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Top lawn mowers for 2014

Plus our expert verdict on Flymo's new Ultra Glide

Flymo ultraglide lawnmower

We tested Flymo’s claims about the Ultra Glide

Our latest test of lawn mowers reveals whether Flymo’s new ‘duo-tech’ system really will improve the finish on your lawn. Plus, our expert verdict on the new Flymo Ultra Glide range, two new Bosch lawn mowers and a £100 petrol lawn mower.

We’ve just tested 10 of the latest lawn mowers including the Flymo Ultra Glide, two of Bosch’s new rotary lawn mowers and a top-of-the-range AL-KO lawn mower.

Flymo claims the improved vacuuming power on the Ultra Glide (£160) ‘lifts and straightens uncut grass’ and its front wheels make it easy to transport to and from your lawn.

Meanwhile Bosch claims that its Rotak 37 Li Ergoflex (£370) handles effortlessly and cuts even long and damp grass.

To see whether these claims are justified, and find out how Flymo, Bosch and AL-KO lawn mowers measured up in our rigorous tests, as well as how the £100 petrol mower scored, Which? members can log in and go straight to our full lawn mower reviews.

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New Flymo lawnmower – excellent at cutting grass?

The Flymo Ultra Glide is the first collecting hover mower we’ve tested with Flymo’s updated grass vacuum technology.

Which? lawn mower expert Adelaide Gray says: ‘Flymo’s newest lawnmower includes improvements designed to give a neater finish on your lawn, as well as updated features to make moving the mower around easier.

‘Our independent lab tests take into account ease of use as well as how neatly the lawnmower cuts the grass, how successfully it collects the grass and how closely it cuts around obstacles. We’ve seen variable scores from Flymo lawn mowers in the past, so our testing will show whether or not Flymo’s claimed technological improvements really work.’

You can find out whether the Flymo Ultra Glide scored highly enough to make our list of the Best Buy lawnmowers.

Are cheap lawnmowers any good?

As well as big-name brands, we’ve also just tested a cheap petrol mower from Wilko. DIY store own-brand lawn mowers can be appealing if you’re shopping on a budget, and the latest Wilko petrol mower we’ve tested costs just £99. With a new Qualcast petrol model starting at around £200 and Mountfield models ranging from about £320 to £350, there’s a lot of money to be saved with this Wilko model. But is a cheap lawn mower a false economy?

Adelaide says: ‘Low-cost lawn mowers are popular purchases but our tests have often found them poor. We’ve put the Wilko petrol mower through the same tough tests as we more expensive branded lawn mowers through, to see if the DIY store can buck the trend.’

Log in to our lawn mower reviews to find out our verdict.

Lawn mowers tested

The full list of models we’ve just reviewed is below (with typical prices as of 19 March 2014).

Petrol lawnmowers

  • Al-Ko Highline 523 VS  (£520)
  • Atco Liner 16  (£360)
  • Mountfield SP425R  (£460)
  • Mountfield SP421R  (£400)
  • Qualcast Self-Propelled petrol mower  (£250)
  • Toro Super Bagger TX-159    (£550)
  • Wilko Get Gardening DYM1481FB  (£100)

Corded electric lawnmowers

  • Flymo Ultra Glide (£160)
  • Bosch Rotak 34R (£130)

Cordless electric (battery-powered) lawnmowers

  • Bosch Rotak 37 Li   (£370)

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  • Find out which are the most reliable lawn mower brands
  • In a hurry to choose a mower? See our round up of the top five lawn mowers
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