Top five best lawn mowers

Lawn mowers

Top five best lawn mowers

by Adelaide Gray

We round up the top-scoring lawn mowers in five different categories to help you find the best one for your garden.

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Find the best lawn mower for you

Our tests have uncovered big differences in quality across the full range of lawn mowers available on the market. 

We’ve found Don’t Buy lawn mowers costing over £500 and Best Buy lawn mowers for less than £150.

All of the lawn mowers in the table below have gone through our rigorous field testing, so you can be sure they’re the best of the bunch for cutting grass and are also easy to use. Take a look at our top picks of lawn mowers in the table below.

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Top five best lawn mowers
 Why we love itCutting a family lawnEase of useScore

This Best Buy gives a consistently good cut across a range of lawns and has some useful features, such as a grass collector and rear roller. If you're on a tight budget but still need a serious lawn mower then this would be our recommendation. It's got most of the features of a more expensive machine and, unlike some even cheaper models, can deal with long or damp grass.

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This lawn mower is a great all-rounder, ideal for a family lawn. It's got some great features such as a lever to change the cutting heights and handles that can be used horizontally and vertically to avoid wrist strain. A Best Buy since 2011, this easy-to-use mower cuts all types of lawn well, efficiently collecting the clippings to leave the lawn tidy and neatly striped. It's our recommendation for anyone who finds mowing the lawn a chore.

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75%

This excellent machine is our top-scoring powered cylinder lawn mower. It copes with longer grass and gives a very neat finish on a short lawn. It's self-propelled so it doesn't need much pushing and is easy to manoeuvre. The front and back rollers enable you to cut right over the edges of the lawn and produce bold stripes.

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67%

This petrol mower is robust and powerful with an easy-to-clean plastic deck. It gives a neat cut on a family lawn and cuts the edges too so you won't have to get out the strimmer. The engine is easy to start, the cutting height is simple to change and the handle is comfortable so it's a great choice if you're looking for a mower that's easy to use.

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71%

If you're after a beautiful lawn without the noise and fuss of a powered machine then this large push cylinder mower is an ideal choice. It's quite wide so covers the ground quickly and gives a neat finish.This robust mower copes well with cutting both long and damp grass and collects the clippings quite well. It has a wide range of cutting heights and gives an impressively neat cut on short grass. The cutting-height adjuster is very easy to use.

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65%

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We test around 3,300 products every year, from washing-up liquid to cars. When testing lawn mowers, we measure how well each one cuts grass from short, ornamental lawns to long meadow grass, we time how long it takes to cut the grass, how well it collects the grass clippings, how neatly it leaves the lawn edges, and how smart the finished lawn is. Our experts also rate how easy is it to use each lawn mower.