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Best lawn mowers to buy in 2020

Our round up of the best lawn mowers, as tested by our experts.

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Choosing the best lawn mower can be a tricky task, with so many models on the market and such a wide range of brands. There are four main types of mower available at hugely varying prices and all with different features that need to be considered.

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To make things easier, we focus on some of the key points to look for when choosing a lawn mower and explain some of the benefits and drawbacks of the different types.

We’ve also included a list of ten of our best lawn mowers across the board, as tested by our experts. All the models on our list have been awarded Best Buy status after being thoroughly put through their paces. Every one of them has scored a minimum of 4.5 out of 5 overall, so you can be assured that you’re looking at one of the best machines in its category.

There are a range of styles on the list including both corded and cordless mowers, all of which offer various functions and additional features. To make things as clear as possible, we’ve included a list of pros and cons for each model, so you can make an informed choice on the best lawn mower for you.

How to choose a lawn mower

There are a number of factors to take into consideration when choosing the right lawn mower for you. Firstly, you need to decide whether you want a corded electric, petrol, battery-powered cordless or push mower.

  • Corded electric mowers are generally in the mid-price range and are relatively light and quiet. You will need a charging point and possibly an extension cord and the electric cable can get in the way.
  • Petrol lawn mowers are powerful but tend to be loud, heavy and are less environmentally-friendly. They need an annual maintenance check up and a supply of petrol and oil.
  • Battery-powered cordless lawn mowers are the newest type of mower and are the most lightweight and manoeuvrable. You need to remember to keep the battery charged and they can be expensive, although prices are starting to come down. Take a look at our pick of the best cordless mowers.
  • Push mowers are cheap and manually powered, so they are the most eco-friendly mower you can buy but, they can be hard work for the user, particularly if strength and mobility are an issue. Take a look at our pick of the best hand push mowers.

Once you’ve decided which type of mower is right for you, think about what extra features you might need.

Check the size of the mower. The wider the cutting width, the more area of lawn can be covered in one go.

The capacity of the grass collector will dictate how often you need to stop mowing to empty it and although larger bags mean fewer trips to the compost heap they will make the mower heavier to operate as they fill up, which is worth bearing in mind.

Some models require assembly when you first get them. Cheaper models particularly, often need handles and grass bags assembled before use, which can be fiddly.

If you are particularly tall or small, check whether the handle can adjust for different user heights and if storage space is an issue, if it can be folded down and easily tucked away.

Other features like the range of cutting heights, whether a fast charger is included and inevitably, price will need to be taken into consideration, too.

Finally, robotic mowers are another option not included here. If you’re interested in this type of mower, we’ve got a list of the best robotic lawn mowers you can browse, or take a look at our full list of individual lawn mower reviews. Don’t miss our round-up of the best Black Friday lawn mower deals, too.

Best lawn mowers to buy

Browse some of our top-rated Best Buy lawn mowers on test below.


1

Al-Ko 42.9 Li SP cordless lawn mower

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

Al-Ko 42.9 Li SP cordless lawn mower - BBC Gardeners' World
Al-Ko 42.9 Li SP cordless lawn mower

This solidly made mower has a simple design but functions well and is easy to manoeuvre. It can run for 20 minutes on a 90 minute charge and has a choice of 7 cutting heights. Our testers were impressed by the brushless motor and steel deck and the fact it can collect  a generous 60 litres of cuttings. There’s also a two year warranty.

Pros:

  • Brushless motor and steel deck
  • Light and manoeuvrable with a front carry handle
  • Large grass collector
  • Solid, simple design
  • One of the quieter models tested

Cons:

  • Not especially fast

2

Webb Supreme 53cm petrol lawn mower

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

Webb Supreme 53cm petrol lawn mower - BBC Gardeners' World
Webb Supreme 53cm petrol lawn mower

Our expert testers were impressed by the easy-to-fit accessories which mean this machine is able to collect, rear discharge, side discharge and mulch. This large mower handles surprisingly well considering its size and has a powerful engine with auto choke, that pull starts. There are seven cutting heights and a large 70 litre collector.

Pros:

  • Extremely versatile, easy to use
  • Good size yet manoeuvred well
  • Wash port for cleaning
  • Large grass collector

Cons:

  • Noisier than most

3

Cobra RM433SPBI petrol lawn mower

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

Cobra RM433SPBI petrol lawn mower - BBC Gardeners' World
Cobra RM433SPBI petrol lawn mower

This push-start mower has three engine speeds and is impressively quick at the top level. Our testers found it easy to use and adjust and a lightweight machine to operate. There are six cutting heights to select from but it has a slightly smaller grass collector than other models, with a capacity of 45 litres.

Pros:

  • Push-button start, battery charges separately
  • Light, simple to adjust & handle
  • Rear roller for stripes
  • Variable speed

Cons:

  • Comparatively small grass collector

4

Ego LM1903E-SP cordless lawn mower

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

Ego LM1903E-SP cordless lawn mower - BBC Gardeners' World
Ego LM1903E-SP cordless lawn mower

Our testers were taken by the handy extra features on the Ego mower. There are headlights for a clearer view and the handle can be easily adjusted to suit the height of the user. It folds easily for storage and charges in 40 minutes with the included rapid charger, mowing for 35 minutes at a time. There’s a generous five year warranty on the mower itself and three years for the battery.

Pros:

  • 3-in-1 function, variable speed
  • Long warranty for mower and battery
  • Adjustable height handle and headlights
  • Can drive without mowing
  • Easy, space-saving storage

Cons:

  • Very sensitive speed control

5

Worx WG779E cordless lawn mower

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

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Worx WG779E cordless mower review Gardeners World Magazine

This Worx model assembles easily and folds down for simple storage. There are six cutting heights and it has both a turbo and eco mode. The mower cuts right to the edge and comes with a ready-made, 30 litre grass bag. It has quite a long charge time of 120 minutes but the interchangeable battery and charger make it a useful option if you’ll be investing in other tools from the range. It comes with a three year warranty.

Pros:

  • Easy assembly and storage
  • Turbo and Eco modes
  • Robust, light and easy to manoeuvre
  • Battery and charger interchangeable with other Worx 20V tools
  • Long warranty

Cons:

  • Long charge time
  • One handle height

Read the full review: Worx WG779E review


6

Ego LM1701E cordless lawn mower

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

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Ego LM1701E cordless mower review Gardeners World Magazine

Our testers found the Ego mower sturdy and easy to handle and manoeuvre. It has a range of seven cutting heights and comes with a 55 litre capacity grass bag. The mower charges in just 30 minutes but the run time with the included battery is relatively short at 20 minutes. Larger batteries are also available to buy separately. The battery power level is clearly visible when mowing. This mower comes with a five year warranty.

Pros:

  • Easy to assemble and folds for storage
  • Adjustable handle height for different users
  • Sturdy and easy to handle
  • Clear visibility of battery power level
  • Wide range of cutting heights
  • Battery and charger interchangeable with other Ego Power+ tools

Cons:

  • Short run time on battery supplied

Read the full review: Ego LM1701E review


7

Mountfield Princess 34 electric corded lawn mower

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

Mountfield Princess 34 mower review
Mountfield Princess 34 mower review

This mower is powerful yet surprisingly quiet and our testers found a number of the additional features useful. There’s a mulching option, rear roller, vision window in the grass collector to check levels and more. There’s also a choice of six cutting heights and our experts found that the mower handles well on the job.

Pros:

  • Light, quiet and manoeuvrable
  • Cut, collect or mulch
  • Rear roller and anti-scalp plate
  • Easy to adjust

Cons:

  • Collector slightly fiddly to assemble

Read the full review: Mountfield Princess 34 review


8

Gardena Comfort hand mower

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Gardena Comfort Hand Cylinder 400C

There’s more to assemble on this model than with other hand push mowers but our testers found that the instructions were clear to follow. The comfortable-to-use handle also folds easily for storage.  In use, the mower feels sturdy and our experts thought it was well-designed, although the 49 litre grass collector has to be purchased separately. There’s a warranty of two years on this model.

Pros:

  • Easy height-of-cut adjuster
  • Large grass collector that catches clippings well
  • Feels sturdy and well designed
  • Cuts well

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Grass collector is sold separately

Read the full Gardena Comfort hand mower review


9

Flymo Hover Vac 250 electric cord lawn mower

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Flymo Hover Vac 250 mower review
Flymo Hover Vac 250 mower review

The new design of this Flymo Hover Vac includes a grass collector and metal blade. Our experts were impressed with how easy the mower was to manoeuvre, particularly over edges and on slopes. The handle also adjusts to suit different heights, which went down well with testers.

Pros:

  • Versatile, very light, powerful for its size
  • Grass collector compacts clippings
  • Hangs up for neat storage

Cons:

  • Fiddly to adjust cut height
  • Short warranty

Read the full review: Flymo Hover Vac 250 review


10

Wolf Garten WPCM-F hand push cylinder mower

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Wolf Garten WPCM-F hand push cylinder mower

This hand push mower was easy to assemble from the clear instructions provided. Testers found it lightweight, easy to move around and it has four, simple to change cutting heights. It has a small 15 litre grass collector and comes with a warranty of three years.

Pros:

  • Light and easy to move
  • Good cut
  • Front-loading grass collector catches clippings well
  • Low height of cut (from 10mm)

Cons:

  • Small grass collector
  • Grass collector impedes view
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Read the full Wolf Garten hand push cylinder mower review