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Which is the best lightweight cordless hedge trimmer 

Hedge trimmers are a popular garden tool that keep our hedges looking neat and tidy. More and more UK gardeners are choosing a cordless hedge trimmer instead of an electric or petrol hedge trimmer. The main reason for that is that cordless hedge trimmers don't have a trailing lead to worry about cutting when trimming their hedges.

One big consideration for many buyers though is the weight of these cordless hedge trimmers. Electric hedge trimmers are heavy enough, but with a cordless one, you also have the weight of the battery. For strong healthy people the weight is not a major consideration. For some people it most certainly is, especially if you are not as strong as you once were, or suffer from various pains and aches.

So for those buyers where weight is a key consideration, we have researched the lightest cordless hedge trimmers on the UK market right now.

In a Hurry?

If you don't have time to read the full information on this page, then the lightest cordless hedge cutter on the UK market is the WORX WG261E.9 18V Cordless Hedge Trimmer as it only weighs 2.4 Kg (5.3 lbs) with the battery.

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However, we would highly recommend reading the information below as it will help you make a much better buying decision.

Fully understanding the weight of cordless hedge trimmers

Cordless hedge trimmers are made up of 3 key parts, the blades, the motor housing and the battery. Blades  come in different cutting lengths and are made from different materials so they will all weigh differently. Motors inside the housing come in different sizes and are made from different materials so they will all weigh differently.

Finally batteries from different manufacturers also have a different weight. In addition to that, batteries with a bigger capacity (Ah rating) are heavier then low Ah rated batteries.

As you can see, there are at least 3 variants which impact on the weight of the cordless hedge trimmer.

Lightest cordless hedge trimmers

Below we have created a table of the top 10 best selling cordless hedge trimmers in the UK. Beside each hedge trimmer we have put the weight of the hedge trimmer without a battery, and then another column with the weight of the hedge trimmer and a standard compatible branded 4.0Ah battery.

That allows us and you the reader to make a like for like comparison. We have also added the blade or cutting length as that is really important. The cutting length needs to be long enough to be able to cut the width of your hedge.

Cordless Hedge Trimmer Weight Comparison Table

Cordless Hedge Trimmer Name

Cutting 

Length (cm)

Weight without battery (kg)

Weight with battery (kg)

WORX WG261E.9 18V Cordless Hedge Trimmer

45

2.1

2.4

Bosch EasyHedgeCut 18-45 Cordless Hedge Cutter

45

2.3

2.5

NETTA Cordless Hedge Trimmer and Cutter 10.8

35

2.4

2.6

Bosch Cordless Hedge Trimmer AHS 50–20

50

2.4

2.6

Ryobi OHT1845 18V ONE+ Cordless Hedge Trimmer

45

2.5

2.7

Terratek 20V Cordless Electric Hedge Trimmer

35

2.5

2.7

Kärcher 18 V Cordless Hedge Trimmer

45

2.68

3.05

Makita DUH523Z 18V Li-Ion LXT 52cm Hedge Trimmer

52

3.0

3.2

Ryobi OHT1855R ONE+ Cordless Hedge Trimmer with HedgeSweep

55

3.2

3.4

BLACK+DECKER 18V Anti-jam Hedge Trimmer

45

3.4

3.6

You can see from the above information that the WORX cordless hedge trimmer is the lightest on the UK market.

We have also included a similar table below that shows the average number of online reviews which shows how well these actually sell. The higher that number the bigger a seller it is. We have also shown the average customer satisfaction rating and again the higher that is the better. Finally we have included an average price

Please note the price is just an average at the time of writing this article. Prices change all the time on a daily basis and there are also various offers from various sellers. This should only be used as a general comparison.

Cordless Hedge Trimmer Name

No of reviews

Satisfaction Rating

Ave price with 4.0 battery & charger

WORX WG261E.9 18V Cordless Hedge Trimmer

500

94%

£110

Bosch EasyHedgeCut 18-45 Cordless Hedge Cutter

550

92%

£110

NETTA Cordless Hedge Trimmer and Cutter 10.8

650

90%

£60

Bosch Cordless Hedge Trimmer AHS 50–20

3,000

94%

£95

Ryobi OHT1845 18V ONE+ Cordless Hedge Trimmer

400

96%

£160

Terratek 20V Cordless Electric Hedge Trimmer

500

86%

£90

Kärcher 18 V Cordless Hedge Trimmer

25

92%

£135

Makita DUH523Z 18V Li-Ion LXT 52cm Hedge Trimmer

6,000

96%

£175

Ryobi OHT1855R ONE+ Cordless Hedge Trimmer with HedgeSweep

800

96%

£145

BLACK+DECKER 18V Anti-jam Hedge Trimmer

200

92%

£95

The Makita model is the best seller online as it has an all metal motor which means it lasts for a very long time and also has a long 52cm cutting length and gets excellent ratings. The Bosch Cordless AHS 50-20, also sells really well thanks to its competitive price.

We have completed another article on all of the above hedge trimmers, where we explain the pros and cons of all of the above models. You can read that article by clicking the button below.

Why is weight so important?

Picking up a hedge trimmer and holding it in your hands gives you that first feel of the weight. Initially the vast majority of these do not feel that heavy. (except petrol hedge trimmers) However, that is not really the true test of weight.

In reality the true test is the first time that you cut your hedge. At that point you will have the battery attached. You will be holding this weight for a period of time, and you may also have it hanging down to do the sides of the hedge, and also maybe holding it above your head to cut the top of the hedges.

Let's take the lightest cordless hedge trimmer the WORX model at just 2.4 Kg. (5.3 lbs) That is like holding around 3 bags of sugar in your hands for an average cutting time of 20-30 minutes. That is when weight really matters.

Let's quickly compare that to the heaviest model on our list, in this case, the Black and Decker model. With the battery that weighs 3.6 Kg (8.1 lbs) Now we are over 4 bags of sugar.

Between the ages of 16-50, it really doesn't matter that much. However as you start to get slightly older it makes a huge difference. Likewise, if you suffer from something like arthritis, it can make a huge difference. Anyone who may be frail, but still loves to garden, will also benefit a lot from a lighter hedge trimmer.

Battery weight and cordless hedge trimmers

Battery capacity is measured in Ampere Hours (Ah) As a general rule, the bigger this rating the longer the battery will last. For hedge trimmers a 2.0 Ah rated battery gives around 20-30 minutes of charge whereas a 5.0 Ah rated battery gives 60 minutes of charge.

However the 5.0 Ah battery will weigh around 0.2-0.3 Kg heavier than the 2.0 Ah battery

We would still recommend the larger battery as the weight difference is not that great. We did however want to explain that it does make a weight difference.

Hopefully we have provided you with enough information on the lightest cordless hedge trimmer. These type of battery powered hedge trimmers have an average weight of around 3 Kg when the battery is attached. The average weight of an electric hedge trimmer is 2.6 Kg, so the cordless is made heavier by the weight of the battery.

Petrol hedge trimmers are the heaviest at around 6 Kg, so if you are looking for something lightweight, you should rule these out. Overall cordless hedge trimmers are light enough for around 30-60 minutes of use. That makes them ideal for keeping hedges and shrubs in trim. If you have to cut the tops of trees or thicker branched shrubs, then you will need a more powerful option than a cordless hedge trimmer.

Enda


I am someone who enjoys a little gardening. Now I am not someone who spend hours in the garden, but I do like both my front and back gardens to look really nice. Well kept lawns, neatly trimmed hedges, and borders filled with plants, make a huge difference, to how your property looks.

Enda McLarnon

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  1. Thank you so much for these reviews. I think even the lightest cordless will be too heavy for my arthritic hands, and I also teach piano so need not to strain further the muscles and tendons. Being 5 ft tall and of slight build, my best option might be to continue to pull off the young growth by hand when it is still soft. I will look at the weight of corded trimmers, but I have a long garden and will need a good extension cable.

    1. Hi Julia, corded trimmers are still heavy though not as heavy as cordless ones. That is just down to the weight of the battery on the cordless one. Corded ones weigh around 2 Kk on average if that helps

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