How to Choose
Each lawn has its own personality – I’m not suggesting that it’s alive, just that no two lawns are alike. The right mower for me won’t necessarily be the right mower for my neighbor, as our lawns may be very different. If you have a lawn with a lot of hills and valleys you might want to consider purchasing a lawn mower that has a self-propelled feature, as climbing those hills can be a lot of work. But this is probably not necessary if you have a small lawn that’s completely flat. Which type of mower is best for you should really depend on the physical characteristics of your lawn.
As you may be aware there are many different types of lawnmowers out there. There are electric mowers, gas mowers, robot mowers, riding mowers, self-propelled mowers, manual push mowers, and probably some others I haven’t thought of. The point here is that there are many different choices available to you and which one is right depends on your own personal situation. We’ll take a closer look at the options below.
Small and Flat
If your lawn is small and flat you probably won’t have any need for a riding lawnmower – that would be overkill. In fact, a basic electric or gas powered mower with a small cutting deck, say about 18 to 19 inches, will do just fine. This type of lawn would also be ideal for a cordless battery powered lawnmower as you wouldn’t have to worry about the charge running out before you’re able to get through the entire lawn. If you’re worried about the environment but you don’t like cords, this would be the ideal solution.
Average Middle Class
Most people who live in homes, both the semidetached and detached, have fairly large sized lawns in both the front and back that have to be cut on a regular basis. If you fall into this category there are many different options for you to choose from when it comes to picking a lawn mower. As we’ve already mentioned, some people are concerned with the environment and will want to look for either an electric push lawnmower or a battery-powered one. The problem with battery-powered mowers on larger lawns though is that you may not be able to get through the entire cut on one charge – having to charge your lawnmower halfway through cutting it is a bit of a pain. Until the battery technology is improved in cordless electric mowers this is likely to continue to be a problem.
Regardless of which type of mower you choose – battery-powered, corded electric, or gasoline-powered – there are some things you should keep in mind. You’ll want a mower that’s powerful enough to cut your lawn evenly, even if it’s a little longer or a bit wet. The other thing to look for is a mower with a wide enough cutting deck to minimize the amount of times you have to go up and down the lawn. It’s best to look for one with a cutting deck that’s at least 20 inches wide and preferably one that allows you to adjust your cutting height so that you’re not bogging down if the grass is a little bit longer.
Hills and Valleys
In an ideal world everybody’s lawn would be nice and flat as well as being completely square, but unfortunately we don’t live in an ideal world. Lawns come in all kinds of shapes and sizes that can make cutting the lawn a challenge. There are lawns that are dissected with pathways and gardens that you have to mow around, and what may be more of a challenge is if you have a lawn with some hills and valleys on it.
If you do have a lawn that requires you to push your mower uphill from time to time you may want to consider a self-propelled mower. These types of mowers actually drive themselves forward and all you have to do is steer them in the right direction. They are an excellent choice if you have certain physical limitations, or if you simply want to avoid any physical challenges because of those hills on your lawn.
Acres and Acres
Once you get into lawns that are an acre or more it’s time to rethink the type of lawnmower that you should be using. Any type of push mower, even a self-propelled one, will probably be inadequate if you’re cutting acres and acres of grass. You’ll either get one heck of a fantastic workout or you’ll have to cut your lawn in shifts. Either way it’s bound to take you a long time.
The best solution if you have a large lawn like this is to take the plunge and buy a riding lawnmower. There are some expensive ones to be sure, but there are also some affordable ones that won’t cost you much more than $1000. They’re definitely a worthwhile investment and as an added bonus they can be a lot of fun.
More than One?
In some circumstances you may actually need two different types of lawnmowers. For example, if you have a couple of acres of property and you also have large ditches for catching rainwater at the front of your house you may not be able to cut all of your property with a riding lawnmower. If you try and drive your riding lawnmower into a steep ditch you may end up tipping it and injuring yourself. In this situation it’s best to also have some type of push mower for cutting those steep ditches.
Make an Educated Choice
The bottom line is to make sure you consider the size and physical makeup of your lawn before purchasing any lawnmower. While riding lawnmowers may be a lot of fun they don’t make much sense if you only have to cut a 20 x 20’ piece of grass. No matter what type of mower you choose, be sure to check out our reviews so that you can make an educated choice and choose one that will last you for years.