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Recommended or average retail. Includes batteries (including where these were a separate purchase).
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A mulching function cuts the grass very finely and blows the clippings back into the lawn. Many models with a mulching function can also be used with a catcher instead.
A catcher is handy for collecting the clippings for use in a compost bin. Many models with catchers also have a mulching function.
Width of cut (cm)
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Tests from 2019 and onward are not directly comparable to earlier tests, due to a change in the test site.
Number of cutting positions. A higher number offers greater versatility.
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Dust and water ingress rating (IPX)
Dust and water ingress protection rating (IPX). The higher the number, the better the protection. 0 = no protection; 1 = protection against dripping water; 4 = protection against splash water; and so on up to 8 or 9.
The lawnmower deck is usually made of steel, aluminium alloy or plastic. Each type has its pros and cons, taking corrosion, durability and price into consideration.
Wheeled or hover
Max lawn size (m2)
We mow lawns at the turf farm until the battery is completely depleted so we can tell you the absolute maximum the mower will cut. This is measured in metres squared, and you can expect it to lower over time as the battery degrades.
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CHOICE Expert Rating
The Choice Expert Rating for catcher models: 50% cutting score, 50% ease of use. For mulcher models: 25% cutting score, 25% mulching score, 50% ease of use.
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Ease of use score
Rated for vibration through the handle bar, ease of pushing and manoeuvring, handle comfort, convenience of controls, ease of adjusting the cutting height, catcher convenience, and power source.
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Grass cutting score - catcher
We test mowers for cutting short- and medium-length grass with a catcher, and long grass without a catcher. Our testers also rate the appearance of the grass after the short and medium-grass tests.
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Noise at 7.5 metres (dB)
We measure the noise level at a distance of 7.5m from the mower.
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Noise at user's position (dB)
We measure the noise level at the operator's ear level
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- Cutting score with catcher
- Cutting score mulching
- Ease of use score
- Vibration score
- Pushing score
- Handle score
- Controls score
- Height adjustment score
- Power source score
- Catcher score
- Battery life (minutes)
- Noise at 7.5 metres (dB)
- Noise at user's position (dB)
- Max lawn size m2
- Lowest cutting height (mm)
- Highest cutting height (mm)
- Good points
- Bad points
- Year tested
- Power source
- Wheeled or hover
- Weight (kg)
- Wattage (W)
- Battery voltage (V)
- Capacity (Ah)
- Charging time claimed minutes
- Cutting positions
- Width of cut (cm)
- Closeness of cut to a vertical edge (mm)
- Cord restraint
- Quick release handle
- Rear deflector
- Carry handle
- Battery charge tester
- Deck material
- Cutting blades
- Control position
- Control type
- Other features
- Items supplied
- Warranty (yrs)