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Best Electric String Trimmers of 2019

Electric trimmers are now as good as gas—here are the best from CR's tests

A string trimmer

If the notion of buying and maintaining another gas-powered yard tool doesn't appeal, you’ll be pleased to know that electric is probably all you need in a string trimmer.

“Electric trimmers really rival gas in cutting performance," says Misha Kollontai, who oversees string trimmer testing for Consumer Reports.

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"Choose a corded model if you've got a small yard with an outdoor outlet and want to save a little money," Kollonta says. "Otherwise, spend a bit more and invest in a good battery-powered tool platform, and consider the brand's electric lawn mower, chain saw, and leaf blower when you buy the string trimmer."

(If you need to clear weeds and high grass for 30-plus minutes at a clip, invest in a second battery for a cordless string trimmer or opt for a gas trimmer.)

How CR Tests String Trimmers

We use each trimmer to tackle typical yard weeds and high grass as well as dense brush, timing how long it takes each model to clear. We also test each model at edging—its ability to create a neatly trimmed grass walkway. Finally, we look at how easy each model is to hold, maneuver, and operate, noting how difficult it is to start up and to feed extra line through the cutting head.

Digital and All-Access members can see CR’s string trimmer ratings of more than 60 models. Read on for reviews of five of the best electric string trimmers, appearing here from least to most expensive.

Best Corded Electric String Trimmers

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Best Battery-Powered String Trimmers

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