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Best Petrol Lawn Mowers UK – A Helpful Buyers Guide and Reviews

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Best Petrol Lawn Mowers 2021

Best Petrol Lawn MowersUnless you have a tiny postage stamp sized garden, chances are you need a petrol lawn mower. It is all very well to nip around the garden with an electric mower but a petrol mower gives you much more power and freedom. This is especially true when you have a medium to a large area of lawn, and essential if you have banks or slopes. That is why I have produced this Best Petrol Lawn Mowers Guide to share what I believe are the best petrol lawn mowers available in the UK. Before we look at specific models of mower you need to make a decision with regards to 3 initial choices to narrow down your selection.

1. Self-Propelled OR Push Petrol Mower?

Firstly, you will need to decide if you want a petrol mower that propels itself or one you need to push. A self-propelled mower will naturally be easier to work with but does add additional cost.

2. Size of Your Lawn and Appropriate Deck Size?

Petrol mowers come in a wide variety of decks (cutting blade) and collection box sizes. You need to consider the size of your lawn and purchase the appropriate sized deck or cutting width. To assist with choosing the best deck size for your lawn, I have created this handy table below.

Petrol Lawn Sizes to Lawn Mower Deck Guide

Size of lawnSquare metres (Square Feet)Deck Size
Medium lawn500m² to 1000m² (5,400 to 10,800 Sq. Ft.)39cm to 45cm (16" to 18")
Large lawn1000m² to 1500m² (10,800 to 16,200 Sq. Ft.)45cm to 53cm (18"to 21")

3. Four Wheels OR Rear Roller?

Another initial decision you will need to make is if you want a standard 4 wheel petrol mower or one that has 2 front wheels and a rear roller for a striped lawn appearance.


In a Hurry?

Before we jump into the reviews, I understand that some of you could be pushed for time. If you don’t have time to read my in-depth petrol lawn mower reviews, I have listed my top selections below for your convenience.

Best Overall/Engine
Murray EQ500X - 18 Inch/46 cm Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower with...
Best Value Self Propelled
Mountfield SP41 Petrol Lawnmower, Self-Propelled, 39 cm Cutting Width,...
Best Rear Roller Stripes
Hyundai Petrol Lawnmower Self Propelled Lawn Mower with Roller for...
Best Push/Value
Sprint 2691603 460P Push Petrol Lawn Mower 46cm (18"), Briggs &...
Murray EQ500X - 18 Inch/46 cm Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower with...
Mountfield SP41 Petrol Lawnmower, Self-Propelled, 39 cm Cutting Width,...
Hyundai Petrol Lawnmower Self Propelled Lawn Mower with Roller for...
Sprint 2691603 460P Push Petrol Lawn Mower 46cm (18"), Briggs &...
£409.00
£219.44
£544.49
£259.00
Best Overall/Engine
Murray EQ500X - 18 Inch/46 cm Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower with...
Murray EQ500X - 18 Inch/46 cm Self-Propelled Petrol Lawnmower with...
£409.00
Best Value Self Propelled
Mountfield SP41 Petrol Lawnmower, Self-Propelled, 39 cm Cutting Width,...
Mountfield SP41 Petrol Lawnmower, Self-Propelled, 39 cm Cutting Width,...
£219.44
Best Rear Roller Stripes
Hyundai Petrol Lawnmower Self Propelled Lawn Mower with Roller for...
Hyundai Petrol Lawnmower Self Propelled Lawn Mower with Roller for...
£544.49
Best Push/Value
Sprint 2691603 460P Push Petrol Lawn Mower 46cm (18"), Briggs &...
Sprint 2691603 460P Push Petrol Lawn Mower 46cm (18"), Briggs &...
£259.00

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Best E Start Variable Speed
Hyundai Petrol Lawnmower Self Propelled Push Button Electric Start...
Best for Smaller Lawns
Einhell Petrol Lawn Mower GC-PM 40/1 S (1.2 kW, 1 Cylinder 4-Stroke...
Best for Medium Lawns
Webb Supreme WER18SP Self Propelled 4 Wheel Petrol Rotary Lawnmower...
Best for Large Lawns
Sprint 2691795 530SPX 21"/53cm self-propelled Petrol Lawn Mower with...
Hyundai Petrol Lawnmower Self Propelled Push Button Electric Start...
Einhell Petrol Lawn Mower GC-PM 40/1 S (1.2 kW, 1 Cylinder 4-Stroke...
Webb Supreme WER18SP Self Propelled 4 Wheel Petrol Rotary Lawnmower...
Sprint 2691795 530SPX 21"/53cm self-propelled Petrol Lawn Mower with...
£379.00
£199.95
£319.95
£479.00
Best E Start Variable Speed
Hyundai Petrol Lawnmower Self Propelled Push Button Electric Start...
Hyundai Petrol Lawnmower Self Propelled Push Button Electric Start...
£379.00
Best for Smaller Lawns
Einhell Petrol Lawn Mower GC-PM 40/1 S (1.2 kW, 1 Cylinder 4-Stroke...
Einhell Petrol Lawn Mower GC-PM 40/1 S (1.2 kW, 1 Cylinder 4-Stroke...
£199.95
Best for Medium Lawns
Webb Supreme WER18SP Self Propelled 4 Wheel Petrol Rotary Lawnmower...
Webb Supreme WER18SP Self Propelled 4 Wheel Petrol Rotary Lawnmower...
£319.95
Best for Large Lawns
Sprint 2691795 530SPX 21"/53cm self-propelled Petrol Lawn Mower with...
Sprint 2691795 530SPX 21"/53cm self-propelled Petrol Lawn Mower with...
£479.00

Last update on 2021-08-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Last update on 2021-08-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


Choose Your Best Petrol Mower

Once you have made the above decisions, you can then start to look at specific mowers and the features they offer such as power, variable speed, performance, mulching, electric start, hose wash port, side discharge etc.

To help you choose, below I have divided the best petrol mowers available on the market into the initial options. I have also included the best petrol mowers with the most popular features.

MEDIUM LAWNS

Self-Propelled
4-Wheel Petrol Mowers

LARGE LAWNS

Self-Propelled
4-Wheel Petrol Mowers

MEDIUM & LARGE LAWNS

Push
4-Wheel Petrol Mowers

MEDIUM & LARGE LAWNS

Rear Roller
Petrol Mowers

BEST MULCHING

Best Mulching
Petrol Mower

BEST ELECTRIC START

Best Electric Start
Petrol Mower

BEST REAR ROLLER

Best Rear Roller
Petrol Mower

BEST SELF-PROPELLED

Best Self-Propelled
Petrol Mower

 


Best Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mowers for Medium Lawns List

ImageMower NameDeckFeaturesMore Details
Hyundai HYM430SP Review (HYM430SPE)

Hyundai HYM430SP Review (HYM430SPE)

42Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
6 (25mm - 75mm)
Honda Izy HRG 466 SK Review

Honda Izy HRG 466 SK Review

46Folding Handles
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
6 (20mm - 74mm)
BMC Lawn Racer Review

BMC Lawn Racer Review

42Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Side Discharge
5 (25mm - 70mm)
Einhell GC-PM 46/3 S Review

Einhell GC-PM 46/3 S Review

46Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect7 (30mm - 70mm)
Cobra M40SPC Review

Cobra M40SPC Review

40Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect10 (25mm - 75mm)
Hyundai HYM460SPE Review (HYM460SP) - Self Propelled

Hyundai HYM460SPE Review (HYM460SP) - Self Propelled

46Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (25mm - 75mm)
Einhell GC-PM 40 S Review - Self Propelled Petrol Lawnmower

Einhell GC-PM 40 S Review - Self Propelled Petrol Lawnmower

40Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect7 (25mm - 60mm)
Murray EQ500X Review - 18 Inch/46cm Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

Murray EQ500X Review - 18 Inch/46cm Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

46Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (28mm - 92mm)
Sprint 460SP Review - (460P & 46SPX) Petrol Lawn Mower

Sprint 460SP Review - (460P & 46SPX) Petrol Lawn Mower

46Folding Handles
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Rear Discharge
6 (28mm - 92mm)
Webb Classic WER460SP 46cm Review (WER460ES)

Webb Classic WER460SP 46cm Review (WER460ES)

46Folding Handles
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
7 (25mm - 75mm)
Einhell GC-PM 46 S HW-T Review

Einhell GC-PM 46 S HW-T Review

46Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Zero Turn
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
8 (30mm - 80mm)
Webb Classic WER460ES 46cm Review

Webb Classic WER460ES 46cm Review

46Folding Handles
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
7 (25mm - 75mm)
Webb R18SP Supreme Review (R18HW R18HP) Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

Webb R18SP Supreme Review (R18HW R18HP) Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

46Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
7 (25mm - 75mm)

 

Best Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mowers for Large Lawns List

ImageMower NameDeckFeaturesMore Details
Hyundai HYM510SPE Review

Hyundai HYM510SPE Review

51Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (25mm - 75mm)
P1PE P5100SPE Review

P1PE P5100SPE Review

51Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
7 (25mm - 85mm)
Frisky Fox PLUS 20

Frisky Fox PLUS 20" Review - 5.5hp Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower

51Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
7 (25mm - 75mm)
P1PE P5100SPBS Review

P1PE P5100SPBS Review

51Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (25mm - 75mm)
Hyundai HYM510SP Review with FAQs and Pros & Cons

Hyundai HYM510SP Review with FAQs and Pros & Cons

51Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (25mm - 75mm)
Mountfield SP53 Review - Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

Mountfield SP53 Review - Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

51Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
5 (27mm - 90mm)
AL-KO Highline 51.7 SP Review - Self Propelled Petrol Lawnmower

AL-KO Highline 51.7 SP Review - Self Propelled Petrol Lawnmower

51Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
7 (30mm - 80mm)
ParkerBrand 21

ParkerBrand 21" (53cm) Petrol Lawnmower Review

53Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Side Discharge
5 (25mm - 75mm)
Murray EQ700X Review

Murray EQ700X Review

53Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (28mm - 92mm)
Hyundai HYM510SPEZ Review - Self-Propelled ZERO-TURN Lawnmower

Hyundai HYM510SPEZ Review - Self-Propelled ZERO-TURN Lawnmower

51Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Zero Turn
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Rear Discharge
6 (17mm - 75mm)
Cobra MX534SPH Review - 53cm Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

Cobra MX534SPH Review - 53cm Petrol Rotary Lawnmower

53Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Side Discharge
6 (25mm - 75mm)
Honda HRX537HY Review - Hydrostatic Petrol Lawnmower

Honda HRX537HY Review - Hydrostatic Petrol Lawnmower

53Folding Handles
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
7 (20mm - 100mm)
STIGA Combi 55 SQ Review

STIGA Combi 55 SQ Review

53Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
5 (25mm - 80mm)
Titan Pro Zero Turn Review - TPKH822

Titan Pro Zero Turn Review - TPKH822

56Folding Handles
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Zero Turn
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Side Discharge
5 (20mm - 95mm)
Sprint 530SPX Review - Self-propelled Petrol Lawn Mower 2691795

Sprint 530SPX Review - Self-propelled Petrol Lawn Mower 2691795

53Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Side Discharge
6 (28mm - 92mm)

 

Best Push Petrol Lawn Mowers – NOT Self-Propelled List

ImageMower NameDeckFeaturesMore Details
Mountfield HP185 Review - Petrol Rotary Lawnmower 2L0481023/MC

Mountfield HP185 Review - Petrol Rotary Lawnmower 2L0481023/MC

46Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Mulching
Rear Discharge
6 (22mm - 65mm)
Hyundai HYM400P Review (HYM400P-2)

Hyundai HYM400P Review (HYM400P-2)

40Folding HandlesCheck Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Rear Discharge
7 (25mm - 75mm)
Yard Force GM B41 Review - Petrol Lawnmower 125CC Briggs and Stratton

Yard Force GM B41 Review - Petrol Lawnmower 125CC Briggs and Stratton

41Folding HandlesCheck Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect5 (25mm - 75mm)
Murray EQ400 Review - 18

Murray EQ400 Review - 18"/46 cm Petrol Push Lawnmower

46Folding HandlesCheck Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Rear Discharge
6 (28mm - 92mm)
McCulloch M46-125R Review - Classic+ Petrol Push Collect

McCulloch M46-125R Review - Classic+ Petrol Push Collect

46Folding HandlesCheck Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect5 (30mm - 80mm)
Mountfield HP41 Review

Mountfield HP41 Review

39Folding HandlesCheck Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect5 (25mm - 70mm)

 

Best Rear Roller (Striped Lawn) Petrol Mower List

ImageMower NameDeckFeaturesMore Details
Hayter Spirit 41 Review

Hayter Spirit 41 Review

41Folding Handles
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect7 (15mm - 65mm)
Hayter Harrier 56 Review

Hayter Harrier 56 Review

56Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect7 (13mm - 60mm)
Hayter Harrier 48 Review

Hayter Harrier 48 Review

48Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect7 (13mm - 60mm)
Hayter Harrier 41 Review

Hayter Harrier 41 Review

41Folding Handles
Hose Wash Port
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
Variable Speed
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect7 (13mm - 60mm)
Hyundai HYM530SPER Review - 52.5cm Self Propelled Lawnmower with Roller

Hyundai HYM530SPER Review - 52.5cm Self Propelled Lawnmower with Roller

53Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Rear Discharge
5 (25mm - 75mm)
Hyundai HYM480SPR Review (HYM480SPER) Self Propelled

Hyundai HYM480SPR Review (HYM480SPER) Self Propelled

48Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled
Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect
Rear Discharge
5 (25mm - 75mm)

Best Petrol Lawn Mower Reviews

Cutting Features
Lawn Size
Product Features
Einhell GC-PM 46 S HW-T Review
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 46cm
Cut Heights: 8 (30mm - 80mm)
Lawn Size: Large, Medium
Einhell

Features:

Folding Handles Grass Box Full Indicator Larger Rear Wheels Self Propelled Zero Turn

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Zero Turn

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Summary

If you have a very large garden, you are going to need a lawnmower that can keep up with the demands of this. The Einhell GC-PM 46 S HW-T would make a great addition to your garden tools and has an incredible amount of power, is zero-turn that makes it manoeuvrable, versatile and easy to use.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Zero turn mower for excellent manoeuvrability
  • Self-propelled
  • Suitable for bigger gardens and lawns
  • Enormous 70 litre grass box
  • 4-in-1 mowing features including mulching, side discharge, rear discharge and cut & collect
  • Durable steel powder coated deck
  • Very good value for money
Cons
  • No rear roller
  • Can be difficult to control on steep slopes (front wheel can be locked off)
  • Doesn’t cut right up to the edges, especially those that are not straight
Frisky Fox PLUS 20 inch Review
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 51cm
Cut Heights: 7 (25mm - 75mm)
Lawn Size: Large
Frisky Fox

Features:

Folding Handles Grass Box Full Indicator Hose Wash Port Larger Rear Wheels Self Propelled Variable Speed

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Summary

Frisky Fox Plus 20” is a self-propelled mower for the mid-range market. It has a larger motor (WOLF ‘DYNAMIC’ 5.5HP), larger diameter cutting circle (50.8cm), and it has a lot of other functions to help improve the look of your lawn. This Frisky Fox Plus 20”model has two-blades mounted to a centrifugal hub and has single lever height adjustment ranging from between 25mm to 75mm.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Self-Propelled Mower
  • Mulching
  • Striper
  • Large Grass Collection Box of 50 L
  • Large Rear Wheels
  • Side-Discharge
  • Safety Blades
Cons
  • Mat Striper works well but not as effective as a roller
Hyundai HYM480SPR Review
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 48cm
Cut Heights: 5 (25mm - 75mm)
Lawn Size: Large
Hyundai

Features:

Folding Handles Grass Box Full Indicator Hose Wash Port Rear Roller (Stripes) Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Rear Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Rear Roller (Stripes)
Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Rear Discharge

Summary

The Hyundai HYM480SPR is a self propelled petrol lawn mower that has a powerful 2.6kW (3.5hp) Hyundai OHV 4-stroke 139cc engine and combined with a 48cm cutting width hardened steel blade is designed for large sized lawns. There are 5 cutting heights from 17mm to 75mm that can be adjusted from a central lever and a large 70 litre polypropylene/polyester fabric grass catcher bag. Unlike most petrol mowers, the Hyundai HYM480SPR has a built in rear roller for a traditional striped lawn appearance and comes complete with a 3 year warranty.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Rear roller for striped lawn appearance.
  • This is the most reliable, powerful and competent self-propelled petrol lawn mower available on the market with a rear roller.
  • Excellent 2-in-1 cutting features - Cut and Collect or Cut and Rear Discharge.
  • Comes with a 3 year warranty.
  • Very easy to adjust the height.
  • Offers a great range of cutting heights (with a low 25mm setting) and has the ability and power to cut grass in all conditions.
  • Self drive large rear roller makes the mower easy to move around your garden and provides striped lawn appearance.
  • The mower is easy to clean and use.
  • Simple to empty the collection bag.
  • Quick and easy assembly (about 5 mins).
  • Electric push start option available.
Cons
  • The mower is little heavy as it weighs 38kg (the self drive will ensure that you are not struggling).
  • No mulching ability with this mower.
  • As with all petrol mowers some maintenance is required.
Hyundai HYM400P Review
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 40cm
Cut Heights: 7 (25mm - 75mm)
Lawn Size: Small
Hyundai

Features:

Folding Handles

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Rear Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Rear Discharge

Summary

The Hyundai HYM400P is a petrol lawn mower that has a respectable 79cc Hyundai OHV 4-stroke engine and a 40cm width of cut using a hardened steel blade designed for small to medium sized lawns. It is equipped with a 40 litre quick release cloth grass bag, has 7 cutting heights from 25mm to 75mm.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Ergonomic soft grip handles
  • Light and easy to move around your garden
  • Reliable and good quality mower
  • Easy to start
  • Good safety features
  • Easy to store
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Low noise
  • Good value for money
Cons
  • Not self-propelled
  • Some gardens might need more power
Mountfield HP185 Review
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 46cm
Cut Heights: 6 (22mm - 65mm)
Lawn Size: Large, Medium
Mountfield

Features:

Folding Handles Grass Box Full Indicator

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge

Summary

The Mountfield HP185 petrol lawn mower is powered by a 125cc Briggs & Stratton 300 Series engine and has a 46cm cutting width suitable for medium sized lawns. This petrol mower comes supplied with a 60 L grass collection bag and has 3 cutting options that include Cut and Collect, Mulch and Rear Discharge. The 26 kg mower offers 6 cutting heights from 22mm to 65mm and is operated by a single lever to the rear of the mower.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Wide cutting width for more extensive lawns
  • Briggs and Stratton 300 series 125cc engine
  • Six height settings that are easy to adjust
  • Easy to start and control
  • Three mowing methods – mulching, grass collection and rear discharge
  • 2-year warranty
  • After-sales support with ServiceLink
Cons
  • No roller for a striped lawn
  • No self-propelled drive
Honda Izy HRG 466 SK Review
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 46cm
Cut Heights: 6 (20mm - 74mm)
Lawn Size: Large, Medium
Honda

Features:

Folding Handles Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching

Features:

Folding Handles
Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching

Summary

The Honda name needs no introduction and they are known for hard working durable and reliable engines. The Honda Izy HRG 466 SK lawn mower works hard and is great for medium sized gardens. Honda has a lot of experience with high-performance engines and have brought this know how to their lawn mower range. The 4-stroke engine is low maintenance and hassle-free.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Solid and durable
  • Trusted brand
  • Easy to clean
  • Self-propelled
  • Powerful hassle-free engine
  • Auto-choke for easy starting
  • Efficient grass collection
  • Large grass bag
  • Low noise
  • Quality non-slip wheels
  • Optional mulching kit available
Cons
  • A bit pricey
Hyundai HYM430SP Review
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 42cm
Cut Heights: 6 (25mm - 75mm)
Lawn Size: Medium, Small
Hyundai

Features:

Folding Handles Grass Box Full Indicator Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge

Summary

While better known for well-priced reliable cars, Hyundai make some fine lawn mowers. The HYM430SP is a case in point. This lawn mower has a decent 139cc 4-stroke engine that is powerful, low maintenance and economical to run. As an added bonus it has low emissions making it eco-friendly.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Effortless thanks to self-propulsion
  • Good size grass box
  • Mulching plug feature
  • Durable construction
  • Easy to start
  • Value for money
  • No tools required
  • Great mow height options
  • Good safety features
  • 3-year warranty
Cons
  • No roller for striped lawns
  • Instructions not the greatest
ParkerBrand 21″ 53cm Review
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 53cm
Cut Heights: 5 (25mm - 75mm)
Lawn Size: Large
Parker

Features:

Folding Handles Grass Box Full Indicator Larger Rear Wheels Self Propelled Variable Speed

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Side Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled
Variable Speed

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Side Discharge

Summary

The ParkerBrand 21 inch (53cm) is a variable speed self-propelled petrol lawn mower with a four stroke 173cc engine. It is supplied with a very large 70 litre grass collection box, side discharge chute and mulching plug as standard. There is a wide range of 5 cutting heights from 25mm to 75mm and is fitted with a steel 53cm deck suitable for medium to large sized lawns.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Variable speed self-propulsion.
  • Cup holders.
  • Giant 70-litre grass box.
  • Side-chute.
Cons
  • You cannot send the mulching’s through the rear chute.
  • There is no striper.
Hyundai HYM460SPE Review
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 46cm
Cut Heights: 6 (25mm - 75mm)
Lawn Size: Large, Medium
Hyundai

Features:

Folding Handles Grass Box Full Indicator Hose Wash Port Larger Rear Wheels Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hose Wash Port
Larger Rear Wheels
Self Propelled

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Summary

The Hyundai HYM460SPE is a self propelled petrol lawn mower that has a powerful 2.6kW (3.5hp) Hyundai OHV 4-stroke 139cc engine and a 46cm width of cut using a hardened steel blade designed for medium to large sized lawns. It is equipped with a large 70 litre grass box, has 6 cutting heights from 25mm to 75mm, an easy push button start and comes complete with a 3 year warranty. The Hyundai HYM460SPE has 4-in-1 cutting options including cut and collect, cut and drop, cut and side discharge and mulching.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Effortless thanks to self-propulsion
  • Good size grass box
  • Mulching plug feature
  • Side and rear discharge
  • Durable construction
  • Easy to start
  • Value for money
  • No tools required
  • Great mow height options
  • Good safety features
  • 3-year warranty
Cons
  • No roller for striped lawns
  • Instructions could be better
P1PE P5100SPE Review
Mower Type: Petrol
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 51cm
Cut Heights: 7 (25mm - 85mm)
Lawn Size: Large
P1PE

Features:

Folding Handles Grass Box Full Indicator Larger Rear Wheels Safety Key Self Propelled Variable Speed

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Features:

Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Larger Rear Wheels
Safety Key
Self Propelled
Variable Speed

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching - Rear Discharge - Side Discharge

Summary

Position One Power Equipment or P1PE have created a solid quality lawn mower and fitted it with a reliable powerful 173cc 6 hp engine. It has a convenient and reliable electric starter and uses a key start for added security. There is a recoil starter in case the battery on the starter is flat. This mower with a wide 51cm (21″) cutting width is designed for medium to large lawns, has the ability to Mulch and side discharge and is self-propelled to get you around quickly and easily. The P1PE P5100SPE has rear-wheel drive and will cope well with inclines or banks.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Quality powerful Hyundai engine
  • Easy electric start (Key start)
  • Self-propelled
  • Light on fuel
  • Tough and durable
  • Good customer care
  • OPC safety control
  • Large 60 L grass collector bag
Cons
  • Despite being self-propelled some people found it a little heavier than its competitors

 

A Helpful Buyers Guide

Why Should You Purchase A Petrol Lawn Mower?

Petrol Lawn Mower ReviewsUnless you have a tiny postage stamp sized garden, chances are you need a petrol lawn mower. It is all very well to nip around a small garden with an electric mower but a petrol mower gives you much more power and freedom. This is especially true when you have a medium to a large area of lawn and essential if you have banks or slopes. That is why I have created this Best Petrol Lawn Mowers Guide to what I believe are the best petrol lawn mowers here in the UK.

The initial outlay for a petrol lawn mower is generally more than that of an electric option, but the improved power and the convenience of not having to worry about electrical cables will make it a worthwhile investment. Petrol mowers are also generally more durable so will last longer than most electric lawn mowers. This is mainly due to the higher build quality and steel decks.

Some will claim that battery powered cordless lawn mowers will see the demise of petrol mowers. It is true that cordless lithium-ion batteries have massively improved over the last 2 years, they are still many years away from replacing petrol lawn mowers. For larger and more undulating lawns petrol mowers may still be the best option in terms of power, durability, longer run times and self-propulsion, making cutting your lawn easier and quicker. I have written a free guide called “The Complete Guide to Buying a Lawn Mower” that details in depth the pros and cons of cordless, petrol, corded and robotic mowers. This guide will help you decide what mower is best suited to you and your lawn.

What to Look for When Selecting a Petrol Lawn Mower

Lawn SizeA lawn mower is a fair investment and a good one will last many years if well looked after. Here are a few things to look at before making your decision:

Size of the Lawn Area

There are a number of factors to consider when comparing and evaluating the different options. The first of these should always be the size of your lawn. You have already decided on a petrol lawn mower but there a number of other things to think about.

  • Cutting width – Simply put, the larger the cutting width, the larger the area of lawn you will mow with every pass. For larger gardens go for a lawn mower with a wider cutting width. While it makes manoeuvrability and cutting around corners / edges a bit more tricky, it will make cutting the lawn much faster. To give you a guide below I have included a table to show what size deck is suitable for various lawn sizes.

Petrol Lawn Sizes to Lawn Mower Deck Guide

Size of lawnSquare metres (Square Feet)Deck Size
Medium lawn500m² to 1000m² (5,400 to 10,800 Sq. Ft.)39cm to 45cm (16" to 18")
Large lawn1000m² to 1500m² (10,800 to 16,200 Sq. Ft.)45cm to 53cm (18"to 21")
  • Grass box size – Again, a larger grass box will let you mow the lawn faster as you have to spend less time emptying it out. The more powerful lawn mowers will have no problem with the additional weight of a full large grass box and the fewer trips to empty it out will make your job faster. In general, the grass box size will correspond directly to the size of the deck. Some grass collection boxes have an indicator flap that will let you know when the box needs emptying, this will remove the guesswork out of the process.
  • Power – With a large lawn, the petrol mower will have to work harder and longer. A petrol mower with a more powerful engine will allow you to mow more quickly at a faster pace, especially when the grass is thick and long. When the grass is longer and you are using an underpowered petrol mower, you will be required to cut on a much higher setting and then mow again on a lower / desired height setting. Larger lawns tend to be cut less often, compared to small lawns, and therefore the demand on the mower will be higher due to the condition of the lawn.
  • Self-propulsion – With a smaller patch of lawn this is not a major concern but pushing a big heavy lawn mower around a large or even medium sized garden can soon become tiring. Self-propelled petrol mowers will remove the physical hard work out of mowing and all you really have to do is just guide it around the garden. Another time you might want to look at self-propulsion, even with a smaller garden, is if the teens or grandparents want to use the petrol mower. They will find it much easier if they do not have to push the full weight of the lawn mower.
  • Variable speed – In addition to self-propulsion, there are some mowers that are provided with variable speed. This feature is extremely handy as you can adjust the speed of the mower to match your desired pace. You can also reduce the speed especially when mowing up or down a hill / slopes to increase stability and safety. Some higher end petrol mowers even come with sensors that will adjust the speed automatically according to the pace at which you are mowing.

Other Considerations

Petrol Mower ConsiderationsApart from factors related to the size of the lawn, there are a few other factors to consider.

  • Noise – If you have neighbours that are close by, you don’t want to upset them every time you mow. Some models are considerably quieter than others so bear this in mind.
  • Fuel consumption – If you are cutting often, particularly on a large lawn, the cost of fuel can add up quickly. Look for a model that is economical to operate. Keeping it well looked after and serviced will also help to keep fuel use down.
  • Mulching – Mulching is a highly beneficial feature that only some models provide. It has a setting or a separate mulching plug that prevents the grass cuttings being collected. Instead, the grass cuttings are cut into small pieces and pushed down into the soil of your cut lawn. As they rot down they return essential nutrients to the soil and improve the health of the grass. Mulching is economical and environmentally friendly, but not everyone is going to use this feature.
  • Cut height options – Depending on the type of lawn, the time of year, weather conditions and a number of other factors, you will want to adjust the cutting height from time to time. If the grass has been left to get a bit long, you do not want to send it into shock by cutting it right back in one go (not advisable for the health of your lawn). Look for a mower that gives you a range of cutting height options and that they are fairly easy to adjust. A single height adjustment lever that adjusts all 4 wheels simultaneously is the quickest and easiest option available.
  • Recoil or electric starter – While most modern recoil starters are easier and more reliable than they were some years back, it is still a bit of effort and can put a strain on your wrist. If this is a concern, look for a lawn mower with a convenient electric starter. An electric start petrol mower will simply allow you to press a button in order to start the mower. You will always have the back up of the recoil, should the electric start fail. Remember, an electric start mower has a battery that will need to be charged periodically and does add little weight to the mower.
  • Handle comfort – Some models have soft grip handles that are ergonomically designed in order to limit vibrations. This makes the lawn mower much more comfortable and less tiring to use. You also want the handle height to be adjustable so that it is comfortable for different people to use.
  • Storage – If you have limited storage space, look for a more compact model and one that allows the handles to fold down for easy storage. Some mowers will only fold at the central point of their handle, where others will also fold at the lower deck point, allowing reduced storage. Also consider a hybrid grass collection box, where you have the benefit of a solid top and mesh sides allowing it to be folded flat.
  • Rear roller – If you are wanting that elegant and professional striped effect on your lawn, you want to look for a model with a dedicated rear roller. A good point to look out for is that the roller is the full width of the mower to prevent you from having to overlap on each pass. Also the heavier the mower, the more defined and longer lasting the stripes will be.
  • Budget – A lawn mower is a fair investment and should last you for many years. Whilst it is true that the premium brands are well built and will serve you well for many years, some budget and mid-range models I have tested are comparable in terms of the materials and build quality. Some manufacturers will provide a warranty up to 5 years, if registered, whilst others are not as generous. Just look out as some warranties are conditional on the mower being serviced annually at an authorised dealership.

Conclusion

After extensive research and careful consideration, I have only included what I believe are to be the best petrol lawn mowers on the market right now. They are all very good in their own right. Having said that, everyone has a different garden and different requirements.

This guide “Best Petrol Lawn Mowers” would have given you some insight into the features and benefits that you need for your specific situation. Give some thought to your garden and your specific requirements as well as your budget. Once you are clear on that, you can make an informed decision and select the best petrol lawn mower for your needs.

If you are still unsure, use the banner at the top of this page that will take you to my lawn mower selection tool. In seconds it will recommend the best mower/s based on your specific requirements.

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14 thoughts on “Best Petrol Lawn Mowers UK – A Helpful Buyers Guide and Reviews

  1. Thanks Mark, I really appreciate the quick reply. Guess I’ll hang on for the Webb. Like you mentioned, a few of the retailers are saying they are expecting stock in Mar/Apr. It also seems to have good reviews.

  2. Hi Mark, I am looking to get a petrol rear roller mower for my small/medium sized lawn (so 16-18 inch deck). I’m thinking that I don’t need self-propelled considering the size of the lawn, plus I have curved flower beds etc. so the manual push control would be better suited. I also would love to have a mulching option, which I know is not normal for roller mowers. The only mower I have found that offers all of this is the Webb ‘Supreme’ RR17P but it seems to be out of stock with most sellers. Do you have any views on this mower? The other mower I love the look of is the Masport RR Push with its beefy engine, but it doesn’t appear to have a mulching option. Any views on this mower and whether it can mulch using an adapter? Or do you know of any other mowers meeting my criteria that can be converted, maybe with an optional mulching plug?
    Many thanks!
    Charlie

    1. Hi Charlie

      Yes, this is going to be a difficult find, mulching with rear roller.

      The only other mower I am aware of is the Honda HRD536 QX where you can purchase and optional mulching kit. But this is a professional mower and is reflected in the price.

      I don’t believe there is a mulching kit for the Masport.

      The Webb has been out of stock for some time now, but normally most manufactures will be replenishing stock around this time (March).

      Thanks
      Mark

  3. Hi Mark

    Would you recommend the Hyundai 51cm mower. I’ve also had a look at Cobra machines with a similar spec and price range. Thought I’d buy a Hayter but mixed reviews on YouTube make me worry whether it is worth extra money. I have a large lawn but will only be mowed once a week, so clearly domestic use. Ideally I don’t want to spend much over £600-£650.

    Thank you
    Manik

    1. Hi Manik,

      The Hyundai mowers are my best-sellers, they are very good value for money, technical and after sales support is good.

      For domestic use the Hyundai may be your best option. If you want a self-propelled model with variable speed, electric start and 4 cutting functions including mulching, the I would go for
      https://easylawnmowing.co.uk/hyundai-hym510spe-review/

      The Hyundai HYM510SPE will cost you around £75 less, but it doesn’t have the electric start option. https://easylawnmowing.co.uk/hyundai-hym510spe-review/

      If you do decide to purchase don’t forget to use my discount code within my review – MOWJO (5% discount)

      As you were considering the Hayters, were you looking for a rear roller too?

      Below I have included a mower selection tool, that will recommend the best mower based on your specific requirements.
      https://easylawnmowing.co.uk/find-the-perfect-lawn-mower/

      Hope this helps

      Kind regards
      Mark

  4. Hi Mark

    You advised me earlier on either a mountfield HP41 or a hyundai hym 400p
    I know they are similar but i just looked at a mountfield 394 – pb briggs & stratton engine, is this one better or all the same really?

    Thanks
    Paula

    1. Hi Paula

      To be honest they are pretty much similar in terms of the mower and its features. In terms of the engine, then yes the Briggs & Stratton 125cc engine is by far more superior than Mountfield’s own engine. Naturally, this is reflected in the purchase price of the mower. You will find that commercial gardeners will choose the Briggs & Stratton engine due to the increased power and longevity as they use them on a far more frequent basis. For domestic use, the Mountfield engine would be completely fine, if looked after and serviced on a regular basis.

      You can see my article on what is involved in maintaining a petrol mower here – https://easylawnmowing.co.uk/10-simple-steps-to-maintaining-your-petrol-lawnmower/

      Hope this helps.
      Mark

  5. Hi, i am looking to get a petrol,self propelled rear roller mower and narrowed it to a stihl rm545v and a honda hrx426qx. Stihl cheaper and lighter by nearly 9kg but i know hondas are reliable and built well. Its for small to medium lawns with flower beds to mow round and wondered how easy the honda is to manoever being heavier. I had a webb rr17sp but first stopped on 2nd use and replacement was useless so looking to step up and wondered what your thoughts are. Cheers tim

    1. Hi Tim,

      To be honest with you I have not used any Stihl petrol mowers, but not heard a bad word against them.

      The Honda petrol mowers are reliable and well built. In terms of the weight you would need at least 35kg for the rear roller to produce longer lasting stripes. So perhaps, the heavier Honda would be advantageous to you if this is important. Remember, a dedicated garden roller filled with water would be around 35kg, and with sand around 55kg.

      Sorry I can’t help with the comparison, I will be testing some used Stihl mowers in the coming months.

      Hope this helps.
      Mark

    1. Hi Jay, thanks for your message. To be honest you really need a heavy mower (petrol or large battery mower) with an integrated roller, so that the mower’s weight is above the roller to compress the turf.

      Universal rollers will produce initial striping effect but they will not last long.

      Hope this helps
      Mark

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