Hand mowers can outshine powered onesWhich? Gardening names Best Buys

01 May 2008

Elbow grease and hand mowers can outshine petrol-powered lawn mowers, says new Which? Gardening research.

Our tests found that hand mowers can produce great results on your lawn.

And Which? Gardening found the more traditional method of lawn mowing can be kinder to grass, as well as the environment.

Less noise

Hand powered mowers make less noise and cost practically nothing to run – just what they cost to maintain.

And though they may involve slightly more physical effort from the gardener, many models are lighter than a fuel-powered mower, and just as quick.

Which? Gardening rated the Husqvarna Novocut hand mower - £80 - as a Best Buy model for medium-sized lawns , while the £95 Brill Razorcut Premium was a Best Buy for small lawns.

Ceri Thomas, editor of Which? Gardening, said: ‘People seem to be keen to return to more traditional methods of gardening.

'If you need any more reasons to try them out, they are also quieter, cheaper, and help you keep fit into the bargain!’