The best small garden lawn mowers

Keep your garden looking trim with our selection of the best small lawn mowers

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If your house doesn't come with a handy garage in which to store a lawn mower, and your garden shed is full to the brim with clutter that you can’t quite justify throwing away, a small garden lawn mower that can squeeze into the corner of the shed is a great compromise. And, so long as you’re not planning on becoming the next Alan Titchmarsh, a small it should suit your needs just fine. 

Small garden lawn mowers usually come under three categories: mains powered, manual or battery powered. When it comes to power and precision for cutting thick, long grass, mains powered small garden lawn mowers like the Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower are the best option. 

Battery powered lawn mowers are great for small to medium gardens, too, but you often find that they’re not as powerful as mains powered lawn mowers and may struggle if you leave your grass to grow particularly long. 

For small patches of grass, consider a manual mower – modern manual lawn mowers will even have a grass collection basket, which saves you the effort of picking up the cut grass after you’ve finished mowing. 

The best small garden lawn mower

1. Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower

Boss your lawn with a Bosch

Reasons to buy
+ Grass comb for cutting along walls, flowerbeds and edges + Lightweight 

Lightweight and powerful, this mains-powered small garden lawn mower is the perfect buy for small to medium gardens. Thanks to its 1200W motor and steel blade, this lawn mower should cut through tough long grass, while the comb will ensure no straggly bits are left around the edges. Those who pay attention to finishing touches will love the integrated rear roller, while practical gardeners should take note of its double folding handles and stackable grass box, which make it even easier to store. 

The Handy Hand Push Mower

2. The Handy Hand Push Mower

Perfect for small patches

Reasons to buy
+ Very lightweight + Adjustable blade height from 16-41mm 

If your garden is on the small side, a manual lawn mower is probably the perfect buy – they’re small, easy to store and, if they have a grass box, very convenient to use. The Handy Hand Push Mower has an adjustable blade so you can achieve the perfect precision cut, while the back roller will leave a stylish striped finish. Using no electricity or petrol, it costs nothing to run and, it’ll only set you back around £40. You can’t go wrong, really.  

Flymo HoverVac 280 Electric Hover Collect Lawnmower

3. Flymo HoverVac 280 Electric Hover Collect Lawnmower

Literally fly through your lawn with the innovative and weightless Flymo

Reasons to buy
+ Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre  + Compacts grass for easy disposal 

The Flymo is a great option if you’re looking to make easy work out of your garden. It features a powerful 1300W motor, which should find long, thick grass a breeze and, thanks to its hover technology, there’s less movement resistance, making it a great option for people with bad backs. The mower compacts the grass into the box, which means it’s super easy to empty. Most importantly, the handles fold so it’s easy to store, the only compromise is there’s no back roller for that striped finish.  

Bosch AHM 38 G Manual Garden Lawn Mower

4. Bosch AHM 38 G Manual Garden Lawn Mower

A contender for The Handy Hand Push Mower, this one offers slightly more movement on the blade height

Reasons to buy
+ 15-43mm cut + 25L box capacity 

Almost identical to our second pick, this offering from Bosch is certainly another good option. It’s slightly more expensive, which we largely put towards the fact that it’s a household name and the cut height offers a broader range. Aside from that, there’s a 25ltr grass collection box to make quick work out disposing the cut grass and a back roller to provide the classic striped finish.  

Greenworks 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

5. Greenworks 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

The Greenworks offers the full works when it comes to mowing the lawn

Reasons to buy
+ Battery powered + 20-70mm cut 

Although this battery powered lawn mower doesn’t trim as short as the others, when it comes to convenience, it’s certainly worth looking at. The battery should provide around 30 minutes of fade free cutting, which should give you plenty of time to mow your front and back lawns, so long as they’re fairly small patches.  When it comes to grass collecting, it features a reasonably sized grass box, while the fold down handle makes it easy to slip inside a shed. 

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