Top 10 Best Electric Lawn Mowers 2018

Model
Features
Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C


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  • 5 adjustable cutting heights between 20 to 60 mm
  • Perfect lawnmower for first time users
  • Suitable for medium to large gardens
  • Easy to use with removable grass box
  • Portable with easy handle
Bosch Rotak 32R


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  • 1200 Watts Powerdrive motor
  • Hardened steel blade
  • 3.1 litre grass box
  • Best for small or medium sized gardens
  • 10 metre cable length
Flymo EasiGlide 300 Hover Mower



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  • Strong 1300 Watts motor
  • 4 adjustable cutting heights 12 mm to 35 mm
  • 20 litres grass cutting collection box
  • 30 cm cutting blade
  • 10 metres cable
Flymo Easimo Wheeled



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  • 900 Watts
  • 3600 RPM cutting speed
  • 29 litres cuttings collection box
  • 3 cutting heights between 20 mm to 60 mm
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
Flymo Hover Vac 280


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  • 1300 Watts motor
  • Suitable for small to medium sized gardens
  • Suitable for small to medium sized gardens
  • 20 litres grass cutting box
  • Easy to use and empty

Summer in the UK is not usually anything to write home about, but it’s still the season where we like to get outside and enjoy our free time in the garden. It’s the time of year when we all become gardeners, trimming back those overgrown bushes and shrubs, getting rid of weeds, and when we get friends and family together for fun afternoons and evenings, mums and dads enjoying a glass of wine while the kids play on the lawn.

Yes, the lawn; it’s a pain this time of year isn’t it? After the rain of spring and the warmer summer days, grass grows very quickly indeed, so you need to be mowing your lawn more often than you would like to. It’s a necessity, because there’s not a lot you can do about the dandelions and other weeds that self-seed on the breeze and make your lawn unsightly, and the long grass doesn’t look great. So, you need a good lawn mower! You may have one already; there are many different types, and for an average garden you have plenty to choose from.

At the time of writing the weather in the UK is quite stunning, so your lawn is probably thriving. If your current mower is not up to the job you’ll need a new one – a better, more powerful or perhaps more portable one – so that’s what we are going to look at here; the best electric mowers for you. Why electric? We think it the most convenient way to mow a domestic lawn, quite simply! Before we talk about our choices, let’s have a look at what they are all about.

The Top 10

1: Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C


Flymo made a name for itself some years ago when it introduced a new concept of the ‘hover mowers’; these very clever devices have no wheels and hover on a cushion of air, just above the ground. They have their benefits, but also their problems. This model from Flymo is a conventional electric mower in that it is a standard design on wheels. It’s very neat, typically well-made, powered by a 1500W motor and has a cutting width of 36cm, which is quite large for a compact mower.

This one comes with a large grass collection box – of 40L – that is easily removeable for disposal of the cuttings. The cutting height is adjustable between 20mm and 60mm, and it is designed with a carry handle built in for ease of movement. At 11.5kg it is not too heavy, and a metal cutting blade gives it added performance over those with the more flimsy plastic blades. With a 10M cable it’s capable of cutting larger lawns, and at the price is good value for a quality mower.

Key Features
  • Flymo brand
  • Metal blades
  • Long cable
  • 36cm cutting width

2: Bosch Rotak 32R


Most of the lawn mowers we have listed are of the rotary cutting design; that means they have blades attached to a central shaft that spins, hence cutting the grass in a rotary fashion. In many ways this is the most effective method of cutting lawns, and this model – from electrical and power tools giant Bosch – is typical of the type. It’s compact – you get 32cm cut width – and well made, sturdy in build yet weighing just 6.8kg, and it comes with some interesting features.

This model incorporates a ‘grass comb’ which enables it to get closer to walls and edges than other mowers. It has a large grass collection box that is easy to remove, a 10m cable for reaching medium lawns, and a 1200W electric motor that is adequate if not the most powerful here. It has three selectable cutting heights, although it’s quite awkward to change them, and rear roller for that desirable stripe effect. It’s a good mower, at a sensible price from a top brand, and comes with a two-year warranty.

Key Features
  • Bosch brand
  • 32cm cut width
  • Grass combs
  • 1200W

3: Flymo EasiGlide 300 Hover Mower


This is another Flymo model – you’ll be seeing a few of them here – and it’s the first of the hover type that the brand is know for. Some people prefer the hover effect mowers, others like the wheeled versions. This one is good for smaller to medium sized lawns, is easy to use and will cut nicely, and is light enough at a little less than 9kg so can easily be moved around. It is ergonomically designed for comfort, and comes with the usual safety feature that is you need to press a button and pull a trigger to start it – important on all of these.

You get a 30cm cut width, that’s good for smaller gardens but may leave you struggling on larger lawns, and as it’s a hover mower it is very light to handle when in action. It has a 10m cable, which is about the norm for an electric mower, and it is powered by a 1300W motor for excellent efficiency. The grass box may be on the smaller side at just 20L – you will need to empty it quite often – but it does the job very well, and it cuts with the preferred metal blade. If you’re happy with a hover mower and have a small to medium sized lawn, this is a good choice at a sensible price.

Key Features
  • hover mower
  • 30cm cutting area
  • 20L grass box
  • 1300W

4: Flymo Easimo Wheeled


This is another model from Flymo, and another of the wheeled variety. This one is more compact than the model we featured as our first choice, and is a perfect choice for smaller lawns. It’s very neat, typically well-made, but as it is powered by a motor of just 900W and cuts to only 32cm it is clearly not one for the bigger lawn, or for tougher grass with a lot of weeds. For an average lawn, however, it is comfortable to use and simple, too.

This one comes with decent sized collection box of 29L, that also compacts the grass, that is easily removeable for disposal of the cuttings. The cutting height is adjustable between 20mm and 60mm, and it is designed with a carry handle built in for ease of movement. At not much more than 8kg it is light and easy to move, and a metal cutting blade gives it added performance over those with the more flimsy plastic blades. With a 10M cable it’s capable of reaching across all of your garden, and at the price is good value for a quality mower.

Key Features
  • Flymo brand
  • Long cable
  • 32cm cutting width
  • 900W motor

5: Flymo Hover Vac 280


The sheer breadth of the range offered by Flymo means we have to include several of their models. They are, after all, the market leader in domestic mowers. This is another of the hover mower type, it’s compact and is good for smaller to medium sized lawns, is easy to use and will cut nicely, and is light enough at a little less than 9kg so can easily be moved around. It is ergonomically designed for comfort, and comes with the usual safety feature that is you need to press a button and pull a trigger to start it – important on all of these.

You get a 29cm cut width, that’s good for smaller gardens but may leave you struggling on larger lawns, and as it’s a hover mower it is very light to handle when in action. It has a 10m cable, which is about the norm for an electric mower, and it is powered by a 1300W motor for excellent efficiency. The grass box may be on the smaller side at just 20L – you will need to empty it quite often – but it does the job very well, and it cuts with the preferred metal blade. If you’re happy with a hover mower and have a small to medium sized lawn, this is a good choice at a sensible price.

Key Features
  • Hover mower
  • 29cm cutting width
  • 20L grass box
  • 1300W

6: Webb WEER33


As if to show that its not only the big names that have quality electric mowers to offer, here’s one from a smaller outfit – Webb – and it’s a very decent, standard wheeled-type electric mower that does the job. This one comes with a 1300w motor so that’s adequate power for the average to larger domestic lawn, and it has adjustable handles and a simple lever for changing the cutting height between 25-65mm, so you can do it with one hand. It’s nicely made, and is finished in a very apt dark green.

A 33cm cutting width is perfectly adequate, and it’s the usual rotary motion, while the sturdy and strong metal blade is designed to last a long time and to cut grass very easily. It has a 35litre collection bag that is easy to detach and attach for emptying, comes with a 10m cable – the standard length for an electric mower – and is very simple to operate, and weighs less than 9kg so is suitably light for handling. All in all, a quality, capable mower at a decent price.

Key Features
  • Wheeled model
  • 33cm cut width
  • 1300w motor
  • 10m cable

7: Bosch Rotak 40


Back to Bosch for this model, another rotary mower from the electrical goods giant, and it is one with some hefty credentials. This mower offers a massive 40cm cutting width – that’s far more than those we have looked at so far – so is perfect for larger lawns, and with that width covered you will get through the job very quickly. The motor is a very powerful 1700w electric motor, so you also have plenty of grunt to tackle those tricky sections, yet this big mower weighs just 16kg – more than most, but not bad for the size.

It comes with some notable Bosch refinements including the grass comb feature that allows you to cut closer to walls and edges, plus it also picks up leaves by way of a clever ‘LeafCollect’ design feature, so you end up with a tidy lawn with little effort. Easy to adjust cutting heights cover 20mm to 70mm, the cable is suitably long for larger gardens, and the toughened steel blade is both efficient and durable. The 50litre grass box is easy to take off and replace, too. Overall, if you need a big, powerful mower that will make easy meat of a large lawn, this could be it – but it comes at a price.

Key Features
  • 40cm cut width
  • 1700w motor
  • 50l box

8: Bosch Rotak 34R


Staying with Bosch for this model – another from the Rotak range – and it’s another rotary cutter design, with all the usual attributes that you will expect by now from the brand. It’s compact and well designed, yet cuts to a nice wide 34cm, it weighs in at just 11kg so is easy to handle, and it has the usual Bosch quality feel about it. The handle is fully foldable, too, so it can be stored away without taking up much room.

This model incorporates a ‘grass comb’ which enables it to get closer to walls and edges than other mowers. It has a large grass collection box that is easy to remove, a 10m cable for reaching medium lawns, and a 1300W electric motor that is adequate if not the most powerful here. You can change the cut heights between 20 and 70mm by way of a simple handle, and it also has rear roller for that desirable stripe effect. It’s a good mower, at a sensible price from a top brand, and comes with a two-year warranty.

Key Features
  • 34cm cut width
  • Grass combs
  • Metal blade
  • 1300W

9: Bosch Rotak 43


We stay with Bosch – this is the last one from them, we promise – for what is the monster of the selection. This mower offers a massive 43cm cutting width so is perfect for larger lawns and the likes of tennis courts, and with that width covered you will get through the job very quickly. The motor is a very powerful 1800w electric motor, so you also have plenty of grunt to tackle those tricky sections, yet this big mower weighs just 16kg – more than most, but not bad for the size.

It comes with some notable Bosch refinements including the grass comb feature that allows you to cut closer to walls and edges, plus it also picks up leaves by way of a clever ‘LeafCollect’ design feature, so you end up with a tidy lawn with little effort. Easy to adjust cutting heights cover 20mm to 70mm, the cable is suitably long for larger gardens, and the toughened steel blade is both efficient and durable. The 50litre grass box is easy to take off and replace, too. Overall, if you need a big, powerful mower for larger or tougher grass areas, this is for you, but be aware it is far from the cheapest here.

Key Features
  • 43cm cut width
  • 1800w motor
  • 50l box

10: Flymo TurboLite 400


The last model on our list is this one, from Flymo, and it’s an impressive mower indeed. This is a hover mower, so you have to want one of those to begin with, but it’s worth a look. One of the problems with hover mowers is that, apart from a few models, they do not tend to come with a collection box. This means you are left to pick up the cuttings afterwards. That is the only problem with this mower, which is otherwise excellent.

It cuts to 40cm, is easy to move as it’s a hover, is powered by a very capable 1500w motor, comes with a 12m cable for added reach, and would be perfect for larger lawns. It cuts from as low as 15mm up to 41mm, and it weighs less than 8kg. All of this makes this one a fine choice if you have a larger lawn and want a hover mower.

Key Features
  • Hover type
  • 40cm cut
  • Very light
  • No grass box

That’s our choice of ten mowers, then, so which is for you? Before we give you a verdict, let’s check out the features you need to look for.

Important Features

We think that, within our descriptions, we have given you a pretty detailed idea of what to look for, so here’s a brief list that might help you draw up a shortlist:

Wheels or Hover – do you want a traditional model, with wheels, or one of the light and easy to manoeuvre hover models? Bear in mind you may not get a collection box with one of the latter, so choose wisely.

Cut Width – what size is your lawn? Do you need a large cutting width – the widest is 43cm – or a compact one of around 30cm? The bigger the width, the more it can cut at one time, but the heavier the machine will be.

Power – the power of the electric motor will correspond generally with the size of the mower, so you will get one with suitable power for your needs.

Cut Height – adjustable on all of these, check the maximum height if you have troublesome grass!

That’s the main considerations – you may also want to look at the size of the grass box and, of course, the price – when choosing one off our list, so which is for you? Let’s see if we can wrap things up!

How It Works

An electric lawn mower is a simple device in principle. It is a standard mower, with a handle and a casing, with blades underneath that are turned by an electric motor. The differences come in many forms: the type of blades can be a selling point – some have plastic blades that you replace when they break, others have stronger and more durable metal cutting blades. The power of the motor is also important, with various different power levels among our selections.

The size and weight of the mower may also influence your decision, as you want one that you can use with ease, and that members of the family can also. These are points – along with others – that we will cover once we have had a look at all the choices, in our ‘features to consider’ section. Basically, what you want is a powerful-enough electric mower that will cut your lawn, that is compact enough to tuck away in the garage or shed when not in use, and that is a simple plug in and go design.

All of the models we have chosen are capable of dealing with good-sized lawns, and there are some very well-known brands among them – some of which we have featured more than once, and for good reason. So, let’s not hang about any longer. Here is our list of the top 10 best electric lawnmowers on the market right now, from which you can find the one you want and get that lawn cut and beautiful.

Let’s Wrap It Up!

Do you want a hover mower or a wheeled model? Have you got a larger lawn or a smaller one? These are the two main questions that need to be asked, so let’s split this verdict down.

For a small to medium sized garden there are a couple of options: first is the very neat and well-made Bosch Rotak 32R, number 2 on the list. It cuts a sensible width, is powerful enough and is a very good rotary wheeled mower with all the excellent features the brand has to offer. If you prefer a hover mower, have a look at the Flymo 280, number 5 of our choices. It’s very light, very nimble and easy to use, and you can have it for a great price.

For grassed areas of a larger variety you also have a few choices. We can’t help but recommend the two big Bosch models, the Rotak 40 and 43 (numbers 7 and 9) as they are both fine mowers with wheels that really do offer excellent ability in terms of cut size and functions. If you want a hover mower for a larger lawn, the final one of the list, the Flymo 400, is the big one of the breed, and is well worth a second look – though you don’t get a grass box.

Finally, for a budget-priced mower that does the job with no fuss, check out the Webb model at number 6 – it’s worth another look at that price.

That’s it then, so pick the mower that you need, and enjoy a beautiful lawn this summer!