January 2023

String Lawn Trimmers: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of String Trimmer rankings posted by key online experts, as of January 2023.

Summary

Between 9 Jan 2023 and 10 Jan 2023, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 86 String Trimmer endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

62 String Lawn 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 10 Jan 2023, Worx WG163 GT takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed string trimmer with 5 expert endorsements. 1 expert out of 5 recommended it as the '#1 string trimmer' this month. It is followed by Husqvarna 128LD and Makita XRU15Z , with 3 and 4 expert endorsements respectively.

Brand breakdown
Show all brands

Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking string lawn trimmers start at $39.99 (Black+Decker ST8600) and go up to $399.99 (Ryobi RY40270). Median string trimmer costs $131.97 (Black+decker LCC340C).
$39.99
$399.99

At a glance - January 2023 Ranking

Scroll horizontally to browse this ranking table
Rank Change Price String Trimmer
BestCovery
Best of Machinery
Wirecutter
LawnStarter
Architecture Lab
Epic Gardening
Bob Vila
The Spruce
Popular Mechanics
Pocket-lint
1
- $139
Worx WG163 GT
-
1
-
-
6
7
7
-
-
2
2
- $220
Husqvarna 128LD
-
-
-
2
9
1
-
-
-
-
3
- Check price
Makita XRU15Z
-
6
-
-
-
-
3
7
9
-
4
- $65
Toro 51480
5
-
-
6
-
6
-
8
-
-
5
- $240
Ego ST1521S
-
-
2
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
6
- $400
Ryobi RY40270
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
7
- $99
Black & Decker LSTE525
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
1
8
- Check price
Dewalt Flexvolt DCST970X1
-
7
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
9
9
- $40
Black+Decker ST8600
-
-
-
-
-
2
2
-
-
-
15
- $111
Worx GT Revolution
-
-
4
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
16
- $50
GreenWorks 21212
-
3
-
-
11
-
-
-
-
-
17
- $50
Black+Decker BESTA510
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
6
18
- $74
Greenworks 21142
4
-
-
-
8
-
-
-
-
-
19
- $95
Ryobi P2030
-
8
-
-
-
-
-
6
-
-
20
- $136
Greenworks 21302
-
-
-
10
-
-
-
-
-
7

Sorted by price:

Position in ranking Price String Trimmer
#9 $39.99 Black+Decker ST8600 [buy] [more info]
#17 $49.88 Black+Decker BESTA510 [buy] [more info]
#16 $49.99 GreenWorks 21212 [buy] [more info]
#4 $64.99 Toro 51480 [buy] [more info]
#18 $74 Greenworks 21142 [buy] [more info]
#19 $94.99 Ryobi P2030 [buy] [more info]
#7 $99 Black & Decker LSTE525 [buy] [more info]
#15 $110.53 Worx GT Revolution [buy] [more info]
#20 $135.99 Greenworks 21302 [buy] [more info]
#1 $138.84 Worx WG163 GT [buy] [more info]
#2 $219.99 Husqvarna 128LD [buy] [more info]
#5 $239.99 Ego ST1521S [buy] [more info]
#6 $399.99 Ryobi RY40270 [buy] [more info]

We ranked Worx WG163 GT #1 in January 2023 because:

  • 5 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 / 2022 Choice Award

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

Go to ranking

Architecture Lab

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

Cons
Misleading advertisement on packaging

Go to ranking

Epic Gardening

Trimmer/Edger

Go to ranking

Bob Vila

Best for Small Yards

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

Cons
Shorter runtime
Longer charging time
Head angle adjustment is somewhat awkward

Go to ranking

Pocket-lint

Go to ranking

We ranked Husqvarna 128LD #2 in January 2023 because:

  • 3 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

Go to ranking

Architecture Lab

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

Cons
• Expensive

Go to ranking

Epic Gardening

Best Gas 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 January 2023 ranking

We ranked Makita XRU15Z #3 in January 2023 because:

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

Go to ranking

Bob Vila

Upgrade pick

Pros
Runtime is longer than recharge time
Comes with a second set of batteries
Runtime is longer than the competition
Gas-like power

Cons
More expensive than competition
Very small debris guard
Bump head is a little stiff

Go to ranking

The Spruce

Best Safety Features

Pros
Three speeds
Automatic Torque Drive technology
Protects battery life

Cons
Expensive

Go to ranking

Popular Mechanics

Lightest

Go to ranking

We ranked Toro 51480 #4 in January 2023 because:

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

Best Electric String Trimmer

Go to ranking

LawnStarter

Pros
Inexpensive
Easy to use
Converts to wheeled edger
Telescoping shaft

Cons
Relatively weak engine
A little heavy for corded

Go to ranking

Epic Gardening

Telescoping

Go to ranking

The Spruce

Best Plug-in

Pros
Combination trimmer/edger
Budget-friendly
Wide cutting swath

Cons
Cord limits mobility

Go to ranking

We ranked Ego ST1521S #5 in January 2023 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:
Wirecutter

The next-best trimmer / Runner up

Go to ranking

Architecture Lab

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

Cons
Weighs on the heavier side

Go to ranking

We ranked Ryobi RY40270 #6 in January 2023 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

Go to ranking

The Spruce

Best Overall

Pros
Ryobi tool compatible
Multiple attachments available
Variable speed
Adjustable cutting width

Cons
Expensive
Heavy

Go to ranking

We ranked Black & Decker LSTE525 #7 in January 2023 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

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

Cons
Battery prone to running out

Go to ranking

Pocket-lint

Go to ranking

We ranked Dewalt Flexvolt DCST970X1 #8 in January 2023 because:

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

Go to ranking

Epic Gardening

Best Cordless Trimmer

Go to ranking

Pocket-lint

Go to ranking

We ranked Black+Decker ST8600 #9 in January 2023 because:

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

Best Electric Trimmer

Go to ranking

Bob Vila

Best Budget

Pros
Easy to carry
13-inch cutting swath
Converts from string trimmer to edger
No expensive batteries to replace

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

Go to ranking

We ranked Worx GT Revolution #10 in January 2023 because:

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

For small lawns / Also Great

Go to ranking

Bob Vila

Best Lightweight

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

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

Go to ranking

We ranked GreenWorks 21212 #11 in January 2023 because:

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

Go to ranking

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

Go to ranking

We ranked Black+Decker BESTA510 #12 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 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

Go to ranking

Pocket-lint

Go to ranking

We ranked Greenworks 21142 #13 in January 2023 because:

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

Also Consider

Go to ranking

Architecture Lab

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

Cons
Prone to polluting

Go to ranking

We ranked Ryobi P2030 #14 in January 2023 because:

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

Go to ranking

The Spruce

Best Battery

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

Cons
Narrow cutting width

Go to ranking

We ranked Greenworks 21302 #15 in January 2023 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

Go to ranking

Pocket-lint

Go to ranking