In my opinion, the best lawn mower for the money is the Bosch Rotak 40.
Boasting a 99% collection rate, powerful 1,700 watt engine and 500m² lawn capacity, it's well-worth your consideration.
In my opinion, the best lawn mower for the money is the Bosch Rotak 40.
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The Bosch Rotak 40 Ergoflex is a bit of a beast and takes electric mowers to the next level!
At 1,700 watts the engine is one of the most powerful you’ll find in an electric lawn mower. 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 has been built to handle large gardens of up to 500m².
If you’ve done any research on robotic lawn mowers, you’ll know that the majority aren’t without their issues. Whether it’s struggling with tough terrain, or a lack of customer support, most brands are falling short at the moment.
Flymo aren’t most brands though.
The Flymo lithium-ion robotic lawn mower 1200R has been brilliantly received, and is a major breakthrough for the robot lawn mower market.
It copes well with rough ground, obstacles, and even rain. And, it moves slowly with the blades tucked well underneath, so doesn’t pose a risk to wildlife.
It’s extremely quiet, and great for you garden as it mulches as it goes. This distributes the tiny grass clipping back to your lawn to feed the soil.
A full charge will send this little chap on his way for 60 minutes, and when the battery is running low, he’ll simply report back to his charging station to refuel!
It can cope with areas up to 400m², so medium to large gardens or orchards are perfectly fine.
The Flymo Easi Glide 300 is the only hover lawn mower to make my list; but it’s more than earned its place.
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.
I’m a big fan of the Bosch Rotak range, and the cordless Rotak 32 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.
Now it’s important to note that it’s designed for small and medium sized gardens; up to 150m² Bosch say. Just like a BMW i3 won’t get you from London to Manchester, the cordless Rotak 32 won’t cover acres of estate, but for the majority of us, this isn’t an issue!
It comes with a 32cm cutting width, 3cm to 7cm cutting height range, and decent 32 litre grass collection box.
It’s powered by an innovative little 36 volt lithium-ion battery. For ease of use, the battery has 3 LED lights to indicate how much life is left, and takes about 45mins to an hour to fully charge.
As you’d hope from a battery powered mower, it’s much quieter than electric or petrol. It’s also relatively lightweight at 13kg, with folding handles for easy storage.
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. The decision is ultimately yours though!
I’m a big fan of the Frisky Fox PLUS. Aside from it’s fun name, 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 Wolf ‘Dynamic’ 5.5 horsepower 4-stroke petrol engine. 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, the Frisky Fox PLUS 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 55 litre grass collection bag. Everything about this mower screams BIG!
And as if all these featured weren’t enough, it can mulch too.
The Flymo Chevron 37VC is a quality mid-range electric lawn mower. Everything about it is bigger and better than entry level models, making it ideally suited to medium gardens.
The motor power is 1,600 watts, which is considerably more than the 900 watts the nifty Flymo Easimo that we’ve reviewed above has. It has a 37cm cutting width, enabling you to cover more ground faster, and five different cutting heights from 2cm to 6.5cm. It’s also got the nice feature of a rear roller for a traditional striped lawn.
There’s a generous 40 litre grass collection box, which is good for an electric mower. And the box comes with a transparent lid, taking the guesswork out of emptying it.
Despite being a step up, Flymo have been able to keep the weight right down. At just 11.2kg, it’s very easy to manoeuvre and pick up if you’re storing it in your shed or garage.
Perhaps its only limitation is the 12 metre cable length, but if you’re buying an electric mower for a decent sized garden, I’m sure you expect to use an extension lead anyway!
Overall, it’s a top electric lawn mower with great features and lots of good reviews.
If don’t like the faff of a bulky lawn mower, or simply want something cheap that’ll deal with a small lawn, the VonHaus manual cylinder mower is a great choice.
It’s incredibly lightweight at just 6.3kg, cuts at a width of 30cm, and has a good cutting height range of 1.2cm to 4.5cm.
The grass collection bag can handle up to 23 litres, and the beauty of course is that you can see when it’s full!
The cylinder itself is constructed of 5 rotating blades that’ll chomp through your lawn with ease.
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 Propelled Lawn Mowers
These are your good old-fashioned push lawn mowers! As VonHaus Manual Cylinder Lawn Moweryou drive it forward, it rotates the cylinder blades and cuts the grass.
If you’ve got a small garden, they’re a great alternative to your traditional lawn mower, and they’re a lot cheaper too.
Simple to use, very lightweight, and easy to store.
Hover Lawn Mowers
Flymo Easi Glide 300 Electric Hover Lawn MowerYou 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 maneuvered 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. The Flymo Easi Glide 300 that we recommend only weighs 8.5kg, so you’re safe there.
Electric Lawn Mowers
Flymo Chevron 37VC Electric Wheeled Rotary Lawn MowerAs 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. 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
Bosch Rotak 32 LI High Power Cordless Lawn MowerThese 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.
For my advice on the best cordless electric lawn mower, follow the link.
If your garden is big, you’re probably better suited to our next category of lawn mower…
Petrol Lawn Mowers
Frisky Fox PLUS Self Propelled Petrol Lawn MowerAs 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! For example, our top recommended petrol mower the Frisky Fox PLUS has a 5.5HP engine.
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.
For my advice on the best petrol lawn mower for larger gardens, follow the link.
Robot Lawn Mowers
Flymo Lithium-ion Robotic Lawn Mower 1200 RIf 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!
What lawn mower is best 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.
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. The Flymo Easimo Electric Lawn Mower is only 8.3kg and an Amazon Best Seller – this would be our recommended choice for a lightweight lawn mower.
Should I buy a self propelled lawn mower or a push lawn mower?
Self-propelled mowers are best suited for big lawns and 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 mulching and do I need it?
Mulching is a great little feature to consider for your next lawn mower, unless you own a garden shredder, which of course is also great for mulching.
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.
Our recommended lawn mower for mulching is the Frisky Fox PLUS, but if you’re not keen on a petrol lawn mower, the Bosch Rotak 40 is a very good electric option.
How important is 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 colder, cutting your grass as high as possible is good for it. When it’s warmer, cutting lower can help get rid of dead blades.
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?
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 range has the most user-friendly handle bars, with a chunky grip and well-positioned buttons.
What is the 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.
Which 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.
How do I contact the manufacturer?
Here are the customer service numbers if you need to contact the manufacturer directly:
Flymo – 0844 8444558
Bosch – 0344 7360109
VonHaus – The best they provide is an email address [email protected]
Einhell – 0151 649 1500
Evopower – 01437 700 123
Where can I find the manual for my lawn mower?
We’ve been able to track down the majority of manuals for the mowers listed above. However, some don’t exist as online PDFs.
Flymo Chevron Range – http://www.flymo.com/ddoc/FLYO/FLYO2011_GBen/FLYO2011_GBen__A580429801.pdf
Flymo Easi Glide Range – http://www.flymo.com/ddoc/FLYO/FLYO2012_GBen/FLYO2012_GBen__A576998203.pdf
Flymo Easimo – http://www.flymo.com/ddoc/FLYO/FLYO2013_GBen/FLYO2013_GBen__A580430101.pdf
Flymo 1200 R Robotic Lawn Mower – http://m.flymo.com/ddoc/FLYO/FLYO2013_EUenAPen/FLYO2013_EUenAPen__1155910-26.pdf
Bosch Rotak Range – https://www.bosch-do-it.de/media/media/garden/gardenmedia/manuals/959313_F_016_L81_157_1409pdf..pdf
Evopower EVO1536Li – http://thepowersite.co.uk/media/attachment/file/t/p/File-1398689856.pdf