How To Choose A Lawn Mower

Written by: Erica Spangler
Design Specialist
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Lawn Mowers in Action

Choose Your Mower Type

Determine which type of mower you will need based on the terrain and type of work you need to accomplish.

Riding Mowers

Choose Riding Mower

Walk-Behind Mowers

Choose Walk-Behind Mowers

Tow-Behind Mowers

Choose Tow-Behind Mowers

You Chose Riding Mowers

Check out these two different riding mowers to help you to decide which one you need.

Zero Turns

  • Best for maneuverability
  • Turn at up to 8 mph and 360 degree
  • Typically single purpose - mowing only
  • Handle medium to large mowing areas
Shop Zero Turn

Rear Engine Rider

  • Engine in the back
  • Low center of gravity gives stability
  • Designed to fit through narrow gate passages and entries
Shop Rear Engine

Tractors

  • Engine located in the front for comfort
  • Multi-use tool: mowing, towing and attachments
  • Handles medium to large mowing areas
Shop Tractors

You Chose Walk-Behind Mowers

Choose between these three walk-behind mowers for your lawn.

Push

Push Mowers
  • Gas or electric powered
  • Push the mower without powered help
  • Ideal for smaller, flatter lawns
Shop Push

Self-Propelled

  • Gas or electric powered
  • Bar engages the motor to propel forward
  • Ideal for hilly, uneven terrain or larger lawns
Shop Self-Propelled

Reel

  • No motor or engine
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Great for small lawns
Shop Reel

You Chose Tow-Behind Mowers

Check out which of these three tow-behind options is the best for you.

Trail Cutters

Trail Cutter Mower
  • Great for over-grown vegetation
  • Use series of cutting bars to cut
Shop Trail Cutters

Gang-Reel

Gang-reel mower
  • Do not have an engine
  • Cut like scissors, so great for grass
Shop Gang Reel

Mower Cutting Size

You will want to consider the cutting area that the mower makes.
  • Cutting Width - the total length of the blade(s) for cutting the grass. This is not the same as the mower width, which is the total width of the mower.
  • Cutting Height - some mowers come with the ability to adjust the mowing deck to allow for multiple cutting heights.

Still Not Sure?

Check out our lawn mower reviews that are chosen based on the budget that is right for you.
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