By Leo Williams
Looking for the best lawn mower in New Zealand? Fortunately for you, there are many great models available in the country — but which one is best for you depends on your needs.
There are different kinds of mowers to get depending on their cutting height, battery life, motor, and convenience. But on the whole, they all need to be durable, powerful, effective, and easy-to-handle.
We’ve gone over the products on the market to see which ones can all deliver in that respect. Now, all you have to do is go over the models below to find the perfect one for you.
So, if you’re ready, let’s get started! Let’s see your top options for the best lawn mower in New Zealand.
1. Hyundai HYM400P
Best for Small-to-Medium Lawns
The Hyundai HYM400P is the perfect choice if you have a small or medium-sized lawn and don’t want to shell out money for an oversized mower. This machine comes with a quick-start 79cc 4-stroke engine that runs on straight unleaded petrol — in other words, no need to mix petrol and oil when using it!
It comes with a standard grass collector, OPC (Operator Presence Control, a safety feature that prevents the engine from starting if you release the handle), and adjustable cutting heights (25mm to 75mm). Note that it also has a cutting width of 40cm.
- Runs on straight unleaded petrol
- Easy start engine
- Lightweight polypropylene deck
This mower got a 4.5-star score out of 5 stars on Amazon. Most owners liked the powerful engine, lightweight design, and easy start — although some also noted that they needed to call customer service to figure out how to use the easy start feature. Other owners also noted that it was easier to put together the mower by watching a YouTube video than by following the paper instructions.
Here’s an informative assessment of the product from Mr Stuart R. Smith from the UK:
“I got one of these a few months ago and wanted to use if a few times before leaving a review.
The lawnmower is delivered partially built, but, in all honesty all you need to do is attach the handles to the motor unit, fit the wheels, put some oil in (not included in the package), fill with petrol and you’re good to go. I’d read some stories about trouble starting it, but, I’ve had no issues at all. Each time I use it I press the RED button on the front 5 times, pull the starting cord about 3 times and it’s off. Plus I didn’t have adjust the starter cable, it worked straight away.
The reason I wanted a petrol mower was because my electric mower was ok as long at the grass was very dry. As soon as there was any moisture on the grass, the electric mower would struggle and leave clumps of wet grass everywhere. This is not a problem at all with this mower!! My first run was on wet grass which was about 2.5 inches high and there were no clumps left at all, this mower just picked it all up.
The reason I have titled the review ‘If anything, it’s too good’ is because the grass collector fills up after I’ve done two lines up/down the garden so there is quite a lot of stopping/starting the mower to empty the collector.
This mower is also great for picking up leaves. I put it on the highest height setting and do quick run over the garden and all the leaves are gone.
All in all a great mower.”
2. Masport Black Viper (565842)
Best Overall Lawn Mower
The Masport Black Viper uses a 4-stroke Briggs and Stratton engine for catching and mulching leaves around your house. With its ergonomic-gripped handle, your hands will never feel tired or heavy.
Its body is made out of stainless aluminum too, so it tends to last a long time without deteriorating in performance and quality. Furthermore, it has a 6-year warranty!
- Non-rusting aluminium body
- 4-stroke RapidStart Briggs and Stratton engine
- Quick access to mulcher and catcher plug
- Ideal for medium-sized areas
It’s easy to see why this could be the best lawn mower in New Zealand, considering it’s received a near perfect score of 4.8 out of 5 stars from owners. Users praise its performance in particular for mowing average-sized areas.
With such tasks, they say the Masport 4 Stroke 565842 does a great job, made all the easier by its comfortable grip and relatively light body. Here’s what Snowdon from Mitre10.co.nz has to say:
“Granted this is not as powerful as my previous petrol mower but it does the job just fine with plenty of battery left over. I have a larger than normal section of about 400-500sqm. Mowing is much quicker with a mulcher as well. No more annual service and very light to carry. A+ so far.”
3. Makita Lawn Mower 140cc 4 Stroke (PLM4623NP)
Most User-Friendly Lawn Mower
Do you need a reliable and adaptive lawn mower? Try the Makita 480mm Lawn Mower!
It’s equipped with rubber tires that grip well on a lawn. This makes it simpler and easier to push around for a precise mowing.
Its 140cc engine lets you handle sloped areas with no problem too. And the selling factor is that the grass cutting height can be adjusted at 5 stages to trim away at various depths.
Japanese brands are known for their quality, and you can see that in this lawn mower.
- 5 cutting heights/settings
- Features 480mm cutting width
- Cool and attractive design
- Effortless pushing
4. Ozito 1000W Ecomow Electric Mower (ELM-1030)
Cheapest Good-Quality Electric Mower
The Ozito 1000E Ecomow Electric Mower is famous for being lightweight and convenient. A high-powered 1000W motor gives it strength without the usual noise.
Safety for the user is emphasized with red plastic guard to prevent accidental start-ups and other safety issues. It comes with a light and compact 25L grass storage box that can be emptied after use.
It’s a great choice for those seeking the best lawn mower in New Zealand but on a budget. It packs quality, convenience, and utility into a single affordable package.
- Lightweight and convenient
- Cutting width is 305 mm
- 3 height adjustments
- 25L grass collection box
- Passed Australian Safety Standards
A lot of owners have only good things to say about this Ozito mower, praising in particular its quiet operation and low price.
Here’s a review from an owner of the mower — albeit an Australian one (hence the difference in price):
“… The mower is very compact, light, easy to pickup. The motor sounds a bit like a vacuum cleaner but way less noisy. With the mower on his highest 70mm setting (you adjust height underneath the mower, there’s 3 settings. My grass was very hight but the Ozito made short work of it. The 25L catcher is adequate. So all told a very happy camper. $99 and a 3 year warranty is good value. The noise and vibration, often a problem in cheap tools and appliances is low here. It doesn’t feel cheap to use.”
5. Honda Petrol Lawn Mower (HRX217VKA)
Best Catcher Capacity Lawn Mower
Hardy, powerful, and versatile, Honda HRX217VKA makes mowing the easiest job in the world. It’s fitted with a GCV200 engine that moves over your lawn easily and cuts it with impressive precision.
The 4-in-1 Versamow system lets you select from among mulch, bag, discharge, or leafshred settings. Take note that mulching and bagging can be synced with one another too.
The mower’s efficacy at mulching comes from its MicroCut Twin blades. Each blade has 4 cutting surfaces that mulch the grass into very small clippings for perfect mulch.
Along with this, you get a lifetime warranty for its super-durable deck and a decent 5-year warranty for the entire lawn mower.
- Very powerful motor thanks to the GCV200 engine
- 4-in-1 Versamow functions (mulch, bag, discharge, leaf shred)
- Impact-resistant NeXite frame and deck
- 88 litre grass bag capacity
- Lifetime warranty on the deck
- High-end brand
There had been a few complaints with regard to the rear height adjustment and mowing on slopes. But the Honda HRX217VKA has made up for that for its nice cutting performance, large grass bag, and sturdy deck.
Here’s Ron Canton from Ohio:
“I find the Honda HRX217VKA far superior to any mower I have ever owned. Mulching capability is paramount for me, and this mower with its dual blades provides clump-free performance. The 200cc engine powers through reasonably high grass growth without a problem. The Clip Director is ingenious, allowing clippings or leaves to be fully mulched or partially diverted into the bag. The ergonomics attest to Honda’s attention to detail. And the five year mower warranty (lifetime on the deck) gives me confident expectation of a satisfying experience going forward. Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with this purchase!”
And there you have it. You’ve just read about the 5 best lawn mowers in New Zealand, as well as how to use them safely!
Do you agree or disagree with the products we picked? If you think we missed a great mower that deserves to be in this list, feel free to tell us about it!
In the meantime, you may want to check out our other lists for household appliance buyers. For example, you may want to check out our list of the best vacuum cleaners in New Zealand.