How to Choose the Best Lawn Mower for Your Needs – Part Three (Final)

This Buying Guide comes in 3 parts. This is Part Three (Final Part) of “How to Choose the Best Lawn Mower for Your Needs”. Please read Part Two here.

8. Factoring Price Into the Equation

Finally, you’ll want to figure the cost of the lawn mower against the performance you’re going to get from the machine. You’ll also want to look at the cost of maintenance when considering the mower you choose.

The size of the lawn needing mowing will determine whether or not it’s more cost effective to get a push mower or a riding lawn mower.

A push mower is obviously less expensive than a riding mower, but you have to figure the cost in terms of how much time it takes you to get the job done as to whether or not the riding mower would be more of a benefit. If you have a large yard or a lot of acreage, you’ll want a riding lawn mower.

Take each of the different types of mowers – the self propelled, the reel, electric, bag, etc., and compare the features they offer (that would be beneficial to you) against the cost of the machine.

Take into consideration how often you mow the grass and how much extra time you want to spend on yard maintenance. For example, if you hate to rake up clippings, then obviously, you’ll want a bag mower.

Also look at how well the mower makes the lawn look, how easy it is to maneuver the machine and the durability of the mower.

So, now, good for you, you’re ready to choose one and…then…buy one… 🙂

Best Manual Reel Mower – Fiskars Staysharp Max Reel Mower, 18-Inch:

Fiskars Staysharp Max Reel Mower, 18-InchThis one is a terrific buy, especially good for anyone who wishes to take off a few unwanted pounds without going to the gym.

  • Manual reel mower – 18 Inch cut width
  • Innovative design delivers a clean cut without the hassles of gasoline, oil, battery charging, electrical cords or loud engine noise
  • Cuts all grass types, even tough southern varieties like St. Augustine, Zoysia, Bahia and Bermuda
  • Technology offers cut height settings from 1–4 Inch to provide best-in-class cutting
  • Inset wheel design allows the blades to extend across the full width of the mower to eliminate uncut strips under the wheels and edge closer to foundations, fences and borders than other reel mowers
  • Unique grass discharge chute throws clippings forward cleanly, away from your feet
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Best Electric Push Mower – GreenWorks 25022 12 Amp Corded 20-Inch Lawn Mower:

 GreenWorks 25022 12 Amp Corded 20-Inch Lawn MowerThis is an affordable corded electric mower, no worry about emission problem. This mower has 3-in-1 feature provides multiple options for grass clippings from rear bagging, side discharge and mulching capabilities for versatile needs.

  • 12 Amp Motor with 21-Inch deck gets through your yard quickly and efficiently
  • Single level adjustment makes it easy to adjust all 4 wheels
  • 7-position offering range of 1-1/2 inch to 3-3/4 inch
  • Mulch, Side Discharge or bag your grass while mowing with this 3-in-1 mower
  • Lightweight (56 lbs) and compact
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Best Cordless Push MowerBlack & Decker CM1936 19-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower With Removable Battery:

Black & Decker CM1936 19-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower With Removable BatteryA top quality high-performance Cordless Push Lawn Mower by Black & Decker. Unlike traditional mowers, the CM1936 can be folded for upright or compact storage, making it ideal for those with limited space in the shed or garage. The mower is equipped for mulching the clippings back into your lawn, which provides a natural fertilizing effect.

  • 36V cordless mower with removable battery for convenient charging
  • Fast, precise cutting–powerful motor and improved blade design
  • Battery runtime of this mower can cut up to 1/3-acre lawn on a single charge
  • Fast starts and quiet operation
  • Patented one-touch height adjustment
  • Easy adjustments and storage
  • Mulch or rear-bag collection
  • Backed by a two-year warranty and lifetime deck warranty
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Best Gas Powered Push MowerHusqvarna 7021P 21-Inch 160cc Honda GCV160 Gas Powered 3-N-1 Push Lawn Mower With High Rear Wheels:

Husqvarna 7021P 21-Inch 160cc Honda GCV160 Gas Powered 3-N-1 Push Lawn Mower With High Rear WheelsTerrific value, CARB Compliant push mower powered by a top quality Honda GCV160 engine. The extra-large wheels and ball bearings make this mower easy to push and steer over rough terrain.

  • 21-inch cutting width
  • 1.5- to 3.5-inch cutting height (six cutting height increments, and four-point height adjustment)
  • Easy-starting, high-spec, 160cc, 6.9-gross-torque Honda GCV160 engine ensure smooth, efficient operation
  • Three-in-one cutting system and offers mulching, rear bag collection, and side discharge capabilities
  • 12-inch rear wheels offer great maneuverability over a variety of terrain
  • Adjustable handle for ergonomic operation
  • Backed by a 2-year limited warranty
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Best Low Cost Riding Lawn MowerTroy-Bilt 420cc OHV 30-Inch Premium Riding Lawn Mower:

Troy-Bilt 420cc OHV 30-Inch Premium Riding Lawn MowerBest in its class, the Troy-Bilt 420cc Premium Riding Lawn Mower is ideal for standard land owners with a medium sized landscape (about an acre) and relatively even terrain. Performs impressively when mulching or discharging clippings. The mower’s compact width fits nicely getting in and out fence gates.

  • Powerful 420cc Single Troy-Bilt Engine with top forward speeds of 4.25 MPH and a 6-speed transmission
  • Manual power take-off for fast and easy blade engagement
  • 30-Inch cutting deck featuring 5 adjustable settings couples the benefits of a standard riding mower with the size of a wide cut walk behind mower
  • 18-Inch turning radius with 13×5-inch front wheels and 16×6.5-inch rear wheels
  • 2-year limited warranty
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