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Best Lightweight Cordless Hedge Trimmer For Your Garden

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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With your own hedge trimmer, you don’t have to employ anyone to do your hedges, thus saving money. Apart from the obvious advantage of doing your own garden maintenance perfectly, there are other benefits of using the best cordless hedge trimmer.

Cordless hedge trimmers are lightweight and therefore offer unrestricted mobility. They also reduce any danger of electrocution, which can be caused by using a corded trimmer across your garden.

Cordless hedge trimmers are built with powerful batteries that offer a long runtime, even for hard jobs. As a result, they should cut through effortlessly, even with thick branches. Furthermore, always make a purchase based on how much space you want to trim.

Below are some of the best picks for lightweight hedge trimmers with what to like about them and what not to.

1. WORX WG931 20V Power Share Cordless

Worx WG931 20V Power Share Cordless Grass, Hedge...
  • [3 POWERFUL TOOLS] Bundled together at a very nice price. A...
  • [TRIMMER & EDGER IN ONE] Converts from a string trimmer into a...
  • [DO IT ALL WITH THE SAME BATTERY] Worx Power Share is compatible...
  • [STRING ON-DEMAND] With Command Feed, you just push the button...
  • [22” HEDGE TRIMMER] Long enough for smooth trimming, but not so...

This Worx WG931 is a lightweight hedge trimmer that comes packed with various beneficial additions. First and foremost, it comes with two sets of wheels to wheel it along, never exerting your knees or your shoulder. It converts easily from a string trimmer to a wheeled edger in just seconds.

Additionally, to avoid your flowers from being cut while trimming your garden, it comes with a flower guard. This hedge trimmer also has a D-grip handle that lets you hold it from any angle and cut from any comfortable position. Moreover, it gives you the control to lift and reach the tall hedges or hold them down low for any undergrowth.

The dual-action blades cut once, then catch that branch again on the way back to give you a trim that is twice as clean, powerful, and twice as fast. The blade gap can cut up to ¾ inch. It gets around those branches and rips right through them.

The over-mold construction on the clasps absorbs all the trimmer power, so you don’t feel any vibrations. It ensures you get smooth cuts without straining your arm or hand muscles. This trimmer has a range of 22 inches (55 cm). It is enough measurement for it to cut or trim the flat tops and the long even sides. It is also still quick enough to round the corners in the hedges.

Type Of Battery

The Worx WG931 cordless hedge trimmer is battery powered using 20V Lithium-Ion batteries, and this tool comes with two batteries. The batteries give approximately 40 minutes of runtime. The lack of power is a benefit, in my opinion. It is way easier to control to get a finer cut. Besides, it has a flip-over edging feature that works smoothly for lining out your natural edges on landscaping beds. It has powerful ergonomic perfection. It is hard yet easy to use and lengthy enough to make your hedge trimming duties done in a short while. For instant line feeding, this hedge trimmer works with an advanced push-button command. Furthermore, it is packaged with free spools.

To sum up, it comes with a generous 3-year warranty, and you have the option of buying the trimmer skin alone or in a kit with a battery and charger.


  • It is very light and easy to maneuver
  • It switches easily from the trim mode to the edge mode
  • Less vibration
  • Dual-action blades
  • Cuts twice as nice, fast and powerful
  • Comes with a D-grip


  • Batteries are bought separately

2. BLACK+DECKER (LHT2220B) 20V MAX Cordless 22inch

BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Hedge Trimmer, 22-Inch,...
  • DUAL-ACTION BLADE - Hardened steel dual-action blade for reduced...
  • SOFT TOUCH GRIP- Lightweight and easy to maneuver with ergonomic...
  • Battery and charger sold separately

This Black Decker 20V cordless hedge trimmer is slightly smaller than the 40V 24 inches Black Decker with just 22 inches. It comes in handy when you find the 40V option too powerful for your needs. This is ideal for beginners who are starting up to trim edges. This is because it is lightweight and easily movable.

This lightweight hedge trimmer is a dual-action blade and hence low vibrations and, as a result, less muscle soreness or aches. Furthermore, the additional soft grip ensures a swift and comfortable trimming of your hedges. It has the capability of cutting ¾ thick branches. It also has rustproof steel edges that stay sharp over long periods. Also, it covers an area of about 3000 square feet (278.71 square meters) with a single charge.

A notable con is the consistent use of this hedge trimmer puts excess strain on the battery, and as a result, its efficiency reduces.


  • 22” dual-action blade
  • Ergonomic grip with a good material for better comfort
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • Ideal for simple smaller tasks
  • It is comfortable to use
  • Durable hedge trimmer


  • Not appropriate for larger jobs
  • The battery doesn’t last long
  • The battery is sold separately
  • Battery reduces inefficiency with constant use

3. BLACK+DECKER (LHT2436) 40V MAX 24 Inch

BLACK+DECKER 40V MAX Hedge Trimmer, Cordless, 24-Inch...
  • Powerful 40V Lithium Ion battery of the cordless hedge trimmer...
  • 24 inch dual-action blades of the battery powered hedge trimmer...
  • Trimmers for plants have extended reach blades with a 3/4 inch...
  • Up to 6000 sq ft of actual hedges trimmed per charge
  • Wrap-around front handle provides comfort and control in vertical...

Black Decker LHT2436 is a dual-action hedge trimmer with an efficient cutting mechanism. This means it trims hedges twice as fast and in half the time you would take to with a single action blade. To top it up, it has 24 inches (60.96 cm) of rust-resistant steel blades that cut through relatively large and thick branches and stay sharp for long periods.

With the ¾ inch teeth on this hedge trimmer, you easily cut through overgrown branches and any kind of hedges. Also, it delivers 2400 SPM (strokes per minute), translating to powerful and even cuts.

This lightweight hedge trimmer features a chainsaw full wrap-around handle that gives you better control while protecting your hands. The handle is covered in a soft grip that assists in secure gripping and cutting at any angle comfortably.

The safety feature it includes is a lock-off button to prevent accidents or injuries. The blade design also produces 40% fewer vibrations, reducing the chances of hand fatigue. It contains a Power Drive transmission that helps in cutting double the branches without any delay.

Furthermore, it comes with a 40-volt lithium-ion battery that compares to 60 minutes of use or covers an area of up to 6000 square feet (557.42 squares meters) of hedges per charge. This means you avoid charging for several days since there is some charge available. This battery fully charges within an hour, making your trimming easier without any waste of time. In conclusion, it packs a 3-year warranty.


  • Comes with the fast charging option
  • It is compact in design
  • A powerful performance of 2400 SPM (strokes per minute)
  • Easy to use
  • Quiet with minimum vibration
  • Has soft rubber grips
  • Comes with a 24-inch dual-action blade designed for lowered vibrations and, as a result, causes less fatigue
  • The strong blade has a strong cutting ability that cuts up thick branches and is twice as quick
  • Trims the hedges up to an area of 6,000 square feet (557.42 squares meters) with a single charge
  • Has a rechargeable battery
  • A high capacity battery of 40V that lasts for hours (and charges in one hour)
  • Comes with a battery life indicator
  • Has a safe wrap-around front grip that protects your hands
  • Comes with pre-hardened and rust-resistant blades


  • Not that durable
  • Lacks a perfect finish with 2400 strokes per minute

4. DEWALT DCHT820B Hedge Trimmer

DEWALT DCHT820B Hedge Trimmer
  • Powerful high output motor of the cordless hedge trimmer is...
  • The battery powered hedge trimmer has 22-inch laser cut,...
  • Trimmers for plants have a compact and lightweight design
  • Part of the 20V max system of tools

This DeWalt DCHT820B hedge trimmer is comfortable to use and balances well because of its lightweight design. Hence, an efficient tool. It weighs a mere 7.5 pounds(3.4 kg). It is easy to use and maneuver, thus reducing fatigue. You need both hands to use it. One hand is intended to be put on the switch handle while the other is on the bail handle.

It packs an amazing engine motor that is durable but also has a high output and portable design. In addition, this cordless hedge trimmer has an easy starting system that starts and stops with pulling a trigger.

Additionally, it comes with hardened steel blades. These steel blades provide the required rigidity and strength. The 22 inches (55 cm) blade is designed with a hooked tooth blade that helps with clean cuts. The blade length helps to handle tall branches while still being efficient.

Moreover, this lightweight hedge trimmer delivers 2800 strokes per minute, ensuring uniform and accurate cuts. This is enough to cut through ¾ inch branches with the reciprocating saw.

It comes with a 20V lithium-ion battery and runs for approximately an hour on a full charge. However, it does not come with a battery, and you need to purchase a battery separately. It is ideal for big tasks and spaces. Lastly, it comes with a 3-year warranty.


  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Reduced vibrations
  • Powerful laser cut
  • Remarkable ergonomics
  • Low maintenance hedge trimmer
  • Comes with extra sharp blades for extra cutting power
  • Compact and portable design
  • Lightweight reducing fatigue


  • Does not come with a battery

5. WORX WG261.9 20V Power Share 22-Inch

WORX WG261.9 20V (2.0Ah)  Power Share 20-inch Cordless...
  • [LIGHTWEIGHT BUT POWERFUL] Ergonomic perfection: Tough yet...
  • [22” CUTTING REACH] Enough length for flat tops and long, even...
  • [GRAB N’ GO] The D-grip handle lets you hold it from any angle...
  • [CUTS TWICE AS NICE] The dual-action blades cut once, then...
  • [SHARE BATTERIES, SAVE MONEY] Use the batteries from your...

This is one of the best budget cordless hedge trimmers in the market. Weighing just 4.6 pounds (2.087 kg), this lightweight hedge trimmer lowers the risk of hand fatigue or sore muscles because of trimming. It also will not weigh you down when you are maneuvering from one place to another, and the build absorbs vibration. The over-mold construction on the grip absorbs the vibrations, and hence you feel barely anything while using it.

On the other hand, Worx WG261 features a D-grip on the handle that assists it to be used at any angle without losing precision and accuracy. The D-shaped handle is designed to lessen fatigue on your hands or arms while delivering smooth, even cuts.

Favorably, with this 22-inch (55 cm), you do not have to find uncomfortable ways to perfect the trim, and it is perfect for unusually shaped hedges. This makes it ideal for reaching any place like hedges or shrubs.

It comes with a 20V battery and packs a charger to promise immediate use after the purchase. Also, this lightweight hedge trimmer fully charges in a couple of hours.

Notably, the biggest weaknesses of this hedge trimmer are its 20V battery. It does not have a long runtime and lacks a battery indicator. Hence, it is ideal for shorter jobs and comfort while working.

In conclusion, it packs a generous 3-year warranty from the purchase date and a 30-day return guarantee.


  • 22” dual-action cutting blade
  • Lightweight hedge trimmer hence little fatigueProduces smooth, precise cuts
  • D-grip for better movement
  • Easily usable
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Absorbs vibrations
  • Wide cutting range
  • Reduced vibration
  • Can handle tall branches and shrubs
  • Impressive ergonomic


  • Wanting battery lifeLacks a battery indicator
  • Assembling can be challengingThe motor is prone to overheating

What Are Important Features To Consider When Buying the Best Cordless Hedge Trimmers

Before purchasing a cordless hedge trimmer, there are crucial and some not so crucial things you should consider:

1. Blades

The hedge trimmers in the market are mostly made from steel. This is because the nature of the blades determines what is cut and what is trimmed. The lightweight hedge trimmers are mostly steel-made because steel is superior in comparison to any other material in terms of reliability and performance.

Besides, steel blades are rust-resistant when used to cut wet shrubs. Always consider a hedge trimmer with a dual-action blade for the best trimming results. This dual-action blade ensures you get better performance as it cuts tough and large branches swiftly at once.

The blade lengths and cutting capacity are equally as important, as they easily maneuver smoothly trimming or cutting hedges. The longer the length of the blade, the larger the surface area it covers.

In conclusion, make sure you confirm the quality of the blades before purchasing your hedge trimmer.

2. Battery Life

Different hedge trimmers offer different runtimes. This highly depends on the battery quality. Lithium-ion batteries are considered the most powerful and long-lasting option. It’s important to always consider the battery capacity, especially if the lightweight hedge trimmer runs on battery only. However, if you are looking for the best cordless hedge trimmer with a long runtime, look for the ones that have powerful batteries.

If you don’t necessarily need a long runtime, you can pick small to medium batteries. Either battery gets the work done, it highly depends on what suits your needs best. The higher the battery capacity in your hedge trimmer, the longer the runtime is.

Additionally, some hedge trimmers have a high load but don’t last like the lower load ones. This is mainly caused by design and motor operation. In the case the motor is from cheap quality material, it often leads to other parts overworking and therefore higher energy consumption.

3. Teeth Spacing

The wider the spacing of the teeth, the larger the object or material your cordless hedge trimmer can cut. For the more mature hedges, it is easier to cut through branches with a wide-tooth gap of approximately 30 mm or even wider, depending on how large your hedge is. For the smaller hedges, approximately a 20 mm gap should be enough.

4. Control And Performance

It is important to check how much you can control the cordless hedge trimmer, and this is from the handle design. The D-grip handle is the most common, and it delivers an immediate even cutting action. Also, some models have an over-mold soft grip to deliver better hold or control and for easy operating.

It is also important to check the performance of your trimmer because you need a trimmer with a powerful motor to cut your hedges without any stalling.

The performance of a lightweight hedge trimmer is determined by spins per minute. Spins per minute (SPM) indicate how fast the blades move. The faster the steel blades move, the better their cutting power.

5. Strokes Per Minute (SPM)

The SPM of a cordless hedge trimmer represents how fast the trimmer blades move back and forth. The higher the SPM of the hedge trimmer, the more powerful and efficient the trimmer is.

A high SPM can get the job done with very little effort. SPM ranges from the mid-1000s to over 3000. However, higher SPMs are recommended for larger jobs.

Additional Features To Consider For The Best Cordless Hedge Trimmer

1. Safety Features

Safety features can act as additional benefits to your cordless hedge trimmer. One of the many ways to guarantee safety is to check the teeth of your hedge trimmer. The larger the teeth, the larger the space between you and the blade.

Hence, reducing the risk of any blade cut. In addition, features like automatic brakes help to stop the blades immediately after the switch is hit.

Dual switches can be used when you need to use both of your hands to turn on the lightweight hedge trimmer. This helps in reducing the possibility of accidentally powering up your trimmer. Another safety feature you can consider is using handguards. This helps to shield your hand from the debris falling backward.

2. Sawing Function

A sawing function becomes very handy if you regularly cut large or mature hedges. It may help with cutting thick branches. One area of the steel blade can be optimized for the sawing function, and to use it, position this zone in the direction of the branches that require to be cut to take gain from the additional cutting power.

3. Weight

Heavy cordless hedge trimmers are harder to use especially when it comes to reaching upwards to trim the tall hedges. Ensure you get the powerful, lightweight hedge trimmers while being cautious of the weight. You should purchase a trimmer that has its weight down as much as you can. Remember, the battery of the cordless hedge trimmer adds some weight to the trimmer.

What Are the Benefits of Using A Cordless Hedge Trimmer?

If you've ever used one of these best hedge trimmers on our list today, you know how convenient they are. The fact that they are lightweight and quiet means that it is easy to use them. These cordless hedge trimmers can work within hard-to-reach areas.

No matter the size of your hedge, you'll still be able to reach all your edges. And the best part? No dealing with cords getting caught in the branches or leaves. You will have a seamless experience no matter what you're working on.

Now that we have an idea of the benefits you'll get from using the best hedge trimmers, let's look at them one by one.

1. Easy to Use

Most hedge trimmers that aren't corded can't pride themselves on being easy to use. The reason

Because cordless hedge trimmers don't come with the baggage of a cord, you won't have to worry about pulling it around. Instead, your battery-powered hedge trimmer will be easier to carry around and work with because it is light and doesn't have a cord.

Another great thing about the battery-powered hedge trimmers is that they are well-balanced. This also gives you an easy time while maneuvering around the hedges. The flexibility of movement allows you to work quickly and efficiently around your hedge.

The ease of use also allows you to work more comfortably around your garden.

2. Freedom

How is the ease of use different from freedom? Freedom is when you can move to wherever you want without restrictions. You won't have a trailing cable behind you.

All the cordless hedge trimmer reviews will show you that people really enjoy using cordless hedge trimmers because of this factor. You can comfortably work in a large garden with battery-powered hedge trimmers.

3. Quiet Operation

Say goodbye to having to wait till everyone's up to trim your hedge. Instead, you can use your battery-powered hedge trimmer any time of the night or day without necessarily having to wake up your neighbors. Another perk with these trimmers is that you won't have to use ear protectors while trimming your hedge.

If you plan on using your new hedge trimmer to work on your small garden at home, consider getting one of our choices above. Your kids and your neighbors will thank you.

How Can You Safely Use Cordless Hedge Trimmers?

Safety is always a priority when dealing with gardening tools. Whether you are using electric hedge trimmers, gas-powered hedge trimmers, or any other kind of pole hedge trimmer, you must always take safety precautions.

This is what we're going to be talking about in this section. We want you to be fully equipped to take on your hedge at any time.

We've given you the best hedge trimmers above. Now, we want to show you how to use them safely.

Let's dive in.

1. Understand the Instructions

Your best cordless hedge trimmer is going to come with a detailed instruction manual to help you maneuver with ease. Before you even turn on your machine, ensure that you've gone through it very well.

Once you've understood it well, you can then move on to the next step.

2. Check the Weather

Although you may want to work on your hedge in any weather, it's best not to use your hedge trimmers in the rain. Never cut your hedges or bushes while it's raining, as this is a safety hazard.

Whether you're using an electric hedge trimmer, a gas-powered hedge trimmer or a battery-powered hedge trimmer, you shouldn't expose it to any kind of wetness. For your safety and the well-being of your hedge trimmer.

If the weather is fine to work in, ensure that your hedge trimming device is in good working condition before you go out with it.

3. Inspect Your Hedge Trimmer

We've mentioned above that you should check your hedge trimmer is in good working condition before getting started with it. Now, let's talk about regularly inspecting your hedge trimmers every now and then to maintain them.

If you suspect any damage, talk to a professional who can get it fixed. This will save you a lot of time and disappointment when you want to use it and can't. If you feel like you need a new hedge trimmer, don't hesitate to get one from our list above.

4. Use Safety Gear

Here's another safety tip that you shouldn't take for granted. Most hedge trimmers work the same. Therefore, you may have an electric hedge trimmer before you decide to get another one and feel like you're an expert.

Resist the urge to go out there without your work gloves, goggles or safety glasses, and ear protectors. No matter how experienced you are, always protect yourself. Prevention is always better than cure. You should also protect your feet from any accidents with a good pair of protective boots.

Your choice of clothing should allow you to move freely without feeling so constricting.

5. Clear Your Working Area

What this means is that you should remove any debris or dead leaves you see on your hedge before you get started. Why? Because you don't want them jamming your gas-powered hedge trimmer or battery-powered hedge trimmer.

This will improve your efficiency by preventing you from stopping and starting all over again.

6. Ensure the Area Is Safe

What does this mean? It means that you should confirm that there are no kids, pets, or people within your working area. You don't want any accidents happening on your watch. You can choose to tell the people within your household that you're about to get started or mark off your work area.

By doing this, you'll prevent hurting yourself and those around you. If you are using one of the best electric hedge trimmers by any chance, ensure that the cord isn't going to get caught as you work.

7. Keep Your Blades Sharp

Sharp blades are way more effective than blunt ones. Having sharp blades also increase your safety because you won't bump into thick branches and experience a kickback when the blades don't slice through.

You can sharpen your blades regularly if you want to.

8. Keep Your Hands Away

Although it can be tempting to use your hand to hold a branch as you cut, resist the urge. Even if you're wearing your work gloves, don't put your hands anywhere near the blades of your gas-powered hedge trimmer or battery-powered hedge trimmer.

Another point to note is that should your blades get jammed, ensure that you've taken out the battery before you handle it. You want to keep your hands far away from these sharp blades.

9. Avoid Forcing Anything

It can be frustrating when your workflow is interrupted by a tough branch to cut. Even the best hedge trimmer can sometimes get caught on things. However, avoid trying to force your hedge trimmer blades through.

Why shouldn't force things? Because your battery-powered trimmer can rebound dangerously and hurt you. You could also jam the blades on your best hedge trimmer by forcing it through. If you come across a tough spot while using one of our cordless trimmers, skip it and come back to it later.

This safety tip also works if you're working with a corded hedge trimmer. Of course, these tips are for cordless hedge trimmers and other hedge trimmers too.

10. Remove the Battery During Maintenance

When dealing with jammed blades, we mentioned above that you should first ensure that the battery is off. This is the same when it comes to maintenance work. Powerful hedge trimmers can be dangerous when handled incorrectly.

Therefore, ensure that you've disconnected the battery from your cordless trimmer before you clean it or maintain it in another way. You don' want it starting by accident and hurting you in the process.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cordless Trimmers

1. How long does the battery-operated hedge trimmer last?

About 40 minutes to an hour. This depends on the model you get and the type of battery. You can check the product description of the pole hedge trimmer you're considering to get this information.

You can also opt for gas hedge trimmers if you prefer that to using one with a battery. Nonetheless, if you don't have a large hedge or lawn, you can opt for a powerful pick from our cordless hedge trimmers list above, and you'll be good.

2. Are battery-powered hedge trimmers a good choice?

Yes. A powerful hedge trimmer powered by a battery gives you fantastic flexibility and freedom as you are cutting. These hedge trimmers are also very safe because they eliminate the risk of electrocution as you work.

A good hedge trimmer that comes with a powerful battery can allow you to work on your lawn at a go without having to stop and recharge.

3. How durable are gas trimmers?

Gas-powered hedge trimmers are very durable if well-maintained. A gas hedge trimmer can last for up to six years if well-maintained. 2-6 years is the average lifespan of a gas hedge trimmer. Ensure that you choose a high-quality gas trimmer for your hedge trimming if you want it to last for long.

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Ian Mutuli

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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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