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Which? Don't Buy hedge trimmers

by Adele Dyer

Don't Buy hedge trimmers struggle to cut through hedges, leave ragged, chewed branches and are tricky to use. Avoid these hedge trimmers.

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We've tested all the most popular hedge trimmers, including models from Bosch, Black & Decker and Stihl, to help you find the best one for your garden. Our rigorous tests mean we can recommend hedge trimmers that will cut quickly and efficiently, leave a neat finish and be a joy to use. 

  • Our exhaustive tests have found hedge trimmers that struggle to cut through even thin privet branches, or rip and chew up twigs to leave a messy-looking hedge. 
  • Some models are heavy and cumbersome to use, or have poorly placed handles and switches that will leave your arms and hands aching. 
  • Our tests cover electric, cordless and petrol hedge trimmers, as well as long-reach pole trimmers, from a wide range of brands.

We carry out our tests on a wide range of hedges, so if we find a hedge trimmer that cuts badly in our tests, you know it will make a mess of your hedges. Our list of Don't Buy trimmers will help you avoid the worst hedge trimmers, so check this out before you buy. 

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