Husqvarna 115iL Review
Pros: Quiet, lightweight, easy to control
Cons: Pricey, short reach
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Our Analysis and Test Results
This string trimmer just narrowly missed out on claiming an award and the overall top spot, mainly precluded by its lack of reach. Most people found that you had to hunch over when making precise cuts and have to have the business end a little too close for comfort but is an overall excellent product despite that. This isn't as much of an issue for anyone with a shorter stature and we would totally recommend this cordless trimmer to anyone who falls into that category with moderate amounts of lawn care to do.
In particular, we found the versatility of this string trimmer to be quite an asset when weed eating. It's great for both precise work in small areas or around objects that you don't want to accidentally hit with the cutting string — things like the side of your house, lawn ornaments, birdbaths, yard lights, etc. We found the string guard to be perfectly matched to the power of the machine, providing both adequate shielding from freshly-cut weeds flying back at you and failing to get in the way when working in confined areas.
It can also cut through large swathes of tall grass quickly and easily and is great for regular yard maintenance or the occasional large project. The 115iL is lightweight and well-balanced, weighing just about 10 pounds and is easy to carry around one-handed.
Its battery lasted for over 90 minutes in our no-load test and it has both a low and high power setting. It is also one of the quieter models, only registering about 95 decibels on our meter at a distance of 36" and has our judges thought it had one of the least annoying tones out of all the products we have tested.
While the 115iL usually has more than enough power, it does struggle a little with particularly thick-stemmed plants. It gets through them eventually, just takes a bit more time than some of the more powerful machines. This also means that you might want to pick a more powerful model if you are routinely going to be undertaking large lawn maintenance projects with lots of dense vegetation.
It is fairly easy to install new string on the 115iL but the cover does tend to accumulate quite a bit of debris after being in use, so it usually requires thorough cleaning before you can put the new roll in.
The shorter reach on this trimmer can also make it quite hard to find an ergonomic position when using it — especially if you are on the taller side. The head doesn't extend very far and you will usually find yourself hunched over when making detailed cuts.
Additionally, the Husqvarna isn't super happy when held vertically for edging or other precision work, constantly fighting you and wanting to flip over. This is exacerbated by its hard plastic handle, which doesn't offer a ton of grip and isn't the most comfortable to hold.
While this cordless string trimmer does operate on the quieter side, it is exceptionally loud when it first revs up — as loud as the loudest models we have tested.
This string trimmer isn't a great option when shopping on a budget, as it is one of the most expensive models that we have tested.
The Husqvarna 115iL is a great cordless string trimmer that scored above average in each of our testing metrics but just has a few flaws that precluded it from claiming the top spot. We wouldn't strongly dissuade someone from purchasing it unless they are exceptionally tall and have extremely heavy-duty trimming tasks, but there are better options out there for a comparable or slightly higher price.
— Michelle Powell and David Wise