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.
Top 5 Lawn Mowers recommends the Sun Joe MJ401E to people with a small yard who dont want to spend a lot on a mower. The reviewer liked it overall for many of the same reason one might like any electric mower (no fossil fuels lightweight etc.) but he also noted that there were only three height positions with the lowest scraping the ground. And due to its 14-inch blade it takes longer to mow a lawn.
Some lawn mowers such as the Craftsman 37705 have a washout feature. It is essentially a garden hose fitting on top of the circular blade cover. This allows you to pump water into the blade assembly while running the engine. That action is designed to flush dirt and grass debris right out.