The best cordless strimmers to tidy up your lawn in no time

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Best cordless strimmer: Quick menu
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1. The quick list  
2. Best overall: Black+Decker STC1820PC-GB
3. Best for small gardens: Karcher LTR 18-30 grass trimmer
4. Best lightweight option: Ryobi 18V ONE+ cordless trimmer 5. Quietest model: Stihl FSA 57 Compact Battery Strimmer
6. Comfortable to use: Bosch UniversalGrassCut 18-26
7. Best budget buy: Greenworks G24LT Cordless Trimmer
8. How to choose the best strimmer
9. How we test

The best cordless strimmers are the perfect tools for tackling those areas of your garden that lawn mowers just can't reach reach — and are a far easier way to trim tricky-to-cut spots than with shears or secateurs. But the big benefit, as with the best cordless lawn mowers, is that you won't be restrained by the location of the nearest power socket. This makes them ideal for larger gardens and avoids the need for fiddly extension leads.

Onboard lithium batteries make sure that a cordless strimmer packs plenty of power too and will last the distance whatever the size of your garden. Watch out for the battery capacity, however. Those with a higher rating such as a 5.0Ah will typically last longer than a 3.0Ah battery before it needs recharging. 

Take a look through our guide to the best cordless strimmers available right now to help you find the perfect model for you and all your gardening requirements. 

The Quick List

Tight on spare time to search for the best cordless strimmer for your needs? Luckily we've put together a speedy overview of all the strimmers on this list, along with handy quick links that allow to you skip down the page to get right into a more detailed review of the particular product that you like the look of. 

The best overall strimmer

BLACK+DECKER String Grass Trimmer

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1. Black+Decker STC1820PC-GB

The best cordless strimmer overall

Specifications

Power: 18V
Weight: 2.6kg
Cutting width: 28cm
Edging: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Two effective settings
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Comfortable to use
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Automatic feed

Reasons to avoid

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Not the fastest charge time
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Mostly suited for smaller gardens

The Black+Decker STC1820PC-GB strimmer offers two brilliant settings to make easy work of weeding. The boost mode is ideal for cutting through tough weeds, light shrubs and long grass, while the eco setting is more practical for lighter gardening work. 

It comes with a 18V battery, has an impressive cutting speed of up to 7,400 RPM, and is fitted with an easily adjustable secondary handle to give you additional control while trimming. There's also an automatic cord feed so you won't need to bend down and stop when the cord slips.

The battery takes around four to five hours to fully charge and can run for roughly 30 minutes.


Best for small gardens

Karcher LTR 1830 grass trimmer on white background

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2. Karcher LTR 18-30 grass trimmer

Best for small to medium gardens

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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LCD battery indicator
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Pre-loaded replacement strimmer spools

Reasons to avoid

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Not for overgrown areas

The Karcher LTR 18-30 is an ideal tool for small to medium sized gardens that are kept in fairly good order and maintained on a regular basis.

It is a real pleasure to use and has a good battery life of around 30 minutes which is enough to strim over 300 linear metres of grass. 

The battery is compatible with other tools in the range which is always a great feature if you enjoy buying in to one system or brand. Plus, it comes with a two-year warranty.

READ OUR KARCHER LTR 18-30 REVIEW


Best lightweight option

Ryobi cordless trimmer on white background

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3. Ryobi 18V ONE+ cordless grass trimmer

Best for ease of handling

Reasons to buy

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 Decent battery life 
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 Lightweight 
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 Easy to manoeuvre 

Reasons to avoid

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 Not easy to assemble 

The Ryobi grass trimmer is a great choice for the occasional gardener who wants to keep their small to mid sized suburban garden looking trim and fresh.

It's competitively priced – especially if you have a Ryobi battery and charger already – easy to manoeuvre, tackles grass and weeds with ease, has decent battery life and a couple of neat features line a line cutter to help you get a better finish. 

READ OUR RYOBI 18V ONE+ CORDLESS GRASS TRIMMER REVIEW 


Best low noise model

Stihl FSA 57 Compact Battery Strimmer

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4. Stihl FSA 57 Compact Battery Strimmer

The best strimmer for a quiet life

Specifications

Power: 36V
Weight: 3.5kg
Cutting width: 28cm
Edging: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Quiet 
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Adjustable shaft
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Powerful
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Effective on overgrown areas

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey

Strimmers can be noisy things, but this Stihl model bucks the trend. It runs surprisingly quietly with minimal vibrations courtesy of the German brand's quiet technology. It's pretty effective on tough jobs too. 

The FSA57 is a smooth running machine that isn't the lightest, but features an ergonomic design with adjustable shaft at the touch of a button for ease of use. You won't feel like you've had an intense gym session at the end of the day.

There's a bump feed for the 1.6mm spool, with the option to switch to alternative mowing blades. The AK10 battery lasts around 25 minutes on a full charge. 


Most comfortable to use

Bosch UniversalGrassCut 18-26

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5. Bosch UniversalGrassCut 18-26

The best strimmer for comfort and ease of use

Specifications

Power: 18V
Weight: 2.7kg
Cutting width: 26cm
Edging: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Very comfortable to use
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Clever design
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Automatic line feed

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best cut accuracy

The UniversalGrassCut is one of the best strimmers, if not the best, for ergonomic design. It keeps your back straight while you strim, and has a V-shaped handle which can be adjusted according to your height. This is perfect for anyone with mobility concerns. 

It's not that easy to perform an accurate cut, but what you lose in super-precision you gain in features. There's a clever foot pedal button and handle twist which makes it easier to switch between edging and trimming, and the InteliFEED feature automatically feeds the spool line for interrupted work without manual adjustments.

After an hour's charge, the battery life is roughly 40 minutes. 


Best budget model

Greenworks G24LT Cordless Line Trimmer (Tool Only)

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6. Greenworks G24LT Cordless Line Trimmer (Tool Only)

The best budget strimmer

Specifications

Power: 24V
Weight: 2.1kg
Cutting width: 25cm
Edging: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Lightweight
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Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Battery sold separately

For a cheap and cheerful strimmer that does the basics brilliantly you can't do better than this machine from Greenworks. 

The second-lightest machine on this list, it's easy to move around as you take on grass and weeds, and the 25cm cutting width is generous for the price. It also has an adjustable telescopic shaft for increased comfort, and it can be turned into an edger by simply rotating the shaft.

A drawback is that you have to buy the Greenworks 24 Li-ion battery separately, but once you do you can use it for every 24V Greenworks tool — and if you buy more than one so you can recharge one battery while using a second one in another machine.


How to choose the best cordless strimmer

You can browse our guide to the best strimmers for corded options, but if a cordless strimmer is your preference then use this criteria to find the model for you. 

Batteries and running time

Corded and petrol strimmers work on continuous power, but cordless strimmers will require charging, and it can pay to investigate how long a model takes to charge — some take as little as an hour or two; other up to five. 

Any batteries of 36V are generally suitable for medium and low-level gardening tasks, like trimming overgrown grass, but for larger tasks and heavy duty strimming you'll probably need a more powerful battery. 

Weight

If you need a cordless strimmer for the occasional trimming job, then you'll want to get something lighter. Lightweight strimmers are more likely to have a lower run time than medium and larger strimmers.

The line-and-spool plastic

Keep a look out for strimmers with bump and auto-feeds, which push out more line automatically, saving you the time and effort of fiddling with the spool.

How we test the best cordless strimmers

Here at Homebuilding.co.uk we like to get our hands dirty and trial as many products as possible, but in the instances where we aren’t able to, such as with some of the best cordless strimmers in this guide, we leave no stone unturned to provide you with the crucial information you need to know before buying. 

Our team is passionate about DIY and home improvement (which probably won’t be a surprise) so we already have knowledge about the brands that make these strimmers. Moreover, we have taken into account user reviews when compiling this buying guide. 

There's a lot to consider to ensure you buy the best cordless strimmer for your budget and needs, and we’ve scanned the pros and cons of each model in this buying guide to ensure you feel confident in choosing the right product for your garden. 

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Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and is the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating, a role he has had since 2019. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 


He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.

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