Consumer Reports has tested over one hundred products to find the best lawn mower.
Their answer? It depends on your lawn, but you can't go wrong with the $250 Cub Cadet SC100 11A-A92J, which will give you an excellent cut as well as maneuverability.
But really, they say, it depends.
"Most important is to consider the size of your property. If you have a larger property, that is it takes you more than a half an hour to mow your lawn, then you should consider a self-propelled mower," Consumer Reports' Peter Sawchuk . According to him every lawn needs a different type of mower. Speed, drive, and power source are all important considerations.
But some types of mowers have to be better than others right? It really does depend on what you need. The magazine has published a detailed buying guide regarding the different features for manual-reel mowers, electric mowers, gas-powered mowers, lawn tractors, zero-turn-radius mowers, and even robotic mowers. But to see the reports on a product-by-product basis, you'll need to purchase a subscription.
To help you figure out what mower you need, Consumer reports published this helpful YouTube video:
Of course, if you'd rather do the research and the testing yourself, but lack the funds of buying a hundred mowers, you could always follow the example of some thieves in Canada and steal them. Saturday, CBC News reported a thief of several mowers in Arborg, Manitoba. "Maybe they had a lot of yard work to do," they speculated, also publishing a full list of stolen items:
2 John Deere riding lawn mowers
2 John Deere zero turn lawn mowers
2 John Deere push mowers
1 Ariens rear tine rototiller
1 white GMC 2500 pickup truck
1 white Triton Tow Dolly trailer
Yard work, indeed. Maybe reading the reports is easier and cheaper after all.
Image via Consumer Reports, YouTube.