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2 September 2021

Best cheap lawn mowers under £250

We round up the best lawn mowers you can buy for less than £250 based on our rigorous lab tests
Rebecca Jakeman

There's no denying that a new lawn mower has the potential to be a very expensive purchase, but that doesn't mean it definitely has to be. We've tested cheap lawn mowers for less than £250 that will do a great job of cutting your grass, even though some of them are half the price of more expensive rival models.

They aren't all the highest-scoring mowers we've ever tested, but they are all Best Buys, which means they performed well enough in the key elements of our tests for us to recommend them to our members. No matter how cheap a lawn mower is, if it's not good at the basics we won't pretend it's good.

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Best lawn mowers under £250

  • 74%
    £150.00

    At less than £200, this cordless mower is an absolute steal. It leaves an excellent finish on both standard and wet grass, and copes well with difficult terrain. It’s lightweight and manoeuvrable, and the battery lasts for a decent length of time, so one charge should easily be enough to cover a small garden.

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  • 74%
    £299.95

    Scoring well in our tests thanks to excellent cutting performance across all types of grass, this electric mower is one to consider. Although its size has a slight impact on how easy it is to weave around the garden, it's still an excellent choice for people with a larger lawn.

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  • 71%
    £215.00

    This corded electric mower is a fantastic choice for medium lawns. It’s easy to use and delivers brilliant cutting results on all grass types; coping well with difficult terrain such as uneven and sloping ground. It even has a roller for those wanting to give their lawn a classic British striped look.

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  • 71%
    £201.06

    This electric mower may be best-suited to smaller lawns, but it's sturdy and cuts and collects so effectively that we've made it a Best Buy. It has a mulching option as well, which is great if you don't want to dispose of piles of grass clippings. It's easy to use and has some nice features, which mean it doesn't feel like a budget machine.

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  • 71%
    £229.99

    Although it's a little pricier than some other mowers of around this size, this Best Buy is one of the only cheap lawn mowers that is actually good enough for us to recommend. It cuts well and leaves your lawn looking smart. It fills the grass box right up, so you won't be running to the compost heap more than necessary. It's light, but feels like a sturdy machine, although it's not the best choice for larger lawns.

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Pricing and recommendations correct as of August 2021.

Not found the right lawn mower for you? Browse all of our lawn mowers reviews.

Cheap lawn mowers to avoid

Just because you don't have to spend a fortune to get a decent lawn mower, that doesn't mean all cheap lawn mowers are a good choice. We've come across models that struggle to cut even the shortest grass, are uncomfortable to manoeuvre and inefficient at collecting clippings.

We've rounded up a few cheap lawn mowers that performed very badly in our tests so you don't end up with a dud. Log in or join Which? to view the full table.

  • 52%
    £45.00

    This cheap mower struggles even on short grass and will leave your lawn looking very untidy. It's hard to handle on uneven ground too, and the grass-collection bag is small and ineffective. A real disappointment.

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  • 52%
    £245.00

    This cordless mower disappoints on grass cutting and collection, meaning you'll make lots of unnecessary trips to the compost heap. It has a terrible battery life too, plus it's noisy.

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  • 46%
    £84.06

    Sadly the convenience offered by this hover mower isn't matched by its grass-cutting ability, which is very poor. It's surprisingly awkward to use too, leaving uncut areas and dropping clippings all over the lawn.

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Prices correct as of August 2021.

How much do I really need to spend on a lawn mower?

You could easily spend upwards of £1,000 on an all-singing, all-dancing lawn mower, but that doesn't mean you should. You're actually paying for extra features rather than good performance; while those bells and whistles may be important to some, they're by no means vital.

The features you can expect to see from pricier lawn mowers usually include wider cutting widths, a self-propelled function and a more efficient battery (if you're buying a cordless mower). 

Price is very rarely an indication of how 'good' a product really is, and there's no way of knowing for sure how well any mower will cut your grass until you actually put it to the test.

Which? lawn mower reviews

To help us recommend the best lawn mowers, we spend weeks putting each model through rigorous rounds of testing under the watchful eyes of our lawn mower experts. In order to become a Best Buy, each lawn mower has to perform well in a certain set of criteria.

Mowing ability on a range of grass types

We test every lawn mower on a standard-length lawn to see how it would perform in most gardens. However, we then really put it to the test on long, rough and damp grass to assess just how efficiently it can really cut.

Mowers are assessed on how quickly they cut the lawn as well as how much effort they require to push around. Any heavy, bulky mowers that take an age to get the job don't won't end up as Best Buys.

Grass collection efficiency

If a lawn mower comes with a grass collection box or bag, we test exactly what volume of clippings it will hold before it needs to be emptied. A good grass catcher will hold upwards of 90% of its stated capacity, but we've seen some mowers that hold little over half.

Ease and comfort of use

An excellent lawn mower should make cutting the grass easy, so we make sure we only recommend models that aren't too difficult to lift and manoeuvre. We also check how easy (or difficult) it is to assemble and dissemble each model.

We consider how easy it is to use the controls (for example, changing the cutting height) and other essentials, such as the length of the cable and whether or not it's easy to clean.

Battery life

If you're considering a battery-powered mower, you'll be pleased to know that we test how long each battery takes to charge to full power, as well as how many minutes of mowing time it will give you. The best models allow you to mow for over half an hour non-stop, but others fall well short of this.