You might think the best lawn mowers command a high price tag, but there are plenty of fantastic affordable models out there. While you might sacrifice some of the more fancy features or lengthier warranties, there are plenty of cheap lawn mowers which can still offer all the most important functions.

So, if you’re on the lookout for a budget-friendly lawn mower, these are the models to consider.

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The best cheap lawn mowers for your garden in 2023

Black + Decker Electric Lawn Mower

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Black + Decker is a great brand to consider when browsing garden equipment and power tools. Choose this sturdy lawn mower for its huge 35L grass box and three height settings between 2 and 6cm above the ground.

Like many of the other cheap lawn mowers on our list, this model has a 32cm cutting width, so it’s a practical choice for small gardens up to 250m² in size.

Challenge 29cm Hover Lawn Mower

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Like the Flymo Hover Vac, this mower also floats on a channel of air, making it easy to move around. It’s another fantastic choice for small gardens, and it should slide into cramped sheds and garages thanks to the folding handle. You can even hang it up to save floor space.

Unlike the Flymo model, which collects the clippings in a box, this mower mulches the grass and sprays it back onto your lawn to fertilise it.

You can choose between a 1cm or 3.3cm cutting height, and adjust the mower handle to make it comfortable for you. The design also includes a 29cm cutting width, a 10m power cable and plastic, impact-resistant safety blades, which you can replace with the spares included in the pack.

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McGregor Corded Rotary Lawn Mower

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This affordable lawn mower has earned a high score on Argos from over 2,200 reviews - and for good reason.

While many budget-friendly mowers have two or three cutting heights, this one has five between 2 and 6cm. And the sizable 33L grass collection box is collapsible for easy storage. Plus, there’s an indicator to tell you when it’s full.

Added bonuses include the strong carbon steel blades and the rear rollers, which create a smart striped pattern on your lawn.

With a classic 32cm cutting width and 10m power cable, this mower is designed to be used in small and medium-sized gardens.

Flymo Hover Vac 250 Lawn Mower

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The Flymo Hover Vac is a popular choice among lawn mower owners, thanks to its ability to float on a cushion of air as you move it around the garden. Rather than struggling to manoeuvre bulky wheels or heavy mechanisms, you’ll be able to glide this lightweight mower over your grass - even across sloping or uneven turf.

In fact, the Hover Vac has a number of practical features, including a lengthy 10m cable, a 15L grass box for collecting the clippings and a folding design for easy storage.

The Vac 250 model, which has a 25cm cutting width, is one of the best cheap lawn mowers for small gardens. But there are several different sizes available, all the way up to the Vac 360 with its 36cm cutting width.

Hyundai 32cm Corded Electric Lawn Mower

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Hyundai is known for its road vehicles, but did you know it also makes gardening tools? This is the brand’s electric lawn mower with a 32cm cutting width and three distinct blade heights.

With its relatively compact body and 10m power cable, this mower is designed for use in small gardens. The handles fold up, which should make it easy to store in your shed or garage.

A 25L grass box and a rust-resistant chassis complete the package.

Powerbase Cylinder Mower

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This Powerbase mower swaps rotary blades for a cylinder system, which can clip flat lawns closely like a pair of scissors for a smart finish. If you have a level garden with smooth, even turf, this electric mower could be right for you.

As the clippers sit close to the ground, this mower can offer three cutting heights from 4.5cm all the way down to 1.8cm. It also comes with two sets of rollers to create that enviable striped lawn effect.

There’s a large 23L grass bag for collecting all the clippings, as well as a 32cm cutting width and a 10m cable - perfect for small and medium-sized gardens.

Looking for more appliances on a budget? Check out our handpicked lists of best cordless vacuums and best budget kettles to find a bargain.


Alice TufferyDigital Writer

Drawing on a love of gardening and countryside walks, Alice works across Countryfile and Gardens Illustrated magazines to find and review the very best products for life in the great outdoors.