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Which? tries out new Aldi electric lawn mower

Budget supermarket tools, such as this new corded electric mower from Aldi, always create a buzz of interest. But are they worth your money and your time?

At just £79.99 it’s hard to imagine what could put you off buying Aldi’s new electric rotary mower. But can you trust such a cheap mower to give a good cut?

Although you may be relishing the thrill of bagging a bargain mower, you really need to know whether it will cut your grass neatly and effectively. We’ve already taken this mower for a stroll around our lawn to bring your our first impressions, so you’ll know what to expect if you do buy it.

Will it do the job?

Aldi’s Gardenline GLM 43L looks like it could be a lot of mower for your money. It has a 1,800W motor and 43cm cutting width, so it should have the power and size to whizz round a medium-sized garden. We gave it to our lawn mower expert to find out if it was any good.

Read the full Aldi Gardenline electric mower review to find out what she thought.

Which? lawn mower expert, Mercy Morris said: ‘The advantage of a corded electric mower like the Gardenline GLM 43L is that they’re always ready to go – no searching for fuel or trying to remember whether you charged the battery. They also tend to be cheaper.’

Don’t know where to start?

If you’re new to using a lawn mower and not sure what sort of mower you want, or you don’t know whether your lawn is large, medium or small, you’ll find plenty of helpful tips and things to consider in our lawn mower buyers guide.

If a reliable mower that won’t let you down is top of your shopping list, take a look at our reliable lawn mower brands to find out which brands other Which? members have found reliable.

Why are cordless mowers more expensive?

Corded electric lawn mowers are generally cheaper than cordless ones, but the length of the power cable can limit how far you can move from the power socket, and can cause you grief trying to avoid running over the cable. A battery-powered cordless mower will give you more freedom to move around.

Our Best Buy battery-powered mowers start from around £300, whereas the average price of a comparable corded model is £145. The big difference in price is usually down to the extra cost of the lithium-ion battery and the charger. These batteries are becoming more powerful and longer-lasting, but they have very specific charging needs, which make both battery and charger expensive.

Our Best Buy mower reviews are really useful reading if you are looking for a machine from a particular brand, or you want a special feature such as a roller for stripes.

Tempted by plants?

If you’re tempted by the other gardening goodies on sale in Aldi when you pop in to look at mowers, but aren’t sure whether buying them is a good idea, have a look at our report on Aldi and Lidl’s plants.

And if you need something to plant them in, don’t forget to check out our recommendations for the best composts.

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