cleanly.
It's the only trimmer we've tested so far this year to have an adjustable handle - a handy feature that helps you to get a better grip when you're cutting at different angles.
As the lightest of the bunch, this Einhell trimmer could be a good choice for those who are less physically able, or have to cart their tools round a large garden.
It has the smallest teeth spacing of all the newly tested trimmers, but this shouldn't be an issue if your hedges' twigs aren't too thick.
£89 is a great price for a cordless hedge trimmer, especially with an 18V battery included.
Its 50cm blade should be long enough to cope with standard-sized hedges, and it's really lightweight too, making it easy to manouevre.