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Which? tries out new battery lawn mowers

Lidl Florabest FRMA lawn mower gets a once-over


Lidl Florabest FRMA cordless mower

Which? brings you its first impression of the £150 Florabest battery lawn mower from Lidl as well as testing seven battery models, from brands such as Bosch and Ryobi through our tough field tests – could one of them be the right choice for you?

Which? don’t usually test garden gadgets from discount retailer Lidl as the items are only available in store for a short time. However, we’ve often wondered if they really are a bargain or will disappoint. So we’ve given the new Lidl Florabest FRMA cordless battery mower to one of our researchers to try out a home. It’s available from 28 April 2016 for a limited period.

We’ve also put seven other battery mowers through our tough field tests to see if they can cut and collect the grass as well as their corded electric or petrol rivals.

Go to our lawn mower reviews to see which models did best in our tests.

Lidl Florabest FRMA

The Lidl Florabest FRMA felt sturdy considering the price. It’s a bit tricky to assemble but the chunky cutting-height adjustment lever and solid-feeling grass box give the impression of a more expensive machine. 

It has a 37cm cutting width and a generous 40-litre grass box so it shouldn’t take you too long to mow a family lawn. 

It’s not a complete breeze to use though. The handle is pretty basic, with no padding and the battery and safety key slot horizontally into the front of the machine, which is awkward and takes some getting used to. 

We tried cutting thick grass and damp grass, as well as edges, to find out how easy it was to use and whether it could cope with less-than-ideal mowing conditions.

Visit our Lidl Florabest FRMA review to read our initial verdict.

Lawn mowers on test

A full list of models we’ve recently tested is below – click on the links to read our reviews

Battery mowers

Bosch Rotak 43 Li – £420

Cobra MX4140V – £290

Cobra MX46S40V – £440

EGO Power + – £500

Qualcast 36V Li-ion Cordless rotary lawn mower – £220

Ryobi RLM18X40H240 – £400

Sovereign 24V Li-ion Cordless rotary lawn mower – £150

Corded electric mowers

Flymo Visimo – £70

Viking ME 235 – £130

Wolf Garten A340E – £99

Petrol mowers

AL-KO 42.5 P.A. Special Edition – £189

John Deere R40 – £327


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