Best Weed Eaters for 2017 Reviewed

Choosing the best weed eater doesn’t have to be difficult – simply think about what purpose should the tool serve and take a look at our most recommended units currently for sale:

The best string trimmer in our opinion:

Black & Decker LST136W

Black & Decker LST136W

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 2,500+ reviews

Price: $149.99*

Very popular and our top rated universal weed eater – easy to handle, lightweight and with solid power and battery time.

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* including battery and charger

If you need a high quality tool for your normal-sized garden or lawn, this section is for you. These models are lightweight and easy to use, designed mainly for clearing hard-to-reach places that are not accessible by a mower. Plus they’re also suitable for edging and have enough power even for some occasional tougher weeds.

Compared to other models:

Model Type Price Our rating   For Tilting head Weight Cutting swath Line Battery time
Black & Decker LST136W Cordless $149.99* 4.5 stars no 6.8 lbs 13" 0.065 single 40/20 mins**
GreenWorks 21272 Electric $31.50 4 stars yes 7 lbs 15" 0.065 dual
GreenWorks 21332 Cordless $134.48* 4 stars yes 7.5 lbs 13" 0.065 single 35-70 mins**

* including battery and charger

** according to users


Best weed wacker for heavy trimming:

If you are not as interested in cleanup and cosmetic alterations, but rather need a heavy-duty machine that will eat through tall dense grass, blackberry vines or tough weeds without any problems (or if you want to clear a larger property), take a look at these units:

Husqvarna 128LD

Husqvarna 128LD

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 100+ reviews

Price: $219.00

Our most recommended: High quality and reliable gas weed wacker – powerful, not extra heavy, easy to handle and able to use Husqvarna extensions.

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EGO Power+ Trimmer

EGO Power+ Trimmer

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 200+ reviews

Price: $247.99*

Cordless with great power: Designed as a lightweight, less noisy and maintenance-free alternative to gas trimmers. Solid battery time and fast recharge.

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* including battery and charger

Compared to other models:

Model Type Price Our rating   For Tilting head Weight Cutting swath Line Battery time
Husqvarna 128LD Gas $219.00 4.5 stars no 11 lbs 17" 0.095 dual
Hitachi CG22EAP2SL Gas Price Not Found 4.5 stars no 11 lbs 17" 0.095 dual
EGO Power+ Trimmer Cordless $247.99* 4.5 stars no 9 lbs 15" 0.095 dual 20-50 mins**
GreenWorks 21362 Cordless $199.99* 4.5 stars no 13 lbs 14" 0.08 dual 30-60 mins**
Dewalt DCST920P1 Cordless $190.42* 4.5 stars no 8.5 lbs 13" 0.08 dual ca 45 mins**

* including battery and charger

** according to users


Best weed trimmer for cleanup:

If your main concern isn’t some heavy trimming, but rather giving your garden a clean, manicured look, these models won’t disappoint you. They offer many useful adjustments like a tilting head or guide wheel so you can cut even the most inaccessible places.

WORX WG175

WORX WG175

Our rating: 4 stars Good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 500+ reviews

Price: $127.94*

Our most recommended – thanks to the dual wheels and tilting head. It’s also lightweight, with solid battery time and a great edger.

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* including battery and charger

Compared to other models:

Model Type Price Our rating   For Tilting head Weight Cutting swath Line Battery time
WORX WG175 Cordless $127.94* 4 stars yes 6.2 lbs 12" 0.065 single 25-50 mins**
GreenWorks 21332 Cordless $134.48* 4 stars yes 7.5 lbs 13" 0.065 single 35-70 mins**
Earthwise CST00012 Cordless $68.25* 4 stars yes 8.1 lbs 12" 0.065 single 20-30 mins**
GreenWorks 21272 Electric $31.50 4 stars yes 7 lbs 15" 0.065 dual

* including battery and charger

** according to users


Best weed eater / edger combo:

Most of line trimmers can also be used as an edger – either by using a sophisticated adjustment or simply by turning the unit upside down. If you plan to do edging more often, we have selected the best lawn trimmers with an edger adjustment for you:

WORX WG175

WORX WG175

Our rating: 4 stars Good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 500+ reviews

Price: $127.94*

Lightweight, with solid power and battery time and also great for cleanup thanks to the dual wheels and tilting head.

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* including battery and charger

Compared to other models:

Model Type Price Our rating   For Tilting head Weight Cutting swath Line Battery time
WORX WG175 Cordless $127.94* 4 stars yes 6.2 lbs 12" 0.065 single 25-50 mins**
Black & Decker LCC420 Cordless $134.97* 4.5 stars no 6.3 lbs 12" 0.065 single 35-40 mins**
Toro 51480 Electric $64.99 4 stars no 7.5 lbs 14" 0.065 dual
GreenWorks 21272 Electric $31.50 4 stars yes 7 lbs 15" 0.065 dual

* including battery and charger

** according to users


How to choose a weed eater?

Generally speaking, weed whackers are used for two main tasks:

  • weed eater uses - cleanup after mowing + edgingCleanup after mowing – around paths, fence lines or in tight spots where the lawn mower isn’t practical. Most of the time you don’t need much power for these jobs, but mobility and ease of use is the key – that’s why cordless or electric grass trimmers are the best choice. Furthermore, they are often equipped with an edger adjustment.
  • weed eater uses - heavy duty jobsCutting grass in rough areas – where the mower cannot be used at all (steep slopes, rugged terrain or high overgrown grass for example). Getting enough power is much more important here, so we are talking mainly about gas powered machines and sometimes even brush cutters (where the string is replaced by metal blade).

So we advise you to start this way – think about the most common tasks you plan using your cutter on and decide which type will the best option for you:

Electric, Corded

Cordless, Battery Powered

Gas Powered

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Limited by cord
  • Less powerful

Pros:

  • Free movement
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Limited by battery
  • Less powerful

Pros:

  • Powerful
  • Free movement

Cons:

  • Heavier, vibrations
  • More expensive

Some more things to consider:

Size of your property and obstacles on the way

  • On a smaller garden, you can get by with a cheaper electric tool, but as the size of your lawn (and distance to power outlet) increases, you would appreciate the mobility of battery or gas trimmers.
  • Also, a cordless one would be better than electric if there are many obstacles on your garden (trees, poles, furniture etc.) – you don’t want to deal with a tangled cord every few minutes 🙂
  • Think about how much time would the landscaping take – cordless weed wackers are limited by the battery work time (usually 20-40 minutes) and spare batteries are fairly expensive. So for a large yard, a gas machine is ideal.

Prefer a certain brand?

If you already own some products of a particular manufacturer’s cordless lineup or just have a favorite brand, we have specific sections for you 😉

Black & Decker Greenworks Makita TORO

Need edger?

If you need to give your walkways a clean look and don’t want to buy a separate tool, getting a weed eater with edger adjustment is the way to go!