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Recommended or average retail.
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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 models are started with a key, toggle or button rather than a pull cord.
Catcher/mulcher: can be used in both modes. Catcher: has no mulching option.
Width of cut (cm)
The width of the cutting blades; the wider the cut, the fewer passes needed to mow the lawn.
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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.
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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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Main body material
Steel: durable but can be more prone to rusting. Alloy: can be more expensive but tends to be more rust-resistant and may be lighter. Plastic: much lighter, rust immune, but may not be as durable.
Starter toggle location
All petrol mowers are turned on via a pull cord; some are mounted on the handle, some are on motor and some have an electric ignition as well. Look for the key start filter to narrow down those that start via key.
Number of cutting positions. A higher number offers greater versatility.
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Lets you clean the underside of the mower more easily, without turning it on its side.
Deflects clippings and debris to one side so they don't fly straight back at the user. Useful if you want to want to mow without mulching and without the catcher.
Snorkel for air filter
Air is drawn into the motor at a distance via a snorkel tube, rather than directly at motor level. This reduces the amount of dust getting into the air filter and motor, so the filter won't need to be cleaned or replaced as often and the motor should last longer.
Whether the mower comes standard with an extra chute attachment, typically a side chute.
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
- Brand reliability (%)
- Year tested
- Satisfaction score (%)
- CHOICE buy
- 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
- Bad points
- Drive type
- Cut type
- Main body material
- Starter toggle location
- Cutting positions
- Width of cut (cm)
- Wash nozzle
- Quick release handle
- Blade control lever
- Rear deflector
- Key start
- Self start
- Snorkel for air filter
- Extra chute
- Tilt adjustable deck
- Fuel tap
- Weight (kg)
- Warranty (yrs)