In a nutshell

A Gardeners’ World Best Buy Award winner, this vibrant, well-designed mower is quiet, light and easy to adjust so that its comfortable and easy to manoeuvre. Has a range of handy features but may feel a little plastic compared to some.

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 5.0 out of 5.
  • Value for money
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.


  • Powerful but quieter than other machines
  • Comfortable to use with a variety of hand grips
  • Handle double folds swiftly and easily
  • Features grass combs for close mowing right up to raised edges
  • Comes with a three year warranty


  • Grass collector has a narrow mouth, making it slow and difficult to empty
  • Construction feels rather flimsy

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Is the Ryobi RLM16E36H lightweight?

The Ryobi is a good weight and easy enough to manoeuvre across a range of terrains. At 11.5 kg it is lighter than some of its counterparts but not all. Also has a large, comfortable carry handle that makes it easy to carry or lift up steps if necessary.

What’s the Ryobi RLM16E36H like to use?

Thanks to an impressive choice of hand grips, thumb pads and switches the Ryobi is comfortable to operate and has multiple handle heights to accommodate users of any height. The height of cut can be adjusted quickly and easily and there are 5 heights to choose from between 20 and 70mm. The ‘Easy Edge’ grass comb feature allowing you to mow right up to a perimeter cutting doen on the need for edging and perfect for gardens with lots of borders, paths or furniture.

How easy is the Ryobi RLM16E36H to store?

Awarded our Best Buy for storage the handles have quick-release clips that enable it to double fold swiftly, compacting down to the size of just the mower body – it had the smallest footprint of all the models tested and is ideal for anywhere that space is tight.

Is the Ryobi RLM16E36H good value for money?

The range of features and ease of use are outstanding but the plasticy, slightly flimsy feel may be off-putting.

Who is the Ryobi RLM16E36H most useful for?

Ideal for any gardeners with a small to mid-range lawn but limited storage. It’s quiet, so good for those in urban areas and the easy, manoeuvrability makes it suitable for gardeners who struggle with lifting or heavy weights.

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Product Specifications

NameRyobi RLM16E36H
Lawn mower typeElectric - corded
Powered byElectric - corded
Engine typeElectric
Cutting height20-70mm
Number of cutting height settings5
Cutting width36cm
Collection capacity45l
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