5 of the best lawnmowers to keep your grass in check

Kelsey Chapman
Sunday 01 November 2020 16:00
Home & Garden
Man cutting grass with lawn mower(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

For every lawn and its groomer, there is a mower that will fulfill not only your basic needs but also a personal preference on how the machine runs. Gas powered, electric, riding, or an old school model powered on human energy alone: we’ve looked at several varieties and chosen our favorites from each of those categories to show you why customers are raving about their utility. Whether your lawn is a tiny patch of greenery or a wide open field, you’ll find a mower below to suit suits it.

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Ego 21 in. 56V Lithium-Ion Cordless Electric Walk Behind Push Mower

This is not your father’s mower. With a high-tech 5.0 Ah ARC Lithium Battery that has a 45 minute run time and is rated the number one battery-powered platform, this alternative to the old school gas mowers of yesteryear is a modern way to trim your lawn and do so in style. Intelligent power management and special cooling technology are other perks to this machine, and the under $500 price tag (payable in installments as well) makes it a great mid-range investment for anyone looking to enhance their yard work experience without totally breaking the bank.

Greenworks 20-Inch 3-in-1 12 Amp Electric Corded Lawn Mower 25022

In similar neon-detailed fashion, the Greenworks corded mower is a wallet-friendly option for smaller to mid-size yards that comes with more than 5400 ratings, 85% of which high recommend this model. You’ll need an extension cord and to practice keeping that cord out of your cutting path, but reviewers praise the easy-to-use, cheap, and adjustable for different mower heights. The grass you trim will collect in the attached bag as well, making this a great model for aspirational mulchers, too!

Scotts Outdoor Power Tools 304-14S 14-Inch 5-Blade Push Reel Lawn Mower, Green

For those who want to keep things simple and man-powered, a good old-fashion push mower that relies merey on your energy to work. No gas, no cords, and no battery are required, just check periodically to make sure your blades are sharp and you’re ready to go. Reviews are mostly positive and reference environmental friendliness and surprisingly great results, and one user notes they were able to cancel their gym membership because the work you put into mowing with this machine gives you a great full-body workout.

John Deere E120 42 in. 20 HP V-Twin Gas Hydrostatic Lawn Tractor

Switching gears into something much more heavy-duty and machine-operated, the John Deere Hydrostatic lawn tractor is truly a machine a lawn professionals and those working with a much larger surface to cover–or just folks who wanna do a little showing off. The price tag is significant, but this mower is built to last a lifetime and do most of the work for you, granted you know how to drive it. Multiple speeds and easy control simplifies changing directions, and a car-like start promises not to choke up as you get to work. This model comes with “white glove delivery” as well, so not only will it be delivered to you, experts will teach you all there is to know about operating the John Deere before leaving you to it.

Honda 21 in. 3-in-1 Variable Speed Gas Walk Behind Self Propelled Lawn Mower with Blade Stop

Many of us grew up with pretty standard gas-powered mowers and thusly gravitate toward those types today. Familiarity is comfortable, and Honda really nailed it with this classic-looking mower in an attractive red and black color scheme that counts itself among the top sellers on Home Depot’s website.

As one user sums up nicely: “This Honda lawn mower gets an A+!! Honda really did their homework! Everything on this lawn mower is better then any other lawn mowers I've previously owned. The motor is very strong, it's more quiet than the others, it mulches better, and this mower is very fast.”

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