The Best Lawn Edgers for Every Yard
With a wide array of precisely-calibrated edgers available to keep your yard manicured and under control, it’s easier than ever to maintain your curb appeal. Here, our buyer’s guide walks you through the basics and helps you find the lawn tool that’s best for you.
Whether your yard is large or small, minimally landscaped or filled with flower beds, one of the easiest ways to keep it looking sharp is to invest in a quality lawn edger to tame unruly edges.
Much like framing a picture enhances artwork, maintaining an evenly trimmed yard perimeter elevates the overall appearance of your lawn. Its crisp edges signify a well tended property, particularly when you pay close attention to controlling and manicuring growth along the edges of your driveway, sidewalk, garden beds, and walking paths.
Simplify your search for the best lawn edger by identifying your property’s needs with our shopping guide below, and don’t miss our roundup of top picks:
- BEST OVERALL: Worx 20-volt Grass Trimmer/Edger
- BEST FOR GARDENERS: BLACK+DECKER Corded 2-in-1 Edger and Trencher
- BEST TRADITIONAL PICK: Southland Walk-Behind Lawn Edger
- BEST VALUE: GreenWorks Corded Edger
- BEST FOR HEAVY DUTY: McLane Gas-Powered Lawn Edger
Key Considerations for Choosing the Right Lawn Edger
Start (with) your engines.
Generally speaking, there are two kinds of lawn edgers: those with electric engines, and those that run on gas.
- An electric-powered edger—often the more budget-friendly option and top choice for homeowners with a small outdoor space—will either run off of a battery or plug into an electrical outlet via a lengthy cord. Though it only boasts 18 or so volts of power, a battery-operated model allows you to trim anywhere, no matter the distance to the nearest outlet. Alternatively, a corded model’s trade-off is more power (usually 10 to 12 amps) for slightly less mobility (or, at minimum, the use of an extension cord for larger jobs).
- A gas-powered edger, available in a two- or four-cycle format, is more powerful and therefore better suited for larger yards. While two-cycle engines are more common, they require you to stock and refuel using both gas and oil—far less environmentally conscious than four-cycle engines, which run clean but cost and weigh more.
While lightweight manual edgers move on nothing more than the guidance you give them, the weight of an engine typically requires three or four wheels for you to be able to cover your property without straining. In all wheeled models, the rear wheels are responsible for moving the entire unit along, while a guide wheel keeps the blade aligned with the task at hand. Some gas-powered edgers offer the addition of a fourth wheel (a “curb wheel”) to help stabilize the edger when you’re using it at a slight drop-off, such as the line where your lawn meets the street. If you opt for an electric model or will not be maneuvering too many curbs, a three-wheeled edger might be all you need.
Choose the right cutting edge.
A straight, no-frills blade can handle simple yards just fine, but an edger that offers multiple position and angle settings might be worth the investment if you’ve got a lot of flower beds and specialty features on your property. The following are three main types of edger blades:
- Flat rectangular blades with plain edges are most common among lawn edgers, suitable for basic edging jobs where the lawn is flush and level with the nearest hard surface (like a driveway or sidewalk).
- Flat rectangular blades with scoop-cut edges carefully handle the perimeter of more delicate landscaping features like flower beds, which might otherwise be disturbed by the debris in a rough cutting. These blades are also ideal to employ when the lawn and hard surfaces are uneven.
- Star-shaped blades aptly cut lawns that end at a wall or sturdy fence.
If you have only a few needs to address, you could get by with purchasing the desired replacement blade(s) of your choice for the edger and swapping them in as necessary—while easy enough, this transition does add some time to the yard work.
Your Best Bets
With the right edger to spruce things up, you can enjoy a perfect perimeter around a lawn where the grass is always greener—or, at least, the edges are always cleaner.
1. BEST OVERALL: Worx 20-volt Grass Trimmer/Edger
Cover all your trimming and edging needs with Worx’s two-in-one trimmer/edger combo. This lighter weight model (8 pounds) switches from one function to the other in seconds and runs on a 20-volt lithium-ion battery, which is designed to stay charged longer even when not in use. With an adjustable 10- to 12-inch cutting width, the Worx suits most small- to medium-sized yards.
2. BEST FOR GARDENERS: BLACK+DECKER Corded 2-in-1 Edger and Trencher
With a 12-amp electric engine that produces no emissions, the plug-and-go BLACK+DECKER serves not only as an edger, but also as trench digger—essential when you’re installing outdoor lighting or fencing or when you’re planting bushes and trees. Its three-position adjustable blade offers control over the depth and angle of your trimming. As an added safety feature, the built-in cord retention keeps the extension cord in place to prevent tripping and accidental unplugging. Weighing in at 13 pounds, the BLACK+DECKER is easy to maneuver and great for all skill levels.
3. BEST TRADITIONAL PICK: Southland Walk-Behind Lawn Edger
This wheeled lawn edger takes the load off, helping saving you from the weight and hassle of pushing and steering more than 60 pounds of pure lawn-edging power. The 79cc, 4-stroke engine is very capable of creating clean lines around larger yards, as its adjustable front and rear wheels help it hop curbs so all corners are well manicured. Its trio of 9-inch, triangular blades can be adjusted to five depth positions and up to a 2.5-inch cutting depth, giving you a rare level of precision control for a traditional, gas-powered outdoor power tool.
4. BEST VALUE: GreenWorks 12-Amp Corded Edger
From a brand that’s committed to creating products with zero carbon emissions, this corded GreenWorks edger features a 12-amp engine and an extension cord with a cord lock feature that prevents accidental unplugging. Framed by spring-loaded front wheels for variable edging depth, the 7.5-inch double-edged steel blade of the GreenWorks gets a lot of love from do-it-yourselfers for cutting cleanly and smoothly.
5. BEST UPGRADE: McLane Gas-Powered Lawn Edger
You will not be disappointed with the high level of power, control, and quality packed into this gas-powered McLane edger. The cutter head is composed of a single 9-inch spring steel blade, controlled with precision ball bearings, and the entire body is sealed with a durable, chip- and corrosion-resistant powder paint for seasons and seasons of heavy use. Able to cut either vertically or horizontally, and able to ride over curbs and other impediments, the McLane is, at 66.3 pounds, a heavy weight, heavy duty contender suitable even for pros.