How is your yard looking? If you’re in need of a new lawn mower you’ve come to the right place. Deciding between a manual mower, self-propelled mower, push mower or even a lawn tracker will help narrow down your options and provide you a starting point. Discover which lawn mower or lawn tractor is best suited for your yard’s needs before you start shopping.
Lawn Mowers: Consider Convenience
Easy mode changes. Most mowers allow easy mode changes—going from mulching to bagging—without tools.
Washout port. When it’s time to clean up, a washout port accepts a hose connection for clearing clippings beneath the mower deck without the need to tip the machine.
Lawn Tractors: Consider Comfort
Hour meter. This indicates how long the engine has run since the last oil change or other maintenance. A few models from Cub Cadet can link to a smartphone app via Bluetooth, to keep track of maintenance and order parts.
What’s your landscape? Get a tractor that best matches the size and slope of your property. And, if your yard resembles an agility training obstacle course, you might want to consider a Zero-Turn-Radius model favored by professionals.
Easy mode changes. For tractors, this feature is less common and takes a single blade through multiple mowing modes rather than needing to change blades. Mulching or bagging with a riding mower usually requires a kit costing $50 to $500.
Power steering. Several tractors now offer car-like features such as this one. You’ll typically pay a premium for it, so just know that we haven’t found that conventional steering tractors required more effort in our tests.
Translucent fuel tank or a fuel gauge. A tractor with a translucent fuel tank or a fuel gauge shows at a glance when you’re running low.
High-back seat and cup holder. The first is more supportive and comfortable than a conventional seat, and the second is for when you’re sweltering in the hot sun—you’ll appreciate it.
Cruise control. As with a car, cruise control lets you lock in a ground speed with a riding mower.
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SRC: View the Full Buying Guide for Lawn Mowers and Tractors at: www.consumerreports.org/cro/lawn-mowers/buying-guide.htm