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Best Lawn Edger Reviews for 2017

If you’re looking for a lawn edger, you’ll find plenty of different models and styles to choose from. This buyer's guide will help you decide how to choose the edger that best suits your needs. Do you need an electric, battery powered or gas?  Is a pole or push model better for your lawn?  We’ve also included a roundup of lawn edger reviews that will help you select the best one.  Read on...

I've done the hard work....the best lawn edgers for 2017:

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Model

Type

Power

Blade Length

Our Rating

BLACK+DECKER LE75011

Electric

12 amp

7.5"

5 out of 5

WORX WG896

Electric

12 amp

7.5"

5 out of 5

Troy-Bilt TB516 EC

Gas

29 cc

9"

4.5 out of 5

BLACK+DECKER LST400

Battery

20 Volt

12" (string)

4.5 out of 5

GreenWorks 27032

Electric

12 amp

7.5"

4 out of 5

Lawn Edger Reviews

Pros

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    Affordable price
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    ​​​​Tool-free assembly
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    Powerful enough for almost any task

Cons

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    You’ll need an extension cord for larger lawns
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    Too lightweight to offer stability when edging uneven surfaces

The LE75011 from BLACK+DECKER packs serious functionality into its lightweight frame.

Despite the fact that this is an electric edger, it’s engine is powerful and efficient and manages to generate more than enough power to tackle any task. It’s small, but mighty engine features 2.25 HP, 150 in-lbs of torque and 4,700 RPMs.

The depth of cut is adjustable, with three different settings, which makes this edger a viable option for edging, trenching and other tasks such as exterior lighting or invisible dog fence installation.

This edger also features industry-leading safety features. Starting the edger is as simple as pulling the trigger, and as soon as the trigger is released, the blade stops.

The handle is well designed, providing ample control and leverage for left and right-handed users. Best of all, it comes in at an extremely attractive price point. The LE75011 is capable of managing lawns large and small, and it has enough power to tackle nearly every task. At this price, it’s hard to ignore this edger. 


Pros

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    12 amp motor offers plenty of power
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    Cutting line indicator makes cutting perfect lines easy
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    Adjustable shaft height

Cons

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    Plastic axle is susceptible to breakage
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    Not compatible with 3-pronged extension cords

The WORX WG896 is similar in design and functionality to the LE75011 from BLACK+DECKER.

It features a 12 amp, 4700 RPM motor, and three different blade height adjustments. The engine is powerful enough to handle nearly anything you can throw at it.

There are also many intuitive features that make this model a strong choice. The shaft of the WG896 is adjustable to accommodate users of any height, and a cutting line indicator helps ensure a perfectly cut edge every time.

The handle swivels to accommodate left and right-handed users, and at 14 pounds, it’s easy for anyone to maneuver. 


Pros

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    Easy to start
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    Large cutting blade with plenty of room for adjustment
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    Sturdy, heavy duty wheels provide extra control when edging or trenching

Cons

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    Weighs twice as much as most electric models
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    2-year warranty is short compared to other companies

If you’re looking for a gas powered edger, it’s hard to go wrong with the TB516 from Troy-Bilt.

Unlike some gas-powered edgers, the TB516 starts reliably every time with a single pull. It’s also equipped with JumpStart which allows you to start the motor electrically as well.

You won’t have to worry about mixing oil and gas thanks to its 4-cycle engine. The engine offers 29cc which is more than enough power for home landscaping applications.

It’s certainly more cumbersome to use than some of the electric edgers on the market, but it’s still lightweight and agile enough to make quick work out of your projects.

The adjustable wheels allow for six different depth of cut adjustments, and this model is capable of cutting depths up to 2.75”, which is superior to the electric edgers you’ll find.

Out of all of the edgers we’ve covered, the TB516 is the most heavy-duty, and therefore it’s the most capable edger for very demanding applications. 


Pros

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    Extremely lightweight
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    Compatible with all BLACK+DECKER 20V batteries
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    Eliminates the need for a separate trimmer

Cons

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    Batteries take several hours to recharge
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    Not as easy to control as a wheeled edger

If you’re looking for versatility, the LST400 from BLACK+DECKER may be a great choice for you.

The LST400 functions as both a trimmer and an edger, and it’s cordless battery powered motor provides a level of freedom you can’t get with a corded electric edger.

The LST400 is a no-brainer if you also use other 20V BLACK+DECKER tools, as they use the same battery as the LST400. The battery also offers dual mode operation, which allows you to switch between a high-power mode or a mode that optimizes run time.

In run time mode, the LST400 offers up to an hour of continuous operation. In high-power mode, the battery provides more power to the engine, which allows it to handle more difficult applications.

However, it’s important to remember that this is a string edger, and it’s not going to be capable of cutting through heavy underbrush and debris the way a steel blade trimmer can. Since the edger uses a single wheel to handle motion, it also doesn’t offer the same stability as a 3-wheeled edger.


Pros

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    Industry-leading warranty
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    Affordable price
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    Adjustable/removable auxiliary handle offers superior control

Cons

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    Can’t dig trenches
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    Since the depth of cut varies based on the pressure you place on the unit; results can be uneven if you aren’t careful.
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    Doesn’t include an edge guard

The 27032 edger from GreenWorks is another electric edger that’s similar to the offerings from WORX and BLACK+DECKER that we’ve covered above.

It features a 12 amp motor, which provides ample power for most applications.

Unlike comparable models which offer different depth of cut adjustments, the 27032 features a spring-loaded front wheel which allows the user to alter the depth of cut by varying the pressure on the unit.

The detachable auxiliary handle provides extra control and allows you to get the leverage you need to cut at maximum depth. The maximum depth is 1.5” which some users may find a bit restrictive compared to other models.

Unlike the other electric models we’ve looked at, the 27032 doesn’t offer 2 in 1 functionality, so you won’t be able to use this tool to dig trenches as well. But, for most users, the 27032 will provide the power and versatility necessary to get the job done. 

TIPS ON USING A LAWN EDGER

Using a lawn edger is easy, and you’ll be able to get the hang of it in a matter of minutes. These tips will help you get started on the right foot quickly.

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    Safety first - When edging, always wear long pants and protective eyewear to protect your legs and eyes from shooting debris.
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    Stay close to the concrete - When you’re edging a sidewalk or curb, you’ll want to keep the edger’s blade as close to the trench as possible. Otherwise, you run the risk of edging the lawn back too far, which won’t look at clean and professional.
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    Keep it even - When cutting your edge, try and keep that grass even with the rest of the lawn. This will help contribute to a professional looking edge.
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    Edge often - You’ll ultimately end up saving yourself time and frustration by edging your lawn each time you mow. This way, any undergrowth that has developed since your last mowing can quickly and easily be trimmed away.

HOW TO DETERMINE THE BEST LAWN EDGER TO BUY

When it comes to narrowing the field of lawn edgers, you’ll want to ask yourself some questions. How you answer these questions will help determine which kind of lawn edger is best for you.

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    How large is your property? Is there a lot of edging that needs to be done?
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    How meticulous are you about your landscaping?
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    Do you need to edge around curbs or uneven areas?
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    Do you use a landscaping service for certain things, or do you do all your landscaping yourself?

For those of you with a large piece of property or a significant amount of edging to do, a gas-powered model is likely best for your needs. Those with smaller yards and less edging will usually find that a battery or electric powered edger will do the trick.

If you’re planning on edging your lawn along a curb or other uneven surface, you may want to look into a four-wheeled model, as opposed to a three-wheeled model, or a stick edger. This will provide you with the most stability to get the job done.

If you occasionally or regularly use a landscaping service for certain aspects of your exterior maintenance, you may be able to have them take care of your edging at the beginning of each season with a heavy-duty four-wheeled edger. That way, you can just invest in a stick edger to take care of any overgrowth that develops throughout the season.

DEPTH OF CUT (BLADE LENGTH)

When searching for an edger, you’ll probably be interested in one that allows you to set the depth of cut to your individual needs. This will allow you to tailor your edger to the exact needs of your property and will provide you with the cleanest and best looking finished product.

Many of the higher-end edgers allow you to adjust the angle of the blade completely. This allows you also to use your edger to clear brush and trim up hills. They also provide a high end finishing touch to edging around flower beds.

POLE VS. WALK BEHIND

When it comes to edgers, there are two styles available: pole and walk behind.

A pole edger, also known as a stick edger provides the user with complete control over the edger. They’re very easy to maneuver, which makes them a strong choice for yards that have custom shaped flower beds or other landscaping.

Since these edgers are meant to be held with two hands, they tend to have smaller engines than walk behind edgers. Therefore they’re usually a bit less powerful. Pole edgers are most commonly used to shape up an edge that’s already been cut.

Walk behind edgers are usually the most powerful type of edger, and due to their power and weight, they’re typically structured similarly to a small lawn mower and feature either three or four wheels.

The rear wheels of a walk behind edger move the edger forward or backward, while the front wheel(s) stabilize the edger blade and allow you to create a clean and straight edge.

A three-wheeled edger typically provides more than enough stability and control for most applications. But, if you’re planning on doing edging along curbs, you may want to look into a four-wheeled model, which provides the most stability and control of all, especially when edging along curbs.

Often, a walk behind edger is used at the beginning of the season to put in a nice clean edge. Then, throughout the season a pole edger is used to trim any additional overgrowth.

WHAT TYPE OF POWER?

A major consideration you’ll need to make when choosing an edger is the type of engine the edger has. There are several different options available. Depending on your needs and the size of your lawn, you’ll be able to determine the type of engine that’s best for you.

ELECTRIC

Electric powered edgers are a popular option for many different reasons. They’re lightweight and easy to maneuver. They are also quieter than gas-powered edgers and don’t produce pollution as a gas powered edger does. Electric edgers are typically the easiest to use, and they feature less moving parts than a gas engine, which helps make electric edgers among the most durable available.

On the other hand, electric edgers usually don’t offer quite the same power that a gas edger does. For people with a small or moderately sized yard that requires minimal edging, an electric edger or trimmer is usually the perfect fit. But, if you’re responsible for edging a huge property where using an extension cord isn’t practical, or if you’re looking for the most powerful edger you can buy, an electric edger may not be your best choice.

GAS

The most popular style of edger is the gas-powered variety. Gas powered edgers provide the most versatility and power, and they’re favored by most homeowners, as well as professional landscapers as well.

Because gas edgers feature larger engines and a gas tank, they’re the heaviest and most cumbersome style of edger. For this reason, many opt for a walk behind model with 3 or 4 wheels to make it easier to maneuver.

BATTERY

A battery-powered edger is a convenient alternative to electric models. Unlike an electric model which must be plugged into power to work, a battery edger uses a portable battery to power the edger.

Since there’s no cord to get in the way, a battery-powered edger is nearly as versatile as a gas powered edger. They’re also nearly as heavy as a gas edger considering that you’ll be lugging around the large portable battery with you as you edge.

Battery powered edgers are a popular option for small yards without much edging to do. At the same time, these edgers will start to lose power as their battery drains. For this reason, battery-powered edgers aren’t very popular for large jobs or yards that require a higher powered edger.

Plus, ask anyone who uses a battery-powered edger and they’ll be quick to tell you that few things are more frustrating than realizing you forgot to charge up your battery.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I EXPECT TO PAY?

How much you should expect to pay for an edger is going to be different based on your individual needs, like the size of your property, how often you’ll be using your edger, and how versatile you’ll need your edger to be.

Prices for an edger can range from as low as $20 for a cheap manual edger, to upwards of $500 for a high-end gas powered model. For most people, an edger in the $75-$250 price range will provide all the power, functionality and versatility you’ll need.

Once you’ve evaluated what you need from your edger, you’ll be able to pinpoint the amount you can expect to pay for an edger more accurately.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHEAP AND EXPENSIVE MODELS

As you shop for an edger, you’ll probably notice a wide variance in the price of different models. In some cases, these shifts in price can indicate a high-quality product, but that isn’t always the case. Many value-priced edgers will serve your needs every bit as well as an expensive model full of different bells and whistles.

Many of the features you can expect to see on more expensive models offer added convenience, but not much additional functionality. For example, a popular feature of expensive gas edgers is a push-to-start function. While this feature makes the edger extremely easy to start, it doesn’t make the edger any better at doing its actual job.

However, certain features, such as a larger engine, improved battery life or higher quality cutting blades have a profound effect on the finished product of your landscaping, and you may find that it’s worth the extra money to get some of these features, which are more typical with expensive models.

Like many aspects of the buying process, the additional features you’ll find in more expensive models are largely matters of personal preference. You will be able to create a beautifully edged landscape with a cheaper model almost as easily as you can create with the most expensive edger on the market.

Keep in mind that the type of engine the edger uses plays a huge role in determining the price of the edger. Gas powered edgers are typically the most expensive, whereas battery powered or electric edgers are more affordable. 

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR EDGER

For the most part, your edger will require very little maintenance. There are a few small things you can do and precautions you can take to ensure that your edger continues to run in top condition for many seasons.

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    Inspect belts and recoil rope before starting your edger - Damaged or torn belts can cause your edger to stop working altogether. Always give them a once-over before starting your edger.
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    Check the engine oil before each use - This is a critically important maintenance step for all landscaping tools, and shouldn’t be overlooked. Make sure that the oil is at the proper level and change the oil frequently to ensure the edger offers top performance on every use.
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    Check your air filter - Considering how much dirt and debris your edger is going to be operating in; you’ll want to check the air filter frequently and change it as needed to ensure your edger is in top shape.
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    Check your blade - It’s no secret that a sharp blade offers the cleanest cut. So, you’ll want to check your blade regularly to make sure that it’s sharp, and that it’s free of any burrs, nicks or other imperfections that’ll compromise the edgers ability to cut. If your edger’s blade is worn, replace it as soon as possible.
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    Keep it clean - Edging a lawn is a dirty job. After a few uses, you’ll notice that your shiny, brand new edger isn’t quite as shiny and brand new looking as it used to be. Spending a few minutes cleaning up your edger is a great way to avoid larger, and more costly problems down the road.

CONCLUSION

Picking the perfect edger for your lawn doesn’t need to be a difficult undertaking. You’ll be able to quickly and easily select the best edger for your situation once you consider the features you need, the budget you have, and the type of engine that’s best for your yard.

Of course, any of the edgers we’ve covered above in our buying guide are a great choice and are sure to have your lawn looking its best. There are countless more models on the market that you may find to be a better fit for your needs, as well.