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Bosch lawn mowers - should I buy one?
By Victoria Pearson
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Should you buy a Bosch lawn mower? Get the Which? expert verdict, based on our independent field tests.
Bosch is one of the biggest manufacturers of electric garden power tools in the UK, with a wide range of lawn mowers, scarifiers, hedge trimmers, grass trimmers, shredders, chainsaws and pressure washers.
The German brand produces mainly corded electric lawn mowers that come with many features to make them easy to use. We’ve tested several of its lawn mowers and uncovered big differences in their cutting power - you can find out which are the best models in our full Bosch lawn mower reviews.
As well as testing lawn mowers in the field, we survey hundreds of lawn mower owners each year to find out how reliable each brand is, as well as the views of people who actually own them.
Which? verdict on Bosch lawn mowers
Based on all our research, we've produced an at-a-glance guide to Bosch lawn mowers in our table below. We've collated all of our test results of Bosch lawn mowers, plus added our unique ratings of brand satisfaction and reliability.
The table below outlines how many of the brand’s current models are Best Buys. It highlights Bosch's overall pros and cons as a lawn mower brand, to help you decide whether a Bosch lawn mower is right for you. You can also read our expert verdict on whether we think Bosch is a brand worth buying.
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Table correct as at June 2018. Range of test scores and average test core based on results of all models tested between January 2015 and June 2018. The customer score and brand reliability rating are based on a Which? member survey 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.
Find out how Bosch compares with other lawn mower brands in our best lawn mowers brand guide plus see the brands that Which? members are most likely to recommend.
How much do Bosch lawn mowers cost?
The Bosch brand isn’t associated with low prices, and it’s no exception when it comes to lawn mowers. That said, in a market that’s dominated by Flymo, Bosch lawn mowers are competitively priced – like for like, you’ll find you can buy a top-of-the-range Flymo for roughly the same as a Bosch Rotak.
Prices for corded electric Bosch lawn mowers start at about £105 for the Rotak 32 – a model that’s a great size if you have a lawn that’s 50sq.m or less. At the other end of the range, the AdvancedRotak 750 has a much larger cutting width for lawns of more than 400sq.m and will set you back in the region of £300.
The cordless battery-powered range starts with the Rotak 32 Li costing about £370 and goes up to the Rotak 43 Li Ergoflex £530.
All of these prices are based on Bosch's own online shop, but it's worth bearing in mind that Bosch lawn mowers are often discounted, both online and in stores. Try buying one in August to bag the best bargain.
Choosing the best Bosch lawn mower
Bosch is in the process of updating its lawn mower range from older turquoise Rotak and Rotak Ergoflex models to three new ranges introduced in 2018 and aimed at different sectors of the gardening market.
- Easy - for 'when you want simplicity'. These entry-level models are cheap and simple and aimed at gardeners with small spaces and a simple tool that will do the basic job.
- Universal - offering 'versatility for more' include better features and more power and are suitable for general gardening jobs.
- Advanced - for 'when you seek the best'. A higher powered range with top-of-the-range features, for people with larger gardens who will use their lawn mower extensively.
In 2011, Bosch launched its Ergoflex lawn mower range with joystick-style handles. These allow you to push with your wrists in a horizontal position (using the bar handle in the usual way) or in a vertical position (gripping the joysticks). Ergoflex models are more expensive, although you can still buy the older-style Rotaks in some shops.
Bosch cordless (battery) rotary lawn mowers are part of the Rotak Ergoflex series. They can cost considerably more than their corded equivalents.