Best Push Mowers

A trusty push mower can give you more control when cleaning up your yard. Choosing the right mower - whether it’s a self-propelled lawn mower, a petrol mower, an electric model, or a manual lawn mower (also called a reel mower) - is made easier when you know what to look for. Continue reading...

200 listings
Honda HRU19
Petrol Lawn Mowers

Honda HRU19

 · includes 5 listings
3.9 from 149 reviews
Power SourcesPetrol
Cutting Width470 mm to 482 mm
Height of Cut16 mm to 80 mm

With a 4-stroke engine, an auto choke system, and an easy start that often gets going with one pull, the Honda HRU19 petrol mower has the brawn to get your lawn looking spick and span.

Price (RRP) $889.00 to $939.00

Starts reliably
Easy to manoeuvre
Durable build quality
Prone to clogging
  • Build Quality
    4.6 (33)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (33)
  • Ease of Use
    4.1 (33)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.9 (32)
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (31)
  • Safety
    4.4 (31)
  • Engine Types4-Stroke, OHV (Overhead Valve) and OHC (Overhead Cam)
  • Engine Displacement170 cc
  • FeaturesMulching Capability, Blade Brake, Quick-Start Motor, Deck Clean-out Port and Foldable Handle
  • Catcher Type Collapsible and Rigid
  • Catcher Capacity54 L to 60 L
  • Cutting Deck MaterialsAluminium Alloy and Plastic
  • Number of Blades1
Victa Classic Cut
Petrol Lawn Mowers

Victa Classic Cut

3.7 from 116 reviews
Power SourcesPetrol
Cutting Width457 mm
Height of Cut11 mm to 70 mm

For those after a clean lawn, the Victa Classic Cut Push Mower can be a great addition to your garden shed; it’s fuel efficient, simple to start, and can cut all types of grass.

Price (RRP) $419.00

Cleanly cuts lawn
Lightweight and ergonomic
Economical to run
Awkwardly placed oil port
  • Build Quality
    3.3 (32)
  • Value for Money
    3.6 (32)
  • Ease of Use
    3.8 (31)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.5 (31)
  • Noise Level
    3.4 (31)
  • Safety
    3.5 (30)
  • Engine NamesBriggs & Stratton 500E Series
  • Engine Types4-Stroke and OHV (Overhead Valve)
  • Engine Displacement140 cc
  • FeaturesQuick-Start Motor
  • Catcher Type Rigid
  • Cutting Deck MaterialsSteel
  • Number of Blades2
3rd Best Push Mower
Masport Bunnings 490 4'n1
  • Award Winner 2021
Petrol Lawn Mowers

Masport Bunnings 490 4'n1

4.2 from 51 reviews
Power SourcesPetrol
Cutting Width485 mm
Height of Cut7 mm to 71 mm

The Masport Bunnings 490 4’n1 Petrol Lawn Mower can cut, chip, and mulch, making it a multi-purpose machine with everything you need to clean up your green.

Price (RRP) $599.00

Efficient fuel consumption
Relatively quiet
Simple to start up
  • Build Quality
    4.2 (21)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (22)
  • Ease of Use
    4.4 (22)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.3 (22)
  • Noise Level
    3.8 (19)
  • Safety
    4.4 (19)
  • Engine NamesBriggs & Stratton 625EX 150cc 4-stroke OHV
  • Engine Types4-Stroke and OHV (Overhead Valve)
  • Engine Displacement150 cc
  • FeaturesMulching Capability, Quick-Start Motor and Side Discharge
  • Catcher Type Rigid
  • Catcher Capacity42 L
  • Cutting Deck MaterialsSteel
  • Number of Blades5
Bosch Rotak LI Series
Battery Lawn Mowers

Bosch Rotak LI Series

 · includes 3 listings
4.1 from 46 reviews
Power SourcesBattery (Removable)
Cutting Width430 mm
Height of Cut20 mm to 70 mm

Being battery-operated and having a powerful motor make the mowers in the Bosch Rotak LI series serious contenders for those looking for a tidy yard without much fuss.

Price (RRP) $599.00

Victa 82V 21" Wide Cut Mower
Battery Lawn Mowers

Victa 82V 21" Wide Cut Mower

3.8 from 55 reviews
Power SourcesBattery (Removable)
Cutting Width533 mm
Height of Cut17 mm to 80 mm

If you want an easy-to-use mower, you can get cutting with the Victa 82V 21” Wide Cut Mower at the push of a button.

Price (RRP) $929.00

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Victa 82V Power Cut 883241
  • Award Winner 2021
Battery Lawn Mowers

Victa 82V Power Cut 883241

3.8 from 53 reviews
Power SourcesBattery (Removable)
Cutting Width457 mm
Height of Cut11 mm to 75 mm

The Victa 82V Power Cut 883241 Push Mower is quiet, has a quick charge time, and doesn’t emit any of the toxic fumes that petrol mowers do, letting you trim your lawn with comfort and ease.

Price (RRP) $629.00

Honda HRU196
Petrol Lawn Mowers

Honda HRU196

 · includes 3 listings
3.5 from 108 reviews
Power SourcesPetrol
Cutting Width470 mm
Height of Cut16 mm to 76 mm

The Honda HRU196 has 4-stroke technology and blade brake technology that lets you power through larger lawns.

Price (RRP) $1,169.00

Ozito ELM-1536
Electric Lawn Mowers

Ozito ELM-1536

4.1 from 29 reviews
Power SourcesElectrical
Cutting Width360 mm
Height of Cut22 mm to 65 mm

Price (RRP) $149.00

Honda HRU216
Petrol Lawn Mowers

Honda HRU216

 · includes 6 listings
3.3 from 84 reviews
Power SourcesPetrol
Cutting Width530 mm to 533 mm
Height of Cut16 mm to 100 mm

Thanks to its self-propelling feature, blade brakes, and 4-stroke engine, the Honda HRU216 - used for commercial and personal use - can let you face larger yard jobs head on without working up a sweat.

Price (RRP) $749.00 to $1,749.00

Masport Bunnings 486 3'n1
Petrol Lawn Mowers

Masport Bunnings 486 3'n1

3.5 from 45 reviews
Power SourcesPetrol
Cutting Width485 mm
Height of Cut6 mm to 72 mm

Price (RRP) $498.00

Honda HRX217
Petrol Lawn Mowers

Honda HRX217

 · includes 4 listings
3.9 from 28 reviews
Power SourcesPetrol
Cutting Width508 mm to 533 mm
Height of Cut19 mm to 102 mm

Price (RRP) $699.00 to $1,529.00

Ozito Push Reel Lawn Mower LMP-301
3.4 from 52 reviews
Power SourcesManual
Cutting Width300 mm
Height of Cut14 mm to 22 mm

Price (RRP) $69.97

Victa Corvette
Petrol Lawn Mowers

Victa Corvette

 · includes 8 listings
3.3 from 53 reviews
Power SourcesPetrol
Cutting Width420 mm to 483 mm
Height of Cut11 mm to 75 mm

Price (RRP) $429.00 to $899.00

Masport Bunnings 470 2'n1
Petrol Lawn Mowers

Masport Bunnings 470 2'n1

3.1 from 103 reviews
Power SourcesPetrol
Cutting Width460 mm
Height of Cut10 mm to 78 mm

Price (RRP) $449.00

ALDI Petrol Mower
Petrol Lawn Mowers

ALDI Petrol Mower

 · includes 16 listings
2.9 from 234 reviews
Power SourcesPetrol
Cutting Width400 mm to 533 mm
Height of Cut17 mm to 75 mm

Price (RRP) $139.00 to $399.00

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Rover Pro Cut 560
Petrol Lawn Mowers

Rover Pro Cut 560

3.7 from 28 reviews
Power SourcesPetrol
Cutting Width560 mm

Price (RRP) $999.00

EGO LM2001E
Battery Lawn Mowers

EGO LM2001E

3.4 from 33 reviews
Power SourcesBattery (Built-In)
Cutting Width490 mm
Height of Cut25 mm to 80 mm

The EGO LM2001E Push Mower has a wide cutting deck, a compact design, and 45 minutes of run time, letting you power through your lawn and fold it up easily for storage when you’re done.

Price (RRP) $749.00

Supaswift Big Bob Series
Petrol Lawn Mowers

Supaswift Big Bob Series

 · includes 4 listings
4.2 from 16 reviews
Power SourcesPetrol
Cutting Width533 mm

Price (RRP) $599.00 to $799.00

Masport President 4000
Petrol Lawn Mowers

Masport President 4000

 · includes 3 listings
3.7 from 22 reviews
Power SourcesPetrol
Cutting Width485 mm
Height of Cut7 mm to 77 mm

Price (RRP) $729.00 to $999.00

Toro Timemaster 30
Petrol Lawn Mowers

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4.2 from 16 reviews
Power SourcesPetrol
Cutting Width762 mm
Height of Cut32 mm to 108 mm

Price (RRP) $1,499.00

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Is a push lawn mower right for me?

A black petrol push mower sitting on a lush, green lawn

Push lawn mowers, or walking mowers, are well-suited to those who have a flat, small to medium-sized patch of grass that they need to mow. They’re also preferred by those who want more user control and precision in their mowing, as these mowers can get into the nooks and crannies of your yard.

If you’re physically able to push a mower and start it up (you can sometimes work up a sweat starting a petrol mower), then these power tools might be right for you.

When is a push mower unsuitable?

While tight corners and tricky edges aren't a problem for a push mower, if you have uneven or hilly ground, a push mower might be too inconvenient to push, since you're providing the momentum. For a larger area, you may want to look at a ride-on mower.

Types of push mowers

Most push lawn mowers for sale today are either powered by petrol or electric motors, and there are a few compelling reasons for going with either option. What’s right for you will depend on the size of your lawn, what kind of terrain your mower needs to get through, and your own personal preferences.

Petrol push mowers

Petrol push mowers have powerful engines (think at least 7nm of torque and an engine size of around 150 to 200cc), making them preferred by contractors and those with large lawns.

Pros

More powerful than other mowers, making them suitable for tougher grass.
Offer longer running time, so you can power through bigger jobs.
Have a greater mowing range than other mowers.
Easily tackle thicker, longer grass.
Generally more reliable.

Cons

Not as environmentally friendly as electric mowers.
Inhaling petrol fumes when you mow may cause discomfort.
Generally require more maintenance, such as needing to change oil and clean the oil filter.
Can be fiddly to start and refuel.
Usually quite noisy.

Should I get a 2-stroke or a 4-stroke mower?

Petrol mowers either have 2-stroke or 4-stroke engines.

2-stroke engines are smaller, more compact, lighter to push, and more powerful than their 4-stroke counterparts. The downside is that they’re quite harmful for the planet and human health, which is why they’ve been phased out of Australian stores.

This law doesn’t affect second-hand mowers, so if your heart is set on a 2-stroke model, then you can still find some circulating around.

4-stroke engines only require unleaded petrol to run, are simpler to start, and are better suited for tackling bigger yards.

Battery push mowers

Battery lawn mowers usually give you up to 60 to 90 minutes of mowing time on a single charge, making them suited to small and some medium-sized lawns.

Pros

Easy to start.
Don’t need to lug around a power cord.
Lighter than petrol mowers.
Quieter than petrol mowers.
Can often use the mower’s battery in other garden power tools from the same manufacturer.

Cons

At risk of running out of juice before you’ve finished the job, meaning they’re usually only suitable for smaller lawns.
Have a smaller cutting width than petrol models.
Backup batteries are usually pricey.

Electric push mowers

Electric push lawn mowers are mains-powered, and are generally suited for smaller yards in which they can be easily attached to a power source.

Pros

They're a greener push mower choice.
Don’t emit fumes.
Quieter than petrol models.
Lighter than petrol mowers.
Don’t need to buy fuel and refuel.
Easier to clean and maintain than petrol models.

Cons

Not as heavy-duty as petrol models.
Have a limited range, as they need to be plugged into a power source.
May need to buy a heavy-duty outdoor extension cord.
Usually have a narrower cutting width than petrol mowers.

Manual push mowers

For those with small yards, mowing the lawn the old-fashioned way with a manual mower (also called a hand mower or a reel lawn mower) could be a good option.

While they’re the most environmentally friendly push mower option, they’re not as efficient as other mowers and generally aren’t very effective on taller grass. This means that if you use a hand lawn mower, you should be mowing fairly regularly.

They usually cost anywhere from $70 to $200, and because they don’t have many moving parts, are easy to maintain - you only really need to clean and sharpen the blades, no oil changes needed!

A woman pushing a black manual push mower across a green lawn
A manual push mower. Image credit: Ozito.

A woman pushing a green and black electric lawn mower acrodd her backyard
An electric push mower. Image credit: Ryobi.

What to look for in a push mower

Ease of use

Weight

Your mower should be easy to push, which is why you should check its weight. Lawn mowers with big wheels handle rough ground easier, but smaller wheels on more lightweight models can be easier to manoeuvre and turn.

Comfort

Mowers with handles that are turned up place less strain on your wrists and can also give you greater control over the machine so you can easily manoeuvre it around the yard. A mower gets bonus points if the height of the handle is adjustable to suit people of all sizes.

Controls

The controls should be easy to use and access. Look out particularly for the engine control lever - it’s easier to operate if it’s on the handlebar.

Ignition

Some lawn mowers start with the push of a button or the turn of a key while others require pulling a cord. If you have strength and dexterity limitations, you may want to opt for an electric, battery, or manual model that doesn’t require much effort to get going.

Catcher size

The larger the catcher, the less often you’ll have to empty out the cut grass. A bigger capacity is particularly useful for those who have a larger lawn.

Features

There are some features that can make using and maintaining your lawn mower a breeze.

  • Mulching option: A mulching attachment or plug lets the mower mulch your grass clippings and push them back into the lawn, helping fertilise your yard for it to be as healthy as it can be.
  • Quick-start motor: A quick-start motor starts at the push of a button.
  • Foldable handle: This is a common feature on newer mowers, and is useful to make a lawn mower more compact and easy to store.
  • Self-propelled: A self-propelled mower propels forward on its own - all you need to do is control the direction it goes in.
  • Blade brake: This feature lets you stop the blades while the engine still runs, getting rid of the need to keep restarting the mower when you want to empty the bag, move debris or obstacles out of the mower’s path, or move the mower over sidewalks or gravel.
  • Side discharge: Side discharge is useful for high, thick, or wet grass as it doesn’t cause it to build up on the underside of the mowing deck, making it a great feature for those who don’t regularly clean their mower.
  • Battery life indicator: For battery models, an indicator can help you figure out how much work you can get done before you need to recharge.
  • Safety key: This stops the mower from starting when it’s removed (so you only keep it inserted when you use it) - this can help give you peace of mind if you have children around.

Cutting diameter

Another thing to consider is cutting diameter, which is related to the size of the blade slicing the grass. Petrol lawn mowers tend to come with wider cutting diameters of 45 to 50cm, compared to 30 to 40cm which you typically see on electric lawn mowers.

While this might not seem like a lot, on larger lawns 10-20 cms can save you an extra couple of laps around the backyard. However, a wider cutting deck can also make it more difficult to manoeuvre the mower into the tight spaces of your yard, not to mention the extra storage space they often require.

Cutting height

A mower should have at least a few different cutting height options. Think about how low you want to cut your grass - petrol models can generally make the shortest cuts. These different options should also be easily adjustable.

How much does a push lawn mower cost?

Petrol mowers will usually set you back somewhere between $200 and $1600. Electric push mowers (those that require mains power) can range anywhere from $100 to $250, while battery models often cost somewhere between $150 to $1900.

If you’re looking for a commercial mower for more heavy-duty jobs, then you should expect to pay more than this.

You should also look for a substantial warranty - the longer and more comprehensive it is, the more faith the manufacturer has in the quality of their product. You should also acquaint yourself with the fine print of the coverage so you’re not hit with a nasty surprise if things go wrong.

Wrapping up

Buying a push mower can be a big decision - between choosing the type of mower you want and the features you want it to have, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the choice available.

Taking your own yard’s needs and how you like to mow into account will help you find a lawn mower that’s fit-for-purpose and helps you tidy up your green.