A new lawnmower doesn’t have to break the bank. If you have a small to medium-sized garden then you can get a perfectly good mower for under £100 and here’s how.
There are lots of different types of lawnmowers and if you’re happy to stick to electric corded or manual options then you can keep the costs way down. These mowers are compact to store and lightweight enough to make them easy to use.
After testing damn near every mower out there I managed to compile this list of the best budget lawnmowers for less than £100. I’ve also included a handy buying guide and some FAQs to help you on your journey to finding the perfect mower.
Top 5 Best Budget Lawn Mowers Under £100
- Top Choice – Flymo Easimo Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower
- Runner Up – Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower
- Best Hover Mower – Flymo Hover Vac 270 Electric Hover Lawn Mower
- Best Manual Lawnmower – Samger Manual Garden Lawnmower
- Best Mulching Option – Einhell GE-EM 1233 1250W Electric Lawn Mower
1. Top Choice – Flymo Easimo Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower
Blade Size: 32cm
Grass Bag Size: 29 Litre
Power: 900 watts
- Low cutting height
- 10m cable
- Reasonable blade size
- Great for small to medium sized gardens
- Not the easiest assembly
- Struggles with long grass
For our top choice, we have Flymo. They are one of the best brands when it comes to compact lawnmowers and they have a huge range of options. If you can stretch your budget over £100 I would recommend checking out the Flymo Speedi-mo 360c but as we are sticking to budget options let’s crack on with the Easimo!
It’s a corded electric model with the standard 10-metre cable length. This model has a 32 cm cutting width so can handle a medium sized lawn. For an electric model, it’s pretty powerful at 1400watts so won’t be defeated by a thick lawn.
The 29-litre grass box capacity holds more than enough to manage a small lawn and the mower compacts the grass as it cuts so the bag won’t need emptying very frequently.
If you’re the type of person that struggles to get mowers started (and you’re not alone here!) this mower is perfect as it has an electric starter. It’s very lightweight at under 8kg and it’s a rotary lawnmower so anyone can use it without ending up exhausted.
It has an adjustable cutting height (20-60mm) so you can set it to the right level for your lawn any time of year.
Overall this is a powerful, user-friendly mower and can be used with an extension cable for larger gardens. It’s a great design and that’s what has resulted in it stealing the top spot for our budget mower.
2. Runner Up – Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower
Blade Size: 32cm
Grass Bag Size: 31 litres
Power: 1200 watts
- Good size grass collector
- Cuts to the edge of teh lawn
- Good width of cutting blade for faster cutting
- Handle adjuster is tricky
- Assembly isn’t easy
- Grass collector isn’t as sturdy as it could be
For our runner up we have Bosch with their take on the electric rotary lawn mower. Perfect for small to medium sized gardens, the 32 cm steel blades handle this with ease thanks to the powerful motor.
This model boasts 5 different height adjustment settings (20-60mm). The grass collection box is a hefty 31 litres so you won’t be constantly stopping to empty this.
The mower only weighs 6.8kg and it has foldable handles plus a carry handle. It’s a very compact mower to store, easy to lift and the electric start makes mowing hassle-free.
The thing I love about this mower is that it is designed to cut right to the edge of your lawn. It has extended grass combs so you won’t need a grass trimmer to finish the edges after you mow!
This is a cheap lawn mower but is very high quality with its powerful rotary blade. A perfect choice for smaller gardens.
3. Best Hover Mower – Flymo Hover Vac 270 Electric Hover Lawn Mower
Blade Size: 27 cm
Grass Bag Size: 15 litres
Power: 1400 watts
- Very lightweight
- Great for small gardens
- Hangs for easy storage
- Not good at larger areas
- Small grass collector
Hover mowers work by floating on a cushion of air as you mow, making them the most lightweight and easy to manoeuvre. Best for small gardens this Hover mower by Flymo has a few features that put it up there with the rotary models.
It has a height adjust from 11-31mm so you’ll get a tidy finish all year round. The grass collector clips in place easily so emptying it is no bother at all.
With 1400 watts, the motor is extremely powerful for such a small machine and with metal cutting blades it handles thick or long grass with ease.
This mower is by far the easiest to store as you can hang it up. Simply press the handles together at the point where they meet the mower base and this allows them to be folded flat. It can then be hung in an upright position so doesn’t take up any space in the shed!
The mower comes with a 2-year warranty so don’t forget to activate this when you buy this model!
4. Best Manual Lawnmower – Samger Manual Garden Lawnmower
Blade Size: 30 cm Cylinder Base
Grass Bag Size: 23 Litres
- Environmentally friendly
- No charging, no fuel, no cord
- Feel like a badass breaking a sweat
- More work to use
- Not a good choice for any large size of lawn
If power free is the way you prefer to mow then here’s another push lawn mower for consideration. The Samger manual model has a 30 cm cylinder base that can handle large lawns if you don’t mind putting in the tough work. And it doesn’t use power so is of course a cordless mower.
It is made from tough steel so durable and has a nice sized grass collector attached to it as well. The large (22cm) plastic wheels won’t tear up your lawn and you can adjust the cutting height between 12-45mm which is a bonus.
An eco friendly and easy to use option, this mower is a worthwhile option to consider.
5. Best Mulching Option – Einhell GC-EM 1030
Blade Size: 30 cm
Grass Bag Size: 25 Litres
Power: 1000 watts
- Stripes the lawn
- Good for uneven lawns
- Good power and cutting width
- Could have a bigger grass collector
Grass collector a little tricky to take on and off
Einhell has developed this rotary push lawn mower with smaller gardens in mind!
For the price, this mower will do everything you need and more. It’s a rotary lawn mower so easy to manoeuvre and perfect for sloping or uneven lawns. The mower is powered with top of the range lithium-ion batteries connected to a power supply cable that has strain protection. This keeps it well protected and the mower also has a thermal switch that kicks in if it overheats. So you won’t end up with the mower burning out if you increase the run time.
It has nice sized wheels that protect your lawn whilst achieving that aesthetic striped look.
This mower produces mulch which leaves a tidier garden and helps nourish your lawn. The only thing to be aware of with mulching is that it can increase the spread of weeds so you may want to consider applying weed killer or manually weeding the lawn regularly.
Things To Consider When Buying A Budget Lawn mower
The size of the lawnmower blade or cylinder will tell you what the cutting width is. A larger cutting width means less time mowing. If you have a medium to large garden this can be very important as a small mower can add hours to the cutting of the grass.
The power of the mower will tell you how well it performs on uneven, sloping, or very thick lawns. If you have a bowling green smooth lawn this won’t impact you too much but if you have a rougher lawn then a less powerful machine won’t be able to cope with the task at hand.
Grass Collector Size
Depending on the size of your garden, an inadequately sized grass collector will mean you’re constantly stopping mowing to empty it. For larger, thicker lawns try to opt for a larger collector.
It is also worth bearing in mind that a larger collector will add weight to a mower as it fills. If you struggle to push heavy mowers then you may prefer to opt for a smaller one as more frequent emptying is preferable to the added weight. This is especially true if you try cut wet grass.
It comes down to your individual needs.
Rotary Vs Hover
A rotary lawn mower is pushed along on wheels and a hover mower blows air out the bottom of it so it “Hovers” on a “cushion of air”. The rotary mowers are generally more powerful and give that lovely striped finish.
Hover mowers are only suitable for small gardens and are generally less effective, and leave a more untidy finish. These are best for small, smooth lawns and are much easier to manoeuvre than rotary models.
Electric Vs Manual
It comes down to power consumption vs manual labour. If you’re wanting to remain eco friendly or are tightly watching those electricity bills then a manual mower is best for you.
If you struggle with pushing the mower through tough greenery then the electric model will save you the struggle.
Height Adjust Settings
To get a smooth finish, a height adjust setting is essential. It allows you to set the cutting height of the mower to suit your lawn depending on the time of year and the stage of grass growth.
Look for a mower with a single lever height adjust rather than ones that required the wheels to be removed and fixed at a new height as this saves a lot of time and hassle.
Are battery mowers as good as petrol?
Battery mowers are a lot lighter and don’t emit exhaust fumes like a petrol mower. They are heavier than electric mowers and can vary a bit with how long their battery life is.
Should I buy a cordless lawn mower?
Cordless mowers are generally more expansive than plug-in mowers so none of these have made our budget list. They vary a bit in durability and battery life can be an issue. If you’re trying to keep costs low, an electric mower plus extension cable is a cheaper option.
What is the easiest lawnmower to use?
This depends on you. Petrol mowers can be difficult to use as they are heavy, require technique to get started, and need maintenance. Electric mowers are cheaper, lighter, and much easier to use but won’t cover such a big area. Manual mowers are easy to use on flat lawns but require a lot of manpower to physically push them.
What is a robotic lawnmower?
Robotic lawnmowers are machines that move around the garden and cut your grass for you. By far the simplest option when it comes to grass cutting but they do come with some issues. They are very expensive, you need perimeter wire installed to guide the mower, and repair of these models is tricky and expensive.
More Budget Lawnmowers Reviewed
Flymo Turbo Lite 250 Electric Hover Lawn Mower
Blade Size: 25 cm
Grass Bag Size: None
Power: 1400 watt
This compact mower by Flymo has created quite a stir. The opinions remain very divided on this model so let’s start with the good points.
It’s extremely lightweight at only 5kg and it is very quiet to run. It hovers on an air cushion so super easy to manoeuvre around smaller lawns. It’s pretty powerful and the standard (as is typical with corded lawnmowers) 10-meter power cable allows plenty of room to mow.
The cutting height is adjustable (11-31mm) over 4 settings. The adjustable handles fold down to allow wall storage.
All sounds good so far, well here are the bad points.
There’s no collection bag so grass clippings end up everywhere especially as the mower blows air to hover. It blows grass everywhere and if your lawn isn’t smooth it struggles to produce an even finish.
I would only recommend this option for small, smooth areas of lawn.
BLACK + DECKER BEMW451-GB Lawn Mower
Brand: Black & Decker
Blade Size: 32 cm
Grass Bag Size: 35 Litres
Power: 1200 watts
To continue our budget mowers, up next we have Black and Decker with this corded electric rotary mower. It’s a decent size with a 32 cm cutting width and up to the edge capacity so no need for lawn trimming afterwards.
It has a sturdy grass box rather than a bag and this holds a huge 35 litres so would manage a medium to large garden if an extension cable is used.
It has 3 height settings, is pretty lightweight, and has a carry handle which is a nice feature.
The only issue with this model is that the lowest setting isn’t close enough if you have a very smooth lawn. It’s best for rougher or uneven lawns.
Webb WEER33 ER33
Blade Size: 33cm
Grass Bag Size: 35 liters
Power: 1300 watts
Last, but by no means least, Webb is making its way into our budget list. This little mower is extremely powerful at 1300 watts. It has a standard 10-meter cable and a nice 33cm cutting blade so will handle most lawns.
Adjust the cutting height with ease by using the single pull lever and the handle folds up for compact storage.
This mower is lightweight and performs reliably on all lawn types. It’s as effective as a petrol lawnmower which is pretty impressive for a budget mower. It won’t blow the lawn flat, leave tufty bits of grass everywhere or miss spots.
I wanted to finish on a high and this Webb mower is the perfect choice for this. It’s cheap, small, effective, and extremely powerful. What more could you want?
Cobra HM381 Manual Garden Lawnmower
Blade Size: 38 cm cylinder blade
Grass Collector: Included
For a powerless, cordless lawn mower this rear roller manual lawn mower is a clever design. Unlike a lot of hand push manual mowers, it comes with a collection bag for the grass cuttings so you don’t need to spend ages raking the lawn after use.
It has 4 adjustable height settings from 13 to 38mm and the rear roller gives you that beautifully striped lawn so a perfect finish every time. With no power cables to worry about you can go further with this mower so even though it’s manual, it can be used on larger lawns.
By far the most environmentally friendly way to cut grass, cylinder lawn mowers are a great option for smoother lawns but can also handle thicker/uneven areas if you’re prepared for some hard work!
There are a lot of good options when it comes to budget mowers. Whether it’s rotary or hover you prefer there’s the perfect one out there for you. I updated this article for 2023 to include the latest deals and some more shopping options. I hope this guide has helped clear up any questions you may have and wish you all the best in your lawn care this summer.