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Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Lawnmower Review 

Thanks for taking your time to read our review on the Bosch Rotak 32R electric lawnmower. The Rotak 32R is a rotary mower with a cutting width of 32 cm. It is also a big seller on the UK market and is a very popular choice with many UK online buyers.

Many buyers trust this brand, and with a price point of under £90, this model suits the general gardening UK market very well. It is designed to cut small to medium sized lawns up to about 150 square metres in size.

The Rotak 32R is an electrical rotary mower, so will need plugged into an electrical main's supply for it to work This is not a cordless mower. The cable length is about 10 metres, so in many cases, you may also need to plug it into an extension cable.

How Online Buyers Rate the Rotak 32R Model?

88%
Buyer Satisfaction
  • Overall online buyers gave this an average buyer satisfaction of 88%
  • 66% of all those buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • 5% of all buyers gave this mower a poor review

What Buyers Say About the Rotak 32R Model?

We know how buyers rated this mower, and now we have summarised what those buyers had to say about their purchase. Below we have listed what buyers had to say in the form of a pros and cons table.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Buyers say this mower was very good value for money  
  • Buyers said it takes between 10-15 minutes to assemble when you first get it
  • Buyers liked the 2 year guarantee which can be extended to 3 years once you register your mower
  • Most buyers said it did a very good cut on their lawns, but avoid using this for very long grass
  • Buyers also liked the tidy cable retainers

Cons

  • A few buyers said this mower has a very flimsy build  
  • Some buyers said this is useless for cutting long grass
  • A few buyers said the assembly is more complex than it needs to be

Conclusion:

This is not a heavy duty mower that will chomp its way through long grass. The majority of the complaints about this mower is about cutting long grass. To be fair to those who complained, the manufacturer does state this can handle long grass. The problem is how long is long grass? If your grass is 2-3" tall, then this mower will be able to handle that. Any higher and it will really struggle.

Rotak 32R Specification

Some buyers do like to know the full specification and technical details, so we have shown those below.

Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower review
  • Measures 35.51 x 6.5 x 6.5 cm
  • Weighs 6.8 kg
  • 1200 watt motor
  • Electric start
  • Electric rotary mower
  • Has a grass comb that allows the Rotak 32 to cut along walls, flower beds and lawn edges
  • Can cut tall grass thanks to a hardened steel blade
  • Has a 31-litre grass box
  • Torque : 13 Nm
  • Suitable for small and mid-sized gardens
  • Height of cut 20 – 60 mm adjustable
  • Ergoflex handles for a comfortable and healthy working position
  • Metal blade
  • The handles do fold down for storage but a tad fiddly
  • Cable length is the standard 10 metres so it is likely it will need to be plugged into an extension lead for longer gardens.

How to Assemble the Bosch Rotak 32R Mower?

The assembly instructions for this are pretty poor. We did however find this very helpful video online that shows you step by step how to properly assemble this 32R model. It also shows you how to adjust the height of cut by adjusting the wheels of the mower. It also shows you how to quickly and easily change the blade.

Rotak 32R Key Features

With any lawnmower, there are typically a number of key features, and we have shown those below.

Cutting Width

This is the width of grass that a mower can cut with one single pass. The width primarily determines the speed at which you can cut your grass at. The larger the width the quicker you can cut your grass, as you will have to do fewer passes. This model has a standard 32 cm cutting width, which is ideal for small to medium sized lawns.

Cutting Height

Most mowers will have a range of cutting heights. With the 32R model those are between 20-60 mm. (0.8 - 2.4"). The height is adjusted by turning the mower over and adjusting each wheel into a slot. Once the normal grass cutting starts, most gardeners will simply use the lowest setting for the rest of the cutting year. (March to October) The first cut is usually done on the highest setting (60mm) as the grass is longer. Trying to cut tall grass on the lowest setting will almost always clog up the underside of the mower, and especially if the grass is wet.

Grass Comb

The grass comb is an interesting and useful feature. It allows the mower to grab grass that is close to walls, paths etc, and also allows you to grab grass at the edges of lawns. This saves you having to cut along those with a strimmer or lawn edger or shears. It is fair to say the grass comb does a good enough job without being perfect.

bosch rotak 32r specification

Light and easy to transport

The Bosch Brand (Gardening)

Bosch are of course a very well known tool brand. Aside from their high quality tools, they also make a wide range of gardening tools. These range from lawnmowers, lawn rakers, verticutters, trimmers, hedge cutters, chainsaws, leaf blowers shredders and multi-tool systems.

They are a German brand and their garden products are very popular with many UK gardeners. They have 40 locations spread across the UK with over 5,000 employees. In the UK they generate annual revenues of around £3.5 Billion, with the UK being their second largest market.

Bosch Rotak 32R, vs 34R vs 36R

In this particular type of electric rotary range Bosch make two other models, called the Rotak 34R and the Rotak 36R. Just below we explain the key differences between those models. We have also provided links to reviews of those models.

Bosch Rotak 32R

32 cm cutting width

Around £90

1200 watt motor

31 litre grass box

Height cut 20-60 mm

Bosch Rotak 34R

34 cm cutting width

Around £120

1300 watt motor

40 litre grass box

Height cut 20- 70 mm

Bosch Rotak 36R

36 cm cutting width

Around £130

1350 watt motor

40 litre grass box

Height cut 20-70 mm

So in summary the 32R model is the smallest width cutting in the range and also the most affordable. In this electric rotary range of Bosch mowers, this one has a 1200 watt motor and a 31 litre grass box. It is designed for medium sized lawns up to about 150 square metres in size.

Our Verdict on the Rotak 32R Model?

For a small to medium sized garden, this rotary mower is as good as anything else on the UK market. We would like to point out that this mower is not designed for cutting really long grass.

It can handle grass that is about 2-3" in height, and is also good for general lawn mowing throughout the year. This is a good enough mower for a small garden at an affordable price point.

The mower is also light, easy to move around, and the mower is powerful enough to get the job done. 

The things that we didn't like was that aside from the blade and the motor, this mower is made from plastic. Changing the height means having to turn the mower off and adjusting all 4 wheels. The counter argument is that the plastic keeps the mower light in weight, and you normally only ever need to change the height once a year at the start of the cutting season.

If this is not the mower for you, then check out our article on all of the Bosch lawnmower options by clicking here. If you want to find out what other mower options are available, then we strongly recommend reading our UK lawnmower guide.

This compact 32R mower automatically cuts clean edges along flowerbeds, walls, and walkways. It is lightweight, easy to maneuver around objects and easy to store away and take out. It is suitable for mowing small- to medium-sized lawns and cutting tidy edges.

You can also buy replacement blades for this 32R model, and that is always a good thing to keep in mind. This is not a big  powerful lawnmower, but it will allow you to quickly and easily mow your lawn, as long as yoy don't allow the grass to get too long.

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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