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The best push mowers offer great handling

Gas-powered push lawn mowers are both lighter and cheaper than self-propelled models because they do not have a transmission for the wheels. Since you become the driving force, handling is one of the most important features for a gas push mower. In turn, this also means they are best for lawns with few slopes.

The Husqvarna 7021P (Est. $290) is the best gas push mower, owners and experts say, lightweight and easy to steer. Users appreciate its easy handling, citing the ball bearings and extra-large wheels as the main factors.

On 10Rate.com, a website of professionals who review electronics and home products, the 7021P gets the Editor's Choice award for its great value. The durable Honda engine is the same model that powers the self-propelled Husqvarna HRX217VKA (Est. $600) , also a top pick. The 7021P is capable of handling all three cutting modes -- mulching, bagging and side discharging -- but reviews especially praise its first-class mulching. Some owners rave that they can't even see the mulched clippings.

The Husqvarna warranty covers the mower for three years. Though the brand has above-average customer satisfaction, a few users say this particular model only lasts a few seasons.

Another great push mower, the Honda HRS216PDA (Est. $390) is more expensive than the Husqvarna 7021P, but many owners say it's worth the extra money for such a reliable brand. Honda earns a high rank in J.D. Power and Associates surveys, and owners say the heavy-duty steel deck and its dependability are two examples of its solid construction. It comes with a three-year warranty.

Powering the HRS216PDA is a 160 cubic-centimeter engine owners say starts reliably on the first or second pull. "The engine runs flawlessly and is very quiet," writes one happy user at HomeDepot.com. Reviews say it's strong enough to mow through tall grass and weeds without bogging down and is a champ at mulching. The HRS216PDA also excels at side-discharging clippings but doesn't have the ability to bag grass.

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Husqvarna 7021P 21-Inch 160cc Honda GCV160 Gas Powered 3-N-1 Push Lawn Mower With High Rear Wheels (CARB Compliant)
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