Flymo HoverVac 280 Electric Hover UK Review 

 May 30, 2018

By  Enda

This is our detailed review of the highly buyer rated Flymo Hover Vac 280 Electric Hover mower. This hover mower came out as the number four buyer rated hover mower, on our top 5 list that is currently available in the UK.

Flymo are best known in the UK however for producing and manufacturing a range of hover mowers. This Flymo Hover Vac 280 is one of the highest rated of these, with an overall buyer satisfaction rating of 85%.

It is one of their newer models and is already selling consistently and in pretty high numbers. It is one of their more affordable mowers and it also has a grass box, and that is important for some buyers.

Most hover mowers have an average price of around £70-80 and this one sits under that price bracket.  It has a powerful 1,300 watt motor, a 30 cm cutting blade and a grass collection box.

About the Flymo Brand

Flymo are a brand that forms part of the Husqvarna group, who are known primarily for their chainsaws, and also for their robotic lawn mowers and garden tractors.

They have dominated the hover mower market in the UK for many years, and make a range of different types of hover mowers. Flymo do build all their own mowers here in the UK, and have been doing so for 50 years.

About the Hover Mower

Hover mowers are small, lightweight and very easy to use. That makes them an ideal choice for anyone with an irregularly shaped lawn, a sloped lawn and work well on small to medium sized gardens.

They are also a good choice for someone who wants a compact lawn mower to store in a tight space.

Hover mowers work on the following principle. The drive shaft of the motor, powers a fan which is attached above the cutting blades. The impeller draws air from above the cutting housing which creates pressure on the underside, lifting the mower from the lawn

Important Features

Just below we have included what we believe to be the most important features of this Flymo Hover Vac 280.

  • Has a typically sized 1,300 watt motor
  • It has a 30 cm cutting width that uses a metal blade
  • The cable length is 10 metres
  • 20 litre grass collection box
  • Measures 79.2 x 42.7 x 40.4 cm
  • It weighs 8.8 kg (just under 19-1/2 lbs)  - approx the same weight as 10 bags of sugar 
  • Four Cutting height options (10-30 mm using spacers)
  • Foldable handles for easy storage
  • A great choice for small to medium sized gardens
  • Made in the UK
  • Comes fully assembled

The good thing about this mower is that like all y Flymo hovers, it comes fully assembled straight out of the box. That means you don't have to put anything together and no tools are required. 

This mower is suitable for small gardens to medium sized gardens but not for larger gardens.

The four separate cutting heights allow you to vary the length of the grass depending on the weather. This mower uses a metal blade for clean cutting and that reduces the risk of tearing your grass.

if you are a gardener you will already know that tearing the grass ultimately results in the grass drying out, and that is a common cause of yellow grass.

Flymo HoverVac 280 Electric Hover

How Buyers Rate the Flymo Hover Vac 280 and What They Have to Say

Buyer satisfaction

With regards to buying a hover style mower, most UK buyers turn to the Flymo brand. That is simply because Flymo is the most recognised brand for this type of mower.

This Flymo Hover Vac 280 is one of their lighter options and at 90% buyer satisfaction is also one of their highest rated. Here at this website we like to read the reviews and then summarise those for you.

Hopefully that will save you a lot of work having to find, read and then try to make sense of all the different buyer ratings and comments.

In the pros and cons table below, we have listed in summary form both the good and bad points that buyers made when they left their reviews. In other words what they liked and did not like.

There are hundreds of buyer reviews online so that should tell you that this lawnmower has sold in its tens of thousands throughout the UK and in Ireland.

  • 77out of every 100 buyers rate this model as a 5 star product
  • 6 out of 100 buyers gave this a bad rating
  • Overall the buyer satisfaction rating was 90%
  • Buyers say this is a compact size, so it doesn't take up much space
  • Most buyers said it was easy to clean & maintain
  • Buyers said it was quick and easy to change the cutting height
  • Buyers said that the handles fold down for easy storage
  • A few buyers said the cable was a bit short
  • A few buyers said that all of the grass doesn't get collected

This is the classic type of hover mower. The general consensus from the UK buyers is that this is your typical hover mower, and is light in weight and easy to handle and move about.

The down sides are typical for most hovers, as the electric lead is too short, and the grass can easily get blown on to path ways etc.


Our Verdict on this Hover Mower

This Flymo Hover Vac 280 came out as the number four choice in our top 5 list of hover motors, thanks to a good solid 85% buyer satisfaction.

It is well priced and will do a very good job at cutting small sized gardens. It is also useful for reaching parts of your garden that a larger mower can not get to.

Most buyers agreed that this sucks up all the grass (no raking) and makes it easy to bag up.

If this is not the hover mower for you, then why not check out our top 5 list of hover mowers by clicking here. 

According to all of the buyer reviews that we read, most people were happy with the overall performance. It is worth remembering that this type of mower is really only suitable for smaller gardens.

As long as you keep the grass under control, you could use one of these on a medium sized garden.

This mower has a metal cutting blade,and that really does help give your lawns a very clean and tidy cut.

This mower also has a good sized 20 litre grass box which is very easy to access from the top of the mower.


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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