One Tool, Many Tasks: The Best Garden Multi Tools

Tackle any gardening maintenance task with our handpicked selection of garden multi-tools.
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Maintaining a garden is no easy task and without the correct tools, it’s made even harder. However, if you want a single tool that’ll tackle every gardening task, a dedicated garden multi-tool that comes with multiple attachments is exactly what you require. Whether you use a cordless or petrol multi-tool, both provide flexibility without needing multiple tools.

To assist you in selecting a garden multi-tool, our handpicked selection lists top-performing tools, chosen based on our first-hand experience using them to carry out hedge trimming, lawn edging, cutting branches from tall trees, and so much more. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Mitox 28MT-a 5-in-1 Petrol Garden Multi-Tool
Best Petrol: Mitox 28MT-a 5-in-1
Einhell Power X-Change 4-in-1
Best Cordless: Einhell Power X-Change 4-in-1
Hyundai 5-in-1 Petrol Garden Multi Tool
Best Value: Hyundai 5-in-1 Petrol Garden Multi Tool
Makita DUX60Z Battery Garden Multi Tool
Best Professional: Makita DUX60Z Battery Garden Multi Tool
Draper 84706 Garden Multi Tool
Best Lightweight Petrol: Draper 84706 Garden Multi Tool
Parkerbrand Multi Function 5 in 1 Garden Tool
Best Budget: Parkerbrand Multi Function 5-in-1 Garden Tool

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Garden Multi Tools

Garden multi-tools have become increasingly popular over the last few years and more brands are releasing new or updated tools that we have been testing. From trimming overgrown conifers to cutting branches off trees, we’ve tried and tested multiple garden multi-tools to base our recommendations on.

During our ongoing testing, we analyse the tool’s performance, ease of switching the attachments and extensions, the contents of the complete kit and its usability.

As shown in the photos below, we attempt to test the multi-tools as they are intended to be used and this can include cutting through thick silver birch branches to perfectly shaping a conifer and so much more.

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To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest garden multi-tools (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.

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As well as our testing and experience with multiple garden multi-tools, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the tool’s performance, build quality, ease of switching the attachments and extensions, usability, weight, warranty and value for money.

The Best Garden Multi Tools

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1. Best Petrol: Mitox 28MT-a 5-in-1

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The Mitox 28MT is a versatile 5-in-1 garden multi-tool that uses a 25.4 cc two-stroke engine. As it’s a premium example, it comes with the choice of 5 different attachments and is built to last with a 3-year warranty.

Included with this garden multi-tool are a hedge trimmer, grass trimmer, brush cutter, pruner and 1-metre extension. Each of the attachments are easy to attach and they help you accomplish all your garden maintenance tasks with ease.

Pros
  • 5-in-1 tool with easy switch attachments
  • 25.4 cc two stroke petrol engine (Euro 2 compliant)
  • Supplied with a 1 metre extension
  • Smart pull recoil assist
  • Ergonomic soft rubber grip
  • During testing, we found the split shaft system practical and easy to use
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to the alternatives

Overall, the 28MT by Mixtox ticks all the boxes and is packed full of intuitive features. Although it’s more expensive than some of the alternatives, this model is backed by a three-year manufacturer’s warranty for peace of mind.

2. Best Cordless: Einhell Power X-Change 4-in-1

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Einhell is a highly reputable tools brand and their garden multi-tool follows their great reputation for quality and performance. Known as the Power-X Change, it’s a 4-in-1 tool that’s very versatile and comes with a cordless pole saw, trimmer, scythe and hedge trimmer. Each of the attachments is built to the same standard as the tool itself and the complete package as a whole is excellent and highly recommended if you prefer using battery-powered tools.

Pros
  • Hedge trimmer attachment uses a high quality Oregon cutter rail and chain with 7 tilt settings
  • Chainsaw attachment reaches 2,400 RPM and the extension allows you to tackle branches with ease
  • Selection of battery sizes available (we recommend purchasing two sets of two batteries)
  • Easy to use and switch attachments
Cons
  • During testing, we found that it went through batteries quickly
  • Most expensive cordless garden multi-tool

When you add up the total cost of the tool as well as the batteries, the package is quite expensive. However, the quality and performance that it offers as well as the reputable brand backing make it a worthwhile investment.

As mentioned above, purchasing additional batteries is advised if you intend to use the tool for long periods and during our testing of the tool, we did go through the batteries relatively quickly. However, if your budget allows, the Einhell Power-X Change is one of the best garden multi-tools you can buy and it certainly won’t disappoint.

3. Best Value: Hyundai 5-in-1 Petrol Garden Multi Tool

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If you want an affordable yet high-quality garden multi-tool that’s built by a reputable brand, the Hyundai 5-in-1 is the perfect solution. It’s a petrol-powered tool that comes with 5 different attachments and even a 3-year warranty.

The attachments included with the tool include a hedge trimmer, pole saw, brush cutter, grass trimmer and long-reach extension shaft. Also included are adjustment tools, oil and even a shoulder strap too.

Pros
  • Powered by Hyundai's reliable 52cc 2-stroke EURO 5 petrol engine
  • Easy to start thanks to its soft pull, easy recoil starting system
  • Extension attachment allows you to reach up to 4 metres
  • Supplied with oil, adjustment tools and a shoulder strap/harness
  • Backed by an impressive three year warranty
Cons
  • Quite heavy to use with the larger engine

To conclude, if you want a budget-friendly garden multi-tool that’ll last, the Hyundai 5-in-1 is by far the best option to consider. Its popularity is a clear indication of the tool’s quality and during our testing, we found it to be just as good as many of the more expensive tools we’ve previously used.

4. Best Professional: Makita DUX60Z Battery Garden Multi Tool

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If you are a professional or gardening enthusiast that requires the best performance and build quality, Makita has the answer with their multi-tool. It comes as a bare-tool as standard but you can choose from the selection of 11 different attachments that are available by the brand to best suit your requirements.

In terms of performance, the multi-tool uses the brand’s state-of-the-art brushless motor that has a soft start, variable and constant speed control. There is even a reverse switch for the easy removal of grass clippings too.

Pros
  • Built to the highest of standards by the reputable Makita brand
  • Two-stage safety trigger to avoid accidental start-ups
  • Delivers up to 9,700 rpm and 600 watt maximum output.
  • During testing, we really liked the fact that there were three speed options
  • Active Feedback Sensing Technology (AFT) that shuts the tool off if it senses that the rotation speeds suddenly slows down
  • Backed by a one year warranty or two year warranty if registered
Cons
  • Most expensive garden multi-tool within our roundup when you add up the total cost of attachments
  • Requires two batteries to operate

If you are on a budget or rarely use garden multi-tools, the Makita DUX60Z isn’t for you. However, if you are a professional gardener or enthusiast that requires the best money can buy, this Makita model is by far the best garden multi-tool. The level of control and performance that it provides as well as the selection of attachments is unbeatable.

However, the main drawback is that it does cost a lot more than the majority of the alternatives. However, from our testing and ownership of this tool over the last year, we would say that if you can afford it, go for it.

5. Best Lightweight Petrol: Draper 84706 Garden Multi Tool

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Petrol garden multi-tools are known for being heavy but the Draper brand has overcome this with its lightweight 32.5cc model. Weighing just 5.9KG with a hedge trimmer attached, it’s one of the lightest petrol garden multi-tools on the market and when using the other attachments, it’s even lighter too.

Pros
  • Supplied with 4 different attachments
  • Reliable 2-stroke 32.5cc engine
  • Features an easy-start recoil system and electronic ignition
  • Offers great value for the money
  • Developed by the reputable Draper brand
Cons
  • Construction isn't as high quality when compared to other multi-tools

To conclude, the Draper 84706 is an excellent all-round garden multi-tool that’s lightweight, easy to use and packs plenty of performance for all your gardening tasks. The standout feature is of course its lightweight design and if this is a problem you’ve found with your previous petrol-powered tool, it may be the answer to your problems.

6. Best Budget: Parkerbrand Multi Function 5-in-1 Garden Tool

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One of the cheapest garden multi-tools that’s actually worth buying is the Parkerbrand 5-in-1, which is a TUV and CE-approved petrol-powered machine. Although cheap, it comes as a complete package that includes a chainsaw, trimmer, brush cutter, hedge cutter, extension pole, harness, tool kit and even a fuel mixing bottle.

Pros
  • Powerful and robust 52cc 2-stroke engine
  • Easy to use with plenty of adjustability
  • Easy to assemble thanks to the split shaft design
  • Provides a total reach of up to 3.1 metres
  • Offers outstanding value for the money
  • Backed by a 1 year warranty
Cons
  • Quite heavy, which can make extended use quite difficult
  • Not as high quality when compared to the more premium alternatives

Whether you are on a tight budget or just want a cheap garden multi-tool for occasional use, you can’t go wrong with the Parkerbrand petrol-powered tool. Considering all of the components within the kit, it offers excellent value and it also includes everything that you require to keep your garden maintained all year round.

Conclusion

Although many long-reach hedge trimmers have the option of additional attachments, not all of them do and this is why we created the above roundup that features multi-tools only. This is because all of our recommendations come with either 4 or 5 attachments, which make them even more versatile when it comes to maintaining your garden.

If you require further information regarding our garden multi-tool recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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