Best Lawn Edger
A lawn edger is a tool designed to give you a neat, straight edge to your lawn. They contain a sharp blade, which spins vertically on an axis along the desired cutting line. There is a wide range of different ways you can edge your lawn, but they all operate on this simple principle.
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WORX 12 Amp 7.5" Electric Lawn Edger & Trencher
BLACK+DECKER 12 Amp 2-in-1 Landscape Edger and Trencher
Earthquake Walk-Behind Landscape and Lawn Edger
Lawn edgers vary a great deal in how they achieve the cutting process. Some come with gas-powered engines, some with battery power, and some require manual power. Increasingly, models are offering multi-function purposes, whereby the edging is only one part of the functions on offer. The lawn edging function is fairly easily converted into trenching and strimming, so many manufacturers’ offerings do more than one lawn care function. This guide will walk you through the different options.
In such a disparate field, it was important to create a list that reflected the range of different options available. However, there were certain universal indicators of quality that we used to create our list. The criteria by which we assessed quality were as follows: build quality, warranty, brand name, value, precision, and versatility.
From this, we created a shortlist of the top five models on the market. From this, we chose our favorite and the runner up. The list below outlines all of the key features and elements of our list so that you can select the best option for your lawn. At the bottom is a buyers’ guide, which will guide you with the key questions to ask.
Our #1 Pick
WORX WG896 12 Amp 7.5" Electric Lawn Edger & Trencher
Worx is a well-known brand in the world of high-quality lawn care products, and this is one of its most exceptional offerings. Of all the edgers on the markets, this is the one that gave the most reliably straight, neat edge.
It’s a quality piece of equipment, designed to make using it extremely easy. It’s adjustable, which should satisfy the expert user, yet still retains many features that make it perfect for the novice. Put simply, this was the best edger on the market by a significant distance.
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BLACK+DECKER LE750 12 Amp 2-in-1 Landscape Edger and Trencher
Although the Worx model was our first choice by a distance, the Black and Decker model is an extremely solid choice as runner up. Make no mistake, this is a high-quality product (as you’d expect from a brand such as Black and Decker). The engine is powerful enough to create a neat, straight edge.
Where this model differs from many of the competitors is that it’s an extremely adept trencher as well. Many edgers on the market are ostensibly trenchers, although, in reality, the quality of the trenching isn’t great. The Black and Decker provides an extremely high-grade service for both.
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Earthquake 23275 Walk-Behind Landscape and Lawn Edger
Sometimes a luxury item is simply an upgraded version of the normal model. Other times it truly seems like a different beast. This Earthquake edger is the latter. Although significantly more expensive than the other models on the market (between three and four times more expensive than the others on this list), it is like getting an industrial edger for your lawn.
If you can justify the cost, there’s no doubt this model will do an incredible job for you. It’s designed for someone who wants absolute precision and control of their lawn – with 5 different cutting angles, and an extremely powerful engine. This is the edger for someone who wants the best at any cost.
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WORX WG163 GT 3.0 20V PowerShare 12" Cordless String Trimmer & Edger
Let’s face it, edging your lawn is not always a common enough task to justify its own piece of equipment. Most of the models on this list have some element of multi-functionality. However, very few are adept enough to make the multi-function aspect truly worthwhile. That’s where the Worx model comes in.
Not only is it an edger, but it also converts easily into a string trimmer, making it a genuinely dual function product. The string trimmer element works well and is sure to get a lot of use. Unlike some others on the market, this model won’t spend too much time gathering dust in your garage.
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Truper 32100 Tru Tough Rotary Lawn Edger with Dual Wheel and Ash Handle
Sometimes you need to strip back the technology and use a model that is genius in its simplicity. Unlike the other edgers on this list, which comes with a variety of bells and whistles, this one is almost spartan in its purity. It’s manual – which means the user provides all the power. That’s not to say that this is poor quality; indeed, the build quality on this edger is extremely high and feels artisan. However, it is one of the more rudimentary options.
For a relatively budget option, this model will do an excellent job without the need for electricity, maintenance, or even very much upkeep.
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LAWN EDGER BUYER’S GUIDE
This guide has demonstrated that there’s a wide range of different options available if you are in the market for a lawn edger. From a simple manual-powered edging wheel on a stick to a 2 ¼ horsepower leviathan, the options run the full gamut. However, if you decide to make a purchase, you need to ask yourself some key questions:
What type of engine do I need?
Generally, the trend in edging technology is towards battery-powered machines. Although the larger, more industrial machines still use gas, more and more models are using battery technology. The benefits of this are great – for the environment, for the user, and to make it more versatile. However, you should also consider whether you need an engine at all.
For simple edging tasks, you may be able to use a manual edger and achieve the same results. Generally, it depends on how often you’ll use the equipment, and your own feelings of competence. If in doubt, the best model to start with is a battery-powered mid-market option.
Do I need multiple blade positions?
The range of options is vast, with between 1 and 5 blades being on offer. However, for some users, 5 blades is simply overkill. In general, you should not consider the number of blades to be an indicator of quality. If you are interested in precision, then a better option to consider is adjustable blade angles, which is much better at getting a fine, tailored edge to your lawn than multiple blade positions.
What’s a key feature to look for?
A really useful feature – particularly if you’re in the market for a walk-behind edger, is the cutting line indicator. This simple element makes cutting extremely easy and will provide a significant difference in the ease with which you edge your lawn. It may seem like a small detail, but it’s an important one.