Best lawn mowers to buy in 2024 (2024)

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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. Take a look at our pick of the best electric lawn mowers.

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. Check out 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. Read our rundown the best hand push mowers.

Robotic mowers automatically mow your lawn. Whenever the lawn gets a little long, a robot mower will nip out and clip it, saving you the job. However, bear in mind that this is the most expensive type of mower on the market - even budget options will set you back about £500. Learn more with our tests of the best robotic mowers.

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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.

Once you've decided which type of mower is right for you, think about the 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

For more help with lawn care, take a look at our reviews of the best strimmers and the best aerators, or check out our guide to the best lawn edging.

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The BBC Gardeners' World Magazine team have tested a range of mowers and 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. 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. For more detail, take a look at our full list of individual lawn mower reviews.

In every review we award the outstanding products our coveted Best Buy award. To see these and the others we recommend, browse our pick of the best lawn mowers below:

Best lawn mowers to buy in 2024

Husqvarna Aspire LC34-P4A

RRP: £349

Our rating: 4.9 out of 5

Available from Just Lawnmowers (£249), Cordless Power (£249)

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Pros:

  • Quiet
  • Cuts even long grass with ease
  • Battery level visible while mowing
  • Small and compact for easy storage
  • Part of the POWER FOR ALL cordless range

Cons:

  • Only four cutting heights
  • 95 minutes charge time

Part of the new Husqvarna Aspire cordless range, which includes a hedge trimmer, pruner and leaf blower, this 34cm mower is powered by an 18V POWER FOR ALL ALLIANCE battery and charger. These are interchangeable with tools in other leading brands such as Flymo, Gardena and Bosch so if you also invest in tools in these ranges, you’ll only need to buy the bare tool and won’t have different batteries and chargers taking up space in the shed.
Great for small gardens the mower comes ready to go, there’s no assembly or handles to attach, and it folds down to a compact size when you’re finished, with a telescopic handle that folds completely flat over the body of the mower. It can then be stood up against a wall or hung up, and even comes with a handy hook. The 30l grass bag also flattens down to take up very little room and can be hung on the mower. The Aspire is light, with a carry handle so that lifting it up steps or into other areas is easy and it has an adjustable handle to suit different height users. It’s comfortable and easy to manoeuvre around the garden and has just four cutting heights to choose from, ranging from 25-65mm and changed easily with a single lever on the body of the mower. It cuts grass quietly and smoothly and has an automatic boost that increases blade speed when you’re mowing in tougher, longer areas that works well. You can hear it kick in when you push the mower into longer grass and unlike other cordless mowers that can cut out, just carries on cutting the grass. While you mow the battery charge level is always clearly visible so you know how much battery you have left and when it needs charging. It comes with a two year warranty and we awarded it a BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Best Buy in 2023 for ease of use.

Webb Eco WEV20X2LM43B4X 40V cordless mower

RRP: £269.99

Our rating: 4.8/5

Available from Marshalls and FFX

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Pros

  • Quiet, comfortable, and smooth to handle
  • Long run time
  • Great for storage
  • Spare parts available

Cons

  • Battery level not visible when mowing
  • No safety plug

Easy to put together, this mower just needs the handle attaching and the 50L fabric grass bag has already been assembled. There’s a choice of three handle heights and it double folds snugly over the mower so it takes up very little space in storage. The two 20V 4Ah batteries have a charge indicator on the end and although there’s no way of seeing this when the mower’s in use, the approximately 60 minute run time means there’s time to finish the cutting of most small to medium lawns. The handle is padded for comfort and this mower is smooth and easy to push, even over longer, bumpier lawns. It cut very well in our test and the six heights of cut, from 25-75mm are easy to adjust with a single lever. At 96db the mower is reasonably quiet and we awarded it a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy award for ease of use.It also feels durable and sturdy with spare parts readily available from Webb and it comes with a three year warranty.

Yard Force LMG37A 40v 37cm cordless lawn mower

RRP: £259.99

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

Available from Amazon (£229.99), B&Q (£229.99), OnBuy (£259.99)

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Pros:

  • Rear roller
  • Double folding handle for easy storage
  • Quickest charge time
  • Part of the Yard Force GR40 cordless range

Cons:

  • Assembly slower than some

This sturdy mower has a 37cm cutting width and useful features including a rear roller for those much desired stripes. Awarded a BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Best Buy for small to medium lawns, clippings are collected in the large 40 Litre fabric grass bag, it offers a wide range of seven cutting heights, from 25-75mm and is easy to fold away at the end of the day. The 40V battery is quick to charge, taking just 50 minutes and when full it has the capacity to cut a 400m2 lawn.

Buy the Yard Force LMG37A 40V 37cm cordless mower from Yard Force, Amazon and Wickes

Worx WG779E cordless lawn mower

RRP: £239.99

Our rating: 4.75 out of 5

Available from B&Q (£179.99), Homebase (£189), Very (£199.99)

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Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Long charge time
  • One handle height

Our testers found this lawnmower easy to assemble and it handily folds away for storage when not in use. There’s a 30 litre ready-made grass bag and six cutting heights to choose from. It’s ideal for smaller lawns and we were impressed with the amount of features it packs in, considering the price. It also comes with a generous three-year warranty.

Read the full Worx WG779E cordless mower review

Ego LM1701E cordless lawn mower

RRP: £519

Our rating: 4.75 out of 5

Available from Ego Power Plus

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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

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.

Read the full review: Ego LM1701E review

Mountfield Princess 34 electric corded lawn mower

RRP: £159

Our rating: 4.75 out of 5

Available from ManoMano (£169), Just Lawnmowers (£169), B&Q (£177.65)

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Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Collector slightly fiddly to assemble

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.

Read the full review: Mountfield Princess 34 review

Webb WEER 33 electric corded mower

RRP: £99

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

Available from Wickes (£99), OnBuy (£99.95), Tooled Up (£99.95), Toolstation (£99.98), B&Q (£99.99)

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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 great value mower.

Read the full Webb WEER 33 electric corded mower review

Gardena Handymower

RRP: £259.98

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Available from Amazon (£159), Homebase (£165)

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Pros:

  • Small and light to carry and store
  • Pivoting handle very easy to manoeuvre
  • Easy to check battery charge
  • Part of the Power For All Alliance

Cons:

  • Battery and charger are purchased separately
  • Cuts out if handle pushed into upright position

This great little mower was awarded a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy for very small lawns. It’s light, compact and easy to manoeuvre around the lawn and is ideal for the regular cutting of small areas of grass. There’s minimal assembly needed, you just screw the handle into the body and once the battery is charged it’s ready to go. There are three cutting heights to choose from and rather than collecting the clippings, this mower mulches, dropping them back onto the lawn where they break down and fertilise the grass – so you don’t need to spend time emptying a grass bag and your grass gets fed. A pivoting handle helps it get into tight spots really easily and it also copes surprisingly well with bumpy ground. While you’re mowing the battery charge is clearly displayed on the mower. The battery and charger come separately, which does push the price up but this mower is part of the Power for All Alliance, which includes Gardena, Flymo and Bosch battery tools and will save you money if you invest in cordless tools in the future.

Buy the Gardena Handymower from Amazon (£159) and Tooled-Up (£163.95)

Best Buy review video – the Gardena Handymower

In this in-depth video review, Kay Maguire explains why the Gardena Handymower was awarded BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy status.

Powerbase 34cm 40V

RRP: £189

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Available from Homebase (£149)

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Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Front and side combs, and rear roller
  • Double folding handle for easy storage

Cons:

  • Awkward to manoeuvre
  • Not part of a battery system

Awarded a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy award for best budget mower for extra features, this mower is well thought out and simple to use. It’s easy to assemble and the handle folds down flat over the body of the mower so it takes up very little room in storage. There’s a choice of five cutting heights and this is easy to adjust with a single lever and it has several features to ensure a neat, sharp cut including front and side combs and a rear roller for elegant stripes. The 40V battery takes 120 minutes to fully charge and will cover a 200m2 lawn. It comes with a three year warranty.

Buy the Powerbase 40V Cordless Lawnmower from Homebase

Einhell GE-CM 18/33 Li

RRP: £199.95

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Available from Amazon (£149.95), Wickes (£170), Toolstation (£199.98)

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Pros:

  • Light and simple to use
  • Choice of handle heights
  • Large rear wheel turns easily
  • Part of the Einhell Power - X Change battery system

Cons:

  • Lacks features
  • Handle only folds in half for storage

This simple, light, well priced mower was awarded a BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Best Buy for best budget mower for ease of use. It’s simple to assemble with a choice of handle heights to suit different users and the handle also folds in half helping it take up less room in storage. It moves smoothly across the lawn and manoeuvres well and offers a choice of five cutting heights that are easily adjusted with a central lever. The 18V battery takes just 75 minutes to charge and has the capacity to cut a lawn 200m2 and the 33cm cutting width mows neatly and efficiently, tackling longer grass with ease.

Buy the Einhell GE-CM 18/33 Li cordless mower from Amazon, Toolstation and Wickes

Gardena PowerMax 1200/32 electric corded mower

RRP: £99.99

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Available from Tooled Up (£119.99), Amazon (£136.95)

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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.

Read the full Gardena PowerMax 1200/32 electric corded mower review

Flymo Hover Vac 250 corded mower

RRP: £74.99

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Available from Homebase (£79), Amazon (£79.54), JD Williams (£94.99), AO (£80)

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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

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.

Read the full Flymo Hover Vac 250 review

Gardena Comfort hand mower

RRP: £139

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

Available from Tooled Up (£136.95)

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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
  • 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.

Read the full Gardena Comfort hand mower review

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