How to Choose the Best Lawn Mower for You

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Consider your needs: yard size and terrain type, noise tolerance, and amount of effort you want to invest. Based on these, you can decide what you need to look for and choose the best mower for you and your lawn. There are many options: gas or electric; battery or corded, self-propelled or push, and more.

So, how to select the best lawn mower for your needs? Read on for further details about each type.

Electric Battery Mowers

Battery operated mowers are cord-free and more maneuverable than a corded model.  They start easily and only need to be plugged in to recharge, making this type of mower more environmentally friendly.  Electric mowers, both battery operated and corded are much quieter than gas powered mowers. The drawbacks to this model are that the recharge time can be up to 12 hours and they will require a new battery every three to five years.

Corded Electric Mowers

Like the battery operated mower, a corded electric mower is quiet, start without hassle, and eliminate the need to keep gas on hand.  A corded mower is also lighter than a battery operated mower.  A good choice if you have a small yard, the main disadvantage to this model is that you have to deal with the extension cord, which can get in the way and even, if you run it over, get cut. These lawnmowers are also only as powerful as the current in your house allows, which can mean that they don’t have the power to cut long or thick grass neatly.

Gas-Powered Mowers

More powerful than electric mowers, gas powered models are dependable and durable, and more efficient that similar models 20 years ago.  You can purchase them with electric starters, eliminating the hassle of the old rope yank starter style.  You do have to keep gas and oil on hand, and plan on spending some time doing maintenance every season with this mower. Gas powered mowers are also noisier than electric, so ear protection is a must.  A great choice for a large yard and powerful enough to cut tall and thick grass.

Features and Options

If you have a large or hilly yard, you might want to consider buying a model that offers a self-propelled option. Engine powered, a self-propelled mower greatly reduces the effort required to keep your yard looking great.

Look for a lawn mower that has side-discharge, bagging, and mulching options included rather than as additional purchases. Other features to look for are: a washout port, intuitive, user friendly controls; a blade brake—allowing you to empty a clipping bag without stopping the mower; and padded grips to save you the numb hands that often come at the end of a mowing session.

Consider renting a mower for a day in the model and style you are thinking of buying.  Make sure it is comfortable and easy to transport, maneuver, and use. Always check online customer reviews of the mower you think might be best for you. Look for lawn mower reviews that specifically discuss the features and options that are most important to you.