The Best Lawn Mower In Australia for 2020 (Petrol & Electric)

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A good lawnmower is essential if you want to keep your yard tidy and looking great. There are, however, quite a number of them on the market, some good, and some not so good.

Here is our hand-picked list of the best lawn mowers you can buy in Australia plus a few tips on what to look for when purchasing.


1. Honda HRU19 Buffalo Premium Petrol Lawn Mower


The HRU19 Buffalo from Honda is an excellent petrol lawnmower thanks to it being super solid and easy to service and maintain. This mower will stay running in peak condition for years. You might even pass it on to your kids, it’s so sturdy. 

It’s great on all types of lawn and cuts thick grass easily, although on thick, wet grass the catcher may only fill halfway before you need to empty it. It uses a pull cord and the engine starts on the first pull every time.  

It weighs in at 31kg, which some people may find a bit heavy if they’re using it on a smaller lawn. Overall, this is one of the best and most reliable lawn mowers you can own. 


What We Like:

Great on all types of lawn
Very reliable
Great cutting power

What We Don’t Like:

A little heavy for a small lawn


2. Bosch ARM 37 Electric Lawn Mower


The Bosch ARM 37 is one of the best electric mowers for small lawns. It weighs only 12kg and is very easy to maneuver and store. This machine runs very quietly, so you won’t disturb the neighbors, but the engine is still quite powerful and will make short work of your lawn.  

This is a good mower if you have limited storage space as it is compact and well-designed. The handle is double-folding, and the grass catcher can be stacked on top to save space.  

It may struggle against thick grass, but it clearly isn’t designed for that. This is a good mower for small yards that are well-maintained and require regular mowing with minimal fuss. 


What We Like:

Easy to use
Lightweight
Easy to store

What We Don’t Like:

May struggle with thick grass


3. Ryobi 36v Electric Lawn Mower


This electric mower from Ryobi is suitable for medium and larger lawns. The battery lasts around 45 minutes, which is enough to cut the largest backyards, and the cutting power is very good. It will begin to struggle on grass that is long and wet, but otherwise, it powers through lawns and makes short work of mowing. 

It starts instantly with the push of a button and has five settings for cutting height that can be adjusted quickly and easily. Maneuvering is easy too, as the body is relatively lightweight. It runs quietly, so you can use it anytime, and since it’s electric, there are no fumes to worry about.  

Overall, this is one of the best electric mowers for medium-sized yards and has all the power you need for most lawns.  


What We Like:

Long battery life
Good for medium to large yards
Easy to handle

What We Don’t Like:

May struggle on long, wet grass


4. Victa Pace Petrol Lawn Mower


The Victa Pace petrol lawnmower is very solid and has a powerful engine for its size. It cuts through long grass easily and is good for any type of lawn. Even though it has only two blades, it cuts as well as a four-blade mower. It feels very sturdy to mow with, so you don’t have to fight to keep it on track, but it’s still easy to maneuver. 

The amount of noise is about what you would expect for a petrol mower. It starts very easily and the catcher for grass clippings is made from breathable fabric, so it is easier to work with than a plastic catcher.  

Overall, this is a very good petrol mower that is solid and reliable. 


What We Like:

Powerful engine
Solid
Starts easily

What We Don’t Like:

Not as convenient as an electric for the size


5. Dewalt 36V Electric Lawn Mower


This electric mower from Dewalt is a good choice for a large lawn as it has a 48cm cutting area. The battery will last about 45 minutes, so together with the wide capacity, you can cut quite a bit of grass. 

Like other electric mowers, it is very quiet to run and is easy to handle. It weighs only 26 kg, which is pretty light for this size mower and makes it easy to transport and store. It also has the benefits of being exhaust-free and requiring no tune-ups or oil changes. 

Starting it is simple with a push-button activator and it also has a secondary safety switch, which is always a good idea with lawnmowers.  It may struggle a bit on thick grass, but it is good for most lawns. 

Overall, this is an excellent electric mower for larger yards.


What We Like:

Large cutting area
Lightweight and easy to handle
Secondary safety switch

What We Don’t Like:

Struggles a bit on tough grass


Lawn Mower Buyers Guide


Electric 

Many electric mowers can cut just as well as petrol models, but they don’t give off exhaust fumes and they don’t require an oil change or maintenance. Electric mowers are also much quieter than petrol mowers and they start with the push of a button. One downside to electric mowers is that the battery charge doesn’t last long, so they are suitable for smaller to medium lawns.

Electric mowers can be either corded or cordless. While corded mowers remove any concern around battery life and charging, they do come with reduced range and maneuverability.

Petrol 

Petrol lawnmowers aren’t limited by battery life so they can cut much larger areas. They can be push or self-propelled and they are usually much cheaper to buy than electric mowers. The cost of running a petrol mower may add up to more than an electric in the long-run. Petrol mowers tend to handle thick grass better than electric mowers, but they will require maintenance from time to time. Petrol mowers are also loud and give off exhaust fumes. 

Type of Ignition 

The way a mower starts is important. Some mowers use a ripcord, which may require some strength to pull. On older mowers, it can take several pulls to get the engine started.  Other mowers have a push-button start that is as simple as it sounds. All-electric mowers have a push-button start but some petrol mowers do as well. 

Handling 

Push mowers will give you more control over your cutting, but they can be unwieldy at times. A self-propelled lawnmower is much easier to handle and requires much less effort to use. Wheel-size also affects the handling; larger wheels make it easier to use the mower on rough ground, while smaller wheels make it easier to turn the mower.