Product Type: Chad Valley Outdoor Toy
Newest Review: ... the better weather then she would have grown into it. The size of this Lawnmower isn't that large but it is designed for a Toddler so it d... more
Chad Valley Lawnmower
Member Name: cornishchic
Chad Valley Lawnmower
Advantages: Handle folds down
Disadvantages: Flimsy plastic, beads don't pop, daughter not interested
Last year I used the buy two toys for £15 promotion that Argos have on a range of their toys. One of the toys I purchased as part of the offer was this Chad Valley Lawnmower, working out to £7.50.
The Lawnmower comes pretty much already assembled in the cardboard packaging. Once you get it out of the cardboard box, you simply pull the handle back until it clicks in place. This sounds very simple but it's not, the plastic material that the toy is made of mean you don't want to pull the handle back to far in fear of it snapping off. I had to pull it quite hard to click into place. There are two clips at the bottom of the handle that make it clasp back down so it's easier to store.
The lawnmower is a nice size for toddlers, the main body of the mower is roughly 45cm x 25cm and the handle is around 45cm long. The appearance of the mower is nothing special, it is coloured in red, blue and green. The blue detail in the middle of the mower is supposed to imitate a mower, I guess, the detail isn't really that great. On the back of the main body of the mower is a small see through box with little beads inside, just like grass on a normal mower.
My daughter has never really took to the mower, after not playing with it at all at my house, I took it down to my mums so she has another outdoor toy for down there. Still, after a year of having the lawnmower, it hardly gets played with.
The wheels make it difficult to push the mower along the grass as the mower is so lightweight, the grass gets stuck between the wheels and the body. It is ok to push on the garden if the grass has been freshly cut as it will be too small for any grass to get caught. The beads in the back box are meant to pop around when the lawnmower is being pushed but I've found them to just lay there flat more than popping. I'm not sure why the popping mechanism doesn't work very well, it's leaves the back box pretty worthless.
Although we have had this lawnmower over a year it is still in an excellent condition, a few scuffs to the wheels from pushing it on concrete, but that's about it. I think this is mainly because my daughter doesn't play with the toy, rather than the quality as it is made from a cheap flimsy plastic. I think if she did play with it a lot, it would be prone to cracking or breaking.
Even at £7.50 instead of the £9.99 it would have cost last year, I still wouldn't recommend this lawnmower. After having a quick look I can see it's part of the three toys for £10 offer Argos are running at the minute, at £3.33 I would say this is worth buying, but I wouldn't pay anymore. The build quality of the mower is rubbish and it doesn't interest my daughter at all.
Summary: Cheap lawnmower with a cheap quality