Ok, we gave ourselves a budget to find the best cordless lawn mower under £1,000, but we found that you could buy some pretty decent lawn mowers for a lot less of your hard-earned cash. With huge advances in battery technology, it means that cordless lawn mowers are no longer hindered by short or unreliable run times. So if you have a large lawn and are looking for a larger lawn mower, don't worry; all the machines featured here will give a minimum run time of around 20 minutes which is more than enough for a small lawn, and some will quite happily tackle a lawn the size of two tennis courts.
So why bother going cordless? Well, they are a lot less bother than their corded counterparts, what with having to find a spare socket, run an extension lead, worry about cutting the cable, getting the cord tangled in plants and bushes…you get the idea. They are quieter than their corded counterparts and much quieter than petrol-driven machines, although if you have a couple of acres to tackle, you might be better off sticking with that ride-on mower. One downside is that you have to plan a little to make sure that the battery is charged before you start, which can take away those impulsive "I'll just give it a quick cut now" moments if you don't have a charged battery.
Best cordless lawn mower under £1,000 at a glance:
• Best all-rounder: Greenworks G40LM41K2X Cordless Lawnmower
• Best robotic lawnmower for more extensive lawns: Flymo EasiLife 800 Robotic Lawn Mower
• Best budget cordless lawnmower: Bosch Cordless CityMower
Just in case you prefer a lighter workload, we've also included a couple of robotic models. Once you've set them up, they'll shelter in their base station until the programmed daily schedule tells them to spring into action. They are quiet, safe and won't give you any trouble around the house!
If you want to find out more about what to look for in a cordless mower under the £1,000 mark, scroll on. But for now, here's our pick of the best your budget can afford.
Best cordless lawn mower under £1,000
The Greenworks Cordless Lawnmower comes with two batteries, one in the machine and one on charge.
- Quiet operation
- Quick-release handle folding
- Struggles with uneven ground
Best robotic lawn mower for larger lawns
If you prefer to take a more laid-back approach to your lawn-cutting duties, the Flymo EasiLife
- No effort is required once it's set up
- Good for keeping lawns immaculately trimmed
- Needs a mains power connection to the charging station
Best for large lawns
One of the selling points of the Murray 44cm cordless lawn mower is that it runs on two batteries.
- Light and manoeuvrable
- Two batteries
- Grass box can be fiddly to attach
Best budget cordless mower
The Bosch Cordless CityMower isn't the biggest or most powerful on our list, but that's a good
- Easy to manoeuvre
- Handle does not collapse for easy storage
Best for small lawns
The Lawnmaster is another machine that doesn't cost the earth and is suitable for the smaller
- Good value
- Supplied with two batteries
- Can struggle a little with longer grass
Best for robotic technology
Here's a Worx Landroid for those who would rather let the robotic mower get on with it while they
- Comes with five pre-installed schedules
- Cuts right to the edge of the grass
- The setup process can be time-consuming
Best for easy use
This bundle from Ryobi features the RY18LMX40A-0 18V ONE+ Cordless 40cm Brushless Lawnmower
- Easy to use
- Large cutting width
- A bit heavier than some others
What features should you consider when buying a cordless lawn mower?
Battery Life: A longer battery life will allow you to mow your lawn without interruptions. Consider the size of your lawn and choose a mower with sufficient battery life to cover the area.
Battery Charging Time: Look for a cordless lawn mower with a reasonable charging time. There's nothing worse than having to wait for a few hours if you run out of battery power mid-cut.
Cutting Width and Height Adjustment: With a wider cutting width, you'll reduce the number of lengths required to cut your lawn. Additionally, choose a model with easy height adjustment settings, allowing you to adjust the cutting height to your own preference.
Mulching, Bagging, and Side Discharge Options: Some cordless lawn mowers offer multiple cutting options. Mulching chops grass clippings into fine pieces and distributes them on the lawn as a natural fertilizer. Bagging collects the clippings in an attached bag or box; most prefer a mower which comes with both options
Manoeuvrability and Weight: Consider the weight of the lawn mower, as it affects manoeuvrability and ease of use. Lighter mowers are generally easier to push and navigate around obstacles.
Additional Features: Some cordless lawn mowers come with additional features like adjustable handles, easy-start mechanisms, foldable designs for storage, and safety features such as blade stop technology.
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Alex Boyd is a Commercial Content Writer for Modern Gardens specialising in Power tools and pressure washers. In his spare time, he enjoys DIY, Travel, Gardening, and music.