The Best Rated Push Lawn Mowers


Push, or walk-behind lawn mowers, utilize one or a series of spinning blades to cut grass. Gasoline motors typically power these blades; however, there are also electrical versions available. Push lawn mowers get their name from the fact that you have to physically push them around a lawn, as they do not feature self-propulsion, which some of the more expensive models of lawnmowers do. The companies Craftsman, Toro, John Deere, Yard-Man and Honda make some of the best rated push lawn mowers on the market.


  • Craftsman makes a number of push lawn mower models, all of which utilize Briggs & Stratton motors. According to, these range from the 4.75 foot-per-pound gross torque motor in the model 38517, to the 6.75 foot-per-pound motor in the 38845 (which is also equipped with an easy start-up feature that requires no choking or priming). Another model worth mentioning is the mid-powered 38512, which, according to the above source, you can easily adjust from a side-discharging mower to a mulcher.


  • According to, Toro’s premier push lawn mower is the SR4 Super Recycler 20058. The mower features an aluminum deck, making it lighter than most traditional steel designs, and more maneuverable. In addition, the 20058's light construction means that you utilize less gas, and energy, as your push it around your lawn.

John Deere

  • While perhaps best known for its tractors and larger, riding lawn mowers that you sit on top of, John Deere also makes push mowers. According to, these include the JS25, which features a height/wheel adjuster, convenient controls and fold-up handlebar, as well as a Briggs & Stratton 6.75 foot-per-pound torque motor. If you are looking for even more power, try the JS45, which features an 8.75 foot-per-pound torque, OHV (overhead valve) engine.


  • The brand Yard-Man, according to, is well known for its high-quality yet affordable lawn mowers. Its standout push model is the 435D, which features a 6.5 horsepower engine and nine different mowing position options, which you can select from the mower’s handlebar. According to the above source, you also adjust the 435D for mulching, side discharge and rear bag collection.


  • Honda is perhaps best known for its cars and motorcycles; however, according to, the company also has a history of producing top-quality push lawn mowers. All of Honda’s models are equipped with features like its blade shut-off technology, which allows you to switch off the blades while keeping the engine running. This means you can safely empty bags and make adjustments without wasting fuel or time. Another benefit of Honda push mowers, according to the above source, is that they provide lower emissions than the majority of their competitors.

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