Best Lawn Mower

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Lawn mowers come in many different styles, and shapes, and there are even different ways to cut grass too. For example, reel mowers, either the manual or powered variety, cut your grass like scissors. They literally snip each blade cleanly off and always give a yard the best manicured looking appearance.

Rotary mowers, which are a cutting blade mounted directly to a rotating engine or deck axle, spin the blades at a high rate of speed and cut the grass as you pass over it. Although effective, the grass tops are frayed where they have been cut and don't look as precisely cut as on a reel mower. To prove this point, virtually all golf courses use powered reel mowers to cut their grass, giving the playing surface a well-manicured look and provides golfers consistent play on every stroke.

The control sources for lawn mowers vary, from being manually pushed to self-propelled or even ridden on, and there are both electric motors and gas engines that spin the blades. The newest form of propulsion are battery operated mowers that are very efficient, but these types are best suited for smaller lawns. And for those who don't like cutting their lawn at all, the newest robotic mowers mean you won't have to step foot in your yard to get the grass cut.

For additional information, you can refer to our lawn mower buyer's guide listed below.

Best Gas Lawn Mower:

Gas lawn mowers haven't changed much from when they were first invented with simply an engine mounted on top of a deck with a spinning blade attached underneath. You start these mowers up, push them where you want them to go, and steer them around your yard. However, mower engines today are more efficient and much easier to start, with computer designed decks optimize the blades cutting efficiency.

The best gas lawn mowers on this list were selected based on performance, meaning power and cutting efficiency, along with ease of use, which comprises such things as lightness and functional controls among others. There’s also their versatility such as being able to bag or mulch with the same cutting blade. Although their pricing is also being considered, an expensive lawn mower does not always make a best lawn mower, but the most bang for the buck usually does, one of which will be noted on our list.

Lawn Mower. SC100 21" 159 cc Gas Walk-Behind Lawn Mower

The Cub Cadet SC100 (21 inch) 159cc Push Lawn Mower has a three year warranty and a three year one to two pull start guarantee. A true three in one bagger and mulcher, the 159cc engine puts out a powerful 7 ft. lbs. of torque. The eight inch wheels ride on ball bearings, and it even has a high pressure deck washing system. Read Full Review

Lawn Mower. SC100 21" 159 cc Gas Walk-Behind Lawn Mower

Ariens 911175 Razor 159cc Gas 21 in. 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

The Ariens Razor (21") 159cc Push Lawn Mower comes with a seven position height adjustment, about 7 ft. lbs. of torque and eight inch wheels for pushing ease. The domed deck design is optimized to manicure your lawn, and the 17,000 blade tip speed makes every cut just about perfect. This cutting machine cuts grass second to none. Read Full Review

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    Ariens 911175 Razor 159cc Gas 21 in. 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

    Craftsman 190cc Briggs & Stratton Engine, Low-Wheel Rear Bag Push Mower

    The Craftsman 190cc Briggs & Stratton Engine, Low-Wheel Rear Bag Push Mower is the best bang for the buck unit here. It comes with a two year warranty, a six position height adjustment and three in one mulching and bagging options. The Briggs and Stratton engine is one of the best available, and the Craftsman no-choke easy start system eliminates hard starting when you are ready to mow. Read Full Review

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      Craftsman 190cc Briggs & Stratton Engine, Low-Wheel Rear Bag Push Mower

      Lawn-Boy 10730 Kohler High Wheel Push Gas Walk Behind Lawn Mower, 21"

      The Lawn-Boy 10730 Kohler High Wheel Push Gas Walk Behind Lawn Mower gives one of the better cuts on uneven terrain due to the high wheel design. It comes with Lawn Boy's two year starting guarantee, but also features a full two year No Worry Warranty. It's a three in one design, the deck has been optimized for mulching, and it has a near bullet proof 6.5 ft. lbs. of torque Kohler engine. Read Full Review

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        Lawn-Boy 10730 Kohler High Wheel Push Gas Walk Behind Lawn Mower, 21"

        Poulan Pro PR450N20S Side Discharge Push Lawn Mower, 20"

        The Poulan Pro PR450N20S Side Discharge Push Lawn Mower, 20-Inch has a Briggs motor that puts out about 4.5 ft. lbs. of torque. It’s CARB compliant in all 50 states and comes with a two year warranty. It’s the lightest weight push mower here, and that makes it the easiest to push mower. Read Full Review

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          Poulan Pro PR450N20S Side Discharge Push Lawn Mower, 20"

          Best Electric Lawn Mower:

          Electric lawn mowers come in two flavors, corded and battery models. Corded models have comparable cutting power to a gasoline powered lawn mower but are not very portable. On the other hand, a cordless model can go anywhere a gas powered model can go, but it isn't as powerful and run time must be taken into consideration.

          Each of these types are best suited for smaller suburban lawns where excessively long cords aren’t required, or as in the case with a battery powered mower, a long run time isn't needed. However, as new battery types come into the market, both power and run time will be increased. Both mower types are maintenance free and don’t need no gas or oil, so they’re perfect for individuals who aren’t mechanically inclined.

          So, if you have a smaller lawn and you loathe pull-starters or mower maintenance, an electric lawn mower may be the yard mowing machine for you. We considered power, performance and run time for the best electric lawnmowers that made this list, but also factored in their ease of maneuverability and affordability as well.

          GreenWorks 25302 Twin Force G-MAX 40V Li-Ion 20-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower

          The GreenWorks 25302 Twin Force G-MAX 40V Li-Ion 20-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower will run for up to two hours. It features a one-lever height adjustment and weighs just 42 pounds. Twin blade design mulches better than most others, and comes with a 4 year warranty. Read Full Review

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            GreenWorks 25302 Twin Force G-MAX 40V Li-Ion 20-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower

            LawnMaster MEB1016M 15" 2-in-1 Electric Mulching Mower

            The LawnMaster MEB1016M 15-Inch 2-in-1 Electric Mulching Mower is a high wheel design, weighing only about 45 pounds for superior maneuverability. A single lever controls the height and the poly-plastic deck will never rust. It comes with a two year warranty and may be the perfect mower for smaller city and suburban lawns. Read Full Review

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              LawnMaster MEB1016M 15" 2-in-1 Electric Mulching Mower

              Mow Joe 14" Electric Lawn Mower

              The Snow Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower With Grass Catcher is a no frills compact mower with big power from its 12 amp motor. Easy to push at 29 pounds, it's the lightest electric on this list. It features a two year warranty, a rear bag for clippings and a single lever height adjustment. Read Full Review

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                Mow Joe 14" Electric Lawn Mower

                Remington RM212B 19-Inch 24 Volt Cordless Electric Side Discharge/Mulching/Bagging Lawn Mower With Single Level Height Adjust & Removable Battery

                The Remington RM212B (19 inch) 24-Volt Cordless Push Lawn Mower is the least expensive battery powered mower here. The steel deck is extremely durable, but because of that, this mower weighs 70 pounds, comparable to a gas powered mower. Read Full Review

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                  Remington RM212B 19-Inch 24 Volt Cordless Electric Side Discharge/Mulching/Bagging Lawn Mower With Single Level Height Adjust & Removable Battery

                  Black & Decker 36-Volt 19" Cordless Electric Push Mower SPCM1936

                  The Black & Decker SPCM1936 19-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Electric Self-Propelled Lawn Mower With Removable Battery is the easiest mower to use. Set the speed and go, with about 15-20 minutes of run time. Read Full Review

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                    Black & Decker 36-Volt 19" Cordless Electric Push Mower SPCM1936

                    Best Budget Lawn Mower:

                    A budget lawn mower is meant to cut grass at a reasonably inexpensive price. It doesn't need any bells or whistles, it doesn't need electric start nor does it need to be self propelled. It needs to start easily, run flawlessly, cut grass effectively and it must do this at the best price possible. With this is mind, price and performance is what we based our choices on for this list of best budget lawnmowers. However, as with all budget lawn mowers, the blade is the key. Each model can be fitted with a higher quality, aftermarket cutting or mulching blade. These blades can turn any budget mower into a mulching mower or improve the precision of a regular cutting mower.

                    Murray 20" Gas-Powered Lawn Mower

                    The Murray 20 inch Gas-Powered Lawn Mower is one of the least expensive mowers you can buy. The reliable Briggs and Stratton motor has 4.5 ft. lbs. of torque to get the job done. For smaller yards or if you are on a budget, this mower cannot be beat. Read Full Review

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                      Murray 20" Gas-Powered Lawn Mower

                      MTD 21 Inch Side Discharge 11A-A40M700 Push Mower

                      The Yard Machines 21 Inch Side Discharge 11A-A40M700 Push Mower has a two year warranty and a Briggs motor, It puts out about 5.5 ft. lbs. of torque, and has adjustable wheels for height. Read Full Review

                      MTD 21 Inch Side Discharge 11A-A40M700 Push Mower

                      Lawn-Boy 17730 Carb Compliant Kohler High Wheel Lawn Mower

                      The Lawn-Boy 17730 Carb Compliant Kohler High Wheel Push Mower, 21-Inch lets you side discharge, rear discharge or mulch. The Kohler engine feature 6.5 ft. lbs. of torque and will tackle medium sized yards with ease. Read Full Review

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                        Lawn-Boy 17730 Carb Compliant Kohler High Wheel Lawn Mower

                        Poulan Pro PR500N21SH High-Wheel Side Discharge/Mulch Push Mower, 21-Inch

                        The Poulan Pro PR500N21SH High-Wheel Side Discharge/Mulch Push Mower, 21-Inch gives superior cutting quality due to its high wheel mower design. The 140cc motor puts out about 5 ft. lbs. of torque. It's a side discharge design that also converts to a mulching mower. CARB compliant. Read Full Review

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                          Poulan Pro PR500N21SH High-Wheel Side Discharge/Mulch Push Mower, 21-Inch

                          Yard Machines 11A-A22J700 159cc Push Mower

                          The Yard Machines 159cc Powermore Engine, 21 inch 11A-A22J700 Push Mower gives it the most power in this class. It has a multitasking design that discharges on the side, at the rear and it also mulches. This would be the best bang for buck budget mower listed, but engine reliability is suspect even though it does feature a two year warranty. Read Full Review

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                            Yard Machines 11A-A22J700 159cc Push Mower

                            Best Self Propelled Lawn Mower:

                            Self propelled mowers make all of those lawn cutting chores a little easier. They don't require any effort to push, which means they are perfectly suited to any size yard, large or small. They give you the best of both worlds in push mower simplicity and convenience, and unlike a lawn tractor, they won't take up as much space in your garage or shed.

                            The best self propelled mowers here were chosen for ease of use thanks to swivel wheels, electric starting, high wheels and disc transmissions to name a few. Performance generally means a larger engine size, but it could also mean 3 in 1 discharge points and a larger deck to reduce overall time spent cutting grass. Versatility might include being CARB compliant for use in any state, but it may also include being the lowest cost mower that is within anyone’s budget reach. Price will be a factor and there will also be a best bang for the buck model too.

                            Cub Cadet SC500EZ 159cc Electric Start Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

                            This mower features a Honda engine for near bullet proof reliability. It's zero turn capability makes it easy to get into places that others can't. It features electric start, a 159cc motor, able to mulch or convert to either a side or rear discharge, and comes with a 3 year warranty. Read Full Review

                            Cub Cadet SC500EZ 159cc Electric Start Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

                            Lawn-Boy 17732 Carb Compliant Kohler Rear Wheel Drive Self Propelled Gas Walk Behind Mower

                            The Lawn-Boy 17732 Carb Compliant Kohler Rear Wheel Drive Self Propelled Gas Walk Behind Mower, 21-Inch is the best bang for the buck self propelled mower out there. This model offers 3 in 1 cutting capability with both side and rear discharge, mulching capability and a three year complete warranty. It’s also fully CARB compliant so that it can be used in any state. Read Full Review

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                              Lawn-Boy 17732 Carb Compliant Kohler Rear Wheel Drive Self Propelled Gas Walk Behind Mower

                              MTD Yard Machines 12A-A0BE700 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

                              The MTD Yard Machines 12A-A0BE700 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower - CARB Compliant will let you mow in all 50 states. It can be a side discharge mower or a mulching mower, and comes with a two year warranty. The 140cc Briggs motor gives strong reliability and provides about 4.5 ft. lbs. of torque for ample power for any small or medium city lawn. Read Full Review

                              MTD Yard Machines 12A-A0BE700 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

                              Snapper Hi-Vac SP Mower P2187520

                              The Snapper Hi-Vac SP Mower P2187520 Briggs 8.75 TP OHV (21") #7800947 has a motor that delivers a big 8.75 ft. lbs. of torque, the most on this list. Vacuum suction from the deck gives superior manicured cutting while the 6 cut blades mulch grass into tiny pieces. A three year warranty and patented Ready Start Technology make it one of the easiest and finest cutting self propelled mowers available. Read Full Review

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                                Snapper Hi-Vac SP Mower P2187520

                                Sarlo Self-Propelled High Wheel Mower

                                The Sarlo WX24SP Self-Propelled High Wheel Mower - 190cc Briggs & Stratton Professional Grade Engine gives about 8 ft. lbs. of torque and comes with a two year warranty. The 13 gauge deck is about twice as thick as our other picks, weighs twice, but it will cut your lawn as good as anything else. Read Full Review

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                                  Sarlo Self-Propelled High Wheel Mower

                                  Best Mulching Mower:

                                  Virtually every lawn mower can be turned into a mulching lawn mower by just installing a mulching blade. Granted, the faster the blade spins, the better the mulch cut will be, and on specialized mulching models, even the mowing decks are optimized for this purpose. But the reality is that any mower with a mulching blade will make an adequate mulching mower.

                                  The mulching mowers on this list were selected because they have a mowing deck with specialized features like baffles and channels to keep the grass cuttings constantly in contact with the blade. The more blade contact there is with grass clippings, the smaller the grass pieces are chopped up, and the better quality of mulch that is produced. Unlike mowers where just an added mulching blades turns them into a mulching mower, these mowers are designed from the ground up to mulch grass efficiently and effectively.

                                  The other criteria the selections were based upon are engine power and blade speed. The more power an engine has, the faster it can spin the blade, and the more times the blade will cut the grass pieces resulting in a higher quality mulch. We’ve also included a best bang for the buck mower as well.

                                  Craftsman 190cc 22" Front Drive Self-Propelled EZ Lawn Mower

                                  The Craftsman 190cc Briggs & Stratton Gold Engine, 22'' Front Drive Self-Propelled EZ Lawn Mower is the best bang for the buck mulcher there is. Loaded with accessories like a nine position cutting height, variable speed front wheel drive, clean-out port on the deck, and an easy start Briggs engine, no other mower here can compete at this price. Read Full Review

                                  Craftsman 190cc 22" Front Drive Self-Propelled EZ Lawn Mower

                                  Toro Super Recycler 21",159cc Personal Pace Lawn Mower

                                  The Toro Super Recycler (21") 159cc Personal Pace Lawn Mower is the most expensive mulcher on this list. It is one of the best designed mulching mowers, with an adequate 5 ft. lbs. of torque and a dedicated mulching deck. It has Toro SmartStow fold up handle for ease of storage, and automatic drive system that adapts to your walking pace. It comes with an industry best 5 year warranty. Read Full Review

                                  Toro Super Recycler 21",159cc Personal Pace Lawn Mower

                                  Toro Recycler 22",190cc Personal Pace Lawn Mower

                                  The Toro Recycler SmartStow (22") 190cc Self-Propelled Lawn Mower features 6.75 ft. lbs. of torque. The deck is designed to mulch overall, yet it still features side and rear discharge ports. It has a clean out port on the deck, seven position height adjustment and comes with a two year warranty. Read Full Review

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                                    Toro Recycler 22",190cc Personal Pace Lawn Mower

                                    Lawn-Boy 10732 21", Kohler Rear Wheel Drive Self Propelled Gas Walk Behind Mower

                                    The Lawn-Boy 10732 Kohler Rear Wheel Drive Self Propelled Gas Walk Behind Mower, 21-Inch has a deck optimized for mulching. It features rear wheel drive for greater traction, a 6.5 ft/lb torque engine and comes with a full coverage two year warranty. Read Full Review

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                                      Lawn-Boy 10732 21", Kohler Rear Wheel Drive Self Propelled Gas Walk Behind Mower

                                      Snapper Ninja Mulching SP Mower RP2187520

                                      The Snapper RP2187520 (21") 190cc NINJA Self-Propelled Mulching Lawn Mower features the Ninja cutting system with optimized mulching deck and blade. Features 8.75 ft/lbs of torque from the Briggs Gold Series engine, seven position height adjustment and a three year warranty. Read Full Review

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                                        Snapper Ninja Mulching SP Mower RP2187520

                                        Best Zero Turn Lawn Mower:

                                        A zero turn lawn mower (ZTR), will literally turn on a dime with mowing versatility unmatched by a conventional lawn tractor or push mower. For those with lawns that have a lot of obstacles, like trees, gardens, pools, and fences, a ZTR is the perfect lawn mowing machine to have. Because they turn so precisely, a ZTR mower will cut down on trimming chores, and in some cases, eliminate them entirely.

                                        These mowers are generally more expensive than a typical lawn tractor and initially they take a bit of driving to get used to. In that vein models with ease of use like uncomplicated controls, top our list, but additional criteria like performance (which we’re equating with horsepower, cutting efficiency, or both), additional features like comfortable high back seats, and affordable pricing have been considered as well.

                                        Toro SS4235 42" TimeCutter Mower

                                        The Toro 42" (107 cm) TimeCutter SS4235 comes with a Kawasaki 18 horse motor, and a 3 year warranty. Ease of use can't be beat as you just start it and go. The 42-inch floating deck will make short work of your lawn cutting chores, and it comes with a five speed hydrostatic, no clutch, transmission. Read Full Review

                                        Toro SS4235 42" TimeCutter Mower

                                        Husqvarna MZ61 61", 27 HP Zero Turn Mower

                                        Husqvarna MZ61 (61") 24HP Kawasaki Zero Turn Mower comes with a 24 horsepower Kawasaki motor for plenty of power. The huge 61 inch deck gets you off the lawn quicker, and the three cutting blades make a smooth and clean cut every time. The high back ergonomic seat with hand rests assures you of comfort when you mow, and it has a commercial hydrostatic transmission that will stand up to the toughest wear and tear. Read Full Review

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                                          Husqvarna MZ61 61", 27 HP Zero Turn Mower

                                          Cub Cadet RZT S Zero Electric ZTR 22HP Zero Turn Mower

                                          Cub Cadet RZT S Zero Electric ZTR is the perfect mower for eco-friendly mowing. It will run 60 minutes on a charge, has a 42-inch cutting deck and features a high back seat for comfort. There are no belts, no gas, no oil and no other hassle other than to pull the plug after recharging, and go. Read Full Review

                                          Cub Cadet RZT S Zero Electric ZTR 22HP Zero Turn Mower

                                          Ariens Max Zoom 48 Zero Turn Mower

                                          The Ariens Max Zoom 48 ZTR Mower comes with a 22 horse Kohler motor to supply as much power as you'll need. An infinite speed hydrostatic transmission and 8 mph top speed gets you on and off the grass quickly. It features a one year commercial warranty or a three year home warranty. Read Full Review

                                          Ariens Max Zoom 48 Zero Turn Mower

                                          Craftsman 42'' 22hp V-Twin Briggs and Stratton Zero Turn Riding Mower

                                          The Craftsman 42'' 22hp V-Twin Briggs and Stratton Zero Turn Riding Mower has a seven speed hydrostatic transmission with a seven mile per hour top speed. It features a high back seat and a hose port to wash out the deck underside. It comes with a two year warranty. Read Full Review

                                          Craftsman 42'' 22hp V-Twin Briggs and Stratton Zero Turn Riding Mower

                                          Best Reel Mower:

                                          Reel mowers were the first suburban lawn mowers that were ever used to cut grass. They use no gas, no oil and have no maintenance beyond cleaning the unit, which is best done with a garden hose. Because the only power they use is your own muscle, they are clean and green. However, in most cases, these mowers are made to cut small to medium grassy suburban yards with little to no weeds or overgrowth. They are best employed on a very regular basis to keep grass mowed, and when used as such, they give a very good account of themselves. In fact, many people believe that a reel mower will give a lawn the best manicure of any mowing device out there.

                                          The mowers on this list were chosen based on being the easiest to push and use, weight being a factor here, along with cutting performance and with price also being considered. There will also be a best bang for the buck model listed here as well.

                                          Great States 705-16, 16" Specialty Push Reel Lawn Mower, T-Style Handle

                                          The Great States 705-16 16-Inch Specialty Push Reel Lawn Mower 7 Blade Design gives superior cutting of any other mower. The 7 blade design manicures a lawn instead of just cutting it. 10-inch wheels roll on ball bearings, and it weighs 27 pounds. Read Full Review

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                                            Great States 705-16, 16" Specialty Push Reel Lawn Mower, T-Style Handle

                                            Remington RM3000,16" 5-Blade Reel Mower

                                            The Remington RM3000 (16") 5-Blade Reel Mower is the perfect combination of performance and price. It comes with five cutting blades and nine adjustable height positions. The ergonomically padded handle limits fatigue as you cut while the 10-inch drive wheels and 6-inch guide wheels make the 30 pound weight lighter than it seems. Read Full Review

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                                              Remington RM3000,16" 5-Blade Reel Mower

                                              American-Lawn-Mower, 14" 5-Blade Push Lawn Mower

                                              The American Lawn Mower 1304-14 14-Inch Economy Push Reel Lawn Mower With T-Style Handle And Heat Treated Blades may be the perfect pusher for small sized lawns. Both the reel and the wheels ride on ball bearings, and it has an infinite height adjustment carriage bolt. The 14-inch cutting swath is perfectly suited for small lawns, and this is the least expensive mower on the list. Read Full Review

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                                                American-Lawn-Mower, 14" 5-Blade Push Lawn Mower

                                                Fiskars 18" Staysharp Max Reel Mower

                                                The Fiskars 18 Inch Staysharp Max Reel Mower is the most uniquely designed mower available. It weighs 51 pounds, but will cut small twigs, sticks and rough grass. It is 60 percent easier to push than any other mower, and the 18-inch cutting swath will accommodate small to medium sized yards. Read Full Review

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                                                  Fiskars 18" Staysharp Max Reel Mower

                                                  Sun Joe Mow Joe MJ502M 20" Manual Reel Mower with Catcher

                                                  The Sun Joe Mow Joe 20-Inch Manual Reel Mower with Grass Catcher has the largest cutting swath on this list. It features a nine position height adjustment, and 10-inch main wheels and smaller guide wheels for even weight distribution. It comes with a grass catcher and foam grip handles to ease fatigue. Read Full Review

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                                                    Sun Joe Mow Joe MJ502M 20" Manual Reel Mower with Catcher

                                                    Best Robotic Lawn Mower:

                                                    Robotic lawnmowers are made to mow the lawn without any input from you. You essentially turn them on and let them go cut grass. Some models will even go back to a docking port for recharging once they have finished mowing. But, let's be clear on a couple of things first.

                                                    First off, robotic lawn mowers are only as good as the perimeter wire or fence you must lay out around the area to be mowed. If the perimeter is not laid out precisely, the mower will not mow your lawn correctly, or at all. Also, these units aren’t generally made for large yards and the flatter the area to be mowed the better.

                                                    These are all pricey units that overall can't compare to an assisted lawn mower. But, if you absolutely need the convenience of having a robot lawn mower, and you have the bank account to support this need, then here are the best ones that you can find that will do the job adequately, regardless of cost.

                                                    But also keep this in mind. Robotic lawn mowers are one of the fastest growing lawn care segments in the market place. As technology increases, these mowers get better year after year so that may be a clue as to whether you get one this year or wait for next year’s more advanced models at the same price.

                                                    Robomow RS630 Robotic Lawnmower

                                                    The Robomow RS-630 Robotic Lawn Mower is loaded with features, making this one of the most complete robotic mowers out there. It has a smooth cutting floating deck, an anti-theft device, and a computer/smartphone app so you can program it from virtually anywhere. Read Full Review

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                                                      Robomow RS630 Robotic Lawnmower

                                                      The BigMow Robotic Lawn Mower

                                                      The Probotics BigMow Robotic Lawn Mower is best suited for larger yards or institutions. It’s capable of climbing a 20 degree grade, will cut up to 5 acres on a single charge, and uses a 5 blade head to mulch with. It's a floating deck model for superior cutting quality and weighs in at 105 pounds. Read Full Review

                                                      The BigMow Robotic Lawn Mower

                                                      LawnBott Spyder LB1200 Robotic Lawn Mower

                                                      The LawnBott LB1 1200 Spyder Robotic Mower uses built-in sensors tell it where the grass is and cuts accordingly. You must manually place it down every time you want it to cut, but this mower weighs only 24 pounds and will climb a 24 degree incline. Read Full Review

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                                                        LawnBott Spyder LB1200 Robotic Lawn Mower

                                                        LawnBott LB300EL Robotic Mower

                                                        The LawnBott LB300EL Robotic Mower features a 4 sided blade which cuts higher grass with ease. Capable of mowing up to 3 acres with a 10 hour run time, you can download an app to program it on the go. It comes with 3 different sensors to keep it running straight on all terrain, and weighs about 45 pounds. Read Full Review

                                                        LawnBott LB300EL Robotic Mower

                                                        Husqvarna Outdoor 220AC Robotic Mower

                                                        The Husqvarna Automower 220AC will cut up to 1/2 an acre on a single charge and cuts more frequently than other models. A lightweight 20 pounds, it comes with an anti-theft device, and conveniently makes its way back to base for recharging. Read Full Review

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                                                          Husqvarna Outdoor 220AC Robotic Mower
                                                           


                                                          Lawn Mower Buyers Guide

                                                          Lawn mowers were invented in England during the 1830's. These early models were cylindrical reel mower types specifically made to cut the grass on sporting fields, both cricket and soccer being the main needs for a level and even grass surface. The rotating blade cylinder made a crisp clean cut of the grass, and by the early 1900's, these became motorized and therefore easier and faster to use.

                                                          The common powered rotary mower did not make an appearance until the late 1950's, when small engines were able to turn the blade fast enough to effectively cut the grass. These mowers were lighter and less complex, and quickly overtook cylinder mower sales.

                                                          Today, modern lawn mowers are either manually, gasoline, or electrically powered  (corded or battery). For a detailed description of what power source is right for you, please see the lawn equipment power source buyer's guide.

                                                          Lawn Mower Types

                                                          Reel Mowers
                                                          Reel mowers, or cylinder mowers, have several blades mounted on a horizontal axis cylinder. These blades literally spin and sandwich the grass blades between a stationary cutting bar, slicing the grass in two, much like a pair of scissors, leaving an exceptionally well manicured lawn in its wake. They're inherently heavy but modern materials make manual push mowers light and easy to move. In fact, if you want a mower that is 100 percent eco-friendly, a manual reel push mower is your only choice.

                                                          Cylindrical cutting is the best and healthiest way to cut grass. The clean cut allows the grass to spring faster while the cut line is level and even throughout the entire mowed area. Most commercial grass cutting applications, like golf courses, football fields and baseball diamonds, among others, use a powered reel mower to obtain the most uniform grass-cut playing field possible. These are the most expensive lawn mower types available, but the superior cut provided by a reel mower can't be denied.

                                                          Rotary Mowers
                                                          With the advent of higher speed small engines in the late 1950's, rotary mowers began to replace reel mowers. The mowers simple construction is basically a small engine mounted on a metal deck which spins a metal blade beneath it. These mower types are generally inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to use effectively.

                                                          Rotary mowers work on the principle of chopping the grass off at a selected height by blade rotation contact. The blade must rotate fast enough to chop the grass off instead of just bending it over. This “chopping” motion actually shreds and damages the tip of the grass, causing it to yellow slightly as the shredded top portion dies. The best rotary mowers will have the highest blade revolutions per minute, or RPM's, and therefore give a better contact cut than slower moving blades. In general, the higher the horsepower of the motor, the better the cut will be.

                                                          Mulching Mowers
                                                          Mulching mowers cut the grass in such fine particles that there is no discharge port and no bagging. The grass literally biodegrades in your lawn and acts as an all natural fertilizer. You'll never have to worry about grass clippings, although most mulching mowers also give you the option to bag or discharge the clippings if you so desire.

                                                          All rotary mulching mowers use a special type of mulching blade that keeps the grass suspended in the air below the deck so that the blade can cut it several times before it drops to the ground. Many also employ a specially engineered deck to aid in grass suspension.

                                                          Features

                                                          Automatic Blade Stop
                                                          Virtually all powered lawn mowers have an automatic blade stop feature, usually a small rod beneath the handle. Before starting, you pull the rod up until it contacts the handle which allows the blades to rotate. If the rod is released, as in you let go of the handle for any reason, the blades will automatically stop rotating. This safety features has saved many a finger and toe from being sliced by turning blades.

                                                          Grass Discharge
                                                          Unless a lawn mower is strictly a mulching mower, it will have a grass discharge port located either on the side or at the rear of the unit. Side discharging is the most common and the least expensive rotary lawn mowers will have this feature. Rear discharge is a feature where a bag must be inserted at the rear of the mower to catch grass clippings.

                                                          Although in years past you could get a side discharge bagger, most modern lawn mowers only allow rear bagging options. Reel mowers always discharge from either the back or the front, and they're capable baggers as well as mulchers.

                                                          Height Adjustment
                                                          All mowers have a height adjusters, usually from 1/2-inch to 3 inches with the most common adjusters attached to each wheel with height grading slots. You simply move the adjuster to the correct height slot and then follow suit on each wheel for a level cut.

                                                          Better adjusters will allow you to set the height of the front wheels with one lever, and then set the height of the rear wheels with another. The best height adjusters allow you to set all 4 wheels at the same height with just one adjustment lever.

                                                          High Wheel Cutting
                                                          The best cutting rotary mowers employ larger rear wheels which make them easier to push and keeping the unit level on inclines and rough terrain. Generally, high wheel mowers cost more than mowers with the same sized wheels all around, but if your yard is comparably flat, you'll see little or no benefit when cutting with a high wheel design despite it being easier to push.

                                                          Self Propulsion
                                                          Virtually all powered mowers come in a self-propelled model, but they will be more expensive than a push-only version. However, you'll find the ease of cutting a lawn with a self-propelled machine proves it's worth the extra cost.

                                                          In its simplest form, the lawn mower engine also propels either the forward, rear, or the side wheels on a powered reel mower. All you do is guide the mower on the correct path while the mower does all of the work for you.

                                                          Front Wheel Drive - This type is better for flatter ground and is easier to maneuver because when you turn, you literally lift up the front wheels and pivot on the rears.

                                                          Rear Wheel Drive - Works better on hills because the weight of the lawn mower goes to the rear wheels as you go up an incline. This means there will always be positive contact and limited slippage with the powered wheels.

                                                          The disadvantage with rear wheel drive is you'll have to follow the mower and physically turn it as the rear wheels keep pushing the machine forward. Many rear drive mowers have a drive release mechanism so you can stop the forward motion of the rear wheel drive and then pivot the machine around in a circle.

                                                          Side Drive Wheels - These wheels on self propelled reel mowers are the easiest to turn. You merely put pressure on the handle to one wheel and the mower will pivot effortlessly on that side.

                                                          What's Best for You

                                                          With so many different models and types available, you'll have to ask yourself the question, "What's best for me?"

                                                          Reel Mowers
                                                          These give you the best cut of them all, and they are the only mowers available in a manual push configuration. Powered reel mowers are heavy and expensive, but if you want the best manicured lawn, this is what you need. They'll need basic motor maintenance, but if you are familiar with gasoline powered small engines, that won't be a problem.

                                                          If you like your mowing chores to be part of an exercise routine, then a manual push reel mower is what you want. They are also 100 percent environmentally friendly and virtually maintenance free. However, you'll have to cut the grass regularly to keep it short. Manual push mowers become more difficult to use if the grass gets too high.

                                                          Rotary Mowers
                                                          These types must always be powered mowers so you'll always have to deal with a power source. Basic push types are generally lightweight and inexpensive, but if you want the best self-propelled machines, you'll pay for that convenience. They do require some maintenance, but anyone with basic do-it-yourself skills should have no problem.

                                                          Gasoline
                                                          For decades, gasoline powered lawn mowers have been the standard lawn mower for city dwellers and suburbanites alike. Modern gas mowers are easy to start, require little maintenance, and can go anywhere as long as they have gas in the tank. Small engine repair shops have made a business out of servicing gasoline lawnmower engines, while parts and accessories are readily available at your local hardware store.

                                                          Electric
                                                          Modern corded electric motors are the equal of gasoline motors, with the same power, cutting and mulching ability. They are virtually no-maintenance machines and start by the flip of a switch. The only issue is that you are always tethered to a cord.

                                                          Cord recommendations for all models are 100 feet or less, so if you can't cut your lawn in a 100 foot space, a corded electric isn't for you. For smaller lawns however, electric powered lawn mowers make very little noise, are environmentally friendly, and they won't wake the neighbors on a Sunday morning. They're also the least expensive lawn mowers available.

                                                          Battery Powered
                                                          The newest Lithium-Ion batteries equal the running time of gasoline mowers and are just as effective at cutting and mulching. No oily maintenance choorse, no power cords to worry about, very little noise is generated, and they can be taken anywhere. And if you want a longer run time, all you do is just get another battery. Although these are currently the most expensive lawn mowers available at present, their ease of use and environmental friendliness is second to none.

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                                                          2 comments
                                                          • Brasidas Brasidas

                                                          I'm just curious why you listed the top three mowers as electric mowers when it's pretty conclusive that electric (battery) tends to lack endurance, torque, and features (self-powered anyone?) that the higher tier gasoline mowers have, but none of those were listed until you handed out the 4th place ribbon to a commercial model from Honda which would mow circles around all the models listed before. I smell social engineering, not honest reviewing.

                                                          Posted on 4/9/2011 8:36 am | Reply
                                                          • Pro Lawn Service Pro Lawn Service

                                                          Thank you for the post!

                                                          Posted on 7/26/2010 8:49 pm | Reply