The Ultimate Lawn Mowers Buyers Guide

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Lawnmower Buyers Guide

As far as gardening is concerned, more often than not our biggest desire is a beautiful, leafy green lawn. To achieve this, it is important that you have the correct lawn mower to suit yours and your lawn’s needs. However, when faced with so many decisions when buying such as, Rotary or cylinder? Corded or cordless? Walk, ride or robot? How do we know what is right for us? We have gathered all the important information that we feel you need to know to ensure this buyers guide helps you to make the correct decision.

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With all the new types and models of lawn mowers on the market, choosing the correct one can be a difficult task. We recommend that you ensure you know the size of lawn you want the mower for, your physical needs/ wants and your budget before you look any further.

The most important decision you will need to make is choosing from the numerous types of machines.

Rotary or Cylinder?

Cylinder mowers have cylindrical blades at the front of the mower that rotate vertically to cut against another fixed blade at the bottom like scissors. This leaves a good finish but are best for flat lawns.

Rotary mowers have a single blade that rotates underneath the mower horizontally. They are better at cutting longer and rougher grass than cylinder motors.

Corded (around £120- £250)

Pros

  • Corded electric lawn mowers are often the cheapest and lightest option.
  •  They are a good option for a family lawn and will cut for as long as needed with no need for fuel or charging.

Cons

  • You are limited to the length of the cord, so you will often need an extension lead.

Cordless mowers- (around £350-£500)

Pros

  • Allows you to cut anywhere you want without the restrictions of cables and extension leads.
  • Easy to start and have all the benefits of an electric mower.

Cons

  • A limited amount of time you can mow for
  • More expensive than the corded
  • Batteries that can take up to 6 hours to charge
  • Replacement batteries can also be expensive.

Hover mowers- (around £75-£150)

Pros

  • Hover just above the ground making them much easier to push around
  • A much better choice for uneven ground and unusually shaped lawns
  • Light and simple to use
  • One of the more inexpensive mower.

Cons

  • The hover mower is a type of corded electric mower, so again you will need to take into consideration the length of the cord.

Petrol mowers- (around £350-£550)

Pros

  • Petrol-powered lawn mowers are one of the more powerful types of mower and are much faster at cutting
  • Ideal for large lawns where a mains cable is not suitable.
  • Easy to manoeuvre around large objects
  • Suitable for long grass and uneven or sloping lawns.

Cons

  • Much heavier than other
  • Will need to re-fuel.

Ride-on mowers– (around £1000-£5000+)

Pros

  • Makes cutting the grass much simpler if you have a large area of land to cover.
  • Easily operated
  • Avoid any physical exertion that comes with pushing a mower.
  • Can provide a range of add-ons and accessories such as trailers and items that help spread grass-seed and plough snow.

Cons

  • Come at a much higher price
  • Need annual servicing
  • Need re-fuelling
  • Need a large, secure storage space.

Robot mowers (around £600- £1000+)

Robotic lawn mower on the garden

Pros

  • It is self- sufficient. Once you have completed the initial set up, it does all the work for you.
  • Has sensors that allow it to detect and move around obstacles and allowing you to programme things such as how long you would like your grass to be.
  • Smaller than a regular mower, it is easier to handle and store.

Cons

  • Initial programming and set up can be very difficult.

Once you have chosen a type of mower we recommend you take into consideration purchasing a mower with adjustable cutting lengths for the different seasons.

You will also need to look at the cutting width as choosing the incorrect blade width can affect the mowing. We recommend;

Small lawn: around 300mm width.

Medium lawn:around 350-400mm width.

Large lawn: 400mm+ cutting width.

What do I need to know about lawn mowers?

I am sure many of you have had the same lawn mower for a number of years. As with all machines, they do get run down and need replacing. However, if you have not bought a mower for a number of years, looking for a new lawn mower can be quite overwhelming and confusing. You may not realise just how many types of mower there now are on the market and therefore, do not fully understand their differences, pros and cons. This buyer’s guide is designed to support your decision but you must first know three things.

1. What is the size of your lawn?

Lawn mowers come with various cutting sizes and different types are suited to different sizes of lawn. So, ensure you know the size.

2. What are your physical needs/wants?

Lawn mowers can vary dramatically in how much effort is needed by the user. They range from heavy machines and those difficult to manoeuvre, to those that require little to no effort from the user at all.

3. What is your budget?

Types of lawn mower can range from around £75 to upwards of £5000, so make sure you have a price range in mind before setting your heart on a particular model.

Cylinder or Rotary?

This refers to how the blades move. Different types of mower will advertise they are either cylinder or rotary.

Cylinder mowers have cylindrical blades at the front of the mower that rotate vertically. They cut against another fixed blade at the bottom like scissors leaving a good finish, which makes them ideal for show lawns. These are best for flat lawns, are a feature of electric, petrol powered, and push motors.

Rotary mowers have a single blade that rotates underneath the mower horizontally. They are better at cutting longer and rougher grass than cylinder motors and are a feature of mains electric, rechargeable battery and petrol-powered mowers.

Types of lawn mower

We are not able to tell you the ‘best’ type of mower as different types will suit different lawns and people. Make sure you take into consideration the size and shape of your lawn as well as your physical needs when reading the descriptions.

Corded

Corded electric lawn mowers are often the cheapest and lightest option.  They are a good option for a family lawn and will cut for as long as needed with no need for fuel or charging.

However, you are limited to the length of the cord, so you will often need an extension lead. Having both a cord and extension lead trailing behind you means you will need to take extra care not to cut through the lead with the mower and not to damage plants as you move around your garden.

Cordless

Although more expensive than the corded, the cordless lawn mower allows you to cut anywhere you want without the restrictions of cables and extension leads. They are easy to start and have all the benefits of an electric mower.

One of the downsides to this type of mower is the limited amount of time you can mow for, with some models offering a time of 30 minutes whilst others only offering 20 minutes. Charging the batteries is also another time factor to consider as this can vary between 1 and 6 hours. Replacement batteries can also come at quite high costs and are not always included in the original price you pay for the mower.

Hover

Hover mowers, hover just above the ground making them much easier to push around and a much better choice for uneven ground and unusually shaped lawns. They are also light, simple to use and one of the more inexpensive mower.

The hover mower is a type of corded electric mower, so again you will need to take into consideration the length of the cord. Many models within this range also do not collect the grass clippings meaning you will need to rake the garden afterwards. They are also known, to not leave a great finish and are not the best to tackle long or damp grass.

Petrol

Petrol-powered lawn mowers are one of the more powerful types of mower and are much faster at cutting, thus, making them ideal for large lawns where a mains cable is not suitable. They are easy to manoeuvre around large objects and due to their power, they are suitable for long grass and uneven or sloping lawns.

The cons to this type of machine is that it is much heavier and you will need to re-fuel. Some models can be difficult to start, so we recommend you look for a push button or key-start model. These types of mower also need an annual service.

Ride-on

If you have a large area of land to cover, a ride-on mower can make cutting the grass much simpler. They are easily operated, working like cars to avoid any physical exertion that comes with pushing a mower. Unlike other mowers, the ride-on mower can provide a range of add-ons and accessories such as trailers and items that help spread grass-seed and plough snow.

Unfortunately, these mowers do come at a much higher price, they need annual servicing, they need re-fuelling and you will need a large, secure storage space.

Robot Mowers

The main advantage to a robot mower is that it is self- sufficient. Once you have completed the initial set up, it does all the work for you leaving you time to relax or take care of other things. It has a number of high-tech features including sensors that allow it to detect and move around obstacles and allowing you to programme things such as how long you would like your grass to be. As it is smaller than a regular mower, it is easier to handle and store. Some models are even suitable for large gardens making it a great alternative to the ride on if you do not have the storage or want to lower the workload.

Although this mower is hassle-free, it does not come cheap. The installation of your programme of how and where you want it to cut can also be very tricky.

Pricing

Prices can vary extensively but are usually dependent on the type of lawn mower you choose. Here is a quick guide to prices you may expect to pay for a good mower.

  • Corded-electric mowers- £120- £250
  • Cordless mowers- £350-£500
  • Hover mowers- £75-£150
  • Petrol mowers- £350-£550
  • Ride-on mowers– £1000-£5000+
  • Robot mowers- £600- £1000+

Other features to consider

The following four features are what we feel are just as important considerations as the type of mower you choose.

Cutting height adjustment

This refers to how high the grass will be once cut. If adjustable you simply move the blades up or down. This allows you to cut shorter in the summer and leave longer in the Autumn.

Rear roller

This allows you to mow right up to the edge of the lawn and can be used to add stripes to the lawn.

Cutting width

Cutting width refers to the size of the mowing blade. The larger the blade, the more grass it will cut with each blade increasing the speed in which the lawn is cut. Ensure you choose the correct size for your lawn as if you choose one too wide it can be difficult to manoeuvre around a small lawn, choose one too small for a large garden, and you can significantly increase your mowing time. Take a look at the guidelines below if you are unsure what size will suit your lawn.

Small lawn (less than 50 square metres):around 300mm width.

Medium lawn (between 50 and 150 square metres):around 350-400mm width.

Large lawn (More than 150 square metres): 400mm+ cutting width

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Our Top Pick – Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C 

The Speedi-Mo 360C from Flymo is a superb, great value and versatile electric lawn mower designed for cutting all sizes of lawns.

The mower features a 1500w motor and a cutting width of 36cm allowing you to cover larger lawns without much trouble. The integrated cable is 12m (around 40 feet) meaning for most applications you don’t need to worry about running a waterproof extension cable.

5 cutting heights from 20 to 60mm allow to finetune your cut and the large, 40L grassbox helps you to minimise downtime as you’ll need to empty it less frequently.

We think the Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C is an ideal starter lawn mower that’ll give you plenty of years service.

Sale
Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower, 1500 W, Cutting Width 36 cm
  • The ideal lawnmower for first time home buyers as it cuts medium to large sized gardens
  • Designed to be simple and easy to use with useful carry handle and an easy to remove grass box
  • Choose your ideal cutting height with a choice of five settings between 20 to 60 mm, easily adjustable with a central handle

Runner Up – Bosch Rotak 32R Lawnmower

The Rotak 32R Lawn mower from Bosch is a great mower for small to medium sized gardens.

With its 1200W motor, 31L cutting box and adjustable cutting height it’ll make light work of most garden lawns. While not as powerful as some of its contemporaries, it is very light in comparison and at just 6.8kg its a great solution if you need to store it at height or are planning on transporting it any distance.

It’s a great little lawnmower from a brand you can trust.

Sale
Bosch Home and Garden 0600885B70 Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower with 32 cm Cutting Width, 1200 W
  • The Rotak 32 lawnmower is ideal for small and mid-sized gardens, height of cut 20 – 60 mm
  • Thanks to its grass comb, the Rotak 32 cuts effortlessly along walls, flower beds and lawn edges
  • Weighing just 6.8 kg, it is easy to steer around obstacles and transport
  • Also suitable for tall grass thanks to its hardened steel blade and powerful 1200 W motor
  • Items included: Rotak 32, 31-litre grass box, cardboard box (3165140557450)

Runner Up – Webb WEER33 Lawnmower

The Webb WEER33 Lawn mower is a solid choice for grass cutting at a very competitive price.

It features a powerful 1300W motor along side a 33cm cutting width that’ll make light work of most gardens. Cutting heights range from 25 to 65mm and is adjustable using a single lever, ideal for changing height on the fly. 

The included 35L grass collection bag and generous 10m power cables are nice additions to have.

The Webb WEER33 lawnmower includes a folding handle that halves in size for easy storage.

Webb WEER33 ER33, 1300 W, 240 V, Green/Black
  • 33cm (13") Cutting Width
  • 1300 Watt Motor
  • Single Lever Height of Cut (25-65mm)
  • 35 Litre Collection Bag. 10 Metre Power Cable
  • Cutting Systems-Collect, Rear Discharge. Drive Type-Push. Handle Type-Folding

Runner Up – Swift 40V EB132C2 Cordless Lawn Mower

The Swift 40V EB132C2 Cordless Digital Compact Lawn Mower is a great battery powered lawn mower designed and built in the UK.

Powered by a 2AH battery, the Swift is rated to cover 150 square meters on a single charge, which at 10m by 15m (30 feet by 45 feet) should cover most small to medium gardens in the UK. The 32cm cutting width and variable 20 – 60mm cutting height are pretty standard in mowers this size as is the 30L cutting box.

If you own other swift tools then you’ll find that the battery system is fully compatible between the tools – handy if you need extra run time on your lawn mower and have a spare on hand.

Sale
Swift 40 V EB132C2 Cordless Digital Compact Lawn Mower Cutting Width 32 cm,with Battery and Charger
  • Designed & engineered in the UK
  • Powerful DIGITAL motor with 'load sensing'
  • 32cm cutting width with high lift blade, cuts up to 250m2
  • 5 Position individual wheel height adjuster 20-60 mm (requires wheel removal)
  • Includes 1 Battery & 1 Charger(ONE battery for the whole family of Swift tech-loaded tools.)

Runner Up – Bosch UniversalRotak 550

The UniversalRotak 550 lawn mower by Bosch is a step up both in features and price from the Rotak 32R.

The Bosch UniversalRotak 550 features a cutting width of 37cm allowing you to cover larger areas quickly and makes it suitable, with an appropriate waterproof extension lead, for all but the largest garden lawns.

The 10m long cable is a nice length and the 40L grass box means less emptying as you mow.

The Bosch Ergoflex system acts as a kind of power steering for your mover and assists with maneuvering your mower when in use, taking the strain off your arms and back.

Another nice feature is the ability to use the mower as a leaf collector without mulching them, this makes light work of maintaining your garden during the autumn and is ideal if you have trees on your property,

Sale
Bosch UniversalRotak 550 Electric Rotary Lawnmower, Cutting Width 37 cm
  • Cutting and collecting in one operating mode thanks to power Drive.
  • The integrated system makes changing the cutting height of your Mower easier than ever. A simple one button operation changes the height of cut from 20 to 70mm.
  • Mow with less effort but maximum control. The Bosch ergoflex system allows you to manoeuvre your rotak with ease and achieve your task quickly while being kinder to your back.
  • Leaf collect: use your lawnmower to pick up autumn leaves effectively.
  • store your grass bag with ease. The collapsible grass bag can easily be Folded down for storage while delivering an impressive 40 litres of debris collection for less emptying.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a self-propelled mower?

Self-propelled mowers have an extra drive to push the mower along, thus, reducing the amount of effort involved with pushing a mower, as they can be very heavy.

How do I get stripes on my lawn?

To get a striped lawn you will need a mower with a rear roller, usually found on rotary mowers. Essentially, you are flattening and bending the grass, which changes the angle light, reflects from it, making it appear a different colour. Once you have decided whether you want the m vertical or horizontal simply mow to the end in a straight line before turning back the other way. Heavier mowers tend to leave the best stripe.

How do I maintain my lawn?

Once you have the correct mower, it is important to keep to a good regime. One of the biggest mistakes made is ‘scalping’, this is when the grass is being cut too short making it weak. For normal lawns keep the grass around 5cm for lawns that are more of a display than have use, you cut up to 2.5cm. Ensure you remove grass clippings after use and fertilise in both spring and autumn. Spring mixtures encourage growth and autumn mixtures strengthen roots.

Chris Sharples
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I love a good gadget! Whether it's something that makes my home smart, saves me time or just looks great. I blog about gadgets and technology in and around the home. Follow me on my journey to avoid the pitfalls and find the best.

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