If you’re looking for a walk-behind mower but you just don’t know which one to buy, you came to the right place.
From my 15 years of experience in the lawn care business, I have come up with an honest review of the best walk-behind lawn mowers that should be on your wish list in 2018. Whether you are looking for a gas or electric mower, corded or cordless, this review covers the best mowers in each category.
|49.5 x 16 x 38 inches||Battery-powered||G-MAX 40V||16 inches|
|20.3 x 15.75 x 28.4 inches||Corded-electric||Powerful 10 Amp motor||16 inches|
|21.06 x 22.04 x 34.45 inches||Gas-powered||Powerful 159cc MTD Powermore 4-Cycle OHV engine||22 inches|
|21.88 x 16.81 x 34.88 inches||Corded-Electric||13 Ah Motor||20 inches|
|62 x 38.2 x 23 inches||Gasoline-powered||Powerful GCV190||21 inches|
|23.2 x 17.2 x 31.5 inches||Corded-electric||Powerful 13 Amp Electric Motor||21 inches|
|17.4 x 23.1 x 44.7 inches||Battery-powered||600W, High-Torque, Magnetic Motor||20 inches|
|36.5 x 21.63 x 60.5 inches||Battery-powered||DigiPro brushless motor||21 inches|
|18.31 x 24.21 x 35.04 inches||Battery-powered||Briggs & Stratton||21 inches|
|36.6 x 23.9 x 17.5 inches||Gas-powered||159cc OHV||21 inches|
10. Greenworks 25322 G-MAX 16-Inch 40V Cordless Lawn Mower – Quiet Operation, Lightweight Design
If you want a quiet lawn mower, Greenworks 25322 will be a great purchase for you as it is powered by an inbuilt rechargeable battery. Besides, at 38 lbs., including the battery pack, it is less tiring to push around the lawn without causing fatigue as is with gas mowers. I can attest to its exceptional performance on a range of grass species including Bahia, Bentgrass, Ryegrass and so on.
One thing I like about this mower is its effortless operation. My mum, at 60, you will still find her pushing it in her backyard. It is very easy to push and so is its operation. This is courtesy of its lightweight design.
Also, as a walk-behind mower, the rear wheels are larger for smooth and effortless pushing. With an electric start, this mower packs a 40Ah Li-Ion battery that can run it for a cool 120 minutes which is enough for residential lawns.
However, it would have actually been a plus if Greenworks would have included an extra battery. Fortunately, if you have other Greenworks tools like you can be swapping batteries. With the many battery hazards, including the Samsung Note 5 and some Segways, battery safety is important. There’s an easy to use safety key but note that its use is optional.
When it comes to lawn area, I wouldn’t say this piece offers anything out of the world. It’s just a 16- inch; suitable for a 1/3 to 1/2 acre yards. But then this is from a commercial perspective, remember I run a lawn care business. Anything larger than that, I always recommend a 20-inch or at least a 19-inch. Regardless of the size of your lawn’s grass, the 5-position height setting allows you to trim grass as short as 7/8 in. up to a maximum of 2-3/4 in.
There are a few misleading aspects of it I’d like to touch on. First, there are some customer reviews that suggest the deck is all metal. No, it is high-grade ABS polymer. Second, it comes with only one battery pack unlike what some reviews suggested. Another thing, it only supports mulching, otherwise known as bagging. There has been a misconception that it has mulching and discharge like its sibling, the Greenworks 25223 G-MAX 19-Inch. If you’re in doubt, check the box contents; you won’t find a discharge chute!
Unfortunately, there are a few shortcomings that I’d like to let you know about. One, it just doesn’t work on damp and wet lawns. I’ve gone back to the garage for a different mower severally after finding out the client’s lawn has been sprinkled. Another thing, if you have a very large yard, say 10,000 sq. ft., the 3 hours recharge time will waste a lot of time. You can, however, swap it with other GMAX tools or buy a replacement battery.
- Battery powered; no electric cords, no gas spillages
- Lightweight design for easy pushing
- Requires little maintenance compared to gas mowers
- Low noise-operation and vibration
- Powerful battery; up to 7,000 sq. ft./single charge
- Compatible with other GMAX tools batteries
- Extended 4-year warranty
- Dismal performance in wet conditions
9. Greenworks 25142 16-Inch Electric Corded Lawn Mower – Affordable Option
For those who are looking for a lawn mower for residential yards on a budget, here’s a great suggestion. The Greenworks 25142 that I have a soft spot for considering it offers just the same performance as the Greenworks 25322 and costs much lesser. In fact, their major difference is the power source only.
This lawn mower owes much of its design to the Greenworks 25322. It packs an ABS polymer body and weighs 39 lbs. only. On the front, there are 6-inch diameter wheels while on the rear, the 7-inch diameter wheels are maintained for easy and effortless pushing. In as much as I hate cords, I like the fact that Greenworks incorporated a cord lock that helps to prevent accidental cord disconnects. However, when it comes to tangling, it is here to stay. Besides affordability, this mower is ideal for those who want dual functionality. Unlike the 25223 G-MAX and Greenworks 25112, it comes with mulching and bagging only. If you don’t want to collect the grass clippings, use mulch mode. You can also bag and dispose of the clippings with the bag mode.
In as much as it’s touted as easy to operate, starting it is quite complicated. You need to push a button in while pulling back the bail switch simultaneously. To stop it, you just need to release the bail switch. This electric mower is powered by a 10 Amp 120V motor.
Please note the 10 Amp rating when buying a cord. In this case, a 16 gauge AWG cable is recommended if you will go for the 50 ft. cord while the 100 ft. cord will require a 14 gauge AWG cable. Please note that using a wrong AWG rating can damage the motor and using the right cord is like choosing the best fuel type in gas mowers. Even though you can push it without getting tired, it’s suitable for average lots, say ¼ to 1/3 acre yards. It tends to overheat when it does around 4,000 sq. ft. So, in as much as you may connect many long extensions, mind the running time to avoid overheating. I know several guys who have ended up with blown up motors.
Regarding the cutting path, this is a 16-inch and does well on lawns that have many designs that need the perfect manicure. However, for regular grass cutting, you will realize that it needs several passes to neatly finish the lawn.
In as much as I liked what the Greenworks 25142 had to offer, I will still caution you from using it in wet conditions. First, because wet grass tends to stock on the decks and second, water and electricity don’t blend well. Another shortcoming is that you will have to purchase a cord. I was so disappointed when I received it without a power cord.
- Affordable price
- Easy to operate and handle
- No batteries, no gas fumes
- Requires minimal maintenance
- Extended 4-year warranty
- Caters for small sized lawns
- Overheats on long sessions, like over 5,000 sq. ft.
- Requires extensions for maximum reach
- Power cord not included
8. Remington 25A-26J7783 Gas Lawn Mower – Best for Heavy Tall Grass and Weeds
The Remington 25A-26J7783 is the perfect blend of a reel and a gas mower. It only has two large wheels and a petrol engine that gives it the power to go through stubborn long grass and even weeds. This is why it remains a favorite when it comes to clearing overgrown and shabby lawns, especially turfgrass and foxtails. Personally, I trust it for precuts just before coming for a second round for the final trim. If you want a workhorse, this is your match.
The Remington 25A-26J7783 has a simple and not so complex design; just two large wheels supporting the body frame and the engine, intact. But then the components have been joined together firmly. Unlike regular mowers, you won’t hear components squeaking even on rough terrain. Noticeably, it is easier to push it on hard terrains and hilly yards compared to four-wheeled mowers. On flat surfaces, all I had to do is lift the handle higher and take advantage of the engine weight at the front; it rolls nicely.
The cutting performance of this mower is also recommendable. This is a rough mate; its job is to clear grass – not cutting or trimming. For this reason, I find it unfit for maintenance purposes. However, in clearing overgrown grass, shrubs, and weeds, this is a beast. I liked the combination of a cutting swath and a powerful 159cc MTD Powermore 4-Cycle OHV engine; in no time, all tall grass, foxtails, and other weeds will all be down on a single pass. However, for the record, the manufacturer recommends it for 1-inch to 6-inch grass. Because the swath throws the cut grass and debris, Remington placed a trimmer guard that unfortunately protects the area behind it. For mates who like storytelling when mowing, this won’t be ideal. With a 22-inch cutting edge, you can comfortably handle large lawns in no time.
With all the praise, there’s something I must rant concerning customer support or return policy. With my purchase came a broken release cable. Apparently, the retailer wouldn’t have it back because he didn’t want to incur the cost of sending it to the manufacturer and back. Though I finally got a replacement, I felt I shouldn’t have waited for close to a month. Another thing, I often feel my arms straining because of my height, I’m 6’3. However, one of my assistants, 5’9 doesn’t complain whatsoever when using it.
- Works well on tall grass and weeds
- Simple, solid, and durable design
- Very user-friendly
- Effortless pushing
- 2-years warranty
- Can’t leave a clean cut
- Bad after sales service
- No self-propulsion
7. BLACK+DECKER MM2000 13-Amp 20-Inch Electric Corded Mower – High Cutting Quality
BLACK+DECKER is a top power tools brand and it just had to feature in this list of the best walk-behind lawn mowers with the MM2000. This is among the few mowers that remain in my van regardless of the project I’m going to work on. Regardless of the project, I’m handling, I’ll have to use it to get straight and neat lawn edges; this is what clients emphasize on most.
If you want an easy to push heavy-duty mower, the MM2000 is a great choice.
At 46 lbs., it features an ergonomic handle and larger rear wheels for easy mobility. I once used it on a hilly course and the self-propulsion system worked really well.
However, I had a little problem adjusting the speed. By design, I was not impressed by the fact that most of its outer components are crafted from ordinary plastic ABS polymer. I must lament because mine cracked when I was assembling it. This is why I use it for finishing only; I don’t want the crack to expand. This is a big disappointment considering the like of Greenworks use first grade ABS polymer. Also, the assembly is quite hard and would be a real challenge especially for first-timers. The good thing is that it is easily foldable into am much compact and portable fold.
This mower supports mulching, bagging, and side discharge. Worth noting here is the large 13 gallons nylon bag. If you are working on overgrown grass that needs to be disposed of elsewhere, this is your guy.
When it comes to cut quality, I would only liken this mower to the Honda HRX217K5VKA; very swift and unforgiving on grass. BLACK+DECKER equipped it with a 20-inch deck with high-quality plastic blades.
However, if you like keeping it very short, this mower wouldn’t be ideal for you. With a 7-point height adjustment, it is recommended for 1½ to 4-inch tall grass. I made two observations here; on 1-inch grass, it damages the grass structure. However, on 5-inch grass, you can count on it. Besides this, I learned that the EdgeMax deck comes with a flat edge for precise, even and smooth edge cutting. This is why I carry it always when going out. The combination of a 13 Amp motor and a 20-inch deck makes it ideal for 1/3 acre or lesser lawns. But for me, I’ve done over ½ an acre like twice but on the second time, it overheated a little bit.
On the downside, this mower doesn’t come with an extension cord so you have to chuck a few more bucks for it. Another problem is that cords longer than 50ft. are not recommended for use with this mower. This limits its use to areas near the mains. However, I tried it once with a longer cord and the only difference I noted is overheating of the cable; no major concerns yet.
- Easy adjustment and storage
- Swift cutting even on edges
- 3-in-1 mowing; mulching, bagging, and side discharge
- Variable speed self-propulsion
- Large capacity nylon bag
- Extension cord sold separately
- Tangling on wet lawns
6. Honda HRX217K5VKA 21-Inch Gas Lawn Mower – Reliable and Durable
Since I started my business, I have always loved Honda products because of their reliability and durability. Even though this Honda gas lawn mower is quite expensive for a walk-behind, you can trust it on up to 1/2 acre lawns and works exceptionally well regardless of the ruggedness of the terrain. Besides, it’s more durable making it best for heavy-duty commercial use.
In terms of design, there’s no better description of this mower than solid and rugged. However, as is with gas-operated mowers, it is quite bulky at 96 lbs. The good thing is that Honda included a self-propulsion system. In fact, it may be hard to keep up with it if you are a learner but then, I normally recommend the use of the included pressure-sensitive variable drive system. The only thing it required is control and a little push on uneven and hilly terrains. It would be unjust to ignore the innovative 4-in-1 Versamow System™. This mower supports mulching, bagging, discharge, and leaf shredding. The mulching is particularly unique as you can control the amount of grass that is discharged.
One of the reasons I liked this mower is its cutting versatility. As a commercial business, I handle different grass species and lengths. With a 21-inch cutting deck and a 7-point height adjustment, I can trim grass as short and ¾-inches and as tall as 4-inches. Besides this, the high-performance 190cc petrol engine delivers enough power for the advanced MicroCut blade system that can cut even the toughest of grass species regardless of the condition. The sharp cutting edges will ensure the lawn is evenly trimmed in less than one pass. Besides, it cuts the grass clippings into very fine pieces for less clumping and easy cleanup.
So, if you are about more than just average lawn maintenance, this is your machine. In as much as most user reviews point towards a hard-to-use start, the Auto Choke system reduces jamming. Even though it is gas operated, you don’t have to worry much as it meets the EPA and CARB emission standards in almost all the states in America.
Just like any other mower, there are a few cons I’d like to stress on. First, it is very noisy and most of my clients often complained of the over 100 dB noise-operation. Second, retailing at over $600, it is quite expensive considering it doesn’t have any unusual features.
- Sturdy and durable construction
- Cuts through tougher grass easily and uniformly
- No mobility limits
- 4-in-1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®
- Mow larger areas faster
- Rear-drive self-propulsion
- 5-year warranty
- High noise-operation and vibrations
- Quite heavy
- Produces fumes
- Very expensive
5. Greenworks 25112 13 Amp 21-Inch Lawn Mower – Best Corded Mower for Large Lawns
By now, you must have realized I have something for Greenworks. That’s true, in fact, the dominant color in my appliance garage is Greenwork’s traditional colors; black on green. For those I disappointed by saying the Greenworks 25142 – a 16-inch model isn’t a worthy purchase for guys with large lawns, here’s an alternative. It has a 21-inch deck and doesn’t overheat even with many extensions.
This mower is quite similar to the 25142 only that this one has some few improvements.
First, it maintains the traditional design of the corded Greenworks mowers. At 53 lbs., I can’t complain because it makes pushing it quite easy but on hilly lawns, there is some slack. I’m still wondering where the extra 14 lbs. come from considering the 16-inch model is just 39lbs. The shell is till high-grade ABS polymer finished in green/black. Compared to Troy-Bilt, there’s still a lot Greenworks needs to do regarding the surface’s vulnerability to scratches and dent. Like most models, it has been equipped with a cord lock to prevent accidental disconnection when working with several cord extensions.
To cater for the extra load, Greenworks built this machine with a more powerful 13 Amp motor. I find it better than the 16-inch model because you can use it for longer without any signs of overheating.
Also, it allows for more cord connections without any heating. The only problem is that you will still have to get cord as none is included. If you have a large lawn, I would recommend you buy the 150 ft. cord, gauge 12 or at least a 100 ft. gauge 14 cord. Remember, the gauge is really important and should be adhered to strictly for efficiency and your safety. In terms of cutting, I find nothing extraordinary than what Greenworks offers. On heavy grass and weeds, it gets overpowers and the same thing is observed in winter; the grass clippings get tangled on the blade.
As is with the rest of corded Greenworks models, there is no cord supplied. You will have to buy it separately so remember this when budgeting. Also, it tends to limit your mobility, something that can be easily solved with extra extensions.
- Larger cutting path to get the work done fast
- Motor doesn’t overheat even on long use, say ½ to one acre
- No batteries, no gas fumes
- Requires minimal maintenance
- Generous 4-year warranty
- Requires many extensions
- No power cord included
4. EGO Power+ LM2001 20-Inch 56-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower – Night Mowing
Even though it has been replaced by the LM2101 – a 21-inch model, this mower is still in stock in many retailers but I’m sure the stock is going to be limited soon. I like it particularly because of the headlamps that make it suitable for mowing even in the dark. My dad used to like mowing at night singing old country music; how I wish he had this instead of relying on the security lights. Even though I only stayed with it for a month or so, I have quite some not bad opinion about it.
EGO Power+ is a master of aesthetics and they never disappointed with the LM2001. This mower sports a sleek low profile design with a green/black/grey finish. In terms of weight, it weighs in at around 52 lbs. I found it quite easy to push especially on flat surfaces. Perhaps the selling point of this mower is the headlamps. Even though they may not make sense to most people, it is a cool feature. However, if this is how EGO Power+ wants to justify the heavy price tag, I’m afraid, I can’t buy the excuse. Just like other mowers in its range, it has mulching, bagging, and side discharge.
Regarding cut quality, I am quite contented with what it offers. I, however, can’t compare it with the likes of Snapper XD SXDWM82K that has Load Sensing Technology or the BLACK+DECKER MM2000 with a precise EdgeMax deck. This mower comes with a 20-inch deck and 5 easily adjustable height settings ranging from 1.2 to 3.5 inches. There were claims it delivers the power of a gas mower so I gave it a challenge. I tried it on quite some tough species like Festuca and Bermuda grass and it did exceptionally well but not to the level of the Remington 25A-26J7783. However, you could feel some strain and what seemed like power cuts. Another important talking point is regarding the battery. I have always detested battery powered mowers but with the availability of extra and more powerful batteries, I’ve come to like Greenworks, Snapper and even EGO Power+. The LM2001 comes with a single 2Ah battery. so I’ll go for the Snapper XD SXDWM82K that at least comes with two 2Ah battery packs. But still, one is better considering the Greenworks PRO GLM801600 comes with none.
Just like the Snapper XD SXDWM82K, this mower has a manual drive meaning you will have to be pushing it yourself. This makes it best on flat lawns only. Fortunately, you can opt for the newer 21-inch version, the EGO Power+ LM2101 that is self-propelled but again, it doesn’t come with a battery or charger.
- Headlamps included for night mowing
- Comfortable and ergonomic handling
- Easy Push-Button start
- Comes with one 2Ah battery pack
- Large capacity batteries available
- Short charging time
- Extended 5 years and 3 years warranty on mower and battery
- Accessories compatible with all EGO POWER+ Tools
- Quite expensive
- Manual drive
3. Greenworks PRO GLM801600 21-Inch 80V Cordless Lawn Mower – Fastest Charging Time
In as much as most battery-powered mowers have been criticized for lesser power and long charging time, the Greenworks PRO GLM801600 is something to smile about. It packs a powerful 80V battery and can recharge in a record 15 minutes courtesy of the rapid charging system. Unfortunately, it is sold minus the battery pack and charger for reasons we will look at later on in this review.
By design, I am very contented but were it not for the self-propulsion capability, I would question the 62 lbs. weight. As a heavy duty appliance that should hard terrain, I think Greenworks should have used a more quality shell material apart from the ABS polymer it used on the lower models.
The handles have a more ergonomic and comfortable grip; you won’t get tired even when mowing large lawns with the toughest grass. Still, on usability, I liked the fact that you can adjust all the four wheels with a single touch so switching between the 7-point heights is very easy. Remember, this mower is ideal for trimming grass as short as 1.125 inches and a maximum of 3.75 inches.
In terms of cutting, I must commend the newly designed dual metal blades that cut through all grass types smoothly. Worth mentioning is the SmartCut technology that neatly manicures lawns regardless of the grass species; whether winter weeds or the tough turfgrass. Just as expected, the Greenworks PRO GLM801600 is a 3-in-1 mower with mulching, side discharge, and rear bagging.
What looks like a shortcoming in this mower is that it doesn’t come with a battery or charger. This means you will have to purchase them separately. In as much as it looks like a flaw, one of the engineers at Greenworks convinced me otherwise. None of these items are supplied to give you the freedom to use either the 2Ah battery or the 4Ah. The good thing is that you won’t hassle with the battery as you can buy it complete together with the batteries. The 2Ah battery can run it for 30 minutes and takes 15 minutes to recharge while the 4Ah counterpart can run for 60 minutes and takes 30 minutes to recharge. Besides, you can use the battery of other similar models like the GBA80200, GBA80400 and even the GCH8040.
The only problem I have with this mower is the fact that it can’t cut taller than 4-inches. As a heavy duty mower, it should seamlessly cut long grass. For this reason, it remains a maintenance mower only. Also, during winter and in wet conditions, the grass gets tangled on the blades.
- Ideal for large lawns – 21-inch deck
- Powerful brushless motor design
- Mulching, side discharge, and rear bagging
- Fast charging time
- Low-noise operation
- Easily adjustable deck and handles
- Battery versatility
- Battery and charger not included
- Not ideal during winter
2. Snapper XD SXDWM82K 82V 21-Inch Cordless Mower – Smart Power Adjustment
This cordless mower had to feature in this list courtesy of its Smart operation. It reminds me of the Roombas that have self-adjusting heads for the most appropriate brush contact depending on the surface. This is the same approach with the Snapper® XD’s Load Sensing Technology that regulates power depending on the demand of the cutting blade. Tough grass calls for more power whereas, on soft grass, it reduces power.
If you’d ask me, I would compare this mower to a luxury SUV; weighty body and muscles! In as much as I admire this mower, its weight puts me off. I am on the grind daily and pushing a 90 lbs. plus mower will be punishment. The advantage is the large wheels that make pushing quite easy on flat surfaces. However, on hilly lawns and rough terrain, this mower is not a good workmate; it is a manual drive, no self-propelling. A unique feature in this mower is the Load Sensing Technology. It detects the load of the blades and adjusts power depending on the blade’s need. This is a great feature that saves power when it is not needed and steps up the game when necessary. Because of this, I would recommend this mower for amateurs but for someone like me, this feature is not of importance; I’m a professional gardener. Just like most similar mowers in this price bracket, it offers 3-in-1 mowing. You can easily mulch, side discharge and bagging.
The noise of gas mowers bothers me and the 62db noise operation barely requires me to wear earmuffs. This is courtesy of an optimized and efficient 1,200W brushless motor. While most manufacturers struggle to manufacture batteries that are often substandard, it is worthy to note that this mower uses a Briggs & Stratton battery. For me, I would trust in a Briggs & Stratton because they have a reputable name in battery technology. Just like the Greenworks PRO GLM801600, this masterpiece is compatible with a 2Ah battery as well as a 4Ah battery. However, while Greenworks doesn’t supply a battery, the Snapper XD comes with one 2Ah battery pack. With fade free technology, the 2Ah battery can last it for 45 minutes. I didn’t test it with a 4Ah battery; had banked hope on a friend’s but we lost contact. From my estimation, however, it should do at least 70 minutes. Charging a 2Ah pack takes around 30 minutes while a 4Ah pack will most likely take 45-60 minutes with the Rapid Charger. With a 21-inch metal deck, I was able to trim a 1/3 acre lawn very fast considering I had an extra 2Ah battery. One thing the Snapper® XD guarantees is a neat lawn courtesy of the easy 7-point height adjustment, Load Sensing Technology, and the Smart Power Adjustment.
On the downside, this machine struggles on tough grass – a second pass will be required. The biggest flaw, however, remains the fact that it is very heavy and lacks self-drive. The $500 price tag is also ridiculous considering it lacks self-drive.
- Very power efficient (Load Sensing Technology)
- 3-in-1 mowing (mulching, side-discharge, and bagging)
- Superfast charging with battery level indicator
- Very quiet operation
- 2 x 2Ah batteries included
- Also compatible with a 4Ah and 5Ah battery
- Generous 5-year warranty on tool and 2 on battery
- Heavier than average cordless mowers
- Struggles on tough grass
- No self-drive
- Quite expensive
1. Troy-Bilt TB105 159cc 21-Inch 3-in-1 Push Lawn Mower – Excellent Raw Power
The TB105 is one of my favorite gas mowers that I still keep in my home garage. It doesn’t have extraordinary features but delivers excellent raw power making it a superb deal for heavy duty mowing. By the end of the first week, after I had purchased it, it had mowed over 5 acres, with a record 2 ¼ acres in a single day without overheating or any kind of engine strain. I must also mention the clean cut it leaves but on fairly flat lawns.
In terms of build quality, this mower is quite hardy. While it might not be as attractive as what Greenworks and Snapper may offer, its build quality is exceptional. 4 years down the line, mine has just a few scratches here and there, plus a little color fade. Compared to a Greenworks I bought a few months ago, I reckon its durability. To suit different grass species and lawn manicures, there are three mowing options; mulching, bagging, and discharge. Worth mentioning is the large bag 1.9-bushel capacity grass bag. Compared to Honda, you will be emptying it less often. The mulching feature is also great considering you can always determine the size of the mulched clippings depending on the grass type. Another thing I liked about this mower is the ergonomic and comfortable handling. The 3-point handle adjustment makes pushing very easy and less cumbersome especially for us tall guys. On hilly lawns, the self-drive makes things a little bit easier but you will still feel the heat.
One of the things that I still have this mower in my store is its efficiency. From the reviews I’ve done, I would compare it to the Honda HRX217K5VK when it comes to engine performance. They offer just the same performance despite the fact that the Honda has a 190cc engine and Troy-Bilt is a 159cc; could save you a few dollars in gas! In addition to this, Troy-Bilt TB105 costs almost thrice cheaper. Before I forget, Troy-Bilt also did the right thing here – the mower uses a Briggs & Stratton OHV engine.
For my clients who have the stubborn Zoysia, Bermuda grass or even lawns with small stones, I always tag along this mower. Based on the 7-point adjustment, you can use this mower on Ryegrass, centipede, St. Augustine and so on. On the other hand, the 6 cutting heights from 1.25 – 3.75 inches and the TriAction cutting technology guarantee a fin and smooth cut that often leaves clients satisfied.
From a structural and performance perspective, there’s nothing I can fault this mower. However, just because it is a gas mower, it’s worthy to mention the fumes it emits and the irritating rattling of the engine.
- Solid and durable build quality
- Ideal for large lawns over an acre
- Optimized engine for longer use without overheating
- Large bag for collecting grass
- Self-drive system
- Not eco-friendly
- Can be tiring to push on hilly and rough terrain
Buying Guide; How to Shop for the Best Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers
Now that you know the best walk-behind lawn mowers to buy in 2018, it’s time we give you a short buying guide. In this segment, we are going to look at the most important factors you need to consider before paying for any walk-behind lawn mowers. But just before that, a few things you need to know about walk-behind lawn mowers.
- 1. Reel – These mowers use a reel that spins and cuts grass as you push it. Reel lawn mowers are the cheapest and sport a simple, compact and lightweight design. Even though they are cheap and very easy to operate and maintain, they often get jammed.
- 2. Electric – As the name suggests, these are walk-behind mowers that are powered by electricity. They are further categorized into two; battery powered and corded. While battery powered mowers have internal rechargeable batteries, corded mowers have power cords to connect them to the mains. The advantage with these mowers is their eco-friendliness; no fumes, no spillages. However, batteries run for a short time and cords restrict far to use.
- 3. Gas – On the other hand, gas mowers have petrol engines. They deliver more power making them ideal for heavy-duty use. However, they require more maintenance and are not eco-friendly; fumes and operation-noise.
Having said that, it’s time we look at the most important aspects to consider when shopping for walk-behind lawn mowers.
Factors to Consider when buying Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers
For me, the first thing I consider when buying anything, from appliances to electronics and even fashion is the brand. I just don’t do anything I find on the shelves. It is always important to ask yourself, I’m I buying from a trusted brand. Each product category has a trusted brand that may be known for its product’s performance, durability, convenience and so on. For example, Honda and Husqvarna are known for their durability. On the other hand, Worx and Greenworks is affordability while Black & Decker is reliability. Besides this, it is easier to get parts and servicing, as well as customer support with these popular brands as opposed to the lesser known brands. I remember a time I purchased a Lawn-Boy mower; a little-known brand. I lost the fuel tank cap and getting a replacement has been impossible up to date.
Just how heavy is the mower you want to purchase? Remember, this is a walk-behind lawn mower and will require some pushing effort from you. Get a mower that has a lightweight design to make pushing effortless. This is especially if you have a large lot or your grass requires frequent trimming. It is imperative to note that in as much as weight varies depending on the brand, design, materials, and features in general, gas mowers are known to be heavier than battery-powered mowers.
3. Gas or Electric?
There are two main types of lawn mowers; gas and electric. Gas lawn mowers use fuel-powered engines to run the motors. On the other hand, electric mowers are either corded or have inbuilt rechargeable batteries. Each of these mowers has advantages and disadvantages.
For example, if you have a large lawn, then a gas mower would be ideal because it runs for as long as there’s fuel. The downside is the bulkiness and noise and environmental pollution. On the other hand, electric mowers are light and require little maintenance. On the downside, they require a stable electricity supply.
4. Cutting Height
You will agree with me that different grass species have recommended trimming lengths and so do mowers. For example, if you have Kentucky bluegrass or hard fescue, the recommended height trim height is 11/2 – 21/2-inch and it shouldn’t be allowed to grow past 2 1/4 – 3 ¾-inches. With this in mind, you should pick the perfect mower with these cutting heights for the best mowing. I know a lot of people who have destroyed their lawns with an inappropriate mower.
Even though this is an often ignored aspect, the propulsion of a walk-behind lawn mower is critical. There are manual drive mowers as well as rear, or front-drive mowers. Most battery powered and corded mowers have manual drives and this is not a problem as they are lightweight. However, with gas mowers, the weight may be cumbersome when pushing so a self-propulsion drive system is included. For an ordinary buyer, I would recommend a self-propulsion mower if you have a hilly or rugged lawn.
6. Size of Lawn
Different mowers have been engineered to cover different lawn sizes. So, whenever you are shopping for one, bear in mind the size of your lawn. Here, there are two important aspects to focus on; cutting path size/deck and power source. A small deck, say 14-inch to 16-inch is ideal for small lawns while large lawns of over ½ an acre would require a larger deck, over 20-inches. On the other hand, you can opt for a corded or battery powered mower for small lawns around your lawn. However, with very large lawns, I always recommend a gas mower courtesy of its high power and most importantly, it runs as long as there is fuel so no worries about extensions or recharge time which slows down the work.
7. Mowing Options
How are you going to manage the cut grass clippings? There are different mowing options available. There‘s mulching, side discharge, and bagging.
Mulching features cut the clippings into very small pieces that easily blend with the remaining grass adding the green lushness to the lawn. The main advantage of this method is that you don’t have to worry about disposing of the cut grass thereafter. However, not all grass species are ideal for mulching.
For other species, the side discharge comes in handy. This mowing option is best for lawns that have tall grass. However, clean up becomes a problem once it dries.
The last option is bagging that involves the attachment of a bag to collect all the cut grass for disposal elsewhere. This is labor intensive as you have to empty the bag once it’s full.
Before, buying a mower, make sure it supports your mowing option. The good thing is that most mowers come with all these options.
8. Warranty & Customer Support
How long is the warranty period? Is there reliable customer support; whether online or offline? A lawn mower may cost you a fortune and just like any other high-value purchase, the warranty terms really matter. Make sure you buy from a trusted brand that offers a genuine warranty. For me, I trust Honda, Black & Decker, Greenworks, and Husqvarna because I trust their warranty. Besides the authenticity of the warranty, make sure it’s long enough. Aside from warranty, ensure you will get resourceful customer support to handle complaints, defects, and related inquiries.
Whether you are looking for a bestseller, affordability, versatility or even raw power, there’s one mower that will suit you. Set your budget, decide between gas or electric and settle on one of these mowers today!