The 5 Best Weed Trimmers

By Janae Spinato on 7 January 2015 1 comment

The joy of having a yard is not easily hindered. Freedom to have lawn parties or a safe place for the kids to play is a privilege worth using without a doubt. Still, once your slice of paradise starts to be overrun by weeds, stray patches of grass, or anything else that a lawnmower just can't cover, it might feel more like a burden than a privilege.

Thankfully, we here at Wise Bread did some digging and found five blessings to help lighten your burden. With indisputable results and ease of use, you'll be enjoying your space again in no time.

What Is a Weed Trimmer?

A weed trimmer exists to tame grass and weeds in places that the lawn mower can't reach like the edges of a driveway or around a tree. It provides the finishing touches to make sure your lawn is perfectly presentable after every mow. Also known as string trimmers, weed trimmers often use a string instead of a blade, spinning incredibly fast to cut the grass.

They can be electric, battery, or gas-powered. They range from super light to heavy and can be use for little jobs or intense gardening depending on the model you purchase. Overall the gas trimmers seem to pack the biggest power, but the electric and battery trimmers have their own niches in which to shine, such as their low noise and environmental pollution.

Best 5 Weed Trimmers

Black and Decker LST136

Named the "Best Cordless Grass Trimmer" by Consumer Search, the Black and Decker LST136 is a 7.8 pound superhero in the world of lawn trimming. Though the punch it packs can't always take down big weeds or tall grass in one fell swoop, the battery is lithium ion and rechargeable to make sure no cord or gas is needed during the actual trimming.

To help control battery power and life, the Black & Decker LST136 also comes with a PowerCommand dial to help you designate the energy towards tackling tougher weeds or extending the runtime. The 13-inch head can be moved 180 degrees to switch from edging to cutting a breeze. This model also comes with automatically feeding line so bumping is not necessary.

Currently $149.99 on Amazon

Husqvarna 223L

The 10.5 pound gas-powered Husqvarna 223L has been highly praised for its easy start-up and good protection from flying debris during trimming. A straight shaft trimmer, its durability and smooth usage with even the toughest patches of grass have made the 223L a favorite pick among many customers.

Many people love the ease of handling the machine thanks to its low weight and adjustable handle. The only cons are that some people have desired hearing protection when using 223L and the warranty is only two years. Still, it is one of the best consistently performing products on the market.

Currently $249.99 on Amazon

Green Works 21142

This electric trimmer is a little on the heavier side at around 10 pounds, but delivers in its ability to cut like a light-duty gas model while being the least costly item on this list. It breezes through tall grass and tough weeds with a 10 amp motor all while being relatively quiet for an electric trimmer. The Green Works 21142 is also very useful in that with the right attachments it can be a variety of things from a blower to a pole slaw (keep in mind these attachments are sold separately).

This trimmer also supports attachments from companies other than Green Works, making it the most versatile option on this list, though not the most durable. It comes with a four year warranty, and despite some extra money you might have to use to get an extension cord, it is a good model that gets a lot of work done without the hassle of a gas option.

Currently $79.30 on Amazon

Stihl FSE 60

A second corded option, the Stihl FSE 60 is described as one of the sturdiest corded electric trimmers around. The curved shaft and good handles make it one of the easiest weed trimmers to maneuver at 8.7 pounds. The warranty is only two years, but this model is known not only for its easy usage but for its durability. After a few years, the Stihl FSE 60 still takes down rowdy weeds and tall grass. Though it is a little heavier than most electric trimmers, it still does a heavy-duty job.

The only discernible low of this model seems to be that reloading the trim might be a bit of a hassle, though not all customers have had this problem, and the Stihl FSE 60 comes with instructions on what needs to be done. Though there is no link to a direct-buy page, typing in your zip code into the Stihl USA website under this product will show all nearby distributors of this product.

Currently $119.99 on QC Supply

Hitachi CG22EABSLP

The Hitachi CG22EABSLP is comfortably light at 9.7 ponds and is a great option for a gas powered model. With its curved shaft and powerful engine, this trimmer is made to last. It comes with a seven year warranty. The engine does not give off many fumes meaning little environmental damage from product usage. Hitachi's S-Start system makes it so having a powerful engine doesn't mean exceptional effort to get it started. The system actually reduces the energy needed to get up and running to keep customers from stressful beginnings.

To top off the list of comfort from this model, it comes with anti-vibration system to reduce further discomfort during usage. Though it seems to have trouble on tall grass, the Hitachi CG22EABSLP is a great product for those seeking a more enjoyable trimming experience.

Currently $169.99 on Amazon

And those are our recommendations for the best weed trimmers. As always, be sure to check Wise Bread's Buying Calendar to learn when and how to buy just about anything!

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I am confused between Hitachi CG22EABSLP and Black and Decker LST136. Not so sure which one I should go with, besides, this site weedeaterguides also provide good reviews for a Toro weed trimmer. Please advice.