Lawnmowers buying guide
Finding your ideal Lawnmower depends on the size of your lawn, type of finish, convenience, power source, and of course your budget. Tesco stocks a range of lawnmowers from MTD, Flymo, Powerdevil and JCB.
Types of lawnmowers
Cylinder mowers have vertically rotating blades that cut very close for a well-manicured lawn. These mowers are ideal for level lawns where a really fine cut is required. They're not as suitable uneven lawns.
They come with a variety of cutting widths, rear rollers for a traditional striped finish, and detachable grass clipping collection box. Cylinder mowers come in electric, petrol-powered or hand-pushed models.
Rotary mowers have horizontally rotating blades that achieve a less fine finish. These mowers are better for coping with larger family lawns with rough grassy patches, weeds, moss and difficult sloping banks.
They come with adjustable cutting height, removable grass clippings box, and built-in roller for a striped effect. Rotary mowers come in electric or petrol-driven models, and are either manual push or self-propelled mowers; self-propelled is worth considering if you have difficulty pushing a mower or have a large area to cover.
Hover mowers have rotating blades that float over the surface, keeping your lawn neat and tidy. They are ideal for speedily mowing small and medium-sized gardens, any uneven surfaces and banks, although they don't achieve such as high-quality cut as other types of mower. They are lightweight enough to be carried or hung in your shed, inexpensive, and very easy to handle even between flowerbeds.
Larger hover mowers will cope better with bigger lawns, some have rear wheels for easy positioning, some with an integrated grass collection box that compacts grass. All hover mowers are electrical.
Electric vs. petrol lawnmowers
- great for small to medium sized lawns
- lightweight, manoeuvrable, and easy to handle
- require a power source close-by
- will have an electric cable trailing behind
- cleaner and easier to maintain than petrol
- ideal if you don't have a lot of time
- should not be used in wet conditions
- look for a model with integral cable and plug tidy
- go for one with a safety lock-off switch
- more powerful for quickly mowing larger areas and longer grass
- no close power source or trailing cables to worry about
- will not overheat when mowing large expanses of grass
- small petrol mowers are light and easy to handle
- bigger models have wider cutting blades and bigger collection boxes
- come in self-propelled models that can be adjusted to your walking speed
- generally petrol mowers show a better performance though are more expensive
- will cope with damp grass in wet weather
- require more upkeep, and petrol which needs to be stored safely
- available with electronic key ignition for the elderly or infirm rather than a recoil starter mechanism
Please note that for safety reasons, petrol lawnmowers should not be transported when full of petrol.
What to consider when buying a lawnmower
- if you want to collect grass clippings, the bigger the grass collection box the fewer times you will need to empty it
- a wider mower will get the job done quicker
- a perspex viewing panel in the mower's collection box will let you see when it needs emptying
- for a striped-effect lawn, choose a mower with a rear roller that flattens mown grass in one direction