Best Push Mowers For Various Needs – Guide To Picking The Right One

When summer comes once again one of the things that you have to think of is mowing the lawn. But if you don't currently have a mower or you need to replace your old one it can be challenging to choose one.

Let's take a look at some of the best mowers on the market and what you should consider when buying one.

Mower

Rating

Deck Size

Cutting Height

Engine

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Honda HRX217K5VKA

21in

0.75 - 4 in

187cc

Toro 20360

20in

1 - 4 in

12 Amp

GreenWorks 25022

20in

1.5 - 3.75 in

12 Amp

StaySharp Max Reel Mower

18in

1 - 4 in

n/a

Honda HRX217K5VKA mower

The best overall push mower that we found, when we compared quality, performance, and price, is the Honda HRX217K5VKA. This mower is packed with features and gives you everything you need for standard lawn care.

This mower has so many great features that you'll be hard-pressed to find a feature missing.

The four-speed drive will make your mower move at the same speed that you do and the four-in-one versatile mowing feature will allow you to mulch, bag, discharge with clip director or to shred leaves.

With an auto-choke system and an adjustable handle with three different positions will make sure that you are able to mow comfortably.

PROS

  • 4 drive speeds
  • 4 different modes for bagging, mulching, shredding leaves or discharging
  • 3 handle positions for maximum comfort
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    Honda "no-dent" deck with lifetime warranty
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    Twin blades for better cutting
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    21-inch Nexite deck that will not rust
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    Speeds from 0 to 4 miles-per-hour
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    More grass can be bagged before dumping due to the mulching/cutting combo

CONS

  • Motor is not as powerful as some of the other options on the list
  • Door does not always keep all of the mulch in when operating in mulch-only mode
toro e-Cycler 20360 push mower

When it comes to lawn mowers, most people think about gas-powered motors roaring along in the summer heat. But these days, there are more options like this one from Toro. This is a fully-electric lawn mower that gets the job done without needing gas or making lots of noise.

This mower easily outstrips the rest when it comes to ease of use. There is no maintenance involved whatsoever – unless you count charging the battery – and it can cut up to 10,000 square feet of grass on a single charge. This lightweight mower is easy to maneuver and simple to operate with two step controls.

PROS

  • No gasoline and no maintenance
  • Cordless so you have the freedom to go anywhere you want to mow next
  • 2 year performance warranty that covers everything under normal use – including the battery
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    Easy to use with convenient one-handed controls
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    Uses a normal (and inexpensive) 12v12ah sealed lead battery

CONS

  • A few people have had issues charging their battery or without it holding a charge but the percentage is extremely small
greenworks 25022 lawn mower

This mower is definitely not going to give you every feature that the other ones on this list will, but it has a couple of things going for it that make it really unique.

First, it is a corded electric mower so you don't have to worry about gasoline or making sure that the battery is charged. Second, this mower will definitely get the job done and at a price that anyone can afford.

This mower gives you all of the power that you need without requiring gasoline to run it. It features a 7-position height adjustment that is simple to operate, a 20" deck and a 4-year tool warranty that will give you peace of mind. To learn more about this mower, read our full review.

PROS

  • No battery charging required
  • 7-position height adjustment
  • 3-in-1 operation (mulching, discharge, bagging)
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    4-year limited warranty

CONS

  • The cord can get in the way sometimes when you are mowing.
  • The cord also isn't that long, so you will probably need an extension cord
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    No automatic drive system so you have to have the strength to push it

Best Push Reel Motor: StaySharp Max Reel Mower

Honda HRX217K5VKA mower

For those who prefer to avoid charging the battery or making sure the mower is filled with gasoline, this StaySharp lawn cutter operates on the simple muscle of elbow grease.

With no engine present, all you have to do is push this mower to start cutting grass, and you'll be done in no time thanks to the circular blade configuration.

If you are a fan of the reel push mower but not a fan of how hard you normally have to work to get the lawn cut then you will love this push mower.

The blade ensures that the lawn gets cut right the first time, perfectly evenly, and with as little effort on your part as possible; no gas, no oil, no battery, no cord and no hassle. You just pull out the mower and get to work.

PROS

  • Self-contained mower with no maintenance
  • The StaySharp cutting system ensures that your blades never get dull and need manual resharpening
  • Unique inset wheels make sure that your mower doesn't leave strips in the grass
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    Reversible grass chute lets you decide where you want grass to exit the mower

CONS

  • Does require a fair bit of arm strength to push, although no more than a standard push mower with no drive
  • This mower lacks of the bells and whistles (obviously) of the powered mowers on this list

Types of Mowers Available

When you are choosing a mower there are several different options that you have. The type of mower you decide upon will depend upon your needs and what you prefer. There are five basic types of push mowers and we will be looking at them in detail below.

Manual Push Mowers

These mowers do not have a drive function so the engine will run the blades but the pushing power will come from you.

Self-Propelled Mowers

Self-propelled mowers have some kind of drive function that allows you to push them along with only the slightest pressure.

Gas-Powered Mowers

Gas-powered mowers may or may not be self-propelled. They are run by gasoline and require oil as well. They are very powerful mowers that will cut tough grass though.

Electric Mowers

Electric mowers are usually self-propelled, although there are a few that you have to push. They also come in two different designs – with a cord or with a battery that you have to recharge.

Push Reel Mowers

Finally, push reel mowers are mowers that have no engine or electrical system. They just have a blade that is activated when you push the mower.

Mower Features to Consider

There are some features common to many of the mowers on the market that may help you decide what you want from a lawnmower. If you can decide which features you like best, and which ones to prioritize, you will have an easier time deciding.

Engine

The engine is a consideration because the bigger and more powerful the engine is; the more cutting power that you are going to have.

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Drive and Control

Do you want your mower to be self-propelled? And do you want to be able to easily switch between drive and neutral? Without a drive function, mowers are dependent upon your strength to push them.

Clippings Disposition

Generally, there are three ways that a lawnmower can dispose of clippings: through a bag mounted to the rear of the mower, by mulching the grass clippings or by shooting them out of the side.

Easy to Maintain

You also may want to decide if maintenance is something you don't mind doing or something that you would rather not mess with.

Wheels

You should also decide if the wheel size matters or if you want some of the wheels to be on casters so that you can easily make 90-degree turns.

Cleaning Functions

Some mowers have hose hookups that make it really easy to clean the grass clipping from underneath the deck.

The Bottom Line

There are a lot of things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing a mower!

We've talked about features to look for in a mower, what types of mowers are available, and reviewed some specific models so you can make a smart buying decision.

Hopefully, this guide has been able to give you the tools to make a good decision and choose the perfect mower for summer!

Ed Kirkland
 

Hi, I'm Ed, and I've been doing lawn work since my mid teen years, picking up jobs here and there mowing and helping with basic landscaping projects. I worked at a couple different lawn care / landscaping companies throughout my college years, and now thanks to the internet I'm able to make a share my knowledge and advice with people about lawn care and landscaping.

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