Lawn Mowers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 25 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentTesting here is objective and thorough, performed annually in Florida by a team of mowers. Lawn mowers are ranked here based on objective tests for performance in all three grass-handling modes, as well as ratings for handling and ease of use. The report ranks more lawn mowers than ever before: 58 self-propelled gas mowers, 29 push gas mowers, 16 cordless electric mowers (including two self-propelled) and five corded electric mowers. ConsumerReports.org still doesn't measure noise level or rate engines for emissions, but it does publish owner reviews plus a forum that includes useful comments from expert Peter Sawchuck.
Best Lawnmowers of the Year: Comparison Test
by Roy Berendsohn
Our AssessmentComparison tests here cover eight convertible mulching lawn mowers -- mowers able to mulch or bag clippings -- tested over a three-week period with various weather conditions. Tests include mowing tall grass, wet grass, dry brittle grass and grass on steep hills. The review rates each mower and lists pros and cons for each. Noise levels are measured in decibels. Popular Mechanics' December 2010 gift guide recommends two cordless electric mowers by Neuton, including the still available 36-volt Neuton CE 6. Editors give a 2010 Green Design Award to the Fiskars Momentum reel mower (now the Fiskars StaySharp Max 6201), praising its innovations.
2011 Walk-Behind Lawn Mower Study
by Editors of J. D. Power and Associates
Our AssessmentHonda, John Deere and Husqvarna earn top marks in the J.D. Power and Associates customer-satisfaction survey of more than 2,000 users who've bought a lawn mower within two years.
Lawn Mowers That Save Energy
by Editors of GreenerChoices.org
Our AssessmentThis site, associated with ConsumerReports.org, recommends four mowers, with an emphasis on environmental impact -- favoring models that mulch clippings, for example. Recommendations are drawn from the broader lawn mower tests conducted by ConsumerReports.org in 2010.
2009 Editors' Choice Awards
by Editors of Organic Gardening
Our AssessmentAlthough the editors of Organic Gardening don't tell us which three cordless mowers they tested, they do provide ample reasons why the Neuton CE 6.2 (now simply called the Neuton CE6) wins one of the 2009 Editors' Choice awards. They praise it for consistent cutting, saying "It chopped down thick, at times damp, grass with steady power." They also like the battery gauge and removable battery. Charging takes eight hours and runs the mower for about an hour.
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentTesting methods at this British site are well documented and included quality of cut, but most of the mowers rated and ranked here are not available in the United States, though some of the same brands are. Two manual reel mowers are the exception: The Husqvarna 64 outperforms the Brill Razorcut 33, though the Husqvarna has a maximum cutting height of only 2.25 inches. Both are tested on tall grass and damp grass, but not on rough. A November 2011 survey of readers on lawn mower reliability ranks Honda and John Deere well above Husqvarna and Toro.
20095-Electric Start Toro Lawn Mower Review
by Kelly Burke
Our AssessmentThis enthusiastic review of the Toro Super Recycler 20095 gives it a near-perfect rating based on personal usage by the About.com guide to lawn care. The only drawback noted is the price, but he says the extras are worth it, praising the electric start and reporting that the Personal Pace is the most intuitive drive system he's tried. Another review here gives the19-inch Neuton CE 6 cordless lawn mower a perfect 5-star rating based on three months of frequent use, with praise for its quiet, excellent performance. The reviewer bought an extra battery for the Neuton, but reports that it mows a third of an acre on a single charge. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentOwners review and rate lawn mowers here, often reporting on several years of use. This is a good site for checking out electric and manual reel mowers; quite a few cordless and corded electric mowers earn mostly positive reviews here. Fewer gas mowers are listed, since they can't be shipped back for return once gas or oil are added; still, there are some useful criticisms of some popular gas mowers.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com publishes owner reviews and ratings of the lawn mowers it sells, but you have to click on each lawn mower model to see if it's been reviewed. Self-propelled gas mowers accumulate the most reviews, cordless mowers the fewest -- but top-rated models stand out within each type. Among gas mowers, it's easy to tell which models are CARB-compliant.
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowes.com has set up its owner reviews in a convenient way -- showing the average rating and number of reviews right on the list of models. Review summaries also show the percentage of reviewers who'd recommend the model to a friend. At the time of our report, John Deere walk-behind mowers fare especially poorly among owners, and cordless mowers by Black & Decker earn quite mixed reviews. Some of the Troy-Bilt (gas) mowers earn mostly praise here.
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentThis year at least one CARB-certified mower (the Craftsman 37639 with a Honda engine) is available in other states in addition to California. We found quite a few lawn mowers rated well here by owners that fare poorly in the tests at ConsumerReports.org. In addition to Craftsman mowers (made by Husqvarna and MTD), Sears sells some mowers by Black & Decker, Worx and American Lawn Mower -- but not all models accumulate reviews.
by Editors of MowersDirect.com
Our AssessmentMost of the reviews and ratings at this retailer's website are from editors, with only a few from owners. The editors' expertise makes this a useful resource, though the brands carried here are limited. There's a separate listing of CARB-certified gas lawn mowers, making them easier to find.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentMost of the lawn mowers sold here haven't accumulated reviews from owners, but there are a few exceptions. Three corded electric lawn mowers stand out, with mostly positive reviews, as do two Yard-Man push mowers (including one that's CARB-certified yet available in other states too).
by Contributors to AceHardware.com
Our AssessmentFewer mower models and reviews are available at this retail site than elsewhere. That said, some of the feedback is still helpful.
Solaris Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review: Three Years Later
Our AssessmentThis is an update to several earlier reviews of the self-propelled Solaris solar-powered cordless lawn mower, also sold as the Epic or Utopia mower. The earlier reviews document the author's personal use, but this update notes that after only two seasons of use, the original batteries needed replacement, and the new batteries don't work as well.
by Editors of ConsumerGuide.com
Our AssessmentWe'd rank these single-product reviews higher if they were more current than 2008. Editors review and rate lawn mowers on the basis of actual tests, and some lawn mowers are included here that remain current and that other resources don't cover.
Outdoor Power Equipment
by Contributors to National Home Gardening Club
Our AssessmentMembers of this club review free samples of products, rating them on a 10-point scale. Only a handful of lawn mowers are reviewed here, but the average ratings do help rank them. The reports published online lack detail; reprints of more detailed versions are sometimes available on other sites.
Electric Lawn Mowers Review
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentTen electric lawn mowers are compared here in detail, but the focus is on features and specifications, with no testing or other sources documented. All but one of the mowers covered here are cordless; three are self-propelled.
Fiskars Momentum Reel Mower Review Part 2
by Carol Michel
Our AssessmentIn this two-part review, a garden writer reviews the Fiskars Momentum Reel (now known as the Fiskars StaySharp Max 6201), given to her by Fiskars to review. Though it's the end of the season, she has a chance to try it once, reporting that it makes her look forward to mowing more. She'd been using an unidentified top-of-the-line self-propelled mower up to this point. She likes the fact that the Fiskars can be set to mow as high as 4 inches, and she loves the quiet operation. It does take "some oomph" to push, but not as much as a regular gas push mower.
Fiskars Momentum Reel Mower Doubles Your Effort with Flywheel Action
by Jacob Gordon
Our AssessmentEnthusiastic reviews at this site cover features well and include nice illustrations, but they don't document any testing. This review of the top rated Fiskars reel mower (then called the Momentum, but now rebranded as the Fiskars StaySharp Max 6201) explains how its flywheel action stores energy for mowing tough patches. Another March 2010 article praises the Black & Decker cordless lawn mowers; an April 13, 2009, review here by Lloyd Alter praises the Brill Razorcut 38.
Fiskars Momentum Reel Push Mower Stores Energy for More Cutting Power
by David Novak
Our AssessmentThis well-illustrated review of the Fiskars reel mower covers its features in detail, including the way the wheels are positioned. This avoids one of the main complaints about reel mowers -- that the blades are hung between the wheels so that each pass leaves wide areas of uncut grass. This is a good overview of the Fiskars mower, but it doesn't report any actual testing.
Grow a Conscience: How to Garden Green
by Editors of Sierra.com
Our AssessmentNot surprisingly, this site devoted to environmental concerns favors a manual push reel mower, recommending the Brill Razorcut 38, apparently based on its features. The review states that the manufacturer offsets its carbon emissions and donates to the U.S. Green Building Council.
Electric and Manual Reel Mowers
by Contributors to CleanAirGardening.com
Our AssessmentStaff at this environmentally oriented retail site recommend the Brill Razorcut 38 manual reel mower for lawns in the northern half of the United States, or for the thicker grasses in the south, the Mascot 6-bladed reel mower. Both also earn kudos from the handful of owners reviewing them here, but so do the Fiskars Stay Sharp Max (formerly the Momentum) and the Scotts Green Classic 2000-20. Three electric mowers are stocked here, but no reviews are posted.
Good to Grow
by Gabrielle Harradine
Our AssessmentThis article recommends the Brill Razorcut 38 for its light (17-pound) weight and quiet, saying "You'll feel like a Zen master, cutting down on noise and air pollution." No testing or comparisons are provided.
Which Manual Push Reel Mower is Right for You?
by Editors of PeoplePoweredMachines.com
Our AssessmentThis retail site sells electric corded and cordless mowers, as well as manual reel mowers. The comparison chart is useful in comparing the features and specifications of 10 current manual reel mowers, including the Fiskars StaySharp Max (still identified here as the Momentum). A similar chart elsewhere on the site compares six electric walk-behind mowers. Another article here recommends specific manual reel mowers based on the type of grass you need to mow.