Edgers are made to give lawn edges, particularly where they meet an asphalt or concrete surface, a manicured aesthetically appealing appearance. They do this by neatly clipping the edge of the grass while digging a slight trench with the blade. Decent results can be had using virtually any edger, even models which only use a synthetic piece of line as their blade will give a good account of themselves if handled properly. For more information on these time-saving landscaping tools, check out our lawn edger buyer's guide provided below.
Best Gas Edger:
Gas edgers come with gas fueled engines, high RPM spinning blades and power have no problem cutting a line in the dirt and edging virtually any lawn. Besides the tremendous amount of performance you'll get in a gas edger, you will also get unmatched portability. All you need is a can of gas and you can literally do edging anywhere.
The best gas edgers on this list were chosen because they're the most convenient to use with solid performance, providing you with the best value for the money. Plus, the features are also very user friendly, because if and edger is a hassle to use, it will end up sitting in your garage or shed. That's why every one of these selections has a 4-cycle engine so you'll never have to mix gas and oil with any one of them.
The McLane 4G-7-P 9-Inch 4HP Honda Gas Powered Lawn Edger (CARB Compliant) has a Honda engine for maximum reliability. The wheels roll on ball bearings, the nine inch blade makes superior deep cuts, and the one touch lever makes lowering and raising the blade a snap. It comes with a two year warranty. Read Full Review
The Ariens 986101 169cc Gas 9 in. Wheeled Lawn Edger (CARB) can be used in California. The nine inch blade makes deep and precise cuts which can also be turned to be used as a trimmer when needed. Read Full Review
The Sears Craftsman 29cc Wheeled Edger w/ Speed Start is the best bang for the buck model here. At 20 pounds it’s light and extremely easy to maneuver. The nine inch blade equals the cutting versatility of the big boys and it comes with a full two year warranty. Read Full Review
The Cub Cadet LE 100 (9") 159cc Lawn Edger comes with the longest warranty here at three years. It's tri-cut blade gives the most precise cuts of them all. A five horsepower engine provides good power for any job, and you'll never have to mix gas and oil. Read Full Review
The Yard Machines 25B-520J000 148cc Gas Edger is relatively inexpensive, yet it will get the job done. Comes with a two year warranty and a nine inch blade. The 4 horsepower engine has good power, and for most city and suburban lawns, this edger would be a good choice. Read Full Review
Best Electric Edger:
If you want to edge your lawn as professionally as possible, but you want to be green and/or avoid the maintenance associated with a gas powered edger then you’ll need an electrical edger. Granted, there are battery operated edgers out there, but most are merely glorified trimmers using line as the edging medium, and they don’t have a steel blade like a real edger should.
Corded edgers give you comparable power to a gas engine edger, but they aren't very portable. They will forever and always be tied to an extension cord, so that means a corded edger is really only good for smaller sized yards with ready access to electrical outlets.
Corded edgers are relatively easy to use. You plug them in, flip the "on" switch and go edging. So, keeping that in mind, the best electric edgers on this list were chosen for their overall usability, like height adjustment and blade speed, power in the form of amps ratings, and a good price for what you get.
The Black & Decker LE750 Edge Hog 2-1/4 HP Electric Landscape Edger features a three position height adjustment, plenty of power from its 11 amp motor, and peace of mind with a two year warranty. It's easy to use and comes at a great price. Read Full Review
The GreenWorks 27032 12 Amp Corded Edger gives you a big 12 amp motor coupled with ease of use, a 7 1/2-inch blade and a 4 year warranty. For any of your lawn edging needs, you can't go wrong here and it's almost as good as our best rated model on this list. Read Full Review
The Worx WG895 7-1/2-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Edger/Trencher has usable features like a three position depth adjustment, ergonomic handle and comes with a 12 amp motor for enough power to do the deed. It costs a bit more, but the performance is still top notch. Read Full Review
The HOMELITE UT45100 8 12 Amp 2-In-1 Electric Lawn Edger/Trencher Landscape is a solid working machine through and through. It features a 12 amp motor coupled with an eight inch blade with a built-in debris blower to keep your edging clean and dirt free. Read Full Review
The Mclane Battery Powered Edger Trimmer is the only true battery powered edger available. Although incredibly portable and versatile, it may be prohibitively expensive for most. It will give up to 120 minutes of run time, and the 9-inch 3 blade edger will make very precise and deep cuts when needed. Read Full Review
Best Cordless Edger:
The basics of edging are to make a sharp edge where your grass meets the pavement. You don't necessarily have to cut through the soil to achieve a well manicured lawn at the edge, and that's exactly what a cordless trimmer/edger will give you. Virtually every cordless edger can double as a cordless trimmer since most use a regular trimming line to make a sharp cut at the edge of your grass line. If all you need is some basic edging work done, than these trimmer/edgers will work for you.
Trimmer/edgers aren’t going to give you the most precise and best looking edges, but they’ll do an adequate job, with the best ones having built-in blade guides for more precise edging. To that end, the edgers on this list were chosen based on ease of use with features such as fold out wheels for stability, lighter unit weight which aids in maneuverability, long run times with at least 30 minutes being exemplary, as well as being competitively priced (with a best bang for your buck unit listed here too).
The Recharge Tools (10") 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Grass Trimmer/Edger comes with a blade instead of sting for more precise edging. Has a fold out wheel for better stability and features a run time of nearly 40 minutes. Read Full Review
The WORX WG168 40-volt Lithium Cordless Grass Trimmer and Edger has a flip-down guide to keep your edging straight and on target. It has a 30 minute run time, variable speeds, and a great three year warranty. Read Full Review
The Black & Decker LST400 12-Inch Lithium High Performance Trimmer and Edger, 20-volt comes with a fully adjustable handle, and a rotating head that converts it easily from trimmer to edger. It features a two position power switch, that gives you either maximum power or maximum run time up to one hour. Read Full Review
The Ryobi Model #RY40210A 40V String Trimmer/Edger is the most expensive trimmer here but it delivers the most power and about 40 minutes of run time. The variable speed switch lets you choose between power or efficiency when needed. Read Full Review
Craftsman 40-Volt 12" Cordless String Trimmer and Edger comes with the best warranty on this list at four years. It has a guide wheel for precision edging, one-touch pivoting head, and a variable speed trigger switch for optimizing either power or run time. Read Full Review
Lawn Edger Buyer's Guide
As grass lawns in the cities and the suburbs began to be bordered by asphalt or concrete roads, sidewalks and curbs, the grass needed to be tamed so that it wouldn't grow over the sides. Lawn mowing did most of the work by cutting down the grass, but low growing plants could cascade over the edges and make an unkempt looking appearance. This was especially true for commercial properties where a manicured lawn, such as at golf courses, restaurants, hotels and others, was essential for the overall appearance of the establishment.
Manual lawn edgers, with a hemispherical blade pushed down into the grass where it met the pavement, were slow and tended to dull quickly. However, by cutting into the lawn at this exact edge point, it made a clear and handsome border between the grass lawn and the asphalt or concrete border.
It wasn't until 1940 that the first powered lawn edgers were invented, using a rotating blade on the end of a powered motor shaft. Although crude, the spinning blade easily cut through the soil and made a perfect edge, turning a tedious job into a time saving “must” for commercial establishments everywhere. It wasn't long before powered edgers filtered down to regular consumers, so that they too could add a beautifully manicured edge to their own lawns.
Lawn Edger Types
The most common edgers use a belt drive system to transfer engine power to the rotating blade. This belt drive arrangement steps up the RPM's and increases blade speed, which makes a cleaner cut into the soil.
The added advantage is that belt drive also allows the blade to slip if it hits a solid object. Smaller and lighter engines can be used with this type of set-up, and that makes them far easier to handle and maneuver, especially when edging lines along winding paths, gardens and flower beds.
The two main advantages of direct drive are that they’re less complex to manufacture and you'll never have to worry about replacing belts. However, the main disadvantage is they’re down on blade rotational speed when compared to a belt drive unit.
Although this feature makes the edger more reliable overall, you'll have to walk a bit slower. Plus, direct drive edgers are less forgiving if you hit a solid object, and the blade has a tendency to bend, chip or crack more often than ones on a belt drive system.
These edgers look much like glorified string trimmers, with an edging head on the end of a long shaft. They are fairly basic units, and although easy to use, lightweight, and highly functional, they are best used for smaller jobs such as edging around gardens and flower beds.
Some string trimmer makers offer power heads that are capable of taking edger attachments. Although the concept is good, standardizing one power head unit to take a variety of useful lawn and garden tools, these edgers are only made for light duty edging tasks.
Blade Stop Clutch
Virtually all powered lawn edgers have a blade stop clutch. When pressed (foot operated) or squeezed (hand operated), the blade rotation will stop practically immediately. Not only is this a necessary safety feature, it also allows the user to stop the blade from spinning without turning the motor off. This is extremely helpful when moving the edger from place to place during use.
One-wheeled basic shaft edgers may have only one wheel as a guide. Although that makes them very easy to maneuver, they are not as precise when making a straight edge unlike the following options.
Two Wheeled - Offer more stability on longer straight runs for a more precise and even cut. It adds a little weight, but they are still light and easy to move.
Three Wheeled - These have two wheels on one side with the third wheel on the other side, the blade spinning in between them. This gives a more stable platform and greater balance when edging. For areas where the lawn meets a sidewalk or driveway, these units make the most precise cuts.
Four Wheeled - Have the advantage of having a drop-down fourth wheel. This design is made for cutting along curbs and allows the fourth wheel to literally drop down to the street on the other side of the curb. hese edgers give the ultimate precision cut.
Quick Change Blade
By their nature, all edgers suffer a high degree of blade degradation. This is the reason why many edgers come with another included blade. When one blade gets worn, a quick change blade can quickly be removed and replaced with very little down time. When the job is finished, the blades can be resharpened, replaced and used again.
Basic shaft edgers have no height adjustment. The blade width is the maximum depth that can be cut at. You adjust the height by tilting the edger backwards.Edgers that have a height adjustment feature allow you to select the depth of the cut for a more uniform finish.
In general, the deeper the cut, the more manicured the lawn will look. But, keep in mind that the deeper the blade cuts, the more strain it puts on the engine and drivetrain while blade degradation will increase.Less expensive edgers will have the height adjustment on the blade holder arm, while more expensive edgers will feature a handle mounted height adjuster.
Corded electric edgers are the least expensive types available, while four wheel gasoline powered edgers are the most expensive. Electric edgers will give a good account of themselves, but they will always be limited by the recommended 100 feet of cord.
Battery powered edgers are lightweight, environmentally friendly and as portable as gasoline powered edgers, but they are also comparably priced to the expensive four wheeled units, yet they aren't as capable.
What's Best for You
Flower Gardens, Paths and Walkways
Light and easy to maneuver is the keyword here, and if you are only interested in making these areas manicured and pretty, a basic shaft edger is all you'll need. You can wield these edgers like a sword for fine cutting around curves and turns. You may not be able to go very deep, but for this type of edging, you don't really need to.
Sidewalks and Driveways
Two wheeled edgers work fine for shorter runs, and many electric powered edgers come with two wheels. But if you have a long driveway or a lot of sidewalk in front of your home, and you want a very precise and manicured cut, a three wheeled edger is a better bet.
The most precise cuts along a curb comes from a four wheel edger. These are the heaviest edgers by far, but their precision is unmatched. They will do straight cuts as well as any other edger, but for that extra curb appeal, this is the edger for you.