Effort-Free Lawns: The Best Artificial Grass Selections

Eliminate your garden's ongoing maintenance with our handpicked selection of artificial grasses.
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Artificial grass has become increasingly more popular in the UK and this is primarily because it offers a range of benefits. The latest selections are also far more versatile and available in several styles and lengths that are suitable for children, dogs, cats and other family pets.

However, before purchasing the first artificial grass you see, you’ll want to avoid the cheap options. This is because many don’t include drainage holes, UV protection, dense fibres or even a warranty, so we always recommend increasing your budget where possible.

To assist you in selecting suitable artificial grass, our handpicked selection lists top-performing examples, chosen based on our first-hand experience installing multiple grasses that vary in pile height, length and quality. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Quickgrass Harvington Luxury Artificial Grass
Best Quality: Quickgrass Harvington Luxury Artificial Grass
WALPLUS Astro Artificial Grass
Best Value: WALPLUS Astro Artificial Grass
Ark Mat Realistic Looking Fake Lawn
Best All-Rounder: Ark Mat Realistic Looking Fake Lawn
Simpahome Artificial Grass Pile Roll
Most Durable: Simpahome Artificial Grass Pile Roll
LITA Synthetic Artificial Grass
Best Budget: LITA Synthetic Artificial Grass

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Artificial Grasses

As we own and manage several properties (rentals and Airbnbs), we’ve had the pleasure of laying artificial grass in several areas such as gardens, balconies, decking and many other areas. Although artificial grass isn’t that desirable for all homeowners, in these types of properties, they reduce the amount of maintenance required.

During our ongoing testing, we analyse the artificial grass’s quality, rubber backing, fibre density, ease of installation and aesthetics (i.e. how realistic it looks).

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To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest artificial grass (for this article), we are continually testing out the latest offerings from top brands in the UK. This means that when we notice a brand has released a new and improved grass, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test where applicable.

As well as our testing and experience installing a range of artificial grasses, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the grass’s quality, UV resistance, drainage, density, pile height, styles and sizes available, ease of installation warranty and value for money.

The Best Artificial Grasses

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1. Best Quality: Quickgrass Harvington Luxury Artificial Grass

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Quickgrass is a brand that specialises in quality artificial grass and they have a great selection to choose from. By far the brand’s most popular and highly rated is the Harvington Luxury grass, which is constructed of soft mixed yarn (70%) and polyethene (30%). In terms of its quality construction, the artificial grass has a heavy dense stitch (14 per 10cm) and is backed by a 10-year UV manufacturer’s warranty for peace of mind.

Pros
  • Choice of 4 different colour options
  • Pile options range from 28 to 35mm
  • Multiple sizes to choose from (up to 25 metres)
  • Child and pet friendly
  • During testing, we felt that it was very natural and realistic looking
  • Built to last and comes with a 10-year warranty
  • Rot proof latex backing with drainage holes
  • Easy to install with the option of sand infill
Cons
  • Most expensive artificial grass within our roundup

Although expensive, Quickgrass’s Harvington Luxury is by far the best quality artificial grass on the market. It’s realistic, high quality, child and pet friendly and generally ticks all the boxes apart from its price tag. Whether you are covering a section of decking or your entire garden, the brand offers a range of sizes to best suit your requirements.

2. Best Value: WALPLUS Astro Artificial Grass

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If you are on a tight budget but require quality artificial grass, the WALPLUS brand has the answer. Compared to similarly priced alternatives, the brand’s artificial grass is self-draining, contains 100% safe materials within the construction, available in long lengths, is UV resistant and is even backed by a 10-year warranty for complete peace of mind.

Although the brand offers multiple pile heights, we would avoid the 15mm height because during testing, we felt that it resembled carpet as opposed to artificial grass.

Pros
  • Backed by an impressive 10-year warranty
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • Low maintenance and ease to lay
  • Available in multiple lengths up to 4 metres long
  • Features a latex backing that allows water to drain through
  • Child and pet friendly
Cons
  • Only available in short pile heights (tallest is 20mm)

To conclude, if you want cheap artificial grass that looks great and will last, you can’t go wrong with WALPLUS’s grass. The 10-year warranty offered by the brand is a clear indication of their confidence of the product and it’s the best value artificial grass on the market.

3. Best All-Rounder: Ark Mat Realistic Looking Fake Lawn

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The most popular artificial grass within our roundup is the Ark Mat, which is available in four realistic colour tones as well as multiple lengths up to 9 metres and widths up to 4 metres.

According to the brand, it’s easy to install without any sand infill and any cuts can be made using heavy-duty scissors.

Pros
  • Available in lengths up to 9 metres and widths up to 4 metres
  • Doesn't require any sand infill
  • UV resistant and maintains its colour all-year round
  • Easy to install and keep clean with basic maintenance
  • Water permeable backing to prevent waterlogging
Cons
  • No thickness options to choose from

To conclude, the Ark Mat artificial grass is an affordable yet high-quality option that certainly won’t disappoint. The popularity of the grass is a clear indication of its quality and the selection of sizes ensures you aren’t left too short.

4. Most Durable: Simpahome Artificial Grass Pile Roll

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The durability of artificial grass has improved massively over the last few years and one of the most durable on the market today is by Simpahome. According to the brand, their artificial grass has been tested against extreme weather conditions and it’s designed to remain a healthy green colour all year round.

Pros
  • Resistant to waterlogging thanks to its permeable backing
  • Tested to extreme temperatures
  • Generous 30mm pile length
  • Non-fading and will remain green all-year round
Cons
  • Only available in a single size and pile length

If you want to ensure your artificial grass remains as nice as it was when you initially laid it, the Simpahome grass pile roll is a great option to consider. It isn’t the cheapest but its durability along with the generous pile length of 30mm make it worth spending the extra.

5. Best Budget: LITA Synthetic Artificial Grass

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Another budget-friendly artificial grass that’s worth considering and provides a realistic look is by the LITA brand. According to the brand, the blades on their grass are light and have a natural-looking fescue-like colour that closely resembles real grass. Whether you install artificial grass in your garden or balcony, it’s a versatile option that’s designed to last with a 100% satisfaction guarantee offered by the brand.

Pros
  • Constructed of high-grade UV-resistant polyethylene and polypropylene yarn
  • Backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Easy to install with no need for sand infill
  • Rubber backing keeps the grass in place with no need for staples
  • Plenty of drainage holes that ensures the grass doesn't become waterlogged
Cons
  • Only available with a 10mm pile height

As long as the short 10mm pile length isn’t an issue, the LITA grass is a great option to consider. Compared to other cheap artificial grasses, it’s constructed to a much higher standard and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Conclusion

Artificial grass removes the regular maintenance of real grass and is available in a range of styles to suit your requirements. Installation is fairly straightforward and the turf can be easily trimmed to suit the shape of your garden.

All of our recommendations come in a range of styles and sizes to best suit your requirements. However, to avoid disappointment, you’ll want to avoid the cheap options that don’t include drainage holes, UV protection or dense fibres.

If you require further information regarding our artificial grass recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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