Among the top-rated lawn mowers by consumer advocate groups are mowers from the brands Honda, Snapper, Toro, Cub Cadet and Black & Decker. There are several types of lawn mowers, including self-propelled, push, reel, lawn tractors and robotic lawn mowers. Consumer Reports advises consumers to consider purchasing the self-propelled types for their ease of use and relative affordability.
Apart from price and ease of use, another feature to look for in a lawn mower is the availability of other cutting modes, such as side discharging, mulching or bagging. Some, if not all, of these cutting modes are available in top rated models such as the affordable Snapper SP70 12A-A2A1707, Toro Recycler 20333 and the multi-speed Honda HRX2175VKA.
For push mower types, highly rated mowers include the Cub Cadet SC100 11A-A92J710 and Husqvarna 7021P. It should be noted that both the self-propelled and push lawn mowers mentioned here are gas-powered, which means that these machines can get noisy and produce carbon emissions. These machines will require regular tune-ups and oil changes to keep these downsides to a minimum.
A quieter and more eco-friendly alternative is an electric lawn mower. Some are powered through an electric cord that is connected to an outlet while in operation, or are cordless types, which are relatively more expensive. Black & Decker SPCM 1936 is one of the top rated cordless self-propelled mowers. However, like most cordless electric types, its run times are limited on a single charge.