Lawn Tractors: Expert and User Reviews

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Lawn Tractors: Ratings of Sources

1. Lawn Mowers & Tractors, Editors of, Not Dated
This is the unabridged review of riding mowers done by It includes the models just tested as well as those tested in previous seasons, many of which remain current. Roughly 50 lawn tractors, wide-deck tractors, zero-turn mowers and rear-engine riders are rated and ranked against similar models. Each model is field-tested to see how well it cuts, bags and mulches. Comfort, usability and handling are included in each machine's overall score.
2. Pick the best riding mower for your property, Ed Perratore, March 13, 2017
This article, which is free even for non-subscribers, provides the top-line results from's latest round of lawn tractor testing. Top tractors, top riding mowers with wider decks, and the best zero-turn mowers are named. Links are provided to full reviews, but those do require a subscription.
3. Riding Lawn Mowers, Contributors to, As of May 2017
Credibility: is a popular destination for lawn care products of all kinds, and lawn tractors are no exception. Mowers are separated into categories, such as riding mowers, zero turn mowers and mower accessories. While many reviews are unique to, others are culled from the manufacturer's website. With that caveat in mind, remains useful as a good percentage of reviews are still unique to the site.
4. Riding Lawn Mowers, Contributors to, As of May 2017
Credibility: lets customers leave reviews of products they buy. They provide ratings, comments and add whether or not they would recommend their riding mower to a friend. While many of the reviews are written by users, some are also sourced from the manufacturer's web site and are the same as can be read there -- and on other sites across the Internet.
5. Riding Lawn Mowers, Jose Castellanos and Contributors to, As of May 2017
Credibility: sells walk-behind mowers, riding mowers and other lawn-care products. Each product listing provides specs, details on features and a rating. Though there are typically fewer user reviews for specific models than seen at or, all look to be unique to the site. In addition, some models receive a review and rating from house expert Jose Castellanos.
6. The Best Lawn, Yard & Garden Tractor Buying Guide 2017, Paul Sikkema, Feb. 17, 2017
Site author Paul Sikkema owns a large landscaping company and buys, fixes and sells used riding mowers and lawn tractors. This guide is designed to help buyers decide what type of lawn tractor is right for their budget and property, and serves as a jump off point to Sikkema's take on the best options above and below $1,500. Coverage of lower priced tractors is currently more comprehensive, but regardless, it seems that most of the commentary is based on Sikkema's extensive insight into tractors and tractor makers rather than hands-on testing. The site also has separate coverage of zero turn mowers, with the same pros and cons.
7. Riding Mowers & Tractors, Contributors to, As of May 2017
Credibility: publishes owner ratings and reviews of the lawn tractors, garden tractors, zero-turn mowers and rear-engine riding mowers sold here. Most models receive little feedback, but others attract dozens and sometimes over 100 reviews. Though there are better places to find reviews of other brands, is a must-check resource for reviews of Craftsman riding mowers and lawn tractors.
8. Riding Mowers, Contributors to, As of May 2017
John Deere tractors are mainly sold through dealers that don't conduct business online, so is helpful in learning about user satisfaction with the company's riding mowers. You can't easily compare products side by side here, but you can see the average consumer score for each model after clicking on the page. Along with comments, posts include length of ownership, usage frequency and level of expertise. There's enough negative feedback to ensure that comments aren't being censored, so credibility is on a par with better retail sites that post user reviews.
9. Lawn & Garden Tractor Reviews, Geof Fowler, As of May 2017
Credibility: is a news and review site for all things tractor related, including some lawn and garden tractors. Reviews are hands-on, but tend to reflect ergonomics and features rather than cutting performance, and most seem to be relatively positive. Still, if a riding mower you are considering is among those that reviewer Geof Fowler has taken out for a spin, this site is worth a visit to get his knowledgeable first-hand impressions.
10. Riding Lawn Mowers, Contributors to, As of May 2017
Credibility: is a great resource for most products, but it's not a prime destination for those looking for riding mowers and lawn tractors. That said, there are a few lawn tractors with at least a little feedback in the Riding Lawn Mowers category, along with a lot of tractor accessories and some push mowers that come along for the ride somehow. Still, it might be worth a look here to see if a lawn tractor you are considering has some feedback. On the plus side, the reviews that are posted here tend to be longer and more detailed then what we typically see elsewhere.
11. Popular Mechanics Reviews: 4 Riding Lawnmowers Under $2000, Roy Berendsohn, Mar. 30, 2017
Popular Mechanics tests "four more affordable tractors at a horse farm in upstate New York" and shares its impressions in a gallery of capsule reviews. Ratings are assigned, and strengths and weakness are noted. However, despite the recent date, most of the tractors covered are discontinued.