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Cutting lawn edges: the best tools in the test comparison

The normal lawnmower often cannot reach the edges of the lawn. The good lawn edging cutters in our test ensure clear edges and a neat overall appearance. Read here what needs to be considered when cutting the lawn edges and which tools perform best in our test comparison with and without cables - in the truest sense of the word.

Cutting lawn edges: the best tools in the test comparison
Cutting lawn edges: the best tools in the test comparison

Cutting lawn edges: this is how it works

For a decent result, especially beginners should pay attention to a few things. So it makes sense to cut the edges of the lawn before the lawn itself is mowed. Because when mowing, the edge cut then automatically ends up in the grass mower's grass catcher. It is important to never simply leave the long edge cut. So no air gets to the lawn!

If the lawn is to be fertilized or worked with the scarifier, it is advisable to do this after mowing the lawn and cutting the lawn edges. This way the lawn is optimally ventilated and stays nice and green.

The lawn edge should also be trimmed with an edge cutter every eight weeks. This effectively prevents the grass from working its way into the joints of the lawn edging stones or the adjoining flowerbed. This additional work step also makes the actual trimming of the edges much easier.

Tip: curb stones as a useful addition

In general, it makes sense to provide the edges of the lawn with curb stones. These not only give the garden a neat look, but also make work easier. If the lawn is directly adjacent to a flowerbed, working with an electric lawn trimmer or mower is often not very successful. Instead, it is recommended that you use grass shears for best results.

Gardeners should find out about suitable equipment before cutting the lawn for the first time. Below we provide an overview of the best lawn edge trimmers.

Lawn edging trimmer with cable or battery?

Basically, lawn edgers can be divided into two broad categories: with cables and with batteries. Battery operated devices offer a high degree of flexibility. No annoying cable can get in the way or represent a trip hazard. According to the test by Stiftung Warentest, these cordless lawn edging cutters are overall quieter than the variant with a cable. On the other hand, cordless lawn edgers are often a bit heavier, so the work becomes more strenuous overall.

Wired lawn edgers are usually lighter because they don't have to use a heavy battery. In addition, the device can work longer and there is no need to wait for the charged battery. Lawn edging cutters with cables are therefore better suited for large gardens.

Lawn edging trimmer with thread spool or cutting knife?

Lawn edgers work with one of two cutting techniques. Devices with a thread that neatly cut the blades of grass at the lawn edge are very common. Here consumers have to buy and use new coils on a regular basis. Grass trimmers with cutting blades are becoming more and more popular. These can also work on larger lawns quickly. In addition, knives do not have to be bought later. It is advisable to purchase a knife guard to reduce the risk of injury.

Lawn edging trimmer tested by Stiftung Warentest

In the 05/2020 issue, Stiftung Warentest recently tested grass trimmers: five devices with cables and nine devices with batteries were tested for effectiveness, handiness and environmental properties. There was only one of the wired lawn edging cutters in the test that scored “good”. All the others were at least "satisfactory". Among the cordless grass trimmers in the test, even five devices were “good” and only four were “satisfactory”.

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Lawn edging trimmer in the test comparison: This is how we proceeded

For our lawn edger test overview, we have evaluated current tests, customer ratings and comparisons of numerous test magazines and portals, including the Stiftung Warentest. The result is a comparison of the best lawn edger in two categories:

  • Cordless lawn edge trimmer
  • Wired lawn edger

Cordless lawn edge trimmer: the test winners in comparison

Battery pack-
Lawn edging
cutter

Top model

Price-
Performance winner

Tip the
editorial staff

Model name

WORX 20V
Battery pack-
Grass trimmer
WG163E.3

Gardena set
Cordless grass shears
ClassicCut Li

Makita
DUR181RF
Battery pack-
Grass trimmer
18 V

Battery voltage

20 volts

3.6 volts

18 volts

Weight

3 kg

1.12 kg

5.4 kg

Telescopic handle
available?

Yes,
altitude
adjustable

Yes

Yes

Handle
available?

Yes

Yes

No

adjustable
Cutting head?

yes, 90 degrees
pivotable

No

yes, in 5
Inclinable steps

Cutting width

30 cm

8 cm

26 cm

Battery life

30 minutes

50 minutes

1.5 hours

Cut type

thread

Cutting knife

thread

Amazon
rating

4.5 of
5 stars

4.5 of
5 stars

4.5 of
5 stars

Price (approx)

140 euros

80 euro

140 euros

The top model in the test of the cordless lawn edger: Worx

The Worx cordless lawn trimmer is particularly popular because of its easy handling when cutting lawn edges. The telescopic handle can be adjusted to your personal height in just a few simple steps, so that back pain is avoided. In the practical test, the lawn cutter also proves to be a quiet worker. The batteries of the Worx Powershare devices can be exchanged with one another, so that it is worthwhile for customers to purchase several devices from Worx. Testers put the real battery life at a maximum of 30 minutes, which is relatively short for a lawn edger.

advantages

disadvantage

automatic thread extension

short battery life

height-adjustable telescopic handle

with handle for precise work

adjustable cutting head


Worx lawn edge trimmer put to the test

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars on amazon.de
  • Test result “good” (1.6) at testreports.de
  • 3rd place (1.7) at home improvement practice
  • Test rating “good” (88.9%) in the test magazine
  • Test rating “good” (2.2) for self is the man
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars at heimwerker-test.de

The price-performance winner in the test of the cordless lawn edger: Gardena

The Gardena cordless grass shears come in a set with a telescopic handle. Customers can also purchase shrub shears. The knife change works easily and with one hand. The cutting quality of the lawn edge trimmer in the test is rated as good to very good by users. If you want to work particularly precisely, you can use the handle. For back-friendly work, however, it makes sense to use the telescopic handle. Without a handle, the device weighs just under 550 grams and is particularly light. That makes the work even more pleasant.

advantages

disadvantage

particularly handy and light

no adjustable cutting head

with cutting knife - no
Repurchase of thread required


This is what the users say

  • “Small but OHO! Finally work upright! "(Geizhals evaluation)
  • "Works very well, is very handy and was top-priced for this offer." (Obi.de)
  • "The battery lasts a long time and is quickly recharged" (Ebay review)
  • “The constant stooping in the garden is particularly troublesome. Thanks to this product, no longer an issue. Easy handling and proper work. "(Amazon review)
  • "Very good cut quality, versatile." (Amazon review)

The tip of the editors in the test of the cordless lawn edger: Makita

The Makita cordless grass trimmer impresses with its particularly long battery life. Therefore, it is suitable for larger gardens where many lawn edges have to be trimmed. The thread unwinding is possible automatically when the bobbin head is pressed on the ground. In the practical test, however, it became noticeable that this function is only possible on very hard surfaces. The extendable telescopic handle can be adjusted by 18 centimeters. Tip: The heavy weight of the lawn edger can be optimally distributed if the shoulder strap supplied is used. This way the work does not become tiring.

advantages

disadvantage

adjustable cutting head

high weight

height-adjustable telescopic handle

no movement

Thread extension by tapping


Makita lawn edger in the test

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars at amazon.de
  • Test result "good" (2.2) at Stiftung Warentest
  • 3rd place in do it yourself
  • Test rating “good” (1.7) for self is the man
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars at allesbeste.de
  • Overall grade "very good" (1.44) at gartengerätetest.de

Wired lawn edger: the test winners in comparison

electric wire-
bonded
Lawn edging
cutter

Top model

Price-
Performance winner

Budget hero

Model name

BRAST
Lawn edging
cutter

Black + Decker
BESTA 525

Einhell
GC-ET
4530

power

1200 watts

450 watts

450 watts

Weight

6 kg

2.5 kg

2.6 kg

Telescopic handle
available?

yes, inclusive
adjustable
Handle

yes, extendable

yes, stepless
Extendable

Grout brush
available?

Yes

No

No

Cutting height
adjustable?

yes, three levels

No

No

adjustable
Cutting head?

yes, adjustable
Edge guide

No

yes, 180 degrees
rotatable and
can be tilted four times

Cutting width

Wing knife:
190 mm
diameter

25 cm

30 cm

Cut type

rotating
Cutting knife

Thread,
automatic
renewal

thread

Amazon
rating

4 of
5 Stars

4.5 of
5 Stars

4.3 of
5 Stars

Price (approx)

100 euros

60 euro

50 Euros

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The top model in the test of the corded lawn edger: BRAST

The BRAST lawn edge trimmer is a product with many additional functions. Thanks to the integrated joint brush, gaps on the terrace and on garden paths can be easily cleaned. You can use it to cut lawn edges from both the sidewalk side and the lawn side. However, customers report that handling on the lawn side is more difficult. The cutting height can be adjusted in three stages so that the result corresponds exactly to the customer's wishes.

advantages

disadvantage

including joint brush

heavy

Adjustable cutting height

Handle adjustable in three stages


BRAST lawn edge trimmer put to the test

  • 4 out of 5 stars at amazon.de
  • 4th place at maehroboter-testberichte.de
  • Test result "good" at gartentipps.com
  • Test winner at computerbild.de
  • Test winner atvergleich.org

The price-performance winner in the test of the wired lawn edger: Black + Decker

The Black + Decker lawn edge trimmer works with a classic spool of thread. The supplied bobbin is too small for many customers, so they advise buyers to order additional bobbins directly. The handling is easy and the telescopic handle ensures comfortable working. The cutting head can be switched from trimming to edge trimming in just a few simple steps. In addition, the integrated guide rail helps to create perfect lawn edges.

advantages

disadvantage

light weight

Cutting height not adjustable

extendable telescopic handle

automatic thread extension


Black + Decker lawn edge trimmer put to the test

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars at amazon.de
  • Test result "very good" (1.5) at testreports.de
  • 5 out of 5 stars at testbericht.de
  • Test result "good" from gartentipps.com

The budget hero in the test of the wired lawn edger: Einhell

The Einhell electric grass trimmer is particularly handy and practical. The motor head can be rotated 180 degrees and tilted in four steps so that even hard-to-reach areas can be easily trimmed. The manufacturer automatically supplies three spools of thread so that the lawn edger can be used over the long term.

advantages

disadvantage

Motor head that can be tilted four times and rotated 180 degrees

three thread spools supplied

infinitely extendable telescopic handle


Einhell grass trimmer put to the test

  • 4.3 out of 5 stars at amazon.de
  • Test result "good" (2.3) at Testberichte.de
  • Test result "satisfactory" (2.9) from Stiftung Warentest
  • 3rd place (grade "very good", 1.22) at expertentesten.de
  • 2nd place at garden.school

Lawn edging trimmer: the most important questions and answers

What is a lawn edger?

A lawn edger is a special garden tool that helps to trim the lawn in the garden evenly. There are cordless grass trimmers, corded ones and those that are operated manually. The latter can also be found under the term “grass shears”.

What does a lawn edger cost?

Battery-powered lawn edge trimmers are available from around 40 euros. High-quality devices with additional functions and different attachments are available from around 80 euros.

Can you mow the lawn with the grass trimmer?

The grass trimmer usually works with a rotating line head. This is not suitable for shortening larger areas of grass. A brushcutter, on the other hand, cuts the grass with a cutting blade. With this device it is possible to work on larger lawns without any problems.

How often do I have to cut the lawn edges?

The frequency of edge cutting differs depending on the type of lawn. Ornamental lawn, which is not particularly resilient, should be cared for up to 60 times a year. Otherwise growths will quickly develop. Most private gardens have what is known as utility lawn. This is more resilient overall and therefore only needs an edge cut about eight to ten times a year. As a rule of thumb: cut the lawn edges about once a month.