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Best String trimmers

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best String trimmers

Best String trimmers

We tested 78 string trimmers to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each String trimmer based on the following criteria:

  • Edging
  • Handling
  • Trimming
  • Tall grass and weeds
  • Ease of use

Below lists the String trimmers that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which String trimmer is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best String trimmers

Best String trimmer for Edging

How quickly and neatly models trimmed a vertical line along a walkway.


This String trimmer which tested best for Edging has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Engine size, Shaft, Dual line, Line diameter, Clutch and Rotating head.

Best String trimmer for Handling

Denotes responsiveness and balance.


This String trimmer which tested best for Handling has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Engine size, Shaft, Dual line and Line diameter.

Best String trimmer for Trimming

Indicates how quickly and neatly models cut grass.


This String trimmer which tested best for Trimming has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Engine size, Shaft, Dual line, Line diameter, Clutch and Rotating head.

Best String trimmer for Tall grass and weeds

Indicates cutting power in tall grass and weeds.


This String trimmer which tested best for Tall grass and weeds has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Engine size, Shaft, Dual line, Line diameter, Clutch and Rotating head.

Best String trimmer for Ease of use

Denotes ease of starting, feeding out more line, and accessing controls, along with handle comfort.


This String trimmer which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: Weight (lbs.), Engine size, Shaft, Four-cycle engine, Dual line, Line diameter, Clutch and Rotating head.