The Husqvarna 7021P is loaded with features not usually found on a mower at this price. The mower 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 reviews 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, but some owners have problems with long-range durability.
Honda engine. This mower 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 7021P rolls easily over rough terrain with double ball bearings and extra-large wheels. Even though it isn't self-propelled, one Amazon user says, "I find this mower 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 the Honda HRX217VKA or Toro Recycler 20333 (Est. $400) . The handle has two height adjustments, which is not enough for some owners.
Husqvarna ranks third in J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 walk-behind lawn mower customer satisfaction survey, where the brand "performs particularly well in the price factor." Unfortunately, a number of Amazon users say the mower only lasts a few seasons. The 7021P does include a three-year homeowner warranty.
Brake shuts off blades. The 7021P includes a control bar -- which runs the length of the handle -- 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.
Few reviews reference the Husqvarna's safety features. Owners at Amazon.com say the shrapnel guard located behind the deck works well but can get in the way when pulling the mower backwards.
Nothing crazy. We didn't find any expert tests that measure the noise of the 7021P, but many owners are content with the noise level. "I wouldn't call it quiet, but it's not loud or obnoxious either," says one Amazon user. Safety experts say for this type of lawn mower, 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 their 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, most of the 270 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 2013
Product expert Jose Castellanos recommends the 7021P with an A-minus rating. Because of its reliable Honda engine and convenient features, Castellanos calls it a great value. Only a handful of owners review the 7021P here, but more than 50 owners offer feedback for the previous version, giving it 4.6 stars (out of 5).
Review: Husqvarna 7021P (21") 160cc Honda 3-in-1 Push Lawn Mower, Contributors to Mowers.Direct.com, As of June 2013
Owners can write reviews for their mowers on Husqvarna's website. More than a 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 2013
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 both 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