The 10 Best Electric Weed Eaters
This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in March of 2019. If a lawnmower 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 choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best electric weed eater on Amazon.
December 02, 2020:
For this update, we removed the Craftsman CMESTA900. It's a fine model, but since we had several other options that were so similar, we decided to remove it and make room for a bit more variety in our list. We added the Greenworks 21212, a corded model that is also priced extremely low. Its cord might be too much of a hassle if you have a larger property, but for those who don't have much yard to work with, it could be a perfect fit. Plus, its unlimited runtime means you never have to worry about changing out batteries, or recharge times.
Regardless of which model you choose, you should always wear the proper safety equipment when using a weed eater. They are capable of sending rocks or other debris flying at high speeds, so never use one in the vicinity of anyone else not wearing protective gear.
Even though the battery-powered options on our list have reasonably long run times, if you have especially large properties or heavy-duty weed-eating projects in your future, you may want to opt for a gas weed eater. You'll have to deal with the somewhat messy oil and gas mixtures, but their high-powered output and extended running times might make it worth your while.
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.