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WORX WG191 56V 13-inch Review

The WG191 did quite well in almost all of our tests, falling just a bit short of the top products
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Price:   $200 List | $178 at Amazon
Pros:  Super convenient to use, runs on the quieter side, edges cleanly
Cons:  Guard gets in the way, so-so battery life
Manufacturer:   WORX
By David Wise, Michelle Powell, and Jenna Ammerman  ⋅  Sep 4, 2019
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  • Weed Eating - 30% 6
  • Ease of Use - 30% 9
  • Battery - 25% 5
  • Noise - 15% 7

Our Verdict

The WORX WG191 is a good all-around string trimmer that we found very few flaws with. It isn't quite as effective as the top products when it comes to removing weeds and grass and doesn't have the most impressive battery life but it is exceptionally easy to use and runs on the quieter side. The WG191 also isn't overly expensive, priced just a bit higher than the budget models and performing proportionally better.


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Pros Super convenient to use, runs on the quieter side, edges cleanlyCuts through weeds like a champ, convenient to operate, quietQuiet, lightweight, easy to controlFantastic at weed eating, easy to useExceptional battery life, fairly effective at weed eating
Cons Guard gets in the way, so-so battery lifePriceyPricey, short reachRequires additional motorized head, decently loudHigh-pitched, annoying, heavy
Bottom Line The WG191 did quite well in almost all of our tests, falling just a bit short of the top productsIf you want the best of the best, the XRU09Z should be one of the first options you considerThe 115iL is a fantastic all-around string trimmer that just isn’t quite as comfortable to use as the top productsThis is a great choice if you already have the EGO POWER+ Power HeadWe weren’t overly impressed with this string trimmer and didn’t enjoy using it
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Rating Categories WORX WG191 56V... Makita XRU09Z 36V Husqvarna 115iL EGO Power+ STA1500... Greenworks 14-inch...
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Specs WORX WG191 56V... Makita XRU09Z 36V Husqvarna 115iL EGO Power+ STA1500... Greenworks 14-inch...
Line Feed Mechanism button bump bump bump bump
Cutting Path (in.) 13 13.75 14 15 14
Shoulder Strap Attachment Yes Yes No No Yes
Measured Sound Level from 36" Away 88 dBa 88 dBa 95 dBa 104.6 dBa 103 dBa
Measured No-Load Runtime 36 min. 69 min. 92 min. 21 min. 95 min.
Measured Weight 9 lb 9.938 lb 10 lb 12.375 lb 14.375 lbs
Nominal Voltage 56 36 40 56 40
Tested Amp-hours 2 5 4 2.5 4

Our Analysis and Test Results

If you are looking for a string trimmer that can double as an edging tool, then you should definitely check out the WORX WG191. The guard has integrated wheels that make cutting clean lines a pain-free process but the guard can get in the way of other detail cuts if you can't make use of the wheels.

Performance Comparison



The WORX is a great option if you want the most bang for the buck when shopping for a new string trimmer.
The WORX is a great option if you want the most bang for the buck when shopping for a new string trimmer.

Likes


The WORX makes short work of dry or soft grasses and doesn't do too shabby of a job with burlier thick-stemmed weeds. It's not the most powerful string trimmer we have seen but it has more than enough power for typical lawn maintenance tasks. As mentioned above, the WG191 is one of our go-to products for detailed cuts, with the integrated guide wheels on the guard making it one of the easiest models to cut a straight line along a path or other garden border. The guard also lets you cut almost flush to the ground without bottoming out — an exceptionally handy feature when you are cleaning up walkways — and it does a great job at blocking anything from getting flung back at you.

The shaft angle on the Worx is highly adjustable  making it easy to customize for the type of cutting path you need.
The shaft angle on the Worx is highly adjustable, making it easy to customize for the type of cutting path you need.

The WG191 also stands out from the rest of the group by being one of the best when it comes to line maintenance.

We did find that the guard can get in the way for detail cuts if you aren't using the guide wheels.
We did find that the guard can get in the way for detail cuts if you aren't using the guide wheels.

The button feed is super easy to use and the single-string design makes it particularly straightforward and user-friendly to swap strings. The WG191 only weighs in at about nine pounds, which is lighter than average for cordless string trimmers.


The WORX is fairly comfortable to use both for making detailed cuts and for clearing large sections of weeds and unwanted grass. We also are huge fans of the amount of adjustability it offers.

The single-speed setting of the WORX is fine for most tasks but we did wish it had a slower option for detail work.
The single-speed setting of the WORX is fine for most tasks but we did wish it had a slower option for detail work.

You can change both the position and angle of the handle as well as the angle of the head to suit your preferences. This string trimmer is also quieter than average, with our sound meter measuring 88 decibels at a distance of three feet away.

The Worx made it easy to trim close to the ground without digging trenches.
The Worx made it easy to trim close to the ground without digging trenches.

Dislikes


While the WORX has sufficient power for light and medium-duty lawn care tasks, it feels decently underpowered if you try and cut large swaths of burly weeds or other hard-to-cut vegetation — especially plants with thicker stems. Tall weeds with heftier stems tend to get tangled up in the guard and start to pull it off course. This progressively gets worse the more you cut, as the tangle builds up until it gets almost impossible to push the WORX forward, forcing you to stop and clean it. The guard can also get in the way when working in tight areas and can be a huge pain if you can't use the built-in guide wheels.

The WORX is by far one of the easiest to use for edging along a path thanks to its handy guide wheels.
The WORX is by far one of the easiest to use for edging along a path thanks to its handy guide wheels.

The WORX doesn't have the best balance, with the head weighing quite a bit more than the battery end and, making it hard or impossible to hold one-handed. The handle can also be a bit slippery to hold.

You hit the button on the handle to dispense more line on the WG191  compared to a bump button under the string.
You hit the button on the handle to dispense more line on the WG191, compared to a bump button under the string.

The battery life of this string trimmer is fairly lackluster. The 56-volt battery lasted for 36 minutes in our no-load runtime test and there is only a single speed mode. While the WORX is overall on the quieter side for these products, it does have a higher-pitched and whinier tone than would have been ideal.

Value


The WORX WG191 is an alright value. It costs a bit less than the top-of-the-line products but performs a bit worse.

Conclusion


If you are looking for a decent string trimmer want one that can work well as an edger, then the WORX is a fantastic option. It's not the best for heavy-duty work and isn't free from flaws but overall we liked this weed eater and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to someone shopping at its price point.


David Wise, Michelle Powell, and Jenna Ammerman