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Is Lidl’s £35 electric lawn mower a bargain?

Should you buy Lidl's cheapest lawn mower, and what can you expect from it?

Lidl FRM 1220 D3 electric lawnmower

Lidl is running a We Love Gardening event from 1 July 2018, which includes a selection of garden machinery including a hedge trimmer, petrol multi-tool and a new electric mower.

The Florabest FRM 1200 D3 electric mower costs just £34.99, which is at least £15 cheaper than a Qualcast mower with similar features that we tested at our lab recently. Cheap lawn mowers have a checkered performance history in our lawn mowers test – we’ve found both duds and bargains.

Visit our lawn mower reviews to find out which cheap lawn mowers we recommend.

Lidl Florabest electric mower

Lidl SpecialBuys are only available until stocks sell out, and they’ve usually flown off the shelves before we can evaluate them in our extensive range of grass-cutting and safety tests.

But we managed to get our hands on a sample this week, so that our researcher could try it out at home.

It was straightforward to assemble and offers a range of features that are both basic and thoughtfully designed.

She tried the lawn mower out on both a well-tended short grass lawn, and a bit of rougher grass that is less frequently cut.

Read her first impressions in our Lidl Florabest FRM 1200 D3 review.

You can also read our impressions of the £139 petrol lawn mower and 4-in-1 multi tool that Lidl is also selling from 1 July.

Which? tests cheap mowers

This year we’ve expanded our testing to bring you more reviews of electric mowers, particularly those costing less than £150.

We’ve tested whether cheap lawn mowers are able to cut grass well, not only when it’s short and dry in the summer, but when it is damp with late-summer dew, or long and untidy in the spring.

Visit the reviews below to discover what we uncovered when we sent them to our lab to take part in our tough cutting tests.

Are cheap mowers worth buying?

Most of the cheap electric models that we’ve tested have a narrow cutting blade of 33cm to 36cm-wide. This makes them most suitable for cutting smaller lawns of up to 50 sq.m. If you try to use them on a larger lawn, you might find the going rather slow; you’ll need to mow up and down many times to cover a small area.

They may also have rather basic handles, that have a fixed-height and require you to keep your hands in the same place all the time to operate the controls. This can be tiring if you mow for more than a few minutes.

Lawn mowers usually offer a selection of cutting heights, so you can give your grass a gentle trim when it is longer in spring and gradually reduce the height to a neat and tidy short lawn. Cheap mowers often have fewer height settings and complicated ways of setting the height, such as individual adjustment mechanisms for each wheel. More-expensive mowers tend to have a lever that adjusts the height centrally.

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