What type of lawnmower should you buy?

By: Janey Davies on Jun 11, 2013.

Now that the warmer summer weather has arrived, we are all spending more and more time outdoors in our gardens. And after the long winter months, plants and flowers are now exploding into life, and this goes for our lawns as well. So how do you ensure that your lawn is the envy of your neighbours, and the lawnmower you have chosen is the best for the size, shape and style of your garden?

When thinking about choosing a lawnmower, you need to consider how big your lawn is, what the grass is like, the effect you want to see on your lawn and how much time you want to dedicate to mowing. A bowling green lawn will require a certain mower and require much more of your time than a more carefree style.

Rotary/ Hover / Cylinder

Rotary/ Hover / Cylinder

It is important therefore, to know which types of lawnmower can achieve different styles, and how much work is required with each one.

Basically you are looking at three basic types of lawnmowers: Cylinder, Rotary and Hover

Cylinder lawnmowers

Qualcast - Electric Cylinder Lawnmower - 400w

Qualcast – Electric Cylinder Lawnmower – 400w £119.99

How they work:

Cylinder lawnmowers come in electric, petrol-powered ones or simple hand-pushed designs. The way cylinder lawnmowers work is that they use blades that rotate vertically like a cylinder that cut against bottom blades to produce a scissor-like cut.

What are they good for:

Cylinder mowers produce a perfectly manicured lawn and are ideal if you have a relatively level lawn where you want really nice, short cut. You can get cylinder lawnmowers with different cutting widths, rollers for those who want a striped effect and detachable grass collection boxes.

Rotary lawnmowers

Bosch Rotak 40 Rotary Lawnmower

Bosch Rotak 40 Rotary Lawnmower £169.99

How they work:

Rotary lawnmowers come in electric or petrol-driven designs, you can also get models that you push manually or that are self-propelled. The way a rotary lawnmower works is by the blades rotating horizontally at a pre-selected cutting height. The grass is packed into a collection box, or you can remove the box.

What they are good for:

For those of us who have a wilder type garden, with rougher areas and sloping banks, this mower is much more versatile and can cope with more difficult areas. if you have a large lawn it is advisable to choose a self-propelled or electric model, as the manual versions can be hard to push over rougher areas.

Hover lawnmowers

Flymo Easi Glide 300 Hover Collect Mower - 1300w

Flymo Easi Glide 300 Hover Collect Mower – 1300w £89.99

How they work:

As their name suggests, these rotary lawnmowers literally hover over the top of the grass. Some models now have rear wheels to make it easier to move them into position for mowing, but typically they do not come as standard. You can also get some models with a collection box.

What they are good for:

Good for small and medium gardens, but not really recommended for larger spaces as holding the mower can be quite tiring on the arms. Useful if you want a fairly casual cut but not the best choice for a well manicured lawn. Ideal for first timers who simply want a clean and tidy outdoor space.

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