T3 Awards verdict is in: Cobra MX3440V is the lawnmower of the summer

T3 Awards 2019 Best lawn mower sponsored by AEG: Put your sward to the sword with this effortless cordless mower

T3 Awards 2019: Best lawn mower: Cobra MX3440V

The best lawn mowers for most people, these days, are cordless lawn mowers and as far as the T3 Awards 2019 are concerned, the current pinnacle of battery lawnmowers, for small- to medium-sized gardens, is Cobra's new MX3440V. It's the #1 Best lawn mower (sponsored by AEG).

Coming in at under £200, and built here in the UK, Cobra's latest and greatest cordless mower is efficient, well made and has a battery life of 40 minutes that is easily enough for most British domestic lawns, and smaller village greens.

The top cordless mowers are the best solution for average-size lawns as they can go anywhere, don't require you to pour petrol through a funnel and, nowadays, have easily enough power to get the job done. We've been recommending them over their petrol and corded brethren for years now, and the Cobra MX3440V is the new ruler in this market.

The Cobra is lightweight and the 34cm cutting deck and a 35-litre fabric grass collector are both perfectly sized for mobility. However, they're also sufficient to handle most people's home turf. Easy to carry and store, it’s also commendably quiet.

The Cobra is adjustable between five cutting heights, spanning 25mm to 75mm, via a nifty little lever that raises and lowers the entire body. The main handle is also collapsible, with quick-release clips instead of awkward screw threads. 

Look, it's a lawn mower. They're not meant to be sexy or exciting; they're meant to cut your grass efficiently, then vanish back into the shed. No mower does those things better, for the money, than the Cobra MX3440V. 

Duncan has been writing about tech for almost 15 years, during which time he has attended every event going, apart from Apple ones, as he mysteriously doesn't get invited to them. He has covered everything from smartphones to headphones, TV to AC and air fryers to the movies of James Bond and obscure anime. 

Duncan's current brief is everything to do with the home and kitchen, which is good because he is an excellent cook, if he says so himself. He also covers cycling and ebikes – like over-using italics, this is another passion of his. Duncan also edits T3's golf section because fuck it, someone has to. Dave Usher does all the real work on that bit, though. In his long and varied lifestyle-tech career he is one of the few people to have been a fitness editor despite being unfit and a cars editor for not one but two websites, despite being unable to drive. He also has about 400 vacuum cleaners, and is possibly the UK's leading expert on cordless vacuum cleaners, despite being decidedly messy. A cricket fan for over 30 years, he also recently become T3's cricket editor, writing about how to stream obscure T20 tournaments, and turning out some typically no-nonsense opinions on the world's top teams and players.

Before T3, Duncan was a music and film reviewer, worked for a magazine about gambling that employed a surprisingly large number of convicted criminals, and then a magazine called Bizarre that was essentially like a cross between Reddit and DeviantArt, before the invention of the internet. There was also a lengthy period where he essentially wrote all of T3 magazine every month for about 3 years. 

A broadcaster, raconteur and public speaker, Duncan used to be on telly loads, but an unfortunate incident put a stop to that, so he now largely contents himself with telling people, "I used to be on the TV, you know."