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Best Lawn Mower

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.

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

There may be more expensive models out there, but none cut better than the Cub Cadet SC500EZ (21") 159cc Electric Start Self-Propelled Lawn Mower w/ Swivel Wheels. The swivel wheels make this a true zero-turn radius mower, and the 159cc motor is made by Honda. That engine is reliable as the day is long, and it will last the life of the mower. It's a 3 in 1 mower, that discharges either at the back or the side, and converts to a mulcher when need be.

The mower has six speeds so you'll easily be able to find the walking speed that's right for you. It has a keyed electric start with on-board battery, so you won't be using a pull rope, height is readily adjustable on all 4 wheels, and it even has a high pressure deck washing system. Although not an inexpensive mower, it’s one of the better values available on the self propelled market with a three year warranty and Cub Cadet quality.

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

Lawn-Boy 17732 Carb Compliant Kohler Rear Wheel Drive Self Propelled Gas Walk Behind Mower, 21-Inch is the best bang for the buck mower on the list. The 144cc motor gives about 4.5 ft. lbs. of torque, and it is also CARB compliant. Since this is a Kohler unit, it’s one of the most reliable motors made. The 3 in 1 design allows you to discharge either to the side or rear, you can turn it into a mulching mower as well, and it has an easy two point height adjustment lever. This mower includes a two year complete warranty, which is one of the best in the business. You get all of this versatility, with the legendary Lawn Boy name for the cost of some higher end budget mowers, making this unit the most bang for the buck.

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

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

The reality is that, for smaller or medium sized yards, you won't need more than the MTD Yard Machines 12A-A0BE700 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower - CARB Compliant. This is the least expensive self propelled mower here, yet it is CARB compliant to work in any state of the union. It has a 21 inch deck and both a side discharge or a mulching feature while the 140cc Briggs and Stratton motor puts out about 4.5 ft. lbs. of torque, and for most city lawns, you just don't need more power than that. This is a basic self propelled unit at its most simple and with simplicity comes extreme ease of use. No bells or whistles, just a self propelled mower that cuts as good as anything else that comes with a two year warranty.

Snapper Hi-Vac SP Mower P2187520

If you are looking for the best cutting mower on the list and are willing to pay the price, the Snapper Hi-Vac SP Mower P2187520 Briggs 8.75 TP OHV (21") #7800947 will do your lawn proud. This baby has the most powerful engine on our list, rated at a whopping 8.75 ft. lbs. The deck is designed to provide high suction that straightens out grass blades before cutting. This gives a precise manicured cut to any lawn.

The 10 inch rear drive wheels are coupled to a disc transmission that performs just as well on hilly terrain as it does on the flats. The six cut blade makes mincemeat out of mulch, and the blade design blows the particles of mulched grass back deep into the lawn. Patented Ready Start technology makes starting easy, and it comes with a three year warranty. For the best manicured lawns, nothing cuts better.

Sarlo Self-Propelled High Wheel Mower

If you want the baddest and most rugged self propelled mower on the planet for consumer use, than the Sarlo WX24SP Self-Propelled High Wheel Mower - 190cc Briggs & Stratton Professional Grade Engine is for you. In all honesty, this thing is probably overkill for most lawns, but for the select few who want a self propelled pusher for their big suburban lawn mowing chores, none are better than this. This rugged quality is expensive to be sure, but what you'll get will outlast and out cut virtually anything else on the market.

The Briggs professional grade motor alone is nearly bullet proof, and it puts out about 8 ft. lbs. of torque for power when you need it, with wheels rolling on ball bearings and not the less expensive sleeve bearings other mowers run on. The deck is 13 gauge steel, which is twice as thick as most of the other decks here, so it’s built like a tank. It weighs about twice as much as all of the other mowers on this list, but it will cut with the best of them and never bat an eyelash in doing so. The deck is 24 inches wide, three inches wider that the widest deck on this list, and it comes with a two year warranty. If you need to flex your muscle in a self propelled lawn mower, pull the Sarlo out of your garage or shed and watch everyone else take notice.

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

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

There may be more expensive lawn mowers out there, but none give you the features nor the cutting ability of the Cub Cadet SC100 21 inch 159cc Push Lawn Mower. With about 7 ft. lbs. of torque, it has plenty of power to get the job done. It's a true 3 in 1 mulcher, with a rear and side discharge design for maximum grass distribution versatility. It even has a built-in deck washing port, so you can hook up your hose and go; that's a nice feature on a push mower.

Big eight inch front and rear wheels mounted on genuine ball bearings (instead of less expensive sleeve bearings) make it easy to push. It comes with the patented Cub Cadet SureStart system, which means it will start in one or two pulls for the next three years. You'll pay a good price for this mower, but you’re getting the best performing push mower out there for the money spent along with a three year warranty.

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

If you want the best cutting push mower, and price is no object, the Ariens Razor (21 inch) 159cc Push Lawn Mower is the one for you. It may cost almost two times the amount of the top rated model, but nothing cuts (or should I say manicures) a lawn as well as this machine does. The domed deck and spinning blades sucks grass upwards so that it is cut perfectly every time, while 159cc and 7 ft. lbs. of torque assure you there is power to spare.

Better still, this mower has an astounding 17,000 rpm blade tip speed, while most others are content with about a 10 to 12,000 rpm speed; the faster the blade rotates, the cleaner the cut. The auto choke makes it easy to start, it's a true three in one mulcher and bagger, and it has seven height adjustments for a perfectly groomed lawn every time. It also comes with a three year warranty, eight inch wheels and a 14 gauge deck that will last a lifetime.

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

If you are looking for the best bang for the buck mower on this list, you've just found it with the Sears Craftsman 190cc Briggs & Stratton Engine, Low-Wheel Rear Bag Push Mower. The 190cc Briggs engine is extremely durable and it puts out about 7 ft. lbs. of torque for enough power to take on any lawn. It's a three in one mulcher/bagger, and has eight inch rear wheels and seven inch front wheels for ease in maneuvering.

It has six height adjustment positions and a Craftsman easy-start auto-choke system so starting won't be a chore. It even has a three position handle adjustment to adjust to your individual height. Even better, it’s a CARB compliant lawn mower that you can run in all 50 states, it comes with a two year warranty, and it even features a deck washing hose attachment. This is the lowest cost full-feature mower on the list, and for probably 80 percent of suburban lawns, you really don't need anything more than this excellent bang for the buck mower.

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

For a high wheel design at a great price, the Lawn-Boy 10730 Kohler High Wheel Push Gas Walk Behind Lawn Mower is the way to go. High wheels give better maneuverability and a more even cut on uneven terrain, and the 6.5 ft. lbs. of torque from the Kohler engine will make sure all the power is there for the toughest jobs. It is a three in one mulcher/bagger, with one of the largest mower bags available. It has the Lawn Boy True Start system that guarantees a start in one or two pulls, meaning starting will never be a hassle.

It features five cutting heights that can all be accessed from one side of the mower, and a domed mower deck for optimal mulching. The best feature is the “No Worry Warranty”, which covers basically everything for two full years. If you’re looking for one of the best deals on a quality mower, it would be hard to beat this Lawn Boy.

Poulan Pro PR450N20S Side Discharge Push Lawn Mower, 20"

For a no-frills easy to use lawn mower, check out the Poulan Pro PR450N20S Side Discharge Push Lawn Mower, 20-Inch. It's the least expensive lawn mower on this list, but for smaller suburban lawns or city plots, this is really all you'll need.

The Briggs motor puts out about 4.5 ft. lbs. of torque, which will get the job done on smaller lawns. It weighs only 44 pounds, which is almost 20 pounds lighter than any other mower listed here. Seven inch front and rear wheels are adequate for any job, it has five different adjustable heights, and it’s a basic side discharge mower. Better still, it is actually CARB compliant, so it can be used in all 50 states, and it comes with a 2 year warranty. Inexpensive, it's lightweight, easy to push, and while there are no bells or whistles, one thing it will do for sure is to mow your lawn.

Robomow RS630 Robotic Lawnmower

If price is no object and you want the absolute best robotic lawn mower available, then the Robomow RS-630 Robotic Lawn Mower is for you. It’s loaded with features, including an eco-mode that uses only the minimum amount of energy needed to cut your lawn. This mower is capable of mowing up a 35 degree slope and cuts nearly an acre of lawn before needing a recharge.

It has a floating deck for a smooth mow, has a tamper-resistant child lock, and it will always find its way back to it charging base. There’s even an app for your smartphone or laptop allows you to program the mowers cutting times wherever you are. You can even program zones in your yard to be mowed on different days. If you want the best, and are willing to pay for it, you can't do better than the RS-630.

The BigMow Robotic Lawn Mower

The BigMow Robotic Lawn Mower

For big yards or institutions, the Probotics BigMow Robotic Lawn Mower is what you need. This robotic has enough juice to cut up to 5 acres on a single charge. Like most other robotic lawn mowers, it responds to buried perimeter wire and also has touch and sonar avoidance sensors. These sensors allow BigMow to avoid virtually anything in its path, making it ideal for yards where kids might leave toys or other equipment laying out.

This mower cuts with smaller blades to nip off the tops of new grass, giving the yard a more manicured look while grass clippings to fall into the turf as mulch. It’s a heavy 105 pounds but features a 48-inch wide floating deck so it spends less time mowing than other models.

LawnBott Spyder LB1200 Robotic Lawn Mower

The LawnBott LB1 1200 Spyder Robotic Cordless Electric Lawn Mower doesn’t need perimeter wire to tell it where to mow. Instead, it uses sensors which guide it across your lawn wherever there’s grass. If you have clear and precise boundary areas, this mower will do the job, but if your yard meets other yards without a dedicated boundary, it may keep on mowing.

Lawnbott can climb a 25 degree incline and weighs only 24 pounds. However, it will only cut about one eigth of an acre so it only works on small yards, at best. If you have a lot of uninterrupted lawn, this mower is tops. Just make sure there is no drive or sidewalk in the way as it won't find its way back to the charger.

LawnBott LB300EL Robotic Mower

LawnBott LB300EL Robotic Mower

The big brother to the LawnBott Spyder is this LawnBott LB300EL Robotic Mower which uses a perimeter wire and will cut up to 2 acres on a charge. Run time is as long as 10 hours to get the job done, and the 4 sided blade makes short shrift of even longer grass. This mower is Bluetooth capable, and you can get a smartphone app for to remotely program it at your convenience.

The LawnBott LB300EL features 3 different sensors, a magnetometer, a gyroscope and accelerometer, to keep it running straight and true, especially on hilly terrain. It weighs about 45 pounds, and would be a good choice for larger suburban lawns or lawns that are uneven.

Husqvarna Outdoor 220AC Robotic Mower

The new kid on the robotic block is the solid and heavy duty Husqvarna Automower 220AC. It has the capability to cut up to 1/2 an acre without recharging and designed to cut more frequently than other robotic mowers. This not only allows the cutting blades to work easier, but it also keeps your lawn perfectly manicured.

This mower can go up a 20 degree incline. Although pricey, it may be the best cutting mower on this list because it cuts so frequently but it has an anti-theft alarm for protection. At 20 pounds it's one of the lightest mowers on our list and easily finds its way back to the charging base. For a manicured look on smaller yards, this Husky may be right for you.

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

For the first time, we have a battery powered mower that operates good as a gas powered unit. The GreenWorks 25302 Twin Force G-MAX 40V Li-Ion 20-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower with two batteries and a charger gives you gasoline engine performance in a battery operated mower. The twin 40 volt Lithium Ion batteries provide an astounding two hours of run time, and for virtually any city or suburban yard, you won’t need a longer cutting time.

This mower mulches or bags, has a one position height adjustment, weighs only about 42 pounds. In most cases, that's two times as light as a gas powered mower, and that low weight makes it incredibly maneuverable over any terrain. Although this is not an inexpensive mower, it actually compares favorably with some of the better gasoline push-type mulchers and baggers. With a four year warranty, this baby has got to be seriously considered.

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

For small city and suburban lawns, there is no better corded mower for the job than the LawnMaster MEB1016M 15-Inch 2-in-1 Electric Mulching Mower. It's a two-in-one mulcher and bagger featuring 10 amps of power. It weighs in at about 45 pounds, making it light and perfect for any terrain along with a high wheel design for even greater maneuverability. It has an easy one lever height adjustment and the deck is poly-plastic, so it will never rust. The handle folds for easy storage and it comes with a two year warranty making this model the best mower you’ve never heard of.

Mow Joe 14" Electric Lawn Mower

If you want a basic yet powerful inexpensive corded lawn mower, look no further than the Snow Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower With Grass Catcher. There is nothing fancy about this mower except it has a big 12 amp motor that will cut with the best of them. It’s the lightest weight mower on this list by far at only 29 pounds.

If ease of maneuver is your primary concern, you'll be able to get this mower into the tightest spaces with no problem. It has a single lever height adjustment and has a rear bagger design for catching grass clippings. The handle folds up for easy storage and it has a two year warranty. With this mower you get max power in an extremely lightweight, compact package.

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

Although not inexpensive, this is the best entry level battery mower on the list. Made by MTD, the Remington RM212B (19 inch) 24-Volt Cordless Push Lawn Mower uses an lead acid battery for power, but it does provide up to 75 minutes of run time per charge. It's a mulcher or side discharge unit, and comes with a single lever height adjustment feature.

It has a steel cutting deck which is more durable than a poly-plastic deck, but that durability has a weight penalty of 70 pounds. Honestly, this is not a  lightweight mower, and would be best suited for long straight stretches of lawn. But for with zero maintenance and a 75 minute run time, you can always get another battery to double your mowing time. With a two year warranty this mower is hard to beat.

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

This is the easiest mower to use yet it’s also the most expensive. But if ease of use is your overall desire and you’re willing to pay the price of admission, then the Black & Decker SPCM1936 19-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Electric Self-Propelled Lawn Mower With Removable Battery is the one for you. This variable speed self-propelled mower means you never have to push it. For hilly yards, rough terrain or you just don't want to put your back into it, this mower can't be beat.

However, being self-propelled means you'll lose battery life quickly, so expect a 15-20 minute run time, depending on how fast you mow and how high the grass is. At about 70 pounds it’s heavy but the poly-plastic deck will last nearly forever. It's the only three-in-one mower on this list, mulch, bag or rear discharge, and the folding handle makes for easy storage. This mower has an easy height adjustment lever, and comes with a two year warranty.

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

If you are looking for the best cutting reel mower, than the Great States 705-16 16-Inch Specialty Push Reel Lawn Mower 7 Blade Design is what you want. It's at the top of this list because with 7 blades, no other mower will manicure your lawn better than this one. This mower will only cut shorter grass, which makes it perfect for smaller lawns where you want a neat and lovely looking lawn.

The big 10-inch wheels ride on ball bearings for easy pushing, and have a lever that adjusts from 3 height positions. At 27 pounds, it’s lightweight which makes it easy to maneuver over any terrain. The ergonomically designed handle cuts down on grip fatigue, and the 16-inch cutting width helps you finish faster. If you want the best cutting lawn mower out there, look no further than this.

Remington RM3000,16" 5-Blade Reel Mower

The combination of price, performance and ease of use put the Remington RM3000 (16") 5-Blade Reel Mower as the best bang for the buck mower here. The five cutting blades have nine adjustable positions with a 16-inch cutting swath ensure that you’ll be able to tackle any grass height and mow it down easily.

It’s comfortable to push, cuts incredibly well with its 10-inch drive wheels, and is also very competitively priced. It also has two 6-inch guide wheels that transfers some of its 30 pound bulk onto them, making this mower feel lighter than it really is. It features nine cutting height positions and comes with a padded ergonomic handle to boot. For the price, there are none better, which makes it our best bang for the buck mower on this list.

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

If you want a basic mower that will do the job, then the American Lawn Mower 1304-14 14-Inch Economy Push Reel Lawn Mower With T-Style Handle And Heat Treated Blades is what you want. For smaller lawns, this mower can't be beat, with a 14-inch cutting swath and a light weight of only 19 pounds.

Although the least expensive mower on this list, both the reel and the wheels ride on ball bearings, making this mower super easy to push. Big 10-inch wheels add to that ease, and the infinite carriage bolt adjustment let's you go from 1-inch to 1 3/4-inch in height. This may be an inexpensive mower, but it has some of the best features of the big boys for not a lot of money.

Fiskars 18" Staysharp Max Reel Mower

If you want the easiest to push mower on this list, bar none, than the Fiskars 18 Inch Staysharp Max Reel Mower has to be considered. The unique design puts the drive wheels at the back which gives it more cutting power and makes it 60 percent easier to push. The power comes in handy when cutting tough weeds, sticks or twigs, and pushing ease means you can go longer without expending as much effort.

This is the most uniquely designed mower here, but it’s not inexpensive. One lever adjustment adjusts the height from one to four inches, making it one of the best edging mowers available. It weighs a whopping 51 pounds, meaning it may not be as maneuverable as most, so it would work better for long patches of straight lawn. An ergonomically designed handle promises less hand fatigue, and the 18-inch cutting width gets you off the lawn faster.

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

If you want a quality mower with the biggest cutting swath, than the Sun Joe Mow Joe 20-Inch Manual Reel Mower with Grass Catcher is for you. The 20-inch wide cutting width is the largest on this list and will get you on and off your lawn faster than any of the others.

The nine position height adjust is moved by one lever for simplicity, comes equipped with a grass catcher and it weighs about 30 pounds. The rear guide wheels distribute the weight evenly, and the 10-inch wheels make pushing relatively easy. The foam grip handle eases fatigue on your hands, and this mower is capable of cutting smaller to medium sized lawns.

Murray 20" Gas-Powered Lawn Mower

If you want an affordably priced mower that will do the job, the Murray Gas-Powered Lawn Mower is what you want. Nothing fancy here, just a Briggs motor on a 20 inch deck that will cut with the best of them. Briggs reliability is the best thing about this mower, and the 125cc motor will give you about 4.5 ft. lbs. of torque to power through your grass cutting needs. Obviously, the cutting deck size works best for smaller lawns, so if you have 1/4 acre or more of lawn to mow, this isn't going to be your best choice, no matter how much of a deal it is. But for most city sized lots, this mower can't be beat. There may be bigger and more expensive lawn mowers out there, but none will cut any better than this.

MTD 21 Inch Side Discharge 11A-A40M700 Push Mower

MTD 21 Inch Side Discharge 11A-A40M700 Push Mower

If you want a bit more power and a bit more cutting width, than the Yard Machines 21 Inch Side Discharge 11A-A40M700 Push Mower will do you good. The 148cc Briggs and Stratton motor puts out about 5.5 ft. lbs. of torque, and that's all the power you'll need for smaller city lawns. The wheels are fully adjustable for height and it comes with a side discharge chute. Although ideal for smaller lawns, the extra boost of power and cutting width makes it a viable choice for medium sized lawns as well. The Briggs motor is very reliable and the mower comes with a two year warranty. This is another basic but decent budget mower to get the job done effectively and efficiently.

Lawn-Boy 17730 Carb Compliant Kohler High Wheel Lawn Mower

If you live in California, the Lawn-Boy 17730 CARB Compliant Kohler High Wheel Push Mower, 21-Inch is the best budget mower for you. CARB compliant means it meets all of California stringent emissions laws, and the high wheel design gives it a superior cut over small wheel lawn mowers. The Kohler engine is one of the most reliable engines made, and the 6.5 ft. lbs. of torque it produces, gives you enough power for medium sized lawns.

It’s versatile enough to be a rear discharge mower, a side discharge mower or a mulching mower. The two-point height cut adjustment makes it easy to adjust the cutting height to suit your needs. The 2 year complete coverage warranty is superior to all other budget mowers, and this unit is the best bang for the buck mower you can find.

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

If a high wheel cut is what you desire in a budget mower, than the Poulan Pro PR500N21SH High-Wheel Side Discharge/Mulch Push Mower, 21-Inch is the best of the bunch. Powered by a reliable Briggs and Stratton 140cc motor, which will supply about 5 ft. lbs. of torque, you'll get a superior cutting mower on the cheap.

It comes with a side discharge but it will also convert to a mulching mower as well. The wheels adjust for height and while the 21 inch cutting deck is best for smaller city lawns, it will take on medium sized lawns too. It is also CARB compliant and has a two year warranty. This is the best budget high wheel mower on the list.

Yard Machines 11A-A22J700 159cc Push Mower

If you want the biggest motor with the most power in the budget class, than the Yard Machines 159cc Powermore Engine, 21 inch 11A-A22J700 Push Mower is what you need. At 159cc, the engine puts out about 7 ft. lbs. of torque and features a three-in-one design, with a side and rear discharge and mulching capability. A dual lever height adjustment lets you easily adjust the height, it comes with a bagger and in all respects, it is equal to the Lawn Boy mower for less money.

Although it’s a solid machine, the engine may not be as reliable as the tried and true Briggs and Kohler units featured on all of the other mowers in this class. But as a budget mower, there aren't any that offer this array of mowing features at this price. This mower comes with a two year warranty and works best on smaller or medium sized yards.

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

If you are looking for a best mulching mower (which also gives the best bang for the buck) then the Craftsman 190cc Briggs & Stratton Gold Engine, 22'' Front Drive Self-Propelled EZ Lawn Mower has to top this list. Although it’s an overall decent lawn mower, mulching is its first priority. A big 190cc engine, with 6.75 ft. lbs. of torque, puts out plenty of power to get the job done and it's self propelled for ease of use.

The Briggs Gold Series engine is one of the most reliable on the market, featuring a 20 percent reduction in start-up pulling power, so it's easier to start than most of the others. The front wheel drive is variable speed so you'll easily be able to match your walking pace, it has a big 22-inch cutting swath, a nine position height adjustment and high rear wheels for better maneuverability.

The precision-cut designed deck weighs in at a healthy 96 pounds but it features a clean-out port, side and rear discharge ports, a cloth bag for bagging, all in one of the least expensive mowers we’ve selected. Performance, price, accessories, and a two year warranty make this mulching mower the best of the best that will take on the biggest yards.

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

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

The Toro Super Recycler Mulching Mower comes with a 159cc engine that puts out about 5 ft. lbs. of torque. It may seem like it’s underpowered, but the deck is specifically designed to throw the clippings back onto the blade using baffles and grooves, making for a very efficient mulching machine.

It features the patented "Personal Pace" self-propelled system that adjusts to your actual walking speed automatically. Yes, this mulcher will cut and bag grass as you want it, but it is fully dedicated to recycling grass clippings back into the lawn. It weighs in at 81 pounds, but it is still easy to maneuver with its self propelled system. It has a seven position height adjustment, and a full  five year performance warranty direct from Toro.

Additional features include a deck washing port and a convenient SmartStow fold-up handle for easy storage, Although it’s one of the more expensive mulchers on this list, if you’re looking for serious mulching mower look no further than the Toro 21-inch Super Recycler Mulching Mower.

Toro Recycler 22",190cc Personal Pace Lawn Mower

If you want the little brother to the Toro Super Recycler series, the Toro Recycler SmartStow (22") 190cc Self-Propelled Lawn Mower will get the job done. The larger Briggs engine gives you 6.75 ft. lbs of power, and the 22-inch cutting swath gets you off the lawn quicker.

You won't sacrifice much with this mower over Toro's other offering on this list, because there’s also a deck cleaning port and the revolutionary folding handle that lets you store this baby on its end. It weighs 83 pounds, but the high wheel design gives it a bit more maneuverability for that extra weight.

The variable speed front wheel drive can be easily adjusted to your walking pace, it has a seven position height adjustment, but this model only comes with a two year warranty. With this Toro, you'll get a little less mulching mower for a little less money, but it is still very capable at what it does.

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

For a reasonably priced mulcher with a name you know and trust, the Lawn-Boy 10732 Kohler Rear Wheel Drive Self Propelled Gas Walk Behind Mower, 21-Inch will do your mulching chores proud. It features a 6.5 ft/lb torque engine and a deck design that optimizes mulching over regular cutting. Yes, you can discharge grass clipping from the side and the rear, but it was made to mulch above all else.

The Kohler engine is near bullet proof, and the mower comes with a two year full coverage warranty. The patented Tri-Cut system cuts each grass clipping three times for maximum mulching effect, there’s rear wheel drive for better traction, and this is one of the lighter mowers on the list at 66 pounds. One side height adjustment makes it easy to get the right height, and them handle folds up for storage. Definitely one of the best mulchers for your money.

Snapper Ninja Mulching SP Mower RP2187520

With an 8.75 ft. lb. torque engine, this is the most powerful and expensive mulcher on the list. But if price is no object, the Snapper RP2187520 (21") 190cc NINJA Self-Propelled Mulching Lawn Mower can't be beat. The Briggs Pro Gold Series engine will last as long as you do, and the Ninja mulching system is second to none when it comes to making mulch.

With a mulching optimized deck, and a blade that cuts in six different ways to pulverize the grass clippings, it doesn't get better than this. This is commercial grade power and cutting capability, and you'll have to ask yourself if you really need a mulching mower like this. It may mulch slightly better than any other mower on this list, but you'll pay nearly triple the price for that luxury, and who is going to know the difference?

It has a seven position height adjustment, rear wheel drive for better traction and variable speeds to suit your walking pace. At nearly 100 pounds this baby isn't light, but the high back wheels do make it easier to maneuver than most and it’s also covered by a three year warranty. If you want to keep up with the Joneses, this is the mower to do it with.

Toro SS4235 42" TimeCutter Mower

Toro SS4235 42" TimeCutter Mower

This is one of the lower priced ZTR mowers here and for the money it’s an exceptionally good deal. TheToro TimeCutter SS4235 comes with a near bullet proof Kawasaki 18 horsepower engine and a 42-inch floating mower deck. This may be one of the least powerful ZTR mowers here, but the reality is that for most suburban lawns you just don't need more power.

There aren't any bells or whistles here, just start it up and mow. It has five speeds with 7 MPH tops for mowing a lot of grass quickly, a hydrostatic drive system so there's no clutch, and an automatic parking brake that engages every time you release the turn levers to stop. It's easy to use, one of the lowest price ZTR mowers available, and it will give you solid mowing performance on a ZTR mower every time you need it. Really, what more could you ask for?

Husqvarna MZ61 61", 27 HP Zero Turn Mower

For those who want the best and price is no object, consider the Husqvarna MZ61 (61") 24HP Kawasaki Zero Turn Mower. This beast has a 61 inch cutting deck, and with an 8 1/2 mph speed, will get you on and off the lawn faster than anything else. With an ergonomic high back seat and armrests for comfort, you can mow all day without getting fatigued.

The Kawi 24 horse motor will run nearly forever, and there is plenty of power available for virtually any large yard or acreage. In fact, this ZTR mower is so tough, it comes with either a three year home warranty or a one year commercial warranty.

It runs on a no clutch commercial grade hydrostatic tranny, and it features three cutting blades for superior mowing capability. It even has a pressurized oil system with filter, just like an automobile. This mower would best be suited for very large suburban yards with acres of lawn, or just for bragging rights in your neighborhood.

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

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

If you are looking for the most eco-friendly ZTR mower available, the Cub Cadet RZT S Zero Electric ZTR can't be beat. Using no gas or oil, just an electric motor with batteries, this mower features standard steering wheel control and 4-wheel steering. With 60 minutes of run time, it would work fine for most suburban yards, and the 42-inch floating deck makes sure you get an awesome cut every time.

This is one of the more expensive mowers on the list, but it’s also the easiest to use. Even the blades are powered by electric motors, so there aren't even any belts to change. The three year warranty assures you this is no flash in the pan electric mower, and it even has a high backed seat for comfort. If it were priced less and had a bit more range before recharging, this mower would be at the top of our list.

Ariens Max Zoom 48 Zero Turn Mower

Ariens Max Zoom 48 Zero Turn Mower

For commercial quality in a smaller mower, the Ariens Max Zoom 48 ZTR Mower is a tough mower which will easily get the job done. It features either a three year home warranty or a one year commercial warranty. It features a solid Kohler Twin 22 horsepower motor that will give the average suburbanite plenty of power for any sized lawn.

The eight mph top speed will get you on and off the grass fast, and the infinite speed hydrostatic tranny gives you the speed you need for any sized lawn or terrain. Although there aren't many bells and whistles, you'll be able to start it and go; it's that easy to use. This mower comes with a high back seat for comfort and the nine deck cutting positions allow you to precisely manicure your lawn.

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

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

If you just want a basic ZTR machine at a good price, than the Craftsman 42'' 22hp V-Twin Briggs and Stratton Zero Turn Riding Mower is for you. There is nothing fancy here, just a solid mower that will cut your grass as good as any others on the list.

Seven forward speeds on a hydrostatic tranny means no clutching between shifts, and it has a seven mph top speed. It comes with a hose port to clean the deck underside, a high back seat for comfort, and a two year warranty. This mower works best for smaller yards, although with 22 horsepower on tap, you won't be lacking for power. This is a very competent machine at a good price.

Buyer's Guide

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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