Lawn Mower Buying Guide
Tidy, neat lawns don't come without a little help -- lawn mower help, that is. But how do you pick the best lawn mower for you and your yard? Sort through the options with this lawn mower buying guide.
Types of Lawn Mowers
The ultimate finishing touch to a landscape is an immaculately mowed lawn. That tidy green surface adds a flourish to your yard, and it can be the spot where you gather with friends, play with kids, or relax on summer evenings. But not every lawn mower is best for every lawn. There are three main types, distinguished by how they're operated and the power inside. Your choices include walk-behind, riding/tractor, and manual/reel. Here's a quick guide to help you.
Walk-behind lawn mowers rely on human leg power and direction to complete the task of cutting grass. The mowers may be either electric or gas-powered.
Riding lawn mowers vary in size and engine power as well as amenities. These are gas-powered and best suited for medium-size or large lawns. The seat, blade width, and start mechanisms vary by model.
Manual or reel lawn mowers have no engine -- these old-fashioned lawn mower types, which are completely human-powered, are best suited for small lawns and have limited adjustability.
The Remington 18" Reel Lawn Mower is push-powered and gas-free so it is environmentally friendly and gets the yard well done. It's... easy to push this mower simplifying your life and work. The five steel blades offer a clean, dependable cut. This model... read more
The Remington 16" Reel Lawn Mower is push-powered and gas-free so it is environmentally friendly. It's easy to push this mower. Th...e five steel blades offer a clean, dependable cut. Its ergonomic adjustable handle adds comfort, while the dual-lever... read more
Durable steel and aluminum construction. Maintenance-free, ball-bearing hardened blade. Non-friction silent cylinder and holding h...andle. Cutting width of 15 in.. Dimensions: 22L X 16W X 11H in.. You may not be into night-time gardening, but not only is the GARDENA 380C Hand Reel Mower light weight, eco-friendly and super easy to start (just push it), you can also mow your whole lawn in the middle of the night without waking the neighbors. The cutting cylinder features four blades of hardened steel that spin on a ball-bearing mounted cylinder. The lightweight frame features a fold-up design that takes up the fraction of the space that you would've dedicated to a gas-powered mower.About GARDENAWith 50 years of bringing innovative gardening tools to market, GARDENA has become a household name throughout Germany. Based in Ulm, Germany, GARDENA approaches the garden as an extension of their customers' living spaces. GARDENA designs tools and accessories that are practical, visually appealing, and easy to use, making it a breeze to enhance those outdoor living spaces. Today, GARDENA operates as a subsidiary in the Husqvarna Group, the world's largest producer of outdoor products. read more
Leave behind gas fumes, gas cans, and the jarring noise of traditional gas-powered lawn mowers with this Greenworks Reel Lawn Mowe...r. The mower leaves an 18-inch cutting path so you can get the job done quicker and more efficiently. 10-inch front wheels... read more
Lawn mowers are fairly intricate pieces of outdoor machinery, with many variables and features that enhance or detract from performance. Those have to be balanced against the type of mower you choose and the expectations you have. As you begin to review the models, take a close look at power source, engine size, attachments, push or self-propelled, mulching features, starting method, adjustable blade height, variable speed, and safety lever. Use these helpful tips to get started.
Lawn mowers with an engine are powered by one of three sources: gas, electric, or rechargeable/battery. Electric versions require a cord to provide power but eliminate the need to add fuel.
Engine size determines how much power the lawn mower has; generally the larger the engine size, the more options in terms of speed and variability the lawn mower may have.
Various attachments, including lawn and leaf bags, may help with cleanup tasks related to mowing the lawn. Mulching kits, covers, and umbrellas are some of the attachments midsize and larger lawn mowers may utilize.
Push-behind mowers are either traditional push or self-propelled. The latter has a built-in mechanism to generate forward movement and lessen the effort needed to mow the lawn.
Some mowers have additional features that help you turn lawn clippings into mulch. These may be included with the original machine or added after purchase.
Lawn mowers are typically started one of two ways: with a one-touch push-button start (typical of electric mowers) or a more traditional pull rope.
Nearly all motorized lawn mowers allow you to adjust the blade height to cut your grass shorter or longer. Some accomplish this through manual mechanisms.
Larger mowers and more advanced engines typically provide riding lawn mowers with variable speed, allowing them to go faster or slower as the job requires.
A safety lever, located on the push portion of the handle, cuts the power to the blade; on some lawn mowers, releasing the handle also cuts power to the engine.
As the types of lawn mowers show, size and power vastly change the potential of your machine -- which makes it simpler to find a match that's worth your investment and your time. But still, additional purchase considerations will help you be as happy as you can be with your lawn mower. For example, a machine matched to your yard size makes for less hassle and effort. Reduced noise and lower emissions/pollutants will make your lawn mower less bothersome to run -- for you and the neighbors. And maintenance should be reviewed, too. Here's how to start.
A larger yard may be reason enough for you to purchase a larger lawn mower with more features. But a smaller yard will probably be easy to maintain with a simple manual or walk-behind mower.
Review the noise level of the lawn mower; electric versions are sometimes quieter than those powered with a gas motor.
Electric-powered lawn mowers tend to release fewer emissions and eliminate the possibility of gas spills. Ask about the emissions and possible pollutants released by your preferred mower.
Lawn mowers, like all outdoor machinery, require some yearly maintenance to continue performing at their peak. For avid do-it-yourselfers, these tasks -- such as cleaning and blade-sharpening -- may be easily done at home.
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This heavy-duty Lawn Mower Cover's water-resistant fabric protects against sun damage, rain/snow, dirt, dust, tree sap and birds w...ill not shrink or stretch. Click-it closure on back for easy removal. Product Type Covers, Material Type Polyester. Protects against sun damage, rain, dust, birds and tree sap Covers both mower and attached catcher on rear discharge mowers Elastic shock cord in bottom hem for a quick, custom fit Click-it closure on back makes installation and removal a snap Weather-X fabric with water-resistant backing for extra weather and abrasion protection Integrated storage bag Fits gas, electric and push reel mowers Fits with handle down Model Number: G73117. Color: Black. Age Group: Adult. read more
This Troy-Bilt Riding Mower lets you do your lawn work with less exposure to exhaust, since the engine is in the back. Powerful an...d reliable overhead valve engine gives you better fuel economy and runs with less vibration. 6-speed transmission lets you mow at your own pace. Operator Control Reverse lets you mow in reverse. 30in. cutting deck gives lawn a clean look. Large 1-gallon fuel tank for long riding times. Durable steel front axle. Mid-back seat for comfort. Compact design for easy storage. Not for sale in California. Blade Engage Control Manual PTO, Blades qty. 1, Brakes Disc, Cutting Styles Side discharge, mulch, bag, Cutting Width in. 30, Cooling Air, Cutting Height in. 1 1/4-3 3/4, Deck Construction Stamped steel, Dimensions L x W x H in. 64 x 34 x 26, Engine Troy-Bilt, Engine Displacement cc 420, Engine Model Premium OHV, Folding Armrests No, Forward Speeds 6, Deck Lift Manual, Max. Forward Speed MPH 4.2, Max. Reverse Speed MPH 4.2, Rear Tire Size in. 16 x 6.5, Reverse Speeds 6, Steering Type Rack/pinion, Frame Construction Low alloy steel, Front Tire Size in. 13 x 5, Fuel Capacity gal. 1, Transmission 6-speed, Turning Radius in. 18, Start Type Key, Product Style Yard tractor. Powerful and reliable 420cc 4-cycle Premium OHV engine OHV design gives you better fuel economy and runs with less vibration 6-speed transmission lets you mow at your own pace Operator Control Reverse lets you mow in reverse 30in. cutting deck with 14-ga. steel construction gives lawn a clean look Large 1-gallon fuel tank for long riding times Durable steel front axle Mid-back seat for comfort Compact design is easy to store Manual PTO for for fast and easy blade engagement 5 adjustable settings Maintenance-free sealed ball bearings Convenient StepThru operator entry/exit 12V, 155 CCA battery Up to 4.25 MPH speed range Spin-on oil filter Model Number: 13B226JD066. Size: 30 Inch. Age Group: Adult. read more
This GreenWorks G-Max 40 Volt 19in. 3-In-1 Mower allows you to mow, mulch or bag without stopping to fill a gas tank. 40V, 4Ah bat...tery and 40V, 2Ah battery provide all the power you'll need to complete your lawn, with a 40 minute runtime. It has a 19in. cutting width steel blade that can be adjusted to 7 different heights, so you can get the cut you want and fast. The lightweight poly deck is extremely durable and easy to push through any yard. The lithium-ion battery performs similarly to a gas-powered tool, without the smell, hassle or mess. Lithium-ion technology provides fade-free power with no memory loss after charging. Blade Type Steel, Discharge Rear, Cutting Styles Rotary, Cutting Width in. 19, Deck Material Steel, Front Tire Size in. 7, Cutting Height in. 1 1/4-3 1/8, Dimensions L x W x H in. 30 15/16 x 20 1/8 x 17 5/32, Start Type Electric, Rear Tire Size in. 10, Drive Push. 40V 4Ah and 2Ah batteries give mower up to 40 minutes of runtime per battery 3-in-1 feature for a variety of options, including rear bagging, mulching and side discharge Convenient single-button start Steel blade with a 19in. cutting width and 7-position height adjustment offers plenty of options to provide the best cut for the conditions Lightweight poly deck is extremely durable and easy to push through any yard 10in. rear wheels and 7in. front wheels offer easy maneuverability Tool-less conversion from bagging to mulching makes your job easier Comes with two 40V batteries, 40V battery charger, rear discharge collection bag, mulching plug and side discharge chute Folds for easy storage 60-120 minute charge time Model Number: 25312. Size: 40. Age Group: Adult. read more
The Classic Accessories Zero-Turn Mower Cover provides all-season protection for zero-turn mowers with a deck up to 50in.W. Produc...t Type Covers, Material Type Fabric. Provides all-season protection for zero-turn mowers with a deck up to 50in. Weather-protected fabric resists mildew and won't shrink or stretch Reinforced air vents prevent ballooning in wind Elastic shock cord in bottom hem for custom-like fit Compatible with the following brands Crafstman, Cub Cadet, Husqvarna, Hustler, Simplicity, Toro, and Troy-Bilt Fits Craftsman 42in. Zero Turn Riding Mower with 22 HP V-Twin Briggs and Stratton engine Fits Cub Cadet RZT S 42 and RZT L 42 Fits Cub Cadet RZT S 46 and RZT L 46 Fits Cub Cadet RZT S 50, RZT L 50 KW and RZT L 50 KH Fits Husqvarna P-ZT 48 w/ROPS Fits Hustler Fastrak SD 36in. and Fastrak SD 42in. Fits Simplicity ZT3500 25/48 Fits Toro Titan MX4880 w/ROPS Fits Toro Titan ZX4800 w/ROPS and Titan ZX4820 w/ROPS Fits Troy-Bilt Mustang 42 XP Zero-Turn Model Number: 73997. Size: 50 Inch. Age Group: Adult. read more
With this GreenWorks G-MAX 40V Li-Ion 2-in-1 Lawn Mower you can mow your yard without the hassle of filling a tank or spilling gas... or breathing fumes. 2-in-1 design with rear bagging and mulching capability. 40V, 4Ah battery included provides all the power you'll need to complete your lawn. Steel blade with a 16in. deck and 5-position height adjustment from 1 1/2in. to 2 3/4in. deliver plenty of options to provide the best cut for the conditions. Lithium-ion technology provides fade-free power with no memory loss after charging. Deck Material Steel, Blade Type Steel, Cutting Width in. 16, Discharge Rear, Front Tire Size in. 6, Rear Tire Size in. 7, Start Type Electric, Cutting Height in. 1 1/2-2 3/4, Dimensions L x W x H in. 28 13/32 x 20 5/16 x 15 3/4, Drive Push. 40V 4Ah lithium-ion battery gives mower up to 40 minutes of runtime Steel blade with 16in. cutting width and 5 position height adjustment provide plenty of options and the best cut for yard conditions Convenient single-push start Easy to fold for storage or transport Adjustable, ergonomic handle provides flexibility and comfort Tool-less conversion from bagging to mulching makes your job easier Lightweight poly deck is extremely durable and easy to push through any yard 7in. rear wheels, 6in. front wheels for extreme maneuverability Comes with 40V battery, 40V battery charger, rear discharge collection bag and mulching plug 60-120 minute charge time Model Number: 25322. Size: 40. Age Group: Adult. read more
The Greenworks Pro 80V Li-Ion Brushless 3-In-1 Lawn Mower with 21in. deck has the highest voltage in the industry, delivering exce...ptional performance and up to 1 hour of run time on a fully charged battery. The versatile 3-in-1 design features mulch, side discharge or rear bag capabilities. Start Type Electric, Dimensions L x W x H in. 34 1/4 x 23 7/16 x 19 9/10, Rear Tire Size in. 10, Front Tire Size in. 8, Engine Model Equivalent to 160cc engine, Discharge Mulch, rear bag, side discharge, Deck Material Steel, Cutting Width in. 21, Cutting Height in. 1 3/8-3 3/4, Blade Type Mulching, Drive Push. 21in. steel cutting deck has single-lever height adjustment that provides 7 positions ranging from 1 3/8in. to 3 3/4in. cuts 8in. front wheels and 10in. rear wheels offer easy maneuverability on any terrain Handle folds for easy transportation and storage Powered by an 80V, 4.0 Ah Lithium-Ion battery included 80V rapid charger recharges a battery in as little as 60 minutes Model Number: 2501202. Size: 34. Age Group: Adult. read more
Responding to the need for an easy-to-use machine that takes care of the smaller yards, Sun Joe developed the Mow Joe MJ401E, a sm...aller electric lawn mower that delivers the power of a gas machine with the convenience of an electric unit. Its durable steel blade cuts 14-inch wide with precision on each pass. In addition to its hard-working mowing capacity, the Mow Joe features a three position manual height adjustment. The Mow Joe is equipped with a hard top rear bag, which detaches easily for convenient disposal. No gas, oil, or tune-ups are necessary. The unit is ETL-approved and carries a full two year warranty. Best Use: Small lawns within 100 feet of electrical outlet Drive Type: Push Motor: 12 amp Cutting Width: 14 in. Cutting height: 1.18 in. to 2.4 in. Height Control: 3 position manual height adjustment Rear Bag Capacity: 10.6 gallons Rear bag included Hard top rear bag detaches easily for convenient disposal Instant start Safety switch prevents accidental starting No gas, oil or tune-ups make it effortless to start Weight: 28 pounds Sun Joe® Mow Joe is maintenance free Manufacturer: Snow Joe Model Number: MJ401E UPC code: 185842000149 SKU: MJ401E read more
See Joe Mow. No messy gas; just an easy-to-use, lightweight, maneuverable and economical push reel mower. The Sun Joe MJ502M Reel ...Mower with Grass Catcher handles tough turf with ease and provides a quiet, eco-friendly solution for any lawn. The MJ502M comes with a handy rear collection bag to help keep your yard nice and tidy. Powered by you, the Mow Joe MJ502M has a 20-inch wide cutting path and a 9 position height adjustment lever. Tailor cutting heights up to 2.44-inch so you are in complete control of your grass. The mower’s dual wheel design and sharp harden steel blades ensures accuracy and cutting efficiency. The Sun Joe Mow Joe comes with a 2-Year full warranty. Best Use: Medium lawns Drive Type: Push Cutting Width: 20 in. Tailor cutting heights up to 2.44 in. deep Blade: 5 steel blades Grass Catcher Capacity: 6.6 gallons Height Control: 9 position manual height adjustment Compact design and easy to assemble Comfortable foam grip Weight: 30 pounds Sun Joe® Mow Joe is maintenance free Manufacturer: Snow Joe Model Number: MJ502M UPC code: 185842000231 SKU: MJ502M read more
The Mow Joe MJ407E is a powerful corded electric lawn mower designed for ease of use and no maintenance. An impressive 12-amp moto...r powers this mower to tackle tougher grass. The MJ407E has seven different cutting heights for a custom tailored cut. The 20-inch wide 3-IN-1 lawn mower has a rear bag, mulching blade and side discharge chute. The bag is made of a light-weight mesh designed to easily collect grass clippings and detach easily for disposal. The Mow Joe MJ407E is light weight, easy to maneuver, with instant start and redundant safety features. The deck is made of metal for endurance and longevity. No gas, no oil, or tune-ups, perfect for lawns up to a quarter acre. Best Use: Small to medium lawns Drive Type: Push Motor: 12 amp Cutting Width: 20 in. Cutting Height:1.75 in. to 3.75 in. Height Control: 7 position manual height adjustment Rear Bag Capacity: 15.06-gallons 3-IN-1: Side discharge, rear bag, and mulch Instant Start Safety switch prevents accidental starting Wheels: 7 in. front wheels, 8 in. rear wheels No gas, oil or tune-ups make it effortless to start Weight: 57 pounds Sun Joe® Mow Joe is maintenance free Manufacturer: Snow Joe Model Number: MJ407E UPC code: 185842000941 SKU: MJ407E read more
Lawn cleanup just got easier with the Sun Joe® Mow Joe 17-inch 13-amp electric lawn mower/mulcher (Model MJ403E). No more messy ga...s, oil or toxic carbon emissions! Just power up your eco-friendly Mow Joe with the push of a button and watch its powerful 13-amp motor mow a 17-inch wide path in a single pass. Easily tailor the grass cutting height from 0.98 to 2.87 inches using the 7-position height adjustment lever. Weighing only 31.5 lbs with sturdy front and rear wheels to enhance its maneuverability, Mow Joe cruises through your lawn leaving behind 17-inch trails of groomed green. The 12-gallon rear bag provides ample capacity for uninterrupted mowing and detaches easily to quickly dispose of grass clippings. You can easily convert your Mow Joe lawn mower into a mulching mower by removing the rear bag and inserting the mulch plug. Now the freshly-cut, nutrient-rich grass clippings will not collect in the bag, but be spread throughout your lawn for fertilization. Whether mulching or mowing, the Mow Joe MJ403E delivers the reliable performance you and your lawn can depend on every time. The MJ403E provides the added security of a safety switch and is backed by a full 2-year warranty. Maintenance free – No gas, oil or tune-ups Powerful 13-amp motor cuts a 17-inch wide path Tailor cutting height with 7-position height control Convertible mulching/mowing function Detachable grass collection bag for easy disposal Manufacturer: Snow Joe Model Number: MJ403E UPC code: 856890003627 SKU: MJ403E read more