If you’re in the market for a new lawn mower you’re probably researching a lot of different things. There are tons of mowers out there and it can be a bit intimidating trying to pick the right one. Buying a mower isn’t just a normal purchase, it’s a long-term investment that will hopefully last you a long time. The first thing you should consider is the landscape of your yard and what lawn mower will work the best.
If you’re mowing a smaller yard, around a quarter acre in size, you could consider an electric push mower. You can cover your lawn with ease off of one battery charge and not have to deal with buying gas.
Electric mowers are super quiet and great for homes that have neighbors close to them. You can mow early in the morning without having to worry about waking everyone up! If you have a flat yard you can go with the Ego LM2101 which goes for $500.
If you’ve got a lot of hills you may want to look at a push mower that’s self-propelled. They are usually around $100 more than other electric push mower models.
If your yard is at least a half a yard then you want to look at gas mowers. Your yard isn’t quite big enough to invest in a riding mower, but there are some good self-propelled gas mowers that will get the job done fast and do a great job.
The Honda HRX2175VYA is your best bet especially if you have any slopes in your yard. This mower goes for $700. You can still look into electric mowers, however, you’ll need a second battery to do your whole yard which can add time and money to your lawn mowing efforts.
If your yard is over a half acre in size then you’ll definitely want to look into something you don’t have to push yourself. There are a lot of different riding mowers but they can be broken down into essentially two categories: a riding tractor and a zero-turn-radius mower.
A riding tractor has a large engine in the front with a traditional steering wheel. They’ll give you a nice even cut but will give up some maneuverability when cutting. A nice all-around quality tractor is the John Deere X350-42 which is priced at $3200.
Zero turn mowers will turn in place around one of the rear wheels when you push one of the two steering levers. These are perfect for moving precisely around flower beds or other obstacles your lawn may have. They keep their engine in the back and give you a better view of what you’re cutting directly in front of you as you mow. A Troy-Bilt Mustang 42 is a great zero turn mower that is priced at $2300. You may sacrifice turning ability with zero turn mowers if you’re dealing with sloped areas and they can also dig ruts in your lawn if you turn too sharp.