Riding Mower Buyer's Guide

Riding Mower Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Riding Lawn Mower

By  | Lawn Mower Product Expert

You work hard and deserve to be rewarded by riding in the lap of luxury while manicuring the lawn and enjoying the summer breeze.


Most people ditch their walk-behind mower for a riding mower not just because they are physically unable or unwilling to push it anymore, but because they want to enjoy the experience of mowing again.

Riding lawn mowers come in three types: rear engine riding mowers, tractors (both lawn and garden tractors), and zero turning radius (ZTR) lawn mowers.

Each mower type has its own uses and characteristics, so pick the one that works best for your lawn. Take a look at the comparison chart below:

Riding Mower Comparison Chart

Rear Engine Riding Mowers
Cub Cadet Rear Engine Riding Lawn Mower
If you want a relaxing, easy, comfortable mowing experience, then consider a rear engine rider.

The smallest mower out of the bunch, their smaller cutting decks are ideal for yards with narrow passes like fence gates. They're a more affordable alternative to tractors and zero turn mowers, and they take up less space in your garage or shed.

However, rear engine riders are considerably slower and aren't designed to pull attachments. If you have more than a 3/4 acre lot, opt for another mower. 


Lawn & Garden TractorsLawn Tractors & Garden Tractors
If you want more than just mowing, then lawn tractors and garden tractors are for you.

These tractors are built to be work-horses all over your property and haul heavy attachments. Equipped with powerful engines, they have the muscle to accomplish big jobs.

These are like linemen on a football team: big and strong, but not the fastest, most agile players. If you're looking for high-speeds or your yard has lots of obstacles, tractors aren't your best bet.


Zero Turn MowersZero Turn Lawn Mower
If tractors are linemen, then zero turn mowers are the running backs and receivers on the team. These high-performance mowers zip around your lawn at speeds up to 8 mph and can turn on a dime.

Their steering system allows you to make nimble 360 degree turns with ease. Because of their faster speed and improved maneuverability, zero turn mowers will save you the most time while mowing.