Lawn mower on grass with kids play equipment in the background

The grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s greenest where you water it—and mow it. Keeping your yard looking lush and beautiful doesn’t take a lot of work, provided you’ve got the right tool for the job. The kind of lawn mower you’ll need will depend on your budget, lawn size and lawn shape.

Lawn Mowers 101

Lawn size, grass condition and the terrain of your yard are important factors to consider when selecting a lawn mower. Electric lawn mowers are ideal for small- to medium-sized lawns. They’re light, easy to handle and come in corded and cordless varieties. For larger lawns, a gas mower has the power to cover a big area and handle uneven ground.

You should also consider whether you prefer a push or self-propelled mower, especially if your yard is big. Reel push mowers keep your environmental footprint as green as your lawn. And if you want the latest in grass-cutting gadgetry, the RC304 Robotic Lawn Mower from Robomow is right up your alley.

Types of Lawn Mowers

Types of Lawn Mowers

  1. Corded electric lawn mowers
  2. Cordless electric lawn mowers
  3. Self-propelled lawn mowers
  4. Gas lawn mowers
  5. Reel push mowers
  6. Riding lawn mowers
  7. Mulching mowers
  8. Hover lawn mowers
  9. Robotic lawn mowers

Orange and black Black and Decker corded electric lawn mower
Corded electric mowers are a user-friendly push mower option, well-suited for average-sized yards. Compared to gas lawn mowers, they’re lighter, quieter and easier to maintain. Also, because they don’t run on gas, there’s no smelly exhaust or polluting emissions.

However, corded electric mowers do tend to struggle in wet or long grass, and the cord can get in the way if your yard has a lot of obstacles such as trees and shrubbery. This 13 Amp Mower from Black + Decker is a powerful and efficient lawn mower that can handle many types of jobs.


Black Remington cordless electric lawn mower

Cordless electric mowers, like Remington’s 3-in-1 Cordless Battery Push Lawn Mower – 40V Max/ 36V Normal Capacity, give you freedom from both cords and gas. Rechargeable 24-volt and 36-volt lithium-ion batteries will last about 45 minutes to an hour per charge. Lithium-ion batteries are lighter and take less time to recharge than lead acid batteries; plus, they maintain full power until they’re drained.

Some mowers come with two batteries, so you always have one fully charged and ready to go. Final bonus: electric mower batteries are often interchangeable with other battery-powered lawn equipment.

Black Yard Machines self propelled lawn mowerSelf-propelled lawn mowers, like the 21″ 159cc Self Propelled Mower from Yard Machines, do much of the work for you, making them a good choice for hilly, uneven yards up to a half acre in size. Give it a slight push in the right direction and let the power of the mower carry it across the lawn, reducing the amount of effort needed by the user.

Self-propelled mowers are available in both gas- and electric-powered models and in your choice of rear-, front- and all-wheel drive. Variable speed control lets you adjust your self-propelled mower to travel at your own walking pace.


Gas-powered push lawn mowers are recommended for larger lawns up to a half-acre in size because they aren’t restricted by electrical cords or the need for recharging. Machines like Brute’s Front Wheel Gear Drive 163 Cc 3-in-1 Lawn Mower also have the mowing muscle to handle long, wet grass.

The downside is that they’re noisier than electric mowers and produce emissions. With a gas mower, you also have to keep them filled with gas and oil, change spark plugs and perform regular tune-ups.

Green and black LawnMaster reel push lawn mowerReel push mowers are experiencing a revival with environmentally conscious homeowners, and people looking to get extra exercise while cutting the lawn. With something like LawnMaster’s 16″ Reel Push Mower, they’re the lowest-cost lawn mower option and a great choice for small yards.
Modern versions are available in various cutting widths, and are lighter and easier to manoeuvre than the originals. The big plus for many users is that a reel mower doesn’t require gas or electricity and aside from the occasional blade sharpening, it’s extremely low maintenance.

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Black and red Yard Machines riding lawn mowerRiding lawn mowers are a good choice for cutting large lawns and fields. The three types are the zero-turn mower, rear-engine mower and lawn tractor. Zero-turn mowers don’t have steering wheels. Rather, they have separate speed controls for each front wheel. By causing one wheel to go faster than the other, you turn the mower in the direction of the slower wheel. Zero-turn riding mowers have an exceptionally tight turning radius, so you can work more efficiently and cut closely around obstacles.

Rear-engine mowers have a traditional steering wheel. They tend to be quite narrow, making them a good choice for yards with narrow gates and passages. Lawn tractors are workhorses that cut lawn efficiently and also have the muscle to haul heavy equipment around your property, like this 38″ 420cc Lawn Tractor from Yard Machines.

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Mulching mowers

Black and yellow Bolens push lawn mower with mulching capability

A mulching mower chops the grass into fine, compost-sized pieces that don’t clump. The mulch is left on the lawn as fertilizer, eliminating the need to rake up and dispose of the clippings.

Loko for lawn mowers that have multiple capabilities, like this 21″ 140cc Push Lawn Mower from Bolens, that can side discharge, mulch or rear bag-collect grass clippings.

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Hover mowers

Hover lawn mowers literally hover over the surface of the grass on a cushion of air. Most don’t even have wheels. They’re lightweight, easy to manoeuvre and store easily in your garage or shed. Most hover mowers have electric motors, but some models are gas-powered. Hover mowers are recommended for small lawns, hard-to-reach spots, steep slopes, waterfronts and areas with high weeds.


Green and black Robomow robotic lawn mowerTurn your neighbours green with envy this summer with a new robotic lawn mower. Typically, these mowers require the installation of a wire border to define the mowing area. Then, you simply push start on your remote and watch the mower go to work. Robomow’s RC304 Robotic Lawn Mower is about as hands off as you can get, letting you relax while the yard cleans itself up.

Most robotic mowers are powered by rechargeable batteries that operate about 20 hours before running out of juice. Solar-powered models are also available. These lawn mowers are an excellent option for small yards and for people with physical limitations.

Lawn Mower Safety Tips

Safety Tips

Lawn Mower Features

Lawn Mower Features

Bagging systems

Bagging systems collect grass clippings in a bag attached either behind the mower or at the side. Remove the bag and empty the clippings into lawn and garden recycling bags, or into a compost pile. Before you buy, make sure the bag is easy to remove, empty and replace.

Wheels

A mower with large wheels or with larger wheels on the back will handle uneven terrain better than a mower with small wheels.

Electric start

An electric starter is a popular option on gas mowers. Tedious pull starts are replaced by a single touch of a button that fires up the mower.

Variable speed control

Variable speed control allows you to slow down your self-propelled or riding mower when mowing close to obstacles such as trees or flower beds, and speed up when you’re mowing out in the open.

Blade-brake clutch system

Also known as a bail handle, a blade-break clutch system enables you to stop the blade from rotating without switching the engine off. This is a handy option if your lawn has patches of rough terrain or gravel. It lets you pause the blade, travel across the rough spot, and resume cutting again as soon as you reach mowable lawn.

Removable key-start

A removable key-start is designed to prevent children and other unauthorized people from accidentally starting or using your mower. Simply remove the key when the mower isn’t in use and store it in a safe place.

Electric start

An electric starter is a popular option on gas mowers. Tedious pull starts are replaced by a single touch of a button that fires up the mower.

Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips

Maintenance Tips

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