While the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimates that there were nearly 3,500 reported incidents of injuries to children under the age of 18 caused by lawn mowers that were treated in hospital in the United States in 2014, most of these injuries are preventable with just a few safety precautions.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of 12 not operate walk behind lawn mowers, and children under the age of 16 should not operate a riding lawn mower. Those old enough should be shown how to properly use the machine and be supervised until you are confident they have the hang of things.

Wearing closed-toed shoes, eye and ear protection, and gloves are all important safety measures. Loose hair and clothing should be tied back, mowing in reverse should be discouraged, and be mindful of cords when operating. Allow gas-powered models to cool completely before refuelling and never allow a passenger on a riding mower.

There are several styles of lawn mowers, including:

Riding

Riding lawn mowers, or lawn tractors, are pricier than walk behind models but are well-suited for large properties. They make lighter work of lawn mowing, and generally mow a large swath at a time.

Walk behind

Walk behind, or push mowers, come in electric, gas or reel styles with each having its pros and cons. They are best-suited for small to large properties (depending on how much effort you want to put into cutting your lawn) and are the most affordably-priced. Reel and electric models produce no harmful emissions and are generally quiet to operate, whereas gas models will require fuel and create emissions and loud noise. Gas models will generally cut the largest swath, and all will require regular blade sharpening in order to provide the ideal cut.

Tow behind

Tow behind mowers attach to tractors, ATVs or other such vehicles and are suitable for large properties or pastures. They are typically quite heavy and costly, but can cut extremely wide swaths in a single pass.

Engine quality, mower materials, available features and accessories will all impact the pricing of each of these mowers.

With the above information in mind, in no particular order here are 45 of the lawn mowers that we consider best, based on available features and average customer ratings and reviews.

Riding

1. Husqvarna 967323903 V-Twin 724 cc Zero Turn Mower, 46″

This riding lawn mower boasts a durable and long lasting Briggs & Stratton 23hp v-twin 724cc engine and features a 46-inch reinforced cutting deck so you can complete your mowing in fewer passes.

Key features:

  • Includes 3 anti-scalp rollers
  • Electric clutch
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $2699.95

2. Poulan Pro 967331001 P54ZX Briggs V-Twin Pro 24 HP Riding Mower, 54-Inch

This riding lawn mower boasts a durable and long lasting 24hp Briggs & Stratton v-twin pro engine and features a 54-inch reinforced deck (with 10 year warranty) for powerful cutting performance. It boasts a zero turn radius for cutting in tight corners with wheels that are independently controlled.

Key features:

  • Electric clutch
  • Made in the USA
  • 3 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $2905.58

3. Husqvarna Residential Zero-Turn Mower – Model# Z254

This riding lawn mower features a 747cc engine and comes complete with a 54-inch cutting deck that makes light work of your outdoor chores. The zero turn mower provides ultimate maneuverability to make cutting the grass enjoyable.

Key features:

  • Durable steel tube frame
  • Optional mulch and collection capability
  • Electric clutch

Cost: *Est. $3199.99

4. Cub Cadet Xt1 Enduro Series Lt 42 In. 18 Hp Kohler Hydrostatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower

This riding lawn mower boasts an 18hp Kohler hydrostatic engine and comes complete with an easy-fill 3-gallon fuel tank and wide, 42-inch cutting deck. It features an optimized steering system with a 16-inch turn radius for work in tight spaces. The integrated cruise control helps maintain an even cutting speed.

Key features:

  • LED headlights
  • Choice of 12 cutting positions
  • Optional accessories include: a twin bagger, snow thrower, sun shade/snow cab, snow blade, mulch kit, and more

Cost: *Est. $1972.40

5. Troy-Bilt 420cc OHV 30-Inch Premium Neighborhood Riding Lawn Mower

This riding lawn mower boasts a powerful 420cc Troy-Bilt engine with a choice of 6 different speeds. The 18-inch turning radius and 30-inch cutting deck make it ideal for getting into those hard-to-reach spots on your property.

Key features:

  • Choice of 5 adjustable settings
  • Made in the USA
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $1613.58

6. Husqvarna 967324301 26 hp Kohler 7000 V-Twin Zero Turn Mower, 54″

This riding lawn mower boasts a powerful Kohler 7000 26hp v-twin engine and comes complete with a 54-inch reinforced cutting deck that makes quick work of your lawn cutting. The transmission has been designed to be maintenance-free and the spring-assisted deck lift system is easy to use.

Key features:

  • Includes 4 anti-scalp rollers
  • Electric clutch
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $3199.95

7. Poulan Pro PB30 Briggs 4-Speed Transmission Deck Riding Mower, 30-Inch

This riding lawn mower boasts a durable and long lasting four-speed Briggs & Stratton engine and comes complete with a 30-inch single blade cutting deck that is suitable for use on smaller properties. It features a 14-inch turning radius and a choice of four different cutting heights.

Key features:

  • Lever drive
  • 3 year warranty
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $1174.99

8. Husqvarna LGT2654 26 HP Hydro Light Garden Tractor, 54-Inch

This riding lawn mower boasts a 26hp Kohler hydrostatic engine and comes complete with a wide, 54-inch cutting deck. The integrated cruise control helps maintain an even cutting speed and the electric blade engagement system makes for easy operation.

Key features:

  • Adjustable seat
  • Ergonomic steering wheel
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $2399.95

9. Poulan Pro 960420170 PB20VA46 Briggs 20 HP V-Twin, 46-Inch

This riding lawn mower boasts a durable and long lasting 20hp v-twin Briggs & Stratton engine complete with ready start system for ease of starting. The cutting deck is a wide 46-inches and comes with a 10 year warranty, and has been reinforced for longevity.

Key features:

  • Pedal control transmission
  • 16-inch turn radius
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $1939.30

10. Weed Eater WE-ONE 26-Inch 190cc Briggs & Stratton 875 Series Gas Powered Riding Lawn Mower

This riding lawn mower boasts a powerful and long lasting 190cc Briggs & Stratton engine and come complete with electric start for ease of operation. Choose from four speeds including reverse, and a 3-inch blade adjustment for the perfect cut every time.

Key features:

  • Non-slip foot rests
  • 26-inch cutting deck
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $962.33

11. Poulan Pro 967330901 P46ZX Briggs V-Twin Pro 22 HP Riding Mower, 46-Inch

This riding lawn mower boasts a powerful and long lasting 22hp Briggs & Stratton v-twin pro engine and comes complete with a 46-inch reinforced deck with a 10 year warranty. It features a 3.5-gallon fuel tank and hydro gear EZT transmission.

Key features:

  • Electric clutch
  • Supportive high back seat
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $2605.58

12. Poulan Pro 960420174 PB24VA54 Kohler V-Twin 24 HP Riding Mower, 54-Inch

This riding lawn mower boasts a 24hp Kohler engine and comes complete with a wide, 54-inch reinforced cutting deck with a 10 year warranty. It features a 16-inch turn radius for working in tight spaces, supportive high back seat, and LED headlights.

Key features:

  • 2.5-gallon fuel tank
  • Pedal controlled transmission
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $1999

13. Yard Machines 420cc 42-Inch Riding Lawn Mower

This riding lawn mower boasts a 420cc Powermore engine and features a wide, 42-inch cutting blade that is suitable for use on large areas — even those with hills. It features a choice of seven speeds to help you tackle any area on your property with ease.

Key features:

  • Mulching and bagging capability
  • Trailer capable
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $1299.99

14. Husqvarna RZ3016 30-Inch 16.5 HP Briggs & Stratton Gas Powered Riding Lawn Mower

This riding lawn mower boasts a powerful and long lasting 16.5hp Briggs & Stratton endurance engine and features a 30-inch stamped cutting deck. It provides all the power of a standard riding mower in a compact size that is ideal for smaller spaces and for storage.

Key features:

  • Durable steel tube frame
  • Padded levers
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $2349.95

15. Poulan Pro 960420167 PB20A46 Kohler 20 HP Pedal Control Fast Auto Drive Cutting Deck Riding Mower, 46-Inch

This riding lawn mower boasts a 20hp Kohler engine and comes complete with a 2.5-gallon fuel tank and wide, 46-inch cutting deck. The integrated cruise control helps maintain an even cutting speed.

Key features:

  • 16-inch turn radius
  • LED headlights
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $1698.57

Walk behind

16. GreenWorks 25022 12 Amp Corded 20-Inch Lawn Mower

This corded electric push mower boasts a 12 Amp motor and durable steel 20-inch cutting deck to help make light work of your lawn maintenance. It can discharge out the side, bag, or mulch for added convenience and versatility.

Key features:

  • Choice of 7 height positions
  • Self-propelled
  • 4 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $125.99

17. Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower With Grass Catcher

Available in a choice of two different sizes, this 12 Amp corded electric mower boasts an easy-to-use push button start and features a 14-inch wide cutting deck with steel cutting blade. It features an integrated grass catcher system and choice of three cutting height positions.

Key features:

  • Compact design
  • 2 year warranty
  • ETL approved

Cost: *Est. $94.96

18. GreenWorks 25302 Twin Force G-MAX 40V Li-Ion 20-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower

Available in a choice of three different sizes to suit any homeowner’s need, this battery-powered cordless lawn mower comes complete with two batteries and a charger for the ultimate in convenience. It features a 20-inch cutting width that is suitable for use in mid-size areas.

Key features:

  • Adjust for power or runtime
  • Mulching and bagging capable
  • 5 position height adjustment

Cost: *Est. $375.65

19. Poulan Pro 961120131 PR500N21SH Briggs 500ex Side Discharge/Mulch 2-in-1 Hi-Wheel Push Mower

This gas-powered push mower boasts a tough 500E 140cc Briggs & Stratton primer engine and features a 21-inch wide steel cutting deck. It is mulching capable and features a choice of five different height adjustments for the perfect cut, every time.

Key features:

  • Lightweight, easy to maneuver
  • Made in the USA
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $179.99

20. GreenWorks 25142 10 Amp Corded 16-Inch Lawn Mower

This corded electric push mower boasts a 10 Amp motor and durable steel 16-inch cutting deck to help make light work of your lawn maintenance. It can discharge out the rear or mulch into a collection bag for added convenience and versatility.

Key features:

  • Choice of 5 height positions
  • Self-propelled
  • 4 year warranty

Cost: Est. $120.13

21. Fiskars Staysharp Max Reel Mower, 18-Inch

Thanks to the unique, patent-pending design of this push-powered reel mower, it is 60% easier to push than other reel mowers, while delivering twice as much cutting power in an 18-inch width. It mows without touching blades, to help cut down on costly sharpening bills.

Key features:

  • Forward-throwing discharge chute
  • Suitable for all types of grass
  • 3 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $178.99

22. Great States 204-14 Hand Reel 14 Inch Push Lawn Mower

This push-powered reel mower boasts a 14-inch cutting width and features a number of durable design features including alloy steel reel and bed knife blade, high impact polymer wheels, and steel side plates.

Key features:

  • Adjustable cutting height
  • Ideal for small spaces
  • Easy to assemble

Cost: *Est. $71.22

23. Scotts 2000-20 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower

This classic push reel lawn mower boasts a 20-inch wide cutting path and features dual tracking wheels and rugged radial tires to help increase maneuverability while reducing drag. There’s no costly engine maintenance and the quick-snap adjusters make height adjustments a breeze.

Key features:

  • Easy to assemble
  • 5 durable, heat-treated cutting blades
  • Comfortable foam grip handle

Cost: *Est. $137.60

24. Black & Decker MTE912 12-Inch Electric 3-in-1 Trimmer/Edger and Mower

Available in a choice of corded or cordless models, this 3-in-1 electric unit trims, edges, and mows to tackle all your yard maintenance work in one compact package. Its lightweight design and adjustable height and pivoting handle positions provide comfortable operator use.

Key features:

  • Automatic feed system
  • 12-inch cutting swath
  • Ideal for yards up to 1,200 square feet

Cost: *Est. $84.99

If you are looking for additional trimmer/edge options, find our list of The Safest Trimmers and Edgers.

25. Great States 415-16 16-Inch Standard Full Feature Push Reel Lawn Mower

This push reel mower boasts a 16-inch wide cutting swath and comes complete with heat treated blades and powder coated handles for more durable, long lasting use.

Key features:

  • Height adjustable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Cushioned handle grips

Cost: *Est. $109.99

26. American Lawn Mower 1204-14 Hand Reel 14 Inch Push Lawn Mower

This push-powered reel mower boasts a 14-inch wide cutting swath and comes complete with durable, high impact polymer wheels, a 3-spider 1-blade reel, and adjustable roller. It features a lightweight design that is easy to use and store when the chores are done.

Key features:

  • Suitable for most grasses
  • Durable alloy steel construction
  • 90 day warranty

Cost: *Est. $54.52

27. Black & Decker MTC220 12-Inch Lithium Cordless 3-in-1 Trimmer/Edger and Mower

Available in a choice of corded or cordless models, this 3-in-1 electric unit trims, edges, and mows to tackle all your yard maintenance work in one compact package. Its lightweight design and adjustable height and pivoting handle positions provide comfortable operator use.

Key features:

  • Automatic feed system
  • 12-inch cutting swath
  • Ideal for yards up to 1,200 square feet

Cost: *Est. $122.55

28. WORX WG782 14-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower with IntelliCut

This battery-powered cordless lawn mower boasts a 14-inch wide cutting swath and features IntelliCut mowing technology that helps provide a boost of power when cutting in difficult areas. It comes complete with an integrated mulcher blade and collection bag that make cleanup a breeze.

Key features:

  • Easy-to-use push button start
  • Provides up to 40 minutes runtime on a single charge
  • Collapsible handlebar for convenient storage

Cost: *Est. $229.98

29. GreenWorks 25322 G-MAX 40V Li-Ion 16-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower

Available in a choice of three different sizes to suit any homeowner’s need, this battery-powered cordless lawn mower comes complete with a battery and charger for the ultimate in convenience. It features a 16-inch cutting width that is suitable for use in small- and mid-size areas.

Key features:

  • Handle folds for storage
  • Mulching and bagging capable
  • 5 position height adjustment

Cost: *Est. $399.56

30. Husqvarna 7021P 21-Inch 160cc Honda GCV160 Gas Powered 3-N-1 Push Lawn Mower

This gas-powered push mower boasts a 160cc Honda engine and a wide, 21-inch cutting width that is ideal for use on smaller yards. It comes complete with a 3-in-1 mulching, bagging, and discharge system, and is easily maneuverable over a wide variety of terrains.

Key features:

  • Adjustable handle folds for storage
  • CARB compliant
  • 2 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $299.95

Tow behind

31. Swisher FC1966BS 19 HP 66-Inch Finish Cut Trail Mower

This tow behind lawn mower boasts a powerful and long lasting 19hp Briggs & Stratton electric start engine and features a 66-inch true floating deck to help make light work of your lawn cutting. It easily attaches to ATVs, lawn tractors and any other utility vehicle.

Key features:

  • Variable height adjustment
  • Articulating hitch arm
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $2301.40

32. Swisher RC14544BS 14.5HP 44-Inch Electric Start Tow Behind Rough Cut Mower

This tow behind lawn mower boasts a durable and long lasting 14.5hp Briggs & Stratton 12V electric start engine and features a 44-inch wide cutting deck that discharges from the rear to make light work of your outdoor yard maintenance.

Key features:

  • Remote operator control console
  • Easily attaches to ATV or lawn tractor
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $1785.87

33. Swisher FCE11544BS 11.5 HP 44-Inch Electric Start Finish Cut Trail Mower

This tow behind lawn mower boasts a durable and long lasting 11.5hp Briggs & Stratton electric start engine and features a 44-inch wide cutting deck that discharges from the rear to make light work of your outdoor yard maintenance.

Key features:

  • Height adjustable
  • Adjustable hitch
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $1499

34. Promow Gold3 Pull Behind 3-Gang Reel Mower

This tow behind mower is powerful enough to cut up to 2 acres per hour and features a 40 square inch cutting swath. An optional sharpening kit is available so you can sharpen the blades yourself at home.

Key features:

  • Height adjustable
  • Sealed bearings
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $1580

35. Swisher FC14560BS 14.5 HP 60-Inch Electric Start Tow Behind Finish Cut Mower

This tow behind lawn mower boasts a durable and long lasting 14.5hp Briggs & Stratton 12V electric start engine and features a 60-inch wide cutting deck that discharges from the side to make light work of your outdoor yard maintenance.

Key features:

  • Built-in safety tether kill switch
  • Integrated lock-out system
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $2440.65

36. Promow Pro3 Pull Behind 3-Gang Reel Mower

This tow behind mower boasts an 18-inch wide reel that provides a scissor cut to your grass, which helps to reduce moisture loss while promoting a healthy, green lawn. The frame boasts a durable powder coated tubular steel design that folds for convenient storage.

Key features:

  • Zero turn radius
  • Reverse cut capable
  • Height adjustable

Cost: *Est. $857.36

37. Swisher RC17552BS 17.5 HP 52-Inch Rough Cut Trail Cutter

This tow behind trail cutter boasts a durable and long lasting 17.5hp Briggs & Stratton 12V electric start engine and features a 52-inch wide cutting deck that discharges from the rear to make light work of your outdoor yard maintenance.

Key features:

  • Puncture-resistant tires
  • Height adjustable
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $2803.36

38. Promow Gold5 Pull Behind 5-Gang Reel Mower

This tow behind mower boasts a 21-inch wide cutting swath and features a unique design that does not bunch your grass when mowing. An optional sharpening kit is available so you can sharpen the blades yourself at home.

Key features:

  • Sealed bearings
  • Height adjustable
  • Cuts up to 4 acres per hour

Cost: *Est. $1963.12

39. American Lawn Mower 5 Gang Reel Mowing System – Model# 5000-16

This tow behind mower is suitable for mid- and large-sized properties thanks to its wide, 6-foot cutting swath. It provides a scissor cut to your grass, which helps to reduce moisture loss while promoting a healthy, green lawn.

Key features:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Suitable for use on any terrain
  • Cuts up to 3 acres per hour

Cost: *Est. $1249.99

40. ProMow Pro5 Pull Behind 5-Gang Reel Mower

This tow behind mower is powerful enough to cut up to 3 acres per hour and is even suitable for light commercial applications. It provides a scissor cut to your grass, which helps to reduce moisture loss while promoting a healthy, green lawn.

Key features:

  • Adjustable cutting height
  • Reverse cut capable
  • Sharpening kit sold separately

Cost: *Est. $1074.38

41. Liberty 4ft Finish Mower

This powerful tow behind mower boasts a wide, 4-foot cutting swath and features a durable, long lasting powder coated finish for years of reliable use. It features a rear discharge system that is suitable for use in pastures and on larger properties.

Key features:

  • High quality steel blades
  • Cast iron spindles
  • Won’t pile or clump trimmings

Cost: *Est. $999.99

42. Promow Gold7 Pull Behind 7-Gang Reel Mower

This tow behind mower is powerful enough to cut up to 5 acres per hour and is even suitable for light commercial applications. It provides a scissor cut to your grass, which helps to reduce moisture loss while promoting a healthy, green lawn.

Key features:

  • Sealed bearings
  • Sharpening kit sold separately
  • Requires 16 horsepower

Cost: *Est. $2571.37

43. King Kutter Rear Discharge Finish Mower – Model# RFM-60

This tow behind mower boasts a 60-inch wide cutting swath and features a free-floating flex hitch system, allowing it to follow the contours of your lawn for use on all sorts of terrains.

Key features:

  • Durable steel deck
  • Easy height adjustments
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $1599.99

44. Swisher FC17560BS-CA Electric Start Finish Cut Trail Mower

This tow behind trail cutter boasts a durable and long lasting 17.5hp Briggs & Stratton 12V electric start engine and features a 74-inch wide cutting deck that discharges from the side to make light work of your outdoor yard maintenance.

Key features:

  • Built-in safety tether kill switch
  • Integrated lock-out system
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $2649.99

45. King Kutter Rear Discharge Finish Mower – Model# RSFM-72

This tow behind mower boasts a 72-inch wide cutting swath and features a free-floating flex hitch system, allowing it to follow the contours of your lawn for use on all sorts of terrains.

Key features:

  • Durable steel deck
  • 4-ply pneumatic tires
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $2049.99

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