Walk-Behind Lawn Mower Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Walk-Behind Lawn Mower

By  | Lawn Mower Product Expert

Whether your lawn is a postage stamp-sized lot or a large expanse of turf, you still want to keep your grass neat and trim.

Lawns are not created equal, nor are lawn mowers.

Walk-behind lawn mowers come in three distinct styles: reel, electric and gas-powered.

Choosing the perfect walk-behind mower is easy when you know what you need.

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Reel Mowers

Reel Lawn MowerReel mowers are the cheapest, simplest option. Using a reel of blades that spins as you push, they cut grass like scissors.

Reel mowers are ideal for smaller lawns or those who mow more frequently and aren't concerned with cutting long grass.

They're light-weight, eco-friendly, and maintenance free besides sharpening blades. However, reel mowers get jammed by twigs and debris, making them a bad choice if you have lots of trees.

Electric Mowers

Electric mowers have become more popular as gas-prices continue to climb. They're quieter than gas-powered models and are also eco-friendly.

Powered by a cord or a battery, electric mowers are cost efficient. However, because they're electric, you can't venture far from an electrical source.

If you're mowing far from an outlet, or mowing a large area, get a gas-powered mower.

Gas-Powered Mowers

Husqvarna Lawn MowerWalk-behind gas-powered mowers are the most popular lawn mower option. Their engines allow them to cut thick grass with ease.

Gas-powered mowers work well on hilly lawns because they have more power and are available in self-propelled models.

They are, however, louder and create emissions when in use.


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