If you want the baddest 2-cycle hedge trimmer on the block, then you'll want the Kawasaki KHDS750A Double Sided Hedge Trimmer. It will allow you to cut through branches up to 3/4 inch thick on both sides of the bar. This trimmer weighs about 11 pounds and comes with a vibration-canceling handle that also rotates 180 degrees for maximum versatility. The Kawasaki engine is one of the cleanest burning 2-cycle engines and this trimmer also features a blade guard, commercial ball bearing design to maximize life, as well as a 5 year consumer and a 2 year commercial warranty.
The Poulan Pro PP2822 gives you the most bang for the buck with a big 28 cc engine, a 22-inch cutting blade that lets you cut in both directions and an adjustable handle to get you into the tightest places. This is a the heaviest trimmer here at about 16 pounds, but the 28 cc power plant will cut through up to one inch thick twigs with a 2 year warranty to back it up. Although the Poulan brand is not as revered as others, this hedge trimmer will give you solid performance year after hedge trimming year and it’s also the lowest priced hedge trimmer on the list.
If it wasn't for the Poulan hedge trimmer, this Husqvarna 122HD60 Hedge Trimmer would win out as the most “bang for the buck” unit. This trimmer features one of the best anti-vibration handles available on the market and it also rotate 180 degrees. The SmartStart air-purge carburation system makes starting easy and the blades will slice through 8/10th of an inch twigs. It’s relatively quiet for a 2 cycle, with an advanced noise canceling system, but this isn’t an inexpensive unit and it only comes with a 1 year warranty.
Although it looks like a throwback, this hedge trimmer modern and all business. The Mantis SGHT30 Hedge Trimmer features a single sided cutting blade lets you slice and dice easily, and allow you to cut twigs up to 1-inch thick.
This model comes with a twin position anti-vibration handle, weighs a meaty 12 pounds, and it has a commercially rated engine for maximum service life under any condition. Best of all, it comes with a 5 year warranty, and a reputation for quality that is second to none. This is not an inexpensive trimmer, but if you have the muscle to use it you won't be disappointed.
If you need a 4 cycle engine hedge trimmer that meets or exceeds both EPA and CARB rated emissions standards, than the Makita Double-Sided Hedge Trimmer Model EN5550SH is the only one for you. The cost of this unit may be prohibitive, at almost two times the most expensive model here, but it has to be included because it is the only 4 cycle, non-gas/oil mixture engine available in the U.S.
It’s the easiest starting trimmer here, gives off the least amount of vibration, is relatively quiet and has a 1 year warranty. However, it’s only rated to cut through 9/32nd inch twigs, so this is strictly a light duty trimmer that is made more for sculpting hedges than actually cutting them, and it's the second heaviest trimmer here at a hefty 14 pounds.
HSA 66 STIHL Lithium-Ion Hedge Trimmer
For no holds barred performance, the Stihl HSA 66 cordless hedge trimmer takes no prisoners and laughs about it. This cordless banshee uses a 36-volt battery (yes you read that right) to manage hedges, bushes, shrubs and just about anything you can get the blades around. This trimmer is so powerful it rivals gas engine trimmers and no other cordless can make that claim. It's so strong that it is considered professional grade for the home and cuts through 1/2 inch twigs with no sweat.
The problem is, you have to purchase the trimmer, the battery and the charger all separately. There are three batteries you can get which will let you cut for one, two or a whopping eleven hours of cutting time with the battery belt pack. This model comes with a two year warranty, ergonomic loop handle and a tip protector. Without question, this bad boy hedge trimmer is the best of the best.
If you want the best bang for the buck hedge trimmer, then take a look at the GreenWorks 2200302 G-24 Li-Ion 22-Inch Cordless Hedge Trimmer with 2AH Battery and Charger. Although it’s one of the least expensive trimmers on this list, the 24 volt battery will give you a solid 40 minutes of run time, which is probably more than adequate for most suburban cutting chores.
The rear handle rotates 180 degrees to get you into tight spots, it comes with a double sided 22 inch blade, and it will cut through 5/8 inch twigs. It also features a superior four year warranty and the included battery works with different GreenWorks lawn and garden tools. There may be better hedge trimmers out there, but for the price, this one can't be beat.
The Toro 51496 Cordless 24-Inch 24-Volt Lithium-Ion Hedge Trimmer is another great bang for the buck unit, offering solid performance for a very good price. The double-sided 24 inch blade will run for about 40 minutes with the Li-Ion battery and the unit comes with a two year warranty. The handle turns 90 degrees for both comfort and convenience when getting into hard to reach places and it's powerful enough to cut through 5/8 inch thick twigs. The work grip handles provide a solid and secure grip no matter what you’re cutting through. For hedge trimming chores that will fit the majority of homeowners, this trimmer will be hard to pass up.
If you want the least expensive full sized hedge trimmer on this list, but still get solid performance, choose the Earthwise CHT10122 22-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Hedge Trimmer. This is the only Energy Star rated trimmer here, so if you are eco-conscious, this might be the only trimmer for you.
The price is low-ball because it uses an older style NiCad 18 volt battery, but it will give about 25 minutes of run time per charge. It will cut through 5/8 inch twigs, and has rubber grips for a secure holding power in your hands. Although it’s short on features, the low price and the 22 inch double sided blade is perfect for people on a budget and those smaller hedges or bushes.
Sometimes smaller is better, and Gardena 8895-U 7-Inch Cordless Lithium Ion Shrub Shears, Comfort Cut proves it every time. When you have a smaller job to do, when a few errant hedge shoots need pruning, or you need to shape intricate patterns, nothing does it better than this. It runs for an amazing 90 minutes on a full charge, yet it is 1/3 the weight of the heaviest trimmer here. The 7 inch double sided cutting blade is extremely easy to maneuver, and you can add on different blades with the quick-change blade system. The hinged handle lets you select the perfect handle angle to cut any way that you need to, and it will slice through 3/8 inch twigs.
If you want a no nonsense hedge trimmer, the Remington RM5124TH Hedge Wizard is for you. The 5 amp power plant cuts through 3/4 inch twigs and small branches like butter, comparable to gasoline fueled type trimmers. The 24 inch double sided blade will slice and dice with the best of them and even the blades are made of titanium, not just hardened steel. This trimmer will cost more than most, and it's a pretty basic trimmer, but if you prefer power, then you’ve come to the right place.
If you want absolute top quality in a hedge trimmer, the Makita UH6570 25-Inch Electric Hedge Trimmer won't let you down. This trimmer isn’t inexpensive, but it’s one of the highest quality trimmers available. It comes with a 1 year warranty, a big 4.5 amp motor, and will cut through 1/2 inch twigs with ease. Two safety switches allow the unit to run only when the back and front hand guard are grasped. Once you make your first cuts with this ergonomically balanced unit, you’ll be satisfied.
If you want the best bang for the buck, then you'll want the GreenWorks 22102 2.7 Amp 18-Inch Corded Electric Hedger. The 2.7 amp motor will cut through 3/8 inch twigs in no time, and the 18 inch double sided blade gives you the flexibility to cut from both sides. It comes with an amazing 4 year warranty, and it’s designed to simply trim hedges with no bells and whistles. Nothing fancy here, just a solid model that will get your trimming chores done.
With a double sided blade for ease of cutting in either direction, the WORX 22-Inch 3.7-AMP Electric Hedge Trimmer WG202 has enough mojo to get the job done. The 3.7 amp motor will power the blades through 3/4 inch twigs, and the rear handle telescopes to extend your reach by up to 12 inches. This is one of the more expensive trimmers on the list, but for what you get, it is one of the best performing units as well. Padded handles absorb vibration, and it comes with a 2 year warranty. Although a bit on the expensive side, it has features of some of the higher priced models and would be a good choice for most landscaping applications.
The Cleva-LawnMaster HT2201 4.0-Amp Hedge Trimmer, 22-Inch makes this list with a big 4.0 amp motor cuts through 3/4 inch twigs with ease. Two handed safety switches make it one of the safest trimmers around, and it comes with a built-in cord retainer to make sure the cord doesn't get in the way. The padded soft handle grips keep vibration at bay and it comes with a 2 year warranty as well. Nothing really fancy here, just a powerful hedge trimmer at a very good price; really, do you need anything else?