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Best Top Lawn Mower Reviews 2013

Updated on August 21, 2013

Reviews on the Best Lawn Mower

Deciding on a new mower is not a difficult task, but you do need to consider your needs and desires. Do you want an electric mower or a gas-powered one? Do you like the smell of fresh grass, but not the emissions fumes?

You may have experienced problems with the recoil start systems. It’s not easy pulling that cord to get the engine to turn on. Maybe, you just bought your first house and are researching the pros and cons to electric mowers.

Whatever your situation, you’ll want to find a mower that fits your needs. Consider the size of your yard. Is it mostly flat or are there lots of hills. Also, look for tight spaces or hard to navigate turns. There are some important features in mowers to consider.

Gasoline or Electric

The electric mowers are built well, have innovative technology to make cutting easier, and cut down on pollution. Electric mowers are quiet, clean and lightweight. You may not want to deal with an extension cord or a battery; in that case; a gas mower would be better for you.

Gas mowers require more maintenance than electric mowers, but come with more power for tough turf. Popular Mechanics provides a suggested midseason checklist for keeping your gas mower in top-notch performance.

Height Adjustment Systems

One drawback of a heavier mower and most gas-powered mowers is the way you adjust the cutting height. Usually you must adjust the deck at each wheel. This is not the case in most electric mowers. Simply sliding one lever will lift or lower the entire base. Some mowers have 4 heights to choose from while others boast 7 options.

Cutting Width

The wider the mower, the less times you’ll have to pass over your yard to get the entire lot trimmed. However, the wider the cutting deck, the more difficult it will be to maneuver through tight spots. A wider deck usually means the entire mower is heavier and the price is higher too. The width of electric and smaller gas mowers range from 14 inches to 22 inches.

Clipping Control

As you cut your grass, what will you do with the clippings? Gas-powered mowers usually offer 3 options discharge, mulching and bagging. Some electric mowers do not give you the option to bag. Others have the bagging option, but the bag doesn’t stay in place as well as in other mowers.

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5 stars for Husqvarna 5521p 21-Inch High Rear Wheel Push Mower

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Husqvarna 5521p 21-Inch High Rear Wheel Push Mower

The Husqvarna 5521p 21-Inch High Rear Wheel Push Mower has a compact design. You can easily maneuver the mower in tight corners. The feature that sets this mower apart from others is the high rear wheels. The front wheels are 8-inch in diameter and the rear wheels are 12-inch in diameter, making it easier to push and turn.

While compact, the cutting width is still 21-inches, so your trimming task can be completed quickly. The power comes from a Briggs and Stratton 5-1/2 torque- 140 cc engine. You can adjust the cutting height to match the lawn condition because the mower offers a 4-point, 5 position system.

Now keep in mind, gasoline-powered mowers are heavier and height adjustment takes place at each of the four wheels. There are three cutting systems: side discharge, mulch and rear bag. Out of the box, you will just need to adjust the handle into place, add oil and gasoline and then you are good to go. For convenience, the handle folds down making it simple to store or transport.

Green Works G-Max Mower

The Green Works G-Max Mower includes a 40 Volt Lithium Ion battery and charger. This battery gives higher performance than other battery-operated mowers, but is more energy efficient than gas-powered machines. The machine is lightweight and makes your mowing task manageable because of its 16-inch cutting width. You can go in and out of narrow spaces and turn easily.

The larger rear wheels give added control and stability. A mower with an electric start is much easier than a recoil start. For users who are weaker or tire easily, the recoil starter sometimes takes more than one attempt.

The start switch on the G-Max takes a bit of getting used to because of the safety feature. You must push and hold the start switch while pulling back on the safety handle. This safety bar is as wide as the handle, so it functions for left-handed users as well as right-handed users.

You actually get everything that comes with a gas mower without the fumes, gas, and added maintenance requirements. Tall grasses even up to eight inches are cut without a problem when the deck height is lifted to one of the taller of the 5 height options in the 7/8 to 2 ¾ inch range. You can adjust the height of all the wheels simultaneously by using a single lever.

Black & Decker 19-Inch 36 Volt Cordless Electric Self-propelled Lawn Mower

The Black & Decker SPCM 1936 19-Inch 36 Volt Cordless Electric Self-propelled Lawn Mower is what you’ll want on those 100 degree days when you are tempted to higher a neighbor kid to cut your grass. This mower powers itself forward with a variable speed system.

The set speed self-propelled feature will match your desired mowing pace without requiring you to push as much. Coming home to a shaggy lawn after a long day at work could seem like a disappointment. However, knowing the mower does most of the work, you see the chore as a treat instead. The instant start will guarantee an easy start every time.

No need to expend any sweat on a frustrating recoil starter. Another energy-saving aspect is the wide cutting deck. Nineteen inches across the front of the mower means less back and forth across your yard. The height adjustment range is 1 ½ to 3 ½ inches. The larger rear wheels give more stability as you make those turns. As the clippings exit the mower, you have 3 options with this mower.

You can mulch, bag or just let the grass discharge. There is enough power in the 36-Volt battery to cut one third of an acre. If your yard is larger than one-third of an acre, you may want to have another charged battery nearby to switch out. The battery easily lifts out of the mower to be recharged. This is a powerful 92-pound machine, but can be stored easily in tight places by folding down the handle and tipping the mower upright.

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GreenWorks 25112 21-Inch Electric Mower

GreenWorks 25112 21-Inch Electric Mower is a corded mower that powers like a gas engine. A 21 – Inch cutting deck is a luxurious feature. A wide cutting path eliminates the need for many laps around the yard.

Now adjusting to a cord may take some time. It may help if you can treat your corded mower like you do your vacuum cleaner. With both my vacuum and my mower, I keep the cord right over my shoulder, so that I know it is safely out of the way. You also need to consider how long of an extension cord you will need.

Keep in mind that the longer the cord gets, the gauge should be lower. For example, if you know that you need a 100 foot extension cord to mow your yard, then the gauge of the cord should be 14 gauge.

If a 150 foot cord is necessary, then the gauge should be 12. The 13 amp motor is powerful. You will have no trouble going up hills or tough grass. There are 7 height positions on this mower to handle all kinds of vegetation. So, if you like the smell of freshly cut grass, but find the fumes and exhaust bothersome, stick with an electric mower.

Black & Decker 19-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower

Black & Decker gives us the CM1936 19-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower. This is a heavier cordless mower. At 72 pounds, this powerful machine gets the job done with a 19-inch cutting width.

This wider deck means less time and effort for you. You can cut one third of an acre on one charge. The battery is easily removable so you can have extra batteries on hand if you have a larger cutting job.

The mower starts easily with a key and is a much quieter machine than the gas mowers. You won’t be able to disturb those neighbors anymore. You will have a clean-cut yard with this powerful motor and improved blade design. I like the lever to change the cutting height to anywhere between 1 ½ and 3 ½ inches.

The 9 inch rear wheels are a full 2 inches larger than the 7 inch front wheels, and that means extra control and stability. Now, for those clippings, there is a 3 – in – 1 system. You can let them discharge, or you can mulch them into the lawn, or just bag them up to put elsewhere.

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