10 Best Gas Hedge Trimmers of 2021 [Reviews]

Gardner using a hedge trimmer on tall hedges

Bushes add shape, character, and privacy to your landscape, but what if they need a haircut? In this article, we’ll run down the top 10 gas-powered hedge trimmers to help you pick the right tool for the job. 

To rank the top gas-powered hedge trimmer we compared blade length, cutting diameter, engine size, weight, and price.

We also rolled blade length (the longer the blade, the more you can cut at once) and cutting diameter (how wide a branch your machine can saw through) into a cutting capacity measurement to give you a sense of how many twigs you can cut off in one stroke. 

Top 10 Gas Hedge Trimmers – Reviews 

*Note: All prices listed are subject to change. 

1. SENIX HT4QL-L 26.5 cc 4-stroke gasoline hedge trimmer

SENIX HT4QL-L 26.5cc 4 Stroke Gasoline Hedge Trimmer, Blue

The Senix HT4QL-L kicks off our list with a bang. This gas-powered hedge trimmer has a big 26.5 cc engine to give you extra power for cutting shrubs quickly. The 4-stroke engine runs smoothly without having to mix oil and gas.

With a cutting diameter of 1.1 inches, this machine is perfect for anyone with large woody shrubs and small trees. The swiveling rear handle also makes for easy trimming at a variety of angles. 

This hedge trimmer also beats out other brands because of the cost. The trimmers on our scale run between $150 and $550, and this one’s well on the cheaper end.

The only drawback to this hedge trimmer is the weight. At 13 pounds, this is the heaviest cutter you’ll find in our top 10.

If you’re looking for power at a low price, this hedge trimmer is for you. If you want yard work to be easier on your muscles, shop around. 

Specifications:

  • Blade length: 22 in
  • Cutting diameter: 1.1 in
  • Engine size: 26.5 cc
  • Weight: 13 lbs
  • Double-sided blade
  • Price range: inexpensive

Pros:

✓ Powerful engine
✓ Great cutting diameter
✓ Excellent value

Cons:

✗ A little on the heavy side

2. XtremepowerUS 26 cc gas 2-stroke cycle hedge trimmer

XtremepowerUS 26cc 2-Cycle Gas Powered Hedge Trimmer 24-Inch Double-Sided Blades Shrub Trimmer Recoil Trim Blade Clipper Saw Bushes

This XtremepowerUS hedge trimmer packs a lot of cutting capacity for a very low price. We’re impressed with the 24-inch blade length and full inch of cutting diameter. The dual-action serrated blades cut back and forth cleanly.

The commercial grade 25.4 cc engine gives this handheld gas hedge trimmer a lot of power, however you wouldn’t know it by the decibels. This model is low noise, and perfect for anyone living too close to their neighbors. 

Our favorite part of the XtremepowerUS model is the price. We categorize this model in the “inexpensive” bracket, making it a great value. 

Much like the Senix, this hedge trimmer’s major drawback is its weight. With this much power and cutting capacity, you’re sure to give your arms a workout. 

Specifications:

  • Blade length: 24 in
  • Cutting width: 1 in
  • Engine size: 26 cc
  • Weight: 16 lbs
  • Double-sided blade
  • Price Range: inexpensive

Pros:

✓ Blade length
✓ Cutting diameter
✓ Powerful engine
✓ Inexpensive

Cons:

✗ One of the heavier models on our list

3. Poulan Pro PR2322

Poulan Pro PR2322 22-Inch 23cc 2 Cycle Gas Powered Dual Sided Hedge Trimmer

The Poulan Pro PR2322 is a gas hedge trimmer that cuts an impressive 1-inch diameter, making it ideal for larger shrubs. Its serrated, double-sided blade will make quick work of excess foliage. 

This model also comes with useful features, such as anti-vibration technology that makes for easier handling, and the swiveling handle allows for greater maneuverability.

This little hedge trimmer loses a few points for raw power. Its 23 cc engine is eclipsed by other trimmers on our list.

However, the Poulan Pro PR2322 is also very affordable and lightweight. This is a great gas-powered trimmer if you are on a tight budget or looking to save your back during chores. 

Specifications:

  • Blade length: 22 in
  • Cutting diameter: 1 in
  • Engine size: 23 cc
  • Weight: 11.1 lbs
  • Double-sided blade
  • Price range: inexpensive

Pros:

✓ Lightweight
✓ Affordable
✓ Great cutting diameter

Cons:

✗ Not as powerful as other gas engines

4. EASYG 23.6 cc gas hedge trimmer

EASYG 23.6cc Gas Hedge Trimmer 24" 2-Cycle Recoil Gasoline Trim Blade Blade Double-Sided with Safety Gloves and Some Accessories

As its EASYG name might suggest, this hedge trimmer ranks high on ease of use. It starts up quickly and the internal shock absorbers keep vibrations from wearing out your arms. We like that it comes with a pair of work gloves, tool kit, and a gas can. You have everything you need to get started.

The EASYG is also quiet, a plus if you live in a neighborhood with close neighbors.

Overall, this hedge trimmer is a great value. This is the most affordable hedge trimmer on our list. For the price, you get a double-sided blade and mid-range attributes in engine power, blade size, and weight. 

Specifications:

  • Blade length: 24 in
  • Engine size: 23.6 cc
  • Weight: 12.6 lbs
  • Double-sided blades
  • Price range: inexpensive

Pros:

✓ Affordable
✓ Easy to use
✓ Useful accessories

Cons:

✗ A little on the heavier side
✗ Moderate cutting power

5. Echo 21.2 cc gas 2-stroke engine hedge trimmer 

Echo HCS-2810 28" 21.2cc Short-Shafted Gas Hedge Trimmer

This Echo hedge trimmer features a long cutting blade. It’s ideal for anyone with large bushes to trim, or anyone who favors a wider cutting swath.

We also love the lightweight design. This machine is perfect for anyone who wants a strong cutting blade without the added weight. The cutting diameter is right in the mid range and the double-sided blades allow for versatile cutting styles. 

The Echo has only a couple of major drawbacks. The engine is on the smaller end of the spectrum, so you might sacrifice some cutting power. This hedge trimmer is also a little more expensive. While not the priciest model on our list, it’s far from the most affordable. 

Specifications:

  • Blade length: 28 in
  • Cutting diameter: 0.75 in
  • Engine size: 21.2 cc
  • Weight: 13 lbs
  • Double-sided blades
  • Price range: medium

Pros:

✓ Long blade
✓ Lightweight

Cons:

✗ Could be more powerful
✗ Medium price range

6. CRAFTSMAN CMXGHAMD25HT 25 cc 2 cycle hedge trimmer

Craftsman CMXGHAMD25HT 25cc 22-in Hedge Trimmer-2 Cycle Engine-Easy Start Technology, Liberty Red

This CRAFTSMAN is a versatile hedge trimmer capable of shaping a wide range of shrubs. Even though the blade is a short 22 inches, the extension option allows for considerable reach. You wouldn’t want this if you need a wide cutting swath, but it’s perfect for taller bushes and hedges.

We also love the engine power. This hedge trimmer comes with some serious cutting torque, and the price tag isn’t bad either. 

The biggest sacrifice you’ll make for this machine is weight. This hedge trimmer is well on the heavy end and best if you don’t mind putting a little extra effort into your yard work. The cutting width is pretty standard, so if you have particularly thick plants to hack through, you might look at other models. 

Specifications:

  • Blade length: 22 in
  • Cutting diameter: 0.75 in
  • Engine size: 25 cc
  • Weight: 18.36 lbs
  • Double-sided blades
  • Price range: inexpensive

Pros:

✓ Powerful Engine
✓ Affordable

Cons:

✗ Heavy
✗ Shorter Blade

7. Husqvarna 966532302 122HD45 gas hedge trimmer

Husqvarna 966532302 122HD45 Gas Hedge Trimmer, 21.7 cc/18/10.3 lb, Orange

This Husqvarna gas-powered hedge trimmer has a lot going for it. We appreciate the wide cutting diameter. If you have thicker branches to cut, this might be a good choice. This model is also lightweight and can make your weekend chores easier. On top of all that, this well-balanced hedge trimmer is a real bargain. 

What do you sacrifice for all that value? This Husqvarna hedge trimmer has one of the shortest blade lengths in our top 10. This means you’re not going to be able to cut as much at one time. The engine is also on the smaller side, so this model won’t have quite the same cutting torque as some of the larger tools.

Specifications:

  • Blade length: 18 in
  • Cutting diameter: 0.8 in
  • Engine size: 21.7 cc
  • Weight: 10.36 lbs
  • Double-sided blades
  • Price range: inexpensive

Pros:

✓ Cutting width
✓ Weight
✓ Affordability

Cons:

✗ Smaller Engine
✗ Shorter Cutting Blade

8. SALEM MASTER cordless 25 cc hedge trimmer

SALEM MASTER Cordless-Hedge-Trimmer, 22-Inch 23cc 2 Cycle Gas Powered Bush Trimmer Cutting Dual Sided Hedge Clippers for Garden/Lawn Care (TT-HT340) (Yellow)

The Salem Master Cordless Hedge Trimmer is a great model for a homeowner looking for an all-around good value. The blade length, cutting diameter, and engine size are all in the midrange, making this an effective machine for a wide range of hedge trimming needs. It’s also very affordable. 

The biggest drawback for this hedge trimmer is its weight. At over 18 pounds, you’ll get a workout hauling this machine around your yard. But, if you don’t mind lifting a little, you’ll find this to be a strong gas-powered hedge trimmer at a decent price. 

Specifications:

  • Blade length: 22 in
  • Engine size: 22.4 cc
  • Cutting diameter: 0.75 in
  • Weight: 18.3 lbs
  • Double-sided blades
  • Price range: inexpensive

Pros:

✓ Inexpensive
✓ Nice balance of attributes

Cons:

✗ Heavy

9. HUYOSEN 25 cc 2-stroke cordless hedge trimmer

HUYOSEN Cordless Hedge Trimmer, 25CC 23-Inch 2-Cycle Gas Powered Hedge Trimmers Dual Sided Bush Trimmer for Garden and Lawn Care

This low-cost Huyosen cordless hedge trimmer packs an impressive engine, giving you plenty of sawing power to cut through hard branches. We also like the comfortable design. The shock absorption and ergonomic handle make this Huyosen easy to use. 

The downsides? Just like the previous model on our list, this trimmer is on the heavier side, weighing in at just over 18 pounds. Additionally, its low cutting diameter can make it a little harder to get through the thickest of twigs. 

Specifications:

  • Blade length: 23 in
  • Cutting diameter: 0.66 in
  • Engine size: 25 cc
  • Weight: 18.16 lbs
  • Double-sided blades
  • Price range: inexpensive

Pros:

✓ Large Engine
✓ Inexpensive

Cons:

✗ Heavy
✗ Short cutting diameter

10. Husqvarna 122HD60 21.7 cc gas dual-action hedge trimmer

Husqvarna 122HD60 21.7cc Gas 23.7-in Dual Action Hedge Trimmer 9665324-02

The Husqvarna 122HD60 hedge trimmer grabs the last spot on our list with a strong balance of mid-range attributes. The blade is long enough to saw through large shrubs, and the price is comfortably in the center of the pack. We also like the shock absorption on this outdoor power tool, which makes cutting easier on your hands and arms. 

Downsides? This hedge trimmer is a little on the heavier side, and it could pack a little more engine power.

Overall, we wouldn’t recommend this hedge trimmer if you want the lightest, most affordable, or most powerful tool, but for an all-around winner, this may be the smart choice for you.

Specifications:

  • Blade length: 23.7 in
  • Engine size: 21.7 cc
  • Weight: 16.2 lbs
  • Double-sided blades
  • Price range: medium

Pros:

✓ Shock absorption
✓ Balance of mid-range attributes

Cons:

✗ Heavy
✗ Engine could be larger

Buyers Guide

Do you need a gas-powered hedge trimmer?

Hedge trimmers will use one of three main sources of power. If you’re new to buying these outdoor power tools, this will help you narrow down your search. 

Corded Electric: This simply means you have an extension cord running from your machine into an outlet on the side of your house. These models are typically affordable, powerful, and easier on the environment than gas power.

However, you have to drag the cord around behind you without tripping yourself. If you have a very large yard, this might be a problem. 

Battery Power: Battery-powered hedge trimmers have much more portability than corded models and are low on carbon emissions. However, they often lack the power that you’ll get with a gas trimmer. 

Gas Engine: Gas hedge trimmers are just as powerful as corded electric and just as portable as battery powered. They can usually hold enough fuel for long outdoor sessions. 

There are a couple drawbacks, though. Gas-powered trimmers are typically worse for the environment. They also include the additional costs of fuel and engine maintenance. Lastly, these little machines get pretty loud. You may want to go with another power source if any of these is a deal breaker.  

For a comparison between gas hedge-trimmers and battery-powered ones, check out this video:

Gas hedge trimmers: key metrics

If you have never bought a hedge trimmer before, you may not be familiar with all the terms. Don’t worry, we can provide a thorough explanation of each of these stats.

Blade Length: If you have a lot of hedge trimming to do, you’ll need a long blade. The length of the blade tells you the size of the cut you can make with each stroke. Blade lengths usually range from 21 to 38 inches.  

Cutting Diameter: This lets you know the thickest branch your gas-powered hedge trimmer can easily cut. If you have large or particularly woody shrubs, you’ll need a wider cutting diameter to finish your hedge trimming.

Engine Size: To get a lot of cutting done, you’ll need a powerful engine. We measure the size of the engine in cubic centimeters. While size is not a perfect measurement of power, it is a pretty strong indicator.

However, keep in mind, the larger the engine, the more weight.

Weight: Gas hedge trimmers range in weight from about 10 pounds to nearly 20 pounds. Your hedge trimmer’s weight will make it easier or harder for you to get your chores done depending on how much you’re willing to lift. 

Price: Gas hedge trimmers vary considerably in price, so you’ll need to decide how much to budget beforehand. We didn’t include exact prices of these hedge trimmers because they change frequently. 

FAQ

1. What’s the best gas hedge trimmer? 

By our count, you can find the optimal combination of power, cutting diameter, blade length, weight, and cost with the SENIX HT4QL-L. We consider this the best gas powered hedge trimmer on the market right now.

2. What are the major brands for gas hedge trimmers? 

Our list includes models by Echo, Senix, Poulan, Shindaiwa, and more. However, if you really want to shop around, we can recommend a few more companies making hedge trimmers. Stihl, Husqvarna, and Tanaka also make excellent cutters. 

3. Which is better — a gas hedge trimmer or electric?

This depends on your needs. If you have a small yard, a corded electric hedge trimmer will do just fine. However, if you have a lot of ground to cover — and lots of hedges to trim, you may want that extra portability and power that is found with a gas-powered machine. Gas hedge trimmers also rank high on durability.

4. How long can a hedge trimmer’s engine run on one tank of gas?

Some hedge trimmers will have better fuel systems than others. The average gas trimmer will keep puttering for at least 40 minutes and sometimes up to an hour.

Conclusion 

Now that you’re familiar with our top 10 gas-powered hedge trimmers and have answers to some of your likely questions, we hope you feel comfortable choosing the right piece of equipment to keep your shrubs neat and trim. 

When buying a hedge trimmer, keep these three things in mind: your budget, the size of your yard, and the number of shrubs on your property. 

All of the models on our list are available from well-known retailers, but if you decide you want a professional to keep those shrubs trimmed for you, we can help you find a landscaper near you

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Cory Ferrer

Cory Ferrer

Cory Ferrer is a LawnStarter writer with a background in communication, creative writing, and education. He spends his free time exploring Denver, taking long bike rides, and browsing used bookstores.