Bosch Rotak 32 Ergoflex

Bosch Rotak 32 Ergoflex Electric Lawnmower

Bosch Rotak 32 Ergoflex Electric Lawnmower

PRO’s: lightweight, cuts grass beautifully, excellent cutting collection

CON’s: lowest cutting height is a little high

VERDICT: outstanding cut, lightweight, leaves a nice stripe

OUR RATING ★★★★☆ 

TODAYS BEST PRICE: £183.92 from Amazon

The Bosch Rotak 32 Ergoflex is the updated version of the Bosch Rotak 32R and, with it’s 32 cm (12 inch) cutting width is designed for small gardens.  With both models still on sale is it worth getting a bargain and getting the older model or going for the newer one ?

There’s no doubting that the Bosch Rotak 32 Ergoflex belongs to the Bosch Rotak family because it looks almost exactly like it’s older siblings and that’s a good thing because we’re massive fans of the Bosch Rotak range of electric lawn mowers.

They all have an electric motor (a 1200 Watt one in the case of the Rotak 32 Ergoflex) which drives the cutting blade through a gearbox which allows it to maintain a constant speed.  This lets it cut through longer grass than you would think whilst the grass combs and inset front wheels allow it to cut right to the edge of the lawn as well as against walls.

One of the main differences between the older Bosch Rotak 32R and the Bosch Rotak 32 Ergoflex is the handle.  In the case of the newer Ergoflex model it comes with the same Ergoflex handle found on the bigger models in the range.  And like the handles on the other models, it’s super comfortable offering 8 different hand positions.  It also folds to save space when the mower is not in use.

Another difference is the lowest cutting height – whilst the older Bosch Rotak 32R cuts as low as 20 mm, the Ergoflex model can only cut as low as 30 mm.  Thankfully the height adjustment mechanism is taken from the newer models as the old way of adjusting the cutting height by raising or lowering the axles was tedious.  The new design adjusts all of the wheels at the same time from a single lever although the number of increments is still the same – three versus the ten found on the larger models.

So how does the newer model cut in comparison to the old one ?

Well, to be honest, we couldn’t tell the difference and that’s a good thing because the old Bosch Rotak 32R gave an outstandingly good finish to the lawn and the new one is just as good.

Like the older model it left a pleasant stripe on the lawn although, due to the lack of weight – it only weighs 8 kg – it disappears within 24 hours or so.  The light weight is a real bonus as it makes carrying the Bosch Rotak 32 Ergoflex really easy thanks to the top mounted handle.

Both models have the same sized grass box and we’re glad to report that virtually all the cuttings are picked up and crammed inside it but it’s still easy to empty.

Downsides ?  Well, the increase in the lowest cutting height is surprising but it’s rare that you’d cut grass that low and we found that the fixed electrical cable was a little short at 10 metres.  We would have preferred to have 12 metres of cable.

So is the Bosch Rotak 32 Ergoflex much better than the older model that it replaces ?  It’s more an evolution – we like the Ergoflex handles as they certainly make the mower easier to maneuver.  The change to the newer cutting height adjusters is definitely a step forward.

Overall though, this is an excellent little electric lawn mower and would be perfectly at home in a small garden to medium sized garden.  That said, if you see the older model at a good price, you won’t be disappointed both are outstanding lawn mowers.

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