The Best Lawn Mower

The Best Lawn Mower

Our pick

Ego Power+ Select Cut Mower LM2135SP

Ego Power+ Select Cut Mower LM2135SP

The best lawn mower

The self-propelled Ego LM2135SP’s battery runs for an hour and easily mows down overgrown grass—and it spares you the noise, emissions, and maintenance of a typical gas mower.

Buying Options

$630* from Ace Hardware
$650 from Home Depot

*At the time of publishing, the price was $650.

The Ego Power+ Select Cut Mower LM2135SP is a battery-powered, self-propelled mower that can cut grass for about an hour on a single battery charge. Compared with other cordless models, it has a longer run time than most and a faster charge time. And compared with gas mowers, the LM2135SP feels hassle-free: no trips to the gas station, no checking the oil levels, no spilled fuel, and no emissions. The new-for-2020 LM2135SP improves upon previous Ego mowers with a more intuitive speed control and two blades (a feature unique to cordless mowers), ensuring an even cut and efficient mulching. When it’s not in use, the handle can be folded in and the mower can be stored upright. Typically sold for $650, the LM2135SP is an expensive item; in fact, it’s priced on a par with the premium gas models. But after reviewing mowers for seven years—and seeing the full range of features and abilities of the top gas and cordless models—we are convinced this mower will be the most satisfying.

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Runner-up

Ego Power+ Self-Propelled Mower LM2102SP

Ego Power+ Self-Propelled Mower LM2102SP

Great, But Missing a Few Features

This mower is not as polished as our main pick, but for a more-basic, self-propelled cordless mower, it’s an excellent choice.

Buying Options

$550 from Home Depot

If our main pick is out of stock or simply not in the budget, we also like the Ego Power+ Self-Propelled Mower LM2102SP. This is our previous pick, and, like our main pick, it has a long run time and a short charge time. However, the LM2102SP lacks our main pick’s more-polished speed control. And though this model’s single blade can easily handle overgrown grass, it leaves a more-ragged cut edge than a dual-blade mower. But this is still a high-achieving cordless mower, and we prefer it over all the others we tested.

Also great

Honda HRX217VKA Lawn Mower

Honda HRX217VKA Lawn Mower

For the lawn perfectionist

This reliable Honda gas mower’s dual blades manicure a lawn with precision, and its unique system can dial in the ratio of grass you’re bagging and mulching.

Buying Options

$620 from Acme Tools

May be out of stock

If you’re not ready to go cordless just yet, we recommend the self-propelled Honda HRX217VKA Lawn Mower. In terms of cut quality and the ability to maintain turf health, it’s one of the best self-propelled mowers available, due mostly to a pair of features—a two-blade cutting system that offers golf-course-like results, and a unique way to dial in a precise mulching-to-bagging ratio to compensate for various grass conditions. Combine all of that with this mower’s other strong details, like a large 200 cc engine and rear-wheel drive to help traverse tall grass or hills, and you’re getting enough to justify the steep price.

Budget pick

Toro SmartStow Recycler 20340

Toro SmartStow Recycler 20340

A good version of a standard mower

This dependable, popular Toro performs as well as other decent self-propelled mowers and stands out for its ability to be stored upright (like the Egos), saving valuable garage space.

Buying Options

$400 from Home Depot

If you want to pay the lowest price possible and still get a quality self-propelled mower, we recommend the Toro SmartStow Recycler 20340. At around $400, the Toro costs less than the Egos and the Honda, and, like other good options at this price level, it offers intuitive self-propulsion and excellent mulching performance. The Toro’s unusual feature—and the reason we recommend it over a lot of similar machines—is its space-saving ability to be stowed upright in a crowded garage or shed (the Egos can be stored this way as well). However, with the Toro, you don’t get the Ego’s gas-free convenience or the Honda’s cut quality.

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Our pick

Ego Power+ Select Cut Mower LM2135SP

Ego Power+ Select Cut Mower LM2135SP

The best lawn mower

The self-propelled Ego LM2135SP’s battery runs for an hour and easily mows down overgrown grass—and it spares you the noise, emissions, and maintenance of a typical gas mower.

Buying Options

$630* from Ace Hardware
$650 from Home Depot

*At the time of publishing, the price was $650.

Runner-up

Ego Power+ Self-Propelled Mower LM2102SP

Ego Power+ Self-Propelled Mower LM2102SP

Great, But Missing a Few Features

This mower is not as polished as our main pick, but for a more-basic, self-propelled cordless mower, it’s an excellent choice.

Buying Options

$550 from Home Depot

Also great

Honda HRX217VKA Lawn Mower

Honda HRX217VKA Lawn Mower

For the lawn perfectionist

This reliable Honda gas mower’s dual blades manicure a lawn with precision, and its unique system can dial in the ratio of grass you’re bagging and mulching.

Buying Options

$620 from Acme Tools

May be out of stock

Budget pick

Toro SmartStow Recycler 20340

Toro SmartStow Recycler 20340

A good version of a standard mower

This dependable, popular Toro performs as well as other decent self-propelled mowers and stands out for its ability to be stored upright (like the Egos), saving valuable garage space.

Buying Options

$400 from Home Depot

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