The Best Lawn Mower Reviews

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Choosing the Best Lawn Mower

There are a lot of lawn mowers for sale and many options to choose from. You can narrow it down by thinking about what you are going to use your lawn mower for.

  • Choose the best lawn mower for the size of your yard or job. Do you have postage stamp-sized yard or acres and acres to mow? Maybe something in between?
  • What’s the terrain like? Is it level or hilly? Are there obstacles such as trees, flowerbeds, or sandboxes that you need to mow around? Zero turn mowers can trim lawn right next to obstacles to eliminate the need for a string trimmer.
  • Do you want to get some exercise in the yard? A push mower might count as your exercise for the day, while a self-propelled mower takes less effort.

Types of Lawnmowers

Gas lawn mowers are good for small to large lawns. They can often bag, mulch, and discharge the grass. Some of them, like the Husqvarna 7021P do all three.

Pros: powerful, wide cutting swath, handles thick grass, longer run time

Cons: requires periodic maintenance

An electric lawn mower is suitable for small to medium-sized yards. It is a battery powered lawn mower and requires charging between uses. The electric mower can be corded or cordless, and can bag, mulch, or discharge the grass. You can get a push lawn mower like the GreenWorks Cordless Lawn Mower or a self propelled lawn mower depending on how much exercise you want to get while mowing the lawn.

Pros: quiet operation, less emissions, quick start up, lightweight

Cons: shorter run time unless you have a second lawn mower battery

A manual reel mower is best for small lawns since you are the lawn mower engine. Look for rear wheels and a loop handle, such as on the Scotts Classic Push Reel Lawn Mowerfor easiest manueverabilty

Pros: economical, no emissions, great for small lawn, low maintenance, economical, easily stored

Cons: limited features, lots of physical work on medium to large lawns

A riding mower is perfect for big jobs (1-2 acres or more) or people with low mobility. Riding lawn mowers have the cutting deck under the front of the vehicle, which makes the riding mower more maneuverable to scoot around trees and flowerbeds.  The Husqvarna Hydro Pedal Tractor Mower, for instance, is built for extensive use.

There are a couple types of riding lawn mowers: lawn tractors and garden tractors.

Lawn Tractors

Pros: more maneuverable, weigh less

Cons: Less horsepower

Garden Tractor

Pros: more compact, larger transmissions and engines, up to 26 horsepower for mowing more than five acres.

Cons: heavier, less maneuverable

Lawn Mower Comparison Guide

Trying to decide which lawn mower to buy? In this lawn mower buying guide we suggest you check out our comparison chart, understand the different types of lawn mowers, and decide which type best meets your mowing needs. Then, check out our reviews of the mowers that best suit your requirements.

NameImageTypePowerCutting Deck
Husqvarna Hydro Pedal Tractor Mowergas/riding mower24HP52"
Troy-Bilt Automatic Riding Lawnmowergas/riding mower19HP46"
Toro Recycler Personal Pace Lawn Mowergas/self-propelled190cc22"
Husqvarna 3-in-1 All Wheel Drive Hi Wheel Mowergas/self-propelled190cc22"
Honda 4-in-1 Versamow System Lawn Mowergas/self-propelled187cc21"
GreenWorks G-MAX Cordless Lawn Mowerelectric/cordless40V16"
EGO Power+ Cordless Lawn Mowerelectric/cordless56V20"
Sun Joe Mow Joe Electric Lawn Mowerelectric/corded12 amp14"
Scotts Classic Push Reel Lawn Mowerreel mowern/a20"
American Lawn Mower Push Reel Lawn Mowerreel mowern/a14"
WORX Landroid Robotic Lawn Mowerelectric/robotic28Vfor lawns under 10750 sq ft

What is the Best Lawnmower on the Market?

Husqvarna 7021P Push Lawn Mower

The Husqvarna mower gets my vote for best gas lawn mower because it’s easy to start, powerful, and easily maneuverable. It does everything I want a lawn mower to do and nothing else. This is the mower my crew wants to use.

The Honda engine in the Husqvarna 7021P is a big part of the reason it gets my vote for best mower. The auto-choke, no-priming system gets the mower going right away. And it’s a powerhouse. You could pay more for a Honda push mower, but you get the same engine in the Husqvarna at a lower price.

It’s a push mower, so energy isn’t siphoned off the engine to run a self propelling system. That said, it’s still easy to push thanks in part to double ball bearing in the wheels.

I also like that the handle adjusts to three levels to work for various heights. Our favorite gas mower had 4-point, 9 position cutting height adjustment for varying lawn conditions.

This may be best lawn mower for the money.

  • Ball bearing wheels 8-inch front and 12-inch rear wheels that provides improved maneuverability in all types of grass
  • single-lever deck adjustment
  • discharge, bag, and mulch
  • 21” deck
  • 160cc

Pros: light, easy to start, powerful, cuts thick grass well.

Cons: handle may need reinforcing

Read more about our favorite push lawnmower here.

The best lawn mower can give you a lawn like thisTen Top Lawn Mower Reviews

Now that you’ve looked over the lawnmower comparison chart, dig a little deeper into these top rated lawn mowers. These lawn mower reviews are not in any particular order because someone looking for a reel mower isn’t going to be interested in top riding mower.

In this list, you’ll find riding lawn mowers, gas powered mowers, electric lawn mowers, reel lawn mowers and even a robot lawn mower.

Riding Lawn Mowers

Husqvarna Hydro Pedal Tractor Mower

The Husqvarna tractor mower may be the best riding lawn mower out there. It has great power even on the uphills and is easy to handle. The Husqvarna lawn mower can take all the use commercial lawn mowers do, but isn’t overkill for a large lawn. The tough mower deck can handle long grass, small sticks, and piles of leaves.

Thanks to a high seat and armrests, this ride on lawn mower is a comfortable ride. And the comfortable steering wheel makes long jobs almost a pleasure.

This Husqvarna mower has FAST auto transmission for a maintenance free operation. The hydrostatic transmission makes for a smooth ride.

  • Electric engagement of cutting blades, simply pull the switch
  • Convenient fender mounted deck lever is spring assisted for easy operation
  • 3 year limited, 5 year frame/chassis and front axle consumer warranty
  • 52″ fabricated deck and a heavy-duty chassis
  • 24 horsepower

Pros: powerful, speedy, easy to drive

Cons: may need to grease front wheels, have to get in under the steering wheel

Troy-Bilt Automatic Riding Lawnmower

The Troy-Bilt lawn mower may be the best riding lawn mower for the money. It’s run by a Briggs & Stratton Intek engine and has foot-pedal automatic transmission. With a mid-back seat and soft touch steering, this riding mower is comfortable for big jobs. It can even mow in reverse for ultimate maneuverability.

The deck wash system is easy to use and works well.

  •       CVT transmission
  •       gas pedal safety- remove foot and mower stops
  •       46” deck
  •       19 horsepower

Pros: easy steering, comfortable, easy to raise and lower deck

Cons: may feel jerky if you are used to a hydrostatic transmission

Gas Powered Lawn Mowers

Toro Recycler Personal Pace Lawn Mower

One of the things we like about this Toro lawn mower is the blade brake- you can stop the blade without having to cut the engine. Another feature we like is the personal pace self propulsion. The Toro Recycler adjusts to your walking pace—you won’t feel like you have to push it or jog to keep up.

All adjustments are tool free and it has “guaranteed start,” which means it starts in one to three pulls. No priming or choking.

  • bag and mulch
  • 22” inch deck
  • 190cc Briggs & Stratton engine

Pros: starts easily, easy to use, comfortable speed control, decent basic mower

Cons: hard to back up, may not last as long as we’d like

Husqvarna 3-in-1 All Wheel Drive Hi Wheel Mower

This Husqvarna lawn mower with a Honds engine gets our vote for best gas lawn mower. It has a powerful 190cc 4-cycle OHV engine and starts right up. It’s a powerhouse.

Deck height can be adjusted easily with one lever and self propelled rear wheel drive allows you to control the pace and speed of mowing.

We also like that the handle adjusts to three levels to work for various heights and it cuts thick grass well. This may be best lawn mower for the money.

  • Ball bearing wheels 8-inch front and 11-inch rear wheels that provides improved maneuverability in all types of grass
  • discharge, bag, and mulch
  • 22” deck
  • 160cc 4-cycle OHV

Pros: light, easy to start, powerful

Cons: loud

Honda Versamow System Lawn Mower

This Honda lawn mower is the best mulching mower we’ve seen. The Versamow System makes it easy to mulch, bag, discharge, or shred leaves. You can even mulch and bag in the same job just by sliding the Clip Director knob to choose how much is bagged and how much is mulched.

Thanks to the twin blade MicroCut System, the mulch is cut very fine, so it makes better mulch or fits in the bag better. Either way, it’s less work for you and breaks down more quickly.

Speed of the self-propelled mower is determined by a speed adjust dial.

  • NeXite deck is high impact resistant and does not dent, rust, or corrode
  • discharge, bag, mulch, and shred
  • 21” deck
  • 187cc GCV190 engine

Pros: easy to operate, easy to start, great for mulching, fuel efficient

Cons: some grass can get into bag even when on mulch setting, small gas tank

Electric Lawn Mowers

GreenWorks Cordless Lawn Mower

The GreenWorks electric lawn mower is a lightweight, rear bagging and mulching mower suited for medium to small yards. With a single lever, it’s easy to adjust the mowing deck to five different height positions (1-1/4 inch to 3-3/8-inch).

We like that the battery charges in 30 minutes and fits 25 other GreenWorks tools, so you can get lots of use out of it. The battery delivers fade-free power with no memory loss after charging. While it’s not self-propelled, it is lightweight and easy to use.

  • bag and mulch
  • cordless lawn mower
  • up to 60-minute run time
  • 16” deck
  • 4Ah 40V lithium-ion battery

Pros: lightweight, easy to use

Cons: not as powerful as others

EGO Power+ Cordless Lawn Mower

We think the EGO POWER+ mower is the best electric lawn mower on the market. It is premium quality that will last a lot of years. It even has LED headlights for early morning or late evening mowing. And since it’s electric, your neighbors won’t even mind your early/late mowing.

This powerful electric lawn mower folds up for ease of storage and cleaning and delivers the performance of a gas mower with the emissions. Battery recharges in 30 minutes.

  • weather resistant construction
  • discharge, bag, and mulch
  • cordless lawn mower
  • up to 90-minute run time
  • 20” deck
  • 40Ah 56V lithium-ion battery

Pros: powerful, quality cutting, large cutting deck for an electric mower

Cons: won’t cut very tall grass

Sun Joe Mow Joe Electric Lawn Mower

The Sun Joe Mow Joe gets points for its name and for being a great electric lawn mower for small yards. It’s basically maintenance free—just plug it in and go. With a 14-inch deck and all-terrain wheels, the Mow Joe corded electric mower is easy to maneuver in small spaces. It has three positions for height control. (Also available with a 20″ deck)

  • safety switch to prevent accidental starting
  • discharge, bag, and mulch
  • corded lawn mower
  • 14” deck
  • 12-amp motor

Pros: fits tight yards, easy to use, no battery to charge

Cons: cord makes it difficult to cut medium sized yards

Reel Lawn Mowers

Scotts Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower

The Scotts manual mower has a wide cutting width matching those of powered lawn mowers. It have nine(!) different cutting heights ranging from 1-3 inches controlled by quick-snap height adjusters. The rear wheels reduce drag and make this reel mower easily maneuverable. The loop handle with foam grip makes the push mower comfortable to use.

  • 5 steel cutting blades
  • 20” deck

Pros: wide cutting width, easy assembly, easy to reach height adjuster

Cons: flimsy if not reinforced

American Lawn Mower Push Reel Lawn Mower

The American Lawn Mower is the best push mower for for small yards with its 14” cutting width, although it also comes in 15” and 16” models. The cutting height is adjustable from 1-inch to 1-3/4-inch and it is lightweight and easy to maneuver. It’s super easy to assemble without tools. The T-style handle has cushioned grips for comfortable mowing.

  • 5 steel cutting blades
  • 14” deck (comes in 15” and 16” models)

Pros: easy to assemble, easy to use

Cons: gets caught up by tiny twigs

Robot Bonus

WORX Landroid Robotic Lawn Mower

The WORX robot lawn mower isn’t the cheapest mower on the market, but it’s pretty fun. Think of it as a Roomba for your lawn. You program the Landroid and set it free on your yard. It comes fully programmed out of the box, so it’s easy to use.

The robotic mower mows evenly and can handle inclines and declines up to 20-degrees. It mows every day, taking just a bit off the top for a very manicured look. Its shock sensor keeps it mowing around obstacles rather than into them.

If it rains or runs low on battery, the robot mower returns to its charging station.

  • built in security system
  • 28V battery

Pros: Does everything- you don’t even have to be home, keeps lawn very tidy, cool factor

Cons: Only for lawns under 10750 square feet, expensive

Read my full Landroid review and other robot lawn mower reviews here. 

zero trun mowerBest Zero Turn Mowers on the Market

The best zero turn mower is a riding lawn mower with virtually no turning radius. Each drive wheel has its own hydraulic speed control, so they work independently. Zero turn mowers can pivot around a point midway between the drive wheels, around either one of the drive wheels if one is stationary, or in a circle of any radius.

Pros of zero turn lawn mowers:

  • Easily maneuver around obstacles such as flower beds or sandboxes, while mowing right up to the edge.
  • Reduced mowing time since you don’t need to return with a trimmer to tidy up the edges of your lawn. With a traditional lawn mower you will need to back up, go forward or making multiple circles around an obstacle, but with a zero turn mower, those extra moves are eliminated.

Cons of zero turn mowers:

  • Many do not work on slopes or hills
  • Some can be difficult to drive until you get the hang of them
  • Expensive
NameImageEnginePowerCutting Deck
Husqvarna Zero Turn Mower MZ61Briggs and Stratton Endurance V-Twin27HP61"
Poulan Pro Zero Turn Riding MowerBriggs & Stratton V-Twin Pro Engine22HP46"
Troy-Bilt Mustang 54 Zero-Turn MowerBriggs & Stratton Intek Twin Cylinder25HP54"
Ariens IKON-X Zero Turn MowerKawasaki FR V-Twin23HP52"
Husqvarna Kawasaki Zero Turn MowerKawasaki23HP54"

Husqvarna Zero Turn Mower MZ61

One of the best zero turn mowers for sale is the Husqvarna Zero Turn Mower. This model has a 61-inch fabricated cutting deck and a 27 HP Briggs and Stratton Endurance V-Twin engine with electric start. This zero turn mower has mulching and collection capability to take care of all your lawn needs.

Hydrostatic gear transmission drives intuitively and the high backed seat with arm rests makes for a comfortable ride. The heavy weight of the unit also adds to a smoother ride.

  • 5”-4.5” cutting height
  • Up to 8.5 mph going forward and 5 mph in reverse
  • 5 gallon fuel tank
  • 770 pounds

Pros: Good uphill traction; easy to drive; comfortable ride; with power bagger (sold separately), it will pick up every twig and stick in the yard—great for mowing around trees.

Cons: Slides on downhill slopes, packing crate takes time to disassemble

Best Riding Lawn Mowers for Sale

You’ve seen two riding lawn mower reviews above, but here I will cover a couple more riding mowers – the best riding mowers for the money and best mowers for smaller yards.

Husqvarna LTA18538 Lawn Tractor Mower

The best riding mower for the money, in our opinion, is the 38” Husqvarna LTA18538 Lawn Tractor. This mower is easy to drive and maneuver, easy to maintain, easy to clean, and won’t break the bank.

Thanks to its compact size, it can zip around the yard getting into relatively tight spaces and it’s a cinch to store. The pedal operated transmission makes for a comfortable ride with its smooth, variable forward and reverse speeds.

Height adjustment is within reach from the seat of this lawn tractor. The convenient fender mounted deck lever is spring assisted for easy operation.

Air induction technology lifts the grass from the front and back, ensuring an even, consistent cut.

Connect your hose to the underside for easy washing.

  • 38” cutting deck
  • 18.5 horsepower

Pros: easy to drive and maneuver, well built, goes fast

Cons: Not for slopes over 15 degrees

Troy-Bilt Premium Neighborhood Riding Lawn Mower

The Troy-Bilt Neighborhood Riding Lawn Mower is a small riding lawn mower perfect for suburban yards. It has the convenience of ride on mowers, but the width of a wide walk behind lawn mower to trim medium sized yards. It will fit through a garden gate and in a garage. This is one of our favorite riding mowers for sale for standard neighborhood yards.

The Troy-Bilt has an 18-inch turn radius for sharp turns and great edging. It cuts in reverse and mulches well.

Safety features include an automatic turn off if you get off the mower (or fall off).

  • 30” cutting deck
  • 382cc

Pros: great for small to medium yards, comfortable, tight turning radius

Cons: built for even terrain only

Best Electric Mower Reviews

Electric mowers are great. They are quiet, cost less to run than a gas mower, there is no exhaust, and maintenance is minimal. Instead of schlepping (and possibly spilling) gas and oil, all you do in plug it in and go. You will need to sharpen the blade annually, but you’ll need to do that with a gas mower, too. I recommend electric mowers to my clients with lawns of less than 8,000 square feet.

The other downside of an electric mower is that you will need to cut more often. They generally are not as powerful as gas mowers and can’t handle long grass.

Once you’ve decided on an electric lawn mower, the next decision is whether to go cordless or corded. Cordless lawn mowers are just what they sound like—you charge a battery and then run the mower without a cord. They typically have a run time of about an hour to 90 minutes. They are best suited for a lawn that can be mowed in an hour. The big advantage, of course, is that you don’t have to string a cord behind you or worry about it getting wrapped up around a tree. The disadvantage is that you have to remember to charge it—often overnight—before you mow. After five to seven years, you will need to replace the battery in your cordless mower.

Corded mowers are super easy. Just plug them in and go. They never run out of juice because you aren’t dependent on a lawn mower battery. The corded electric lawn mowers do have a distance limitation—about 100 feet. If you use a longer extension cord, the voltage drop in the cord will reduce the power to the motor. Your mower will overheat and slow down. You’ll also need to pay attention to the cord so you don’t mow over it or get it caught on a lawn obstacle.

Cordless models cost more than corded electric mower because the battery is pricey. I’ll help you find the best cordless lawn mower and the best corded electric mower.

I think the EGO POWER+ Cordless Mower is the best cordless electric lawn mower and you can read the review in the cordless lawn mower reviews above.

WORX Cordless Lawn Mower  WG775

The Worx cordless lawn mower can cut up to 6,000 feet in a single charge. The battery is removable, so you can charge it in a location separate from where the lawn mower is stored.

This is a push mower, not self propelled, but it’s lightweight at 33 pounds, making it easy to maneuver. The ergonomic handle makes it even easier to manage.

This battery powered mower will mulch, bag, or rear discharge, so you have a lot of flexibility. It’s easy to start with the push of a button. This may be the best cheap lawn mower in the electric lawn mower category.

  • Battery power level indicator
  • Discharge, bag, and mulch
  • 14” cutting deck
  • 24V battery

Pros: Easy to start, easy to use, cuts well, inexpensive

Cons: Battery often doesn’t last long and are expensive to replace

BLACK+DECKER Cordless Mower CM1640

The Black and Decker mower is powerful for it’s size and type. It’s lightweight (38 pounds) and plastic, but handles longer grass better than some other electric mowers. There are six height adjustments, so crank it up to the highest setting when mowing longer grass.

This electric lawn mower comes with two batteries, each lasting about 30 minutes. You will need anywhere from 10-30 minutes cool-down time after using the battery before you can start to charge it again. Charging time is about one hour.

The batteries fit in Black and Decker’s other tools, including a string trimmer, hedge trimmer, sweeper vacuum, and a sweeper/blower vacuum. The battery is easily removed with the click of a button and conveniently recharges in the garage or shed via the included charger.

  • Folding handle for easy storage
  • Discharge, bag
  • 16” cutting deck
  • 40V lithium batteries (2)

Pros: Easy to start, easy to use, handles medium to long grass, batteries fit other Black Decker tools

Cons: No mulching, batteries may last 20 minutes rather than the 30 minutes advertised

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