For a basic, inexpensive reel mower, owners say the Scotts 2000-20 performs well. Because it's lightweight, easy to maneuver and takes up little storage space, many users use it for small yards. The 2000-20 is best for softer varieties of grass and lawns that are relatively weed-free.
Good for regular maintenance. The trick to getting the best performance out of the Scotts Classic 2000-20 is to mow often, according to users. This reel mower cuts best when it's trimming a maintained lawn, not an unruly weed patch. To get a quality cut, users say it's essential to mow often because the 2000-20 isn't capable of cleanly cutting tall grass.
When tested against other reel mowers -- including the Fiskars StaySharp Max 6201 (Est. $200) -- one professional comparison shows the 2000-20 has the best cutting quality. Owners at Amazon.com say it can't match a gas mower for cut quality, but the 2000-20 still does a great job. Typical of reel mowers, the 2000-20 can't cut sticks, dandelions and tall weeds; many users rake before they mow and use a string trimmer to clean up the turf and edges afterwards.
Lightweight and straightforward handling. At 35 pounds, the 2000-20 is the lightest mower in our report, making it "easy to move around the yard," as one owner on Yahoo Voices puts it. Many other users agree, but experts at MowersDirect.com contend it may not be heavy enough to cut thicker grass varieties.
While owners find the 2000-20 is generally well built, they complain the handle isn't made to last. The handle does not adjust to different heights, which can make it hard to push. Owners like the clear-cut lever that uses nine different slots to raise or lower the mower. The mower can cut from 1 to 3 inches high.
The 2000-20 uses a five-blade reel, and Scotts recommends sharpening the blades once a season for the best performance. Several users say they require more regular sharpening. And because there is no gas, oil or spark plugs to worry about, users say they save time and money on maintenance. The 2000-20 includes a two-year warranty.
Manual power saves fingers. Like other manual mowers, the 2000-20's blades stop turning when you stop walking forward, making it safer to remove debris from the reel. None of the reviews complain about any safety issues with the 2000-20.
Metal on metal. Naturally reel mowers are much quieter than gas or electric-powered lawn mowers. The only noise comes from the blades cutting as the reel spins. Because the cutting action comes from metal on metal, it's louder than the Fiskars StaySharp Max 6201, but still quiet enough to mow in the early morning or late evening.
More than 820 owners review the Scotts 2000-20 on Amazon.com. About 70 percent of the users rate it 4 stars or higher with reviews spanning many years. Most say it cuts grass best when the lawn is weed-free and under 6 inches high. Because of its light weight and low price, several users say it's a good pick for small yards.
Review: Scotts 2000-20 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2013
In this free article from ConsumerReports.org, editors discuss a 2010 lawn mower comparison including three reel mowers: Easun NaturCut Classic, Fiskars StaySharp Max 6201 and Scotts 2000-20. Editors say the Scotts gives the best cut out of the three -- though cut quality doesn't match a gas mower.
Review: Inside Consumer Reports Test Labs: Review of Easun NaturCut Classic, Fiskars Momentum 317736, and Scotts 2000-20 Reel Mowers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, March 8, 2010
About a dozen users review the Scotts Classic reel mower here, giving it high marks for being lightweight, easy to handle and having adjustable cut heights. Owners say it gives a clean cut for the most part, though sometimes more than one pass is needed.
Review: Scotts(R) Classic Reel Mower (2000-20S), Contributors to AceHardware.com, As of June 2013
Editors of MowersDirect.com call the quality of the Scotts 2000-20 mid-grade. They give it a B-minus rating, and though they like the composite wheels and wide path, they don't mention particular disadvantages that lead to its lower rating. A few users also review the 2000-20 here, rating it 3.3 stars (out of 5).
Review: Scotts Classic (20") 5-Blade Push Reel Lawn Mower w/ Adjustable Rear Wheels, Editors of and contributors to MowersDirect.com, As of June 2013
5. Yahoo! Voices
Ryan Drew shares his experience with the Scotts 2000-20, comparing it with other gas mowers he's used before. He likes that you don't have to hassle with adding gas or using a pull-cord, calling the reel mower lightweight and easy to use. Overall, the 2000-20 does a good job, though Drew says he did have to re-mow some areas.
Review: Scotts 2000-20 20 Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower Product Reviewq, Ryan Drew, April 21, 2011
After two months of using the Scotts Classic 20" Reel Mower (which is the same model as the 2000-20), this YouTube reviewer displays his machine and talks about how well the mower works, giving users tips on how to best use the mower. For the most part, the mower cuts well, he says, but notes it struggles with high grass and isn't able to cut dandelions.
Review: Part 2 of My New Scotts Classic 20" Reel Mower, " Turbo231 ", June 8, 2008