The best lawn mowers for small gardens are a great option for those who are not blessed with a large garden space. Lawn mowers are a game-changer, but they are known to be big and bulky to store and heavy to lug around a small patch of grass and many of them are built to withstand hard tasks and large lawns. Fortunately, there are some more compact models designed for small lawns to keep them just as neat.
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When considering a small lawn mower, there are several factors to consider, including the size of your lawn, the terrain you'll be mowing, the cutting width and height and whether you want an electric lawn mower or petrol, cordless or manual model. Despite being small in size, many of them are still mighty and pack some power so even the most overgrown garden can get a facelift.
Additionally, it's also important to consider the maintenance requirements of each mower, such as blade sharpening, and grass box emptying and whether you have the space in your garden or shed to store it. To help you make an informed decision, we've compiled a guide to the best lawn mowers for small gardens available to buy in the UK. So whether you're out in your garden every day or need to keep your lawn from getting unruly - here is everything you need to know about the best lawn mower for your small patch of lawn.
Best lawn mower for small gardens at a glance:
• Best overall: Bosch Rotak 34 R Corded Rotary Lawnmower - View offer on B&Q
• Best electric lawn mower: Flymo Chevron 32VC Electric Wheeled Lawnmower - View offer on Robert Dyas
• Best manual lawn mower: Bosch AHM 38 G Manual Garden Lawn Mower - View offer on Amazon UK
• Best petrol lawn mower: Hawksmoor 127cc 40cm Petrol Lawnmower - View offer on TOOLSTATION
Best lawn mowers for small gardens
This compact Bosch Rotak 34 R Corded Rotary Lawnmower cuts right to the edge and the Powerdrive
- Cuts right to the edge, no need for a strimmer
- Large capacity for the size
- Grass catcher is a bit flimsy
Best electric lawn mower
This powerful Flymo Chevron 32VC Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower is ideal for smaller lawns and
- Cable storage
- Powerful for the size
- Grass box is hard to put together
Best manual lawn mower
Simple, quick, and easy for mowing small areas, the Bosch AHM 38 G Manual Garden Lawn Mower will
- Ideal when grass is damp
- No need to worry about wires or petrol
- A little tricky to assemble
Best petrol lawn mower for small gardens
Petrol lawn mowers are known for being big and fierce but this Hawksmoor 127cc Petrol Lawn Mower
- Robust but easy to manoeuvre
- Not too noisy
- Basic but great for medium and small gardens
Best value lawn mower
Designed with smaller gardens in mind, the Flymo Turbo Lite 270 Corded Hover Mower is a 27cm
- Ideal for small gardens
- Slim width
- Some bits of the mower are flimsy
Best cordless lawn mower for small gardens
When you've got a small garden or outdoor space, having to wrap around wires can cause anxiety,
- Charge lasts a while
- Powerful but small in size
- Dual batteries
- Some reviews say the plastic handle is not sturdy
Best mower and trimmer bundle for small gardens
If your small garden is mainly lawn, you may want to invest in a lawnmower and a trimmer to keep
- Exclusive deal
- Trimmer is very
- Has an adjustable axial cutting height of 3 level sight-weight
- Battery needs to be charged
What features to consider when buying a small lawn mower?
Comfort handles: Soft, comfortable handles that can be adjusted to your height can make mowing less strenuous on your back and hands, especially when mowing for long periods.
Carry handles: Look for well-spaced carry handles that make the machine more balanced, lighter, and easier to carry. Some smaller models can fold down and are incredibly easy to store.
Blade height adjuster: A good blade height adjuster should be easy to adjust and offer a range of cutting heights. For most lawns, a cutting height of 2.5-4cm (1-1½in) is recommended for much of the year.
Clippings collection: Grass collectors can significantly reduce the time needed to maintain your lawn. Larger collectors will require less frequent emptying.
Grass combs: Side grass combs can help ensure a neater result along edges, fences, and walls.
Rear roller: If you want those traditional lawn stripes, look for a mower with a rear roller. The heavier the machine and roller, the better the stripes will be.
Mulching function: Some mowers cut the grass so finely that you can leave the clippings where they fall. This mulching function can save you time and effort while returning valuable nutrients to your lawn.
Are small lawn mowers less powerful than bigger models?
Smaller lawn mowers normally are less powerful than their bigger rivals because they need to compromise on engine size, but that doesn't mean they can't tackle hard tasks in your garden.
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Hannah Mellin is a Homes & Garden Product Writer for Modern Gardens, A Modern Kitchen, Yours and Take A Break. She has been working in the Journalism industry for over a decade and has written for an array of brands including John Lewis, Daily Mirror and Grazia. When she's not writing, researching or testing products, she's renovating her Victorian terrace and chilling in the garden with her sausage dog Waffle.