Some of you may not realize this, but “Weed Eater” is actually a brand that sells trimmers and not just a general term for them. Just as many use the term “Band-Aid” when referring to a bandage, homeowners refer to trimmers as “Weed Eaters.”
Just to clear things up before we get into our guide, we will be highlighting the best weed eater models from a variety of brands and not just the “Weed Eater” brand.
If your goal is to eliminate the unsightly overgrowth of weeds and grass around the edges of your lawn, flowerbeds, pathways or anywhere else around the home, you are definitely in the right place.
Top 10 Weed Eaters Ultimate Table
Battery-Operated, Corded or Gas?
As you can see from our table, many prefer the battery-operated trimmers, but that doesn’t mean they are the best on the market.
You need to weigh out the pros and cons of each style to determine which is the best weed eater for your trimming needs.
- Battery-Operated. The battery-operated units are quite convenient. Just like the gas-powered weed eaters, there is no cord that will limit the distance you can travel or that you have to worry about tripping over as you move.
The downside is that you are limited when it comes to the trimming time. The session will last only as long as the battery has juice in it, and if your trimmer isn’t fully charged, you might not be using it for very long.
We will say, however, that these are some of the quietest models, which is important when you’re trimming in areas where there are certain rules and regulations regarding sound.
- Corded. Corded weed eaters do not limit you like the battery-operated and gas-powered units do. You can use a corded model for as long as you want (and as far as the cord will reach). You don’t have to worry about the battery dying or running out of gas.
The power supply is always constant!
What you won’t like about a corded unit is the cord! It gets in the way as you walk and it can be frustrating when you have to move it around constantly to avoid tripping over it. You will most likely have to purchase an extension cord, as well.
If you have a fairly large yard, this is the least convenient option of them all.
- Gas. While they may be stinky, noisy, and very demanding in terms of maintenance, the gas powered weed eater is the most powerful of the three.
If you have tall brush or thick patches of weeds to whack down, then nothing compares to a gas-powered monster.
Keep in mind that these models will vibrate more than the corded and battery-operated units, which can make your hands numb after an hour of trimming!
Pay Attention to the Small Details as You Shop
Once you have narrowed down a trimmer style, there are still plenty of small details you should take into consideration before you purchase one.
- String Replacement. The less experience you have with trimmers, the easier you will want the string replacement process to be.
Let’s face it – no one wants a difficult machine, but obviously, an inexperienced user won’t be as comfortable with a weed eater as an experienced user will.
If you’re a newbie, make sure you opt for a trimmer that has an easy string reloading system.
- Whether or Not It Functions as an Edger. Some weed eaters make it easy for you to do edging around the flower beds, walkways, stone steps or anywhere else you would like to create a straight line.
Number 3, for example, has a little lever you can pop down that rests along the edge of the surface you’re trimming, and number 7 has a little wheel that makes it easy for you to roll along a surface and create an even cut.
Top 5 Best Weed Eater Reviews
If you don’t want to drop a large chunk of change on a trimmer, you prefer a battery-operated unit, and you would like something for light trimming and edging around the yard, this is the weed eater for you.
We felt that this was one of the best weed eaters for beginners due to the affordability and the ease of use. It has a handy Easy Feed button on the top that allows you to add more trimmer string without having to bump the unit on the ground (which is what you have to do with many older models).
If you want to convert the trimmer into an edger, there is a section of the shaft that you simply turn to engage the wheel and turn the shield up so you can prevent the grass from flying back toward you as you trim.
Do you already own some Black + Decker products? Great, because if they run on a 20V lithium ion battery, you can use that same battery to operate this weed whacker!
If you’re not a fan of the Black + Decker or simply didn’t find the LSTE525 to meet your needs, then consider the Makita trimmer instead.
Rather than running on just one battery, this uses two 18-volt batteries to provide you with the combined power 36 volts! The run time is noticeably longer thanks to these batteries and makes it easier for you to increase the power for thick, dense patches of grass without running the battery down as quickly.
We found this to work best as a trimmer only and not as an edger. It doesn’t have the handy wheel or lever that rests along the pavement as you pass, so you would have to eyeball it as you walk. The likelihood of grass gouges is much greater!
For light to occasionally dense trimming needs, we found this to be a powerful trimmer that was easy to use.
This Black + Decker model is noticeably more expensive, but with the 40-volt battery, you can trim up to a mile of grass on a single charge! For most, that’s about an hour’s worth of weed trimming.
We loved the level of control that it provides since you can adjust the power – simply increase when you run into a thicker patch of weeds and decrease when you head back to light grassy areas.
Just like the other Black + Decker we discussed in the top five, this one also has the automatic feed spool function that doesn’t require you to bump the spool head when you need more string.
Because of these features and the increased run time, this is one of the most popular weed eaters on our list.
We can’t say that the string it comes with is very impressive (it doesn’t last very long), but once you replace it with your string of choice, it’s smooth trimming from there.
Do you have more serious weed whacking needs? If so, then we highly recommend that you opt for a gas-powered unit like this one.
With a powerful 28cc engine and wide, 17-inch cutting width, this monster will rip through those weed patches like a table saw.
Some machines with a pull cord can be difficult to start since they require more upper body strength, but this one is fairly light to pull and didn’t feel too “heavy” for the first few tries.
Make sure you follow the start instructions carefully because they are a bit more particular than some of the other machines out there.
Overall, you will be impressed by the quality, reliability, and performance of this weed eater. It isn’t too heavy; it is dependable and well-constructed. We consider it to be the best weed wacker on the list if you really need something specifically for weeds.
Are you sick of sweeping up grass and weed trimmings after you’ve passed with the weed whacker? If so, get a combo pack like this one from Black + Decker.
You’re actually getting quite a bargain for the price since you pay just a fraction more than number 3 on our list yet you get the sweeper thrown in, as well.
This trimmer is actually the same as product number 3 – the 13-inch 40-volt trimmer has a pop-down lever that allows you to edge evenly and it has the same power options that allows you to increase or decrease based on the denseness of the weeds.
While we can’t recommend this for large trimming jobs, it’s great for a smaller ones. The blower isn’t phenomenal, either, but it does a decent job. Just give the blower to your kids and teach them a bit about yard work!