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Best Hover Lawnmower UK Reviews 2023 

 April 2, 2017

By  Enda

In this article we review in detail the range of hover lawnmowers, that are currently available on the UK market. This particular type of mower are made by Flymo, Lawnmaster and Black &Decker. It is worth noting that Flymo truly dominate the UK market.

The most popular type of lawnmower in the UK is an electric rotary wheeled style mower. These are designed for medium to larger sized gardens, and because they have wheels, you have to mow your lawn in straight lines. Hover mowers, don't have wheels and that allows you to move the mower in any direction. That makes a hover mower a better choice for anyone with a small garden or an irregular shaped garden. The are also better if you just want to get the garden cut as quickly as possible.

Below we have reviewed, the top 5 hover style lawn mowers. However before we look at those, it is worth taking a few moments, to consider who this type of mower is best suited for.

Pros & Cons

Before you make your mind up if a hover mower if the right one for you, read our pros and cons below, as they point out who these are suited for and who they are not suited for. 

Pros:

  • Ready to use out of the box. Most rotary mowers need to be assembled.
  • Fast and efficient mowing
  • Good for small and irregular shaped gardens 
  • Better for gardens with slopes as they are easier to push up or pull down a garden
  • Most models fold up making them easier to store

Cons:

  • They can never do stripes on a garden
  • Some models don't have a grass collection box as they just mulch the grass back into the garden.
  • Some older people may find that some models are too heavy to swing from side to side and a wheeled rotary would be a better option. 

Conclusion:

It all comes down to personal choice really. Hovers were designed for small to medium sized gardens and for people who want to cut their grass as quickly as possible. They work well on irregular shaped gardens or ones with slopes.

The disadvantages are they can be too heavy for some older people to move about, and they can not produce stripes.

Top 12 Rated Hover Mowers in the UK

The list below shows the top 12 hover mowers currently being sold in the UK. I have include a featured comparison list below which should help make your choice a little bit easier.

Model

Motor (W)

Cutting Width (cm)

Cutting Height (mm)

Grass Box Size (Litres)

Cable Length (Metres

Weight (Kg)

Lawn Size

Flymo Hover Vac 250

1400

25

11-31

15

10

6.5

Small

Flymo Turbo Lite 260

1400

26

11-31

None

10

7.74

Small

Flymo EasiGlide 300

1700

30

10-30

20

10

10.6

Small - Medium

Flymo Glider Compact

1700

33

12-32

22

10

9.4

Medium

Flymo EasiGlide Plus

1800

36

10-30

26

10

8.8

Medium - Large

Flymo Turbo Lite 270

1400

27

11-31

None

10

7.64

Small - Medium

Flymo EasiGlide 330 V

1700

33

10-30

20

10

10.8

Medium - Large

Flymo SimpliGlide 360

1800

36

10-30

None

10

7.6

Medium - Large

Black+Decker BEMWH551-GB

1400

30

20-40

None

10

7.52

Small - Medium

LawnMaster 33cm Hover

1500

33

12-33

None

10

8.75

Small - Medium

LawnMaster 1500W

1500

33

12-33

20

10

8.15

Small - Medium

LawnMaster 1800W

1800

36

12-33

26

15

8.38

Medium - Large

1. Flymo Hover Vac 250

Cutting Width

25cm

Cutting Height

4 heights from 11-31mm

Grass box

15 litres

Weight

6.5Kg

Flymo Hover Vac 250 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower

Average UK Price

£90

Assembly

4.3/5

Weight

4.2/5

Easy to use

4.1/5

Overall this mower gets an 82% buyer satisfaction rating based on over 6,000+ online buyer reviews. This makes this Vac 250 model the best selling model in the UK. It is also the lightest hover in the UK. It is best for small gardens, gentle slopes or bumpy gardens. At around £90, it is affordable for a mower, and explains why this one is the best seller. I found this model is only useful for smaller gardens. I like that it has a long life metal blade and can fold away for storage. It doesn't have easy cable storage and doesn't have folding handles which is a shame.

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Pros

  • Good choice for a small compact lawn  
  • Cuts the grass really quickly
  • You can move it around really easily
  • Delivers a neat tidy finish.

Cons

  • The instructions are poor  
  • Adjusting the height is awkward
  • Struggles with wet grass

2. Flymo Turbo Lite 260

Cutting Width

26cm

Cutting Height

4 heights from 11-31mm

Grass box

None

Weight

7.74Kg

Flymo Turbo Lite 260 Electric Hover Lawn Mower

Average UK Price

£85

Assembly

4.4/5

Weight

4.2/5

Easy to use

4.3/5

Overall this mower gets an 86% buyer satisfaction rating based on over 3,000+ online buyer reviews. This makes this Turbo Lite 260 model also sells really well in the UK. Like the one above, it is best for small gardens, gentle slopes or bumpy gardens. At around £85, it is affordable for a mower, and explains the higher number of sales. I found this model is a good choice for smaller gardens. The handles do fold on this making it easier to store and hang on the wall if you prefer.

Just be aware this mower does not have or use a grass box. This lawn mower drops your grass clippings back into the lawn, which then act as a natural fertiliser. (known as mulching)

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Pros

  • Good choice for a small compact lawn and for gentle slopes  
  • Cuts the grass really quickly
  • Folds up in a few seconds
  • Delivers a neat tidy finish.

Cons

  • The instructions are poor  
  • There isn't a cable tidy
  • Changing the height takes longer than it should

Hover Mower Buying Guide & Tips

These hover mowers are really only suitable for small to medium sized gardens. If you have a big garden or a lot of grass to cut, then it would be better to go for something like an electric rotary mower, or even a petrol driven mower.

Which Hover Mower to Buy?

Now let's have a look at which one you should buy. Personally we would recommend that you stick with a Flymo brand. They have been making these for years and they have continued to improve them.

More importantly, they are almost maintenance free, and if you do need parts such as replacement blades, or cords, then these are easy to find, and relatively cheap as well.

Understanding Grass Collection on Hovers

This is probably the single biggest complaint with all hover mowers. They do not do a great job of collecting all of the grass. Over the years, we have used a lot of hover mowers, and all of them tend to spit some grass out of the side of the mower.

Most models will collect most of the grass, some will compact it and that will make mowing a great deal easier. Some of the models however do not collect the grass.

That means getting the rake out when you are finished and doing that. It will also mean getting the brush out for yards and paths.

In a small garden that is not a lot of work, but in my opinion still a task that we do not want to do. We would recommend buying one with grass collection included.

Although it will not collect all of the grass it will collect most of it.

The reason many hover mowers don't have grass collection is that if the grass is cut regularly, then the small clippings actually work as a mulch. In other words they help feed the existing grass and keep down the amount of weeds.

Cutting Width of a Hover Mower

This is the width of grass that your mower can cut at any one time. These widths vary from as low as 29 cm and all the way up to 40 cm. The most popular width is either a 30 cm or a 33 cm.

The wider the cutting width that faster you will be able to cut your grass. In all honesty there is very little time saved. Although a bigger cutting width may seem like a good idea, have a little think about where the mower may have to cut.

If for example you have a narrow run of grass, or you need to get in between shrubs, then a smaller cutting width would be better.

Storage of Your Hover Mower

One of the joys of owning a hover mower is that the handle folds down very easily. That means you do not need a lot of room for storage. These mowers are also typically light at around 8 Kg (20 lbs) so most people can manage that, and even lifting it up is not too tough.

This is a key consideration for many buyers and especially for those who are just not as strong and mobile as they used to be.

Transparent Grass Box

When the grass is getting cut, it is certainly convenient to be able to look and see that the grass box is not full. More importantly though this box should be easy to remove and then attach again.

On all of the Flymo, and even the Qualcast one, this is a basic enough feature and one that I believe is nice to have, though certainly not vital.

Need an Extension Lead?

Most of these basic hover styles run off electricity. You plug them into a main's socket and you are good to go. The vast majority of these come with a 10 metre lead. (almost 33 feet) A few of them will come with a 12 metre lead (just over 39 feet)

For smaller gardens that is usually enough. If that is not long enough then you will need a good quality extension lead.

The Masterplug one shown below is very high quality, and will keep you safe when using any garden electric appliance.

Masterplug extension lead

Consider a Safety RCD Adapter

I now own a couple of these which I use for my gardening tools when doing the garden, one in my shed for the electrical appliances there, and also one in my garage for the same reason.

We would also recommend that you use a Safety RCD Adapter. These have been designed to help protect people working with electrical appliances from getting a shock.

When outside in the garden accidents do and will happen.

Cutting a lead, water and rain or simple wear and tear of electrical appliances does happen.

Masterplug ARCDKG Safety RCD Adaptor

These small safety devices make sure that the electric is cut off instantly, should something inadvertently happen.

Hover Mower FAQ

In this section we answer the most frequently asked questions that people have about hover mowers.

Q, Why does my mower not Hover?

The key when starting up a hover mower is to tilt it slightly to the side. This tilting action allows the air to circulate under the main deck of your mower. Many people get a heavy feel if they don't do this action when starting the mower up.

Other reasons for not cutting might be if the lawn or grass feels like a sponge under your feet. This sponge effect actually pulls a hover mower down and makes it ineffective.

You can either wait for the grass to dry out, or scarify the grass which will improve it over time.

Finally check the mower to make sure that there is no build up of grass under the hood or grass stuck in the fins. If you clean your mower after each use this will eliminate this problem.

Q, Why does my mower not collect grass properly?

Most hover mowers have some form of grass collection usually a small box and typically 20 litres in size. The mower then vacuums grass clippings from the lawn through a small aperture in the base of the grass box.

Some very fine clippings are allowed back into the lawn as this acts as a natural feed for the lawn. Hovers use a cushion of air, and as a result there will always be a small amount of clippings that will be blown away from the mower.

To minimise the amount of clippings try and walk in a straight line for optimum collection.

Q, Why does my mower blow grass everywhere?

I explained the reason for this just above, the nature of the hover is to blow air, and with that grass does seem to blow everywhere. A great tip to minimise this is to mow the lawn in a clockwise direction, as that blows all of the grass clippings to the centre of the lawn.

Q, How do you adjust the height of the grass cut?

It will vary depending on the actual brand of hover mower that you own. On some brands it is a simple central height adjustment lever found on the side.

However with most Flymos, this can only be done by adding or removing spacers between the lawnmower's blade and cutting deck.

Always carefully read the instructions for guidance before attempting to adjust the height of cut on your lawnmower.

Enda


I am someone who enjoys a little gardening. Now I am not someone who spend hours in the garden, but I do like both my front and back gardens to look really nice. Well kept lawns, neatly trimmed hedges, and borders filled with plants, make a huge difference, to how your property looks.

Enda McLarnon

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