Thanks for taking your time to read our review on the Bosch Rotak 36R electric lawnmower. The Rotak 36R is a rotary mower with a cutting width of 36 cm. It sells consistently well 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 around £140, this model suits the general gardening UK market very well. It is designed to cut small to medium sized lawns. The handle design helps reduce strain on the arms and back by providing a perfect mowing posture, as it is has a number of adjustable options.
The Rotak 36R 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 this Model?
- Overall online buyers gave this an average buyer satisfaction of 84%
- 61% of all those buyers gave this a full 5 star review
- 6% of all buyers gave this mower a poor review
These ratings are based on over 750 online reviews from various websites. The high number of reviews does show that this mower as a very popular choice for a lot of online UK buyers.
What Buyers Say - Pros and Cons
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
This is a reliable mower and with a 36 cm cutting width, will cut faster that the Bosch 32R model. The folding handles and stackable grass box do make this mower very easy for compact storage. This model also has grass combs that cut right up to and over the edge. Many buyers also liked the fact that you can use a single lever height of cut adjustment from 20-70 mm to suit different lawn conditions.
Some buyers do like to know the full specification and technical details, so we have shown those below.
- Measures 60.4 x 43 x 40.4 cm
- Weighs 12 kg
- 1350 watt motor
- Electric start
- Electric rotary mower
- Has a grass comb that allows the Rotak 36 to cut along walls, flower beds and lawn edges
- Can cut tall grass thanks to a hardened steel blade
- Has a 40 litre stackable grass box with a carrying handle
- Torque : 16 Nm
- Suitable for small and mid-sized gardens
- Height of cut 20 – 70 mm adjustable using a single lever (5 settings)
- Ergoflex handles for a comfortable and healthy working position
- Metal blade
- This model has an Integrated rear roller for stripes and stability, and helps prevent scalping
- The handles do fold down for storage
- Cable length is the standard 10 metres so it is likely it will need to be plugged into an extension lead for longer gardens.
The Rotak 36R Mower Video
The assembly instructions for this are very good and it takes around 20 minutes to assemble when you first get it and have to put it together. Below you will see a video with an overview of the main features of this mower.
With any lawnmower, there are typically a number of key features, and we have shown those below.
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 36 cm cutting width, which is ideal for small to medium sized lawns.
Most mowers will have a range of cutting heights. With the 36R model those are between 20-70 mm. (0.8 - 2.75"). The height is adjusted by moving a single lever into one of 5 different settings. 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.
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.
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
1200 watt motor
31 litre grass box
Height cut 20-60 mm
Bosch Rotak 34R
34 cm cutting width
1300 watt motor
40 litre grass box
Height cut 20- 70 mm
Bosch Rotak 36R
36 cm cutting width
1350 watt motor
40 litre grass box
Height cut 20-70 mm
So in summary the 36R model is the highest in terms of cutting width in this Bosch rotary range. In this electric rotary range of Bosch mowers, this one has a 1350 watt motor and a 40 litre grass box. It is designed for medium sized lawns.
Our Verdict on the Rotak 36R Model?
For a small to medium sized garden, this rotary mower is one of the biggest sellers on the UK market.
It can handle grass that is about 3" in height, and is also good for general lawn mowing throughout the year. This is a good enough mower for a small to medium sized 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.
This mower is good for use as adjusting the cutting height is easy, assembly is straightforward and even sharpening the blade is also pretty easy. We do however believe that the switch mechanism, and the associated lever is a bad design that can break. They are easy and cheap to replace, but still a poor design.
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 34R 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 34R 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 you don't allow the grass to get too long.
Buyers also really liked that the front wheels help you get into awkward corners.