Best lawn mowers 2024 - tried and tested models for a neat-looking lawn this spring

Investing in one of the best lawn mowers will make lawn maintenance easy and hassle free

graphic of one of the best lawn mowers
(Image credit: Future)

Are you looking to invest in one of the best lawn mowers to tame your lawn this spring/summer? For some, buying a new lawnmower is an exciting buy. The smell of freshly cut grass, the light exercise and delight at the pristine green afterwards, might make mowing a gardening task you relish. 

For others, having battled with poor mowers in the past could mean you see this job as more of a hassle than a hobby. Whether you are the latter or the former, we want to help you find a product that means mowing the lawn is always enjoyable.

If you are due an upgrade, there are loads of mower options out there. Maybe moving the cable is your gripe and you want to embrace the latest battery tech with a cordless lawn mower? If budget is holding you back, you'll want to know what the most powerful and effective mower you can get for your money is.

Whatever your need, we have laid out some great choices below. Anything that didn't make the cut (sorry) has been left off our shortlist so you know you can find a new mower that makes a necessary job one you actually look forward to.

Read on to see the best choices, and then for a really tidy garden, check out the best strimmers.

If you're wondering when to cut your lawn after winter, experts say this is the prime time to get your lawn mower out. 

If you're looking for a new model, keep reading to find out which lawnmowers we rated as worthy as we looked out for cutting ability, ease of use and value for money. 

Best lawn mowers - The quick list

Best lawn mowers 2024 - tried and tested by the IH team 

Why you can trust Ideal Home Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Best lawn mower overall

Bosch AdvancedRotak 750product badge

(Image credit: Bosch)

1. Bosch AdvancedRotak 750

Best lawn mower overall

Specifications

Type of lawn mower: Electric corded
Grass box: 50L
Cutting heights: 20–80mm

Reasons to buy

+
Quiet
+
Great ergonomic control and adjustment
+
Large grass box

Reasons to avoid

-
10m long cable, but most will need an extension for good reach

This isn’t just a mains-powered lawnmower that looks like a stealth fighter plane. It sounds stealthy, too. Thanks to new ProSilence tech, as Bosch calls it, this 1,700-watt mower is 75 per cent quieter than previous models at a meagre 89 dB.

This isn’t just subtle when it comes to noise though. Even changing the height has been made a simple pleasure with a one-touch system that takes you between 20 and 80mm across seven steps.

The ErgoSlide control system is a welcome wonder that makes finding the right height and angle simple. There are a few triggers to activate the lawnmower so you can change hand positions as you need. The collection grass bag holds a hefty 50 litres and there is also a LeafCollect system.

This makes collecting leaves - even in large amounts - a simple process. The 10-metre cable is long but most people will still need an extension cord for true freedom of movement. But with a super-smooth action working around the garden is a really easy task making this perfect for larger and smaller gardens alike.

Best cordless lawn mower

Greenworks lawn mowerproduct badge

(Image credit: Greenworks)
Best cordless lawn mower

Specifications

Type of lawn mower: Electric cordless mower
Grass box: 40L
Cutting heights: 20 - 70 mm

Reasons to buy

+
Great for small to medium-sized gardens 
+
Easy set up
+
Lots of purchase options
+
48V on the 24V battery system

Reasons to avoid

-
Doesn't pack down as well as competitors
-
Scratchy plastics 
-
Flimsy handle
-
Short battery life

Greenworks' G24X2LM36 Cordless Lawn Mower is the brand's mid-range model, offering a powerful 48v battery (which uses two 24v batteries so you can stay on Greenworks battery system), a 36cm cutting diameter and a clean cut to grass. 

Designed for small to medium-sized gardens, we were impressed by the tidy and even result it left after a single cut and liked how easy it was to have a battery-powered mower and did not miss trailing a cable around behind us. 

This lawn mower also needed little assembly to get it up and running, with the machine's body arriving complete, with only the handle to lock into place. These handlebars can be folded down to store easily, however, the overall size of the mower means it requires a good amount of space to store it which is worth considering if storage space is an issue for you. 

Plus, there are a few build issues we think are important to flag before you click the buy button. One such issue we query is the material quality and durability of these. For example, we can't see the foam on the handlebars lasting well over a long period of use. With that in mind, we can think of other mowers with better build quality that are much easier to store.

Our Greenworks G24X2LM36 Cordless Lawn Mower has the full details.

Best lawn mower for small lawns

Testing the Stihl RME 235 Electric Lawn Mower at homeproduct badge

(Image credit: Future)
Best lightweight lawn mower for small lawns

Specifications

Type of lawn mower: Electric cordless mower
Grass box: 30L
Cutting heights: 25 - 65 mm

Reasons to buy

+
It’s super-lightweight
+
Small footprint makes storage convenient
+
Great shape for mowing tight spaces 
+
Easy cutting height configuration
+
Mower activation mechanism is suitable for smaller hands 

Reasons to avoid

-
Collection capacity and cutting width are too low for medium or large gardens 
-
May struggle over uneven ground 

Ideal for small lawns, Stihl's RME 235 Electric Lawnmower has a lightweight build and nifty handling.  If you're not keen on lifting heavy equipment and have limited shed space available, you may have found your ideal lawn mower in the RME 235.

Featuring high-quality components, its small footprint means it can reach tight spaces and is easily manoeuvrable around potted plants and paving stones. At 13 kg, it's extremely light compared to its counterparts, which is very helpful for those with mobility issues.

However, did its advantages in weight and size outweigh its performance? We tested it on both damp and dry grass and it was clear that it was a lot more effective in dry conditions but it was capable of doing a satisfactory job either way. The grass was left smartly cut and the cuttings were mostly collected successfully in the grass box. 

The one downside is that the RME 235 is a corded electric lawn mower so you have a power cable to deal with while you mow. However, the 10-metre power cable is long enough to get around a small garden but you may need an extension block to get right to the edges. 

Our Stihl RME 235 Electric Lawnmower review has the full details.

Best battery lawn mower for small lawns

Gardena Handymowerproduct badge

(Image credit: Gardena)
Best battery lawn mower for small lawns

Specifications

Type of lawn mower: Electric cordless mower
Cutting heights: 30 - 50mm (3 height settings)

Reasons to buy

+
Lightweight
+
Easy to manoeuvre
+
Good run time
+
Compact for storage
+
No need to bin grass clippings

Reasons to avoid

-
Clogs easily if grass is moist
-
Need to purchase battery separately
-
Collection capacity and cutting width are too low for medium or large gardens 
-
May struggle over uneven ground 

While it may not be suitable for rough terrain or large lawns, the Gardena Handymower is ideal for those with limited storage space and a small to medium-sized garden. Gardena says it makes mowing as easy as vacuuming your home and we're here for that.

Battery-powered, it's a great alternative to a hefty electric or gas-powered lawn mower. It's important to note though, that you have to buy the battery separately, making it a little pricier than first thought. However, as part of the Power For All Alliance, the universal battery you get will work across various garden appliances and brands.

With three cutting heights to choose from, we found it coped well with longer-growth grass, even when it was slightly wet, producing a great clean cut. And featuring a single mulching blade, it's super easy to clean with no grass clipping bag or box to clean out as the clippings are small enough to fall back into the grass.

Our Gardena Handymower review has the full details.

Best value for money lawn mower

Worx WG779E.1 lawn mower

(Image credit: Worx)

5. Worx WG779E

Best value for money cordless lawn mower

Specifications

Type of lawn mower: Battery powered cordless
Grass box: 30L
Cutting heights: 20–70mm

Reasons to buy

+
Part of a power share range so you can save on batteries
+
Good battery length beyond the advertised 30 minutes
+
Edge to edge cutting and roller for neat finish
+
Powerful and capable for the price

Reasons to avoid

-
Not the best instructions
-
Some might want a shorter cut

If you are looking to buy a really good cordless mower, but can't afford the bestselling Stihl below, then this is a steal in itself (sorry). The Worx WG779E packs a lot of punch for a decently priced cordless, with more than enough battery to manage a 350sqm garden on one charge. We find ours often surpasses the 30 to 35 minutes listed in the specs and it has a choice of eco mode if you need your charge to go a little further. You can also buy it with just one battery so save money if you don't need as long to cut, or if you already have other Worx battery-powered tools.

It also has everything you expect from a good-quality lawn mower. There is a roller to give your lawn that lovely striped effect, a mulch plug if you want to fertilise your lawn instead of collecting the clippings and a 30-litre grass box. Not the biggest, but it is lightweight and easy to remove if you find it filling up quickly.

Another benefit of this mower is that it does lend itself to smaller storage spaces, without losing too much in terms of cutting width. The 34cm base has edge-to-edge cutting – enough to cover ground in a few rows, but not so big that it will take up loads of room in the shed. The grass box is made from solid plastic and a woven material that compresses for storage. The handle folds right down, which means you can stow this away into a compact little package.

The instructions are the biggest letdown of this model, but its use is mostly intuitive. It requires minimal construction ahead of use, and then you just need to plug in the batteries, unfold the handle and use the two-part safety start to get going. Adjusting the height is simple, all done via a side lever – just be aware that its lowest cutting height is 20cm. This is great for your lawn and wildlife, but not suited to those who want a really close crop.

Best petrol lawn mower

Hyundai HYM530SPER

(Image credit: Hyundai)

6. Hyundai HYM530SPER

Best petrol lawn mower

Specifications

Type of lawn mower: Petrol
Grass box: 70L
Cutting heights: 25–75mm

Reasons to buy

+
Electric push button start with recoil for easy powering up
+
Efficient motor
+
Hose attachment for quick cleaning
+
Ribbed roller for that striped finish we love

Reasons to avoid

-
Petrol isn't for everyone
-
Lowest cutting height might be a bit long for some

The latest large-based self-propelled petrol lawn mower from Hyundai takes all the years of experience and quality of previous models and makes it even better. It replaces the previous Ideal Home Approved HYM510SPE.

Gone are the pull cable starts that leave you panting for air, in favour of an electric push button start that's backed by a recoil. Once up and running that 3.6kW 4-stroke 196cc engine will purr along efficiently keeping fuel and oil costs low.

This efficiency is at no cost to power though as you get a huge 525mm cutting area, self-propelled rear wheel drive and a sizable 38cm ribbed roller to leave a professional-looking lined finish to your now-striped lawn.  

If that lawn has got out of control, don't worry, this mower has five height settings from as high as a shaggy 75mm right down to a trim 25mm. Thanks to a rear discharge and collection tank, which holds 70 litres, you can keep going without emptying for a good long while.

Then, when finished, the handles fold down for easy storage and there's even a hose attachment for quick and easy cleaning. All that's backed by a three-year warranty making this one of the best petrol mowers you can buy right now.

Best budget lawn mower

Flymo EasiMow 300R lawn mower

(Image credit: Flymo)

8. Flymo EasiMow 300R

Best budget lawn mower

Specifications

Type of lawn mower: Corded electric mower
Grass box: 30L
Cutting heights: 20–60mm

Reasons to buy

+
Light and easy to store
+
Close edge cutting
+
Roller for lines

Reasons to avoid

-
So light the cutting height can be variable
-
Only really suited to small gardens

Flymo has a new mower leading the charge on the budget-friendly electric lawn maintenance market, the EasiMow 300. As the name suggests this friendly-looking orange garden buddy has a 30cm cut area.

It also sticks to that number theme by offering a 30-litre grass box for collecting. So not massive, but for smaller gardens and for the price it's just nice to have the collection option on a wheeled Flymo mower.

The 1,000W motor should make light work of most grass even if you've let it grow a little longer than usual. The varied cutting heights should help here with between 20 and 60mm levels.

Close-edge cutting is a nice feature that means you can keep edges looking tidy even without the need for a strimmer, in most cases. There's also a roller to enhance that look with a striped finish to your lawn – albeit with some pretty slender lines.

The 10-metre cable is easily stored and the entire unit folds down for easy storage. It's also easy to move about at just 8.5kg in weight, making it ideal for older users or those with an injury who don't want to lift or push about too much weight. A really impressive all-rounder for the price.

Best lawn mower for overgrown grass

Hayter Harrier 41 Push lawnmower

(Image credit: Hayter)

9. Hayter Harrier 41 Push

Best lawn mower for overgrown grass

Specifications

Type of lawn mower: Petrol mower
Grass box: 60L
Cutting heights: 13–60mm

Reasons to buy

+
Ribbed roller for a pro finish
+
Sturdy and powerful
+
Can be used for leaf collection without cutting the lawn
+
Easy-wash hose to clean underneath

Reasons to avoid

-
Heavy (you can pay more for a self-propelled model)
-
We would expect mulching on such a high-spec model

Hayter is one of the best brands when it comes to making lawnmowers. This lawnmower is a great choice if you’re going to opt for a classic petrol-powered model. These last for years and years with super blades that stay sharp for longer than most.

Plus, you get a lifetime guarantee against engine crankshaft bending, so you don’t need to worry about hitting a rock. In the case of this new Harrier 41 Push, you get a ribbed rear roller for great lines that give a perfect finish.

Another factor here is the trim side which allows you to cut right up to the edge, in spite of the size of this beast. This might be a little heavy for some which is why a more expensive option is available with self-drive, too. This lawnmower has an impressively powerful motor and pitch variation setting. It also has a cut-and-collect system designed with aerospace tech.

That means that this mower will even cut longer grass so you don’t have to use it too often. It can handle a garden clear out if an area has grown a bit wild. With height settings between 13 and 60mm, there are options for any garden.

How we test lawn mowers

At Ideal Home, we believe that in order to give our verdict on the best lawn mowers and in order to rank them, we need to have tested them ourselves. That's why you'll find star ratings on the mowers in this list, which we've decided on after extensively testing them in our own space. Every lawn mower in this list has been reviewed by a member of our team, so you know that you can trust us to give you a detailed look at each model.

As well as paying close attention to how they performed at the job of mowing, we also make sure to evaluate practical features like how lightweight each mower is, the standout features of each and which appliances are good value for money. Where we can, we've also sought to keep hold of these lawn mowers for long-term testing, so that we can feedback on just how they deliver after years of use. Below you can find out more about exactly who has tested the lawn mowers in this round-up.

Joanne Lewsley
Joanne Lewsley

I regularly test home and garden products for UK and US websites, including Ideal Home, Top Ten Reviews, and Live Science, evaluating the quality of home and garden gadgets by putting them through their paces in a natural home environment. 

I tested the Gardena Handymower on a small lawn measuring 12.5 square metres (134 square feet) in wet and dry conditions. 

Steve Bradley
Steve Bradley

Steve has written (or co-written) over 40 practical gardening books, and along with his wife Val (also a qualified horticulturist) was commissioned to update some of the world’s best-selling gardening books, The Expert series, originally written by Dr David Hessayon.

Steve and Val have worked for the Sun newspaper since 2002, writing the Gardening page with the late Peter Seabrook and answering hundreds of readers’ letters every year. Over the years, Steve has also written for most of the popular UK gardening magazines. He has a vast knowledge of gardening and enjoys sharing it with listeners on BBC local radio. 

How to choose the best lawn mower

We all love the smell of a freshly cut lawn, but getting to that state can be a varied task. So to make that transition as smooth as possible you need to work out what is the exact job you need your mower to deal with.

The most obvious point to think about is the size of the area that needs to be mowed. Based on that you can work out the best type of mower to suit your needs. Here are the basic variations to consider.

What are the different types of lawnmowers?

'There are various types of lawnmowers and the decision of which is needed will come down to the size and complexity of your garden. There is the option of going for a battery, petrol or corded power lawn mower. The power source of the mower can be a deciding factor, whether you want the quieter performance of a battery mower, the small-scale option of a corded mower or the trusted petrol power,' explains Ryan Patterson, Residential Segment Manager at the global leader in robotic lawn mowers, Husqvarna UK.

'You can also choose between a collection or mulching