Updated: Oct 12, 2016
Lawn Edger Reviews:
- What is a lawn edger?
- Benefits of using a lawn edger
- How much do lawn edgers cost? Which should I buy?
If you are the do it yourself type gardener, then odds are you mow your own lawn each week and probably trim the edges as well. Many of us grew up edging our lawn with a manual pair of edgers that took forever. These days you can use a string trimmer, but often those are not that convenient for getting the perfect edge so buying a true lawn edger could be the answer.
Edgers work great where your grass meets the sidewalk or even around garden beds where lawns can be tough to cut let alone manicure and trim. There are plenty of products to choose from and you don't have to spend $100's. If you already own a string trimmer see if the manufacturer sells an add-on attachment that allows you to edge a lawn or garden area properly.
We have found that a good edger will let you trim bushes and plants as well as lawns that extend onto the pavement or driveway areas of your yard. We read on one lawn care site that the major difference between an edger and a trimmer is that edgers are best for "vertical" cuts and trimmers are designed for "horizontal" cuts. Therefore, an edger is the superior tool when it comes to keeping your lawn looking perfect along the edges.
The video below shows the basic functions of a lawn edger and how to use one:
What to look for in a lawn edger?
Buying Guide - Before you buy any new edger, consider the size of your yard and the lawn area. For anyone with a larger lawn size, a gas powered edger is probably the better buy since the work will go much faster. Gas edgers will require a little more maintenance compared to their electric counterparts and they are more expensive. Also, noise levels are going to be higher with a gas powered edger.
Electric edgers work quite well too and are less expensive than the gas models. Depending on the size of your lawn, you may wish to go with a cordless model that runs on a battery pack. No sense in lugging a cord behind you to the far reaches of your yard if you can do it without.
Cordless electric edgers are powerful enough to get your lawn looking sharp. The batteries should last 45 minutes in most models which gives you time to finish off all areas of your grass. We found 2 great buying guides online for lawn edgers - one from Lowes.com and the other was located on the Ace Hardware website. As for actual user reviews and expert opinions, the Internet is loaded with these.
For independent reviews from landscapers and homeowners we prefer Gardenweb.com where you can dozens of owner reviews in their online forums. Popular Mechanics also has excellent feedback on the latest models on their website or in their magazine. Consumer Reports regularly does tests and reviews on string trimmers, but they don't focus on lawn edgers.
Sears and Amazon.com offer quality lawn edgers and they provide user feedback and opinions that you can read right on their websites. Amazon carries the Black and Decker Edge Hog which receives excellent reviews, especially for an electric model. The electric powered lawn edgers go for less than $100 and the gas powered ones sell for $150 to $300. Some of the top rated gas edgers are the Weed Eater Poweredge 22cc Gas and the Troy-Bilt TB515.
Where should you buy an edger at? We found great seasonal deals at Home Depot, Lowes, and Sears. Even your local hardware and gardening stores should provide reasonable prices on these tools. You can browse the most popular lawn edgers online here.
Best Gas Lawn Edger:
The TBE515 Portable Edger ($199.99) is an excellent gas powered lawn edger that retails for less than $200. The 29cc, 4 cylinder engine requires no mixing of oil and gas which is what most homeowners love to hear. The 9" dual tip steel blade makes for quick work of any landscape area or lawn. You can get an edging depth of 3 1/2 inches and the ergonomic handle with throttle control is easy to maneuver.
We found several reviews from lawn care specialists who recommend this model for homeowners who want to take the next step up from the electric edgers. The Troy Bilt website lists all their products with photos and descriptions at Troybilt.com. We also think the McLane lawn edgers are worth a look. They offer several models online that all get above average feedback from owners.
The top selling McLane 101 9-Inch Gas Powered Lawn Edger features 7 inch wheels, a 4.75 gross torque engine, single level blade clutch and depth control, and it's less than $300. RECOMMENDED - See all the top rated gas edgers here.
To check out how to use a lawn edger as part of a complete home lawn care routine - click the image below to go to video.
Electric Landscape Edger:
The EDGE HOG 2-in-1 Landscape Edger ($99) is a very popular model as it's a top seller on Amazon.com. The edger offers a 3 position blade depth, a 2 1/4 HP motor, adjustable handle, and a durable steel blade. Owners say the Edge Hog from Black and Decker works well around sidewalks, patios, gardens, and driveways. It will give your lawn that professionally manicured look and for a reasonable price.
Just plug in the edger and off you go. You will be limited by the length of your extension cord, although you will never run out of power since it's plugged in and not running on gas. Black & Decker offers up a 2 year warranty on this model. You can find out all the details and where to buy this at online at Blackanddecker.com.
Commerical Garden Edger:
After visiting many landscaping websites, we found that the Power Trim Edgers are some of the most highly recommended commercial edgers on the market. The company is based in California but has distribution throughout most of the United States. Their 9 models of gasoline powered lawn edgers are great for riding curbs, scroll cuts, bevels, and trims.
They are run by Briggs & Stratton or Honda engines making them both reliable and durable. Their lowest price commerical edger goes for about $490 (Model 150) and the high end Model 308-H sells for $850. Their website is at Powertrim.com. Landscapers can't say enough good things about these products and with 9 to choose from you should be able find the perfect fit for your needs.
Kee is another manufacturer that makes walk behind edgers like the Straight Edge SE-101 and the Edge'N Trim ET-101. Check out the best selling Tanaka TLE-600 Commercial Grade Gas-Powered Walk-Behind Edger 50cc 2.5 HP 2-Stroke.
Battery Powered Edger:
We tried to find a consistently rated edger that runs on battery power and one of the few we could find with decent ratings was the American Gardener YardStick 10-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Edger and Trimmer ($90) listed on Amazon.com. It's not much cheaper than the B&D listed above. It converts from a trimmer to an edger so you get a 2 for 1 tool. The batteries last for about 45 minutes which should give you enough time to edge most lawns.
The reviews are mixed on Amazon with some people giving it 5 stars and others saying it is worthless. There are more good reviews versus bad ones, but the common complaints are that it is too heavy, especially for some women and the battery life isn't what the manufacturer claims it to be. If you had to choose between battery and plug-in models, we still say stick with the corded edgers so you are guaranteed power and just purchase a longer extension cord if reach is an issue.
For the best results go with the WORX WG168 40-volt Lithium Cordless Grass Trimmer and Edger. Sure it costs over $200, but reviews are near perfect and the functionality without the cord will save you hours of work over the years.
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