Looking for Lawn Mowers? Here's What You Should Know

Read our guide on how to buy a new lawn mower – covering everything from mower types to specific features – to help find one perfect for your needs.

Looking for Lawn Mowers? Here's What You Should Know

Wanting a new mower to keep your lawn looking crisp? We’ve compiled a definitive, in-the-know guide to help anyone looking for lawn mowers, breaking down the different types of products and their individual pros and cons. Before you start your search, though, it’s important to consider your lawn’s characteristics, along with your personal mowing preferences.

Think about the size and steepness of your lawn. Are there any features, such as trees, which’ll make mowing tricky? And where will you store your mower?

Consider your personal mowing preferences – do you enjoy mowing? How often can you cut your grass? Do you want the trimmed grass to be collected by the mower? Last, but by no means least – how much are you willing to spend on a new model?

There are thousands of different lawn mower models out there, but the most common types are corded electric, petrol, cylinder and hover mowers. Here are a few pros and cons of each to help you choose one suited your needs.


Corded Electric Lawn Mowers

Corded Electric Lawn Mower

As a rule, corded electric lawn mowers are suited to smaller lawns. Most models like the Bosch Rotak 32-12 Electric Rotary Lawnmower are easy to use and can handle damp or long grass. When purchasing one, select a model with inset front wheels and a lawn comb. Inset front wheels are particularly crucial for mowing gardens with defined parameters, like fences or borders, while lawn combs collect grass trimmings. For a quality corded electric lawn mower, expect to splash out upwards of £100.

Pros

  • They’re cheaper to run than petrol mowers

  • Electric mowers are relatively quiet

  • You won’t need to change any fuel filter

Cons

  • Corded models can be harder to move around

  • Cables can get tangled and ran over

  • Your electricity bills might go up

Top Brands

  • Bosch

  • Flymo

  • Honda


Petrol Rotary Lawn Mowers

Petrol Rotary Lawn Mower

Petrol rotary lawn mowers like the Hyundai 99cc 4-Stroke Petrol Push Rotary Lawn Mower work best on larger lawns. These models don't always need a power cord, so you can mow around lawn obstacles like trees or shrubs without worrying about tangling cables. Most of these mowers collect the grass clippings, too, which makes for a more polished look for your lawn.

A lot of petrol rotary lawn mowers have larger, heavier engines, and in turn require more strength to be maneuvered effectively. Bear in mind that as they just on petrol, they’ll need to be regularly serviced and maintained. For a decent petrol rotary lawn mower, expect to spend over £200.

Pros

  • These can maneuver larger lawns easier

  • The mower will be able to handle long, rough grass

  • It’s easier to navigate around lawn obstacles, like trees

Cons

  • They tend to be pricier

  • Petrol rotary lawn mowers are usually heavier

  • Maintenance is more complex

Top Brands

  • Cobra

  • Hecht

  • Hyundai


Cylinder Lawn Mowers

Cylinder Lawn Mower

Cylinder lawn mowers are best suited to flatter lawns. Conversely, these mowers don’t work as well on lawns with a steep gradient – they’re most effective when mowing a well-maintained lawn with relatively short grass. Most models like the Webb 17in Petrol Cylinder Lawnmower don’t collect trimmings, though, so excess clippings are left to mulch down. Basic, hand-push cylinder lawn mowers can be bought for around £100, while high-end models often cost more than £500.

Pros

  • They’re easier to maneuver

  • Rear rollers help to make a more refined finished

  • Both electric and petrol models are available

Cons

  • Cylinder mowers can't handle long grass well

  • Lawns must be mowed more frequently

  • Adjusting and sharpening the blades can be difficult

Top Brands

  • Webb

  • Cobra

  • Qualcast


Hover Lawn Mowers

Hover Lawn Mower

Hover mowers like the Qualcast Hover Collect Lawnmower are ideal if you’re after an easily maneuverable, lightweight mower. Basic models, such as those without a grass box, are sometimes light enough to be hung on a wall when not in use.

Unfortunately, hover lawn mowers largely offer one of the poorest lawn finishes, so if a manicured lawn is important to you then you might be better buying a different type of mower. Only the larger models can cut wet or long grass effectively, too. For a quality model, expect to pay between £40 to £160.

Pros

  • Hover lawn mowers are easier to move – you can even mow the lawn from side to side if you want

  • They’re simple to operate

  • They tend to be reasonably quiet

Cons

  • Only some can handle long or wet grass

  • You won’t get as polished a lawn finish

  • Older models weigh more

Top Brands

  • Flymo

  • McGregor

  • Qualcast


Select the Right Size

Lawn mowers are sold in many different sizes. To make mowing as enjoyable and easy as possible, choose one that's the right size for your lawn (sizes are determined by blade width and how much grass can be cut on each pass).

Size Guide

  • Small lawns (smaller than 50 square metres) only need a lawn mower with blades roughly 30-34 cm in size.

  • Medium lawns (50-150 square metres) would require one with a blade width between 35-40 cm.

  • Large lawns (larger than 150 square metres) would need a model with blade sizes larger than 40 cm.

Other Desirable Features

When purchasing a mower, it's best to choose one with metal blades, which largely offer greater cutting efficiency. You may also want a lawn mower with a large grass box for collecting clippings, or a roller for a perfect stripe finish. Built-in grass combs give greater edge precision, while adjustable handles work better for taller gardeners.