Best petrol lawn mowers to buy 2022 UK edition

Gardening can be an uphill task — literally — and a petrol mower is what you need to get the job done if you have a large, tough, or hilly garden.

Of course, lawn mowers come in many shapes and sizes, with electric, cordless, manual, and petrol devices on offer for every type of garden and gardener. For casual, low-demand gardening, we would usually recommend a cordless option for pure convenience, but sometimes these devices just don’t, ahem, cut it.

There are plenty of impressive petrol lawn mowers on offer from brands like Hyundai, Einhell, and Murray. In fact, there are so many brands and models to choose from that it can be seriously difficult to pick just one. Here’s some helpful information to get you started.

What are the benefits of a petrol lawn mower?

Being powered by petrol, rather than the electric mains or batteries, means some hefty plus points. Petrol lawn mowers are powerful and robust, meaning they can tackle rough areas and dense, tricky-to-cut grass. The lack of electric cable is also a bonus — that allows you freedom to roam way beyond the range of a corded lawn mower and tackle otherwise unreachable areas. The power and freedom also means they’re ideal for large gardens. It’s no coincidence that petrol lawn mowers are usually the mower of choice for landscaping professionals.


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What are the drawbacks of a petrol lawn mower?

It’s fair to say that a petrol lawn mower isn’t for everyone – or indeed, every garden. As with any purchase of this ilk, assess your specific needs first and decide if a petrol lawn mower is right for you. Petrol lawn mowers are great for big and tough gardens, but they do require a certain amount of maintenance and are generally more expensive than electric and cordless models – not to mention the ongoing petrol costs. They’re heavier and noisier too, but that’s what you get with power.

Are their different types of petrol lawn mower?

This is where it gets tricky, because there isn’t just one type of petrol lawn mower. Different types of petrol-powered mowers include push lawn mowers, self-propelled lawn mowers, mulching lawn mowers, and — if you want to get really serious — ride-on lawn mowers.

What size garden is best for a petrol lawn mower?

Advice varies on this, and depends on the type of petrol lawn mower you have, but a self-propelled petrol lawn mower tends to be for lawns of 700 square metres and over. Petrol mowers can be used in smaller gardens, of course. A push petrol mower is best for lawns of under 700 square metres in size.

What is the best petrol lawn mower?

There are plenty of great petrol lawn mowers out there. But it’s all down to personal preference and what best suits your garden. To help you pick the right model for your lawn, we have shortlisted a selection of top mowers from some of the biggest gardening brands. We have considered customer reviews, features, and price. Basically, we’ve done all of the hard work so you don’t have to. We’re helpful like that.

These are the best petrol lawn mowers in 2022.

The Sprint 410P is a lightweight machine with a small mower deck and grass catcher, making this one of the most maneuverable mowers around.

It’s adjustable too. Choose your cutting height, with six cut positions that can be set with a single point lever. The handle bar has three height positions. The handle also folds back easily, allowing you to save precious space when it comes time to store the mower away.

This popular lawn mower uses a Briggs & Stratton 300E Series petrol engine, which delivers plenty of power. That reliable engine combines with the durable steel mower deck to ensures that the Sprint 410p will keep working hard for years to come.

There’s also a two-in-one cutting system that features rear discharge and collects the clippings for a mess-free mowing job.

The Einhell GC-PM 40/1 S petrol lawn mower packs plenty of power and is well suited to larger gardens. It can handle lawns of up to 1000 square metres, which is impressive for a push mower. You can even customise the level of power it kicks out thanks to optional rear wheel drive. Put the rear wheel drive into gear for getting a power boost or cutting through tall, overgrown grass.

You can cut to multiple lengths, with seven cutting height adjustment options. A folding ergonomic handle makes it more comfortable to push around the garden — not to mention making it easy to stow away.

It comes with large grass catching basket, which has a fill level indicator and two handles for easy emptying. The sturdy plastic housing means the overall action is lightweight and manoeuvrable.

The Murray EQ200 lawn mower is a compact option powered by the sturdy, always-reliable Briggs and Stratton 300E Series engine.

The EQ200 comes with a durable steel mower deck and grass bag suited to mow small-to-medium sized lawns. It has a 2-in-1 cutting system, so you can choose to collect the clippings in the grass catcher or discharge them from the back. Switching between the two functions is quick and tool-free.

There are more adjustable features. The mower deck features six cutting height positions, while the ergonomic handle bar is totally adjustable with three different heights. The handle can also be easily folded away once you’re done, helping you to store away and save space.

More powerful — and more expensive — versions are also available as part of the Murray petrol mower range.

Hyundai is one of the biggest names in lawn mowing, and the HYM430SP petrol mower is one of its most popular models. It’s a simple to use self-propelled lawn mower with a large cutting width.

It’s powered by a reliable Hyundai 2.6kW 139cc OHV 4 stroke low-emission, low-maintenance, and economical petrol engine. The recoil start engine is easily started thanks to the contactless ignition system.

The cutting height can be quickly adjusted to six different cutting heights using a single lever. The quick release grass collector lets you collect more grass but means you spend less time emptying. The mulching plug turns your grass into much finer clippings and disperses them across your lawn to help you maintain a healthy garden.

The Webb WER460SP petrol lawn mower is powered by a high-performance 141cc Webb DVO air-cooled four-stroke engine, which utilises the latest OHV technology. You should get quiet, smooth-running operation with lower fuel-costs and reduced exhaust-emissions.

This mower features rear-wheel power-drive, so you’ll be able to get around your garden with ease. You also get the choice of seven preset cutting heights, which are quick and easy to select using a single lever.

The strong and durable steel cutter-deck should last, but if there is a problem (and there really shouldn’t be) you can rely on the two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

If keeping things tidy and effort-free is your bag, this comes with a literal bag for catching your grass clippings. At an impressive 55 litres, you’ll need to empty much less often. You can wait until the bag completely fills up.

The Cobra M41C petrol lawn mower is powered by a Cobra DG350 Series engine and is push propelled, allowing you to get around the garden at your own pace. The lightweight polymer deck also helps with an manoeuvre action.

You get the choice of ten cutting heights — which makes this a class (or should that be grass?) leader in our round-up – and the large fabric clippings collector means that you can cut for longer between emptying. You’ll get other features too, such as a quick-folding handle for easy, space-saving storage.

It performs above the relatively low price point, but you’ll find it’s best suited for medium sized gardens. All purchases also come with a two-year warranty, so you are covered in case you come across any issues.

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Adam Regan
Adam Regan
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Features and account management. 3 years media experience. Previously covered features for online and print editions.


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