Best Lawnmower 2018 – Electric and Petrol

Every home needs a lawnmower, but choosing the best lawnmower can be a bit of a bore.

We have done the hard work for you, breaking down and reviewing the best electric lawnmowers and the best petrol lawnmowers.

All thats left for you to do is have a read and pick out the key bits that relate to your garden and needs.

We cover all types from electric, to cordless, to robotic and petrol machines.

 

1.Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower

The Bosch Rotak 32R is a fantastic piece of equipment for such a low price.

Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower with 32 cm Cutting Width

It is very different from the hover technology of its leading competitor Fylmo, but the Bosch has some unique features that make it preferable for some people.

The wheels make it really easy to push along the grass.

And because it doesn’t hover, you can leave beautiful striped trails across your lawn and make your neighbours jealous!

It is really easy to set up and requires very little maintenance.

We love the special edge trimmer that makes cutting the borders and edge easier.

This means you do’t have to worry about scraping the lawn mower blade on slabs or gravel when you attempt to do the edges.

It folds fairly small for easy storage and requires minimal effort to hold the trigger.

(Some lawnmowers require you to press two handles, whereas this one only has one trigger to hold, with a button for safe starting)

Pros

  • Lightweight and really easy to push. Can be lifted with one hand.
  • Very affordable and achieves and excellent finish time and time again.
  • Unique edge trimming ability for awkward spaces and edges.

Cons

  • Does need to be pushed, this lawnmower does not hover like the Flymo, so this requires a little effort.
  • The wheels do not turn, which can make manoeuvring a bit awkward until you get used to it.

Who it is Best For

A lawnmower for just about anyone, it is really affordable and requires minimal effort.

Good for someone who struggles to maintain holding two power triggers at once, (this mower only has one.) (you can visit Bosch’s website here)

Perfect for someone who has flower borders or paving at the edge of their lawn, the Bosch 32R makes it easier to cut edges.

Features

  • 30 litre grass collection box
  • 32cm cutting width
  • Leaves stripes in grass
  • Edge blade trimmer
  • 10m cable cord
  • Very Light – 7kg

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2. Flymo Easi Glide 300 Electric Hover Lawn Mower

The Flymo Easi Glide is the cheapest entry of the top ten.

Flymo Easi Glide 300 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower, 1400 W

It is the cheapest lawnmower and does an incredible job on a budget.

Flymo has a unique ability to hover over the grass to make it really easy to push and go side to side over the lawn.

The small unit is light and fairly easy to move around and set up.

The convenient container catches all the grass cuttings in a basket which can be quickly taken out to empty.

There are 4 grass cutting heights too, which helps you to maintain the lawn all year round without going too close and churning up mud and moss!

Pros

  • Lightweight and really easy to set up.
  • 4 height settings.
  • Small and compact to store.
  • Grass collecting basket is easy to remove and empty.
  • Cheap lawnmower.

Cons

  • If your ground is uneven it can be hard to get into a fluid motion of grass cutting.
  • It is almost impossible to achieve any sort of line pattern in the grass because of the hovering feature.
  • The handle and triggers can be a little awkward to hold – you have to press two at all times to keep the mower going.

Who it is Best For

First home gardeners with a small lawn who want minimal maintenance. (Flymo’s website is here)

People who struggle to lift heavy things or push a standard lawn mower – the hovering takes most of the strain out of pushing.

Features

  • 20 litre collection box
  • 30cm cutting blade
  • 10 metre mains cable
  • Lightweight 8.5kg

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3. Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower

This is a super awesome luxury lawn mower that you will literally not be able to sop talking about.

Easiest Way to cut the lawn

Imagine never having to cut the grass manually again!

When you first hear of a robotic lawn mower, you may imagine it would cost an absolute fortune.

Well, yes, they used to, but over the past year have started to become for more affordable and accessible to anyone with a garden.

The Flymo 1200R is extremely capable and worth every penny.

Once you have set it up and entered a safety code you can set it down and leave it to work its magic.

(The safety code is to deter thieves, if the machine is picked up, a loud alarm sounds and can only be silenced if you input your code.)

This awesome little machine can just be left to work, you don’t need to empty it or recharge it.

It can even tackle hills and uneven terrain.

The Flymo can actually be left out day and night to run.

The special sensors make the machine travel in a random pattern to avoid track marks and to get an even coverage of cutting.

Definitely a “Lawnmower of the future” you can buy today! You can read up more on the history of lawnmowers at Wikipedia.
Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower, 18 V

Pros

  • Self charges, you don’t have to plug it in to use it.
  • You don’t have to empty it.
  • It can go up hill of 14 degrees.
  • Its super quiet!!
  • A super sensitive sensor to keep everyone safe whilst it is in use. – It also stops the mower from bumping into things or knocking things over.

Cons

  • More expensive than other lawnmowers – with good reason though.
  • It is understandable slower than cutting the grass manually,

Who it is Best For

Literally anyone who cannot be bothered with the hassle of cutting the grass ever!

It is quiet, so it won’t disturb you reading your paper in the garden.

Someone who works long hours and cannot face dealing with cutting the grass after work or on days off, this lawnmower is most certainly for you.

Seriously, we want one now after experiencing how awesome it is!

Features

  • It has an inbuilt security alarm with a code, to keep it safe in your garden. If someone picks it up, the alarm will sound continuously until you put the code in.
  • The 1200R can go up hills of 14 degrees.
  • It mulches the grass clippings at the same time as mowing so you don’t have to keep emptying it!
  • This Flymo is very quiet.
  • Cutting height of 20-50mm.
  • 30m² area capacity per hour.
  • Super lightweight 7.4kg

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4. Flymo Mighti-Mo 300 Cordless Battery Lawn Mower & Mighti-Trim Twin Pack

Wires on lawn movers can be an absolute pain.Flymo Mighti-Mo 300 Li Cordless Battery Lawn Mower, 40 V and Mighti-Trim Twin Pack

Especially if you have a garden with many obstacles or it is particularly long.

The Flymo Mighti-Mo is perfect for you.

You just need to fully charge the battery before hand and you will easily be able to cut your lawn without worrying about tripping over the wire!

Pros

  • This lawnmower can be bought as a bundle, including an electric strimmer to save money.
  • Not having to worry about a wire is a blessing.
  • Large clipping box means you don’t have to keep stopping to empty it.
  • There is absolutely no loss of power through not having a wire and you can achieve the same great finish as with a mains powered lawnmower.

Cons

  • You need to remember to charge the battery fully before needing to use the mower.
  • It requires two triggers to be pressed at all times to keep the mower going. – This is obviously a safety feature but it can make it a little more awkward to operate.

Who it is Best For

The Flymo Mighti Mo is perfect for elderly people as it is really easy to push and to empty.

There is also no cord to worry about tripping over.

This lawnmower is also perfect for people who have awkwardly long gardens, who don’t want the hassle of setting up a really long extension cord.

Features

  • Five cutting heights
  • Large 30L clippings box
  • Up to 250m sq cutting from one charge
  • Weighs 10kg

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5.Aerotek Cordless Lawnmower 40V Lithium-Ion 

The AeroTek cordless is kind of like an amplified version of the Flymo Mighty Mo.Aerotek Cordless Lawnmower 40V Lithium-Ion Battery & Charger Included

It comes with everything you need to get going and the battery once fully charged will give you 300 – 400m² cutting. (More than enough for a front and back garden.)

The bag for the grass clippings is a whopping 50 litre, so you will hardly have to stop and empty it.

The blade measures 40cm so you can cut the grass quicker!

We love the unique handle, which makes it much easier to hold and to continually press for large lawns.

The small wheel and the front and large at the back make pushing the lawnmower very easy.

It is much easier to turn corners and to navigate and cut grass in tight areas thanks to the small front wheels.

Pros

  • Folds easily and quite compact – the removable bag means it is easier to store.
  • Very easy to start the mower and to push it along the grass.
  • Large bag for less emptying!
  • Wide berth, ideal if you have a large rectangular lawn.
  • Cordless!

Cons

  • For people with small gardens, the width of this lawnmower may prove problematic.
  • There is not special edge trimmer, so you may also need to use a strimmer to get a good finish on the edges. 
  • Heavier than other electric mowers, 14.8kg

Who it is Best For

Someone with a large flat area of grass. If you have borders with log edges or decorative walls you may have difficulty getting close enough to the edge.
This lawnmower is perfect for someone who just hates wires but doesn’t want to go for a petrol lawnmower.

Features

  • 50 litres grass clipping box
  • Quickly charging battery – 35minutes!
  • Can be used with a mulcher attachment.

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6. Frisky Fox PLUS 20″ 5.5hp Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

The Frisky Fox Plus is a fantastic petrol mower.

If you have a large garden and don’t want to worry about extension leads, cables and batteries then a petrol one might be for you.

It is really easy to start, two pulls and you’re away, the self propelled feature also makes it less of a chore to cut a large lawn.

You don’t have to do all the pushing!

Pros

  • Has a really large cutting blade!
  • Self propelled for easy pushing.
  • The clippings can be mulched to provide nutrition for your grass.
  • You can set the engine speed, so you stay in control.

Cons

  • More expensive than electronic alternatives.
  • Requires a little more maintenance, in terms of refuelling and storing carefully.
  • Heavy – 38kg

Who it is Best For

People with a large garden or large lawn to cut.
If you struggle to push an electric lawnmower, this one will help you by pushing itself along at a speed that you control.

Features

  • Cut height of 25mm to 75mm
  • 4 options – cut, cut and collect in the bag, mulch or side discharge the clippings.
  • Grass bag collector is a huge 50L
  • Self propelled
  • 508mm blade, huge cutting area!
  • 173cc motor

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7. Hyundai Petrol Push Rotary Lawn Mower

The bargain buy petrol mower of this review.Hyundai 16 inch:40 cm, 99cc Petrol Push Rotary Lawn Mower

It is a similar price to some of the cordless electric mowers on the market.

The Hyundai is an extremely well made affordable petrol lawn mower, it has a sleek anti rust body and weighs only 18kg.

(Which is still heavy but actually half the weight of many other petrol mowers.)

The clipping collection bag is large for ease of use, and the handle has a soft grip finish.

Pros

  • Lightest petrol lawnmower in the review.
  • Effective and quick, perfect for large gardens.
  • Cutting heights of 25mm to 75mm.

Cons

  • This petrol mower is not self propelling, all the pushing has to come from you.
  • It is difficult to change the blade height as this has to be done through changing the heights of the wheels.

Who it is Best For

People with a large garden who don’t want to invest a lot of money in a very expensive petrol mower.

The pull handle has the option to pull the starting cord up to towards the handle, so you don’t have to bend down for a long time when starting it.

Features

  • One of the lighter petrol mowers out there – 18.5kg
  • 99cc engine
  • Wheels have individual height settings.
  • 40cm blade cut.

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8. WEBB R41HP Push Petrol Lawnmower

This Webb petrol lawnmower is a ticks all boxes lawnmower.WEBB R41HP 40 cm Push Petrol Lawnmower

It is very affordable and can easily be adjusted with on lever to achieve the desired height.

You don’t have to half take it apart to adjust the blade height.

The base is made of a strong steel and the whole thing weighs 25kg.

The cutting bag is a really good size on the Webb.

The last thing you want when you have a large garden is to keep stopping every minute or two to empty the collection bag!

A long lasting petrol lawnmower that has an incredible amount of power, considering how tiny it is.

 

Pros

  • Easy to push, not too heavy or wide.
  • Grass bag is 50L.
  • Starts quickly and easily.
  • Requires very little maintenance.
  • Really cheap for a petrol mower, but very high quality.

Cons

  • Bits can fly out of the back and miss the collector bag – hitting your legs occasionally.
  • The wheels are quite small, not the best for uneven ground.
  • Not self propelled, so you have to do the hard work of pushing.

Who it is Best For

A home or business with a large grass garden. If you don’t want to be doing maintenance on an engine or having to mess around too much with a complicated lawnmower and settings.

Not suitable for very uneven terrain, but it is perfectly fine to cope with a few lumps and bumps.
Perfect for someone who is considering the switch from an electric to a petrol lawnmower.

Features

  • 118cc engine
  • 50L grass collection bag
  • Single lever height adjuster
  • 40cm blade cut
  • 25kg weight

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9. Einhell GC-PM 46/1 S Self Propelled Petrol Lawnmower with Briggs and Stratton Engine

A self propelled lawnmower is an absolute must if you have a lot of grass to cut.Einhell GC-PM 46/1 S B&S Self Propelled Petrol Lawnmower with a Briggs and Stratton Engine - Red

It will save you so much effort in pushing.

This is an all singing all dancing mower that will completely change how to view cutting the lawn.

(Especially if you have a big lawn.)

Everything about this petrol mower is built to last and with the user in mind.

The handle is nicely shaped, the blade can be adjusted quickly and easily and the wheels have been specially designed to be really easy to push even on uneven terrain.

The Einhell has a really powerful motor engine that can cope with even the most daunting gardens with ease.

Pros

  • Self pushing motor, you just have to guide it.
  • Doesn’t need much maintenance, just a little oil top up every now and again.
  • Easy start mower, the cord is attached to the handle.
  • Large grass clipping bag that indicates how full it is.

Cons

  • More expensive model than others.

Who it is Best For

Anyone with a decent sized lawn, it is also suitable for very large areas of grass.

It uses minimal petrol and doesn’t require much maintenance.

Perfect if you can’t bend very much, as the starter cord is joined to the handle.

If you would struggle to push a heavy lawn mower for long periods of time, the Einhell might be for you.

Features

  • 40cm blade cutting
  • Large 50L grass clipping collection bag
  • 9 different cutting heights
  • 125cc Briggs and Stratton engine

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10. McCulloch M40-110 Classic Petrol Rotary Lawnmower 

A compact petrol mower with a fantastic engine that suits all small to medium sized gardens.McCulloch M40-110 Classic 110 cc - 40 cm Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

It makes cutting the grass a breeze.

The large bag collects a lot of grass clippings before needing to be emptied.

It is an easy to start machine, usually starting first time, if not, then on the second pull.

The McCulloch doesn’t need much maintenance and folds surprisingly well, if you take off the grass bag and fold down the handle completely, it is very compact.

Of course, the machine is heavy, but this is to be expected when there is a petrol engine involved!

The McCulloch is available as a 40cm blade model or a 46cm blade.

Pros

  • Compact machine with a high powered engine.
  • The petrol goes quite far, it is economical.
  • The blade height can be easily adjusted.

Cons

  • It is not self propelled.
  • The instructions are a little basic and hard to understand.
  • The wheels are all the same size, this makes it a little more difficult to navigate around corners.

Who it is Best For

Someone with a medium or small sized lawn who wants the convenience and freedom of a petrol lawnmower.

The machine is fully assembled when delivered, so you don’t have to worry about building it. You also don’t need to do much maintenance either, apart from refuelling.

Features

  • 50L collector bag
  • 110cc engine
  • 23.8kg – not the heaviest machine which makes it more manageable

 

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Best Electric Lawnmower

Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary LawnmowerBosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower with 32 cm Cutting Width

The best budget electric lawn mower goes to the Bosch Rotak. It ticks every box and has a solution for cutting those awkward edges.

We love how lightweight it is, which makes the job easier.

It also leaves those lovely stripes on the lawn that will make all your neighbours jealous!

The Bosch is affordable and easy to use. A good all rounder and the perfect first lawnmower purchase or replacement for your 10 year old broken lawn mower!

 

 

Best Cordless LawnmowerFlymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower, 18 V

Flymo 1200R Robotic Lawn Mower

Absolutely has to got to the Flymo 1200R, this machine is a game changer in the world of cutting grass.

You literally never have to worry about cutting the grass again.

This machine charges itself and can run continuously through the day and night.

You don’t have to worry about your garden ornaments as the sensors will stop it from hitting obstacles.

Robotic lawnmowers have come down a lot in price over the last year or so and it is definitely worth checking out the price, you will probably be surprised!

 

Best Petrol Lawn MowerFrisky Fox PLUS 20 5.5hp Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

Frisky Fox Petrol Lawn Mower

This is an unbelievably good lawn mower for the price and for the features it comes with.
It is so easy to use and designed with the user in mind.

There are lots of options for blade heights and for what to do with the grass clippings.

The extra large 50L bag stores more so you don’t have to keep emptying it.

The fact that the Frisky Fox is self propelled is an absolute winner. Petrol mowers are really heavy and the thought of not having to push all of that weight is great!

The Fox has a powerful engine that is more than capable of dealing with long and over grown lawns of considerable size.

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