Lawn Mowers – Ride On and Robot Mowers v Manual Mowing

Most homeowners will use a pedestrian rotary mower for the regular cutting and pruning of their lawn due to the extensive list of benefits of the rotary mower. Occasionally, on fine ornamental lawns a cylinder lawn mower might be chosen as the preferred option, however there are other mowers available which we should all be aware of.


Deciding which type of lawn mower is best for you should be done with careful consideration. Taking into account factors such as the size of your lawn, the condition of your lawn, the price you’re willing to spend, the amount of time your have to mow and your ability to manoeuvre the mower – quite the list, we know!


Ride On mowers and Robot mowers aren’t quite as common as pedestrian rotary or cylinder mowers for a variety of reasons, however they certainly have their place in the garden. Let’s take a look at some pros and cons below.


Ride On Mowers



  • A wider cutting deck means they’re suitable for mowing large areas.
  • It can cover more ground more quickly than manual mowing.
  • Less human exertion, sit down whilst you mow.



  • Difficult to manoeuvre in tight spaces.
  • They are much more expensive than a pedestrian mower.
  • Weigh much heavier and can cause unevenness if used in unsuitable conditions.


Robot Mowers



  • Can cut at anytime. Day or night, light or dark, send your robot mower out to work.
  • They charge automatically at their very own charging port.
  • As they are small and low moving they are very safe to use.
  • With no engine they make a very little amount of noise.
  • Running on electric power instead of petrol means they’re much more environmentally friendly.



  • As they are small and slow they can take a long time to mow your lawn.
  • Underground wires need installing for the mower to follow therefore they can work out very costly.
  • The shallow underground wires can cause issues when aerating your lawn.
  • Regular charging is required due to short battery-life.


For advice on which mower is best suited for your and your lawn please contact Will’s Norfolk Lawns.