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What's behind our string trimmer Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 68 models in string trimmers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Based mainly on trimming near a wall, edging, cutting tall grass and weeds, handling, and ease of use. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Trimming
    Indicates how quickly and neatly models cut grass.
  • Edging
    How quickly and neatly models trimmed a vertical line along a walkway.
  • Tall grass and weeds
    Indicates cutting power in tall grass and weeds.
  • Handling
    Denotes responsiveness and balance.
  • Ease of use
    Denotes ease of starting, feeding out more line, and accessing controls, along with handle comfort.


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Recommended string trimmers

Recommended string trimmers are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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A string trimmer picks up where a lawn mower leaves off, providing the finishing touches as it whisks away grass around trees and flower beds, straightens uneven edges along driveways, and trims patches of lawn your mower or tractor can't reach. If you're looking for information about string trimmers, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ string trimmer reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our string trimmer buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased ratings and string trimmer reviews to help you choose the best string trimmer for your needs.

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FSA 85
This Stihl 36-volt, has a straight shaft and weighs 9.5 lbs. It uses dual.085-inch cutting lines.

String trimmer buying guide

Electric string trimmers are finding more favor with environmentally conscious consumers. But even gas-powered trimmers are polluting far less than older models, thanks to tougher California and federal regulations. Several premium gas-powered models certify that their engines will meet federal regulations for 300 hours, rather than the usual 50. More hours mean not only less pollution, but potentially longer engine life. But those premium trimmers typically carry a premium price, about $200 and up.

The best corded machines can trim, edge, and even tackle the tall stuff nearly as well some of the best gas models. And while cordless, battery-powered trimmers still aren't ideal for hacking away tall grass and weeds, some now do a decent job.

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