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Last updated: 15 September 2018

Battery (cordless) and electric lawnmowers are convenient for smaller yards: you don't need to store petrol, and the latest models actually cut the grass pretty well. We test and review the latest mowers to help find the best lawnmower for you. Our buying guide explains which features to look for and how we test explains our rigour.

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Our expert testers put battery and electric lawnmowers, including catcher and mulcher models, through their paces on short, medium-length and long grass. Our rigorous testing helps you choose the model that's:

  • best for mowing
  • best for mulching (for models with this option)
  • easiest to use
  • safest.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands have long battery running time and fast charging time. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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Battery or electric.

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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.

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A catcher is handy for collecting the clippings for use in a compost bin. Many models with catchers also have a mulching function.

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Cutting positions

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Number of cutting positions. A higher number offers greater versatility.

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Dust and water ingress rating (IPX)

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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.

Deck material

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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.

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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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Overall score

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Overall score 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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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

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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)

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We measure the noise level at a distance of 7.5m from the mower.

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We measure the noise level at the operator’s ear level.

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