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Is Ozito a Good Brand? (Hands-On Review)

I’ve tested a range of Ozito garden tools and I’m happy to give you my honest opinion, plus provide some important pros and cons of investing in these tools.

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When it’s time to update your powered garden tools, it’s likely that you’re going to head off to Bunnings to see what’s available. 

As you browse the various ranges of powered garden tools, you’ll notice a wide range of Ozito-branded tools.

And, naturally, you might be wondering whether Ozito is a good brand. Especially when compared to some of the more familiar brands like Bosch, Makita, or Ryobi.

I’ve tested a range of Ozito garden tools and I’m happy to give you my honest opinion, plus provide some important pros and cons of investing in these tools.

About the Ozito brand

You might be surprised to learn that the Ozito brand has been around for over 25 years. The company started out with just a small selection of tools but now manufactures over 285 products all sporting the Ozito brand.

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Ozito tools are designed in Germany and manufactured in China. They are exclusive to Bunnings stores Australia-wide and are also available in New Zealand.

You’ll find that the Ozito range of powered garden tools is one of the cheapest available but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the range isn’t good overall.

Battery-powered tools that perform well

Quite a few years ago, I was in the market for a new lawn mower and I wanted a battery-powered one.

I thought this would be far easier than getting a petrol mower because I didn’t want to have to mess with petrol and oil and constantly have to refill the mower.

Plus, battery-powered garden tools are more environmentally friendly and less noisy to run. Because I was on a fairly tight budget at the time, I settled on an Ozito mower.

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And, I certainly wasn’t disappointed. At the time, I had a fairly standard-size front and back yard with a substantial amount of lawn area. The Ozito battery-powered mower powered through it all and never let me down.

I particularly liked that it was lightweight, easy to start and much quieter than a petrol mower.

The only disadvantage to this mower was how long one battery charge lasted. More often than not, I couldn’t get my entire lawn area mowed on just one charge. 

This meant that I would have to stop halfway through and put the battery back on charge. Charging the battery fully usually took around an hour. While I could easily work around this, it was a nuisance sometimes.

Additionally, if I had let the grass get a little longer than normal, it might take me an additional charge time to get all of the lawn mowed.

Reasonable durability for a budget brand

That first battery-powered Ozito mower lasted for around 5 years. I consider this quite acceptable for a budget brand that is easy to operate and doesn’t need any servicing. 

When the mower stopped working, I did consider trying to buy a new battery to see if that was the problem. But, I found that the battery I needed was no longer a current model and it was going to cost just under $100 to get one in.

At the same time, Bunnings had a special deal on an Ozito mower, whipper snipper and blower package that included two interchangeable batteries plus a charger. Plus, the package came with a 5-year warranty. I went for it!

After around 4 and a half or so years, I’m still using the mower and the blower although I do have less lawn to mow these days.

Unfortunately, the whipper snipper broke early on but that was my fault because I accidentally got too close to some metal garden edging.

I’m really impressed with how easy these tools are to use and that I don’t have to do any servicing or maintenance.

For anyone who has a smaller lawn area and doesn’t want to mess with having to add petrol, I would definitely recommend the Ozito battery-powered mower and blower.

Pros and cons of Ozito powered garden tools

Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of this brand of garden tools based on my personal experience.

Pros

  • Affordable with a decent warranty
  • Easy to use and lightweight
  • No maintenance required
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Reasonably durable with a long battery life

Cons

  • Ozito changes its models regularly so it’s difficult, if at all possible, to get replacement parts such as batteries on older models.
  • Their inexpensive price means that they’re designed to be thrown away once they fail.
  • For larger areas, the battery charge might not last long enough to get the whole job done.
  • Other users have said that the warranty isn’t always honoured and it’s necessary to produce a receipt of purchase when exchanging at Bunnings. 
  • Many reviews also state that Ozito’s customer service is not the best.

Final Verdict

When purchasing powered garden tools, it’s important to remember that you get what you pay for.

For the budget price, I believe the battery-powered garden tools I’ve purchased are good value and I would certainly buy this brand again.

Just be aware, that when the tool comes to the end of its life, it’s a throwaway as parts are almost impossible to get.

But, getting five years out of a battery-powered mower is fairly reasonable in my opinion.

FAQ

How long has Ozito been around?

Ozito started producing a small range of tools way back in 1993, so the company has been around for over 25 years.

Is Ozito an Australian company?

Ozito is an  Australian and New Zealand company but its range of tools is made in China with German engineering. The products are exclusively available in Bunnings.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.

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