10 Best Electric Hedge Trimmers of 2021 [Reviews]

No matter their function in your landscape design — privacy screens, foundation plantings, focal points — your hedges must be kept tidy in order to give your curb appeal that aesthetic boost you’re after.

Finding the right tool to do the job, though, can be daunting. That’s why we’ve rounded up 10 of the best electric hedge trimmers ranked by their voltage, blade length, cutting capacity, weight, and affordability. Read on for our picks, and then decide which one works best for you.

Top 10 Electric Hedge Trimmers of 2021 – Reviews 

Top Electric Hedge Trimmers – Reviews

1. CRAFTSMAN CMEHTS822

CRAFTSMAN Electric Hedge Trimmer, 22-Inch (CMEHTS822)

In just a few minutes, this Craftsman trimmer, which is powered by a 4-amp motor, can slice through overgrown hedges with its 22-inch dual-action blade. And the bonus power saw-like tip? It’s meant to easily sever thick branches up to 1.5 inches. (Not all reviewers agree on this, though.) 

Beyond cutting your work time (and hedge sizes) in half, this corded hedge trimmer eliminates the need to charge batteries or worry about them running out of juice mid-job. Its super-sturdy handle and budget-friendly pricing under $100 are also a good look.

Ready to go right out the box, with the exception of the minor handle assembly, this power tool has a three-year limited warranty, so you’re covered in case the blades get dull before their time.

Specifications:

  • Power source: corded
  • Cutting blade: 22 inches
  • Cutting capacity: 0.75 inches 
  • Run time: unlimited
  • Weight: 3 lbs 

Pros:

✓ Lightweight
✓ Budget-friendly
✓ Low-maintenance and eco-friendly

Cons:

✗ Loud motor
✗ Power saw-like tip may not work as well as described

2. Sun Joe HJ22HTE

Sun Joe HJ22HTE 22" 3.5 Amp Electric Hedge Trimmer, Green

Sun Joe’s HJ22HTE, aka Hedger Joe, has a 3.5-amp motor; a full wrap-around, ergonomic front handle; and an easy, push-button startup. But the features don’t end there.

You’ll love the 22-inch dual-action, pre-hardened steel blades — not only are they rust-resistant, but they also cause 40% less vibration than single-action blades. The quieter sound of the motor will also win you over.

At just 5 pounds, Hedger Joe’s maneuverability is a breeze, so your arms won’t start to feel heavy as lead, even if your job lasts longer than a few minutes.

While not meant for heavy-duty jobs, this tool is sufficient for typical residential work. Simply guide it across your shrubbery, and watch as it makes cuts in both directions, effortlessly sending excess twigs, branches, and leaves to the ground.

Prioritizing safety, this power tool also boasts a dual-handed safety switch to help prevent accidental startup. Consider investing in a good outdoor extension cord, as the cord this model comes with is reportedly short.

Specifications:

  • Power source: corded
  • Cutting blade: 22 inches
  • Cutting capacity: 0.63 inches 
  • Run time: unlimited
  • Weight: 5 lbs 

Pros:

✓ Quiet motor
✓ Low-maintenance and eco-friendly
✓ Unlimited run time
✓ Less vibration
✓ Lightweight

Cons:

✗ Included cord is short
✗ Not meant for heavy-duty work

3. BLACK+DECKER Hedge Trimmer HH2455

BLACK+DECKER Hedge Trimmer, Rotating Handle, Dual Blade Action Blades, 3.3-Amp, 24-Inch (HH2455)

Subdue tall hedges with ease when you opt for BLACK+DECKER’s Hedge Hog electric trimmer. It has a rear handle that rotates 180 degrees, so you can switch your hand positions as needed — perfect for trimming in any direction and for decorative sculpting you might like to try.

The soft, comfortable grip helps with this, too. And the dual-action hardened steel blades? They’re 24 inches long and cause 40% less vibration than single-action blades.

Have a slew of shrubbery that needs to be cut back? Never worry about running out of power with the HH2455; it’s corded, so there are no batteries to charge. Plus, the cord retention on this model ensures it stays plugged in, even in case of an accidental tug.

At less than $70, this power tool will save you all the way around. After this one-time spend, you won’t need to shell out any more money for gas, oil, or even new batteries. Just plug it in and get going.

Specifications:

  • Power source: corded
  • Cutting blade: 24 inches
  • Cutting capacity: 0.75 inches 
  • Run time: unlimited
  • Weight: 6.5 lbs 

Pros: 

✓ Lightweight
✓ Extra-long blades
✓ Less vibration
✓ Lock-off switch prevents accidental startup
✓ Rotating handle
✓ Budget-friendly

Cons:

✗ Some reviewers report cord retention could be better.

4. WORX WG261.9

WORX WG261.9 20V Power Share 22-Inch Cordless Hedge Trimmer, Bare Tool Only,Black/Orange

If fears of accidentally tripping on cords is keeping you from going environmentally friendly with your lawn care tools, say hello to the Worx PowerShare WG261.9.

Running completely on 20-volt lithium-ion batteries, you won’t be tethered to a plug. Even better, if you already rock with a squad of Worx gear, you can use the same batteries in all of your devices, saving you money in the long run.

And don’t worry if you’re new to this whole DIY yard work thing. To paraphrase one Amazon reviewer, this power tool is as easy to use as an electric toothbrush.

It’s lightweight and boasts a D-grip, ergonomic handle that not only allows you to hold this trimmer from the angle most comfortable for you, but also assists in shock absorption, which means less vibration.

In one swipe, these dual-action blades will slash through the thickest of bushes and the tallest of hedges. 

Specifications:

  • Power source: lithium-ion battery
  • Cutting blade: 22 inches
  • Cutting capacity: 0.75 inches 
  • Run time: about 45 minutes
  • Weight: 5.5 lbs 

Pros: 

✓ Budget-friendly
✓ Lightweight and cordless
✓ Batteries easy to charge

Cons:

✗ Runs less than an hour

5. Scotts Corded Electric Hedge Trimmer HT10020S

Scotts Outdoor Power Tools HT10020S 20-Inch 3.2-Amp Corded Electric Hedge Trimmer, Grey

Effortlessly make clean cuts on all your bushes and shrubs with help from this model’s 3.2-amp motor and dual-action, hardened steel blades. Twenty inches in length, these blades are able to swiftly slice through thick twigs, stems, and branches.

Paired with its light weight — 4.8 pounds, to be exact — this tool makes it easy to hold to the tops of hedges you may not normally be able to reach on your own. 

Not only is maneuverability easy with this one, it’s corded design means no gas, no oil, no batteries, and virtually, no maintenance. You will need to change the blades every few years, as they start to dull, but besides protecting against accidental cuts when stored, the included blade cover can also safeguard the blades against the elements, prolonging their life.

Specifications:

  • Power source: corded
  • Cutting blade: 20 inches
  • Cutting capacity: 0.625 inches 
  • Run time: unlimited
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs 

Pros:

✓ Cord retention
✓ Lightweight and easy to use
✓ Protective blade cover included

Cons:

✗ Loud

6. DEWALT DCHT820B

DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Hedge Trimmer, 22-Inch, Tool Only (DCHT820B)

Lightweight and compact, this easy-to-use hedge trimmer can slice through everything from unruly hedges to thick brambles. 

With double-sided cutting action, the hooked tooth blades can tackle a variety of vegetation on your property, and its durable battery gives you the power and run time you need to get the job done quickly. 

If feeling fatigued has sworn you off hedge trimmers, this device includes anti-vibration technology to help you use the tool for longer. Its wrap-around handle also makes it comfortable to hold and easy to maneuver around tight spaces.  

This hedge trimmer includes a friction clutch as well that engages when an obstacle is hit to protect the transmission and prevent injury to the user.

Specifications:

  • Power source: lithium-ion battery
  • Voltage: 20
  • Cutting blade: 22 inches
  • Cutting capacity: 0.75 inches 
  • Run time: Up to 1 hour
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs 

Pros:

✓ Easy start
✓ Wrap-around handle
✓ Easy to maneuver
✓ Lightweight
✓ Low vibration
✓ Batteries can be used with other DEWALT 20v Max tools 

Cons:

✗ Does not come with a blade guard or sheath
✗ May overheat under extended use

7. Toro 51490 

Toro 51490 Corded 22-Inch Hedge Trimmer

Best for trimming tasks within reach of an outlet, the corded Toro 51490 has 22-inch, hardened steel blades that are always up for the challenge of cutting through twigs, branches, and leaves, and they do so flawlessly.

The blades’ dual-action design also delivers 40% less vibration than single-action blades, and the ergonomic handle and overall light weight helps you get the job done before your hands and arms tire out, even during long periods.

You can even hoist this power tool above your head for those hard-to-reach areas with no problem.

Toro is known for building tools with unmatched durability, and the 51490  trimmer is no different. Powered by a 4-amp motor, this model’s cord lock prevents accidental unplugging, so you won’t have to worry about frustrating interruptions that come with a sudden loss of power, as long as you stay near the outlet.

Specifications:

  • Power source: corded
  • Cutting blade: 22 inches
  • Cutting capacity: 0.56 inches 
  • Run time: unlimited
  • Weight: 6.3 lbs 

Pros:

✓ Cord lock system
✓ Powerful motor for regular residential work
✓ Three-sided support handle for easy balancing

Cons:

✗ Best for small areas near outlet
✗ No lock-on feature 

8. BLACK+DECKER BEHT200

BLACK+DECKER BEHT200 Hedge Trimmer

Lightweight and easy to use, this hedge trimmer is perfect for homeowners looking to spruce up their yard. Thick, tough branches may be a challenge for this trimmer, but hedges and saplings beware, this tool’s sharp dual action blade can cut through up to 5/8 of an inch with ease. 

The full wrap-around handle has soft grips making it easy to hold and maneuver around your property and its lowered vibration helps reduce fatigue. 

One downside of this hedge trimmer is having to be attached to a cord, but that allows for unlimited run time, and the cord lock feature helps prevent the user from becoming unplugged. 

Specifications:

  • Power source: Corded 
  • Cutting blade: 18 inches
  • Cutting capacity: 0.625 inches 
  • Run time: Unlimited
  • Weight: 6.2 lbs 

Pros:

✓ Cord-lock feature
✓ Less vibration
✓ Lightweight
✓ Easy to handle

Cons:

✗ Has to be plugged in 
✗ May overheat with extended use

9. EGO Power+ HT2400

EGO Power+ HT2400 56V 2.5Ah Lithium-Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer with Battery & Charger Kit, 24"

Want the high power of a gas-fueled trimmer without all the pollution, costs, and maintenance? EGO’s Power+ HT2400 claims it can give you just that with its ARC lithium-ion battery.

Running longer than most of its type — up to a full hour — this 56-volt battery collaborates with 24-inch, dual-action, hardened steel blades to offer clean cuts with less vibration. And while this model doesn’t come with a blade cover, it is fashioned from weather-resistant material to protect its entirety from all sorts of conditions.

Specifications:

  • Power source: lithium-ion battery
  • Voltage: 56
  • Cutting blade: 24 inches
  • Cutting capacity: 0.75 inches 
  • Run time: up to 1 hour
  • Weight: 11.4 lbs 

Pros:

✓ Electronic brake system stops blade quickly
✓ Battery power comparable to gas power
✓ Weather-resistant
✓ Extra-long blades

Cons:

✗ On the pricey side
✗ Heavier than other electric trimmers

10. Greenworks Corded Hedge Trimmer 2200102

Greenworks 22-Inch 4-Amp Corded Hedge Trimmer 2200102

At 7 pounds, this corded trimmer is slightly heavier than the others on this list; however, it’s still lightweight enough for anyone to use.

As you begin slicing through twigs, branches, and such, you’ll notice how easily the 22-inch, dual-action blades glide through the foliage. Its rear, rotating handle makes it easy to maintain your comfortable hand position while trimming horizontally and vertically.

You’ll also love the price point, which comes in at less than $50, but packs the 4-amp power punch that other models offer for a bit more. It also comes with a cord lock system to help prevent accidental unplugging, so you can carry on your work uninterrupted. 

Specifications:

  • Power source: corded
  • Cutting blade: 22 inches
  • Cutting capacity: 0.56 inches 
  • Run time: unlimited
  • Weight: 7 lbs 

Pros:

✓ Handle shield protects hands from flying debris
✓ Powerful motor
✓ 3-year limited warranty
✓ Cord lock

Cons:

✗ No blade cover included
✗ Can be a bit loud

Buyers Guide

Electric hedge trimmer vs. gas hedge trimmer

Besides being eco-friendly and much lighter in weight than a gas trimmer, electric options are also quieter, less expensive, and never require you to purchase fuel or oil. Perfect for your standard residential job, electric trimmers can slice through twigs and branches around ¼ to ¾ of an inch.

That being said, if you have a commercial-sized job or a large plot of land dotted with numerous thick, tall shrubs and hedges, a gas-powered trimmer is what you’ll want. Offering more power than any electric trimmer ever could, these models can devour branches as thick as a full inch.

Other things to look for

When shopping for an electric hedge trimmer, keep the following things in mind, too:

Power source: Electric hedge trimmers can be powered in one of two ways: via a power cord or a lithium-ion battery pack.

Power cords require you to be near an outlet or have an extension cord that allows enough slack to reach each area of your yard you need to tend to.

With cordless models, you can travel all over your property without any length restrictions. However, make sure you’re aware of the typical battery life your cordless tool has, so you can ensure you have enough juice to get the job done.

Blade length/type: The longer your blade length, the easier it is to reach all parts of your hedges — from the very tops to the bottoms to the sides. You’ll also want to check if your hedge trimmer is equipped with dual-action blades or single-action ones, as the former reduces vibration significantly.

Cutting capacity: This just measures the thickness your hedge trimmer’s blades can slice through without much problem. Most electric trimmers can cut through stems, twigs, and branches between ¼ and ¾ inches.

Handle design: You’ll notice some hedge trimmers will have a full wrap-around handle, while others describe theirs as a rotating handle. Neither one is better than the other, necessarily, it all depends on what’s most comfortable for you.

Wrap-around handles allow you to switch your hand positions as needed. Rotating handles require you to turn the handle to maintain the same position while cutting horizontally or vertically.

Weight: Overall, electric trimmers are much lighter than gas-powered versions; the heaviest one on this list is 7 pounds. However, depending on how the weight is distributed your arms may tire out quickly. Usually, though, the lighter the tool, the less chance of early onset fatigue.

Price: If you plan to use your electric hedge trimmers for simple tidying up now and then, there’s no reason to spend a lot, when you can get a well-crafted, easy-to-use, powerful trimmer for around $50.

But, if you’re looking for a bit more power than the less-expensive models can offer, you still won’t spend more than $100. 

FAQs About Electric Hedge Trimmers

1. Which is better — corded or battery-operated electric hedge trimmers?

It’s really up to you. Some people don’t like being tethered to an outlet and having to drag around a cord everywhere they go. But, if this isn’t bothersome to you, you can benefit from the unlimited run time a corded model affords.

On the other hand, if you prefer more freedom to move about your yard, opt for selections powered by lithium-ion batteries. They typically last around 45 minutes, which may be the max amount of time you need.

2. What are the best electric hedge trimmers?

Our vote for best bet is the Craftsman CMEHTS822. It’s corded, so it has an unlimited run time, boasts a powerful 4-amp motor, and at just 3 pounds, is the lightest on our list. What’s more? It comes with a power saw-like tip said to cut through thicknesses of up to 1.5 inches — comparable to what a gas engine can do.

Conclusion 

If you’re looking for a hedge trimmer that works well for standard residential use, an electric option is a solid choice. They’re more lightweight, easier to maneuver, and less expensive than gas-powered versions.

To determine which electric hedge trimmer is best for you, take a look at the features and price points each one offers and compare them to your hedge trimming needs.

We don’t expect your hunt to take too long because with this list, you won’t have to wade through the myriad of brands and models on the market — we’ve already done that for you. 

But if you decide you would rather let someone else keep everything trim and tidy in your yard, you can get help from hedge-trimming pros near you

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Andréa Butler

Andréa Butler

Descendant of the Fulani tribe, Gettysburg-obsessed Marine Corps brat, and lover of all things writing and editing, Andréa Butler launched Sesi magazine and has penned articles for sites, such as LivingSocial, Talbot Digital, Xickle, Culturs magazine, and Rachel Ray. Andréa holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an M.A. in magazine journalism from Kent State University.