Updated April 05, 2019 by Sam Kraft

The 10 Best Electric Weed Eaters

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This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in March of 2019. If a lawn mower is the bread and butter of your yard maintenance equipment, a quality weed eater serves as a tasty side dish. These electric string trimmers can access tight areas that are inaccessible to a mower, such as the edges alongside flower beds, the space beneath hedges, and around fences and mailboxes. We’ve included options suitable for anything from overgrown grass to thick vegetation. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best electric weed eater on Amazon.

10. Black+Decker LSTE525

9. Greenworks BST4000

8. Craftsman CMESTA900

7. Worx WG170

6. Ego Power+ Trimmer

5. Black+Decker LST136

4. Makita XRU02Z

3. Worx WG154

2. Makita XRU09Z

1. DeWalt DCST990H1

Editor's Notes

March 29, 2019:

Despite the fact that they’re widely used, we decided not to include Greenworks models 21212, 21142 and 21342 due to an array of issues that popped up across the board, including a poor feeder design, a short battery life, a lack of replacement spools, a tendency for the head to break off after moderate use, and a host of other problems. The Greenworks BST4000 (which we’ve included) appears to be the most effective option from the brand, with an auto-feed system that performs well and modest power that will be suitable for light duty.

No trimmer is perfect, but the DeWalt DCST990H1 appears to have the optimal combination of attributes a typical user is looking for in a weed eater: consistent power, a long life, an easy-to-use spool system, and reliable battery life. It’s a bit on the heavy side, which limits its maneuverability a touch, but that’s a trade-off to be expected with a tenacious model like this.

Most of the options on this list are battery-powered and cordless, with the notable exception being the Craftsmen CMESTA900. Sure, dragging an extension cord behind you as you trim isn’t ideal, but an affordable, lightweight modal that generates ample torque is a great value to someone who doesn’t mind dealing with a cord.


Sam Kraft
Last updated on April 05, 2019 by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.


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