May 2024

String Lawn Trimmers: MetaRanking

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

Summary

On 9 May 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 85 string trimmer endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

69 string trimmers were endorsed in total, only 12 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 9 May 2024, Worx WG163 GT takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed string trimmer with 4 expert endorsements. 1 expert out of 4 recommended it as the '#1 string trimmer' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking string lawn trimmers start at $44.30 (Greenworks 21272) and go up to $459.95 (Milwaukee 2725-21HD). Median string trimmer costs $139.99 (Ego Power+ ST1500-S).
$44.30
$459.95

At a glance - May Ranking

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Rank Change Price String Trimmer
Popular Mechanics
Wirecutter
The Spruce
BestCovery
Pocket-lint
Bob Vila
LawnStarter
Epic Gardening
reviewed.usatoday.com
Best of Machinery
1
- $119
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.
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+1 $223
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.
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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.
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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.
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5
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6
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5
+2 $57
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.
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6
+2 $172
Ryobi RY40290
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3
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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.
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+1 $105
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.
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17
+2 $49
Black+Decker BESTA510
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6
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5
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18
New * Check price
Echo SRM-225
The Echo SRM-225 String Trimmer is a highly praised and powerful tool that is durable, easy to use, and suitable for a range of trimming and edging tasks.
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5
19
+1 $286
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.
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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.
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#17 $49 Black+Decker BESTA510
#5 $56.99 Black+Decker ST8600
#16 $105 Worx GT Revolution
#1 $119 Worx WG163 GT
#6 $171.57 Ryobi RY40290
#2 $222.79 Husqvarna 128LD
#19 $285.86 Dewalt Flexvolt DCST970X1

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

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Worx WG163 GT as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 25 Jul 2023)
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.
Critic endorsements:
Pocket-lint

An excellent choice

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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

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Epic Gardening

Trimmer/Edger

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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

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We ranked Husqvarna 128LD #2 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Husqvarna 128LD as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 25 Jul 2023)
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.
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

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Epic Gardening

Best Gas Trimmer

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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 May 2024 ranking

We ranked Makita XRU15Z #3 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 25 Jul 2023)
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.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Mechanics

Lightest

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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

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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

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We ranked Toro 51480 #4 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 25 Jul 2023)
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.
Critic endorsements:
BestCovery

Best Electric String Trimmer

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LawnStarter

Inexpensive
Easy to use
Converts to wheeled edger
Telescoping shaft

Relatively weak engine
A little heavy for corded

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Epic Gardening

Telescoping

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We ranked Black+Decker ST8600 #5 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 Sep 2023)
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.
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

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Epic Gardening

Best Electric Trimmer

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We ranked Ryobi RY40290 #6 in May 2024 because:

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

Heavy-duty

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Wirecutter

Not as powerful, but attachment-ready

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We ranked DeWalt DCST972X1 #7 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 25 Jul 2023)
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.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Mechanics

Best for Contractors

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The Spruce

Best Splurge

Adjustable cutting swath
Can be used with many different attachments
Powerful

Relatively heavy

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We ranked Worx GT Revolution #8 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 25 Jul 2023)
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.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

For small lawns

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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

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We ranked Black+Decker BESTA510 #9 in May 2024 because:

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

Best for basics

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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

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We ranked Echo SRM-225 #10 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 25 Jul 2023)
The Echo SRM-225 String Trimmer is a highly praised and powerful tool that is durable, easy to use, and suitable for a range of trimming and edging tasks.
Critic endorsements:
reviewed.usatoday.com

Powerful

Gas powered
Too powerful
Uncomfortably balanced
Loud

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Best of Machinery

Best 2-Stroke String Trimmer for Homeowners

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

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

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We ranked Dewalt Flexvolt DCST970X1 #11 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 25 Jul 2023)
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.
Critic endorsements:
Pocket-lint

Power meets simplicity

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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

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We ranked Greenworks 21302 #12 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best string lawn trimmers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 25 Jul 2023)
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.
Critic endorsements:
Pocket-lint

For hardcore users

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LawnStarter

Powerful battery
Converts to wheeled edger
Telescoping shaft

Heavy

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