Here at Toolstation, you’ll find a mower for everything from the smallest gardens to the largest lawns. But to find the best lawnmower for you, you’ll need to consider the engine type, cutting widths and heights, and price.


Your choice will depend on how often you’ll use your mower, the size of your lawn, and how easy it is to operate. For smaller lawns, choose a compact and lightweight electric mower, either corded or cordless – depending on your budget and layout of your lawn.


Petrol and robotic mowers are great for medium to large lawns – any bigger and you should consider a ride-on model for quicker and more comfortable use.

Types of Lawnmower

Petrol Lawnmowers

Petrol Lawnmowers

Petrol lawnmowers are durable, powerful, and economical – with their high-performance motors making light-work of long, thick grass. They can even be used when the grass is wet – ideal for unreliable British weather conditions!


You don’t need to worry about nearby plug sockets, and refilling is quicker than recharging a battery – making petrol lawnmowers convenient to use and ideal for medium to large lawns.


Because of their powerful petrol engines, they can be noisier and less eco-friendly than electric models.


  • Quick to refill when fuel runs out

  • Powerful, durable, economical and convenient for all lawns

  • Can be used when the lawn is wet

Things to Consider

  • Initial cost is higher than corded electric mowers

  • Heavier and noisier than corded models

  • Higher greenhouse gas emissions

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Corded Electric Mowers

Corded Electric Mowers

Corded electric lawnmowers are powered by mains electricity, and generally cheaper than petrol and cordless alternatives.


Free from batteries and fuel tanks, mains-powered mowers are smaller and lighter than cordless or petrol models – and they don’t need refuelling or recharging. Mowing made easy!


Corded lawnmowers are limited by their cable lengths, making them less suited for larger lawns or gardens with obstacles to manoeuvre around. You should also never cut wet grass using an electric lawnmower – water and electricity don’t mix!


  • Inexpensive and reliable for small to medium lawns

  • Smaller, lighter and quieter than petrol models

  • No refuelling needed – more eco-friendly than petrol

Things to Consider

  • Tied to a nearby electricity supply

  • Risk of tripping over the cord

  • Cannot be used to cut wet grass

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Cordless Electric Mowers

Cordless Electric Mowers

Cordless electric mowers are a great choice for those wanting a low-maintenance, easy-to-use model for medium to large lawns. Powered by sealed lead-acid or lithium-ion batteries, these cord-free mowers allow you to roam as far as your garden goes – with no risk of running out of cable!


They’re more eco-friendly than petrol lawnmowers, and safer than corded models because there’s no risk of tripping or running over cables.


Mowing a larger lawn? You may want to carry a spare battery with you to ensure you can get the job done in one go. Additionally, cordless electric mowers shouldn’t be used on wet grass because water can damage the battery.


  • Easier to store and maintain than petrol mowers

  • More eco-friendly than petrol models

  • Safe and convenient – not limited by cable lengths

Things to Consider

  • Batteries need recharging which is time-consuming

  • Battery adds weight compared to corded models

  • Should not be used to cut wet grass

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Ride-On Lawnmowers

Ride-On Lawnmowers

Ride-on lawnmowers are ideal for landscapers and gardeners looking to seriously save time and effort. They’re comfortable to use and move far quicker than traditional mowers – simply sit down and tackle large lawns or fields with ease!


Many ride-on mowers spin 360° on the spot (zero-turning) – you’ll get closer to obstacles, and reduce your trimming time.


They come with a higher price tag than traditional mowers, to reflect their high-power petrol engines and reliability.


  • Quickly, comfortably and easily mow very large lawns

  • Powerful petrol engine (224cc to 352cc)

  • Get close to obstacles to cut down on trimming time

Things to Consider

  • Higher price tag

  • Not suitable for smaller lawns

  • Petrol engine has high greenhouse gas emissions

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Robotic Lawnmowers

Robotic Lawnmowers

Regularly cutting, fertilising and trimming larger lawns takes time. So why not let a mower do all the hard work for you? Robotic mowers work using a GPS or boundary wire to navigate your lawn – moving independently to trim the grass and leave mulch on the lawn to fertilise it.


Most models will return to their docking stations to recharge when the battery is low, and are quieter and easier to store than traditional mowers thanks to their smaller size.


Robotic mowers are a high-tech piece of kit, which is reflected in the higher price tag. Some models also can’t tackle sloped lawns, although newer versions can include non-slip wheels to handle slight inclines.


  • Quiet and compact

  • Most models recharge themselves when battery is low

  • Saves time and effort independently mowing medium to large lawns

Things to Consider

  • Sloped lawns will benefit from models with non-slip wheels

  • Price reflects the high quality technology involved

  • Wet lawns might damage the battery

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Key Lawnmower Features

Corded or Cordless?

Buying a corded mower means a constant energy supply, but you can only go as far as the cable will allow.

Blade Width

If you have a larger lawn, you might want to consider wider blades to cut more grass with each pass.


Great for sloped or larger lawns, self-propelled mowers need minimal effort to push – simply steer them in the right direction!

Grass Box

Grass boxes are a common feature on lawnmowers, collecting the cut grass instead of spitting it back onto the lawn. A larger grass box will ensure you don’t need to empty it as often.

Mulch Mowers

Mulch mowers trim the grass in such a way that it can leave clippings on the lawn to fertilise the grass.

Rear Rollers

Rear rollers flatten grass while mowing to create professional-looking lawn stripes with ease.

Adjustable Cutting Heights

Buying a mower with adjustable cutting heights allows you to be in control over how long you want your grass to be. Also, if you’re mowing wet grass you’ll want to be able to start with a higher cutting height, because it’s tougher and clumps up more than dry grass.

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