Welcome to HedgeTrimmersReview.com, the home of hedge trimmer reviews. We aim to cover the full spectrum of models available from the smaller, less powerful electric models that will quickly tidy up a small hedge to the larger petrol hedge cutters designed for heavy duty work.
Below, we are going to have a look at our favourite hedge cutters in 2020. We aim to give you a quick overview of some of our best hedge cutters in the table below, have a read through and click on the Read More link against each model to get more information.
Best Hedge Trimmers
|Bosch AHS 45-16|
|Bosch AHS 50-20 LI|
|Bosch AHS 70-34|
|Mcculloch HT 5622|
|Dewalt DCM563PB-GB XR|
|Black & Decker BEHTS501-GB Hedge Trimmer|
|Stihl HS45 24-Inch|
|McCulloch SuperLite 4528|
|Bosch EasyHedgeCut 12-35|
Top 10 Hedge Cutter Reviews
Now you have had a chance to look through the table we are going to go into a bit more detail with our summary of each hedge cutter. If you want to read more, there’s a link at the end of each one to our in depth review.
Bosch AHS 45-16 Electric Hedge Cutter
This is a nice, lightweight hedge trimmer designed to keep smaller hedges under control rather than cutting through big old hedges that have grown out of control. The light weight design means it is easy to use, especially if you are not used to using large hedge cutters. This is something to bear in mind if you have a lot of hedges to trim. Some of the bigger models are very heavy.
Ideal for easy storage in a small shed, the blade is not too long, it can be hung up or tucked away in a little corner ready for use. For many of us that live in modern housing with small gardens and very little storage space this is the perfect model.
This is designed for easy use with large handles, combined with the light weight will make an easy job of keeping most hedges under control. This does not have the longest blades, so think about that before you buy if you have very large hedges to keep under control. Great value for money for a very practical hedge trimmer that will be very useful in a smaller garden.
If you think this is for you then read our complete Bosch AHS 45-16 hedge trimmer review.
Bosch Cordless Hedge Trimmer AHS 50-20 LI
Stepping up a level in cost this is a practical cordless hedge trimmer that will tackle some pretty thick hedges with very little hassle.
The cordless element is worth every penny as you have no cord to contend with that can be cut through very easily. All you need to do is charge 0op the battery and you can easily go to any part of the garden with out long extension leads. It may be worth considering having a couple of batteries if you have a big hedges to trim.
The blade is a little longer than the AHS 45-16 giving it the ability to slice through wider hedges a bit quicker and the gap between the blades is bigger so it will cut through slightly thicker branches. A much better choice if you have a few hedges to maintain on a regular basis.
The sawing function is a massive bonus on this model. Giving you the ability to use the special blades at the front to saw through stubborn thicker branches that quite often stop other hedge cutters in their tracks. Great for old hedges that have been let go.
Definitely worth spending the extra money if you are looking for something that is really easy to use.
Find out more by reading our comprehensive Bosch AHS 50-20 LI cordless hedge trimmer review.
Bosch AHS 70-34 Hedgecutter
This is a great hedge cutter for dealing with larger and thicker hedges. The long blade has large gaps between the teeth with will quickly cut through some pretty chunky branches. If they still won’t go through the sawing function will quickly chop off the tough branches and allow you to carry on. This means you won’t have to stop and get a saw, then get the hedge trimmers up and running again. A great hedge cutter for old, established hedges.
The powerful electric motor is man enough to work for long periods of time and push through some tough cuts. The power source is from a cable plugged into the mains. One of the down sides to this model is that you are going to have to drag an extension lead around the garden with you to get to the hedges that are quite a way from the house. On the flip side to this, the AHS 70-34 hedge trimmer is a lot cheaper then a large petrol model with the same size blades.
One great thing to think about with this model is the noise levels. No one really wants to wake up their neighbor on a Sunday morning with a super loud petrol hedge cutter. With this model you can power through some big hedges while at the same time keep the noise down.
If you would like to know more then click on the link to view our detailed Bosch AHS 70-34 hedge trimmer review.
Mcculloch HT 5622 Petrol Hedge Trimmer
Our first look at a petrol hedge cutter and it’s a really good one. The Mcculloch HT 5622 hedge cutter is versatile and very powerful, meaning it will cut through large hedges with ease giving you a great finish.
There is no cord to mess around with or cut through, and no battery to run out. All you need to do is keep the fuel tank topped up and you can carry on trimming for hours. The motor is a really powerful petrol engine that has an easy start system to make it fairly effortless.
One thing to think about is that this is a lot heavier than some of the electric models. If you are going to be out trimming all day and are not used to it you arms may get tired pretty quickly. Definitely something to think about.
If you are one of these people that likes to spend a day going through all of hedges in a big garden this is a good option. Very little hassle with no cable, just carry a can of petrol around with you. There are not many hedges that are going to be too much for this model.
Dewalt DCM563PB-GB 18 V XR Hedge Trimmer
This medium sized hedge cutter from Dewalt offers flexibility and good design. The balance of the weight helps make it feel light when you are swinging through big cuts and the handles make it easy on the hands. These are pretty important features if you are going to be in the garden for long periods of time trimming and pruning.
This is a cordless electric hedge trimmer that is powered by a Dewalt XR battery. Please be aware that the batteries are not included and need to be bought separately which does add to the cost. If you already have some tools that are powered by Dewalt battery packs then this could be a great option as you won’t have to purchase any others.
This could be one if you are a real Dewalt fan. Renowned for their high quality tools, many of us are prepared to pay for that extra quality. The distinctive yellow design makes it very clear that this is a Dewalt hedge trimmer.
The time it will cut is very dependent on the power of the batteries you have, they can be bought with different capacities based on your budget. Definitely one to consider if you already have a tool kit with Dewalt XR batteries in it.
Black & Decker BEHTS501-GB Hedge Trimmer
This Black and Decker hedge trimmer is perfect for cutting through some medium to large hedges. With a wide gap between the blades, you will be able to fly through some big hedges with ease. If you have a large Laurel hedge that has grown out of control you will be able to cut it back down to a manageable height with this model without having to use extra tools. If you hit a branch that is too thick you can use the built in saw blade to quickly chop through it.
This is an electric hedge trimmer powered by a cord plugged into the mains. This can be a bit of a pain with a big garden as you need an extension lead. But looking at it from the other side, if you have a battery powered cutter the batteries can go flat. The electric motor has more then enough power for some pretty large hedges.
This is great value for money from a brand that is well trusted in the UK and has built quality power tools for decades.
Stihl HS45 24-Inch Hedge Trimmer
This a compact and light hedge trimmer with a lot of power. Produced by the iconic brand associated with all heavy tree work. Aimed at the home market this Stihl petrol hedge trimmer offers a lot of power and quality.
You will be able to easily cut through some tough hedges with ease giving your hedges a great finish and keeping your garden up together. The compact design and balanced weight distribution will make trimming a lot easier. It has easy grip handles for safety and ease of use. Definitely good if you have a lot of hedges to keep under control in the garden.
This is not a cheap hedge trimmer but you are paying for high quality. This is built to last and is backed up by the wide availability of Stihl spare parts and servicing. This is one for those who want to buy once and buy quality.
Hyundai HYT2622-3 Petrol Hedge Trimmer
If you are looking for a powerful, heavy duty hedge trimmer for a good price then this is a great place to start looking. This Hyundai hedge trimmer has a long blade, making it easy to cut thick hedges and has a powerful 4 stroke engine motor that will work hard for hours on end. If you are a keen gardener with a lot of hedges to trim on a regular basis, a petrol hedge cutter is the way to go. It is quick to get out, fill with petrol and start cutting. No more worrying about a power source or how far you are from the house.
The well balanced design helps with weight distribution and there are robust handles to make it easy to cut for long periods of time.
When you compare this to the Stihl you are getting a lot of hedge trimmer for your money and it is all backed up with a long manufacturers warranty for your own peace of mind. The Stihl is the Porsche of garden hedge trimmers but this is still a great option.
Hyundai are renowned for building quality petrol engines that power a whole range of garden products from mowers to strimmers. This depth of experience gained from years of building quality petrol garden tools is passed on with the Hyundai HYT2622-3.
To find out more have a read of our detailed Hyundai hyt2622-3 petrol pedge trimmer review.
McCulloch SuperLite 4528 Petrol Hedge Trimmer
This is a well balanced hedge trimmer that takes into account that many of us want to have the benefits of a petrol model but also want something that is light and easy to move around. There is no two ways about it, a petrol hedge trimmer will start to feel very heavy after you have been trimming for a long time. Many of us are not really used to this sort of work and need something that is fairly light as well.
The McCulloch 4258 hedge trimmer is a lot lighter than many of the other models on the market. The blade is shorter than the Hyundai and the engine is a little less powerful but it is still tough enough for some pretty big jobs.
If you are weighing up the pros and cons of electric vs petrol hedge trimmers then this is a great model to consider. It may well sway you towards the petrol hedge trimmers when you see the benefits and consider the weight.
Bosch EasyHedgeCut 12-35 Cordless Hedge Cutter
If you are after hassle free hedge trimming then this Bosch cordless hedge trimmer is a great place to start. Aimed more for trimming smaller hedges then battling through tough old hedges with thick branches. The gap between the teeth is not particularly large on this.
Just charge up the battery and you are away, you can walk around your property keeping all of the hedges neat and tidy with very little hassle. The blade is not very long on this model so storage is going to be nice and easy.
For those of us in modern housing that have a few small hedges to trim but want something small but reliable then this is a great model. Backed up with some fantastic customer feedback from happy owners it is definitely one to consider. This is quite a bit more expensive than the standard corded electric hedge cutter of this size but has a lot of benefits that will make managing your garden a lot faster.
Where to buy a hedge trimmer?
This is always a tricky question, do you go to a specialist garden tools shop, go to a big shop that holds a lot of diy and garden supplies or buy a hedge cutter online? With specialist shops getting fewer and only a basic selection on sale in some of the biggest stores like Homebase, buyibg online can be a great option. Hopefully we can help you gather enough information to make a good online selection. Below are a number or places you can purchase a hedge trimmer.
This is one of the most well known and biggest home and garden shops in the UK. They have a huge range of garden tools including hedge cutters. You can view this wide selection in store and on their website. The brands include Erbauer, Bosch, Ryobi, Macallister and their own branded B&Q Hedge trimmers. They also stock all of the different types of hedge cutter which include petrol, pole hedge trimmers, cordless and electric. With such a wide choice and staff in store that can give advice this is good place to look for the right model.
More known as a builders merchant there is a surprisingly large selection of Wickes hedge trimmers. Again, available online or at the store they have some well known brands such as Einhell, Mcculloch, Webb and Flymo hedge trimmers. Not the most obvious place to go for garden power tools but it is worth a look.
The selection at Toolstation covers home hedge trimmers and more powerful professional hedge cutters. Many tradesmen buy their tools from Toolstation as the prices are good and they have a vast range of equipment. If you are working outdoors you may need commercial hedge cutters that can be used every day. There are a lot of petrol hedge cutters available from Makita, Einhell, Aplina, Mitox, and Dewalt, as well as Stanley and Worx hedge trimmers. Not so many of the light use models available here. If you want something heavy duty that will last this is good place to look.
The range of Argos hedge trimmers is primarily aimed at the cheaper end of the market. They are great for trimming small hedges and keeping a small garden tidy. Available online or in store you can browse through the catalogue and have them delivered or use the click and collect option. You cannot get very much advice on your product at Argos as you would at a specialist or home super store but they are very competitive on price if you know what you are looking for. The brands they stock include Flymo, Bosch, Spear and Jackson, Ryobi, Gtech and Challenge petrol hedge trimmers.
Depending on the ranges that and time of year there could be some Aldi hedge trimmers available. Keep a close eye for the products they have on sale as they go quickly and only come around once in a while. They tend to be fantastic value and brands that are not particularly well known like Scheppach and Ferrex. If you are not in a rush and want to keep your eye out for a brilliant deal, this could be a good place to look.
Specialist Garden Machinery Shop
If you have a massive garden or want something specialist this is a great place to go. They are more then likely going to stock heavy duty petrol hedge cutters as opposed to the home versions for lighter use. The great thing about the specialists is that they will be able to give you great advice on the different features and also carry out any servicing you need. One thing to bear in mind is that they are generally more expensive than online or super store ranges. If you are going to spend a lot of money this could be a good place to go for peace of mind.
Because many different sellers and manufacturers can sell directly through Amazon it means you are going to get a massive choice of Amazon hedge trimmers. The service is fantastic and delivery can be very quick through Amazon Prime. Even though you cannot get direct advice there is a huge selection of reviews and customer feed back on the web site to help you find the model you need. In terms of brands available there are so many to choose from and prices are generally very competitive. Always worth a look.
What Sort Of Hedge Trimmer Should I Buy?
This is a question we get asked a lot and with so many different types on the market there is no one single answer. There are a number of factors you need to consider. Below we will run through the main types and give you an overview of the benefits of each. If you click down through the site to our more detailed hedge trimmer reviews you will get much more insight into the benefits and drawbacks of each model.
Petrol Hedge Trimmers
Generally the most robust and powerful hedge trimmer, these are designed to work hard in big gardens and take on some tough hedges. The 4 stroke engines vary in size giving variable levels of power depending on the models.
One great thing is that you don’t need to have a cable hanging around while you are cutting, all you need is a can of fuel to top it up every so often and you can go on cutting all day. If you do get problems with the motor it is quite easy to source spare parts for some brands like Stihl and Makita.
There are a couple of downsides which need to be considered. They are generally quite heavy, especially the models with the larger engines. This needs to be considered if you are not used to this sort of work. the other is that they are quite noisy, if you are living in a residential area and like to do your gardening early in the morning you may not be the most popular neighbour.
You are more then likely to be paying a little more if you buy petrol hedge cutters but you won’t regret it if you have a lot of hedges to trim.
Cordless Hedge Trimmers
With the progression in battery technology and more and more brands offering cordless options for many power tools it is inevitable that more cordless hedge trimmers come onto the market. These are really good and practical hedge trimmers, generally light and very easy to handle but there is not a cable to worry about.
It may seem obvious but you need to keep in mind that when the battery runs out you need to wait for it to charge before you can carry on with the job. Or purchase another battery which can cost quite a bit of money.
Some brands like Dewalt and Ryobi offer a whole tool kit that will run off the same batteries. If you have already started building up tools with one particular battery type and there is a hedge trimmer as part of the set it may be worth buying.
If you have a lot of hedges to keep under control a petrol powered hedge cutter may be a better option, but for general trimming and these are a great option.
You can find our battery powered hedge trimmer reviews in the electric section.
Electric Hedge Trimmers
A lot of people are attracted to standard electric hedge trimmers because of the price. Generally the cheapest of all of the types. You are getting a lot for your money, if you have a small set of hedges to keep trimmed then it could be for you.
There are however some downsides. The motors are not as robust and as powerful as the petrol models. The electric motors are more likely to burn out and less likely to last a long time.
Another major hassle is the cord! If you are working a long way from a power source you will have to set up extension leads to get around the garden which can be time consuming. Also, depending on the size of your garden you may need a very long extension lead.
A second issue with having a cable is the fact that it is easy to cut through it. I have gone through a number of electric hedge trimmers by cutting the cord. When you are moving around it is easy to catch the cable, and even a nick to it can make it unsafe to continue to use. Often it is quicker to have someone behind you holding the cable out of your way.
This type is definitely one to consider if you are looking to buy a budget hedge trimmer but we would always advise you to move up to a petrol model if you can stretch to it and need something robust.
Here is the electric hedge trimmer review section.
Long Reach Hedge Trimmers
Long reach or sometimes known as telescopic hedge trimmers have many benefits. They are a really good all round trimmer that can keep very tall hedges under control as well as tidying up smaller hedges.
The one huge advantage is that you can trim most of your tall hedges from the ground with out having to stand on a step ladder or other device to get you high enough. It can be quite dangerous being perched on a set of steps while trying to manoeuvre a heavy hedge trimmer. This makes many of us very uncomfortable but with a long reach trimmer you are going to be able to regularly get to those hard to reach hedge tops with no hassle.
A down side to these is the manoeuvrability and finish you can achieve. With a standard design hedge trimmer you can cut in large swipes that really finishes the hedges nicely and you will be able to get into some tight corners.
If you have a lot of tall hedges then this type is definitely one to consider, especially if you are not comfortable on a ladder!
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the questions we get asked a lot about hedge trimmers. Have a look at the answers below and click through to the more detailed articles for further details.
What Are The Top Lightweight Hedge Trimmers?
There are a couple of good options if you are after a light hedge cutter. The McCulloch SuperLite 4528 is a great petrol model, it offers a lot of power for the weight but is a little more expensive. If you are looking for an electric model the Bosch Easy HedgeCut 12-35 Cordless model is a good option. To find out more light hedge trimmer information click here.
What Is The Best Hedge Cutter For Thick Branches?
If you are looking to cut through some thick branches we have some good options in our top ten. The Bosch Bosch AHS 70-34 has a wide gap between the blade teeth making it a good electric model for some tough hedges. The Hyundai HYT2622-3 is a long blade petrol hedge trimmer that is powerful enough for some very tough growth. Have a more in depth read about hedge cutters for thick branches here.