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Top 8 Best Lawn Mowers – We compare electric, cordless & petrol lawnmowers

Last updated on May 26th, 2021

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WHICH IS THE BEST LAWN MOWER?

With over 15 years of 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 mower.

I’ve been lucky enough to have used all types of lawnmowers over the years, from traditional push cylinder mowers to powerful 4-stroke petrol lawnmowers, to the latest cordless electric lawnmowers that use the latest lithium-ion batteries.

Unfortunately, there is no single mower that suits each and 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, whether you have access to power sockets, whether you need the freedom to be mobile, whether you need it to be lightweight and compact, or if you want to create stripes on your lawn, and if you want a mower that mulches or a self-propelled mower. These examples are just a few of the things you need to take into consideration before purchasing to make sure you get one that fits your requirements.

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

OUR TOP 3 RECOMMENDED MOWERS

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.

BEST ELECTRIC MOWER

Bosch 32li Cordless Mower
This mower offers great value for money without having to compromise on quality or performance. It is powered by a 36V lithium-ion battery and has a fast charging time, so you won't be left waiting for that much time once you decide today's the day you are cutting the lawn.

BEST PETROL MOWER

Hyundai Self Propelled 196cc 20-Inch Petrol Lawnmower
A powerful Hyundai 196cc 4 stroke petrol engine powers this lawnmower. It is self-propelled and features a 4-in-1 feature which means that it can cut, cut and collect, side dispatch or mulches. Overall a great petrol mower that offers excellent value for money.

BEST PUSH MOWER

Bosch AHM 38G Manual
An incredibly lightweight push mower that uses its 5 bladed cylinder blades and rear roller to create perfect stripes on the lawn. This mower has a 15-43mm adjustable cutting height.

Different types of lawn mowers available

What you can learn from our lawnmower guide?- We will go into more detail about the different types of lawnmowers, these include petrol lawnmowers, 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 that didn’t quite make our ‘Best Pick’ but are still excellent highly regarded mowers that may be better for your requirements.

Electric Lawnmowers

There are now many electric lawnmowers available that range from cheaper corded mowers starting at approximately £50 and for this price point, you can expect to get a good all-round mower that is ideal for smaller gardens. Then there are 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, especially when compared to petrol lawnmowers. Simply brush off after every use and give a more thorough 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 and 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 you are mowing.
  • Compact, light weight and easy to store – Most models are very lightweight and even the largest cordless lawnmower usually weighs less than the smallest petrol lawnmower. The usually have clever little features, so that the handles fold down to make them compact.
  • Quiet and no fumes – Electric lawnmowers are extremely quiet and do not emit fumes.

1. Bosch 32Li Cordless Mower

BEST ELECTRIC MOWER

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Bosch 0600885D73 Cordless Lawnmower Rotak 32 LI (32 Volt, 1 Battery 2.0 Ah, Cutting Width: 32 cm, Lawns up to 150 m², In Carton Packaging), 28.0 cm*60.0 cm*39.5 cm
  • 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 the perfect must-have stripes on the lawn.
  • A simple lever design so you can easily change the cutting height between 30-60mm.
  • 2 years manufacturers warranty, which can be extended to 3 years if registered online.

Petrol Lawnmowers

Petrol lawnmowers come in all sizes and have been around for a long time. They are now very affordable with a good all-around, no-frills model, available for around £120. More expensive models will cost well over £600, however, you can get a good petrol lawnmower fitted with the latest features that are ideal for medium and larger sized gardens for between £200 and £300. The main disadvantages of petrol lawnmowers over electric are that they are much heavier, small models weigh around 17kg which is not too bad, but larger mowers can weigh up to 40kg, not a problem if you wheel it straight to the lawn, but can be a little awkward if you need to lift it up steps or into a car etc. They are also noisy compared to electric mowers, although petrol modern mowers are now much quieter than they used 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 you are 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.

Advantages

  • Lots of cutting power – Most petrol lawnmowers are fitted with powerful 4-stroke engines that produce plenty of power to cut even the most demanding lawns. Even most lower-priced, smaller mowers have a good cutting performance.
  • Portable and freedom – Petrol lawnmowers offer the freedom to mow anywhere without being restricted by a cord or battery run time. Simply refuel with petrol and you are off mowing again, no waiting for batteries to charge or getting extension leads out. 
  • 4 in 1 mower – 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 that cuts the clipping into tiny pieces before dispensing them back onto the lawn. This helps put nutrients back into the lawn and is useful if you have a particularly dry lawn. Finally, some petrol models have ‘side dispatch’, which 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, especially on the larger lawn.

2. Hyundai Self Propelled 196cc 20-Inch Petrol Lawnmower

BEST FOR LARGE GARDENS

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Hyundai Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower, 20'/51cm, 196cc Electric-Start lawn mower with 3 Year Warranty

This Hyundai Self Propelled 196cc 20-Inch Petrol Lawnmower is a ‘top of the range’ petrol lawnmower with all the features you would expect from the very best petrol lawnmowers.

Powered by a Hyundai 196cc 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 20 inches (51cm), 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.

Conclusion

If you need a large petrol mower with all the bells and whistles only found on the finest mowers, then the Hyundai Self Propelled 196cc 20-Inch Petrol Lawnmower is worth serious consideration. It may not be the cheapest, but it is one of the best petrol lawnmowers we have seen and offers great value, for such a good mower.


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 five 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 work very well, but the lawn needs to be flat for it to work effectively. However, they do an excellent job at cutting the lawn and most have a roller at the back that leaves a stripe on the lawn. 

Advantages

  • 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.

3. Bosch AHM 38G Push Mower

BEST PUSH MOWER

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Bosch - AHM - Lawnmower & amp; agrave; manual turf - 38 g (Import Great Britain)
  • Wide 38cm cutting width.
  • Five bladed cylinder blades and rear roller for creating perfect stripes on the lawn.
  • 15-43mm adjustable cutting height.
  • 25-litre collection box included.
  • Large high grip wheels for improved performance.
  • Very lightweight at only 7kg, which ensures it is easy to use.
  • 2 years Bosch warranty for peace of mind.

Hover Lawnmowers

Hover mowers are like no other type of mower, they work by floating on a cushion of air, as they are lightweight this makes them very easy to manoeuvre around the lawn. They are especially good in small, awkward areas and often used on grass slopes. The biggest manufacture of hover mowers is ‘Flymo’, famous for their 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 their ease of use.

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

Advantages

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

4. Flymo EasiGlide 300 Hover Mower

BEST HOVER MOVER

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Flymo Easi Glide 300 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1300W, 30cm Cutting Width, 20L Grass Box, Foldable Handles, Fully Assembled
  • 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 it is very easy to carry and store.

Flymo review guide and comparison

We have reviewed six of the Flymo lawnmowers in more detail where 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 at models from different budget ranges, which means there should be a lawnmower suited for your needs.

Cordless Lawnmowers

5. Greenworks 35cm G40LM35K Cordless Mower

BEST ENTRY LEVEL

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Greenworks Battery-Powered Lawnmower G40LM35K (Li-Ion 40V 35cm Cutting Width Up to 200m² Mowing Area, 2-in-1 Mulching and Mowing, 5-Fold Cutting Height Adjustment with 2 Ah Battery and Charger)

This Greenworks cordless mower is a great example of a mower that has been designed to appeal to gardeners looking for their first mower who like the idea of it 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 a 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 (this can be set between 20mm and 80mm), giving you the cut that 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 clippings, it also has the option to mulch. This allows the grass clippings to be cut into very small pieces before being dispatched over the lawn evenly. This is useful, as it puts important nutrients back into the lawn which will result in a much healthier lawn.

Conclusion

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

It 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.


6. Ryobi RLM 18v One+ Fusion Lawnmower

BEST FOR LARGE GARDENS

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Ryobi ONE+ 36V Fusion Cordless Lawnmower with 2x 18V 4.0Ah batteries, 40cm Deck

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 batteries 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 it means business. This is one of the best cordless mowers on the market and thanks to its wide cutting width and two powerful batteries it makes light work of large gardens. What we really like is what Ryobi call their Vertebrae™ handle design, which makes using the lawnmower very comfortable even on a larger lawn where you are mowing for longer periods of time.

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

Want to know more about cordless lawn mowers? Read our Cordless Mower review and comparison guide.

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


Want to know more about petrol mowers? Read our review and comparison on the Best Petrol Lawnmowers

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


Push Mowers

7. Wolf-Garten 30cm Cylinder Hand Mower

BEST ENTRY LEVEL

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WOLF-Garten WPCM-F Hand Push Cylinder Garden Lawn Mower with 5 Helix Carbon Steel Blades

This push mower by Wolf-Garten has a 30cm (12inch), 5 bladed, cylinder cutting blade which dispenses the grass cutting into an 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 it is extremely lightweight which makes it easy to carry.

Conclusion

This push mower by Wolf-Garten is a mid-range push mower and while it isn’t 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.


8. Brill Razorcut Cylinder Push Mower

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Brill RazorCut Premium 38 Cylinder Push Lawn 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 perfect as well as very quiet when in use.

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

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

The cutting height can be set between 14mm and 45mm to give your desired finish and it 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. It isn’t cheap, but with this mower, you are buying a quality piece 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 and comparison guide.

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


OUR TOP 3 MOWERS

BEST ELECTRIC MOWER

BEST PETROL MOWER

BEST PUSH MOWER


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Welcome to my site, my name is John and I have been lucky enough to work in horticultural nurseries for over 15 years in the UK. As the founder and editor as well as researcher, I have a City & Guilds Horticultural Qualifications which I proudly display on our About us page. I now work full time on this website where I review the very best gardening products and tools and write reliable gardening guides. Behind this site is an actual real person who has worked and has experience with the types of products we review as well as years of knowledge on the topics we cover from actual experience. You can reach out to me at john@pyracantha.co.uk

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