Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing.
We’ve hunted down the ideal compost bins to cultivate “black gold” at home, Amazon Prime-able plants, and, for our brown-thumbed friends, a cornucopia of fake-but-convincingly-real plants. Now, we’re revving up for a key part of lawn maintenance: the lawn mower. Here, the best lawn mowers and trimmers currently available on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best electric corded lawn mower
“I have been mowing lawns for 60 years and have always believed you need a 5 HP gas mower to mow grass. Period. But times change. I wanted to try an electric corded mower to see if it would help with several issues. Until last month, I had never, ever used anything but gas. This 16-inch mower exceeded all expectations. I gave away my old mower, gas cans, air filters, and tossed the oil changing pan and a bunch of other stuff. I am never going back.”
Best lightweight cordless electric lawn mower
“This mower replaced a gas, self-propelled model and this one is easier to mow with despite the fact that it is not self-propelled. It is very light and just heavy enough to feel like a real tool without requiring much effort at all to keep the grass-mowing chore to be more than just good exercise. It stores in its own footprint with easy-to-fold handle. So, we like the fact that it starts with the press of a button and does an excellent job on your lawn with a quiet, no-drama experience.”
Best cordless lawn mower for small lawns
“I went from a corded electric to the cordless, and I couldn’t be more pleased. For those of you with a corded, you may miss playing rodeo by slinging the 100’ extension cord over obstacles and chasing down tangles - but I don’t. I still wear my cowboy hat though to block the sun. I mowed the front yard with one charge — the battery came fully charged. We’ve had a record rain this year and the grass was a good 8” to 9” tall (yes, I procrastinated…it’s my specialty). I did not have any problem mowing…not a one.”
Best electric lawn mower under $100
“Even on a good day, my yard is a mess. We have weeds, vines, lumps and bumps, large tree roots, and lots of small sticks and pine cones falling on the daily. I’d put off buying a mower for a long time, but finally enough was enough. This thing handled everything like a champ! I picked up some of the pine cones and larger sticks, but there was still a lot of debris. Some of the weeds were up to knee height, and there were a number of dense patches of mixed vines and ivy. I rarely went over any areas twice, and all the debris and uneven terrain made no noticeable impact on performance.”
Best push reel lawn mower
“Pros: so quiet, so easy to just start mowing, takes up less space in garage, so easy to stop and start mowing if you need to move things out of the way or take a break, scissor-cutting mechanism gives a cleaner look to the freshly mowed lawn — it doesn’t look butchered as it does with a power mower, it looks very natural. A funny aside for you — one of my neighbors ran into me one day and not sure how it came up but they said “But you are a vegan, right?” and I said, “No, I’m an omnivore.” to which they replied “Oh, but we see you out there with that manual mower …” Apparently using a reel mower = being a hippie = being a vegan. So just be forewarned! LOL.”
Best lawn trimmer-mower combo
“I LOVE IT!!! If it died tomorrow, I’d buy another one in a heartbeat. I had my doubts and thought it would be flimsy and cheap. I’m a 63 year old woman who has a lot of weed cutting to do annually for a fire break. I was tired of heavy string trimmers to haul around but afraid electric would be a pain in the tush. When I opened the box, at first I questioned the purchase but I can honestly tell you, I’ve done more with this product than Black and Decker expected of the average purchaser. I’m cutting weeds on the hill and on the flat land. Some are up to my waist. It’s lighter to push around than my vacuum cleaner.”
Best cordless lawn mower with dual blade
“This is a great mower! It’s powerful enough to get through my rather thick grass even when I’ve let it get taller than I should. I LOVE having a quiet, efficient, easy to use mower that doesn’t belch smoke or required me to buy gas! The two battery system is great — I can do both my front and back yard twice before both batteries are exhausted.”
Best self-propelling lawn mower
“I just received this mower today, completed my first mow with it and my initial impression is very positive. The first mow was a worst case scenario on my large hilly yard. The grass was very long (thanks to my old mower being broken) and wet from the strong thunderstorm that came through yesterday. The lawn mower had no problems not even leaving clumps of wet grass like my old mower would have. The variable speed lever was setup so that when I pulled it half way, the mower moved at a comfortable walking speed. The bag was easy to remove and empty and it seemed to hold more grass than the one on my previous mower.”
Best self-propelling, variable-speed lawn mower
“Perhaps my old mower was just that bad, but this mower is amazing. Fired on the first pull out of the box. Never fails to fire on the first pull. I’d have never imagined the difference the dual blades could make. Mulched grass seems to be powderized! I’m thankful for the variable speed and set-up on the drive wheels, because at full speed, I couldn’t keep up with this thing! My 7 year old has begun helping with lawn chores and he loves this mower. He can start it easily and does a great job mowing with this machine. I’m a bargain shopper, but this model is well worth the extra money.”
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