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7 Best Push Mowers of 2021

If you want a little exercise while mowing your lawn, buy a walk-behind push mower. Here our seven of our favorites to consider.

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Best Push Mower: Battery-Operated Electric

Got a smaller lawn to mow and don’t want to bother with the hassle and ongoing expense of a gas-burning machine? Ryobi’s 40-volt cordless walk-behind push mower ($249) is just the ticket.

At 56 pounds, it’s about as light as motorized mowers get. But it smoothly cuts grass with zero emissions, via an efficient brushless motor fueled by Ryobi’s robust 40-volt battery packs. The batteries are usable in other Ryobi implements, too, like its pole saw, hedge trimmer or leaf blower. Reviewers on homedepot.com love this mower’s power and battery life.

“This mower is slightly less powerful than our gas mower, but you do not have to deal with stinky oil or gas,” writes one reviewer. “It was so easy to get started and cleans up and breaks down for storage just as easily. The large battery charges fast and lasts forever. It truly proved its worth by taking (on) my lawn with grass in parts over two feet tall.”

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Best Push Mower: Corded Electric

Like the idea of an electric mower, but not dealing with batteries and chargers? Check out the Mow Joe 13-amp corded electric walk-behind push mower ($150).

With a corded receptacle handily installed on the handle, this mower is ideal if you have a convenient power source. The 17-inch mower deck is perfect for small lawns, and the 12-gallon grass bag keeps the yard neat while you work. Plus, the seven mower height settings make it easy to get your lawn looking the way you want.

Reviewers on homedepot.com like the easy startup procedure and freedom from fuel burning. “I can put down the extension cord and be mowing in the time that it used to take to check the oil and refill the gas tank,” writes one reviewer. “I’m done mowing in less time than I would have lugged the heavy gas mower to the lawn.”

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Best Push Mower: Gas-Powered

With a robust 140cc Briggs and Stratton engine, the Craftsman M110 ($249) gas-powered push lawn mower is perfect for smaller yards, even those with long, thick grass.

Its 21-inch-wide, three-in-one mower deck can handle side discharge of grass like most mowers, but also mulches or bags the clippings. With a six-level grass height adjustment ranging from 1-1/4-in. to 3-3/4-in., this machine makes it easy to give your lawn your preferred appearance.

Users on lowes.com. appreciate this mower’s easy starts and smooth running engine. “Nice and quick start for me!” writes one reviewer. “This lawn mower is EXCELLENT. I can start it very easily and don’t have to pull it very hard at all. And when I’m done mowing my hands are not still vibrating from the mower. The wheels adjust very easily and it is not hard to push at all for me or my wife.”

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Best Push Mower: Reel Style

If you don’t have much grass to cut and prefer to go old school, consider the Scott’s 16-inch reel mower ($99). With no fuel, batteries, cords or motor, this old-fashioned machine is as simple as push mowers get. Though made of strong tempered steel, it’s lightweight and easily maneuverable. The 10-inch wheels can be adjusted to five positions, offering several inches of grass length adjustability.

Reviewers on homedepot.com love the simple assembly and ease of pushing. “This Scott’s Reel Lawn Mower was easy to assemble,” writes one reviewer. “Seems from previous reviews, that the pre-assembly has been greatly improved. The entire unit is very lightweight, and easy to push which is great because my 5-foot-3 wife can use it!”

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Best Push Mower: Value

Want to do some serious lawn mowing without going broke? Murray’s 125cc walk behind mower ($199) gives the best bang for your buck you’re likely to find anywhere. Easy assembly, five wheel adjustment settings and a sturdy 20-inch mower deck make this machine hard to beat for the price.

“I loved how it was so easy to assemble,” writes a reviewer on homedepot.com. “Came all ready to go, all we had to do is unfold the handle.”

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Best Push Mower: Top-Rated

With more than 3,500 five-star reviews on lowes.com and an overall 4.7 star rating, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more popular push mower than the Ego Power+ 56-Volt 21-inch Push Cordless ($399). It runs up to 45 minutes before you need to charge or swap the 56-volt lithium battery, making it perfect for small yards.

The 21-inch mower deck is easy to adjust one handed while you push the unit with the other. And the mulching, side discharge and bagging modes let you get rid of grass in your preferred way.

“It only takes me 40 minutes to mow my yard so this is the perfect mower for me,” writes a reviewer on lowes.com. “It’s also very light and easy to maneuver, and folds up nicely for storage. All of my neighbors have been asking about this mower since I purchased it too.”

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Best Push Mower: For Kids!

If you’ve got your lawn mowing needs covered but want to get your kids in on the fun, consider the Little Tikes Gas N Go Mower ($25). With a realistic pull cord, clicking key and adjustable throttle that all make noises, your child will be hooked on imaginary yard care.

Parents can rest easy: It doesn’t need batteries and has no actual blades or dangerous parts. Walmart.com reviewers love how quickly kids take to this mower, and appreciate the realistic pull cord noises and included toy gas can.

“Bought this when it went on sale for $19,” writes one reviewer. “My son fell in love with it immediately when it arrived. He dragged his Daddy out back and made him get the big lawnmower out so they could mow the lawn together. His favorite part is being able to put gas in and pull the cord like his Daddy does.”

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Robert Maxwell
Robert Maxwell is a writer, videographer, photographer and online strength coach based in Northern Ontario, Canada. He grew up on a rural self-sufficient homestead property where he learned the skills to build his own home from the ground up, do all his own vehicle repairs, and work with wood, stone and metal to find practical DIY solutions to many everyday problems.

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