July 2021

String Lawn Trimmers: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of String Trimmer rankings posted by key online experts, as of July 2021.

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 July 2021 ranking

At a glance - July 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price String Trimmer
Wirecutter
Popular Mechanics
LawnStarter
The Spruce
Architecture Lab
Bob Vila
Epic Gardening
Best of Machinery
BestCovery
Pocket-lint
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- $64 Worx GT 3.0 20V Cordless
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6
5
7
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- $220 Husqvarna 128LD
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4
9
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3
- $98 Black & Decker LSTE525
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5
1
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1
4
- $209 Ego ST1521S
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2
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5
+4 $50 Toro 51480
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6
8
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6
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5
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6
+4 $269 Makita XRU15Z
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7
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6
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7
- Check price Dewalt Flexvolt DCST970X1
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7
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9
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New * $135 Ryobi RY40270
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9
-1 $47 Black+Decker BESTA510
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5
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4
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6
10
New * $39 Black+Decker ST8600
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2
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11
-5 $30 GreenWorks 21212
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11
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3
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12
-1 $214 Echo SRM-225
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5
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13
-1 $123 Greenworks 21302
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10
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7
14
- $86 Ryobi P2030
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6
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15
- $66 Greenworks 21142
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We ranked Worx GT 3.0 20V Cordless #1 in July 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Worx GT 3.0 20V Cordless as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Budget

Pros
Budget-Friendly
Combo tool
Rechargeable battery
Lightweight

Cons
Okay cutting width

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Architecture Lab

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

Cons
Misleading advertisement on packaging

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Bob Vila

Most user-friendly

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Epic Gardening

Trimmer/Edger

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Best of Machinery

Best Trimmer for Efficient Performance

Pros
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

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

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Pocket-lint

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We ranked Husqvarna 128LD #2 in July 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Husqvarna 128LD as #1.
Critic endorsements:
LawnStarter

Pros
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

Cons
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

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The Spruce

Best Gas

Pros
Powerful motor
Attachments available
SmartStart system

Cons
Requires gas filling
Expensive

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Architecture Lab

Pros
High-performing engine
Energy and time-efficient
Design optimized for easy operation and maneuverability

Cons
• Expensive

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Epic Gardening

Best Gas Trimmer

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We ranked Black & Decker LSTE525 #3 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Black & Decker LSTE525 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Architecture Lab

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

Cons
Battery prone to running out

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Bob Vila

Best Overall

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Pocket-lint

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We ranked Ego ST1521S #4 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Ego ST1521S as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

The next-best trimmer / Runner up

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Popular Mechanics

Powered Rewind / Editor's Choice

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Architecture Lab

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

Cons
Weighs on the heavier side

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We ranked Toro 51480 #5 in July 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
LawnStarter

Pros
Inexpensive
Easy to use
Converts to wheeled edger
Telescoping shaft

Cons
Relatively weak engine
A little heavy for corded

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The Spruce

Best Plug-in

Pros
Combination trimmer/edger
Budget-friendly
Good cutting width

Cons
Needs to plug in

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Epic Gardening

Telescoping

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BestCovery

Best Electric String Trimmer

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We ranked Makita XRU15Z #6 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Makita XRU15Z as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Mechanics

Sophisticated Cordless/ Editor's Choice

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The Spruce

Best Safety Features

Pros
Three speeds
Automatic Torque Drive technology
Protects battery life

Cons
Expensive

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Best of Machinery

Best Professional Battery-Powered String Trimmer

Pros
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

Cons
Small debris shield

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We ranked Dewalt Flexvolt DCST970X1 #7 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Epic Gardening

Best Cordless Trimmer

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Best of Machinery

Best Residential Battery-Powered String Trimmer

Pros
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

Cons
Users report issues with the included bump head

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Pocket-lint

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We ranked Ryobi RY40270 #8 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Ryobi RY40270 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Not as powerful,but attachment-ready / Also great

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The Spruce

Best Overall

Pros
Compatible with other Ryobi tools
Multiple attachments available
Variable speed
Adjustable cutting width

Cons
Expensive
Heavy

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We ranked Black+Decker BESTA510 #9 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
LawnStarter

Pros
Inexpensive
Lightweight
Easy to use
Converts to wheeled edger

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

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Bob Vila

Best Lightweight

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Pocket-lint

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We ranked Black+Decker ST8600 #10 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Bob Vila

Best Budget

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Epic Gardening

Best Electric Trimmer

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We ranked GreenWorks 21212 #11 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Architecture Lab

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

Cons
Not suitable for bigger lawns

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Best of Machinery

Best Corded Trimmer for Small Gardens

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

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

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We ranked Echo SRM-225 #12 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

A gas option for the biggest jobs / Also Great

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Best of Machinery

Best 2-Stroke String Trimmer for Homeowners

Pros
Lightweight at 11.5 lbs
Bump head allows for easy release of string
Low vibration design reduces user fatigue
Engine is easy to start and keeps running while in use
5-year residential and 2-year commercial warranty

Cons
2-stroke cycle engine requires a mix of gasoline and oil

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We ranked Greenworks 21302 #13 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
LawnStarter

Pros
Powerful battery
Converts to wheeled edger
Telescoping shaft

Cons
Heavy

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Pocket-lint

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We ranked Ryobi P2030 #14 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Spruce

Best Battery

Pros
Battery compatible with other Ryobi products
Easy to rotate shaft
Ergonomic handle

Cons
Small cutting width

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Best of Machinery

Best Value Battery-Powered String Trimmer

Pros
Weighs only 4 lb
No need to purchase gasoline nor oil
3-year limited warranty + 90-day satisfaction guarantee
Includes automatic string advancement system
Battery charges in one hour

Cons
Short shaft limits reach
Not as sturdy as other string trimmers

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We ranked Greenworks 21142 #15 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best String Lawn Trimmers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Architecture Lab

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

Cons
Prone to polluting

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BestCovery

Also Consider

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