Flymo Micro Lite

Flymo Microlite electric lawnmower

Flymo Microlite electric lawnmower

PRO’s: small, lightweight and compact

CON’s: blades are plastic, don’t cut very and are too fragile

VERDICT: it’s cheap but you get what you pay for

OUR RATING ★★☆☆☆ 

The Flymo Micro Lite is well named – with a tiny 28 cm (10 inch) cutting width – if they made it any smaller, it would virtually disappear.  But do the best things come in small packages ?

In the past we’ve been accused of being a bit negative towards Flymo products in the past but it’s not the case.  We love their wheeled rotary mowers and the Flymo robotic lawn mower is inspired.

It’s just that we’re not very keen on Flymo’s hover mowers which are designed to pick up the grass cuttings because, in our experience, they don’t preferring to throw them around the garden instead.  Thankfully the Flymo Micro Lite makes no attempt to pick up the cuttings so we weren’t disappointed.

Like most electric lawn mowers these days, the Flymo Micro Lite arrived partly assembled so we set about putting it together.  This was fiddly than expected as the included instructions weren’t the clearest.

It’s no surprising that, given the size of the Flymo Micro Lite, it’s designed for small gardens and, in theory, we could also see it being used in larger gardens to get into awkward spots and to cut around trees and shrubs.  Since it weighs just 5 kg it’s very easy to carry even over long distances although you’ll need an extension lead.  The included 10 metre cable is fine for small gardens but no more than that.

However, there’s a drawback and that is that the blades are plastic and not metal unlike those on the slightly larger Flymo Turbo Lite 330.  And it’s these plastic blades that are the weak point of Flymo Micro Lite.

The powerful (for the size of the mower) 1000 Watt electric motor generates a decent cushion of air so it floats well and, because it’s so light, it’s a dream to move around it’s just that the blades don’t cut anything.  We found that we had to keep going back over the same area again and again in order to get the grass cut.

Unlike some of the other Flymo hover mowers, the range of adjustment on the cutting height is very limited.  The Flymo Micro Lite only has two settings – 10 mm and 33 mm.  We found the 10 mm setting to be a little low to be honest and the 33 mm height a little high.

The handle folds for storage and because it’s so small it takes up barely any space in your shed or garage.  In fact it’s light enough to hang on a coat hook on the back of your shed door !

So, to answer our original question: do the best things come in small packages ?

We’re afraid that the answer is definitely no.  If you’ve got a lawn that’s perfectly smooth (and you don’t want it cut too low) you may be lucky but, to be honest,we’d recommend getting one of the slightly larger metal bladed models such as the Flymo Turbo Lite 330 or even a Bosch Rotak 32 Ergoflex.  They’ll last much longer, give you a much better cut and won’t need the blades to be replaced constantly.

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