We’ve evaluated all types of lawnmowers for many years to help you find the best one for your lawn. We took our testing outside, using each gas and electric lawnmower to cut a 100-square-foot patch of grass. We also spent hours researching ride-on mowers, consulting with experts to zero in on the features that matter most, since we were unable to test these models hands on. After testing and researching, we cataloged and compared the products' scores and features to determine the best lawnmower in each category.
If you prefer a gas engine, check out the Honda HRX 217VKA – it has a powerful engine, responsive self-propulsion and a large-capacity discharge bag. If you like electric mowers, we recommend the EGO LM2102SP, with its short recharge time and long warranty. If you are in the market for a riding lawnmower, consider the John Deere E180. It has a powerful engine and the widest cutting path of any mower we compared.
Best Gas Lawn Mower
The Honda HRX is the best gas-powered lawn mower we tested. It has a powerful engine and a self-propulsion system to help you push all of its 96 pounds across your yard. You can adjust its cutting height to seven different levels, from 3/4 of an inch to 4 inches. This feature makes it easy to keep your lawn cut to the exact height you want.
The blades have twice the cutting surface as a standard blade, which gives you a smooth, clean cut and keeps clippings from clumping together. The mower also features a discharge bag that is about 25 percent bigger than those on the other lawn mowers we tested. That means you’ll spend less time emptying the bag.
This lawn mower is quite loud. So, if you are going to use it often or for extended periods of time, you might want to invest in some earplugs. It has a five-year warranty, two years longer than is average for gas mowers.
Best Electric Lawn Mower
When we tested electric lawn mowers, the EGO LM2102SP claimed the top spot. It touts a 56-volt lithium-ion battery that lasts about 45 minutes on a full charge, and it only takes about 40 minutes to recharge the battery; other electric lawn mowers take up to two hours to fully charge. This mower also has an energy gauge that lets you know how much juice the battery has left.
It is one of the most versatile and maneuverable electric lawn mowers you can buy. Its cutting height ranges from 1.5 to 4 inches, and you can adjust the height with just one hand. It also features a push-button start and self-propulsion technology, so it doesn’t take much effort to push it across your grass. Additionally, it has a collapsible handle that makes it easy to store.
Best Riding Lawn Mower
The John Deere E180 is the best riding lawn mower we found. Its 54-inch cutting path is impressive even by riding lawn mower standards. With a powerful 26-horsepower engine you can cut a large lawn quickly. It easily navigates all types of terrain with speeds of up to 5.5 miles per hour. Once you determine the speed that works best for your lawn, you can set it to cruise mode.
The E180 has features you can customize to your lawn’s layout, and the way you want to cut it. You can adjust the blades to 11 different positions between 1 and 4 inches, and it has a turning radius of 18 inches. The hydraulic transmission is pedal-operated so you never have to take your hands off the wheel to adjust a shifter knob.
Riding lawn mowers aren’t cheap and the John Deere E180 is pricey even by riding lawn mower standards at about $2,900. But for the right consumer with a large, demanding yard, this is best mower we evaluated.