The easiest to use is a self-propelled mower. It’ll get the job done faster, and it’ll save you energy. A self-propelled mower with variable speeds is good for speeding across flat sections of lawn and slowing down for tough grass.
One feature to avoid, says Consumer Reports, is big wheels. A popular misconception is that large wheels make it easier to mow. However, they’re moved further back on the mower, making it heavier to push down on every time you turn it.
After months of testing, Consumer Reports found several good choices. The $400 self-propelled Honda HRR2169VKA is a Best Buy. The unique twin blades chop the grass into fine clippings that blend into the lawn when you mulch. And the Honda is also much more efficient at bagging. The clippings are smaller, so the bag will hold 4 or sometimes even 5 pounds more clippings than any other mower.
Consumer Reports says a push gas mower is fine for small, flat yards. You’ll work a little harder, but that can save some money on a gym! Consumer Reports named several push gas mowers Best Buys, including the Craftsman model 37432 for $220.
Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website.
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