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Don't Buy lawn mowers

Don't Buy lawn mowers leave your lawn looking messy and straggly, and are a real struggle to use. We recommend you avoid these disappointing machines.

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The image shows the real-life implications of our testing. Find out how our expert lab tests separate the lawn mowers you should avoid from those recommended as Best Buy lawn mowers.

Don't buy these terrible lawn mowers

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Which? has tested hundreds of lawn mowers, including models from Bosch, Flymo and Hayter, to help find the best lawn mower for your garden. Our rigorous tests mean we can recommend lawn mowers that will give you a neat lawn without leaving you exhausted.

  • Our extensive tests have uncovered lawn mowers that throw grass clippings around, rather than collecting them.
  • Some models are inconvenient to use or have grass boxes which are a struggle to fit.
  • It isn't always the cheapest models that bomb in our tests – we’ve found disappointing lawn mowers priced over £200 and even up to £600, too.

Lawn mowers that do poorly in our tests can't be relied upon to make your lawn look good. Our list of Don't Buy machines will help you avoid picking a dud, so check these out before reaching for your wallet. 

Which? is independent – we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We're not influenced by third parties and we don't accept freebies from product manufacturers or retailers. We buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.

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