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If you’re looking to spruce up your garden on a budget, the Middle of Lidl offers might be just the ticket. Throughout the year, the cut-price supermarket releases batches of relatively cheap garden tools and accessories from its Parkside range.
Priced between £25 and £100, Lidl’s garden machinery and accessories are a good alternative to some of the more premium big-name brands. You’ve got to be quick, though, as the popular events see some of the products sell out within just a few days.
To find out whether the products are actually good value for money, we tried them out first hand. Keep scrolling to see what Lidl’s range has to offer and whether our experts think any of it is worth buying.
Garden tool reviews – see all of the products we've tested
Where to buy Lidl Parkside garden tools and accessories
Once the products are released, you can buy them in selected Lidl stores. But only while stocks last – and this normally isn’t for very long.
The Middle of Lidl event on the website rounds up the products on offer right now.
However, you can still find certain products on sites such as Amazon or eBay months after the event. Be sure to check the retail price beforehand, though, as some sellers bump the price up dramatically leaving you paying way over the odds for an otherwise budget buy.
When you're deciding where to buy from, only deal with trusted sellers online. Do some research on the seller and product before buying, and check the returns policy and read customer reviews for the model you're looking at.
For more information on shopping online safely and arranging refunds for faulty equipment, see our online shopping advice.
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Should you buy Parkside garden tools from Lidl?
It depends. Some of the products impressed our experts, but others left us a little underwhelmed. And while we can’t deny the prices are tempting, there’s no use bagging a bargain if it doesn’t do its job well.
See a summary of each product below or follow the links for the full review.
Lidl Grillchef Mini Kamado Egg Ceramic Charcoal Barbecue, £79.99
Lidl's mini Kamado is small enough to stand on a sturdy table - it’s only 54.5cm tall - and it's at least half the price of most other brands. At 18.6kg, it’s also much lighter than many other models and can be lifted with care by one person.
The grill is only 26.5cm in diameter, so it’s best for a couple or a small family as it can’t fit much food on at once. We managed to get three steaks on it, but it was a squeeze and there wasn’t room for any side dishes.
Could it be a great money-saving alternative to pricey models?
Read our Landmann Grillchef Mini Kamado review to find out what we thought of it.
Lidl Ventilated Charcoal Barbecue, £39.99
The Lidl Ventilated Charcoal Barbecue costs £39.99 and with its long list of features you get a lot for the price.
It’s a large but portable tabletop barbecue with a smooth matte black outer shell and a battery-powered ventilator at its base for adjusting the airflow to the burning coals.
Underneath the grill, there’s a wide steel basin that you can fill with water to collect fat drips – and it also comes with a steel charcoal chimney to make placing and lighting up your fuel that little bit easier.
But is it worth buying? Read our Lidl Ventilated Charcoal Barbecue review to see what we thought.
Lidl Parkside Electric Hedge Trimmer, £25
Retailing at £25, this Lidl hedge trimmer is one of the cheapest we’ve ever tested. Its 450W motor won’t give it a huge amount of power, but it is at least lightweight at just 3kg, so it should be easy to manoeuvre round your garden.
The teeth are only spaced 12mm apart, so it’s better suited for hedges with smaller, narrower twigs, as it won’t be able to cope with bigger branches.
We tried this hedge trimmer out on privet, honeysuckle and euonymus bushes to see how neatly, quickly and easily it can cut.
Read our full Lidl Parkside Electric Hedge Trimmer PHS 450 A1 review to see how well it coped.
Lidl Parkside Electric Lawn Trimmer, £20
Like the hedge trimmer, Lidl’s Lawn Trimmer is on the under-powered side, with a 300W motor, although it’s also super light at just 1.9kg.
It cuts with a single-line system that feeds through automatically. There isn’t much in the way of features, but you can adjust the second handle which should help you get the best angle while you’re working.
Our researcher tried out this trimmer on hard-to-reach grass next to paving and under hedges.
Find out how well it performed and how easy it was to use by reading our Lidl Parkside Electric Lawn Trimmer review.
Lidl Parkside Electric Scarifier/Aerator PLV 1500 B1, £70
This cheap scarifier from Lidl is self-propelled, so it should glide around your garden with ease.
It comes with a generous 50-litre collection bag, so you shouldn’t have to make too many trips to the compost bin, and it’s quick and easy to change between aerating and scarifying mode.
See our guide to the best lawn rakers and scarifiers to see how this Lidl model compares with others we’ve tested.
Lidl Parkside corded electric lawn mower, £79.99
This is a corded electric mower with a 10m cable, so you’ll need an outdoor extension lead to mow the far reaches of your lawn.
It has a 44cm cutting width, which makes it best suited to large lawns of 150 square metres or more. In smaller lawns, it will be harder to manoeuvre in tight spaces. It also has a 55-litre grass-collection box, so you won't need to keep constantly emptying the clippings.
The 1,800W motor should provide enough power to cut through long or damp grass and its ergonomic handles, which can be held from the side or above, should mean it's comfortable even if you have a weak grip.
The front wheels are inset, too, which will make cutting around obstacles such as a washing line or trampoline much easier.
See our full Parkside PRM 1800 A2 corded electric lawn mower review.
Lidl Parkside cordless lawnmower, £69.99
The Lidl Parkside Cordless Lawnmower PRMA 20-Li A1 is a small battery-powered mower that's well suited to handling small lawns of less than 50 square metres.
Most of Lidl’s new mower is made of hard plastic, so it’s very compact and lightweight. You’ll have no problem turning it and lifting it around to manoeuvre around smaller areas of grass.
Versatility is also a perk of this mower – it has five cutting heights, adjustable handles, and the 20V lithium-ion battery used to power it can be used with other cordless products in Lidl’s Parkside range.
Read our Parkside PRM 1800 A2 cordless lawn mower review to find out whether it's up to the job.
Lidl Parkside garden shredder, £69.99
This is an impact garden shredder – this type uses blades to finely chop the prunings. They’re less expensive than roller shredders, which have a ridged roller to cut and crush the prunings, but they tend to do a better job of cutting the prunings into fine pieces.
The PMH 2400 A1 is quick and easy to assemble – simply attach the wheels to the legs and then the legs to the shredder, and you’re ready to go. It comes with the hex key and screwdriver that you’ll need for the job.
Garden shredders have a reputation for getting blocked easily, but how well does this model shred?
See our full Lidl Parkside PMH 2400 A1 garden shredder review to find out.
Lidl Parkside pressure washer, £39.99
Lidl's compact pressure washer is not much bigger than large shoe box, so it’s easy to store. This is important as pressure washers should be stored in a frost-free place otherwise the water inside them can expand and break their pipes, leaving them leaking and unable to be fixed.
It’s no heavier than a bag of shopping, which is great if you have to carry it round for long periods of time and the cable and hose are long enough to be able to reach a fair distance.
Unlike more expensive models, it doesn’t come with accessories, such as a patio cleaner or car brush and detergent. Instead, it just has a vario nozzle that allows you to adjust the width of the water jet from a wide fan to a powerful jet.
The motor is also only 1,300W, while many other models offer nearly double this power. But how much of a difference does this make in practice when it comes to the cleaning?
We reveal all in our full Parkside PHD 110 D1 pressure washer review.
Lidl Parkside 20V cordless pressure washer, £50
Lidl's £50 pressure washer has a few tricks up its sleeve, including:
- A nozzle with an integrated detergent container.
- A self-priming function for using different water sources.
- A multi-function nozzle with six spray types for cleaning different surfaces.
- And a three-year manufacturer guarantee.
But is it worth buying? Read our Lidl Parkside 20V Cordless Pressure Washer review to find out.
Lidl Parkside PHD170 A1 pressure washer, £99.99
This Lidl pressure washer comes with a few handy features that you typically find on pricier models, including:
- A variable nozzle jet This lets you adjust the water pressure from a pointed jet to a spray fan for cleaning different, more delicate surfaces.
- Wheels This will help you push around its nearly 12kg of weight, which is handy if you struggle to carry heavy items.
- Hose storage This helps to stop the 10-metre hose from getting tangled when you store it away between uses.
Features aren’t everything, though, and they don’t tell you how good a model it really is. We’ve tried out this pressure washer to see how easy it is to use and, crucially, how well it cleans.
See our Lidl Parkside PHD170 A1 review for our first impressions.
Lidl Florabest Petrol Chainsaw, £80
Lidl's large petrol chainsaw has a 51.7cc engine and a 45cm-long bar. It weighs 6kg, which is heavier than any of our Best Buy petrol chainsaws and almost twice as much as our Best Buy cordless chainsaw.
It comes with the bar and chain already attached and correctly tensioned. And when you need to clean inside after using it, the cover is removed by unscrewing two nuts with the combined spanner/screwdriver that’s supplied. The screwdriver is used to adjust the chain tension.
Also provided in the box are a bottle for mixing two-stroke oil and petrol, and a bottle of chain oil. There’s no two-stroke oil included, so you'll need to buy this yourself. There’s also a pair of ear defenders and protective glasses.
But how well does it cut wood? Read our full Lidl Florabest chainsaw review to find out.
Other Lidl garden products
The Middle of Lidl offers don't just include garden tools and accessories. Depending on the time of the year, you can find anything from kids toys and dog beds to DIY tools and smartwatches.
We don't test every item that goes on sale, but we have reviewed other Lidl products that are always available in store, including:
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