Mowing lawns really is something of a chore and a good mower can make
it less of a hardship. When shopping for a walk-behind mower, you need
to find the one with the muscle needed to get the job done, is easy to
operate, and fits into your budget. Start the search with some of the
top rated mowers available right now at your local home improvement
store. It might surprise you to find that electric mowers are ready to
compete with the gas models. Check out the EGO Power+ 56-Volt
Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower, the Honda HRR216VKA
3-in-1 Variable Speed Self-Propelled Mower, and the Sun Joe 14 in. 12
Amp Corded Electric Walk Behind Push Lawn Mower to find the one that
meets your needs and budget.
Where can I find the best deals and prices on the top mowers?
The Sun Joe costs under $100 and is warrantied for 2-years--a great option for people with small yards. Find great deals at Walmart or Jet.com for as low as $89. The Honda is priced at $399 found at the Home Depot but will require gas and regular maintenance. The EGO is listed at $449 but you can find deals at Home Depot for $399, but many homeowners will want to invest in the second battery which adds another $100 to the startup price.
Which one is right for a larger lawn?
The Honda HRR216VKA
is a gas mower with a 21-inch blade, which is suitable for caring for
lawns of up to 1/2 acre without a problem. However, the EGO 56-volt
cordless electric also comes with a 21-inch blade and able to run for up
to 45 minutes on a charge. It can handle a 1/3 acre without blinking.
Do they have pull-starts or electric ignition?
has a pull-start, but the company is well-know for their easy-to-pull
ignition that typically fires on the first pull. The EGO and the Sun
Joe both have power buttons, so they are either on or off. You will
never have to bend over to get them going.
Do any of the top mowers offer a mulch function?
The owner will need to buy a
mulching blade and plug for the Honda. The EGO only offers a mulching
plug, which does not cut down the grass any smaller, but returns the
cuttings to the ground. They each come with bags. The Sun Joe does not
mulch and comes with a small clipping bag.
How long is the cord on the electric mower?
The Sun Joe
comes with a plug, not the extension cord. The buyer will need to
supply their own heavy-duty outdoor cord, which should meet the maximum
requirements provided in the owners manual. The EGO is operated by an
lithium-ion batter, so it charges up in the garage and then is ready to
roll wherever the homeowner needs to go.
How long does it take to charge the battery?
The EGO's battery reaches full capacity in about 35 minutes. It is
possible to buy a second battery. The mower has space for the extra
battery to ride on the top, so when the first battery runs out of juice
just switch the batteries and keep going. The batteries cost about $120
and are expected to last 5 to 8 years of regular use.
What size are the blades for each mower?
The Sun Joe comes with a
14-inch blade, which is smaller than most gas-powered machines. For
owners or condo or townhomes with a small patch of grass to keep neat,
its a compact solution to lawn care that doesn't produce fumes and is
simple to store in a closet. The EGO and the Honda have the standard
Which one is self-propelled vs. push?
The Sun Joe has no
self-propelled drive, but since the mower is only 27 pounds, it is very
light and easy to push around your yard. Both the EGO and the Honda
feature front-wheel drive, ready to pull the driver right up the hill.
The Honda machine is heavier, so can be more difficult to manhandle
around corners and into the shed. The EGO is lightweight and folds up
for easy storage.