The ten best ride-on mowers reviewed and rated five stars by you

As the country’s biggest retailer of ride-ons and lawn and garden tractors, we are uniquely positioned to help you buy the right machine for your property.

Whether it be a little ride one for areas just a little too big for a mower with a wide cutting width or a machine for larger paddocks we will have the correct machine for you.

And we have a team with many years’ experience in the field and have helped literally hundreds of people but the one best suited to their property.

But most important we listen to our customers and ask them to rate the machine they have purchased. So here are the ten top ride-ons and lawn tractors with a five-star rating.

Lawnflite 76 mini rider
Easy to drive: Lawnflite 76 RDE Mini Rider

More people are buying these great little garden workhorses than ever as they not only keep the grass in check but are really useful throughout the year.

First with a top rating is the Lawnflite 76-RDE Mini Rider with its 76cm cutting width suitable for areas around 3000m2.

The engine is an MTD 382cc model and it has a 150-litre grass box but you can buy a mulch plug and a grass deflector for another £79.

Many people cutting larger areas prefer to mulch the cut grass where it is chopped down to tea leaf-sized fragments and dropped back to the lawn to rot away.

The Mini Rider has six forward and six reverse gears with shift-on-the-move transmission and it has five cutting heights from 38mm to 95mm.

It costs £1499, £300 off the recommended price and is delivered free within two to three working days with a two-year warranty.

It is easy to manoeuvre and gives a good cut. The grass box holds much more than a hand mower. I can’t recommend this mower highly enough,’ says a previous customer.

Now a best-selling five-star lawn tractor from favourite brand Mountfield.

Side discharge: Mountfield 1538M

The 1538M Lawn Tractor has the company’s own 452cc engine with a six-litre fuel tank to limit re-fuelling stops.

This has been designed for lawns around 6000m2 with its 98cm cutting deck and it has a 240-litre grass box.

There are five forward and one reverse gears and a small turning circle of 140cm.

A pair of headlights keep you working in the murk and a front bumper prevents damage in case a tree walks out in front of you.

You can buy a mulch kit as an optional extra and with the addition of a tow bar you have a year-round workhorse – imagine how useful a trailer will be at the moment.

A tow bar costs another £79 and a steel tipping trailer is £179.

This lawn tractor costs £1849 compared with the recommended price of £2049 and is delivered free of charge within five to seven days.

One five star review commented ‘Neat Cut – Lots of Power. I bought this to manage lawns and a couple of acres of paddock. Easy to use once I got the hang of the gears and clutch system. I have now ordered a mulching plug (i should have bought it with the mower). ‘All in all a great little tractor easily copes with paddock now I have it cut down to size. First rate for lawns, they now look great.’

Lawnflite 380 GT-X lawn tractor
Great bargain: Lawnflite 380 XT-S Lawn Tractor

This exclusive machine from Lawnflite is another five-star machine.

The Lawnflite 380 XT-S Lawn Tractor is a side-discharge machine made with larger areas around 8000m2 in mind.

It has a 96cm cutting width and you can use it for lawns as well as paddocks with the addition of a mulch plug.

It has a turning radius of 46cm and is powered by a 420cc MTD engine with shift-on-the-go transmission which will automatically return to the preferred speed after you have applied the brakes.

There are five cutting heights from 30mm to 95mm and it has a front pivoting axle to give a neat cut on undulating land.

It also has anti-scalp wheels on the cutting deck to save scalping the turf and chunky tyres for grip.

It costs £1499, £400 off the recommended price and is delivered free within two to three working days with a two-year warranty.

Describing the tractor as tough and very useful one customer said ‘I purchased this lawn tractor in February for a 3-acre smallholding I have in France, the land I am using it on hadn’t been maintained in over four years and was very overgrown and uneven. ‘I wasn’t sure that the Lawnflite was the right tool for the job but it has coped remarkably well, the turning circle and manoeuvrability are nothing short of amazing and so far reliability has been faultless.Very pleased with the product and the service received from MowDirect.’

This is another from Mountfield, a side-discharge model designed for areas around 6000m2 in mind.

Mountfield 1538H-SD lawn tractor
Side discharge: Mountfield 1538H-sd lawn tractor

The Mountfield 1538H-SD Lawn Tractor has a 98cm cutting width

The Mountfield 1538H-SD Lawn Tractor combines a very large 98cm cutting-width with a hugely powerful 452cc Mountfield single-cylinder engine, so it will prove a great choice if you’re looking after a very large lawn (up to 6000m2).

This one has a hydrostatic drive – much like an automatic care – making it easy to manoeuvre as you can adjust your ground speed quickly and precisely.

The two cutting blades produce a powerful airflow under the cutting deck which give excellent mulching performance when cutting lawns rather than rougher areas.

There are seven cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm and the mulch plug is free as is the tow bar.

This lawn tractor costs £1699 compared with the recommended price of £1949 and is delivered free within five to seven working days with a five-year warranty.

Excellent Machine, have been operating it for 7 yrs now with no faults whatsoever. I would highly recommend it and have used it always on mulching and easy to clean. 10 out of 10,’ says a reviewer.

The next one is from a leading German garden machinery company and has a free steel tipping trailer in the package.

Al-Ko T16-92HDH lawn tractor
Twin cylinder engine: Al-Ko T16-92HD lawn tractor

The Al-Ko T16-92HD Twin-Cylinder Lawn Tractor has a 92cm cutting width making it suitable for lawns around 6000m2 and is fitted with the maker’s specially designed Hi-Lift blade.

This produces a powerful airflow under the cutting deck making it a great collector of wet grass – something we are used to in this country.

The engine is a twin-cylinder model from Briggs & Stratton.

It has a 220-litre grass box which can be emptied from the driver’s seat and has hydrostatic drive giving precise control over speed and making it easy to control.

Anti-scalp wheels on the cutting deck mean it follows precisely the contours of the lawn and a high-backed seat make it a comfortable machine to drive. It also has a front bumper.

With this one, you receive completely free a steel tipping trailer worth £199 and a free tow hitch.

The lawn tractor costs £2299, £400 off the recommended price and we deliver it free within two to three working days with a five-year warranty.’

The tractor cuts really nicely and have purchased the mulch plug attachment which is very useful if you keep on top of the grass length. The cleaning of deck with hose is very useful. Safety systems work well, overall very pleased,’ says one reviewer.

Now a really popular little ride-on which is another best seller.

The Mountfield 827M Compact Lawn Rider has a cutting width of 66cm which means it can get through narrower gates

Mountfield 827M compact lawn rider
Cracking value: Mountfield 827M compact lawn rider

There are six cutting heights from 30mm to 80mm and it can handle areas around 2000m2.

If you prefer to mulch the cut grass the appropriate piece of kit is available for £69. A mulch plug costs £99.

This ride-on costs £1299, £100 off the recommended price and is delivered free within five to seven working days with a two-year warranty.

Excellent Midway Mower between Walk Behind and Tractor Mower. Having been used to a bigger Murray tractor mower it took a couple of mows to get the feel of a smaller, lighter machine but I now love it. Thank you MowDirect for pointing me in the direction of this mower,’ said one recent customer.

This lawn tractor from Mountfield has a width cutting width and is suitable for areas around 5000m2.

The 1530H Lawn Tractor has an 84cm cutting width and twin cutting blades to give great grass collection – there is a 240-litre grass box.

Hydrostatic drive makes it easy to control and the engine is Mountfield’s own 452cc model, one which took 10 years to research and build.

 

Mountfield 1530H
Popular machine: Mountfield 1530H lawn tractor

It has been designed to keep vibrations to a minimum and to give many years of service. And it has a six-litre fuel tank.

Cutting heights are from 25mm to 80mm.

This is a very comfortable lawn tractor with a sprung and padded seat which is adjustable and heavy-duty tyres to give good grip when it gets muddy.

And when you’re finished just attach a garden hose to a wash port on the cutting deck to clean it out.

You can also buy a deflector kit for use when cutting long grass and a mulch plug.

It costs £1999, £150 off the recommended price and we deliver it free within two to three working days with a five-year warranty.

This has been one of the most popular lawn tractors we sell. ‘I particularly like the large grass box, the warning sound when the box is full, and the ease of emptying the box from the driver’s seat.

‘MowDirect is an excellent and user-friendly company who were able to accommodate my specific request for delivery without any fuss,’ says one customer.

Another five-star machine from our extensive listing is this one, the Lawnflite 603 XT-S Lawn Tractor.

Lawnflite 603XT-S Lawn Tractor
Wet Collector: Lawnflite 603xt Lawn Tractor

With the tried-and-trusted 420cc MTD engine, it has a 3.8-litre fuel tank and has the company’s Direct Collect technology where a fan in the cutting deck forces the cut grass into the grass box which holds 200 litres.

With this one you can collect and discharge at the back with cutting heights from 30mm to 95mm and with a cutting width of 76 cm it is recommended for lawns around 4000m2.

Delivered free within two to three working days with a two-year warranty it costs £1499, £400 off the recommended price

A Cut Above.  The mower gives excellent results on long and short, even and uneven lawns/wild areas. After initial use it proved that our old mower was well past its sell-by date,’ says one customer.

This is a close relation to the Mountfield 1530H machine we talked about earlier but as another five-star machine well worth talking about.

The Mountfield 1530M Lawn Tractor has a manual gearbox with five forward and one reverse gears and an 84cm cutting width so it can handle areas around 5000m2.

Mountrfield lawn and garden tractor
Favourite brand: Mountfield 1530M Lawn and Garden Tractor

Twin blades give a smooth cut and great grass collection in the 240-litre grass box and there are cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm. This box beeps at you to let you know when it needs emptying, a useful feature and has a telescopic handle making it easy to empty from the driver’s seat

The engine is Mountfield’s own 452cc model, smooth running and made for a long working life with a proper oil pump.

A deflector kit and mulch plug are available as optional extras.

It costs £1749, £200 off the list price and is delivered free of charge within two to three working days with a five-year warranty.

A recent reviewer gave it five stars and summed it up thus. ‘Great. An all-round great mower, everything works and a smooth cut and drive.’

And finally, another five-star lawn tractor from Mountfield, a side-discharge one made with larger areas, around 6000m2 in mind.

The Mountfield 1538M SD Lawn and Garden Tractor is a great value for money tractor with side discharge and mulch as standard and with a tow bar included in the price.

Side discharge: Mountfield 1538 Lawn and Garden Tractor

A GDP 453cc engine gives bags of power and was designed for a long working life and with cutting heights from 25mm to 80mm it can handle all manner of mowing challenges.

It has five speeds plus reverse and wide tyres and is fitted with twin headlights so you can work when it gets gloomy.

It costs £1499, £200 off the recommended price and has a five-year warranty. We deliver it for free within five to seven working days.

A good mower that cuts the grass well. It has a good turning circle so it’s quite easy to get into most of the nooks, crannies and corners. The buying process was painless and the tractor arrived within a few days of ordering.’ That from one recent customer.

With the grass now growing quickly it’s hard enough to keep up with a small lawn let alone huge ones and paddocks and orchards but if you don’t get on top of them now and keep them trimmed you’ll be contacting the local farmer to borrow his sheep.

But with modern ride-ons and lawn tractors, grass cutting is not a chore anymore, in fact, it is quite a relaxing task as long as you avoid the trees and garden benches.

The mowers we have listed above all have five-star ratings but we have many more similar machines on our site,

Please call us on 03454 588905 and we can give you the advice to make sure you have the right machine for your garden – we’re here from 9 am to 10 am in the week and from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. 

I’ve used MowDirect on 3 separate occasions now and have taken advice from customer service before making a decision. They have always been very helpful, given good advice and I’ve been very pleased with my purchases. I’d gladly use them again and recommend them to anyone‘ P. Glazebrook (TRUSTPILOT)

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Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.