In this guide we’ll take a look at the best lawn mowers on the UK market this year.
I’ve tested and reviewed power, collection rate, lawn capacity and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
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Best petrol lawn mower
The Hyundai HYM510SPE 173cc is the best petrol lawn mower on our list and makes light work of large lawns. Its 173 cc engine delivers exceptional power, whilst the 58 cm cutting width really reduces mowing time. Plus, with a 70 litre grass collection bag, time won’t be wasted constantly emptying out clippings either!
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The best budget lawn mower
The Flymo Turbo Lite 250 Electric Hover Mower is the perfect option for small to medium gardens, and savvy buyers who don’t want to spend £100s. It’s light, compact and has adequate cable length. If you’re looking for a reliable and economical lawn mower, this is the one for you.
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Greenworks Cordless Lawn Mower Review
The Greenworks Cordless Lawn Mower is another mower well deserving of a mention. This fantastic model is suitable for cutting lawns of up to 600m² in size. It has a handy 50L grass bag, while there’s also a mulching setting available.
This mower boasts an impressive cutting width of 41cm, wider than many others on my list. It has a range of cutting heights to choose from, from 25-80mm. The compact design means it can be stored away in no time at all.
Finally, this mower allows you to move freely. There’s no irritating extension cables to trip over, and it’s extremely easy to manoeuvre around your lawn. The battery lasts around 25 minutes.
Hyundai HYM510SPE 173cc Petrol Lawn Mower Review
I’m a big fan of the Hyundai HYM510SPE – it’s one hell of a petrol lawn mower! If your garden is on the medium to large size, it’s the best lawn mower on the market and one you should definitely consider buying.
Firstly, let’s talk power. It comes with a 173 cc 4-stroke petrol engine which also has low fuel consumption. For those that don’t know much about lawn mower engines, to put it simply – this is a powerful beast! And when it comes to cutting grass, more power does tend to result in a better cut.
Next, something which sets it apart from most lawn mowers on our list: this mower is self-propelled. Essentially, this means you don’t have to push it. It comes in really handy you’ve got steep inclines or uneven areas in your garden. To be honest, it’s also great if you’re just someone who finds petrol mowers a bit heavt to move around. It’s fitted with a speed controller, and an additional manual-push option, so you really have total control when using it.
Other features include its massive 51 cm cutting width, wide cutting-height range of 2.5 to 7.5 cm, and large 70 L grass collection bag. Everything about this mower screams BIG!
And, as if all these featured weren’t enough, it can mulch and discharge your clippings too helping improve the health of your lawn.
Overall, this is the best petrol lawn mower on the market and will make mowing a big lawn much easier thanks to its power and size!
Flymo Speedi-Mo 360VC Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower Review
I’m a big fan of the Flymo Speedi-Mo 360VC Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower, primarily for its wide 36cm cutting width and powerful 1500W motor.
This lawn mower has a range of cutting heights from 20-60mm, and it comes equipped with a 40L grass box so you can spend less time emptying. The 12m cable is longer than others on the market, allowing you freedom and flexibility to move around the garden.
One of my favourite things about this lawn mower is that it’s very lightweight. It’s extremely manoeuvrable, floating on a cushion of air, and it weighs just 11.5kgs. The folding handles ensure it’s easy to store.
If you have a large garden but you don’t have the budget for a cordless or petrol powered model, this Flymo Speedi-Mo 360VC Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower is my top recommendation!
McCulloch ROB S400 Robotic Lawn Mower Review
The McCulloch ROB S400 Robotic Lawn Mower is another highly intelligent robotic mower that automatically tackles almost any shape and size of garden. It can even be used on inclines up to 35%!
This smart mower will adjust its mowing schedule based on the lawn growth, preventing wear on the lawn. The guide wire technology improves navigation even in complicated shaped gardens for an even finish every time. This mower will always find its way home without leaving tracks!
I found this mower very easy to get set up using the simple setup wizard. Control is also easy, as this mower features a quick keypad navigation which gives immediate access to all functions, including the cutting schedule and specific mowing programs.
This mower has a range of cutting heights from 20-50mm, and it mulches the clippings so there’s no need to regularly empty it. Best of all, it’s pet-friendly, so won’t harm your cat or dog even if they run in the mower’s path
If you’re looking for the best robotic lawn mower for sloped gardens, the McCulloch ROB S500 Robotic Lawn Mower is one of my top recommendations!
Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower Review
The Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower is one of the most popular models on the UK market, and for good reason! It’s powerful yet light, easy to manoeuvre yet durable. Let’s take a look in more detail why it’s one of the best lawn mowers on the market:
Firstly, it’s got a nice wide 36c m cutting width. This means fewer trips up and down the garden, and ultimately you’ll get the job done quicker!
Next, it’s got five adjustable height settings ranging from 2 – 6 cm. Whether you like your lawn clipped and short, or with bit of texture to it, this model has you covered.
It’s also got a decent 40 L grass collection box and a generous 12 m cable. The cable length is a real win because it’s plenty long enough to get most jobs done without needing an extension lead. Additionally, the comfortable, ergonomic handles mean you won’t get sore hands from mowing.
All-in-all this is a very well-designed lawn mower that’ll be ideal for the majority of UK households. Combine its excellent functionality with its competitive price, and you really can’t go wrong with the Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C.
Sprint Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower Review
The Spring Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower boasts one of the most impressive engines on the market. This petrol model comes with a reliable and powerful Briggs & Stratton 300E engine that allows it to tackle even very overgrown areas with ease.
With 6 cutting height positions to choose from, you can have your lawn looking exactly as you like. This unit either discharges the clippings or collects them in its generous 60L grass bag.
What I found most impressive about this mower was how easy it is to use despite the high power. The ergonomic handle bar can be adjusted so it’s comfortable for any gardener, while the handle can also be folded for space saving storage.
If you’re looking for a powerful yet easy to use petrol mower, the Sprint Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower is my top recommendation.
Einhell Cordless Lawn Mower Review
The Einhell Cordless Lawn Mower is one of my favourite cordless mowers for larger gardens. Designed with manoeuvrability in mind, this mower can easily tackle large surface areas and angled corners thanks to its 43cm cutting width. It’s easy to move around obstacles and trees.
One thing I love about this mower is the lawn-protecting high wheels. You’ll be left with no unattractive tracks in the grass, while the central cutting height adjustment ensures you can have your lawn exactly as you like it.
This mower comes with 2 batteries, each with a charge level indicator so you know how much time you have left. The grass box also comes equipped with a level indicator, so you’ll know when it’s time to empty.
If you’re looking for a reliable cordless mower for large lawns, the Einhell Cordless Lawn Mower is my top recommendation!
Flymo Easi Glide 300 Electric Hover Lawn Mower Review
The Flymo Easi Glide 300 is very deserving of its spot on this list. It’s such a popular model; many users claim it’s by far the best electric lawn mower, being both high in quality and affordable.
For such a lightweight unit (weighing only 8.8 kg) it doesn’t half pack a punch with its 1300 w motor. Its combination of lightness and size will help you make light (!) work of your lawn.
It’s got a strong 30 cm metal cutting blade, and 20 L grass collection box. Arguably, you might think that this collection box is on the small side, but it actively compacts the grass and is perfect for gardens the size of half a tennis court or smaller.
Hover mowers are closer to the ground than other types, and therefore they’re great if you prefer very short grass. The Easi Glide 300 comes with 4 cutting heights ranging from 1 – 3 cm.
To make things even easier, it comes fully assembled out of the box. But, don’t worry about storage – the handle bars fold right over keeping it very compact.
This lawn mower performs really well, it lightweight and offers amazing value for money. You’ll be amazed by what such a neat, compact machine can achieve.
Flymo EasiStore Cordless Rotary Lawn Mower Review
The Flymo EasiStore Cordless Rotary Lawn Mower is one of my top recommendations for ease of use. This lawn mower is built with practicality in mind. It comes with dual lever handles that allow you to comfortably operate the mower with either hand.
This lawn mower utilises a powerful 40V battery so you can tackle your entire lawn with ease. The battery charges in just 180 minutes, and there’s a range of cutting heights to choose from, between 25-65mm.
I found this mower to be exceptionally easy to use, and it weighs just over 8kgs. Moving it in and out of storage was a breeze, while the upright position makes it even easier to move around the garden
If you’re looking for a lightweight and extremely manoeuvrable cordless lawn mower, the Flymo EasiStore Cordless Rotary Lawn Mower is my top recommendation!
Flymo Turbo Lite 250 Electric Hover Lawn Mower Review
The Flymo Turbo Lite 250 Electric Hover Lawn Mower has become a favourite with homeowners over the last few years.
It gives a great finish to your lawn, is super lightweight (just 6 kg!), and won’t break the bank (your wallet can sigh with relief!). But if you need further convincing, here are a few more reasons why you should consider it:
Firstly, it’s got very good power behind it – 1,400 w, to be precise. Combine this with its lightweight body, and you’ve got a mower that’ll glide around your lawn with ease.
Flymo also give you a good cutting height range from 1.1 – 3.1 cm. This will give you a lot of flexibility depending your preferences and how short you like to cut the lawn at different times of the year. The cutting width of 25 cm is a little smaller than most, but it makes this mower easy to manoeuvre around tighter spots in the garden.
Now, it may not be cordless like some others options on this list, but Flymo don’t scrimp on cable length like some other manufacturers. You’ve got a good 10 m to work with, whereas others often give you just 6 – 8 m.
And lastly, I’ve got to comment on the price. It’s very competitive, especially considering the spec and quality of the model.
So if you’re looking for a electric lawn mower that isn’t silly money, but cuts your grass perfectly and is easy to move around, you should certainly consider this Flymo option.
WORX WR130E S300 Landroid Robotic Mower Review
Another robotic mower well worthy of a mention is the WORX WR130E S300 Landroid Robotic Mower.
Let’s start with the range of sizes on offer. This mower is cost-effective, and it comes in a range of sizes to suit your garden. Models for smaller gardens (up to 300m²) are cheaper, while the most expensive model can tackle lawns of up to 2000m²!
This mower is fully plug and play. There’s no need to change the settings if you don’t want to, and it’s pre-programmed with a schedule to suit the size of your lawn. It’s easy to adjust either on the machine or using the app, and it comes with a compact charging station.
With AIA technology, this mower turns efficiently so it can cut your lawn 30% faster than others on the market! It won’t wear the edges, and it comes with a range of cutting height options. Best of all, it works extremely quietly, so can even be used overnight.
If you’re looking for a reliable smart robotic lawn mower, the WORX WR130E S300 Landroid Robotic Mower is my top recommendation!
Bosch Rotak 32 LI Cordless Lawn Mower Review
The Bosch Rotak 32 LI Cordless Lawn Mower is a compact mower that’s perfect for urban gardens and residential areas. This lawn mower is one of my top choices for smaller spaces, suitable for gardens up to 150m².
This mower comes equipped with a reliable 36V battery and a powerful motor. It can tackle even very overgrown or damp grass with ease, and the integrated grass combs allow you to mow right up to the edge of your lawn.
One of the best things about this mower is its low noise output. Producing just 74dB, this mower won’t wake up your neighbours if you use it first thing! It tackles all terrains, including slopes and descents with ease.
Finally, this mower has a lightweight design and a reliable battery. It charges in just 70 minutes. If you’re looking for a fuss-free cordless mower for smaller lawns, the Bosch Rotak 32 LI Cordless Lawn Mower should be at the top of your list!
Swift Cordless Lawn Mower Review
The Swift Cordless Lawn Mower is a powerful cordless mower, with a digital brushless motor that allows you to tackle lawns up to 250 square metres in size. This mower is a great choice for compact lawns.
This mower boasts a cutting width of 37cm, as well as individual wheel height adjustment settings ranging from 25mm to 75mm. This machine fully adapts to different lawn and terrain types.
With a 40L grass box, you’ll spend less time emptying and more time mowing! The added child lock will also stop your child from attempting to operate the mower.
If you’re looking for a powerful cordless motor for smaller lawns, the Swift Cordless Lawn Mower is my top recommendation!
Yard Force Cordless Lawnmower Review
The Yard Force Cordless Lawnmower is my top recommendation if you’re looking for a powerful cordless model to deliver that enviable striped effect. This fantastic mower comes with a rear roller so you’ll soon have a lawn to rival those at Wimbledon!
This mower has a generous 37cm cutting width and it comes with a choice of 7 cutting heights ranging from 25mm-75mm. The 40L grass collection bag has a handy level indicator so you’ll know when it’s time to empty!
At 15.5kgs, this lawnmower isn’t the lightest on my list, but it’s not exactly super heavy. I found it generally very easy to manoeuvre around the garden.
If you’re looking for the best rear roller cordless lawn mower, the Yard Force Cordless Lawnmower is my top recommendation!
Things to Know Before Buying a Lawn Mower
Lawn mowers are great. They’re really the only way to keep your lawn looking neat and trim.
But there are so many different options on the market nowadays – how do you know which model is best?
Take a look at the following tips to help you find the best lawn mower for your garden.
There are five main types of lawn mowers. Let’s look at some of their pros and cons, working our way up from cheapest to the most expensive:
Hand Push Manual Lawn Mowers
These are your good old-fashioned push lawn mowers! As you drive it forward, the cylinder and blades rotate and it cuts the grass.
Pros: cheap to buy and free to run. Simple to use, lightweight, and easy to store. A great alternative to your traditional lawn mower; if you have a small garden, a hand push mower could well be the best option for you.
Cons: can’t always cut through thicker grass, may require a couple of passes, the power has to come entirely from your pushing force!
Hover Lawn Mowers
Clever technology that uses air to create a cushion between the grass and your mower. This enables the high-speed rotary blade to cut your grass.
Pros: quiet, can be manoeuvred from side to side – great for getting under awkward evergreens and overflowing borders.
Cons: cords can get in the way/ batteries require charging. Can require a fair amount of forearm strength – not ideal if the mower is heavy.
Electric Lawn Mowers
The electric lawn mower is perfectly capable of dealing with small- to medium-size lawns. It comes in all different formats (rotary, cylinder, hover) and is the best solution for the majority of British gardens.
Pros: quiet to use, can be quite powerful, simply plug in and mow without interruption until done!
Cons: may require an extension cable if the cord isn’t long enough, cords can get in the way and cause a hazard.
Fortunately, someone thought it a good idea to create a cordless lawn mower…
Cordless Battery-Powered Lawn Mowers
These are the next generation of lawn mowers.
Pros: simply plug in, charge up, and away you go. No cables, no petrol, no pollution. They’re fantastic. But what’s the catch?!
Cons: a battery-powered lawn mower is only really good for about half an hour. That being said, for the majority of gardens this is more than enough.
A cordless lawn mower makes the best lawn mower for a small garden because of how easy they are to use!
If your garden is big, the best lawn mower for you might be a petrol model…
Petrol Lawn Mowers
Pros: they’re extremely powerful, petrol lawn mower will do a great job at cutting the lawn, and they’re cheap to run.
Cons: they’re noisy, polluting, and need a bit more maintenance than your standard mower.
That said, they are really useful for large gardens.
Robot Lawn Mowers
If you thought battery-powered mowers were a neat idea, you ain’t seen nothing yet!
Pros: if you’ve got the money, the future is at your fingertips. The little robot mower will travel your pre-programmed cutting area, cutting and mulching as it goes. You can be sitting on the patio enjoying a BBQ, while this little fella does the donkey-work!
Cons: as with most technology, these mowers work great until they don’t, and then they can be more complicated to fix (certainly compared to a manual push lawn mower!).
Check out our guide to the best robot lawn mowers here.
In the handy table below, I’ve highlighted which lawn mowers are appropriate for different sized gardens. This should help you choose what style is most appropriate for yours.
For example, if you’re looking for a lawn mower for a small garden, see here.
Lawn mower weight is certainly something to consider before buying one of these machines. There’s actually quite a lot of variation when it comes down to it.
A standard weight for a manual push or hover mower is between 7 – 9 kg. Some electric models weigh more like 12 -15 kg, and then weights can go all the way up to 40 kg for a beastly petrol one!
Don’t just take my word for it though – be sure to check the product specifications as these weights can vary dramatically.
Ultimately, the best lawn mower for you will be of a weight that you’ll feel comfortable manoeuvring around the garden.
Remember: even if your mower is self propelled, this feature won’t work when the engine is off. So you’ll have to lug the full weight of the machine from the garage to the garden.
Self-propelled lawn mowers are best suited for big lawns, uneven ground or steep inclines. Basically, they do the hard work for you.
If you’ve got a small or medium-size garden, that’s generally flat, you don’t really need a self-propelled mower, and manual push will be sufficient. Of course, no-one is going to stop you if you’ve got your heart set on self propelled!
Here’s how mulching works:
After the initial blades of grass are cut, they are transported into the mower. Once inside they are finely cut down into very small particles of grass. These particles are then distributed back to the lawn where they can quickly decompose, and feed the soil with valuable nutrients.
- It makes your soil richer, which in turn makes your grass healthier.
- You’ll save a lot of time not having to empty the grass collection box
- You’re helping the environment by not having to throw away tons of grass every year.
- You may not have to bother with harmful pesticides and weed killers, because you’re treating your lawn the natural way.
Of course, you may not want to use this option. In which case you can choose a mower without it, which may be cheaper. Most mowers offer you the option of mulching or not when using them.
Interestingly (well, depending on your point of view…!), cutting your grass to different lengths can affect the health of it.
For example, when it’s cold and rainy, a lawn mower with a large cutting height is useful for wet and long grass. Using a lower setting might cause the mower blades to jam, or might pull up too much grass from the soft ground.
The majority of the time though, height comes down to personal preference.
A beautiful, thick green lawn can look amazing, whilst a really short one is great for playing football on. The choice is yours, and if you want more options – make sure the mower you’re buying offers plenty of range.
Typically, the better the lawn mower, the more cutting heights it’ll have.
Most cheap lawn mowers will have 3 options, mid-range mowers have about 5 or 6, and high-end models can have 7+.
Lawn Mower FAQs
With proper care and maintenance, there’s almost no limit to how long your mower will last. Some are cited to have a ‘life expectancy’ of around 8 – 10 years, but certainly manual and petrol lawn mowers can last a lot longer if they are cared for properly.
Grass collectors range from about 20 L to 80 L. As you’d expect, the bigger your garden, the bigger your container should be. Take a look at product reviews
It’s also worth noting that they come in two formats; grass collector bags and grass collector boxes. The bags are typically made of canvas, while the boxes are made from plastic.
In the plastic boxes, look out for plenty of air holes as good ventilation helps evenly distribute the grass. Canvas bags obviously do this well already.
Flymo and Bosch are two excellent brands that always dominate my ‘top x’ lawn mower lists. They’ve both perfected their models for the mass market, and understand the average consumer wants and easy to use, reliable lawn mower at an affordable price.
Flymo has been around since 1964, and incredibly Bosch is over 130 years old!
Looking at the other manufacturers on our list, Einhell have been making garden tools for 50 years, VonHaus are a massive brand, and Evopower are making waves in the lawn mower market thanks to their modern technologies.
- Hyundai HYM510SPE 173cc Petrol Lawn Mower
- Flymo Easi Glide 300 Electric Hover Lawn Mower
- Flymo Turbo Lite 250 Electric Hover Lawn Mower
- WORX WG779E.2 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
- Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower
- Swift Cordless Digital Compact Lawn Mower
- Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower