What to Look for in a Lawnmower

David Deem

By Zoe Eisenberg

Whether you're looking to get your first lawnmower, or replace an old model, if you're in the market for a new lawn mower, there are many considerations to make. Below are a few:

Walk or ride? Do you want a less-expensive push-mower, or a pricier but easier-to-use riding mower? Consider the size of your space. If you have a ½ acre or less, a riding mower may be wasted and a push-mower may be the best bet. 

Consider your grass. If you have a lush span of lawn, a smaller, simple mower will likely be able to handle it. If your yard is full of weeds or craggy grass, a larger mower will be better.

How will you manage clippings? If you don't mind a lawn covered in clipped grass post-mow, a traditional push mower is your fast friend. However, if you don’t want grass clippings hanging around, choose a mulching mower, which grinds clipped grass into fragments that are then easily absorbed by microorganisms in your soil.

Where will you service your mower? If you have a favorite small motor service spot or local mechanic, check what mower brands they work with to make sure you have support should something go wrong.



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