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Best Lawn Mowers 2019

Electric, gas, battery, push and even robotic! There are now a huge variety of lawn mowers – some good, some bad.

Thankfully there are more good brands than bad brands. But… distinguishing between the two isn’t always easy.

My guide to the best lawn mowers of 2019 will make picking the best mower for your needs simple.

So without further ado lets get started…

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Best Lawn Mowers Of 2019 – At A Glance List

Below is a quick view of my favorite lawn mowers of 2019. To find out more about them click on the link to take you to the full review.

Best Electric Lawn Mowers

Name

Cut Width

Best For

Rating

#1 – Greenworks 25022 (Read Review)

20″

♦ Best Buy ♦

  • Your Title Goes Here 93% 93%

#2 – Sun Joe MJ403E (Read Review)

17″

Maneuvering

  • Your Title Goes Here 92% 92%

#3 – Black & Decker MTE912 (Read Review)

12″

Price

  • Your Title Goes Here 92% 92%

Best Battery Powered
Lawn Mowers

Name

Cut Width

Best For

Rating

#1 – EGO Power+ (Read Review)

20″

♦ Best Buy ♦

  • Your Title Goes Here 96% 96%

#2 – Snapper XD SXDWM82K (Read Review)

21″

Battery Life

  • Your Title Goes Here 95% 95%

#3 – Greenworks GLM801600 (Read Review)

21″

Small Lawns

  • Your Title Goes Here 92% 92%

Best Gas Powered
Lawn Mowers

Name

Cut Width

Best For

Rating

#1 – Honda HRX217K5VKA (Read Review)

21″

♦ Best Buy ♦

  • Your Title Goes Here 97% 97%

#2 – Troy-Bilt TB220 (Read Review)

21″

Price

  • Your Title Goes Here 94% 94%

#3 – Remington Trimmer (Read Review)

22″

Weeds

  • Your Title Goes Here 93% 93%

Best Push Lawn Mowers

Name

Cut Width

Best For

Rating

#1 – Great States 415-16 (Read Review)

16″

♦ Best Buy ♦

  • Your Title Goes Here 93% 93%

#2 – American Lawn Mower 1204-14 (Read Review)

14″

Price

  • Your Title Goes Here 91% 91%

#3 – Fiskars Staysharp 6208 (Read Review)

17″

Weeds

  • Your Title Goes Here 89% 89%

Best Ride On Lawn Mowers

Name

Cut Width

Best For

Rating

#1 – Troy-Bilt 382cc (Read Review)

30″

♦ Best Buy ♦

  • Your Title Goes Here 94% 94%

#2 – Poulan Pro P46ZX (Read Review)

46″

Maneuvering

  • Your Title Goes Here 93% 93%

Best Robotic Lawn Mower

Name

Cut Width

Best For

Rating

#1 – WORX WG794 Landroid (Read Review)

7″

♦ Best Buy ♦

  • Your Title Goes Here 91% 91%

Lawn mowers are in essence wonderful tools and can turn your yard into a beautiful thing.

Choosing the right one can actually make mowing your lawn a fairly enjoyable experience, or at the very least it can make it bearable!

But…

Choosing the wrong one can lead to extra frustration and then extra expense to put your mistake right.

There are a number of things to consider when buying a lawn mower – but you don’t need to complicate it, it can actually be a pretty simple job to get the mower you need.

How to Choose a Lawn Mower

So the first thing you will need to decide when you are thinking about buying a lawn mower is what power source you want.

You have a bigger choice of electric lawn mowers here as the majority are powered by electricity. They generally are reasonably priced, easy to use and powerful.

However:

You have to remember you are constrained by a cord, so if you have a large yard they might not be for you.

Battery powered or cordless lawn mowers are the easiest, most hassle free option.

Even better:

Generally the top battery powered mowers are as powerful as the top electric mowers and you don’t need to worry about a cable so you can get to those awkward spots.

Then again:

They are more expensive and you have to remember you can only use them for a certain time before the battery run downs.

Gas powered mowers are inevitability the best choice for a large yard.

Why?

You don’t have a cable to worry about, so you can maneuver around awkward objects and they are more powerful and faster at getting the job done.

But the fact is:

They are more expensive and often heavier and larger to store and there is more to maintain.

Push lawn mowers are the best bet for small lawns.

For one thing:

They are usually the cheapest option and you have no emissions or noise to worry about, or use of electricity. You also get a good workout at the same time!

In contrast:

However they are not the best choice if you have a sloping/undulating lawn or you are likely to struggle pushing the machinery around.

If you have a very large lawn then you might want to bite the bullet and go for a ride on mower.

Why do I say this?

Because they can cut your mowing time drastically and as long as you look after them they should last you for years and years. They are very powerful too.

You need to remember:

These are the most expensive of the lot and you have maintenance costs to factor in as well.

Robotic lawn mowers are a thing of the future right?

No! No! No!

Robotic lawn mowers are here now and are becoming more and more advance. They are the perfect option if the thought of mowing your lawn is something that fills you with dread!

They save you time and effort and with technology becoming better and better they can probably do the job as well, if not better, then you can!

But:

They are expensive and the process of setting them up takes time.

What Else Do You Need To Consider?

Other factors you might what to consider include:

Cutting Width – This refers to how wide a strip of grass the mower can cut.

In theory…

The wider the strip the less time it should take you to mow your lawn. 

Just remember though if you have a smaller lawn or a number of objects on your lawn you might want to look at a smaller cutting width.

Cutting Heights – Most mowers these days allow you to adjust the height the lawn is cut at.

My point is this:

If you are very specific about how long you like your grass then it is always worth looking at the minimum and maximum cutting heights.

Self-Propelled – Some mowers, usually electric or gas powered, are self propelled.

The silver lining is:

You don’t need to push them, you just follow them!

It makes mowing quicker and easier and many have adjustable speeds too.

Grass Collector – If you don’t fancy raking your lawn after mowing it you might want to go for a mower with a grass collector to catch the clippings in.

The trick is:

To take note of the size of the grass collector as that will dictate how often you need to stop mowing to empty it.

Mulching – You can also get mowers that finely chop the grass clippings so they can be collected and spread back over your lawn as mulch. This benefits your lawn as the mulch contains nutrients.

Want to know a bit more?

The video below will give you a few more helpful tips on choosing a lawn mower.

Editor’s Note

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Clicking on my CHECK EXACT PRICE button DOES NOT affect the price you pay for the item and it takes you to exactly the same page you would get to if you had gone to the Amazon/Walmart/Home Depot website yourself and typed in the product name. The only difference is a tiny percentage of the sale (typically around 4%) goes to this site.

At the end of the day the most important thing to me is you get the best possible item for your needs at the best price – so I hope you do!

The Best Electric Lawn Mowers 2019

#1 Greenworks 20-Inch 25022

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who want a top quality, easy to maneuver mower at a good price.

Solid design – tick. Light and maneuverable – tick. Adjustable – tick. Good power – tick. Cuts well – tick. Good price – tick.

The good folk at Greenworks have done it again and come up with another top quality lawn mower in the Greenworks 25022.

So let’s get started.

This has a 12 amp electric motor, a 20-inch steel cutting deck, 7 height settings from 1.5 inches to 3.75inches, the option to rear bag, side discharge or mulch your cuttings and weighs 56lbs.

The 12 amp motor has a surprising amount of power, it might slow down slightly on thicker patches of grass, but it can handle pretty much any standard lawn nicely, even chomping through the occasional wayward branch with ease.

What does this mean for you?

So as long as you take your time with thicker/higher grass and go slowly through it then you get a really nice quality of cut.

The mower is really sturdy, so for instance the deck is made of metal, not plastic.

Not only does this mean it is less likely to break, it actually makes it easier to get into those awkward spots that might be hard to reach.

Think about it:

Lots of electric mowers have bulky plastic covering the blade, as this has thin metal covering you have much more room to maneuver and get closer to things.

The height adjustment lever is also made from quality metal and it is simple to snap from one height to the next to suit your lawn.

What I particularly like are the larger rear wheels. At 10 inches they are possibly the largest in the industry, and make it far easier to maneuver the mower than smaller wheels.

It isn’t perfect though:

It has its faults, as mentioned before it does bog down a little in thicker grass, so if you have a really thick lawn to mow it might not be for you.

Also the motor is not sealed, this means it does get very dirty during use and it might be worth opening it up regularly to give it a quick clean, the screws don’t come out easily though and that makes doing this a little tricky.

In short:

But there is so much to like about this. Not only what is mentioned above but more!

It safe and simple to use – it activates with a 1-button safety bar, it is really light, it folds very easily so it takes up minimal storage space, it is easy to switch height and easy to switch functions and it mulches well. Also it is very reasonably priced indeed.

If you don’t have a huge garden and don’t mind having a cord (oh just to add the cord management feature is excellent too) – then I strongly recommend this mower.

Weight: 56.0 pounds

Cutting Width: 20.0 inches

Warranty: 4 Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty

Rear Wheels: 10 inches

Front Wheels: 7 Inches

Motor: 12amp

3-in-1 Feature:  Rear bagging, side discharge and mulching

7 height levels: From 1.5 inches to 3.75inches

  • My Rating 93% 93%

Pros

Well made

Gets to awkward spots easily

Easy to adjust

Easy to maneuver

Cuts really well

Cons

Bogs down slightly in really thick grass

Motor gets dirty quickly

#2 Sun Joe MJ403E Mow Joe 17-Inch 

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who want an incredibly lightweight mower that has power!

The Sun Joe MJ403E is incredibly light in weight, but heavy in power – the perfect combination!

The weight really is a huge selling point if you are older or have a condition/impairment that prevents you from handling heavier machinery – it weighs just 31.5lbs.

So let’s begin:

It has a powerful 13 Amp motor and the cutting width is 17 inches. There are seven cutting levels ranging from 0.98 inches to 2.87 inches, and you can either bag or mulch your clippings.

It also has nice and sturdy 10 inch wheels at the rear and 6.6 inch wheels at the front.

Now get this:

The Sun Joe MJ403E is very, very light indeed. Without exaggerating a little child could easily push this around. As mentioned it is an ideal choice for someone with limited strength.

The weight and long handle means it is really easy to maneuver around your garden too. Someone said to me that the power cord weighs more than the mower and that isn’t far from the truth!

This Sun Joe is mainly plastic, but durable plastic that seems solid and not cheap. It also has large back wheels, which I like as it makes it much more stable and adds to ease of moving it around the garden.

Don’t be fooled:

Don’t let the weight and the plastic cowling fool you though – the 13 amp motor kicks out some power and will deal with all but the very thickest of grass without a problem.

Adjusting the height it cuts at is simple – simple push the lever to adjust the height and it has a large 12 gallon grass bag to collect your clippings in.

As with most electric mowers, it is super easy to set up and quiet. The mulching function is also really good – it mulches the clippings into a fine dust that is great for your garden.

A word of caution:

One thing I don’t like about this model is that the cowling that holds the mower blade in is made of plastic.

Whilst I don’t mind the majority of the machine being plastic, I think it would have been a real benefit to have blade held in place by aluminium or steel – it would only be more marginally more expensive than plastic.

Personally I would like a little more in the upper range of the height adjustments as this only goes up to 2.87 inches, so if you like your grass taller it might not be for you.

In all:

If you have a small/medium sized yard and you want an incredibly lightweight mower, with a good amount of power, that is easy to maneuver and mulches well as a bonus – this should be at the very top of your list.

Weight – 31.5 pounds

Cutting Width – 17 inches

Wheel Size – 6.6 inches (front); 10 inches (rear)

7 Cutting Levels – from 0.98 inches to 2.87 inches

Motor – 13 Amp

Two Year Warranty

Cutting Options – Bag or Mulch

  • My Rating 92% 92%

Pros

So light

But still a lot of power!

Easy to maneuver

Mulches well

Easy to set up

Cons

Blades is held in by plastic

Maximum cutting height could higher

#3 Black & Decker MTE912  

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those with smaller lawns looking for a bargain mower, trimmer and edger.

If you have a small lawn and are looking for the ultimate in lightweight and versatility and something that gives you tons more than the price suggests then the Black and Decker MTE912 is perfect for you.

In fact I am pretty certain it will quickly become your favourite garden tool ever!

Let’s get this show on the road:

On the face of it this thing seems pretty unassuming.

Its cutting width is a mere 12 inches, the motor is 6.5amps and it has two cutting heights – 1.6inches and 2.4inches.

But what is fantastic about this (other than the price) is that you can easily convert it between a mower, a trimmer and an edger!

And that is where it shines:

The multi-functionality of this is great. You can easily and quickly mow your lawn, snap out the mower to edge the edge of yard and then switch to the trimmer to get rid of any weeds.

Swapping between each function is really quick and simple, meaning you can have a good looking garden in no time.

For what it is worth the trimmer mode especially is really good – it is a single feed trimmer and the cord lasts a long time.

And you know what?

This is a small device, as mentioned the cutting width is only 12 inches, but it actually is surprisingly powerful for its compact size, you get an even, low professional looking mow.

However as it is so light you don’t get the heavy wheel marks a gas mower gives or the slightly uneven, choppy style cut of a push mower.

Even better:

As it is so small it can easily get to those awkward areas bigger mowers wouldn’t be able to and it is light as a feather – it weighs a touch over 10lbs, so literally anyone will be able to use it.

You can easily wash the various parts when they are detached and then hang them up or prop them up to dry as they take up almost no space at all.

Then you have the price – it is an absolute bargain, three good, reliable tools for a fraction of the cost of a normal mower.

The downsides?

This is small. As mentioned the cutting width is just 12 inches so if you have a lawn more than an acre it is definitely not for you. So just remember it will take slightly longer to mow your lawn due to the size.

Also the mower deck could do with a pin to hold it on, a plastic tab and latch are used to secure it and are not really big enough so it does occasionally come off. It wouldn’t be too hard to rig up something yourself to hold it on more firmly, but it is a bit of a pain.

It is simple:

Overall this is absolutely perfect for smaller yards.

If you don’t have extensive needs and are just looking for a quality unit to mow your lawn and then tidy up with a trimmer and edger at a genuinely bargain price, then I cannot recommend this highly enough.

Well done Black and Decker.

Weight – 10.2lbs

Motor – 6.5 Amp

Three tools in one – mower, trimmer and edger

Cutting width – 12 inches

Two Year Warranty

2 cutting heights – 1.6inches and 2.4inches

  • My Rating 92% 92%

Pros

Mows, trims and edges

Incredible price

Very, very light

Great performance

Takes up no space

Cons

Not for you if you have a medium sized or larger yard

Mower deck latch could be made more secure

The Best Battery Powered Lawn Mowers 2019

#1 EGO Power+ 20-Inch

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who want the ‘Tesla of mowers’ that charges almost instantly!

The EGO Power+ is often described as the ‘Tesla of mowers’ and it is easy to see why.

This thing screams quality in every area and the build quality is first rate – sturdy, but still lighter than gas powered mowers thanks to its electric mower.

Let’s jump right in:

It has a 20 inch deck, a 3-in-1 function which allows you to decide if you want to mulch, rear bag or side discharge the clippings, two adjustable handlebar positions and a variable cutting height from 1.2 inches to 3.5 inches. I mean hell, it even has LED headlights!

The Lithium Ion battery is amazing – it charges ridiculously fast, it will go from no charge to full charge in 30 minutes and you get a 45 minute run from the 4.0Ah battery, up to a 90 minute run from the 7.5Ah battery. It holds a charge right up to the end with no noticeable loss of performance.

It really is that good.

The cut quality is on a par if not better than that of a very good gas mower. It handles deep and/or wet grass with the minimal of fuss, leaving you with a bowling green style lawn.

As mentioned it is very lightweight – it doesn’t have self propelled wheels, but as it is so light it doesn’t need them.

Also it is so exceptionally quiet your neighbors will barely know you are mowing the lawn.

In fact I suspect that this might be why it also has headlights – you could cut your lawn in the middle of the night without upsetting anyone!

To top it all off:

It can be folded flat in seconds so you can easily store it and clean it, the function to adjust the height of the cutting blade is as easy as you can get – it is done almost in the same way you change gear in a car and takes a split second, saving you valuable time.

It mulches well, is so simple to set up, then you just press a button, grip the handle and you are good to go. It is also easy to clear any grass residue off.

Nevertheless:

A couple of tiny things that could be improved – the battery charger is quite loud!

It has a fan that turns on whilst the battery charges to prevent it from overheating that makes a fair bit of noise. But you can obviously always have this charging in the garage or somewhere else.

Also the cutting height range only goes up to 3.5inches so if you are someone who likes to let their grass grow high before cutting it this may not be your best option.

To cut a long story short:

This thing is awesome, as soon as you unbox it you can tell it is a quality mower – lightweight, powerful, quick to charge, well made, quiet – what more could you ask for? Not much is the answer.

Blade Length (in.) – 20

Cutting Width – 20 inches

Front Wheel Size (in.) – 7

Mower Deck Width – 20

Rear Wheel Size (in.) – 10.25

Charge Time – 30 minutes

Cutting Options – Bag,Mulch,Side-Discharge

Maximum Cutting Height (in.) – 3.5

Minimum Cutting Height (in.) – 1.2

Number of Blades – 1

Number of adjustable handlebar positions – 2

Product Weight (lb.) – 52.8lb

Limited 5 Year Warranty

  • My Rating 96% 96%

Pros

Top notch build quality and design

Incredibly quick to charge

Gives a great cut

Lightweight

Folds up so it takes up next to no space

Cons

Charger is noisy

Not for you if you like to grow your grass really long before cutting

#2 Snapper XD SXDWM82K 21-Inch

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for an excellent mower with amazing battery life.

Snapper XD Best Lawn Mowers 2018Fancy a battery powered mower than you can use for 90 minutes without having to recharge?

Look no further than the Snapper XD SXDWM82K!

Let’s get things underway:

The SXDWM82K comes with two 2 Ah batteries, each of which has a run time of 45 minutes on a full charge.

Seeing as you only need one battery to power the mower, this gives a total of an hour and half of mowing without the need to recharge – great as that should see even the biggest of gardens fully cut.

You know what is kind of cool?

The batteries themselves are somewhat futuristic! They give an LED display on the battery itself that shows you how much of the charge have been used.

The batteries also don’t slowly lose power and then taper off – they basically go full strength until they stop. They can be fully charged in 30 minutes too.

But there is much more to like than just the batteries! This has seven adjustable cutting heights, from 3/8ths of an inch to 3 ¾ inches, the option to bag, mulch or discharge your cuttings and a lot of power thanks to the 82v batteries!

In fact:

Powerwise this is probably better than any comparable gas mower. Even long grass and damp conditions don’t deter it – it doesn’t bog down meaning you can cut your lawn in any conditions quickly and easily.

It even deals with weeds and stalks well, which lots of gas powered mowers struggle with.

It feels solid and well made – mainly metal, yet still light enough for even a child to push (supervised of course!) despite the fact it is not self propelled. In keeping with battery mowered mowers it is also very quiet.

Switching between mulching, bagging or side discharge is simple – the flick of a switch – and the mulching function is excellent too, producing lovely fine mulch that will benefit your garden.

Just be aware:

On the downside the batteries are expensive if you need to replace them, but you do get two batteries with the mower which should last you a long time.

Also it has a nifty power saving feature, so if the battery is not working too hard it will automatically power down temporarily until it detects that it needs more power.

In theory this is great, but sometimes it might for instance cycle down when you are turning the mower at the end of a thick patch of grass to start mowing another strip.

It then takes a second or two to kick back up so it would be good if this could be user selectable.

In truth:

Snapper have a good reputation, so I was expecting this to be a good mower, but I was wrong… It is an excellent battery powered mower that exceeds even Snapper’s very own high standards.

Charge Time (min) – 2 Ah: 13 (50%), 30 (100%) 4Ah: 25 (50%), 60 (100%) 5Ah: 38 (50%), 75 (100%)

Run Time (min)** – Up to 45-minutes (with each full 2Ah battery charge)

Cutting Width (in) – 21

Height Adjustment – Single Lever, 7 Positions from 3/8″ to 3 3/4

Front Wheel Size – 8″

Rear Wheel Size – 10″

Cutting Options – Bag,Mulch,Side-Discharge

Weight – 90lbs

Limited 5 Year Warranty

  • My Rating 95% 95%

Pros

Amazing battery life

Lots of power

Produces a great cut

Really well made

Light

Cons

Expensive to replace batteries if needed

Auto power down option sometimes annoys

#3 Greenworks PRO 21-Inch GLM801600

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those with smaller lawns who want an quality and easy to use mower.

Greenworks-PRO-21-Inch Best Lawn Mowers 2018The Greenworks PRO GLM801600 is an absolute delight to use – the kind of mower that actually makes you look forward to mowing your lawn!

So let’s get to work:

It comes with two 2Ah batteries and a rapid charger, The 2 Ah battery charges in 30 minutes and offers 30 minutes of run time.

The cutting deck is 21 inches and it also has the 3-in-1 option to mulch, side discharge or rear bag your cuttings.

It has a single handle height adjustment that allows you to adjust the cutting height to one of seven heights, ranging from 3/8ths of an inch to 3 and 3/4ths of an inch. The mower handle can also be adjusted to one of three heights.

Allow me to explain:

Greenworks brand this as offering gas performance with a battery and that is certainly true. The 80v batteries give it excellent power, it glides through thick and damp grass easily.

If you have a small/medium garden it will cut back on your mowing time exponentially as there is no cord or gas to worry about, simply turn it on and go!

In addition to that:

The quality of the wheels, deck and handle are top notch – everything is solid and sturdy. The deck is steel and durable and there is a rubber skirt at the rear to protect you from any debris that might be projected from the mower.

Everything is a breeze to set up and when you are done the handlebar folds over at the base for compact storage, which saves you space.

The battery life is good and the rapid charger tops the batteries up again in no time. It is quiet and light, it pivots easily, is easy to maneuver and it is simple to adjust the height. It is just generally a really nice mower to use.

However:

The knobs that allow you to fold and unfold the handle can spin off all too easily, which is a real pain. Greenworks could improve this design.

The bag attachment is great and is nice and big. But sometimes this can make things difficult as when it gets full the weight shifts to the rear and the mower does become more difficult to move.

Of course this can be sorted by just emptying the bag.

Let’s recap:

The Greenworks PRO GLM801600 is a fantastic battery powered mower that is perfect for smaller lawns.

The performance, design and function are all top drawer and it certainly lives up to their claim of producing gas powered performance with a battery powered mower.

Weight: 62.0 pounds

Cutting Width: 21.0 inches

Weight: 64.5 oz

Cutting OptionsBag,Mulch,Side-Discharge

4 Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty

Charge Time: 2 Ah: 30 minutes / 4 Ah: 60 minutes

Run Time: 2 Ah: 30 minutes / 4 Ah: 60 minutes

Height Adjustment: 7 Levels – 3/8th” to 3 3/4ths”

  • My Rating 92% 92%

Pros

Lots of power

Top quality build and design

Folds up to a very compact size

Easy to use

Cuts really well

Cons

Knobs on handle come off too easily

Turbo mode runs down the battery

The Best Gas Powered Lawn Mowers 2019

#1 Honda HRX217K5VKA

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who want an absolutely stunning lawn mower.

Honda-HRX217K5VKA Best Lawn Mowers 2018Wow where to start with the Honda HRX217K5VKA? How to condense its many, many qualities into one short review?

To put it bluntly – everything considered, this is the best gas lawn mower on the market.

Boom! It really is that good.

The cutting quality of the HRX217K5VKA is absolutely stupendous. There are seven mowing height adjustments, ranging from three quarters of an inch to four inches.

No matter what height you have it set on it looks like you have cut it with a laser!

Usually the higher the cut you like the more difficult it is to make it look nice – not with this Honda – your lawn will look immaculate on any setting.

Sounds impressive, right?

It also has a 190cc engine that is incredibly powerful. No matter how high the grass or how thick the grass, the two blade system will slice through it with ease without skipping a beat.

It is also an incredibly reliable starter – nine times out of ten starting on the first pull.

This has something called the 4-in-1 Versamow System – which is a wonderful feature.

It essentially allows you to switch between cutting, mulching, bagging, discharging or shredding leaves or anything in between – all with a single handle that can be found at the back of the mower. It gives you the versatility to decide how you deal with the debris.

Think I am exaggerating?

As a mulcher this is absolute top quality – the double blades annihilate the grass clippings so they are  almost dust – there are no clumps left behind at all. You can then sprinkle the mulch on your plants accordingly to give them some nutrients.

It has a variable speed control, set by turning a dial, on high speed you get a good workout as you are almost jogging as you do it! You can also adjust the height of the wheels.

To top it all off:

The build is absolute top quality, the body is made of composite, so it won’t rust.

The mowing deck itself is polymer based, which means it’ll never dent, rust or corrode but best of all grass, whether it be wet or dry, just slides off of it – so you will literally never have to clean it!

What could be better?

You really have to pick holes to find something wrong with this, but it takes three steps to remove the bag.

You have to lift the plastic cover, then lift the bag off and then pass the bag back to the other hand under the bars. So this could possibly be condensed into two steps.

Also the air filter cap tends to pop off a little too easily.

Let’s rewind and…

I could also go on about the rear wheel drive – which ensures you don’t lose traction, the five year warranty, the fact it is incredibly thrifty on gas.

There is so much to like about this – if you want the ultimate in quality and reliability this is the mower you want.

>>> Check out my full review of the Honda HRX217K5VKA  <<<

Engine – 190CC

 

Cutting Width – 21”

Mowing height range –  3/4″ – 4″

Mowing height adjustments – 7

Wheels – 9″ Plastic

Weight – 90 lbs.

Residential five year warranty

  • My Rating 97% 97%

Pros

Amazing cutting quality

Powers through thick grass easily

Incredibly versatile

Top class mulcher

Top quality design and build

Cons

Removing bag could be simplified

Air filter occasionally comes off

#2 Troy-Bilt TB220 159cc 21-Inch 

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for an excellent mower at a very competitive price.

Troy-Bilt-TB220 Best Lawn Mowers 2018I won’t make any bones about the fact that the Honda HRX217K5VKA is my favourite gas powered lawn mower, but if you take into consideration the price of the Troy-Bilt TB220, this thing runs it pretty close, which is saying something!

Let’s fire away:

The TB220 has a 21 inch cutting deck, six cutting height settings ranging from 1.25inches to 3.75inches, an adjustable handle with three different height positions and a 3-in-1 option to decide whether you want your cut mulched, bagged or side discharged.

It is really easy to set up, there is some minor assembly required, but nothing too taxing. Add the oil that is provided and gas and then it is good to go.

This is HUGE:

What is almost immediately noticeable is how easy it is to move this around. Simply tip to stop it and then turn it by tipping the front up.

Despite the fact it has a lot of power the drive handle makes it easy to control and reduces fatigue.

Even better:

It also has front wheel drive, this makes it so much easier for you if you are using it on a small hill or uneven ground or going round corners.

The front wheel propel really bears the brunt of it all, meaning less effort for you. Because of all of this it feels really light, another big plus.

And it doesn’t end there:

It has a strong 159CC engine that cuts fantastically, chomping through even the thickest and longest of grass to produce a lovely even cut leaving no bare spots.

The mulching function works well and if you decide to bag your cut, the bag is a very good size. It holds a lot and doesn’t drag to the ground like some do. This means you don’t have to worry about emptying it as often, therefore saving you time!

On top of all this it has a deck wash, which means keeping the mower clean and free of grass is simple.

Just a warning though:

If I could pick things to improve the handrail is a bit narrow, which does means there is more tensions on the palms. Try wrapping piping insulation around it to help alleviate this.

Also whilst the build quality is generally sound, the starter cable cover is cheap plastic and looks as if it would break easily.

In essence:

But whilst the Honda HRX217K5VKA is my favourite gas lawn mower this is a fair bit cheaper and does a tremendous job.

If you are on a tighter budget and still want a quality mower it will exceed your expectations.

Engine – Troy-Bilt – 159 Series OHV

Deck Size – 21″ TriAction cutting system w/integrated premium deck wash

Cutting Height Range – 6 settings from 1.25″ – 3.75″

Wheels – 8″ front, 11″ rear

Weight – 81 lbs

Two year warranty

  • My Rating 94% 94%

Pros

Front wheel drive makes it easy to maneuver

Feels really light

Easy to keep clean

Good price

Cuts really well

Cons

Narrow handrail

Starter cable cover is cheap and plastic

#3 Remington 22-Inch Trimmer Mower

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those with land that needs to be cleared of weeds, briars, high grass, etc, etc.

Remington-22-Inch Best Lawn Mowers 2018A quick heads up, the Remington 22-Inch Trimmer Lawn Mower isn’t a conventional lawn mower as such.

That isn’t to say it doesn’t cut grass – it does, it just doesn’t give such a fine cut as a conventional mower does.

However what it does do, almost perfectly, is cut weeds, overgrowth, dense vegetation, briars, woody plants and high grass. This is something nearly all lawn mowers struggle with – whereas this does it with absolute ease.

I am not exaggerating.

With the exception of rocks, this cuts through pretty much anything in its way, if your land is covered in weeds or tall grass they will be no match for the Remington!

It will be a huge time saver for you and is perfect to clear such land and then give it a quick mow over with a more conventional lawn mower.

It is simple to set up and start. Simply fill the engine with oil (which is included) and then lock the handle in, pump the primer button three times and it should start easily by pulling the starter rope.

First thing you will notice?

How smooth it is to use. It glides effortlessly over weeds, ruts, grass and so on when a standard lawn mower wouldn’t be able to.

A lot of thought has been put into the design – the off-set trimmer head means it can get to those difficult to reach areas more easily.

One thing is for sure:

The trimmer head is made of steel so is very tough, stones and rocks just bounce off it. The hard rubber defector is well designed too.

The trimming lines this uses to slice effortlessly through weeds/grass/overgrowth etc are very durable, but if they do break, which happens occasionally, they are very easy to change or put back in.

But be aware:

Of course this isn’t without a couple of minor issues – if you have land that is on a steep slope it is more difficult (though not impossible) to use.

What would also help would be to add a rubber grip to the handle, as it has a tendency to reverberate in the hands as you go over more uneven ground and can leave them sore or bruised.

To sum up:

If you have land that needs clearing regularly this will be a lifesaver and you will find it strangely satisfying as it rips through everything in its way!

It is head and shoulders above a normal ‘weed whacker’ and runs like a champion.

Put it this way, a landscaper might charge you a couple of thousand dollars to clear land full of weeds, long grass, briars, brush, etc, etc, for a mere fraction of the price you can do it as often as you want with this.

Engine – 159CC OHV

Deck Size – 22”

Wheels – 14”

Dimensions – 22.04 x 34.45 x 21.06 in

Height Adjustments – 1 in. to 6 in. height adjustments

One Year Warranty

  • My Rating 91% 91%

Pros

Amazing for cutting weeds/overgrowth/tall grass/anything!

Easy to assemble

Easy to start

Lovely to use

Solid and well made

Cons

More difficult to use on steep slopes

Handle is slightly uncomfortable

The Best Manual Lawn Mowers 2019

#1 Great States 415-16 16-Inch 

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a quality lawn mower that cuts really well and is great on uneven and sloping ground.

Great-States-415-16 Best Lawn Mowers 2018The Great States 415-16 is my favourite manual mower.

Manual mowers can be much of a muchness, but where this stands out for me is its build quality and its cutting quality – two vital components of a push lawn mower!

So let’s take a closer look:

It has a good cutting width of 16 inches, and sturdy 10 inch wheels. It weighs in at 25 pounds and you can adjust the cutting height from 0.5 inches to 2.5 inches.

It is made of mainly of solid steel and the build quality is evident from the get go. The wheels, bearings and other metal aspects of the mower are smooth and sturdy.

All you need to do to assemble it is put together the handle using three hand screw bolts and then two retainer clips to attach it to the deck.

So what does this mean for you?

Because so much time and effort has been put into making sure the build quality of this is high it should need next to no maintenance, aside from sharpening the blades every couple of years and a little bit of WD-40 every now and then.

If you aren’t mechanically minded then this is great for you.

Most importantly…

The cut quality is first rate. The scissor cutting mechanism gives a sharp and uniform cut, and makes the lawn look cleaner and more natural than power mowers do.

It is also really good on sloped and bumpy ground which power motors often struggle on, so this is a big plus if you have a lawn like that.

In truth:

You might have to go over tall thick grass a couple of times, but it gets the job done really well and even rips through most weeds.

The Great States 415-16 is light and takes minimal effort to push – certainly no more than your average gas/electric mower, it is also easy to maneuver and turn and is incredibly slimline so takes up very little storage space.

You should know:

It does get stuck on smaller bulky stuff like twigs, pine cones and rocks – which unfortunately lock it up, so you might need to rake your lawn first or just be more aware of them.

Also the one bit that could be improved is the handle, which is essentially two pieces bolted together.

It rotates as you are turning the unit and I’d imagine might even break due to the stress on the middle of the two pieces as it twists and turns.

So what does this all mean?

Overall this is a classic push mower, that is ideal for anyone with a mid-sized or smaller yard, and it would be especially good if your lawn is bumpy or slightly sloped and if you aren’t technically minded as you will probably never have to carry out any repairs!

Cutting Width – 16 inches

No. of Blades – 5

Cutting Adjustment – 0.5 inches to 2.5 inches

Wheels – 10 inches

Weight – 25 pounds

  • My Rating 93% 93%

Pros

Beautiful build quality

Lovely quality of cut

Great on uneven and/or sloppy surfaces

Good price

Easy to move

Cons

Doesn’t like twigs/sticks/pine cones!

Handle design could be better

#2 American Lawn Mower 1204-14 14-Inch 

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those with small, flat lawns looking for the best bargain priced push mower.

American-Lawn-Mower-1204 Best Lawn Mowers 2018I think the American Lawn Mower 1204-14 is the best budget push mower out there. In short – great performance, great price.

So let’s begin:

It has a smaller cutting width than the Great States – 14 inches, and the cutting height can be adjusted from 0.5 inches to 1.75 inches. It has 8.5 inch wheels and weighs in at 23 pounds.

It is easy to assemble, with no screwdriver needed. Just attach two parts of the handle and the reel unit is itself ready to go.

Adjust the cutting height is nice and simple and because it is light you can carry it from place to place easily.

Pretty good right?

It is really easy to fold down and fit in the shed or the car trunk, etc, etc as well. It is far lighter and more nimble than a gas lawn mower.

If you keep your lawn relatively well maintained and it is on the smaller size and flat then this mower is perfect for you.

It runs on two wheels and two rollers – it feels a little like you are pushing a toy cart about – and cuts the grass effortlessly. If you use this once a week it will be the easiest mowing session ever!

In common with manual mowers it is really easy to maintain. Just keep it clean, sharpen the blades and spray down with lube occasionally and it should last you years.

Remember this though:

It does struggle with anything resembling a stick or twig and weeds which is a downside.

Also it doesn’t deal well if your lawn is on a slope or uneven – it will take much more time to cut the grass and more effort to push up a slope.

But the bottom line is this:

If your lawn is relatively small and flat and you keep it well maintain, then this is great – it pushes easily, maneuvers well, gives a good cut and is a budget price, what more could you ask for?

Cutting Width – 14 inches

No. of Blades – 4

Cutting Adjustment – 0.5 inches to 1.75inches

Wheels – 8.5 inches

Weight – 23 pounds

One Year Warranty

  • My Rating 91% 91%

Pros

Great price

Light

Compact

Gives a nice cut

Will last a lifetime!

Cons

Can’t deal with twigs/sticks/weeds

Struggles on uneven ground and slopes

#3 Fiskars 17 Inch Staysharp 6208

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those with more stubborn and difficult to deal with grass and weeds.

StaySharp-Plus-Reel-Mower Best Lawn Mowers 2018The Fiskars 17 Inch Staysharp Reel Mower is more expensive than my other two choices, but wow does it cut the grass well and it can deal with all grass types, including Bermuda grass which is notoriously difficult to deal with.

Let’s get things underway:

It has a 17 inch cutting width, and the five blades can be adjusted to cut at a range of anything from 1.5 inches to 3.5 inches. It has big sturdy front wheels that are 10 inches in diameter and weighs in at 43.5lbs.

Assembling it is straightforward, although you will need an 11mm and 18mm wrench. Once you have put it together you will see this is a strong and sturdy mower.

And get this:

Fiskars claim it is 30% easier to push compared to its competitors and there is no reason to doubt this claim as it rather feels like you are gliding over your yard when you use it.

Fiskars also claim that the large-diameter InertiaDrive Reel and the thick blades give 50% more cutting energy and this I definitely can believe. As long as you don’t let them get super high it cuts through any type of grass or weeds.

The cutting is sharp and clean and the blades don’t seem to bog down at all.

Even better:

There are seven height settings and they are simple to adjust and the maximum length is 3.5 inches so if you like your grass a bit longer it is perfect. Oh and this is the quietest push mower I have ever used!

One unique feature of this mower is it actually throws the grass clippings forward – so it can then be cut and recut until it is in very fine pieces and actually falls below the level of the cut grass, so you get a really even and smart looking lawn.

There are a couple of downsides:

The pins that hold the handle to the mower are rather flimsy and seem to be made out of cheap metal which is quite out of keeping with the build quality of the remainder of the StaySharp.

It appears that they may break quite easily. Also despite the fact you are paying a fair bit more for this it doesn’t come with a grass catcher – but you don’t really need it as it throws the grass forward.

In a nutshell:

If you are looking for a push mower with a bit more power, to deal with a slightly more troublesome lawn I would strongly recommend paying the extra for this – it will be worth it.

Cutting Width – 17 inches

Number of Blades – 5

Cutting Adjustment – 1.5 inches to 3.5 inches

Front Wheel Size – 10 inches

Weight – 43.5lbs

Two Year Warranty

  • My Rating 91% 91%

Pros

Easy to maneuver

Powerful for a manual mower

Wide variety of height settings

Unique forward discharge

Easy to start

Cons

Pins holding handle to mower are flimsy

No grasscatcher

The Best Ride On Lawn Mowers 2019

#1 Troy-Bilt 382cc 30-Inch 

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who want to buy a light and powerful riding mower at a great price.

Troy-Bilt-382cc-30-Inch-Pre Best Lawn Mowers 2018The Troy-Bilt 382cc Neighbourhood Riding Lawn Mower is one of the cheapest riding lawn mowers available, yet also one of the most highly rated and justifiably so.

Let’s get things underway:

It has a 382cc, 10.5 HP engine, a 1.3 gallon fuel tank and six speed transmission.

It has an 18 inch turning radius, a 30 inch cutting deck with five height adjustments, a top speed of 4.25 mph and weighs in at 340lbs.

I love how maneuverable the Troy-Bilt is, which is great as it is so easy to work around flower beds and so on.

The 18 inch turning radius is not quite a ‘zero turn’, but you can’t get much closer to it!

You know what you will love?

It is perfect for getting into those tight corners. It handles really well and I think you will enjoy riding on it.

This is a very light riding mower, but the build is spot on. The essentials that need to be made out of steel are – everything else is made of durable plastic.

But don’t let the lightness fool you – the 10.5 HP engine gives you plenty of power. It handles long wet grass at a pinch – and doesn’t get clogged up.

Here’s the kicker:

It gives a nice even cut. The five cutting levels offer many choices, and it might take a bit of experimenting to find the right one, but once you do you can rest in the knowledge that you will get a smooth, professional looking cut.

In fact with five cutting levels and six speed choices you do have a lot of options open to you to make sure you get a nice looking lawn, and it will be almost impossible to not find the right balance to do so!

That isn’t all:

There are a few other things I like about this Troy-Bilt. It is really easy to assemble and you get good instructions, which isn’t always the case these days.

The seat is adjustable so no matter what your build or height you can get it to suit you, it is economical with gas and due to its low centre of gravity it is stable.

It isn’t perfect though.

The biggest issue is it is difficult to shift from forward to reverse, there are a number of steps you need to go through due to the safety mechanism and you also have to stop the cutting blade. You do eventually get the hang of it but it is annoying.

Linked in with this the shift for forward, neutral and reverse is in the most awkward of position – under the seat and between the knees.

On such a well thought out machine I am not sure what possessed Troy Bilt to put it there, but you just have to make do with it!

Put simply:

You can’t really lose with this riding lawn mower and perhaps this is something I haven’t mentioned enough, but it is a tremendous price for what you get – the power and quality far outstrips the price tag making it a first class riding mower.

Cutting Width: 30 inch

Side Discharge

Deck Height Adjustment: 5 positions

Cutting Heights: From 1.5inches to 4 inches

Fuel Tank Capacity: 1.3 gallon

Engine: 10.5 HP* Single Briggs & Stratton

Speed Range: 0 to 4.25 MPH

Turning Radius: 18″

Wheels: 13″ x 5″ front / 16″ x 6.5″ rear

Shipping Weight: 340 lbs

Two Year Limited Warranty

  • My Rating 94% 94%

Pros

Great price

Easy to maneuver

Lots of power

Lots of cutting and speed options

Good cut

Cons

Difficult to shift to reverse

Forward, Neutral, Reverse shift is in illogical position

#2 Poulan Pro P46ZX Zero Turn 

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who want the ultimate in maneuverability and power and value for money.

Poulan-Pro-P46ZX Best Lawn Mowers 2018On the face of it this might seem like a slightly expensive option, but when I tell you the Poulan Pro P46ZX is made by Husqvarna and this essentially is a Husqvarna riding mower in all but name and at a fraction of the cost it becomes evident this is actually completely the opposite – it is great value for money.

Let’s take a closer look:

It has a powerful 22 HP engine, a 46 inch two bladed steel cutting deck and cutting heights that range from 1.5 inches to 4 inches.

It can reach a top speed of 6 mph and has a zero turn cutting radius. You can choose whether to collect, mulch or side discharge your cuttings.

This is important:

The Zero Turn cutting radius feature is awesome. The extreme level of maneuverability lets you nip around trees and flower beds and change direction incredibly simply.

This has a multitude of benefits – your mowing time will be reduced considerably as it is so quick and easy to get around even those awkward spots.

Even better:

There is less wear and tear on the engine as you don’t have it running for so long and there is no need to use a trimmer or manual mower to tidy up those parts you couldn’t reach.

The cut itself is straight and pretty perfect – it is a lovely smooth ride too. The cutting heights are easy to adjust and the seat is really comfortable, high and well supported.

You will love it!

Unsurprisingly the 22 HP engine has plenty of power! As soon as you start the Poulan Pro up you can feel it. It oozes power, strength and stability!

It has a sizeable fuel tank of 3.5 gallons, which has been placed at a convenient height for refuelling, and it is in a glass tank so you can immediately tell how much fuel you have left.

The steering levers are ergonomic and easy to use and it is easy to get to the cutting deck to clean it when needed.

What could be better:

It isn’t perfect – the wheels are hard and do leave tracks. The tracks of course eventually subside, but pneumatic wheels might be a better option.

Whilst the high seat is great in most instances, when you are reversing or turning the mower around it does make things a bit awkward as it is in your way slightly!

Bottom line:

But this is really reasonably priced for a mower of its quality. The zero turning radius is a huge bonus, the engine is powerful, it cuts nicely and you have lots of cutting options.

It does everything that some riding mowers that cost 3k or 4k more can, but at a fraction of their cost. I love it!

Cutting Width: 46 inches

Cutting Methods: Collect, mulch and side discharge

Cutting Height Adjustments: 5

Cutting Heights: From 1.5inches to 4 inches

Weight: 430lbs

Engine:  22HP Briggs & Stratton

Turning Radius: 0 inches

Speed Range: 0 to 6 MPH

Fuel Tank Capacity: 3.5 gallons

Two Year Limited Warranty

  • My Rating 93% 93%

Pros

Zero Turn cutting radius

Lots of power

Great cutting quality

Good price

Very well designed

Cons

Hard wheels leave tracks

High seat makes reversing awkward

The Best Robotic Lawn Mower 2019

#1 WORX WG794 Landroid

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who have small yards and want something else to do the hard work for them!

WORX-WG794-Landroid Best Lawn Mowers 2018The WORX WF794 Landroid is the best robotic lawn mower bar none.

I know your initial thought might be, how can a robot mow my lawn? And that was mine – but this thing does an amazing job!

Let’s take a closer look:

It has a 28v battery, the cutting height can be varied from one of five positions between 1.6 inches and 4 inches and the cutting width is 7 inches.

It weighs in at 20lbs and you also get a power adaptor, charging base and boundary wire, pegs and nails which helps you tell your Worx Landroid the parameters of where it should mow.

Now the installation and setup of the Landroid is a bit of a lengthy process. To cut a long story short you essentially use the wire and pegs provided to mark out the area you want it to cut in.

Then you are good to go!

Choose a cutting height and set the mower to mow a certain size lawn – for which the Landroid sets its own schedule which you can adjust if needed.

It then goes off to mow each day from the charging base, returning when its work is done. Ingenious.

It does a surprisingly good job of cutting! But because it only clips a bit of grass at a time and mows for a short time every day it essentially keeps on top of the process, leaving your lawn looking neatly trimmed all the time!

This is pretty incredible:

The mower has a rain sensor, and when it is raining it scuttles back to the charger to shelter so it can’t get electrical damage from the rain.

If it gets into a tight corner it nearly always extricates itself and happily goes off mowing elsewhere. It is very very quiet – literally making no noise at all.

It is safe too. If it is picked up it stops immediately and if it taps into something it turns and goes a different way. It is great around children and pets! If it does go out of bounds it shuts itself down and stops.

A word of caution:

Robotic lawn mowers are still a relatively new concept, so there are teething problems and points that could be improved.

What would be really helpful would be if there was a phone or web app that would allow you to keep an eye on your Landroid remotely, just in case it does get stuck.

And it does take a while to get everything set up and working correctly, laying the boundary base takes some effort and then you might need to tweak it, but eventually you will get it right and then you can relax and let it cut.

In a nutshell:

If you have a small lawn – a quarter of an acre or less – this is absolutely perfect. It is reliable and consistent and leaves your lawn looking great.

I mean what could be better than sitting outside sipping a cool drink on a hot afternoon watching your Landroid cut the lawn for you whilst you neighbour sweats away with their gas/battery/electric/manual mower!

Voltage – 28v

Cutting Diameter – 7 inches

Cutting Height – 1.6 inches to 4 inches

Cutting Height Positions – 5

Weight – 20lbs

Three year warranty

  • My Rating 91% 91%

Pros

Amazing concept cleverly executed

Cuts really well

Incredibly intelligent

Good price

Almost silent

Cons

A web or phone app to control/monitor it would be useful

Initial set up is time consuming

In Summary

Best Lawn Mower For The Money

It isn’t dirt cheap but it certainly isn’t expensive. One thing it is though is an amazingly good mower – the EGO Power+ – unbelievable quality.

Best Manual Push Mower

There are some contenders here, but you will see from my list above that the Great States 415-16 comes out just on top. It is easy to push and gives a lovely cut.

Best Riding Lawn Mower

Just nabbing the honors here is the Troy-Bilt 382cc. Great build quality, easy to maneuver and lots of power at a fantastic price.

Best Lawn Mower For Small Yards

The American Lawn Mower 1204-14 is perfect for small yards with its 14 inch cutting width, small footprint and ease of use.

Best Lawn Mower For Hills

With its front wheel drive the Troy-Bilt TB220 makes light work of hills. It is light and very easy to push with a powerful motor.

Best Lawn Mower For Wet Grass

I couldn’t go through this summary and not mention the Honda HRX217K5VKA – which is the Rolls Royce of lawn mowers. Amongst other things it excels at dealing with wet grass, helped by its polymer based mowing deck.

I hope you have found this rundown of some of the best lawn mowers of use.

If you do have any questions or are uncertain about anything please feel free to drop me an email and I will do my best to help you.

Don’t forget it is important to ensure you maintain your mower and keep a nice healthy lawn.

Enjoy!

About The Author

Steve Mann

Steve is a one time gardening hater turned into gardening obsessive. This was all thanks to going to University where a two year stint spent transforming the previously horrific garden of the student house he lived in left him addicted to all things horticultural! Now with a new house in tow and due to some fortunate circumstances he is free to test out a whole host of gardening equipment. Find out more about Steve or drop him an email at steve@suaveyards.com.

12 Comments

  1. Kenneth B

    Hi I’m a lawn care guy and i have a zero turn 42″ blade gas powered. I was wondering if they have ridding mowers that are electric if so where can I purchase them for the lowest price available. I also wanted to know which do you recommend weed wacker string or blades being a biz owner I like to find alternatives to save on overhead.

    Thanks,

    Ken B.

    Reply
    • Steve Mann

      Thanks Ken, I don’t know of any electric ride on lawn mowers unfortunately as I don’t think having a cord trailing behind it would work very well! I think ride on mowers need a lot more power and you can only really get that through gas power. 

      As for your other question I recommend blades as they are more durable than weed wacker string, although the are more expensive. You can get some weed wackers with strong nylon wire that work well.

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  2. Michael Miller

    This was the most thorough review for lawn mowers I have ever seen. I really like how you gave a summary to easily compare the features between them and then a link that went to each specific review.

    I had a Honda Mower years ago and it was the best gas mower I have ever used. We lived on the highway and had a very steep hill that I had to mow and the self propelled action really helped me not to have use so much physical energy. Last year I bought a Yard Machines mower which was the worst mower I have ever bought. Water got into the engine and it only worked twice. I then took it to Home Depot and they gave me another one. Well it has the same issue.

    My wife and I are on 2 acres and we are debating whether it is worth paying our neighbor $60 every time he mows our lawn, or getting a riding lawn mower. I will definitely look more into the Troy Built Mower

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    • Steve Mann

      Thank you Michael, that is very kind of you to say! I know how important it is to be fully informed when buying something like a lawn mower – I wouldn’t want you to make a bad choice, as it seems you did with the Yard Machines unfortunately!

      The Troy Built Mower is great, and really cheap for a ride on mower – I am certain you won’t regret it if you buy it.

      Good luck!

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  3. CT

    Hey Steve,
    I did not even know there was such a thing as a lawn cutting robot. And I have got to say, the Landroid is sweet! I could ask a ton of questions about it, but to be honest, I’m too cheap to spend that kind of money.
    What I am very interested in is the 3-in Black and Decker MTE912. I saw an infomercial the other day on the Worx model and was pretty impressed. We are moving next month to, what will be, the smallest yard we have ever had. In the back is an attached garage and large deck, lots of nooks and crannies. My question is, since you reviewed the Black and Decker mower, and not the Worx, should I assume you rate it higher?

    Reply
    • Steve Mann

      Haha, the Landroid is great isn’t it! Lawn mowing robots are relatively new contraptions, but they do a surprisingly good job!

      Anyway I do generally like WORX Products, ie the WG154 is one of the best weed trimmers about, however if you are looking for a small, bargain price mower that does a good job I don’t think you will get better than the MTE912 – it really is a great little piece of kit. 

      Good luck with the move!

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  4. Tiffany L

    This site is great! I am in the market for a new lawn mower and have been searching for a riding mower. I have a nice size back yard, I get so tired of pushing, even though I could use the exercise lol. I never thought of purchasing one on Amazon, what a great idea. I noticed the price was not bad at all for the Troy Bilt Riding Mower. I will definitely bookmark this site for future reference. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Steve Mann

      Thanks for the compliments Tiffany, very kind of you! Yes there are some reasonably priced riding mowers and I hope to write a guide to the best Riding Lawn Mowers soon so please keep your eyes peeled for it!

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  5. Chris

    Hey Steve,

    wow, that’s a masterpiece of a buyer’s guide. While most of my neighbours own gas powered mowers (which can really suck, especially when neighbour A decides to mow in the morning, neighbour B in the afternoon and neighbour C in the evening), I decided to get a battery powered mower made by Bosch, because I hate being limted by a wire, and, personally, I definitely don’t want petrol in my backyard.

    Do you know Bosch? It’s a German brand. Can you buy their mower’s in the staes as well?

    I really like it. The noise it makes is reasonable (compared to the gas mowers the neighbours have), the batteries capacity is good and I am overall really happy with it! I’m using it for the second season now and I can’t see any problems with the Li-Po battery yet.

    Cheers,
    chris

    Reply
    • Steve Mann

      Thanks Chris. Haha, that does sound a bit of a pain!

      There are some fantastic battery powered mowers out there. Yes you can get Bosch in the States, although it is not a brand you see everywhere. However I know it lives up to the German ideals of efficiency and great build quality.

      I will try and get hold of one for a review actually now I think of it!

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  6. Shay Smith

    This is very enciteful! I actually had to buy a new mower just a couple weeks ago and you featured several mowers here that we looked at. We previously had an old school rotary mower, but it just wouldn’t work if the grass got a little too tall. We ended up going with a cheap little push mower because that’s all we need for our tiny yard.

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    • Steve Mann

      Thanks Shay! I hope your new mower is doing a good job, if you have a small yard you really don’t need to spend too much, there are some great mowers out there at reasonable prices, as I hope my list shows!

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