Best hedge trimmers for small and large hedges
Small hedges call for a trimmer that's light, manoeuvrable and that cuts neatly. While large hedges need a model with a long blade, powerful enough to cut back growth in a single sweep, and slice efficiently through thick branches.
We put all the hedge trimmers we review through a series of tough tasks to see how they manage with different hedges, and carefully rate them for ease of use.
So, whether you want cordless or corded electric, we’ve collated the best of the best, for hedges of all shapes and sizes.
Best hedge trimmers for small hedges
Choose the best hedge trimmer for small hedges
Small hedges often have small, tightly-packed leaves and a strong shape. They can look ragged and untidy if the hedge trimmer doesn't cut cleanly and neatly. There are a few features you should look for:
- A shorter blade as this will be easy to control, especially when cutting narrow or low hedges. It will also be far easier to trim rounded surfaces, such as on topiary shapes.
- A light hedge trimmer is less tiring to use as you bend down to cut short hedges.
- Look for a very sharp blade that can cut cleanly through soft, whippy growth.
- Choose a hedge trimmer that's comfortable to hold and with well positioned handles.
Best hedge trimmers for large hedges
Choose a great hedge trimmer for tall hedges
Cutting tall, long or overgrown hedges can be hard work. Their sheer size will mean they can take hours to trim, and it can be hard to reach the top of tall hedges. In addition, their twigs tend to be thick and woody as many are plants that would naturally grow into trees, such as conifers, beech or hawthorn. There are a few factors to weigh up:
- A hedge trimmer with a powerful motor will cut quickly and easily through even the toughest growth. This could be a petrol or powerful cordless battery model, but these can be heavy and so tiring to use.
- A long blade will speed up cutting as you can cut more in a single sweep of the trimmer.
- It's also crucial that the hedge trimmer is easy to use, as you will be cutting for a long time.
If you have a tall hedge that needs cutting frequently it might be worth investing in a good long-reach hedge trimmer, so you can cut the tops without the risk of climbing a ladder.
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