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Best lawn mower brands

Which lawn mower brand to buy in 2019

By Victoria Pearson

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Discover the best and worst lawn mower brands, according to our field tests and surveys of owners.

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At Which?, we’ve cut through miles of short, long, damp, wet and rough grass to find the best lawn mowers you can buy. So it stands to reason we’ve discovered a thing or two about the most popular brands along the way.

We have a good idea which lawn mower brands produce high-spec top performers that’ll make quick work of mowing your lawn, and which brands make affordable all-rounders that cut to a neat, even finish.

In this guide we’ve included the lowdown on the most popular brands of hover lawn mowers, electric wheeled rotary lawn mowers and petrol lawn mowers. From tiny hovers to self-propelled petrol four-wheelers, these brands cater for small gardens and large lawns, and everything in between. 

Once you've decided which brand is for you, head straight over to our full lawn mower reviews for the inside track on the best models.

Best and worst lawn mower brands

Below we’ve collated all of our lawn mower test results since 2015, plus our unique reliability ratings and customer scores so you can see how brands match up. Which? members should log in to unlock the table. If you’re not a member, join Which? to access the table and all our reviews.

Best lawn mower brands
Brand name Average test score Reliability rating Customer score Verdict
68% 76% electric models, 86% battery models This brand has a good track record for making electric lawn mowers that cut and collect really well, and has a great reputation with Which? members. We've awarded five of its lawn mowers Best Buy status. Not all of its models are trouble-free, though. Explore our reviews to find a those that scores well in the factors that matter to you.
74% 71% petrol models This brand is worth your consideration. Its mowers tend to do well in our tests, although the brand currently has no Best Buys. They tend to be quite heavy machines and can be tricky to manoeuvre, so it's worth checking our reviews to make sure you get a model that's manageable.
65% 72% petrol models Lawn mowers from this brand typically do well in our tests, with only one or two models being slightly inconsistent. Although it doesn’t have any Best Buy models it does have a good reliable rating and customers give its petrol models a reasonable score. Read our full reviews to find which models have impressed.
66% 62% petrol models Historically, this brand's machines have done well in our tests, but our most recent tests show a mixed bag, with petrol models doing better than electric ones. Because this brand has a poor reliability score, we'd recommend you only consider the petrol mower that has earned our Best Buy recommendation.
59%  **** 83% petrol models This brand makes a small range of lawn mowers and has one Best Buy at the moment. It is very well regarded by Which? members, too, scoring highly in both our reliability and customer satisfaction surveys. Its petrol mowers aren't pricier than other brands and these results suggest they're a worthwhile investment.

Table notes

Average test score based on the results of all models tested between January 2015 and September 2019. The customer score and brand reliability rating are based on a survey of 5,792 Which? members conducted in January 2018. The customer score is based on whether members would recommend the brand to a friend and reliability is based on members' experience of that brand.

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Worst lawn mower brands
Brand name Average test score Reliability rating Customer score Verdict
58% 59% electric models, 53% petrol models This brand is not rated highly by owners, and its test scores have been very inconsistent. Currently we don't have any Best Buy lawn mowers from this brand and, based on its mediocre reliability ratings, it could be a brand to avoid - read our full reviews to find out which models to avoid.
58% 53% electric models This brands customers give its electric models the lowest customer score out of all the brands. Its combined test score is also one of the lowest at just 58% while the reliability rating is meagre two stars out of five, proving that this could be one of brands to avoid.
54% 56% electric models Models from this brand don't often impress in our tests and our customer surveys show that it is generally a middle-of-the-road brand. Test scores between its individual models vary a lot, especially between the hover mowers and the wheeled mowers. Currently it has just one Best Buy model.  Its mowers are generally cheaper than a lot of brands so check our reviews to find out if they are a bargain.

Table notes
Average test score based on the results of all models tested between January 2015 and September 2019. The customer score and brand reliability rating are based on a survey of 5,792 Which? members conducted in January 2018. The customer score is based on whether members would recommend the brand to a friend and reliability is based on members' experience of that brand.

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How lawn mower brands compare

Overall, lawn mowers aren't the most reliable garden tools with an average reliability score of 70% (cordless electric), 62% (petrol) and 71% (battery powered). Some garden products score much higher - pressure washer brands have an average reliability rating of 78% for example.

But there’s still a big difference between the best and worst brands of lawn mowers, as while the top-scoring brand gets 76% for reliability, at the bottom of the table one brand scores just 51% for reliability.

We calculate our reliability scores based on the proportion of lawn mowers with problems per brand in our customer survey, against those from the same brand without problems. The faults are weighted so that more serious problems have a greater effect on the score.

The resulting star ratings show a brand’s reliability compared with other brands in the same category. So that newer or older models don’t influence the score unfairly, we adjust scores to account for age.

Choosing the best brand of lawn mower

A great lawn mower doesn't just deliver a great cut with minimal effort each time – it should be a model you can rely on and ideally one you would be happy to recommend to a friend.

Our brand overview takes all of this into account – including our rigorous test results as well as feedback from hundreds of Which? members who own lawn mowers.

We test lawn mowers from big brands such as Bosch and Flymo, as well as models from less well-known brands to separate those which give a clean-cut lawn from the mowers that struggle to cut the grass neatly and make you work hard.

We also ask hundreds of Which? members who own lawn mowers to tell us how happy they are with the brand they own as well as any problems they have experienced, enabling us to give a Which? customer score and solid reliability rating.

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