The Husqvarna 7021P is loaded with features not usually found on mowers at this price. It has a rock-solid four-stroke Honda engine, an adjustable handle that folds flat for storage and extra-large wheels -- just a few of the reasons reviewers call this the best gas push mower. The 7021P has a three-year warranty and J.D. Power and Associates ranks Husqvarna high for customer satisfaction.
Honda engine. The Husqvarna 7021P can mulch grass, collect clippings in a bag or discharge grass out the side without needing extra attachments. Reviews say the 7021P cuts evenly for a smooth finish. "The mower does a great job mulching, rarely leaving any clippings in sight," explains an owner at Husqvarna.com.
Experts call this mower a good value partly because of its engine. Powering the 7021P is a four-stroke Honda GCV160 engine, the same highly rated engine running the Honda HRX217VKA (Est. $600) . The engine starts reliably and meets emission standards from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Easy to handle. The Husqvarna 7021P rolls easily over rough terrain with double ball bearings and extra-large wheels. Even though it isn't self-propelled, users say it's just as easy to push. At 55 pounds, it's much lighter than many other mowers in our report. A lever on each of the wheels adjusts the cutting height from 1.25 to 3.42 inches -- a more restrictive range than other top models. The handle has two height adjustments.
Husqvarna ranks third in J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 walk-behind lawn mower customer satisfaction survey. The 7021P includes a three-year homeowner warranty.
Brake shuts off blades. The Husqvarna 7021P includes a control bar that must be pulled back for the engine to run and the blades to turn. As soon as the bar is released, a brake stops the blades from spinning and shuts the engine off. The mower also features a shrapnel guard behind the deck that Amazon.com reviewers say works well but can get in the way when pulling the mower backward.
We didn't find any expert tests that measure the noise of the 7021P, but many owners are content with the noise level -- it's not exactly quiet, but not overly loud either. Still, safety experts say hearing protection should be used.
1. J.D. Power & Associates
The 2011 customer survey for walk-behind mowers includes almost 2,000 owners and 10 different brands, which is larger than the 2012 report. Husqvarna ranks third for customer satisfaction here.
Review: Although Ease of Use Is of Primary Importance in Satisfaction with Lawn Mowers, Fewer than One in 10 Owners Factor It into Their Purchase Decision, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, April 27, 2011
With an average 3.9-star rating, based on a 5-star scale, most of the 410 owner reviews here say the Husqvarna 7021P is a well-built push mower. The four-stroke Honda engine, easy handling and solid performance are among the accolades, though a few users complain that so-so durability leads to problems after a few years.
Review: Husqvarna 7021P 21-Inch 160cc Honda GCV160 Gas Powered 3-N-1 Push Lawn Mower With High Rear Wheels (CARB Compliant), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2014
The Husqvarna 7021P is listed as one of the top 10 push mowers at TopTenReviews.com but it isn't rated and testing methods aren't clear. Editors say the 7021P is particularly easy to maneuver, thanks to its large rear wheels. They also praise its soft-grip handle, which is adjustable.
Review: Husqvarna 7021P, Editors of TopTenReviews.com, Not Dated
Product expert Jose Castellanos recommends the 7021P with a B-plus rating. He calls it a great value because of its reliable Honda engine and convenient features. More than 40 owners review the mower, giving it an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars.
Review: Husqvarna 7021P (21") 160cc Honda 3-in-1 Push Lawn Mower, Contributors to MowersDirect.com, As of June 2014
Owners can write reviews for their mowers on Husqvarna's website. Nearly four dozen owners rate the 7021P here, and all write very enthusiastic reviews. With a 100 percent recommendation rate, owners love the way it handles, saying the large wheels make it easy to push and maneuver.
Review: Husqvarna 7021P, Contributors to Husqvarna.com, As of June 2014
The 10Rate website reviews numerous home and garden products by performing hands-on tests, researching owner reviews and analyzing product specifications. Using a 10-point scale, Steve Holdgren rates and recommends 10 different lawn mowers, including gas and electric models. The Husqvarna 7021P gets the editor's pick for best value and is the highest-rated gas push mower.
Review: Husqvarna 7021P Review, Steve Holdgren, Not Dated
The Husqvarna 7021P is included in Bestcovery.com's list of the top five mulching mowers. The author gives it an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5, praising it for being easy to maneuver and very lightweight. Testing methods for this source aren't clear, however.
Review: Best Lawn Mower, "Dan Y", Aug. 1, 2013