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Last updated: 15 September 2018


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For a healthy-looking lawn, a mulcher mower that returns the cut clippings back into the lawn could be the right choice for you. But a catcher mower can also be a good option as you can use the clippings as compost. See our buying guide for what to look for in a new lawnmower, and how we test explains our testing rigour.

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We put petrol-powered mulcher and catcher-only lawnmowers to the test.

Our expert review will show you:

  • which models perform best in mulching and catcher modes
  • which ones are easiest to use
  • which models have the features and specifications to suit your needs.

Got a smaller yard, or don't like messing about with petrol? See our battery (cordless) and electric lawnmower reviews.

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    Drive type

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    Push – The lawnmower is pushed manually.

    Self-propelled – The motor also drives the wheels to make pushing easier. Can be useful for large lawns or hilly areas. These models usually have just a single speed but some have a gear lever allowing you to select between two or three speeds.

      Key start

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      Key start models are started with a  key, toggle or button rather than a pull cord.

        Cut type

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        Catcher/mulcher: can be used in both modes. Catcher: has no mulching option.

          Width of cut (cm)

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          The width of the cutting blades; the wider the cut, the fewer passes needed to mow the lawn.

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          • Ease of use score
          • Cutting score with catcher
          • Cutting score mulching
          • Vibration score
          • Pushing score
          • Handle score
          • Controls score
          • Height adjustment score
          • Starter score
          • Catcher score
          • Noise at 7.5 metres (dB)
          • Noise at users position (dB)
          • Lowest cutting height (mm)
          • Highest cutting height (mm)
          • Closeness of cut to a vertical edge (mm)
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          • Price
          • Brand
          • Model
          • Availability
          • Drive type
          • Cut type
          • Main body material
          • Starter toggle location
          • Motor
          • Cutting positions
          • Width of cut (cm)
          • Wash nozzle
          • Quick release handle
          • Blade control lever
          • Rear deflector
          • Key start
          • Self start
          • Snorkel for air filter
          • Chipper
          • Extra chute
          • Tilt adjustable deck
          • Fuel tap
          • Weight (kg)
          • Warranty (yrs)
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