Top 10 Electric Lawn Mowers Under £100

October 2018
Top 10 Electric Lawn Mowers Under 100

The garden is often the doorway to the home and in a world where first impressions matter, your front lawn should be as well kept as Wimbledon!

 

Well, maybe not! However, having the right electric lawn mower is key to making any garden look inviting and well cared for. And you’re more likely to use a well-kept garden than one which requires some TLC.

 

While some are moving to robotics – a topic we’ll cover soon, nothing beats the satisfaction of plugging in an electric lawn mower and cutting the grass.

 

Our crack team has researched 10 of the best electric lawn mowers on the market currently and all are priced under £100.

 

Other than trying to keep the price affordable, we have focused on providing you with a range of electric lawn mowers from a number of brands.

 

 

Item

Photo

Our rating

Price*

Purchase

Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower

8/10

£82.40

Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower

8/10

£99.99

Webb WEER33 ER33 Lawnmower

7/10

£69.99

Qualcast Electric Rotary Lawnmower 1400W

8/10

£99.99

Flymo TurboLite 400 Electric Hover Lawn Mower Non-Collect

9/10

£90.99

VonHaus Electric Rotary Lawnmower 1600W

9/10

£69.99

Flymo Glider Compact 330VC Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower

7/10

£91.30

Charles Bentley Electric Hover Mower 1000W

7/10

£49.99

BLAUPUNKT Garden Tools GX1000 High Power Electric Rotary Lawnmower

7/10

£64.99

Black & Decker EMax38i

7/10

£94.95

* Prices correct at the time of publishing

 

 

Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower

Bosch Rotak 32R lawn mower

photo by Bosch

 

Description

First of our electric lawn mowers is the Bosch Rotak 32 R (buy on Amazon £82.40).

 

It’s a lightweight and compact lawnmower with a 32cm cutting width. So if you have a small or a medium sized lawn, this mower could be the one for you.

 

Sitting at the heart of the unit is 1200 W ‘Powerdrive’ motor, which supplies plenty of power when cutting long grass easier and enables you to quickly mow shorter grass.

 

In addition the Powerdrive motor, the mower features innovative grass combs, which allows the lawnmower to easily cut up to and over the edge of your lawn ensuring neat and tidy results.

 

The 31-litre grass box will enable you to cut even quicker as you won’t need to stop to rake or empty with every strip.

 

The 10m cable might be suitable for most smaller gardens but you’ll need an extension lead if you have a medium sized garden.

 

This product comes with a free 2-year guarantee, which can be extended up to 5 years.

 

Pros

  • Large grass box
  • Cuts close to edges and so reduces the need for strimming
  • Metal cutting blades with 3 adjustable setting (spring loaded wheel axles)

 

Cons

  • Turning corners can be difficult
  • Doesn’t easily fold down for storage
  • Some users have found assembly overly complex

 

Conclusion

Once you get past the less than ideal instructions and assembly process, the Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower is a great lightweight mower for small gardens.

 

We like that it has a powerful motor and metal blades, as this reduces the chances of it getting blocked. Plus it makes for a good solid cut and could mean you don’t have to strim the edges.

 

However, with only 3 cutting settings, it is limiting and feels like it could have been designed with 5 cutting heights. Overall we’re happy to give it an 8/10!

 

 

Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower

Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C lawn mower

photo by Flymo

 

Description

As our last mower is good on small to medium sized gardens, the FLYMO Speedi-Mo 360C (buy at Amazon £99.99) is better suited to medium to larger gardens.

 

The larger 1500W motor means the unit can handle hillier/rougher ground better, especially if you have a fairly large area you need to mow.

 

Also, the 40L box holds a lot of grass and is raised off the ground. Both of these features mean you can cut faster with less hassle.

 

The mower’s 5 cutting heights mean you can fine tune the cut and produce a better result overall.

 

Unlike other mowers, adjusting the cutting height is really simple and can be done mid cut. Plus with 36 cm metal blades, you’ll cut more grass in less time and for longer.

 

The 10-metre cable is as expected. However, it will probably be too short for most larger medium sized gardens.

 

The 2-year warranty is, again as to be expected. You can extend the warranty with FLYMO by another 3 years.

 

Pros

  • Powerful 1500W motor
  • 5 cutting heights and 36 cm metal blades
  • Easy to assembly

 

Cons

  • The grass box carry handle easily pops out of its rear attachment point
  • Can struggle with long and damp grass
  • Extended warranty is expensive

 

Conclusion

At just slightly under our budget, the Flymo Speedi-Mo 360C Electric Wheeled Lawn Mower has a lot to live up to. And thankfully it does. It’s easy to use, lightweight but has plenty of power.

 

The 5 cutting settings are really useable and end up giving a good clean even cut. Also, it’s easy to fold away to store.

 

The grass box construction leaves much to be desired and lets an overall good design down. We do hope FLYMO rethink this and create a simpler solution which is less likely to break/fall apart.

 

While it is powerful, some users have experienced issues with longer, damp grass as well as on tight corners. However, with that said, we’re happy to award it 8/10.

 

 

Webb WEER33 ER33 Lawnmower

Webb WEER33 ER33 lawnmower

photo by Webb

 

Description

As a UK designed machine, the Webb WEER33 ER33 Lawnmower (buy on Amazon £69.99) is perfect for smaller and medium sized lawns.

 

The mid-sized 1300W motor makes using the Webb easy and means the unit has a more power than you’ll need.

 

If you’re using this lawnmower on a smaller garden then you’ll be fine with 10-metre cable. However, you’ll probably need to add an extension if you have a more medium-sized space.

 

With an adjustable cutting height between 2-6cm, you have plenty of settings which enables you to keep the lawn looking lush regardless of the season. Plus there’s a single lever to adjust the cutting height, so you don’t need additional tools or a re-read of the manual.

 

The grass bag appears solid and holds a nice 35 Litres. The unit has a ‘bag full’ indicator to help prevent overfilling, and this is a nice feature to have. Plus as it’s a bag, it will be easier to store than a rigid plastic one. However, this could be a deal breaker and could need to be replaced sooner than solid plastic.

 

The polypropylene chassis is rust-resistant, easy to keep clean and means the unit is fairly lightweight, weighing in just under 9 Kg. Also, the folding handle makes it super easy to store in minimal space.

 

Pros

  • Lightweight design
  • Easy to adjust cutting height
  • Minimal assembly required

 

Cons

  • Grass bag could be a turn-off
  • Handle on grass bag doesn’t always lock in place
  • Cable clips attach in awkward places

 

Conclusion

Don’t be fooled by the weight, the Webb WEER33 ER33 Lawnmower has a great deal of power under the hood and uses materials which are long lasting and sturdy. Plus you don’t need a degree to operate or adjust the unit.

 

We feel, however, that some will hate the grass bag, even though it’s a good size. Especially if it’s sometimes hard to attach it and does fill up quickly on long grass.

 

Overall, it’s easy to overlook the few negatives and focus on what the WEBB excels at. That’s why it receives a fairly good 7/10.

 

 

Qualcast Electric Rotary Lawnmower 1400W

Qualcast 1400W Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

photo by Qualcast

 

Description

With a mighty 1400W motor the Qualcast Electric Rotary Lawnmower (buy at Amazon £99.99) delivers superb performance for small and medium gardens.

 

The hi-speed turbo drive motor is cased in a lightweight chassis which makes for easy manoeuvrable. As safety should always be top, the lawn mower features a safety switch for peace of mind.

 

The 37 cm steel blade can be easily adjusted into any of the 6 cutting heights with a single lever. This enables you to tailor your cut to the season and demand. These cutting heights range from 2 cm-7cm. So the mower provides many usable settings.

 

The on-board airlift grass collection technology supplies the best cut and collection performance. This system feeds a generous 40-litre grass collection bag. This sizeable container will reduce emptying.

 

The unit features a real roller, 10m power cable and comes with a 2-year guarantee.

 

Pros

  • 37 cm Steel blade
  • 6 cutting heights controlled by one lever
  • Unique airlift grass collection technology

 

Cons

  • Collection bag easily fills
  • Trigger needs to be pushed fully to work
  • Shorter power cable than previous model

 

Conclusion

From our research it seems that most people are divided about Qualcast Electric Rotary Lawnmower.

 

Some say it delivers as you would expect from a Qualcast mower, while others believe that the quality of their electric lawn mowers has slipped.

 

This model features a bag with a plastic top, which even though it’s rated as 40-litres, many users have noticed that it fills quickly and so, unstandably, question this. While a bag does take up less storage space, it’s not as a rigid like plastic.

 

Also, some users have noticed that power trigger switch is set so that you have to hold it tight for the machine to work. Even a slight relaxation can cause the motor to cut out. Should this be the case, and even as a minor problem, it could cause a headache on large lawns.

 

However, the Qualcast does deliver a good cut with multiple settings and can be folded down for easy storage. We, therefore, give it a 8/10.

 

 

Flymo TurboLite 400 Electric Hover Lawn Mower Non-Collect

Flymo TurboLite 400 lawnmower

photo by Flymo

 

Description

The Flymo TurboLite 400 Electric Hover Lawn Mower (buy at Amazon £90.99) is a different beast than the ones we’ve covered so far. While still quite near the top of our budget, this mower offers a sleek look and a great features list.

 

What makes this different is the technology and the lack of a collection bag or box. In short rather than rolling over the grass using wheels, this Flymo glides on a cushion of air.

 

Powering the mower is a 1500W motor which provides more than enough power. While aimed at the small to medium garden, there’s nothing to say with a power extension cable you couldn’t cut a large area.

 

The motor powers a large 40cm metal blade which can be adjusted to 5 cutting heights from 1-4cms. So the Flymo TurboLite 400 is able to handle all seasons and demands.

 

At 12 metres, the power cable is longer than the others we’ve covered. The unit is easily stored as it folds downs and is fairly light at just over 8kg.

 

Pros

  • Uses an air cushion
  • Large 40cm blade
  • 5 cutting heights which are easy to adjust

 

Con

  • Instructions are difficult to understand
  • Adjustment levers feel cheap
  • The lack of collection may annoy

 

Conclusion

If you know your Flymos, then you’ll know they run for quite literally decades. Just by browsing some online forums, many have been using their Flymo electric lawn mowers for over 30-years!

 

Should the Flymo TurboLite 400 Electric Hover Lawn Mower last for 20-years, then it’s a real bargain. The feature list is strong and the 40cm blade is wider than most of the mowers we’ve reviewed here.

 

That said, the only negatives we could discover is that the adjustment levers feel a little weak and so could be easily broken.

 

The unit does require some assembly- don’t be fooled into thinking you can remove the packaging and start.

 

The final negative is actually quite small, it’s appears that the power socket on the unit has changed.

 

So if you’re old Flymo has just died and you used one of the brand’s extensions leads, then you’ll have to pony up for another one. While this should really cause any issues, it’s a minor gripe.

 

Bearing all of this in mind, the Flymo floats with an impressive 9/10!

 

 

VonHaus Electric Rotary Lawnmower 1600W

VonHaus Electric Rotary Lawn Mower

photo by VonHaus

 

Description

With it’s distinctive grey, black and orange housing, the VonHaus Electric Rotary Lawnmower 1600W (buy at Amazon £69.99) offers a quick and easy way to maintain any lawn.

 

Ensuring easy manoeuvrability is four tread wheels as well as a soft grip handlebar. At 12 kg, it’s on the heavier side but glides superbly over grass, leaving a fine cut.

 

The 36 cm steel can be adjusted into one of six cutting height settings, which range from 2cm – 7cm. This gives you total control over the length of your grass.

 

The large 50L grass capacity bag means you can cut more grass without needing to unload after a few strips. Plus the 10-metre power cable should be able to cover most small and medium gardens.

 

Some simple assembly required and the mower comes with a 2 Year manufacturer warranty.

 

Pros

  • 36 cm steel blade with 6 cutting settings
  • Large 50-litre collection bag
  • Folds away easily

 

Cons

  • Bulky with bag and tight corners can be an issue
  • 10-metre power cable might be too short on medium gardens

 

Conclusion

Unlike most of our list of electric lawn mowers, it’s hard to find fault with the VonHaus Electric Rotary Lawnmower 1600W.

 

Sure it’s a bit on the big side when the collection bag is added, and this could make tight spaces hard to get into.

 

However, other than this, we think at this price point and for the features, it’s a fantastic deal. So the VonHaus scores 9/10!

 

 

Flymo Glider Compact 330VC Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower

Flymo 330VC Glider Compact Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower

photo by Flymo

 

Description

If you want a mower that glides and collects grass then, the Flymo Glider Compact 330VC Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower (buy at Amazon £91.30) might be for you.

 

Using an air cushion, this Flymo makes cutting a lawn easy and is suitable for trimming edges and general cutting. The powerful 1700W motor is one of the largest we’ve covered, and so it can handle a lot.

 

The small 33 cm metal blade cuts with precession and can be easily adjusted with a single dial. And with 4 different cutting heights between 1-3cm, you can adjust the mower for every season.

 

Using a top loaded grass collection box, rather than one on the rear, you can collect cut grass as you mow. However, at 22 Litres is it the smallest collection box we’ve covered – so could mean you spent quite a bit of time emptying it.

 

The 12-metre power cable is long enough for a small and even some medium sized gardens. Plus the clips on the handle make storing the cable easy.

 

Some assembly is required and like many electric lawn mowers, it folds flat for storage.

 

Pros

  • Powerful 1700 Watt motor
  • Easy to adjust cutting height
  • Folds down for easy storage

 

Cons

  • At 22 Litres the collection box is tiny
  • Small 33 cm blade
  • Some have complained that the design is flimsy

 

Conclusion

Starting the bad. Some users have complained about a flimsy design, however, this could be a manufacturing issue with one batch. So, it’s worth noting this.

 

While the overall design looks good, by using a top loaded collection box, Flymo has severely limited the collection capacity. At 22 Litres, you’ll only be able to do two or strips of a small garden before it needs to be unloaded.

 

In terms of the good points, the Flymo Glider Compact 330VC Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower has a super powerful motor which will provide you with more than enough power. We also like that you can easily turn a knob and change the cutting height.

 

So bearing in mind the design flaws and the good points, we can only give this Flymo a 7/10.

 

 

Charles Bentley Electric Hover Mower 1000W

Charles Bentley 1000W Electric Hover Mower

photo by Charles Bentley

 

Description

If you’re looking for a lightweight mower that’s perfect for small gardens, then Charles Bentley Electric Hover Mower 1000W (buy at Amazon £49.99) is an excellent choice.

 

At 4.7 kg it’s the lightest in our list of electric lawn mowers. However, the 1000 watt motor still packs a punch, even though it’s relatively small. The motor is used to create an air cushion, which the blade glides on, producing an even cut.

 

At a tiny 28cm, the blade is small but can be easily adjusted between 1-2cms. This allows for a range of cuts and so you’ll be able to keep your grass under control no matter the season.

 

The 6-metre main cable is quite short, so you’ll need an extension.

 

As it comes flat packed, some self-assembly is required. Luckily, it’s easy to fold down and store.

 

Pros

  • Lightweight but still powerful
  • Easy to assemble and adjust
  • Highly affordable

 

Cons

  • Small plastic blades
  • Short mains cable

 

Conclusion

Standing at half our budget, it’s hard to really find fault with the Charles Bentley Electric Hover Mower 1000W, especially as it’s cheap enough to replace.

 

Of course, it won’t handle a large garden or very rough terrain but it’s not built for that. We would be happy to use this mower on a small garden or for finishing edges on a larger garden where a bigger mower might struggle with tight spaces.

 

With all that considered, the biggest shortcoming is the power cable. At 6 metres, it’s really too short for most gardens where this mower would excel. However, this is a small issue that can be easily overcome.

 

The Charles Bentley, therefore, walks away with a respectable 7/10.

 

 

BLAUPUNKT Garden Tools GX1000 High Power Electric Rotary Lawnmower

BLAUPUNKT Garden Tools GX1000 lawn mower

photo by BLAUPUNKT

 

Description

The BLAUPUNKT Garden Tools GX1000 High Power Electric Rotary Lawnmower (buy at Amazon £64.99) is a high-performance unit which provides a clean cut and superb finish.

 

While on the small side, the 1000 Watt motor, should provide enough power for small and medium-sized gardens but might struggle with larger plots.

 

With a mid-sized 32cm metal blade, this mower is ideal for small to medium gardens. The cutting height can be adjusted into any of the 3 positions and so can be set to mow tight spaces and edges.

 

The oversized rear wheels makes cutting on uneven ground easy to accomplish.

 

The 30-litre grass collector box has plenty of room for cuttings and means you’ll be able to cover plenty of ground before you have to unload.

 

The handle folds for easy storage and the bar power control is designed for easy use with one hand. This makes steering the mower easy and hassle-free.

 

The 10-metre power cable is a fairly standard length and so should be able to cover most small and medium gardens.

 

The unit comes with a 3 Year BLAUPUNKT Blue Dot Warranty.

 

Pros

  • German design and manufactured
  • Mid-size 32cm metal blade
  • Large power control handle

 

Cons

  • Small 1000 Watt motor
  • Grass box is hard to fit and flimsy

 

Conclusion

We feel a little mixed about BLAUPUNKT Garden Tools GX1000 High Power Electric Rotary Lawnmower.

 

It does look great but the motor is quite small and some users have reported a high failure rate. And while this could be a batch problem, it still doesn’t fix the fact the motor is small.

 

That said, the small front wheels coupled with the larger rear ones is a great design and shows BLAUPUNKT is trying to include innovation at all price points.

 

The mid-sized blade is a nice feature and the 3 cutting heights will enable you to keep your lawn looking fresh all year round.

 

All in all, the BLAUPUNKT scores 7/10.

 

 

BLACK+DECKER EMax38i Lawn Mower

Black+Decker EMax38i Edge-Max lawn mower

photo by BLACK+DECKER

 

Description

When you think of DIY tools, the name Black & Decker probably springs to mind. So we have high expectations of the BLACK+DECKER EMax38i electric lawn mower (buy at Amazon £94.95).

 

Powering the EMax38i is an1600 Watt motor, which will handle most gardens with easy. With plenty of available power, the high-performance cutting system produces excellent results even on tall and damp grass.

 

The motor controls a large 38 cm blade, which is easily adjusted via the simple one-touch adjustment lever. This lever offers 6 different cutting heights of 20mm, 30mm, 40mm, 50mm, 60mm & 70mm.

 

At the heart of the mower is the EdgeMax system, which pushes the cut grass away from the blade and into the box. This means you can easily cut edges and tight spots with the full width of the blade.

 

With the largest grass collection box at 45 litres, it will hold plenty of cut grass. This means you’ll spend more time cutting and less time unloading. Plus the handy viewing window will enable you to see how full the box is.

 

The mower easily folds down for storage and the Intelli-Cable Management makes storing the cable easy and prevents damage.

 

Pros

  • 38 cm blade with 6 adjustable cutting heights
  • 1600W motor delivering superior performance
  • A large rigid 45-litre plastic collection box

 

Cons

  • Grass box hard to connect
  • Bulky design making tight spaces difficult
  • some motors have burned out after a year

 

Conclusion

As the last of our 10 electric lawn mowers and with mixed feedback, we’re unsure what to make of the BLACK+DECKER EMax38i lawn mower.

 

On the one hand, motors burning out after a year – isn’t a stellar performance review neither is the hard to connect grass collection box.

 

However, should the motor last, then we can see years of excellent performance just as long as you have a fairly square patch with no awkward tight spots.

 

Plus with 6 cutting settings, it provides a range of options for each season.

 

While some users have reported that the collection box is hard to fit, at 45 litres, you might struggle to fill it, which means you’ll quickly fly around the lawn without needing any breaks.

 

Sadly, due to some bad performance reviews, our rating of the EMax38i is 7/10.

 

 

Our favourite Electric Lawn Mower Under £100

The 10 electric lawn mowers we’ve covered include a range of brands and models and all are under £100 each. This means all are affordable and provide good value for money.

 

You might be wondering what’s the best for you. So here’s our take. For a small garden, you can’t beat either the Flymo Glider Compact 330VC or the Charles Bentley Electric Hover Mower 1000W. Both are compact enough to make it round a smallish lawn quickly and efficiently.

 

If you have a larger sized lawn then you’ll benefit from more power. So you’ll want to take a look at VonHaus Electric Rotary Lawnmower 1600W or the BLACK+DECKER EMax38i.

 

While the BLAUPUNKT Garden Tools GX1000 looks great, the motor really lets it down and so we struggle with where to place it as it’s quite bulky. However, it could be perfect if you have a squarish lawn with well-kept borders.

 

Our favourite out of all the electric lawn mowers we’ve covered is the Qualcast Electric Rotary Lawnmower 1400W. It’s has a large blade, sufficient power and a 40-litre bag.

 

Having looked at our selection of electric lawn mowers, which caters best to your needs?