Gas-powered push lawn mowers are 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.
Lightweight and easy to steer, the Husqvarna 7021P (Est. $290) is the best gas push mower, owners and experts say. 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 Black & Decker CM1936 (Est. $350) runs on electric power rather than gas. Users say that in most situations, however, it does just as good a job as gas-powered machines only it's much quieter and heavier. Still, reviewers say it has more than enough power to handle up to one-third acre on a single charge and can power through wet or tall grass. It takes a little more effort when mowing thick patches of grass, but users say a little patience goes a long way and results are similar to that of its gas-powered counterparts.
Aside from being able to "carry on a conversation while the mower is running," the CM1936 is loaded with convenient features that make it easy to use and store. It has a one-touch height adjustment lever that quickly and easily allows users to adjust it to fit their mowing needs. It also has a removable battery that can be switched out with a spare when mowing extra-large lawns. Users say the battery lasts for up to 60 minutes on a full charge. The Black & Decker can bag or mulch clippings and it comes with a two-year warranty.
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