Those looking to purchase the best lawn mower on the market should keep in mind the lawn they wish to mow, the budget constraints they may be under and the amount of manual labor they wish to perform. The most expensive lawn mower is not always the best. The ideal lawn mower is one that cuts your lawn according to your specifications.
Before selecting the best lawn mower for your mowing needs, you should be aware of the various types of lawn mowers on the market. Manual-reel mowers do not have engines and therefore require no gas to operate, making them ideal for the environmentally conscious. Electric push-type mowers are ideal for small, level lawns. The electric motor operates the blades, but the owner must push the mower to move the wheels. Electric push-type mowers come with and without cords. Gas-powered mowers come in both push-type models and self-propelled models. Gas-powered mowers are ideal for cutting long grass, thick grass and weeds. However, the engine of the gas-powered mower can cause emissions problems and requires oil changes and tune-ups. Riding mowers are ideal for those who like to sit while they work and have larger areas to mow. Robotic mowers operate on their own, but can be expensive.
Those on the market for a self-propelled lawn mower should keep their budget in mind. Consumer Search has ranked the Honda HRX217K2HXA self-propelled gas lawn mower the best as of 2011; however, the estimated $800 starting price may place it out of budget for some. Those looking for a self-propelled mower on a tighter budget should purchase the Toro Recycler 20332, which has an estimated starting price of $350 as of 2011. Both models have a maximum cutting height of four inches, but only the Honda model has been CARB-certified, meaning it has met the emission standards of California. The Honda model also meets the emission standards of the EPA.
For those with smaller lawns, or for those who do not mind a little more manual labor, the Lawn-Boy 10645 push mower is ideal. With an estimated starting price of $270 as of 2011, the Lawn-Boy 10645 has been CARB-certified, and has the ability to mulch, bag and side-discharge. However, this model does not feature an adjustable handle, folding handle or single-lever height-adjustment option. Consumer Search ranked the Fiskars Momentum 317736 as the best manual reel mower on the market as of 2011. Again, this mower requires more labor on the owner's part, but only costs an estimated $250.
Those looking to purchase a robotic lawn mower should invest in the Robomower RL850, according to Consumer Search. This robotic mower has a maximum cutting height of 3.25 inches, a 26-inch mower width, and comes with a two-year warranty for the mower and a one-year warranty for the battery. Safety features include a child guard. However, the Robomower must be moved to its desired starting point with a remote control, and does not automatically return to its charging station. While the mower itself is weatherproof, the charging station is not. With an estimated starting price of $1,600 as of 2011, the Robomower may be too expensive for some.