The best hedge trimmers of 2022
At our headquarters in Yonkers, NY, we have a small bamboo problem. Huge expanses of overgrown chutes dominate much of our outdoor space, but this created an opportunity for our testers to put the hedge trimmers through their paces, testing cutting ability on patches of bamboo around our campus. They started with a small growth, about ¼ inch in diameter, working up to one-inch-thick pieces, noting how fast and clean each tool was. And while we focused our testing on corded and battery-powered hedge trimmers, we used a single premium gas-powered model as a benchmark to make sure the battery-powered tools had the same punch and could hold their own against a gas-powered tool. .
Next, we evaluated safety, looking for features like a protective sheath for the cutter bar, blade brakes to stop cutting in an emergency, and designs that would keep the tools from being a hazard. for children (for example, locks or cutter bars that keep little fingers out of the cutting path). We also assessed handling, weight and balance, and assessed run time and charge time, and noise at the operator’s ear.
CR members can learn more about the top-rated hedge trimmers in our tests. You can also explore our comprehensive reviews of corded and battery-powered hedge trimmers.