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Last updated: 29 July 2021


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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.

>Have a small lawn? Maybe you would prefer our tested battery powered mower review instead.

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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.
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    Recommended or average retail.

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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.

          enter value/s in increments of i between 42 and 76

          Brand reliability

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          These are taken straight from our brand reliability survey, but do not add to the overall score and refer to the brand only, not that particular model. "Not available" means we received less than 50 responses for this brand, which is not enough to be statistically significant.

          enter value/s in increments of i between 78 and 90

          Year tested

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          Tests from 2019 and onward are not directly comparable to earlier tests, due to a change in the test site.

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            • Satisfaction score (%)
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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)
            • Good points
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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)
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