Best Lawn Mower For 2018 – With Reviews From A Gardener

Don’t fret, this page maybe massive with various models and tips but we do have a few short answers for you! If you have a lawn that is less than or around half an acre then your on the right page! If though your garden is larger, then you maybe more interested and better served by our buying guide covering the best riding lawn mowers available right now.

Now that we have established your are looking for a lawn mower that is self-propelled (or even pushed) then you will likely be best served by our Top Pick – Honda HRX217K5VKA. A close runner up is the Husqvarna 7021P, the only real issue keeping it from being our top pick is the reports of the mower not lasting as long as you would hope it to for some buyers (this does seem o be a rare report, but it is worth noting).  We have also been looking at the best budget mower options which happen to be easily the Greenworks 25022 or the WORX WG775 – for us it is too close to call but the WORX does look a bit easier to handle with its weight being almost half of the Greenworks 250022.

My Pick Of Best Electric & Petrol Lawn Mowers For 2018

 ModelScorePrice Details
Top PickHonda HRX217K5VKA10 Out of 10
Runner UpsHusqvarna 7021P8 Out of 10
Poulan Pro PR675AWD8 Out of 10
Lawn-Boy 177328 Out of 10
Best Budget MowerGreenworks 250227 Out of 10
WORX WG7758 Out of 10
Best Reel MowerGreat States 415-168.5 Out of 10

My Top Pick – Honda HRX217K5VKA

The Honda HRX217K5VKA is arguably the best lawn mower that run on petrol on the market. It has great reviews from buyers on Amazon and even Popular Mechanics rank it incredibly high in there tests. What makes the Honda our top pick is it’s mix of keeping the cost low, high build quality and features that you will find to be so useful that you won’t want to go back! It come locked and loaded with an impressive 190cc engine, rear wheel drive (a blessing for tall grass or hills!), dual blade cutting that helps mow the most stubborn of lawns.

For added ease of use it also allows you to side-discharge, mulch the grass or even bag it all. The ability to do all 3 of these is what makes this mower of the more home friendly.

Something to keep in mind is if you have any issues with the Honda HRX217K5VKA you are safe in the knowledge that it comes with a 5 year warranty. If that doesn’t tell you that this mower won’t last the test of time then I don’t know what will!

Does that not sell it for you? Well, have you heard of the Versamow System? It is exclusive to Honda’s HRX mowers and it allows you to control how much of the grass clippings you want to bag and how much you want to mulch, all at the touch of a button – well actually a dial. This one feature can mean the difference between finishing the mowing and getting back into the house, or having to spend the next hour raking up the clippings. You can read more about the Versamow System here.

Conclusion: If you have the budget for the Honda HRX217K5VKA then go for it, you won’t be disappointed with its features, build quality and it’s super long 5 year warranty. Many consiuder this to be the premium walk behind lawn mower for its features, build quality, ease of use and of course it price!

My Runner Up – Husqvarna 7021P

I have to be completely honest, the runner up was a difficult decision. I didn’t want to list a list of 5 runner ups, so I have picked what I consider the best runner up. For more runner ups you can use the comparison table above.

The Husqvarna 7021P is a great option, by no means is it the best petrol lawn mower but at it’s price point you shouldn’t expect it to be. What I do expect is to get value for money, a good reliable mower and something will last a couple of years at least. The Husqvarna 7021P seems to tick all of those boxes. Out of the interest of being 100% honest there are a few reports of these mowers having issues after some time, if I am completely honest again though… These issues do have to be expected when it is arguable one of the best sellers there will naturally be a few that pick up issues. With that in mind this lawn mower comes with a 2 year warranty for parts and labour, so it should be covered.

The Husqvarna 7021P comes with a GCV160 engine which is 160cc and a cutting width of 21 inches, which is a perfect size. The Husqvarna 7021P is a bit on the heavy side as you would expect but nothing out of the ordinary. There is a rear wheel drive and push version of these, both are great models but we do prefer the rear wheel drive for easier use. The Husqvarna 7021P comes with a nifty and responsive speed control and single lever deck adjustment. The mower has everything you need and would expect.

Conclusion: The Husqvarna 7021P is a great option for those looking to get real value for money. It isn’t the best and it isn’t the cheapest but it will certainly do you for a couple of years making it it my value for the money option as well as the runner up to the Top Pick.

How Exactly I Picked The Best Lawn Mowers For 2018

It is almost that time of year again, if you’re like me then you dread going into the garage and looking out the mower. For me there are two reasons. Firstly, I generally just don’t like mowing our lawn with years of back problems I just feel a riding mower is more my style. The second reason is always because some how our cheap petrol lawn mower from the year before has always become repairable, symptom of buying the cheapest model I can get my hands on every year though!

Every year without fail I buy a brand new mower saying I will buy one that is more reliable, will last a few years and won’t break after 6 months. Then, I run out of time at work, buy the cheapest one on the way home one Friday evening and regret the purchase within minutes of starting. I am determined to make 2018 different, I have already researched the best mowers available and lined up the ones that look best for my needs. It is the one reason I have decided to write this guide, I suspect most of you are the same and don’t really know which model is the best fit for you.