The best electric lawnmowers: from Bosch to Flymo

These best electric lawnmowers shouldn't go amiss this year. Smarten up your garden with ease

The best electric lawnmowers

Looking for the best electric lawnmower to help maintain your garden this summer? Whether you’re trading your old model for a new one or you’re tired of battling with your cylinder mower, an electric lawn mower is the quickest and easiest way to a smarter garden. 

With what seems like an all-year wet season, the UK weather provides prime conditions in which grass can thrive, so lugging the lawn mower out of the garage every weekend (especially through spring and summer) to give the grass a trim is not uncommon. Therefore, investing in a lawn mower that gets the job done quickly, efficiently and well is always a good thing, and electric lawn mowers are certainly one of the top choices, whatever your garden's size.

Not sure if you want a different type lawnmower? Check out our list of the best lawnmowers. And use our sourcebook of garden suppliers for all your garden shopping needs.

What is the best electric lawnmower?

We think the best electric lawnmower you can buy is the Bosch Rotak 43 LI Ergoflex Cordless 36. It's cordless, features a huge 50 litre grass box and is great for medium-sized gardens. 

How to buy the best electric lawnmower

What should you be looking out for when investing in an electric lawn mower?

Corded or battery powered?

Electric lawn mowers are available both corded and battery powered. Corded lawn mowers are typically cheaper than battery powered lawn mowers, due to the hindrances of the electric cable; some corded electric lawn mowers may require an extension cable, and you need to make sure that the wire doesn’t get caught up in your prized hydrangea as you make your way round the garden. Due to their convenience, battery powered lawn mowers are more expensive, however, you will need to take into consideration charging time, power and how long the battery lasts in a single use. 

Power

Electric lawnmowers typically have a rotary blade, which makes them the ideal choice for long grass – great if you don’t have the time to be mowing your grass every weekend during the summer. To ensure it doesn’t make a hash out of trimming your grass, you’ll need to consider the power output. The power output for battery powered electric lawn mowers is typically lower than corded lawn mowers. 

Grass box

Aside from that, you may need to take into consideration the capacity of the grass box. Those with larger gardens should, naturally, go for a larger box, however 50L seems to be the generic capacity. If you want to cut out the middleman (the box), our second pick, the Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic lawn mower cuts grass into the into minuscule pieces, so it can easily decompose back into the ground. 

Not sure what type of lawnmower you need, electric or petrol? Take a look at our buying guide to the best lawnmowers.

THE BEST ELECTRIC LAWNMOWERS

Best electric lawnmower you can buy: Bosch Rotak 43 LI Ergoflex Cordless lawnmower, green and silver

1. Bosch Rotak 43 LI Ergoflex Cordless 36

Best electric lawnmower you can buy: a powerful cordless lawn mower with high performance ratings

Specifications
Best for: Best cordless
Power: 36V
Type of power: Battery
Grass box: 50L
Reasons to buy
+Powerful 36V battery +Effective debris collection 
Reasons to avoid
-Reports that battery is a fiddle to remove-Pricey 

Battery powered electric lawn mowers are great if you’re looking for a hassle-free way to tend to your lawn. With reports that its 36V battery can last any time from 30 minutes to an hour, the Bosch Rotak 43 LI Ergoflex Cordless 36 is the ideal lawn mower for medium sized gardens. Thanks to its high torque and Powerdrive motor system, this lawn mower should provide a reliable cut, no matter the state of your garden. Users like the fact that it is lightweight and easy to handle, all in all, making it one of the best all-round electric lawn mowers. 

What do we like about it?

The Ergoflex handles, which reduce muscle strain and make this lawnmower comfortable to use.

What does it do well?

Users report that the battery charge is very efficient, allowing them to mow the front and back lawn on a single charge. It is also genuinely lightweight, making it easy to use.

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Best electric lawnmower for ease of use: Flymo robotic lawnmower, orange and gunmetal

2. Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic lawn mower

Best electric lawnmower for ease of use: sit back, and let the lawn mower do the hard work

Specifications
Best for: Ease of use
Power: 18V
Type of power: Battery
Grass box: None- disperses the chopped grass
Reasons to buy
+Simply place the boundary wires where you want it to mow+Highly sensitive collision senses 
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t create striped patterns 

There’s no hiding the fact that the cost of this electric lawn mower will lighten your pocket, but with the convenience it promises, many users are saying it’s well worth the spend. The Flymo 1200R is easily programmable to set to work at desired times, and can even have your grass cut for you by morning if you set its timer for night time. 

What do we like about it?

It’s quiet, setting the boundaries so it doesn’t start mowing your flowerbeds is easy, there’s no grass box to empty, and it’ll even take itself back to its charging port if it needs to recharge – almost like a well-trained pet.

What does it do well?

Users report loving the fact that you can leave it to work at night; it also copes well with unusual terrain, such as a sloped garden.  

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Best lawnmower you can buy: Bosch Rotak 32

3. Bosch Rotak 32

Best corded electric lawnmower: this Bosch electric lawnmower is corded, affordable and lightweight

Specifications
Best for: Affordable
Power: 1200W
Type of power: Corded
Grass Box: 31ltr
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight and compact+Easy to carry+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Some may prefer cordless

If you're looking for an easy to use, store and manouvre lawmower, it's your lucky day. The Bosch Rotak 32 is ideal for maintaining small to medium sized gardens, and thanks to its grass comb, you can cut along flower beds, walls and lawn edges with ease, saving you the trouble of getting on your hands and knees trying to do it yourself. 

What do we like about it?

Left your grass to grow for a little longer than usual? It can also cut tall grass due to its hardened steel blade, and our favourite feature is that it's compact and has a handle for easy carrying from your garden to the shed or garage. 

What does it do well? 

Reviewers rate this lawnmower highly not least because of the ease of assembly, reportedly no longer than 10 to 15 minutes long. The Rotak 32 also copes well with multi-level gardens and complex lawn shapes and layouts. 

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Best electric cordless lawnmower: Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower, dark grey with bright green wheels

4. Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower

Best electric cordless lawnmower: an easy to use, powerful battery powered lawnmower

Specifications
Best for: Ease of use
Power: 640W
Type of power: Battery
Grass box: 40L
Reasons to buy
+ 40 minutes run time + Easy to use 
Reasons to avoid
- Not for short cuts 

With an adjustable height setting, this Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower is a versatile buy that can be used on different types of grasses, although users have reported that it struggles to cut on the lowest settings, especially if lawns are lumpy and bumpy. 

What do we like about it?

It’s super easy to use, it feels lightweight and is easy to manoeuvre. While battery powered lawn mowers are, naturally, not as powerful as corded lawn mowers, this one offers up 640W power – great for the average garden, and with up to 40 minutes of runtime, should give you enough time to tend to both the front and the back.  

What does it do well?

It's the perfect all-rounder for small to medium-sized gardens, with users reporting ease of use and a long battery charge that easily covers the whole garden. 

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Best electric lawnmower for medium sized gardens: Bosch Rotak 40 lawnmower, green and black

5. Bosch Rotak 40

Best electric lawnmower for medium sized gardens: like our top pick – but corded

Specifications
Best for: Medium sized gardens
Power: 1700W
Type of power: Corded
Grass box: 50L
Reasons to buy
+ Massive 1700 watts of power + Cuts as low as 2cm 
Reasons to avoid
- Cord is on the short side 

If you’re not prepared to compromise on the power outage of your lawn mower, corded is your best option. This Bosch Rotak 40 is very similar to its battery powered relation, with the same Powerdrive and motor system in place for an even cut. 

What do we like about it?

With the capacity to cut as low as 2cm and as high as 7cm, it’s very versatile, and can easily cut through long or tough grass. Featuring airflow technology to collect debris and a LeafCollection function to, well, collect leaves, if you can compromise on the cord, this is certainly a good electric lawn mower to invest in.

What does it do well?

Tackles pretty much any length of grass, with settings from one to ten. Reviewers praise its precision, even with tall grass. The 15m lead also allows to be used it most medium-sized outdoor spaces without the need for an extension. 

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Best electric lawnmower for larger lawns: Black and Decker EMAX421 lawnmower, red and black

6. Black and Decker EMAX421

Best electric lawnmower for larger lawns: a powerful electric lawn mower with 6 height settings

Specifications
Best for: Large lawns
Power: 1800W
Type of power: Corded
Grass box: 50L
Reasons to buy
+ 16m cable + Compress grass in the box on the go 
Reasons to avoid
- Users say assembly is a fiddle 

This Black and Decker EMAX421lawn mower has plenty of features that make it worthy of our best electric lawn mowers list. It boasts e-drive technology, which gives it a high torque so it shouldn’t stall on particularly tough patches of grass. 

What do we like about it?

Perhaps its most attractive feature is its cable management system, which takes away the trouble of keeping the cable out of the way of the blades and motor. We think the Compact & Go system is pretty handy too, as it allows you to compress the grass so you can store more in its 50ltr capacity.  

What does it do well?

Copes brilliantly with huge lawns. Reviewers praise the large grass box, which saves time and labour of emptying it out multiple times while mowing, and the mower performs very well on wet grass, meaning you don't have to wait for that elusive dry morning to mow.

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