The best petrol lawn mowers for dealing with unruly lawns

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Best petrol lawn mowers: Quick menu

1. The list in brief  
2. Best self-propelled: Hyundai HYM510SP
3. Best for uneven gardens: Einhell Petrol Lawn Mower
4. Best budget mower: Mountfield HP41
5. Best for professional stripes: Hayter Harrier 56
6. Best for mulching: Cobra MM51B Mulching Mower
7. Best lightweight mower: Yard Force Hand Push Mower
10. FAQs
11. How we test

The best petrol lawn mowers take the effort out of cutting the grass. They should be powerful, simple to operate and deliver a smart, neat result for both medium and larger-sized gardens. They should also be quick and easy to start first time, even after being in the shed for some time, and feature grass cutting bags that offer good capacity so you won't be constantly emptying them. 

You can trust Homebuilding & Renovating. Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and materials in order to help you choose the best for your home and garden. Find out more about how we test.

David Hilton
David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer who is passionate about testing new tools. He has reviewed the Mountfield HP41 Hand Propelled Petrol Lawnmower Review for Homebuilding & Renovating, which he described as having a cut that is "incredibly smooth, and there is plenty of torque in the engine for thicker grass patches and tufts of weeds."

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.