Best lawn mowers in Australia

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The best lawn mowers in Australia

How did we pick this list?

Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on a range of factors. Not only did we consider the results of the 2019-20 Finder Retail Awards, but we also considered reviews from Bunnings customers and on productreview.com.au. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the lawn mowers that satisfied those parameters.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

Best overall lawn mower: Masport Bunnings 490 4'n1 Petrol Lawn Mower

Masport Bunnings 490 4'n1 Petrol Lawn Mower

Pros

  • Wide cutting deck
  • Cuts, catches, chips and mulches

Cons

  • There are cheaper options available
  • Some users report that the catcher is too small

Price (RRP): $649

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Why we chose it

With an average score of 4.3/5 from almost 50 customer ratings on productreview.com.au, the Masport 490 4'n1 is our pick as the best overall lawn mower.

Powered by a 150cc 4-stroke Briggs & Stratton engine, this Masport mower features a 19-inch cutting deck to help you tackle larger lawns as quickly as possible. It includes the ReadyStart feature so that no priming is required before starting, and offers everything you need to cut, catch, mulch and chip.

There's a mulch plug if you want to mulch up your cuttings and neatly distribute them around the lawn, and an attachable catcher if you want to leave a pristine finish. A side discharge chute helps clear cut grass out of the way, while a special chipping blade can help you tidy up palm fronds and other garden debris.


Best petrol lawn mower: Husqvarna LC 118

Husqvarna LC 118

Pros

  • Cuts and mulches
  • Comfort handles

Cons

  • Limited customer reviews compared to some other products
  • Some people may prefer a self-propelled option

Price (RRP): $529

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Why we chose it

Husqvarna was chosen as the best-rated petrol lawn mower brand in the 2019-20 Finder Retail Awards. The LC 118, a versatile mower with an affordable price tag, is our pick as the best petrol lawn mower.

The LC 118 features an 18-inch cutting deck to suit a wide variety of yards, with power provided by an OHV engine. You can select from eight cutting heights to get your lawn just right, and the plastic catcher has a 44L capacity. The handles come with comfort grips and easily fold for added portability, while a mulch insert is a handy inclusion.

Other key features include 210mm wheels and safety zone starting, making the LC118 a solid all-round performer.


Best cordless lawn mower: Ryobi Lithium+ 36V 5.0Ah 18-inch Brushless Lawn Mower (RLM36X46S52)

Ryobi Lithium+ 36V 5.0Ah 18-inch Brushless Lawn Mower (RLM36X46S52)

Pros

  • Long runtime
  • Easy to manoeuvre

Cons

  • Some users complain that catcher attachment could have been designed better
  • Some users report that it feels a bit flimsy compared to petrol mowers

Price (RRP): $599 (for kit including battery and charger)

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Why we chose it

Ryobi was chosen as the best-rated electric and battery lawn mower brand in the 2019-20 Finder Retail Awards. And with this 18-inch mower from Ryobi scoring an average of 4.6/5 from over 100 Bunnings Warehouse and Ryobi customer reviews, it's our pick as the best cordless lawn mower.

Offering up to 65 minutes of running time, this mower features a 36V brushless motor and allows you to select from 5 different cutting heights to cut your grass to the perfect length. Telescopic handles increase comfort and minimise the amount of storage space the mower takes up, while its catcher features a plastic top and mesh bag.


Best electric lawn mower: Ozito ELM-1536

Ozito ELM-1536

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre

Cons

  • Some users report that they would like a bigger catcher
  • Catcher assembly is a little fiddly

Price (RRP): $159

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Why we chose it

Searching for a versatile electric lawn mower that allows you to just plug in and go? There are lots of reasons why the Ozito ELM-1536 is well worth a look. With an average rating of 4.1/5 from over 25 customer ratings on productreview.com.au, plus plenty of positive reviews from Bunnings Warehouse customers, it's our pick as the best electric lawn mower.

Featuring a 36cm cutting width and a 38L grass catcher, the ELM-1536 runs a 1,500W motor. You can adjust the height to 5 different levels to suit your grass cutting needs, while the level indicator on the grass catcher is a handy inclusion. And with this model weighing in at less than 11kg, it's easy to manoeuvre around the yard.


Best self-propelled lawn mower: Honda HRX217

Honda HRX217

Pros

  • Honda reliability
  • Versatile cutting features

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Might be too much mower for some lawns

Price (RRP): $1,399 (HRX217HYU)

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Why we chose it

If you're tired of pushing a heavy mower around your yard, the Honda HRX217 is our pick as the best self-propelled lawn mower. With an average score of 4.1/5 from 25 customer ratings on productreview.com.au, it's been largely well-received by Australian consumers.

The HRX217 comes in two models – the recoil-start HYU and the slightly more expensive HZU, which uses electric start. Both models feature a GCV200 four-stroke engine, a hydrostatic gearbox with cruise control, and a 21-inch NeXite cutting deck.

They also feature a twin-blade system that uses four cutting surfaces instead of two, while they also allow you to mulch, discharge or catch clippings, and shred leaves.


Best ride-on lawn mower: Rover Mini Rider

Rover Mini Rider

Pros

  • Choice of transmissions
  • Five-year warranty

Cons

  • Those with larger properties will need something bigger
  • Some users complain about clogged discharge chute when mowing wet grass

Price (RRP): $2,699 (Rover Mini Rider 382/30)

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Why we chose it

Boasting all-round versatility, an affordable price tag and an average score of 4.1/5 from 24 ratings on productreview.com.au, the Rover Mini Rider is our pick as the best ride-on lawn mower.

The Mini Rider comes in two models – one features a six-speed manual transmission (for $2,699), and the other comes with a foot-operated hydrostatic transmission (for $3,199). Designed to suit smaller areas rather than large properties, the Mini Rider offers a 30-inch side discharge cutting deck and a 4.9L fuel tank.

Power comes from a 382cc engine, while an optional mulch kit is available for added versatility. The Rover also comes with a 5-year domestic warranty.


Best small lawn mower: Ryobi One+ 18V 4.0Ah 36cm Lawn Mower (RLM18X36L40)

Ryobi One+ 18V 4.0Ah 36cm Lawn Mower (RLM18X36L40)

Pros

  • 45L catcher
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Some users would prefer longer battery life
  • Some users complain of stalling in longer grass

Price (RRP): $399

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Why we chose it

If you're searching for a practical and easy-to-use lawn mower for a small yard, there's a lot to like about this Ryobi. With plenty of positive customer reviews plus the added peace of mind of Ryobi's win in the 2019-20 Finder Retail Awards, this 18V mower is our pick as the best small lawn mower.

Designed for small and medium lawns up to 400 square metres in size, the Ryobi features a 36cm cutting deck. The 4.0Ah battery provides up to 30 minutes of mowing time, with a claimed recharge time of 2 hours. Other key features include a 45L catcher, your choice of 5 cutting levels between 20mm and 70mm, and easy-fold handles when you need to pack the mower away.


Methodology

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Best products chosen
  • We considered lawn mowers from over 20 leading brands.
  • We based our findings on real customer reviews, key product features and the results of the 2019-20 Finder Retail Awards.
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

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