9 Best Lawn Mowers

Anyone who has a yard or lawn by their house can’t maintain it without a lawn mower. This machine is able to cut large amounts of weeds and grass in a short time, allowing you to keep your lawn in shape at all times. There are electric and gasoline models, with the electric ones being more fit for smaller lawns. The gasoline devices are better for cutting large fields.

In this article we will cover walk-behind, riding and robotic mowers, and name the best models. This will help buyers make smarter decisions about buying these machines, and even if you pick a different one, you will know what to look for in a good mower. So, here are the 5 best walk-behinds, 2 best riders and 2 best robots.

Walk-Behind Mowers
Place#
Product
Editor’s Rating
Editor’s Opinion
Electric
#1
Greenworks 25022
9.9
/
10
Editor’s Pick
#2
Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO
9.7
/
10
Powerful model for thick grass
#3
EGO Power
9.6
/
10
Best rechargeable model
#4
BLACK+DECKER MTC220
9.2
/
10
Inexpensive cordless model for small yards
#5
American Lawn Mower Company 1204-14
9.1
/
10
Best push mower
Rider Mowers
Place#
Product
Editor’s Rating
Editor’s Opinion
Electric
#1
Snapper 2911525BVE
9.7
/
10
Reliable rider mower
#2
Husqvarna Z142
9.5
/
10
High-end professional mower
Robotic Mowers
Place#
Product
Editor’s Rating
Editor’s Opinion
Electric
#1
WORX WR150 L
9.6
/
10
Universal robot model
#2
Husqvarna AUTOMOWER 315X
9.3
/
10
High-end robotic mower
Walk-Behind Mowers
Greenworks 25022
#1
Editor’s Pick
Editor’s Rating:
9.9
/
10

This model has an electric motor, which works from a direct connection with a wire. The motor has a power of 12 amps, allowing it to get through moderately thick or wet grass. The blades are 20 inches wide.

The model has three capabilities – mulching, side expellation of grass and bagging the grass in a rear grass bag.

The height adjustment system allows for seven levels of grass height, which is the optimal amount of levels – gives you enough freedom of choice, while not being too complicated. The possible heights range from 1.5 inches to 3.75 inches.

The machine is started with a simple press to a button, which adds to the overall convenience.

The wheels are pretty large, facilitating movement over uneven terrain. The back wheels  have a diameter of 10 inches, and the front wheels are 7 inches wide.

The manufacturer provides a 4-year warranty to prove his quality control.

Pros:

  • Extremely easy to start
  • Very light and easy to push around
  • Effective at both cutting grass and vacuuming it up

Cons:

  • Some of the debris of the grass ends up in the motor

Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO
#2
Powerful model for thick grass
Editor’s Rating:
9.7
/
10

This powerful motor runs on 13 amps, and its power is concentrated in a 14 inch strip. Therefore it can deal even with thick or wet and slippery grass. The cutting height can be adjusted in three levels.  The steel blades have a length of 14 inches.

The machine comes equipped with a large grass bag, which holds up to 10.6 gallons of grass. There is also a discharge chute, so the grass can be ejected through the side.

The model uses a cord to get power, and as such is lighter than cordless competitors. An extension cord is needed to operate this one, and it comes without one.

The manufacturer has an extensive system of customer support, and will warrant two years of support in case anything breaks.

Pros:

  • Not too expensive
  • Is able to get over rough terrain and cut heavy weeds
  • The bag is just perfect for a yard or small lawn

Cons:

  • Made mostly of plastic. Even though this is practical and the plastic is tough, it looks cheap

EGO Power
#3
Best rechargeable model
Editor’s Rating:
9.6
/
10

This model uses a large lithium-ion battery and it is compatible with all accumulators from EGO. The model cuts a wide strip, 20 inches wide. It can work in three modes – mulching, side ejection and bagging.

The entire construction is robust, tough and resistant to water and bad weather. The model folds up for easier storage.  This model’s battery lasts for a long time and is considered one of the most advanced and powerful. The battery’s power is 7.5 Ah, and it comes with a rapid charger to make it charge even faster.

The EGO motor features another nice ability – it is very quiet and energy efficient. If gasoline mowers are loud and bad for your hearing, this mower is definitely an improvement. It makes at least 30 percent less noise.

The mower’s design makes it very easy to clean and repair.

The manufacturer offers a 3-year warranty with the device.

Pros:

  • Very quiet operation, does not harm your ears
  • Accumulator lasts a long while and charges easily
  • 20 inches wide – a great width for quickly doing lawns

Cons:

  • Pretty expensive, but definitely worth its money

BLACK+DECKER MTC220
#4
Inexpensive cordless model for small yards
Editor’s Rating:
9.2
/
10

This one works on a three in one principle – it can mulch, eject from the side and from the rear. The ideal yard size for this model is 750 square feet. The automatic feed system allows the motor to work at a consistent speed without ever dying.

The special power transmission prevents the motor from stopping when going through tall grass. The cutting height can be adjusted from 1.6 to 2.4 inches.

The machine charges very quickly and in only 2.5 hours it will be ready for work, even if you drained it totally. The device comes with two batteries, so you can quickly swap them to avoid a pause in work.

The device is rather small, featuring a cut width of only 12 inches. Nonetheless, it was designed for smaller yards, and does its job perfectly.

Pros:

  • Comes with two accumulators, both of which are very powerful and last a long time
  • The blade will keep spinning at a consistent speed even when in thick grass.
  • Small, mobile and light

Cons:

  • The handle is not very comfortable to hold

American Lawn Mower Company 1204-14
#5
Best push mower
Editor’s Rating:
9.1
/
10

This model has a 14 inch span, so it is good for smaller yards. It is a hand-pushed model, and it has large wheels with a diameter of 8.5 inches. The reel is held on ball bearings, so it spins almost effortlessly. The wheels are made of a tough composite material.

The blades are made of a strong material – heat treated steel, which very rarely needs sharpening.

The cutting height can be moved from 0.5 inches up to 1.75 inches. The blades are very sharp by default, and they leave a specific, scissors like cut.

The advantage of a hand-pushed mower is the ecological cleanliness. Also it requires almost no maintenance and does not make any noise at all.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Very easy to maintain – just keep the blades sharp and the wheels oiled
  • A width of 14 inches is just great for a small to medium sized yard

Cons:

  • If your lawn is not level, the mower will cut the dirt up and damage both itself and the grass

Rider Mowers
Snapper 2911525BVE
#1
Reliable rider mower
Editor’s Rating:
9.7
/
10

This model includes a powerful 11.5 horse power motor from Briggs and Stratton. The motor is OHV, so this machine will be cutting grass for many years.

The overall shape is of a classic mower with a rear engine position. This is a tried and true style of mower construction, and many leading brands use it. The machine has five speeds. The design also makes it very easy to clean and keep in shape.

The capabilities of this model make it good for all sorts of lawns, and a big yard is not a problem. The mower is able to turn in a small radius – only 28 inches. The blade can be adjusted to cut from 1.5 inches to 4 inches tall grass. The cut width is 28 inches.

The manufacturer leaves a three year guarantee with his product.

Pros:

  • Very easy to change the oil, refuel and keep in shape
  • Can climb up steep slopes and drive over bad terrain without slowing down
  • Small, and will not take up much space in a garage

Cons:

  • There is a lot of space between the steering wheel and seat. Some may find this uncomfortable

Husqvarna Z142
#2
High-end professional mower
Editor’s Rating:
9.5
/
10

This model has a very powerful motor – it produces a power of 17 horse powers, and this is enough to get it through a hayfield. It will also not have a problem with any kind of slope. The mower is put together from strong steel parts. The deck is made of stamped steel. The machine has three modes of work – it can bag, mulch and discharge grass.

The motor is made by Kohler and always starts up flawlessly. The maximum speed is 6.5 miles per hour.

The transmission and other important parts are made with great attention to quality and do not require any maintenance at all.

The blades pull air upwards and this guarantees a clean and consistent cut.

The cutting width is impressive – 42 inches. You can quickly cover a big field with this.

Pros:

  • Huge cutting width – 42 inches
  • Very clean cutting because of the blade shape
  • Powerful and reliable motor from Kohler

Cons:

  • Pretty expensive, although it is totally worth the price

Robotic Mowers
WORX WR150 L
#1
Universal robot model
Editor’s Rating:
9.6
/
10

This is a totally automatic mower with a robotic controller. It is very easy to control and set up. The machine is intended for a small yard, up to half an acre in area. It cuts a little grass at a time, and takes direct commands from your smartphone. The app it uses is sold by Landroid together with the machine, and it will notify you if the Landroid is malfunctioning or if it leaves the target are. This allows to prevent theft.

The device is powered by a battery. It will automatically go back to the recharging station to get a new charge, and then it will return to work, starting from the place it finished at. The robot can climb slopes up to 20 degrees.

The robot can be given a complete schedule of what it is supposed to do and at what time, and it will follow the schedule without your participation.

It is sold with a small plastic house, where the robot can stay when the weather is bad. Even though this one is totally waterproof, it is better to have an extra layer of protection.

Pros:

  • Totally automated – will follow a schedule, recharge itself and do everything without the user
  • Will signal if the robot suddenly moves from its place – this prevents theft
  • Powerful enough to go up slopes and over uneven ground

Cons:

  • It might accidentally leave the cutting area by itself. However, it is easy to find where it is with the app

Husqvarna AUTOMOWER 315X
#2
High-end robotic mower
Editor’s Rating:
9.3
/
10

This robot is installed on freshly mowed lawns, after which it will consistently mow the lawn and keep it in good shape. The robot needs no guidance or overwatch from the user. It will return to its docking station in time to get recharged.

Then a wire is installed, and it shows the robot where it should stay.

The robot can be ordered both by pressing the buttons on the screen or by giving it direct voice commands.

The robot has a defined schedule which you can modify anytime.

The mower clips the grass into very small bits, so it will actually act as a natural fertilizer, after it is cut. The robot works very quietly and will not disturb anybody.

The robot can be linked to Alexa or Google Home.

The device works in yards up to 0.4 acres in size. It can go up on slopes up to 22 degrees in steepness. The grass can be up to 2.4 inches tall.

The manufacturer provides a two-year warranty.

Pros:

  • Mulches the grass so finely, it is almost impossible to see it after it is cut
  • Extremely quiet, no more than 60 decibels
  • Totally automatic, no need to check it or help it in anything

Cons:

  • Very expensive, although it soon proves worth its money