A battery powered hedge trimmer might be your tool of choice when you are in need for a fast & easy, yet cordless solution for yard work.
In this collection, our handy-man wefoundthebest editor has carefully curated a list of the best cordless (electric) hedge trimmers on the market today.
#1: DEWALT 20V Cordless Hedge Trimmer, 22 inch
Our first choice in cordless hedge trimmers is the Dewalt DCHT820P1. It has a 22 inch blade and runs on a battery powerful enough for most trimming jobs. The 20V battery naturally shares with other Dewalt tools. In reviews, this hedge trimmer comes highly recommended for trimming “like butter” comfortably with a good battery life. It is also easy to use and light weight.
#2: KIMO 20v Lightweight Hedge Trimmer
The KIMO Hedge trimmer is another 20V battery option. It has a slightly smaller 20 inch blade, which also makes the trimmer easier to handle for small and medium sized jobs around the garden. In reviews, it is praised for being a comfortable, light weight and efficient trimmer.
#3: Makita XHU02Z 18V Cordless 22″ Hedge Trimmer
Our next choice is this Makita. It has a 22 inch blade and an lasting battery, even though it only runs 18V. Makitas are known for being high build quality and durable, and this hedge trimmer even offers a battery capacity warning system. In reviews, buyers recommend this tool for getting the job done. It is light weight, easy to use yet highly effective. The 22 inch blade is a good size for most jobs.
#4: BLACK & DECKER 20V Cordless Hedge Trimmer, 22-Inch
This Black & Decker is another trimmer with a lot of different options. It comes in different kits with or without gloves, collection bins, extra batteries, safety glasses and more. The unit itself sports a 22 inch blade running on 20V of battery power. In reviews, it is loved for being lightweight, sharp and very convenient.
You can also get Black & Decker on a 36V system with 24 inch blade.
#5: EGO Power+ HT2410 24-Inch Brushless 56-Volt Cordless Hedge Trimmer
If you need something extra powerful, the EGO power+ HT2410 might be the trimmer of choice for you. It uses a whopping 56V battery and will cut an inch deep with its 24 inch long blade. Buyers love the long cutting arm, and the powerful and high quality build. The weight is on the heavy side – but that might not be a problem for the handy man, but just considered good exercise.
#6: Greenworks 8 Inch Cordless Pole Saw with Hedge Trimmer Attachment
This Greenworks System provides a lot of flexibility for those hard-to-reach places around the garden. The 8 inch pole saw can be replaced with a pole hedge trimmer with a 20 inch blade that has an 8-position pivoting head. Everything runs on a powerful 40V battery. In reviews, the system is praised for being flexible and effective, yet a little on the heavy side. Make sure that’s not a problem.
#7: Bonus: WORKPRO Shrubbery Trimmer
Sometimes you just need to trim some shrubbery, grass or hedge edges. This WORKPRO will do that job for you. You can switch between two types of blades – a 3 inch grass shear and a 5 inch hedge trimmer. It is simple to use and weighs only 1 pound – and the small size ensures it to fit into a variety of spaces. It runs on a 7.2V battery and can operate for about 40 minutes. In reviews, buyers love this as a replacement to manual hand clippers and many other tools.
What to look for when buying cordless hedge trimmers
Build quality: Look at negative reviews to check on build quality.
Effective for trimming: Naturally, a hedge trimmer needs to be effective and do a great job. Most trimmers have double blades with hardened steel blades.
Protective shell: You will quickly appreciate a hedge trimmer with a protective shell, making sure both hands are on the handle and nowhere near the blade itself.
Double Switch protection: Most trimmers offer a double switch, meaning that both hands need to operate the unit simultaneously
Ease of use: The design and ergonomics of the trimmer has a lot to say. Read reviews to learn if users grow fatigued from trimming. This is ofte also a result of weight.
Turning handle: Some hedge trimmers will allow the handle to turn – a feature that can help reduce fatigue.
Vibration: A unit will vibrate at a certain RPM. Check reviews for high reported vibration, something that quickly adds to fatigue.
Weight: Depending on battery size and build materials, the hedge trimmers can be quite light weight, making sustained use less tiring. Longer blades and larger batteries will add to the weight.
Battery size: There is an important tradeoff between weight and power. The larger 40V battery make for longer use, but also adds to the weight. You might also consider a hedge trimmer with multiple batteries (like 20V), so you can change up when you run out of power.
Noise: Electric hedge trimmers are less noisy than their gasoline powered counterparts. They still make some noise, though. Check reviews to learn about the noise levels of the trimmer you are considering buying
#1 tip: Look at negative reviews to check on build quality. Don’t buy something that breaks for 20% of buyers.
Accessories: Some hedge trimmers come with useful accessories. Of course, you need the battery charger and the battery. But you can also get special extensions, gloves, collection bins, extra batteries, safety glasses and much more.
Type of trimmer: For hard to reach places, you might need something else – a pole saw or a hedge trimmer on a pole. Or a big ladder!
Warranty: Check manufacturer warranty before purchasing.