For ease of use and performance the Honda 25cc 4-Cycle Straight Shaft String Trimmer is the best there is. While this isn’t an inexpensive string trimmer, the reliable Honda engine is nearly bullet proof. 4 cycle means no oil and gas mix, and at 13 pounds, it is fairly light for a 4 cycle unit. The trimmer is ergonomically designed to ward off fatigue after extensive use, and it comes with a comfortable single strap harness.
It’s one of the most quiet and fuel efficient trimmers available and comes with a two year warranty. There may be bigger and badder string trimmers available, but none can top this Honda for it overall competence and reliability.
This is the least expensive 4 cycle trimmer on the list, but the Craftsman 32cc 4-Cycle Straight Shaft Weedwacker Gas Trimmer holds its own. It offers an automatic speed starter, which means no pulling a cord and comes with a yard tool attachment system so that other lawn tools can run off the same engine. It weighs 13 1/2 pounds, so it is the heaviest trimmer here. The 4 cycle engine means no oil and gas mixing, and it comes with a two year warranty and a 10 year shaft warranty. The affordable price, coupled with Sears known reliability, makes this a very good choice if you want a 4 cycle trimmer.
If you flipped a coin as to which string trimmer was the best on this list, the Husqvarna 224L 25cc 4-Cycle Straight Shaft Trimmer might take top honors. It is a bit pricey, as far as string trimmers go, but the easy starting 4 cycle engine requires no gas and oil mixing. It comes with a 2 year warranty, and is a very lightweight 4 cycle engine at just over 11 pounds. This trimmer runs quietly, gets good gas mileage per tank, and is considered a semi-professional string trimmer.
If you need a basic and inexpensive string trimmer, than the Murray 17 inch 25cc 2-Cycle Curved Shaft Gas String Trimmer is the one for you. Nothing fancy here, just a gas and oil mix 2 cycle engine that will eat up weeds. It weighs about 12 pounds, comes with a two year warranty, and features pull start assisted technology, which makes it easier to start every time. This no nonsense string trimmer will give a good account of itself, and will probably be adequate for most suburban lawns. If you are on a budget or want to see what a 2 cycle trimmer is all about, the Murray is the least expensive trimmer on this list.
If you are looking for the best bang for the buck weed trimmer, the Tanaka Professional TCG22EA 21cc 2-Cycle Straight Shaft Trimmer is the one for you. It's the lightest trimmer here at a little less than 10 pounds, yet it comes with a starter assisted pull cord that reduces effort by 50 percent. It’s equipped with a commercial grade engine and offers an impressive seven year warranty; that's the best in the industry, yet it is one of the more inexpensive trimmers on the list.
This trimmer also features an anti vibration system, it's ergonomically balanced, and it comes with a five foot long shaft that allows you to trim even those hard to reach areas. A Tanaka may not have all of the features that the big boys do, but if you can find one,, you won't go wrong with performance or price.
Power and control, if you want the best of both worlds, choose the Black & Decker LST136W 40V Max Lithium String Trimmer. This trimmer has a five position dial you can turn to get max run time or max power. At the lowest power setting, you'll get about 30 minutes continuous run time and still be able to chop down weeds. The highest power setting gives you about 15 minutes of run time, but you'll be able to cut down weeds that others can't touch.
This trimmer is well balanced and weighs about seven pounds with the battery. The shaft rotates to make this an edger when you need one and it comes with a three year warranty. This isn’t an inexpensive trimmer, but the power dial, decent run time and versatility puts it on the top of this list.
If you want to go head-to-head with the top rated Black and Decker, then you’ve got to go with this WORX WG168 40-volt Lithium Cordless Grass Trimmer and Edger. Weighing nearly eight pounds, it features about the same run times, 30 minutes in low power and about 15 minutes in high power. The main difference is that you only have three speeds to choose from instead of five; a bit less versatility overall. The trimmer head pivots to make it an edger, and the handle adjusts to fit your trimming needs. While it also comes with a three year warranty, its slight lack of versatility and heavier weight keeps it from being the top dog.
If you want the best bang for the buck string trimmer on this list, look no further than the Earthwise CST00012 18-Volt 12-Inch Cordless String Trimmer. It’s one of the least expensive units here yet still gives decent power for what you get. The 18 volt battery is a NiCad design, which keeps the cost down over the prevalent Li-Ion batteries on this list. At more than eight pounds it's a bit on the heavy side, but it will give you an approximate 20 minute continuous run time, good for most suburban home trimming jobs.
The handle telescopes to accommodate anyone’s height and the head has a three position adjustment for edging and trimming. About 80 percent of homeowners don't need a cordless bigger than this, and if you want more run time, get another battery. In most cases, doing that would be more cost effective than laying out the big bucks for a top of the line cordless.
The Core CGT400 CGTSD Gasless Powered Trimmer looks like a gas powered string trimmer, but don't let looks fool you. This cordless has more torque than a 25cc gas powered model and features the longest run time on this list at about 70 minutes of time. It comes with a dual mode power switch; one setting for the longest run time and one setting for the most power delivery.
At maximum power, this trimmer will slice through weeds like a hot knife through butter. You'll get up to 70 minutes of run time on one charge, and a cutting swath that is 33 percent larger than any others on this list. While weighing in at a heavy 11 pounds, it does come with a whopping 5 year warranty. If you have a large property with a lot of tall weeds (or if you want bragging rights about your cordless string trimmer), then this is the cordless trimmer you want.
If you want to see what all the fuss is all about cordless trimmers, and you don't want to go bankrupt in the process, than get the Black & Decker CST1200 12-Volt 10-Inch Cordless Electric Trimmer/Edger. Reliable and easy to use, this trimmer is perfect for those light-weight trimming jobs. There’s only about 12 minutes of run time, but for many trimming jobs around the property that's all you'll really need. Although there’s nothing fancy about this unit, it will still convert to an edger just by rotating the head. It weighs 7 pounds and the shaft telescopes to fit any of your trimming needs. The soft hands grips stifle vibration, and it also comes with a two year warranty.
If you want the best corded, bang-for-the-buck trimmer, this Remington RM115ST 14-Inch 5.5 Amp Electric 2-in-1 Straight Shaft Trimmer/Edger can’t be beat. Made by MTD, this reasonably priced string trimmer features a big 5.5 amp motor which is larger than nearly every other motor on this list. That kind of power will cut through the toughest weeds with ease, giving you the kind of mojo found in gas powered models. The truth is, you just won't need more power than this in a corded trimmer and with the price so competitive, you can't go wrong. It has a telescopic handle for comfort when trimming, the head rotates to turn it into an edger, and it has a two year warranty. If you’re in the market for a corded trimmer, this is the one to get.
This might be the most powerful corded trimmer available, so if you need power, the GreenWorks 21142 10 Amp 18-Inch Corded Top Mount String Trimmer won't let you down. Virtually every other corded string trimmer won’t allow you to add attachments, but with this trimmer you can add blades, different heads and other attachments, just like gas powered types. The 10 amps of power, and the right attachment head, will let you mow down even the toughest weeds, and it comes with a four year warranty.
The head rotates into an edger configuration, a cushioned hand grip absorbs vibration, and it cuts an 18 inch swath, which is five inches more than the best on this list. You'll pay for this power as this isn’t an inexpensive corded trimmer, but where you might need this type of power in a corded trimmer is anyone’s guess. If you can deal with lugging a cord around while cutting down thick and heavy weeds, then this is the trimmer for you.
If you want the best designed and ergonomically comfortable trimmer here, choose the Toro 51480 Corded 14-Inch Electric Trimmer/Edger. The telescopic handle allows anyone to adjust it to fit their size. It has a quick release button that turns the trimmer into an edger, and it weighs a bit over 7 pounds, making it one of the lighter trimmers here. The big 5 amp motor has plenty of power to cut through larger weeds with ease, and the shaft is lightweight aluminum. It features a two year warranty while the handle is covered in rubber to reduce vibration and improve grip. Although this trimmer is middle of the road price wise, it has features usually only found in more expensive units. All in all, it's a good trimmer at a good price.
For basic trimming tasks, the Earthwise Model ST00011 Corded 11 inch String Trimmer is going to fit the bill. The 3.7 amp motor is plenty powerful for most suburban trimming jobs, like trim jobs around homes, garages and fences. It is the second lightest trimmer on this list at about six pounds, so it’s easy to handle and use. It comes with a two year warranty, a three position cutting head allowing you to edge, and a telescopic handle for comfort. It's a middle of the road in price, but this thing is lightweight enough that you can use it all day and not become fatigued.
If you want lightness over everything else, with enough power to get the job done, the Weed Eater WEEL11 11-Inch 3.6 Amp Electric String Trimmer is what you'll want. For most suburban jobs, this trimmer will handle your trimming chores. It weighs less than five pounds, which means you can flip this thing around like a sword, cutting down weeds almost effortlessly.
The 3.6 amp motor is going to take care of smaller to medium sized weeds, exactly the type that grow next to walkways, around garages and decks. It has an extension handle for comfort cutting, a two year warranty, and an ergonomic design. This is a basic lightweight trimmer that won't cost an arm and a leg, perfect for the majority of trimming jobs around the house or home.