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Maintaining a well-cut lawn doesn’t have to be the annoying, messy task it used to be. Modern mowers, including the best new push mowers, are faster, lighter, easier to maneuver and increasingly going electric instead of using gas and oil. Read on for our full buying guide.
Lawn Mower Buying Guide
If you’re looking for a new mower to manicure your lawn, there are a few specific features to consider before buying one, including their size, battery and storage.
Size & Weight: Mowers can get pretty bulky and heavy depending on how they’re powered and built. For a yard where you’ll need to maneuver around curves like flowerbeds or gardens, lighter mowers (under 40 pounds) can have the distinct advantage of getting right up to the edge so you won’t need to go back afterwards with a trimmer. For bigger areas that are all grass and can be mowed in straight lines, a heavier mower should be fine as long as you’ve got the necessary strength to push it.
Height: In general, we found it easy to adjust newer mower models’ height. Some can be adjusted with just one designated lever to set the blade height up and down a few inches. In other words, you want to be able to adjust it all at once to get a clean-cut and uniform lawn.
Battery: If you’re going for a battery-powered model, check how long its runtime is, what that translates to in terms of square footage and how long it takes to charge. Two 40V batteries, for example, might get you at least 30 minutes of mowing time. It can also be helpful if the battery has an indicator directly on it to see how much power is left, so you’re not stranded with a half-mowed lawn.
Electric vs. Gas: Getting an electric mower started is usually much easier than a traditional gas-powered one, with a simple button and no need to fumble around with pulling a cord. Another advantage of electric is cleaning the blades after you’re done. As long as the battery and electrical components are far from them, you can safely tip the mower on its side and hose it off – something you previously couldn’t do without the risk of spilling oil and gas.
Storage: When you’re all done, most of these have a handle that can be folded up, allowing the main mowing unit to be stored vertically on its side to save space.
What Are the Best Push Lawn Mowers?
For this article, we focused primarily on electric, battery-powered push mowers. Here are a few of our favorites made by brands like Worx, Craftsman and more.
1. Black+Decker 40V MAX Cordless Lawn Mower
This 20-inch beast from Black+Decker comes with two 40V Lithium Ion batteries, and can cover up to 1/4 acres of land.
Their EdgeMax tech lets you get right up to the borders of fences and flowerbeds. Its height is adjustable without tools, and there’s always the option to bag your cuttings. It’s a bit bulkier than the other 40V models, but still runs smoothly considering the power behind it.
2. Worx WG779 40V Power Share 4.0 Ah 14-inch Lawn Mower
Slightly smaller than other mowers, the Worx WG779 comes with 40V battery. But instead of one single battery, there are two 20V ones. A battery meter is included, so you’ll always know how much juice is left, and they can also be used for other Worx tools around the house and outdoors.
A dual charger is included, as is a bag that can handle up to .85 bushels of cut grass. The mower’s Intellicut feature is for tougher conditions like thicker grass, but the unit is still relatively quiet and light (29 pounds), and can cover about 5,000 square feet of lawn until it’ll need to be fueled back up again.
3. Craftsman M105 140cc Gas Powered Push 21-Inch 3-in-1 Lawn Mower
Craftsman’s M105 is the only gas-powered one of the group here, and weighs in at under 20 pounds with a 21-inch cutting width. Its 140CC engine is easier to start up than some of the old-school options. Plus, there are six different height settings done by two levers, as well as two discharge points for bagging or mulching.
The treaded tires are good for rolling through rough and uneven terrain, and it comes with enough oil to get you started.
4. Greenworks 40V Push Lawn Mower
This Greenworks mower uses a lithium ion battery, and gives about 45 minutes of wireless runtime per charge. Starting it up is as simple as pushing a button, and setting the height can be done manually with a lever. A bag is included if you want to catch your clippings, but the option to mulch them is there as well. This is also lighter than traditional mowers, at about 37.5 pounds, and the handle folds up for easy storage or transport.