Best Cordless Hedge Trimmer UK Reviews - with
Full Buying Guide
Thanks for taking the time to read our reviews of the best cordless hedge trimmers that are currently available on the UK market. Hedge trimmers are one of the most popular garden tools that you will find throughout the United Kingdom.
There are three different types of hedge trimmers available on the UK market. These are:
- Electric corded hedge trimmers - these are the type that you plug into the electric main's supply
- Cordless hedge trimmers - these work off a battery that you can charge when it runs out
- Petrol or engine powered hedge trimmers (Usually small 2-stroke engines)
We will explain what the benefits of each type of power method are, so as you can help make the best buying decision for your own personal needs. In this article we will focus on cordless hedge trimmers, but we wanted to include a summary of the options so as you know exactly what is available.
In many ways, your final choice of hedge trimmer will come down to how much you want to or can afford to pay. The electric hedge trimmers are the cheapest and that is why they are the most popular.
An important consideration when buying a cordless hedge trimmer is the amount of hedge that you have to cut, the height of your hedges and the width of your hedges. It will of course also depend on the type of hedge, and how badly or how well that it has been cared for in the past.
- If for example you have a wide hedge, then a longer blade is an important consideration
- Likewise if you have a tall hedge in your garden, then pole hedge trimmers should be an important consideration.
For now though we will show you the top 10 list of cordless hedge trimmers, that are available on the UK market right now.
Top 10 Cordless Hedge Trimmers Reviews
Just below you will find our list of the top 10 cordless or battery hedge trimmers. These are based on real life buyer online reviews. On various websites when people buy a hedge trimmer, some of them take the time to leave a review, after they have bought the trimmer and used it.
We then look at all of those reviews and summarise those to come up with our top 10 list. That way we are sure that we have got the trimmers that get the best overall buyer ratings and reviews. We just think that is useful research and good valuable information. It also saves the readers at my website having to do all that work themselves.
Makita DUH523Z Cordless LXT Lithium-Ion Hedge Trimmer Review
96% buyer satisfaction based on 4,000+ online buyer reviews
- This has a 52 cm blade length with a 15 mm tooth space
- This delivers 1,350 strokes per minute
- It uses an 18V Makita LXT battery
- It has a soft grip that provides comfortable and sure grip
- It uses 5 cushions to reduce the amount of vibration
- The blade can be removed/replaced without disassembling the housing
- There is also a battery capacity warning lamp
- It weighs 3.3 Kg
- It has a 2 handed operation switch
Dewalt DCM563PB-GB 18 V XR Hedge Trimmer Review
96% buyer satisfaction based on 700+ online buyer reviews
- This is an 18V cordless trimmer
- It uses 55cm dual-action laser-cut blades with a 19mm cutting gap and hardened steel for longer life and lasting sharpness
- You get up to 75min trimming per charge on a 5.0Ah battery
- It comes with a wrap around aux handle for a comfortable grip in multiple orientations
- It has a very strong housing for excellent durability and impact resistance
- This is a compact and lightweight design for less user fatigue whilst trimming
Ryobi OHT1845 18V ONE+ Cordless 45cm Hedge Trimmer Review
96% buyer satisfaction based on 300+ online buyer reviews
- The blade length is 45cm (18”) and the diamond-ground blade will cleanly cut stems up to 18mm (0.7”)
- This weighs 2.5 Kg
- It is part of the Ryobi one+ system – over 100 tools powered by one battery
- It has an over mould and wraparound front handle that provides increased user comfort and manoeuvrability
- It also has a blade sheath for protection when not in use
- All one+ products come with a 3-year warranty for quality assurance.
Bosch Cordless Hedge Trimmer AHS 50-20 Review
94% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews
- This uses an 18V battery with a one hour charging time
- One charge will cut around 200 square metres from one charge which lasts around 50 minutes
- The blade length is 50 cm and can cut through branches up to 25 mm in diameter
- Weighs 2.5 Kg
- This has a 20 mm tooth space
- It has an integrated tip protector for cutting along walls and fences without damaging the blade
VonHaus Cordless Hedge Trimmer/Cutter Review
94% buyer satisfaction based on 750+ online buyer reviews
- This uses a 20V battery
- This trimmer has 51cm dual action precision blades for fast cutting action
- It can cut through branches and twigs up to 14mm thick
- It has a soft grip handle for ease of use
- The battery has a short 1-hour charge time
- It has a safety switch on the front handle and a switch on the rear handle to prevent accidental operation, as well as a hand protecting shield for safe use
Bosch EasyHedgeCut 12-35 Cordless Hedge Cutter Review
94% buyer satisfaction based on 600+ online buyer reviews
- This one uses a lighter 12V Bosch battery
- It has a 35 cm blade with a 15 mm tooth opening and is a good choice for small to medium sized hedges
- The 12V / 2.5 Ah lithium-ion battery lasts for around 50 minutes of cutting time
- It also has an anti blocking system that ensures a continuous cut.
- It is one of the lightest cordless hedge trimmers on the UK market at only 1.9kg and as such reduces the strain on the arms and back whilst working
Bosch AHS 55-20 LI Cordless Hedgecutter Review
94% buyer satisfaction based on 400+ online buyer reviews
- Can cut around 200 square metres of hedge from a single charge
- Has a 55 cm blade length with a 20 mm tooth opening
- Weighs 1 Kg
- Comes with a 2.5 Ah battery and a battery charger
- It also has an electronic “Anti-Blocking System” for continuous cutting ensures
- It also has Quick-Cut Technology that ensures that twigs and branches are cut first time round
- It has Swiss-precision blades that are laser-cut and diamond-ground for clean cuts
WORX WG261E.1 18V (20V MAX) Cordless 45cm Hedge Trimmer Review
94% buyer satisfaction based on 300+ online buyer reviews
- This trimmer use an 18V battery - the 20V is where the battery charges to so as you get a full 18V from the start
- It usually is sold with 1.5 Ah batteries
- The blade is 45 cm long with 14mm tooth space
- It weighs 3.8 Kg
- It comes with a full-length blade guard
- It uses dual action blades for reduced vibration and smooth cutting performance
- It as a 2 handed multi-grip switch system helps to avoid accidental starting
- It has a multi-grip position front handle that suits to various cutting positions
Einhell GE-CH 1846 Li-Solo Power X-Change Cordless Hedge Trimmer Review
92% buyer satisfaction based on 1,300+ online buyer reviews
- This trimmer uses an 18V battery which has an average battery life of 30 minutes for the smaller 1.5 Ah or 2 hours for a 3.0 Ah battery
- It has metal gears for longer life
- It has a 52 cm blade length with a 46 cm cutting length and a 15mm space between the teeth
- It measures 89.2 x 18 x 18.5 cm and weighs 2 Kg
- It has a two-hand safety switch that brings the cutters to a standstill in less than 1 second when a switch is released
- The cutters are protected by an aluminium cover
- The shock guard has a hole for wall mounting
- It has counter rotating blades made of robust laser cut and diamond cut steel
- Buyers stated that this is small and very easy to handle
Terratek 20V Cordless Electric Hedge Trimmer Review
86% buyer satisfaction based on 300+ online buyer reviews
- This hedge trimmer uses 2 x 20V batteries
- This has a 2.4 metre telescopic reach
- It also has a 45cm cutting length
- This is a good choice for clipping tall, awkwardly-sited or hard-to-reach hedges and shrubs
- This can cut branches up to 14mm in thickness
- It has 45 minutes run-time from one single charge and the charge time is one hour
- It has a 120° 5 position pivoting head that allows for easy trimming at the top or bottom of hedge
- It weighs 3 Kg
- It has a 2 stage safety switch
Ryobi OHT1855R ONE+ Cordless Hedge Trimmer with HedgeSweep Review
94% buyer satisfaction based on 1,300+ online buyer reviews
- You can buy this trimmer as a tool only or with an 18V 4.0 Ah or a 5.0 Ah battery
- It forms part of the Ryobi One+ System of over 100 tools for the home and garden
- It has a 55 cm blade length with a 22 mm cutting capacity
- It has a rotating handle and HedgeSweep included for greater user comfort and ease of use
- It weighs 3.2 Kg
- It has a rotating rear handle that provides user comfort in a variety of cutting positions
- It can cut large branches with a 22mm blade gap, and has a sawing function
- It also has an anti-jamming system prevents accidental blocking
Cordless Telescopic Hedge Trimmers Reviews
Ryobi ONE+ 18V OPT1845 Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmer Review
92% buyer satisfaction based on 700+ online buyer reviews
- You can buy this trimmer as a tool only or with an 18V 2.0 Ah or a 4.0 Ah battery
- It forms part of the Ryobi One+ System of over 100 tools for the home and garden
- It has a 45 cm blade length with a 18 mm cutting capacity
- It has 45cm diamond ground blades for clean cutting
- It has a 115 degrees articulating cutting head with 4 positions for versatile trimming
- It also has a removable extension shaft for full length of 2.9m for extended reach tasks
- Comes with a blade sheath and shoulder strap
- Weighs 5.6 Kg
NETTA Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmer 20V Review
86% buyer satisfaction based on 400+ online buyer reviews
- This uses a Netta 20 V battery pack
- It has a multi-angle head which can be locked into several positions
- The multi-angle head can be locked into several positions across a 30° and 150° angle, making it ideal for both horizontal and vertical cutting jobs.
- The telescopic pole can extend to 2.4m
- It uses 51cm laser-cut diamond blades and can tackle branches up to 14mm thick
- It has a 2 way safety switch to prevent accidental dangerous operation
- It has soft grip handles and a comfortable shoulder harness
- It weighs 3.2kg and comes with a 1 year warranty
Bosch 06008B3070 Cordless Telescopic Hedge Trimmer Review
82% buyer satisfaction based on 400+ online buyer reviews
- This uses a Bosch 18V battery
- It has a height-adjustable telescopic pole with a pivoting head that provides a reach of up to 2.6 m making it a ladder-free experience
- The blade length is 43 c and the tooth spacing is 16 mm
- The stroke rate is 2200 rpm
- It comes with the Bosch Anti-Blocking system that delivers a powerful and continuous cutting performance
- It is lightweight (3.6 kg) and optimally balanced for
- You can get around 2.5 hours of continuous work from one charge of this battery
Cordless Hedge Trimmer Options
We mentioned earlier in this article that there are three different types of hedge trimmer to consider. Just to remind you those are:
- Electric corded hedge trimmers
- Cordless hedge trimmers (Battery)
- Gas powered or engine powered hedge trimmers (Usually 2-stroke engines)
- Pole Trimmers (For high or wide hedges)
The first three mentioned are simply about the source of power that is used to drive your hedge trimmer. The pole trimmer should only be a consideration for you, if you have a very wide hedge that can not be reached with a normal hedge trimmer, or a very high hedge.
Electric Hedge Trimmers
- Affordable and cheapest to buy
- They are easy to use
- They are easy to maintain
- They remain the most popular choice
- They don't pollute the air
- You always have to keep an eye on the trailing electrical lead
- The leads are usually not that long (10 metres average)so most likely you will need an extension lead
- It is all too easy to cut through leads
Cordless Hedge Trimmers
- No electric leads to worry about
- They are more portable and can be used anywhere
- They don't pollute the air
- More expensive than an electric option
- Batteries can run out in about 30 minutes and then need to be recharged
Engine Petrol Hedge Trimmers
- Great for tougher jobs as they are more powerful
- They are used mainly by commercial gardeners and landscapers
- There are no leads to worry about, more portable and can be used anywhere
- They are more expensive than an electric option or cordless option
- They are noisy
- They use fuel, so a bad choice for the environment
- Engines can get hot against your skin
- They are heavier than either electric or cordless.
Pole or Extension Trimmers
- These are an option for those with very wide or very high edges
- They stop you from having to use ladders
- They are available with different power sources
- It is quite difficult to find a really good one
- They can be hard to control and balance
So those are the options, and for the remainder of this buying guide we will focus on the electric corded hedge trimmer.
Cordless Hedge Trimmer Buying Guide
Hedge trimmers have now been around for a very long time. In days gone by home owners had the chore of having to cut their hedges with hand shears, which was an arduous and time consuming task. With the launch of hedge trimmers this task time was greatly reduced.
For years the only option was a hedge trimmer that was powered by electricity. Shortly after those came the option of those powered by a small petrol engine. More recently though we have seen the launch of battery powered or cordless hedge trimmers.
The leading garden and tool manufacturers now produce a range of different models and that now allows you to pick a hedge trimmer that will suit different sized gardens and hedges.
Simply because of that it is fast to keep your hedges in really good shape. If you regularly trim hedges that also makes it faster to do and well trimmed hedges really do encourage healthy growth.
Choosing the right hedge trimmer to suit your needs is all about finding the right balance between the size of your garden, the type of hedge and your own personal comfort.
The Important Features of Cordless Hedge Trimmers
We always start our buying guide with what we call the important features. Those are the features that really matter when it comes to buying cordless hedge trimmers. Later we will also include what we call the "nice to have" features, but for now let's stick with the basics.
How Do Cordless Hedge Trimmers Work?
Cordless hedge trimmers have:
- A set of blades
- A motor inside a casing
- A Lithium-Ion battery
When you attach the battery then you are then ready to go. Most cordless hedge trimmers use a double start method. That means you will have to use both hands to turn it on. Usually there is a lever on the top handle and then a button somewhere else on the casing. Both have to be operated at the same time to start the trimmer.
This is done for safety reasons, as a one button start could start the blade accidentally which would of course be very dangerous.
Once you start the trimmer, an electric current flows into the motor. The motor is then connected through to the blades and the blades will vibrate backwards and forwards to create the cutting action.
Pros and Cons of a Cordless Hedge Trimmer
- The battery means that you can use your hedge trimmer in any location
- You don't have to worry about cutting a trailing electric lead
- You don't need to use extension leads
- The battery does make the hedge trimmer heavier
- You do have to charge the battery on a regular basis and at some point the battery will need to be replaced
The All Important Battery
Any cordless hedge trimmer will only be as good as the battery that powers it. The majority of cordless hedge trimmers use either a 12V, an 18V or a 20V rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. The most popular choice remains the 18V battery option.
Understanding Ampere Hours (Ah)
This is actually a very technical explanation, so we have tries to make it really simple to understand. As well as a Voltage measurement on a battery, there is another measurement known as Ampere Hours. This in effect measures the capacity of the battery, which for the user means, how long will the battery last for.
Various manufacturers make these in a range of sizes ranging from 1.0 Ah to 6.0 Ah. The bottom line is the higher this number is the longer your battery will last. So for example a 4.0AH battery will last much longer than a 1.5 Ah battery. The downside is that the higher this number is the more expensive a battery will be.
Cordless Hedge Trimmer Blades
These are of course a vital feature of any quality hedge trimmer. It is these that do the cutting and as such will do the bulk of the hard work. There are two important elements to the blades:
- The length of the blade
- The gap between the blades (Teeth Spacing)
This is the length of the blade from its tip to where it joins the casing of the trimmer. The most common sizes are 45 cm (17.5") and 60 cm (23.6"). That is not that long so just be aware of that. Most people can reach about two feet in front of them (60 cm) so in total the distance you can cut will be either
105 cm with a 45 cm blade or 120 cm with a 60 cm blade.
It is important then to know the width of your hedge. If you have a hedge that is less than 120 cm (4 feet) wide, then these blade lengths will do the job really well.
If your hedge is wider than that, then you will need one with a longer blade, and when you do that, your choices reduce quite a lot.
Blade Gaps (Teeth Spacing)
When you look down on a set of trimmer blades, you will see a space between the blades. This is referred to as the teeth space. In principle, the wider the teeth spacing, the thicker the material your hedge trimmer blade can cut. Having a wider tooth gap makes it easier to cut through thicker branches and stems.
We do want to include a word of warning here as in real life, for electric hedge cutters, this honestly matters very little. Electric hedge trimmers are not hugely powerful, and if you try to use them to cut thicker branches, the blades will just get jammed and damaged.
This type of trimmer is designed to trim and not to saw through thicker branches or stems. The bigger heavier duty petrol hedge trimmers can handle that type of cutting.
Most standard hedge trimmers come with a 15 - 20 mm gap which is enough to trim most hedges. If you have mature hedges or thicker hedges then look for a trimmer with a 30 mm tooth gap.
The sharper your blades are the better of course. The sharpness also really helps keep down the amount of vibration you will get in your hands and arms when using your trimmer. You can buy trimmers that have laser cut or diamond ground blades which are sharper and will last longer.
Cordless Hedge Trimmer Handles
This is also an important feature and it refers to the top handle and the rear handle. The rear handle sits at the back of the trimmer and is used to help balance the trimmer when in use. The top handle is then held to balance the trimmer in your hands.
On the top handle there is usually a starting handle as well. Handles are all about giving you a nice balance of the tool when using it and they should feel comfortable in your hand.
Some trimmers use what are called "wraparound handles." These allow you to rotate to the trimmer and be able to hold the trimmer at various angles. The more options your handle offers, the easier it will be to use.
Nice to Have Features of Cordless Hedge Trimmers
The features that we have listed above are the really important features to understand. The features discussed below are more designed to suit your preference. They are still worth considering though.
This is simply a cover that goes over the blade when not in use. It helps protect the blade if it is sitting about in a garage or a shed. One top tip here is to always make sure that the blade has been cleaned and dried before being put into the sleeve. That will help prevent the risk of rusting and keep your blades in good condition.
Some of the higher end hedge cutters also have a tip protector on them. That makes it a good choice for areas such as where the hedge meets a wall or fence, and you have to use the tip to get the hedge cut. Most cutters don't have that, and it is a nice bonus to have.
Electric Lead Storage
All hedge cutters of this type do come with an electric lead. When you have finished using the cutters, then you want to be able to quickly wrap this lead up neatly for the next time. Some of the models have what they call storage. That is simply some form of design on the cutters where the cable can be wrapped around.
If you don't have that, then we strongly suggest wrapping it around some form of drum or reel. If you don't do that, over time the lead will get tangled and curled up, and that just makes it a real pain to use.
How To Use a Cordless Hedge Trimmer Safely
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