Compare 7 of the best push mowers for that perfect lawn
The Best Push Mowers Compared
Push mowers were once common place in most gardens but with the introduction of popular electric and petrol lawnmowers most gardeners now see themselves using these modern grass cutting machines but do we really need them?
With new modern lightweight materials, (and in some cases new technology) you can now buy competitively priced high quality push mowers. They are both cheap to run as they require no power, lightweight and easy to use. Most importantly they provide some of the best results and can create the popular stripes down the lawn.
Push mowers are (in most cases) very easy to push as most new models are lightweight, easy to use and will lower your garden emissions as well as helping you keep fit, giving you great satisfaction which means you will look forward to mowing your lawn.
When to use a push mower
These lawnmowers are ideal for small to medium sized gardens. The have a cylinder cutter, usually with 5 blades but sometimes with more. They produce a very clean cut and you will have no electric cables or fuel to worry about. Some models also have a roller on the back that creates those famous green stripes in your lawn.
The condition of the lawn is importent when using a push mower
Ideally to use a push mower you need to have a relatively flat lawn and be able to cut your grass around once a week. If the lawn is very uneven or the grass is very long it can become problematic.
However if you have a flat lawn, a push mower should be the perfect lawnmower and give you fantastic results.
If you have an uneven lawn, then you may have to fill in the uneven parts or re-seed, if this is not for you then you may be better sticking to a rotary mower.
Push Lawn Mower Reviews
After our in depth research it soon become clear that spending more on a higher end mower does not guarantee better results, in fact our top push mower is actually a mid-range model and less than half the price of more expensive models but gave the best results.
What to take into account when choosing the best manual lawn mower
- Cutting width: The larger the cylinder cutting width, the larger area it will cut at once, smaller cutting widths are good for smaller gardens. Wider cutting widths can be better for larger gardens but can weigh more, making them a little harder to move back into the shed although not always any harder to push and use.
- Is it made from quality materials? - Is it made from durable, strong materials? Some cheaper models made primary of plastic can fade and become brittle over time whilst others can be made using quality strong plastic and aluminium making them lightweight and robust
- Does it have a grass box? - Some models do not have a grass box to collect the grass cuttings and cost extra to get one. If you cut your lawn a couple of times a week then you may not require a grass box as you may choose to leave the grass on the lawn which helps put nutrients back into the lawn. This is usually only recommended when you cut your lawn very frequently. If you do not have a grass box you may have to rake up the grass cutting after mowing.
COMPARING PUSH LAWN MOWERS - TOP 7
BOSCH AHM 38 G MANUAL MOWER
**WINNER OF OUR TOP RATED PUSH MOWER FOR BUILD QUALITY, LAWN FINISH AND BEST PRICE**
This Bosch AHM 38 G manual mower is the best selling cylinder mower on Amazon.co.uk and it is easy to see why. It has everything you would expect from a quality product from a well known brand such as Bosch including a very sharp 5 bladed cylinder roller and rear roller which leaves the defining stripes on the lawn. Has a 25 litre grass box for collecting grass cuttings, saving the need for raking.
It has a cutting width of 38cm and a cutting height of 15mm to 43mm which should give a quality finish. Finally and importantly it has large geared wheels to make pushing it effortless and easy.
Verdict - Ideal for smaller lawns it gives the best finish due to it’s 5 bladed cylinder blade that when put against a fixed bottom blade works likes scissors, meaning it cuts cleanly and will not rip the grass out like other models sometimes do especially when the grass is a little wet. The cutting height can easily be changed with no tools and adjusted easily unlike other models which is handy.
The back roller which gives those stripes everybody wants and it will also help cut right to the edge of the lawn as it has stability when mowing right at the edge.
One final important point is that it only weights 7kg, this means moving it around and storing it is easy and for people who may not be a strong as they use to this is a large advantage.
Negative thoughts - On Amazon there is a few customers who have left negative comments, most would agree that it is easy to set up, being that only the handle needs attaching and that the blades are easy to set and adjust. Most complaints were about it not cutting grass or cutting intermittently or jamming,
I think that this is actually not a fault with the design as most would say, firstly as mentioned above all cylinder mowers should be used on flat lawns and be free of twigs. If the ground is uneven then no cylinder mower will cut grass evenly, they are simply not designed for this. Twigs will also catch in the blades so these must be removed from the lawn before mowing.
Would we recommend - The simple answer is yes, it has heaps of good reviews from hundreds of customers on Amazon and like we have said before, most negative comments are probably due to improper use. This is one of the best rated push lawn mowers available on Amazon.
EINHELL BG-HM 40 PUSH MOWER
This hand lawn mower by Einhell has an excellent rating on Amazon with 4.5 stars out of 5, so first thoughts is this could be a top quality product.
So what did our research reveal? Firstly it appears to be easy to assemble and takes around 10 minutes. It has multiple height cut settings, right down to 15mm to give a close cut.
It includes a grass collection box which folds down flat for easy storage and although the handles do not fold down it is compact and will fit neatly against a wall.
Negative thoughts - Except for the odd comment about it not cutting grass which again is probably down to someone trying to use it on an uneven lawn, one flaw that has come to our attention is the handle is a little flimsy, although this is not a major problem but still worth being aware of before buying.
Would we recommend - With so many good reviews for this mower it is hard to give a reason why we would not recommend it. It is a little cheaper than the Bosch mower so we would probably recommend you pay a little extra and buy the Bosch mower, that being said if you want to save a few pounds then the Einhell BG-HM could be ideal for you.
WEB 12 INCH PUSH MOWER
If you are looking for a more traditional look and feel, this model by Webb could be for you and it comes with 24 months warranty. It is a little more expensive than most other models but still a competitive price as far as lawnmowers go.
It has strong sturdy handles and from reports cuts grass well as you would expect from a quality product, it comes complete with a collection box.
Negative thoughts - It is a little fiddly to assemble, especially the handles. However they are strong and slightly adjustable so not sure this is really a negative point although they do not remove easily for storage if you wanted to remove them. The roller at the back is plastic as with most modern push mowers and it could benefit from being heavier to help it grip the grass, however it would not be as easy to move around and store if this was the case.
Would we recommend - It looks fantastic and really looks like a quality mower that deserves to be used. If it is within your price range then this would be a good choice. It also comes with 24 months warranty for peace of mind and is one of the best reel lawnmowers with a traditional look and feel.
THE HANDY - HAND PUSH LAWN MOWER
This eco friendly push mower is designed with value for money in mind, at under £40.00 it is the cheapest model we will review and one of the cheapest you can buy. There are few other similar models (some even cheaper) but none have the high rating this Handy lawnmower has. On Amazon it has many reviews and has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars, so a good start.
A little more about the mower, it has a 30cm cutting width so slightly smaller than some of the others we have looked at, still for a small garden this is fine. It also has a 5 bladed cutting cylinder which is adjustable between 16-41mm. Finally it has a rear collection box to collect the grass clippings as it cuts.
Would we recommend & negative points - At under £40.00 it offers the best value for money and does what it is designed to do and according to all accounts does it well.
We would recommend this model to anyone looking for the cheapest model or only has a low budget and wants to buy a mower that does still do a good job.
However there are a few flaws that you may want to think about before purchasing, the main problem is that the grass collection box can fall off when in use which several people have commented on, not a great problem but could be frustrating. The other problem is the bolts can become loose and even come off, this can be solved by checking they are tight before use.
Finally the blade can start to rust if not cleaned off after use so we would recommend you clean the blade after every use at the very least and spray with WD40 if possible. This will help protect the blade and prolong its life and help prevent rust. The blades should be cleaned on all mowers anyway but more expensive models would have rust resistant blades.
WOLF-GARTEN 30CM CYLINDER WPCF HAND MOWER
We have reviewed garden tools by Wolf-Garten before and they always produced good quality garden products that always come out on top and this push mower is no exception. It is well designed and they have simply thought of everything, from the easy adjustable cutting height to the large 20 litre collection box to the easy to fold down handle for easy storage.
Now this is a mid-range product that offers value for money, at £59.99 it is not the cheapest but it is worth every penny. So what makes this mower one of the best? The 5 bladed cutting cylinder is made from carbon steel which means it is both very sharp and very strong for superior cutting action and longer lasting.
Unlike most push mowers it is easy to adjust the cutting height from 19mm to 35mm and the back roller ensures you get the stripes on your lawn. Finally when you have finished mowing the ergonomic grip handle folds down quickly and easily for storing.
Finally it comes with 2 years domestic warranty
Would we recommend - This is probably one of the best, if not the best, push mower available under £60.00. It is either this or the one by Bosch, however I think this wins just mainly due to quality and neat little features such as the folding handle and easy adjustable height cut. It also weighs 16kg so is quite weighty compared to other models which will help improve its performance when cutting grass. On Amazon there are over 80 reviews and very little are negative, the only real negative comment is that the instructions are not good enough, that aside this has to be one of the best push mowers available
BRILL RAZORCUT PREMIUM 38 CYLINDER LAWN MOWER
If you are looking for a premium quality push mower then this model by ‘Brill’ could be the answer. It truly is the Rolls Royce of push mowers and Brill have kept this masterpiece simple yet incorporated some very much appreciated features that you will love.
Firstly, it has been made from the the very best materials and is made to last. The 5 blade rotating cylinder and bottom blade have a 38cm cutting width and are made from superior hardened steel and the blades are precision sharpened to a hundredth of a millimetre. So what dos this mean? Put simply, they cut like scissors and the blades are very sharp and make light work of cutting grass using the contact free cutting technique which means it is super quiet when in use,
There is also a smaller version with a 33cm cutting width - view here
So what else makes it special? It takes 5 minutes to assemble, and the black and silver ergonomic foam rubber handle folds down to make the mower very compact for easy storage as well as being very strong and sturdy to make pushing the mower effortless.
At around 7kg is light weight making move-ability easy when cutting in tight spaces and the cutting length is easily adjusted between 14mm and 45mm to give that superior finish.
Would we recommend - This is without doubt the best push mower available and for the price it is not cheap but if you are looking for a superior push mower which all the bells and whistles that will give excellent results then this will tick all the boxes.
So what makes it better? On Amazon.co.uk it has the best reviews by far with very few negative comments if any. It is made from good quality, solid materials that will last many years and the fact it is German engineered shows
When it comes to cutting grass it will cut even the toughest grass with ease and will not jam like other models when mowing over weed stalks and twigs due to the heat treated hardened steel blades that are precision sharpened.
Finally the fact that the handles are super compact, well designed to fold down to a minimum and comfortable to push makes it easy to use and can be stored in the smallest of spaces.
Simply a work of art, would highly recommend if your budget allows.
FISKARS MOMENTOM REEL MOWER
Fiskars are known for turning to the latest technology and innovative designs when designing the latest garden tools and with their new momentum reel mower they took the traditional cylinder mower and have given it a modern advantage to make cutting grass easier.
However being one of the most expensive push mowers available what makes this different than the more traditional models?
Firstly it uses new StaySharp technology which allows it to cut grass with out the blades touching which is how more traditional cylinder mowers work. This means it reduces the push force needed by upto 30% in long grass and reduces the need to sharpen the blades annually.
The cutting height can be changed from 2.5cm to 10cm so you can keep your lawn cut to your desired height. It also has twice the cutting power of traditional cylinder mowers meaning it will cut through small twigs, weeds and even the tallest of grass that a traditional mower would jam up on at the first attempt.
Would we recommend - To sum the superior mower up, it is very easy to push, taking much less effort than other mowers especially in longer grass. It reduces the risk of jamming by cutting the longest of lawns as well as twigs and weeds which usually jam cheaper models and it has the greatest range of any cylinder mower meaning it will cut right along the edges. It is simply the best push lawnmower you can ever buy. It is expensive but if you are after a very high quality mower then you cannot go wrong with this Fiskars push mower. It is simply in a different league when comparing it to other mowers.
Finals thoughts and conclusion
All the mowers reviewed serve a purpose and do work as you would expect but which would should you buy, the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ certainly rings true to push mowers.
If you want a quality mower that will last many years and give good results then you cannot go wrong with the ' Bosch AHM 38 G Manual Mower' and for the price it offers excellent value for money. Hands down a fantastic mower that you will be impressed with.
If you are looking for a higher quality mower and want a premium mower then it is either the 'Brill Razorcut Lawn Mower' which is faultless and made to the highest standards giving superior results or? Fiskars Momentom Reel Mower' which is made from only the best materials, if you have long grass to cut this would probably be the better option of the two and can handle uneven lawns better.