The Honda HRX217VKA is at or near the top of all of the expert best lawn mower lists including Popular Mechanics Top Ten Reviews and Lawn Mower Review. The testers at Consumer Reports gave this model top ratings for handling bagging and mulching and “very good” ratings for ease of use and side discharging. Additionally the reviewer estimated the breakage rate by the fourth year of ownership to be 16% which is well below any of the other mowers they tested.
More than 1100 buyers have left five-star reviews of the LM2101 on Home Depots website. Austing wrote a review after a year-and-a-half of ownership and was impressed with how lightweight and quiet it is. He shared a story of hitting a metal pipe in his yard with the mower. It damaged the electronics and EGO sent him a brand new mower to replace it. Buyers also appreciate that the battery only takes about 40 minutes to recharge from dead.
Your Best Digs also recommends the Sun Joe mower but the reviewer also added a number of caveats. He found it will get the job done if you prefer to only bag and just have $100 to spend. However the clippings compartment filled up quickly for him. And the height adjuster felt flimsy and required adjustments on each wheel.