From 16 June, Lidl is selling a cordless lawn mower for just £149. Most cordless lawn mowers are £200 or more, so can such a cheap one be any good? The Which? Gardening magazine experts took a first look to see how well it works.
Cordless lawn mowers have become very popular in recent years. With them you’re not constrained by the length of a power cable and can mow wherever you want. There’s also no danger of cutting a power cable and there are none of the fumes and hassle associated with petrol mowers.
With the Lidl cordless mower at such a keen price, the experts at Which? Gardening magazine wanted to put it through its paces.
What does the Lidl cordless lawn mower have to offer?
This lawn mower is part of a new range of garden and DIY power tools from Lidl that share interchangeable batteries so you don’t need to buy a new battery every time. It comes with two 20-volt lithium-ion batteries and a double charger. Extra batteries are available to buy separately. Other tools in the range include a hedge trimmer and a drill, and they will come on sale during the summer.
This lawn mower has a cutting width of 43cm, so it’s suitable for large lawns over 150 sq m. It’s important to choose a mower with the right cutting width for the size of your lawn. Too large a cutting width on a small lawn and you’ll struggle to manoeuvre it in tight corners, while too small a cutting width on a large lawn and you’ll find it takes much longer to cut all the grass.
It can be set to six cutting heights, so you can adjust the length of the grass to suit the season. Grass should be left longer in spring and in periods of dry weather or it can become stressed and will grow poorly.
There’s a 50-litre grass-collection box, but how well does the mower fill this? Some mowers only fill their collection boxes half full so you need to keep going back and forth to the compost heap to dispose of the clippings.
We found the Lidl mower was simple to use and easy to start, but how neatly did it cut the grass? Read our full first look review of the cordless lawn mower from Lidl for our full verdict.
How to cut the perfect lawn
Whichever lawn mower you choose to use, there’s a knack to cutting the grass well.
- Start by cutting the perimeter of the lawn.
- Work from the left-hand side of the lawn, cutting up and down the length.
- A good tip is to overlap the previous pass slightly each time so no grass is missed.
- Regularly check how full the grass-collection box and empty as needed. A full box can lead to clumps of clippings being dropped on the lawn.
- Some mowers are better than others at cutting up close to lawn edges and obstacles such as the washing line. If your one leaves untidy long grass, trim this with long-handled shears or a grass trimmer.
- Cut your lawn once a week, apart from in very dry weather, from mid-spring to early autumn.