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As much as you love your lawn, odds are you probably don't love cutting it. Sure, the smell of freshly cut grass is one of life's greatest treats, but actually mowing the lawn … not so much. If you're looking to get your lawn mowed quickly and efficiently, we're here to help.
We've evaluated the best lawn mowers on the market today. Our friends over at our sister site Popular Mechanics have actually tested several of our picks in the pouring rain and blistering heat to separate the best from the rest. Whether you're looking for a simple push-mower, a quiet and clean electric mower, a powerful yet still affordable riding lawnmower, or a more sophisticated zero-turn mower, we have you covered. We've even listed a robotic pick, so you can spend more time by the pool sipping on a chilled glass of lemonade rather than behind a loud mower.
If you have a yard that's less than half an acre, we think this luxury-style lawn mower from Honda is the one to buy. It's a self-propelling rear-wheel drive model that features a powerful 190 cc engine, and it has no issues cutting through tall grass — wet or dry. It leaves an incredibly clean cut, too, thanks to its unique dual blade and domed plastic deck.
Our colleagues at Popular Mechanics only had a minor complaint about the mower's deck-lift levers, saying they're "small and uncomfortable to use." Otherwise, it was an outstanding machine that plowed through dry leaves, provided great cut quality, and left a velvet finish. As for us, we're huge fans of its Versamow System, which makes it easy to shred up those leaves that are all over your lawn in the fall, and it lets you bag, mulch, and discharge everything in an ultra-convenient way. Plus, you can use its Clip Director knob to decide exactly how much of your grass clippings are bagged or mulched without additional tools. If something goes wrong, Honda offers a 5-year warranty for its mower. Additionally, the composite mower deck is covered under a lifetime warranty.
Best Riding Lawnmower
You don't need to blow your entire budget to get a capable riding lawnmower. This one from Cub Cadet is a great pick for anyone with a medium sized yard, or those who have complex landscaping that requires lots of back-and-forth mowing.
It features a 22 horsepower commercial engine that packs a real punch, dual 46-inch blades for smooth cutting, and quick and easy speed adjustments. The mower is highly responsive, and it has a tight, 16-inch turn radius for precision-based cutting. It offers 12 height settings and a wide 46-inch deck, and it lets you tow a cart. We think it's a great buy for those with 1- to 2-acre lawns looking for a comfortable, versatile, and powerful lawn mower.
Best Budget Lawnmower
If you don't have a ton of ground to cover, this affordable gas option will get the job done just fine. Its 149cc Kohler XTX OHV engine helps you tackle your lawn easily, so long as you haven't let it get painfully overgrown. Fortunately, its self-propelled rear-wheel drive design helps make things a little easier. It provides plenty of traction — even on hilly terrain. Our colleagues at Popular Mechanics said it's a great option for owners who want a basic mower that's light, fast, and maneuverable.
Best Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
Looking for a serious cordless electric mower? This option from EGO is one of the most powerful electric mowers out there, and it fully recharges in just an hour. If you're switching from a traditional gas model, each EGO mower boasts a 5-year warranty, features a 60-minute run time, and doesn't require maintenance like a gas model would.
Plus, it's quieter, folds up for easy storage, and you don't have to worry about gas, oil, air filters, or harsh fumes. As you'd expect, power output for electric models isn't as consistent as gasoline, and electric mowers are unsuited for rough mowing conditions. However, we think that if you have a lawn about a quarter acre in size, this mower provides excellent handling, easy operation, and enough power to do the job.
Best Zero-Turn Riding Lawnmower
Zero-turn mowers provide the utmost maneuverability, and they're the best options for those with large yards. They pivot through 180 degrees without leaving a circle of uncut grass. This model from Ariens is fast, powerful, and equipped with three blades.
It sports a large 52-inch deck, which will save you 35% more time than a 42-inch model. Plus, it handles moderate slopes with ease, has 13 cutting-height options, and is constructed with a heavy-duty fully welded steel tubular frame. It's backed by a 3-year warranty.
Best Robot Lawnmower
Mowing the grass is a chore, and hiring someone else to do it adds up quickly. Why not have a robot cut your lawn for you? Powered by a lithium ion battery, this robo-mower can take care of 11,000 square feet of lawn on a single charge. Compared to traditional mowers, which hack the grass, this one instead uses spinning razor blades to slice the top of it.
Like robot vacuums, though, they simply don't do as well as their human counterparts. However, if you have a flat yard, we believe the Landroid is the best robotic lawnmower out there. It's more affordable than other options, and it's quiet, safe, and easy to use. Plus, it avoids obstacles like sticks or stones, and it automatically returns to its base when it rains or needs recharging!