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Best Electric Lawn Mowers to Buy Under £200 - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Six of the best electric corded lawn mowers under £200

Look no further for a budget lawn mower. We've put a range of budget electric lawn mowers through their paces to help you find the highest quality mower at the lowest possible price.

A well kept-lawn is a point of pride for gardeners. A simple, manicured lawn is a joy and maintaining it should be one of the easiest tasks in the garden.

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There’s a huge choice of different mowers on the market with a whole host of features. Electric corded mowers are the most common and they’re also one of the easiest to use. They’re quiet, light and easy to manoeuvre plus they’re clean with no fuel fumes or regular servicing needed. They’re also the cheapest, but do you get what you pay for? 

To find out if paying less means you lose out on features or performance our gardening experts tested a range of corded electric lawn mowers that won’t break the bank. We considered assembly, storage features, ease of use and cutting performance as well as overall value for money and only mowers that scored four stars out of five or above, have been included here so you can be sure you’re picking from the best mowers on the market.

Want to compare these to others or shopping for a different mower? Check out our reviews to cordless, robotic , and hand-push mowers.

Best electric mowers at a glance


How to choose the best electric lawn mower

How does an electric lawn mower work?

All the lawn mowers in our test were rotary mowers – an electric motor spins a blade, which cuts the grass. These blades are angled upwards to create lift, which pulls cut grass away and into the grass collector.

What to consider when buying an electric mower

Not all budget mowers are simple, basic machines. Consider the following points to help you choose the right electric mower for you:

Where are you mowing?

A convenient power socket is essential for an electric mower but you may need an extension lead too. Check that the length of the cable is long enough to reach all parts of your lawn. If your lawn runs right up to walls, fences or raised beds look for a model that cuts to the edge or you’ll need to invest in a grass trimmer to neaten them up afterwards.

What size do you need?

The wider the cutting width, the quicker the mower will cut your lawn. However, there is a trade-off, mowers with a wider width have a bigger deck and are heavier and less easy to manoeuvre around trees or furniture. A wider cutting width is therefore best for large expanses of grass while smaller models are ideal for nipping up and down little lawns and negotiating beds and borders.

Is it safe?

An electric cable is an obvious safety hazard and if you’re concerned about tripping over the cable or cutting it accidentally when you’re mowing, look for a model with a brightly coloured lead that’s easy to spot. A cable relief clip will help to keep it tucked out of the way of the blade and will also prevent it being snagged and ripped out. For safety always use an RCD (Residual Current Device) plugged into the electric socket before plugging in your mower.

Where will you store it?

No matter the model, these are fairly bulky machine. However, the handles of most mowers can be partly unscrewed to fold over the body of the mower; others are designed to unclip and double fold completely flat. If you need to lift the mower up steps into storage or onto a shelf, make a note of its weight and whether there are carry handles to make this easier.

For more advice, check out our budget lawn mowers Buyers’ Guide.

Best budget electric mowers to buy in 2021


 

Webb Weer 33

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Webb WEER33 Electric Lawn Mower

Our rating: 5 out of 5

Price: £99.99

Buy now at Crocus

Pros

  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • Cable relief clip for safety
  • Great features
  • Cuts efficiently
  • Cuts to the edge

Cons

  • Black cable hard to see

This mower is well thought out with excellent features. It’s easy to assemble and folds for storage with a comfortable, foam handle which can be adjusted to a variety of heights. There are five cutting heights to choose from and these are easily changed by a single lever. The grass collection bag has a generous 35L capacity and a full indicator that lets you know when it needs emptying. The mower is relatively quiet and it cuts well, right up to the edge. It’s lightweight and comfortable to manoeuvre and our only quibble is the black mower cable, which could be a brighter colour so it’s easier to see. For just £99.99, this is a a great value mower.

Specifications

Cutting width: 33cm

Power: 1300W

Weight: 8.8KG

Noise: 89dB

Warranty: 2 years


 

Gardena PowerMax 1200/32

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Gardena PowerMax 1200/32

Our rating: 5 out of 5

Price: £99.99

Buy now at Amazon

Pros

  • Light and easy to manoeuvre
  • Cuts to the edge
  • Height of cut simplest to change
  • Orange cable easy to see

Cons

  • Grass box tricky to assemble

This mower offers incredibly precise cutting – it cuts between 20-60mm in 5mm increments and this height of cut is very easy to control with a simple twist of a dial making it great for gardeners who lack strength or dexterity. It’s light and easy to manoeuvre, with a tight turning circle and we love the bright orange power cable, which is easy to spot in the grass. The grass box is easy to empty and indicates when it’s full, however, we found it a little tricky to assemble. The handle which folds for easy storage is a little short for taller users.

Specifications

Cutting width: 32cm

Power: 1200W

Weight: 8.3kg

Noise: 94dB

Warranty: 2 years


Ryobi RLM13E 33S

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Ryobi RLM13E 33S

Our rating: 5 out of 5

£90

Buy now at Argos

Pros

  • Comfortable foam handle
  • Light and easy to move
  • Cuts to the edge
  • Best cable relief clip
  • Orange cable easy to see

Cons

  • Noise high pitched

This mower is simple to assemble and simple to use. Its handle folds for storage and can be adjusted to a choice of heights and it’s light and comfortable to use. There are five cutting heights to choose from, ranging from 20-60mm, and these are easy to change with a simple lever. Its best feature however is a convenient and effective cable relief clip, which keeps the cable tucked safely out of the way while you mow. Though one of the quietest machines on test, the motor on this model is very high-pitched.

Specifications

Cutting width: 33cm

Power: 1300W

Weight: 9.9kg

Noise: 89 dB

Warranty: 3 years


 

Mac Allister MLMP1800SP

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Mac Allister MLMP1800SP

Our rating: 5 out of 5

Price: £128

Buy now at B&Q

Pros

  • Great extra features
  • Double folding handle for storage
  • Wide range of cutting heights
  • Large grass bag

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Black cable hard to see

This mower was the biggest in our test. It has a 42cm cutting width and its impressive 60L grass capacity is double that of almost every other mower on test. It’s comfortable to use, with a cable relief clip and an adjustable telescopic handle that offers a choice of heights and has three folding positions. It slides down and folds flat over the deck and coupled with a cable tidy makes this mower easy to store, despite its size. Cutting from 25-75mm, this is a great mower for medium to large lawns. However, it is heavy and the 14m black cable isn’t always easy to see.

Specifications

Cutting width 42cm

Power 1800W

Weight 19.6kg

Noise 96dB

Warranty: 2 years


 

Stihl RME235

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Stihl RME235

Our rating: 4 out of 5.

Price £120.99

Buy now on Mowers2Go

Pros

  • Sturdy and robust
  • Quick empty grass box
  • Long warranty

Cons

  • Long assembly
  • Drive lever very stiff
  • Black cable hard to see

This mower does the basics very well. It’s well thought out with an adjustable, folding handle for storage and a handy cable relief clip and it has five cutting heights from 25-65mm, which are simple to change with a single lever. The grass box opens right up for easy emptying and has indicator that lets you know when it’s full. It feels sturdy and moves smoothly but we found the drive lever a little uncomfortable and stiff. It was also the longest mower to assemble in our test. 

Specifications

Cutting width: 33cm

Power: 1200W

Weight: 13kg

Noise: 93dB

Warranty: 5 years


 

Einhell GE-EM 1233

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Einhell GE-EM 1233

Our rating: 4 out of 5

Price: £84.95

Buy now from Amazon

Pros:

  • Double folding handle for easy storage
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Cable relief clip for safety

Cons:

  • Assembly instructions unclear
  • Single drive lever
  • Black cable hard to see

This mower is easy to manoeuvre and easy to store. It mows right up to the edge of a lawn and its 30L capacity is good for a mower of this size. There’s a choice of five cutting heights and a mulching option if you prefer to leave the clippings to break down on the lawn. However, the black cable is hard to spot against the grass and the one-handed drive lever is uncomfortable, particularly for left-handers.

Specifications

Cutting width: 33cm

Power: 1250W

Weight: 11.5kg

Noise: 96dB

Warranty: 3 years


How we tested

We assemble each lawn mower to see how long it takes, and to see how much packaging it uses, and check how useful its instructions are. Once this is assessed, we test its safety.

We check the length of its cable and its visibility, and consider the height of the arms and handle. We look at the build quality and durability of its parts.

When using the mower, we assess how cleanly and efficiently it cuts and how efficiently it picks up cut grass. We note its cutting width and height and the grass collector capacity. We see how heavy and noisy it is, and how well it cuts along an edge.

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Finally, we consider how easy it is to use – how smooth the mechanisms are, if it’s easy to adjust the height of the mower, and easy to empty and store. We note how comfortable it is and how easy to use it might be for those with mobility problems.