Hedge trimmer buying guide


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Keeping your garden looking beautiful doesn’t need to be a chore. With the right hedge trimmer you can quickly and easily free up space in your garden and keep your bushes, shrubs and hedges looking neat and tidy all year round. This helpful guide will give you an idea of what you need to know to find the perfect hedge trimmer for your garden.

What types of hedge trimmer can you choose from?


This type of hedge trimmer uses a rechargeable battery meaning you can use it anywhere without having to worry about a trailing cable. However, you’ll have to plan when you want to use it ahead of time and make sure the battery is charged – 3-5 hours of charge will give you around 30 minutes running time. This type of trimmer is perfect if you just want to do a quick tidy up of the garden every now and then.


Electric trimmers run off the mains electricity, so you’ll need an extension lead if you’ve got a larger garden. However, if you have a small garden that needs only an occasional trim an electric model will be perfect – just make sure you use an RCD power adapter in case you accidentally cut through the cord.


These trimmers can be used anywhere and powerful petrol engines are suitable for cutting all type of hedge, especially those with thicker branches. They generally better suited for larger gardens, but they’re often heavier and bulkier than rechargeable or electric models.

What do you need to think about when buying a hedge trimmer?

As a rule, the longer the blade, the quicker you’ll get your hedge cut. But if you only have small shrubs and bushes, a smaller blade will suit your needs perfectly. These general guidelines will help you work out what’s right for your garden.

Size of hedge




Length of blade



57cm or more

It’s also worth taking a look at the width of the tooth gap of the blade, which tells you the size of the gap between the teeth. A blade with a 20mm width will be able to cut through stems and branches that are up to 20mm thick, so if you’re dealing with thicker branches you’ll want to get a trimmer with a wider tooth gap.

Special features for your hedge trimmer

Many hedge trimmers come with special features that make them safer and more user friendly. Here are some you might want to look out for:

Hedge clipping collector

This attachment prevents clippings from falling into the hedge as you cut, and instead collects them in a tray fixed to the side of the blade, these can then be tipped after each cut.

Double position trimmers

These allow you to adjust the handle of your trimmer to allow inline cutting for comfort of use or form a right angle to the blades so you can easily achieve a level cut along the top of a hedge, without having to use a ladder.

Automatic brake

This brilliant safety feature ensures the blades stop almost immediately after you release the trigger.

Hand guard

For extra safety, most of our hedge trimmers feature a hand guard to protect against the blades of your trimmer and flying debris when in use.

Keeping safe with your hedge trimmer 

As with all power tools, you’ll want to make sure you use your new hedge trimmer safely. Follow these simple rules to avoid injury:

  • Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris.
  • Wear heavy-duty footwear to protect your feet.
  • If you’re using an electric trimmer make sure the power outlet has RCD protection.
  • Don’t use an electric trimmer in wet weather.

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