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The Best Strimmers to Keep Your Garden Looking its Finest

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Owning one of the best strimmers can make a huge difference in achieving a perfectly finished edge to a lawn.

Grass strimmers, also known as trimmers, are practical and handy for when you can't get your lawn mower to cut certain areas of your garden, such as overhanging grass. This is because strimmers are versatile machines which can be used to create beautifully neat lawns, trim around shrubs and garden ornaments, and tackle overgrown areas. 

Finding the best strimmer depends on a few things, namely the size of the area you need to cover, whether you want a corded or cordless strimmer, and whether you need to trim hard to reach areas, such as under bushes. But once you've found the best strimmer for you and your lawn, you'll find that it provides a clean, smart finish that enhances the overall look of your garden. 

With all budgets considered, these are six of the best strimmers available to buy now. 

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The Best Strimmers

The Black+Decker GLC3630L20 is one of the best strimmers

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1. Black+Decker STC1820PC-GB

The best all-round strimmer

Specifications
Power: 18V
Weight: 2.6kg
Cutting width: 28cm
Edging: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Turbo + eco modes+Comfortable to use+Automatic feed
Reasons to avoid
-Takes a while to charge-Not well-suited for larger gardens

The first thing to mention about the Black+Decker STC1820PC-GB is Black+Decker's E-drive technology, which offers a turbo mode to cut through tough weeds, light shrubs and long grass. There's an eco setting too for lighter gardening work. 

It comes with a 18V battery and is backed by an impressively fasting cutting speed of up to 7,400 RPM. It's also fitted with an easily adjustable secondary handle to give you additional control while trimming.

It features an automatic cord feed so you won't need to bend down and stop when the cord slips too. It's relatively lightweight too, which is great for bigger jobs, and it's still comfortable to use, and surprisingly quiet.

The battery takes around 4-to-5 hours to fully charge and can run for roughly 30 minutes.

Buy the Black+Decker STC1820PC-GB now


Is the EGO ST1510E the best strimmer?

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2. EGO ST1510E

The best strimmer for tough garden work

Specifications
Power: 56V
Type: Cordless
Weight: 3.2kg
Cutting width: 38cm
Edging: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Very powerful+Wide cutting area+Loop-handled line trimmer
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

Raw power is the name of the game with the EGO SST1510E. The 56V battery is the most powerful on this list (incredibly, it's a cordless strimmer), making this model an essential purchase for a quick fix if your garden has become overgrown. 

The 38cm cutting area (also the largest on this list) means that the EGO SST1510E is effective at tackling tough garden work on large gardens. 

Plus, in what EGO markets as a world-first, there is a Powerload button which activates a loop-handled line trimmer: simply press and the entire line is rolled up in around 10 seconds, so you don't have to wind it back on to the spool. It's groundbreaking stuff. 

It's a little heavy, but there's a single-shoulder harness included to improve comfort, and while it's on the expensive side, this is a heavy duty trimmer that's well worth the investment. 

The battery lasts around an hour and takes roughly 30 minutes to charge.

Buy the EGO ST1510E now


Is the Bosch UniversalGrassCut 18-26 the best strimmer?

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3. Bosch UniversalGrassCut 18-26

The best strimmer for comfort and ease of use

Specifications
Power: 18V
Type: Cordless
Weight: 2.7kg
Cutting width: 26cm
Edging: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Very comfortable+Easy to use+Clever features
Reasons to avoid
-Not the easiest to store

Bosch's UniversalGrassCut strimmer gets our #2 spot thanks to its comfort and ease of use. The ergonomic V-shaped handle design helps you keep your back straight while using it, encouraging a natural posture. Seeing as gardening can be tiring work for even the fittest of us, this is a really useful feature.  

What's more, the design lets you adjust the height of the handles, which is handy if multiple people in your family will be using it. And the ease of use is increased further through its InteliFEED feature - this automatically feeds the spool line for interrupted work without manual adjustments.

There's also a clever foot pedal button and handle twist which makes it easier to switch between edging and trimming. 

You can buy this strimmer with or without the battery and charger, and Bosch's Power for All battery system means you can use your Bosch batteries across a wide range of their tools. The strimmer takes around an hour to fully charge, and has a battery life of around 40 minutes. 

Buy the Bosch UniversalGrassCut 18-26 now


Is the Worx WG163 the best strimmer?

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4. Worx WG163

The best strimmer for edging

Specifications
Power: 20V
Type: Cordless
Weight : 3.5kg
Cutting width: 30cm
Edging: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Straight line edging+Tackles hard to reach areas+Two batteries
Reasons to avoid
-A little heavy to use

The cordless Worx WG163 acts as a strimmer and wheeled edger in one, an impressive 2-in-1 that is good value for money. 

The wheeled edger is incredibly handy for helping to trim uneven areas of your lawn and edge trim in a straight line, so you should avoid catching the cord on the edges of your patio.

The 90° pivoting head is another standout feature. This makes it easy to trim tricky spots such as low shrubbery areas, while an adjustable spacer guard protects the tops of flowers and plants.

The strimmer utilises Worx's Command Feed spool system which, at the tap of a button, feeds more of the cord through, so you get a bit more manual control without having to mess with the spool. 

Two li-on batteries come as part of the package, which will give you around an hour's use before requiring another charge. 

Buy the Worx WG163 now


Is the Flymo Contour 500Ev the best strimmer?

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5. Flymo Contour 500E

The best strimmer if you're on a budget

Specifications
Power: 500W
Type: Electric corded
Weight: 3.1kg
Cutting width: 25cm
Edging: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Affordable + great value for money+Easy to use+Quiet
Reasons to avoid
-Smaller cutting width-Needs to be close to power source

If you're looking for a cheap and cheerful strimmer that's reliable, lightweight and easy to use, you can't go wrong with the Flymo Contour 500E.

Its 25cm cutting width makes it a great choice for regularly sprucing up smaller gardens, and the 500W motor - while not overly powerful - is very reliable. 

It comes with strimming, edging and shrubbing modes, and the latter allows you to adjust the angle of the head to access hard-to-reach places, such as under garden furniture or bushes. 

It's also delightfully quiet, which your neighbours will thank you for, and the handle and telescope shaft are easily adjusted, which is handy for compact storage.

Buy the Flymo Contour 500E now


Is the Ryobi OLT1832 the best strimmer?

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6. Ryobi OLT1832

A great all-rounder for a variety of tasks

Specifications
Power: 18V
Type: Cordless
Weight: 2.3kg
Cutting width: 25 or 30cm
Edging: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Easy to use+Great value for money
Reasons to avoid
-Line is prone to splitting

The Ryobi OLT1832 is a fantastic option for all-round use. It is easy to operate, features clever adjustable settings and can effective tackle a variety of cutting jobs. It also comes with an auto feed mechanism if the line breaks.

With the flick of a switch you can transition between edging and trimming, and because the cord can be adjusted between 25 and 30cm of reach, it will also deal with weeds and thicker grass. 

It's lightweight too, at 2.3kg without the battery (2.7kg with), the lightest on the list. And the telescopic head can be angled in three ways. It's really comfortable to use, which is worth considering if you've never owned a strimmer and want your first voyage into strimming to be as easy as possible, without paying too much. 

Note that you will need to buy the battery separately for this strimmer. 

Buy the Ryobi OLT1832 now

How to Buy the Best Strimmer

Strimmers can be pretty complicated tools, especially if you're unfamiliar with how they work. Finding the best strimmer for you to get that perfect finish for your lawn will therefore depend on a number of factors, including:

Corded or cordless?

The benefits of cordless models is that you're not restricted by a power cable, so you have more freedom of movement. They're also more effective for medium-to-larger size gardens. However, be sure to look out for how long the battery will last. 

Corded models meanwhile are generally more powerful and tend to be cheaper. They're also well-suited for those with smaller lawns who only need the cord to travel the length of your garden, you'll just need to make sure you have a power source nearby.

The line-and-spool plastic

Many trimmers cut using a string-like line that rotates at speed, but this line can often break, especially if you buy a strimmer with a thinner line which is more likely to break when it catches harder materials. 

For this reason it's better to opt for a strimmer with a thicker line, ideally 1.2mm. However it's possible to avoid your line breaking through keeping the head of your trimmer clean (dirt build-up can clog up the line-feed mechanism).

And of course you can look for strimmers with bump and auto-feeds, which pushes out more line automatically, saving you the time and effort of fiddling with the spool to get more out each time.

Cutting width

This will be a factor for those cutting large areas of grass. The more premium models have cutting widths up to 42cm, but 25cm should be sufficient for regular use of smaller gardens.

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Jack Woodfield

Jack is News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating, and 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 planning reforms. Having bought his first home in 2013, he and his wife have renovated almost every room and recently finished a garden renovation.