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Top five best hedge trimmers for small hedges for 2020

By Adele Dyer

Read our top picks for the best hedge trimmers for cutting small, low hedges, topiary and regularly cut hedges such as privet and box.

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When trimming low, narrow hedges and topiary, you need a hedge trimmer that is light, manoeuvrable and that cuts very neatly. We’ve rounded up the best hedge trimmers for small and regularly cut hedges, including cordless and corded electric options. 

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Best hedge trimmers for small hedges


This is a powerful cordless hedge trimmer that cuts quickly and cleanly on larger hedges, making it a Best Buy. The short blade length makes very manoeuvrable on smaller hedges and it’s light and comfortable to use. It should suitable for almost anyone.


It's tricky to find a hedge trimmer that's light and easy to use whilst cutting well, but this model bucks the trend. We also love the extra features you get for your money and its particularly fast-charging battery.


This Best Buy hedge trimmer has a shorter blade length, making it smaller and easier to manoeuvre. We found this corded electric hedge trimer very easy to use and particularly liked the position of the handles and switches. It had no problem cutting through thicker laurel branches. It was one of the quickest at cutting privet hedges. It won't break the bank either.


We were impressed with this cordless hedge trimmer. It cut privet very well, but also had enough power to cope with thicker branches. There's no cord to get in the way as you cut, and we found it light, easy to manoeuvre and comfortable to use. A great all-rounder, which is cheaper than our highest-scoring corded electric model.


If you're looking for a low-cost, lightweight hedge trimmer to keep your privet hedge regularly trimmed then this a good option. The blade is long enough to cut a decent amount in one sweep yet the machine is still easily manoeuvrable, while the battery lasts for a respectable 44 minutes before it needs recharging.

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Three hedge trimmers to avoid

Some hedge trimmers can't even trim small hedges well. These three models cut slowly and fail to slice through thicker branches, or leave your hedges looking messy. 

Worst hedge trimmers


This cordless hedge trimmer may be cheap, but it’s underpowered. As a result, it will take you a long time to cut your hedges using this trimmer.


The short blade on a long-reach hedge trimmer is a strange choice, and means that this model isn't really suitable for large or small hedges. It's slow to cut, leaves a ragged finish and you can't alter the length of the shaft, so overall it's best avoided.


This long-reach hedge trimmer is easy to operate but lacks enough power to make it truly useful. It's much slower at cutting branches than conventional hedge trimmers and fails to neatly sever thicker stems, leaving an untidy, unattractive finish.

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. 
  • Finally, choose a hedge trimmer that's comfortable to hold and with well positioned handles, which will make it a pleasure to use. 

For more on this, see our guide on how to buy the best hedge trimmer


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