Best Cylinder Lawn Mowers UK - Hand Push Manual Mower Buying Guide

My dad used a cylinder mower for years and turned out some very beautiful lawns as a result. I realised when I started to do the research on these cylinder style mowers, that there were still lots of buyers for these.

To be honest, that did surprise me as I assumed with the many choices available, that no-one would even consider buying a mower, where you had to do all the hard work yourself. Well I was wrong about that and plenty of keen gardeners still prefer to use these types of mowers.

Professional ground staff use these as they gently clip the grass rather than tear it like other mowers. I have used one myself for many years when doing the wickets on my local cricket ground.

There is in effect no running costs with these mowers and you are not polluting the atmosphere with fumes as you would with a petrol mower. For sure there is a lot more manual work, but in all honesty, the exercise that you get is well worth the efforts, as is the end result.

Top 10 Buyer Rated Cylinder Mowers

Just below you will find a top 10 table, where I have rated these mowers based on buyer ratings. Some buyers will leave reviews and also rate their purchase. They do this from a variety of online websites. What I do is look at those and then summarise what they say.

That should save you some time doing your own research. In the table below you will find the product name, the average online buyer rating, and an average price. By clicking on any of the product name links you can then read a more detailed review of each mower.

Underneath we have done a summary review of each of the cylinder lawnmowers in the table shown above.

No 1 Choice - Hand Push Manual Garden Lawn Mower Review

96%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £49-59

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  • Specification
  • Buyers said this was a joy to use
  • This model is currently the highest buyer rated in the UK
  • Buyers said this was a great choice for smaller lawns
  • It cuts well and is easy to push

All buyers said that this just takes a few minutes to assemble and then you are ready to go. It is very easy to use and aso very easy to maintain. This model is from the highly reliable Coopers of Stortford brand. According to buyers this mower is well made and feels sturdy.

Buyers use this for home use, for allotments and for around graves. It can be popped into the back of a car, though it is worth mentioning that the handle does nor fold.

No 2 Choice - Popamazing Hand Power Garden Lawn Push Reel Manual Lawnmower Grass Cutter Review

88%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £80-90

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  • Specification
  • Four bladed cylinder mower for scissor style precise cutting
  • Reel style mower
  • Measures 54 x 34 x 34 cm
  • Weighs 7.8 kg
  • Cutting height range: Approx. 3cm/1.2 "
  • Cutting width: Approx. 30cm/11.8 "

At number 2 on my list, this one gets very good reviews and it is certainly at the lower end of the price scale for these types of mowers. It is easy enough to assemble, but having 2 people will just make that process a great deal easier and faster.

It is a tough little mower and lightweight when compared to many other similar models. This is a good choice for smaller lawns or plots.

No 3 Choice - AL-KO Soft Touch 380 HM Premium 38cm Hand Lawnmower Review

86%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £110-120

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  • Specification
  • From a high end German brand AL-KO who make some very high quality products
  • Extremely easy to push and the large wheels help a lot with that
  • Gives a nice clean cut
  • Can be folded away for easier storage
  • Cutting height can easily be adjusted
  • Very sharp blades
  • Buyers rate this one highly as you can see though the price may put many potential buyers off.

At number 3 on my list is the first mower from a higher end brand. As you can see this one is a lot more expensive than the first 2 that I have shown on my list. That is mainly down to the quality of the blades and the quality of the engineering.

Please be aware that this does not come with a grass collection box. It is at the higher end of the price point but that does not seem to put that many buyers off making the purchase.

No 4 Choice - Gardena 04022-20 "Comfort - 400 C" Hand Cylinder Lawnmower Review

84%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £135-150

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  • Specification
  • Not the cheapest push mower on the market, but it is really good quality and very quiet
  • It's great that the handle can fold away as that makes it very easy to store away
  • Quick and easy to assemble
  • Not great on wet grass and will struggle with any twigs that may be on the lawn - best to clear debris before cutting

All the buyers agree that this mower is very well made and a joy to use. It is very quiet and cuts extremely well. The fact that it can also fold away makes it a popular choice. Buyers say it is on the high side for the price, but thought that the extra cost for this model was worth their investment.

No 5 Choice - Garden Gear Push Along Manual Cylinder Lawn Mower with 17L Grass Bag Review

80%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £35-45

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  • Specification
  • Overall buyers rated this mower with an average 80% buyer satisfaction rating
  • Buyers said that this one was affordable and one of the cheapest cylinder type mowers on the UK market
  • Buyers said this was great for small lawns
  • A few buyers complained that the grass bag was not that good at collecting the grass
  • Buyers said that this mower is very light and easy to lift. That also makes it portable and easy to take to places like allotments or graves

This is an inexpensive option that still attracts good ratings.  It is sturdy, well made, easy to assemble and the majority of buyers stated that this cut really well. It is light in weight so a great choice for anyone who struggles with lifting a heavier type of mower.

No 6 Choice - The Handy Hand Push Mower Review

78%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £40

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  • Specification
  • A popular choice of many buyers thanks to the good reviews and the affordable price point
  • Buyers say this mower is very easy to assemble, light in weight and very easy to use
  • This one cuts really well but the grass collection system is not that great
  • Very sharp blades that are quiet and cut like a dream

This is a popular choice for many buyers who want a basic push mower to cut their grass. There are no fancy frills with this one, just a good old fashioned mower that gets the job done quickly, and leaves your lawn looking great.

No 7 Choice - WOLF-Garten 30cm Cylinder WPCM Hand Mower Review

74%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £60

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  • Specification
  • Buyers say that this is a very efficient lawnmower that cuts the grass really well.
  • Buyers say this mower has a very smooth quiet action
  • Very light to push
  • Like many of these mowers, most buyers don't use the grass collection bag, and those that have say the bag is not that great

This mower does cut the grass really well and it is a light and easy to move about mower. Please note that on many of the online websites it stated that the handle folds, but it does not, so be aware. The main complaints are about the grass box, and the reality is that grass boxes on cylinder mowers, are all but a waste of time.

Overall though with a 74% buyer satisfaction rating, most buyers thought their purchase was a good one. They also thought in terms of value for money, this was also worth the average £60 price point.

No 8 Choice - Einhell GC-HM 30 Manual Hand Push Lawnmower Review

74%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £55

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  • Specification
  • Reviews are very divided on this mower as around half of all buyers love it and around a quarter of all buyers hate it
  • Those buyers who have gave this a bad review state that it broke almost anywhere there was plastic parts used, or in their words "fell apart."
  • Those who loved it said it did an excellent job, but personally 1 out of every 4 people complain about this mower, and there are better options higher up the list.

The Einhell German brand are well known for making good quality tools. However opinion and ratings are very divided on this model, so we would advise you to consider other options. Around 50% of buyers rate this highly, but with 25% giving this a bad review, it seems a bit of a hit or miss. One to avoid unless the ratings get better.

No 9 Choice - Fiskars 113880 Momentum Reel Mower Review

73%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £175

  • Reviews
  • Specification
  • Uses stay sharp blades and boy are these sharp
  • Cutting heights from 2.5- 10 cm
  • Long wheel base
  • Will cut through smaller twigs and dense grass
  • Height adjustable handle with padded grip
  • Measures 61 x 37 x 60 cm
  • Weighs 20 kg

At 73% buyer satisfaction, this is lower than I would expect to see from any Fiskar's product. They are such a well known brand and I use many of their axes and other gardening tools. The reason I believe for the lower than expected ratings is most likely down to the very high price point.

With an average RRP of £199.99 this is not a cheap option, and buyers also have much higher expectations. It is also a very heavy machine and that will not be suitable for everyone.

No 10 Choice - Bosch AHM 38 G Manual Garden Lawn Mower Review

72%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £60

  • Reviews
  • Specification
  • This one also gets mixed reviews with half of the buyers rating it highly as a 5 star product, but around 1 in 5 buyers thinking this deserves a bad low rating
  • The low ratings included being hard to assemble, some parts broke off and unless you have a bowling green lawn this mower is a waste of time
  • The high ratings said it is quiet, cuts beautifully and super easy to set up
  • Quite difficult to make a final decision on this one

As with the Fiskar's model above, you will seldom see a brand such as Bosch in the lower half of a top 10 table. I have used quite a few electric mowers from Bosch and have to admit I am a huge fan. At a 73% rating and an RRP of £59.99, buyers are not over impressed with this model

Top Tips on Buying a Cylinder Mower

Below I will offer you some important tips for buying a manual push type cylinder lawnmower. You should find these really helpful especially if you are a first time buyer.

It's All About the BLADES!

With no motor to worry about, then this type of mower is really all about the quality and sharpness of the blade. The fast spinning blade on most other types of lawnmower spin very quickly, and in essence twist and pull at the grass. Don't get me wrong they also cut the grass quickly, but that ripping action does also do considerable damage to the grass, and as a result to the lawn.

With these more gentler mowers that does not happen. The gentle pushing turns the cylinder with the blades attached to it, and cuts the grass carefully. The better the quality of the blades, the easier it is to cut, and the longer they will last without needing to be sharpened.

Sharpening Blades

If the mower is cared for with just the most basic maintenance, then the blades will last for years. With this type of mower just make sure the lawn is free from debris such as twigs and smaller stones that may be lurking. When you have finished mowing, then give the blades a quick wipe with a cloth to get the moisture off them.

That is pretty much all you have to do with a mower like this. Unless you are a skilled engineer I would recommend not trying to sharpen the blades yourself. In most cases and inexperienced hand can makes the blades worse than when you first started.

Now if you consider yourself a bit of a handy man or woman, then you may want to watch a few videos on YouTube and have a go. Ideally it would be better to find an expert, though in these modern times, that type of trade has all but disappeared.

More often than not it is easier and more cost effective to buy a new mower. Let's face it a £50 mower will easily last you 5 years, so 20p a week is a good investment. Replacing it after 5 years would be cheaper than paying someone to sharpen the blades.

Quick, Quiet and Environmentally Friendly

Most buyers of this type of mower want to be able to quickly get a mower out of the shed or garage, cut their lawn quickly and then put the mower back. No leads, no extension leads or noisy petrol engines  to worry about. The cylinder mower is easy to use, light in weight and cuts the grass like a dream

You are not using electricity, using petrol or oil and not disturbing your neighbours on a quiet Sunday morning.

Check the Weight

Depending on your health and strength, mowing the lawn can often be a bit of a challenge. This type of mower does need to be pushed and on flat lawns that does not take too much effort. On gardens with slopes it could be more difficult for some people.

Many of these mowers are light and are easy to lift, easy to push and easy to store away. Some of them though, especially the higher quality ones, are heavy. Always check the exact weight before buying.

Storage

Most of these types of mowers have fixed handles. They can be wheeled inside a garage or larger shed and left there. Some people simply use a couple of larger hooks on the wall to hang them up. Ideally though the mower should have a handle that folds in the middle. That way they take up less room.

How to Stripe Your Lawn with a Cylinder Mower?

I found this very useful video on how to get great looking stripes on your lawn when using a cylinder mower. In this one he is using a petrol driven cylinder mower, but the technique is the same with a hand push reel style of mower.