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 key product specs and actual customer 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 with the highest review score within those parameters.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

Victa 18-inch Classic Cut Lawn Mower

Best overall lawn mower

Victa 18-inch Classic Cut Lawn Mower
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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Not suited to large areas
  • Some customers complain about oil leaks

Why we chose it

If you're looking for a lawn mower that's easy to use, affordable and suitable for a wide range of Aussie lawns, it's hard to go past the Victa Classic Cut. This petrol lawn mower boasts an 18-inch cutting deck, a sub-$500 price tag and everything you need to make it easy to care for your lawn.

It's picked up plenty of positive reviews too, with an average score of 4.4 out of 5 from over 30 Bunnings Warehouse customer reviews. The Classic Cut also has an average score of 3.9 out of 5 from over 100 ratings on productreview.com.au – that might not sound like a particularly high score, but it makes it one of the highest-rated petrol mowers on the site.

Finally, Victa was also a very narrowly beaten runner-up in the petrol lawn mower category of the 2020–21 Finder Retail Awards. While Honda was the best-rated petrol lawn mower brand, Victa impressed Australian consumers with the ease of use and performance of its mowers. With all this in mind, the Victa Classic Cut is our top pick as the best overall lawn mower.

The Classic Cut is powered by a Briggs & Stratton 500E series OHV engine that churns out 6.8Nm of torque. The cutting width of 18 inches will be a good fit for the average suburban yard and Victa says this model is suitable for cutting lawns of up to 300m². You can also adjust the height of the blades through 10 different levels, allowing you to choose a cutting height of between 11mm and 70mm.

Other features include a RapidStart ignition system, a dual-blade cutting system, mulching and catching functionality and soft-grip comfort handles to help make long mowing sessions easier. And with an RRP of $399, you can pick up a Victa Classic Cut petrol mower without breaking the bank.


Honda HRU19M2 Buffalo Premium Lawn Mower

Best petrol lawn mower

Honda HRU19M2 Buffalo Premium Lawn Mower
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Pros

  • Easy starting
  • Large catcher

Cons

  • There are cheaper options available
  • Some users find the engine brake bar a little annoying

Why we chose it

Searching for the best petrol lawn mower to keep your lawn looking its best? We recommend checking out the Honda HRU19M2 Buffalo Premium.

This 4-stroke mower features easy starting, a large catcher and the convenience of a mulching function. It's also highly-rated by customers on productreview.com.au and was chosen as the best-rated petrol lawn mower brand in the 2020–21 Finder Retail Awards. The brand impressed Aussie consumers with the performance and ease of cleaning and maintenance of its mowers, all of which helped make the HRU19M2 Buffalo Premium an easy choice as the best petrol lawn mower.

Designed to suit residential users with medium-sized lawns, the HRU19M2 Buffalo features a GCV170 4-stroke engine with 166cc. Its auto choke feature helps ensure easy starting plus its 19-inch cutting deck is a suitable choice for the average yard.

Tipping the scales at 31kg, the Honda features a wider chute for easier grass disposal and comes with a 54-litre catcher. You can adjust the cutting height through 11 levels ranging from 16mm to 80mm, with a swing-back blade cutting system ensuring that you always leave a neat finish.

Another headline feature of the Honda HRU19M2 Buffalo petrol lawn mower is that it's equipped with engine brake technology. This means that the engine automatically stops within 3 seconds of you releasing the handle, perfect for when you need to pause your mowing to move kids' toys out of the way.

Finally, the HRU19M2 is also assembled in Australia and backed by a 4-year domestic warranty, so it's our pick if you're in the market for a quality petrol push mower.


Victa 82V Power Cut Lawn Mower

Best cordless lawn mower

Victa 82V Power Cut Lawn Mower
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Pros

  • Lightweight and easy to use
  • 30-minute charge time

Cons

  • Some users complain that it doesn’t cut low enough
  • Some complaints that battery life could be better

Why we chose it

Ready to make the switch from petrol to battery power? There are lots of good reasons why you should check out the Victa 82V Power Cut Lawn Mower.

This versatile cordless mower features a brushless motor, a rapid recharge time and a pressed steel chassis. It's also picked up its fair share of positive customer reviews, with an average score of 4.1 out of 5 from over 40 ratings on productreview.com.au.

And then there's the fact that Victa was named the best-rated electric lawn mower brand in the 2020–21 Finder Retail Awards. Victa's mowers achieved high scores across the board for their build quality, ease of use, value for money and performance, so it's no surprise to see the Victa 82V Power Cut take the win here as the best cordless lawn mower.

With a Briggs & Stratton Nexcel brushless motor, the Power Cut comes with an 82V 2.0AH battery and a 30-minute Rapid Charger. This offers up to a claimed 45 minutes of runtime, while the fast charging time comes in handy if you need to tackle a large lawn.

In terms of cutting performance, this model features an 18-inch steel chassis and swing-back blades. You can choose from 7 different cutting heights depending on your needs, while you can also mulch your cuttings to help fertilise your lawn.


Ozito ELM-1536 1500W Ecomow Electric Lawn Mower

Best electric lawn mower

Ozito ELM-1536 1500W Ecomow Electric Lawn Mower
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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre

Cons

  • Some users would like a larger grass catcher
  • Some complaints that catcher assembly is a little fiddly

Why we chose it

If you're searching for a practical and affordable electric lawn mower to give your grass a trim whenever it's needed, we recommend taking a closer look at the Ozito ELM-1536 1500W Ecomow Electric Lawn Mower.

This model is easy to manoeuvre, has all the features you need to keep your lawn in tip-top condition and has a price tag that definitely won't break the bank. It's also highly rated by consumers, with an average score of 4.1 out of 5 from 28 ratings on productreview.com.au. As a result, the Ozito ELM-1536 Ecomow is our top pick as the best electric lawn mower.

The Ozito features a 1,500W motor and a cutting width of 360mm. You'll obviously need to deal with mowing the lawn while dragging a power cord around behind you, but this is something you can get used to with a little bit of practice.

The ELM-1536 Ecomow gets around on 200mm wheels that are designed to ensure easy manoeuvrability. Its total weight of just over 10kg makes it even simpler to push around, especially when compared to some petrol models that weigh in at more than 30kg.

The cutting height can be adjusted through 5 different levels, while there's also a 38-litre plastic catcher to neatly collect all your cuttings. This catcher comes with a handy level indicator too so you know when it's time to empty it.

So if you've got a small lawn and you're looking for a simple and practical corded mower, be sure to add the Ozito ELM-1536 1500W Ecomow Electric Lawn Mower to your shopping shortlist.


Masport Bunnings 470 2'n1 Petrol Lawn Mower

Best lawn mower under $500

Masport Bunnings 470 2'n1 Petrol Lawn Mower
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Pros

  • Large catcher
  • Several buyers report that it’s easy to start

Cons

  • Some complaints about broken starter cords
  • Some buyers criticise durability of wheels

Why we chose it

If you're buying a lawn mower and you have a maximum budget of $500, the Victa Classic Cut we chose as our best overall pick is obviously well worth checking out. But so too is the Masport Bunnings 470 2'n1 Petrol Lawn Mower, another highly-rated model in the sub-$500 price bracket.

Aside from its affordable price tag, this model also boasts a Briggs & Stratton engine, mulching functionality and soft-grip handles. It's picked up plenty of positive customer reviews too, including an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 from 20 Bunnings Warehouse customers. As a result, the Masport Bunnings 2'n1 Petrol Lawn Mower takes the win here as the best lawn mower under $500.

Available exclusively at Bunnings, this 4-stroke mower features a Briggs & Stratton 140cc OHV Series 500E RapidStart engine. This produces 6.8Nm of torque to help tackle long grass and cut, catch and mulch functionality ensures that you can get your lawn looking just the way you want.

The 18-inch steel chassis offers a standard cutting width to suit average-sized yards and the Masport is manoeuvred on 7-inch front and 8-inch rear wheels. The upturned handle features a soft grip to increase mowing comfort and camlocks ensure a quick release when you need to fold the handle down for easy storage.

There are 10 levels of cutting height to choose from, ranging from 10mm to 70mm, while the plastic catcher has a 46.5-litre capacity. And with this model retailing for less than $450, it's easy to see why it's well worth a look for budget-conscious buyers.


Honda HRX217HYU Self-propelled Lawn Mower

Best self-propelled lawn mower

Honda HRX217HYU Self-propelled Lawn Mower
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Pros

  • Wide cutting deck
  • Large catcher

Cons

  • There are cheaper options available
  • Heavy

Why we chose it

Sick and tired of straining and sweating while you manoeuvre a heavy push mower around your yard? If you're thinking of switching to a self-propelled mower, we recommend checking out the Honda HRX217HYU Self-propelled Lawn Mower.

This Honda 4-stroke features auto choke for easy starting, along with a wide cutting deck and a large catcher. It's picked up a handful of positive reviews on productreview.com.au, while it's also worth remembering that Honda was named the best-rated petrol lawn mower brand in the 2020–21 Finder Retail Awards. Honda scored particularly highly for the performance and ease of cleaning and maintenance of its machines, so the Honda HRX217HYU is our top pick as the best self-propelled lawn mower.

This domestic-use mower is powered by a GCV200 201cc 4-stroke engine, with Honda's Auto Choke System for easy starting at any time of year. This model also includes hydrostatic cruise control, which saves your back and arms the hard work of pushing the mower around. Speed can be easily adjusted between 0 and 6km/h and blade brake technology ensures that the blades stop spinning (but the engine keeps running) within 3 seconds of you releasing the handle.

The 21-inch Nexite cutting deck is designed to be lightweight and tough, while the extra width it offers makes it quicker to tackle large areas. The twin-blade MicroCut system uses 4 cutting surfaces rather than 2 and the extra-large grass catcher means you won't have to frequently stop and empty out all your clippings.

Other features include adjustable handle positions and cutting heights ranging from 19mm to 101mm, making this a versatile mower for anyone with a large lawn to tackle.


Rover Mini Rider 382/30 Ride-on Lawn Mower

Best ride-on lawn mower

Rover Mini Rider 382/30 Ride-on Lawn Mower
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • Choice of transmissions
  • 5-year warranty

Cons

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

Why we chose it

If you're searching for the best ride-on lawn mower, our top pick is the Rover Mini Rider 382/30. This compact ride-on features a powerful engine, a 6-speed transmission and a side-discharge cutting deck. It's also picked up plenty of positive customer feedback, with an average score of 4.1 out of 5 from over 30 ratings on productreview.com.au.

We'd also like to give an honourable mention to the Ryobi RM480E Electric Ride-on Mower. It offers the convenience of battery power and has picked up its own fair share of positive customer reviews. That said, for our money, it's hard to go past the Rover Mini Rider if you're searching for the best ride-on mower.

Before going any further, we should point out that the Mini Rider is available in 2 models. One features a 6-speed manual transmission (for $2,899) and the other comes with a hydrostatic transmission (for $3,299).

Designed to fit through standard-width gates, the Mini Rider is a good choice if you've only got a narrow side access to work with. Powered by a 382cc Rover OHV engine, this model has a 30-inch deck and can be fitted with a grass catcher or optional mulch plug. It also features a low-back seat and telescopic steering, while the fuel tank has a capacity of 4.9 litres.

Admittedly, the compact design of the Rover Mini Rider won't suit all homeowners. But if you're looking for a ride-on that's small and versatile enough to use in a wide range of settings, the Mini Rider 382/30 is definitely worth a closer look.


Ryobi RLM18X33S40 18V ONE+ 4.0Ah 33cm Lawn Mower Kit

Best lawn mower for small lawns

Ryobi RLM18X33S40 18V ONE+ 4.0Ah 33cm Lawn Mower Kit
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Pros

  • Lightweight and compact
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Some buyers report that it struggles with long grass
  • Some buyers complain that cut is a little rough

Why we chose it

If you've only got a relatively small lawn area to mow, there are plenty of reasons why this compact cordless model from Ryobi is worth a closer look.

This lightweight push mower is simple and convenient to use, offers up to 25 minutes of runtime and isn't going to take up too much storage space in your shed or garage. It also has an average score of 4.2 out of 5 from over 50 Google reviews, so it's our top pick as the best lawn mower for small lawns.

With a 33cm cutting deck, this model is designed for people who live in townhouses and units. It's a compact mower that weighs in at 10.5kg and it has the added bonus of being a cordless model, so no need to worry about extension cords and power points of a corded mower, or about the noise and fumes of a petrol mower.

The Ryobi RLM18X33S40 comes with a 4.0Ah battery in kit form, which offers up to 25 minutes of mowing time. You can choose from 5 adjustable cutting heights ranging from 20mm to 65mm and there's a 35-litre catcher to ensure that your lawn stays neat and tidy.

Of course, the other bonus is that the battery you use to run your mower can be used to power over 100 other tools in the Ryobi ONE+ range. When you need to store your mower away, the handle folds away easily so it can be kept out of sight, out of mind.


Toro 30-inch TimeMaster Lawn Mower

Best lawn mower for large areas

Toro 30-inch TimeMaster Lawn Mower
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • 30-inch steel deck
  • Automatic drive system

Cons

  • Not cheap
  • Some buyers report that it’s not suitable for cutting low

Why we chose it

Mowing a large lawn but don't want or need a ride-on? There's plenty to like about the Toro TimeMaster.

This self-propelled lawn mower offers a wide cutting deck, a powerful engine and a host of features to aid durability. It's also been well received by consumers, with an average score of 4.1/5 from 15 ratings on productreview.com.au and 4.2/5 from over 500 Google reviews. As a result, it's our pick as the best lawn mower for large lawns.

The first thing you notice about the TimeMaster is its 30-inch cutting deck, which should help you tackle large patches of lawn much more quickly. Powered by a 223cc Briggs & Stratton 1000 Pro Series OHV engine, this mower features Toro's Personal Pace automatic drive system that's designed to adjust its pace to suit your walking speed (up to 8.1km/h). It also has a Traction-Assist Handle, which Toro says adjusts the speed to suit challenging areas and uneven terrain.

Grass cutting is handled by a twin-blade system, while you also have the flexibility of choosing between rear bagging, side discharge or recycling. For added safety, a Spin-Stop System leaves the engine running but stops the blade from running whenever you need to step away from the mower for a moment.

Other features include a cast aluminium frame, a heavy-duty steel deck and 2-point height adjustment. And when you need to store your mower, the handle can be positioned upright to take up minimal space in your shed.

So if you need to tackle a large lawn in quick time, be sure to give the Toro TimeMaster a closer look.


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  • We considered lawn mowers from over 20 leading brands.
  • We chose our top picks based on key product specs and reviews from real customers.
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

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