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CONSUMER REPORTS RATINGS ON LAWN MOWERS

Self propelled mower

The Ratings rank tested mowers by overall score. While top gas models can cost as much as $800, several high-scoring models cost far less.

Before choosing a mower, decide on a type that matches your mowing needs and budget. Then check our Quick Picks below for high-scoring models that blend performance and value.

Best for most:

All three Toros offer top performance for relatively little money.

The Toro Recycler 20333 has a blade-brake clutch.

 The Toro Recycler 20332 is relatively similar but lacks the clutch, while the Toro Recycler 20330 is front-drive--fine .

 Toro Recycler 20333

Type: Self-propelled mowers

Price as tested:

$420

Overall score

Excellent overall, this gas-powered mower was excellent at mulching and side-discharge. It also was very good at evenness, bagging, and handling, and was easy to use.

 Toro Recycler 20332

Type: Self-propelled mowers

Price as tested:

$390

Overall score

Very good overall, this gas-powered mower was excellent at mulching and side-discharge and also was very good at evenness, bagging, and handling. It was very easy to use.

Toro Recycler 20330

Type: Self-propelled mowers

Price as tested:

$320

Overall score

Very good overall, this gas-powered mower was excellent at mulching and side-discharge and also was very good at evenness and bagging.

 Craftsman 37435

Type: Self-propelled mowers

Price as tested:

$300

Overall score

Very good overall, this gas-powered mower was very good in nearly all tests. It scored good for evenness.

 Lawn-Boy 10641

Type: Self-propelled mowers

Price as tested:

$290

Overall score

Very good overall, this gas-powered mower is very good at mulching and bagging and excellent at side-discharge cutting. The rear-discharge chute does not come with the mower but can be ordered free from the manufacturer.

 Craftsman 37624

Type: Self-propelled mowers

Price as tested:

$300

Overall score

 Push mowers

While some push models can set you back $400 or more, capable mowers perform almost as well for as little as $230. Decide on a gas or electric (corded or cordless) mower based on your needs. Then see our Quick Picks for high-scoring models with specific strengths and value.

Best for most smaller lawns:

Among gas push mowers, choose the Lawn-Boy 10640 for its better mulching and side-discharging, the Cub Cadet 11A-18MC for its bagging. Between electrics, paying more for the Black & Decker CMM1200 buys cordless cutting.

Lawn-Boy 10640

Type: Push mowers

Gas-powered push models

Price as tested:

$260

Overall score

Very good overall, this gas-powered mower was very good at mulching and excellent at side-discharging; it also was easy to handle.

Cub Cadet 11A-18MC

Type: Push mowers

Gas-powered push models

Price as tested:

$260

Overall score

Very good overall, this gas-powered mower gives a very even cut and is very good at bagging.

 Black & Decker CMM1200

Type: Push mowers

Cordless electric push models

Price as tested:

$400

Overall score

While very good overall, this electric mower is limited in cutting time to about 40 minutes, with a 9-hour recharge time.

 Black & Decker MM875

Type: Push mowers

Corded electric push models

Price as tested:

$240

Overall score

3While very good overall, this electric mower is limited in maneuverability and convenience due to its electrical cord.


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