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Top three best lawn edgers for 2018

By Adele Dyer

Our pick of the best grass trimmers for edging the lawn, whether you want a cordless or a corded electric grass trimmer.

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We've rounded up three great lawn edgers that make short work of tidying up your lawn. They not only cut the edges of your lawn, but they also cut down tufts of grass round the base of a rotary dryer or neaten up next to the fence.

All of the grass trimmers in the table below have gone through our rigorous field testing, which rate these tools for how quickly and neatly they cut grass, but also how easy they are to use. We've also included some lawn edgers that are best avoided at the bottom of the page. 

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Best lawn edgers

Lowest price (not in stock) £45.95
Which? score 74%
Reviewed Apr 2016
Edging the lawn:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Cutting short grass:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Line-feed test:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Type of grass trimmer:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive
Line-feed method:
Member exclusive

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.

Typical price £45.00
Which? score 73%
Reviewed Apr 2015
Edging the lawn:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Cutting short grass:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Line-feed test:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Type of grass trimmer:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive
Line-feed method:
Member exclusive

If you're on a budget but fancy a cordless lawn edger, this is a great option for light garden tasks, such as tidying around garden furniture, and the line feed works well, too. The battery lasts just over 20 minutes of continual use, which is long enough to get most jobs done.

Not found the product for you? Browse all our grass trimmer reviews.  

And here are two lawn edgers to avoid

Too many low-priced grass trimmers fail to do a decent job. We think you would be better off with a pair of edging shears rather than these poorly performing grass trimmers. 

Lowest price (in stock) £29.99
Which? score 38%
Reviewed Apr 2013
Edging the lawn:
2 out of 52 out of 5
Cutting short grass:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Line-feed test:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Type of grass trimmer:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive
Line-feed method:
Member exclusive

This grass trimmer fails on almost every level. It’s uncomfortable and difficult to use, the line is tricky to re-feed when it breaks and it struggles to cut thicker or longer grass or weeds.

The best grass trimmers for edging the lawn

Many people buy a grass trimmer and then find it so hard to use they never take it out of the shed again. If you can't face using edging shears any more, you should look for a grass trimmer with: 

  • A rotating grass trimmer head This lets you flip the cutting mechanism so you cut vertically. Make sure the head doesn't block your view and you can see where you're cutting so you can cut the best edge.
  • A wheel on the grass trimmer head which supports the weight of the grass trimmer and maintains a constant cutting height. This can feel odd to use at first, but persevere and it will ultimately be a great help.
  • An adjustable shaft In much the same say as you adjust the handle of your vacuum cleaner, you can adjust your grass trimmer to suit you.  

For more tips, look at our advice on how to buy the best grass trimmer.  

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