Best Hover Mower UK: Reviews of My top 5 Picks

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In this article, we’re on the search for the best hover mower.

Now as you can imagine, the term ‘best hover mower’ means different things to different people. As such I’ve suggested 5 models and I’ll also talk about why you might pick one over another.

We’ll also talk about the pros and cons of a hover lawn mower, why to choose one and why a different type of lawn mower might be a better option.

 

A quick comparison

Flymo XL500: The Best Petrol Hover Mower
 Flymo XL500: The Best Petrol Hover Mower
  • Very Easy to Start
  • Best For Large Gardens
  • Handles Slopes up to 45 Degrees
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Flymo Turbolite 330: The Best Hover Mower For Most People
Flymo Turbolite 330: The Best Hover Mower For Most People
  • Very Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Leaves a Nice Finish
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Flymo Hover Vac 280: The Best Hover Mower For Small Lawns
Flymo Hover Vac 280: The Best Hover Mower For Small Lawns
  • Cheap Mower
  • 20-Litre Grass Box
  • Ready to use out of the box
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McGregor Hover Mower: An Alternative to the Flymo’s
McGregor Hover Mower: An Alternative to the Flymo’s
  • Incredibly Lightweight
  • Powerful, 1,450-Watt Motor
  • 20-Litre Grass Box
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Flymo Easy Glide 330VX: A Slightly Bigger Alternative
Flymo Easy Glide 330VX: A Slightly Bigger Alternative
  • No Assembly Needed
  • 20-Litre Grass Box
  • Decent Length Power Cord
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Best Hover Mower with Reviews

Before we get into this list of the best hover mowers, it’s worth mentioning that Flymo completely dominates the hover mower market.

As such, this list is a bit lopsided with most of my recommendations being Flymo machines.

1. Flymo XL500: The Best Petrol Hover Mower

Flymo XL500: The Best Petrol Hover Mower
  • Power Type: Petrol
  • Motor: 160cc 4-stroke
  • Cutting Width: 51cm
  • Grass Box Capacity: None
  • Weight: 18.2kg
  • Warranty: 2 Years

If your lawn is on the large size and you want a hover mower that isn’t restricted by a power cord, have a look at the Flymo XL500.

Designed for large gardens and semi-professional use, the big benefit the XL500 has over any other hover mower is the fact that you can go anywhere with it without having a power cord trailing behind you.

As it’s powered by a 160cc 4-stroke Honda engine, it’s;

  1. Easy to start, and
  2. Very reliable

As it’s powered by a petrol engine, it copes much better with both long, bumpy and wet grass. And its 51cm cutting width gets through it quickly.The Honda engine runs smoothly and it’s also surprisingly quiet when compared to other petrol lawn mowers.

One of the main benefits of hover mowers is the fact that they are handle slopes better than other types. This XL500 copes easily with slopes up to 45 degrees.

And because it’s made for more heavy-duty use, it’s the most robust hover mower on the market, however, it’s also the heaviest! Of course, you’d expect petrol mowers to be heavier than electric models because they have engines bolted to them.

However, all other petrol mowers have wheels which means getting them out of the shed and to the lawn is easy. This Flymo machine doesn’t have wheels so it means you’d have to physically carry its 18.2kg weight to wherever you want to use it.

For some, 18kg isn’t that heavy, for others though, it might as well weigh a ton. You can buy a set of transport wheels to help with this but that’s an added cost.

And despite the fact that it’ll cope with fairly steep inclines, pushing and pulling it up and down them is heavy work.

If you’re fit and able, the weight issue shouldn’t bother you so much. However, for some, it’s just too heavy to be useful.

Overall it’s a very good mower for medium lawns. Just make sure you can handle the weight.


2. Flymo Turbolite 330 Review: The Best Hover Mower For Most People

Flymo Turbolite 330 Review: The Best Hover Mower For Most People
  • Power Type: Electric
  • Motor: 1,150 watts
  • Cutting Width: 33cm
  • Grass Box Capacity: None
  • Weight: 6.5kg
  • Warranty: 2 Years

The Flymo Turbolite series is incredibly well-reviewed online and also comes in a range of sizes. As such I think it’s the best hover mower for most people.

Like many hove mowers, it’s not what you’d call expensive so investing in it won’t break the bank.

And I know this has no bearing on how good it is but I love the look of it. It looks like a little orange flying saucer!

It’s powered by a 1,150-watt electric motor which is plenty powerful enough for most lawns (provided they’re not like a paddock).

As it only weighs 6.5kg, carrying it from the shed to the lawn is easy and manoeuvring it around the lawn is a doddle, no matter which direction you mow in.

It cuts well through grass which has been left to grow a little longer and I have to say, the finish was really quite nice.

The big drawback for many will be the fact that it doesn’t have a grass collection box.

That said, because it’s so light, the added weight from collecting grass clippings would negatively affect its cutting ability. Plus, if you cut the grass regularly, you can leave the tiny clippings on the lawn like the best mulching mowers do.

All in all, I really like the Flymo Turbolite mower.

It’s cheap, very light and leaves a nice, even finish and to be fair, it’s cheap feel didn’t really bother me.

It seems the thousands of users of this model agree.


3. Flymo Hover Vac 280 Review: The Best Hover Mower For Small Gardens

Flymo Hover Vac 280 Review: The Best Hover Mower For Small Gardens
  • Power Type: Electric
  • Motor: 1,300 watts
  • Cutting Width: 30cm
  • Grass Box Capacity: 20 Litres
  • Weight: 8.8kg
  • Warranty: 1 Year

If you have small lawns and with hard to reach areas, the Flymo Hover Vac is worth considering.

Powered by a 1,300-watt motor, it’s more than powerful enough to keep on top of small areas of turf. It works better than I expected when the grass is on the long side too.

Of course, it won’t tackle thick overgrown areas but if you’re faced with a few inches of growth after getting back from holiday, it’ll cope no problem.

It’s fairly light at 8.8kg so carrying from the shed to your lawn shouldn’t be a problem. It feels even lighter when cutting the grass, easily gliding over your lawn and tackling tight areas.

This particular model features a small, 20-litre grass collection box too, which for small lawns, should be enough.

Overall, the quality of the cut is very good, leaving a smooth, even finish (provided your lawn is fairly level).

It’s quiet too.

When mowing along the fence line I was left with a 5cm strip of grass which I had to finish off with the strimmer.

I also found that despite collecting grass reasonably well, I was left with clippings on the lawn when I’d finished mowing.

In terms of value for money, The Flymo Hover Vac 280 is a good little machine.

It’s cheap but works well and comes with a mass of raving fans.

Of course, it’s not perfect but then nothing in this world is – especially when it’s made to a budget.

If you have small, fairly even lawns and you don’t want to spend the earth, it’s definitely worth your consideration.


4. McGregor Hover Mower: An Alternative to the Flymo’s

McGregor Hover Mower: An Alternative to the Flymo’s
  • Power Type: Electric
  • Motor: 1,450-watts
  • Cutting Width: 30cm
  • Grass Box Capacity: 20 Litres
  • Weight: 5.88kg
  • Warranty: 1 Years

If you’re looking for the best hover mower which isn’t a Flymo, this entry from McGregor is worth a look.

It’s just as easy to use as any of the Flymo models. In fact, it’s quite similar to the Hover Vac I reviewed earlier.

It’s super light at less than 6kg so carrying it to your lawn should be no problem. If it is, just tip it forward and you can roll it on the two small wheels on the front.

It tackles even thick grass well with its 1,450-watt electric motor and its 20-litre collection box it pretty effective when the grass is dry.

That said, it does have a tendency to clog up when the grass is wet.

Overall though, the McGregor lawn mower is just as good as the Flymos.

It cuts well and definitely competes with the Flymo’s in terms of cost, quality and value.

A decent product.


5. Flymo Easy Glide 330VX Review: A Slightly Bigger and More Powerful Option

Flymo Easy Glide 330VX Review: A Slightly Bigger and More Powerful Option
  • Power Type: Electric
  • Motor: 1,400 watts
  • Cutting Width: 33cm
  • Grass Box Capacity: 20 litres
  • Weight: 8.8kg
  • Warranty: 2 Years

If you’re after something a bit bigger and more powerful than the Hover Vac 280, the Flymo Easy Glide 330VX is a decent choice.

At 8.8kg it’s not so heavy so carrying it to and from the lawn shouldn’t be a problem and manoeuvring it around the lawn is a doddle.

The grass box holds 20 litres which compacts the grass to get more in. It even has a handy little window so you can see when it’s full. Plus, it’s dead easy to empty.

It has a longer power cable than hover mowers at 12 meters. Still, depending on the size of your lawn and whether or not you have an outdoor power socket, you may need an extension cable.

For relatively well care for lawns it works well and produces quite a pleasing finish. That said, if your lawn is made up of long, stalky meadow grasses it doesn’t cut so cleanly. You might find yourself having to mow an eare more than once to get a finish you’re happy with.

Also, the collection system doesn’t work great when cutting wet grass. Instead, it had a habit of blowing it all over the place.

All that being said, it’s an incredibly popular machine and is very well reviewed by other users.


Why Choose a Hover Lawn Mower?


Why not choose a different type?

Well, there are a few reasons;

The first one is the manoeuvrability.

Regular lawn mowers have fixed wheels so they’re limited to only mowing in straight lines.

Hover mowers work differently as they don’t have wheels. Instead, they create a cushion of air between the mower and the grass (similar to a hovercraft). This means you can mow in any direction you want.

If you have irregularly shaped lawns, being able to mow side to side as well as backwards and forwards makes your weekly lawn care much easier. It makes cutting the grass quick and easy in areas where you might struggle with other lawn mower types.

Secondly, mowing sloped lawns is generally easier when using a hover mower.

Hovering on a cushion of air makes them feel lighter when pushing and pulling them up and down inclines.

And lastly, the best hover mowers are pretty much ready to use straight out of the box.

Most other lawn mowers need at least some kind of assembly, plus;

Even the best manual push mowers need assembling.

Why You Might Not Choose a Hover Mower

Many hover mowers are mains powered so they’re limited by the length of their power cables.

Also, power cords can be dangerous. Several people have died as a result of cutting the power cord with their mower. If this worries you, have a look for the best cordless mower.

For large lawns you could remove the limitations of a power cord by investing in a petrol hover mower.

However, these can be heavy. Especially when carrying them from your shed to the lawn as they don’t have wheels to help you.

For massive lawns, a hover mower won’t cut it. You’re only sensible option would be a sit on mower.

Something else to consider is the current state of your lawn.

If it’s thick with overgrown grass, bumpy and uneven, a hover mower probably isn’t the best choice.

On the other hand, if you have formal or ornamental lawns, you should invest in the best cylinder mower you can afford.

Lastly, hover mowers often lack the features of other types of lawn mower.

If rollers for striping, the ability to collect, mulch or discharge grass clippings and self-propelling features are important to you, choose another type of mower.

Even adjusting the mowing height is done differently. Instead of simply moving a lever you’ll need to get the spanners out, remove the blade, add or remove some spacers before re-attaching the blade.

It’s not a difficult job but it takes minutes instead of seconds.

 

In Conclusion


The hover mower market is relatively small so coming up with this list was fairly easy.

However, I have to say…

Hover mowers aren’t my favourite by a long stretch. I’d much rather have a decent electric mower or even better, a cordless mower for smaller lawns.

For larger lawns, I’d much prefer a conventional petrol mower over a petrol hover mower.

About Tim Stephens

I'm a professional gardener with degrees in Horticulture & Landscape Gardening. I want to help you create the garden of your dreams. I want your garden to look like it’s maintained by a professional. As if I was there doing it all for you!

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