If you’ve considered the savings of mowing your own lawn, then you want to buy the best lawn mower with the most value for the money. Paying someone to cut your grass may cost $20 to $40 per visit. That means you could afford your own mower in less than one season. There are many high quality mowers with great features for sale under $300. Let’s take a look at the top models now.
We’re fans of Greenworks because their lawn mowers are user-friendly, capable, and durable, plus their prices are attractive. The 25022 is a top selling mower these days as many people are choosing electric mowers over gas.
The 12Amp electric mower and 20-inch blade help you get the lawn cut quickly. The tall 10-inch rear wheels and decent-size 7-inch front wheels let this mower handle bumpy ground without bogging down. In fact, the larger rear wheels are great for balancing a heavy bag full of clippings.
The mower weighs 56 pounds, it’s easy to push but heavy enough to tackle tough jobs. The only challenge you’ll have is cord management while you mow. The one-touch height adjustment lever raises or lowers the deck to cut 1-1/2-inches high for St. Augustine and centipede grass, or up to 3-3/4-inches for bluegrass and fescue.
One of the best features of the 25022 is that it’s a 3-in-1 machine. That means it mulches, bags, or discharges clippings to the side. This is a high-price setup on an inexpensive mower, but it works just fine. The mulching capability is fantastic for reducing yard cleanup and waste, especially in the fall.
When you’re done mowing, the padded handle folds down for storage. There are no tune-ups needed. Your only cost of ownership is blade-sharpening and the small amount of electricity you’ll use. Plus, you’re covered by GreenWorks 4-year warranty, longer coverage than on many brands of mowers.
Yard Machines 140cc 21-inch 3-in-1 Push Mower
Some customers are put off by the 140cc Powermore OHV engine on Yard Machines’ 3-in-1-push mower. Before you scroll away, you need to know two things about that. One, it’s a Chinese-made clone of Honda lawn mower engines. And two, some owners find it more agreeable to use and more durable than Briggs & Stratton engines. Even companies like Troy-Bilt are selling mowers with Powermore engines.
Some of the other handy features on this mower are the 21-inch wide cutting deck that will help you cover the lawn as fast as possible. The 3-in-1 capability means you can discharge out the side, bag clippings, or mulch. There are 6 available cutting heights that you can set with two levers at the wheels. And the mower is covered by a 2-year warranty.
Craftsman 37430 21 Inch 140cc Briggs and Stratton Gas Powered 3-in-1 Push Lawn Mower
The gas-powered Craftsman 37430 is a 3-in-1 that can mulch, bag, and discharge just like the models from Yard Machines and Greenworks. It’s powered by an efficient and reliable 140cc Briggs & Stratton engine.
You won’t have to mix your own gas and oil - this mower does it for you. It has recoil start, but most owners say it’s easy to pull the cord and it will start on the first try. The cutting height adjusts to 6 different positions with two levers, one on each front wheel. And the tall rear wheels make it easier to push through weeds and tough grass.
Husqvarna HU550FH Briggs 550ex 140cc 3-in-1 Front Wheel Drive Mower in 22-Inch Deck
The Husqvarna HU550FH 3-in-1 is a monster machine made to cut your grass and mulch your leaves and still demand more work to do. It runs off a 140cc OHV Briggs & Stratton engine. This engine is the 550ex, designed to run cooler and quieter with its Super Lo-Tone muffler.
The 22-inch wide cutting powder-coated steel deck hides the blade that makes quick work of the yard. This mower is so big that it’s smart to make sure it fits around all your obstacles. The 12-inch high rear wheels and 8-inch tall front wheels are all ball-bearing for smooth maneuverability and durability.
There are two nice features that make this mower even more user-friendly. One is the adjustable handlebar with three heights. Another is the deck washout port - connect a garden hose and let the water run to clear off clippings from the underside of the mower.
Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower with Grass Bag
If you have a postage-stamp size yard, you don’t need a monster mower (unless you want one, of course). This Sun Joe MJ401E electric corded mower is for folks who want to get the job done with minimum fuss. It only mows a 14-inch wide path, but then it’s very easy to store, even in a closet.
The 12Amp motor easily trims your lawn between 1.18 and 2.52 inches tall, perfect for warm weather grass like centipede, Bermuda, and St. Augustine. The mower is very lightweight as it weighs only 29 pounds. Part of that’s due to the plastic body that will never rust.
The hard-top grass catcher can hold up to 10.6 gallons of clippings. It has a convenient handle right on top to make it easy to carry. Then when you’re done cutting the grass, the padded handle folds down for storage.
The nice things about electric corded mowers is that they are very quiet to use and inexpensive to maintain. The main cost is blade sharpening and replacement since there is no need for oil changes, fuel filter replacement, or spark plugs. This model is ETL-approved for electrical safety and Sun Joe offers a 2-year limited warranty.
Mowing the lawn is a great excuse for spending time outdoors. We hope you found the perfect mower for your lawn today. Come back soon to see new reviews of the best products that make your lawn care and life in general easier.