Best Push Mowers

Top 10 Rated Push/Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers 2015

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While most lawn mowers can handle flat, even terrains, the trick is to find a high-powered lawn mower that still works well when the lawn is large and hilly and containing trees, rocks, and roots. We looked at a number of lawn mowers to see how well they mulch, bag, or discharge grass clippings, leaves, and other lawn debris. Other factors we considered:
1. Versatility of functions
2. Maneuverability
3. Ease of start-up and maintenance
4. Power to get over hills and obstacles
5. Bag capacity
6. Noise and emissions
7. Height adjustment
You’ll find an assortment of high quality lawn mowers, be they gas, electric, or cordless. The choice between the three styles depends on your yard and mowing needs.

190cc engine
22 inch-cutting width
4.6 hp
Self Propelled
91 Pounds

This self propelled push mower is one of the stronger ones available. Husqvarna made a very reliable machine with this one. Its a breeze to push the HU800 around the lawn thanks to the all-wheel…read more


Husqvarna 7021P  8.5/10

6.9 torque, 160cc engine
CARB compliant
21-inch cutting path
55 pounds
38″ x 23″ x 68″

With durable 12-inch rear wheels, this Husqvarna gas-powered push mower, available for $299.95, is easy to maneuver over all kinds of terrain. Fairly lightweight at 55 pounds, it conveniently folds up … read more


36 volts
19-inch cutting path
72 pounds
 

A powerful motor and effective mulching capabilities make this Black & Decker cordless electric mower stand out. The simultaneously adjustable wheels are a nice feature … read more


6.5 amps
18-inch cutting path
35 pounds
32.5″ x 24.8″ x 13.1″

At just 35 pounds and $139, this Black & Decker electric mower has a powerful 6.5-amp engine and is no heavier to push or maneuver than a vacuum cleaner. In fact, it resembles a vacuum cleaner … read more


Toro 20360  8/10

36 volts
20-inch cutting path
77 pounds
 

An electric push mower for the environmentally conscious, the Toro 20360 has the advantage of being cordless, giving you greater mobility. The rechargeable battery plugs into … read more


190 cc engine
22-inch cutting path
Rear drive wheels
93 dBA

A sturdy self-propelled gas mower from Craftsman, this machine effectively mulches, bags, or discharges clippings. The rear wheel drive provides better traction than front … read more


6.75 lb.-ft. Torque
Rear wheel drive
91 dBA
96 pounds

For the price of $449, this Snapper self-propelled gas mower offers great value. A unique feature is the fresh start system, an insert in the gas cap that drips a fuel preservative … read more


Toro 20332  8/10

6.75 lb.-ft. Torque
190 cc engine
22-inch cutting path
Rear wheel drive
Recoil starter
80 pounds

For the moderate price of $489.99, the Toro 20332 is an efficient self-propelled mower that also lets you work at your own pace by pushing the mower faster when it’s convenient … read more


24 volts
20-inch cutting path
100.5 pounds
30″ x 16.5″ x 22.8″

If you’re looking for an electric mower that doesn’t release stinky gas fumes but isn’t encumbered by a power cord, then the Earthwise 60120 is an environmentally friendly solution … read more


Greenworks 25022  7.5/10

12 amps
20-inch cutting path
65 pounds
 

Ideally suited for small properties, this Greenworks electric mower handles grass and leaves quite well. It’s perhaps not powerful enough to cut through thick or tall grass … read more



 

Push Mower Buying Guide

A Guide to Buying a Lawn Mower

Take a look at your yard. Is it flat, hilly, or rocky? Does the grass regularly grow high? You know your yard better than anyone, so you can make informed decisions when selecting a new lawn mower.

The first thing you should ask: Do I need a mower I can ride or push? The answer lies in the size of your property. A lawn less than half an acre is sufficiently small for a push or self-propelled mower. If it’s bigger than half an acre, then you can save yourself a lot of time and energy by using a ride mower.

Understanding the engine

Gas mowers and electric or cordless mowers specify the motor’s power in different ways. For gas, it’s typically:

  • Horsepower, which refers to the power the engine produces.
  • Torque, which measures how much horsepower reaches the blades.
  • CC, or cubic centimeters, which determines the motor’s power by the cylinder’s displacement volume.

While manufacturers will boast of a mower’s high horsepower, that doesn’t always mean the mower will have the greatest cutting performance. A high torque or cc are better indicators.

Electric and cordless mowers measure their power in amps, watts, or volts. To compare an electric motor’s power to a gas motor’s, you can divide the wattage by 746 to get the equivalent horsepower. Not sure how to get the wattage? Just multiply the volts by the amps.

Gas mowers are also broken down into two-cycle and four-cycle engines (also called two- or four-stroke). Two-cycle engines, which require a mixture of gas and oil, are typically more powerful and start better in cold temperatures, but they also emit more pollution. Four-cycle engines are large, run cleaner, and are ideal for large properties.

Bagging vs. Mulching

Is it better to bag or mulch the grass? It depends on the climate and the condition of your lawn. Fertile, wet lawns can get clogged and clumpy if you leave mulch behind. In this situation, it’s better to bag the grass clippings. However, if your soil is dry it could benefit from the nutrient-rich mulch.

Some lawn mowers also discharge clippings from the side. Honestly, this is not the most ideal mower function unless you don’t mind raking up grass after you mow the yard.

As far as design goes, mowers with rear bags are preferable to side bags. The rear bags will generally hold more clippings and won’t make the mower wider and bulky.

Wheel size and strength

The wheels on the lawn mower get the most wear and tear because they’ll be running over rocks and roots. A large wheel size improves the mower’s durability and makes it easier to maneuver over rough terrain.

How much exercise do you want? Push vs. self-propelled mowers

Unless you have a small, flat lawn, self-propelled mowers are generally more convenient, if more expensive. Push mowers are lighter, but that’s before the bag fills up with clippings.

Start-up

While electric starts are supposed to save you the hassle of pulling a start cord, modern recoil start mowers have improved the start-up process and don’t cost extra.

Deck material

You can find quality mowers with steel, plastic, or aluminum decks, or housings for the motor. All are acceptable. Plastic is generally durable enough and doesn’t rust like metal. However, steel is usually thinner, meaning you can get up close to fence edges and not need the trimmer afterward.

Lifespan

With proper maintenance and care, your lawn mower can last for years. Still, look for a model with a decent warranty of at least two years. Some manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty on the deck.

Steve Holdgren Steve Holdgren is an engineer by trade and has worked for some of the largest energy related engineering firms in the world with his latest stint in Switzerland. He holds a degree is mechanical engineering… See more about Steve

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