What every best Lawn Mowers has:
- Leaves lawn looking well-trimmed.
- Handles intuitively for easy pushing and steering.
- Offers brand reliability and a good warranty.
ConsumerReports.org. field tests around 80 different lawn mowers, including push mowers, self-propelled mowers and robotic lawn mowers. Each are rated and ranked against similar models based upon how well they bag and mulch. Comfort, usability and handling are included in each mower's overall score.
This free-to-the-public article presents the highlights -- and lowlights -- from this year's lawnmower tests by ConsumerReports.org. Based on performance at a test lawn in Florida, top performing self-propelled and push mowers are named, including electric and gas models. The article also specifically calls out a handful of mowers that clearly disappoint.
Roy Berendsohn puts eight top-rated mowers to the test, pointing out areas where they excel, and those where they fall short. Each review is brief, but thorough, and includes pros and cons. However, you'll need to read through the entire thing to find the winners and losers as there are no ratings, and no apparent order as to which machines are favorites, and which are not.
Whether it's for the environment, the exercise or to fit your budget, if you want a people-powered reel-mower for your appropriately-sized lawn, this is an excellent resource. Recommendations are based on both research and testing. A top choice and two runners up are named.
HomeDepot.com offers a wide variety of lawn mowers, including reel mowers, electric and gas push lawn mowers, self-propelled mowers and more. Individual models often draw considerable feedback, sometimes numbering in the hundreds or even thousands of reviews. Some reviews are drawn from manufacturer web sites, but many are from HomeDepot.com users and unique to this site.
Lowes.com also has a wide selection of reel, cordless electric, corded electric and gas push lawn mowers. Owners can rate and review lawn mowers here, and say whether or not they would recommend their mower to a friend. However, as is the case at HomeDepot.com, some reviews originate at manufacturer web sites.
MowersDirect.com is a large internet lawnmower retailer. Users can leave reviews and, while these vary greatly in depth and helpfulness, many are relatively comprehensive including feedback after extended use -- sometimes spanning several years. In addition, Jose Castellanos, the mower product expert at MowersDirect.com, provides his own feedback on mowers including a letter grade (though we didn't spot any truly awful grades) and specific recommendations for top models. Videos are also included for many models showing the equipment in use.
Amazon.com carries a good selection of walk-behind mowers. While most types of lawn mowers can be found here; electric mowers are reviewed most often. Some of the models have more than 100 reviews for a well-rounded critique, and a few have several hundred reviews and even 1,000 or more. All reviews are unique to Amazon.com.
Walmart.com carries a variety of well-known and lesser-known brands in its lineup of push, self-propelled and electric lawn mowers. Some garner just a handful of reviews, but a few models have several hundred comments.
Sears.com includes a helpful guide to narrow down lawn mower options based on how many hills and obstacles are on your lawn, what type of power source you want, mower brand and more. This is the best place to read reviews of Craftsman mowers, and some models get tons of feedback.
ProToolReviews.com doesn't cover a ton of lawnmowers, and reviews are interspersed with industry news and announcements. However, the hands-on reviews that it does publish are often detailed and expertly done, so this site is worth checking out.
Grant Morgan research and tests 10 gas lawn mowers for this report. There is good information about features, design and convenience. However, while overall testing methodology is described, information about how specific machines fared in those tests is relatively sparse. Elsewhere on the site, Morgan offers a similar report on electric lawn mowers, with the same pros and cons.
ConsumerReports.org's Ed Perratore discusses results from testing three reel mowers. Though this article is older, the mowers covered remain available -- albeit with some relatively minor design and model name changes -- so the conclusions reached are still relevant, and the article is free for all to read.