11 Best Corded Electric Weed Eaters: 2021 Reviews

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A closeup shot of a weed eater trimming weeds around garden edging.

While I was putting this post together, I quickly reached a firm conclusion: There’s no shortage of options to choose from when looking for the best corded electric weed eater! 

Out of all the great choices out there, deciding which model is right for you will come down to specific features:

  • The power level you need
  • The overall weight of the trimmer
  • Your optimal cutting width
  • Ease of use

Today, you’ll learn about these features (and more!) for each of the 11 models on the list. You’ll also pick up some tips to help you in your shopping.

Let’s get started!

RELATED: Looking for more electric tools to keep your yard looking sharp? Stop by our post on self-propelled electric lawn mowers to get some ideas!

1. LawnMaster GT1644 Electric 16-Inch Corded Grass Trimmer

LawnMaster GT1644 Electric 16-Inch Corded Grass Trimmer
  • Weight: 10.5 pounds
  • Amps: 10
  • Cutting width: 16 inches
  • Number of trimming lines: 2
  • String feed mechanism: Manual replacement
  • Recommended string diameter: 0.065
  • Dimensions: 39.37 inches long, 17.64 inches wide and 5.91 inches tall
  • Adjustable handle length: Yes
  • Adjustable support handle: Yes
  • Converts to edger: No
  • Warranty: 2-year limited warranty

Boasting 10 amps of power and a wide, 16-inch cutting path, this trimmer makes short work of your yard clean-up jobs. 

In general, corded electric weed eaters tend to be lighter than their gas or battery-powered counterparts. However, this particular model is pretty heavy at 10.5 pounds.

LawnMaster addresses this issue by including a handy shoulder strap that distributed the weight across your body rather than just your wrists and forearms. 

The D-ring support handle helps you guide your trimmer with ease. And you can adjust the handle’s position to coincide with your center of gravity, making for excellent balance. 

One thing to be aware of is that this trimmer does not automatically feed out more line. Instead, it uses a fixed-line mechanism, meaning that you’ll have to manually insert a new line as the old piece wears out. 

Fortunately, this is an easy task! Push the red button on the trimmer head to release the spring mechanism, pull out the old line and feed in a newly-cut section. 

LawnMaster includes a roll of round string trimmer line with the product, which should be fine for short grass and small weeds. However, if you have some overgrown areas to deal with, some users have suggested that getting a roll of square trimmer line (like this popular option) may be a good idea. 

NOTE: If you’d prefer something a little smaller, LawnMaster also offers a similar model with a 14-inch cutting path and 5.5 amps of power. 

Pros

  • Strong motor with 10 amps of power
  • 16-inch cutting path
  • Balanced design
  • Includes a shoulder strap
  • Manual line change is easy and quick

Cons

  • Included wire may not slice through dense vegetation
  • Heavy

2. Black+Decker BESTE620FF 14-Inch Electric String Trimmer

Black+Decker BESTE620FF 14-Inch Electric String Trimmer
  • Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Amps: 6.5
  • Cutting width: 14 inches
  • Number of trimming lines: 1
  • String feed mechanism: Button-controlled 
  • Recommended string diameter: 0.065
  • Dimensions: 38 inches long, 9 inches wide and 5 inches tall
  • Adjustable handle length: Yes
  • Adjustable support handle: Yes
  • Converts to edger: Yes
  • Warranty: 2-year limited warranty

Black+Decker managed to pack quite a few great features into this lightweight, compact product. 

One highlight feature is the Easyfeed button on the upper handle. This button lets you release more line with the touch of a button rather than having to stop your work and manually feed more line through.

And with the Easyfeed button’s handy location, you can add more line without missing a beat. 

But one downside to this feature is that you’ll have to buy specialized spools of line, which is a little pricier than standard line. 

One hassle with a corded weed eater is that you may step on the cord while you’re working and unwittingly disconnect your trimmer.

Black+Decker uses a cord retention system to house your connection point safely within the handle, preventing any annoying disconnects that interrupt your workflow. 

The handle does have a telescoping design, but you essentially just have the option between fully collapsed or fully extended. So while this feature comes in handy for storage, you can’t adjust the handle length for operation. 

NOTE: If you’d prefer an automatic line feed model rather than the Easy Feed feature, check out Black+Decker model BESTA510. The build is very similar to the one we’re looking and here, and the price is a few dollars less.

Pros

  • Push-button string feeder
  • Lightweight
  • Handle collapses for storage
  • No accidental cord disconnections

Cons

  • Requires specialized line for Easyfeed feature

3. Ryobi 18-Inch Electric Straight Shaft String Trimmer

Ryobi 18-Inch Electric Straight Shaft String Trimmer
  • Weight: 11 pounds
  • Amps: 10
  • Cutting width: 18 inches
  • Number of trimming lines: 2
  • String feed mechanism: Bump
  • Recommended string diameter: 0.080
  • Dimensions: 69 inches long (fully extended), 11 inches wide, 8.5 inches tall
  • Adjustable handle length: Yes
  • Adjustable support handle: Yes
  • Converts to edger: Yes, but only with an additional attachment
  • Warranty: 3-year limited warranty

For large spaces that have dense, overgrown grass or  stubborn weeds, this trimmer gets the job done- fast!

The cutting swath is 18 inches, which is definitely impressive in the world of corded string trimmers. And with 10 amps of power and dual 0.08-inch trimming lines, challenging vegetation gets mowed down effortlessly. 

Another notable feature is the 69-inch overall length, making it the longest option by far. That means that if you’re tall, you should be able to comfortably use this trimmer without having to bend or hunch. 

But on the other hand, if you’re on the shorter side, the extra length may make this option harder for you to hold properly.

This is the first trimmer we’ve looked at with a bump-feed string advance mechanism. This means that when your trimming line starts running short, just tap the bottom of your weed eater on the ground to advance more line. 

If you have other Ryobi tool attachments, a quick-release coupling on the handle shaft lets you instantly convert your trimmer into one of six other tools:

  1. A straight-shaft edger
  2. A pole saw
  3. An electric snow shovel
  4. A leaf/debris blower
  5. A stiff-bristle sweeping brush
  6. A soil cultivator

Weighing 11 pounds, this is the heaviest option on the list today. And we really wish that Ryobi had included a shoulder support strap to help distribute the weight more comfortably. 

Pros

  • Powerful motor and thick line can handle heavy weeds/overgrowth
  • Extra-long length is great for tall people
  • Huge cutting path
  • Compatible with other Ryobi tool attachments

Cons

  • Heavy, and no should strap included
  • May be too long for shorter people

4. Greenworks 21212 13-Inch Electric Corded String Trimmer

Greenworks 21212 13-Inch Electric Corded String Trimmer
  • Weight: 7 pounds
  • Amps: 4
  • Cutting width: 13 inches
  • Number of trimming lines: 2
  • String feed mechanism: Automatic feed when motor stops/restarts
  • Recommended string diameter: 0.065
  • Dimensions: 39.57 inches long, 9.84 inches wide and 4.33 inches tall
  • Adjustable handle length: Yes
  • Adjustable support handle: Yes
  • Converts to edger: Yes
  • Warranty: 3-year limited warranty

This string trimmer is ideal for small yards and everyday trimming/edging. And with a 13-inch cutting swath, you should be able to get through your yard in no time flat!

The telescoping handle shaft lets you set the length to your liking, and the same mechanism also rotates the trimmer head 180 degrees for edging tasks. 

We really like that Greenworks placed the power connector port underneath the main handle, instead of at the end of the handle like many other brands do. This keeps your cord conveniently out of your way while you work. 

The automatic line feed works by extending about 1/4 of an inch of fresh line anytime the trimmer gets stopped and restarted. If the trimmer line gets too short, you may run into problems with the jamming, tangling or otherwise just not feeding out correctly.

So make it a habit to stop and start your trimmer regularly during your yard work. 

One thing to be aware of is that replacing the trimmer line spool requires a specific technique. Both lines need to be fed through the trimmer in the same direction, otherwise the automatic feed won’t work properly.

Dual-line replacement spools from Greenworks can make the task a bit easier, but they are a little pricier than generic brands. 

Pros

  • Plenty of power for small yards
  • Dual lines and wide cutting path make for short work
  • Automatic string feed when powered off/on
  • Cord connection stays out of the way

Cons

  • Replacing the trimmer line can be tricky

5. Scotts Outdoor Power Tools ST00213S 13-Inch Corded Electric String Trimmer

Scotts Outdoor Power Tools ST00213S 13-Inch Corded Electric String Trimmer
  • Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Amps: 4
  • Cutting width: 11-inch and 13-inch options
  • Number of trimming lines:
  • String feed mechanism: Bump feed
  • Recommended string diameter: 0.065
  • Dimensions: 44 inches long, 14 inches wide and 8 inches tall
  • Adjustable handle length: Yes
  • Adjustable support handle: Yes
  • Converts to edger: Yes
  • Warranty: 3-year limited warranty

If lightweight is a priority for you, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a trimmer much lighter than this one, at just over 4.5 pounds.

A lighter frame is usually due to a smaller motor, and that’s the case here with a power output of 4 amps. But even though this trimmer doesn’t pack quite as much power, dual cutting strings work together to slice through grass and non-woody weeds with ease.

All in all, this model is most ideal for small lots that don’t have excessive weeds or very overgrown areas. And thanks to its light frame, it could be a great choice if you’re a senior or dealign with decreased arm strength. 

Another great feature is the adjustable trimming head that easily converts into an edger. And the telescoping handle shaft and adjustable support handle make it easy to customize your trimmer to your comfort. 

A bump-feed string advancement spares you from having to stop mid-task for fresh line, which is convenient.

However, the trimmer does tend to aggressively feed out line, so you may be looking at frequent spool refills.

Pros

  • Extremely lightweight
  • Bump string feed
  • Surprising power and function
  • Adjustable cutting head, handle shaft and support handle

Cons

  • Tends to go through string very quickly

6. Toro 51480 Corded 14-Inch Electric Trimmer/Edger

Toro 51480 Corded 14-Inch Electric Trimmer/Edger
  • Weight: 6.3 pounds
  • Amps: 5
  • Cutting width: 14 inches
  • Number of trimming lines: 2
  • String feed mechanism: Trigger-controlled
  • Recommended string diameter: 0.065
  • Dimensions: 48 inches long (fully extended), 14 inches wide and 11 inches tall
  • Adjustable handle length: Yes
  • Adjustable support handle: Yes
  • Converts to edger: Yes
  • Warranty: 2-year full warranty

One thing that’s really nice about this trimmer is the auto-feed string line. When you notice your string is getting a bit worn down, just pull the trigger on the handle to feed out the amount of line you need. 

Converting from a trimmer to an edger is where this model really shines. The one-touch release button on the trimmer head instantly flips your cutting deck 90 degrees, and  the wheel on the left side of the cutting deck makes for an easy-to-use walk-behind edger. 

The aluminum handle shaft adjusts to your preferred length, which is pretty standard on many weed eaters. But we appreciate Toro’s thoughtful design in using a quick-release lever to easily set the length you want. 

The support handle is also adjustable, so you can get a perfectly balanced string trimmer customized to your needs. 

Finally, Toro offers a 2-year full warranty, which isn’t too common in the realm of string trimmers. It’s a nice touch that gives you some extra peace of mind about your purchase. 

One downside we have to point out is the weight of this trimmer. At 6.3 pounds, it’s certainly not a heavy model overall, but most of the weight is concentrated in the trimmer head.

This may be difficult for some people to manage, especially if you’ve got decreased arm strength or have a large area to cover. 

Pros

  • Smart design easily converts to a wheeled edger
  • Trigger-controlled line feed
  • Great warranty coverage
  • Dual lines and wade cutting swath
  • Adjustable support handle

Cons

  • Heavy at the trimmer head

7. Greenworks 21142 18-Inch Corded String Trimmer

Greenworks 21142 18-Inch Corded String Trimmer
  • Weight: 9.9 pounds
  • Amps: 10
  • Cutting width: 18 inches
  • Number of trimming lines: 2
  • String feed mechanism: Bump feed
  • Recommended string diameter: 0.080
  • Dimensions: 31.5 inches long, 12.99 inches wide and 5.12 inches tall
  • Adjustable handle length: Yes
  • Adjustable support handle: Yes
  • Converts to edger: Yes, but only with an additional attachment
  • Warranty: 3-year limited warranty

If you’ve got heavy overgrowth to clear out or a large area to cover, this Greenworks trimmer is a true beast.

The motor produces a power output of 10 amps, so your trimmer won’t easily get bogged down even in challenging conditions. And the 18-inch cutting path is one of the widest we’re looking at today, matched only by the Ryobi in spot #4.

Also, this trimmer has a dual-line cutting system and uses a thicker cutting string (0.080 here vs 0.065 for most other models). The result: Even tough, woody undergrowth like tree seedlings or established weeds don’t stand a chance.

The bump-feed string advancement is another convenient feature, letting you quickly and easily let out more string without having to miss a beat while working.

Another great aspect of this trimmer is its compatibility with other Greenworks power tool attachments, like an edger, a pole and more. What’s more, you can also connect attachments from several other brands, including Ryobi, Poulan and YardWorks.

One thing to be aware of the fairly heavy weight, which really isn’t too surprising considering the large, powerful motor.

Unfortunately, Greenworks does not offer a compatible shoulder strap to help out, so especially if you’ve got a sizable work area, you may feel the weight quickly.

Pros

  • Strong motor and massive cutting swath
  • Accepts tool attachments from Greenworks and other brands
  • Large-diameter string for battling heavy vegetation
  • Bump feed

Cons

  • Heavy and no shoulder strap available

8. Black+Decker ST8600 13-Inch String Trimmer / Edger

Black+Decker ST8600 13-Inch String Trimmer / Edger
  • Weight: 5.35 pounds
  • Amps: 
  • Cutting width: 13 inches
  • Number of trimming lines: 1
  • String feed mechanism: Automatic
  • Recommended string diameter: 0.065
  • Dimensions: 36 inches long, 8 inches wide and 4 inches tall
  • Adjustable handle length: Yes
  • Adjustable support handle: Yes
  • Converts to edger: Yes
  • Warranty: 2-year limited warranty

Sometimes all you need is a basic, straightforward weed trimmer that does its job well without a lot of extra bells and whistles. This trimmer fits the bill and comes with an attractively low price point. 

You get 5 amps of power with a single trimming line, but Black+Decker also added a Powerdrive transmission that delivers increased torque per revolution.

While you probably won’t be able to tackle heavy, tough weeds with this trimmer, it’s a great choice for small lots that need lots of edging. 

On that subject, converting your trimmer into an edger is a simple process thanks to the rotating shaft. Unlock the shaft coupling and rotate it 90 degrees. 

Along with rotating, the handle shaft also telescopes. This allows you to adjust the trimmer’s length to your comfort while you work, and you can also fully collapse your trimmer for compact storage.

An automatic string feed keeps you in a steady supply of fresh trimming line, with no bumping or buttons/triggers to push. 

However, one downside to the auto-feed system is that it tends to run through string pretty quickly. Having an extra spool of string on-hand might be a good idea. 

Pros

  • Powerdrive transmission
  • Handle shaft telescopes and rotates
  • Affordable price point
  • Great for small yards

Cons

  • Can go through string rapidly

9. WORX WG119 15-Inch Electric String Trimmer & Edger

WORX WG119 15-Inch Electric String Trimmer & Edger
  • Weight: 6 pounds
  • Amps: 5.5
  • Cutting width: 15 inches
  • Number of trimming lines: 2
  • String Feed Mechanism: Trigger-controlled
  • Recommended string diameter: 0.065
  • Dimensions: 45 inches long (fully extended), 14 inches wide and 9 inches tall
  • Adjustable handle length: Yes
  • Adjustable support handle: Yes
  • Converts to edger: Yes
  • Warranty: 3-year limited warranty

Customization is the main thing that stands out with this trimmer, with three points of adjustability: 

  1. Handle shaft length
  2. Support handle angle
  3. Cutting head angle

Plenty of other models offer telescoping handle shafts and adjustable support handles, both of which are great for reducing muscle strain and effort. 

But this is the only model we’ve come across with a pivoting cutting head. This feature can come in handy when you’re working on a slope. Just reposition the head to match the grade instead of having to hold your trimmer at an awkward angle. 

Also, this same pivoting head makes it a quick task to convert your trimmer into an edger. 

Dual lines with 5.5 amps of power slice through tough weeds and tall grass. When your trimming line starts running short, pull the trigger on the handle to advance new line. 

While the trigger string advancement is a convenient addition, it has the potential to be a drawback. Models that offer dual trimming lines and automatic string feed may run into problems with the feed mechanism. And that appears to be the case here as well.

The string refilling process is usually easier if you purchase compatible pre-made WORX string spools. However, these are more expensive than generic string that you wind yourself. 

Pros

  • Pivoting cutting head
  • Adjustable handle shaft and support handle
  • Trigger-advance string feed
  • Great for working on slopes/grades

Cons

  • Can be difficult to re-string

10. Sun Joe GTS4000E Lawn + Garden Multi-Tool Care System

Sun Joe GTS4000E Lawn + Garden Multi-Tool Care System
  • Weight: 9.5 pounds
  • Amps: 3 (in string trimmer mode)
  • Cutting width: 12 inches
  • Number of trimming lines: 2
  • String feed mechanism: Automatic
  • Recommended string diameter: 0.065
  • Dimensions: 106 inches long (fully extended), 12 inches wide and 6.49 inches tall
  • Adjustable handle length: Yes 
  • Adjustable support handle: No
  • Converts to edger: No
  • Warranty: 2-year limited warranty

Instead of just a string trimmer, you get 4 tools in one with this multi-functional model from Sun Joe:

  1. String trimmer
  2. Light-duty tiller
  3. Handheld hedge trimmer
  4. Hedge pole trimmer (that gives you up to 13 feet of overhead reach!)

NOTE: While the multi-function design is great, just be aware that these tools are all pretty small and limited in their performance. This tool is most appropriate for light-duty tasks, like caring for an urban lot. But if that’s your situation, this could be a great all-in-one option for you! 

Now, let’s focus on the string trimmer. There’s a couple of things to love here:

The handle offers great adjustability, all the way up to 5.9 feet in length. You’ll probably never come close to needing this much length for weed eating, but being able to set the length you want is a nice option.  

Another great customizable setting is the adjustable head connection point. Rotate your string trimmer to the angle that feels most comfortable for you and reduces muscle strain.

This trimmer is a bit on the heavy side at 9.5 pounds, but the shoulder strap provides extra support and helps to distribute the weight comfortably. 

With 3 amps of power and dual trimming lines, you shouldn’t have any trouble taking out light-to-moderate grass and standard weeds.

But if you’re looking to cut down really overgrown areas or weeds with tough, woody stems, you’ll likely need more power than this model has to offer. 

Pros

  • Multi-functional product
  • Great for small yards
  • Adjustable angle settings
  • Telescoping handle lets you set your preferred length
  • Includes shoulder strap

Cons

  • Not suitable for heavy-duty trimming jobs
  • Heavier than some other models


11. Sun Joe SB602E 11.5-Inch SharperBlade 2-in-1 Stringless Lawn Trimmer

Sun Joe SB602E 11.5-Inch SharperBlade 2-in-1 Stringless Lawn Trimmer
  • Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Amps: 4.5
  • Cutting width: 11.5 inches
  • Number of trimming lines: Dual-sided blade
  • Automatic string feed: NA
  • Recommended string diameter: NA
  • Dimensions: 40 inches long (fully extended), 14 inches wide and 7 inches tall
  • Adjustable handle length: Yes
  • Adjustable support handle: Yes
  • Converts to edger: Yes
  • Warranty: 2-year limited warranty

NOTE: There are just about as many people who dislike this trimmer as there are those who love it, but I felt it was important to present a stringless option.

The problems mentioned are common to all stringless trimmers, and in my opinion, this is the stringless model out there. 

Now that my disclaimer is out of the way, let’s take a look at the features. 

The blades use Sharper Blade construction that has a heavy-duty plastic outer coating with a nylon mesh inner layer. This gives the blades a little extra flexibility and also the capability to self-sharpen.

As the outer plastic wears away from friction, fresh nylon mesh gets exposed, maintaining a sharp cutting angle at all times. Since the blades stay sharp, they produce a clean cut with a crisp edge. 

Sun Joe states that you may be able to get up to 4 seasons of use from one blade. Hitting hard surfaces, like rocks or cement, shortens the life of your blades, so the actual lifespan varies with your usage.

However, some users report having to change their blades much more frequently. And while the replacement blades aren’t much more expensive than standard string, it could add up if you need to change them often. 

And when it’s time for a blade change, the process is easy thanks to a simple screw mechanism. Just unscrew the old blade, replace it with a new one and tighten the screw. 

You can also customize this trimmer for your maximum ease of use. The support handle has a hinge that you can set at your preferred angle, and the handle shaft adjusts anywhere from 8.3 to 21.6 inches in length. 

The trimmer head also rotates 180 degrees, letting you quickly convert your trimmer into a yard edger. 

Pros

  • No strings to deal with
  • Converts to edger
  • Blades are easy to change
  • Ergonomic support handle with adjustable angle

Cons

  • Blades can break or wear down quickly
  • Replacement blades can get expensive

Shopping Tips for the Best Corded Electric Weed Eater

Finding a good corded string trimmer isn’t hard: there’s plenty to choose from!

But finding the one that’s right for you is a little trickier. 

Keep these points in mind to help guide your shopping:

Line Advancement Mechanism

You’ll see 4 main types of line advancement mechanisms: 

  1. Automatic feed
  2. Bump feed
  3. Trigger/button feed
  4. Manual replacement

Here are the details on each type:

Automatic feed: The trimmer senses line length and automatically feeds out more line at certain pre-set thresholds. 

This mechanism is convenient, letting you continue your work uninterrupted.

But automatic line advancements can release more line than necessary, which can lead to line jams and frequent refills.

Bump feed: The trimmer releases more line when you tap the bottom of the trimmer on the ground. 

This is a nice way to have manual control over your line advancement without having to stop your work all the time. Most of the time, heavy-duty, powerful trimmers use bump-feed mechanisms. 

Trigger/button feed: These trimmers wirk by letting you pull a trigger/push a button to advance more line when you want. Repeat the trigger pull/button push as many times as necessary to advance the amount of line you need.

This mechanism gives you manual control while still being very easy to operate. But you will have to briefly stop your work, since mosst trigger/button mechanisms release more line only after you slow or completely stop the motor. 

Manual replacement: These trimmers use a locking mechanism that holds a single, short section of string. When this string gets worn down, release the locking mechanism, pull out the spent string and replace it with a new section. 

This sounds like it may be a labor-intensive process, but it’s actually pretty fast. Most manual mechanisms use a push-button to control a spring-loaded lock, so it’s just a matter of a few seconds to make the switch.

And measuring/cutting a supply of replacement strings in advance really cuts down your time! 

Refilling Trimming Line

Typically, refilling a single-string trimmer is easier than refiling a dual-line model. 

Although buying refill spools specifically designed for your trimmer makes the task simpler, that can get expensive. And it also doesn’t completely eliminate your effort to refill/restring. 

If you feel like you’re not very mechanically inclined or you just don’t want to spend the time, a single-string model is probably a good choice for you.

Trimming Line Diameter

The most common trimming line diameters you’ll see are 0.065 and 0.08 inches. This indicates the line’s diameter, and the larger diameter translates to greater durability and strength. 

Most corded string trimmers use 0.065-inch line, which should be perfectly sufficient for trimming your standard grass and other herbaceous (non-woody) weeds. 

If you’re working on a more overgrown area, the 0.065-inch line will probably still get the job done. But it will likely take quite a bit more time, requiring multiple passes over the same spots. You’ll also probably run through a lot of trimming line, and you may run into issues with line breakage. 

For challenging areas like those or slicing through tough, woody weeds, you’re better off going with a trimmer that uses 0.08-inch line. 

Two models on our list use 0.08-inch line:

  1. The Greenworks 21142 in spot #7
  2. The Ryobi model in spot #3

Also, both of these trimmers offer 10 amps of power, making them doubly ideal for tough work conditions. 

Motor Output

This one doesn’t need much elaboration: A stronger motor packs more power and can handle tougher conditions with ease. 

But make sure to choose the power level that’s ideal for your needs.

For example, trimmers with larger motors may be more difficult to control in small lots, potentially even leading to accidents or injury.

And of course, you’ll just be left frustrated if your trimmer isn’t powerful enough to cut through the vegetation in your way. 

So don’t be swayed by the allure of a large, powerful motor if you don’t need it. Instead, think about your yard’s conditions and choose a power output thats a good fit. 

Also, make sure to pay attention to the manufacturer’s recommended extension cord specs for each trimmer. 

A larger motor requires more power, and using an appropriately-sized extension cord lets you avoid safety hazards and burning the motor out. 

Weight

Obviously, a trimmer’s weight can have a significant impact on comfort and effectiveness.

Some models are feather-light, like the Scotts ST00213S in spot #5, weighing just 4.6 pounds. 

And the heaviest model is the Ryobi in spot #3 at 11 pounds. 

Typically, the trimmers with the highest power output are the heaviest. And that makes sense since the larger motor weighs more. 

If you’re worried about weight, make sure to think about your typical trimming needs, and don’t buy more power than you need. For example, a lightweight model should be just fine for routine care of urban/suburban lots. 

Also, a shoulder strap can be a great help in distributing the weight more evenly across your torso rather than just on your arms and shoulders. Not every model has a compatible strap, so be sure to check that first. 

Adjustability

The ability to customize your trimmer to your greatest comfort can help you avoid muscle fatigue while you work and possibly reduce soreness later. 

There’s also a safety aspect to consider, as well. When your trimmer is the correct length for your body and has the most ergonomic settings, you’re more likely to hold your trimer correctly.

This can lead to fewer potential accidents and less risk of getting hit with flying debris. 

If you’d like to learn more about the importance of ergonomics while you work, Blanchard Valley Healthy System has a good article that lays out the basics.

All of the models we’ve included on our list have adjustable handle shafts, so that’s a great start. And with the exception of the Sun Joe multi-tool in spot #10, all these trimmers also have adjustable support handles.

If you’re looking for the greatest degree of customizability, the WORX model we covered in spot #9 also features a pivoting trimmer head, which I think is pretty cool!

Final Thoughts

Hopefully after reading our corded electric string trimmer reviews, you have a much better idea of your options.

Even without the hassles of a gas engine or a battery, you can keep your yard looking sharp! 

Do you have any other models you’d suggest for the best corded weed eater? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks! I have been looking for another electric whipper snipper (It’s what we call them over here in Australia), this is going to be a big help towards my business. I ended up choosing the “Black+Decker BESTE620FF 14-Inch Electric String Trimmer” because of its light weight and easy to put away after a job is done.

  2. That’s a great choice, I hope it helps your business grow! Glad you found the article helpful! And thank you for letting me know about “whipper snipper” I love that and I’ll probably call them that in my head now!

  3. Yes, I agree! And thanks for letting us know your opinion; I’m sure as a landscaper, you’ve got quite a bit of experience with weed eaters!

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