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.
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.
Fortunately the Snow Joe + Sun Joe Company backs the quality of the mower with a full two-year warranty. With a 14-inch blade this mower is meant for yards that are acre or smaller and the 16-inch deck makes it easy to get into tight spots.