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Last updated: 18 February 2022


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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.

Most petrol mowers we test are excellent at cutting grass and are quick to refuel, so they're a good option for mowing big areas. But if you just have a typical-sized lawn, or would prefer to avoid using petrol, check out our battery-powered lawnmower reviews – there are plenty of good models there too.

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We put petrol-powered catcher and mulcher lawnmowers to the test on short, medium and long grass. We also rate how easy they are to use.

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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    Drive type

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    • Push – The lawnmower is pushed manually.
    • Self-propelled – The motor also drives the wheels to make pushing easier, which 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.

      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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        Year tested

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        The scores between tests in different years are not always strictly comparable due to the need to use different testing sites. However, the test method is same, so a model that performs well at one test site would be expected to perform similarly at a different site.

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          • Overall score
          • Brand reliability score
          • Year tested
          • Satisfaction score
          • 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 level at user's position (dB)
          • Lowest cutting height (mm)
          • Highest cutting height (mm)
          • Closeness of cut to a vertical edge (mm)
          • Good points
          • Bad points
          • Price
          • 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 (years)

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