Flymo UltraGlide Specifications
|Dimensions (H x L x W)||90 x 43 x 40cm|
|Type||Walk behind, hover mower|
|Cutting height||13 - 32mm|
|Price||Check on Amazon|
Flymo UltraGlide Review
The Flymo Ultraglide is one of Flymo’s larger, more expensive hover mowers that they sell.
It comes with a 36cm cutting width, and is relatively heavy for a hover mower, at 13.1KG. It’s powered by an 1800W motor, and has a 12m power cable – this mower is designed for small to medium sized gardens.
You cannot mulch your grass clippings with this hover mower – instead, they’re collected in the included 30L grass box.
Upon receiving your Flymo UltraGlide, it will come fully assembled out of the box. You won’t need to install or assemble the grass box or handles, like on most other lawn mowers. All you need to do is remove all of the packaging, plug it in, adjust the handles, and you’re ready to begin mowing your lawn.
Ease of use
The Flymo UltraGlide is very easy to use. Getting started takes just about 15 minutes, as we touched on above, and it’s also very easy to adjust the cutting height, using the included lever. You don’t need to take off the blades and add or remove spacers, like you do on some cheaper hover mowers. The 12m power cable also gives you plenty of room to manoeuvre.
This mower also hovers nicely. Its air cushion is strong, despite the weight of the mower, mostly because the motor is so powerful (which we’ve discussed more below).
Overall, this mower is easy enough to handle. However, it has reliability issues, which affects its ease of use. We’ve discussed this in more detail in the “Durability” section below.
We have no complaints about the power of the Flymo UltraGlide. The 1800W motor offers plenty of oomph, even though this mower is reasonably heavy. The air cushion is nice and strong, and the mower is easy enough to manoeuvre. You won’t be left feeling like you need more power.
The Flymo Ultragrade ticks most of the basic boxes when it comes to mowing. Its blades are sharp, and don’t go blunt over time, and it performs well on sloping ground, like you’d expect from a hover lawn mower. You can mow side-to-side if you’d like.
This mower can also handle thick/tall grass – it has plenty of power, as we mentioned above. Also, you can mow right up to the edges of your lawn, since this mower is square shaped, rather than rounded like many other hover mowers. Plus, the grass box attachment assembly is well designed – it’s easy to take off and empty when mowing.
However, this mower has two flaws when it comes to its mowing effectiveness. Firstly, it’s not great on even slightly wet grass. If there is any moisture at all, this can clog up the cutting deck quite easily, and you’ll have to clear out the blades.
Also, even when the lawn is dry, the UltraGlide can make a mess on your garden. It’s not great at ensuring that every single grass blade ends up in the grass box.
This hover lawn mower can’t mulch your grass clippings – it collects them in the grass box. However, it can leave a bit of a mess.
Although it does leave clippings behind, the Flymo UltraGlide isn’t great at mulching – it doesn’t chop the clippings up into fine pieces to decompose on your grass.
If you need a mulching mower, you’re better off looking at a rotary lawn mower, rather than this hover mower.
Flymo has included a trigger on both sides of the handle on this lawn mower, which you’d expect at this price. This means you can alternate between pressing down with each hand, making things more comfortable during long mowing sessions.
However, they haven’t included any carry handles on the mower, which does make it a bit difficult to move when you don’t have it turned on. Obviously, since there are no wheels, you can’t push it between your front and back garden, and it can be a bit bulky to pick up. Also, there’s nowhere to store the power cable when moving the mower, or when putting it in storage – you’ll need to wrap it around the handles.
Durability is the biggest issue with the Flymo UltraGlide.
The motor itself is prone to burning out. On some models, it dies completely, on others, it begins to cut out sometimes after a few months. This is due to a safety feature, designed to protect the mower from grass clippings. Flymo updated the UltraGlide to address this issue, but it hasn’t completely solved the problem.
You get a 24 month warranty from Flymo with this hover mower, provided you register your mower with them, but issues can still arise once the warranty has ended.
Value for money
As a larger, heavier mower, designed for medium sized gardens, the Flymo UltraGlide isn’t cheap. It’s not the most expensive hover mower on the market, but you can get smaller Flymo mowers for about half the price of this option.
Given how much it struggles on wet grass, and its durability, the UltraGlide isn’t great value for money. Although there are some smart features to its design, such as its shape, and the easy cutting height adjustment, the fact that this mower’s motor can wear out beyond the warranty period is quite worrying.
3/5 – Offers a good cut, but is let down by its durability and ineffectiveness on wet grass
We would recommend avoiding the Flymo UltraGlide. Despite the design update, it’s still not durable enough to be worth considering. Although only a few people have issues with the motor, it’s not worth the risk, in our opinion. In the UK, you really need a mower that can deal with slightly damp grass, which this model often fails to do.
Flymo UltraGlide Alternatives
If you’re concerned about the Flymo UltraGlide’s build quality, these other mowers might be worth looking into.
About the author
I’m Josh, and I’m the head writer at Lawn Care Pro.
I love everything lawns, but I’m a bit of a lawn mower nerd. I spend a lot of my free time tinkering with mowers, and planning my mowing schedule for the next few weeks.
I’m also into cars, which comes in very helpful when servicing a mower engine!