Best hedge trimmer brands
Top hedge trimmer brands for 2020
By Adele Dyer
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Discover the best hedge trimmer brands according to our independent test lab reviews and surveys of thousands of hedge trimmer owners.
Every year, Which? tests the latest hedge trimmers, cutting hundreds of metres of hedges to find those that can deal with any hedge quickly, efficiently and neatly. Our expert testers are not only highly knowledgeable about garden machinery, they also know what everyday gardeners want from a hedge trimmer, including what they will find annoying.
We've reviewed hedge trimmers from all the top brands, including Black & Decker, Bosch, Flymo and Stihl, and have tested a wide range of electric, cordless and petrol models. Read our hedge trimmer reviews to see which ones cut well and are easy to use.
Here we have distilled all our knowledge, including test results and owner's views on whether they would recommend the brand to a friend. In addition, we share our unique insights into reliability based on the faults that hedge trimmers develop and which brands are problem-free for the longest.
Only logged-in Which? members can view our exclusive ratings and verdicts in the table below. If you're not yet a member, join Which? to get instant access.
|Best hedge trimmer brands|
|Brand||Average test score||Reliability rating||Customer score||Should I buy it?|
|85%||94%||At the time of writing, all of this brand's cordless hedge trimmers are Which? Best Buys. This brand finished at the top of our table for customer score.|
|85%||N/A||85%||This brand has a great reputation for producing high-quality garden tools, aimed at both home and professional users. These tools are both reliable and highly rated by their owners and should be a good choice.|
|72%||81%||This brand has a full range of hedge trimmers, including electric, cordless and petrol models. They aren't cheap, starting at around £100, but they are reliable and owners rate them well so they should be a good investment.|
|78%||76%||This brand's electric hedge trimmers have scored highly in our tests. These range from a bargain £40 up to around £150. Owners clearly enjoy using them.|
|61%||75%||This brand has a range of cordless and corded electric hedge trimmers. They generally score well in our tests, with three tested models earning a Best Buy award.|
|65%||72%||This brand specialises in cordless hedge trimmers. These models have a reliability score and are worth a look if you need a cordless hedge trimmer.|
|N/A||71%||Buyers on a budget will be tempted by this electric hedge trimmer brand. Although none of the brand's hedge trimmers have been subjected to our lab tests, reliability ratings and customer scores are both strong.|
|66%||71%||We've been impressed with the electric hedge trimmers from this brand in our tests. We found them robust and this is reflected in the good reliability score. Customers rated them well for their build quality and fitness for purpose. Worth considering.|
|N/A||68%||This brand sells cheap electric hedger trimmers on its website. Customer score is fairly average, however - use our expert reviews if you want to grab a Best Buy.|
|71%||66%||We've reviewed one electric hedge trimmer from this brand and it scored well. These models have good reliability and owners' views scores, and are rated highly for value for money as they are relatively low cost at around £40-£50.|
|63%||63%||This brand makes a range of corded electric and cordless garden tools aimed at the home user, including a wide range of electric hedge trimmers starting from around £50. Customer score is lower than many other brands in our survey.|
|59%||62%||This brand has a range of cordless hedge trimmers. We've found the ones we reviewed to be mixed, with some models scoring reasonably well, while others were far less impressive.|
|64%||58%||This brand has a range of electric and cordless hedge trimmers, as well as other garden tools. Reliability is poor, and owners gave them poor scores for ease of use.|
Average score: based on the results of all models tested between March 2011 and December 2018.
Ratings based on a survey in January 2018 of more than 1,000 Which? members.
Choosing the best brand of hedge trimmer
The right hedge trimmer for you is one that is best suited to cut your hedges quickly and efficiently. But you also want to be sure that your hedge trimmer will last for years, working well each time you take it out of the shed. The best way to find a reliable hedge trimmer is to look at our figures for reliability and owners' views.
These let you decide which one of the popular brands, such as Black & Decker, Bosch, Flymo and Stihl, should be the one for you. There are large differences between brands. The highest score for customer score is 94% and the lowest is just 58%.
It's also worth looking at our scores as these make it clear which brands are able to consistently produce excellent hedge trimmers.
How we calculate the best and worst brands
We calculate our reliability scores by asking members about what faults their hedge trimmers developed and when this occurred. We also ask members how they would rate their hedge trimmers for build quality, ease of maintenance, storage and use, value for money and whether they were fit for purpose.
The average test score is made up of all the models we've tested in since 2011, including those that have now been discontinued. This gives a good idea of the marks that each brand has achieved. Some brands have consistently high scores and regularly gain Best Buy awards, while other brands have very patchy performance, with some excellent models and other that are less impressive.