Let’s face it – mowing the lawn is not the most enjoyable task. You usually have to do it on your day off, when it’s 90 degrees out, the sun is beating down on you, and the absolute last thing that you want to do is spend hours mowing and raking your lawn.

However, it’s a fact of life and the lawn must get mowed!

So if you’re going to have to do it, you might as well make your job as easy as possible by purchasing a lawn mower that’s easy-to-use and will help you get the job done as quickly and easily as possible.

You want the best push lawn mower that you can find, right?

That is where we come in. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best push lawn mowers that you can find the market. Most are electric, but we did throw a couple of gas ones in there as well for you old school people out there.

Take a look at each of the reviews to figure out which one is best for you and which one will make your life a whole lot easier.

Top 10 Push Lawn Mowers For 2018

Let’s first get a quick overview of all the lawn mowers on our list before jumping into the individual reviews. Take a look below!

Lawn MowerCutting WidthWeight 
Honda HRR216K9VKA21 inches84 pounds
BLACK+DECKER CM204020 inches55 pounds
GreenWorks 2530220 inches42.5 pounds
Sun Joe iON16LM16 inches33 pounds
EGO Power+20 inches65 pounds
WORX WG78214 inches30 pounds
Snapper XD SXDWM82K21 inches90 pounds
Sun Joe MJ401E14 inches28 pounds
Poulan Pro 96704440120 inches41 pounds
Husqvarna 7021P 96133003021 inches62 pounds

Perfect! Now we have an idea of brands and a couple of the key features. Now let’s get into the good stuff – the product reviews!

Honda HRR216K9VKA – Reliable and Powerful

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Alright, let’s get right into it! Unless you pay a lot of attention to lawn mowers, you probably didn’t realize Honda made them right? Well, they do and they actually do a great job! Honda is known for making cars with engines that last for a long time and also retain their value.

There is absolutely no exception when talking about their push lawn mower. You’re getting the same quality and attention to detail that you would with their car, scaled down and made for a lawnmower.

First off – this is one of the two gas mowers we have on our list. However, most of the mowers on our list are electric and cordless (with the exception of one). A lot of companies are moving away from gas mowers as environmental concerns are becoming more and more relevant.

But don’t be alarmed! They all have the power and precision to cut your lawn just as well as the gas ones, just without the emissions. But we still wanted to include a couple of gas options for those who prefer them or have bigger lawns that are difficult to cut with an electric mower.

This Honda mower features micro cut twin blades that cut grass ultrafine, making it perfect for mulching and bagging. It also features an auto choke and the engine is very easy to start. Yes, you still have to pull, but it starts for the first time almost every time.

It is self-propelling so you can easily move around your lawn and even on steep inclines. The wheels are an 8-inch ball bearing wheels which help give it even greater mobility. You can also choose exactly how fast you want this to go – anywhere between 0 and 4 mph.

You are also able to choose between six cutting positions anywhere from 1 1/8” to 4” depending on your exact needs.

Overall this is a solid mower. It is gas so it has a little bit more power and can withstand a little bit more of a beating.

The handles are foam grip so it won’t hurt your hands while you mow and it also has a zone start safety system that kills the engine when you let go of the handles. You can also choose how you want the grass to come out – either through a side discharge, in a bag behind it, or you can put it on the mulching setting.

All three work fabulously and will help you get done exactly what you want to accomplish. The one thing to caution with this is just to be careful with wet grass, as it’s been reported to get stuck fairly easily. Although this is usually something you have to look out for with most mowers anyway.

Another added benefit is that it folds up and becomes very compact, making it easy to store in your garage or wherever you need to. If you’re not quite ready to make the switch to electric, or you just prefer that little bit of extra strength that you get with gas mowers, the Honda HRR216K9VKA is a solid pick for a push lawn mower.

What We Liked

  • Reliable brand name
  • Variable speed control
  • Folds up easily for storage

What We Didn’t Like

  • Wet grass sometimes gets stuck on certain settings

BLACK+DECKER CM2040 – Lightweight But Packs a Punch

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Now we’re going to take a look at a few electric push lawn mowers. There honestly isn’t a huge difference between an electric mower and a gas mower.

Generally speaking, gas mowers tend to have a bit more power and can withstand a bit more of a beating (going over rocks, running into bricks, etc.) than their electric counterparts.

Electric mowers also require you to either use them plugged in, or run them on a battery. While the battery life is fine for most lawns, you might run into trouble if you have a giant lawn or mow really slowly.

However, for a majority of people on a majority of lawns, you will probably find the battery life suits you. Anyway – onto the Black + Decker CM2040, a great introduction to electric push lawn mowers.

One added bonus of electric mowers is that they tend to be much more lightweight than any other gas mower.

This one clocks in at 55 pounds while the previous mower was just over 80 pounds. Most electric mowers aren’t self-propelling so it’s a huge benefit that they’re over 30 pounds lighter than a gas mower.

This cuts in a 20-inch path and features 6 height adjustment settings, anywhere from 1 1/2” to 4”.

It also includes two 2.5AH 40V Max lithium batteries so if one battery runs out, you can just pop in the other and you’re good to go. It also features variable motor speed to save energy and prolong the battery life.

Essentially what this mower will do is automatically sense how high the grass is and then adjust the power accordingly. That way you’re not wasting precious power and battery life going full-speed on shorter grass.

Like the previous mower, this Black + Decker also features 3 in 1 disposal of either mulching, bagging, or side discharge.

It comes with a 15-gallon nylon grass collecting bag that’s easy to empty out as soon as it gets full. Like we said, this isn’t self-propelled but it feels extremely light, especially with the eight-inch wheels so you won’t be too strained mowing.

Another great feature it has is edge max. Basically what that means is that it doesn’t have a giant plastic cover sticking out on the side so you’re able to mow right up to the edge of any lawn. It also comes with a two-year warranty, so you know that Black + Decker is standing behind its product and will support you if something goes wrong.

All in all, this is a great start to the electric mower list. It’s powerful, comes with two batteries, is able to mulch and it has six height settings, and can automatically sense exactly how high the grass is.

If you’re looking to transition from a gas mower to an electric mower, then this is a good option as you’ll probably barely notice any difference.

Although we have to say, you will love starting it with the push of a button vs. having to pull the handle. The one thing to note is that the battery life is extremely dependent on how thick and long the grass is so if you use it when it’s been a few weeks since the last cut, you might be disappointed with the battery life.

But if you cut your lawn regularly, this will almost definitely suit your needs. This Black + Decker is definitely worth checking out.

What We Liked

  • Good design
  • Motor speed automatically adjusts based on grass length
  • Edge max allows you to mow along edge of house

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not self-propelled

GreenWorks 25302 – Comes With Two Batteries

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The next electric push lawn mower is from a company called GreenWorks. While their name might not be immediately recognizable, they actually produce a lot of lawn appliances and have a pretty solid reputation in the industry – especially for their electric mowers.

Look at it – it just screams eco-friendly! But of course, looks aren’t the only thing that matters.

Let’s take a look at all the specs and figure out if it stacks up against the rest of the mowers on our list. (We’ll give you a hint – it does.)

First off, at just under $350 this mower is extremely reasonably priced.

It also has one of our favorite features – dual battery on the mower! This mower actually comes with two batteries – one 4AH and one 2AH and you can put them both on the mower at the same time so as soon as one runs out, it’ll automatically switch to the other.

This eliminates the hassle of having to go switch out the batteries in the middle of mowing. Just like the previous electric mower, the GreenWorks 25302 is also able to adjust to the amount of power being used based on the thickness of the grass so you won’t waste any unnecessary power cutting those shorter blades of grass.

It also has dual blades which make the mulching and bagging extremely easy and efficient. Oh yeah, we forgot to mention that this mower also features 3 in 1 of mulching, bagging, or side discharge.

Another thing to note about the batteries is that they actually fit into any other GreenWorks product you might have,

This mower is also extremely quiet, especially when compared to gas mowers. It also doesn’t vibrate very much so it won’t put any additional strain on your hand while you’re mowing. While we’re on the comparisons to electric mowers, it’s also 41% lighter than your traditional gas mower.

So while it may not be self-propelled, it’s extremely easy to move even on steep inclines. The rear wheels are 10” while the front wheels are 7”. The larger rear wheels give it, even more, ease of mobility and allow you to push it anywhere.

You’re also able to adjust the blade to five different positions varying from 1 1/4” up to 3 1/8”.

Overall we really love this mower. It’s an electric mower without much compromise if you’re used to a gas mower. We honestly don’t have much to complain about with this model! Another great thing you get when you buy electric is a push-button start.

So all you have to do to get going is press a button – you’ll never have to deal with pulling that annoying string over and over ever again. If you’re looking for a solid electric mower without having to compromise any the feeling of a gas mower, look no further and go with the GreenWorks 25302.

What We Liked

  • Comes with two batteries
  • Very quiet

What We Didn’t Like

  • Sort of pricey

Sun Joe iON16LM – Easy to Push

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While our last electric mower had the feel and power of a gas mower, this one is at the opposite end of the spectrum. This mower definitely looks and feels like a true electric mower – which isn’t a bad thing, trust us!

If you have a smaller lawn, there’s no point in spending extra money buying a bulky mower with extra features that you won’t necessarily need, then consider the Sun Joe iON16LM. It may be small, but it’s still very, very mighty.

Let’s take a look at the price first. It’s almost unbeatable for an electric push mower at just a little bit over $250.

And for the quality, you’ll have difficulty finding a mower at the same price point. It’s completely electric and features a brushless motor which increases battery efficiency, decreases the noise/vibration that comes from the mower, and also increases the motor life.

Speaking of motor life, it lasts up to 2000 hours! That’s pretty incredible for such a small motor.

All around, very efficient.

As far as the cutting width, while the past two have been either 20 or 21 inches, this is only 16 inches. So like we said, if you have a fairly large lawn this might not be for you but if you want to use this to touch up your lawn or if your lawn is just tiny, it’s perfect for you.

It still features six different height adjustments varying from 1.18 inches to 3.15 inches.

The Sun Joe iON16LM comes with a two-year warranty, which is something that we always love to see.

You’ll be able to get up to about 40 minutes of run time on a single charge, which should be plenty of time to mow a smaller lawn. It then only takes about two hours to fully recharge the battery. One thing to note about this mower that’s different than the rest is that it doesn’t actually have a mulching blade.

It’s still able to discharge from the side or put the grass into a bag, however. It actually comes with a 9.25-gallon grass bag that has a window on it so you can see when it’s getting full. It then detaches very easily for you to quickly empty and then be on your way.

This mower has everything that we love about electric mowers in a very tiny package. It is missing a couple of things like a wider mowing width and a mulching blade, but overall it gets the job done and it does it well for the price and the size.

It’s Energy Star certified as well, so if eco-friendliness is important to you then look no further. Again, we want to stress that if you purchase this mower expecting it to have the power and features of a gas-powered mower then you will be extremely disappointed.

If, however, you have a smaller yard and want something inexpensive, high-quality, light, compact, and eco-friendly – then you will be extremely satisfied.

Like we said, although the Sun Joe iON16LM is small, it is extremely mighty. If you have a small yard, we highly recommend this electric push mower.

What We Liked

  • Extremely lightweight
  • Good battery life

What We Didn’t Like

  • Only 16 inch cutting width

EGO Power+ – Electric Mower With the Power of a Gas Mower

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If you’re the type of person who’s used to the sturdiness and power of a gas mower and are a little bit apprehensive about switching to an electric mower, then we might have the electric push mower for you. The EGO Power+ certainly lives up to its name.

If you didn’t know any better, you would think by looking at a photo that this is actually a gas mower. This is a mower that feels like it’s very high-end, sturdy, and like it was engineered to perfection. Let’s get into the details and figure out if the EGO Power+ is worth the price and if it really compares to a gas mower.

We might as well discuss the price first. For an electric mower that’s closer to a gas-powered mower is going to come at a higher price tag. The EGO Power+ comes in at about $450 which is definitely one of the more expensive ones on our list, but overall compared to other mowers of its stature – it’s really not a bad price.

It features a 20-inch cutting width, which is about on par with gas mowers. It has a water-resistant construction so you don’t have to worry if it’s sprinkling here and there while you’re mowing, or if the grass is a little bit wet.

Like we said, the whole construction of the mower feels very high-end and like nothing can penetrate it. It is also 3-in-1 with a mulcher, bagger, and side chute.


As far as the battery, we were actually pretty impressed. It’s an advanced 56V battery that also comes with a rapid charger, and charge rapidly it does!

The battery itself will give you about 45 minutes of cut time which alone is impressive for such a powerful mower but then it will recharge completely in only 30 minutes! That is one of the quickest charging times out of any of the mowers on our list.

It, of course, features a push-button start and produces about 30% less noise than its gas counterpart. And don’t worry about your grass being too high – it’s able to cut grass at just about any length, which is a lot more than a lot of its electric counterparts can say.

The battery that comes with this is also able to easily be used with any other EGO products, should you have any.

Another small but important feature to note, for how big this is it actually folds up and is able to be stored fairly compactly right in your garage.

EGO has really thought of everything when making this lawn mower.

It also has LED headlights on the front! This is a feature that you won’t see on any other mower on our list – gas-powered or electric. This lets you continue to mow into dusk and even into the dark.

We can’t get enough of this and we know you’ll feel the same so give the EGO Power+ a go – we know you won’t be disappointed.

What We Liked

  • Extremely powerful
  • Weather resistant
  • Has LED headlights

What We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive

WORX WG782 – Small But Mighty

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The next push mower that we have on our list is another small but efficient device, the WORX WG782. Like we said before, we wanted to include a wide variety of push mowers depending on what your exact needs are.

This one is a much more compact electric mower compared to a gas mower or even some of the larger electric mowers on our list.

This one is definitely more geared towards people with smaller lawns or people who mow their lawn very regularly and don’t let the grass get too long. Alright, so what are the details on the WORX WG782?

First off, this mower is a great price at under $250! This makes it a great option if you want to ditch the gas mower for an electric one but don’t want to shell out a lot of money for your first one.

This mower does have a much smaller cutting width than a typical mower at only 14 inches. However, that means it’s more compact, easier to store, and easier to push.

While it is smaller, it does not skimp on any features. It’s actually still a 3 in 1 mower with a side chute, mulching blade, and bag in the back.

The bag is also very easy to detach so you can quickly empty it then be back on your way. You are also able to start it with only the push of a button!

The WORX WG782 also allows you to adjust the power of the mower so if your grass isn’t that long, you can put it on low power and get much more out of the battery life.

The lower setting is also significantly quieter and vibrates much less than the normal setting. Its size also allows you to push it around tight corners and get right up to the edge of your house, fence, or wherever you need to mow. It also means you won’t get tired of having to push it around.

As far as the battery life, you can expect to get about 40 minutes of run time depending on which power mode you have it on. If your lawn is short and you use it exclusively in low power mode, you might see that battery life jump closer to 60 minutes.

The only thing to caution against is that it doesn’t perform super well with grass that’s a bit longer. This mower really excels when its used on a smaller lawn for grass that’s maintained regularly.

If your main priority is size and weight, aka you want a compact and lightweight push mower that’s easy to store and easy to push around, you will not be disappointed with the WORX WG782.

What We Liked

  • Different power settings
  • Lightweight, easy to navigate

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not great on extremely long grass

Snapper XD SXDWM82K – Dual Batteries

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Next, we have an electric mower that actually feels a bit more like a gas mower, but not in a bad way! You can feel how powerful this push mower is from the second you press the button to start it.

If you want to make the switch from gas to electric so you can look after the environment but didn’t want to sacrifice any of the power that does come with the gas mowers, then definitely consider the Snapper XD SXDWM82K.

Let’s discuss the price first.

With great power and features often times comes a greater price tag and this happens to be the case with the Snapper XD SWDWM82K. At a little bit over $500, this definitely sends the Snapper to the top of our list as far as price is concerned.

But! If you’re looking for a sturdy lawn mower and don’t want to compromise on power, we think the price tag is definitely worth it. The cutting width is standard at 21 inches and also has 3 in 1 disposal – mulching, bagging, and side discharge.

There are seven different levels of height adjustments that you can use. This is definitely the most versatile push mower in terms of height adjustments that we have on our list.

Okay, let’s talk battery life. With such a powerful mower you would expect that you’d have to compromise on the battery life, right? Not the case with this Snapper push mower.

It will actually run for 45 minutes on a single charge, which is great for such a powerful machine! It also comes with two batteries so if one runs out you can easily switch to the other while the dead battery charges up.

Speaking of charging, it also comes with a rapid charging battery station so you don’t have to wait for hours for your battery to charge.

Another unexpected aspect to this mower is that it’s actually very quiet for its size! It may look and feel like a gas mower, but it has absolutely zero emissions and you won’t be shocked by the noise or how much it vibrates.

We have to say, it is on the heavier side but the wheels still make it a breeze to push, even going up a steep incline.

The back wheels are a couple inches bigger than the front wheels which makes it easier to push up hills.

If you want a lawn mower where you can feel exactly how sturdy and powerful it is, this is going to be your best bet.

You sacrifice almost nothing over a gas mower, except for maybe the noise! And we think that’s something you might be able to live without. With the two batteries, rapid charging station, 21-inch cutting width, and the seven-level height adjustment options – this lawn mower is seriously no joke.

Try it, we know that you’ll like it.

What We Liked

  • Comes with two batteries
  • Rapid charging battery station
  • Quiet for its size

What We Didn’t Like

  • On the pricier end of the spectrum

Sun Joe MJ401E – Electric But Not Cordless

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We know sometimes we talk a lot about how a product looks, but that can be an important factor sometimes! Isn’t it much better to do your chores with a product that’s not an eyesore?

We think so, and we also think the Sun Joe MJ401E delivers exceptionally in that category.

This is definitely a much more compact electric mower than a lot of the other ones on our list but it is the perfect budget solution if you have a tiny lawn and don’t need anything big or anything fancy. The best part about this lawn mower, the price.

Read on!

You absolutely cannot go wrong with the price because this electric push mower is priced at just under $100! You will be very hard-pressed to find another electric mower close to this price point. While it is electric, it is unfortunately not battery-powered.

You do have to plug this mower in but if you buy the right extension cord, it won’t be that big of an issue. And at $100, you can easily afford to buy an extension cord for $20 or $30. The cutting width is 14 inches, which is to be expected for the size and the price.

Sun Joe still manages to through on a 10.6-gallon bag however to catch all the grass. This is actually a pretty big bag for such a small mower. It’s also super easy to detach, empty, then pop back on so you can get back to work.

Of course one of the huge benefits of buying such a small mower is how extremely lightweight it is and how easy it is to maneuver in tight spaces. This mower is very tiny and you’ll be able to get into just about any space that you need to.

It starts with the touch of a button and actually also comes with a safety switch to prevent any accidental starting. It also has three different height positions that you can adjust to. For such a small mower and low price, they still include some key features that you wouldn’t necessarily expect.

If you have a tiny yard or want something just for smaller touch-ups, you absolutely cannot go wrong with the Sun Joe MJ401E – especially for the price.

It’s similar to the small electric mower earlier on our list, but with one major difference. You have to plug this one in while the other one is battery-powered.

While initially, you might think that could end up being a hassle to you, it might actually end up being a good thing! Think about it, if you just buy a cheap extension cord you won’t even realize that it’s plugged in and then you don’t ever have to worry about the battery dying or remembering to charge up the battery!

It also comes with a two-year warranty so you know that Sun Joe really believes in this product.

If you have a small yard and don’t mind the fact that you have to plug this mower in, you get a lot of bang for your buck with the MJ401E.

What We Liked

  • Can fit into almost any space
  • Great price

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not cordless
  • Trouble cutting really long grass

Poulan Pro 967044401 – Bang For Your Buck

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The Poulan Pro Lawn Mower is another electric mower that is pretty powerful. It’s powerful, but also easily maneuverable and very easy to push even if you have a hilly yard.

The Poulan Pro also manages to sneak in a couple of features that we haven’t seen on any of the other mowers. It is on the higher end of the price spectrum, but we wouldn’t have included it if we didn’t think that you get your money’s worth.

So now you’re probably wondering about the price. This exact model goes for around $400, which is definitely pricier than some other models but it also includes some features that a lot of the other push mowers don’t have.

But first, one thing to note about this mower is that it actually has no side discharge! You have the option of mulching or bagging only, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!

It makes the mower that much more narrow so you’re able to navigate more easily and mow right along the edge of a fence, house, or anywhere else really! It also folds down into a very compact size making it extremely easy to store.

The Poulan Pro is ergonomically designed making it very comfortable to hold and push while you mow.

Let’s take a look at the battery. It comes with two 40 volt batteries that are both very powerful! A great feature about these two batteries is that you can actually put both of the batteries onto the mower at the same time.

So instead of having to run to the garage to switch out the batteries when one dies, it will automatically start using the second one as soon as the first one runs out. The batteries also operate with fade-free technology so you won’t lose any of the power as your battery dies.

It’ll be just as strong after the thirtieth minute as it was after the first minute. It’s also particularly quiet for how big it is! Much quieter than any of its gas counterparts and even quieter than a lot of the other electric mowers.

Overall, we absolutely love the Poulan Pro 967044401.

Also, something we haven’t seen any other brand offer – a four-year warranty! You truly cannot beat that.

There’s even a two-year warranty specifically for the batteries. You can tell Poulan really believes in their products. This Poulan Pro is going to be hard to beat and we know for a fact that you’ll be happy with this purchase.

What We Liked

  • Four year warranty
  • Ergonomic design
  • Fade free technology on battery

What We Didn’t Like

  • Has trouble bagging wet grass sometimes

Husqvarna 7021P 961330030 – Powered by Gas

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While electric mowers are becoming more and more popular and much more commonplace, sometimes you just want a gas mower! We get it – which is why we decided we had to include at least one gas mower in our list of the best push mowers.

While we’re not crazy about the emissions that come from gas lawn mowers, sometimes you just need the power if you have particularly thick grass or don’t like having to mow your lawn every single week.

Husqvarna is a reliable name in the industry and produced a mower that actually uses a Honda engine giving you the best of both worlds! Okay, let’s dive into the specs and see how this gas mower stacks up against a list of exclusively electric push mowers!

Of course like with all gas mowers, you get a nice wide cutting width and there’s no exception here with a 21-inch width.

One thing that most people worry about when purchasing a gas-powered push mower is that it’s going to be annoying to start. A huge benefit with electric mowers is that they’re all generally push-button start. Take it out of the garage and with the push of a button, you’re ready to go.

The last thing you want to be doing is pulling on a cord 30 times in a row just to get your mower to start! Luckily you won’t be doing that with this mower. While you will still have to pull the cord, just about every single time this mower will start on the first try.

With the Honda engine, it is extremely powerful and runs amazingly. This mower isn’t self-propelling, but with 11” high rear wheels, you won’t even notice.

The wheels make this ride amazingly smooth and you can easily make it up any sort of incline. With the extra power, you’ll be able to more reliably go over small rocks and debris.

The Husqvarna is also designed very nicely!

You have the wheels which make it easy to move and they also feature double ball bearings, ensuring that it will be able to go without any sort of dramas. There’s also a soft grip handle so your hands won’t get tired or sore as you mow.

You have three different options as far as disposal with either mulching, side discharge, or automatic bagging. The set-up is also particularly easy and you’ll be up and running and ready to go in under 15 minutes.

We almost forgot about the price! It’s actually decently priced for such a powerful gas mower and falls smack dab in the middle of the spectrum at about $300.

Not bad for everything that you’re getting.

While electric mowers are definitely where the industry is headed, gas mowers will have to stay around for at least a little while longer until you can get the true power of a gas mower packed into an electric one.

Until then for when you absolutely cannot compromise on brute strength, it looks like gas mowers will be around for a bit longer. And if you have to buy one, we highly recommend going with the Husqvarna 7021P.

If you must go with a non-electric mower, we think you should go with this one. It’s easily one of the best gas mowers on the market today.

What We Liked

  • Extremely powerful
  • Starts on first pull
  • Nine position height adjustment

What We Didn’t Like

  • Bad for the environment
  • Not self-propelling

Best Push Lawn Mower – Buyer’s Guide

When buying such a large machine, there are a lot of different aspects to them that you need to consider. Ultimately you might realize you don’t need every single feature, but it’s nice to at least consider them and think about whether or not you actually do need them.

Let’s take a look at some of the important ones and what exactly they mean and the different variations to hopefully make this buying process a little bit easier!

If you’re interested, you can also learn about the best lawn mowers on BestMowerReviews.

Electric v. Gas

If you haven’t noticed, this has been a very common theme throughout this article – comparing and contrasting electric mowers v. gas mowers. Really there are two main differentiating factors, power and battery life.

You generally tend to get a little bit more power and durability with a gas mower. Although that is definitely changing and if you find the right electric mower, you won’t even notice that it’s electric!

Another thing you have to worry about with an electric mower is battery life. The average is hovering around 30-45 minutes currently although this is getting higher and higher the more that companies are investing in electric mowers.

While you may not have to worry about battery life with a gas mower, you still have to worry about filling it with gas and keeping it on hand. Not to mention, electric mowers are much more environmentally friendly than their gas counterparts!

Grass Disposal

There are three different options for what can happen to your grass as you cut it. It can either be discharged from the side, bagged automatically into a bag on the back of the mower, or turned into mulch if it has a mulching blade.

A majority of push lawn mowers will feature “3 in 1” which just means it has the capability to do all three. If this is important to you, make sure you double check that it is, in fact, a “3 in 1” because not every mower is!

Cutting Width

Another important factor to consider is how wide the cutting width is. The average tends to be either 20 or 21 inches, with some more compact models going as low as 14 inches.

If you have a larger lawn, the extra seven inches can make a huge difference in how many times you have to go up and down your yard. If your lawn is smaller, however, consider going for a 14-inch mower. They tend to be cheaper, easier to store, and much easier to navigate with.

Cutting Height

You’ll want to see if you’re able to adjust the cutting height of your mower. Some don’t let you adjust at all while some will have up to nine different height settings that you can choose from.

A lot of people just want as short as it can go but if you like to mow your lawn to your exact specifications, make sure you’re able to adjust the height!

Wheel Size

Now, this may sound like a silly one but it can actually make a huge difference in how easy it is to push your mower, especially if the mower isn’t self-propelled.

Generally, the bigger the wheels (in particular the back wheels), the easier it is to push. The sweet spot is having smaller front wheels and larger back wheels.

You might not need to worry about this if your yard is completely flat, but if you have a lot of hills or your yard is on an incline, definitely look out for exactly how big the wheels are.

Noise

Another small factor to consider but can be an important one if you have grumpy neighbors – noise!

This is also where buying an electric push mower shines as they tend to be much much quieter than gas mowers. This may not be a make or break factor, but it’s definitely something to consider if you live in a tight neighborhood or if you like mowing your lawn early in the morning to get it out of the way.

Conclusion

Phew! That was a lot of information about lawn mowers but we hope that between the buyer’s guide and all the reviews, that you were able to get a lot of good information that will hopefully make your decision much easier.

We looked at compact mowers, we looked at electric mowers, we looked at gas mowers, we looked at big powerful mowers – and honestly everything in between!

However, this list is called the “Best Push Lawn Mower” so that means that there can only be one that’s the best of the best.

There were a lot of good contenders, we have to say. But only one can come out on top!

There was a lot of going back and forth but ultimately we decided on the Poulan Pro 967044401 as the best push lawn mower of 2018!

Why did we choose it?

It’s electric but almost feels like a gas mower so you don’t have to compromise on power.

It allows you to use two batteries on the mower at once so you’ll never have to run back to your garage to switch out the batteries in the middle of mowing. It comes with a four-year warranty. There’s not plastic cover for the side discharge so you can get right up to the edge.

And the battery features fade free technology! It really doesn’t get better than this mower – it’s the best of both worlds, electric and gas. Thanks for reading and we hope this list helped you out. Happy mowing!