Best Lawn Mowers 2017 -
Reviews and Top Picks
By : Zlated | Last Updated : February 13, 2017
A lawn mower is an essential tool every lawn-owner should have. It’ll maintain your grass evenly, and significantly enhance the appearance of your lawn. That’s why we invested on a review with only the best lawn mowers on the market right now. These mowers beat the rest in terms of cutting efficiency, convenience, longevity and of course, overall value.
Whether you’re a beginner or a previous owner of a mower, it’s not easy navigating through the piles of lawn mowers on the market. Flashy features and mixed reviews are meant to leave your thoughts tangled up. With an unclear head, most buyers end up buying the wrong one.
To avoid it, we took many facts into consideration. Since you want your mower to be efficient, to cut well, to be effortless to use, to last long and more, we made those our key points. Only the machines that scored the highest out of all made it into our list. So read on and discover them one by one.
Best Lawn Mower Overall - Cordless Lawn Mower
GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX 40V Twin Force 20-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower
If you’re after the best of the best, then take the plunge and choose GreenWorks 25302.
Cordless lawn mowers are an excellent choice to mow without the limitations of a power code. Standing out among them is the GreenWorks 25302. Designed with dual motors to power two 10-inch metal blades, this machine screams power and convenience in every way.
It is lighter in weight, perhaps as light as a toy, which is also the reason why it can be manoeuvred with extreme ease. But equipped with a Smart Cut Technology, it’s capable of handling wet grass and even a high grass density. You no longer have to worry about the overgrown wild grass in your backyard - GreenWorks 25302 will take care of it for you.
Generally, shorter run time is the only thing found lacking in a cordless lawn mower. You need to charge it longer than you run the machine. But the good news is that the manufacturers of GreenWorks 25302 have taken it into consideration. They’ve included two batteries to run the machine long enough for the utmost satisfaction of many.
The 40V batteries offer 73Wh and 146Wh. And because of their power, they have 60 and 120 minutes of respective charge-times. Powering alternatively, they provide 60-70 minutes of run time, which may increase or decrease depending of the toughness of the grass. These batteries are also covered by a 2-year warranty. So if something goes wrong, you’ll receive an immediate replacement free of charge.
Way quieter than most, GreenWorks 25302 will not wake your neighbours up. However, cleaning it isn’t easy. You need wipe it off mud, sand and grass instead of washing because it isn’t water-proof.
- Less noisy with minimum vibrations
- Lighter in weight and very easy to manoeuvre
- Batteries charge well and last long
- Build quality is high
- The handle folds for easy storage
- The blades cannot be washed using water
- Not self-propelled
The Bottom Line
If you keep in mind that GreenWorks 25302 is not a gas-powered mower, you won’t be disappointed. After all, there’s only so much an electric mower can do. That’s why we recommend this unit for those who take care of their lawn regularly. If you’re a person who waits until the grass grow taller than you, then this unit is not for you.
Best Electric Lawn Mower (Corded)
For the Money
GreenWorks 25022 12 Amp Corded 20-Inch Lawn Mower
For a greener lawn, go green with GreenWorks 25022.
By producing zero emissions, GreenWorks 25022 is an electric lawn mower that helps to minimize the carbon footprint left by you. Equipped with a 12 Amp motor and a 20-inch wide cutting deck, it has ample power to level your lawn. Among all its advantages, however, is its versatility in managing grass clippings.
You can either choose the side discharge option, the mulching kit or the rear bag as you see fit. They all come with your initial purchase and you don’t have to pay any extra penny to buy them. It also has a single lever that could be used to adjust the cutting height to 7 different positions starting from 1.5 inches to 2 3/4 inches. This way, you can always maintain the grass level at a desired height.
Once you plug the machine in, it is very easy to start. It isn’t a hefty machine either, so old age won’t prevent you from caring for your lawn. The rear wheels are 10 inches tall, and a good 3-inch taller than the front wheels. This makes it easier to move without trouble on an uneven ground.
If there’s one thing you need to learn, that’d be about managing the cord. Once you get a hang of it, it’ll quite easily stay out of the way. The provided cord is only about 1 foot long, so eye for an extension if you decide on buying the GreenWorks 25022. A 12-gauge heavy duty 100-ft cord is recommended.
- Effortless to use and clean
- Compact for easy storage
- On the quiet side
- Cutting deck cuts a wide area at once
- 7 height adjustments for a better looking lawn
- Easily handles fairly wet, dense grass
- Comes only with a foot long cord that needs extension
- You need to slow down for optimum results
The Bottom Line
For homeowners with a small to medium lawn, GreenWorks 25022 is an ideal choice. The 7 height adjustment is a great option to maintain lawns at a desired level, and with minimum noise, you can mow before heading to work and not worry about waking your neighbour up.
Top Rated Walk Behind Lawn Mower
GreenWorks 27022 10 Amp 14" Corded Dethatcher
At first glance, GreenWorks 27022 may not look like it’s up to the challenge. But when it sets to work, you’ll be blown away.
If you love seeing your lawn with anything but lush green, then the thatches need to go. There are, of course, numerous ways to do that. But GreenWorks 27022 is a relatively cheap, and top-rated way.
The speciality of this machine is that it is extremely easy to use. All you need is to plug it in and set to work. It’ll fire up on your first try and dig out even the thatches you can’t easily see. In no time, you’ll have your neighbours line up to borrow a try.
This machine has 2 working depth levels of 3mm and 10 mm. Another level is used when transporting the unit and in total there are 3 depths. Better still, in addition to the 4-year warranty, a complete set of replacement pines is included in the package.
However, make sure your lawn is mowed or the grass isn’t too tall prior to using this machine. This helps it go deeper into the soil and perform better. The only thing we found lacking is a bag to collect the detaches. But given the price, and how fast it pays you back, this is an inconvenience you can overlook.
Like every other electric lawn mowers, GreenWorks 27022 needs an extension code. Make sure you buy the recommended 12-gauge 100-foot extension cord, and hook it up into a proper outlet. This will not only prevent the machine from over-heating, but also lengthen its useful life.
- Could be assembled within minutes
- Lightweight makes it easy to use
- Does a great job at detaching
- Looks cheap but surprisingly made to last
- Plenty of power for residential use
- Doesn’t include a collection bag
The Bottom Line
GreenWorks 27022 is a home-level dethatcher that’ll service you for many years. The price is cheap compared to the return on your investment and it’ll give you no reason to regret. It’s also the highest rated model in its category and all things considered, we really can’t recommend it enough.
Best Cheap Lawn Mower
Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp
Electric Lawn Mower
If both your budget and your lawn is small, then Sun Joe MJ401E will fit in perfectly.
When Sun Joe developed the MJ401E model, they had small lawns in mind. And of course, they wanted to give the best value budgeters can think of.
This machine has many areas that you’ll love, and when it comes to performance, it can’t get any better. With a 14-inch cutting deck, and a 12-amp motor, it has enough power to handle even wet, overgrown grass.
However, make sure you don’t run the machine on top of an obstacle. The motor is almost too powerful for the tiny machine and as a result, the cutting blades have a high tendency to bend.
At 29 pounds, Sun Joe MJ401E is one of the lightest units on the market which also makes it easy to manoeuvre. As expected, most of the parts are made up of plastic, but they’re of good quality and can survive for many more years than similar units.
The grass catcher comes as a bonus for such a price. Though not the biggest in the industry, it still is convenient and if you don’t want the trouble of emptying it, then you can go without it altogether.
Unlike our top pick, this machine has only 3 height adjustments. At the highest level, the grass is cut pretty low and at the lowest level, there’ll hardly be any grass left! So if you want to maintain grass tall, then Sun Joe MJ401E is not for you.
When it comes to buying yourself an extension code, make sure you buy a 12-gauge 100 feet long code. Anything less than 12 gauges will destroy the motor fast. And just like you, we are pretty sure your neighbours would love this mower too, because it makes substantially less amount of noise.
- Easy set up and start up
- 12 Amp motor is powerful
- Weighs light for easy operation
- Takes up very little storage space
- Collection bag leaves no mess
- Makes very little noise
- The grass catcher is small
- Only 3 height adjustments
The Bottom Line
Sun Joe MJ401E is a powerful unit specialised in mowing small lawns at an equally smaller price tag. With proper care, it can survive for years. But it isn’t the best machine to take over neglected lawns. So if you buy it, make sure you mow regularly.
Best Gas Powered Push Lawn Mower
Husqvarna 7021P 21-Inch 160cc
Honda GCV160 Gas Powered
If power and convenience come first in your list, then Husqvarna 7021P could be what you’re after.
Gas-powered mowers are popular for their power and Husqvarna 7021P lives up to the expectations. In fact, it comes with the industry-leading GCV160 Honda engine. If you’d ridden on a Honda bike before, then you’d know just how powerful this beast is. It’ll also last the longest, and will be the last to fail.
The 4 HP provided by the engine is sufficient to deal with any type of grass density on your lawn. Even wetter grass will not weaken its performance or slow it down. With the 21-inch wide cutting deck, powered by the engine, you can easily mow your entire lawn and call it a day in no time at all!
However, this engine is lighter and quieter than other gas-powered engines. As a result, the resulting machine is a whole lot easier to operate and isn’t as noisy. The machine also comes with 3 options to manage grass clippings. You can mulch, collect them on a rear bag, or just send it out of the way through the side of the mower. The choice is entirely up to you!
If you’ve owned a gas mower before, you’d know that they are not easy to start. But the good news is that it is not so with Husqvarna 7021P. All you need is one good pull, and the motor will be at your command!
The biggest problem associated with this machine is not the fault of the machine, but the shipping company. Most units arrive with missing parts, or with wheels bent during the shipment. So you need to watch it out right out of the box. But since Amazon’s return window is just a call away, this issue can easily be solved.
- A powerful and durable Honda engine
- Easy to start on the first pull
- Doesn’t require much effort to move
- Quieter than the most
- Gets the job done super fast
- Handles all kinds of grass
- More compact than similar units for easy storage
- Build quality is great
- Look out for damaged packages
Best Reel Lawn Mower
Fiskars Staysharp Max Reel Mower
An old-fashioned mower with a modern touch.
Reel mowers are the age-old machines used to mow lawns. They were soon replaced by other types of mowers because they were bulky, rusty and didn’t live up to the definition of efficiency. That’s also why Fiskars Staysharp comes as a surprise.
Designed with a 17-inch cutting deck and a patented InteriaDrive reel, this mower can do double the mowing of a traditional reel mower. The blade is the sharpest in the industry, and as the name Staysharp implies, it does stay sharp for several years.
The mower’s 4-wheel design with 2 large rear wheels make it easy to manoeuvre. The best part, however, is the way you can adjust the height anywhere between 1 to 4 inches with the help of an ergonomic lever. This enables the mower to even deal with tough, dense, high or wet grass.
If the grass has wildly overgrown under your neglect, you still can use Fiskars Staysharp to mow. Go inch by inch to make the whole thing effortless and you can mow your entire lawn in just a couple of passes. It is also designed in a way to cut the grass growing at the edges of your lawn.
However, if your lawn isn’t flat, and prone to weeds, then Fiskars Staysharp becomes tough to use. You need to exert more force to mow and may even regret buying it.
- Extremely simple and easy to use
- Very quiet
- Carefully designed to last
- Can adjust the height easily for personalized mowing
- The Staysharp blade will stay sharp for years
- Quite heavy
- Demands more exertion on hilly, weedy lawns
The Bottom Line
Technology has taken over the reel mowers and Fiskars Staysharp is the best example we could think of. It is fun and easy to use, and would make the perfect fit for those who love regularly mowing their lawn to burn some calories. But if you’re lazy enough to wait until the grass grow at least half as tall as you, then this mower is not for you.
Best Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
Honda HRX217K5VKA 187cc Gas 21 in.
4-in-1 Versamow System Lawn Mower
Mulches like a pro, and works like a charm.
Honda HRX217K5VKA is newer model that’s getting increasingly popular by the day. Apart from the obvious power delivered by the GCV190 Honda engine, the machine is made to address minor, yet important issues related to bagging and mulching.
While there are 4 options to manage clippings, the mower mulches grass remarkably well into fine particles. Its Versamow System gives you the choice to both bag and mulch at the same time. Just decide how much you need to bag and the rest will be mulched.
In terms of performance, the four-stroke engine can cut right through even tall, wet grass without bogging up. The motor is self-propelled, so you need not to worry about the machine weighing you down. Though it starts quite easily, it doesn’t have an electric start. You need to pull the string, and sometimes a second and a third try will be needed.
This machine uses relatively less amount of gas than older models and is rated well for gas emissions by EPA and CARB. You also get a lifetime warranty for the cutting deck, which is 21 inches wide and made up of NeXite. Though the manufacturers have been quite generous with the warranty, the limited features may result in disappointment.
- Plenty of power to manage any type of grass
- Starts easily
- Bagging and mulching are second to none
- Solid construction for lasting use
- Uses gas economically
- Quite expensive
- Can’t clean using water
The Bottom Line
Honda HRX217K5VKA is on the expensive side, but a comparison between a lawn mowed by a cheaper mower and this one is obvious. The double-bladed mulching is hard to beat and it is even capable of handling lawns with an angle. We’d say that you get what you pay for with Honda HRX217K5VKA.
Best Riding Lawn Mower
Troy-Bilt 420cc OHV 30-Inch Premium
Neighborhood Riding Lawn Mower
Comes with sufficient power to serve you with speed and efficiency.
If time is an expensive investment for mowing your lawn, then Troy-Bilt Neighbourhood Rider is worth considering a buy. It is fast, efficient, and the end result will make you beam with pride. No prep work is needed and let the debris be as it is on your lawn. All you need is to gear it up, and run it over.
This Rider comes with a 420cc gas powered engine that can be set to achieve a speed within the range of 1.5 to 4.25 mph. It’s also economical and won’t guzzle fuel up to keep running. You’ll also love the 30-inch wide cutting deck that covers a considerable portion of your lawn at a time. If your lawn is small, or medium, then you can have the job done in minutes!
With 5 height settings and 3 options for managing grass clippings, this machine offers versatility. What’s more, the position of the seat could be adjusted too. This makes your ride on it much more comfortable.
The machine, on the whole, appears to be well made. It is sturdy on even ground, but may struggle a bit on uneven ground. Though certain parts are made up of plastic, you can expect them to last for long years.
- Cuts grass evenly and fast
- The seat can be adjusted for comfort
- Starts right up
- 5 height settings for increased flexibility
- Compact design doesn’t require much storage
- On the noisy side
- Doesn’t cut in reverse
The Bottom Line
Priced lower than competitive models, Troy-Bilt Neighbourhood Rider is designed for homeowners with small to medium lawns. It can effortlessly deal with even the tallest or toughest varieties of grass and with many convenient and safety features, it could be used easily even by those with health issues.
Best Robotic Lawn Mower
WORX Landroid Robotic Lawn Mower
The Landroid is proof that automation is alive and well on your lawn.
Mowing is not an exercise everyone enjoys. If you feel the same, have you ever dreamt of a robotic mower that’ll take care of your lawn for you? How wonderful will it sound to leisurely sip in a warm cup of coffee and have your lawn mowed at the same time? Not to mention without dripping a drop of sweat? Well, your dreams have come true.
Landroid is one of the few robotic lawn mowers available on the market, and it is shines among the rest. Clocking in at 22 x 15 x 9.5 inches and weighing just about 19 pounds, this unit is what you call compact. It is also more affordably priced than similar models, which makes it ideal for residential use.
The robot is powered by a 28-Volt Li-ion battery that needs only about 1.5 hours to charge. A fully charged battery is advertised to mow a land as wide as 1,000 square meters. The speciality of this machine, however, lies on its performance. It can mow even wet grass and climb up to 20 degrees of hills.
Landroid is not as easy to set up as one would imagine. With the help of the instruction manual, you need to bury the boundary wire along the perimeter of the area you want to be mowed. This gives the mower directions for navigation and limits of its duty. However, once you get the set up right, programming can easily be done using the controls found on the control panel.
- Makes hardly any noise
- Programming the mower is simple and easy
- Comes with different height adjustments
- Weatherproof, and moves to a shelter during an unexpected downpour
- Operation stops when lifted up
- Time to time free software updates are available
- Set up takes time and not easy
- Doesn’t cut the edges
The Bottom Line
While we believe that robotic land mowers still have a long way to go, Landroid is one of the more affordable and efficient models we came across. It is true that the set up is a bit of a hassle, but nothing can beat the time and effort it saves mowing your lawn. And since the manufacturers are often updating the software, this machine is certain to have a bright future.
Husqvarna 961450023 HU700H Honda 160cc
A powerhouse that is convenient to use and made to last.
Coupled with a Honda 160cc engine that speaks for itself, Husqvarna 961450023 is simply a powerhouse. It starts on the first pull, cleans with a hose and cuts down the tallest of grass. It is also durable after the manufacturers fixed a few major design flaws.
The body is all metal, which makes it quite a beast at 100 pounds. But then, it has a rear wheel drive system and is self-propelled and the effort you need to exert is at minimum. It can easily move on uneven ground and it uses a 22-inch wide powder-coated cutting deck to cut grass evenly. There’s no grass it can’t handle and the length of the cut can be easily adjusted through a single lever.
Husqvarna 961450023 has a maximum speed of 3mph but it can be decreased to a crawl or sped up to an urgent pace by just using the hand throttles of the mower. The rear wheels are a good 3-inch larger than the 8-inch front wheels, and this makes it much easier to mow grass on the edges of your lawn.
The machine also gives you all three options for clipping management from bagging to mulching and side discharge. Choose an option depending on your mood, and after the lawn work is done, just hold the hose to clean the deck off of mud and dirt.
- Assembly is fairly simple
- The machines comes to power on first try through the auto choke feature
- 3 flexible options to manage grass clippings
- The speed of the mower can be adjusted easily
- Can set it up to cut grass with a height to your liking
- Deck can be cleaned easily with water
- Very heavy
- Quite expensive
The Bottom Line
Husqvarna 961450023 will make a great buy for small to medium lawns with stubborn, uneven ground. True that it’s a bit on the expensive side, but when the years of service are taken into consideration, we think the price is balanced well.
How to Choose the Best Lawn Mower : The Complete Buying Guide
Deciding to finally ditch the expensive lawn-care service and take things into your own hands is definitely a good move. You can save a lot in the long run and perhaps burn some unwanted calories too. But it doesn’t make buying a lawnmower any less difficult.
You’ve loads of points to take into your head and chew on them before making a buy you won’t regret. So we’ve managed put them all into this guide, and you can easily get started from here.
Types of Lawn Mowers
It’s important to learn bits about the basic types of lawn mowers in order to decide which type will be a perfect fit for you.
If you consider mowing your hobby, or a part of your weekly routine, then a cylinder lawnmower could be for you. It consists several blades that rotate on a fixed blade to complete a cut. Generally, it can do only short cuts and will need several passes to shorten tall grass.
This cutting technique could be found in electric, cordless, gas-powered and even reel mowers.
Not much into mowing? No problem, get yourself a rotary lawnmower and cut the overgrown grasses without a worry in the world.
The mowers are designed with blades that rotate horizontally and as a result they can deal with taller, denser grasses. They also do well on slopes and uneven ground. Unlike the cylinder mowers, they don’t come in battery powered or hand-pushed style.
Designed to hover above the grass, mowing with these types of lawnmowers is child’s play. They’re very light in weight and extremely easy to move on to the edges of your lawn where another mower will dare to go.
Either powered by batteries or gas, these mowers give you the flexibility to mow away from your home. A higher demand for these machines have given rise to many cost-effective and efficient models on the market.
Your Lawn Size
You may own a lawn the size of a golf course, but what actually matters is the portion you need to mow. Determining the type of the mower you need comes next.
A small lawn would do fine with a reel or an electric mower. Battery and gas powered mowers are a great choice for medium and large sized lawns because they save you the hassle of dealing with a power cord.
But then again, the choice is entirely up to you. If you can afford a robotic or a riding mower, then they can be used on your lawn too, regardless of its size.
Ease of Use
While there are many points to consider to decide how easy a mower is to use, the handle with an adjustable height comes first. Make sure it is not slippery and that it can easily be gripped. A turned-up handle will make things even better.
If there’s a particular height at which you love seeing your grass, then you need to consider a mower with a varying range of height adjustments. They usually come with a single lever to adjust the height. This makes the process easier.
Check how well the wheels are made too. Larger rear wheels and a typical 4-wheeled design makes handling the mower on uneven ground a fairly effortless task.
Discharge vs Mulching
Lawnmowers either mulch, or discharge the grass clippings from the side or the back. Some models come with all the 3 options as well.
A collection bag is available to collect clippings discharged from the back. It should be emptied as it fills. If you are not ready for the hassle, then mulching is one of the easiest ways to get rid of the clippings. It won’t damage your lawn - instead, it’ll turn into an all-natural fertilizer with time.
Push vs Self-Propelled
Maybe you should take a week off from your gym and push a mower across your lawn instead!
A push mower is a great bodily exercise but are ideal for small lawns that won’t tire you up overly much. They’re also usually less expensive that self propelled mowers.
Self propelled mowers, on the other hand, are very easy to use. They are designed to partially move on their own so that you don’t have to exert much force at all. This would be an ideal fit if your lawn is medium in size. Also consider this model if you’re ageing or not in great physically shape.
If your lawn is hilly, then a self-propelled rear wheel drive mower would be more effective as it can maintain great momentum. However, for a lawn with many bends and curves, a front-drive mower will be more suitable. It can take turns easily.
Cleaning and Maintenance
You need to clean the cutting blade of the mower before you stow it away. If you don’t have the patience to carefully wipe it clean, then opt for a model that’ll allow the force of a water hose to wash it clean.
Maintaining electric mowers are much easier than gas-powered models. They not only need gas, but also oil from time to time. Make sure you always stick to the manual for maintenance tips to prolong the life of the machine.
The longer your purchase is secured by a warranty, the better. Most buyers easily overlook the warranty. Even if they did notice, the conditions of the warranty are often neglected until it’s time to put it to use.
You should be especially cautious if you’re buying a battery-powered lawn mower. These machines have separate warranties, usually a shorter warranty covering the batteries. Since batteries cost you an arm and a leg, make sure they have a warranty that justifies the initial price you pay.
Your budget should be proportionate to the value you derive and not all models ensure you that. Our advice would be to start your search from our review so that you’ll be well within the models with the best value. After all, what matters is a satisfactory purchase, isn’t it?
Lawn mowers are not personalized machines but they’re specialized enough to give you just the right set of features you need. While we don’t believe that any unit is perfect, a near-perfect unit will definitely send you over the moon.
So take your time leafing through our entire review until you land on the ideal one for you. Once you do, hurry up and place a buy! Since they’re the best on their category, they get sold out pretty fast.
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