The 21-inch Husqvarna 7021P, powered by a Honda engine, is one of the top-rated gas push mowers, with excellent features for the price. As a lawn mower brand, Husqvarna also rates as better than average. Reviewers praise the CARB-certified Honda OHV engine for quietness, fuel efficiency and durability as well as low emissions. The "3-in-one" lawn mower can rear-bag, mulch or side-discharge clippings -- making it more versatile than many push mowers.
The large 12-inch rear wheels have double ball bearings to aid maneuvering, and the handle adjusts in height and also folds for mower storage. A few owners report durability issues, and a minor complaint is the lack of throttle for idling the engine when desired. The biggest negative seems to be that you need to adjust cutting height at each of the four wheels. If you prefer more manual control consider the Honda HRS216PDA (*Est. $350). The Honda brand also usually sits atop the rankings in large owner-satisfaction surveys.
ConsumerReports.org tests the similar, slightly less expensive Husqvarna 6021P (*Est. $200), which has a Kohler engine with higher emissions, and editors base their opinion of the Husqvarna 7021P on that. As a brand, Husqvarna is compared with nine other lawn mower brands in a customer-satisfaction survey by J. D. Power and Associates. Editors and owners review the Husqvarna 7021P mower at retail site MowersDirect.com, and additional owner opinions are available at Amazon.com, and Epinions.com.
The Husqvarna 7021P is ranked here in comparison with other push gas mowers and lots of other lawn mowers, based on tests of the similar Husqvarna 6021P. Tests cover performance in all three modes of handling clippings as well as handling and ease of use.
Review: Lawn Mowers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, April 2012
2. J.D. Power & Associates
J.D. Power and Associates conduct a survey of over 2,000 mower buyers. Husqvarna is one of the highest-rated brands, especially for performance and durability, though Honda is judged to be best overall.
Review: 2011 Walk-Behind Lawn Mower Study, Editors of J . D. Power and Associates, May 2011
Editors at this retail site recommend the Husqvarna 7021P as a good budget buy because of its Honda engine and good features. About two dozen owners also rate and review this mower here; most give it high praise as easy to start and use, but a couple are less impressed, including one owner who seems to have gotten a lemon.
Review: Husqvarna 7021P (21") 3-in-1 Push Lawn Mower, Editors of MowersDirect.com
About 100 owners review the Husqvarna 7021P push mower here. Most say it's easy to start and performs well, but about 20 percent are less pleased, citing quality control and other issues.
Review: Husqvarna 7021P 21-Inch 160cc Honda GCV160 Gas Powered 3-N-1 Push Lawn Mower With High Rear Wheels, Contributors to Amazon.com
Husqvarna also lets users post reviews to its web site, and we found about 170 of them when we visited. Some negative opinions are posted, but most seem happy and 92 percent say that they would recommend the Husqvarna 7021P to a friend.
Review: Husqvarna 7021P, Contributors to Husqvarna .com
The handful of owner reviews here give the mower mixed reviews, with complaints about quality control and durability.
Review: Husqvarna 7021P 21" GCV Gas Powered Lawn Mower, Contributors to Epinions.com