Best edger tool

Keep your garden in great shape with an edger tool. We’ve found the best electric and hand tools around to get the job done right.

Kwik Edge Tool
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Stopping grass overgrowth and creating crisp edges makes your garden look neat and tidy. Whatever the size of your yard, there are plenty of edges to maintain around beds and walkways, and that’s where a great edger tool comes in. It’ll create a professional finish, cutting through turf with minimum effort. Our selection will help you choose the best. 

Best overall

WORX Electric Lawn Edger & Trencher

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WORX electric lawn edger and trencher

Lightweight design

This corded edger does the hard work for you, with little effort. Weighing under 15 pounds, it’s easy to maneuver, even on corners. It has a spinning serrated blade that creates deep edges for clear definition, and the preferred depth can be set. The two-in-one design can also make the trenches needed for invisible fences or boundary wires.

Best for maintenance

Kwik Edge Tool

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Kwik edge tool

Manicured finish

This isn’t a tool for cutting edges, but it keeps existing beds and borders looking their best by slicing through the grass roots that invade. Vertical and horizontal blades do the work, while the curved back cultivates and grooms the soil. This tool is best used when soil is slightly dry.

Best for clean cuts

AMES 2917200 Saw-Tooth Border Edger

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AMES 2917200 saw-tooth border edger

Serrated blades

This edger will cut through turf for precise edges around both beds and walkways. It can be used for curves as well as straight lines to highlight interesting features in your garden. The footplate makes pushing more comfortable, and the steel grip and handle ensure it’s strong and durable.

Best for avoiding bending

Fiskars Long-handle Steel Edger

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Fiskars long-handle steel edger

Steel blade

If bending down to work is uncomfortable, check out this edger. It has a 38.5-inch handle that eliminates stooping. The T-shaped handle allows a firm grip, and the foot platform means you can use bodyweight to slice through turf, even if it’s dense. 

Best for dense undergrowth

BLACK+DECKER LE750 Landscape Edger and Trencher

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BLACK+DECKER LE750 landscape edger and trencher

Trigger-pull start

Like our other corded pick, this model is both edger and trencher, so you can use it for a variety of garden projects, where it will cope with even tough growth. Use it to edge precisely alongside driveways, sidewalks, and patios. The built-in cord retention will avoid accidental unplugging, and it will start and stop easily via the trigger. 

Best for coping with roots

Radius Garden 22611 Root Slayer Edger

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Radius Garden 22611 Root Slayer edger

Sharpenable blade

The inverted V-shaped cutting tip of this edger traps and slices roots rather than pushing them out of the way or allowing them to bounce off. The blade is made from powder-coated carbon steel for durability, and the resin-encased carbon-steel shaft will not bend or break. Maintenance is simple; clean and sharpen the blade regularly.

Our verdict

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Crisp edges can give any garden a professional look and manicured finish. Our favorite edger tool is the WORX electric lawn edger and trencher. It can create clear edges to the depth you select and, because it’s electric, it will spare your effort. It can also be useful for other projects that require trenches to be dug.

If you prefer a hand tool, the Radius Garden 22611 Root Slayer edger is designed to tackle rooty areas more effectively and quickly. Want to tend existing edges rather than creating them from scratch? The Kwik edge tool will slice through invading grass roots and condition soil.

Sarah Warwick
Freelance writer

Sarah is a freelance journalist and editor writing for websites, national newspapers, and magazines. She’s spent most of her journalistic career specialising in homes and gardens and loves investigating the benefits, costs and practicalities of home improvement. It's no big surprise that she likes to put what she writes about into practice, and is a serial house revamper.