Corded hedge trimmers are the quietest, most lightweight and cheapest option. They can also keep going and going, unlike gas and battery powered options, which are limited to their amount of fuel and battery power respectively.
We’ve got a full buyers guide at the end of this product review, but first here’s the answer you’re after!
The best corded hedge trimmers are:
- Black+Decker BEHT150
- Black+Decker BEHT200
- Greenworks 2200102
- Sun Joe HJ22HTE
- Worx WG212
- Craftsman CMEHTS822
- Greenworks 22102
Best Corded Hedge Trimmers
Top Corded Hedge Trimmer
Best for Medium and Large Garden
|22 Inch||This is the best corded hedge trimmer overall. It’s affordable, has a nice long blade, and a strong motor. We recommend this one for people with medium to large size yards. (Go to review)|
Best for Small Gardens
|17 Inch||A nice small well built option. We recommend this trimmer for someone with a small garden or courtyard. (Go to review)|
|3.||Black+Decker BEHT200||18 Inch||A small step-up from the BEHT150, this one is a little larger and has a stronger motor. But, it is still at a crazily good price point. (Go to review)|
|4.||Sun Joe HJ22HTE||22 Inch||A comfortable, very lightweight hedge trimmer. But, its motor is a little weaker than some competitors. (Go to review)|
|5.||Worx WG212||20 Inch||While we love the Worx brand, and this is a perfectly good hedge trimmer, its specs are just a little lower than the Greenworks option. (Go to review)|
|6.||Craftsman CMEHTS822||22 Inch||This one has an oscillating saw tip that can help you cut through branches up to 1 1/2 inches thick. (Go to review)|
|7.||Greenworks 22102||18 Lbs||An entry-level model for smaller hedges, gardens or courtyards. It’s nice that you can add an extension cord in the cart so you get everything you need in the one kit. (Go to review)|
1. Greenworks 2200102
We love the Greenworks 2200102, and it’ll give you a full-length 22″ blade. With the step up to the 22″ blade comes a step up to a 4 Amp motor, which is necessary for the additional blade length. The additional motor strength compared to the smaller Black+Decker models is also reflected in the higher 9/16″ cutting capacity, meaning you should be able to hack through branches with a little more ease.
Of course, there is going to be a weight compromise. There is a ton of mixed messaging around the weight of this one, but if you go to the user manual, it states that the item weight is 5.72 Lbs.
An additional aspect that we really like about this model is it has what we think is the best knuckle guard. Tons of models don’t have large enough shields, whereas this one stands quite tall. It’s also cool that it is see through so it will never get in the way of your vision.
As expected, this model has the cord lock hook which is designed to prevent accidental unplugging – which is a common issue with corded trimmers.
The last thing we like about this model is that it has a massive 4 Year Warranty.
Why This One
Keep in Mind
Excellent Knuckle Guard: The knuckle guard on this one provides the best protection out of the pack in our opinion.
Great for Medium to Large Gardens: This is our top pick as the best corded hedge trimmer for medium sized gardens.
Excellent Warranty: The 4 year warranty is crazy good and reflects the brand’s confidence in the build quality of their product.
Not a Top Brand: We don’t consider Greenworks to be a top brand, so if brand reputation is important to you, this might not be your pick.
2. Black+Decker BEHT150
The Black+Decker BEHT150 is a small, lightweight, entry-level hedge trimmer for people with small gardens. It’s one of the lightest hedge trimmers you’ll come across, coming in at just 3.9 pounds. With a 17 inch blade, it’s the also shortest blade on this list, but because of this smaller size it comes at a great price.
Depsite its small size, the 3.2 amp motor is not the smallest on this list – in fact, it comes in around average. That’s probably why it’s known for being able to slice through hedges despite its small size. In fact, it can trim branches that are up to 5/8 of an inch thick.
It’s got the standard cord retention hook to ensure the cord is held in place and to prevent accidental unplugging. But, the cord is quite short so you’ll want to add an extension cord to your cart – so have a think about how far you’ll need to have it form a power point and get an appropriate length extension cord.
The one thing we’re not fans of is the top handle on this one. We prefer full wrap-around handles than knob handles like this one (see image above, and compare it to the handle of the Black+Decker BEHT200 below). The full wrap-around handles are much more comfortable, especially when sculpting a hedge vertically.
Why This One
Keep in Mind
Great for Small Gardens: This is a smaller option for people with a courtyard or only small hedges.
Great if you’re not too Strong: If you’re not particularly strong (perhaps you’re a smaller person or getting on in years), this one’s a lighter weight option for you.
Impressive Price Point: We were really surprised at just how low the price was. You’ll have to check the current price on Amazon as prices may fluctuate.
We Don’t Like the Top Handle: We don’t like how the top handle is just a knob rather than a full wrap-around one that’s more comfortable to hold. See the BEHT200 below for a comparison.
Smaller and Less Powerful than Some: While the power is decent, it’s still not as powerful than many. Its shorter blade also means it’s not great for larger hedges.
3. Black+Decker BEHT200
The Black+Decker BEHT200 is a step up from the BEHT150, and again comes toward the top of our list of options. The bigger version of the above trimmer, this one is an 18 Inch model, so it’s still toward the smaller end, but has a slightly larger 3.5 amp motor. It comes in slightly heavier than the BEHT150 but at 4.5 Lbs is still an incredibly light corded hedge trimmer.
The one thing we really like about this version is its full wrap around handle that makes vertical trimming much more comfortable. So between the better top-hand handle and the slightly larger size, we think the extra few dollars is probably worth your while.
And of course, this one also comes with the cord retention hook to prevent the hassle of constant accidental unplugging.
Why This One
Keep in Mind
Full Wrap Around Handle: We like that this one has a full wrap around handle rather than a little knob like the BEHT150.
A Bit Bigger and More Powerful than the BEHT150: It’ll give you an extra inch of blade and a slightly stronger motor.
Very Lightweight: While it’s a little heavier than the BEHT150, it’s still very light.
Slightly Heavier than the BEHT150: If weight is your most important concern, step down to the BEHT150.
4. Sun Joe HJ22HTE
Sun Joe is a brand we’re getting more and more impressed by. They only opened shop in 2004, but they’ve come out with a great range of affordable tools and we’ve bought a few of them ourselves. The Sun Joe HJ22HTE is their option for a 22 Inch corded hedge trimmer. And there’s plenty to like here. It’s got the full wrap-around handle in the style that we prefer for comfort and ease of use for sculpting a hedge. It’s also nice and light at just 5.1 Lbs. By way of comparison, this is about half a pound lighter than the comparable Greenworks trimmer reviewed above.
But it’s also got a slightly less powerful motor (3.5 amp motor) than the Greenworks model, so expect a little bit lower performance.
The last thing we were impressed by was the 2-year warranty. Again, it’s not as good as the Greenworks warranty, but it’s good nonetheless.
Overall, you’ve probably picked up that we like the Sun Joe, but on several important metrics, the Greenworks model has a slight edge.
Why This One
Keep in Mind
Comfortable Handle: We like the full wrap-around handle for comfort when sculpting hedges.
Full Length Blade: It’s a 22 Inch blade, so it’ll be good for attacking even large hedges.
Lighter than Competitors: It’s got a slight edge over comparative trimmers when it comes to weight – coming in at 5.1 lbs.
Slightly weaker Motor than Competitors: We don’t lIt’s a 3.5 amp motor, which is a little lower than some competitors with 4 amp motors.
2 Year Warranty: The 2 year warranty is great, but not as good as the 4 year warranty offered by Greenworks.
5. Worx WG212
While Worx is often our choice brand for tools when it comes to gardening, the Worx WG212 didn’t quite rise to the top in this category. That’s a pity, because we love the battery powered option from Worx that we ranked #1 in our review of cordless options.
But, the Greenworks corded trimmer has got the lead on most metrics in this category. The Worx WG212’s 3.8 Amp electric motor is slightly smaller than the 4 Amp Greenworks motor. But the big blowout for the Worx model is that it comes in at 6.6 pounds, which is well above many competitors.
The other thing that’s slightly bothersome is they don’t have a clear, easy cord retention hook to prevent unplugging like many competitors.
Nonetheless, this is still a nice, well balanced full-length hedge trimmer that we wouldn’t complain about. It’s from a great brand and is a decent enough entry model.
Why This One
Keep in Mind
Nice Balanced Feel: It’s got a good weight balance when holding just the top handle, adding to the comfort of the piece.
A Great Brand: Worx is one of our favorite brands and has a growing reputation for quality.
Cord Retention Hook: We prefer the cord retention hooks on many competitors.
It’s Heavier than Competitors: 6.6 Lbs is still nice and light compared to gas options, but you can get lighter corded hedge trimmers.
6. Craftsman CMEHTS822
The Craftsman CMEHTS822 is really quite an impressive model. It’s strong, got great specifications, and has a nice long blade. But we rated it lower than competitors and we’ll explain why.
But first, here’s what we like.
The 4. 0 amp motor is nice and strong – and towards the top in the corded trimmer class. The blade is 22 inches long as well, so it’s definitely one of the more heavy duty models in this class. The 3 Year Warranty is also pretty impressive!
But what differentiates this hedge trimmer is the oscillating power saw on the tip. You can use the oscillating saw to cut at thicker branches – to literally saw them off. It should be able to cut branches up to 1 1/2inches thick. This is great when you come across a branch in your hedge that you need to hack back to sculpt your hedge appropriately.
While many people might like the saw end, we’re not the biggest fans. We’ve found the saw on the end causes snags and gets in the way of smooth operation when sculpting.
Why This One
Keep in Mind
Strong Motor: It’s got decent strength for this class, with a 4.0 Amp motor.
Cuts thicker Branches: The oscillating Saw Tip on the blade allows you to cut through branches up to 1 1/2 inches thick.
Great Warranty: The 3 year warranty allows you to make your purchase with confidence.
Can Snag more Easily: While the saw end is a great idea, we have found that these saw ends can cause snags and get in the way of smooth operation when sculpting hedges.
7. Greenworks 22102
The Greenworks 22102 is the smaller, entry-level model in the Greenworks hedge trimmer range. It’s got a short 18 inch blade and light 2.7 Amp electric motor which is toward the bottom of the pack in terms of power. This is also reflected in its low 3/8 Inch cutting capacity – so don’t expect to be hacking through thick shrubs with this one.
It’s probably best for smaller gardens, but even still – if you want a small hedge trimmer with a short blade, we’d be recommending the Black+Decker BEHT150 which has all round better specs.
Something about this model that we don’t like (and we’d note it’s the same issue with the BEHT150) is the top handle. Instead of a full wrap-around handle, you get this little knob, which isn’t the most comfortable way to hold a hedge trimmer.
Something we do like about this one is you can choose to buy an extension cord with it, so you get everything you need in the pack. That’s a great idea for an all-in-one everything you need purchase.
Why This One
Keep in Mind
Good for Smaller Gardens or Courtyards: It’s a smaller model that would be best for small gardens, but not great if you’re intending to trim larger hedges.
Comes with Extension Cord: We like that you can opt to include an extension cord in the cart so everything you need arrives at once.
Not Very Powerful: It’s one of the weaker motors in the pack.
We Don’t like the Handle: We prefer wrap-around handles, while this one has a knob handle. This handle’s not the most comfortable.
Pros and Cons of Corded Hedge Trimmers
There are three types of hedge trimmers you can get: corded, battery powered, or gas powered.
- Gas powered options are most powerful, but also heaviest. You don’t really need a gas powered one unless you’re a professional or have long hedges, such as hedge rows in orchards.
- Battery powered options are a little less powerful, but are quieter and more environmentally friendly. Like gas powered options, you can roam far from a power point. Your battery powered trimmer can usually last for up to 1 hour before a recharge is required. It’ll take anywhere from 45 minutes to 5 hours to fully recharge the battery before you can go out and hack away at those hedges again.
- A corded trimmer has the advantage of being the lightest and least expensive option. They can also go and go and go, unlike the other alternatives that don’t have a constant source of energy. But a corded trimmer also needs to be close to a power point. You’ll want to add an extension cord to your cart – so have a think about how long an extension cord you’ll need and make sure you purchase one.
What to Look for in a Corded Hedge Trimmer
Cord Retention Hook
One of the downsides of corded trimmers is that the cords constantly fall out. It’s incredibly frustrating! So look for a trimmer that has a retention hook. It’s simply a hook that you scoop the cord through. When the hook gets snagged on something and tugged, the hook helps to minimize the chances of the cord falling out. So, it makes the cord a little more resilient and causes less interruptions during the job.
You’ll expect a motor size anywhere from 2.7 Amps to 4 Amps in this category. A larger motor size will help you cut through the hedges with less effort. None of these hedge trimmers are going to be as powerful as a gas option though, so if you really need power to get through tough branches, you might prefer to check out a gas powered option.
Expect a blade length between 17 and 24 inches. 22 inches is the ideal length as it’s large enough to get through the job quickly. It is also long enough that you can get to some of the harder to reach areas of larger and taller hedges. But you might want to get a shorter blade length if you’ve got only one or two small hedges or a small courtyard. But keep in mind that a smaller blade length usually also correlates with a smaller motor.
Weight is a really huge deal. When you’re holding one of these tools up for 40 minutes to an hour at a time, by the end you feel every pound of the weight. But the good news is that corded hedge trimmers are the most lightweight type. They don’t require a gas tank or a battery – just that cord to the power point. So, expect your trimmer to be somewhere between 5 and 8 pounds in weight with 6 pounds being the average. The smaller blade length options tend to be also lighter in weight, but also not as powerful.
There are two types of top handles. You either get a full wrap-around handle or a knob handle. The wrap around handles are significantly more comfortable and easier to use than the knob handles. We’ll often find ourselves holding the edges of the top wrap around handles when trimming around corners and sculpting, and that’s harder to do when you just have a knob style handle.
In our opinion, the best corded hedge trimmer for a medium sized garden is the Greenworks 2200102. It’s lightweight, surprisingly affordable, and very popular. At 22 Inches, it’s also a nice ideal length for trimming large and small hedges. But if you’ve got a small courtyard garden you could get away with getting a 17 to 18 inch blade and smaller model like the Black+Decker BEHT150.
We hope this review of the best corded hedge trimmers has been helpful for your decisions!
Chris & Rosie