Best Riding Lawn Mowers

Best Riding Lawn Mowers

Best-Selling & Top-Rated Riding Lawn Mowers

Jake, the Lawn Mower Expert
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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

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Learn More About Husqvarna 970 45 86-01
$2,999.99
Features
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

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Learn More About Husqvarna 970 46 76-01
$3,099.99
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.
Features
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
54-Inch, Reinforced Stamped Steel 3-Blade Mower Deck
  • (4) anti-scalp wheels to prevent scalping on uneven terrain
  • 12-gauge stamped steel design with washout port for clean storage
Removable Foot Pan
  • Electric blade engagement; added safety and less wear on drive belts
  • 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 Semi-Pro Zero Turn Mower

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Learn More About Cub Cadet ZT2 60
$4,299.99
Expert Review
The 60" Ultima is a zero turn that lives up to its name. With this semi-pro mower, Cub Cadet aims to provide the ultimate in performance and comfort. Performance: the 24 HP Kawasaki V-Twin engine was practically made for thick, wet grass… but you'll enjoy using this on a less challenging ground, too. The Ultima also has a dual Hydro-Gear ZT-2800 setup. Hydro-Gear's transmissions are designed specifically for zero turn mowers to give them the lightweight efficiency needed. You don't need to worry about slipping and sliding with the torque from this transmission. And Cub Cadet's trademarked Aeroforce Cutting System shifts the airflow under your mower's deck for a more streamlined, better-looking cut. Speaking of that cut, you can adjust the cutting height on this mower to 1 of 15 positions, and you can mow going in reverse. You've got options with this ZTR! Comfort: the Ultima ZT2 gives you a fully adjustable seat with its own suspension and an 18" back, lap bars that can be set into 1 of 3 positions, and oversized tires that distribute the weight evenly. You'll enjoy driving this mower so much, your car will get jealous! Before Cub Cadet officially released its Ultima line of zero turn mowers, a lot of anticipation had been built up among the mower fans. The 60" Ultima ZT2 proves that the hype was (and continues to be) justified.
Features
24HP/726cc Kawasaki FR730 V-Twin OHV 4-Cycle Engine
  • Delivers the power required to tackle the thickest of them
  • V-twin cylinders reduce vibration for a smoother ride
  • Lightweight design increases efficiency and improves fuel economy
Dual Hydro-Gear™ ZT-2800™ Hydrostatic Drive System
  • Fan cooled 10cc pumps and 16cc wheel motors on each drive wheel
  • Highly durable with an oil reservoir and internal mesh filter
  • Provides optimal torque and speeds up to 7.5 MPH
60-Inch, Fabricated (Welded) 3-Blade Mower Deck
  • Extra wide mower deck allows you to get more done in fewer passes
  • Features Cub Cadet's best-in-class Aeroforce™ Cutting System
  • Optimizes air flow and suction for better bagging and cut quality
  • 15 cut heights ranging from 1 - 4.5"
Automotive-Inspired Seat
  • Ergonomic, comfortable 18" high-back seat with suspension
  • Fully adjustable and optimized to reduce riders fatigue
Adjustable Lap Bars
  • Accommodates riders of all shapes and sizes
  • Easily and quickly set lap bars into 1 of 3 positions


Best Zero Turn Mower for Hills

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Learn More About Toro 75747W
$3,599.99
Features
22HP/725cc Kohler 7000 Series V-Twin OHV 4-Cycle Engine
  • Engineered to operate cooler and cleaner for longer
  • Supplies more power while reducing fuel consumption
  • Twin V-cylinders lower vibrations for smoother driving
Toro's Exclusive Smart Speed® Control System
  • Choose between different speed ranges with the flip of a lever
  • TRIM: 0 - 4 MPH for trimming around trees and landscaping
  • TOW: 0 - 5.5 MPH for optimal and safe towing capabilities
  • MOW: 0 - 7 MPH for mowing large, open areas at high speed
Heavy-Duty Hydro-Gear ZT-2100 Hydrostatic Transmission
  • Fan cooled 10cc pumps and wheel motors on each drive wheel
  • Ensures a gentle ride even at higher ground speeds
42-Inch, Fabricated Steel IronForged® 2-Blade Mower Deck
  • A deck made with thick and rigid 10-gauge steel
  • Ensures an even and clean cut mow after mow
  • 7 cuttings heights ranging from 1.5" - 4.5"
  • The ideal size for properties with yard obstacles
Tool-Free Belt Cover & Oil Changes
  • Easiest oil change you've ever experienced
  • The integrated oil drain hose keeps the oil off your floor
  • Simply pull the hose off the holder and position it accordingly
  • Unlatch the belt cover with ease and get rid of debris


Best Commercial Zero Turn Mower

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Learn More About Swisher Z3166CPKA
$13,499.99
Features
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

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        Learn More About Cub Cadet XT1 LT50
        $2,249.99
        Expert Review
        The Cub Cadet LT50 lawn tractor 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 LT50 is powered by a 24HP Kohler twin cylinder engine that delivers speeds almost as fast as a residential grade zero turn mower. A wide track and a low center of gravity provide extra traction and stability to mow a straight line on hills and inclines. The LT50 features a 50-inch welded steel mower deck with an advanced cutting system and optimal airflow, for a perfect cut every time. Anti-scalping wheels help deliver a professional-quality finish that will make you the envy of the neighborhood. The Cub Cadet LT50 lawn tractor can handle a wide array of optional front and rear attachments for the ultimate in versatility when it comes to maintaining your property.
        Features
        24HP/725cc Kohler 7000 Series V-Twin 4-Cycle OHV Engine
        • Dual-seal air filter keeps debris out of the engine
        • Full pressure lubrication with full-flow filter
        Tuff Torq K46 Hydrostatic Transmission
        • No shifting - just push the foot pedal and go
        • Soft touch cruise control
        NEW 50-Inch, 3-Blade Fabricated (Welded) Steel Mower Deck
        • Convenient electric blade engagement and 4 deck gauge wheels
        • Patented SmartJet™ high-pressure deck washing system
        • 12-position, spring-assisted deck lift (lever operated)
        Comfort Grip Steering
        • Effortless turning that's easier on the hands
        • Optimized steering system for incredibly responsive handling
        • Tight 16-inch turning radius
        Fully Welded Frame
        • E-Coat corrosion defense system for protection & durability


        Best Garden Tractor

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        Learn More About Husqvarna 960 43 03-11
        $3,799.99
        Expert Review
        Garden tractors aren't known for being light and nimble. True to the category, the Husqvarna TS 254XG is made with some heavy-duty components for long hours of use. However, Husqvarna also made this large lawn tractor easy to operate and maneuver. The TS 254XG has a 16" turning radius. That means that it can turn in a pretty narrow arc, so you can confidently steer around features in your yard, like trees or hardscapes. The sturdy cast iron front axle gives it superior balance when making those turns, too. Even the tires are made for a smooth ride and are designed to minimize scalping when you're riding over ground that's wet or uneven. Behind all this maneuverability is the Tuff Torq K58 hydrostatic transmission. It shifts fluidly from one speed to the next, and all you have to do is press a foot pedal. It also provides the traction you need to tow attachments like carts. Add the 24 HP Kawasaki V-Twin engine for incredible power, large 54" welded steel deck that lets you mow more in less time, and 15" seat that's shaped for comfort, and you've got a tractor that's made for the long haul. The TS 254XG isn't a zero turn mower, but thanks to its design, this big, beefy workhorse will still let you navigate the tight spots in your large or mid-sized lawn with ease.
        Features
        Premium 24HP/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
        Dual Pedal-Operated Tuff Torq K58 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
        54-Inch Fabricated (Welded) Steel ClearCut™ Deck
        • Rugged 10-gauge welded steel design
        • 6 height-of-cut settings ranging from 1" - 4" to choose from
        • 4 anti-scalp wheels to prevent scalping on uneven terrain
        • 3 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
        Brushguard Included
        • Protects the heart of your mower - the engine
        • A must-have for those looking to operate in close quarters


         

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