Best Battery Whipper Snippers

Battery whipper snippers are now as quiet and lightweight as ever, and come with an abundance of features to pick and choose from. A battery or cordless whipper snipper helps maintain the neat lines made by a garden edger or lawn edger, which is why it’s important to choose the right model that helps you make light work of gardening. Continue Reading...

27 listings
Ryobi 18V One+ OED1850
4.2 from 21 reviews
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeStraight
Power SourcesBattery (Removable)

A slightly more premium offering than the Ryobi 18V One OLT1830, this Ryobi 18V cordless line trimmer features a 220mm blade cutting depth that helps you cut tough grass.

Price (RRP) $179.00

  • Lightweight and easy to use

  • Long lasting battery

  • Quiet

  • Build Quality
    3.8 (11)
  • Value for Money
    4.1 (11)
  • Ease of Use
    4.2 (11)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.4 (10)
  • Noise Level
    4.2 (11)
  • Safety
    4.5 (11)
  • Battery Life
    4.0 (5)
  • Voltage 18 V
  • Cutting Head TypeBlade
  • Cutting Width220 mm
AEG ALT18B
4.1 from 19 reviews
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeSplit and Straight
Power SourcesBattery (Removable)

With a high power output and a long lasting battery, the AEG ALT18B whipper snipper lets you breeze through your gardening.

Price (RRP) $299.00

  • Comfortable to use

  • Long battery life

  • Makes little noise

  • Build Quality
    4.2 (11)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    4.2 (11)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (10)
  • Noise Level
    3.5 (10)
  • Safety
    4.3 (9)
  • Battery Life
    4.1 (7)
  • Engine TypesLithium-Ion Battery
  • Voltage 18 V
  • Cutting Head TypeLine
  • Cutting Width370 mm
  • Line Diameter24 mm
  • Noise Level 97 dB
Makita DUR181Z
4.0 from 13 reviews
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeStraight
Power SourcesBattery (Built-In)

The Makita DUR181Z quietly powers through the gardening, making it a game changer for smaller-scale yard work.

Price (RRP) $129.00

  • Enduring battery

  • Simple to operate

  • Great value for money

  • Build Quality
    4.3 (8)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (8)
  • Ease of Use
    4.4 (8)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (8)
  • Noise Level
    4.6 (8)
  • Safety
    4.6 (8)
  • Battery Life
    3.0 (2)
  • Voltage 18 V
  • Cutting Head TypeLine
  • Cutting Width260 mm
  • Line Diameter1.6 mm
  • Noise Level 63 dB
Bosch ART Series

Bosch ART Series

 · includes 4 listings
3.1 from 30 reviews
Shaft TypeBent and Extendable / Telescopic
Power SourcesBattery (Removable)

If you’re after a lightweight whipper snipper that helps you breeze through simple yard work, the models in the Bosch ART Series might be up to the task.

Price (RRP) $279.00 to $299.00

Stihl FSA 65 / FSA 85

Stihl FSA 65 / FSA 85

 · includes 2 listings
3.4 from 18 reviews
Shaft TypeStraight
Power SourcesBattery (Built-In)

Stihl’s FSA 65 and FSA 85 whipper snippers are a go-to for achieving precise lawn edges with little effort.

Price (RRP) $265.00 to $319.00

Ozito PXCLTK-218
2.0 from 44 reviews
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeExtendable / Telescopic
Power SourcesBattery (Built-In)

Price (RRP) $125.00

Stihl FSA 56
2.9 from 10 reviews
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeStraight
Power SourcesBattery (Built-In)

Price (RRP) $349.00

Ryobi 36V Edger RED3600
5.0 from 1 review
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeExtendable / Telescopic, Split and Straight
Power SourcesBattery (Built-In)

Price (RRP) $275.00

Ozito PXCLES-018
4.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: We bought an Ozito PXCLTS-0182 from Bunnings late yesterday. Got it out this morning, to put the Battery on Charge so we could use it. Imagine my surprise to find NO Battery or Charger Unit. I looked

Milwaukee M18CLT-0
4.0 from 1 review
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeStraight
Power SourcesBattery (Removable)

Price (RRP) $346.00

Ryobi One+ 4.0AH Edger Kit RED1850Li40
Handle TypeWalk-Behind (Push)
Power SourcesBattery (Removable)

Price (RRP) $249.00

Black & Decker STC1820PC-XE
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeExtendable / Telescopic
Power SourcesBattery (Built-In)

Price (RRP) $150.00

Makita 18Vx2 Brushless Loop Handle Line Trimmer
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeStraight
Power SourcesBattery (Built-In)

Price (RRP) $399.00

ALDI Gardenline 20V Cordless Line Trimmer
3.5 from 6 reviews
Shaft TypeStraight
Power SourcesBattery (Removable)

Price (RRP) $59.99 to $199.00

Ego 56V Power+ 380mm Line Trimmer ST1520E-S
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeStraight
Power SourcesBattery (Removable)

Price (RRP) $299.00

Hitachi CG18DSDL
3.5 from 2 reviews
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeStraight
Power SourcesBattery (Built-In)

Price (RRP) $169.00

Ryobi 18V One+ OLT1833BL
3.0 from 6 reviews
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeStraight
Power SourcesBattery (Removable)

Price (RRP) $219.00

Stihl FSA 57
3.0 from 3 reviews
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeStraight
Power SourcesBattery (Removable)

Price (RRP) $349.00

DeWalt 18V XR String Trimmer DCMST561N-XE
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeSplit
Power SourcesBattery (Removable)

Price (RRP) $299.00

ALDI Multi Garden Tool

ALDI Multi Garden Tool

 · includes 4 listings
2.8 from 20 reviews
Shaft TypeStraight and Split
Power SourcesBattery (Removable) and Petrol

Price (RRP) $189.00 to $199.00

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Why choose a battery whipper snipper?

Man using a Makita battery whipper snipper to trim his garden lawn
Image credit: Makita

A battery whipper snipper uses power from either a removable or built-in battery to cut grass and weeds. The motor is usually located at the cutting head rather than the handle (as is the case for petrol whipper snippers).

Pros

  • Great for everyday use in your own garden.
  • Fully portable.
  • Doesn’t emit fumes.
  • Doesn’t require ongoing maintenance.
  • Relatively easy and quiet to operate, meaning that for some professional gardeners working in residential areas they may be more suitable.

Cons

  • Generally have lower power output than petrol whipper snippers, which can make them less suited to heavy duty gardening.
  • Must be charged in advance and charged again when the battery is low, making them a bit inconvenient for time-consuming gardening jobs.

Understanding the voltage of your whipper snipper

The voltage (V) of your battery indicates its power. It’s common to see power tools that take an 18V battery, but nowadays there are many models on the market that use batteries from 36V to as high as 82V. Generally speaking, a higher voltage battery means better cutting and trimming performance.

Although battery operated whipper snippers don’t quite offer the same level of power and run time of petrol models, developments in lithium ion battery technology are closing this gap between the two. Also take into consideration that the larger your lawn, the larger your battery will probably have to be.

How long does a trimmer battery last?

If you’re unfamiliar with battery cutting edgers, you may be surprised at their seemingly short battery life. The batteries for these whipper snippers usually last between 30 and 60 minutes of continuous use, and should take anywhere between 30 minutes to 3 hours to charge, depending on your battery and battery charger.

Features

When you’re shopping for a battery whipper snipper or garden bed edger, there are some features you should look out for that can take a lot of the hard work out of gardening.

  • Vibration damping: A vibration damping feature steadies the handle of your edger trimmer, letting you hold it without feeling any discomfort from the vibrating machine.
  • Shoulder strap: A shoulder strap helps take some of the weight of the machine off your hands, so you can power through large areas without working up too much of a sweat (and also saving you sore muscles later).
  • Automatic line system: An automatic line feed system sends out more cutting line when it gets too short, as opposed to a manual feed system that requires you to turn off the whipper snipper and unwind the line.
  • Pivoting head: A pivoting head lets you easily change the cutting direction (either horizontally or vertically) so you don’t need to tilt the entire machine.

Ease of use

Battery whipper snippers are generally easier to use and maintain than their petrol counterparts. You can just insert a charged battery when you’re ready to use it and start the motor at the push of a button. They make for a more lightweight whipper snipper.

You should however consider getting a second battery to keep with you, so that if you have a larger yard that needs more than one battery charge, you can easily switch them out - saving you time waiting for your battery to recharge.

The type of shaft on your whipper snipper also affects how easy it is to use.

The different types are:

  • Straight shafts: Straight shafts are generally more ergonomic, as you don’t need to stoop to use them - making straight shaft models better suited to taller gardeners or those who need a further reach in their yard work. They’re more expensive, but are easier to service and find parts for.
  • Bent shafts: A model with a bent shaft is more affordable and can do the job effectively if you don’t have a large yard or do simple gardening work. It can however be hard on your back over time as you may need to bend a little to use it.
  • Split shafts: A split shaft lets you use the same motor to power other attachments for different gardening purposes, saving you valuable shed space.
  • Extendable shafts: An extendable shaft gives you extra reach when trimming your lawn.

Cleaning and maintenance

Battery powered whipper snippers are generally easier to clean and maintain than their petrol counterparts, however you should still be aware of what’s needed to keep your machine spick and span before you buy one.

Luckily, you won’t have any fuel spills to clean up, but you will have to clean your machine with a damp cloth. You should keep any metal bits of your machine lubricated to prevent rust, and sharpen blades once a year. Ensure that before doing any maintenance or repair work on your garden tool, you turn it off and remove the battery cartridge.

Safety

When using a battery grass trimmer, ensure you follow these safety guidelines:

  • Use ear protection, particularly if you’re going to be using your whipper snipper for a long period of time.
  • Wear closed shoes (such as work boots), thick gardening gloves, safety glasses, thick long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
  • Ensure that there aren’t any small children or pets near your work area.
  • Check that the line of your tool is in good condition before starting your gardening, and replace it if required.
  • Use the machine slowly, with even movements, while watching where you step - large rocks and pot plants can trip you up when you least expect them to.
  • Ensure your battery trimmer is dry before you store it.

Price

Battery whipper snippers can set you back anywhere from $80 to upwards of $600, although most of these battery powered tools cost between $200 and $400.