If you’re in the market for a trimmer but don’t want to spend too much, we got your back.
Today’s post is all about finding the very best trim machine for less than $500.
You can buy cheap, but as we all know, ‘buy cheap, buy twice.’ We will show you some trimmers much cheaper than the $500 though, so don’t worry!
What follows are what we consider the best trim machines that currently cost less than $500.
The VIVOSUN has appeared in a couple of our ‘best of’ posts and for good reason. It’s a solid hand trimmer with smooth operation and simple cleaning.
We like this trimmer as it can cut wet and dry and has a stainless steel bowl with sharp blades and a low effort mechanism. Ideal for longer trimming sessions.
Despite being hand driven, the trimmer doesn’t seem to damage the crop and manages to be efficient enough for small scale growers. It’s a great option for the price!
The iPower Bud Trimmer Leaf Bowl Machine is part of the larger iPower trimmer range and is another hand powered bowl machine. It’s good for dry and wet trimming and comes in a range of sizes too.
Construction quality is good, with a stainless steel bowl and 30 sharp blades. Damage was minimal in our testing while efficiency was good.
It’s a hand powered machine, so does take effort but is great for small scale production
The XtremepowerUS 83082 2-in-1 Leaf Bud Trim Reaper is a larger, motorized trimmer. It’s a freestanding machine with a horizontal mechanism and mesh net underneath to catch the crop.
The trimmer can be tilted for each cleaning and the motor comes with 3 stainless steel blades attached to a variable speed motor for maximum efficiency.
The motor can be a little loud and you occasionally get plant matter escaping from the top, but otherwise, this is a great option for the price.
Sticking with the freestanding setup for a minute, we have the VEVOR Bud Trimmer. It’s another motorized trimmer with a horizontal mechanism and mesh back underneath.
This machine has a cover on top to prevent mess and also comes with a 3 speed motor and stainless steel construction.
The design of the trimmer is pretty good, even to the yellow plastic lid. The motor is relatively quiet and the blades don’t do much damage. Both of which are selling points for this trimmer.
The Risentek Bud Leaf Trimmer Machine is another hand trimmer but does things slightly differently to the bowl trimmers we featured above.
This is a mainly stainless steel construction with a large drum, plexiglass lid and plastic tray underneath. It uses an adjustable blade and can perform clean cuts with minimal damage.
While three hundred bucks may seem like a lot for a hand trimmer, it’s ideal for home or small scale growers that don’t need a motor.
The MELONFARM 19-Inch Bud Leaf Bowl Trimmer is another high quality bowl trimmer that delivers the quality and capacity we look for.
It comes in 3 sizes, 13, 16 and 19 inch. The price above is for the 19” version that is capable of efficient trimming with minimal damage.
The stainless steel construction, replaceable blades and smooth operation makes this a bargain. Despite being a hand trimmer, it can deliver decent amount of crops with minimal effort.
Those are what we think are the 6 best trimmers for under $500. Each proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to prepare plants ready for use.
Do you use any of these? Have any other trimmers to suggest?