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.
There are two different sized Garden Grooms
Garden Groom Midi
9" diameter cutting head
Weighs 6 lbs
300 watt motor
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
- 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.
- 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.
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.