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Top five lawn mowers for small gardens

By Victoria Pearson

Which? expert lawn mower tests highlight the models that are light, nimble and easy to store when not in use.

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If you're shopping for a lawn mower and have a small garden, you'll ideally want a thin, lightweight machine that's easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces. Our rigorous tests have uncovered the best options.

Top lawn mowers for small gardens pair premium cutting power with a portable design, neatly tucking into the corner of your shed.

Steer clear of heavy, awkward-to-use mowers with the help of our expert tests. After all, you don't want to feel like you've run a marathon after mowing a small patch of grass.

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The best lawn mowers for small gardens

Lawn mowers for small gardens


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.


This electric mower may be small, 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.


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, and it has some features that make it easy to use.


Featuring a 34cm-wide cutting blade, this lawn mower is a good size for cutting small-sized lawns of up to 50 sq m. It's fairly cheap for a cordless lawn mower and comes with a rear roller, which pushes your lawn down as it passes over to create stripes on the lawn. Add this mower to your shortlist if you're looking for a machine to cut a fairly small area.


This basic mower doesn't collect clippings, but it does a solid job overall, considering the temptingly low price tag. The mower is light, easy to move around and simple to store, making it well-suited to a small garden. One to consider for buyers on a budget.

Table correct as of 24 March 2020.

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