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Is the £139 petrol lawn mower from Lidl any good?

Looking for a cheap petrol lawn mower? Lidl’s Florabest FBM450B2, which costs just £139, certainly has a tempting price; but will it be a pleasure to use or will it struggle to cut a damp or overlong lawn?

A petrol lawn mower is ideal for larger lawns or for when you don’t have an electricity supply nearby. So should Lidl’s petrol mower, available from Sunday 1 July 2018, be on your shopping list? Our lawn-mower expert tried it out when it was first on sale in March 2017, finding aspects of the mower that she both liked and disliked:

‘The grass box is easy to fit, empty and put back on and the engine starts well, and consistently.’

But how well did it cut? read the rest of our Lidl lawn mower first look to see whether it was up to the job of cutting a spring lawn.

You can also read our impressions of the 4-in-1 petrol multi tool and £34.99 electric lawn mower that Lidl are also selling from 1 July.

Are Lidl and Aldi any good for gardeners?

As Lidl products are quick to sell out, we don’t send them off for full lab testing and they don’t appear in our reliability surveys. The fleeting nature of these products can make it hard to know what to expect before you get them home.

To get an overview of the situation, we’ve had a good look at Aldi and Lidl’s tools and plants, and compared them with similar products from a range of retailers. Our results were pretty mixed, so it is worth reading the full report on cheap Aldi and Lidl garden products.

Lawn mowers you can trust?

Frequent problems with your mower can be really frustrating, and replacing it after just a short time can prove very expensive.

We’ve found that some brands are a lot less reliable than others. Save your money and patience in the future by having a look at our best lawn mower brands guide – this combines our testing and customer survey information for a really informative guide.

You may find that you simply have the wrong mower for the job. A traditional cylinder mower will not be your route to success on a bumpy family lawn. And while a hover mower will give you good service on lumpy or sloping ground, it won’t give you stripy perfection on fine turf.

A good rotary mower can be a jack of all trades but it can also take up a lot of room in the shed and be difficult to manoeuvre in a small garden.

Take a look at our buying guide to get some tips on how to find the right mower for you and your garden.

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