A perfectly manicured lawn isn't just pleasing to the eye, but proper mowing can also help keep your grass healthy and lush. Not all lawn mowers are made alike. When you're shopping for your next walk-behind mower, go with one that's earned praise from industry experts like J.D. Power & Associates or Organic Gardening magazine. With the best mower, you can enjoy perfect mowing results for many years to come.
Black & Decker CMM1200
The Black & Decker CMM1200 earned top praise from Mother Earth News magazine in 2009, with author Ed Smith writing that this walk-behind model was the best choice if you're concerned with good mowing results. Unlike conventional mowers, this Black & Dekker model runs on electricity, making it environmentally friendly because it doesn't directly burn fossil fuels and doesn't produce exhaust. It also doesn't force you to pull a cord to start, instead using a simple button on its handle. "It was superior to my gas mowers," writes Smith, "and better than any of the other cordless mowers."
Manufacturer: Black & Decker
Available from: Direct from manufacturer, Amazon, Walmart, Target, Sears, Lowes and The Home Depot
Neuton CE 6.2
The Neuton CE 6.2 won a 2009 Editors' Choice Award from Organic Gardening magazine as their favorite electric walk-behind lawn mower. The editors awarded it this designation because they liked its consistent mowing results; prominent battery gauge so you know how much longer you can mow before needing to recharge the mower; and ability to run off of a spare battery--the only mower they tested that had this feature.
Manufacturer: Neuton Power
Model: CE 6.2
Available from: Direct from manufacturer
Honda (any model)
All of Honda's walk-behind lawn mowers, such as models like the HRX217K2VKA and the HRR216K5VKA, won top marks from J.D. Power and Associates' 2009 Walk-Behind Lawn Mower Study, a two-year research project--one of the only of its kind--that monitored customer satisfaction on criteria like mower durability and price. Honda was the only company to earn five-out-of-five marks on overall satisfaction, performance, ease of use, durability, maintenance and warranty terms. All lawn mowers meet EPA and CARB emissions standards.
Available: Direct from manufacturer, Sears, The Home Depot