Top 5 Best Lawn Edger Reviews & Buyer’s Guide 2019

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No matter if you mow your lawn perfectly, it’ll still feel like something is missing without trimming those edges. Having clear boundaries between your lawn and pathing or other sections of garden shows how much you care about the little details.

The perfect tool to make sharp and clear edges is a lawn edger. In this article, we’ll be presenting the top 5 best lawn edger reviews for you, and teach you about what you want in a lawn edger.

Our Top 5 Best Edgers

One thing to note about this list is that it’s not ordered. There is no ultimate lawn edger for all sizes and all types of lawns. What this list discusses is the top 5 lawn edgers all with their pros and cons.

WORX-WG154-Edger-20V-10-Cordless-String-Trimmer.

Worx WG154 is a good fit for small to medium-sized lawns. You can effortlessly switch from an edger to trimmer or vice versa. It features a 10” cutting width, which is fair for its intended purpose, and contains a light-weight MaxLithium 20 V battery.


It’s cordless, so you don’t have to worry about not covering your lawn. It’s also lightweight, which makes it easy to handle and store. Still, it’s not fit for heavy-duty trimming.

What We Like

  • Cordless

  • Affordable

  • Single line auto-feed

  • 3-year warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee. 

  • Plant guard

What We Don’t Like

  • Short battery life

  • Non-adjustable handle

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Earthquake 23275 fits well with heavy-duty work because it utilizes a 79cc Viper 4-cycle engine with centrifugal clutch. Its design embeds a chain debris guard, which protects the operator from flying debris and harmful particles. 


A neat addition to this lawn edger is its accessory tool holder to keep your tools with you while trimming. It’s pretty versatile, as it’s cordless and has an adjustable head to allow different trimming angles. This edger is well-suited for large lawns and can easily deal with heavy weeds.

What We Like

  • Powerful

  • Cordless

  • 5-year warranty

  • Tool holder

  • Adjustable head

What We Don’t Like

  • It uses gas

  • Heavy

  • Relatively expensive

WORX WG896 12 Amp 7.5" Electric Lawn Edger & Trencher, 7.5in, Orange and Black

We can say that Worx WG896 is our top pick because of how efficient it is. It can support heavy-duty work with its 12-amp motor and its tough blade. It’s also compact and light-weighted for ease of use.


Its cutting line indicator guides you to achieve precise edges on your lawn. You can customize it to fit your stature, because of its adjustable shaft and handle.


Not only that, but it’s a trencher too. A trencher is a tool that digs small linear areas to isolate parts of the lawn or to free up space for plants or cables.

What We Like

  • Cutting line indicator

  • Lightweight but powerful enough

  • Adjustable shaft and handle

  • Fairly priced

  • Simple to assemble and store

What We Don’t Like

  • It’s corded

  • Small cutting width

Southland-SWLE0799-79cc-Walk-Behind-Gas-Lawn-Edger

If we can sum up this edger in one word we’d pick ‘adjustable’. Southland SWLE0799 is amazingly versatile, since you can change the position of the blade, the wheels, and/or the head.


You can adjust its blade depth to cut up to 2.5” deep. The wheels can be raised or lowered to grant ‘curb hopping’ to get good edges in tough spots. You can also get bevel cuts by being able to pivot the head 15 degrees forward or backward.


While its 79cc OHV engine isn’t the best out there, it can still handle a medium to large lawn well.

What We Like

  • Manual recoil

  • Adjustable blade

  • Adjustable wheels

  • Adjustable head

  • 2-year warranty

What We Don’t Like

  • It uses gas

  • Not as powerful

  • Not budget-friendly

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Best suited for small lawns, Greenworks 27032 has a powerful 12-amp motor that can cut through overgrown grass with ease. This edger’s blade can be adjusted to go up to 1.5” deep.


This edger comes at 13.4 lbs., which makes it quite lightweight compared to other edgers. Its cord-lock system is implemented to prevent these annoying incidents, where you accidentally unplug the cable.


Many customers reported that the blade has a short life and wears out fast. You can opt-in to buy an extra blade with the edger though.

What We Like

  • Lightweight

  • Adjustable head and handle

  • Fairly priced

  • Cord-lock system

  • 4-year warranty

What We Don’t Like

  • It’s corded

  • Short blade life

How to Choose Your Lawn Edger

To make the right choice in picking your lawn edger you have to know a couple of things. 


Firstly, you must identify the size of your lawn. 


Secondly, you should know the type of your lawn. Is the grass thick and condensed together? Or, is it lean and free? 


And finally, you have to know what power source you can use.


After you’ve discovered that information you will have the needed parameters to make a decision. Now, let’s run down how you can use that information to pick your lawn edger.


Power Source


Lawn edgers can be classified by the type of power they use. We can’t really tell you what the best power source for you is, because this depends on your lawn. But for the sake of knowledge, let’s talk about these main types. 


Gas


Gas-powered edgers are the strongest out of all the three types, as they offer the best performance using engines. They’re cordless, which won’t limit you as an electrical edger would.


That being said, they do require extra maintenance every once in a while, and given how heavy they weigh, their maintenance isn’t a fun thing to do. 

Gas edgers are quite expensive not to mention, they aren’t eco-friendly.


Electrical


Electrical edgers are the most popular type out there. They’re light-weight, easy to control, relatively cheap, maintainable, and eco-friendly. 


What’s annoying about electrical edgers is that they’re bound by the length of their cords. You might not be able to reach all your lawn. That’s why buying an extension cable is a must when you buy an electrical edger. 


Another downside is that they aren’t always strong enough to deal with all kinds of weeds that might grow in your yard. The models that are strong enough are usually difficult to find and aren’t economical, i.e. they consume a lot of electricity.


Battery


Battery-powered edgers are convenient to use and store, and you can notice a rise in their popularity. They’re cordless like gas-powered edgers. Unlike gas-powered edgers though, battery-powered ones are eco-friendly.


Like electrical edgers, they’re not powerful enough for strong weeds. Another downside is that the battery life will run out after continuous use. If you want to trim a big area, battery-powered edgers are going to be a nightmare for you.


Features to Look For


When buying a lawn edger, there are some features that you should know about. Let’s discuss why each of these features is important.


Blades


Some edger models, usually electrical and gas-powered, use blades to trim your lawn. If your lawn is heavily grown with dense weeds, then blade edgers are your way to go.


If you want to learn more about the different kinds of blades, give this article a read.


One-Line vs Multiple Lines


Edger models that use single lines are usually made to operate in soft grass environments. Other models that are designed for heavy-duty trimming use multiple lines to deal with heavy weed areas.


Depending on your model, you can exchange your edger spool, whether it’s because your line was damaged, or you’re upgrading to a high duty line. A video guide on how to do that can be found here.


Auto Feed


The edger cuts the grass by a rapidly rotating line connected to a spool under the head. To efficiently trim the grass, that line must be short or long enough to deal with different types of grass. 


Older models used to require you to manually adjust the length of the line. But newer models utilize a feature called auto-feed. With this feature, the line is automatically adjusted to the correct length depending on the type of grass you’re trimming.


Adjustable Heads


This is an essential feature when you’re buying an edger since you want to be able to cut these hard to reach areas, like for example, if you’re trimming a paved path. 

Adjustable heads can come in many forms. Gas-powered edgers, which are typically fixed, come with heads that can be adjusted from 15 to up to 100 degrees. Electrical and battery-powered edgers, on the other hand, are more flexible and more likely to have more than just one use.


Plant Guard


A plant guard is a kind of isolator to prevent your edger from harming plants or other objects in your yard. Don’t look too much into this feature though, since not all edgers have it. 


Wrap Up


Our top pick was Worx WG896, because of how well it can fit most roles. It’s perfect for small and medium-sized lawns, with a powerful motor and comfortable handling.


But if you need a heavy-duty edger that works better with large areas, Southland SWLE0799 is your friend. A somewhat cheaper alternative would be Earthquake 23275.


Don’t be afraid to check every lawn edger in this guide thoroughly to make sure your decision is the right one. We hope we’ve helped you in getting there!