After two months of edging lawns, trimming grass and relentless weed destruction on a ten-acre orchard, we’ve picked the Black+Decker – LST136W as the best string trimmer for the average sized home lawn. Perfect for edging your lawn and even for cutting grass on uneven terrain, Black+Decker’s award-winning 13-inch trimmer is light and easy to use but still has plenty of power. For larger field jobs, we like the Ego – Power+ 1502-SF.
How we selected finalists to test
First, we looked at reviews and customer feedback for the top-selling trimmers on the market. We also covered the top-placing trimmers from publications like Consumer Reports and the Wirecutter.We reviewed battery-powered trimmers, because, let’s face it, two-stroke gasoline engines are noisy, smelly and expensive. Gas trimmers earn a place on the trucks of professionals with top power and long run-times, but most homeowners will be happy with clean, quiet and simple battery power.While we set out to test battery-powered trimmers, we also used some other tools alongside our test lineup for comparison. We included a gas-powered HUSQVARNA – 129DJX Trimmer in our tests to see how the electric trimmers compare to the industry-standard workhorse that’s already doing the heavy work for landscapers and ranchers. We also purchased and used a plug-in edge trimmer and trencher, the Black+Decker – LB700.We picked a set of top-ranked trimmers in two size categories: trimmers with 15-inch cutting heads as well as compact 12-to-13-inch machines. We bought from brands with good reputations for warranty coverage that are available at major retailers. (In comparison, many commercial-grade brands like Stihl are only available through a dealer network.)When selecting a trimmer from Ego, we picked the best-priced package at the time, the 1502-S. Ego’s model numbers are a composite of trimmer model, battery size and extra features. This kit includes a 2.5 AH battery and the 1500 trimmer with “split-shaft” folding for storage. This review has a table that explains the differences in kit accessories and features.