In a nutshell

A BBC Gardeners' World Best Buy winner, this hand push mower is easy to use with four heights of cut and a padded handle. It comes with a grass collecting bag and a two year warranty.

What we tested

  • Ease of Handling
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Cutting Performance
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Setting up / Storage
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Value for money
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.


  • Compact and light
  • Quiet
  • Comfortable
  • Easy height of cut adjustment
  • Good value


  • Some parts feel flimsy

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What are the main features of the Cobra HM381 hand push mower?

This simple mower comes with clear instructions and is easy to assemble - only the handle needs putting together and attaching to the body of the machine. The handle is padded for extra comfort when pushing. There are four heights of cut ranging from 13- 38mm and it’s easy to switch between them by pulling the levers on the side. It has a cutting width of 38cm and a rear roller gives a striped finish. It also comes with a 26 litre grass bag that attaches to the back.

What is the Cobra HM381 hand push mower like to use?

This little mower is light and easy to push and the padded handle is soft on the hand. It cuts well and efficiently and changing the height of cut is simple with markers as a guide. The cutting width is reasonable for a small to medium lawn but the grass bag, which is attached to the back above the roller and to the handle fails to catch the clippings well, especially when it’s windy

Is the Cobra HM381 hand push mower easy to store?

The handle folds in half so it can be tucked under a bench or in a corner. Alternatively, leave the handle up and hang it up flat to the wall to keep it out of the way.

Is the Cobra HM381 hand push mower good value for money?

This was the cheapest mower in our test. It’s simple and easy to push and use and comes with a two year warranty. We think it’s excellent value for money.


For more reviews, read our round-up of the best hand push mowers.

Product Specifications

NameCobra HM381 Hand Push Mower
Lawn mower typePush
Powered byHand
Cutting height13-38
Number of cutting height settings4
Cutting width38cm
Blade typecylinder
Collection capacity26l