Garden Groom – A Hedge Trimmer on Steroids

by Theresa on June 7, 2009 · 8 comments

Garden Groom looks like a fun little garden gadget. Of course the media likes anything new and trendy and are sure having a hay day with it. But really it's only a hedge trimmer that also collects and mulches the mess. Don't throw away your old trimmer just yet! Let's see how easy and effective it is to trim hedges.

Garden Groom Claims and Features

Trims and shreds so fine it reduces waste volume by 10:1.
Thorny or spiky clipping disposal is quick and easy.
Shredded clippings are ideal for composting.
The world’s only collecting hedge trimmer that has a completed sealed blade.
Both cut branches up to 1/2" in length.

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There are two different sized Garden Grooms

Garden Groom Midi
9" diameter cutting head
Weighs 6 lbs
300 watt motor
Around $150.00

The Garden Groom Pro
It works best for shorter and shallower bushes and hedges but some consumers mentioned that it was harder to maneuver.
11.4" diameter cutting head
Weighs 7.7 lbs
500 watt motor
Around $180

Hmmm..wonder if Garden Groom can trim this!

Hmmm..wonder if Garden Groom can trim this!

The Good

  • Very lightweight and easy to use. Since it's well balanced it rides on top of the hedges well.
  • The trimmings are mulched up in very fine pieces and end up in the mulch container.
  • It has a nice safety feature where you have to have both hands on it while you're working. Otherwise the Garden Groom disengages.
  • It does neatly cuts bushes and hedges up to about 1/2" in length.
  • The round cutting head allows you to cut in any direction.
  • No clean up needed after you're finished cutting. Just empty the mulch by the flowers and plants around your home.

The Bad

  • When you work on the sides of bushes you do still have some mess but most ends up in the mulch container.
  • The [tags]garden groom[/tags]alternate mulch bag is unnecessary and difficult to trim bushes with it attached.
  • The Garden Groom has a safety feature for the blade. Just be aware that it still continues to spin for a while until it comes to a complete stop.
  • It has a limited reach since it only has a 100 foot extension cord. It gets in the way of trimming as well since you have to drag the cord around.
  • Other Garden Groom users mention that it only operates well across the top of a hedge and it's difficult cut the sides.
  • The cutting container fills up  quickly and you have to keep emptying it.
  • It works fine on dense shrubs but not on less dense shrubs or if they are woody with lots of thick leaves. It may overheat the motor.

Compare consumer comments on a variety of Amazon hedge trimmers



Garden Groom is getting good reviews from the media of course, but mixed reviews from consumers. The main complaint is that it's too pricey for what you get.

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1 Elaine July 24, 2009

A friend of mine lost the top inch of his middle finger and a small part of the index finger to the Garden Groom. Per the “Bad” listed here, the blade continues to move for a little while after it is disengaged. He reached his hand up to hold it against himself and must have curled his fingers around the edge. At the same time he moved his other hand to move the cord. There should be a warning on the front edge stating that the blade continues to spin after it is disengaged. Or there should be a way for the mechanism to stop completely when disengaged.

2 Lorrie August 5, 2009

I just bought one. I used it on my dwarf boxwood and it jammed several times with the small leaves. Is there a way to stop this?

3 Theresa August 10, 2009

That’s really weird that it jams with small leaves. It should work on those boxwoods. I’ve heard it jamming up on thicker wood and twigs but not on leaves. Does the bag look like it’s full at all? I’m sorry I wish I could help but I don’t have an answer for you…Maybe trying calling customer service on this one.

4 Laurence October 20, 2009

Bought it last year -thought it useless as I was trying to cut long leaved conifer –used it today on short cropped conifers –wonderful –no mess at all
You must use the extension bag as the small unit fills too quickly

5 Peter Zurcher March 10, 2010

As an avid gardener I thought I gotta have this gadget. It is exactly that. People, save your money and buy a shear trimmer for half the cost with 4 times the power and reach. Frankly, I wasted my money. Dont waste yours.

6 Theresa March 15, 2010

I know those marketers really know how to push your buttons and buy things you don’t need. Believe me your definitely not alone….I’ve bought lots of stuff I don’t need!

That’s the thing, you don’t always need to make every bush and tree into a neat little box and the infomercial suggests that you do. Sometimes it’s better to make them look natural. I put some links up in the related posts section if anyone wants to see the videos.

7 Jane June 18, 2011

sorry—tried it once and I was extremely unsatisfied with the marketing raves. I’m sending it back but the company will not stand beside their product and help with return postage. I’m sure they realize it’s an inferior product. I will try and warn my friends because it’s way over priced, it doesn’t deliver and they do not supply return postage if not happy with product. Their loss.

8 Jack Fahy October 8, 2012

We should have read the reviews on these; they do not work. We ordered the 500 Watt larger unit and it had no cutting power and was very cheaply made.

These units have cheaply made blades, poor suction, and they did not trim the smallest of our hedges/bushes without a great deal of time repeatedly trying to trim them. We cannot believe anyone has had any success with them. If they are held in a downward poistion to trim, there isn’t enough suction to let the debris go into the holder; the few clippings that come off go onto the ground. It cost us $29.99 shipping and handling and another $30 to return it. If you check on Amazon and ebay you’ll find them offered for practically nothing.

Do not waste your money on this product. We should have read the reviews on these; they do not work. We ordered the 500 Watt larger unit and it had no cutting power and was very cheaply made.

These units have cheaply made blades, poor suction, and they did not trim the smallest of our hedges/bushes without a great deal of time repeatedly trying to trim them. We cannot believe anyone has had any success with them. If they are held in a downward position to trim, there isn’t enough suction to let the debris go into the holder; the few clippings that come off go onto the ground. It cost us $29.99 shipping and handling and another $30 to return it. If you check on Amazon and eBay you’ll find them offered for practically nothing.

Do not waste your money on this product.