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Hedge trimmers

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Cut your hedge down to size.

We've checked out the advantages and disadvantages of each type of hedge trimmer, as well as putting our 6 models through a series of performance and ease-of-use tests.

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From our test

Types of hedge trimmer

Here are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of hedge trimmer.

Mains-electric models

These do a better job of cutting than battery models. Their wider tooth gaps mean they can trim thicker hedges. But your range is limited by the length of the power cord.

Battery models

These suit smaller shrubs: they’re light and there's no cord to tangle in your hedge. But battery life is limited to about 30 minutes.


Here's what to look for in a hedge trimmer:

  • Longer blades cut more hedge with each sweep, but they can also be more unwieldy. Blade sheaths protect the cutting teeth when you're storing the hedger.
  • A hand guard stops foliage and fauna being flung back at you. A transparent hand guard offers better visibility.
  • Rotating rear handles and wrap-around front handles make it easier to switch from vertical to horizontal trimming.
  • A trigger system that requires both hands will prevent you from pruning your fingers.
  • Fixed teeth that stick out beyond the cutting teeth reduce the chance of injury if you brush the blade against your leg.