If you have a back garden, you may have neglected it in favour of spending time in the remainder of the great outdoors which didn’t require you to maintain it. Obviously, things have changed, and you’ve thrown yourself into the task of making your bit of green space pleasant to be in. That means it’s time to break out the lawnmower, and we’ve scoured the market to find the best ones for small, medium and large gardens alike. Before we get to our picks, here’s an overview of what to look for in a lawnmower.
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How To Choose The Best Lawnmower
What Are The Different Types Of Lawnmower?
There are four to choose between, with the difference coming down to how each is powered.
- Electric mowers need to be connected to the mains and are the type you’re probably most familiar with.
- Push mowers don’t use electricity and are good for keeping small spaces tidy and storing in small spaces.
- Cordless mowers use chargeable batteries and are ideal for large spaces where an extension cord won’t stretch to the outer reaches.
- Petrol mowers are great for huge lawns with few obstacles as they often incorporate motors so you hardly need to push, though they tend to be pricier.
Other features you might want to consider such as integrated rollers that can help you achieve those professional-looking stripes, and the size of the grass box you’ll need will vary depending on the size of the space you’re dealing with.
The final major factor to consider is the cutting width. While the length you cut your grass to is variable for most mowers, you’re stuck with the width. The entries on this list range from a narrow 30cm to a wide-boy 46cm.
The Best Lawnmowers To Buy
1. Bosch Rotak 34R
With an integrated roller for that traditional striped effect and a 1,300W motor that’ll handle lawns which have gotten overgrown, the Rotak 34R is a solid mower that will suit most gardeners. The cutting width sits at 34cm so small and medium-sized lawns will be no trouble, and cutting height ranges between 20mm-70mm so it’s easy to get the effect you desire.
Buy from Currys | £129
2. Bosch Rotak 43 LI Ergoflex Cordless 36
If you’re facing the task of keeping a sizable lawn in shape then the Bosch Rotak 43 LI will it make more manageable. The 36V Lithium-ion battery means you don’t have to be near a power source for an hour once fully-charged and, at 13.9kg, it still manages to be light enough to move around. As with other Bosch models on this list, you can adjust the cutting length between 20mm and 70mm, and a 50L grass box means you can get pretty far without having to empty the mower.
3. Einhell GC-HM 30 Manual Hand Push Lawnmower
If you only have a small garden and don’t care for all the bells and whistles, this is a solid budget option. It’s relatively lightweight at 7.5kg, has a small 16L grass box, narrow 30cm cutting width and the adjustable cutting length stretches from 15mm and 42mm.
4. Honda Izy HRG 466 SK
The Honda Izy HRG 466 SK is a particularly noisy (operating at 94dB) mower and it’s heavy (32kg) too, but it’s propelled forward by the petrol engine so once you’ve wrestled it out of the garage and got it going, it’s plain sailing. The mower has an impressive 46cm cutting width to allow for quick and painless trimming even with the extra heft, and the 55L grass box means that most people can get the whole job done without going back and forth to the compost bin.
Buy from Just Lawnmowers | £429
5. Flymo Electric Glider 330
If you’re looking for something lightweight and easy to move around then you can’t go too wrong with the Flymo Electric Glider 330. The mower weighs in at just 10kg so if you hate the amount of physical effort it usually takes to tidy up the garden then it’s a dream come true. The cutting height can be moved between 12mm and 32mm which is less varied than some other mowers and the grass box is only 26L, however, so we’d only recommend this for those with smaller spaced to cover and who are less fussy about the length of their grass.
6. Bosch Rotak 32R
Reasons to buy
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The Bosch Rotak 32R has a lot of the same plus points as the other Bosch products on this list, such as the range of cutting lengths (20-60mm), 32cm blade width and 31L grass box, but also boasts a more lightweight design, coming in at just 7kg (for reference, the Rotak 43 LI weighs 13.9kg). You also get a handy grass comb with the 32R, allowing you to mow patches close to walls or flowerbeds, and the integrated roller at the rear helps you achieve the neat striped effect.
Buy from Argos | £80.75
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Caroline Preece worked as a central e-commerce writer at Coach’s former publisher, Dennis Publishing, between 2019 and 2020, contributing buying guides and product recommendations.