It is or mission to find the best lawnmowers available for sale online. This list is for anyone looking for an affordable mower that will keep their garden looking sharp without a fuss. We’ve also provided some handy information, giving you everything you need to decide on the best lawn mower for you.
Bosch Rotak 32R: Great value mower that does it all
Bosch is a well-known company that consistently produces well-made products for reasonable prices. The Rotak 32R is a small but powerful 1200W electric lawn mower that can provide a professional cut on a budget.
It differs from the Rotak 32 in its roller (the origin of the R in 32R) that allows you to get clean stripes in the grass. This mower is suited for small to medium-sized gardens, having a mid-sized 31L grass box capacity and a 10m cable.
Incredibly light at 6.8kg and easy to manoeuvre
Folding handle for easy storage
Included roller and grass comb
Well sized 31L grass box
The handle could be easier to assemble
No way to check grass box level
Extended grass combs let you mow right to the edge of your lawn
Lightweight design makes transport easy for everyone
Hardened steel blade cuts even long grass quickly and cleanly
Einhell GC0EM 1536: Powerful mower for sloped gardens
If you have one of those awkward, sloped gardens then this mower is perfect for you. The height adjustment of the blades is simple to use and change, meaning that you don’t have to worry about the blade impacting the ground and scarring your lawn.
The generous 38L grass box means you are unlikely to have to keep emptying it in medium or even medium-large gardens although the 10m cable will limit the distance you can go without an extension cord.
Hugely powerful 1500W motor
Very easy to assemble with good build quality
Clear and effective height adjustment
Grass box has a level indicator
Somewhat noisy compared to its competitors
Power cord could be longer and more brightly coloured
5 level cutting height adjustment allows you to quickly mow to your desired length
Folding handlebar saves space for convenient storage
2 point safety switch offers reliable safety and provides peace of mind
Flymo Chevron 32VC: Compact lawn mower for small gardens
The Flymo Chevron 32VC is similar to the Bosch 32R in more than name. Like the Bosch it is light, compact, has a rear roller and a 1200W motor.
Unlike the Bosch, there is no grass comb which can make trimming edges difficult and the 29L grass box is also smaller, making this mower suited for small gardens.
Where the Flymo shines is in small useful touches like cable storage, a carrying handle and viewing window. These features make using the 32VC as easy as pie so if you want a cheap, no-nonsense mower, Flymo has you covered.
Simple easy to use and maintain
Carrying handle makes the mower easy to transport
Large window to check grass box level
Useful cable storage on both handles
Awkward placement of height adjustment lever
Grass collector not the most effective
Vision window allows you to quickly tell when the grass box is full
Rear roller lets you create stripes across the length of your lawn
Handy carry handle enables you to move the mower safely and easily
Webb ER36: Capable mower for large gardens, with a fatal flaw
Webb may be a brand known for their petrol mowers, but the ER36 is a perfectly capable electric model that won’t break the bank.
At 1600W the motor on the ER36 is the most powerful of all the models on our list. It also has the largest grass storage volume by far, meaning the mower is perfect for even large gardens… or at least it would be if it weren’t for the fact that the cable length is only 10m.
This means that you need an extension lead if you want to do serious amounts of mowing which is an odd choice on an otherwise well-designed lawn mower.
Huge 45L collection bag
A powerful 1600W motor
Cutting length can be as low as 20mm
Quiet operation, even for an electric mower
10m is a surprisingly short cable length given the specifications
Difficult to carry and store after use due to size
Single lever height adjustment lets you cut between 20 and 70mm
45L collection bag stores your clippings for easy removal after mowing
1600W motor powers the rotor to make short work of any grass type
After weighing everything up, we decided that the best lawn mower under £100 is the Bosch 32R. It may not be the most powerful mower on our list, but it is the one with the best balance of features. It is incredibly light and easy to use and, if that wasn’t enough, it has a long two-year warranty that can be extended by another year if you register within 28 days after purchase. Simply put, the 32R would be a great addition to anyone’s garden.
How much do I need to pay for my lawnmower?
You don’t need to break the bank to get a decent lawn mower, that’s why all the mowers in this guide are all under £100. The cheapest mowers can be had for as little as £40 but if you need the best of the best then make sure to budget a few hundred pounds or even up to £3,000 if you want a fancy ride on mower or robot mower.
Which features should I look for in a lawn mower?
Given the variety of lawn mowers available, it’s important to know which features are important to differentiate between them.
Variable height adjustment: If possible, it is always best to get a lawn mower that can cut at different lengths. This is because grass is healthier at different lengths depending on the season. In the Summer grass can be cut short to your tastes but in spring or cold/dry weather then it’s better to leave your grass a bit longer to keep it healthy and reduce undue stress.
Grass collection: After you mow your lawn, depending on the mower, your grass can either be left behind or it can be collected in a bag/box. If it is the latter, then it’s good to check if the storage is enough for your garden or you will have to empty and refill it multiple times. Depending on the season and where you are, grass clippings can either be left in your garden or be put in compost so that the nutrients can be recycled and less space is taken up in landfills.
Rollers: If you are after that classic striped finish in your garden then you can’t just get any old lawn mower, you need to get a mower with a roller on the back. This roller flattens the grass as you move along, giving you even stripes across the areas you mow. The heavier your lawn mower, the more pronounced the stripes produced are.
Edge mower: Some mowers are designed to be able to get close to the extreme edges of gardens when you mow. This helps you save time on trimming missed patches of grass with shears or strimmers. In general cylinder mowers are the best at cutting the edges of gardens, although you can get mowers with combs that guide these patches of grass into rotary blades.
What kind of lawn mowers can I get?
There are lot of lawn mowers on the market so it’s important to get one that will best fit your needs. If you’re new to lawn mowers (or just horticulturally challenged), you may not know what the ins and outs of different lawn mower types. If that is you then here’s a list of the three main types of lawn mowers and the pros and cons of each:
Cylinder lawn mowers: As the name suggests, cylinder mowers have cylindrical blades at the front of the mower which rotate to cut grass. They can have anything from five to twelve blades that trap grass between a fixed blade at the bottom (like a pair of scissors). This is great for level lawns as they give a reliable close-cut finish and, like with razors, the more blades the better the cut and the less the likelihood that you have to do another pass. The only downside is that they are not suitable for long grass or uneven surfaces, making them best suited for those who are willing to mow their lawns once a week. Grass is generally collected in a box behind the blades for easy clean-up.
Rotary lawn mowers: These are perhaps the most common type of lawn mower. They have a single large horizontal blade at the bottom of the lawn mower that rotates at high speed to cut the grass underneath. Rotary mowers are not as good as cylinder mowers at providing an even, short cut but they are better suited to most surfaces and can tackle longer grass so are the recommended option for most people. Some rotary mowers have integrated storage for grass, while others simply leave clippings behind after they cut it, which can be great for retaining nutrients, especially in the Spring and Summer.
Hover lawn mowers: The final kind of lawn mower is the hover mower. These are similar to rotary mowers as they also have rotary blades. The main differentiator is the fact that they also create a cushion of air between the mower and the lawn and so don’t require wheels. This is especially useful on really awkwardly shaped lawns as they can easily be manoeuvred in any direction, including sideways and inclines. One issue with hover mowers is a relatively uneven finish in their cutting but this can be made up by their lightness and ease of use. Hover mowers don’t tend to collect grass so you need to make sure you collect the grass yourself after use.
Which form of power is best?
It used to be that all lawn mowers were human-powered but thankfully times have changed and now you are able to cut your grass with a few different power sources:
Petrol lawn mowers: If you have acres and acres to cut then these are really the best option available to you. The ecology of cutting your grass with dead dinosaurs aside, petrol mowers last the longest of all the mower types and also excel in the length of time they can be used and the quality of their cutting. They do require yearly servicing however and are more expensive than other options so petrol mowers are best suited for professionals or those who take lawn care very seriously.
Electric lawn mowers: These are powered straight from the mains and are suited to small or medium sized gardens (or larger ones if you don’t mind using an extension cable). They are good in the sense that they don’t run out of power although it can sometimes be a hassle to manage the wire when you’re mowing. You also need to be careful to get the right wire length or, if you do use an extension lead, use one which is rated at a high enough power to be able to handle the power of your mower.
Cordless lawn mowers: These are powered by batteries and can be used for most gardens (and oddly shaped ones where cords cannot easily reach). As you would expect, cordless mowers do not last as long as the other kinds and need to be recharged regularly after use. Depending on the mower, a single charge is generally good enough to cut a small to medium-sized garden. The main benefit of cordless mowers is their ease of use, although it does need to be noted that their batteries will degrade over time so it’s best to get the longest lasting one you can within your budget. Cordless mowers also tend to be fairly expensive (although prices have gone down dramatically over time).
Push lawn mowers: Last but not least are manual push mowers. If you want the exercise or can’t be bothered to deal with refilling or charging your mower, then the traditional kind of mower is still the best option. These are thankfully still available in most places and are suited for small gardens. They provide close cuts but due to the extremely physical nature of their use, they aren’t for everyone. If you look after your push mower well then it will basically last forever.
The type of mower you get won’t matter too much for most people (push mowers aside) but it’s important to know the benefits of each. In general, if you’re a professional gardener or have a large lawn then a petrol mower should be at the top of your list, although for the majority of people an electric or cordless mower is your best choice.
What kind of maintenance is needed for lawn mowers?
To make sure that your lawn mower runs as it should for as long as possible it is important to spend some time maintaining your lawn mower. The maintenance you require depends on the type of mower you have and its state of wear but in general you should follow these tips:
Clean out the undercarriage: This is important for rotary mowers especially. Over time grass and mud can coat the bottom of the mower and clog it up. If this happens to you then you need to clear away the debris, this can be done with a hose or by scraping away the clippings with a wire brush. Always disconnect your mower before cleaning it just to be safe.
Sharpening the blade: Whichever kind of lawn mower you have, they will always have at least one blade. These blades naturally dull over time due to grass or impacts with rocks and branches. Sharper blades provide a much better cut than dull ones as they slice through the grass rather than tearing it (and thus cause a lot less stress to the grass). To sharpen your mower’s blades you should use a metal file or, if you are not comfortable with this, you can always get this professionally done for a fee.
Check the safety functions: Most lawn mowers these days come equipped with safety functions. Before extended use it is always advisable to make sure that these are functioning correctly as you never know when you’ll need them! This is especially important when you start using your mower after it has not been used for a long time (such as the first mowing after winter finishes).
If in doubt on how best to maintain your lawn mower, you can always take it to a professional for a tune-up or check the owner’s manual beforehand. This will always tell you the best way to keep your mower in the best shape.
If you have a petrol mower then there are some additional steps that you have to take. We won’t go into the specifics but some of these steps include replacing old fuel, checking the air filter, replacing the spark plug and checking the oil.
Some additional things to consider before you buy
If you’re looking for a petrol mower then it’s important to note that they often start with a pull cord which can be difficult to use for some as they require a lot of strength to use. If this is likely to be an issue for you, then it’s best to find a lawn mower with a button or key start.
It is always best to try a mower before you purchase it if you can as there are some factors which can only be noticed with usage. One of these factors is handle position, this should always feel comfortable to you when you are pushing the mower. Some mowers let you adjust the length of the handle to suit your needs, but many are fixed so it’s best to try to find this beforehand.
The cutting width is another thing which you should look at when buying a lawn mower. The wider the blade, the more grass you can cut with each pass but the harder the mower is to store and manoeuvre. If you have a small garden then we would recommend a mower with a width of 30-34cm, for medium gardens this increased to 35-40cm and for the largest gardens (over 150m2) anything bigger than 40cm is best.
About the author
Written by William
I have always had a passion for gardening and that with a background in selling lawn mowers for the past 10 years, I have become very knowledgeable in all types of gardening tools. The site TheBestMowers.co.uk was created as a hub where I can review and write about all of the tips around gardening.
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