In this guide we’ll take a look at the best lawn mowers for the UK market.
We’ve compared power, collection rate, lawn capacity and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Lawn Mower For The Money?
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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 you’re garden is on the medium to large size, you definitely need to consider it.
Firstly, let’s talk power. It comes with a 173cc 4-stroke petrol engine with low fuel consumption. For those that don’t know much about lawn mower engines – it’s a beast! And as we’ve said many times, more power means a better cut.
Next, and unlike most lawn mowers on our list, this mower is self-propelled. Essentially this means you don’t have to push it. So if you’ve got steep inclines or uneven areas of your garden, it’s really useful. It’s fitted with a speed controller, and an option to push, giving you total control over it.
Other features include a massive 51cm cutting width, a wide cutting range of 2.5cm to 7.5cm, and a very large 70 litre 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 a fantastic lawn mower and will make mowing a big lawn much easier!
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Flymo Easi Glide 300 Electric Hover Lawn Mower Review
The Flymo Easi Glide 300 is the only hover lawn mower to make my list; but it’s more than earned its place. This is such a popular model, and many users claim its by far the best electric lawn mower that is both high quality and affordable.
For such a lightweight unit (only 8.8kg) it doesn’t half pack a punch with a 1300 watt motor. It’s got a strong 30cm metal cutting blade, and 20 litre grass collection box. Although this is on the small size, it actively compacts the grass, and is perfectly fine for gardens the size of half a tennis court or smaller.
As hover mowers are closer to the ground, they are great if you prefer very short grass. The Easi Glide 300 comes with 4 cutting heights ranging from 1cm to 3cm.
To make things even easy, it comes fully assembled out of the box. And in terms of storage, the handle bars fold right over keeping it very compact.
This lawn mower performs great and it offers amazing value for money. It’s a winner for the best lawn mower on a budget.
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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, it’s super lightweight (just 5.1kg), and it won’t break the bank. But if you need further convincing, here’s a few more reasons why you should consider it.
Firstly, it’s got very good power behind it at 1,400 watts. Combine this with it’s lightweight body (just 11.5kg) and you’ve got a mower that’ll glide around your lawn with ease.
Flymo also give you a good cutting height range from 1.1cm – 3.1cm, based on your preference or how short you like to go at different times of the year. It’s also got a nice cutting width of 25cm.
Now it may not be cordless like some of the others options on our list, but Flymo don’t scrimp on the cable length like some other manufacturers. You’ve got a good 10m to work with, where others often give you just 6-8m.
And lastly, I’ve got to comment on the price. It’s very competitive, especially considering the spec of the model.
So if you’re looking for a lawn mower that isn’t silly money, but cuts your grass perfectly and is easy to move around, you should certainly consider this one.
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WORX WG779E.2 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review
I’m a big fan of the WORX range, and the WORX WG779E.2 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower is a top model. It’s not until you use one of these babies, that you realise how much a cordless lawn mower frees up your movement. It’s a flagship model that is one of the best cordless lawn mowers for on the market.
Now it’s important to note that it’s designed for medium sized gardens. Just like a BMW i3 won’t get you from London to Manchester, this cordless mower won’t cover acres of estate, but for the majority of us, this isn’t an issue!
It comes with a 34cm cutting width, 2cm to 7cm cutting height range, and decent 30 litre grass collection box.
It’s powered by an innovative little 36 volt lithium-ion battery. For ease of use, the battery has a smart indicator telling you how much life is left, and charges up quickly too.
As you’d hope from a battery powered mower, it’s much quieter than electric or petrol. It’s also relatively lightweight at 12kg, and is easy to store.
The question is, is it worth money because cordless lawn mowers aren’t exactly cheap. The general consensus among owners is ‘yes’ – you get what you pay for, and the mowing experience is far nicer. This is the best cordless lawn mower for the money and it works a charm!
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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 too. 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 36cm cutting width. This means fewer trips up and down the garden and you’ll be done quicker.
Next, it’s got five adjustable height settings from 2cm to 6cm. Whether you like your lawn nice and short, or a having a bit of texture to it, this model has you covered.
It’s also got a decent 40L grass collection box and a generous 12m cable. As well as comfortable ergonomic handles that were cleverly designed.
All-in-all this is a very well designed lawn mower that’ll be ideal more the majority of UK households. Combine that with a competitive price point, and you really can’t go wrong with the Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C.
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Swift Cordless Digital Compact Lawn Mower Review
The Swift Cordless Digital Compact Lawn Mower is the new kid on the block, and is making quite an impact on the UK market this year.
If you’re done with extension leads and tripping over cables, this mower is seriously worth your consideration.
Firstly, let’s take about power and battery life. This lawn mower takes two 40V lithium batteries and can cut up to a whopping 500m2 on one charge. To put that into perspective, most British gardens would only need one battery’s worth of charge.
Next, it’s got a feature we really love. It can automatically detect how long your grass is an adjust its cutting height accordingly. How neat is that?!
We also like how compact it is, and how easily it folds down as stores away. No more taking up half your shed!
It’s got a 32cm cutting width, which is pretty standard for most compact mowers, and also a modest 30l grass collection box, which is in keeping with the size of the mower.
Overall, this is a really clever cordless lawn mower, and certainly worth your consideration.
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Bosch Rotak 40 Electric Rotary Lawn Mower Review
The Bosch Rotak 40 Ergoflex is a bit of a beast and takes electric mowers to the next level!
At 1,700 watts, this engine makes this one of the best lawn mowers around. It’s got a 40cm steel cutting blade, a cutting height range between 2cm and 7cm, and a big 50 litre grass collection box. In fact, it boasts a 99% collection rate for the neat freaks among you!
It’s got what Bosch call ‘extended grass combs’ to help you get right up to the edge of your lawn, and of course an integrated rear roller if you want the striped effect.
The Rotak 40 boasts a really well designed handle. It’s nice and chunky and has good grip. There’s been real thought into user posture, and reducing muscle strain which doesn’t go unnoticed.
With all these features, it’s no surprise this mower wins one of the top spots as the best lawn mower for the money!
Lawn Mower Buyer’s Guide & FAQ
What type of lawn mower should I buy?
There are five main types of lawn mowers. 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 drive it forward, it rotates the cylinder blades and cuts the grass.
They’re a great alternative to your traditional lawn mower, and they’re a lot cheaper too. If you have a small garden, hand push might be the best option for you.
Simple to use, very lightweight, and easy to store.
Hover Lawn Mowers
You may be surprised to know that the hover mower was invented in 1964! A 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.
Because hover mowers can be manoeuvred from side to side, they’re great for getting under awkward evergreens and overflowing borders. However, as I’m sure you’ve experienced at some point, the feeling of moving a hover mower side-to-side isn’t the most natural. It takes a fair amount of forearm strength, so just make sure the hover mower you choose isn’t too heavy.
Electric Lawn Mowers
As you might expect, the most common of the lot is the electric lawn mower; perfectly capable of dealing with small to medium sized lawns. It comes in all different formats (rotary, cylinder, hover) and is the best solution for the majority of British gardens.
If you’ve got a big garden, you’ll know the struggles of dealing with the cable or extension lead when using a corded lawn mower. If it’s not continually having to throw it out of the way, it’s trying to reach those final 3 feet as the cable pulls you back.
Naturally, 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. Simply plug them in, charge them up, and away you go. No cables, no petrol, no pollution. They’re fantastic. But what’s the catch?!
Well, just like an electric car is only really good around town, a battery powerful 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, you’re probably better suited to our next category of lawn mower…
Petrol Lawn Mowers
As a general rule with lawn mowers, the more powerful they are, the better the cut. And petrol mowers are where you can start having some fun!
Of course they need a bit more care than your standard mower, but it’s certainly worth having the right tool for the job, especially if you’re dealing with a large garden.
Robot Lawn Mowers
If you thought battery powered mowers were a neat idea, you ain’t seen nothing yet! If you’ve got the money, the future is at your fingertips. After defining the area you want it to cover, it simply travels it, cutting and mulching as it goes. You’re on the patio enjoying a BBQ, while this little fella does the donkey-work!
Check out our guide to the best robot lawn mowers here.
What is the best lawn mower for my garden size?
In the handy table below, I’ve highlighted which lawn mowers are appropriate for different sized gardens. This should help you in choose what’s best for yours.
For example, if you’re looking for a lawn mower for a small garden, see here.
How much does the weight of a lawn mower matter?
Lawn Mower weight is certainly something to consider before you buy, and there’s quite a difference. They can range anywhere from about 7kg for push or hover mowers, all the way up to 40kg for a beastly petrol one!
Ultimately, you need something you’ll feel comfortable manoeuvring.
Should I buy a self propelled lawn mower or a push lawn mower?
Self-propelled lawn mowers are best suited for big lawns, uneven ground or steep inclines. Basically, the do the hard work for you.
If you’ve got a small or medium sized garden, that’s generally flat, you don’t really need self-propelled. If you’re dealing with a big, uneven garden, you’ll really appreciate self-propelled!
What is a mulching lawn mower and do I need it?
Here’s how it 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. This makes your soil richer, which in turn makes your grass healthier.
There are other useful benefits to mulching too. Firstly, you’ll save a lot of time having to empty the grass collection box. Secondly, you’re helping the environment by not having to throw away tons of grass every year. And thirdly, you won’t have to bother with harmful pesticides and weed killers, because you’re treating your lawn the natural way.
How important is lawn mower cutting height?
Interestingly (or perhaps not so interestingly), cutting your grass at certain 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.
For the majority though, it’s 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 of course most lawn mower manufacturers give you the option.
Typically the better the lawn mower, the more cutting heights you’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+.
What size grass collector do I need for my lawn mower?
Grass collectors range from about 20 litres to 80 litres. As you’d expect, the bigger your garden, the bigger your container should be.
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.
How important is the handle bar of a lawn mower?
With such focus on power and performance, it’s no surprise many people overlook comfort. If you’re going to be pushing this thing round for half an hour, you’re going to want something with a good grip and that dulls the vibrations. It’s also worth checking that the handle bar is adjustable too.
Out of all our reviewed lawn mowers, the Bosch Rotak is the best lawn mower for both comfort and performance. It has the most user-friendly handle bars, with a chunky grip and well-positioned buttons.
What is the lawn mower cutting deck and does it matter what it’s made from?
The cutting deck is the main body of the lawn mower. It safely houses the blade underneath, and ensures you’re protected from it.
Cheaper lawn mowers generally have a plastic cutting deck, while higher-end models tend to be made from steel or aluminium alloy.
Of course metal is stronger than plastic, but in reality plastic cutting decks are still very strong. Unless you’re going to transporting your lawn mower with other heavy-duty machinery, it’s not something you have to worry about getting broken.
What are the best lawn mower brands?
There’s a reason why Flymo and Bosch dominate our top 10 lawn mowers. 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 actually been around since 1964, with their iconic orange lawn mowers coming to market in 1977. Incredibly Bosch is over 130 years old! Although they specialise in a wide variety of appliances and equipment, they consistently deliver quality products. As I’m sure you know, their reputation is top-notch and they’re a brand to be trusted.
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.
What is the best lawn mower to buy in 2020?
There are lots of different types of lawn mowers out there on the market to suit all different gardens and needs. But don’t worry, we’ve tested the best of the best and we believe that the Hyundai HYM510SPE 173cc Petrol Lawn Mower is the best lawn mower if you have a medium to large garden. For smaller gardens we recommend the Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower!