Best Petrol Lawn Mower For 2019 – 8 Top Picks & Reviews

Best Petrol Lawn Mower For 2019 – 8 Top Picks & Reviews

Best Petrol Lawn Mower For 2019 – 8 Top Picks & Reviews

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We have reviewed lots of petrol lawnmowers over the last 5 years, today we reveal 8 of our favourite models including our best picks which are made up of only the very best petrol mowers

Best Pick

Packed with features, this model packed some serous cutting power and is a great alternative to our 'Best Pick'

Packed with features, this model packed some serous cutting power and even includes 3 years warranty

You will struggle to find a better model that offers so many features for the price.

With 4 cutting options - collection, rear discharge, side discharge and mulching, it will do it all. it makes light work of even long grass thanks to the 4 stroke 139cc OHV petrol engine and wide 18" cutting width with its larger than most 70 litre collection box.

Not forgetting its even covered with a 3 year warranty. The only feature it lacked was electric start but the engine is very easy to start. We would recommend this model every time which is why we named it our 'Best Pick'

Today we're going to be looking at some of the best petrol lawn mowers and we have 8 models lined up total. Over the last few years, we have probably reviewed some 30+ petrol mowers so have a good understanding of what makes a good petrol lawn mower and any possible pitfalls.

Petrol lawnmowers are brilliant for medium to larger sized gardens but if you have a smaller garden, or even medium sized garden, we would always recommend looking into cordless lawnmowers first, just because there so easy to maintain, light weight and there is some pretty good models out now. However, for larger gardens we still recommend getting yourself a good out fashioned petrol mower as you can't beat the pure roar power and they will run for hours as long as you got a can or fuel handy.

With features such as self propulsion and electric starts, there easier to use and ever and you can get some great affordable models. Something we also think is worth noting is its well worth ordering a petrol lawnmower online as you don't have the hassle of transporting a bulks box as you can have one delivered straight to your door, just a something to think about.

Out of the 8 models reviewed further down, we would probably recommend the Hyundai HYM460SP 4-stroke Petrol Lawn Mower for most people, its very impressive with a powerful with a 139cc petrol engine and wide 18" cutting width, being Hyundai, its also super reliable and it comes with 3 years warranty.

If your a professional gardener and are looking for a model that will cope with daily mowing, we highly recommend the Honda Izy HRG 466 SK Petrol Lawn Mower, obviously being Honda is very reliable and probably one of the most robust lawnmowers you can get. If you looking for a mower which also create stripes, then you can't better than a Hayter mower, we recommend the Hayter Harrier-48 19-inch Rear Roller Petrol Lawnmower every time.

Runner-up

The best choice overall, robust, very easy to use, affordable and packed with feature normally found on more expensive models.

This model really is packed with features and is a good alternative to our 'Best Pick'. In fact it was our Top Choice a couple of years running but had been beaten by Hyundai, but only just.

  • Powerful Wolf 'Dynamic' OHV 5.5HP 4-Stroke Petrol Engine.
  • Wide 20 inch cutting width with double sided cutting blade for better cutting performance.
  • Self-propelled, with full drive speed control so it mows at your pace
  • Does every cut possible - 4 in 1 - Cut, cut and collect, side dispatch or mulch.
  • Fitted with lawn striper to leave your neighbours envious of them perfect stripes.
  • 2 years warranty for full peace of mind.

The top 8 best petrol lawnmowers to buy


Petrol lawn Mower Comparison Table

Model

Engine

Cutting Width

Cutting Heights

Collection box size

Features

Our Rating

Price

BEST PICK

Hyundai HYM460SP 4-stroke Petrol Lawn Mower Cutting Width 18

139cc 4HP 4-stroke

18 inch wide

25mm to 75mm

70 Litre

Self-propelled. - Cut and collect, cut and Drop, side discharge and mulching cutting options

Runner-up

Frisky Fox PLUS 20

WOLF 'DYNAMIC' 173cc - 5.5HP

20 inch wide

25mm to 75mm

50 Litre

Self-propelled. - Cut and collect, cut and Drop, side discharge and mulching cutting options

Professional Pick

Honda Izy HRG 466 SK 4-Wheel Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

160cc OHC 4-stroke GCV160

18 inch wide

20mm to 75mm

55 Litre

Self-propelled. - Cut and collect and mulching cutting options

Small Gardens

Hyundai 99cc 4-Stroke Petrol Lawn Mower 40 Centimeter / 400 Millimetre Cutting Width Push Rotary HYM400P-2

Hyundai 99cc IC100V

16 inch wide

25mm to 75mm

40 Litre

Cut and collect and Rear Discharge

Mountfield SP45 44cm Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

140cc Mountfield WB45 OHV

18 inch wide

20mm to 70mm

55 Litre

Self-propelled. - Cut and collect and mulching cutting options

Yard Force 46cm (18

140cc Briggs & Stratton 500E

18 inch wide

25mm to 75mm

55 Litre

Self-propelled. - Cut and collect and mulching cutting options

Tiger TM5120SP 51cm (20

Briggs & Stratton 625e ReadyStart

20 inch wide

15mm to 75mm

65 Litre

Self-propelled. - Collect, Mulch, Side & Rear Discharge

Einhell GC-PM 46/1 S B&S Self Propelled Petrol Lawnmower with a Briggs and Stratton Engine - Red

125 cc brigs and Stratton 450 E

18 inch wide

30mm to 80mm

50 Litre

Self-propelled. - Cut and collect


Petrol Lawnmower Buyers Guide

Advantages of petrol mowers

A size to suit all sizes of gardens

Petrol mowers are available in many sizes with small models suitable for small gardens and larger models suitable for medium and large gardens. We still recommend considering cordless lawnmowers for smaller gardens though is this is an option. However for power, you can't beat a petrol mower. With many models also being self propelled, specially large models, its now even easier to mower your lawn.

Compact designs with fold down handles

Compact design, most models incorporating folding handles to make them easy to store even in small spaces. Obviously larger mowers can't be very compact but they still fold down to make storing them easier.

You can beat the power of petrol

The one thing petrol mowers have that electric models simply cannot compete with is roar power. Most are fitted with a powerful 4-stroke engines provide unmatched cutting performance and reliability.

Freedom, no cords to worry about to limited running times

You really can't beat the freedom of a petrol lawnmower, being able to mow without being restricted by power cords is a big plug and not being limited by battery run time is another, refuel and your good to start mowing again within minutes.

Many cutting option - cut, cut & collect, side dispatch and mulch

Most petrol models have a 4 in 1 cutting system, this means they will 'cut' and leave the grass as it cuts, 'cut and collect' so you can dispose of the clipping like all lawnmowers, 'side discharge' which we have only seen in petrol mowers, great if you don't need to collect the grass like a large paddock and 'mulch', which cuts the grass clipping into tiny pieces and returns them to the lawn which in turn adds essential nutrients back into the lawn and promotes a healthy lawn, which we actually recommend.

No electric power socket needed

No need for electric sockets - because they do not need a power outlet, they can be used in areas where you might not have access to electric sockets etc.

Affordable when compared to many cordless electric models

7. Affordability - With petrol lawn mowers starting at around £120, they are extremely affordable for most gardeners and the cost to entry is low. However, a good model for medium or larger gardens will start at around £200 to £300.

Best For Professional Gardeners

Probably the most robust and reliable petrol mower in our review, it doesn't have some of the fancy features we see on our 'Best Pick', however, its made to deal with the daily mowing schedule of professional gardeners which the cheaper mowers simply cannot cope with.

Robust steel cutting deck, wider cutting width, very reliable Honda engine, treated to resist corrosion, everything professional gardeners care about

Probably the most robust and reliable petrol mower in our review, it doesn't have some of the fancy features we see on our 'Best Pick', however, its made to deal with the daily mowing schedule of professional gardeners which the cheaper mowers simply cannot cope with. Easy start engine with auto-choke, six cutting heights from 20mm to 75mm, wide 18" cutting width and a powerful 160cc OHC 4-stroke GCV160 engine, made of course, by Honda.


What to consider when choosing the best petrol lawn mower

With such a large choice of petrol lawnmowers available in many different sizes, with various features and specifications, here are a few pointers to take into consideration when choosing a petrol lawnmower.

Choosing the right cutting width

Most petrol lawnmowers vary in size and most models have a cutting width of between 400mm and 510mm wide (15cm - 20cm), for smaller gardens think about choosing a smaller cutting width as larger mowers can be difficult to turn in tight spaces and are generally much heavier. For large lawns, consider larger models as they can mow for longer and cover more area faster. If you choose a larger petrol model is often well worth choosing a model which is self propelled which we discuss next.

Do you need a self propelled model for ease of use

Some mowers are self-propelled while others you need to push, this is not a problem for small lighter mowers, however you may want to consider a self-propelled model if your going for a larger mower with a wider cutting width. Some models even have variable speed control so you can mower at your own pace. Most models only have one speed but its usually not a deal breaker and are usually a nice walking speed anyway.

Consider a 4 in 1 model which usually gives you the option to just cut, cut and collect, dispatch the grass to one side or mulch the clipping and return them to the lawn

All models can simply cut and collect or cut and drop just like any other type of lawnmower such as electric, however some of the more advanced models also have the option to mulch and also have a side dispatch mode.

Mulching is great if you have a particular dry lawn, as it can help retain moisture and add goodness back to the lawn. We recommend using the mulching feature every now and again even if your lawn in not a dry lawn as it will put essential nutrients back into the lawn.

Build quality, steel or plastic decks, reliable engines.

The best models are made from the quality materials, better materials will usually last longer and less likely to get damaged during normal use.

One of the most important parts of a lawn mower is the mowing deck. In general the highest quality models have steel decks for added strength and durability but some models have plastic decks which is not always ideal as they can be damaged by stones being picked up by the mower.

We prefer all steel decks, however this obviously adds extra weight.

Spares and backup

Its important that you can get replacements parts, at least for major parts such as blades, spark plugs and pull cords. You can get universal parts for most mowers but it good to know that parts are readily available for big brand mowers such as Hyundai, Mountfield and Hayter.

Look for a good warranty

If you plan on purchasing an expensive mower then you want to make sure its got good warranty. Most models come with some sort of warranty, usually at least 1-2 years warranty, ideally you want at least 2 years warranty. What you will find though is that even some of the most expensive and most popular mowers only have one years warranty. 

This is probably because if they are not maintained correctly, you can damage the engine and the manufactures have no control other the maintenance.

Its also worth noting that many models comes with 2 or 3 years warranty but don't cover professional use, they only cover domestic home use.


Top 8 Petrol Lawn Mower Reviews

After many hours of research, testing and consulting with consumers and garden maintenance professionals, we have reviewed each lawn mower detail below starting with out 'Best Pick' by Hyundai

Hyundai 18" Self Propelled HYM460SP Petrol Lawn Mower

OUR BEST PICK

The Hyundai HYM460SP 4-stroke Petrol Lawn Mower has some great features that make it a strong contender against some of the top-rated lawn-mowers on the market. Its clever foldable design and powerful engine work in tandem with each other, and the four cutting methods and different cutting heights make it such a versatile machine.

The Hyundai HYM460SP 4-stroke Petrol Lawn Mower was introduced in 2018 and it’s a great example of modern and versatile mowing technology. It has been designed to provide maximum user experience with features such as:

  • Self-propulsion to help minimise mowing effort, really helps on sloped gardens.
  • 4 different cutting methods to improve versatility, whether you want to cut and collect or mulch the cutting onto the lawn, it does it all include side dispatch.
  • A spacious 70-litre waste collection bag which also have a full indicator.
  • Quick release folding handles for simple storage.
  • 6 different cutting heights from 25mm to 75mm which can be set by just one lever.

Features a powerful 4-stroke petrol engine

The mower is powered by a 139cc 4HP 4-stroke petrol engine with a CDI ignition system which makes starting the mower a breeze, much easier than some other mowers where you seem to have to pull it several time to get it started. The 139 cc engine provides more than enough power for cutting small to medium-sized lawns including tackling rougher areas. Hyundai also claims that this engine is very low on emission, requires little maintenance, and it’s cheap to run.

Self-propulsion

The self-propulsion system making mowing much easier, specially if you have a sloped garden where pushing a petrol mower might be very tiring. This makes the mower a desirable option for both domestic and professional use because it can be transported around with ease and can be used for longer periods of time. Anyone who has ever had a larger petrol mower that was not self propelled will know what we mean.

Cutting methods

This mower has four different cutting options. One, it allows you to cut and collect grass clippings in the large 70-litre bag, which ensures you can mow longer without stopping to empty it out, we also love the full indicator so you no when to empty it too.

Second, you can cut and drop the cuttings back onto the lawn, we probably wouldn't advise this as using the mulch plug is much better which we talk about now. Thirdly, you can cut and mulch, then deposit the grass clipping onto the lawn as natural fertiliser, this does really help the lawn and is really worth doing.

The last option is cut and side discharge, whereby the cuttings are dispersed out the side of the mower, this is useful for large areas where you might not need to collect the grass and its really long and difficult to mulch. Such versatility is seriously unmatched by most other mowers.

Cutting height adjustment

The different cutting methods are further complemented by 6 adjustable cutting heights ranging from 25mm to 75mm. This is done by simply adjusting a single lever to the desired height, giving you total control over the finish of your lawn. What we like about the one lever design is its so easy to use, some mowers have a handle on each wheel to adjust the hight do this is a much better design as it takes only seconds.

Other features

Its design includes ergonomic grip handles that are not only comfortable to hold but also fully collapsible to ensure easy storage and transportation. Another important feature is OCP (Operator Presence Control), which prevents the engine from running if you let go the handle. The mower is also fitted with a robust steel deck which is a real advantage and something we look for on a mower as it ensures extended durability. Better still, the product comes with a 3-year warranty for full peace of mind. Most mowers only come with 2 years, however the warranty does not cover professional use so is only really useful for home users which is probably most people.


Our thoughts

The Hyundai HYM460SP 4-stroke Petrol Lawn Mower has some great features that make it a strong contender against some of the top-rated lawn-mowers on the market. Its clever foldable design and powerful engine work in tandem with each other, and the four cutting methods and different cutting heights make it such a versatile machine.

It’s best suited for small to medium lawns and boasts lower fuel consumption, that being said a lot of newer mowers have lower fuel consumption compared to older models. 

We like the generously sized collection bag, at 70 litres its probably one of the biggest collect bags and does a great job of compatcting the grass into the bag, we also like the full indicator.

Most mowers within its price range only have plastic decks, however this model features a steel cutting deck which is highly resistant to rust and corrosion for longer tool life. The lawnmower is easy to store and even backed by Hyundai’s 3-year platinum warranty, its just a shame it doesn't cover professional use, for a home owner though, its one of the longest warranties on any lawnmower.

Overall after taking everything into consideration we decided that this mode deserved being named our 'Best Pick', a quality mower which is not two big, but big enough for most sized gardens including small and medium, if you have a larger garden we would probably recommend the Honda Izy HRG 466 SK 4-Wheel Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower or Tiger TM5120SP 20" Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower for a more affordable option

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FRISKY FOX PLUS - 20" PETROL LAWN MOWER
REVIEWED

Runner-up

Frisky Fox PLUS 20inch lawn mower review - Our Best Pick - Great all round lawnmower with superb build quality

The Frisky Fox PLUS Sef-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower is powered by a Wolf 'Dynamic' OHV 5.5HP 4-Stroke Petrol Engine which gives it the cutting power needed for even the most demanding mowing jobs.

With a wide cutting width of 20 inches (51cm), and a large 55 litre collection box, this mower is ideal for for medium to large gardens.  It features 5 cutting heights so you can get the height you prefer simply by using the single lever height adjuster. This combined with the lawn striper, ensures that the lawn finish leaves the neighbours wishing they had a lawn that looks as good as yours.

Because this mower is 4 in 1 model, this means you can cut and leave, cut and collection using the large collection box, side dispatch and as well as mulch.

Finally to ensure its very easy to move and manoeuvre, it features engine speed control, so you can control the drive speed of the mower, so you can cut the lawn at your own pace.

This is one of the only models that actually features variable speed control which we have reviewed.

Comes with a full spares and back up service and includes 1 years manufactures warranty for extra peace if mind.


Our thoughts

The Frisky Fox PLUS Mower is our Runner-up' Model and what a fantastic mower at a even better price, this mower is very impressive and offers everything you would expect from only the best mowers.

First, the build quality is excellent and within about 5 minutes you should be up and running, don't forget to add engine oil (very simple to add ), note that its not included so will cost you around £10. Other than adding oil and fuel, attach the handles with a few bolts and it good to go.

Its seems to do a decent job at cutting the grass and the side dispatch also works well, its specially goof when the grass in long and its difficult to mulch.

The self-propelled speed controller is great addition, as you can set it, to a speed you can work with. Overall this is mower offers great value, while still offering great quality and performance.

This model only includes 1 years warranty which us why we no longer have it as our 'Best Pick' even though its a fantastic mower, however Frisky fox mowers come with a full spares and backup service and a dedicated telephone number. If you have a medium or larger sized garden, this mower is worth considering and taking into consideration which is why we named this model as our Runner-up. Excellent mower, just a shame the warranty periods is only 1 year.

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Honda Izy HRG 466 SK 4-Wheel Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

Professionals Pick

This high-quality lawnmower offers impressive performance that will make mowing large areas easier than ever. Honda’s commitment to user experience is evident from the model’s self-propulsion, easy pull-start engine, foldable design, and a relatively larger grass bag and more importantly, robust design for daily mowing. This is separates the cheaper mowers from a lawnmower you might have 10 years from now.
  • Ideal for large gardens and professional gardeners.
  • Strong steel deck which is rust resistant and designed to last the humps and bumps of mowing.
  • Self-propelled with a forward speed of 0.92 m/s which makes it perfect for using on large gardens as well as slopes.
  • Precise cutting height adjustment with 6 different heights that can be altered by moving just one lever.
  • Foldable design and very low weight ensure easier storage and transportation.
  • Very impressive 5 year warranty, no mower offers a longer warranty.

The Honda Izy HRG 466 SK 4-Wheel Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower is a premium model from a trusted manufacturer and made to provide some seriously impressive power for lawn mowing. if you been a gardener for ant length if time you probably know that that Honda Mowers have a excellent reputation.

Self-propelled at a speed that just right

The first notable thing about this lawn mower is that it features a self-propelled start, meaning its really easy to use, its quiet a large mower as well do this is a important feature to have and makes life much easier Self-propulsion in general is a great feature and especially important for petrol lawnmowers as they tend to be quite heavy. It’s also a lifesaver when it comes to cutting sloped lawns, taking all the effort away from having to push around rugged terrain and up steep slopes.

Durable construction that is designed to last for years

Honda built this mower to withstand the day to day mower of professionals but at a price they can afford. It has a strong cutting deck that has been treated to resist rust, corrosion and UV abrasion. A high-tech blade design ensures very low noise emission as well as enhances the cutting performance. It really does not let you down.

Powerful 160cc Honda engine, will last for years, never misses a beat

The HRG 466 SK has a powerful Honda GCV 160cc 4.4HP engine with a recoil start function which is designed to be virtually effortless, you notice this is you pull the pull cord on this model and then do the same on a cheaper mower, you really notice the difference but at a few hundred pounds more you should. It also features an auto choke system that allows an easy start in all weather conditions which is a nice touch but one we expect to find on such good mower..

Flexible and convenient

With six different cutting heights from 20 to 74mm, it allows you to mow to precision and achieve your desired finish. A brilliant attribute of this machine is that you’ll never worry about storing it. The mower comes with fully foldable handles so you can easily fit it in the garden shed after use or easly transported in a small van from job to job..

This model is best suited for medium to larger lawns and so it has a 55-litre grass bag meaning fewer trips to empty it out, its actually smaller than the bag on our 'Best Pick' but is still works well, a larger bag would of been better if we had a choice. In addition, the chassis has a rounded design to allow optimal airflow for better grass collection so it really should pack in tight which is half the bottle with mowers.

Other features

Another intelligent thing is the blade design, which has been designed to twist rather than break if it hits a hard obstacle. This makes it more reliable and less maintenance compared with cheap blades so is plus.


Our thoughts

This high-quality lawnmower offers impressive performance that will make mowing large areas easier than ever. Honda’s commitment to user experience is evident from the model’s self-propulsion, easy pull-start engine, foldable design, and a relatively larger grass bag and more importantly, robust design for daily mowing. This is separates the cheaper mowers from a lawnmower you might have 10 years from now.

Even the build of this quality of this mower is incredible, with the robust steel deck, much better and thick steel than other mowers we have reviewed. 

Perhaps the only negative thing is the hefty price tag of this mower. but at the end of the day you get what you pay for and its does come with a 5 year warranty, The Honda Izy HRG 466 SK 4-Wheel Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower is probably the best mower on this list and if you have the budget you won't be disappointed, specially if your a garden maintenance person who needs a reliable mower, and compared to Hayter models, its much more affordable.

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Mountfield SP45 44cm Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

A fantastic lawn mower for a fair price, the Mountfield SP45 Petrol Rotary Lawnmower is one of the most efficient mowers on the market. Its powerful engine allows you to take on both medium and large gardens with little effort, and it’s self-propelled.

The Mountfield SP45 44cm Petrol Rotary Lawnmower is another reliable petrol lawn mower featuring a robust steel chassis with a powder-coated paint finish for long life span. Mountfield have long been a well regarded mower manufacture and this model is a great alternative to our 'Best Pick' if you want a simpler model without the side dispatch feature.

Powerful 140cc Mountfield WB45 OHV engine offers plenty of cutting power

Equipped with 140cc Mountfield WB45 OHV engine, this mower has more than enough power to cut in any condition. This model is especially effective on medium to large sized lawns since its powerful engine can cover larger areas with minimal effort for the user. The engine is pretty easy to start with a recoil rope system.

Large rear wheels

A notable feature of this mower is its larger wheels. At 28cm in diameter, these are larger than standard wheels, again making it easier to tackle larger areas of up to 50m x 50m.

Self-propelled rear wheel drive with great traction

There’s no need to push the mower as it is rear wheeled self-propelled, thus ideal for steep slopes or uneven ground. No matter how big the size of lawn size, this moxdel requires very little effort and that’s just guiding it in the right direction.

Adjustable cutting height

Grass cutting height is adjustable from 20mm to 70mm. The mower includes a single lever that allows you to set your desired height through a simple push or the lever. 

Mulch plug option for returning grass clipping to the lawn which put nutrients back into the lawn.

The mower does have a decent collection box of 55 litres, but then there’s an option mulching the grass clippings and depositing them back onto the lawn. Simply attach the supplied mulching plug and save yourself the hassle of having to empty the collect box and you help make your lawn healthier.

What’s more?

This model is built to last and has a foldable design for easy storage just like all our picks. It also comes with a 2-year warranty for full peace of mind.


Our thoughts

A fantastic lawn mower for a fair price, the Mountfield SP45 Petrol Rotary Lawnmower is one of the most efficient mowers on the market. Its powerful engine allows you to take on both medium and large gardens with little effort, and it’s self-propelled. 

The additional mulching plug is really useful for adding the clipping back to the lawn to add essential nutrients to the lawn. Mowing heights are easily adjustable and the grass collection box is a good size, but it could be larger which we think would be better, that being said, its no smaller than most other models have.

We find it a solid piece of equipment for domestic use, a simple but well made mower that will offer many years of use and well worth considering.

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Yard Force 18" Self Propelled Rotary Petrol Lawnmower

All things considered, the Yard Force Self Propelled Lawnmower is a perfect choice for anyone looking for an easy to use, efficient and affordable mower. A mower which is well worth considering.

The Yard Force 46cm (18") Self Propelled Petrol Lawnmower is equipped with all the high-quality, reliable features you need to tackle lawns up to 750 m² which is around 3 tennis courts so is ideal for larger gardens. 

Self-Propelled with Briggs and Stratton engine

First off, this self-propelled mower houses a 140cc Briggs and Stratton 500E Series engine with a user-friendly Prime ‘n Pull E-Z starting system, which gets the job done with minimal effort. This engine is specially crafted to deliver a great amount of power at low speed, vital for quiet operation, low emissions, and reduced vibration. 

Excellent grass collection thanks to the free flow air design

This petrol lawn mower comes with a 55-litre easy to empty grass collector with full level indicator. The bag is designed in a way that it allows free flow of air, which helps compact the grass clippings into the bag for less emptying and longer mowing.

In addition, the mower includes a mulching plug. So if you don’t want to collect the grass clippings , you can just mulch them and discharge the clipping back onto the lawn as essential nutrients and minerals which we have already talked about with previous mowers.

7 Cutting height adjustments from 25mm for a very short cut to 75mm for tackling tall grass

Outfitted with a single adjustment lever with 7 cutting heights to choose from, this model is perfect for year-round trimming. For instance, you may wish to keep the grass shorter in the summer months as it grows faster during this season or leave it longer during spring.

What else?

This model also features a steel deck, which not only tells of its robustness but also means it’s built to last. A soft grip handle ensures comfort when mowing, whilst its 46cm rotating blade delivers a sharp cut in one pass.

The self-propelled lawn mower can comfortably tackle any slopes and uneven grounds as there is no need for pushing.


Our thoughts

A solid petrol lawn mower for home use, we like this model as its fitted with a Briggs and Stratton engine which are one of the best engines you can get on a lawnmower. This engine is powerful, efficient, and robust, with low emission and reduced vibration, they really are good engines.

This is great for tackling medium to large gardens, complemented by the large 55 litre grass collection bag.

When it comes to height adjustment, this mower is a champion out there as it offers more flexibility than many other models.

All things considered, the Yard Force Self Propelled Lawnmower is a perfect choice for anyone looking for an easy to use, efficient and affordable mower. A mower which is well worth considering.

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Tiger TM5120SP 20" Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

The Tiger TM5120SP Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower definitely offers great value for money and is an excellent mower well worth considering. You get a powerful engine coupled with unparalleled cutting flexibility. Better still, it has a generously sized grass collector at 65 litres and different ways of handling your grass clippings.

The Tiger TM5120SP Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower provides a set of great features at an unbelievable price. Tiger made this model to tackle medium to large size lawns as well as last through seasons of use. We do really like this model so what can expect from it.

Powered by Briggs & Stratton 625e ReadyStart Engine

The first impressive thing about this model is its Briggs and Stratton 625E engine with a fantastic 190cc output, you may have noticed a trend with out recommendations now, they best models have Briggs and Stratton engine fitted.

It generates a vast amount of power to run the self-propelled drive system. In addition, the engine power between low and maximum, though the higher end gives a better drive speed. Briggs and Stratton’s engines are known for fuel efficiency and reliability, and the 625E series has been found to be a favourite with British gardeners. If you ask any gardener with years of experience to name to engines, they will always recommend Honda or Briggs and Stratton which speaks for itself. 

4-in-1 collection system gives you plenty of mowing choices

This lawn mower features a 4-in-1 collection system for maximum flexibility. If you prefer to collect your grass clippings, then you will appreciate the 65-litre collection bag, the second largest collect bag size in our review, only our 'Best Pick' has a larger collect bag.

Alternatively, you can employ the side or rear discharge which is useful if you mow areas they don't need the grass to be collected. If you would like to mulch and return essential minerals and nutrients to the soil, a mulch plug is supplied to make use of which we always look for in a mower as we think its a good alternative.

High quality build with steel deck

Looking at the build of this machine, you can tell it has been built to last. The entire deck is made of steel and protected by a plastic cover too. The steel deck can withstand little knocks and bumps along its way plus it has been treated with a corrosion resistant coating for longer service life.

The wheels on this lawn mower include a dual bearing system which enhances movement, especially when not using the self-propelled system, for instance, when pushing it to and from the lawn. The rear wheels are particularly larger than the front ones so as to improve the mower’s stability and manoeuvrability, this is great for sloped areas where more grip us needed on the rear wheels.

Unmatched height adjustment

We’ve seen some models that offer 7 stage cutting height adjustment, which is a step above the standard for an averagely priced mower, but this model’s 10 stage height adjustment is incredible. You can choose anywhere from 15mm to 70mm. In short, the Tiger TM5120SP is capable of mowing lawns to any length.


Our thoughts

The Tiger TM5120SP Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower definitely offers great value for money and is an excellent mower well worth considering. You get a powerful engine coupled with unparalleled cutting flexibility. Better still, it has a generously sized grass collector at 65 litres and different ways of handling your grass clippings. 

Its construction is pretty solid with a foldable handlebar design that ensures it doesn’t all the space in the garden shed. If you have a relatively large garden, this mower is well worth considering and has proven a popular model on Amazon.co.uk which some excellent reviews which you can read here.

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Hyundai 16" 99cc Petrol lawnmower

Its basically a no frills lawn mower, that is designed to be affordable while still offering great quality and performance. It does a great job a cutting the grass and the engine starts first time, one feature we were impressed with is that the pull cord can be placed at the top of the handle, this means you don't need to bend down to the engine to pull the cord, this was a great idea and seems to make life a little easier when starting the mower for most people.

Hyundai makes several models of mowers of all sizes and our 'Best Pick' is one of there best models, however this 'Hyundai 16" 99cc Petrol Mower' is there smallest mower ideally suited for small gardens and is a great little mower.

All though its lacks the self-propelled feature, which is fitted to nearly, all the other mowers we have reviewed, its polypropylene rust free chassis ensure this mower is extremely durable and light weight at only 18.5kg, thats half the weight of some mowers. This means that it is very easy to manoeuvre around a small lawn, so lacks the need for the self-propelled feature.

The compact design, which includes a soft grip handle, that folds over the engine, ensures its easy to store in the smallest of spaces, whether in a small shed, garden storage box or corner of the garage.

Its powered by a 99cc 4-stroke OHV Hyundai engine, its not the most powerful engine but it still has more than enough power for tackling small lawns so this is not an issue.

It has a cutting width of 200mm (16") and a smaller 40 litre grass collect box which is large enough for most small gardens which minimises the time you need to spend emptying the collection box, without it being too large and bulky.

It has 3 cutting heights between 25mm to 75mm so not as many cutting heights as all the other mowers in this review.


Our thoughts

If you have a small lawn and are looking for a good little petrol mower, then this 'Hyundai 16" petrol mower' could be just what you need.

Its basically a no frills lawnmower, that is designed to be affordable while still offering great quality and performance. It does a great job a cutting the grass and the engine starts first time, one feature we were impressed with is that the pull cord can be placed at the top of the handle, this means you don't need to bend down to the engine to pull the cord, this was a great idea and seems to make life a little easier when starting the mower for most people.

One downside of this mower worth mentioning is, it does not have a simple lever control to change the cutting height like on all the other mowers we have reviewed, basically you have 3 positions, where the wheels fit, and you need to change each wheel to one of the axle positions to change the height setting.

Its a simple system that is easy to do and helps reduce weight and cost, but at a price. It takes a while to change the height setting, but for most of us, this should not be a problem as once you have got your desired height, you can leave it at this setting permanently.

Other features it lacks are self-propelled drive, this is not needed as its fairly light weight, lawn striper which is not essential, all these are not essential features and more extras you may not need.

Overall a great little mower which also includes 2 years warranty, not bad for a basic lightweight economy petrol lawn mower. This is the cheapest mower we have reviewed and is worth a look for anyone looking for either a mower for a small garden or a cheaper lawn mower if your willing to empty the grass bag more often. Don't let the cheaper price tag put you off, this offers excellent value for money. Very impressed with this little mower.

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EINHELL GC-PM 46/1S PETROL LAWNMOWER

This Einhell mower definitely impressed, the build quality is excellent and the cutting performance is what you would expect from a decent mower, the collection bag indicator is specially useful.

This German made Einhell GC-PM 46/1 S Self-propelled Petrol Lawnmower has been made to the highest standards with small and medium sized gardens in mind. 

The mowing deck is made from powered coated steel which is scratch resistance and very durable. With reliability in mind, Einhell have fitted this mower with a very reliable 4-Stroke Briggs and Stratton 125cc - 450E series engine, this produces 2.6HP which provides all the power you need and produces a cutting speeds of  2900 rpm.

Other features include the self-propelled drive, this makes mowing effortless as you simply walk behind the mower at a nice peace, large back wheels provide maximum grip and the large 50 litre collection bag which also incorporates a full indicator do you know when to empty the box.

It has 9 cutting positions of between 30-80 mm, the cutting heights can be easly changed to get a cut that suites you.

Finally it also features adjustable padded handles for extra comfort that can be set, to suit your height. When you've finished mowing they can be easily folded down to make the mower more compact for storage.


Our thoughts

This Einhell Mower definitely impressed, the build quality is excellent and the cutting performance is what you would expect from a decent mower, the collection bag indicator is specially useful.

Overall a great mower and it does come with 2 years warranty for extra peace of mind, however it does lack a lawn striper and does not have side dispatch like some other mowers, not everybody wants these features anyway and they often add extra weight.

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Conclusion

When it comes to best petrol lawn mowers, they need to have a reliable engine, a good lawnmower starts with the engine. If its fitted with either a Briggs and Stratton or Honda engine then they are well worth considering. The exception is Hyundai which use there own branded engine which are very well made too.

The problem is some cheaper mowers use cheap Chinese engines and they are notoriously poorly made, can be difficult to start and simply are not made to a standard where they will last many years.

The next thing we looked at was the overall quality of the mower, a steel cutting deck is what we really want to see followed by a good heat adjustment settings there are easy to change. Finally you want a grass collection box that is adequate, ideally any grass box above 50 litres is usually a good size.

Our favourite model is the Hyundai HYM460SP 4-stroke Petrol Lawn Mower, its an excellent lawnmower and is packed with features and best of all, it comes at a affordable price and 3 years warranty.

It is difficult to choose the best lawnmower out of the 8 we have chosen as they are all excellent models and have there pros and cons. In the end, it all comes down to your budget and what features you're looking for.

We hope you have found our reviews helpful, if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below in the comments section.

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