Best Grass Strimmer 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

A garden strimmer is a must have to get the preened, perfect lawn look. It takes much more than just a lawnmower to get everything perfect.

They can do so much more now than just trim awkward areas, such as around furniture and under bushes, too. From neatening up your flower bed edges to chopping away at weeds and tough overgrowth, it is important to find one which suits your needs to a tee.

But there are so many considerations, from the power mode it uses to whether it is bladed or line. You’re also going to want to take the price into consideration. These are our picks of the best grass trimmers available to buy online, no matter what type of gardener you are.

The Best Grass Strimmers – Our Top Picks

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Ryobi OLT1832 ONE+ Cordless Grass Trimmer
  • Battery Life: 30 mins+
  • Charging Time: 2 hours
  • Cutting Width: 25-30 cm
  • Cutting System: Line
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Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer
  • Cutting Width: 23cm
  • Cutting System: Line
  • Cord Length: 6m
  • Power: 280 W
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Honda UMK435LE Petrol Strimmer
  • Cutting System: Line
  • Power: 35cc
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Best Cordless Garden Strimmers

BLACK+DECKER STC1820PCB-XJ Cordless String Grass Trimmer

A powerful strimmer which can tackle those hard to manage areas as well as tidy up borders, the STC1820PC-GB can cut up to 2500m of grass in one charge.

It can tackle the toughness thanks to E-Drive Technology, which can power through overgrown sections of your garden. This is ideal for any surfaces which may be stony and would risk damaging your lawnmower.

You can do it all in one go too, thanks to the automatic feed system. It will detect if part of the string snaps off or wears away, and gives you a new stretch of line without you having to pause and rethread it all yourself. A secondary handle will also help you with guidance, so you have full control.

The Trim ‘n’ Edge feature is a standout. Switch between trimming and edging by twisting the pole vertically, and controlling with the second handle. This is a design perfect for those with flowerbeds.

As a final note, this strimmer is part of the BLACK+DECKER 18V Lithium-Ion Battery System, where all batteries are interchangeable across the range of power tools and garden power tools. So if you are looking to start your collection or need to freshen them all up, sticking to one brand could be very beneficial.

Specifications

  • Battery Life: 2500 linear metres
  • Charging Time: 5 hours
  • Cutting Width: 28cm
  • Cutting System: Line

We like

  • Good control
  • Edging feature
  • Auto feed string

We dislike

  • Very plastic build - but this does make it very light to hold

Final Verdict

The battery lasts for a generous amount of time, it is nice and light to control and is a brilliant price too. You don’t even have any cables to contend with

Ryobi OLT1832 ONE+ Cordless Grass Trimmer

This battery powered trimmer gives the ultimate precision, with an adjustable cutting width and a three-position pivoting string head for more versatility.

EasyEdge gives you a quick switch between edging and trimming modes so that you can tackle all areas of your garden with one device. An adjustable secondary handle gives you full control over your strimmers actions and also lets you move it, so you hold it at the correct angle for comfort. The entire shaft is height adjustable too, so whether you are 5ft or 6ft10, you will not struggle using it.

The OLT1832 is part of the ONE+ system of over 70 tools for the home and garden. Because of this, it is sold without a battery or charger, but these are available to buy separately and can be used across the range. Once you have them, all other tools can be bought as body-only to save you a bit of money.

This Ryobi is ideal for lighter work, but if you always have a big task on your hands with a lot of growth and thick weeds, then it may be best to invest in one which is a bit more hardy, or a petrol option. But for under £50, it is worth a try either way, and the cheapest cordless strimmer worthy of your time.

Specifications

  • Battery Life: 30 mins+
  • Charging Time: 2 hours
  • Cutting Width: 25-30 cm
  • Cutting System: Line

We like

  • Very adjustable to suit needs
  • Can trim and edge
  • Easy to pop the battery in and out

We dislike

  • Having to buy the battery separately may put some off if you don’t want several items from the ONE+ collection

Final Verdict

Ideal if you want to start your cordless power tool collection, and so lightweight and easy to manoeuvre

BOSCH ART 23-18 LI Cordless Strimmer

A rechargeable electric strimmer with a rotating head which can give you neat edges, the Bosch ART 23-18 is as good as you’d expect from a name like this.

The 90° rotatable trimming head gives you the control you need to achieve the neatest edges, which will tidy up your rockery and flower beds perfectly. Switch between trimming and edging by pressing a button, which can be done while you have a hold of the machine, for full ease.

Some people may be put off by the fact it uses a bladed cutting system, as these can be more expensive and hard to maintain in general. However, thanks to the Durablade cutting system, they can last up to 12 times longer than ordinary, so you spend less time (and money) changing them.

If you need to give your flower beds attention but are worried it will damage the contents then you’ll be pleased to hear that the plant protector helps you avoid damaging plants and shrubs as you go along.

It is nice and lightweight, at just 2.3kg, so even if you have a massive task on your hands, you aren’t going to be suffering from aching arms. This also makes it easier to control. A telescopic handle finishes off the control level as you can adjust it to suit your height.

Price-wise, it is one of the more expensive electric grass strimmers on our list, but we think it is relative to the quality and build of the product. Definitely one if you want an investment piece and you’re going to be using it often, even on the trickier to cut areas.

Specifications

  • Battery Life: 26 minutes
  • Charging Time: 2 hours
  • Cutting Width: 23cm
  • Cutting System: Blade

We like

  • Blade easier than changing a line
  • Small battery is easy to remove
  • Change between cutting and edging with one button

We dislike

  • Not as powerful as a mains operated option

Final Verdict

Packed with plenty of little features to help you tackle the lawn, and great for anyone with fragile areas they need to protect

BOSCH Isio Cordless Shrub & Grass Shear Set

If you’ve previously had a strimmer but didn’t feel like you had enough control over every blade of grass around the edges of your lawn, then this set could be the answer.

It isn’t a strimmer as such, but rather an all-in-one functional garden tool. You can just switch between the two modes using the multi-click system, to select the blade which is best for the job.

The rechargeable battery can last for 50 minutes, which is pretty good going and gives you all the time you need to get the job done. There is an LED display which lets you know how much battery is left, so you won’t end up only completing half the garden unexpectedly.

The Bosch Isio is a great idea if you already have a strimmer or lawn mower which does 99% of the work and you just need something non-manual to trim the edges of your beds, or if you maybe don’t have much space to store larger and taller items.

Don’t forget that it will also trim your hedges, too. So if you’re still using small shears to trim twig by twig and grass blade by grass blade, this is going to be a revolutionary product.

It is also very lightweight at just 550g, which is at least half of what most standard strimmers weigh. This makes it very easy to control, which could be perfect for anybody who struggles to manage larger appliances and wants a cord-free setup.

Specifications

  • Battery Life: 50 minutes
  • Charging Time: 3.5 hours
  • Blade Length: 120 mm (shrub)
  • Blade Width: 80 mm (grass)
  • Cutting System: Blade

We like

  • Lightweight
  • Good battery time
  • 2-in-1 product

We dislike

  • Not very powerful (but it doesn’t really need to be as it is only for touch-ups)

Final Verdict

Although it may not be a traditional strimmer, it will suit a lot of you much better for a whole host of reasons

Best Corded Electric Strimmers

BOSCH ART 30 Strimmer

Ideal for medium-sized gardens thanks to the better than average 30cm cutting diameter, this is one of Bosch’s standout grass trimmers.

Pair this with the powerful motor, and you can tackle your lawn area quicker than you’d ever imagined. This is great if it is one of your more hated jobs.

A one-click rotatable head gives you an easy switch between trimming and edging. This ease of changing between modes means you’ll never have to stop and manually do any changes, which is great if you like to get the job done as fast as possible with minimal fuss.

It is all lightweight, and the secondary handle is also adjustable which gives you maximum comfort. As is the height, so you can adapt it to your own needs between 80-115 cm. An automatic twin line also takes some of the frustration out of replacing this if it snaps or wears away, and the fact there are two gives a bit more reliability and cutting power.

The line seems to last a nice amount of time on the whole before you have to replace it, which is good as this is a little bit tricky. But overall, this doesn’t take away from the fact it is a nice little strimmer which wins top points for ease of use.

Specifications

  • Cutting Width: 30 cm
  • Cutting System: Line
  • Cord Length: 10m
  • Power: 550 W

We like

  • Easy to switch between modes
  • Auto line feed
  • Adjustable for comfort

We dislike

  • Difficult to change line spool when time comes

Final Verdict

Nice and simple to set up and maintain, and well under £100

FLYMO Contour 500E Grass Trimmer

Flymo products are seen as some of the easiest to manoeuvre around a garden, and this strimmer is no exception.

It has most of the handy extras you’d expect of a new model, from an easy trimming and edging conversion to a telescopic handle which can be adjusted to suit the users height and plant guard which will protect your flowers and trees if you need to get up close.

The edging is made nice and easy thanks to the unique wheel design, which lets you almost roll the trimmer along the grass to both help you stay in control and give you the neatest finish possible. It also takes some of the weight off your arms, so you can cut for longer without facing any tired wrists.

An automatic double line feed will keep you going even if there is a problem encountered, such as the string breaking or wearing away.

You can buy it in both 500W and 650W models, so if you need a bit more power than is usually provided, the cost difference isn‘t too extreme. It comes flat packed, so you build it up when it arrives, but everything clicks into place to make it simpler.

Now for the negatives. The strimmer head is on the larger side, so we would say it is one for those who need the edging function more than the ability to get into tight spaces. It is best for light trimming too, as it didn’t really like tackling thicker weeds. But there are enough good points to make it worth the price tag.

Specifications

  • Cutting Width: 25cm
  • Cutting System: Line
  • Cord Length: 10m
  • Power: 500 W

We like

  • Price
  • Telescopic adjustable handle
  • Wheel edging

We dislike

  • At 3.1kg, it may be too heavy to use for standard strimming in larger gardens

Final Verdict

One for those who like a neat garden and have several flower beds they need to keep on top of

Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer

Weighing just 1.7kg, this isn’t just one of the cheapest strimmers on our list, but also one of the lightest which is great if you don’t want to hurt your wrists or your wallet.

A 280W motor isn’t the most powerful but still very effective for those easier tasks and smaller gardens. A 23cm cutting width is also not the largest but still helps you tackle the lawn in a short time.

The semi-automatic feed system takes some of the effort out of threading when the device is switched on, by releasing the correct amount of line. It also helps to give you the optimum cutting length, to take away the guesswork.

There is no edging function, so it is only really for the areas where you can’t get your lawnmower to go, or for small gardens which don’t require a larger appliance. The secondary handle is also not one of the best, and it is very plasticky. Despite this, for under £30, this is an outstanding product which will suit many of you out there who just want something basic and budget-friendly.

Specifications

  • Cutting Width: 23cm
  • Cutting System: Line
  • Cord Length: 6m
  • Power: 280 W

We like

  • Good price
  • Line feed is logical process
  • Easy to clip all parts together when it arrives

We dislike

  • On the shorter side so not great for tall people
  • Power cord is also very short

Final Verdict

You aren’t going to get the power or usability of the models which are three times the price, but when comparing relatively, it is actually a strong contender for one of the best corded budget electric trimmers on the market

Best Petrol Grass Strimmers

Honda UMK435LE Petrol Strimmer

If you need something which can really tackle through thick weeds and growth, then a petrol trimmer is probably the best option. This Honda model shines through in this category.

The engine is a powerful mini 4-stroke 35cc, which will make light work of the difficult patches in any garden. A nylon spool is also effective at cutting, so you don’t have to go over the same spot two or three times.

You may think that all of this power will be delivered at a pretty ear-splitting noise, but thanks to the non-contact bearings, it can perform at a low noise level even on the higher powers. Such a heavy duty machine could easily be unsafe if used improperly, so the additional D-loop handle and a harness provide a good element of safety.

It is a pricier option compared to an electric model, so if you are unsure about making the investment, the warranty will help. It requires an annual service by one of Honda’s 200+ specialist dealers each winter, and there are plenty of instructions on how to best care for it in between times, so it will be well looked after in case problems do arise.

Starting it up is even a breeze thanks to the mechanical decompression system combined with an ultra lightweight flywheel. In all, it is a powerful machine without the fuss and difficulties you’d imagine it to bring.

Specifications

  • Cutting System: Line
  • Power: 35cc

We like

  • Simple to start up
  • Not too cumbersome to move around
  • Arrives fully assembled and ready to go

We dislike

  • Price - for those serious about their lawn

Final Verdict

This is so easy to use and manoeuvre that you will wonder how you ever did without it

STIGA SGT 226 J Petrol Garden Strimmer

A budget petrol strimmer pick, but still great at doing the job at hand. Powered by a two-stroke engine and weighing 5.7kg (which is good for a petrol model), it is one of the most user-friendly options.

It runs on an unleaded petrol/2 stroke oil mix, so it should be easy to source the fuel. We loved the Tap ‘n’ Go head function too, which is pretty unique to STIGA products. As the line wears away during use, you don’t need to stop in your tracks or start manually winding it. Instead, tap the auto-feed line head on the ground, when the machine is in use, and you will be rewarded with a fresh cutting segment.

To make it easy to control, there is a 26mm long bent shaft, and a loop handle so you can direct it better. The 38cm cutting width is very generous indeed, so you will be able to tackle medium sized gardens in no time with little effort. A harness adds a good level of safety, so you are always ready to prevent accidents.

It can be used with a host of attachments too, such as a Hedge Trimmer, Extension shaft & Pruner addition, so is wonderfully versatile. These are all available to buy separately.

Specifications

  • Cutting Width: 38cm
  • Cutting System: Line
  • Power: 25.4cc

We like

  • 5.7kg weight
  • Curved shaft for better control
  • Tap ‘n’ Go system

We dislike

  • Not quite as great at tougher tasks than some more expensive petrol models

Final Verdict

We love the curved design which makes it so much easier to manage, and it gives a fantastic amount of power to say it is on the lower end of the price scale when it comes to petrol models

Help and Resources

Grass Strimmer Buying Guide

You are going to need the perfect strimmer for the job, and one which doesn’t frustrate you to use. This will make you more likely to use it, and you will, therefore, be able to keep on top of your gardening tasks more often. These are some of the signs you need to look out for:

Power Types

  • Corded – A form of electric strimmer. They are usually the cheapest option and can give more power than their cordless versions which is good if your grass is usually quite a task to get through. But do remember you will have the cord to contend with, and all the negativity this brings, such as restriction in distance, having to plug it in, and having to not cut through the cable
  • Cordless – Another form of electric model. The battery can be removed and recharged separately, as opposed to being tethered by a cord as you strim. They usually last long enough to give your garden at least one cut before needing to recharge, which is good going but do be aware they don’t often give you as much power as the other variants
  • Petrol – Seen as the most powerful of the three varieties. As with petrol lawnmowers, they are often best for the tougher jobs, such as very difficult surfaces. It may also be the best option if you have a very large garden, so can’t be tethered by power cables but also need something which can run for a few hours without a battery needing to be recharged

Cutting Systems

There are two types of cutters used with strimmers. A line will be the most common you find nowadays, which is often a nylon or plastic string which is made to turn at very fast speeds in order to cut away at blades of grass. The centrifugal force makes it a very stiff blade-like tool.

Blades are mostly found on lawn mowers these days, but still do exist on grass trimmers. They may be harder to maintain as the blade will be more expensive to replace when the time comes, and you may need to sharpen it in between uses. But as you can imagine, a sharp metal blade is much better at tackling thicker or tougher growth than a line. You may be hard-pressed to find one which matches if you have a price bracket or other vital features in mind, though.

Price

The cost of a garden trimmer can vary widely. You can get a decent, lightweight and basic strimmer for around £30 which will be sufficient for reaching those grassy areas under hedges and along fences or walls which the lawnmower can’t quite get to. As technology moves on, many cordless models are also becoming cheaper, so you don’t necessarily have to pay a premium for this.

A more expensive electric model can reach beyond £100. These will likely be a bit hardier, and better at cutting weeds. They may also have handy extra features such as an extendable height, tilting head and compatibility to use with various attachments from the same brand/range.

Petrol trimmers are often at least £100 and can reach anywhere up to £500. They are seen as much more powerful, and those at the higher end of the scale are often heavy duty and the best for longer grass, weeds, and possibly other overgrowth such as brambles.

Extra Features

  • Telescopic Shaft: This simply means the body of the appliance is extendable, which is good if you are tall or don’t like to bend too much when using an item such as this
  • Secondary Handle: To give extra control and manoeuvrability, an ergonomic and comfortable handle about ⅔ of the way up the shaft is ideal. Most models do have this nowadays, as it is also an important safety element
  • Automatic Line Feed/Spool: Rethreading the line of your strimmer manually will likely become a tiresome job for you if you have to do it often. You have to stop the machine and what you are doing, then pull the line. So buying a model which can do this automatically if the line wears away or breaks could be vital. Bump feeds are also becoming more popular, where you bang the head on the ground to encourage the feed
  • Harness: Mostly seen on petrol models which are traditionally heavier, a harness will keep your appliance at a nice height and also will take some of the weight off your arms
  • Wheeled Trimmer: If you want something which can go around the bedding plants and tidy the edges, a wheeled model could be the best choice. You will be able to literally wheel it along the edge, so you get the neatest finish possible, and it is less effort to hold it

Protective Equipment

On top of the possible harness and secondary handle, you will also need to take some precautions.

Wear goggles when using a strimmer, to prevent grass flying up and affecting your eyes. You may also need ear protection and gloves. Also wear a tough pair of trousers and boots, even if the weather is glorious – strimming in flip flops and shorts could cause a nasty accident which makes us shudder thinking about.

FAQ’s

Is It Cheaper To Buy A Strimmer As Opposed To Hiring One?

Strimmers are possible to hire, usually from garden centres. Before you do, think about how often you will be using it, and what it needs to do.

Most of those available to rent are the heavy-duty models, so if you need to really cut back your garden and it will take a couple of days, but you won’t need to use such a powerful machine after this, it could be better to rent. But if you just need a basic model for a bit of border trimming, or your garden will need constant attention every few months, buying one could be better in the long run. They are becoming much more affordable, and reliable too.

What Is The Difference Between A Strimmer And A Brushcutter?

We have talked about petrol strimmers being best for heavy duty jobs, but if that still isn’t enough for your task, then a brushcutter could be the best option.

Grass trimmers are usually small, light duty machines mostly made for trimming the lawn. Brushcutters are the absolute best at clearing heavy bushwood and trees/brushes. You could use just one product for all tasks if you get a model which can accept both line and blades, but in general, a brushcutter will be far too powerful for ordinary grass cutting.

Are Strimmers Bad For Wildlife?

It isn’t just yourself you need to watch out for when you’re using one of these appliances. If you are cutting particularly long grass, or near bushes and flowers, you will have to look out for insects such as butterflies, bees and beetles too. Also bear in mind what you are doing if you have hedgehogs, toads or mice frequently visit your lawn area.

It is a good idea to rake through your overgrowth first so any animals have a chance to escape, but also bear in mind that you should never use a strimmer in an area where you can’t see what the line is cutting.