Best cordless lawn mower under £1,000

Don't be restricted by the mains cable, find your freedom with these cordless lawn mowers.

cordless lawn mower under £1,000

by Alex Boyd |
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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 lawn mower for a large garden, 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, garden power tools, such as a cordless strimmer, 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 - View on Amazon UK
Best robotic lawn mower under £1,000 for larger lawns: Flymo EasiLife 800 Robotic Lawn Mower - View on Amazon UK
Best budget cordless lawnmower: Bosch Cordless CityMower - View on Amazon UK

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. Additionally, if you're looking for further lawn care tips scroll to the FAQs at the end of this article. But for now, here's our pick of the best your budget can afford.

Best cordless lawn mower under £1,000

Best all-rounder

The Greenworks Cordless Lawnmower comes with two batteries, one in the machine and one on charge. You'll get about 250m² cutting time from each battery, so with both on a full charge (which takes about two hours), you should be able to tackle 500m² - just for reference, a doubles tennis court is about 260m².

The blade height is adjustable from 25mm to 80mm, and you can either gather clippings in the 50L bag or mulch the clippings into tiny pieces to add nutrients to your lawn. It is a bit heavier than expected, which can make it tricky to mow lawns with shapes or flower beds, and it doesn't perform so well on wild, uneven landscapes.

Like most cordless mowers, it can be easily folded for storage.

Customer review: "Great grass cutting on a large, sloping garden. Battery operation makes it much easier than a lawn mower with a cable. Needs both batteries to complete but no hassle."


  • Quiet operation
  • Quick-release handle folding


  • Struggles with uneven ground

Best robotic lawn mower under £1,000 for larger lawns

If you prefer to take a more laid-back approach to your lawn-cutting duties, the Flymo EasiLife could be just what you need. This robotic lawn cutter will happily potter about keeping your lawn in shape on a pre-determined schedule while you get on with living your life.

You do have to go through a set-up procedure, which can be a bit time-consuming, but once that's done, you can leave it to toddle about its business. It'll cut up to 800m² on one charge, so it should have plenty of juice to do the average lawn on a daily basis.

After it cuts the grass, it mulches it into tiny pieces to be redistributed over your lawn, so there's not even a grass collecting bag to empty.

Customer review: "This robotic mower has taken the work out of mowing the lawn. I haven't had to do it myself for the past 12 months!"


  • 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 lawn mower under £1,000 for large lawns

One of the selling points of the Murray 44cm cordless lawn mower is that it runs on two batteries. This gives you a stronger cut and a longer run time without having to swap over batteries. It comes with two Briggs and Stratton 18 V 5.0 Ah lithium-ion batteries and a dual charger, which is a bonus as these items can push up the price if you have to buy them separately.

Once you get going, the batteries will last about 30 minutes or cut approximately 640 m². There's no power assist on this one, but it is light and manoeuvrable, so for the price, it's easy to overlook that.

Customer review: "This is a great little mower, very lightweight and easy to use. As it's so maneuverable it actually cuts the grass in half the time it took with our old petrol mover."


  • 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 thing in this case. There really is no point in getting a large, powerful mower if you only have a smaller patch of lawn to deal with. And this is where the Bosch scores. It's a lightweight, manoeuvrable mower ideal for tackling lawns of up to 300m². Height adjustment is easy, and thanks to the grass combs, it cuts closer to the edge.

The battery takes about two hours to fully charge and can be used on other Bosch products.

Customer review: "Very light to use and excellent battery life. No hesitation in recommending to family and friends."


  • Lightweight
  • Easy to manoeuvre


  • Handle does not collapse for easy storage

Best lawn mower under £1,000 for small lawns

The Lawnmaster is another machine that doesn't cost the earth and is suitable for the smaller lawn. You get two batteries, so you can always have one on charge standing by as you work.

Cutting height goes down as low as 20mm, and this one has a rear roller so that if you do a medium cut, you get a nice striped finish – very professional. Lawn cuttings can be mulched for reapplication to the lawn or collected in the 32L grass collection bag, which has a helpful indicator to tell you when the grass box is full.

Customer review: "Light, very easy to manoeuvre and a single battery did both my front and back lawns (of average size) despite the first mow after No Mow May."


  • 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 go and do something less boring instead (70's TV kids will get that one!)

The Landroid comes in a number of different sizes; the one we've chosen is suitable for medium to larger lawns up to 500 m². Worx tells us that the AIA technology will adapt to the size and shape of your lawn and the growth rate of your grass. It comes pre-programmed with five auto schedules, but these can be easily adjusted to suit your own needs, and the Landroid is customisable with a number of add-on modules available separately.

Customer review: "It works perfectly. It's really, really good. Smart as well, rain sensors, upgradable extra modules, intuitive smartphone app, pin code and anti-theft lock options to mention but a few. It's also whisper quiet. My lawn's less than ten feet from my bedroom and I can barely hear it with the windows wide open.
The only significant downside is that it does take a lot of work to install correctly - and if you want to take full advantage of this machine, at the serious geek level, then Wi-Fi coverage of your lawn will be required,"


  • Comes with five pre-installed schedules
  • Cuts right to the edge of the grass


  • The setup process can be time-consuming

Best easy-use lawn mower under £1,000

This bundle from Ryobi features the RY18LMX40A-0 18V ONE+ Cordless 40cm Brushless Lawnmower (that's a mouthful) and a powerful 5.0Ah battery. The mower has slots to accommodate two batteries, so you can buy a second one to increase your power and run times. Using one battery, you should be good for about 300m², and you have the option to collect the cuttings in the 50L grass box or mulch them for redistribution onto the lawn.

The blade height is easy to adjust (25-75mm), the telescopic handles make it comfortable to use no matter what height you are, and once you are finished, the handle folds down for easy storage.

Customer review: "Amazing piece of equipment. Been used to petrol lawnmowers for many years. The power of this little thing is amazing vs the battery life it uses."


  • 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 fertiliser. It's a great alternative to adding a lawn fertiliser product. 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.

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