Cordless hedge trimmers are by far the most popular machine for cutting hedges, and for good reason too. Unlike a standard electric alternative, there is no power cord to worry about, and due to the improvement in battery technology, they now offer improved runtimes from full charge. The cutting performance has also improved over the years, and many of the premium models can now outperform most petrol hedge trimmers.
To assist you in selecting a cordless hedge trimmer, our handpicked selection lists top-performing models, chosen based on our first-hand experience using multiple cordless machines to cut an array of hedges. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.
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How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Cordless Hedge Trimmers
Over the years, we’ve tried and tested a variety of hedge trimmers and tackled overgrown conifers, cherry laurels and plenty of bamboo.
Our first cordless machine was an early Bosch unit (probably the brand’s first cordless offering), and although it was easy to use, it lacked the cutting performance and only lasted half an hour from a full charge. However, after using the latest Bosch machine as well as other cordless hedge trimmers, we’ve seen the improvement first-hand.
During our ongoing testing, we analyse the hedge trimmer’s ease of use, cutting performance, adjustability and build quality. Below is an example of how neat you can make your hedge look by using one of our recommendations. In this example, we tested the Ryobi battery-powered unit, which easily coped with the overgrown conifer.
To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest cordless hedge trimmers (for this article), we are continually testing out the latest offerings from top brands in the UK. This means that when we notice a brand has released a new and improved model, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test (where applicable).
Below is a video we posted on our YouTube channel that shows us testing an extending pole cordless hedge trimmer. As you can see, cutting the conifer was effortless, and we were very impressed with the tool’s performance.
As well as our testing and experience of using a variety of hedge trimmers, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the battery runtime, blade construction, cutting performance, weight, additional features, warranty and value for money.