7 Best Push Lawn Mowers – Top Picks and Reviews for 2017

Looking for the best Push Lawn Mower? Read our in-depth push lawn mower reviews, comparison charts and top picks for 2017 to help you make the right buying decision for a lush green lawn.

Push lawn mowers are often the mower of choice for a wide range of people. Why? Those with small lawns appreciate their inexpensive nature and their easy maneuverability.

In fact, even those with large yards often buy at least one or two push mowers because they appreciate their accuracy and adaptability. So if you’re looking for a great push mower to invest in this summer, it is important to understand what is available.

That is why we’ve compiled the seven best mowers produced for 2017. Each of these mowers has many advantages that make them a great investment for your yard work. If you are primarily focused on electric lawn mowers as a way of protecting the environment from the gasoline fumes of other push lawn mowers

If you are interested in any of these models, make sure that you read the features list fully before making a purchase.


A Look At the Best Push Lawn Mowers Of 2017

 

Push Lawn MowerCutting WidthWeightTypeBudgetRating
Twin Honda 21'' mower21 Inches80 lbsGas PoweredPremium4.9/5
GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX16 inches37.5 poundsBattery PoweredPremium4.7/5
GreenWorks 2502220 inches56 lbsCorded - ElectricPremium4.6/5
GreenWorks 2505216 inches26 lbsHand ReelBudget4.4/5
Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe14 Inches29 lbsCorded - ElectricBudget4.2/5
Great States 204-14 Hand Reel14 inches20 lbsHand ReelBudget4/5
American Lawn Mower 1304-1414 inches21 lbsHand ReelBudget3.8/5

Best Gas Push Lawn Mower: The Winner


#1 Pick: Honda HRR216K9VKA Self Push Gas Lawn Mower

Honda produces many great pieces of lawn equipment, including this high-quality push mower. Unlike most of the other mowers on this list, this is a gasoline model. While this may take it down in the eyes of those who want to protect the environment, others will enjoy its easier operation. So why did this mower make our list and what can you expect from it if you purchase one?
Twin Honda 21'' Self Push mower

Easy-Starting Design

While gasoline mowers can be somewhat hit-or-miss when it comes to starting, this model gets it right by including a simple push-button starter. There’s no need to pull on a cord over and over to get this model going. In this way, you can get your mower started the first time, every time. This will save you a lot of time and avoid wearing down your patience when it’s time to mow.

Beyond saving you time, this push-button engine is also more fuel-efficient. Having to pull a starter cord several times will drain your fuel efficiency and make it less effective. However, this engine has also been finely tuned to help it run with decreased carbon emissions.

Simple Height Adjustment

We are going to talk a lot about height adjustment on this list. That’s because it is so important to ensuring a great mowing experience. This Honda mower has six different height positions that you can utilize. You can cut as low as one and one-eighth inch or as high as four inches. This diverse range of heights lets you create many different aesthetic looks for your yard.

It also helps to protect your blades on a hilly or uneven terrain. By adjusting your height as you push, you can keep your mower in great shape for years to come. You can also create an even and fine looking yard that will make you the envy of your neighbors and friends.

Zone Safety Feature

An out-of-control push mower is a danger that needs to be avoided as much as possible. Thankfully, it is basically impossible with the zone safety feature of this Honda mower. When you let go of the handle, the system automatically shuts down to prevent it from running. As a result, you won’t have to worry about this mower getting away from you and hurting anyone.

Final Thoughts

While not super high on our list of great mowers, we do think this is a great choice for just about any homeowner. If you like the features we have outlined above, and don’t mind using a gasoline model, this is the push mower for your needs.


Best Electric Push Lawn Mower: The Winners

 

#1 Pick: GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX Cordless Lawn Mower 

GreenWorks is one of the world’s premiere manufacturers of lawn mowers. They are particularly well-known for their electric lawn mowers, including the G-MAX 40V. Fans of this mower love its powerful engine, long-life battery, and 20-inch mowing area. We will discuss each of these features in detail below to give you a better insight into why this mower matters.

GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX

20-Inch Mowing Area

When you are using a mower of this caliber, you want one that can cut a wide area. The 20-inch mowing capability of this model is one of the widest in the world of push mowers. It gives you the ability to move large and sprawling yards in a fraction of the time it would take with smaller push mowers. While it does make it a little harder to store, it’s a minor trade-off.

Seven-Position Height Adjustment

Adjusting your height is an essential part of the push mower experience. This model goes further than any other mower on our list by offering seven different height positions. As a result, you can position your mower very close to the ground or bring it several inches above. This lets you pick a variety of different grass heights for your yard.

Three-In-One Dispersal Design

A good lawn mower gets rid of your grass clipping in a variety of ways. This mower has three different methods that you can use. For example, you can use the side dispersal method that throws your grass out and away from your mower. However, you can also use mulching and bagging options to better break up or collect your clippings.

Gas-Free Operation

Like most of the models we are going to highlight on this list, this mower is 100 percent gasoline free. This means you don’t have to pay extra money filling it up or polluting the environment with its fumes. However, you do need to carefully check your battery regularly to ensure that you don’t run out of power at the wrong time.

Final Thoughts

This is easily our choice for the best push mower of 2017. It offers you the best features and amenities of any model like it on the market today. We are particularly pleased with its wide mowing capabilities and the variety of ways it gets rid of your grass clippings. Try one out today to see what you have been missing this whole time.


Budget Pick: GreenWorks 25022 Corded Lawn Mower 

The last GreenWorks model we’ll highlight on this list is another popular electric engine model. It differs from the other models we’ve discussed in a variety of ways. We’ll discuss its best features below to give you a feel for whether or not it is the right GreenWorks model for your needs or if you’d be better off with a different choice.

GreenWorks 25022

Powerful 12-Amp Electric Motor

We’ve already discussed the many benefits of electric motors above, so we won’t dwell too much on this point. However, it is worth knowing that this mower has a 12-amp motor, which is one of the most powerful electric push mower engines on the market. As a result, you’ll have more than enough power to cut through the tallest and most difficult grass in your yard.

Durable 20-Inch Cutting Area

The blades of this GreenWorks mower have been carefully polished, sharpened, and treated to be as sharp and long-lasting as possible. It has also been designed to maximize its cutting area in a way that speeds up your mowing process. As a result, this is a good choice for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time performing maintenance on their mower.

Position Upgrades

Another nice element of this mower is its upgraded position adjustment levels. It can cut anywhere between one and one-half inch all the way up to three and three-quarter inches. This adaptability means it can be used for a variety of different grace heights and types, making it a great choice for those who have a variety of different grass styles they want to create.

Multiple Dispersal Methods

You can get rid of your grass clippings in three different ways with this mower; side dispersal, rear bagging, and mulching. We’ve already discussed these methods above, but each has their own unique advantages. By offering you all three in one mower, you don’t have to worry about getting rid of your clippings in a way you don’t like.

Final Thoughts

As always, GreenWorks has created the kind of mower that will work great for just about anyone’s yard. We particularly suggest it to those with very large yards who don’t want to spend all day cutting their grass. It is also a great choice for those who are looking to bag up their grass and use it in different ways, such as for compost piles and other similar processes.


#3 Pick: Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe Electric Lawn Mower 

Last, but not least, is this mower produced by Sun Joe. While this isn’t a company you hear discussed regularly, they definitely do a solid job with most of their mowers. This year, their 14-inch model has nudged its way onto our top mower list. What makes this mower stand out from others produced by this company and why should you consider purchasing it?

Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe

Zero Emission Operation

Anyone who is looking for an environmentally-friendly mower should consider this model. As an electric mower, it has no gasoline emissions. This means you can run it for hours without having to worry about gas fumes or any other serious pollution concerns. Instead, it runs on a powerful 12-amp motor that is close to the industry standard for such engines.

Running on a battery can have its inconveniences if you are unprepared. That’s why it is so important to charge up after every use. In fact, you could even purchase a second battery to ensure that you’re never stuck waiting for the battery to charge in the middle of a mowing job.

Three-Position Height Control

Height adjustment is an important part of any great lawnmower. This model has you covered by offering a three-position height control switch. By simply pulling a lever, you can get three different heights. Controls like this are essential if you are cutting grass on hills or on land that might be a little uneven in places.

For example, you can pull the blades up when you run into a hill to keep them from slamming into the ground. Then, you can put them down when the ground runs into a low spot. It is also important to protect your blades by pulling them up if you need to move across concrete or pavement.

Safety Switch

While lawn mowing is a generally safe activity, it can be dangerous if safety precautions are not taken. For example, accidental starts are a major problem with some electric mowers, especially if you are trying to repair them. Thankfully, this mower has a safety switch that blocks you from accidentally starting your mower and keeps your fingers and face safe from the mower blades.

Final Thoughts

While this mower is last on our list, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your time. We think that this 14-inch mower is great for those who have small lawns or who want to protect their environment. Check it out at a mower dealer near you to get a feel for what it offers.


Best Hand Reel Lawn Mowers

 

#1 Pick: GreenWorks 25052 Reel Lawn Mower 

Here’s another GreenWorks mower that is likely well-worth your time. It has many benefits and advantages that make it an interesting choice. We are particularly big fans of its grass catcher option, which is something we will discuss in more depth below.

GreenWorks 25052

The Grass Catcher

While this mower only has two grass clipping dispersal methods, it focuses on mulching and rear bag collection. As a result, you don’t have to worry about throwing clipping all over your yard or having to live with that fresh-cut grass smell for too long. For those who can’t stand grass clippings, this mower is a great choice.

Its easy-to-clean bag lets you take your grass clippings and throw them in the trash or pile them up in a compost heap. In this way, you can reuse your grass in an environmentally-friendly way, one that ensures you aren’t contributing to excessive pollution levels.

Wide Cutting Path

While this isn’t the widest cutting mower on our list, we think that its 16-inch cutting area is a great choice for many people. It kind of strikes a balance between the wide (but difficult to maneuver) 20-inch models and the narrow (but easier to adjust) 14-inch models. For those who like balance in their Lawn Mower, this might be a great choice for them.

We also like how easy this particular mower is to store, due to its relatively small stature. Rather than having to fight to clear away a storage space, you should be able to fit this mower in just about anywhere inside of your garage or storage shed.

Four Height Adjustment Options

While there are only four different height adjustments on this model, they are fairly diverse. As a result, you can create a variety of different looks for your yard that will be the envy of your friends, family members, and neighbors. We are particularly pleased with the fact that it cuts so close to your lawn. This makes it a great choice for those who want an Astroturf look.

Final Thoughts

For those who want an environmentally-friendly and inexpensive push mower, this is a great choice. While it isn’t the most powerful or inexpensive GreenWorks model we’ve highlighted, it is among the most balanced and adaptable. That makes it a great choice for a variety of different homes and mowing needs.


#2 Pick: Great States 204-14 Hand Reel Lawn Mower

The Green States is a low-key mower production company that still produces many great models. This simple push mower has made our list this year because it provides people like you with many unique benefits. While we won’t argue that it is the best or more diverse on this list, we do think that it is worth the time and money of the right person.

Great States 204

Adjustable Cutting Height

One of the things that made this mower stand out to us was its low-level cutting abilities. It can cut as short as one-half an inch to one and one-half an inch. While this model isn’t a good choice for those who want longer grass, it is perfect for anyone who wants very short and well-maintained grass, such as a landscaper for a sports field.

Full Steel Bed Knife Blades

A good push mower needs high-quality and sturdy blades to withstand serious wear-and-tear. This model comes with full steel blades that will last you for years. Each has been carefully treated and sharpened to produce the highest possible quality. As a result, you won’t have to swap out your blades regularly to keep your mower running smoothly.

Heavy-Duty Wheels

Each model of this particular mower is fitted with eight and one-half inch high-impact polymer wheels. They also utilize integral molded tread to help them run more smoothly over your lawn. As a result, you won’t have to worry about poor wheels negatively impacting your mowing or giving you trouble when you try to push your mower over difficult areas.

Final Thoughts

Inexpensive and durable, this Green States push mower is a good choice for those who don’t need a lot of bells and whistles for their mower. While it is somewhat simple when compared to the other mower models on this list, it gets the job done with efficiency and style. It is a great choice for anyone who wants a mower model that they can trust to last for a long time.


#3 Pick: American Lawn Mower 1304 Push Reel Lawn Mower

If you’re looking to stay within your budget when buying a push mower, this is probably your best bet. While not among the most powerful or wide-cutting of the mowers on our list, it does have many features that make it worthwhile. So if you are looking for an inexpensive mower, you should consider investing in this fun little American Lawn Mower model.

American Lawn Mower 1304

Decent Cutting Width

While the 14-inch cutting radius of this mower isn’t the best on the market, it is more than decent for its price. In fact, some people will actually prefer a narrower mower to a wide one. Why? A narrower frame makes it easier to position and squeeze into tight areas. As a result, those with smaller or tighter lawns often enjoy this mower.

Even better, it comes with a five-blade reel that produces an accurate and high-quality cutting experience. Each blade has been carefully treated to stay sharper for an extended period of time. As a result, you won’t have to sharpen or even swap out your blades as regularly as you would with other budget models like this one.

All of these benefits help make this one of the cheapest models to purchase and run on this list. While not the cheapest model on the market, it remains one of the best budget models that you can find on the market today.

A convenient model

Since it’s a manual push lawn mower it’s pretty easy to maintain. No gas, oil or cord related troubles to deal with. Just push it and it will get the job done.

Apart from that pushing and maneuvering the mower for a long duration won’t leave you drained and tired as it eases past the grass and is also lightweight and when not is use you its small size allows you to cram it into the smallest of spaces or even can be hung on the wall. Quite handy for a lawn mower less than $100 isn’t it?

Final Thoughts

The many features of this model make it an incredible choice for the budget-conscious among us. In fact, we didn’t even discuss its collapsible handles and how they make it easier to store. That’s because this model has so many great benefits that it is hard to focus on them all in one review.


 

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