How to choose the best lawn mower: NZ buying guide

Ready to transform your backyard into a green masterpiece? We take a look at the best lawn mowers available in NZ.

Last updated: 9 February 2024

Ready to transform your backyard into a green masterpiece? Well, aside from a little more rain this summer, all you need is the right lawnmower. From sleek electric mowers to powerful petrol beasts, we've got the scoop on the best brands and types for your lawn. 

Types of lawn mowers

Between agile battery mowers to robust petrol mowers, tailor your choice to your lawn size, terrain, and maintenance needs.

1. Battery lawn mowers

Perfect for smaller lawns, battery mowers are the cordless, quiet, eco-friendly solution. They’re equipped with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery as their primary power source. These batteries are known for their high energy density, lightweight design, and ability to hold a charge for an extended period.

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2. Electric lawn mowers

Want effortless mowing with just the flick of a switch? Electric lawnmowers don’t require fuel or batteries, making them low-maintenance and environmentally friendly. However, unlike battery-powered mowers, you will need a power cord to connect to an electrical outlet. This will give you a continuous supply of electricity to the mower while in use. 

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3. Petrol lawn mowers

For those who crave power and simplicity, petrol mowers are the kings of the yard. No cords, no charging, and they tackle large lawns and tough terrain with ease. 

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4. Self-propelled lawn mowers

Wouldn’t it be nice if your lawn mower did some of the hard work for you? Self-propelled lawn mowers mean you don’t have to waste energy pushing. All you have to do is steer and guide the mower — the drive system will handle the forward motion.

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5. Ride-on lawn mowers

Turn your lawn maintenance into a joyride. Ride-ons are effortless, save time, and can handle diverse terrains. From speedy lawn mowing to towing capabilities, take a seat on the ride-on and mow like a King.  

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6. Robot lawn mowers

Welcome to the future of mowing. Robot lawn mowers keep your lawn pristine, without you having to lift a finger. They use sensors and GPS to map the lawn, follow set boundaries, and navigate obstacles. Scheduled for regular mowing sessions, these smart mowers can adapt to the terrain and return to their charging stations when the battery is low.

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7. Cordless lawn mowers

Powered by rechargeable batteries, cordless lawn mowers mean you can move around the lawn without being tethered to a power source —ideal for manoeuvring in tight spaces. With varying battery capacities, choose a model that suits your lawn size. 

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Best lawnmower brands in NZ

In the world of lawnmowers, there are certain brands that stand out for their reliability, innovation, and cutting-edge performance. Here are our top picks:

1. Masport

Masport mowers are a Kiwi favourite, catering to a wide variety of lawn needs. All their lawnmowers feature sturdy construction, cutting-edge technology, and user-friendly designs. With a Masport, you’re guaranteed efficient and effective grass-cutting and a well-manicured lawn.

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2. Ryobi

Ryobi is a Japanese brand of lawn mowers known for their power and versatility. 

Their range of electric and battery mowers ensures a green lawn without the fuss of fuelling up.

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3. Makita

Makita is a prominent brand in the power tool market, known for being super high-quality products. Their mowers are no exception. From their sleek designs to cutting-edge technology, Makita lawn mowers are all about precision. 
Check out the best Makita lawn mowers.

4. Lawn Master

Known for its commitment to lawn care innovation, Lawn Master strives to make grass grooming a breeze. The brand incorporates new and innovative features into its lawnmower designs, contributing to the overall ease and effectiveness of your lawn maintenance.

Browse our range of Lawn Master mowers

5. Morrison

Morrison mowers embody simplicity with a touch of Kiwi practicality. These mowers get the job done without any unnecessary complications. 

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6. Ozito

Ozito knows how to deliver power on a budget. Their mowers combine affordability with performance, making them a popular choice. 

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7. Husqvarna

Whether it's the efficiency of their gas-powered mowers, the eco-friendly aspects of their electric models, or the futuristic convenience of their robotic mowers, Husqvarna aims to redefine lawn care.

Check out Husqvarna lawn mowers.

8. Stihl

For those who value performance and reliability in their outdoor power equipment, Stihl lawn mowers stand out as a top choice. The brand offers a range of models, from walk-behind mowers to professional-grade ride-on mowers.

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9. Honda

Originating from Japan, Honda has established itself as a leader in various industries, and its lawnmowers are no exception. Known for their innovative features, advanced technology, and durable construction, Honda lawn mowers cater to homeowners wanting a premium lawn care experience.

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10. John Deere

John Deere, an iconic American brand with a rich history in agriculture, brings its expertise to residential lawn care with a line-up of high-quality lawnmowers.

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New vs. used lawn mowers

Choosing between a new and used lawn mower comes down to your budget and preference. A new mower promises cutting-edge features, pristine blades, and the joy of being its first owner. On the flip side, a used mower brings budget-friendly reliability, a bit of character, and the knowledge that it's been around the block – or should we say, the lawn. 

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Love your lawn

With all of these great choices, the grass will soon be greener on your side of the fence. From sleek electric mowers to powerful petrol beasts, or even futuristic robots, it’s time to find something that suits you and your backyard. Explore our listings and let the mowing adventures begin – because a well-kept lawn is just a lawnmower away!

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