Overview:
Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or maintained your yard for years, choosing the perfect string trimmer for your needs can seem overwhelming. With increased product availability, new power types and different configurations, it’s difficult to sift through your options. The guide below aims to make the decision process easier by explaining each category so you know what to expect.

Power Types:

Cordless String Trimmers:

As battery technology improves, cordless string trimmers are quickly becoming the most popular option in the consumer market. Cordless string trimmers are easy to use and maintain with the same mobility as gas models. With a variety of voltages that range greatly in performance, this is also one of the most encompassing categories. It is, however, relatively confusing considering all your options. Below are some things to consider when looking at cordless string trimmers.

Tip: Want more power? Use the battery’s capacity (Ah) as a gauge, not voltage. Although this is not always the case, chances are there is a correlation. (Ex: 80v 2 Ah ~ 40v 4Ah)

18v to 24v String Trimmers:

This category is similar in performance and features to Corded (Electric Models). Usually lightweight and maintenance free, this is the perfect option for anyone with a smaller yard or if you’re looking to upgrade from a corded model. Many string trimmers in this voltage range use batteries that are compatible with power tools by the same brand and voltage line. If you already own several cordless power tools, you may be able to save money with tool only (without battery and charger) versions.

  • Price: $69 - $129
  • Power: Medium-duty, perfect for maintaining areas and occasionally trimming overgrown tall grass and thick weeds.
  • Yard Size: Small to medium yards that require less than 45 minutes to trim.
  • Common Features: 2-in-1 Trimming and Edging, Auto-Feed Head (Pre-wound replacement spools), Single Line
  • Maintenance: No regular maintenance necessary
  • Attachment Capable: Typically do not accept attachments
  • Common Head Types: Auto-Feed Single Line Head (Pre-wound replacement spools)
  • Weight: 5 – 8bs


36v to 80v String Trimmers:

This category features string trimmers with exceptional run time or gas-like performance. Trimmers in this voltage range with extended run time typically perform and have features similar to corded models. Trimmers with gas-like performance have slightly less run time but are capable of handling large jobs and are a viable replacement for a gas string trimmer. This class of cordless trimmers is typically lighter than most gas models but heavier than the majority corded or lower voltage cordless models.

Price: $129 - $299

  • Power: Medium-duty to Heavy-duty, most are capable of maintaining areas and trimming overgrown tall grass and thick weeds.
  • Yard Size: Medium yards that take an average of 45 minutes to trim.
  • Common Features: 2-in-1 Trimming and Edging
  • Maintenance: No regular maintenance necessary
  • Attachment Capable: Many accept attachments.
  • Common Head Types:
    • Gas-Like Performance: Bump Feed Dual Line Head (spool)
    • Extended Run Time: Auto-Feed Single Line Head (Pre-wound replacement spools)
  • Weight: 8 – 14bs


Gas string trimmers:

Gas string trimmers are perfect for people with large yards or land that require more than 45 minutes to trim and maintain. These string trimmers have the power to handle tall, overgrown grass and weeds and, as long as you have an extra can of gas, are not limited by run time. Gas string trimmer require regular maintenance and are slightly heavier than their cordless and corded counterparts. If properly maintained, gas string trimmers are a reliable and cost effective choice for many homeowners.

Tip: Tired of mixing gas and oil? Many string trimmer manufacturers offer 4 cycle models that do not require mixing gas and oil.
  • Price: $79 - $249
  • Power: Medium-duty to Heavy-duty, capable of maintaining areas and trimming overgrown tall grass and thick weeds.
  • Yard Size: Large yards that require more than 45 minutes to trim.
  • Common Features: 50:1 gas to oil ratio or 40:1 gas to oil ratio
  • Maintenance: Regular maintenance required.
  • Attachment Capable: Most accept attachments.
  • Common Head Types: Bump (spool) and Fixed Line (pre-cut line)
  • Weight: 10 – 15lbs


Electric String Trimmers:

Electric or corded string trimmers are the perfect option for people with limited budgets and compact yards. Limited by the length of your extension cord, these string trimmers have restricted mobility but are perfect for small jobs and the regular maintenance of flowerbeds and small gardens. Lightweight and maintenance free, corded string trimmers are a reliable choice for less frequent use.

  • Price: $39 - $99
  • Power: Light-duty, perfect for maintaining areas and occasionally trimming tall grass and thick weeds.
  • Yard Size: Small yards with trimming areas within 150 ft. of an outlet.
  • Common Features: 2-in-1 Trimming and Edging, Auto-Feed Head (Pre-wound replacement spools), Single Line
  • Maintenance: No regular maintenance necessary.
  • Attachment Capable: Typically do not accept attachments
  • Weight: 4 – 10lbs
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