Electric Weed Eaters Review
Why Buy an Electric String Trimmer?
The top performers in our review are the Black & Decker LST136, the Gold Award winner; RYOBI P2060A, the Silver Award winner; and Kobalt 40-Volt Max, the Bronze Award winner. Here's more on choosing a product to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of the top 10 products.
Electric weed eaters have many advantages over gas-powered models. They are much easier to hold and maneuver. While gas weed eaters have plenty of power, they are much heavier than electric weed eaters, and the weight is unevenly distributed so they tend to be top heavy. Another advantage of electric trimmers is they are generally less expensive than gas trimmers.
Electric trimmers start right up with the push of a button and don't make you hassle with a pull cord. They are better for the environment and you don’t have to worry about breathing in dangerous fumes or mixing fuel. While some gas-powered tools provide much more power than their electric counterparts – for example, gas-powered snow blowers and lawn mowers – electric string trimmers have all the power you need to effectively cut tough weeds or trim and edge your lawn. With minimal effort you can give your lawn a nice manicured look without having a sore back when you're done. Please read our electric weed eater reviews for helpful information about which weed eater works best for your yard, as well as our articles about the best electric string trimmers.
Electric String Trimmers: What to Look For
When looking for a new string trimmer, pay attention to the design, power options, string features and warranty. For instance, most of the trimmers in our lineup are cordless and batteries are a nice convenience, but they don’t last forever. A corded trimmer may be a good fit for a small yard. The following factors will help you select the best electric string trimmer for your lawn.
Because you will be carrying around the string trimmer, the overall weight of the machine is an important consideration. We compared how heavy the grass trimmers are, as well as if they have an adjustable shaft length for extra, customizable comfort.
A dedicated edging position makes it easier to get a precise cut against sidewalks without having to hold your trimmer at an odd, uncomfortable angle. Straight-shaft weed trimmers give you more distance from what you are cutting, keeping you safer. Safety is an important consideration when choosing an electric trimmer, and we looked to see if the trimmers in our lineup include safety devices that keep cords from getting in the way, as well as if the starter switch is protected from accidentally starting.
Power & Battery
One of the most important features to consider when purchasing an electric string trimmer is how much power you need to accomplish the type of work you do. We looked for weed whackers that have high amps for corded models and high-voltage batteries for cordless grass trimmers. The more power a weed trimmer has, the tougher the grass and weeds it can tackle. We evaluated and compared cordless and corded electric string trimmers and found that regardless of the power source, if you choose a trimmer with enough power, you can trim efficiently.
When choosing between a corded and cordless trimmer, consider the type of work you need the trimmer to do and the size of your yard. If you buy a trimmer that requires an extension cord, that will limit your mobility, but that may not be a problem if you have a small yard. The advantages of using a cord is you don’t have to worry about the battery eventually dying and needing to be replaced as they tend to do. However, a cordless trimmer gives you limitless mobility. A cordless trimmer is a good fit if you have a large yard or remote locations you need to trim.
The string on an electric trimmer can be frustrating at times. We looked for trimmers that you can restring with ease and feature great line-feed capabilities. The width of the cutting path is important to look at when you choose an electric trimmer. Look for a grass trimmer with a cutting path wide enough to clear large areas with each sweep, yet narrow enough for you to use in tight spaces. The average cutting path is 12 inches wide. In our lineup there is an even mix of single and dual-feed lines.
A single-line head is sufficient for most types of lawns. However, having an extra line will give you more cutting power with each swipe, which can come in handy if you have a lot of tough grass or weeds in your yard. A dual-line head is slightly harder to maintain and may result in more down time when you have to deal with a tangled spool.
Warranty & Support
How well the manufacturer covers defects in your electric string trimmer can boost your confidence in its performance. The industry standard for electric string trimmer warranties is one year. We looked for trimmers that met or exceeded this standard. The manufacturers of the best electric string trimmers provide repair or service center locations and phone or email support. A downloadable owner manual comes in handy if you happen to lose your manual and need to look up a part or procedure.
Verdict & Recommendations
The Black & Decker LST136 is the best electric weed eater we found. It has a wide cutting path and lets you adjust the power level to conserve energy for regular trimming or upping the power levels for tough weeds and grass. It is well constructed and easy to hold. The Black & Decker model is one of the most powerful and versatile tools we looked at.
The RYOBI P2060A is a durable, useful trimmer with just the right heft and versatility to cut all types of weeds and grass in your yard. The Kobalt 120X-06 comes with an impressive five-year warranty, which attests to its durability and sturdy construction. It is a dual-feed sting trimmer that provides extra cutting power with each swipe.
The Black & Decker, RYOBI and Kobalt string trimmers are all cordless, so you can trim and cut anywhere in your yard without the constraints of an extension cord or an electric outlet. All three models have adjustable shafts so you can use them comfortably regardless of your height. They work equally well as weed whackers, edgers and trimmers.
Two other weed eaters in our lineup, the Black & Decker GH900 and the Earthwise ST00115, are affordable options with a lot of versatility. Like the top products, they are cordless and have shafts that adjust for height and working from different angles.
With one of the best electric string trimmers, you can eliminate weeds and effectively edge, trim and whack hard-to-mow grass. You don't have to deal with noisy engines that are difficult to start and require far more maintenance. Our electric string trimmer reviews can help you find the grass trimmer that will work best for you. The right string trimmer will help you maintain your lawn with minimal fuss and strain.