10 best grass trimmers

Tidy up those hard-to-reach parts of the lawn and tackle stubborn weeds and rough vegetation with these garden helpers.

Tame your wildnerness or tidy your lawn edges with one of these grass trimmers, otherwise known as strimmers. They work by spinning a plastic line or blade fast enough to cut through grass and weeds and are most commonly for tidying edges and borders after you’ve mowed the lawn and for cutting grass in places you can’t reach with a mower, such as up against walls, fences and trees. They also come in handy for cutting longer grass than a mower can handle or particularly weedy areas.

There are three types of grass trimmers – electric, cordless battery-powered and petrol. Corded ones, such as the Flymo 500E, tend to be the cheapest and they’re easy to use, although the cable means you’ll need a power source nearby. Cordless ones, like the GTECH ST5, mean you have no cable to worry about, but there is limited usage time. Petrol ones, such as the Stihl FS40, have masses of power and are useful for larger gardens and more heavy-duty work, but can be bulky and are sometimes more expensive.

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Verdict: If you are a speedy worker, our vote goes to the cordless GTECH ST5. Meanwhile, for bigger gardens and jobs, it’s hard to beat the petrol-fuelled Stihl FS94 C-E.

Buy now

1. Mac Allister 36V Li-Ion Cordless, £50

2. GTECH ST5, £69.95

3. Flymo 500E, £50

4. Honda UMS425LE, £249

5. Stihl FS40, £159

6. Wolf-Garten GTE 850, £109.99

7. Draper 5 in 1 Garden Tool, £324.17

8. Stihl FS94 C-E, £390

9. Bosch ART 23 18Li, £84.99

10. Black and Decker GLC3630L 36v, £149.99

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