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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 lawn Square metres (Square Feet) Deck Size
Medium lawn 500m² to 1000m² (5,400 to 10,800 Sq. Ft.) 39cm to 45cm (16″ to 18″)
Large lawn 1000m² 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 &…

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…

Best Value Self Propelled

Mountfield SP41 Petrol Lawnmower, Self-Propelled, 39 cm Cutting Width,...

Mountfield SP41 Petrol Lawnmower, Self-Propelled, 39 cm Cutting Width,…

Best Rear Roller Stripes

Hyundai Petrol Lawnmower Self Propelled Lawn Mower with Roller for...

Hyundai Petrol Lawnmower Self Propelled Lawn Mower with Roller for…

Best Push/Value

Sprint 2691603 460P Push Petrol Lawn Mower 46cm (18"), Briggs &...

Sprint 2691603 460P Push Petrol Lawn Mower 46cm (18″), Briggs &…

Last update on 2021-08-31 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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…

Best E Start Variable Speed

Hyundai Petrol Lawnmower Self Propelled Push Button Electric Start...

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...

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...

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...

Sprint 2691795 530SPX 21″/53cm self-propelled Petrol Lawn Mower with…

Last update on 2021-08-31 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Last update on 2021-08-31 / 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.

 


Best Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mowers for Medium Lawns List


 

Best Self-Propelled Petrol Lawn Mowers for Large Lawns List


 

Best Push Petrol Lawn Mowers – NOT Self-Propelled List


 

Best Rear Roller (Striped Lawn) Petrol Mower List


Best Petrol Lawn Mower Reviews


 

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 lawn Square metres (Square Feet) Deck Size
Medium lawn 500m² to 1000m² (5,400 to 10,800 Sq. Ft.) 39cm to 45cm (16″ to 18″)
Large lawn 1000m² 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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