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1 October 2020

Should I buy an electric grass trimmer or strimmer?

Corded electric grass trimmers are generally the cheapest option, but will they be right for your garden? Here's everything you need to know. 
Electric grass trimmer edges a path
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Jade Harding

Electric corded grass trimmers have a power cable that needs to be plugged into the mains at all times. So if you need to do gardening work away from the home, such as in an allotment, then a corded trimmer isn't for you. 

Designed for lighter gardening jobs, such as trimming around garden furniture and edging along the garden path, corded trimmers also tend to be the cheapest option. 

Just make sure you use an RCD (residual current device). This will protect you from an electric shock if you accidentally cut through the cord.

Head straight to our electric corded grass trimmer reviews

Are corded electric grass trimmers any good?

Pros 

  • Generally the cheapest option.
  • Don't need to recharge a battery. 

Cons 

  • Has to be plugged in at all times – can't use remotely.
  • Only designed to cut short grass, unless you pay a little more.

How much do they cost?

You can expect to pay between £20 and £110 for a corded electric grass trimmer.

Cheaper trimmers usually have a fixed-length shaft, so you won't be able to adjust it to the right height for you. They also often have a fixed head, which means you may well have to hold the grass trimmer at an awkward angle to cut vertically along lawn edges. 

If you pay £50 or more, you will find models with enough power to cut long grass, and also some great features to make it easier to trim lawn and path edges. 

What can an electric grass trimmer do?

Electric trimmers are useful for jobs close to the house, such as trimming lawn edges and tidying along the fence. Many low-cost electric grass trimmers are really only intended for short grass. 

If you pay a little more, some electric models can be powerful enough to cut through long grass and tough weeds.

Most corded trimmers have 300W to 600W motors. You can generally expect the latter to generate more power and therefore be able to tackle tougher jobs.

If you need a heavy-duty trimmer, head to our petrol grass trimmer reviews.  

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Best electric corded grass trimmers

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83%
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£71.99
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This heavy-duty electric grass trimmer did a good job of cutting through weeds and tough grass. It's comfortable to use and the line feed works well. Despite being a corded machine, it's very powerful, so is no easier to control than a petrol model. With a little practice you may get a neat edge on your lawn, but we wouldn't recommend it for that task. If you don't mind using a corded machine for cutting long grass, it's a much cheaper alternative to a petrol grass trimmer.

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74%
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£50.00
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This grass trimmer is a great all-rounder that will edge your grass very well, but also make a good job of cutting long grass. When you edge the lawn you can easily see where you're cutting and there's a good-sized guide wheel to keep you going in a straight line. It's also easy to hold due to the narrow handle.

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£49.00
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This is another decent grass trimmer. It’s great for edging and deals with long, rough grass and weeds reasonably well. Perfect if you want a corded electric grass trimmer to use occasionally for short amounts of time.

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Electric corded grass trimmers to avoid

The best electric corded grass trimmers will be able to tackle light garden tasks without any hassle, while the worst will leave your lawn edges uneven and your back aching. Here are two grass trimmers we recommend avoiding: 

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41%
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£45.00
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This corded electric grass trimmer struggles on all fronts. Although we didn’t expect it to do well on tough jobs, such as cutting long grass and weeds, it cut poorly on all our tasks and was uncomfortable to use. Choose another general-purpose grass trimmer for your lawn edging and garden tidying.

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£30.00
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This corded electric grass trimmer is very small, so you seem to be constantly bent over. It doesn't do a brilliant job and is only suitable for very small lawns.

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