February 2024

String Lawn Trimmers: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of string lawn trimmers rankings posted by key online experts, as of February 2024.

Summary

On 12 Feb 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 85 string trimmer endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

64 string trimmers were endorsed in total, only 15 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 12 Feb 2024, Worx WG163 GT takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed string trimmer with 6 expert endorsements. 1 expert out of 6 recommended it as the '#1 string trimmer' this month.

Brand breakdown
Show all brands

Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking string lawn trimmers start at $37.79 (GreenWorks 21212) and go up to $559.95 (Milwaukee 2725-21HD). Median string trimmer costs $111.71 (Greenworks 21302).
$37.79
$559.95

At a glance - February Ranking

Scroll horizontally to browse this ranking table
Rank Change Price String Trimmer
Best of Machinery
Popular Mechanics
Architecture Lab
The Spruce
BestCovery
Pocket-lint
Bob Vila
LawnStarter
Epic Gardening
Wirecutter
1
- $117
Worx WG163 GT
The Worx WG163 GT String Trimmer is a highly recommended tool for homeowners looking to maintain their lawns and complete landscaping projects, offering sufficient power, durability, ease of use, and safety features.
1
-
4
7
-
2
7
-
7
-
2
+1 $220
Ego ST1521S
The Ego ST1521S String Trimmer is a powerful and versatile cordless trimmer that offers impressive cutting power, precise trimming and edging capabilities, and a quiet and comfortable trimming experience, making it a reliable option for users looking for a durable and flexible trimmer.
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
3
-1 $195
Husqvarna 128LD
The Husqvarna 128LD gas string trimmer is highly recommended by experts for its power, versatility, durability, low noise levels, ease of use, and safety features, making it a reliable and valuable tool for homeowners and professional landscapers.
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
1
-
4
- $108
Black & Decker LSTE525
The Black & Decker LSTE525 is a cordless string trimmer that offers adjustable power settings, effective trimming and edging capabilities, and a user-friendly design, making it a versatile and reliable option for maintaining smaller yards and lawns.
-
-
3
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
5
- Check price
Makita XRU15Z
The Makita XRU15Z is a highly praised string trimmer that offers powerful performance, versatility, durability, low noise levels, ease of use, and safety features, making it a highly recommended option for homeowners with smaller lawns or those who require precision trimming and edging.
6
9
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
6
- $69
Toro 51480
The Toro 51480 String Trimmer is a powerful and reliable option for homeowners, offering almost gas-powered performance levels, easy switching between trimming and edging modes, and a comfortable and safe trimming experience.
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
6
6
-
7
- $44
Black+Decker ST8600
The Black+Decker ST8600 String Trimmer is a powerful and reliable corded trimmer that is suitable for maintaining lawns and tackling various vegetation, with adjustable power settings, a durable design, and user-friendly features.
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
2
-
8
- $140
Ryobi RY40290
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
15
- $38
GreenWorks 21212
The GreenWorks 21212 String Trimmer is a powerful and durable electric trimmer that is easy to handle and maneuver, making it a reliable tool for maintaining smaller lawns or areas with less dense vegetation.
3
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
16
- $300
DeWalt DCST972X1
The DeWalt DCST972X1 String Trimmer is a highly recommended tool for both professional landscapers and homeowners, thanks to its high-end power output, versatility, durability, and user-friendly features.
-
3
-
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
17
- $99
Worx GT Revolution
The Worx GT Revolution String Trimmer is a powerful and versatile tool suitable for smaller to medium-sized lawns, offering adjustable power settings, durability, ease of use, and safety features for efficient regular lawn maintenance.
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
4
18
- $73
Greenworks 21142
The Greenworks 21142 String Trimmer is a powerful and durable option for those with larger yards and open spaces, offering efficient trimming and edging capabilities with a 10-amp motor and 18-inch cutting swath, while also being praised for its durability and quieter operation.
-
-
5
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
19
- $54
Black+Decker BESTA510
-
-
-
-
-
6
-
5
-
-
20
- $219
Dewalt Flexvolt DCST970X1
The Dewalt Flexvolt DCST970X1 String Trimmer is a highly praised and powerful tool that is suitable for both residential and commercial use, offering power, versatility, and efficient trimming capabilities.
7
-
-
-
-
9
-
-
-
-
21
- $112
Greenworks 21302
The Greenworks 21302 String Trimmer is a battery-powered, lightweight, and versatile trimmer/edger that offers powerful performance and convenience without the need for gas or emissions.
-
-
-
-
-
7
-
10
-
-

; ; ;
#15 $37.79 GreenWorks 21212
#7 $44 Black+Decker ST8600
#19 $54 Black+Decker BESTA510
#6 $69 Toro 51480
#18 $72.83 Greenworks 21142
#17 $99 Worx GT Revolution
#4 $108.07 Black & Decker LSTE525
#21 $111.71 Greenworks 21302
#1 $116.65 Worx WG163 GT
#8 $139.80 Ryobi RY40290
#3 $194.79 Husqvarna 128LD
#20 $219 Dewalt Flexvolt DCST970X1
#2 $220.50 Ego ST1521S
#16 $299.99 DeWalt DCST972X1

We ranked Worx WG163 GT #1 in February 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Worx WG163 GT as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Best of Machinery

Best Trimmer for Efficient Performance / 2023 Choice Award

12” wide cutting path
2-in-1 function with dual-position wheels for grass trimming or edging
Comes with 2 powerful 20V MAX lithium-ion rechargeable batteries
Ultra-lightweight design at only 5.3 lbs

You might need to swap the string out - it's not very strong

Go to ranking

Architecture Lab

Good all-round performance
High-powered and versatile
Compact and ergonomic design

Misleading advertisement on packaging

Go to ranking

The Spruce

Best Rated

Comes with two batteries
Free string replacement reels
Converts from trimmer to edger

String runs out quickly

Go to ranking

Pocket-lint

An excellent choice

Go to ranking

Bob Vila

Best for Small Yards

Shaft rotates 90 degrees for convenient edging
Includes a second battery
Folds flat for compact storage
Good power for the size

Shorter runtime
Longer charging time
Head angle adjustment is somewhat awkward

Go to ranking

Epic Gardening

Trimmer/Edger

Go to ranking

We ranked Ego ST1521S #2 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Ego ST1521S as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Architecture Lab

Best for Heavy-Duty Tasks

Impressive cutting power
Noiseless and pollution-free
Durable; good value for money

Weighs on the heavier side

Go to ranking

Wirecutter

The next-best trimmer

Go to ranking

Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend string lawn trimmers.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of string lawn trimmers, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for February 2024 ranking

We ranked Husqvarna 128LD #3 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Husqvarna 128LD as #1.
Critic endorsements:
LawnStarter

Runner-Up

Powerful engine with easy starts
Easy to load and release line
Uses professional-grade string
Converts to other power tools with Husqvarna attachments (sold separately)
Lightweight compared to similar gas trimmers

Expensive
Users reported the shaft being too short for someone around 6 feet to use comfortably
Some users reported issues with the engine stalling out regularly

Go to ranking

Epic Gardening

Best Gas Trimmer

Go to ranking

We ranked Black & Decker LSTE525 #4 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Black & Decker LSTE525 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Architecture Lab

Best for Versatility and Design

High-functioning, portable device
Affords greater control to user
Ergonomic design
Affordable

Battery prone to running out

Go to ranking

Pocket-lint

Solid all-rounder

Go to ranking

We ranked Makita XRU15Z #5 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Best of Machinery

Best Professional Battery-Powered String Trimmer

No need to purchase or add fuel
Automatic sensing technology provides the proper RPM
Brushless motor allows for a long run time
Easy push-button start
Quiet and odorless engine

Small debris shield

Go to ranking

Popular Mechanics

Lightest

Go to ranking

Bob Vila

Upgrade pick

Runtime is longer than recharge time; second battery always ready to use
Comes with a second set of batteries; ideal for extended use
Runtime is longer than the competition
Gas-like power, without the noise or the fumes

Very small debris guard
Bump head is a little stiff

Go to ranking

We ranked Toro 51480 #6 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
BestCovery

Best Electric String Trimmer

Go to ranking

LawnStarter

Inexpensive
Easy to use
Converts to wheeled edger
Telescoping shaft

Relatively weak engine
A little heavy for corded

Go to ranking

Epic Gardening

Telescoping

Go to ranking

We ranked Black+Decker ST8600 #7 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Best Bang for the Buck

Compact and lightweight unit is easy to carry
13-inch cutting swath handles most work quickly
Great flexibility; converts from string trimmer to edger
Corded model; no expensive batteries to replace

Does not include a pigtail power cord
Range limited by the length of the extension cord

Go to ranking

Epic Gardening

Best Electric Trimmer

Go to ranking

We ranked Ryobi RY40290 #8 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Mechanics

Heavy-duty

Go to ranking

Wirecutter

Not as powerful, but attachment-ready

Go to ranking

We ranked GreenWorks 21212 #9 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Best of Machinery

Best Corded Trimmer for Small Gardens

Powerful 4 amp electric motor
13” cutting diameter for more efficient performance
Incredibly lightweight 5.2 lb body
Automatic line feed for less downtime

You'll need to use an extension cord with this trimmer

Go to ranking

Architecture Lab

Time-efficient trimming
Powerful motor with quick start-up
Increased operational efficiency
Great value for money

Not suitable for bigger lawns

Go to ranking

We ranked DeWalt DCST972X1 #10 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Mechanics

Best for Contractors

Go to ranking

The Spruce

Best Splurge

Adjustable cutting swath
Can be used with many different attachments
Powerful

Relatively heavy

Go to ranking

We ranked Worx GT Revolution #11 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Best Lightweight

Very lightweight and easy to carry
Budget-friendly
Includes an extra battery
Folds flat for storage

Limited runtime
Long recharge time
Not as effective for overgrown grass and coarse weeds

Go to ranking

Wirecutter

For small lawns

Go to ranking

We ranked Greenworks 21142 #12 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Architecture Lab

Energy and time-efficient
Incredible value for money
Reliable with a good shelf-life

Prone to polluting

Go to ranking

BestCovery

Also Consider

Go to ranking

We ranked Black+Decker BESTA510 #13 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Pocket-lint

Best for basics

Go to ranking

LawnStarter

Top Corded Electric

Inexpensive
Lightweight
Easy to use
Converts to wheeled edger

Not compatible with some 3-prong extension cords
Some users reported problems with the auto-feed not releasing the right length of line

Go to ranking

We ranked Dewalt Flexvolt DCST970X1 #14 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Best of Machinery

Best Residential Battery-Powered String Trimmer

Brushless motor allows for long run time
Quiet operation and no idling
Push-button start
No need for gasoline nor oil
3-year limited warranty + 90-day money-back guarantee

Users report issues with the included bump head

Go to ranking

Pocket-lint

Power meets simplicity

Go to ranking

We ranked Greenworks 21302 #15 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Pocket-lint

For hardcore users

Go to ranking

LawnStarter

Powerful battery
Converts to wheeled edger
Telescoping shaft

Heavy

Go to ranking