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Best and worst artificial grass

By Adelaide Gray

The lawn is an essential part of a British garden, but these days it doesn’t have to be made of real grass. You can get the same look with the best artificial grass.

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If you hate mowing, or have boisterous kids or dogs, artificial grass is worth considering.

We've tested 13 mid-priced types of artificial grass to see which looked the most natural, even when it's been subjected to some tough wear-and-tear. 

  • Heat resistance - We tipped boiling water over the grass, and dropped a hot, disposable barbecue onto it to see if it would melt. 
  • Installation - We rated the instructions, where provided, and how easy to was to install the grass on a flat area of ground. 
  • Appearance -We left the grass outside for six months, driving a wear machine over it to see how well the join held together and how well the grass stood up to heavy use. 
  • Cleaning - We let mud and leaves accumulate on the lawn before cleaning them off using a leaf blower and a hose. We even made up a mix of treacle, oats and soil to simulate dog poo, and left it to settle on the lawn over a weekend before cleaning it.

Only logged-in Which? members can view our recommendations in the table below. If you're not yet a member, you can get instant access by taking a £1 trial to Which? 

Artificial grass on test
  Ease of installation Appearance Routine cleaning Overall test score 1
91%
76%
66%
64%
63%
63%
62%
60%
57%
53%
47%

Table notes
1 Ignores price. Is based on: Appearance 75%, Cleaning 15%, Ease of installation 10%.

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