If you’re looking to spruce up your garden on a budget, the Middle of Lidl offers might be just the ticket. Throughout the year, the cut-price supermarket releases batches of relatively cheap garden tools and accessories from its Parkside range.
Priced between £25 and £100, Lidl’s garden machinery and accessories are a good alternative to some of the more premium big-name brands. You’ve got to be quick, though, as the popular events see some of the products sell out within just a few days.
To find out whether the products are actually good value for money, we tried them out first hand. Keep scrolling to see what Lidl’s range has to offer and whether our experts think any of it is worth buying.
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Once the products are released, you can buy them in selected Lidl stores. But only while stocks last – and this normally isn’t for very long.
However, you can still find certain products on sites such as Amazon or eBay months after the event. Be sure to check the retail price beforehand, though, as some sellers bump the price up dramatically leaving you paying way over the odds for an otherwise budget buy.
When you're deciding where to buy from, only deal with trusted sellers online. Do some research on the seller and product before buying, and check the returns policy and read customer reviews for the model you're looking at.
It depends. Some of the products impressed our experts, but others left us a little underwhelmed. And while we can’t deny the prices are tempting, there’s no use bagging a bargain if it doesn’t do its job well.
See a summary of each product below or follow the links for the full review.
The petrol chainsaws we’ve tested range from £80 (a previous Lidl model) up to a whopping £445, so at first glance £79.99 piqued our interest.
Here are the specs:
The chainsaw also comes complete with a bottle to mix the two-stroke oil and petrol, a bottle of chain oil, a pair of ear defenders and some protective glasses.
This model manages to pack in a blower, vacuum and an in built shredder for the price. Vacuums at this level often struggle to gather up leaves effectively, frequently becoming blocked up and needing to be cleared out. They do work well at blowing leaves into piles though.
So what are the specs?
Given that it is corded, buying and replacing batteries isn’t something you need to worry about.
The Parkside petrol blower weighs 9kg and carries more than a litre of fuel. It doesn’t have any vacuum functionality, so it’s probably best suited for a large garden where you want to blow leaves into piles to collect afterwards by hand. Keep in mind fuel costs when you consider this as well.
Here are the specs:
The closest petrol models in terms of price are still significantly more expensive, clocking in at £100+. They have comparable air flow, but many of them have a vacuum function where the Parkside does not. They also tend to weigh significantly less, so if weight is a concern then you might prefer to bite the bullet and pay extra for something lighter.
Lidl's mini Kamado is small enough to stand on a sturdy table - it’s only 54.5cm tall - and it's at least half the price of most other brands. At 18.6kg, it’s also much lighter than many other models and can be lifted with care by one person.
The grill is only 26.5cm in diameter, so it’s best for a couple or a small family as it can’t fit much food on at once. We managed to get three steaks on it, but it was a squeeze and there wasn’t room for any side dishes.
Could it be a great money-saving alternative to pricey models?
The Lidl Ventilated Charcoal Barbecue costs £39.99 and with its long list of features you get a lot for the price.
It’s a large but portable tabletop barbecue with a smooth matte black outer shell and a battery-powered ventilator at its base for adjusting the airflow to the burning coals.
Underneath the grill, there’s a wide steel basin that you can fill with water to collect fat drips – and it also comes with a steel charcoal chimney to make placing and lighting up your fuel that little bit easier.
Retailing at £25, this Lidl hedge trimmer is one of the cheapest we’ve ever tested. Its 450W motor won’t give it a huge amount of power, but it is at least lightweight at just 3kg, so it should be easy to manoeuvre round your garden.
The teeth are only spaced 12mm apart, so it’s better suited for hedges with smaller, narrower twigs, as it won’t be able to cope with bigger branches.
We tried this hedge trimmer out on privet, honeysuckle and euonymus bushes to see how neatly, quickly and easily it can cut.
Like the hedge trimmer, Lidl’s Lawn Trimmer is on the under-powered side, with a 300W motor, although it’s also super light at just 1.9kg.
It cuts with a single-line system that feeds through automatically. There isn’t much in the way of features, but you can adjust the second handle which should help you get the best angle while you’re working.
Our researcher tried out this trimmer on hard-to-reach grass next to paving and under hedges.
This cheap scarifier from Lidl is self-propelled, so it should glide around your garden with ease.
It comes with a generous 50-litre collection bag, so you shouldn’t have to make too many trips to the compost bin, and it’s quick and easy to change between aerating and scarifying mode.
This is a corded electric mower with a 10m cable, so you’ll need an outdoor extension lead to mow the far reaches of your lawn.
It has a 44cm cutting width, which makes it best suited to large lawns of 150 square metres or more. In smaller lawns, it will be harder to manoeuvre in tight spaces. It also has a 55-litre grass-collection box, so you won't need to keep constantly emptying the clippings.
The 1,800W motor should provide enough power to cut through long or damp grass and its ergonomic handles, which can be held from the side or above, should mean it's comfortable even if you have a weak grip.
The front wheels are inset, too, which will make cutting around obstacles such as a washing line or trampoline much easier.
The Lidl Parkside Cordless Lawnmower PRMA 20-Li A1 is a small battery-powered mower that's well suited to handling small lawns of less than 50 square metres.
Most of Lidl’s new mower is made of hard plastic, so it’s very compact and lightweight. You’ll have no problem turning it and lifting it around to manoeuvre around smaller areas of grass.
Versatility is also a perk of this mower – it has five cutting heights, adjustable handles, and the 20V lithium-ion battery used to power it can be used with other cordless products in Lidl’s Parkside range.
This is an impact garden shredder – this type uses blades to finely chop the prunings. They’re less expensive than roller shredders, which have a ridged roller to cut and crush the prunings, but they tend to do a better job of cutting the prunings into fine pieces.
The PMH 2400 A1 is quick and easy to assemble – simply attach the wheels to the legs and then the legs to the shredder, and you’re ready to go. It comes with the hex key and screwdriver that you’ll need for the job.
Garden shredders have a reputation for getting blocked easily, but how well does this model shred?
Lidl's compact pressure washer is not much bigger than large shoe box, so it’s easy to store. This is important as pressure washers should be stored in a frost-free place otherwise the water inside them can expand and break their pipes, leaving them leaking and unable to be fixed.
It’s no heavier than a bag of shopping, which is great if you have to carry it round for long periods of time and the cable and hose are long enough to be able to reach a fair distance.
Unlike more expensive models, it doesn’t come with accessories, such as a patio cleaner or car brush and detergent. Instead, it just has a vario nozzle that allows you to adjust the width of the water jet from a wide fan to a powerful jet.
The motor is also only 1,300W, while many other models offer nearly double this power. But how much of a difference does this make in practice when it comes to the cleaning?
Lidl's £50 pressure washer has a few tricks up its sleeve, including:
This Lidl pressure washer comes with a few handy features that you typically find on pricier models, including:
Features aren’t everything, though, and they don’t tell you how good a model it really is. We’ve tried out this pressure washer to see how easy it is to use and, crucially, how well it cleans.
We don't test every item that goes on sale, but we have reviewed other Lidl products that are always available in store, including: