The Best Rated Push Mowers

Not every lawn mower is built the same, and the best one can make yard maintenance easier while helping to maintain your lawn's health. When you're in the market for a new push mower, choose one that has received top awards from critics like "Consumer Reports" and "Mother Earth News" magazines. This can help ensure a great looking yard and the best value for your money.

Honda HRX217K2HMA

Consumer Search, a website devoted to reviewing products, called the Honda HRX217K2HMA its top-rated self-propelled gas mower in 2009. That rating came after aggregating reviews from top critics like the "Noise Pollution Clearinghouse," "Consumers' Digest" and "Consumer Reports." Reviewers gave it top ratings for its electric ignition, customizable speed, bagging and mulching systems and compliance with the California Air Resources Board's regulations. In addition, all of Honda's lawnmowers earned five stars for durability in J.D. Power and Associates' 2009 lawn mower research study--the only brand to do so. Manufacturer: Honda Model: HRX217K2HMA Site: Available: The Home Depot and Sears

Neuton CE 5.2

In its April/May 2009 issue, "Mother Earth News" said the Neuton CE 5.2 was "lightweight, well-balanced (and) maneuverable." It is ideal for small lawns that require a lot of turning. The also reviewer liked its side discharge apparatus, easy cleaning and long battery life. Yes, battery life--this mower doesn't run on gas. It relies on a rechargeable electric battery. Manufacturer: Neuton Model: CE 5.2 Site: Available from: Direct from manufacturer

Neuton CE 6.2

The Neuton CE 6.2 is one of Neuton's largest electric push mowers. It is also one of its best mowers, garnering a 2009 Editors' Choice Award from "Organic Gardening" magazine. The magazine said it was its favorite push mower because of its powerful mowing capabilities and its capacity to run on a spare battery for extra juice. "We recommend this mower to any organic gardener," says the magazine editors. Manufacturer: Neuton Power Model: CE 6.2 Site: Available from: Direct from manufacturer

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Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.