The 22-inch Toro 20332 self-propelled gas mower is a budget choice in the Toro Recycler series. Among these mowers, it's the least expensive model that uses the Personal Pace system to vary the speed automatically, following the user's walking speed. Most owners say they love this drive system; the exceptions are owners who have hills that are too steep, or who need to mow around a lot of trees -- where putting pressure on the handle to maneuver the mower speeds it up too fast.
The Toro 20332 makes it easy to switch from mulching to bagging, and a hose port is designed to facilitate cleaning under the deck. Objective tests show that this mower can mulch and bag clippings as well as the Toro Super-Bagger models, and it can side-discharge clippings as well as much more expensive mowers. Some owners complain that the mulching deck clogs on leaves and clumps of grass. The worst complaints, though, are about reliability -- a major inconvenience. If you can afford to spend a bit more, the Honda HRR216VKA (*Est. $400) draws more kudos from reviewers..
We found the best comparison tests of the Toro Recycler 20332 at ConsumerReports.org, where it's compared with other self-propelled mowers, and at Popular Mechanics, where editors compare it with fewer models but report in more detail. The Toro brand is compared with 10 others in the latest customer-satisfaction survey at J. D. Power and Associates. We found the most owner reviews at HomeDepot.com, but the handful at MowersDirect.com are also helpful.
Based on objective tests, ConsumerReports.org compares the Toro 20332 with other self-propelled lawn mowers and lots of mowers of other types in this roundup review. All the mowers are ranked based on performance, handling and ease of use -- but this year, not for evenness of cutting. Owners also review and rate this mower on the website, though you need to be a subscriber to see it.
Review: Lawn Mowers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, April 2012
Based on tests of eight comparable self-propelled mowers, editors name the Toro 30032 as the best value. Editors praise the mower's "top-to-bottom attention to detail" and note no drawbacks at all.
Review: Best Lawnmowers of the Year: Comparison Test, Roy Berendsohn, March 2010
3. J.D. Power & Associates
Toro scores "about average" in overall satisfaction score in a customer-satisfaction survey by J. D. Power and Associates. Honda takes the trophy as best overall, followed by John Deere and Husqvarna, in this poll of more than 2,000 users who bought a lawn mower over years.
Review: 2011 Walk-Behind Lawn Mower Study, Editors 2011 J. D. Power and Associates, May 2010
About 330 owners review the Toro 20332 here, giving it an overall rating of 3.7 stars out of 5. The majority praise this mower for great performance and ease of use. However, nearly 30 percent of the owners say they wouldn't recommend this mower to a friend. Complaints include trouble with the Personal Pace drive, durability, starting problems and problems with both mulching and bagging. Several reviewers say they're giving up and buying a Honda.
Review: Toro Personal Pace Walk Power Mower Model #20332, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
About two dozen owners give this mower quite mixed reviews. Some love it; others complain of quality-control or starting issues. Two report that the grass bag fell off; one was injured by it.
Review: Toro Recycler (22") 190cc Personal Pace Lawn Mower, Editors of and Contributors to MowersDirect.com