Best Riding Lawn Mowers

Best Riding Lawn Mowers

Best-Selling & Top-Rated Riding Lawn Mowers

Dale, the Lawn Mower Expert
Lawn Mower Expert

Sometimes, you just don't feel like walking. That's why we put together the Best Riding Lawn Mowers of 2021 based on our best-selling, highest-rated models with expert recommendations to ensure you get the perfect type for your needs. 


If you're not sure what kind of riding mower you need, check out our Riding Mower Buyer’s Guide to get started and come back to the list for an expert recommendation. You can also peruse our other lists of Best Lawn Mowers.

Happy mowing! 


Best Riding Lawn Mowers

From the best zero turn lawn mowers, to the best lawn tractors, we have it all! You can scroll down through the full list, or simply click on the one you want to see straight away.

Best Residential Zero Turn Mower

Learn More About Husqvarna 970 45 86-01
18HP/603cc Kawasaki FR600V 4-Cycle OHV V-Twin Engine
  • Cast-iron cylinder liners and screen guard for added engine protection
  • Lightweight design increases efficiency and improves fuel economy
  • Smooth power output, quieter operation, and exceptional durability
  • A rear-engine guard that aids in protection
Hydro-Gear® ZT-2200 (EZT®) Hydrostatic Transmission
  • Maintenance-free design with tons of power and torque
  • Fan cooled 10cc pumps and wheel motors on each drive wheel
46-Inch, Reinforced Stamped Steel 2-Blade Mower Deck
  • Smaller deck size allows for better maneuvering in tight areas
  • 6 height-of-cut settings ranging from 1.5" - 4"
  • Electrical blade engagement; increases safety and reduces wear of drive belts
  • (3) adjustable anti-scalp wheels to prevent scalping on rough terrain
Air Induction Mowing Technology
  • Enhances airflow and provides a superior cut
Automatic Parking Brake
  • The parking brake engages when the levers are moved outward
  • Ensures safer operation and peace of mind on inclines

Best Mid-Grade Zero Turn Mower

Learn More About Husqvarna 970 46 76-01
Expert Review
Due to its admirable popularity, we may be sold out before you're done reading this review as this is one of the bestselling Husqvarna zero turn models I've seen in my many years in the industry. I will say that this zero turn is not for the faint of heart and may be considered an overkill for properties less than an acre or two. However, if you do have some serious acreage, or just prefer to get your work done fast, then this 54" heavy duty mower is just for you. To have your mower perform well, and perform well for a very long time, you'll want to periodically inspect and maintain it. To encourage operators to perform maintenance and clean-up, Husqvarna has made accessing pulleys and spindles a BREEZE by incorporating a removable foot pan. That said, no tools are required to grease spindles, adjust/replace pulleys, or clear grass clippings. This is an incredibly useful feature that is not found on all zero turns (and a personal favorite). Responsible for its seamless and easy drive is the incredible Kohler 7000 series 26 HP engine. Though this model does not feature headlights (sold separately), it does have an electric PTO blade engagement and hand operated cut height adjustment. The electric blade engagement reduces shock load on the engine, spindles, and pulleys while the hand-operated cut height lever is one of the most simple, quick, and effective ways to adjust the height of your cut. This is much more convenient than fiddling around with pins or playing footsy with a stiff foot lever. Got hills? The Husqvarna Z254 is capable of handling them. If you do have uneven terrain, I recommend turning up and into hills, not down as the differential works far better fighting gravity. Regardless, it's always a good idea to proceed with caution (no matter the style mower) as mowing on uneven terrain can be dangerous to you and your mower. User-friendly features, a highly-regarded engine, and a solid frame make this Husky one of the most popular zero turns out there.
Durable 26HP Kohler 7000 Series V-Twin Engine
  • Mows up to 2.8 acres/hour at speeds up to 6.5 mph
  • Full pressure lubrication system with spin-on oil filter
  • Smooth power output, quiet operation, and outstanding durability
Hydro-Gear ZT-2200 (EZT®) Hydrostatic Transmission
  • Designed without hydraulic hoses for fewer leak points
  • Fan cooled 10cc pumps and wheel motors on each drive wheel
  • Powerful performance with tons of torque and smooth acceleration
  • No maintenance transmission, so you're worry-free
  • Electric blade engagement; added safety and less wear on drive belts
54-Inch, Reinforced Stamped Steel 3-Blade Mower Deck
  • Air induction technology enhances cutting
  • 12-gauge stamped steel design with washout port for clean storage
  • (4) anti-scalp wheels to prevent scalping on uneven terrain
Removable Foot Pan
  • Allows easy access to deck belts, pulleys and spindles
  • Extremely convenient for on the fly adjustments and cleaning
Automatic Parking Brake
  • Parking brake engages when the levers are moved outward
  • Provides safer operation and peace of mind on inclines

Best Commercial Zero Turn Mower

Learn More About Swisher Z3166CPKA
Twin Hydro Gear 3400 Hydrostatic Transmissions
    31HP/999cc Kawasaki Commercial V-Twin Engine
    • Full engine wrap for added protection
    • Electric flip-up function on deck for easy cleaning and maintenance
    • Electric deck height adjustment controlled by a foot pedal
    Heavy-Duty Composite Fenders With Integrated Storage
      66-Inch Fabricated (Welded) Front Mount Deck
      • Front mount deck design for mowing under low clearance obstacles
      • Delivers smooth, infinitely variable speed and direction control
      • Commercial grade, heavy duty, welded steel frame
      • Large 12cc pumps and 16cc motors on each drive wheel
      • Makes steering easier; keeps your arms in a comfortable position
      • 23-inch chevron tread drive tires with 4 supporting casters
      • 12V adapter, hour meter, cup holder, battery compartment, and LED headlights
      • Arm rest and seat belt for operator comfort and safety
      • Electric PTO Warner clutch
      Deluxe, Adjustable Suspension Seat

        Best Lawn Tractor

        Learn More About Cub Cadet XT1 LT46
        Expert Review
        The Cub Cadet LT46 lawn tractor represents the next generation of lawn tractor. The LT46 lets you enjoy caring for your lawn with confidence. This tractor combines top-performance, a professional grade engine and remarkable maneuverability and comfort. The Cub Cadet LT46 is powered by a 22HP Kohler V-twin professional grade engine. This unit offers great fuel economy as well as smooth operation. Equipped with a Tuff Torq hydrostatic transmission, the Cub Cadet LT46 provides a smooth, comfortable ride with cruise control and handy foot pedals for forward and reverse control. Another feature provided with this tractor is RevTEK™, which is the ability to mow in reverse as well as going forward. This is not something always found on lawn tractors. The Cub Cadet LT46 lawn tractor is also capable of towing non-ground engaging attachments like a cart, a lawn sweeper, an aerator or a dethatcher, which makes it a versatile option when it comes to yard care. You can even attach a plow blade to it for plowing snow. The Cub Cadet LT46 offers strength and durability from a cast iron front axle to a professional grade engine. This is a mower which should last for years to come.
        23HP/725cc Kohler 7000 Series V-Twin OHV 4-Cycle Engine
        • OHV V-twin cylinder design runs cooler, cleaner, and faster
        • Full pressure lubrication with full-flow filter extend engine life
        Tuff Torq TL200 Hydrostatic Transmission
        • Seamless acceleration, simply push the pedal and go
        • Soft touch cruise control for added convenience and reduced fatigue
        46-Inch, 2-Blade Stamped Steel Mower Deck
        • 4 anti-scalping wheels to prevent ground outs on uneven landscapes
        • SmartJet™ high-pressure deck washing system for clean storage
        • 12-position, spring-assisted deck lift (lever operated)
        Optimized Steering
        • Designed to deliver responsive steering and a tight 16" turning radius
        • Adjustable automotive-style ball joints for a more fine-tuned ride
        Fully Welded Frame
        • A sturdy frame reduces any chassis flex or bending
        • Provides greater stability and better cut quality
        • E-Coat corrosion defense system for protection and durability

        Best Garden Tractor

        Learn More About Husqvarna 960 43 03-07
        Premium 21.5HP/726cc Kawasaki FR Series V-Twin OHV Engine
        • Offers maximum power, quiet operation, and low emissions
        • Delivers the power required to tackle the harshest mowing conditions
        • Gives peak performance for the homeowner every season
        Feel the Differential
        • Auto-locking rear differential keeps both rear tires moving in unison
        • Provides unmatched traction on inclines and wet, slippery conditions
        Dual Pedal-Operated Tuff Torq K46LD Hydrostatic Transmission
        • Automatically adjusts speed for seamless vehicle-like acceleration
        • 16-inch turning radius is ideal for maneuvering in tight yards
        • More durable and low-maintenance than manual or automatic transmissions
        42-Inch Fabricated (Welded) Steel ClearCut™ Deck
        • Rugged 10-gauge welded steel design
        • 6 height-of-cut settings ranging from 1" - 4" to choose from
        • 2 anti-scalp wheels to prevent scalping on uneven terrain
        • 2 mower blades with greaseable mandrels and washout port
        • Electric blade engagement for added safety and convenience
        Deck Washout Port
        • Keep the grass clippings in the yard and out of your storage area
        • Simply connect a garden hose to the mower deck and rinse away


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