10 Best Self-Propelled Push Mowers

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Mowing the lawn is much easier with a self-propelled mower. It reduces the often-ragged look of push-mowed lawns, cuts through thick, tall grass and, of course, pushes itself, thus reducing your workload. With dozens of types of self-propelled mowers on the market, it's easy to become overwhelmed when shopping for one. Some of the web's leading consumer sites ranked the most user-friendly and quality mowers---including Popular Mechanics, Consumer Reports and Consumer Search---to make the process easier for you.

Honda HRX2172HXA

  • Priced at about $700 as of September 2010 and given a score of 85 out of 100, the Honda HRX2172HXA has a 21-inch blade, multiple speeds and speed control and a blade-brake clutch. It can also mulch, bag and rear discharge. The mower comes with a three-year warranty.

Toro Super Bagger 20194

  • The 21-inch, multiple-speed Toro Super Bagger 20194 has a side discharge, mulching and bagging capabilities and a five-year warranty. The mower costs just less than $700 as of September 2010 and was given an 84 out of 100 by consumers.

Toro Recycler 20333

  • The Toro Recycler 20333 scored 82 out of 100 in 2010, is backed by a two-year warranty and is considered a Consumer Reports Best Buy. With a 22-inch blade, this mower has side discharge, mulching and bagging.

Craftsman 37659

  • This is the first Craftsman mower in the top 10 list and features multiple speeds, a 22-inch blade, electric start-up, side discharge, mulching and bagging, and a two-year warranty through Sears.

Honda HRX2172VKA

  • This Honda mower received especially high scores in mulching and bagging and an overall score of 81. Featuring multiple speeds, a 21-inch blade, an overhead-cam engine with no prime start, rear discharge and a three-year warranty, this mower is undoubtedly a consumer pleaser.

Honda HRR216K3VXA

  • This mower retails for $500 as of September 2010 and has a side-discharge option, mulching, bagging, three-year warranty and a useful blade-brake clutch for emergencies. This model received a score of 80 and is best known for being easy to use.

Toro Recycler 20332

  • The Toro Recycler 20332 provides an extremely even cut with its 22-inch blade, side discharge and mulching and bagging options. It received a 79 score and was ranked the seventh-best self-propelled mower on the market.

Honda HRR216K5VKA

  • Priced at $400 as of September 2010, the Honda HRR216K5VKA excels in mulching and bagging and scored a score of 78 in the Consumer Reports 2010 report. The mower is gas-powered and moves smoothly and evenly across the yard.

Toro Super Recycler 20092

  • Also a 21-inch-blade and multispeed mower, the Toro Super Recycler 20092's features include side discharge, mulching, bagging and a five-year warranty. The mower receives high scores in evenness, performance and ease of use, according to Consumer Reports. The mower received an 83 out of 100.

Honda HRR216K3TDA

  • The Honda HRR216K3TDA is a three-speed mower with a three-year warranty and side discharge. Additionally, it has a 21-inch blade, scored a 72 out of 100 and sells for just less than $450 as of September 2010.

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