Reviews, information and buyers’ tips about the best lawn mowers on the market
Hi there! If you’re looking for information and reviews about lawn mowers or useful tips and things to consider when buying, you’ve landed in exactly the right place! My name’s Jeff and I was a small engine mechanic until ten years ago when I went full-time with my own landscaping and lawn care business. As a small engine mechanic, I spent a lot of time working with lawn mowers, carrying out inspections, testing and maintenance. I became very familiar with pretty much all of the different types of mower out there. That definitely gave me a head start when it came to starting my landscaping and lawn care business. As a result of all that, I’m pretty much the go-to-guy for anyone who knows me when they have questions about buying, fixing or maintaining lawn mowers.
As the years have gone by, one person after another has come to me with advice about lawns, and mowers in particular – from which types are most suitable for them, to the environmental impact of different mowers, how to clean and maintain them and how to use them safely. I’ve talked people through everything from which mowers are best suited to different cutting techniques and which lawn mowers they can use when getting over a bad back, to the effects of different power sources on grass and even how to mow to avoid provoking allergic reactions. Even though I don’t really like to use the word ‘expert’, it makes sense to ask people who have certain knowledge and experience in a particular field before jumping into a new purchase or endeavor. I’d hardly go off to buy a new computer without doing my research first with people who know what they’re talking about, so I understand when people want to ask me about mowers.
Some people might find it inconvenient to be constantly asked every question imaginable about mowers – from their internal mechanisms and energy efficiency to their transportability and outward aesthetic – but not me! I’m more than happy to share what I know if it helps other people out. That pretty much sums up the reason for making this website. I can share what I know with a lot more people and actually show you what I’m talking about rather than just talk about it. All the information’s gathered in one place so if you happen to forget something or need to know more, you can simply come back to the webpage or bookmark it for later. Hopefully you’ll find it useful and you’ll be able to use it to make sure you get the right mower for your needs.
The best mowers
To help save you time I’ve picked out what I feel are the best lawn mowers for different needs. While I like to talk about all the different features of lawn mowers, I appreciate you might just want to get down to looking at the mowers themselves in order to get a better idea of what suits you. In my lawn care business, I work with a variety of people in different environments which require the right tools to match the individual, the land and the job at hand. As a result, it’s obvious to me that what works for one person and one lawn isn’t going to work for everyone.
Some people have particular challenges in their yards – grass which is often wet, steep inclines or lots of garden furniture, which will all have an influence on which mower suits them the most. Some folks are looking to get a bargain and others want to mow their lawn with the minimum amount of effort possible. Others like to do things the way they have always done them and don’t want to be bothering with new features and mechanisms when there’s no point fixing what ain’t broke. So hopefully this list will have something that matches your needs and you can use as a reference, against which you can compare the other mowers to find the right one for you. I’ve picked out the features of each model and determined why they are most suited to certain types of lawn or different types of user. I’ve noted what I like and what I dislike about them, now it’s for you to have a read through and make your own mind up!
For sheer versatility plus quality, the Honda 3-in-1 mower has to take the biscuit as the best overall lawn mower on the market at the moment. It’s sturdy, reliable and straightforward to use. It makes short shrift of long and wet grass and deals with steep inclines as if they weren’t there. Add all this together with the excellent, fine cutting mechanism and you can’t go wrong with this beauty.
A quality, all-round bagger, mulcher and disperser, the Toro Super Recycler 20381 has the best self-propelling system of the lot. Rather than applying pressure to a level to control the mower’s speed, this machine will adjust its speed to match your pace. You’ll never feel like you’re being dragged around the yard again and you can take your time over difficult clumps of grass more easily.
The Black & Decker LM175 is a no-frills mower that works best for straightforward and simple cuts. Its lightweight makes it highly maneuverable while still having a strong and steady cutting blade. It’s quiet and clean and is a great buy for people who just want to keep their yard tidy with a minimum of fuss.
Best walk behind lawn mower
Twin caster wheels at the front plus rear-weel drive make the Cub Cadet SC 500Z the most maneuverable mower on the market. This is the best choice for those who have more complicated yards with plant beds or garden ornaments or furniture to negotiate. This mower’s zero-turn allows you the precision movement to deal with any obstacle.
Best robotic lawn mower
For those who, for whatever reason, can’t or don’t want to regularly mow their lawns, the Bosch Indego is the best robotic lawnmower to get the job done. It mows in the most efficient way around your garden, avoiding obstacles and learning as it goes along. If you need a smart and reliable robotic mower, this is the one for you.
Best push lawn mower
If you prefer a more traditional way of mowing, but without having to deal with annoying and dangerous cords in the way, you should definitely take a look at the Black & Decker SPCM1936. It’s a battery-powered, cordless push mower, which has the additional option of switching to a self-propelling system for difficult inclines.
How do I know which type of lawn mower would suit me best?
This is probably the question I get asked the most and the answer if different every time. Not only does it depend on your particular yard and grass type, but also on the climate in your area (especially regarding rainfall) and on you as a person. Think about what you want to accomplish with your mower (for example, save time, get finer clippings and so on) and then take a look here to learn about which types of lawn mowers are going to be most suitable for you.
What factors should I take into consideration before buying?
Ideally you want to have a list of boxes which you can check off against the type of lawn mower you are thinking of buying. For example, if you have an uneven yard of about half an acre in area, you’ll find that a self-propelled rear-wheel drive mower checks the right boxes. In addition, you need to make sure you buy the mower with the right power, weight and design for you to be able to manipulate comfortably. Luckily, you can check out this buyer’s guide which will make the whole task a lot easier!
Is it ok to buy a used lawnmower?
It’s a sensible question to ask, as most folks don’t buy used lawn mowers all that often. In my line of work, I see used mowers all the time though, and I’ve come up with a list of helpful hints and tips for you to consider before parting with your cash. I’ve thought of everything from brand to battery type in order to help you make sure you’re happy with your purchase. Just take a look here to see my hints and tips.
Can you tell me about the types of electric mower?
Sure I can! And you’re wise to ask, as getting this right can save you a whole lot of time and effort from buying the wrong type for your lawn. There are three types which each use different mechanisms and therefore are suited to different uses. I’ve written about them in some detail here, so feel free to have a read through to find the information you need.
Why are electric lawn mowers so popular and should I get one?
There are a whole lot of reasons why people prefer to use electric mowers rather than other types. Some of these apply in every case, such as lower emissions and less noise output, whereas some are case-specific, such as they are easier to manipulate for people who can’t handle heavier machines. I came up with an in depth look at all the benefits I could think of. Just click here to take a look.
Once I’ve chosen the right lawn mower for me, how can I take care of it?
Another smart question. You’re right – lawnmowers do need to be maintained in order to keep their mechanisms at the optimal performance. As to the specifics relative to the mower you choose, the first places to ask are with your dealer and in the accompanying handbook. I’ve come up with a general checklist which you can also use to clean and maintain your mower to ensure that it does its job without any issues for a long time to come. All of that is ready for you to read here.
A final word
I suppose one of the main reasons people come to me with questions about lawn mowers is not just that I have built up a lot of knowledge over the years, it’s because they know I’m going to give them the real information they need, good and bad – warts and all, if necessary! As you know, this isn’t always the case when you approach a dealer. What a dealer wants is a sale, and preferably a quick one, at that. I’m not saying that you can’t trust your dealer or that dealers are bad – not at all, some of my dear friends are sales people. What I am saying is that it’s always useful to get information and an opinion from someone who doesn’t have an interest in selling you something. I’ll tell you what I like and what I don’t like about a lawn mower in equal measure and leave it for you to make your mind up! By all means ask around elsewhere and get second and third opinions before you part with your cash. If you’re going to a dealer, see if you can get a demonstration of the machine you’re interested in before you commit to buying it. Don’t be swayed by brand names or flashy marketing tools. Remember this: get this decision right and you get your lawn right for a long time to come.
Hopefully you’ll find all of this information I’ve gathered together here to be of use to you, and you’ll find the lawn mower which is the best match for you and your lawn for years to come. I really enjoyed putting this together and hopefully it will come in handy whenever anyone decides they want to buy a lawn mower but don’t know who to ask or where to start. And who knows, perhaps it might just get one or two people that little bit more interested in gardening and lawn care!
Anyway, the best of luck to you, I hope this website helps you with your choice!