I know that many people prefer to hose their mowers down with a garden hose. I admit I have done it. Still doing that is risky. If water gets into the wiring air filter or engine you could really do some damage. Hand washing with damp rag is a drag but also your safest bet.
There is something Zen about spending an hour or two each week pushing the mower around the yard on a sunny day. The drone of the motor drowns out your thoughts as you work on a task with a clearly defined objective: Making your lawn look its best. Of course the deciding factor between an almost meditative experience and one filled with frustration is often the quality of the lawn mower you have.
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.