9 Best Electric Hedge Trimmers under $150 (2020)

Our Value Pick – Corded
(More Affordable)

Our Value Pick – Battery Powered
(More Portable)

Black+Decker HH2455



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The HH2455 24-Inch blade hedge trimmer strikes the balance between price and features. You could save a few pennies going down to the 16 inch blade version, but we think you’d probably be happier going for this 24 inch version, which still comes in at an impressive price point. 

  • Blade: 24 Inch
  • Weight: 6.5 Lbs
  • Cord Length: 6″ (you’ll want an extension cord)

WORX WG261


A battery powered option gives you much more freedom and flexibility for about double the price of a corded option. This WORX WG261 strikes the right balance between quality and price in the battery powered category.

  • Blade: 22 Inch
  • Weight: 5.5 Lbs
  • Battery Life: Excellent

We’ve reviewed corded and cordless hedge trimmers elsewhere – but this review article sums it all up with our overall opinions on the best electric hedge trimmers from both categories to give you a quick snapshot of what to buy.

There’s a buyer’s guide at the end of this product review, but for now we’ll go ahead and show you our top 9 picks.  

The 9 best electric hedge trimmers are:

  1. WORX WG261 – Best Electric Hedge Trimmer
  2. Black+Decker HH2455
  3. DEWALT DCHT820P1
  4. Black+Decker BEHT100 – Lightest Hedge Trimmer
  5. Greenworks 2200102
  6. Makita XHU02M1
  7. Sun Joe HJ22HTE Pro
  8. Toro 51490
  9. Craftsman CMEHTS822

Best Electric Hedge Trimmers

Electric Hedge Trimmer

Power Source

Blade Length

Weight

Quick Review

Our Rating

1. WORX WG26120 Volt Battery22 Inch5.5 LbsThis is the best electric hedge trimmer overall in our opinion. It’s well designed, super lightweight, and has a great blade sheath for storage. (Go to review)

9.5/10

2. Black+Decker HH2455Power Cord24 Inch6.5 LbsGet this one if you’re after a long blade for larger hedges. It’s powerful, lightweight, and is very reasonably priced. You’ll need an extension cord to operate it. (Go to review)

9/10

3. DEWALT DCHT820P120 Volt Battery24 Inch7.5 LbsThe Dewalt DCHT820P1 is the higher-end hedge trimmer on the market. But, you’re paying for it. If you want a comparable quality battery-powered option at a better price point, go for the WORX WG261 instead. (Go to review)

9/10

4. Black+Decker BEHT100 – LightestPower Cord16 Inch4.2 LbsGet this one if you have a small garden or courtyard and small plants. It’s a small, lightweight hedge trimmer for light use. (Go to review)

8/10

5. Greenworks 2200102Power Cord22 Inch5.7 LbsAn affordable generic hedge trimmer that’s got very similar specs to surrounding competitors. (Go to review)

8/10

6. Sun Joe HJ22HTE Pro12 Volt Battery20 Inch5 LbsNot a bad electric hedge trimmer, but we’re weary of how small the spray guard is, and we’re not huge fans of the top handle.. (Go to review)

7.5/10

7. Toro 51490 Power Cord22 Inch6.1 LbsThe Toro has a good large spray guard, but it isn’t the most powerful trimmer, and it’s slightly heavier than comparable competitors. (Go to review)

7.5/10

8. Makita XHU02M118 Volt Battery22 Inch7.4 LbsGet this one if you want a very quiet hedge trimmer. But it’s also relatively heavy, which turns us away a little. (Go to review)

7/10

9. Craftsman CMEHTS822Power Cord22 Inch~5 LbsThe innovative saw end is designed to cut through thicker branches, but it can also cause snags. It’s a nice innovative concept but it needs a few more iterations before we get excited about it. (Go to review)

7/10

1. WORX WG261

Quick Review: This is the best electric hedge trimmer overall in our opinion. It’s well designed, super lightweight, and has a great blade sheath for storage.


  • Type: Battery Operated
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Blade: 22 Inch
  • Our Rating: 9.5/10

The WORX WG261 is a very, very well designed hedge trimmer. It’s simple and straightforward with absolutely no learning curve. It comes with everything you’d want and nothing you won’t.

So here’s what we like. First, it doesn’t require any cords. It comes with everything you need. Just unpack it, attach the front guard (it snaps in place), screw on the D-grip handle, charge the battery, and you’re off and running.

Next, it comes with a blade sheath for storage and protection of your tool. We were really disappointed that the Dewalt DCHT820P1 doesn’t provide a blade sheath so we’re happy to see the WORX has one.

And last but definitely not least: It’s very lightweight compared to other 22 inch blade hedge trimmers.

There’s really not much to dislike about this one. It’s powerful, well built, and excellent quality.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Blade Sheath: It comes with a blade sheath for store and protection of the blades.

Very Lightweight: It’s the lightest hedge trimmer on this list. When you’re holding this up for 10 minutes while hedge trimming, you feel every pound in your shoulders. So this light weight is a big deal.

Heavy Duty Design: It’s very well made.

Price: We think it’s a fair price point for a battery powered hedge trimmer, but it’s more expensive than most corded options.

Charging Time: The 5 hour charging time means you can really only use it for one session a day, unless you buy additional batteries.

2. Black+Decker HH2455

Quick Review: Get this one if you’re after a long blade for larger hedges. It’s powerful, lightweight, and is very reasonably priced.


  • Type: Cord
  • Weight: 6.5 pounds
  • Blade: 24 Inch
  • Our Rating: 9/10

The Black+Decker HH2455 is our pick for the best electric hedge trimmer in the coreded category. It also comes in at an impressive price point. 

There are two things we like about this model. The first is the length. At 24 inches, it’s one of the longest electric hedge trimmers on the market today. That’s great for larger hedges. The other thing is the rotating handle which makes vertical and horizontal cuts very easy and comfortable. 

It’s also quite powerful. It is advertised as being capable of cutting 3/4-Inch thick branches, and with the cord you shouldn’t get any power loss over time so we’re inclined to believe this claim.

Just note that you’ll want to add a nice long extension cord to your Amazon cart when you purchase this one because the cord is only 6 foot long.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Good Price Point for the Quality: We were impressed and a little surprised at the recommended retail price of this beauty.

Comfortable to Use: The rotating handle makes vertical cuts as easy as horizontal cuts.

Heavy Duty: This is our pick for power and durability.

Requires Constant Power: If you’re in a larger yard, go for a battery powered option instead.

Noisy: It’s not the quietest electric hedge trimmer.

Heavy: While it’s the most heavy duty one on the list, that also means it’s heavy.

3. DEWALT DCHT820P1

Quick Review: A higher-end, powerful hedge trimmer with a long battery life. However, we’re disappointed it doesn’t come with a sheath.


  • Type: Battery
  • Weight: 7.5 pounds
  • Blade: 24 Inch
  • Our Rating: 9/10

The Dewalt DCHT820P1 is one of the higher quality top end electric hedge trimmers on the market. It’s got a powerful battery life to allow for over an hour run time, which is perfect if you have long hedges.

We love that it comes fully constructed and ready to go out of the box. All you need to do is charge the battery before use.

It runs off a 20 Volt battery, but maintains good strength for an electric hedge trimmer. It can cut thicker branches (up to 3/4″). From these specs, you can see this one is designed mainly for tougher jobs in larger yards.

Our one main complaint about it is that it’s a bit heavy, weighing in at 7.5 pounds. That’s significantly heavier than many competitors. When you’re holding this tool up for long periods of time, you can feel every pound.

The other complaint is that it does not come with a sheath, which is disappointing and could be a deal breaker for many of our readers.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Powerful: This is one of the more powerful options in the battery-powered class.

Long Battery Life: When the battery is new, you can expect to get about an hour or more of work out of it.

Good for large yards: We like that you’re not tie to an extension cord so it’s good for larger yards.

Too Heavy: If you’re not particularly strong, you’d probably want to go with a lighter weight option.

No Sheath: We don’t like that there isn’t a sheath included anymore, which would be nice for protecting your equipment.

4. Black+Decker BEHT100 – Lightest Hedge Trimmer

Quick Review: Get this one if you have a small garden or courtyard and small plants. It’s a small, lightweight hedge trimmer for light use.


  • Type: Cord
  • Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Blade: 16 Inch
  • Our Rating: 8/10

The Black+Decker BEHT100 is a small, lightweight option if you’ve only got a small garden and small hedges. It’s just about the most affordable hedge trimmer you can get, but it’s also only got a 16 inch blade and requires an extension cord. So, it’s definitely not going to be for everyone. Only get this one if you have a small garden.

Don’t let the size and price fool you – it’s still got a pretty decent build quality and great reputation. If you know what you’re getting yourself into (corded, 16 inch blade) and you’re okay with it’s smaller size, it will serve you well.

The other drawing card of this one is its very light weight: because it’s small, it comes in at under 5 pounds – meaning it can be used by just about anyone.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Affordable: It’s small, but also very affordable.

Very Lightweight: Because it’s so small, it’s light and easy to lift.

Good for a Small Garden: It’ll suit you well if you just have a little courtyard to work on once or twice a year.

Too Small for Most: The 16 inch blade is not very long. It’ll take you more time to trim a hedge, and if you’ve got a lot of hedges or larger hedges to work on, this won’t be the best for you.

Requires Extension Cord: You’ll need to use an existing extension cord or add one to your Amazon cart when you make your purchase.

5. Greenworks 2200102

Quick Review: An affordable generic hedge trimmer that’s got very similar specs to surrounding competitors.


  • Type: Cord
  • Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Blade: 22 Inch
  • Our Rating: 8/10

The Greenworks 2200102 is a very popular and impressively affordable hedge trimmer. It gets raving reviews from all over the internet and has built up a solid reputation as a result.

Its specs are up there with the rest of the trimmers on this list: 22″ blade, corded, and lightweight (5.7 Lbs).

The one main complaint we have about this one is that it can only cut through 9/16 Inch branches, which is less than several others on this list, implying it has less power than some competitors.  

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Affordable: Comes in at a great price point.

Very Similar to Competitors: It’s so similar to many competitors that the instruction manual is almost identical. We wonder if several of these 22 Inch hedge trimmers come from the same factories.

Lightweight: At 5.7 Lbs, it’s got a below average weight.

Less Power than Others: It can only cut 9/16 Inch branches.

6. Sun Joe HJ22HTE Pro

Quick Review: Not a bad electric hedge trimmer, but we’re weary of how small the spray guard is, and we’re not huge fans of the top handle.


  • Type: Battery
  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Blade: 29 Inch
  • Our Rating: 7.5/10

Sun Joe is an insurgent brand, only coming onto the market in 2004, but we’ve been impressed by several of their products. Their electric hedge trimmers come in the regular and ‘Pro’ versions. The Pro version has a slightly stronger motor and slightly shorter blade.

They have come out with a nice lightweight (5 Lbs) hedge trimmer with a 20 inch blade. The blade is slightly smaller than most competitors, as is its spray guard. In fact, the size of the spray guard is one thing that was a bit of a deterrent for us and pushed it down our rankings a little.

The other thing that we aren’t the biggest fans of was the top handle. Most hedge trimmers come with two handles, but the top handle is usually a full bar, whereas this one is simply a knob coming out of the engine housing. It isn’t out favorite design feature.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Lightweight: The 5 pounds weight is lighter than most in this category.

Sleek Design: It’s thin and compact for storage.

Shorter Blade: The 20 Inch blade is below average in this category.

Top Handle isn’t Comfortable: We prefer the D-bar style top handle that comes standard with most trimmers rather than the knuckle style in the Sun Joe (see image above).

7. Toro 51490

Quick Review: The Toro has a good large spray guard, but it isn’t the most powerful trimmer, and it’s slightly heavier than comparable competitors.


  • Type: Cord
  • Weight: 6.1 pounds
  • Blade: 22 Inch
  • Our Rating: 7.5/10

Our first impression of this one was that we instantly liked the large spray guard which helps protect your knuckles while you’re working away at your hedge. It has a nice comfortable design and hold all around. With a 22 inch blade, it’s comparable to most on this list.

But the downside is the slightly heavier weight than competitors, and when you’ve got a product that’s comparable on most other metrics, the weight is one of the tipping factors that makes us lean toward one of the higher-end brands like the WORX or Black+Decker which would both do the job at a lighter weight and comparable price point.

The other point that pushes it a little lower than competitors is it’s designed to cut branches that are max. 9/16 of an inch wide, implying it’s also a little less powerful than some of the items higher on this review. 

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Large Spray Guard: It’s got a large spray guard that protects your knuckles from rogue chips flying back in your direction.

Comfortable Handles: The two sturdy handles make it easy to hold and control.

It’s Slightly toward the Heavier Side: There are plenty of comparable electric hedge trimmers that come in under 6 pounds, whereas this one comes in just over.

Not the Most Powerful: There are more powerful hedge trimmers on this list.

8. Makita XHU02M1

Quick Review: Get this one if you want a very quiet hedge trimmer. But it’s also relatively heavy, which turns us away a little.


  • Type: Battery
  • Weight: 7.4 pounds
  • Blade: 22 Inch
  • Our Rating: 7/10

The differentiating factor for the Makita XHU02M1 is that it’s relatively quiet at just 87dB. If you’ve got sensitive ears (or sensitive neighbors), consider this one.

The other factor that appeals to us is the fast battery charge time of just 40 minutes. It has up to 2 hour run time, but this decreases under load, so expect it to run for about 1 hour 30 minutes.

Aside from that, it has many features that are stock standard that we’d expect: spray guard, comfortable handles, and 22 inch blade. 

And there’s one factor that’s a bit of a turn-off: it comes in at the relatively heavy weight of 7.4 pounds.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Fast Battery Charge: The battery charges within 45 minutes and runs for 1 1/2 hours.

Quiet: This product is sold as one of the quietest hedge trimmers on the market.

Respected Brand: Makita has been in the market for a long time and has an established reputation.

Heavy: The weight of this one might be a big turn-off for you. Coming in at 7.4 Lbs, it’s one of the heavier tools on this list.

9. Craftsman CMEHTS822

Quick Review: The innovative saw end is designed to cut through thicker branches, but it can also cause snags. It’s a nice innovative concept but it needs a few more iterations before we get excited about it.


  • Type: Cord
  • Weight: ~5 pounds
  • Blade: 22 Inch
  • Our Rating: 7/10

The Craftsman CMEHTS822 has an interesting addition: a saw attached to the end of the blade. The saw’s purpose is to cut those tough thicker branches up to 1 1/2 inches wide. While it’s an interesting idea, we don’t think it’s really caught on yet, as most people are just looking for a quality hedge trimmer without additional bells and whistles. In fact, we’ve heard the saw just gets in the way and causes frequent snags – so don’t get over excited about it just yet.

Nonetheless, if you’re interested in this innovative idea, here it is! It might be good for you if you are looking at tackling a particularly gnarly hedge with thicker branches.

The other thing that’s shocking is that this one comes in at just 3.04 pounds. That’s incredibly lightweight!

Besides the innovative saw addition and the light weight, the rest of the hedge trimmer is around about on par with the rest in the category. You’ll need an extension cord for it to work for you. It’s a 22 inch blade. And it’s got an acceptable spray guard.

Why This One

Keep in Mind

Very Lightweight: We’re impressed at how light they managed to get this!

Innovative Saw End: Theoretically, the saw end is a good idea for cutting at thicker branches.

Saw End can cause Snags: While the saw end was a good thought theoretically, we don’t think it’s quite there yet. It causes more hassle than help.

What to Look for in an Electric Hedge Trimmer

Weight

A 6 or 7 pound hedge trimmer doesn’t sound too bad. But when you’re out working on your hedges for 20, 30 or 40 minutes, you start to feel every pound on your arms and shoulders. So the lighter the weight the better. Usually a battery powered tool will have a little more weight to it due to the battery, but that’s not always true. The WORX product that topped our review list, for example, managed to balance light weight with battery power quite effectively. 

Power Type

You can either get a gas or electric (corded or battery powered) hedge trimmer. Electric trimmers are more eco-friendly and usually a little lighter. Gas trimmers are more powerful and a lot louder.

We find cords to be a total pain in the but when it comes to hedge trimming. They get stuck in branches, constantly run out of line length, and end up getting snagged and cut. But a battery powered option is likely not to last as long and is often less powerful overall. So it’s a bit of a “six of one half a dozen of the other”.

One thing that might help you decide is how far the hedges are from your nearest power point. If you’re trimming hedges that are far from the house, you just about have to get a cordless option.

Blade Length

Hedge trimmers typically come in blade lengths between 16 and 24 inches, with 22 inches being the average. We find a 16 inch length gets frustrating for larger hedges. You can’t reach the tops sometimes, and overall it takes a lot longer to do the whole hedge. So, as a general rule longer is better. However, shorter blades often correspond with lighter weight. So there’s an argument to be made for going for a shorter blade if you’re only trimming a small garden or courtyard.

Brand Reputation

The last major consideration is brand reputation. WORX, Black+Decker and Dewalt dominate this space, and rightly so. But Greenworks and Sun Joe also make some decent quality products. Expect to pay a little more for one of the more trusted higher-quality brands.

Final Thoughts

The best hedge trimmer in our opinion is the WORX WG261. It balances price point, weight and power quite well. It’s portable and very well built for heavy duty work. It also comes with a blade sheath, which can’t be said for all that many hedge trimmers on this list So, we’re happy to recommend it.

We hope this review of the best hedge trimmers on the market has helped you make a decision about your purchase – and good luck controlling those hedges!

Cheers,
Chris
Founder, Shed & Yard Website