The lawn is a UK institution. Tending to a glorious green lawn becomes a way of life, in return letting you admire its calming green colour, relaxing in the sun and even enjoy a picnic with the family. But as we get older, the upkeep can be a little tough on the body. Luckily modern lawn mowers really help and our guide to finding the best lawn mower for elderly UK citizens will keep you out in the garden for years to come!
Table of Contents
- What Features Should The Best Lawn Mower For Elderly UK Citizens Have?
- The Best Lawn Mower For Elderly UK Citizens – Final Thoughts
The Body Might Age, But The Mind Still Thrives
Even though our muscles, joints and bones start to show signs of age, our minds still hold the desire to continue the pursuits of our younger days. Although we’d like to, looking after the lawn can be challenging as we lose mobility and sadly overexerting ourselves with the physical acts of mowing and weeding can lead to long term injuries.
A study of 665 adults by mower manufacturer Lawn-Boy found that a third of lawn-mowing consumers had a sore back after mowing, and others had aches and pains elsewhere including their shoulders. A friendly neighbour or helpful son or daughter might solve the problem, but not all of us are so lucky!
There is no question that lawns need time and care to look its best, along with effort, investment, and continued attention. So how to solve this dilemma?
Fortunately, modern technology makes it much easier for the elderly to look after their lawns, and these days old people have the choice of many different mowers, some designed to accommodate those lacking mobility or strength.
Using the right type of mower can make a big difference to how your body copes with mowing by reducing unnecessary strains.
What Features Should The Best Lawn Mower For Elderly UK Citizens Have?
First and foremost, the best lawn mowers for elderly people are going to be those that reduce the amount of effort needed to get the job done. This can be achieved in a couple of obvious ways, which I’ve outlined below.
A word of warning. For some, manual mowers will spring to mind. They are almost always very lightweight and are simple and easy to understand. However, I’d recommend avoiding these as they require a fair bit of strength to operate, particularly if you haven’t mowed the grass in a while.
Option 1: Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
My first recommendation is a self-propelled lawn mower. These provide the grunt needed to scale hills, and often feature adjustable speeds, which means the pace can be adjusted to whatever you’re comfortable with. Many provide added comforts like adjustable handles and ergonomic grips.
There are quite a lot of self-propelled petrol mowers out there, but again, there is a drawback. Most require pulling the cord to start the motor, and this needs a fair bit of gusto to do it right, which is probably best avoided. You may struggle to start the mower or worse still you might hurt yourself while bending down to grab the cord and pull it back quickly.
I therefore recommend an electric self-propelled lawn mower, preferably cordless, or a petrol self-propelled lawn mower with a push-button start mechanism. The model below from Cobra, a quality UK-owned brand, is exactly that!
- 48cm (19in) Petrol Lawnmower with steel deck and 4 speed drive system, from 2.5km/h to 3.9km/h speeds
- Push button electric starting, with a powerful Cobra Y173V 173cc engine
- 6 Stage central height of cut adjustment, from 25mm to 75mm - Tackles longer grass with ease, as well as finer cut lawns
Option 2: Ultra Lightweight Lawn Mowers
A super lightweight lawn mower is another great option. Although these don’t drive themselves, they will require much less effort to push and manoeuver. You should be looking for compact, small mowers built from a lightweight but strong material like plastic.
One of the best options for a lightweight lawn mower for elderly people is the Flymo Speedi-mo. I’ve got a detailed review of this great hover mower if you want to find out more.
Another fantastic option in this space is a hover mower. They are incredibly light and easy to use, and are honestly a very different mowing experience to the classic push-along rotary mower.
Another advantage of hover mowers is that they tend not to have grass collection boxes, which means you don’t need to collect so much grass and end up walking back and forth to the compost bin to dispose of it.
- Ideal for sloped and irregular shaped gardens, the EasiGlide 360 is a compact and lightweight hover mower that floats on a cushion of air, making it highly manoeuvrable for your ease-of-use.
- Utilises a powerful, high performance 1800W motor and a 36cm cutting deck capable of cutting through even thick dense grass - so you can tackle your lawn with ease.
- Its 4 cutting heights ranging from 10 to 30mm allows you the flexibility to find the perfect height for your lawn, with the long life metal blade ensuring a neater cut and tidy finish to your lawn.
Option 3: A Ride-On Lawn Mower
OK, so this is only going to be suitable for those of you who have a decent sized lawn, north of 200 square metres at least. But through your younger years you might have amassed a tidy little sum and bought your dream home complete with a rolling meadow all or your own. Or perhaps you own a hobby farm to keep you active.
Whatever the case, if you do happen to have a large lawn a ride on lawn mower is a perfect solution. They are typically push-button or key started and pretty simple to operate once you’ve been shown. There’s very little effort involved and the vibrations and hum as you casually mow your lawn are actually quite relaxing.
If this fits your bill, check out this Mountfield 827M Compact Ride-On Lawn Mower. It will put a hole in your wallet, but it’s about as affordable as a ride-on lawn mower, it’s actually fantastic value. Just keep in mind that. Just don’t forget that you will need to store your new lawnmower somewhere dry, safe and spacious!
Option 4: Robot Lawn Mowers
The perfect solution. A lawn mower that literally does the job itself! What more could you ask for! They come at a price, but its a great investment as they will save you loads in both time and money.
Robotic lawn mowers have actually been around for quite a while and they do a fantastic job. There is a little bit of effort involved to set them up at the start, and they probably cap out around the 250 square metre mark, but otherwise these innovative little fellows are amazing!
The only downside is that you don’t get to enjoy the lawn mowing yourself. Instead, set up a deck chair and enjoy the sunshine while your new toy does all the work!
You can check out my review of the Flymo 1200R Robot Lawnmower, which is a fantastic choice but it is a little pricey. Another quality but more affordable option is the Flymo EasiLife 500 GO below.
- Ideal for medium gardens, the EasiLife 500 GO is a compact robotic lawn mower that automatically cuts up to 500m2 so you don’t have to – giving you a tidy lawn with zero effort.
- Mowing every corner of the lawn, the EasiLife 500 GO is packed with functions to suit your lifestyle and can automatically adapt its schedule based on the weather through LawnSense and FrostSense,
- No screens or complex programming, the LED indicators guide you for quick and easy control, with the Bluetooth app giving you full access to the robotic mowers extended settings - allowing you the set schedules and trouble shoot from the comfort of your home.
The Best Lawn Mower For Elderly UK Citizens – Final Thoughts
With so many options available, as long as you have reasonable mobility should be able to find a mower that fits, depending on lawn sizes, etc.
And if you choose wisely, mowing will be a healthy aerobic activity helping keep you free of aches and pains well into your golden years.