10 best lawn mowers

It’s National Gardening Week, so get your lawn in order with one of these mowers, with expert picks from Tamsin Westhrope, editor-at-large of The English Garden magazine

Over the coming months, many of us will be spending our weekends behind a mower. So it pays to get a good one. But where do you start with so much choice?

“I test mowers regularly at The English Garden’s home garden, Stockton Bury in Herefordshire, and as a green keeper in a past life I know my machines,” says Tamsin Westhorpe, editor-at-large of The English Garden magazine.

The first step, she says, is to consider the size of your grass patch and what you use it for. “For a fine lawn with stripes, you will need a cylinder mower, whereas those who have a general-purpose family lawn will find a rotary powered by either petrol or electric preferable, and those with a tiny lawn might find the answer is a hand-push mower. Then, of course, there are those with huge lawns, which puts a ride-on in the running.”

Once you know what you want your mower to do, look at details such as weight, noise and size for storage, she advises. “One thing is for sure: there is a mower out there for everyone.”

She’s helped us round-up the best out there this season for all budgets, from THE HANDY Tribute Large Roller Cylinder Mower, a cheap and cheerful hand push mower, to the all-singing-all dancing Kubota T1880, the ultimate a ride-on mower for those with larger gardens.

Click on the gallery to see the IndyBest buys

Verdict:

The new self-propelled Cobra M46SPE is our top choice. Not only is it good value for the quality, but it’s a fabulous all-rounder for every type of garden. In second place is the Honda HRG466 SK. You’ll need deeper pockets, but it’s so reliable and idiot-proof to use that it’s well worth the investment.

Buy now

1. Black & Decker 3-in-1 Mower, £130

2. Cobra M46SPE, £224.99

3. The Handy Tribute Large Roller Cylinder Mower, £67.20

4. Bosch Rotak 34R, £100

5. Kubota T1880, £3,860

6. Honda HRG466 SK, £440

7. Hayter R53S Recycling Mower VS ES, £549

8. Allett Kensington 14k, £900

9. Flymo Chevron 34C, £99

10. Mountfield HP164, £149.99

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