Top 10 Best Lawn Mowers – We compare electric, cordless & petrol lawnmowes

Top 10 Best Lawn Mowers – We compare electric, cordless & petrol lawnmowes

Top 10 Best Lawn Mowers – We compare electric, cordless & petrol lawnmowes

WHICH IS THE BEST LAWN MOWER

With over 15 years experience in the gardening game, including many years of professional lawn maintenance, as well as maintaining my own two medium sized lawns, you could say I know my way around a mowers.

I'v been lucky enough to have used all types on lawnmowers over the years, from traditional push cylinder mowers, to powerful 4-stroke petrol lawnmowers, to the latest cordless electric lawn??mowe??rs that use the latest lithium-ion batteries.

Unfortunately there is no single mower that suites every gardener, this is because there are many important things to take into consideration when choosing a good lawnmower. These include the size of your garden, do you have access to power sockets, do you need the freedom to be mobile, do you need it to be light weight and compact, do you want stripes on your lawn, do you need a mower that mulches, self-propelled, these are just a few things you may need to take into consideration.

In this detailed review of the 'best lawn mower uk', we will look at the different types of lawnmowers available, their advantages, disadvantages, which types are best, for which situations, as well as recommendations for which lawnmower might be the best for your lawn cutting needs.

OUR TOP 3 RECOMMENDED MOWERS

Cordless - Petrol - Manual

As we have done lots of depth research and testing before on lawnmowers, you will find our top recommend mowers below, one from each type that offers the best cutting performance, excellent quality and the best value for money. (These were out 'TOP PICK WINNERS' from our previous testing and reviews).

BEST ELECTRIC MOWER

Bosch Rotak 32 Li Ergoflex cordless lawnmower review

Bosch 32li Cordless Mower

  • Cutting width - 32cm
  • Cut height 30-70mm
  • Grass Box - 32l
  • Weight - 13
  • Warranty - 2 years

BEST PETROL MOWER

frisky-fox-plus-20inch-5-5hp-self-propelled-petrol-lawn-mower

Frisky Fox PLUS Petrol Mower

  • Cut width 50.8cm
  • 5 cutting heights
  • Grass box - 55l
  • Weight - 38kg
  • Warranty - 1 year

BEST PUSH MOWER

bosch push mower REVIEW

Bosch AHM 38G Manual

  • Cutting width - 38cm
  • Cut height 15-43 mm
  • Grass box - 25l
  • Weight 10kg
  • Warranty - 2 years

Different types of lawn mowers available

What you can learn from our lawn mower guide - We will go into more detail about the different types of lawnmowers, these include petrol lawn mowers, electric lawnmowers (including cordless), push mowers, hover mowers, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

We will then follow up, with a more in depth look at each lawnmower to find out why, it was awarded our 'Best Pick' and what you can expect from it. We also review some of the other lawnmowers we have reviewed that didn't quiet make our 'Best Pick' but are still excellent  highly regarded mowers that may be better for your situation.

Electric Lawnmowers

There are now many electric lawnmowers available from cheaper corded mowers from around £50, for this you can get a good all round mower, ideal for a small garden. Then theirs the more expensive cordless electric lawnmowers, some of which are now comparable to petrol lawnmowers in terms of power and performance, this was once the downside of cordless lawnmowers, but with new 'lithium-ion batteries', they now offer great performance and much longer run times.

The obvious difference between corded and cordless mowers is that you have the cord to contend with, but corded models are often much cheaper when compared to similar models that are cordless and powered by lithium-ion batteries.

That being said, you can now get cordless mowers at very affordable prices which now makes them a viable option for more gardeners. The big disadvantage of corded models as well as the cable getting in the way, is that you are restricted by the length of the cable, which makes them only really suitable for smaller gardens.

Advantages?

  • Low maintenance - Electric lawnmowers are extremely low maintenance, specially when compared to petrol lawn mowers. Simply brush off after every use and give a more though clean at the end of the season. No oil changes, no fuel filters to change, no spark plug to clean or change. All you need to do is sharpen the blade once on a while, that's about it. If you have a cordless model, you will need to charge the battery which only takes around 60 minutes and should give you around 30-45 minutes run time, which is plenty for most small and medium sized gardens. You can of course have two batteries to increase the run time and one battery can be on charge while your mowing.
  • Compact, light weight & easy to store - Most models are very lightweight and even the largest cordless lawnmower usually weights less than the smallest petrol lawn mower. The usually have clever little features, so that the handles fold down to make them compact.
  • Quiet & no fumes - Electric lawnmowers are extremely quiet and do not emit fumes.

BEST ELECTRIC MOWER

Bosch 32Li Cordless Mower

  • Offers the best value for money without compromising on quality and performance.
  • Power by a 36V lithium-ion battery for longer run times
  • Fast charge time - 80% charged in only 45 mins, fully charged in only 90 minutes
  • Ideal for lawns up to 300m²
  • 32cm steel roller which creates them perfect, must have stripes on the lawn
  • simple lever design so you can easily change the cutting height between 30-60mm.
  • 2 years manufactures warranty, which can be extended to 3 years if registered online
Bosch Rotak 32 Li Ergoflex cordless lawnmower review

Petrol Lawnmowers

Petrol lawnmowers come in all sizes and have been around for along time, the are now very affordable with a good all round, no frills model, available from around £120. More expensive models cost well over £600, however you can get a good all round petrol lawnmower fitted with the latest features, ideal for medium and larger gardens for between £200 and £300. The Frisky Fox PLUS is one such lawnmower. The main disadvantages of petrol lawnmowers over electric is that they are much heavier, small models weight around 17kg which is not too bad, but larger mowers can weight up to 40kg, not a problem if you wheel it, straight to the lawn, but can be a little awkward if you need to left if up steps or into a car etc. They are also noisy compared to electric mowers, all though petrol modern mowers are now much quite than they use to be. There is also the maintenance to think about, you need to change the oil every season, as well as air filters, not to mention store petrol and oil for the mower. 

If your happy about doing the maintenance yourself or happy to take your mower to be serviced by a specialist, they offer some advantages over electric mowers.

  • Lots of cutting Power - Most petrol lawn mowers are fitted with powerful 4-strokes engines that produce plenty of power to cut the most demanding lawns, even most lower priced smaller mowers have good cutting performance.
  • Portable and freedom - Petrol lawnmowers offer the freedom to mower anywhere without being restricted by a cord or battery run time. Simply refuel with petrol and your off mowing again, now waiting for batteries to charge or getting extension leads out. 
  • 4 in 1 mowers - Most petrol models are 4 in 1, this means they can cut and leave the clipping, cut and collect, just like any other mower, many petrol models also have a mulching feature which cuts the clipping into tiny peaces before dispensing them back onto the lawn. This helps put nutrients back into the lawn and is useful if you have a particular dry lawn. Finally some petrol models have 'side dispatch', this cuts the lawn and dispatched the grass through a side shoot, back onto the lawn, this is useful for mowing long grass.
  • Self-propelled - Some petrol models are self-propelled which makes cutting the lawn much easier, some models even have a speed controller so you can mow at your own pace. This feature makes mowing effortless, specially on larger lawn.

PETROL MOWER - TOP PICK

Frisky Fox Petrol PLUS Lawnmower

  • Powerful Wolf 'Dynamic' OHV 5.5HP 4-Stroke Petrol Engine
  • Wide 20 inch cutting width with double sided cutting blade
  • Self-propelled, with full drive speed control
  • 4 in 1 - Cut, cut and collect, side dispatch and mulch
  • Fitted with a lawn striper to leave your neighbors envious of them perfect stripes
  • Full spares & backup service with a dedicated telephone helpline
Frisky Fox PLUS 20inch lawn mower review - Our Best Pick - Great all round lawnmower with superb build quality

Push cylinder Lawnmowers

Not much to explain here, push mowers also known as cylinder mowers after the cylinder cutting blade, are great for small and medium sized lawns and usually have 5 very sharp rotating blades. You simply push the mower along the lawn and as the wheels turn, it in turn, turns the blades around. They works very well, but the lawn needs to be flat for it to work effectively. However they do a excellent job at cutting the lawn and most have a roller at the back that leaves a stripe on the lawn. 

  • Low maintenance - Very low maintenance, sharpen the blades when needed, clean it down with a simple brush. No oil or petrol to worry about and no batteries to charge or power cords.
  • Portable - They are very portable and lightweight and can be taken anywhere easily. Very easy to push with little effort. Prices range from £30 to around £180, a good model will set you back around £50.

PUSH MOWER - TOP PICK

Bosch AHM 38G Push Mower

  • Wide 38cm cutting width
  • Five bladed cylinder blades and rear roller for creating them perfect stripes on the lawn
  • 15-43mm adjustable cutting height
  • 25 litre collection box included
  • Large high grip wheels for improved performance
  • Very light weight at only 7kg, which ensures its easy to use.
  • 2 years Bosch warranty for peace of mind
bosch push mower REVIEW

Hover Lawnmowers

Hover mowers are like no other type of mower, they work by floating on a cushion of air, as they are light weight, this makes them very easy to manoeuvre around the lawn, they are specially good in small awkward areas and often used on grass slopes. The biggest manufacture of Hover mowers is 'Flymo', famous for there orange mowers. They manufacture a large range of electric hover mowers, as well as one petrol hover mower. They are extremely popular and great for small gardens due to there ease of use.

You can read our extensive flymo review guide?? here? which compares the latest models.

  • Low maintenance - Very low maintenance, simply clean off with a brush, fold the handles down and its ready to be stored away
  • Easy to use - Very easy to use and manoeuvre thanks to their light weight design and there ability to float on a cushion of air.

HOVER MOWER - TOP PICK

Flymo EasiGlide 300 Hover Mower

  • Glides across the lawn, cutting and collecting into an easy to empty collection box.
  • Powerful 1300 watt motor
  • 4 cutting heights (12 - 32mm) 
  • 30cm metal cutting blade, ideal for small and medium sized gardens
  • Collects and compacts the grass into the 20 litre collection box
  • Weighing in at only 8.8kg its very easy to carry and store
The flymo easi glide 300 lawnmower is the next step up from the popular Flymo Hovervac. It used the same powerful motor but has a slightly wider cutting width, longer power cable and collection box that compacts and collects the grass cutting. Excellent for medium sized gardens

FLYMO REVIEW GUIDE & COMPARISON

We have reviewed 6 of the Flymo lawnmowers in more detail, you can compare the best models to help you decide which flymo might be better suited for you. Read full review and comparson here


Lawn Mower Reviews

Below we have reviewed some of the best electric, petrol and push lawnmowers in more detail. These include mowers designed for small gardens, larger gardens, models that leave stripes on the lawn, as well as lots of other different innovative features. Our reviews go into more detail about how they compared, we also look a models from different budget ranges, this means there should be a lawnmower suited for your needs.

Recommended Cordless Lawnmowers

BEST ENTRY LEVEL CORDLESS LAWN MOWER

Greenworks 35cm Cordless Mower

Greenworks cordless mower review, best budget cordless mower

This Greenworks cordless mower is a great example of a mower that has been designed to appeal to gardeners looking for there first mower but who like the idea of being cordless. Powered by a G-Max Lithium-ion battery, it gives around 35 minutes of consistent use and can be charged fully within only 60 minutes, for a quick charge, it can be 80% charged in only 35 minutes.

It has cutting width of 35cm (14”), making it ideal for small and medium sized gardens, using a single lever you can easily adjust the cutting height which can be set between 20mm and 80mm, giving you the cut you desire.

One final feature which might appeal to some gardeners is the 2-in-1 functionality, as well as mowing and collecting the grass clipping, it also has the option to mulch. This allows the grass clipping to be cut into very small peaces, before being dispatched over the lawn evenly. This is useful, as it puts important nutrients back into the lawn, which results in a much healthier lawn.

Conclusion

For anyone looking for an good electric mower, but who also wants the freedom of having no power cord tying you down.

Its offers the best value of any cordless mower and is a simple, but very efficient mower. Perfect for anyone looking for a cordless mower on a budget or looking to purchase their first mower.


BEST CORDLESS MOWER FOR LARGE GARDENS

Ryobi RLM 18v One+ Fusion Lawnmower

Ryobi Cordless Fusion Lawnmowe review

The Ryobi one+ Fusion Lawnmower is designed with larger gardens in mind, with an impressive cutting width of 40cm and powered by two powerful 18v batteries, these give enough power to mow an impressive 600 square meters of lawn from just one charge.

Using a very simple lever, you can alter the cutting height between 20mm and 70mm to get the perfect cut, the 50 litre collection box ensures you spend more time mowing and less time emptying. Finally the innovative EasyEdge™ combs ensure all grass it cut right up to the edge of the lawn or right up against fences and walls.

Conclusion

You only have to look at this Ryobi lawnmower to see that its means business, this is one of the best cordless mowers on the market and thanks to its wide cutting width and two powerful batteries, its makes light work of large gardens. We really like what Ryobi call their Vertebrae™ handle design, this made using the lawnmower very comfortable to use even on larger lawn where you were mowing for longer periods of time.

If you have large garden and want the freedom of cordless electric, without the maintenance and added weight of a petrol lawn mower, then this is one of the best comparable cordless lawnmowers available, which will tackle a large lawn without running out of power  before you finished..

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT CORDLESS LAWNMOWERS
READ OUR CORDLESS MOWER REVIEW & COMPARISON GUIDE 

We have reviewed 5 of the best cordless electric lawnmowers in more detail in our extensive guide, you can compare the best models to help you decide which model might be better suited for you.


Recommended Petrol Lawnmowers

BEST ENTRY LEVEL PETROL MOWER

Powerplus 3 in 1 Petrol Lawnmower

Powerplus 410mm petrol lawn mower review - best entry level model

The Powerplus 3 in 1 petrol lawn mower is a great entry level model, with a cutting width of 410mm (16"), combined with a large 50 litre collection box, this makes it perfect for small and medium sized gardens.

Powered by powerful 98.5cc 4-stroke petrol engine and fitted with a full steel deck, this makes the mower very reliable, as well as built to withstand even the toughest mowing jobs.

Other features include the self-propelled drive, which makes mowing much easier as you do not need to physically push the mower. As with most mowers, you can use a single lever to adjust the heights in 7 steps, to set the cutting height between 30mm and 75mm.

Conclusion

If you looking for a petrol lawnmower and your on a budget, then this Powerplus 3-1 mower could be what your looking for.  A fantastic little petrol mower which offers great value for money. I think its also worth mentioning that this model comes with 2 years home user warranty.


BEST PETROL MOWER FOR LARGE GARDENS

BMC 18" Lawn Racer Esi Petrol Lawn Mower

BMC Lawn Racer 18inch petrol lawn mower review

This 18" Lawn Race by BMC is a 'top of the range' petrol lawnmower with all the features you would expect from the very best petrol lawnmowers.

Powered by a Wolf 4.5 hp 4-stroke petrol engine, this mower is designed for medium and larger gardens, where a larger mower is needed.

With a wide cutting width of 18 inches, a full control deck at your fingertips which also incorporates an electric start button, this mower is very easy and comfortable to use.

As this mower is a 4 in 1 model, this means it will cut and drop, cut and collection, mulch, as well as side dispatch with is very useful when cutting longer grass that has not been tackled in a while.

One of great feature is the self-propelled drive, what makes this feature particular special on this mower, is that is also has speed control feature, so you can mow the lawn at your own pace, finally not often seen on many petrol mowers, this model is also fitted with a lawn striper to put them stripes down your lawn which finishes it off nicely.

Conclusion

If you need a large petrol mower with all the bells and whistles only found on the finest mowers, then the BMC Lawn Racer is worth seriously consideration. It may not be the cheapest, but its one of the best petrol lawnmowers we have seen and offers great value, for such a good mower.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT PETROL MOWERS

READ OUR REVIEW AND COMPARISON ON THE BEST PETROL ???LAWNMOWERS

We have reviewed 7 of the best petrol lawnmowers in detail, compare the best models to help you decide which petrol mower will be better suited for you. Read our full review here


Recommended Push Mowers

BEST ENTRY LEVEL PUSH MOWER

Wolf-Garten 30cm Cylinder Hand Mower

wolf-garten push mower

This push mower by Wolf-Garten has a 30cm (12inch), 5 bladed, cylinder cutting blade which dispenses the grass cutting into a easy to remove 20 litre collection box.

The cutting blade is made from the best carbon steel which is super sharp and gives a superior cutting performance when compared to cheaper mowers. It also features an easy to adjust cutting height, this can be altered between 19mm and 35mm, depending on your own preference.

It also incorporates a roller which puts them famous stripes onto your lawn while mowing.

If all the above is not impressive enough, the soft grip handle can be folded down for easy storage when you've finished mowing your lawn and its extremely light weight which makes it easy to carry.

Conclusion

This push mower by Wolf-Garten is a mid range push mower and while it not the cheapest, it is one of the best in terms of quality and cutting performance. You can get cheaper models but they simply lack the quality of Wolf Garten and this model also includes 2 years warranty for extra peace of mind.

A great entry level mower for somebody looking for a quality mower, but without spending the earth. A great bit of kit that does a superb job when mowing the lawn.


WHEN YOU WANT THE VERY BEST

Brill Razorcut Cylinder Push Mower

brill razor cut premium push mower

This 'Brill RazorCut Premium Push Lawn Mower' is one of the best cylinder push mowers available, the cylinder cutting blade is made from superior hardened steel and is precision sharpened to a hundredth of a millimetre to give the finest cut possible. This combined with the bottom blade work like similar to scissors and uses a 'contact free cutting technique', which makes the cutting performance near perfectas well as very quiet when in use.

After getting it out of the box, it only takes around 5 minutes to assemble before your ready to test it out. The ergonomic foam handle makes using the mower a enjoyable and comfortable experience, while the fold down handle makes it much easier to store when not in use.

Overall a very sturdy design with large wheels which make pushing this mower, effortless and a joy. It also incorporates a roller to leave stripes on the lawn.

The cutting height which can be set between 14mm and 45mm to give your desired finish, is very easy to adjust using the height adjustment lever.

Conclusion

This Brill RazorCut push mower is easily one of the best push mowers we have ever reviewed, if not the best. its not cheap, but with this mower, your buying a quality peace of gardening eqipment that will stand the test of time and will provide the very best mowing experience for many years to come.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT PUSH MOWERS
READ OUR REVIEW & COMPARISONS 

We have reviewed 7 of the best push mowers in detail, you can compare the best models and decide which is right for you.

OUR TOP 3 MOWERS

We finish up our lawn mower reviews guide with our top 3 recommended mowers

BEST ELECTRIC MOWER

Bosch Rotak 32 Li Ergoflex cordless lawnmower review

Bosch 32li Cordless Mower

  • Cutting width - 32cm
  • Cut height 30-70mm
  • Grass Box - 32l
  • Weight - 13
  • Warranty - 2 years

BEST PETROL MOWER

frisky-fox-plus-20inch-5-5hp-self-propelled-petrol-lawn-mower

Frisky Fox PLUS Petrol Mower

  • Cut width 50.8cm
  • 5 cutting heights
  • Grass box - 55l
  • Weight - 38kg
  • Warranty - 1 year

BEST PUSH MOWER

bosch push mower REVIEW

Bosch AHM 38G Manual

  • Cutting width - 38cm
  • Cut height 15-43 mm
  • Grass box - 25l
  • Weight 10kg
  • Warranty - 2 years

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