Cordless hedge trimmers powered by batteries are one of three different types you can buy along with corded electric or gas powered.
The main advantage of cordless trimmers is that they are not limited in range allowing the user to roam anywhere they need without having to worry about extension cords or gas. While not as powerful as gas-powered versions, they have come a long way and provide enough power to handle almost any job.
The lithium-ion batteries make these a bit heavier and more expensive than electric models with prices ranging from about $60 to $200. You should be aware of how much run time you can get and how long it takes to recharge the battery to make sure it will fit your needs.
This type of hedge trimmer is perfect for home owners with a larger piece of property and who need a bit more range than an electric model can provide, but don’t want to spend the extra money or deal with the extra weight of a gas powered unit. Below we review our top 7 best cordless hedge trimmers.
Our pick for the best cordless battery powered hedge trimmer is the Black & Decker LHT2436 which sells for $121.99. The performance among the top models is very similar, but the LHT2436 will cost a bit less than some of the other top tier cordless options. It weighs just 6.8 pounds with the 40v lithium-ion battery and has 24 inch long dual action blade which can cut branches up to 3/4-inch. It comes with one battery that takes about an hour to recharge.
When you combine the lightweight, balanced design and reduced vibration this Black & Decker unit is a joy to use and we recommend it for all users.
Selling for $139, the Toro 51496 is another solid cordless trimmer that users on HomeDepot.com gave a 4.8 out of 5 stars rating to. In fact out of 78 reviews at the time of this writing, only 1 person rated it at 3 stars or below. This 24-volt unit provides up to 90 minutes of run-time and then recharges in about 2 hours. It has dual-action 24 inch long blades that cut through small brush like a hot knife through butter and can handle up to 11/16″ branches. It also has a handle that rotates 90 degrees left and right for improved comfort and weighs less than 7 pounds.
Overall the Toro 51496 costs just a bit more than our number one choice, but it is not lacking in its capabilities and therefore we do not hesitate to recommend it to all users.
The $149 Ryobi RY40610A with 40v lithium-ion battery ties for the most expensive cordless hedge trimmer on our list. With 24 inch dual-action blades and a cutting speed of 3200 strokes per minute, which is higher than any other cordless model, this thing can handle any branches up to 3/4-inch. One unique feature on this Ryobi unit is the ‘hedge sweep’ shield on top of the blade which lets you clear debris easily while you trim.
About the only real negative is that it weighs close to 10 pounds which is heavier than any other cordless version. However, we feel that it performs as well if not better than any other model on this list, so if you don’t mind the weight and paying a bit more than some other options then the Ryobi RY40610A is an excellent choice.
If you already own Makita cordless tools then you might want to check out the Makita XHU02Z which costs $149 without a battery. This model runs on Makita’s 18v LXT platform so if you already have that type of battery this unit would be a good one to buy, but you will have to purchase a battery and charger if you don’t already own one. It weighs 7.4 lbs and has an anti-vibration design which reduces fatigue. Its 22-inch long blades are extremely sharp allowing it have a 3/4″ cutting capacity, although it can struggle a bit with larger branches.
Overall we only recommend the Makita XHU02Z if you already own Makita cordless tools, or you would like to buy some, since this unit would cost much more once you factor in buying a battery and charger for it.
The GreenWorks G-MAX 22262 is another 40v cordless model that sells for about $135. One nice thing about the GreenWorks lineup is that they have multiple yard tools that all run on the same battery system. This trimmer features 24 inch dual action blades with a 2/3″ cutting capacity. The rear handle rotates 180 degrees for easier handling at multiple angles. The li-ion battery can run up to about 60-90 minutes and can recharge in about an hour.
Overall the 22262 is a solid performer and if you are looking to get a complete set of cordless yard tools you might want to consider going with the GreenWorks brand.
The Black & Decker LHT2220 is the best-selling hedge trimmer on Amazon with a pricetag of about $88. This is the best choice for a model that costs under $100 and while the 22 inch blades have a listed 3/4″ cutting capacity, we found it can struggle with anything over a half-inch. It is pretty light at 7.5 pounds and easy to handle.
The biggest downside to the LHT2220 is the short battery life and long charge time. It can take up to 8 hours to charge the 20v lithium-ion battery which will then run for about 20-40 minutes. Therefore, we only recommend this model to homeowners with just a small amount of work and who are on a budget.
If you need a cheap cordless hedge trimmer then we recommend the Ryobi One+ P2605 which sells for about $60, however it does not come with a battery or charger. It is the cheapest model on our list yet still received a decent 4.4 star rating from users on HomeDepot.com. It uses an 18v li-ion battery which will cost extra unless you already have a Ryobi One+ battery. The 18 inch long blades can handle branches up to 3/8-inch.
Ryobi does have an entire lineup of cordless yard tools that use the 18v One+ system so if you already have a battery or plan on buying more tools to make use of a newly bought battery then the the P2605 might be a decent choice for you.