Here we’ve provided details of some of our favourite small corded electric strimmers available on the market today. Below you’ll find a handy comparison table comparing the key features to look for when buying a strimmer, and below that a more detailed reviews of each model in the table.
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|Manufacturer and Model||Power (Watts)||Cutting Diameter (cm)||Weight (Kg)||Other Features||Price||Rating|
Bosch ART 23
Black & Decker ST5530-GB 550W
|550||30||3.5||Auto line spool, edging wheel, can be used in conjunction with CM100 mower deck||££||4.5|
Flymo Power Trim
Kingfisher - Garden Power Grass Trimmer
Electric strimmers are the cheapest strimming option available if you’re looking to tidy up the edge of you lawn or elsewhere your lawn mower won’t go. If your lawn is very small and you only wish to cut the grass once a week or so, then an electric strimmer is going to be more than suitable for your needs.
With simple to use controls, typically just a single trigger button, electric trimmers couldn’t be simpler to use, and these days with ergonomics well considered in all consumer devices, they’re always comfortable to hold, even one handed in some cases. In addition, because they are only designed for small lawns, you’re not likely to suffer from vibration induced discomfort resulting from long periods of use.
Electric strimmers also tend to be lighter and smaller than cordless and petrol models, so for the elderly or those who are less confident operating power tools they are also ideal. Storage is also easy, and with suitable brackets installed in your garage you can easily hang your strimmer on the wall with minimal effort.
The most basic electric strimmers tend to use a single strand of cutting line to cut grass, whereas more powerful versions use a double strand, effectively possessing twice the cutting potential with every rotation of the cutting head. When browsing through the specifications of various electric strimmers it’s worth paying attention to this fact, if your grass is particularly thick and rampant then a double line strimmer is going to prove far more effective.
Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer
Although Bosch Lawn mowers are pretty adept at cutting harder to reach areas of your lawn thanks to innovative features such as grass combs, and a low profile deck design, there are some scenarios where a you will struggle to cut the grass, for example in narrow areas, under benches or tables, or just where weeds have grown high or out of control. In these scenarios a strimmer is always going to be your first port of call, and if your garden is small the Art 23 is the obvious choice.
- Lightweight, and well balanced design
- Height adjustable
- Simple ‘push to spool’ cutting line dispensing system
- Ideal for small gardens
- Cable is short (6m) and therefore not suitable for all but the smallest gardens
- The head guard design is such that cut grass is ejected slightly to the right, in theory this leaves right handers open to getting hit by cut grass, and if you’re really unlucky the cutting line
- Cutting line can be fiddly to adjust
- Would be nice is the handle were telescopic and could be extended for the benefit of taller users (the fact that it isn’t just a single moulded plastic unit gives the initial impression that it would be adjustable)
To reiterate our earlier point we’d say this strimmer is ideally suited to small gardens, and occasional use. Some users have complained that it’s prone to breaking and jamming, but whether this is through over zealous use isn’t clear. What is probably fair to say that swathes of very thick long grass are going to be beyond the capability of this strimmer, so you’ll need something more robust and powerful if this is what you’re up against. So whilst this isn’t the sturdiest strimmer on the market, the price tag reflects its intended use, that is for the seasonal trimming of light undergrowth in small gardens.>>> Click Here For Pricing And Reviews on Amazon <<<
Black & Decker ST5530-GB 550W Corded Grass Strimmer
There seems to be nothing but praise for Black and Decker’s offering to the small strimmer market, and it isn’t hard to see why. Functionally this strimmer looks as though it means business, and features such as a powerful motor and an ‘edging wheel’ all make a big difference to achieving accurate and thorough results.
How so you ask? Well let’s look in a little more detail. Just like Black and Decker lawn mowers, this strimmer also boasts a high torque ‘E-drive’ motor, this means you can chomp your way through some fairly substantial foliage without having any concerns about the motor stalling or jamming, and furthermore the 30cm cutting swathe is large for a strimmer of this size, so you’ll also be cutting through this foliage at a substantial rate.
When adjusted for edging mode this strimmer ensures that you get consistent results by the inclusion of an edging wheel. This takes the onus off of you holding the strimmer at a steady height as you cut, instead you simply rest it on the wheel and only have to worry about guiding it from side to side. It’s a simple feature, but far from being a gimmick it’s extremely useful!
Being an appliance of its age this strimmer doesn’t shy away from modern electronic wizardry, the cutting line is automatically fed from the spool and the motor automatically slows down when configured to edging mode, which Black and Decker claim is better for control when carrying out this task.
- Rugged construction, almost no qualms from users claiming this strimmer has ‘broken after 10 minutes’ and so forth
- Functional and powerful design
- User friendly features, including the cutting wheel and telescopic handle height adjustment
- 6 metre cable is quite short, but there again this strimmer is only designed for use in small gardens despite the fact that it could probably cope with larger areas if the cable were longer
- As useful as it is, the edging wheel does tend to protrude out just a little too far, such that it might stop you getting right up to the edge if there is a wall or fence in the way
Like the majority of consumers we think this is a top notch piece of kit, we might even go so far as to say it’s the best small strimmer available on the market… but there again there is always room for improvement! Quite honestly though, it does seem as though the engineering brains behind this strimmer have considered everything, from ease of use to ensuring that it’s rugged enough to last and not cause you many, if any head aches. Experience tells us that it’s a rare product indeed that covers everything, so this is a winner in our eyes.>>> Click Here For Pricing & Reviews on Amazon <<<
Flymo Power Trim Trimmer
An attractive and ergonomically designed piece of hardware, this strimmer is also extremely lightweight, although it should be noted not to the extent of the Bosch model. None the less, most people shouldn’t have any problem manoeuvring this about their garden.
The mechanism for rotating the head into ‘edging mode’ is remarkably simple, that is it involves the simple push of a button rather than the need to manually turn the head like on some older models.
The 12 metre of cable is fairly standard for small strimmers, and will be more than adequate for the small gardens the strimmer is intended for. Likewise the 23cm cutting diameter, whilst not the largest, will mean that you’re not stuck with something overly cumbersome, both to use and store.
As we hinted at above, many users have had major headaches with the line spooling ‘bump’ mechanism jamming or proving ineffective, and it seems to be a bit hit and miss whether you’ll have problems with this or not. This probably says something about quality control in the Flymo factory, although we wouldn’t like to speculate too much!>>> Click Here For Pricing And Reviews on Amazon <<<
Ryobi RLT6030 Strimmer
With looks more like that of a larger petrol driven strimmer, this 600 watt electric model may not be as powerful but it certainly boasts many of the same great features but at a fraction of the cost, not least the large 30cm cutting diameter that will allow you to work comfortably even in larger gardens.
Knowing that vibration can be a real issue when using strimmers Ryobi have taken their time over getting the ergonomics right with the RTL6030, the front handle is fully adjustable to accommodate a variety of users, and both handles have rubberised grips for maximum comfort.
To switch from strimming to edging mode and back again is a simple case of pressing the specially designed pedal behind the cutting head, we prefer the simplicity of this method over buttons at the handle end, as there is less complication in the mechanism, meaning less to go wrong, but it’s just as user friendly.>>> Click Here For Pricing And Reviews On Amazon <<<
One of the cheapest strimmers in our round up, this model is perfect if you’re literally only concerned about ‘tidying up a small garden, the 250 Watt motor is only designed to cope with grass of moderate length (20cm tops in our estimation), and it doesn’t feature some of the more robust elements as more expensive models such as a large guard for the cutting line. So don’t be surprised if pushing this thing beyond it’s limits causes issues.