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At Which?, we’ve cut through miles of short, long, damp, wet and rough grass to find the best lawn mowers you can buy. So it stands to reason we’ve discovered a thing or two about the most popular brands along the way.

We have a good idea which lawn mower brands produce high-spec top performers that’ll make quick work of mowing your lawn, and which brands make affordable all-rounders that cut to a neat, even finish.

So if you need a new lawn mower, but you’re not sure of the difference between a Flymo and a Bosch, or a Hayter and a Honda, we’ve put together this guide to the top lawn mower brands to help you choose.

In this guide we’ve included the lowdown on the most popular brands of hover lawn mowers, electric wheeled rotary lawn mowers and petrol lawn mowers. From tiny hovers to self-propelled petrol four-wheelers, these brands cater for small gardens and large lawns, and everything in between.  

We've covered Bosch, Flymo, Hayter and Honda, among others, to show you the similarities and differences between these big brands before you hit the shops, whatever type of lawn mower you're looking for. 

Best lawn mower brands - at a glance

We've collated all our lawn mower test results since 2010 so you can see how the big lawn mower brands stack up against one another. Which? members should log in now to unlock the information in the table. If you're not already a Which? member you can get instant accesss by signing up for a £1 trial to Which?

Lawn mower brands - overview
BrandNumber tested since 2010Range of test scoresAverage test scoreNumber of current Best BuysNumber of current Don't BuysBrand reliability rating
Al-Ko11Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Bosch13Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Flymo28Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Hayter8Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Honda5Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
McCulloch6Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Mountfield17Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content
Qualcast10Subscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only contentSubscriber only content

Best lawn mower brands 

For those of you who want more detail, we've built full profiles for each of the big lawn mower brands. Click on the individual pages in the left-hand menu above to go straight to the ones you want to see. 

For each brand, you can find out:

  • the number of models we’ve tested since 2010
  • whether the brand sits at the lower, mid-range or premium end of the market
  • how much you can expect to pay for the brand’s basic, mid-level and top-of-the-range models
  • which features you’ll typically see for the price tag.

Which? members can log in to see:

  • the brand’s average test score, from all tested models
  • the number of current Best Buys and Don’t Buys
  • the brand’s reliability rating
  • the brand’s pros and cons
  • our expert verdict on whether you should buy it.

If you’re not a member but want to see full brand profiles, take out a £1 trial to Which?. You’ll also get unrestricted access to all our reviews.

How Which? tests lawn mowers

The best lawn mowers cuts your grass perfectly, even if your lawn is lumpy or you want very short grass. They get close to the edges of your lawn to cut the long grass that's tricky to get to and they’re easy to set up and manoeuvre around your garden.

Each lawn mower that’s sent to the Which? test lab is subjected to a host of rigorous tests. We see how easy it is to set up and how quickly and neatly it cuts long and damp grass as well as an ornamental lawn.

If you want to know more about the tests, checks and measurements we carry out on each lawn mower, head over to our how we test lawn mowers page.

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