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Honda HRX217VKA Review

By: Carl Laron on April 12, 2018

Bottom Line

Reviewers call the self-propelled Honda HRX217VKA the best all-around lawn mower for its superb mowing and mulching, easy-start engine and solid construction. Users also love its adjustable propulsion, and the Select Drive transmission makes controlling the mower's speed a breeze, even on hills.


  • Easy to start
  • Excellent mulching and bagging
  • Extensive warranty
  • Terrific reliability


  • Lacks some features for the price
Our Analysis

Breaking it down


Best-in-class mowing and mulching. The Honda HRX217VKA gets top marks from experts for its mulching and bagging abilities. Users say the mower mulches so well it's hard to see the discarded clippings. The Versamow System lets you decide how much grass you want to bag, mulching the rest into fine pieces. It isn't the best at side-discharging grass, but tests show it still handles the task very well. Users attest that the four-stroke GCV190 engine is tough enough to power through thick or wet grass without bogging down and say it's effortless to start. The HRX217VKA meets emission requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Honda self-propelled mowers rank among the most reliable brands in Consumer Reports' survey of over 9,000 subscribers. The HRX217VKA comes with a five-year mower warranty. The 21-inch-wide deck also has a limited lifetime warranty for residential use.

Ease of use

Reliable and well-built. Though the Honda HRX217VKA is heavy -- about 90 pounds -- most users don't have any problems maneuvering it around the yard, thanks to its self-propelled, rear-wheel drive. Owners like the automatic transmission, with five settings to drive from 0 to 4 mph. Testers at Popular Mechanics note that the deck-lift levers are too small, making it uncomfortable to adjust cutting heights.


Be careful when cleaning. The one quibble that a few experts and owners have about the Honda HRX217VKA is that it lacks a washout port. That means you have to tip the lawnmower over to clean out any retained grass or clumps. Be sure to turn the engine off first and let the blades come to a full and complete stop before doing so. Honda does not rate its lawn mowers for noise levels, but experts recommend always wearing hearing and eye protection when using powered lawn equipment.

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